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INSTITUTE OF INTEGRATIVE CHI KUNG

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ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION

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   The Way of the ARHAT, how to meditate in one breath!

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How can we meditate everywhere, anytime

Changing DNA expression

The use of meditation for healing is not new

Physiological changes that occur during Advanced Integrative Meditation

From Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Some benefits of Advanced Integrative Meditation

What is Dhyana?

Steps to develop a daily meditation practice for trauma healing

Why is the 3 Rhythm Breath important in meditation?

Who is God according to Yoga?

The importance of Calcium ions

 

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Advanced Integrative Meditation is a practical step by step technique that allows us to shorten meditation to one breath through the cultivation of structural alignment, mindful awareness and expanded consciousness. Not using intention through the observer we unlock the latent-energy to create reality, arriving instantly at the point of creation. The latent energy in the vacuum which is not subject to time(memory) and space, in perfect harmony with absolute potentiality. A management tool for Kundalini energy conforming potential Life Force Quantum Vital-Energy in the human being.

How can we Meditate Everywhere, Anytime!

Meditation is a state of being fully conscious of ourselves and our alignment to the Earth and the Heavens; therefore, we can practice at all times. When our state of being is "one pointed mind, focused mind, standstill mind, and peaceful mind', we are in mindfulness or meditation. Bringing our mind to our consciousness at all time is meditation. It is not only when we have our eyes closed and sitting in cross-legged position, but it's about being mindful at all times.

It is my experience Meditation is a state of alignment in which one's relationship with all other living energy becomes part of your consciousness. One becomes aware and conscious that life is a relationship of the energy of billions of beings within (microbiome & microbiota) and around us, working in synergy and in perfect symbiosis. In this state we also become perfection in the synergy and perfect symbiosis of existence.

Furthermore, we have above the element of Fire from the havens and below the element of Water from the earth. Above the infinite large universe of the cosmic scales and the relationships between gravity, time and space which predicts a continuum to a single point of singularity or a black whole. Below we have quantum theory that covers the smallest miniscule infinite universe that predicts finite and linear boundaries. In between we have "space", the component that unifies everything and everyone.

Eastern medicine grew out of the empirical observation of nature, beginning at least 4,700 years ago. Asian philosophy, from the Vedas of India to the Yellow Emperor of China, views reality as an interdependent whole. This "pre-scientific" understanding parallels to the broader view of modern quantum physics and general system theory. Rather than limiting reality to that which is material, the Eastern philosophers recognized the interdependence of mind and body, the nonlinear nature of time(memory) and space, and the interweaving patterns of relationship between humanity and nature. Thus formulating a general system theory, in which the patterns of change that exist in nature are the same patterns that govern human biology, wherein function is viewed from a holographic perspective, and each part reflects the whole. For the whole to function harmoniously, every part must remain in balance.

Traditional Chinese Medicine relies on the proper gathering, refinement, and utilization of the body's Jing, Chi, Shen, which in turn allows the internal organs to function in natural harmony. Only through the understanding of the natural powers of the Havens (universe) and Earth (environment) can Man (humanity) exist in harmony. The body's alchemical process of internal energy transmutation can be cultivated through meditation.

Meditation is one of the proven alternative therapies. Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It is simple; but it has been of great  benefit to humanity.  But, to achieve "simplicity" takes determination, precision and practice.Chi Kung Top

"Coherent Alignment is the road to Evolution"

Advanced Integrative Meditation Energy Alignment


It is not about spending time(memory) with "more and more" meditation, it is about developing a technique that brings us to the moment when the elements are lined up to enter into the "meditative state" instantly. This allows the use of meditation as another tool for daily life. No need to go to Tibet and meditate in a cave long years, or spend hours meditating.

More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to maintain self-regulatory mechanisms (homeostasis) of blood viscosity, lower stress and blood pressure, improve exercise performance in people with angina, assist people with asthma breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally relax the everyday stresses of life. .Chi Kung Top 

The use of Meditation for healing is not new
Meditative techniques are the product of diverse cultures and peoples around the world. It has been rooted in the traditions of the worlds ancient cultures. In fact, practically all cultures practice meditation or prayer in one form or another. The value of Meditation to alleviate suffering and promote healing has been known and practiced for thousands of years.

All these practices have one thing in common―"they all focus on quieting the busy mind." This does not mean to "empty your mind", or to "keep your mind blanked", or to "be in a state of thoughtlessness." This terms have been badly misunderstood. The intention is to remove mental stimulation allowing us to go within and arrive at our Heart Singularity, the moment of infinite potentiality and density, the center of our existence―the Vacuum with a density of  1093gm/cm3 (our point of origin)―and become a witness to whatever arises in the body, emotions, mind and spirit. At that point we are

Coriolisis and Centrifugal effect on the surface of the Ergosphere ~Nassim Haramein

connected with the essence of all things, we are the linkage of all that unites creating a new reality.

Meditation can be broadly defined as "any activity that keeps the attention pleasantly anchored in the present moment within emptiness" (the Vacuum). In ancient Chinese philosophy emptiness is understood as "Refinement of Emptiness into Dao", or in Buddhism "Breaking Attachment",  or in Quantum Physics "the estate of consciousness of Quantum Potential"—the presence of quantum structure in emergence, the instance before creation manifests. This state of infinite communication between Matter(0.00001%) and the Vacuum(99.99999%) at the speed of light.

Nassim Haramein explains,

    "From the model of the double-torus we started to have an understanding of why consciousness emerges. Consciousness demands feedback. In order for you to be self-aware you must know that you exist; therefore, it demands feedback. This structure of the double-torus allows for the feedback between what is coming from the outside informing the vacuum, coming back out; and as it comes back out, the vacuum informs us of the  information present in the vacuum. It is an exchange between your internal understanding and experience of the universe, and the relationship of all the understandings put together in the vacuum affecting yours. So, you are not creating your reality, you are co-creating your reality with everybody else."

Nassim Haramein has the hypothesis that,

    "Our biology, through our Microtubules, may be the perfect division of the extremely large and the extremely small universe, the center of the Scaling Log, where this biological entity that makes up the biological world, as if biology, as if our structure is the boundary condition that divides the extremely large to the extremely small. We are the Event Horizon."

Microtubules location Scaling Log ~Nassim Haramein

 

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The Coriolis Effect
Why do storms spin in different directions depending on their location—and
why do they spin in the first place?

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Black whole dynamics: the foundation of our fractal-holographic universe

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FROM PATANJALI YOGA SUTRA

Many different types of meditations are there. In any one of these meditations, you can become one. There are many ways of meditation. Choose one—whichever suits you, whichever you like. All the ways are good, but take one way and go deep into it. Then you will be building up that one thing in you. Yathābhimata dhyānadhwā. There are various ways and different methods of meditation.What is the sign of progress in this?

He says: "Paramanuparamahattvantosya vashiakaraha"

    paramanu = the minutest atom; parama = the greatest; mahattvaha = infinity;
    antaha = end; asya = in the yogi; vashikaraha = purview.

    "Then the minutest atom, to the greatest and the infinite comes under your purview."

Then, the smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest comes within this purview of operation. Nature loves you and starts supporting you. From the atom, smaller than the smallest, to the bigger than the biggest, comes within the purview of your operation of life. [That is potentiality; the whole universe is in you and within your reach.]

Patanjali said, "All forms of yoga lead to meditation, which is the higher yoga."

As the seventh limb of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, dhyana builds upon the practices of asana (physical posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (control of the senses, moving the focus inward) and dharana (concentration). When practiced together with dharana and the eighth limb of samadhi (absorption), the three together form samyama, resulting in a full detachment of the mind from worldly bindings and a deeper understanding of the object of meditation. At the final stage, or jhana, of dhyana, the yogi does not see it as a meditation practice anymore as they are so fully immersed in the meditative act that they can no longer separate the self from it.

Asana = Body alignment, Pranayama =  Breath alignment, Dhyan = Spiritual alignment

Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji, 14/12/1918-20/08/2014):

    I used the five senses of perception to act so clearly so that the mind is automatically drawn towards the senses of perception. I worked on the senses of perception using the organs of action for evolution, and evolution came from alignment. Yoga is only meant to bring the dual mind to a single mind. I transformed Yoga to bring the self to travel in the body to a perceptual practice of Yoga, so that the mind and self are one with the body.Chi Kung Top 
     

What is Dhyana? Commentaries by Advanced Integrative Meditation

According to Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, Dhyana is the 7th limb of yoga, building upon asana (physical posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (control of the senses, moving the focus to the inside), and dharana (concentration).

Dhyana involves concentration and meditation on a point of focus with the intention of knowing the truth about it. This deeper concentration of the mind is the instrument of self-knowledge where one can separate illusion from reality, and eventually, reach the ultimate goal of yoga: samadhi (bliss, or union with the source).

    Advanced Integrative Meditation: Source is the vacuum, and the union is real because this most prevalent component (vacuum = 99.99999%) of the known universe is already us, and it is also within all matter.

The purpose of meditation is to interrupt the fluctuations of the normal mental activity such as sensory knowledge, memory, and imagination. Out of these, memory is the hardest one to quiet, as it incessantly feeds us glimpses from our interpretation of the past along with an endless stream of thoughts and feelings.

    Advanced Integrative Meditation: Past and future do not exist, only in the present moment we experience "knowledge, memory, and imagination", therefore they are not real; they are fabricated by our ego in its pursue for "identity."

Dhyana is a Sanskrit word may mean "meditation." It is derived from the root words, dhi = meaning "receptacle"; and yana = meaning "moving" or "going." An alternate root word, dhyai, means "to think of."

In Hindu traditions dhyana is a refined meditative practice that requires deep mental concentration. This kind of meditation is taken up only after engaging in preparatory exercises. When practiced together with dharana and the 8th limb samadhi (absorption), the three together form samyama (holding together, tying up, binding, integration) resulting in a full detachment of the mind from worldly bindings and a deeper understanding of the object of meditation. At the final stage of dhyana, the yogi does not see it as a meditation practice anymore, as they are so fully immersed in the meditative act that they can no longer separate the self from it.

    Advanced Integrative Meditation: The refined part of the meditation becomes clear with the practice where we are in the state of consciousness of the vacuum that contains all potentiality for creation. We are the creators of reality. There is a clear dichotomy between mental concentration and full detachment of the mind, which is it? Practicing integrative meditation we discover that in the vacuum there is no mind, we have use it as a stepping stone and have gone beyond the mind. In the "now" we are, indeed, no longer separate the self from it.

Like any other limb in yoga, meditation is a systematic process in itself, which takes practice to learn. You will need to train your physical, emotional and mental bodies to come back to the "self" instantly at your command, even if for just a few seconds at a time.

Dhyana is a simple and easily practicable tool to know your inner world, not necessarily in a spiritual sense, but in a very practical sense. Most of us hardly pay attention to our thoughts and feelings, since our minds are mostly focused on the external things. We are more concerned about the feelings and reactions of others than our own since we value their approval more important than our opinion of ourselves. We can reverse this tendency by cultivating self-awareness through meditation. One learns to accept our thoughts, cultivate discernment and respond with intelligence and thoughtful consideration. For this, you do not have to find a specific place and time to practice dhyana. With practice, one learns to enter into a meditative state wherever we are and whenever we become self-aware of the breath.

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The mind is calm and focused, it is neither reacting to memories from the past nor being preoccupied with plans for the future, two major sources of chronic stress known to impact health.
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WHY IS THE 3 RHYTHM BREATH IMPORTANT IN MEDITATION?

Advanced Integrative Meditation teaches you to use a specific rhythm of breath allowing the flow of energy to fallow a rising pattern. This natural flow is the path of water, from earth to haven, from solid to liquid, and from liquid to vapor. Traditional Oriental Medicine says that Chi is "Mist that rises from the earth to form the clouds."

Today we understand the anatomical, physical, and nervous systems and the relationship to the 3 principal diaphragms involved within our breath.

The 3 Diaphragms Model
By Dr. Matthew Taylor

A story about how the Body, Emotions, Mind, and Spirit are connected.

We start at the bottom of the pelvis is the Sacrum and on either side are the Hip-Bones. Out of there come the Thigh-Bones, from there the Shins, your Ankles and off the ankle all the way to the Big-Toe. This is the lower half of the body.

Above the sacrum, there are 5 vertebrae in your Low-Back, 12 vertebrae with ribs in your Mid-Back, 2 beautiful Collarbones, 7 vertebrae in your Neck and a 10lb Head.

The trick is to take all 206 bones, throw them in a bag of jelly and then see if we can have that structure be both stable and flexible.

The current myth in "western fitness and rehab" is that stability comes from the "six-pack-abs" or core strength. If this was the case, there would be over 6.5 billion people in real trouble in the world.

We are going to look at this as a model of the relationship between 3 diaphragms which have a significant impact on the stability and mobility of the human body.

  1. Respiratory diaphragm

  2. Pelvic-Floor diaphragm
  3. Thoracic-Outlet diaphragm

The 1st diaphragm is the one we are most familiar with and that is the Respiratory diaphragm (1) or Solar-Plexus which goes across the entire bottom of the rib-cage, separating the heart and lungs from the internal organs.

When the 1st diaphragm contracts it pulls down in order to create increase spacing in the rib-cage which fills then with air, giving pneumatic stability, but it also increases the Intra-Abdominal Pressure (IAP) which gives an uplift on the spine and in the discs below.

If there was only this downward pressure your organs would fall on the floor, so we need the 2nd diaphragm called Pelvic-Floor diaphragm (2).

The Pelvic-Floor does not get much press, but it is a critical structure and the relationship is being more, and more, defined between, how it and the other 2 diaphragms must operate. So when we get that positive pressure down there, is exerts a slight pressure in the pelvic-floor and the rhythm and movement of these two diaphragms, have these nice even dynamics and rhythm between the two which keeps both mobile and flexible.

Of course in life there are times when we have to get more breath and when that occurs we have a backup system which is at the Thoracic-outlet diaphragm (3) which includes the Glottis and the Voice-box. The Thoracic-outlet is a critical backup system where the muscles of the neck and the chest lift up on the rib-cage in order to increase space. Such as when you run up the stairs and put your hands on your knees to catch your breath, but the problem is that, when it pulls-up it also pulls-down, so it also creates compression on the cervical-spine.

This relationship is very critical because of the high numbered times we utilize this movement. Only the heart beats more and the eyes blink more often, but otherwise, we need to breathe 12 to 15 times/minute (900 times/hour, over 21,600 times/day), so it is a big workload.

How does this all fit together

If a person is breathing from the Respiratory diaphragm (1) it comes up and has an effect on the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), by the same token, if they are breathing from the Chest, or from the Thoracic-stress-breath, or Thoracic-outlet diaphragm (3), it also has an effect on the ANS. So we see that with the chests-breath we are going to get what is known as the Sympathetic or the fight-or-flight breath pattern; and if it is from the Respiratory diaphragm (1), we will get the relaxation or the parasympathetic pattern.

Each of these have an important effect on human health and movement. If we go through them and list them, we see that as far as pain goes, when you're in the sympathetic you are going to experience increase pain, when you are in relaxation you will have decrease pain. When you are in sustained sympathetic your mood is going to go down and you are going to deplete your mood elevator, when you are in the relaxation face, you will elevate those.

Your immune system is compromised in a sustained sympathetic vicious, with not enough energy to maintain it; wear as in relaxation it gets energized and revitalized.

Your balance goes down under stress, up when relaxed. Your muscle-tone decreases in relaxation and increase in fight-or-flight. Your Gastrointestinal Tract (GI) function increases in the rest/digest phase, decreases under stress. Your respiratory rate of course goes up under stress, comes down under relaxation. Your heart-rate, the same thing, elevates under stress, decreases in relaxation. Your quality-of-sleep goes down under stress, goes up in rest and relaxed mode, and cognition is negatively affected under sustained stress and increases in relaxation.

 

What is interesting to look at here is, when these patterns get altered for someone with back-pain, they quit breathing with their Respiratory diaphragm (1), and shift to the upper chest or Thoracic-outlet diaphragm (3), which then comes up and fuels the sympathetic transition. Anybody that has treated someone with chronic back pain recognizes all of these kind of morbid conditions that come along with chronic pain.

Now, when we get someone to restore their diaphragmatic (1) breath, then we can begin to affect all of these factors in a positive way. The way to get to that is to get them to understand, how not only is the mind driving the body, but we now understand that if the body is tight, they have sustained tightness throughout the upper chest, psoas is tight, they grip through their hips and sustain tension in the lower-back. Any of those are going to block the rhythm and set up the cycle of perpetual looping between these factors.

If we just talk about trying to relax, or breathe, that is not sufficient if the person has structural limitations. Any effective therapeutic approach has to look at the dynamics between both Structure, Physiology and Function, but also understand that in this relationship it is not a mind over body type of thing anymore.

We understand it better as a "mutual-peer relationship" between the mind and the body. The relationship between the Prefrontal Cortex (our executive mind, Yin in nature) and the Limbic System (cognitive & emotional brain, Yang in nature). Limbic system containing the amygdala, the hippocampus and those structures in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, all of which have to do with our Emotional System.1  So we have the rational and the emotional aspects and we know that every decision has a combination of both. So there is a constant dialogue, and in this dialogue, depending on "who wins the day" comes down and drives the ANS, which then can fuel a whole host of challenges, but it also fuels the dynamics of the relationship, whether the person breathes through their Thoracic-outlet diaphragm (3), or Respiratory diaphragm (1), or not.

If they are not berthing from their Respiratory diaphragm (1), not only do they lose the intra-abdominal pressure and increase the inter-disc cervical pressure, but they also lose the downward pressure of the Pelvic-Floor diaphragm (2), and part of the pelvic-floor through

the Obturator Internus attaches to the femur. So if that pelvic-floor begins to tighten or lose its flexibility, it limits the power and stability in the kinetic chain that are maintaining a nice neutral trough the knee and foot down to the big-toe. They actually lose stability and begin this pronation relative to the internal rotation that can lead to knee issues, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis all the way to the bunion.

We see in yoga they often talk about grounding the big-toe and when you ground the big-toe you are going to get the opposite effect up the kinetic chain, open the pelvic floor, and allow the diaphragm to work. Which offloads the stress-load in the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) increasing the parasympathetic response easing the dynamics between the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system.

We know now from recent literature of pain-science, that with the practice of becoming aware in the moment, or mindfulness, that we can actually increase, or thicken, the connections of prefrontal cortex and the limbic system to get more stability, and that stability then leads to the individual having the ability to gain control over this process and not allow themselves to drop into a vicious cycle, but rather, we teach them how to strengthen, restore flexibility and the right-relationship, or dynamic-process (is not a static process), through their posture, through their thoughts about their job, and their relationship with their family. All those start to begin to fuel in and step into the system of body, emotions, mind and spirit.

If they have meaningful work and feel unsupported; that is all going to drive these dynamic set up the loops that will eventually either generate the physical outcome or physiological outcome, and, patients are so relieved to see that, "oh this is why I have to take my antacid, this is why I feel anxious, this is why I can't sleep and take my sleep meds, and I don't seem to be as clear as I used to be, I keep getting these rashes, and colds, and now they want me on a mood elevator, and I sure have a lot of pain all the time."

Often times, this is the first time anyone has explain to them how this system can relate and them. From here, it is exciting to be able to take them to a whole new level of awareness and control in their health, time to time through the day through the "3 Diaphragms Model."

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What is necessary for optimal brain function with regard to impulse and impulse control is balance. Harmony is necessary between the limbic system and frontal cortex, dopamine and serotonin, and Yin and Yang.

    Reference:
    The 3 Diaphragms Model, yogaclub, Published on Jun 22, 2013
    The 3 Diaphragms for Pain Relief, DrMatthewJTaylor, Published on Apr 26, 2015
    Limbic System, From: Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists (Fourth Edition), 2014
    www.thion-medical.com/en/46-pronation-of-the-foot

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CALCIUM IONS

Synaptic Transmission

In this state of "original universal alignment", our body creates calcium ions (Ca2+) used as a cellular language path. The calcium ion is an intracellular messenger used by numerous hormones and neurotransmitters activate multiple cellular functions, from contraction to secretion or expression of genes. Our brain acts as a sophisticated telecommunications antenna, using oscillating signals that are a million times smaller than the membrane potential of cells. Neil Studies (2001), specifically details the level of electromagnetic negotiation altered cells, expanding the electromagnetic spectrum as if it were receiving signals.

Ionized calcium (Ca2+), is an important regulator of a variety of cellular processes, including muscle contraction, stimulus-secretion coupling, blood clotting cascade, enzyme activity and membrane excitability. Ca2+ is also an intracellular messenger of hormone action.

Throughout a lifetime the heart beats up to three(3) billion times. Every contraction-relaxation cycle consumes 300mg of ATP. About 1/4 of the energy consumption is for calcium transport across the membranes. Thus, to support these processes, our heart's consumption may total 20 wagons fully loaded with ATP.

This astonishing information is commensurate with the role of calcium as the key factor in coupling cardiac excitation (depolarization) and contraction. The calcium ion is the activator of chemically bound energy to mechanical energy in all types of contractile structures, from microfilaments to striated muscles. It activates phosphorylation of protein kinases and thus affects a wide range of processes: metabolism, growth, development and even apoptosis (programmed cell death).

Stimulus–secretion coupling in pancreatic β cells ~ © 1994 Wiley-Liss, Inc:

    "Insulin secretion is triggered by a rise in the intracellular Ca2+ concentration that results from the activation of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels in the β-cell plasma membrane. Multiple types of β-cell Ca2+ channel have been identified in both electrophysiological and molecular biological studies, but it appears that the L-type Ca2+ channel plays a dominant role in regulating Ca2+ influx. Activity of this channel is potentiated by protein kinases A and C and is inhibited by GTP-binding proteins, which may mediate the effects of potentiators and inhibitors of insulin secretion on Ca2+ influx, respectively. The mechanism by which elevation of intracellular Ca2+ leads to the release of insulin granules is not fully understood but appears to involve activation of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase. Phosphorylation by either protein kinase A or C, probably at different substrates, potentiates insulin secretion by acting at some late stage in the secretory process. There is also evidence that small GTP-binding proteins are involved in regulating exocytosis in β cells. The identification and characterisation of the proteins involved in exocytosis in β cells and clarification of the mechanism(s) of action of Ca2+ is clearly an important goal for the future."

A meditative state also produces a remarkable reaction in the hormonal system. Instantly, the alkaline enzyme chyle is released throughout the body via the lymphatic system. Chyle alkalizes the body, strengthens every muscle, and organizes the thought processes. This will make you both relaxed and empowered.Chi Kung Top 
 

CHANGING DNA EXPRESSION

Lead researcher Ivana Buric, from the Brain, Belief and Behaviour Lab in Coventry University's Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, commented, "These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed. Put simply, mind-body interventions cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing."

Buric also noted that millions of people are already reaping the benefits of mind-body exercises like yoga and Chi Kung, without even realizing how truly beneficial these activities are for their bodies. Buric states that while more studies still need to be done to fully ascertain the scope of what mind-body intervention can do, she believes that their research is a key building block for future research efforts.

Published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, their study analyzes more than a decades' worth of research on how mind-body intervention strategies can impact the behavior of DNA. Genetic expression was a focal point of the team's research, because the way genes are activated to produce proteins can have a system-wide impact. The biological composition of the brain, body and immune system can all be affected by the way genetic proteins are expressed.

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PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES THAT OCCUR DURING
ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION

In 1960, a study carried out by Benson and Wallace at Harvard Medical School, demonstrated detailed knowledge of a variety of physiological changes that occur during  Meditation:

  • All recorded changes associated with deep relaxation.
  • The fall in metabolic rate was the most striking discovery. This was indicated by a dramatic drop in oxygen consumption within a few minutes of starting meditation. Consumption fell by up to 20% below the normal level; below that experienced even in deep sleep. Meditators took on average two breaths less and 1 liter less air per minute. The meditators' heart rate was several beats less per minute.
  • During meditation, blood pressure stayed at low levels, but fell markedly in persons starting meditation with abnormally high levels.
  • The meditators' skin resistance to an electrical current was measured. A fall in skin resistance is characteristic of anxiety and tension states; a rise indicates increased muscle relaxation. The finding was that though meditation is primarily a mental technique, it soon brings significantly improved muscle relaxation.
  • Meditation practice promotes cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being.
  • Meditation reduces activity in the sympathetic branch of the involuntary nervous system. The parasympathetic branch of the involuntary nervous system predominates. This is the branch responsible for self-healing.
    Persistent decrease in our parasympathetic leads to Heart Attacks, it decreases Acetylcholine (ACh), Nitric Oxide (NO) and Cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). (Journal of Electrocardiology 30:45-56)
    Parasympathetic activation, like in women, decreases Heart Attacks by about 21%.
  • During anxiety and tension states there is a rise in the level of Lactate in the blood. Lactate is a substance produced by metabolism in the skeletal muscles. During meditation blood Lactate levels decreased at a rate four times faster than the rate of decrease in non-meditators resting lying on their backs or in the meditators themselves in pre-meditation resting.
  • The likely reason for the dramatic reduction in Lactic Acid production by meditators was indicated when further studies of meditators showed an increased blood flow. They found that there was a 22% increase in forearm blood flow. Lactic Acid production in the body is mainly in skeletal muscle tissue; during meditation the faster circulation brings a faster delivery of oxygen to the muscles and less Lactic Acid is produced.

The two investigators summed up the state produced by their meditating subjects as wakeful and hypometabolic. The physiological changes were different in many ways from those found in sleeping people or those in hypnotic trance states. Meditation, they said, produces a complex of responses that marks a highly relaxed state. Moreover, the pattern of changes they observed in meditators suggested an integrated response, mediated by the central nervous system.

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SOME BENEFITS OF ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION

  • Younger biological age. On standard measures of aging, long-term meditation practitioners with more than 5 years experience measured 12 years younger than their chronological age. It was found that it decreases free radicals in the body, thus less oxidation, and thus less aging.
  • Higher levels of DHEA in the elderly. Lower levels of DHEA are associated with aging. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulphated form DHEA are the most abundant steroid products of the adrenal glands.
  • Increased brain wave coherence. Harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain is associated with greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ.
  • Decreased anxiety, depression, irritability and moodiness.
  • Decreased Cardiac Irregularities
  • Increased emotional stability.
  • Increased joy.
  • Improved learning ability and memory.
  • Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
  • Decreased high blood pressure.
  • Deep rest―as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart.
  • Lowered levels of Cortisol and Lactic Acid two chemicals associated with stress.
  • Reduction of free radicals―unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage. They are now thought to be a major factor in aging and in many diseases.
  • Drop in cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients.
  • During Meditation the brain waves tent to slow to Theta Waves in the 4–7 Hz range.
  • Evidence Builds That Meditation Strengthens the Brain   Science Daily–March 15, 2012
    Earlier evidence out of UCLA suggested that meditating for years thickens the brain (in a good way) and strengthens the connections between brain cells. Now a further report by UCLA researchers suggests yet another benefit. Long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification ("folding" of the cortex, which may allow the brain to process information faster) than people who do not meditate. A direct correlation was found between the amount of gyrification and the number of meditation years, possibly providing further proof of the brain's neuroplasticity, or ability to adapt to environmental changes.
  • Is meditation the push-up for the brain?   PhysOrg–July 14, 2011
    Two years ago, researchers at UCLA found that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and had more gray matter than the brains of individuals in a control group. This suggested that meditation may indeed be good for all of us since, alas, our brains shrink naturally with age.
  • Helps maintain self-regulatory mechanisms (homeostasis) in the feedback control of hormone production, including the Hypothalamic–pituitary–thyroid axis homeostasis.
  • How Meditation May Change the Brain   New York Times–January 28, 2011
    The researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.
  • Brain Waves and Meditation   Science Daily–March 31, 2010
    Forget about crystals and candles, and about sitting and breathing in awkward ways. Meditation research explores how the brain works when we refrain from concentration, rumination and intentional thinking. Electrical brain waves suggest that mental activity during meditation is wakeful and relaxed.
  • Meditation increases brain gray matter    PhysOrg–May 13, 2009
    Push-ups, crunches, gyms, personal trainers―people have many strategies for building bigger muscles and stronger bones. But what can one do to build a bigger brain? Meditate.
  • Meditation found to increase brain size    PhysOrg–January 31, 2006
    People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input.
  • Meditation builds up the brain    New Scientist–November 15, 2005
    Meditating does more than just feel good and calm you down, it makes you perform better - and alters the structure of your brain, researchers have found. People who meditate say the practice restores their energy, and some claim they need less sleep as a result. Many studies have reported that the brain works.Chi Kung Top 

STEPS TO DEVELOP A DAILY MEDITATION PRACTICE
FOR TRAUMA HEALING

  1. Give yourself permission to improve, understanding that meditation can
    provide healing and relief.
  2. Seek out a meditation teacher. Meditation is like walking in an unfamiliar
    forest. It is best to have a guide that will provide you with tools for your trip.
  3. Commit to regularity. Make your meditation shorter and shorter, you will
    arrive at a "One Breath Meditation."
  4. Create a space that is just for you to meditate each day.
  5. Have no expectation of specific results.
  6. Invest in the process that brings you back to a conscious consistency.
  7. Create an image pattern with a specific mental frequency
  8. Practice first, seven(7) days at the same time aware that "I am the observer
    and I am aware of being".
  9. Practice 21 days to generate a custom and 40 days to generate a habit
    in your subconscious.
  10. Get your meditation checked regularly by your teacher. This is very important.
  11. If you absolutely have to miss a session, do not be hard on yourself―it's OK
    to renegotiate with yourself, recommit and pick up where you left off.
  12. After a few months of practice, check-in on your memories of pain and trauma.
  13. Congratulate yourself for staying with it! You're on your way to true healing.

*Disclaimer: Please remember that meditation is not a substitute for professional care
or psychiatric help if that is what is needed.  Many physicians and psychologists
recommend meditation in conjunction with standard therapies.

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Who is God According to Yoga? ~ by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

What is the concept of God in yoga? What role does God play in human bondage and liberation?
Yoga is a practical philosophy. It teaches us to take responsibility for our actions and offers an entirely different understanding of God than do the religionists. Because the goal of yoga is to attain perfect freedom from the binding forces of our personalities as well as from the forces of nature, it places God in that realm of perfect consciousness which is not governed by anything other than itself. Yoga defines God as a special Purusha, a supreme soul, which was not, is not, and will never be affected by afflictions, vehicles of afflictions, karma, and the fruits of karma. All other souls at some time in the past, present, or future somehow fall under the sway of karma and the attendant afflictions of ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion, and fear of death. According to yoga, this supreme soul is the only spiritual preceptor of all teachers who were ever born, for God is beyond origin and end. In addition to perfect freedom, unrestricted power of will, creativity, and eternity, in God also lies the "unsurpassed seed of omniscience."

    Yoga defines God as a special Purusha, a supreme soul, which was not, is not, and will never be affected by afflictions, vehicles of afflictions, karma, and the fruits of karma.

This particular notion of God, described in the Yoga Sutra, highlights three intrinsic characteristics:

  1. Perfect freedom from and transcendence of all karmas and afflictions;
  2. The role of primordial spiritual master, the eternal guide of all living beings; and
  3. Omniscience, perfect knowledge of everything.

These three characteristics clearly indicate where the interest of the yogis lies. Yogis strive to attain freedom from the bondage of karma and afflictions, such as ignorance, ego, attachment, and the host of miseries—anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, desire—that originate from these afflictions. The yogis realize that once we are caught in this apparently unending cycle of confusion, attachment, desire, and so on, our vision becomes clouded and it is hard to disentangle ourselves. Only one who was never entangled in the first place can help us free ourselves. Similarly, only one who is already free can help guide us in attaining freedom from the long chain of karma and the fruits of karma. According to yogis, the Supreme Purusha is very special; God is not bound like ordinary souls. Ordinary souls are those that experience a sense of incompleteness, lack of freedom, and lack of perfect knowledge, and thus have an inherent urge to be absorbed in God.

Then does yoga teach us to be totally dependent on God? If so, how can we be responsible for our actions?
Yoga does not teach us to lean on God or to use God as an escape. Rather, it teaches us to make the best use of all the resources we have received as a gift from above to unfold our human potential to its fullest. It diligently introduces the idea of the teacher within because, according to the yogis, God alone is the true primordial master. We cannot expect this primordial master within to take care of our mundane needs, but in the form of inner inspiration, inner guidance, motivation, enthusiasm, courage, and determination, God—the inner teacher—helps us think, speak, and act in a manner which enables us to attain freedom from our karmic bonds.

In no way does yoga make us dependent on God. On the contrary, a yogi would say that God helps us gain freedom from the deluding forces of the world. Once a person knows the liberating force of the omniscient God, who dwells eternally within each of us, this realization naturally manifests in the form of love and faith. This, in turn, makes it possible to surrender ourselves to God. This natural unfoldment of surrender is not an act of helplessness but one of clear understanding between us and the omniscient Divine Being, who constantly guides us along the path. We do not need to make an effort to surrender ourselves to God; rather, the spontaneous wave of gratitude toward that inner guide creates a mental climate of self-surrender. We then need to continue working with ourselves while remaining aware of the fact that anything we do is due to the guidance of the true teacher—God. In this way, we are able to take full responsibility for our present actions without feeding our egos by telling ourselves, "I'm wise and capable of doing what I'm supposed to do without being dependent on anyone else." We also take full responsibility for our previous karmic deeds, doing our best to undergo karmic purification. Upon realizing that even with intense effort we can hardly even scratch the surface of our previous karmas, without any conflict or hesitation we automatically surrender ourselves to God and attain freedom.

I don't have any sense of receiving inner inspiration or guidance from within, although this is where the process of surrender you describe seems to start.
That's correct—it begins with inner inspiration. We receive inner inspiration in its truest sense only after we have gained access to the inner realm, where the Divine Being dwells in Her full glory. Spiritual practice is the way to gain access to that realm. This requires effort. Passively waiting for the Divine Grace to illuminate our inner core is futile. Grace is already there. We have to work to remove the factors that are blocking it. Through yogic exercises, pranayama, meditation, contemplation, prayer, and selfless service we attenuate the veil that blocks the flow of inner inspiration and guidance. The thinner the veil, the easier it is to perceive this inner inspiration. With that recognition, the process of surrender naturally unfolds.

    Grace is already there. We have to work to remove the factors that are blocking it.

You said that yogis conceptualize God the way they do because of their concern with attaining freedom from the bondage of karma and the afflictions of ignorance, ego, etc. that lead to misery. Does this concept of God have anything to do with truth or the reality of an actual God?
Because of the touchy nature of the subject, yogis and yoga texts generally avoid discussing God. Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the main text of yoga, brings up this topic within the context of working with the mind and its modifications. Yogis are fully aware that Truth is God and that God is infinite and indescribable. Therefore, any description of God is bound to be incomplete. Moreover, each of the followers of the many religions and sects on the face of the Earth have their preferred notions of God. Any description that conflicts with those notions will offend and anger.

According to the experience of the yogis, if our hearts are purified and our minds are one-pointed we'll gain an intuitive understanding of God, which is infinitely clearer and more encompassing than our intellectual understanding. This is the reason they place such emphasis on the techniques that lead to purification and one-pointedness. That is also why when Patanjali discusses God, he does so within the narrow frame of how God can help us attain freedom from those elements which disturb our minds and pollute our hearts. Out of the countless powers and characteristics that are intrinsic to God Patanjali mentions only omniscience, eternal freedom from all karmas, and the fact that God is the primordial spiritual teacher. According to yogis, God exists as the Absolute Truth and it is due to this existence that everything else can exist. But the totality of God consciousness cannot be captured in words.

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