Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bliss Feedback Therapy

In my previous articles, I have dwelt on the terms - "consciousness', "apparent self', "inner self' and the process of "meditation'. The feeling of bliss, which is formless, is perceived and sustained by the individual through the "built-in biofeedback'.

During the process of meditation, when the individual consciously tries to reach the bliss of the "inner self', he uses a framework to perceive the formless bliss. A sensory perception, usually visual or auditory, that is associated with inner bliss is made use of by the mind. This "associate' of bliss depends on the method of meditation.
A pitfall in meditation is to start believing this "associate' of bliss as real, pushing the bliss itself to the background. Individuals may be practicing a particular method of meditation in a mechanical way forgetting the bliss. True meditation would always focus on the bliss, which is the essence.

Philosophically speaking, all religions help individuals to reach their blissful "inner self'. They use auditory or visual frameworks to help the individual to perceive the bliss within oneself. If this primary purpose of religion is understood, then the apparent "rituals' of religion become more meaningful.

Once established in bliss, the framework is no longer needed. However since we are frequently distanced from bliss, we need to be reestablished in bliss by constantly remembering the framework that is associated with bliss. With guidance and by practice, reaching and remaining in a state of bliss becomes easier.

Enjoying a state of bliss implies that the mind, body and the spirit are in an optimal state of health. The quality of sleep is good and this ensures a whole lot of health benefits. Any disease that might have set in heals faster when the individual practices meditation. Meditation may thus be called as "bliss feedback therapy'.

Understanding Meditation

I have explained the concept of "self' or the "perceived reality' of an individual, which is the state of his consciousness at the time of awakening from sleep, in my previous article. This "self' persists and influences the quality of that particular day through "our built-in biofeedback'. I emphasized on the presence or absence of the quality of bliss.

Blissfulness is the core quality that would determine the expression of other faculties of the mind. When a person is blissful, his mind is calm and his intellect and judgment is optimal. Blissfulness is the natural quality of the "self' as is evident in children. Being blissful allows all other human faculties to blossom.

As grownups many of us would feel far removed from bliss. This is because we allow the mind and its senses to dwell upon so many things in our day-to-day lives. Thus the "self' or the "perceived reality', even if it is blissful soon after a good night's sleep, soon forgets this core reality of bliss.

The problem is to recover from this "superimposed reality' that is lacking in bliss and reach back again to the "self' that is blissful. Our mind should release itself from the problems of the day and start dwelling on the inner "self' that is hidden from consciousness.

Many would be able to do this involuntarily by just relaxing and going to sleep. On reaching the deep sleep state, freed from thoughts and input from the senses the individual experiences pure bliss.

But in today's world more and more people find it difficult to get released from the thoughts of the day. To overcome this problem, several techniques of relaxation and meditation are available. The individual may choose the particular technique that appeals to him most.

A simplified understanding of meditation is - it is basically the process of consciously transcending the "apparent self' to reach the "inner self', which is blissful.

Our Built-in Biofeedback

In my article titled - "Everything is a Play of Consciousness", I have made the point that the state of our consciousness at the moment of our awakening from sleep, determines the quality of life for the rest of the day. If we feel blissful at the moment of awakening, then it is perpetuated for the rest of the day. If bliss is lacking then the whole day feels indifferent or even miserable.

This phenomenon is due to an in-built mechanism where the mind keeps coming back to the "perceived reality' for that day, which is the state of our consciousness at the time of awakening. This forms the "core consciousness' or the "self' of that individual for that day, with all activities of the mind having this core as the basis.

The mind judges events of the day with this core as the reference point. If the core is blissful then the mind also sees the world as basically blissful. When confronted by problems the feedback from the core anchors the mind to the "blissful reality' and the mind overcomes problems by creating solutions.

This biofeedback from the "core consciousness' maintains the quality of our consciousness, whether blissful or not. The mechanism of our built-in biofeedback explains why positive thinking works. See good, be good and do good may appear to be a moral advice to lead a happy blissful life, but it has a biological basis.

Everything is a Play of Consciousness

Take for instance a typical day in the life of an individual. When the person wakes up in the morning the world comes into existence as far as he/she is concerned. If he feels bliss within himself after a nice deep sleep, he tends to feel happiness in the world around him. He is unaffected by problems around him, but tries to solve them if possible. His entire day feels positive and productive.

On the other hand if the same person wakes up after a poor sleep, he lacks bliss in his heart and his "mood' is not so good. He tends to get affected by problems around him. He may even compound the existing problems rather than helping to solve them. He may wish that the day ends soon.

What matters here is how the person feels at the moment of his awakening. The state of his conscious mind when he starts perceiving the world, determines the quality of the rest of the day for him. That "consciousness', whether it is blissful or lacks bliss, is the basis upon which his day is built. All other things are secondary.

Once this foundation - the principle of consciousness - is understood then we have a way to influence the state of our own consciousness and the quality of our day. All we have to do is to ensure that we have a nice sound sleep by avoiding things that can disturb our feeling of happiness during the previous day.

Once we have a good sleep the next day dawns well and it is easier to maintain the feeling of happiness on subsequent days, provided we do not fall prey to negative emotions that can disturb us. One way of perpetuating happiness is to keep contemplating on the bliss that persists for sometime after a good night's sleep during the course of the day.

When we understand that everything in a day's life is a play of consciousness then we can ourselves play with our consciousness. Control of consciousness leads to better control of mind. Better control of the mind means better control of what is done with the body and better health of the individual.