12.09.14 Abstract 2

Binding and unbinding the self

An article in the Guardian of August 25 discussed side effects of mindfulness training and meditation. The mentioned effects can be characterized as the ‘Dark Night’, a term made well known by John of the Cross and later also used by some meditation teachers. These concern dissociative phenomena, preferably called disidentification or unbinding. These phenomena are being domesticated by the meditator, comparable to how an astronaut learns to be in balance during weightlessness. (Weightlessness feels like falling down that usually causes fear. But not so for a trained astronaut.) The disidentifying phenomena are essential for the transformation of a mind from a fixed rigid form towards more flexibility. Familiarity with these needs to be taught in the right way.  In the talk mechanisms of binding in the modular mind will be discussed.

Jelle Zorn