In 1922, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, paleontologist and geologist, French philosopher and Jesuit priest, introduced the concept of Noosphere which he described as “the sphere of thought encircling the earth that has emerged through evolution as a consequence of this growth in complexity / consciousness.”
During the last 20 years, the Internet has revealed the astonishing extent of this new reality. Today, for better or for worse, not only can information reach any corner of the world in an instant, but new communities are born every second through our extensive social networks.
Tap into Your Inner Potential & Rewire Your Brain for Bliss
Over 600 scientific research studies conducted at more than 200 independent universities and research institutions in 30 countries have demonstrated the profound benefits of meditation. These studies have used the most rigorous research methods and evaluation procedures available in the social sciences, including time series analysis which controls for weekly and seasonal cycles or trends in social data.(1)
The benefits of a regular meditation practice affect all aspects of the individual: brain and mood, mind and performance, body and health, relationships, aging and can even generate peace in society. Scientific studies support the statement that prayer and meditation can heal at a distance through nonlocal intention and that if we can reach a critical mass of 1%, we can shift the collective negative and criminal behavior to a more a peaceful state. (2)
Many types of meditation have been used in the various studies: Transcendental Meditation, mindfulness, and Zen meditation, to name just a few. It seems that all types of meditation work. However, when you look more closely at compliance in the practice of meditation, some studies report a drop-out rate of about 50% after 2 years. Many psychological factors are attributed to the lack of compliance, including borderline personality. But what is surprising and even astonishing is the fact that after 2 years, 50% of meditators are still continuing a regular practice. It seems that the research has looked more closely at the reasons for dropping out than at the ratio of compliance.
In another sphere of interest, studies have shown that meditation literally hijacks your amygdala and brain, producing powerful neurotransmitters such as serotonin (mood hormone), oxytocin (love hormone), melatonin (antioxidant), acetylcholine (parasympathetic), endorphins (analgesic), dopamine (reward hormone), phenylethylamine (stimulant), and norepinephrine (energy), a powerful cocktail for happiness. (3)
What about the pineal gland, which has been related to a natural psychedelic substance (DMT-Dimethyltryptamine), the spirit molecule, probably responsible for mystical ecstatic experiences. (4) This could be critical to an understanding of why some mediators continue meditating for decades, producing all the beneficial effects related to meditation.
In other words, if your meditation is deep or efficient enough, you could be entering the zone of bliss, which would explain long-term compliance with the practice of daily meditation.
If the benefits of meditation have been proven scientifically and meditation is indeed the least expensive placebo in existence, would it not be interesting to look more closely at how to improve all types of meditation to achieve the efficient zone described above, regardless of the psychological factors?
The many types of meditation can be grouped in various ways. Here are some of the most popular:
- Breathing (Zen)
- Mind attention / passive attention (mantra)
- Mindfulness attention
- Visualization: guided or focused on positive (heart) emotions
According to empirical evidence, the rate of compliance with regular practice is related to the capacity of the mediator to produce the powerful neurotransmitters mentioned above, regardless of the meditation technique employed. This could be the most important determining factor in compliance for your long-term meditation practice. Your meditation will be successful, through regular practice, as you enter into this bliss zone and begin to increase your state of well being and sense of wholeness and the resulting transformations which become ingrained in your physiology.
This is what Dr. Joe Dispenza describes in the expression “going beyond yourself” and experiencing something greater than your contracted ‘ego’ that can reshape and expand your reality (Supernatural). The state of energy that results from a ‘Blissful Meditation’ erases past traumatic experiences, opening your awareness to your Higher Self and redefining your reality.
Meditation is really about rewiring the brain and tapping into your inner potential. (5)
All the thousands of benefits related in hundreds of research studies can become permanent through time and regular practice, as your meditation becomes more and more blissful. Reaching a transcendental blissful state on a daily basis creates a new you imprinted with archetypal values such as love, compassion, and joy. Any meditation technique can be revisited in the light of this new information; any meditation has the ability to manifest a blissful experience.
Meditation is an art and a science that deserves to be respected and taken seriously. Everyone recognizes that knowledge is empowering and that having a direct experience of the source of knowing is even more powerful. The process of acquiring information vertically through meditation (by which I mean with profound awareness) is essential to being able to grasp abstract concepts such as consciousness.
The deepest exploration and understanding of human reality and of the Universe as a whole can only be sensed through increased awareness achieved through the effective practice of meditation.
Another important consideration is that when meditation results in a blissful experience, it could well be the missing component of a strategic cure for addiction, a powerful natural replacement in the treatment of many types of addictions from opioids to alcohol and a creative and positive strategy for working with the addictive personality.
The Pro-Consciousness Meditation course not only explores the basics of meditation, it also teaches the science and art of breathing and mantra in the context of modern discoveries in quantum physics. Anyone interested in learning the key concepts of an effective and blissful meditation, or more advanced meditators seeking to empower their existing technique, will find critical information in this comprehensive program.
For practitioners who are interested in helping others improve their meditation technique or experience, the Pro-Consciousness Meditation course and the Biofeedback and Neurofeedback program are both available today at Quantum University. These programs include training in how to assist and monitor other meditators through the advanced technology of MUSE.
For Christmas, I wish you all a Blissful Meditation!
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