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Posted by: Cynthia ® |
The knowledge meditation in frequent and long doses can cause dissociation and other mental dysfunctions. Here's an interesting and helpful article from reFocus website:
Coping With Trance States: The Aftermath of Leaving
Trance states, derealization, dissociation, spaceyness...what are they? What strategies can we use to cope with them?
By trance states, we mean:
In the group we called it spacing out [blissing out] or higher/altered states of consciousness.
All humans have some propensity to have moments of dissociation. However, certain practices (meditation, chanting, learned processes of speaking in tongues, prolonged guided imagery, etc.) appear to have ingrained in many former members a reflexive response to involuntarily enter altered states of consciousness.
Even after leaving the group and ceasing its consciousness-altering practices, this habitual, learned
For some former members this can be distressing and affect their functioning. When this happens, it tends to impair one's concentration, attention, memory and coping skills.
Many former members coming from prolonged consciousness-altering groups find that the intensity, frequency and duration of the episodes decrease when they deliberately and consistently use the strategies outlined below.
It is important to note that when one is tired, ill, or under stress the feelings of spaceyness, dissociation, depersonalization and derealization may temporarily return.
By developing the ability to immediately label these states and attempting the following strategies, one can return to consistent state of mental functioning.
DEFINITIONS from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III)*:
Dissociative Disorders: The essential feature is a sudden,
Atypical Dissociative Disorder (300.15): Trance-like states,
Depersonalization Disorder (300.60): The essential feature is
The symptom of depersonalization involves an alteration in the
Associated features: Derealization is frequently present. This is manifested by a strange alteration in the perception of one's
Other common associated features include dizziness,
-Maintain a routine.
-Establish time and place landmarks such as calendars and
-Try to read one complete news article daily to increase
-Leave TALK radio/ television, news programs (not music) on
Don't push youself. Dissociation is an acquired habit, so it will take time break.
*DSM has now been updated to DSMR-IV, but the definitions above still apply.
Related link: reFOCUS and Trance States
Modified by Cynthia at Fri, Feb 28, 2003, 16:09:19
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