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A Case for the Chakras – Part 1

We have all no doubt heard and read about Chakras, the system of swirling light at key points along the central line of the body. Prominent scientists at the fringes of the main stream have been studying and making breakthroughs in this field, most notably Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, and Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama (website).

A question that has plagued the spiritual community ever since 1500-500 BC (Sacred Centers) when the Vedas were written, up until today is whether these spinning wheels of light really exist.

Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, Russian professor of Physics of St. Petersburg Federal Research University, developed a system for measuring the energetic state of the body via technology based on Kirlian photography. It is called Bio-Well, a pairing of camera and software which gathers energetic information from the body using Korotkov’s Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV) technology. Output on the screen via the accompanying software, is a diagram that displays the state of the Chakras of body.

Bio-Well is based on the fact that there exists an energy system about the body, and the signature of which is picked up by the GDV camera, and is interpreted and mapped out to give a visualization of the energetic state of the body and the the Chakra system.

Science is more and more catching up to the claim of the existence of Chakras, with technology based on them to act as a feedback tool of sorts. Once one can see what there energy body is doing visually, then steps to correct any imbalances can be taken.

In his book Theories of the Chakras, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama gives a highly detailed and in-depth description of the Continue reading


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San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation | NBC News

San Francisco students meditating in class – Image via We Are Change

Original story via NBC News:

Silence isn’t something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.

And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students’ demeanor.

“The kids see guns on a daily basis,” the school’s athletic director, Barry O’Driscoll said, adding, “there would be fights here three-to-five times a week.” Continue reading


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Scientists Confirm Perception and Genes Linked

Becoming an adept meditator does more than simply relax the mind and body. It is in this relaxed mind/body state where the most beneficial and rewarding aspects lie, and it’s not just reserved for surface level changes. Our trillions-strong community of cells feel it too, and scientists have the data to prove that where there is a change in perception and awareness, there is a change in the most foundational levels of our organism.

A study headed by Herbert Benson of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has found that not only do the typical physiological effects of meditation and relaxation play out, but there is a marked change in genes as well. The study was conducted with 26 volunteers, all of whom had no previous meditation experience. Their gene profiles were analyzed prior to teaching them any meditation techniques. Benson and his colleagues found, after eight weeks of 10 to 20 minute relaxation exercises practiced daily, upon analyzing the volunteer’s gene profiles again, that beneficial genes expressed more than non beneficial ones. This lends credence to claims of perception literally shaping one’s health. (source article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23480-meditation-boosts-genes-that-promote-good-health.html#.UbnaALvLigV)

is a chipThese findings also tie into cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton’s findings in his decades long research in epigenetics, which propounds Continue reading


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Progressions in Meditative Practice – The Bi-directional Effect

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It is no mystery anymore of the degree to which meditation can be an instrumental force in the overall health of an individual, and if you would like to see the myriad of benefits which meditation brings (and have not done so already), you can read my post “100 Benefits of Meditation“. In addition to the health benefits, are some pleasant consciousness expansion effects which deserve some attention.

Once you have been meditating for a few months (maybe longer or shorter, depending on the individual), the benefits will slowly begin to manifest in ways that one might not expect. Today, I will introduce briefly one marvelous effect that the correct practice of meditation will present to the sitter. This effect is one where the dedicated focus on stilling the mind and body births an exhilarating phenomenon I call “The Bi-directional Effect”. Why? Because the sensation that I’m speaking of feels as though the body is Continue reading


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Mindful Steps – The Art of Moving Stillness

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The walking of everyday life tends to be birthed of a certain purpose, and rarely is a purpose of walking for the sake of walking. Busy-ness serves as the bow that launches the arrow of intent of such walking. Hurried walking from one day with the intent of making it through to the next day as quickly as possible, leads to weeks, then months, then years, and left unabated, then a lifetime of hurried steps. Hurried steps are not limited to walking, for the movement from place to place is the offspring of the workings of the mind. Thus, hurried steps reflect a hurried mind, and a hurried mind becomes a hurried life (I’m sure we all are familiar with the adage “haste makes waste”).

Walking may seem like the most simplest of activities, and sure it may be, but when we walk, are we really aware of the act of walking, or is it more of a means to an end? Mindful walking, however, is something far more involved than one might realize, simply because Continue reading


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The Most Important Thing in Meditation: Relaxation

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For some, relaxation is one of the hardest things to achieve due to seemingly endless stress, and worry as a result of the world that we humans have created for ourselves. Stress mainly manifests in the muscles, where an unalleviated sympathetic nervous system keeps the body in a virtually constant state of “fight or flight.” When the body is in this state, heart rate increases, stress hormones such as cortisol, as well as adrenaline will be released, and the digestive system slows down. Now, when one’s body is constantly under such an influence as this (as is the case with most in the everyday world of now), it is no wonder that many people find relaxation such an unobtainable hurdle when one is following the path of meditation (or just life in general). More importantly, if one does not attempt to alter their physiological state to lessen the strain of the “fight or flight” clamp down, over time the systems of the body will start to deteriorate due to the fact that, among other health effects, the body’s cells will receive insufficient oxygen and nutrients, and coupled with the erratic operation of the digestive system, will lead to disease–chronic diseases if left unchecked.

The body has special mechanisms to assist it in maintaining homeostasis (balance), however, if things get in the way of the body doing its job–i.e. constant, unrelenting stress; poor nutrition; too much of the wrong things, not enough of the right things (in diet, lifestyle, etc.)–then homeostasis will be harder and harder to achieve, and the body must then employ great reserves to attempt to remedy the problem. This also is a kind of stress–environmetal stress coupled with the strain of the body trying to cope with the stress it is enduring on a daily basis. Now one can see why relaxation is not just a good prerequisite to meditation, but can be an essential component in maintaining the overall health of the body.

How to relax the body

Sit, stand, or lay down and be sure that there are no distractions. The optimal environment for the promotion of relaxation is that of peaceful quiescence. Calm any impulses for extraneous activity, and notice that they are merely firings of neurons, and will pass. Once you realize this, you can train your mind to not attach, and to let things pass.

Scan the body starting from the top of the head, section by section, all the way down to the toes, eliminating tension as your focus descends, by envisioning it melting away like fallen snow in the mid-day sun. When dealing with matters of the brain, visualization is the most powerful tool that you have, for it is the brain’s access panel to the fabric of reality.

As you scan, breathe without attempting to train the breath. As you inhale, do not force it–simply allow it to occur naturally. On the out breath, as the air is moving out of the nose, let it parallel the release of tension in the place that the mind is focused on at the moment. Breathe it out like a deflating balloon. Do not use force.

Once relaxation has been achieved, simply sit in your body with your “empty” muscles, and the free flow of the blood pumping through your vessels.

With your newly relaxed body, you can proceed to meditate, or carry on with your day, or stay with the state as long as you wish. It is up to you.

^_^ yey!