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Meditation, originally developed In Asian culture and countries, is booming in Western countries nowadays. It is excellent for our wellbeing and happiness —but does it carry any hazards?

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” (Michel de Montaigne)

The origin of the word “meditation” can be traced back to the Latin terms “meditari” and “mederi”, meaning “to cure, to provide care”; a sign that the ancient peoples were clear about the connection between meditative practice and therapeutic effect on the physical, psychological, mental and spiritual level.

The practise of meditation has a very ancient history. The different meditative traditions have their origins in philosophical or religious movements, such as Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Although there are many differences between the various currents and practices, it is possible to find two common constant elements regardless of cultural and historical origins.

  • The first element is the Shamatha, a term that means “peaceful” and indicates how meditation provides a remarkable and lasting peace of mind. The act of meditation, sometimes, can lead to the appearance of dramatic moments such as anguish, the resurgence of painful emotions, the acceleration of the heartbeat. However, these tormented moments remain episodic, since the Shamatha involves a state of serene background that lasts beyond the time of meditation. It invites us to focus on a precise object: the breath, the contemplation of a flame, the colour of an object or a mental image.
  • The second element is the Vipassana or “clear vision, conscious attention”. The Vipassana makes us perceive things as they are, and this is only possible thanks to a mind free from our convictions, from patterns or fears. Moreover, Vipassana is the technique to enter into a clearer knowledge of our deep being, the psychic, sensory and emotional world that governs our behaviour in an almost unconscious way for us.

Meditative techniques, as has been known for decades in the East, have a beneficial effect on body and mind. Today, in the West, numerous scientific researches confirm these benefits through the measurement of physiological parameters; neuro-imaging; electroencephalogram; electrocardiogram; and statistical surveys.

However, it is also crucial for us to recognise the potential hazards of meditation, which might arise during practice. This is especially relevant to beginners, who might experience feelings of boredom and emptiness, disconnection and even fear. Or, meditation can bring dramatic changes in one’s sense of self and cause a worsening of social relationships. Or, meditation can transform a person by making them passive: meditation helps to calm and fight anxiety, but there are also times when you need to give vent to strong feelings: being angry, screaming, being distressed to free yourself and change things.

I, too, have been practising meditation for a few years now and have benefited greatly, both psychically and emotionally. I believe that meditation is fundamentally a grand opening; both outward and inward. During meditation, I look for my ego, which is hidden under layers and layers of beliefs, information, experiences. There lurks my essence. When I can see it, I perceive a deep connection, as if I were embracing a flame, and this encounter takes me out of me and connects me with a higher light, powerful energy. I imagine that this energy starts from us people and flows into a more significant flow, a universal energy.

I like this thought, I feel attracted by it, and so I did some research, and I discovered the concept of mass meditation.

What is it?

Mass meditation occurs when a considerable number of people meditate at the same time, focusing on a single event, with an only goal.

Mass meditations have the power to influence the collective consciousness of humanity.

The pioneer of early scientific studies of mass meditation was Maharishi Mahesh, an Indian Yogi with a degree in Physics, whose fame was echoed worldwide in the 1970s. Maharishi developed the technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and its advanced version TM-Sidhi, whose effects on collective consciousness were the subject of rigorous scientific studies.

It was estimated that the coherence generated by a group of meditators in numbers equal to the square root of 1% of the population had the power to influence the quality of life of the entire community measurably. For example, a group of 200 practitioners would be able to produce detectable and significant results in a city of 4 million inhabitants (200 per square multiplied by 100); a group of 1600 practitioners could influence the entire population of the United States; and, according to the same proportions, a group of 8400 participants, in synchronised meditation, would be able to act instantly on the entire population of the planet.

Three different experiments were carried out in 1987 to prove the Maharishi Effect

They showed a decrease of about 11% in violent crime in the Washington D.C. district, total offence in the Metro district of Manila (Philippines) and the Union Territory area of Delhi (India). The factor “p” (i.e. the estimated probability that the decrease in the crime rate occurred “by chance” or “luckily”, i.e. without causal links with mass meditation) was calculated in 0.01, 0.005 and 0.001, respectively, which are considered to be results of excellent probative value in the social sciences.

Later, in 1993, the programmed experiment was realised in the district of Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the forces of law and order and the representatives of the local political class. The objective was to determine whether a mass meditation capable of bringing down the crime rate according to an a priori established percentage could be organised. The experiment was carried under the strict control of a selected review committee, composed of sociologists and criminologists of the major American universities.

A group of 4,000 participants practised TM from June 7th to July 30th. The maximum rate of HRA violent crimes (i.e. murder, rape, robbery and assault) was 23.3%. The statistical probability that this result could coincide with a lucky change in the crime rate was practically zero (p < 0.000000002).

Based on the results, the steady-state gain (i.e. the long-term effect that would be obtained with a permanent meditation of these 4,000 participants) was calculated to be 48%, i.e. the actual and permanent halving of the crime rate.

New scenario: 2020 and COVID-19

Photo by Shiva Smyth

We all know what a critical situation humanity is experiencing at a global level these days.

Supporters of mass meditation believe that in the coming days there will be a particularly favourable astrological condition to welcome and emphasise the joint meditation by a large number of individuals.

On April 4th/5th planets of Jupiter and Pluto will come together in the sky. The conjunction will create a portal through which we can unify our consciousness and trigger the process that will solidify the optimal Ascension timeline for the planet and help humanity to overcome the current global crisis.

Why a portal? Because a massive wave of light (5D gamma waves) will flood our planet. It is the ideal condition to optimise the power of meditation not only as a tool for spiritual growth but also as a healing method to overcome the crisis.

Whatever the historical and cultural formation, meditation technique, beliefs and opinions, I think that all humanity is called today to express its spiritual unity cohesively and coherently. And never in recent history has there been a more urgent need than this!

I am pretty sceptical, and I don’t like extremisms of any kind. Still, right now, I am very attracted to the idea of the possibility of moving and directing the energy of the universe through meditation. I will probably decide to give it a try. I am inquisitive.

If you want to know more or if you even want to participate, here are some information:

The meditation will take place at 10:45 pm EDT on April 4th in New York; 9:45 pm CDT in Chicago; 8:45 pm MDT in Denver; and 7:45 pm PDT in Los Angeles. Europe, Asia and Australia will already have April 5th at the moment of the activation, which will be: 3:45 am BST in London, 4:45 am CEST in Paris, 4:45 am EET in Cairo, 10:45 am CST in Taipei and Beijing, 11:45 am JST in Tokyo and 12:45 pm AEST in Sydney.

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