Abraham Maslow (founder of humanistic psychology and one of the founders of transpersonal psychology), the last part of his life (in the 1960s) devoted himself to the study of transcendence or self-transcending. He studied various transcendental techniques and people who regularly transcended and transcended self-actualization. His work laid the foundation of transpersonal psychology.
He described the moments when a person experiences peak experiences, in which the self-concept merges into the unity consciousness with all that is. It is precisely the area where transpersonal psychology is based.
At the same time (from 1959 onwards), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi arrived in the West and began teaching the technique of transcendental meditation old over the 6,000 years, which quickly spread throughout the world and became the subject of numerous scientific research.
In September 1971, Maharishi founded the “Maharishi International University” in Santa Barbara, Calif., USA, and started with teacher training courses which became popular all over the world. Quickly after that, the Maharishi Colleges in Switzerland and Thailand have been opened.
Over the years, more than 500 scientific studies have been conducted at 200 independent universities and institutions in 33 countries and published in more than 100 leading scientific journals.
After the popularization of TM (Transcendental Meditation), the well-known American physician Deepak Chopra establishes his version of transpersonal meditation, named it Primordial Sound Meditation.
Adrian P. Kezele did the same for us in Croatia, setting up his version named Integral Meditation. Of course, this is not about the same meditations, but about the same effects of meditation. Transpersonal Psychology says that transpersonal meditation is any meditation that has the function of transcending and experiencing pure consciousness. So, whatever version of meditation you are doing is fine, as long as this meditation has the function of transcending and while you feel its benefits.
Every transpersonal meditation is a form of “silent mantra meditation”. Its function is to calm mental activity, which results in deep relaxation and stress relief.
Silent meditation is a simple technique that creates a lasting sense of inner fulfillment, bliss, and joy if it is practiced regularly. It is a non-religious, scientifically researched method of personal potential development.
Unlike other meditation techniques that emphasize hard and fatigue body exercises, Silent Meditation is a relaxing and effortless technique that “mechanically” reduces stress and excitement of the nerves which leads to “awake hypometabolic state”.
Scientific research that has studied the psychological state of a “wakeful hypometabolic state” that is formed by practicing silent meditation suggests that it has a beneficial effect on reducing stress, increasing intelligence, and the general state of the body.
The purpose of meditation is not mystical or astral experience during meditation, but its effects in everyday life. Even mind-calming is not the purpose of meditation, but the natural result of its proper practice.
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