Spiritualizing Trauma Responses - Rupert Spira - Total Dis-embodiment

"Is there something we can do to dissolve the belief that ‘I am a body’? A woman says that during meditation she can sense old beliefs and feelings associated with the body start to dissolve, but the old conditioning of believing and feeling solid, dense and limited quickly comes back.

Rupert explains that having recognised the felt sense of the body as just a cloud of sensing, once or twice is not enough. It takes time to erode this very well-born habit. These old habits are deeply conditioned in us — we've been practising them for so long. But every time we do go back there we weaken that habit. So keep questioning it by asking yourself, "Is that true? What is my actual experience?" Every time you go back to your actual experience you erode the power of your old beliefs."

-Video description from Dissolving the Belief That "I Am a Body"

You could actually say that the core messages of modern non-duality which split the non-physical self from the physical self - "you are not a person," "you are not the body," spiritualizes trauma responses, and that it is essentially dis-embodied spirituality.

This playlist includes examples of some of the most popular non-dual figures spiritualizing trauma responses, with ubiquitous messages centered around "you are not the body," "you are not a person," etc.

Many followers are traumatized - listen to Q & A's and see how they speak directly to trauma - targeting those who are seeking support with trauma. 

They are being taught the opposite of what they need, containment, grounding, embodiment, and instead having trauma responses including porous boundaries, DP/DR exacerbated, and will eventually end up like many, spending years coming back into their bodies, and ending up more DP/DR than before. 

These playlists not only show that they are speaking about trauma when they are not only unqualified but giving dangerously wrong advice that perpetuates its' symptoms, but that their audience is in fact filled with people who are traumatized and turning to these non-dual figures for help. This makes it very strange when people dismiss those who are harmed by these teachings by saying that only traumatized people are harmed by neo-advaita.

This dismissal tactic only further strengthens the reality that non-dual teachings are extremely unsafe for those with trauma, and that they're not a tiny minority of followers, but an alarmingly high percentage, given that they're among many of the prominent teachers' target demographic, and that these individuals are given a highly compelling reason to be drawn to it, and led to believe that these teachers should be seen as an authority on trauma-related topics. When you really look at it, the truth is many of the most influential non-dualists advertise themselves and their teachings to the traumatized, and this makes a strong case for exploitation, whether conscious or not. Either way, people are in trouble, and this needs to be seen for what it is so that something can be done about it to safeguard them from harm 🙏🏼


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