Scientists have begun
to study what happens to the brain physically when people meditate
and get enlightened. This page contains links to sites that provide
information in this area.
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Exercise For Reducing Visual Hemispheric Dominance
have done breathing exercises for years to make the nervous system
function symmetrically. Here's a way to do the same thing with vision.
page on machines, software, music, etc., that help people enter
meditative states. Background information, links, and book reviews.
site with wide variety of content. Written by professionals, funded
by venture capitalists, and advised by scientists.
on the Internet
An excellent website at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology about synesthesia, a condition in which
(for example) sounds seem to have colors, smells seem to have sounds,
etc. We include the site here because many advanced meditators perceive
similar phenomena. The site includes first-person descriptions of
what synesthesia feels like.
Articles about the physiological correlates
of spiritual states, links to consciousness-altering software, and
related items. Also has a spiritual aptitude test.
The Effect of Silent Thinking on the Cerebral Cortex
Sir John Eccles
Eccles was a Nobel prize-winning
neurophysiologist and biophysicist before his death in 1997. This
paper touches on a number of areas, but we include it here because
it summarizes research up to the late 1980s on physical activity
in the brain during directed attention, which is the basis of many
forms of meditation. One of the findings is that the frontal cortex
requires a large blood supply during the awake state, possibly,
Eccles writes, because of "all the random thinking in the awake
state, which is sometimes referred to as day-dreaming (Ingvar, 1985)."
In other words, mental chatter is hard work!
of Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi®
This article gives a
brief overview of more than five hundred scientific papers that
examine Transcendental Meditation (a traditional Advaitan method
of japa meditation which is marketed in a modern way) from physiological,
sociological, and psychological perspectives. Many
of these papers were written by real scientists and published in
respected peer-reviewed journals. A bibliography of the papers
is attached. From the official