The danger of solipsism and New Age occultism

During morning meditation, I said silently, ‘I am seeking that place of quiet calm. A voice replied,  ‘You must have other reasons for seeking the place of quiet calm apart from that of ‘simply feeling good.” The self, ostensibly fleeing itself, finds itself again.

Solipsism is indeed a grave danger for anyone engaged in the practice of meditation. Attempting to come to a broader, more encompassing, more considered standpoint than that of the narrow, self-preocuppied self, one has to be vigilant, for the pleasures of subjective experience (my meditation, my insights, etc.) may win out. Through meditation and also through philosophical inquiry, the inquirer is looking to become ‘the one who…’ (specifically: the one who philosophizes), not the narrow I who experiences and emotes.

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