At the time of the earthquake that rocked southern California on Easter – Deepak Chopra was meditating.
So what, you say?
He sent out a Tweet saying,” Had a powerful meditation just now – caused an earthquake in Southern California.”
Followed by another Tweet, “Was meditating on Shiva mantra and the earth began to shake. Sorry about that.”
It was funny, and of course no one took him seriously, but it made me curious as to how far reaching and powerful our thoughts might be?
A study I read about came to mind that involved Transcendental Meditation affecting crime rates. Studies conducted by the Institute of Science, Technology & Public Safety in 1993 showed that there was a significant decrease in crime rates in neighborhoods surrounding the location of a Washington DC Transcendental Meditation center where TM meditators met weekly. The larger the group that gathered to meditate – the larger the drop in the crime rate was following the meeting.
Somehow the thoughts generated by these meditators had an effect on their environment. Granted it didn’t cause an earthquake, but the correlation between the nights the group meditated and decreases in crime were reviewed and agreed upon by numerous independent academics, criminologists and police personnel.
Another interesting phenomenon correlated to thoughts generated by humans was the enormous change in the earth’s magnetic resonance recorded on September 11, 2001.
A few hours before the 9/11 attacks took place the machines monitoring the earth’s resonance spiked indicating that there was mass intuitive awareness of the horrible incidents that were about to happen. The Global Coherence Project site reported that: Space weather satellites monitoring the earth’s geomagnetic field displayed a significant spike at the time of the September 11th attack and for several days thereafter, indicating the stress wave possibly caused by mass human emotion created modulations in the geomagnetic field. (more…)
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Carol Lesh
Have you ever wanted to make amends with a friend, but were too upset to pick up the phone?
Or, have you experienced the agony of searching for a lost pet? Is there a loved one, or pet that has crossed over that you’d like to contact?
You can communicate with these friends, relatives and pets every time you fall asleep by traveling to the astral plane. The astral plane is the dimension where the soul exists when the earthly body dies.
We may think that when we’re sleeping we only sleep and dream, but actually, we do something more. We also go to the astral plane — a dimension where there’s no time or space, where we meet others on a soul-to-soul level. Being able to say things to specific people or animals is very simple. Just set an intention to see them on the astral.
Set the intention to travel to the astral plane
It’s as easy as saying to yourself any time during the day, “Tonight on the astral, I intend asking John Smith to call me,” or “Tonight on the astral, I intend asking Fido to come home.” Use the present tense to tell your subconscious and astral body what you want to accomplish because there’s no time or space on other dimensions. (more…)
After my post, “Should Meditation Be Taught in Schools?” a few days back, I got to thinking about Transcendental Meditation, thanks to a reader with a comment and a link to The David Lynch Foundation.
TM has been around since the mid-century and is a well known method of meditation. It’s touted as being the most highly researched method of meditation as well. David Lynch, a Hollywood director and long time TM meditator, established a foundation that pays for students, schools and even entire school districts to be trained in the meditation as long as the schools commit to making 15 to 20 minutes of quiet time available to students twice daily to practice.I think this is wonderful thing that he’s doing, as I’m a real advocate of meditation in general, due to its many benefits. It’s also very. very generous of Lynch and the donors to his foundation as the course in TM is known to be pretty pricey.
Two years ago a friend and I attended a free introductory lecture for TM at a local hotel to learn more about it. The trainer came down to the hotel lobby to meet us and took us to a suite where he spoke to us (we were the only two there) for almost two hours on the benefits of TM. It was a very well scripted sales pitch. At the end of his lecture he asked us if we were interested in proceeding and both of us were, until he mentioned that the price tag was $2000.00. I think both of our mouths dropped open. Needless to say we didn’t do it.
I wanted to take TM years ago but the cost, which was less back then, put me off. Luckily, I found The Siva Method, a different type of meditation, shortly afterward which was at least half the price. A few years after that I found a Sahaja Yoga meditation class that was actually free and got a great deal out of it. I found it so valuable that I became an instructor.
The Silva Method is an active meditation where you learn very specific creative visualization techniques. It’s highly effective for achieving goals of any kind. I highly recommend it. Sahaja Yoga meditation is an eastern type meditation where the goal is to maintain a state of thought-free awareness. This state is achieved effortlessly and feels so wonderful you instantly want to continue meditating. I highly recommend it as well. Plus, did I mention it’s free?
From what I know about TM it’s a meditation where one receives a mantra that is repeated to clear the mind in order to achieve this same state of thought-free awareness as Sahaja Yoga, and as in many other eastern meditations. In 2009 TM lowered the prices of their courses. The adult course which was $2000.00 is now $1500.00, which I still think is too expensive. No wonder TM is so well researched they can afford to pay for research to be conducted on their method.
I still can’t imagine why the TM course is so expensive. The only thing that comes to mind is that we Westerners perceive higher cost with greater value. Perhaps the marketing division of TM is using this strategy? Could it also be possible that Maharishi might have gotten a bit greedy after he saw how readily Westerners hand their money over for meditation courses? The high cost is a turn-off and actually doesn’t sound very spiritual to me. In any case, after a quarter century of daily meditation I’m very satisfied with the technique I’m using.
So, unless I become the fortunate recipient of a scholarship from The David Lynch Foundation I’m pretty certain I’ll never find out if TM is really worth the cost.
Has anyone taken TM? I’d love to compare notes.