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The Use of Virtual Reality as a Meditative Neurotechnology
(A Pilot Study)

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The Value of Dreams

clouds at the top of mountains.

 

The Value of Dreams and Dreaming:

Throughout history, certain people have had extraordinary experiences (e.g. certain transformative dreams and illuminative experiences) while asleep or semi- awake. Some of these experiences have marked history, enabled civilizations to advance, and profoundly revolutionized certain academic fields. Such experiences have been, and still are considered to be very important to Business, Science, Medicine, Politics, and to many of life’s endeavors for success.

There are numerous examples of the importance of dreams, here are some examples:

  • Sir Frederick Grant Banting: Dreamt of insulin, a well-known treatment for Diabetes.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Claimed that his inspirations seemed to spring from his dreams.
  • Niels Bohr: Dreamt of the planetary system as a model for atoms as well as the celestial bodies. He eventually won the Nobel Prize for this.
  • Johannes Brahms: Remarked “when I feel the urge I begin by appealing directly to my maker, and my inspiration comes from dreams and other states of altered awareness”.
  • George Elliot: The poet told T. W. Cross that in all of what she considered her best writing, something that was “not herself took possession of her, and she felt herself to be merely the instrument thru which this spirit, as it were, was acting”.
  • Carl Friedrich Gauss: In his dreams and altered awareness states, which he compared to a “flash of lightning,” he discovered the law of induction. A very important foundational concept in physics, electronics and magnetism for the generation of electricity and electric current.
  • August Kekul: Had been attempting to conceptualize the structural formula of the benzene molecule. He claims that during his dreams and altered awareness states, he experienced how the atoms and molecules came together like a snake seizing its tail to form the benzene ring. This discovery laid the foundation for organic chemistry, bio-chemistry, molecular biology, and pharmacology.
  • Otto Loewi: Won the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine. In 1920 he dreamt about Chemical transmission and nerve impulses. The basis for physiology and medicine.
  • Mahatma Gandhi: Used his dream to deal with the United Kingdom Rowlett Act to gain Indian independence. He said that the non-violence concept came in a dream.
  • Dmitri Mendeleev: Once went to bed exhausted, following another attempt to categorize the chemical elements. He later reported, “I saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required!” This is how he created the Periodic Table of the A fundamental concept in science and chemistry.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Frequently young Mozart would stop and ask his friends to be silent while ideas, and melodies rushed into his head.
  • Srinivasa Ramanujan: A poor uneducated boy in India who received dreams of advanced mathematical equations. He had no math training, and his exposure to math was minimal. His story is corroborated by Scientific American and mathematicians from Oxford and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He claims that the Goddess Namagiri gave him the formulas in dreams that solved ancient mathematical problems that even the top mathematicians at Cambridge couldn’t solve.
  • Richard Wagner: While sleeping, he dreamt of an E-flat major melody. The prelude to the masterpiece Das Rheingold.

Dreams have also influenced military decisions by: Alexander The Great, Hannibal, Ghenghis Khan, and others.

Christians are familiar with biblical accounts of St. Josephs dreams, in which Marys pregnancy was revealed, and another dream where Joseph was warned to take Mary and Jesus to safety because of Herod. The Talamud makes 217 references to dreams. The bibles Old Testament contains references to about 15 dreams.

In Islam, the Holy Prophet Mohammed (Blessed be his name) claimed to have received his mission in a dream as he mentioned in his famous night journey to heaven. The sacred Holy Koran being revealed in a series of dreams to him.

Certain dreams have clearly played a profoundly positive and important role in humanitys history and evolution.

-By Dr. Ranjie Singh

Developing A High Performance Mind

A man holding a brain that is made out of light and electricity.

In this publication we begin to focus on improving your Critical Thinking Skills as pioneered by Edward De Bono:
Many times we make important decisions based on emotions, rather impulsively, in anger, without proper advice or without sufficient information, particularly, without doing a proper deep thought processing, which involves and requires:
(PMI)

  1. P – What are the positive aspects of this decision?
  2. M – What are the minuses, negatives or downsides of this decision?
  3. I – Interesting, what are the “it doesn’t matter anyway one way or the other and what are some novel, fresh ideas/viewpoints that come out of this decision or analysis?”

You will also be introduced to doing (CAF) – Consider All Factors along with (C&S) Consequences of an action or decision, with the immediate, short, medium and long term consequences.

Here we give two examples, then we ask you to do your own (PMI), (CAF) and (C&S) on important issues for you e.g. “What degree should I pursue?” “An assessment of your life: short, medium and long term”. “An idea you have for a business opportunity”. “An important decision you have to or want to make e.g. a purchase, career change, relationship change.” How to prepare for an effective career with upwards mobility and finally get your dream job.

P.M.I. (Plus, Minus, Interesting)

Example A:

What Do You Think Of The Suggestion That Everyone Should Wear A Badge Showing His Or Her Mood?

(Plus)

  • Can know when to discuss certain points with that person so as to minimize conflict and get the required response. Be a great help to management in scoring the number of bad/good mood badges per employee per year and correlate this with his/her productivity.
  • Can identify persons possibly requiring psychotherapy or cognitive restructuring.
  • Can be useful to sales managers to determine when sales motivation is required for his/her entire
    team.

(Minus)

  • Invasion of privacy of our thoughts/mood.
  • Very costly.
  • Can be used by persons in charge to manipulate the badge wearer. E.g. to get what he/she wants when person is in good mood.
  • Can be a serious deterrent to negotiations e.g. peace process, since it sets the tone/mood for the overall negotiations for that day.

(Interesting)

  • Possibly enhance communication among people.
  • Can demonstrate to people the relationship between their mood and success, productivity, self-efficiency and even self-esteem.

Example B:

Should Every Child Adopt A Senior Citizen To Look After?

(Plus)

  • Learn the importance of caring for our senior citizens, thereby increasing their (children’s Moral Compass and values).
  • Understand the problems senior citizens face daily and become more tolerant and understanding.
  • Have/get the opportunity to learn from the vast experiences of that senior citizen, by regular conversation, advice, conceptual approaches.

(Minus)

  • Very time consuming.
  • Children may not be too keen and may even ill treat the senior citizen.
  • Children may not be able to provide the environment (caring, physical, and economic) to take care of that citizen

(Interesting)

  • Maybe it would be an excellent educational setting and opportunity for both child and senior citizen to learn about the young generation on one hand, and to impart experience and meta-cognitive skills to the children on the others.
  • Maybe children can be socialized to the importance of love, caring, compassion, etc.

C.A.F.(Consider All Factors)

Example A:

Choosing A Newspapers

  • How does it’s price compare with others?
  • Are the sources reliable and balanced – who owns it?
  • Who are the main contributors of article?
  • How extensive and high is its circulation?
  • Does it focus on national or local news?
  • Can I get home delivery?
  • Is it a convenient size to read at the breakfast table?
  • Does it focus on only certain subject matter like financial times or is it general.
  • Who is their target group? Am I in that group?
  • Who recommends or recommended this newspaper? Why?
  • Will this newspaper give me all the information that I need to know, am interested in, and in an unbiased manner?
  • Are the subscription and payment schedules convenient?
  • What are the qualifications and experience of the various journalists and editor?

C&S (Consequences of an Action or Decision)

EXAMPLE A:
Office Work Can be done At Home VIA Computer Terminals.

Immediate Consequences (up to one year):

  • Great increase in sales of computers and accessories with probable decrease in unit price.
  • Major reorganization and revamping of management styles and corporate structure to cope with management at a distance.
  • Possibly (most likely) concomitant increase in the sale of facsimile machines to minimize the gap between home and office and to have increased efficiency of communication.
  • Great decrease in the purchase and use of cars and drastic drop in traffic jams. Employees claim that they are happier with this arrangement.

Short-term Consequences (1-5 years):

  • Prices of commercial real estate office property will plummet.
  • There will be major job losses in the transportation industry (air, train, bus, taxi, car, etc.) and in the food industry (restaurants, hotels, etc).
  • A new version of portable home computers will be launched and it will be: more powerful, have more memory; have a built-in Fax, photocopier, telephone, and television screen.
  • New series of software will be created and launched.
  • Stocks and shares in the electronic/telecommunication industry will rise exponentially.
  • Business would have considerable difficulties in adjusting to and/or creating a new management style and corporate structure.

Medium-term Consequences (5-20 years)

  • The real estate market (office – commercial) would have been decimated with only the manufacturing/industrial market in tact. There would also be a boom in the sale of homes with a den or office.
  • Unable to withstand the severe economic depression, the transportation and food industries in particular would be in economic shambles.
  • Businesses may become more productive and efficient, as they would have learned to cope with the change. Employees would be presumably happier since they would be less stressed out and use the time saved in traveling to and from work to get more “office work” done.
  • The enormous health-center costs (bills) spent by government should decrease considerably as persons should be healthier due to:
    • Less stress at the workplace.
    • Less pollution (traffic jams).
    • Less accidents on the road due to less travel.

Long-term Consequences (over 20 years)

  • There may be more family conflicts as people find it either difficult or impossible to separate family home time from office home time.
  • People may end up being more stressed out as they are more likely to work longer hours. On the other hand, the reverse is possible.
  • There would be a general economic depression in spite of the savings from the health care industry.
  • Due to increasing isolation from the workplace and colleagues, quality of work may suffer.
  • There may be an increase in psychopathology, increase in number of offspring’s (due to more time at home together) and lack of employee/employer commitment and loyalty – resulting in decreased profits to the company – thus setting the stage for more job losses (even to those at home).

-By Dr. Ranjie Singh

Benefits of Meditation

a silhouette of a woman who is meditating on top of a hill.

Here we focus on the importance of Meditation and solitude for optimal health, efficiency in everyday life and business affairs.

We will also consider the importance of biofeedback to elicit health-producing effects.

Over the past few decades, numerous ‘scientific’ studies have confirmed the absolute value of meditation to ones physical, psychological, and spiritual health.
There are:

  • Physiological effects.
  • Behavioral (Psychological) effects.
  • Subjective/personal reports confirming greater scores on one’s spiritual dimension.

In a (1998) study, found that 71% considered spirituality to be personally relevant. Moreover, that there is a strong relationship between spirituality and effective leadership.

The researchers were intrigued by these findings because they pointed to a large group of well educated professionals who found spirituality relevant in their lives, but who were not actively involved in traditional religion.

These studies confirmed their own informal observations that a growing number of people are developing their spirituality outside traditional, organized religion.

Thus therapeutic psychology cannot afford to ignore the spiritual dimension. Carl Jung said that he was able to cure only those midlife patients who recovered a spiritual orientation to life.

Elkins did some exquisite, psychological research on the components of spirituality. Here are some of their findings and components:

TRANSCENDENT DIMENSION:

The spiritual person has an experientially based belief that there is a transcendent dimension to life. The actual content of this belief may range from the traditional view of a personal God to a psychological view that the “transcendent dimension” is simply a natural extension of the conscious self into the regions of the unconscious or Greater Self But, whatever the content, typology, metaphors, or models used to describe the transcendent dimension, the spiritual person believes in the “more,” that what is “seen,” is not all there is. He or she believes in an “unseen world” and that harmonious
contact with and adjustment to, this unseen dimension is beneficial. The spiritual person is one who has experienced the transcendent dimension, often through what Maslow referred to as “peak experiences,” and he or she draws personal power through contact with this dimension.

MEANING AND PURPOSE IN LIFE:
The spiritual person has known the quest for meaning and purpose, and has emerged from this quest with the confidence that life is deeply meaningful, and that one’s own existence has purpose. The actual ground and content of this meaning vary from person to person, but the common factor is that each person has filled the “existential vacuum” with an authentic sense that life has meaning and purpose.

MISSION IN LIFE:
The spiritual person has a sense of “vocation”. He or she feels a sense of responsibility to life, a calling to answer, a mission to accomplish, or in some cases, even a destiny to fulfill. The spiritual person is a “metamotivated” and understands that it is in “losing one’s life” that one “finds it”.

SACREDNESS OF LIFE:
The spiritual person believes life is infused with sacredness and often experiences a sense of awe, reverence, and wonder even in ‘nonreligious’ settings. He or she does not dichotomize life into sacred and secular, holy and profane, but believes all of life is ‘holy’ and that the sacred is in the ordinary. The spiritual person is able to ‘sacralize’ or ‘religionize’ all of life.

MATERIAL VALUES:
The spiritual person can appreciate material goods such as money and possessions, but does not seek ultimate satisfaction from them nor attempt to used them, as a substitute for frustrated spiritual needs. The spiritual person knows that ‘ontological thirst’ can only be quenched by the spiritual and that ultimate satisfaction is found not in material, but spiritual things.

ALTRUISM:
The spiritual person believes we are our ‘brother’s keeper’ and is touched by the pain and suffering of others. He or she has a strong sense of social justice and is committed to altruistic love and action. The spiritual person knows that “no man is an island” and that we are all “part of the continent” of common humanity.

IDEALISM:
The spiritual person is a visionary committed to the betterment of the world. He or she loves things for what they are yet also for what they can become. The spiritual person is committed to high ideals and to the actualization of positive potential in all aspects of life.

AWARENESS OF THE TRAGIC:
The spiritual person is solemnly conscious of the tragic realities of human existence. He or she is deeply aware of human pain, suffering, and death. This awareness gives depth to the spiritual person and provides him or her with an existential seriousness toward life. Somewhat paradoxically, however, awareness of the tragic enhances the spiritual person’s joy, appreciation, and valuing of life.

FRUITS OF SPIRITUALITY:
The spiritual person is one whose spirituality has borne fruit in his or her life. True spirituality has a discernible effect upon one’s relationship to self, others, nature, life, and whatever one considers to be the Ultimate.

-By Dr. Ranjie Singh

Physical Health Nutrition

25 bowls filled with different types of fruits and vegetables.

We will give some examples of certain medications, their value, and adverse side effects (losses of ions/vitamins) and how to correct their imbalances. For example, many people take certain medications (drugs) for various conditions, but do not realize that it may cause a loss of ions and vitamins, which are important for optimal and ongoing cellular health. Therefore, when taking such medications you need to eat and drink more of certain foods and drinks.

Did you know that certain medications you take cause you to lose key vitamins and minerals, which if not replaced, will lead to health problems? Proper eating, juicing and using supplements can replace these.

Category Drug Nutrient Losses
Antacids Magnesium & Aluminum Antacids Calcium, Phosphoru Folic Acid
Anti-Diabetic Drugs Biguanides-Metformin Coenzyme Q10 Vitamin B12 Folic Acid
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Lipitor Coenzyme Q10

Juices can improve longevity. The juice of fresh fruits and vegetables is the best available food source of enzymes, minerals and vitamins. Aging is a natural process of life. Certain nutrients can help to slow down this process. Cherie Calbom states that:

Proper Nutrition to Slow Down the Aging Process.

  1. Eat and drink daily 50% raw fruits and vegetables and juices. E.g. Black current juice.
  2. Increase your intake; oat and rice bran; wheat germ; and pectin’s, which are found in fruits and vegetables.
  3. Eat more cabbage, yogurt, and olive oil, all of which have been shown to increase.
  4. Herbs have been used traditionally to slow down the aging process. E.g. Thyme.
  5. Recess your consumption of refined foods such as sugar, white flour and its products. Decrease sweet foods, preserved and processed, deep fried foods, snack foods, chips etc.
  6. Try to become more vegetarian daily 80/20. Use more turkey, fish, tofu.
  7. Eliminate Coffee and Alcohol/Wine.

There are Many Beneficial Juices and Vegetables:

  1. Kale, parsley, green pepper, and broccoli – sources of vitamin C.
  2. Spinach asparagus, and carrot – sources of vitamin E.
  3. Red swiss chard, turnip, garlic, and orange – sources of selenium.
  4. Carrot, kale, parsley, and spinach – sources of beta-carotene and other carotenoids.
  5. Apricot, black currant, blackberry, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cherry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, orange, papaya, parsley, plum, prune, sweet pepper, and tomato – sources of bioflavonoids.
  6. Watercress.

For more information, please read any book on nutrition, food sources, benefits etc. There are thousands of excellent books on this topic.

We recommend: Juicing for Life: A Guide to the Benefits of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juicing

In further publications we will highlight special nutritional and juice combinations (extracts) that can assist in the following.

  1. Aging.
  2. Alzheimer’s.
  3. Arthritis.
  4. Brain Longevity.
  5. Cancer.
  6. Cholesterolemia.
  7. Depression.
  8. Diabetes.
  9. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure).
  10. Insomnia.
  11. Memory Loss.
  12. Migraine Headache.
  13. Osteoporosis.
  14. Overweight/Obesity.
  15. Prostate Enlargement.
  16. Stress.

-By Dr. Ranije Singh

Physiological Stress Management

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We have already seen that: (a) University of Massachusetts study, and (b) Dr. Singh’s (Editors) study confirm that meditation increases melatonin levels which is an important factor for decreasing the risk of cancer (e.g.breast and prostate).

The objective of this University of Massachusetts study was to test the hypothesis that the regular practice of mindfulness meditation is associated with increased physiological levels of melatonin. Melatonin may be related to a variety of biologic functions important in maintaining health and preventing disease, including breast and prostate cancer. Previous studies have shown melatonin production as photosensitive and they suggest here that is also may be psychosenstitive. Moreover, another study by Dr. Singh found additional benefits of meditation with mantra intonations (see the book Self-Healing Powerful Techniques).

He found:

  1. Higher states of consciousness were induced.
  2. Increases in positive mood, decreases in anxiety, decreases in stress.
  3. Decreases in blood pressure, and heart rate.

In this publication we will consider the numerous benefits of meditation that several scientific studies have shown. In the years ahead, we will provide you with several powerful techniques to develop your powers of concentration, visualization, imagery, and ability to meditate effectively to optimize your health (Physically, Psychologically, and Spiritually).

Samples of Scientific Studies Confirming the Health Producing Effects of Meditation:

A) Meditation decreases heart rate.

  • Heart Rate: Many contemporary studies have indicated that the heart rate usually slows in quiet meditation and quickens during active disciplines or moments of ecstasy, as we would expect from contemplative writings that describe the calming effect of silent meditation and the stimulation of exercises such as Tantric visualization or devotional chanting.
  • Most studies of Transcendental Meditation (TM), Zen Buddhist sitting, Herbert Benson’s “relaxation response,” and other calming forms of meditation indicate that meditating subjects generally experience a lowering of the heart rate. The results of such studies vary to some degree, since they depend on different kinds of subject groups and various experimental procedures, with some showing an average decline of seven beats or more per minute among their subjects and some showing two or three beats per minute among some of their subjects. Bagga and Gandhi (1983) found an average decline as high as fifteen beats per minute among some of their subjects. Some studies indicate that meditation lowers the heart rate more than biofeedback, progressive relaxation, other therapies, or simple sitting, while other studies indicate that these various activities have an equivalent effect on the heart rate.
  • The following studies show a decrease in heart rate during meditation. Bono (1984) found that the reduction of heart rate during TM was greater than the reduction resulting from sitting quietly with eyes closed. Delmonte (1984f) found that heart rates were slightly lower during meditation than rest for fifty-two subjects.
  • Bagga and Gandhi (1983) compared groups of six TM practitioners and six Shavasana practitioners (relaxing while lying on one’s back) with six controls, and found significantly reduced heart rates for those practicing a combination of meditation and exercise. Throll (1982) found that a Transcendental Meditation group displayed a more significant decrease in heart rate than a group using Jacobson’s progressive relaxation.
  • Pollard and-Ashton (1982) divided sixty subjects into six groups in a comparison of heart rate decrease obtained by visual feedback, auditory feedback, combined visual and auditory feedback, instructions to decrease heart rate without biofeedback, sitting quietly, and abbreviated relaxation training. A comparison group of meditators with a minimum of six years of experience was also studied. The results indicated that there was no advantage of a heart rate decrease task for subjects receiving visual, auditory, or combined biofeedback, though all groups showed evidence of a decline in heart rate over the testing session. The meditation group showed the greatest overall decline, with a decrease in heart rate of approximately seven beats per minute, versus three beats per minute for the groups using biofeedback techniques.
  • Cuthbert et al. (1981) had results demonstrating clear superiority for meditators using Benson’s relaxation response versus heart rate biofeedback especially when the subject experimenter relationship was supportive. Lang et al. (1979) placed the heart rate decrease for advanced TM meditators withmore than four years of practice at 9%. Bauhofer (1978) found that the heart rates of experienced TM meditators were lowered by TM more than those of less experienced TM meditators. Corey (1977) and Routt (1977) reported that Transcendental Meditation appeared to decrease heart rate under non-stress conditions.

B) Mediation Causes greater Blood flow in fingers.

  • Delmonte (19841) tested fifty-two subjects and found that meditators showed a significantly greater increase in digital blood volume during meditation than rest. Jevning, Wilson, and O’Halloran (1982) studied muscle and skin blood flow and metabolism during states of decreased activation in TM. They concluded that acute decline of forearm oxygen consumption has been observed during an acute, wakeful behaviorally induced rest/relaxation state.

C) Meditation increases brain and skin blood flow and cardiac output.

  • Earlier, Jevning and Wilson (1978) reported that TM increased cardiac output among twenty-seven subjects by an average of 16% (ml/min measured by dye dilution methods), decreased hepatic blood flow by an average of 34% (ml/min measured by clearance methods), and decreased renal blood flow by an average of 29% (ml/min measured by clearance methods), suggesting an increase of approximately 44% in the nonrenal, nohepatic component of blood flow (versus an increase of approximately 12% for an eyes closed rest-relaxation control group). Increased cerebral or skin blood flow may account for part of this redistribution.
  • Jevning et al, (1976) found an average 15% increase in cardiac output, and average 20% decline in liver blood flow, and an average 20% decrease in renal blood flow among a group of six meditators practicing TM.

D)Meditation increases brain and forearm blood flow and decreases blood lactate (a potential toxic build up in muscles).

  • Wallace et al. (1971a) speculated that the fall in blood lactate during meditation might be due to increased skeletal muscle blood flow with consequent increased aerobic metabolism. These researchers referred to Riechert (1976), who recorded forearm blood flow increases of 30% with unchanged finger blood flow (using aplethysmograph). Jevning and Wilson (1978) found that frontal cerebral blood flow increased an average of 65% during TM for ten teachers of the technique (five to eight years of regular practice), and remained elevated afterwards, with brief increases up to 100-200% (measured by quadripolar rheoencephalography). Levander et al. (1972) measured forearm blood flow (using a water plethysmograph) in five subjects 180 times and reported that the pretest period mean blood flow of 1.41 ml/100ml tissue volume/min increased to 1.86 ml/100ml tissue volume/min during TM, and returned to pretest values during post-testing. Wallace and Benson (1972) found an increase in forearm blood flow of 32% for their TM subjects.

E) Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure.

  • There is strong evidence that meditation helps lower blood pressure in people who are normal or moderately hypertensive. This finding has been replicated by more than nineteen studies, some of which have shown systolic reductions among their subjects of 25mmHg or more. In some studies a combination of meditation with biofeedback or other relaxation techniques proved to be more effective than meditation alone for some subjects. Several studies, however, have shown that relief from high blood pressure diminishes or disappears entirely if meditation is discontinued, and few people with acute hypertension have experienced lower blood pressure in experiments of this kind.
  • Cort (1988a) It was hypothesized that the large variability of results in different studies on the effect of meditation on hypertension may be due to differences in compliance to the meditation regimens. This study of fiftyone black adults supports the claim that greater compliance to a mediation program leads to greater decreases in blood pressure.

  • Wallace et al. (1983b) This study measured systolic blood pressure using a standard mercury pshygmomanomter on 112 Transcendental Meditators. The subject has a mean systolic blood pressure 13.7 to 24.5 less than the population mean. The analysis also showed that meditators with more than five years of experience had a mean systolic blood pressure 7.5 lower than meditators with less than five years of experience.

  • Bagga and Gandhi (1983) The authors studied a group of eighteen people who were equally divided into a TM, Shavasana (relaxing while lying on one’s back), or control group. After Twelve weeks of practicing, the TM and Shavasana groups showed significant declines in systolic blood pressure as high as 10mmHg, whereas the control group demonstrated no decline.
  • Pollack et al. (1977) Twenty hypertensive patients, nine of whom were on stable dosages of hypotensive medication, were taught TM. Blood pressure reductions were 10 mmHg systolic/2 mmHg diastolic after three months and 6 mmHg systolic/2 mmHg diastolic after six months. The only statistically significant reduction in blood pressure occurred after three months. Meditation plus biofeedback produced decreases in diastolic blood pressure earlier in the training program than meditation alone.

F) Meditation relaxes many large muscle groups

  • At the time of this writing, speculation regarding the mechanisms mediating meditation’s beneficial effects on high blood pressure appears to be inconclusive. Meditation often helps relax the large muscle groups pressing on the circulatory system in various parts of the body. It might also help relax the small muscles that control the blood vessels themselves; when that happens, the resulting elasticity of blood vessel walls would help reduce the pressure inside them. Other mechanisms may be involved, which further research will reveal. The following studies explored meditation’s effect on blood pressure and hypertension. Blood pressure is one of the easiest physiological variables to measure. The evidence just presented shows that many patients with moderate hypertension improve with meditation. Because these studies involved different types of meditation, different levels of meditation experience among subjects, and different kinds of measurement, the mechanisms mediating the improvement are uncertain. Most studies indicate that benefits disappear without continued practice.

G) Yoga relaxation methods lower blood pressure.

  • Patel and North (1975) Thirty-four hypertensive patients were assigned at random either to six weeks of treatment by yoga relaxation methods with biofeedback or to placebo therapy (general relaxation). Both groups showed a reduction in blood pressure (from 168/100 to 141/84 mmHg in the treated croup and from 169/101 to 160/96 mmHg in the control group The difference was highly significant. The control group was then trained in yogaÂrelaxation, and the blood pressure fell to that of the other group (now used as controls).

H) A combination of yoga breathing meditation, muscle relaxation, and meditation lowered blood pressure.

  • Patel (1973) Twenty hypertension patients using hypotensive drugs were taught yoga, breath meditation, muscle relaxation, and meditation concentration. Their average blood pressure was reduced from 159.1/100.1 mmHg to 138.7/85.9 mmHg. The average blood pressure of twenty control subjects, who rested on a couch for the same number of sessions and who were given no relaxation training, was reduced from 163.1/99.1 mmHg to 162.6/97.0 mmHg.

I) In experienced meditators showed lowered blood pressure when given short TM meditation training.

  • Benson and Wallace (1972a) Twenty-two hypertensives with no meditation experience were given the standard TM training. Their mean blood presure before meditation was 150/94 mmHg. After four to sixty-three weeks of meditation practice their mean blood pressure was reduced to 141/87 mmHg.

J) Meditation relieves cardiovascular disease.

  • Evidence that meditation helps relieve certain forms of cardiovascular disease generally conforms to assertions that yoga, tai chi, and other transformational disciplines promote health. Similarly, evidence that meditators recover more quickly from stressful impacts and demonstrate fewer chronic or inappropriate emergency responses than nonmeditators agrees in a general way with teachings about the alert calm and peace of yogic practice or the effortless but appropriate behavior of Zen Buddhist and Taoist adepts.

K) Meditation relieves high cholesterol and angina pectoris.

  • Contemporary scientific evidence suggests that meditation assists individuals with forms of cardiovascular disease, hypercholesterolemia and angina pectoris.

-By Dr. Ranjie Singh

Psychological Health – Beating Depression

A person sitting on a bench.

We now live in an age of global sadness.

Today Depression is ravaging humanity. It is virtually an epidemic with 15% of the American population or 18.0 million Americans being afflicted. Depression is the worst common psychological distress of late life. We will begin a series on this condition to consider: who is at risk, it’s causes and treatment, theories of depression, symptoms, why is it dysfunctional (bad)? Then we will look at techniques to alleviate and reverse this condition. You will also have access to psychological tests to rate your own self on this condition and do continual evaluation until you rate “well”.

The good news is that 80% of people do improve and get out of this dismal mental situation. You will see that the coping skills are different between men and women.

Depression is an illness, where there is an emotional disconnect, and one no longer feels useful to society. This can occur due to several reasons: one experiences continual boredom, loss of close ones, failure to self-actualize, complex, complicated and failed relationships, Divorce, life did not work out as planned, death and dying, fear, loneliness, low energy.

There is lack of psychosocial, family and religious support. Social disintegration, loss of friends and familiar places e.g. our home gets sold, or broken down.

Caregivers experience major burnout. Also, menopause changes estrogen, and neurotransmitter levels change. This causes depression and serotonin disruptions in your brain biochemistry. Some depressed persons also experience victimization, mental and physical abuse, drug and alcohol abuse which can eventually lead to suicide. Mathiason cites several risk factors for depression in late life.

  • Having a personal or family history of depression.
  • Being female.
  • Having a chronic illness or caring for someone who does.
  • Suffering the loss of a spouse.
  • Lacking a social support system.
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs.

Also, adding to depression are: managing multiple roles, handling broken relationships, and neglecting one’s self. There’s no time or opportunity for solitude and self-development. Moreover, mid-life crises, issues between self and spouses all add to increase the risk of depression.

There are several dangerous side effects of depression because it saps the persons ‘will to live.’
Depression can lead to:

  • Increased disability.
  • Intensified pain and other medical symptoms.
  • Heightened sensitivity to the side effects of many medications.
  • Cognitive impairment.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Anorexia (dramatic loss of appetite).
  • Neglect of necessary medical care and self-care.
  • Increased hospitalization and prolonged rehabilitation.
  • Suicide.

Also, there is a loss of libido (sex drive), a feeling of helplessness, loss of memory, hopelessness, remorse, guilt, shame, can’t turn the clock back, fear of rejection, sadness, poor sleep (insomnia), poor quality of food, drink, and exercise. We also feel we have lost control over our lives, and the lives of  those close and important to us.

As we age, most also experience the ‘struggle for survival and self-preservation’, financial uncertainty, as our “nest egg investments” go sour. We are forced to focus on food, shelter, survival and thus cannot self-actualize and focus on the necessary inner evolution and spiritual dimensions, and our higher advanced stages of human development as we age gracefully. There is for most, less purpose and meaning in life (past, present, and future). We feel that we have failed and wasted our years.

Many immigrants leave their country and experience social, psychological, cultural, religious dislocations and poor mental health care. Citizens leave one state or province for another, thereby creating incessant disconnectedness readjustments, and stressors. The elderly live in home care or shelters all alone, with little money, and some are even homeless.

Generally one feels overwhelmed, and tired with the battles and tribulations of life. There is the ongoing struggle for survival happening, just when we badly need to rest and ‘enjoy life,’ and spend more time investing in one’s “self,” in quite solitude and inner evolution. Instead, we find ourselves having to deal with difficult issues such as Euthanasia, children and their spouses, dysfunctional family life and relationships, grand children, and shattered or broken dreams. Using all our psychic energy to mend broken relationships and to preserve and keep intact our own life.

In future publications, various therapeutic approaches will be explored, these include:

  • Pharmacology (the use of medications).
  • Biobehavioral – cognitive (psychological intervention). How to self actualize and attain peace and happiness. How to make those golden years “glitter”.
  • Psychoanalysis and group therapy
  • Solitudinal psychotherapy and the practice of “non-attachment” to things of the world.

We will also consider your test scores on stress and depression and use various techniques to bring them back to “normal, acceptable scores”.

By- Dr. Ranjie Singh

Cancer Patients and Complementary Medicine

Natural medicine.

Monday, Aug, 4 2008 (Health Day News) – As many as 61% of cancer patients use complementary therapies such as prayer, relaxation, meditation and massage, researchers from the American Cancer Society report. (Sept 2008) issue. This new study echoes findings of other, smaller studies that also found that many cancer patients use complementary treatments. The kinds of methods used were influenced by sex, race, age, education, type of cancer and how far the disease has spread.

“Many complementary methods are extremely popular among cancer survivors, who are spending a lot  of their time, money and attention on them” said study co-author Dr. Ted Gansler, the society’s director of medical content. “For this reason, it is import to determine which are helpful, not only for shrinking tumors and extending survival, but also for relieving symptoms and improving quality of life.

For the study, published in the Sept. 1 issue of Cancer, Gansler’s team collected data on 4,139 caner survivors who participated in the American Cancer Society’s Study of Cancer Survivors-I. The people were interviewed 10 to 24 months after diagnosis. The use of some complementary methods by cancer survivors is very common, the study found. For example, 61.4 percent used prayer; 44.3 percent used relaxation techniques; 42.4 percent used faith/spiritual healing; 40.1 percent used nutritional supplements such as vitamins; 15 percent used meditation; 11.3 percent used religious counseling; 11.2 percent used massage; and 9.7 percent participated in support groups.

But other complementary methods aren’t as common, the researchers found. Only 0.4 percent of surveyed participant used hypnosis; 1 percent used biofeedback therapy; and 1.2 percent used acupuncture. All types of complementary methods were more popular among women, Gansler said. 59% of women and 43% of men turned to methods such as aromatherapy. art therapy. support groups, hypnosis, imagery/visualization, meditation and relaxation. And methods such as tar chi and yoga were by 10.1 % of women, compared with 1.9 percent of men. Massage was used by 16.6 % of women, by only 3.9 percent of men, the study found.

“In general, younger, more educated and more affluent cancer survivors were more likely to used complementary methods.” Gansler said.

“This is not only because ovarian cancer is obviously limited to women and breast cancer is extremely rare among men. For example, all types of complementary methods were used more often by breast and ovarian cancer survivors than by uterine cancer survivors – also women, of course.” he said.

It’s clear why complementary methods have become much more common during the past few years, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about the effectiveness of many complementary methods.” he added.

Alternative medicine expert Dr. Harold Burstein, an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, said, “This study, like many before it, confirms that cancer patients actively pursue a variety of alternative and complementary therapies, usually in conjunction with standard approaches to cancer treatment.” The motivations for such practices are worth exploring, Burstein said. “it is not known, but it is not thought that these have an impact on cancer related outcomes, though many patients report deriving comfort, solace or symptom relief with such practices,” he said.

Complementary (Mind-Body) medicine is on of the core foundational teaching and techniques of 7th Dimension publications: Self-Healing: Powerful Techniques, confirming once more out cutting edge, 21 century activities.

-By Dr. Ranjie Singh

Visualization, Imagery, Hypnosis

A pocket watch swinging left to right.

The 5-10 minute visualization and breathing exercise for increasing melatonin levels by stimulating the pineal gland. You must be extremely focused an absorbed during this procedure. This mini technique must be done as much as possible with a sacred and reverential state of mind. You must have minimal awareness of your surroundings.

For the first 5 minutes, sit in a comfortable position in a chair or lie down ideally in a dark room. Eyes closed. Begin by focusing on the breath; just breathe normally and naturally, but deeply. Now visualize the breath as it comes in through the nostrils, entering deep into the belly and filling the lungs from the bottom, to the middle and then to the top. As you inhale, breathe in a sense of expansiveness; as your breathe out feel yourself becoming more relaxed and energized. Exhale by allowing the breath to leave the body first from the lower lungs or abdominal region, then follow with the breath moving up and out from the lower lungs to the very top of the lungs. Repeat three times at your own rhythm or until you feel ready to commence the absorbed visualization.

Begin by visualizing with your eyes closed a beautiful, silvery-blue healing light entering your body with the breath. Allow yourself to choose a color, like a soft blue, pink, red, violet or white light. Try various colours until you find one that works best for you. As you inhale this beautiful clear light, focus your awareness at a point at the centre of the head, about level with the bridge of the nose, between the eyebrows. See the light beams bathing and invigorating, energizing the pineal gland at the centre of the head between your eyebrows.

As you do so, be aware that his gland is awakening to its full healthy potential. You might also include the image of the pineal as a rose or a lotus flower opening and vibrating. Make the visualization as alive and vivid as you can.

Do not strain; if your mind wanders, bring it back to the task gently. Then for the next 5 minutes correctly intone 3 of the mantras shown in Self-Healing Powerful Techniques, such as OOM (as in room), AUM (as in AHOOOMMM), and REH (as in ray). Each day use a different 3 until you have gone through each one. Always on each session use OOM and AUM, then choose another two.

Remember the more deeply absorbed, sacred and reverential you can make this (5-10 minute) technique, the more effective will the healing results be.

Practice this visualization and intonation no more than twice daily. You might like to sit facing a clock or wristwatch so that you can check your timing. The best times for such practice are first thing in the morning, and ideally at night, at least three hours after supper (and ½ hour before bedtime). You wish to create a gradual awakening and enlivening of this gland. Remember to moderate the frequency of your visualizations just as you would any activity.

For those with specific illnesses eg. Tumors, direct your healing imagery also to those regions and realize that your current disorder is merely a lack of resonance at the cellular level and be confident that harmony can be re-established. See all cells in your tumor as though they were radiating those blue-silvery healing electrical sparks of light. See them as healthy, sparkling and rejuvenated, with happy faces. Moreover, see these molecules of melatonin as concentrations of this healing electromagnetic energy in your blood stream, entering your cells, bathing, infusing and permeating them, stopping abnormal cell division and blending with the genetic material to properly regulate cell division and restore harmony, healing and health.

Realize at all times that any dis-ease, regardless of the medical term, is merely in harmony within the body, cells, tissues, organs or mind. It is like a mini-revolt or disturbance within the community (organ) by the locals (the cells). If allowed to go unchecked it will affect other communities and states (organs) and eventually can cause national/civil unrest (affect the entire body).

By using the correct proper techniques, with regular quality practice, patience and persistence, mind-body harmony can be restored. You may prefer not to even use or think of your illness in medical terms given its negative associations. Think only that you are restoring harmony in your mind-body system, which currently has a degree of disease.

Pineal

  • OOM/A UM SOHAM
  • To stimulate the blood stream ANS/CNS. For intuition and Cosmic Consciousness. Cosmic law. Revelation.

Pituitary

  • RA-MA/TH/THA
  • For experiencing devotion, nobility, spiritual ideals, vocation.

Thyroid

  • HREEM THO/AH HRIH
  • For intelligence, fellowship, and rapidity of exchange of objective and subjective impressions. Associated with learning, reasoning, foresight, cognitive (thought) processes.

Thymus

  • OM AH H UM, EHM
  • The temple of the soul and the silver cord. Immune system healing and reju – venation, youthfulness.

Adrenal

  • E YE/KHEI
  • For experiencing emotions, Cosmic urges. Calmness.

All Psychic Centres

  • A UM-RA-MA-OOM NAMAH, AMEN, OM PADME HUM
  • For the appreciation of Soul Conscious – ness and the Divine. To also harmonize all psychic/neuro/immuno-endocrine systems.

Solar Plexus

  • MEH LAM THA NG
  • Stimulates the blood stream and solar plexus.

Entire Body

  • YAH WA Y, ALH
  • Tunes the psychic centres and leads to Cosmic Illumination.

Sinuses

  • NNN UUU RRR NG
  • Tunes your entire body.

-By Dr. Ranjie Singh

 

Adult Children Of Alcoholics
(Book Review)

Two glasses filled with alcohol.

Ten million alcoholics are in this country (U.S.A.). These people whom are victims to their own self, also (victimize) adversely affect others with whom they associate

Employers, relatives, friends and families of alcoholics suffer from the effects of alcoholism. Many man-hours of work are lost because of absenteeism and inefficiency due to alcoholism. Those who are the closest suffer most of all. The family becomes emotionally ill themselves.

Children of alcoholics seem to have in common a low self-esteem. This is not surprising. Conditions which lead an individual to value himself and to regard himself as a person of worth can be briefly summarized by terms of parental warmth,clearly defined limits, and respectful treatment. There is considerable literature in which it is argued that these conditions are absent or inconsistently present in the alcoholic home.

The alcoholic parents behavior is affected by the chemicals within, non-alcoholic parents behavior is affected by reaction to the alcoholic.

Little emotional energy remains to consistently fulfill the many needs of children who become victims to the family illness. Parents are models whether they want to be or not. It is in the give-and-take of relationships with parents and others that the child finds a sense of security, and self-esteem. A Study with adolescent boys indicates that children develop self-trust, and the ability to deal with adversity if they are treated with respect, well-defined standards of values. Persons with high self-esteem are outgoing, socially successful, and expect to be well received. On the other hand, pupils with low self-esteem are easily discouraged and sometimes depressed. They feel isolated, unloved and unlovable. The authors own research into Self-Esteem in Children of Alcoholics showed that children of alcoholic parents have lower self-esteem.

Adult Children of Alcoholics:

  1. Guess at what normal behavior is.
  2. Have difficulty following a project through from beginning to end.
  3. Lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth.
  4. Judge themselves without mercy.
  5. Have difficulty having fun.
  6. Take themselves very seriously.
  7. Have difficulty with intimate relationships.
  8. Overreact to changes over which they have no control.
  9. Constantly seek approval and affirmation.
  10. Usually feel that they are different from other people.
  11. Are super responsible or super irresponsible.
  12. Are impulsive. They tend to lock them selves into a course of action without giving serious consideration to alternative behaviors or possible consequences.

We recommend picking up a copy of Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet Woititz.

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