The three reasons people meditate are: to attain enlightenment; to gain power or control; or, for relaxation or health benefits.
Afterlife notions are mirrors of our cultural and social needs Our notions of heaven and the afterlife reflect what is valued in our Western culture–today it’s eternal youth, reunion with loved ones, and spiritual prowess.
Dependence upon religiously interpreted state of consciousness (RISC) is dangerous and can be used to justify fanaticism and psychosis. Dreams, trances, and near death experiences are commonplace in human experience and often are interpreted as prophesies and new revelations says religious scholar Alan F.
This meditation, supposedly Tibetan, begins by staring without blinking into a mirror and without regard to the tears as they roll down your cheeks.
Below is an index of my posts related to altered or mystical states related to meditation practices.