Samādhi ― The Fourth State of Consciousness

Samādhi ― The Fourth State of Consciousness

This is the 4th state of consciousness.  It has metabolic characteristics that set it apart from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.  See why you need to 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 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 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. 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 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 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.

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are processes.  Are the tools of consciousness.  They enable us to expand awareness and explore higher states of consciousness.  These processes stand up to the test of science. They exhibit repeatable common experiential phenomena. And, many have unique physiological characteristics.  These signatures are unique from waking, sleeping, and dreaming. Because they are processes, they do not the belief or faith in any religious doctrine. All you need to do is follow the process.

In Conclusion

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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References

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

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