A new application of fundamental truths is spreading on the Web. Cognitive Enlightenment Therapy combines science and meditation in a strikingly original way that we haven’t witnessed since Neuro-Linguistic Programming appeared almost forty years ago. NLP took new thinking in linguistic studies regarding word and sentence structures and combined it with the self-programming techniques of meditation. Cognitive Enlightenment Therapy goes further – much further.
Where Bandler and Grinder introduced transformational grammar to psychotherapy to come up with techniques for self-directed reprogramming that are much embraced by motivational speakers everywhere, CET uses what the founder (inventor?) of Cognitive Enlightenment Therapy calls ‘transformational ideas.’
Meditation uses a single point of reference (chants, mantras, visualization, etc.) as a means stopping the mind from incessant thinking. NLP replaced the mantra with the affirmation. CET takes a giant step beyond either technique to introduce transformational ideas.
Cognitive Enlightenment Therapy points out that the order in which one thinks certain thoughts influences what conclusion are reached. For this reason, according to the anonymous creator of the technique, the transformational ideas are to be studied in the order that they are presented. The readings include subjects as diverse as biology, cosmology, gender and physics. After each reading comes a statement about a relationship between the most recent reading and previous readings. The statement is then used as the focus point for meditation, as if it were a mantra.
Nothing is known about the founder of Cognitive Enlightenment Therapy, according a Yahoo Groups CET practitioner’s group, a poster who went by the screen name El Be in a meditation forum, commented on a discussion of meditation and gender. The poster’s original thinking inspired so many questions the poster put up a FAQ blog. Whoever is behind it moves the blog from one URL to another, for no apparent reason. There are those who think the whole thing is a hoax, and there are others who argue the movement of the blog is the author’s way of preventing CET from being used by anyone as a hoax.
Discussions of Cognitive Enlightenment Theory are increasing on the Net. There is currently no CET blog and many are wondering if El Be has quit or is just too busy to keep up with all the questions. The fact that El Be originally warned that discussing the effects of CET meditation can short-circuit the cognitive momentum required to break through into a state of enlightenment is one of the reasons the movement remains obscure.
Interest in CET meditation has been shown by some academics. Cognitive scientist Dr. Elizabeth Silverstein is trying to initiate discussion of the process, but is finding it difficult to get people to open up about their experience because of the warning from El Be that progress can be hindered by too much discussion. Don’t talk about it: do it, seems to be a common maxim.
Many of the posters to the Cognitive Enlightenment Theory forum believe Dr. Silverstein is way off track. As one poster puts it, “I’ve been following the original reading – meditation couplets for over a year now, and frankly, I understand the nature of reality better now than I did after three post-graduate degrees. El Be’s insistence that mass doesn’t warp space, it is warped space, has totally revolutionized my view of General Relativity, and I teach the subject. If El Be starts a cult, sign me up.
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