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Russell Brand: “What does Quantum Physics have to do with meditation?”

Is it really possible to experience unity?

Yes, but before we can understand how, we first have to give a complete new definition of consciousness.

The ancient texts decribed how consciousness was a field, like a universal ocean that was omnipresent. Individual consciousness is then like a wave on that ocean. Quantum physics is now confirming this reality.

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ocean-decreasingTranscending would then be an experience of the wave settling down into the ocean. When the wave is completely quiet, it actually merges with the ocean, we experience that state of unity with the source of creation.

However, this image of consciousness as an ocean with many different waves feels counter-intuitive, as we tend to think of our consciousness as localized, created by the human nervous system.

Actually it is a lot more intuitive than we can imagine, and throughout this page we’ll discover that a lot of things start to make a lot more sense, once we take a new perspective. We just have to redefine the relationship between mind and body, as we’ll do below.

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Are we just individual walking robots, or a part of something larger

computerThe scientific view today tends to compare the relationship of mind and body to a computer. Just like there are microchips doing millions of calculations per second, all together giving rise to the software, so are there millions of electrical processes in our brains, all together giving rise to our individual experience of consciousness. At first sight the computer analogy sounds very logical. When we put the computer in sleep mode, the software stops working, when some part of the hardware is damaged (brain damage) it clearly influences the performance of the software, and when the hardware is permanently broken, it’s “game over”.

Still, most people feel there’s something missing in this picture. The mind tells us one thing (that we’re essentially walking robots) the heart tells us something else, that robots don’t feel love, don’t have self awareness or can’t paint a beautiful painting or write a song that touches the heart.

Our philosophers have tried to find the fundamental answer to the question of who we are for thousands of years, without much success.

And yet the answer has been there all along, since the beginning of time. All we have to do is look at the relationship between mind and body from a different angle, not through the analogy of a computer, but by using the analogy of a radio.

radioWhen you think of it, the music that comes out of a radio is very much connected to the radio. If it’s switched off, the music stops playing, if the hardware doesn’t work properly, it greatly affects the quality of the music, and if the radio is broken, there’s no more music. Yet at the same time the music is coming through the radio, rather than from the radio.

We all know that radio music is just a vibration on an omnipresent field (called the Electromagnetic field), that get’s an individual localized expression through the radio.  We also know that this same field can vibrate in many different ways at the same time, and create many different forms of music at the same time, pop, rock, dance, classical etc.

So what if the human body is just like a radio that is tuned in to a particular frequency, so that each person has their own “music”, their own individual thoughts, expressions of their consciousness. In that case at the source of their thoughts they would ultimately be unified with everyone and everything. The radio analogy allows us to understand how our consciousness can be both localized, connected to our bodies, and unbounded and united with everything at the same time.

But if we were truly connected to each other, then why we don’t experience this?

Because we only actively use a small portion of our true mental potential. What we call the “conscious mind” is really only the top part of the wave, all the rest is hidden in our sub-consciousness. It’s a part of our mind, but we can’t consciously experience it. The part where the wave merges with the ocean is what Carl Jung referred to as the “collective unconscious” the part of our subconscious mind that we share with one another.

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So that is why we don’t experience our connection to each other all the time, but nevertheless we do experience it far more than we realize.

Some people can clearly feel it when something happened to a loved one, for example, but there’s an even far more ordinary experience, something we feel every day, that illustrates our connection to each other.

Love

Love is the feeling of feeling connected to each other.

With some people the connection is so strong that it shoots right through our subconscious minds and we love somebody, with others it’s more subtle, for example when we send money to the other side of the world to help people cope with a natural disaster, people we never met and never will meet. A robot would never do this, but we do, because we’re human, and to be human means to be united with each other, united with Nature.

All the great teachers from all religions have brought this message. Their message of love is essentially the message of developing our true potential, so we can experience that connection 24/7, and then unconditional love automatically comes, you have no other choice. But because we have tried to understand this message from the computer analogy point of view, we misunderstood it. From the radio analogy point of view, even if it may sound counter intuitive at first, a lot of things suddenly start to make a lot more sense, both normal and so-called paranormal experiences.

But why are we only using a small part of our potential? Why can we only experience the top part of the wave. The answer is remarkably simple: Because we forgot how to train our minds (and our brains) how to use their full potential.

The mind is like a muscle, if you train it, it will grow stronger, if we neglect it, it will shrivel. The experience of transcending is exactly that training that the mind needs to develop it’s full potential.

What exactly is transcending?

The ancient texts from the oldest tradition of knowledge describe transcending as a unique 4th state of consciousness, characterized by a state of complete silence, yet full conscious awareness. They described regular experience of this state as essential for our full human development.

Throughout the ages people have tried to reach this state of complete inner silence through different forms of “meditation” which really involved some kind of controlling the mind and forcing it to be silent, usually through some form of concentration (on the breath, a sound, or “being in the now”).

maharashi280_431428aIn 1958 an Indian scientist, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, came to the west with the message that this was never what meditation was supposed to be all about. Controlling the mind is completely ineffective to reach that state of inner silence, because the more you try to be silent, the more you actually keep the mind active.

True meditation, he said, is completely effortless and natural. When the correct technique is used, we don’t have to force the mind to go to that state of silence, it will naturally go there. For the mind transcending is like coming home, and it wants nothing more than to have this experience. The mind also instinctively knows how to go there, we only have to allow it.

This process of allowing the mind to naturally transcend is what Maharishi called the Transcendental Meditation (or TM) technique, something that anyone can learn and which is enjoyable to practice. And research over the past 40 years, as well as experiences from over 6 milion people who have already learned the technique, shows that it appears to create exactly the effects that were predicted in the ancient texts, the development of our full human potential.

ocean-decreasingHow does it work? during TM practice, the mind will start to experience a thought at finer and finer stages, completely effortlessly and naturally. The wave starts to settle down into the ocean, (it’s less effort for the wave to be silent than for it to be active) until the very finest stage of thought is transcended and the wave has completely merged with the ocean.

This is a state of pure silence, yet at the same time the mind is completely alert, completely conscious. This is an experience of our individual consciousness merging with it’s universal source.

This source (the ocean) has particular qualities, such as unconditional love and unbounded energy and creativity, and by going back to this source, these qualities will be enlivened in our minds when the wave rises back to its individual form.

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The more we repeat the experience, the more we start to train our mind to use it’s full potential, even outside of meditation, until we reach a state of “unity consciousness” a state where the unity with everyone and everything can become a living reality.

 

But the effects of the experience of transcending can be felt usually from the first time people start to practice the TM technique. These effects, on all areas of life, can be found throughout this website. A few of them are summarized below:

1. A profound state of rest: much deeper than ordinary relaxation, even deeper than sleep, allowing the body to spontaneously remove even the most deeply rooted stresses, even traumatic stress.
2. Inner peace and happiness: decrease of stress hormones/increase of happiness hormones
3. Holistic brain development: the state of unity, measurable through EEG brain wave coherence measurements.

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1.Transcending = Deep Rest

Mind and body go together, where one goes, the other follows. When the mind transcends, and reaches that state of complete inner silence, the body will spontaneously be drawn into a very deep state of relaxation as well, far deeper than that attained even in deep sleep.

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This can be objectively measured by monitoring oxygen consumption. [1], [2] This graph, from a Harvard Medical School research study, shows that, during TM, the body comes into a state of rest that is twice as deep as even the deepest rest during sleep. More than 30 studies around the world have confirmed this deep rest during TM practice.

This deep rest activates a strong inner healing power in our own bodies. Relaxation means relaxing tensions. The body has a completely natural way to remove tensions that it accumulates.

This is what we happens during sleep but the rest during sleep doesn’t always go deep enough to remove more deeply-rooted, traumatic stresses. Transcending gives a level of rest that can help dissolve those deeper rooted stresses.

cnn storySometimes, the results can be most dramatic with those who need it most.A recent study with US Iraq War veterans showed a 50% reduction in PTSD and depression after only 8 weeks of TM practice. [3] The results were so impressive that CNN TV did a feature on it on US Veteran’s Day. (Watch the CNN video.)
This was a confirmation of earlier research with Vietnam war veterans that was already done 25 years ago.

PTSD,-anxiety,-depressionIn that study, the TM group saw such significant reductions (in PTSD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc.) that, after only 3 months of practice, 70% of the war veterans required no further treatment. The control group that received standard psychotherapy showed no improvement. [4]

These people have problems that go far deeper than ours. If TM can help them, where other approaches have had limited success or failed, it holds the prospect for helping anybody.

The video below shows several more examples of just how powerful TM can be for those who are suffering from stress. It also shows why more and more scientists, educators, celebrities and governmental institutions are supporting the TM technique.

In search of happiness

The ancient texts described the experience of transcending as a state of deep inner happiness. This is why the mind will transcend spontaneously, if only it gets the chance, because it is looking for this happiness.

Today, though modern science, we can measure this state objectively, by measuring concentrations of “serotonin”, our happiness hormone. Under stress serotonin production in the brain will decrease. During TM practice, it will spontaneously increase. [5]

serotoninMedical research has shown that too low serotonin concentrations are related to a number of problems, like depressions, addictions, migraines, insomnia, Alzheimers, anger, eating disorders etc. Artificially manipulating serotonin concentrations, through medicines, is not always effective, and has many negative side-effects. Through the experience of transcending, it will increase spontaneously, without any negative side effects.

Transcending = Measurable Brain Development

We have earlier described transcending as an experience of unity, essential for our full development. EEG measurements in the brain show a remarkable transformation during this experience

Every time a part of our brain is active, the electrical activity can be measured through an electroencephalogram (EEG) and the results can be displayed as a waveform. Nowadays, one can send several of these waveforms from different parts of the brain to a computer and mathematically calculate the extent to which these waves are similar, or coherent. A high coherence means that these different parts of the brains work together as one whole.

When our attention is directed outward, we see things, hear things, smell things etc. Different parts of the brain (visual cortex, auditory cortex etc.) are functioning independently from one another and coherence between the parts is generally very low. When we allow the mind to transcend our awareness becomes expanded, the wave expands into the ocean, and this is clearly measurable through a strong increase in EEG coherence. (shown on the graph by lines, the thicker the line, the higher the EEG coherence).

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Here’s a video where you can see how EEG coherence rises to a maximum during the TM practice in real-time.

EEG coherence is related to everything that is good about the brain. When EEG coherence increases, IQ and creativity will increase, we’ll have faster reflexes (important for athletes), more emotional stability, more impulse control etc. We’ll even spontaneously start to act more loving towards our fellow human beings. EEG coherence appears to be a way to measure to what degree the qualities of unity (love, creativity etc.) are lively in our awareness.

The more we have this experience of high EEG coherence, the more our brains get used to optimal functioning. As a consequence, EEG coherence outside of the TM practice rises also. For more information, see transcending = brain development.

How can I learn to transcend?

Transcending is effortless and pleasant to do, it can be learned by anyone, and gives immediate results.

girl meditatingThe Transcendental Meditation technique is taught individually, by a professionally trained teacher who is able to lead a person, in a completely natural way, to the experience of transcending.

If one has had this experience once, then the mind remembers it and, afterwards, it will go back there spontaneously, in a totally natural and effortless way, provided that one uses the correct technique. This technique is taught step by step, during four consecutive meetings. This initial training course is followed by a extensive program of follow-up meetings to ensure continued correct practice.

Do you have 1 hour to discover how everything can change?

Through these links, you can find more information on what TM is and how it works and how you can learn TM.  The first step, however, is simply to attend a free, no-obligation information seminar. These seminars are organized in various locations in Ireland on a regular basis (See dates and locations of the free introductory seminars). During these seminars, you’ll hear in more detail how the TM technique actually works and what you can expect from it.  You’ll receive information and answers to all your questions so you can decide whether you’d like to learn the technique.

What the Media is saying about TM

What people are saying

“Transcendental Meditation has opened up a new world of good health and well-being for me. I am so much more in control of my life and realise that there is something I can do to reduce my stress levels and feel more relaxed. It is such a blessing — I am grateful to have found it.”

Aisling Drury-Byrne, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Musician & Teacher


“The best thing I ever did in my life was to learn TM as an architectural student in 1973. I have benefitted in a multitude of ways from it’s simple, easy practice. In the morning, when I sit down to practise TM, it’s as if I receive a mental bath. Having more energy and clarity as a result of my TM practice, I am able to give and receive more, not only in my professional life, but in my personal life also.”

Peter Mullins, Architect


“As a musician, I feel that it helps me to perform better and as a teacher, it allows me to approach the classroom in a relaxed state of mind which, I believe, in turn has a positive effect on my students. I would highly recommend TM to anyone who is looking for an easy and effective way to bring balance into all aspects of their lives.”

Rachel Robinson, Musician & Teacher


“I encourage all my patients to practice Transcendental Meditation. Experience Shows and research confirms, that it is the best vaccine against stress-related conditions. Regular practice keeps you inwardly settled despite being surrounded by chaos.”

Dr Donn Brennan (MRCGP), General Practitioner.


“Having practised TM and the TM Sidhi Programme for 27 years I find it hard to describe the magnitude of change it has brought to my life other than to say it has changed everything ; in a phrase perhaps it has made me a completely happy and enriched person enjoying all aspects of life.”

Derek Crampton, Businessman


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