This term describes a state of consciousness with metabolic characteristics that set it apart from waking, dreaming, and sleeping. See why you should learn how to reach this restful state of meditation.
The Fourth State of Consciousness
Samādhi 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. Other terms to describe this partition of consciousness include bliss consciousness, pure consciousness, and transcendental consciousness. This is a partition of consciousness with specific metabolic characteristics which include increasing coherence of brainwave pattern and brain frequency operation in the theta-wave in the range of 4 to 7 Hz.
We refer to it as the fourth state of consciousness since it is the first main partition of consciousness after the default partitions of waking, sleeping, and dreaming. This form of awareness is most notable for its profound state of restfulness while the mind remains alert but without any internal chatter. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi describes call this partition of consciousness as bliss consciousness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi calls this process Transcendental Meditation (TM). Japa Meditation is the generic name for this process.
How to Reach Samādhi
The meditative process for achieving this state is known as 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. However, other Eastern systems of mediation across the Indonesian archipelago also 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 two most common forms are TM and Japa meditation listed above. These processes are based on the use of specific sounds from ancient languages like Sanskrit. 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 definitely a spiritual technology everyone should learn. Practicing the fourth state of consciousness builds the platform for other higher states.
When you are able to 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 are able to 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 another partition of consciousness that one reaches using a combination of creative visualization and sound. This process comes from ancient Shamanic traditions all over the world. The fifth state of non-ordinary consciousness is referred to as the Shamanic State of Consciousness (SSC) by Michael Harner noted anthropologist, writer, and Shaman. In this state, the brainwaves are also in the theta-wave area.
Above all, these spiritual technologies stand up to the test of science. They exhibit repeatable common experiential phenomena. And, they also have unique physiological signatures different from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). So, they require no belief or faith in any religious doctrine. Therefore, all you need to do is follow the process correctly.
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. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
We hope everyone has the opportunity to experience the restful state of Samādhi. 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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