Origins of meditation
Evidence of the origins of meditation extends back to a time before recorded history. Archaeologists tell us the practice may have existed among the first Indian civilisations. Indian scriptures dating back 5000 years describe meditation techniques. From its ancient beginnings and over thousands of years, meditation has developed into a structured practice used today by millions of people worldwide, of a great many different nationalities and religious beliefs.
Development of meditation
Meditation began to be formalised with the advent of Buddhism in India a little over 2,500 years ago (c.500 B.C), which arose from Hindu philosophy/religion. Buddha (originally the monk Gautama Siddhartha), achieved a level of detachment from the physical through meditation, which he called 'enlightenment'. He developed an approach to the pursuit of spiritual truths that we now know as Buddhism. It hinged on the use of a formalised meditation for separation from the physical. And it accepted the ancient Vedic concept that one’s physical life must be transcended in order to experience a higher state of spiritual realisation of one's ‘true essence’.
Buddhist meditation journeyed northward over the Himalayas through Tibet until the first or second century C.E., when it reached China. Chinese translations of Indian Buddhist scriptures began to appear in the 6th century and were slowly assimilated into Chinese culture, replacing the teachings of Confucianism and Taoism. Many different expressions of meditation techniques developed during this period – which helps to explain the great variations in the practice of meditation we see now. Later, Buddhism moved further north to Japan, manifesting there as ‘Zen meditation’.
Thousands of years after being developed in the East, various traditions of meditation began to be embraced by Western society. Around the world, people of differing dispositions began to see evidence of its physical, emotional and spiritual benefits, realising these benefits for themselves. Today, millions of people use meditation for many reasons.
Commonly experienced physical benefits:
- Reduced stress through reduction of conflict
- Improved quality of friendships and relationships
- Increased creativity and intelligence
- Greater concentration, learning ability, reasoning and memory
- Increased vitality and alertness
- Less irritability and moodiness
- Clearer thinking
- Improved self-esteem
Commonly experienced spiritual benefits:
- Increased stillness through detachment from energy
- Broader understanding and wisdom
- More accurate evaluation through increased perspective
- Increased compassion, awareness and perception
- Greater reliance on knowing (detachment from thinking)
Energy Conversion meditation
The practice of Energy Conversion meditation is unique to Kenja Communication, but the principle behind it is not new. It was originally developed by Tibetan Buddhists who refer to it as “psychic osmosis - the highest method of imparting higher learning”. * It was also practiced by the North American Indians in the form of a healing process.
For more than 60 years, Ken Dyers researched, developed, and simplified Energy Conversion Meditation. The purpose of his research was to remove dogma, significance and belief from the spiritual equation. The result is a simple contemporary technique which has been used by thousands of Australians regardless of age, race, sex or religion, to achieve their potential and explore their spiritual heritage. From its initial sources of inspiration, it has evolved to suit modern day needs.
* Psychic osmosis (Energy Conversion) documented in the Tibetan book of the great liberation, General introduction, part VII, illiteracy and Utilitarianism, last paragraph). “It is not commonly recognised among occidentals that there are methods of imparting culture other than through literacy, which, according to the Gurus, is the least efficient of all. Four methods are employed in the orient: (1) through telepathy or psychic osmosis: (2) through abstract symbols, such as mandalas inscribed in the earth or painted on paper, cloth or wood: and also through concrete symbols which may be geometric forms: (3) through sound, as in music or audibly expressed mantras, or spoken words, which are often whispered into the ear of the neophyte in initiations: (4) through written words, setting forth the secret doctrines, usually in symbolical and very obtrusive technical and metaphorical style. The first method is the highest, the fourth is the lowest method of imparting the Higher Learning."