Susan, my suggestion is to notice who thinks they're "doing" the
> transformational quickie.
> Sol's suggestion to me during the last retreat was to "give up
> transformation for enlightenment." Although transformation techniques can
> very useful, even better is not manipulating.
> I told Sol recently that I realized I was a "hopeless manipulator" so I've
> been just trying to "be the manipulator" instead of manipulating the
Hi y'all. I find this discussion very interesting particularly since this is an area of frustration for me. To recognize the manipulator in us and see its artful work without attachment is extremely helpful. To manipulate further with transformation techniques is something that I'm not particularly good at - I would argue that it doesn't resonate for me. What I have found is that when I bring the "manipulation" into my higher self or my mandala, it often (not always) dissolves into "non-conceptual space". Of course, that does not mean that the issue or manipulation doesn't come up again at some later time, but generally it is not as energized.
The notion of redirecting our focus from transformation techniques to enlightenment turns me on - is this because I really don't like transformation techniques - partly. However, our manipulations do stand in our way and obscure our vision and therefore our path to enlightenment. So our manipulations do have to be recognized, transformed, let go, or some such thing.
What's your opinion on this Sangha-folk?