“Absolute Bliss consciousness belongs to the depths of everyone’s heart.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
It is the term used to describe a higher state of consciousness. Where did this term originate?
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one of the Indian gurus that brought meditation to Western culture in the 1950s. His popularity grew to worldwide status when the Beatles endorsed him and his meditation technique in 1967. His primary aim was to bring meditation to the West. He called the system of meditation Transcendental Meditation (TM).
What is Bliss Consciousness?
As mentioned above, this is one term used to describe a higher state of consciousness. It’s one way to describe this monumental aspect of our psyche. Teachers from Wayne Dyer to Joseph Campbell discuss how this partition underlies all other states.
“Transcendental meditation is like a car, a vehicle that allows you to go within. It’s a mental technique. You’re given a mantra – the mantra that Maharishi gives is very specific, and you start to dive into subtler levels of mind, subtler levels of intellect. You transcend the whole show, into pure bliss consciousness. From your first meditation, you say, “Whoa!” It’s a unique experience, but a familiar experience.” — David Lynch
It’s the first and probably the most important partition of awareness to attain. It opens the door to several other higher states of awareness. To reach these other higher states, one must be grounded in the 4th state.
Some people refer to this partition of awareness as the “fourth” state, pure consciousness, pure consciousness, bliss consciousness, etc. We also know this state as bliss awareness. See research at the David Lynch Foundation.
Is this partition of awareness a separate state of consciousness? Yes, it is! This partition has a unique set of physiological attributes different from waking, dreaming, and sleeping. Some of these unique markers include increased coherence of the brainwave pattern and brain frequency operation in the theta-wave area around 4 to 7 Hz. These distinctive attributes make it a separate state of consciousness. It differs significantly from our default states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
So it’s an essential building block for personal and spiritual development. So, how do you reach this partition of awareness?
There is a simple universal process for reaching this state of consciousness. We know the generic version of this form as Japa Meditation. This technique comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. So, this process has a rich tradition. Many authorities regard this technique as the centerpiece of the eight limbs of Yoga. Thus, this simple but powerful technique is a building block for consciousness exploration.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is the worldwide trademark of Maharishi (1). The generic name for this process is Japa Meditation. More than a teacher, Maharishi became a social icon. His method helped break down cultural barriers, making meditation an acceptable practice in the West. Not an easy task.
Using a Mantra To Enter Bliss Awareness
TM or Japa uses a Sanskrit Mantra in an effortless process. A Mantra is a vibrational tool. You’ll find it at the core of many forms of meditation. In this process, we use a Mantra to travel to the source of our thoughts. This source is the transcendent, bliss consciousness.
Learning Japa (TM) is easy. However, you can’t learn this process from an audiotape. The teacher needs to select a mantra specifically for you. And you need to give and receive feedback during the learning process. Many students reach this state of bliss awareness the first time they meditate using this process.
If you are learning the Japa form of the technique, be sure the instruction includes three phases:
- pre-learning preparation/theory, proper use of the Mantra
- personal instruction throughout the learning process
- and enough post-learning follow-up meetings
Last, if you can’t find someone qualified to teach Japa, contact the Transcendental Meditation Center near you. They are more expensive, but they provide quality instruction in this technique. Both processes are identical. The only difference is cost. The generic always cost less but may not be available everywhere.
Benefits of Bliss Awareness
What are the benefits? Most noteworthy, while in this state, the body experiences a profound rest while the mind alert. This state of restful-alertness is one of the unique attributes and benefits. It reduces stress-reducing or eliminating the need for medication. It is one of the main building blocks of the eight limbs of Yoga.
Many scholars and teachers like Joseph Campbell endorse this technique to explore consciousness. As a result, this state is a building block for more in-depth spiritual exploration. For example, the Siddhis of Patanjali uses the Japa technique as a platform for its Sutras.
The point is, we want you to learn Japa or TM. It is easy to learn, and you’ll be glad you did. It is a life-changing technology. Once you learn it, it is yours forever. That’s a worthwhile investment.
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(1) Transcendental Meditation, tm.org
(1) Transcendental Meditation, Wikipedia
(1) David Lynch Foundation, orgdavidlynchfoundation.org
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia