Speaking Point: There is no other exercise, drug, surgery, or nutritional supplement that has as much potential for healing then meditation. It has been shown that meditation is beneficial for everyone from addicts to cancer patients to students, the elderly, housewives, and business leaders.
Speaking Point: TM or Transcendental Meditation was founded by an Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, back in the mid 1960s. It has garnered support from Hollywood celebrities and devotees from around the world. TM, although a fantastic method of meditating, is simply a re-naming (re-packaging) of an earlier form of Indian meditation called Ayurvedic Meditation.
Speaking Point: TM is a “personal” styled meditation. When one becomes initiated into the TM training they are given a sound mantra that has no distinct meaning but is meant to tune the mind. The sound of your mantra is to be protected and never said aloud or shared with anyone but your teacher. And after a time you may need a new mantra. The goal of TM is to transcend thinking and experience a deep state of restfully alert consciousness.
Speaking Point: TM is probably the most researched form of meditation. Studies have been done at UCLA and Harvard as well as TMs own research facilities, Maharishi University, and the NIH has spent nearly $20 million on researching the benefits of meditation. It has become a basic suggestion by many Western medical doctors to meditate but the benefits of meditation in general are what has been shown to be successful in helping people heal and not necessarily the type of meditation practiced.
Speaking Point: Contrary to some popular beliefs TM believes that the mind naturally gravitates to a place of happiness. That it is drawn to a deepening of greater happiness and inner being or bliss which leads to transcendence. The mantra is the thought/sound that leads to this subtle state of bliss consciousness.
Speaking Point: Vedic Meditation is exactly the same as TM. It is an ancient form that was developed thousands of years ago in the Hindu tradition. Maharishi, the founder of the TM tradition packaged the practice and brought it to a Western market
Speaking Point: Meditation as a daily practice can be beneficial for everything from cancer to eczema. It can improve test scores, help with ADD/ADHD, and increase ones ability to be productive and enjoy life. Other forms of meditation that involve imagery, such as guided meditation, has proven to reduce cancer such as the “Pac-Man Studies” of the mid 1980s. The Buddhist “Dragon Meditation” engages a person’s imagination to assist in healing and doctors Bressler and Rossman have shown that this meditative imagery is highly effective in dealing with pain through the UCLA Pain Clinic they founded.
Speaking Point: As a hypnotherapist I find very little difference between meditation, hypnosis, Guided Imagery, and visualization. Any time one uses the power of the mind as directed by their consciousness they can move themselves into a place of homeostasis and deep healing. It’s all about harnessing the power of the mind to create a place of healing by training the subconscious and belief systems to work together and align within our consciousness.