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Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

22 Aug 2019

Ex-I, Thank you, I forgot the arts. In response to one of your previous posts, scientists have always been limited in our explorations. All we do is test hypotheses by experiments to solve problems. The mathematicians, they prove theorems. Personally, before the BKs, I have been always fascinated by...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

22 Aug 2019

Pink, You have presented many invaluable points. The main idea being the 2 dimensional way of life, which becomes the BK theory and practice. It's culturally dangerous and dangerous to the growth of any individual. We may cease growing biologically, with respect to our growth plates. Our personality...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

18 Aug 2019

My research in the laboratory and life experiences have empowered me to move away from the soul in the brain BK model to the quantum field theory of consciousness. Here are two links on the subject matter: https://www.scienceandnonduality.com/article/a-new-theory-of-consciousness-the-mind-exists-as-...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

16 Aug 2019

Vieten et al.(2018) extensively discuss areas of future research in meditation, including the more metaphysical or mystical aspects. We still need a more unified model for explaining and understanding the interaction of the soul with the brain. References Vieten, C., Wahbeh, H., Cahn, B. R., MacLean...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

15 Aug 2019

Pink, Your response tickled me and I am currently laughing; it's not in mockery of the BKs. For sure, circadian clock disruption among shift workers, including health care providers is a serious problems. It is a problem for those jet set folks who have to deal with jet lag. I'll see if the list of ...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

14 Aug 2019

Rita, ex-I, and Pink, There are two health areas connected to life style of the BKs, which the BKs should be investigating. One is jet lag and the other is shift work. Both have been demonstrated to be linked to dis-regulation of the circadian clocks in humans and animals. The dis-regulation happens...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

14 Aug 2019

Last year a Brother told me that he attended his girl friend's graduation for her PhD in mind/body medicine at one of the universities on the West Coast of the USA. He indicated to me that one of his girl friend's class mates who was also receiving her PhD dissertation studies on the behavioral effe...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

13 Aug 2019

Pink, I will not disagree with your response. Yes, the BKs are great at spinning ideas, repackaging them. Then as you indicate, there are questions of the contents and constructs of their repackaged products. Even if there are ayurvedic effects when settling karmic accounts through illness, there ar...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

13 Aug 2019

It was the summer of 1978, Denise and Chandru had officially opened the San Antone center in the later winter or early spring of '78. Kumarka had visited North America and other parts of the West in the summer of '77. Janki was visiting the Americas for the first time in the late summer of 1978. She...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

10 Aug 2019

The BKs may claim that their practice is above the 8 limbs of Patangali, because they practice all aspects of the 8-limbs at the higest spiritual levels, including spiritual asanas, meant to be above the physical postures of hatha Yoga. They may also claim that their students have to master 8 types ...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

10 Aug 2019

Investigators such as Winkleman and a professor at Saybrook have a collection of studies on hypnotic states and shamanism. Some researchers have been brave enough to get into the delicate realms of shamanism. I do remember those 3 steps of BK Raja Yoga meditation. I also remember at least 5 years af...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

09 Aug 2019

In traditional cultures, hypnosis is used by shamans for healing. In the case of the BKs, they would frown on shamanistic practices, though they may be using such practices for objectives, which may not be as altruistic as they profess them to be. Here is a link to a paper by Holroyd (2003): The Sci...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

07 Aug 2019

The investigations of Spiegel 's laboratory at Stanford University is interesting and demonstrate that some areas of the brain associated with meditation, such as the default mode network are also associated with hypnosis. There has always been questions about whether the BK vocalizing in guided med...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

31 Jul 2019

I have unearthed some of these papers for readers interested in the current directions of research into meditation at the bench. EEG especially quantitative EEG and magneto EEG have their place in the investigations of mind body interventions, including all forms of meditation. Stetka (2014) provide...

Re: State of scientific research into meditation & conscious

26 Jul 2019

The physiological response, which is elicited during meditation and other similar altered states of consciousness, and later called the relaxation response in humans was initially demonstrated in cats by W.R. Hess (Shampo, Kyle, & Steensma, 2011). The Swiss neurophysiologist classified the analo...
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