If meditation can elevate our base state of consciousness, the implications are global

While meditation carries a host of well-known benefits, the most significant of them all—it's ability to induce a profound shift in consciousness—remains the least-studied.


Often dismissed as a "spiritual" phenomenon, meditation can induce long-lasting changes in personality and perception through a process so transformative it's often described as a "second puberty".

Experiencers report an expansion of the inner self, causing the world to become more vivid, more beautiful, more profound, and more real.  This transformation often inspires a lifetime of creativity, art, service, and happiness, as well as entry into even higher states of consciousness and well-being.

Scott Hiegel describes the dramatic shift in consciousness that took place after he started meditating.

While the process is often seen as mystical or trans-rational, there is little reason not to interpret it at face-value: might this be a bona-fide physiological growth phase?  One thing is clear—if meditation can help assuage our seemingly-unquenchable thirst for consumption by providing satisfaction on an inner level, it represents one of the most important tools we have in the fight to save our species from extinction.

There's just one thing missing—hard evidence.

"If meditation can do this, it's one of the most important tools we have in the fight to save our species from extinction."

All physiological changes that we know of are mediated by distinct biochemical markers.
In 2016 I executed a pilot study designed to see if I could observe any such changes in myself, and found data suggestive that changes in my metabolism were indeed taking place.

© 1987 Joseph Alexander
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