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Scott: Can meditation be dark?

Dawn Scott discusses whether meditation can be dark.
Here there are all these maps and they’re terrified in Buddhist tradition there.
Name the terrain that the heart mind is starting to unfold in ways as it moves towards liberation, as it moves towards freedom, so transcendent dependent arising, progress of insight you’re 16 steps of mindfulness.
Some of those maps are, it can be really helpful just to help us to make sense of where we are, that we don’t take it so personal, we see that like, “This is a process.” That as the heart comes in contact with the truth of experience. The fluid, alive in permanent nature of life. The fact that when we experience things that are quite pleasant and that are to our liking, that they do come to an end and that can be quite painful. So that nature and then seeing into the conditionality of our experience and seeing like, “There is not some solid entity called Dawn.” You can actually control experience but that can be quite disturbing for the heart-mind.
You hope that there’s enough resilience in the heart-mind
is in the body has been studied by some of the stages that it’s passed through the different terrain that its pass-through of like a rapt attention and tranquility and happiness and then deep states of meditative absorption. When you come out and you connect with these truths that can feel like an assault to the ego that there’s enough steadiness and a wellness in the heart-mind that it’s not so disturbed by connecting with the truth that these experiences. That said sometimes there’s not a lot of wellness in the system when these insights start to arise.
That’s why I feel like it’s really important to really give ourselves to the tranquility practices that there is some amount of wellness and wellness in the form of strength and happiness that helps us to be with ego coming into contact with the truth of experience and the deconstructive process that can feel so excruciating.
Even when there’s wellness in the system, it’s challenging, deeply rooted habit patterns that have kept us safe. The ego comes up, fights and there can be a lot of fear, almost like a nameless fear. You’re just afraid all the time.
The sense of like, what’s the point? I don’t want to do this any more [inaudible] , I don’t want to practice anymore. It’s a part of the process. It’s not personal. But it feels personal, it feels like your practice is falling apart and that’s when it’s really essential to have a teacher who has gone through the experience that you can lean into. They can say, “You’re doing great, keep going.” There’s a teacher who, I forget his name, he passed on to his students. I’m pointing at my palm because the person I learned this from had it tattooed on his hand. It was, “I love you” and the other one was, “Keep going.”
He would just have that there like, “love you, keep going.” Essentially when you’re going through that stage, your teachers are essentially saying, “I love you, keep going. You’re doing great, keep going.” This is a part of the process, you’re not doing anything wrong. At the end is your freedom, your heart, free of greed, aversion, and delusion. That’s no small thing. That’s not.
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