Note: Article re-published from the United Psionics Club with the permission of Float, a UPC Administrator. Author: ShadowMind/L.C
Meditation is an important element in achieving the ability to produce psi effects. What meditation offers is the ability of the mind to be organized, have fewer random thoughts and distractions, and a higher sensitivity to energetic effects normally filtered out by our conscious minds.
There has been a great deal of research in modern times of the benefits and effects of meditative practices. These practices range from the typical visualization and breath counting techniques to the more complex Taoist practices of the meditations dealing with the microcosmic orbit. All in all, the research has provided much positive feedback regarding incorporating meditation in daily life. Benefits ranging from higher resistance to disease, better quality sleep, keeping the mind focused and sharp, resistance to Alzheimer’s disease, better concentration, and the list goes on.
This information alone should be enough to elicit further research into the subject and incorporation into your lifestyle. However, a further bonus in meditative practice involves the practice of psi phenomenon. In occult circles as well as psi circles it is widely accepted that meditation facilitates stronger psionic abilities. Many Taoist’s monks have been reported to have what they refer to as “higher grade” instincts when dealing with other people. Knowing visitors likes and dislikes. In one story that I remember reading, though I cannot remember from which publication, a researcher was interviewing a Yogi in India. To test the Yogi’s purported ability to “see” without the use of his eyes, the researcher blindfolded the Yogi and asked him to ride a bicycle down a crowded street. The Yogi, much to the researches astonishment, did so without any difficulties. This article does not suggest that any who practice this meditation will be able to accomplish such a feat. However, the practice of meditation will help, in many ways, the study and practice of psionics.
In order to gain the most from meditation, the practitioner wants to occupy both hemispheres of the brain. This helps in achieving what Yogi’s refer to as supra-consciousness. This is the state in which the conscious mind is occupied and frees the subconscious. True meditation involves the integration of both cerebral hemispheres. The left hemisphere contains the rational, whereas the right contains the intuitive and non-verbal.
To begin with, find a space that is comfortable and you are not likely to be disturbed for the duration of your practice. Make sure you are not overly tired or so comfortable that you may fall asleep. Create whatever atmosphere within the room is most conducive to meditation. Relax your body. There are many methods used to accomplish this. There are two I use most frequently. The first is to tense each muscle beginning with the face and ending with the feet. Tense each in turn and then relax it. The second is to just move your mind from head to toe and when you come across a muscle that is tense, relax it.
Once you have achieved relaxation, settle your mind with your breath. Feel the breath come and go in your body. Breathe in and out with your diaphragm. Do not breathe with the chest. Deep breathing is enriching for the bloodstream and relaxing for the body. It is also healthier than shallow breathing.
Now that the mind is with the breath and the body is relaxed, begin counting backward from ten to one. Once you get to one, begin again at ten. This will occupy the left, rational, side of the brain. Counting backward is more unnatural than forward requiring greater attention from the left-brain. Do this in synchronicity with the breath. At the same time visualize a white light coming into the area between the brows and about one inch up in synchronicity with the breath. This engages the right side of the brain.
To further occupy and synchronize the mind we use a copper penny. This engages their sensory cortex strips as it is placed on the same region as the visualization of the white light. The penny will act as a biofeedback device. It monitors the tension of the forehead. If the muscles on the forehead tense up, the penny will fall. Tension in the forehead is often the cause of headaches and this teaches the muscles a much better habit.
To get the penny in the proper location do the following:
Place the penny flat between the eyebrows, holding it in place with the forefinger. Slide it up to about the center of the forehead. Push the penny firmly in place and take the forefinger away. The penny should stay in place as long as tension is kept from the forehead.
Of course, the step of placing the penny on the forehead should be done prior to beginning this meditative practice.
This meditation is very effective in smoothing out brainwave patterns, synchronizing the cerebral hemispheres, and allowing the autonomic nervous system (the system that controls the body’s automatic functions such as heartbeat, stomach, etc) to gain ascendancy over the conscious mind. This will bring greater control over your own consciousness and bring clarity and the ability to sense weaker energy patterns normally filtered by the conscious mind.
* Bibliography: Tart, C.T., Ed. “Altered States of Consciousness” New York: Wiley, 1969.
* Mumford, Dr. John, “A Chakra & Kundalini Workbook” Llewellyn Publications, 1994.
* Murphy, Michael; Donovan, Steven , “The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation” Esalen Inst, 1988.