Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Talk 24 - Martyn Wilson

I was a bit fascinated by this story of Martyn (83 min. video), a very skeptical guy who initially set out to prove that his girlfriend's meditative interests were bunk, and ended up becoming enlightened.

Martyn followed a technique of visualization to get relaxed and then sat with the question "I wonder what my next thought will be?" for many hours over many months, maybe a few years.

Some bullet points describing his progression were:
  • Observe your thoughts
  • Question your beliefs and opinions
  • Surrender to all that is
  • Just Be
  • Be Happy
I think the one that stands out there is "question your beliefs and opinions", because it is a little different than the "believe everything" kind of message that often dominates spiritual circles and more importantly because of what it can ultimately lead to.  There is no end to the number of conscious and unconscious assumptions that we have made about our world.  We're not talking the kind of skepticism that is hard edged in itself, but rather a process of observing and letting go of the rigidities and contractions around those views.

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