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Unselfing

Unselfing is a biocognitive term to express the process of detaching from the social and cultural labels of self. Unselfing occurs during deep levels of meditation or contemplative states. It is a groundless awareness that rids self of all its masks and labels. Without proper guidance, however, unselfing can be a frightening experience. In pathological conditions, it manifests as dissociative and depersonalization states during extreme anxiety reactions. Contemplative adepts can enter unselfing states at will without deleterious effects.


On the contemplative excursion, these depersonalizing incidents are not uncommon, and at times, necessary to shed the false grounding we have with our physical identity. Returning from the unselfing experience leads to integrating authenticity with self-in-the-world.

Such is the way of the Drift.


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