The world needs more people who practice Samādhi. It is a unique partition of consciousness with extraordinary benefits. Do you meditate and reach the transcendent? Would you like to learn?
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. When you reach this partition of mindfulness, the internal dialogue is absent. One only experiences our original state of awareness.
Other teachers like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Joseph Campbell call this state bliss consciousness, pure consciousness, and transcendental consciousness. This partition of consciousness has unique metabolic characteristics. These individual markers include increased brainwave coherence—brain frequency operation in the theta-wave between 4 to 7 Hz.
It is also the fourth state of consciousness because it is the first primary 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 absent the internal chatter.
Why Practice Samādhi?
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 the Eightfold Path of Yoga. Other Eastern methods of mediation teach techniques identical under a variety of names.
“The postures are only the “skin” of yoga. Hidden behind them are the “flesh and blood” of breath control and mental techniques that are still more difficult to learn, as well as moral practices that require a lifetime of consistent application and that correspond to the skeletal structure of the body. The higher practices of concentration, meditation, and unitive ecstasy (samadhi) are analogous to the circulatory and nervous system.” Georg Feuerstein The Deeper Dimension of Yoga” ― Georg Feuerstein, The Deeper Dimension of Yoga: Theory and Practice
“When our mind works freely without any hindrance and is at liberty to ‘come’ or to ‘go’, we attain Samadhi of Prajna or liberation. Such a state is called the function of ‘thoughtlessness’. But to refrain from thinking of anything, so that all thoughts are suppressed, is to be Dharma-ridden, and this is an erroneous view.” ― Hui-Neng
The most efficient way to reach this state is width Japa meditation or the commercial version known as Transcendental Meditation (TM). They base this process on the use of specific sound formulas called Mantras. This form comes from the ancient Indian Sanskrit tradition.
They do not base Sanskrit on meaning but the energetic properties of sound. These sounds are often used together in what we know as Mantras. When you use the correct Mantra, it silences the internal chatter. No wonder they call it bliss consciousness. We enter a deep state of rest while the mind remains alert but silent.
The Benefits of Samādhi
It doesn’t matter which technique you used to reach this state. It’s a spiritual technology everyone should learn. When you practice Samadhi regularly, you build a platform for other higher states of consciousness. In addition, it lowers your heart rate and respiration, which refreshes the mind and reduces stress.
When you combine the 4th state with the waking state, you can enter a higher consciousness state. The sixth state is of consciousness is what many teachers call Witnessing. Those who achieve this state can observe reality from two distinct vantage points. First, they are present in the physical body and simultaneously from a second vantage point, usually from above the physical body.
We didn’t skip the 5th state. It’s the Shamanic Journey. Michael Harner calls this state of awareness the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC). You reach this altered state using an ancient technique that combines 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.
The catalog of ancient methods for exploring consciousness is what we call spiritual technologies. They are a collection of processes to develop the potential of the mind, body, and spirit. They offer us ways to expand awareness and reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
We want everyone to practice Samādhi and experience the 4th state of consciousness. Here too, one can experience what Oneness is all about. Don’t leave home without achieving it. Find a Yoga practice that’s right for you. You’ll be glad you did.
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(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia