Originally Posted by Anagogy
I realize this is hard for many people to accept, but nothing can assert itself into your life experience.
Well, of course it can and it does all the time. But it is only because we lack awareness.
But definitely, yes, if you acknowledge that your true nature is pure Consciousness, untainted and untaintable, then nothing and nobody can have any power over you.
But it is easy to say. If it were also easy to truly understand and live, this world would be a loving place, free of hatred and violence, full of harmony.
You live in New York. I'm sure there must be some great vipassana teachers there. Go and do a longer silent meditation retreat with some of them. There is an excellent vipassana teacher in Canada. His name is U Vansa and he is also completing his doctorate in psychology. He travels, every year he comes to my country as well and I have translated for him twice. I am sure he would be able to teach you a lot. Maybe he also runs retreats in New York. But there certainly must be more quality teachers in such a big city.
I don't think this alone would resolve such a serious problem, though.