The benefits of meditation are quite profound and wide. More focus, concentration and joy are only the immediate results you’ll experience. Meditation increases your consciousness as well, which is a lot more profound.
The 4th State of Consciousness
There are several states of consciousness all of which normal human beings with well-functioning nervous systems possess.
- Deep sleep
- Transcendental consciousness
Transcendental consciousness, the fourth state, is the natural part of your mind – pure stillness. It’s characterized by increased brain alpha wave activity, in which your senses are completely silent but you’re fully awake and alert. You’re calm and tranquil but more awake than ever before.
This 4th state is also the one in which you can experience bliss. It marks the bridge between the ego and the true self, in which you can get access to higher states of consciousness.
- Cosmic consciousness
- God consciousness
- Unity consciousness
These states are indicators of spiritual growth, in which you surpass your own personal ego and will begin to experience unity, instead of duality. When I say “god”, I’m not referring to some sort of an old man or any other entity that sparked the universe into existence. Instead, I’m referring to the divine essence of life itself, which is the term even Einstein used.
Consciousness and Quantum Physics
Quantum nonlocality is the ability of objects and atoms to instantaneously correspond with each other’s states even at large distances (billions of light years apart), almost as if the universe arranges its particles in anticipation of future events.
How is this possible? Nonlocality happens because of the phenomenon of quantum entanglement, whereby particles that have interacted with each other become permanently connected on the subatomic level. They become so enmeshed and intertwined that eventually they’ll lose their individuality and behave almost like a single entity.
This is how atomic superposition is also made possible. It’s the ability of a particle to be in more than one quantum state at the same time. For instance, an object can simultaneously be in more than one place at a time due to its wave-like character. Instead of it being a single drop of water, it’s in the entire river all at once.
The 4th Dimension
Hypothetically, what gives possibility to this is the nonlocal character of consciousness, which enables the phenomena of superpositioning. Twins who live together all of their lives become so entangled that they can literally experience each other’s emotional states even when separated by thousands of miles. The same happens between a mother and her child because of having carried it in her womb for 9 months.
Figuratively speaking, we live in a 3 dimensional reality like in an axis of XYZ – height, width and depth. This 3D world is like a box with self-constructed idea of time and a principle belief in duality. It’s this whole understanding of “us vs them”, “good and bad”, “black and white.” Herein lives the ego and the notion of the “SELF.”
However, there’s a 4th dimension of reality that cannot be seen or experienced by the rational mind. It’s the spiritual plane of existence, in which our consciousness can be separated from our physical bodies. That’s where all of the phenomenon of nonlocality and superposition occur, without it being possible to explain them in 3D terms. It’s imaginative but not illusory and definitely real.
What No Ego Will Ever Admit
The nature of the ego is as much self-admitting as denying. Firstly, it’s a defence mechanism that imposes the notion of duality on the psyche. This is where its core essence and notion of the “self” lies.
By the same token, it will also refuse to believe its own existence. It doesn’t realize or want to accept it as being illusory because it will completely discard its existence. If it can’t differentiate itself from everything else, then it will lose its meaning and perish, which is something any entity would never voluntarily do.
The false identity created by the ego is an illusion and a distraction from what your true nature really is. It’s a subconscious atonement between the primitive parts of our psyche, the crodocile brain and the monkey mind, that aren’t willing to let go of their dual dream. Sacrificing their existence is out of the question because they’re afraid to lose themselves.
Heightened Levels of Consciousness
What gives rise to the 4th dimension, in which nonlocality and other spooky quantum phenomenon occur is the characteristics of consciousness.
What is consciousness? Is it self-awareness, perception, wakefulness? To a degree all of those things, but it’s more than that.
The physicist Michio Kaku (1) explains consciousness as such: „Consciousness is the number of feedback loops required to create a module of your position in space with relationship with other organisms and time.“
A thermostat has a lower level of consciousness because it only has one dimension of existence, which is to measure temperature. Reptiles follow their instinct and are only concerned with having something in their stomach (hopefully not you and I) and reproduction. Monkeys have complex social structures but still don’t possess reason or language. Most advanced of them all is human consciousess. Not only do we think about our thinking but also can evaluate our position in space and time. We can see ourselves in the past and can create modules of our future selves as well.
Human prefrontal cortex – the crown jewel of evolution – enables us to comprehend ourselves as part of something much greater than ourselves, hence the spiritual nature of our being. Consciousness surpasses the ego and creates this duality into unity, like in quantum physics.
How Meditation Increases Your Consciousness
The 4th state of consciousness is transcendental, which marks the gateway between the 3D and multidimensional planes of existence. Once you realize that who you think you are is just an illusion created by your ego, then you “qualify” to higher levels of awareness, in which you comprehend this god essence.
In Buddhism, the purpose of transcendental meditation (TM) is to comprehend the illusory nature of the ego, wherein lies the key. During practice, you get to experience the innate state of your mind, which is still and tranquil. You’ll realize that thoughts, emotions and other sensory phenomena come into existence only due to the law of causality – they’re the creations of your own afflictive conditions that are based on habits and how you decide to perceive the world around you.
Causality – as you sow so you shall reap. If you won’t give a reason for afflictive thoughts, then there isn’t any causation for them either.
Meditation increases your consciousness due to the ability of creating so many feedback loops with your mind that far greatly surpass your ego and individuality. You rise to so high levels, in which you can connect with the collective consciousness of the planet.
Meditating to Save the Planet
During meditation the person reaches a distinctive state of consciousness characterized by relaxed awareness and enhanced mental alertness (2), which increases EEG power and brain activity (3).
There have also been some remarkable and groundbreaking studies on meditation on the collective level.
- During the hottest months of the summer, crime rates in Washington DC skyrocket annually. The researchers organized a group of meditators to meditate together and the amount of criminal activity was highly correlated with how many people participated in the study.
- In the 80-ties, Israel and Lebanon underwent a brutal war. There had been organized group meditation sessions across the globe, thousands miles away from the region, that focused on peace and reducing hostility. Remarkably, the amount of conflicts and fighting were dramatically reduced at days of meditation, independent of other variables.
How to explain this?
From the perspective of quantum theory, humans are in a unified entangled state, meaning that our consciousness can manifest itself nonlocaly.
Higher levels of consciousness correspond with positive emotions, such as love and empathy, due to the ability of seeing things from the perspective of others, thus transcending the amount of feedback loops from the lower states of ego based fear and duality.
Whatever the case might be, meditation is an amazing mental technique you can use to increase your focus, concentration, mindfulness, consciousness and feeling of bliss.
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- Kaku, M. (2014). The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. Doubleday, USA.
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- Alexander, C. N., Cranson, R. W, Boyer, R. W., & Orme-Johnson, D. W. (1987). Transcendental consciousness: A fourth state of consciousness beyond sleep, dreaming or waking. In J. Gackenback (Ed.), Sleep and dreams: A sourcebook. (pp. 282-315). New York: Garland Publishing.
- Hagelin, J.S., Rainforth, M.V., Orme-Johnson, D.W., Cavanaugh, K. L., Alexander, C.N., Shatkin, S.F., Davies, J.L, Hughes, A.O, and Ross, E. (1999). ‘Effects of group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program on preventing violent crime in Washington D.C.‘ Results of the National Demonstration Project, June-July, 1993. Social Indicators Research, 47(2) pp. 153-201.
- Orme-Johnson DW, Alexander CN, Davies JL, Chandler HM, Larimore WE. International peace project in the Middle East: the effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field. Journal of Conflict Resolution 1988 32(4):776-812