I hope this series has benefited you by presenting a hypnotherapist’s practical approach to the Buddha’s core teaching.
I consider the 7 Sets to be the Buddha’s core teaching. To study the 7 Sets was useful to me because it is highly applied and specific. The 7 Sets teaching is far more structured and nuanced than the “just mindfulness” or “just letting go” stuff that tends to circulate in his name.
I believe a hypnotist’s point of view is helpful because it looks to me like the Buddha did not exactly teach philosophy. He taught how to cultivate selflessness to the point that it becomes possible to magically transcend the limitations that we, as embodied humans, implicitly assume are integral to consciousness.
The joy and delight in this work is that it makes one useful for humanity, and for all sentient beings. I believe in enlightenment — in real enlightenment, that adorns Buddhalands, that dwells in Nirvana, and that provides a true release from the conditional existence that spurs suffering.
The Buddha did not teach “everyday enlightenment.” He did not teach mood management. I’m a pretty good hypnotist — I know mood management when I see it. Mood management, everyday enlightenment, just letting go, and the quirky philosophy that compares Buddhism to quantum mechanics are all fine as far as they go. But I do not believe they are the gift of the Buddha, and I believe the gift of the Buddha is transcendently valuable. More