Learn Why You Need to Practice Samadhi

Learn Why You Need to Practice Samadhi

The world needs more people who practice Samadhi. This is a unique partition of consciousness with extraordinary benefits.  See why you need to learn how to reach this restful state of meditation.

The Fourth State of Consciousness

Samādhi or Samadhi is a Sanskrit term.  It is two words, sama, meaning “together,” and dhi, meaning “mind.” Its most basic definition means “a complete state of consciousness”.   It is complete because it is a pure state of awareness.  The internal dialogue is absent.  One only experiences our original state of awareness.
 
Other teachers call this state, bliss consciousness, pure consciousness, and transcendental consciousness. This partition of consciousness has unique metabolic characteristics. Just a few include increased brainwave coherence. Brain frequency operation in the theta-wave in the range of 4 to 7 Hz.
 
We call this the fourth state of consciousness. This is because it is the first main partition of consciousness after waking, sleeping, and dreaming. This state of awareness is most notable for its profound state of restfulness. The mind remains alert but without any internal chatter.  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi calls this partition of consciousness bliss consciousness.   Maharishi Mahesh Yogi calls this process Transcendental Meditation (TM). Japa Meditation is the generic name for this process.

How To Practice Samadhi

The meditative process for achieving this state is dhyāna.  You can find this process in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In this Hindu system, Dhyana is the seventh limb of this eightfold path. Other Eastern systems of mediation teach methods identical under a variety of names.

One can reach the fourth state of consciousness using a simple but effective form of meditation.  The most common form is Japa meditation or the commercial version known as Transcendental Meditation (TM). This process is based on the use of specific sound formulas called Mantras.  This particular form comes from the ancient Indian Sanskrit tradition.

These languages are based on the energetic properties of sound.  These sounds are often used together in what we know as Mantras.  When the Mantra is used correctly, this sound allows the active mind to become silent. It allows us to quiet the mind and enter a deep state of rest while the mind remains alert but silent.

The Benefits of Samādhi

It doesn’t matter which technique you use to reach this state. It’s a spiritual technology everyone should learn.  Practicing the fourth state of consciousness builds the platform for other higher states.

When you can combine the 4th state with the waking state, you enter another state of consciousness.  The sixth state is Witnessing because those who achieve this state can observe reality from two distinct vantage points. Additionally, they also report Seeing through their physical senses and at the same time viewing their bodies from above. Thus, one is witnessing from a separate perspective while living in the physical body.

We didn’t skip the 5th state.  This is the Shamanic Journey. Michael Harner calls this partition the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC). You reach this altered state using a combination of creative visualization and sound.  This process comes from ancient Shamanic traditions all over the world. In this state, the brainwaves are also in the theta-wave area.

There are many other spiritual techniques that you can use to create your path.  Here is a list of these processes.

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable.  Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.

You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method of grouping.

Critical Thinking

The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.

The second group is the tools of logical reasoning.  These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.

Next, a research tool we call Comparative Analysis.  This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems.  This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. The first advanced progression is the use of Japa Meditation or Transcendental Meditation (TM).  To practice Samadhi is to open the door to the fourth state of consciousness.  And this pure state of awareness is the platform for the practice of even more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is another tool key to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding. This includes techniques like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a Spiritual Journal and Automatic Writing. Here we introduce Lucid Dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for Third-Eye Awakening and soul memory awareness.

Healing Practices

Healing practices are the last group.  This branch includes Pe Jeut, Reiki, and Shiatsu.  Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.

In Conclusion

We hope everyone has the opportunity to practice Samadhi and experience this restful state. Here too one can experience what Oneness is all about. Don’t leave home without achieving it. You can too if you embark on the “Hero’s Journey” using the spiritual technologies developed by our ancestors.

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References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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