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Overview of research on individuals experiencing higher states of consciousness during Transcendental Meditation
by Fred Travis, PhD
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16 January 2014
On 16 January 2013 MedicalNewsToday.com reported: A scientific paper published this week in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences gives 'an overview of research on individuals experiencing higher states of consciousness'. Author Fred Travis, PhD, explains that different meditations have different effects, and that meditation can lead to 'nondual' or transcendental experiences, a sense of self-awareness without content. However, after a search of the scientific literature he reported that physiological measures and first-person descriptions of transcendental experiences and higher states have only been investigated during practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique. TM is an effortless technique that allows the mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought—pure awareness or Transcendental Consciousness. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness—one's innermost Self. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of science.
Dr Travis is Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. USA.
The paper, Transcendental experiences during meditation practice, was published 13 January. It is based on a presentation Dr Travis was invited to give at 'Advances in Meditation Research', a meeting of top meditation researchers in the USA which took place a year ago at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City.
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