Maum Meditation For Beginners: A Brutally Honest Guide For You

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Maum meditation is a relatively new meditation technique. It was founded in 1996 by Korean Woo Myung in South Korea. This was in the wake of  Transcendental Meditation.

Transcendental Meditationh had started to be popular in the West in the early 1960s and it brought with it its fair share of controversy, which spilled over onto Maum. 

Of the more than 31 meditation techniques we’ve covered on THE DAILY MEDITATION, maum is one of the most controversial.

Maum Meditation is based around the idea that most people live in a false world and not in reality itself.  They are trapped in “false mind”.

Those who practice Maum meditation believe that it helps them to move out of the false world and into the real one. This is an idea shred by the Hawiian Huna..

However, this idea of fake and real worlds is partly why Maum has come under so much attack over recent times, as I’ll discuss in just a sec.

Maum is one of the lesser known meditations because it has been so heavily criticised ever since it was first created.


So here’s a warning: Lot’s of people believe maum meditation is a cult

All smart meditators know that there are some shocking myths and lies about meditation).

So take this with a pinch of salt.

Firstly, there are many people who have stated that maum is a cult and is dangerous.

Personally, I take that with a big pinch of salt. Because fifty years ago people thought that Buddhist meditation was dangerous, a cult, evil, going to kill you.

In the West we very quickly label things cults and then decades later change our minds.

Back in the 50s if you told someone that you practiced meditation they would presume that you were cutting the heads off chickens and putting curses on everyone and their mum.  I exaggerate, of course, but it is well documented that people used to consider meditation “voodoo-hoodooo”.

Nevertheless, lots of people who say that Maum is a cult.

There’s actually a very interesting discussion on this on Quora.

Quora user Mack More says:

“All cults share the same set of control tactics, because there is only one method of non-chemical mind control that works. So if you learn that set, you are protecting yourself, not only against one cult, but all cults.

It has to do with psychological and social pressure.

All of the pressures are applied simultaneously, such that the recruit is overwhelmed, and in response to that overwhelm, the cult hopes, the recruit will “voluntarily” give up their critical thinking faculties and subordinate their free will to the will of the group.” CONTINUE READING.

So is Maum a cult?

Whether Maum is a cult or not is not for me to judge. If you want a website that judges you’re on the wrong one. THE DAILY MEDITATION believes in an open mind.  Whether or not maum is a genuine and helpful technique is not under our jurisdiction to argue.


How To Do Maum Meditation Technique

The best way to learn Maum meditation is through Woo Myung’s books.

Presuming you have read the warning about this potentially being a cult. I will share what I know of this technique for educational purposes only.

As with all meditation techniques on this website, we strongly advise you to read the instructions slowly and carefully so you fully understand the procedure first. We also recommend contacting a healthcare professional before beginning and perhaps hiring a meditation teacher.

Maum meditation technique uses eight stages. The first seven stages prepare practitioner to leave the false world and enter the real world. When you’re first learning how to do maum meditation read these instructions slowly and go easy.

1: The first stage of maum meditation aims to create oneness between the practitioner and the universe. To do this stage, sit comfortably on a meditation cushion or yoga mat. Now visualise the death of your physical body and imagine your soul floating off into space.

2: The second stage of muam meditation gets the practitioner to recognise “False Mind.” This stage moves you past feelings, emotions and thoughts. To do this, imagine that you are in space and there is a black hole next to you. Now visualise yourself throwing your emotions and thoughts into this black hole. Now throw your spiritual self into the black hole.

3: This stage destroys your emotions and memories. To do it, imagine that you are putting everything that defines you (your possessions and such) onto a conveyor belt. Visualise your possessions moving along the conveyor belt into a fire. They are destroyed.

4: The fourth stage of maum meditation requires that you do a simple chore like cleaning the dishes. Associate this task with the destruction of your physical form.

5, 6 and 7: Stages five six and seven are repeats of stage 4 with different chores. With each chore you do, imagine your physical form being destroyed more and more.

Maum Meditation USA Introduction to Maum Meditation Official Version 360p

Is Maum meditation just a cult?

So you’ve learnt how to do maum meditation. But there’s an important question to ask: Is Maum meditation just a cult?

Many believe that maum meditation may just be a cult.

What do you think?

Is maum meditation a legitimate form of meditation of is it just a cult?

Share your thoughts in a comment.


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Flint · August 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm

I was deceived by fake smiles of Maum cult. They pretended to be nice until they control your mind and pocket. They used deceptive marketing tricks. They maybe look like nice people, but in fact they want to brainwash your mind to leave your family and true friends.

Flint · August 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Woo Myung cult cheated me to join maum. Maum brainwashed me and my family sistematically. My life is ruined by maum.

Maum has 8 levels to brainwash people. Level 1-3 is ‘honeymoon’ period because helpers/senior members (cham-dong) were pretending to be nice to you and they show fake smiles. But after level 3, they start brainwashing you to be submissive to cult leaders (sbssn) and justify their lies & propaganda.

The worst is after completion class, because maum starts demanding you to support a cult center financially and get more new students. The helpers/instructors make you feel guilty if you do not give enough money to them. One instructor blamed me because I only donated $500 (too little?) and called me with a derogatory remark (insulting words).

During completion class, you can see true color of woo myung. He was supervising students in a concentration camp in Mendoza, Argentina. He screamed a lot and blaming students if we can not finish his farm.

Recently, helpers and senior students get letters from him. In a letter, woo myung encouraged helpers and senior students to brainwash new students.

In summary, the maum method does not work and it makes people get more stress. I feel pity to helpers because they are always sad & stress if do not get new students. Many centers do not run well and many centers are closing down.

The cult center is hell, hell, hell. The older the center, the situation is usually getting worse. Maum cult is more like business. It focus on how much money you can give and it keeps pressuring senior members to bring money and get new students.

Stan · May 2, 2018 at 4:18 am

It is most definitely a cult. In level 4 you have to accept Woo Myung as the creator of the universe and believe that he and only he will take away your false mind and take you to the new world. Yup

Kim · February 22, 2018 at 2:19 am

Thank you so much to The Daily Meditation, the guest blogger, and to the commenters. I really appreciate that this blog post was written with such an open mind.

I’ve been practicing this meditation for over 8 years now and I find it really unfortunate that there isn’t much positive about maum meditation written online. To be honest, there were definitely times that I was afraid that it might be a cult because I didn’t always agree with what the helpers said or how they were doing things. But in the end, it all depends on how I take the experience.

Surely, I did not feel peaceful or happy holding onto those worries about being in a cult. When I focused on throwing away my thoughts, as the method guides me to do, I found the peace that I was looking for.

Maum meditation’s purpose is not to teach anyone anything different. As Derek mentioned, there are many similarities with scientology. Not only scientology, but there are similarities also with Christianity, Buddhism, and other religions, philosophies, and practices. The principles as to why human mind is false and why it must be discarded in order to find truth are actually not all that different when you study other religions.

What maum meditation strives to do is enable people to actually remove their false minds so that they can live and be the truth that they understand already. There are many positives that I want to share as well as some cultural differences that I think makes maum meditation look like a cult. But my comment is long enough. You can read more about my experience with this meditation on my blog. Thank you.

Derek · January 11, 2018 at 4:12 am

Great write up man, and i totally agree with you and the other commenter that this is not a cult whatsoever. It’s kind of unfortunate but the really good spiritual stuff in the world just gets absolutely mocked and shamed by the masses, and the way maum meditation has a fearmongering circle around it almost lets you know right away it’s legit lol.

And to add to that point further, i’ll share some info you might find interesting – this maum meditation following honestly mirrors scientology a tonnn. I was brought up in a family where my father was/is a Scientologist so i was able to grow up with it around me (occasionally, as I was never forced to go), so i feel lucky that I’ve been able to learn about it from the inside and see the good side of it, which is in direct contrast to the batshit crazy stories that everyone knows about from the news (i’ve only been around one church, and it is full of good people).

from the spiritual makeup of maum meditation and its ideas with it’s 7 (or more?) layers, to the cult label and massive fearmongering outside it, to the idea of ridding yourself of the false mind that rules over you in order to know the true you, it is honestly eery personally to have come across maum meditation because of how much it mirrors scientology. The importance of mental image pictures and the storing of each and every one of them is a huge part of scientology, and maum meditation likens your body to a camera where you store all sights and perceptions etc and you live under this. I mean these ideas (and many more) mirror each other to a tee it’s scary! Even how the followings are accused of using manipulative marketing schemes, and how the upper levels are restricted from the outsiders until you go deeper and deeper.

It’s a long comment lol but i hope it serves well. I really appreciate your open minded write up on it, as it was one of the first google searches i hit when i was discovering this just in the past day or two (maum meditation), and so it was a great resource to just learn about what the basics of the practice are without any of that extra outside noise accusing it of being culty. If you type in “maum meditation” the majority is filled with naysayers, even google ads is running on that search query and it advertises itself as “Avoid Maum Cult” lol. Pretty crazy…

Ian Be · October 13, 2017 at 7:12 am

This is absolutely not a cult. It is just another method of trying to find peace of mind. Take with it what you will. I have been trying maum meditation for almost a month now and I can say I already feel more joy and peace than I did before. If I want to stop, I will. But I want to continue on each level! It is not a cult. Very nice video and well explained^!!

    Paul Martin Harrison · October 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Ian. Thanks so much for your valuable insights. Good to hear Maum meditation is working. Actually I would love to hear more about your experience if you have any more insight to offer. Thanks so much.

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