Ajna Light Meditation Research
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The Ajna (referred to the third eye chakra) Light is a visual brainwave entrainment device designed to induce meditation states and pineal gland stimulation  similar to those who are advanced in mediation practice such as Buddhist Monks. This device is a breakthrough in helping introductory learners interested in meditation to explore potential deep experiences accessing shift in altered states of consciousness without years of training.

Joe Kamiya, was one of the first researches to apply the biofeedback testing principle, to help satisfy the question; “Can man learn to control their brainwave cycles”.

His experiments in the late 1960’s proved that those could learn how to regulate their alpha brainwaves by discriminating the difference of states of consciousness with biofeedback. When the subjects described their subjective feelings of alpha brainwaves they mentioned the sense of relaxation, floating, letting go, and warmth.

Barbara Brown (1970) observed a variety of feelings in the subjects associated with different brain wave states.  Beta subjects reported worry, anger, fear, frustration, tension, alertness, surprise, and hunger. A general stressful state that can be seen as sympathetic nervous system responses. Subjects in alpha resorted pleasant feelings of relaxation, tranquility, calmness. Theta was associated with feelings of restful alertness, day dreaming, uncertainty. In Delta state subject had no sense of feelings, as this is associated with sleeping and unconsciousness.

Barbara Brown conclusions were when after the subject was able to to be aware with the relationship between feeling state and brainwave activity, the biofeedback signal is no longer necessary.

 

References

Rao, K. R. (2005). Consciousness studies: Cross-cultural perspectives. McFarland.

Zafutto, A. A., & Zaffuto, M. (1975). Alpha-genics: How to use brainwaves to improve your life. Warner Paperback Library.

Correlation between Pineal Activation and Religious Meditation Observed by Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Natureprecedings
hdl:10101/npre.2007.1328.1

 

  • Chien-Hui Loou; Chang-Wei Hsieh; Jyh-Horng Chen: Interdisciplinary MRI/MRS Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • Chang-Wei Hsieh: Anthro-Celestial Research Institute, The Tienti Teachings
  • Si-Chen Lee: Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • Chi-Hong Wang: Department of Neurology, Cardinal Tien Hospital Yung Ho Branch

 

 

Abstract:

The human brain possesses plenty of functions but little is known about its scientific relationship with mind and spirit. Conferences1,2 focused on the connection between science and religion were held very recently in which neuroscientists, Buddhist scholars and Dalai Lama discussed attention, mental imagery, emotion, mind, brain functions and meditation, suggesting religious meditation offers an effective means to investigate the mystery of mind and spirit. In the past decade, scientists struggled to obtain brain mappings for various meditation styles using different brain imaging techniques and stimulating results have been observed3-17. In this letter we report that, together with other brain regions, pineal body exhibit significant activation during meditation process, supporting the long lasting speculation that pineal plays an important role in the intrinsic awareness which might concern spirit or soul. Pineal is known as an endocrine organ which produces substrates including melatonin and has been ascribed numerous even mysterious functions but its activation during meditation has never been observed by brain imaging technique. In seventeenth century, based on anatomic observation, Descartes ventured to suggest that pineal serves as the principal seat of the soul18-20. Inspired by its geometric center in the brain, physiologists, psychologists, philosophers and religionists have been speculating for centuries about pineal’s function relevant to spirit and soul. In this study, we chose Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, one style of meditation, to explore this long lasting speculation by functional magnetic resonance imaging technique. Our results demonstrate a correlation between pineal activation and religious meditation which might have profound implications in physiological understanding of the intrinsic awareness.