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                     "It is important to me that my meditation practice supports my belief in a universal

                      spirit. Will Inner Peace Meditation support my belief in a universal spirit?"


                     "What am I? Where did I come from? I do not believe that life was created by a

                      universal spirit or God. Yet to me life seems sacred and holy."


                    “Why did people start meditating originally? What was its purpose?”


                    “What does scientific research tell us about which meditation technique is best"?


                    "Where can I get more information about meditation and related topics?"


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"It is important to me that my meditation practice supports my belief in a universal spirit. Will Inner Peace Meditation support my belief in a universal spirit?"


A primary goal of believing in a universal spirit is to increase your inner peace and a primary goal of Inner Peace Meditation is to increase your inner peace. So Inner Peace Meditation supports belief in a universal spirit through helping increase inner peace.


When scientists began studying meditation in the 1970s they found that people got the benefits of meditating regardless of whether or not they adopted the traditional beliefs that had once accompanied a meditation practice. So while Inner Peace Meditation comes from the ancient traditions of India it does not promote the beliefs of that tradition, or of any tradition. So you can practice Inner Peace Meditation and adopt whatever spiritual or religious beliefs that suit you.


You should exercise caution however when adopting any belief system because how you hold beliefs can decrease inner peace, or how you hold beliefs can become a major barrier to increasing inner peace.  


Since the 1960s a major shift has been occurring with regard to beliefs about inner peace. Today many people view themselves as spiritual but not religious, and some call whatever created life God or Allah while others call It universal spirit, nature, love, science, consciousness, Brahmin, true Self, the Great Mystery, Zen, no self, Tao, etc.




For thirty five years our staff has been living in a community of several thousand

people that came together to experiment with and live this shift. During that time

we learned how beliefs can increase inner peace and how beliefs can become

actual barriers to inner peace. We wrote a short guide book about this, which you

can download as a PDF and read free by clicking on it.  →

  





We also developed a Quiz that is designed to help you explore and better

understand your beliefs about Whatever Created Life. The Quiz includes six

Principles that explain how beliefs can increase or decrease your inner peace.

Once you have taken the Quiz you can then download it as a beautiful, free

ebook that includes the Quiz questions, your answers and the six Principals.

To take the free Quiz click on it. →

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           




"What am I? Where did I come from? I do not believe that life was created by a universal spirit or God. Yet to me life seems sacred and holy."


You are stardust that somehow came alive, and how and why that happened

remains a mystery despite claims by countless belief systems that they

possess the truth about this mystery.


Our experience has been that inner peace comes through better understanding

who you are and where you came from. For an in depth understanding

of who you are and where you came from click on the galaxy.  →





“Why did people start meditating originally? What was its purpose.”                         


It appears that meditation was developed in part to help free us from the stress and worry that comes from thinking too much.


We developed the ability to think abstractly only about 70,000 - 95,000 years ago* and the life we live "in our head" today apparantly did not exist before that time. As our ability to think abstractly developed we were then able to think about the future and the past more, which in turn caused more stress and worry.


And so today we live two lives: we live life in our thoughts and we live life as

our experience of the present moment. Freedom from stress and worry comes

as our life in thoughts diminishes and our experience of the present moment

predominates. Freedom comes through learning how to balance thoughts and

the present moment and meditation is a way to learn that. To learn more about

freedom from thinking too much, click on the swans.  →

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*  E.O. Wilson; The Social Conquest of Earth; Liveright, 2013





“What does scientific research tell us about which meditation technique is best?"


While meditation techniques have been practiced for thousands of years, scientific research on meditation began when researchers at Harvard University began studying it in the 1970s. Since then there has been research on different meditation techniques and their effects but as yet there has been almost no research that compares different meditation techniques with one another in terms of specific effects. For example while researchers have found that mantra meditation may lower blood pressure, research has not been done yet that compares mantra meditation with other types of meditation in terms of lowering blood pressure. Thus it’s fair to say that research on meditation is still in its early stages today (2015).


Research is also suggesting that different meditation techniques may affect the physiology differently. For example mantra meditation may be more effective than other types of meditation for lowering blood pressure, stress, and the risk of heart disease and stroke while other types of meditation may be more effective than mantra meditation for treating psychological disorders and increasing compassion and kindness. Further, it is not yet known how individual factors such as upbringing, dna, psychology, world view, etc. effect which meditation technique is right for you.         


We are optimistic that over the coming years such comparative research will be done that enables someone to design a meditation practice based on who they are and the outcome they seek. Until then go online and review the meditation research that is relevant to your goals. Remember that you may be meditating for many, many years, so investing the time now to get properly oriented makes good sense.





"Where can I get more information about meditation and related topics?"


Visit our companion site InnerPeaceFellowship.org. This is an excerpt from it:


               "We are living in the dawn of a new beginning. Traditional religious and spiritual ways

                are in decline and new ways are replacing them. This is happening because people

                want inner peace, not just promises of inner peace. People want to experience what

                is sacred directly, not through the words of middlemen. People want lives filled with love

                and brotherhood, not lives filled with stress and separation. People want communities

                that truly have their back, not communities that let the powerful prey on them. This web

                site provides tools for this new beginning."






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