Vipassana, Judgment and Thai Massage

Published | Updated March 21, 2020

Judgment, Vipassana and Thai Massage

Of course, during a session you don’t become “one” with your client. However, what can happen during a treatment is a temporary discontinuity of judgment, like what is taught in Vipassana Meditation. When that happens, properties disappear and appearances become fluid. Things are just there. And in that particular sense, individual persons, personalities, and identities can “disappear.” Temporarily.

Yet, it certainly doesn’t happen every session. And it doesn’t happen a whole session necessarily. Actually, most of the time it doesn’t happen at all. There are just these moments. Shorter or longer. It can happen to both the receiver and practitioner simultaneously or only to one of them — or to both on different moments. One can’t predict. One can’t say.

When judgment is suspended, and I would say that it happens despite of everything — there is this experience which is no experience at all. It is what it is. Just something there without any judgment. Without properties accordingly.

But how and why it happens seems to be wrapped in some kind of mystery. It’s a non-volitional phenomenon. It happens. Despite of. It’s perhaps best described as something like a trance or highly meditative mood and it shows resemblance with the aims of Vipassana meditation.

Maybe it’s just born out of some profound intuition or out of many years of experience. Maybe it’s the firm conviction of equality or even of absolute non-equality for that matter. Or the fact of a myriad, a million of different appearances without judging them good or evil, right or wrong, better or worse.

But whatever I say, finally indeed, we’re blind, blindfolded like Lady Justitia and obliged to admit that we don’t know really. But when judgment halts — and that’s just my actual practical experience — anything is possible, especially healing.

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