The Deeper Meaning of Entrainment

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The Tao never does anything, yet through it all things are done. If powerful men and women could center themselves in it, the whole world would be transformed by itself, in its natural rhythms. ~ Lao Tzu If you “Google” the term “entrainment,” you’ll find dozens of responses, many of them pertaining to brainwave entrainment, which has…

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Brainwave States in Traditional Buddhist and Hindu Teachings Part 4

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Causal Body, Causal State Termed the karana sarira in Vedanta, the causal body is deemed to be limitless and expansive in nature, a body of bliss and spirit. It is the seat of deep wisdom and insight. Certain Buddhist manuscripts have asserted this state to be approachable through the state of deep, dreamless sleep. As such, its…

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Brainwave States in Traditional Buddhist and Hindu Teachings Part 3

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Subtle Body, Subtle State In Mahayana Buddhism, the sambhogakaya refers to the subtle body, or the astral body, which is made of brilliant, clear light. Vedanta calls this the sukshma sarira, correlating it with the “dreaming self” that supports the emotional-sexual, mental and higher mental capacities. Its corresponding state is one in which the mental capacity for discernment…

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Brainwave States in Traditional Buddhist and Hindu Teachings Part 2

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Gross Body, Gross State The densest body in Vedanta is the gross body—the sthula sarira, which supports the waking state of consciousness as well as the annamayakosha, the outermost of five sheaths which cover the deepest Self like a 5-layered lampshade. It is the physical body made up of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and…

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Brainwave States in Traditional Buddhist and Hindu Teachings Part 1

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WAKING, DREAMING, SLEEPING by Eric Thompson The four brainwave patterns most often studied in science (Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta) represent states of waking, dreaming and sleeping through which we pass every 24 hours. While all brainwave patterns are usually present throughout the day, Beta activity is dominant during the waking state. Alpha and Theta appear…

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Brainwave Meditation Programs

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My History With Brainwave Meditation Programs by Eric Thompson I first became aware of brainwave meditation programs  and brain waves when researching alternative methods for treating the bipolar disorder I had been unsuccessfully living with my entire adult life. I eventually learned a method of releasing difficult emotions on the spot, which I then practiced…

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Delta Meditation in Tradition and Science

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Delta Meditation Q: Is delta meditation really that important? Isn’t gamma more important? Why do some people focus on delta meditation when there is virtually no scientific evidence for it? A: The reason I tend to focus on delta meditation is in part because of its significance in the major meditative traditions. Vedanta, for example,…

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Spiritual Growth Through Bi-Directional Causality

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Ever since the emergence of behaviorism, the trend to interpret the material world as being primary and the world of conscious awareness as being secondary (and therefore without the capacity for causation) has increased steadily and rapidly. The wisdom traditions, on the other hand, have usually maintained that the intangible world of spirit is primary.…

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Action Of Nerves Is Based On Sound Pulses, Anesthetics Research Shows

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Danish scientists challenge the accepted scientific views of how nerves function and of how anesthetics work. Their research suggests that action of nerves is based on sound pulses and that anesthetics inhibit their transmission. Every medical and biological textbook says that nerves function by sending electrical impulses along their length. “But for us as physicists,…

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The Object of Your Attention Becomes Your Meditation

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The scientific literature generally defines meditation as a form of attentional training, either active or passive in nature. In its active form, meditation concentrates on a single object until the subject-object duality of the observation collapses in on itself, giving rise to nonduality. Meditation can also take on a more passive quality in which, instead…

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