911 symbolizes many different things:

Posted on September 11, 2011 by


  • deluding,
  • dangerous power of fixed believes of rigidly
  • held belief systems of narrow-mindedness of black and white thinking

The  men who did this crime against humanity believed they were doing the right thing.  It wasn’t for personal gain or for ransom.  It was a religious act.  These crimes were created on a level of believes rigidly held about who god is and  who is on the side of the
divine.  We are right and they are not so they must die.

This is an extreme level of black and white thinking.

This is my interpretation of a discussion and explanation that Craig Hamilton shared this morning.  Craig was discussing the benefits to humanity of collective meditation.  Perhaps not making an immediate or dramatic change,  he was sharing that if we want a world with conscious and awake people, putting our energies into mediation is a way to create this.  Using meditation techniques for getting at the roots of ego and at human ignorance opens us to spontaneous change. Putting effort into changing the world is valuable yes and needed, yet it will only be partially effective.  It will always be led by somebody’s story of the mind.

He went on to suggest that while we may not see ourselves at the extreme level of black and white thinking as those who created 911, we do stray in all kinds of little ways by adherence to those stories in our mind.  Our unquestioned believes that lead us for the wrong reason and lead us to  misunderstand motives that potentially leads us into destructive behaviour.

When Craig asked us to look at it through this lens I believe  his motivation was to share with us that meditation is listening. Listening to our minds.  A type of meditation that the practice is letting go of identification with our thoughts and learning to not pay attention to them.  To train to observe our thought lightly,  let it/them go and not pay attention as they are passing through our minds.  He called this letting go of our compulsive addiction to thought.  If we engage in a practice like this day after day, we begin to find space around our thoughts and have freedom of choice that we are not aware we have. Craig suggests a practice to  take the time to step out of engagement with thought for each day.  Having this freedom of choice is how we can have change,  how it will change people individually and how we can begin to change tremendous acts of violence collectively if we begin to look at the roots of violence that seems to run deep into our human nature itself.

I enjoyed this perspective.  We did experience technical difficulties and  the complete dialogue wasn’t available.   What I was able to hear sounded  familiar to what I have heard from Marshall Rosenberg in his explanation of  Nonviolent Communication and in Moshe Feldenkrais dialogues discussing the Feldenkrais Method.   They each have similarities, each involve developing conscious awareness, focus upon how we perceive information and are all based on self-inquiry.  Yet one method focuses on relationships, one on how the body functions and one on evolving.  It is reaffirming to listen and hear the alignment in views.

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