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A Technique for Soothing Mental Activity, Achieving Deep Relaxation, and Alleviating Stress in a Wakeful Hypometabolic State

Meditation is much more than a relaxation technique; it is a form of silence

Today, the term 'meditation' has become a catch-all phrase, leading to a common misunderstanding. At its core, meditation is a practice of 'silence,' and other activities should be referred to by their distinct names (refer to the section below titled 'Other Techniques').

Numerous relaxation methods are often mislabeled as meditation, when in fact, they encompass relaxation techniques, mental exercises, breathing techniques, or even physical exercises.

Meditation is essential for anyone aiming to:

  • Achieve deep relaxation
  • Cultivate inner peace
  • Alleviate daily stress
  • Establish balance within oneself
  • Enhance mental efficiency
  • Foster creativity
  • Deepen intuition
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Lessen anxiety
  • Boost psycho-immunity
  • Expand awareness

Transperosnal Meditation

Transpersonal psychology posits that transpersonal meditation encompasses any form of meditation aimed at transcending the self to attain sublime experiences. Every transpersonal meditation cultivates a form of "silence," hence, it's often termed "silent meditation." The primary objective of this meditation is to soothe mental activity, yielding deep rest and stress relief.

Silent meditation is a straightforward technique that, when practiced consistently, fosters a durable sense of inner fulfillment, bliss, and joy. It's a non-religious, scientifically-examined method aimed at unlocking personal potential. This effortless, relaxing technique naturally diminishes stress and nervous tension, transitioning individuals into an "awake hypometabolic state."

Scientific inquiries into the "awake hypometabolic state" achieved through silent meditation affirm its beneficial impacts in stress reduction, intelligence augmentation, and overall well-being enhancement.

The essence of meditation extends beyond mystic or astral experiences during the practice, focusing more on its transformative effects in everyday life. Even the calming of the mind isn't the core of meditation but a natural outcome of its correct practice.

Abraham Maslow, a vanguard in humanistic psychology and a founding figure in transpersonal psychology, dedicated his latter years (during the 1960s) to exploring transcendence or self-transcendence. He delved into various transcending techniques and individuals who regularly transcended, moving beyond self-actualization. His seminal work laid the cornerstone for transpersonal psychology. Maslow elaborated on moments when individuals encounter peak experiences, during which the self-identity melds into a broader, encompassing unity with the entirety of existence. This paradigm is the crux upon which transpersonal psychology is built.

Benefits of Transpersonal Meditation

Enhances Physical Health:

  • Better management of key factors linked to heart disease and asthma
  • Alleviation in psychosomatic ailments and stress-related conditions
  • Enhanced brain and nervous system functionality
  • Accelerated recovery and heightened resilience to stress
  • Reduction in excess body weight

Boosts Mental Health:

  • Alleviation of anxiety and depression
  • Augmentation of inner peace and contentment
  • Lessened reliance on tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and non-prescribed medications and drugs
  • Increased emotional stability and maturity
  • Reduction in irritability
  • Cultivation of higher states of consciousness
  • Fostering of intuition
  • Nurturing of creativity and inner harmony

Learning TP Meditation

The technique is distinctive, utilizing a special sound or vibration— a mantra, which aids in transcending to a deeper state of consciousness.

In the state of transcendence, the mind enters a profoundly relaxed realm, operating within delta brain waves (ranging from 0 to 4 hertz).

A mantra is a word devoid of specific meaning; it represents a root sound, articulated in Sanskrit, and is individualized usually based on one's jyotish birth chart or personal needs. The mantras I employ in my practice are known as shakti bija mantras—unique sounds or combinations of sounds engineered to resonate at specific frequencies, and when chanted accurately, they have the potential to awaken and invigorate energies within the body and spirit.

This method is simple, natural, and effortless, recommended to be practiced twice daily for 15-20 minutes, in a comfortable seated position, with eyes closed. It transcends religious, philosophical, or lifestyle boundaries, focusing solely on psychophysical relaxation.

Silent meditation serves as a potent method for self-development, accessible to all regardless of religious affiliation or atheism.

The learning session spans an hour, encompassing both theoretical and practical aspects.

Price for learning transpersonal meditation: €80.

What is the role of mantras in meditation?

Mantras are potent words, whose power lies in the vibrations created when voiced. They represent primal sounds that have resonated through meditative practices for millennia, serving as tools for healing, spiritual growth, and fostering mental tranquility and emotional stability.

The essence of a mantra is to channel sound and vibrations in a specific direction, with its repetition cultivating a distinctive energy and harmony within the mind, which in turn, reverberates through the body. The term 'mantra' originates from two Sanskrit roots: 'man,' meaning mind, and 'tra,' signifying release. Through mantras, the aim is to soothe the mind, honing it to a singular focus, enabling transcendence.

Mantras are individually tailored to invigorate processes within a person, balance the mind, stabilize emotions, and thereby aid self-healing and the deepening of the meditative experience. They are mentally articulated, inwardly, in Sanskrit, to maintain the profound resonance and vibrations they emanate in their authentic form.

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is a technique blending creative visualization with suggestion, crafting a potent pathway to relaxation and personal growth. By utilizing vivid imagery and positive affirmations, it engages the subconscious, rendering this method effective in overcoming fears or reaching defined objectives. Unlike transpersonal meditation which seeks to still the mind, guided meditation necessitates active mental participation.

The rewards of guided meditation encompass enhanced concentration, stress alleviation, and heightened self-awareness. It can also ameliorate sleep quality and bolster emotional well-being. Through guided meditation, individuals have the opportunity to foster positive mental habits and establish a solid groundwork for achieving their aspirations.

In contrast, transpersonal meditation propels one beyond personal experience to access profound states of consciousness, without the active engagement of the mind. The distinction between these practices resides in the engagement level of the mind; while guided meditation promotes active mental participation, transpersonal meditation aspires to quiet the mind, reaching a tranquil state of silence.

Both guided and transpersonal meditation present diverse methodologies and benefits, adaptable to a practitioner's unique needs and objectives. Guided meditation often acts as a catalyst towards accomplishing specific life goals, whereas transpersonal meditation facilitates a deeper spiritual exploration and personal evolution.

Other Techniques

Planetary Meditation refers to the articulation of root sounds (in ancient Sanskrit), executed and reiterated in a specified manner. Each sound corresponds to a distinct planet, aligning this technique with Jyotish. Vedic wisdom posits that the world emanates from sound, with everything in existence expressible through vibration. Modern science mirrors this notion by describing a "unified field" of vibration. These sounds possess healing properties, with their principal function being the restoration of balance.

Creative Visualization entails imaginative projection, often facilitated by soothing music. This method nurtures creativity, ingenuity, constructive capacity, and enhanced memory retention. It diverges from meditation.

Chanting involves continuous repetition of a particular word or phrase, typically done 108 or 1008 times, ranging from once to several times daily. Such repetition may induce a trance-like state. Given the active engagement of the spirit it necessitates, it's distinguished from meditation.

Contemplation denotes a process of deliberate reflection on a specific topic, idea, or query. In practicing contemplation, an individual may pose a certain question or topic, then delve deeply into thought in a tranquil setting, often with eyes closed, to arrive at insights or comprehension. This practice engages the mind in active awareness, exploration, and reflection.

Contrarily, meditation aims to diminish mental activity, achieving a calm or detached awareness, while contemplation entails active, conscious thinking and analysis.

Both contemplation and meditation, despite their different aims, serve as valuable tools for personal and spiritual growth. Meditation fosters deeper awareness and inner tranquility, whereas contemplation promotes introspection, understanding, and critical thinking. Various spiritual or philosophical traditions often employ both practices in tandem to explore inner and outer realities.

Concentration signifies the practice of directing attention toward a specific object or experience, like body parts, a candle, a particular point, the universe, chakras, or akin. The objective is to hone a sharp, unbroken awareness of the chosen focus, training the mind to remain serene, focused, and undistracted.

It's vital to note that while concentration is a crucial aspect of meditation practice, it doesn't equate to meditation. Concentration demands active mental control, while meditation leans towards relaxation, acceptance, and non-judgmental awareness.

Autogenic Training, to an extent, melds concentration (focusing on body parts) and contemplation (considering certain suggestions), diverging from meditation. Rooted in self-hypnosis, it employs suggestions to attain deep relaxation, aiming for a sense of heaviness and warmth in various body parts through mental exercises and formula repetition. This practice encompasses six standard exercises designed to control breathing, pulse, and body temperature for stress reduction and general well-being.

Hypnosis, a state of narrowed consciousness receptive to suggestions, transitions the brain from alpha to theta waves while relaxed. During hypnosis, only muscular alterations occur without metabolic change, contrasting with silent meditation which significantly alters metabolism, achieving an "awake hypometabolic state," offering a distinct experience.

Bioenergy & Healing, involving energy channeling or transference, deviates from meditation. Meditation, a deep restorative state, revives "inner intelligence" to alleviate stress, invigorate the immune system, and promote health stabilization through the removal of accumulated fatigue—validated by numerous scientific studies. Healing differs by engaging with "cosmic energies." There's a potential downside as individuals may transfer personal energy to clients alongside cosmic energy. Either way, meditation doesn't intertwine with healing or energy exchange.

Prayer, an active spiritual endeavor, entails reaching out to the divine with requests or gratitude. If it involves repeating phrases or words, it can resemble mantra chanting, thus having a relaxing effect. While prayer may emanate "from the heart to God," it never equates to meditation.

Breathing exercises, known as pranayama within the realm of yoga, are often conducted prior to meditation, though they aren’t regarded as a part of the meditation process. Pranayama contributes to the harmonization of blood circulation and nerve currents across various body parts. Through controlled movements, and a cycle of squeezing and relaxing, the diaphragm and abdominal muscles are adequately exercised. Furthermore, essential organs and systems such as the heart, lungs, digestive organs (including the stomach and liver), kidneys, endocrine system, and nervous structures like the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves, and sympathetic nerves are all tenderly massaged and revitalized through these exercises.

Yoga bears a profound connection to meditation and is recognized as an ancient science of holistic living. The term "yoga" embodies the essence of unity. It is delineated into eight limbs, known as Astanga, which encompass:

-Yama: This limb sets forth fundamental rules for righteous conduct, encompassing principles like ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truthfulness), asteya (honesty), brahmacharya (sensory control), and apigraha (detachment).

-Niyama: Niyama outlines more personal principles that dovetail with Yama.

-Asana: This limb represents body postures – often what comes to mind for many when yoga is mentioned. Asanas depict the body's state and underscore the synergy between the mind and body.

-Pranayama: As mentioned earlier, Pranayama entails breathing exercises that may interact differently with various body positions.

-Pratyahara: This limb is about retracting the senses inward, where senses are tethered not to the object of observation but to the subject.

-Dharana: Dharana symbolizes focus or concentration.

-Dhyana: This limb embodies the seamless flow of mind and thoughts, encapsulating contemplation.

-Samadhi: Samadhi refers to a state of pure and undisturbed consciousness, attainable through appropriate silent meditation. It represents a state of being, transcending the realm of doing.

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