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Many people are just starting to learn how to do Maum meditation technique.
Maum meditation is a relatively new meditation technique, having been founded in 1996 by Woo Myung in South Korea. Maum Meditation is based around the idea that most people live in a false world and not in reality itself (but then, given that billionaires in Silicon Valley think we’re living in a computer simulation is anyone living in the real world these days….). I digress.
Maum meditation is an alternate form of meditation. One of many. As our regular readers will know, there are over 700 different types of meditation. And Maum is one of the newest. It came on the rise of modern techniques such as Transcendental Meditation.
Those who practice Maum meditation believe that is helps them to move our of the false world and into the real one. However, this idea of fake and real worlds is partly why Maum has come under so much attack over recent times, as I’ll discuss in just a sec.
Maum is one of the lesser known meditations because it has been so heavily criticised ever since it was first created.
So here’s a warning: Lot’s of people believe maum meditation is a cult
In just a sec I’ll share the full instructions for performing the maum techniques. But first up I have to provide a couple of warnings. Firstly, there are many people who have stated that maum is a cult and is dangerous. Now, when I hear that I personally take it with a big pinch of salt. Because fifty years ago people thought that Buddhist meditation was dangerous, a cult, evil, going to kill you… Back in the 50s if you told someone that you practiced meditation they would presume that you were cutting the heads off chickens and putting curses on everyone and their mum. So clearly public criticism is often completely misplaced.
But there are nevertheless lots of people who say that Maum is a cult. There’s actually a very interesting discussion on this on Quora. What Quora user Mack More has to say is very interesting:
“All cults share the same set of control tactics, because there is only one method of non-chemical mind control that works. So if you learn that set, you are protecting yourself, not only against one cult, but all cults.
It has to do with psychological and social pressure. All of the pressures are applied simultaneously, such that the recruit is overwhelmed, and in response to that overwhelm, the cult hopes, the recruit will “voluntarily” give up their critical thinking faculties and subordinate their free will to the will of the group.” CONTINUE READING.
So is Maum a cult?
Honestly, whether Maum is a cult or not is completely outside the scope of this website. And we do not care to comment either way. TheDailyMeditation.com is an educational website providing free information on techniques. Whether or not maum is a genuine and helpful technique is not under our jurisdiction to argue.
How To Do Maum Meditation Technique
As with all meditation techniques on this website, we strongly advise you to read the instructions slowly and carefully so you fully understand the procedure first. We also recommend contacting a healthcare professional before beginning and perhaps hiring a meditation teacher.
The maum technique uses eight stages. The first seven stages prepare practitioner to leave the false world and enter the real world. When you’re first learning how to do maum meditation read these instructions slowly and go easy.
1: The first stage of maum meditation aims to create oneness between the practitioner and the universe. To do this stage, sit comfortably on a meditation cushion or yoga mat. Now visualise the death of your physical body and imagine your soul floating off into space.
2: The second stage of muam meditation gets the practitioner to recognise “False Mind.” This stage moves you past feelings, emotions and thoughts. To do this step of the muam meditation imagine that you are in space and there is a black hole next to you. Now visualise yourself throwing your emotions and thoughts into this black hole. Now throw your spiritual self into the black hole.
3: This stage destroys your emotions and memories. To do it, imagine that you are putting everything that defines you (your possessions and such) onto a conveyor belt. Visualise your possessions moving along the conveyor belt into a fire. They are destroyed.
4: The fourth stage of the maum meditation requires that you do a simple chore like cleaning the dishes. Associate this task with the destruction of your physical form.
5, 6 and 7: Stages five six and seven are repeats of stage 4 with different chores. With each chore you do imagine your physical form being destroyed more and more.
And there you go. Yo unow know how to do maum meditation.
In this video, Nick Scotto shares his experience of the Maum meditation Center in Berkley
So you’ve learnt how to do maum meditation. But there’s an important question to ask: Is Maum meditation just a cult?
Many believe that maum meditation may just be a cult. What do you think? Is maum meditation a legitimate form of meditation of is it just a cult? Share your thoughts in a comment.