Sunday, April 15, 2007

Worthy Of The Wall

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Comrade-in-arms Stuart Resnick on the real "magic" behind Ammachi's hugs:
There's no need to speculate about magical powers: what we know about belief and suggestion adequately explains the minority of people who do get special experiences from [Ammachi's] hugs.

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At 4/16/2007 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's another factor:

Very likely, many who go to get hugged by Amma are, unconsciously seeking to re-enact a perfect connection between themselves and a Perfect Mother archetype.

This is very powerful stuff that we all have in our 'operating systems'--we have all been tiny babies, totally dependent for both bliss and survival, upon a female careprovider, whether it was a biological mother, a relative, or a woman hired to take care of us as infants.

If this bond is disrupted in any way, it leaves trauma, and the earlier in life this happens, the harder it is to access this consciously.

If you have just several hundred persons all seeking successful re-enactment of the infant/mother bond, all projecting this onto a single focus--Amma--and this is done in a setting that is public, stage managed, with all the pomp and circumstance of Guru Theatre

This shared unconscious agenda would be enough to generate a powerful trance state, subtract power from the visitors and project that power onto Amma.

If you guys want an inkling of what this is like, read what Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock, Star Trek) has had to say.

They did a documentary on Star Trek fans entitled 'Trekkies'. Mr.Nimoy was interviewed and he recalled the very first Star Trek convention he ever attended. He
was seated behind a curtain, waiting for it to rise. He told the interviewer that he and the others didnt think all that many people would be there.

The curtain rose.

Mr. Nimoy found himself facing a room bulging with hundreds upon hundreds of fans, all looking at him as Mr. Spock.

He was clobbered by a zillon-watt blast of adoring energy.

Mr.Nimoy looked back on this and was scared, just remembering it.

This is a man who was just an actor and knew he was just an actor. He found himself in very haunting situations. In his autobiography, he recalled a young mother bringing her baby and asking him to give her child a blessing.

Now...imagine what it would do to someone to have that kind of adoring energy blasted at them day, after day, after day.

 
At 4/16/2007 9:56 AM, Blogger jody said...

imagine what it would do to someone to have that kind of adoring energy blasted at them day, after day, after day.

I think most folks begin to enjoy it. At that point, all is lost insofar as their status as a true guru.

 

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