Samādhi is a Sanskrit for a unique state of consciousness. There are many ways to describe this state. We hope the following will help you understand the benefits of reaching this state of consciousness.
Samādhi a separate state of consciousness
Samādhi is the fourth state of consciousness after waking, sleeping and dreaming. From (Sanskrit) Samādhi, sama, meaning “together,” and dhi, meaning “mind.” Its most basic definition implies a complete state of consciousness. People also refer to it as 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.
More importantly, this state is most notable for its profound state of rest while the mind remains alert but without thought. The experience of those who reach this state is one that scholars and teachers from Joseph Campbell to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi describe as a state of bliss consciousness because the individual is self-aware without having the normal inner dialogue. In this state, the practitioner’s awareness expands. The spiritual technique we use to reach this state is Japa Meditation. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi calls this process Transcendental Meditation (TM).
How to reach Samādhi
The meditative process for achieving this state is known as dhyāna. This process is found 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. The process is also referred to as Japa Meditation. The process itself is based on the use of specific sounds. These come in the form of Mantras. When used correctly, this sound allows the active mind to become silent. Quiet the mind to the point where one is simply aware. However, this awareness is absent thought or sensations of the physical realm.
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. Embracing this 4th state builds the platform for other higher states. When you are able to combine the 4th state with the waking state you enter the fifth state of consciousness. This is known as “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 body from above. Thus, one is witnessing from a spiritual perspective while living in the physical body.
This state is similar to reports by Shaman. They gain this state through the journey or dance of the Shaman’s drum. Of course, there are other benefits from this perspective. There are those who claim it enables them to “See” the spiritual aspects of other people and living things. This is one way the Shaman can diagnose and prescribe treatments for a variety of ailments both physical and spiritual.
We wish everyone would experience this inward journey of Samādhi. Here too one is able to experience what Oneness is all about. Don’t leave home without achieving it. You can too if you embark on the “Hero’s Journey” utilizing the spiritual technologies developed by our ancestors.
What are Spiritual Technologies?
In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:
- Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer. They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile. These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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