In the Hindu tradition, they talk about how siddhis emerge after one begins a process of deep meditation and awakening. Siddhis are special abilities and capacities, the equivalent of charisms or “gifts of the Spirit” in the Christian sense. In the Letters of Paul, in the New Testament, he talks about how different gifts of the Spirit were emerging in the early church at that time, among the followers of the Jesus movement. From studying the letters and the historical evidence we have, it seems that some people were prophesying, some were healing, and some were having visions of foresight and intuition—all kinds of really interesting things.
In a recent conversation with a client, we were talking about how these things have begun to emerge when we do the Profound Meditation Program — not in a religious sense, but how different gifts have started to become more pronounced, like the gift of intuition. It seems that meditation practitioners begin to sense into things, and know things that are going on within ourselves and with others. Sometimes we see across the space-time barrier. There is deep insight, we can think more clearly, we can write better, we can communicate more clearly, and we have more creativity.
In my case, my strength training and working out is more focused and more inspiring. My guitar playing abilities have increased phenomenally—and not just because I practice a lot. Those of us who have stayed with the Profound Meditation Program practice on a daily basis are achieving extraordinary results in a very quick time. When we focus on a capacity that we want to develop, whether it’s playing a guitar, becoming a writer, teaching, playing tennis, playing football, being a ballet dancer, whatever it might be, when we show up and do the practice daily, really pushing ourselves into that zone that is beyond what we can currently do, neurological changes happen and new abilities begin.
When we evolve and improve the function of our brain, we’re virtually changing the function of everything that has to do with the brain—which is really our whole human existence. The human brain is not just contained within the skull, but it’s spread out through our whole body. Our energetic field is spread out beyond that, and we’re all connected on deep levels in the field of just-existence that arises from moment to moment. It’s quite remarkable.
As we transform, a lot of things begin to break down: our cynicism, our despair, our lack of hope, and the feeling of resignation that happens, when we think, “Oh well, we’re just here in a random universe, and we’re either really good at something, we’re really gifted, or we’re not, and we just have to play this thing out.” We can feel doomed by our genetic makeup, by our character, and by our fate.
But then we realize that with practice and dedication, we can improve just about everything that matters. We can become wiser; we can become more spiritually mature; we can become more intelligent; we can become more creative; we can become better thinkers; and we can become more emotionally intelligent. We can even become brilliant in whatever field we feel vocationally called to engage in. This is an extraordinary leap in how we approach life. Instead of making excuses, we begin to see things as challenges to be engaged in and worked on. New challenges will always arise; when we finish one and get it out of the way, then bam! Here comes the next one.
Not only do we have to cultivate our capacities and our gifts, we have to go through the next creative step of getting them out into the world, getting them out to our communities, getting them out there where they can actually begin to inspire, causing a chain of minor and major creative events. How this plays out as things unfold and evolve is beyond our knowing, but it’s essential that we do it. We’ve learned from the mathematics of chaos theory that the littlest fluctuation, a completely minor and seemingly unimportant event on the edge of things, can actually transform the whole picture.
We never know what our gifts, what our challenges, and what our own evolution and revolution are actually going to cause in the world, but that’s really not our job. Our job is just to stay in integrity with our practice, and to stay in integrity with what we really feel our soul callings and missions are. When we do that, then we let the universe take care of the rest. This is kind of what I’ve been going through…
Adapted from iAwake Technologies’ free, weekly teleconference call on May 22, 2013.
John Dupuy is the CEO of iAwake Technologies and the founder of Integral Recovery, a holistic addiction treatment approach inspired by Ken Wilber’s Integral Model. He is also the author of Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to Alcoholism and Addiction, recently published by SUNY Press. As a pioneer in the use of brainwave entrainment in therapy and personal development, John has dedicated his life to helping others deepen their spiritual practice and transform their lives.