A still pond,
Frog goes plop!
In 1993 a study was conducted in Washington DC to see how a group of meditators can affect social behavior in their vicinity, the results were astounding. There was a 23% drop in violent crimes. The study was conducted by a quantum physicist, John Hagelin. It was not the first of its kind but perhaps the biggest. The idea is that we each radiate quantum fields and are sensitive to that energy as it is radiated by others.
Through our practice we contribute to a “healing field”, when we heal ourselves we help to heal the world. ~Roger Jahnke
In one pointedness meditation we begin with focus on a selected meditation object, and develop strength of mind. As this grows we maintain the focus and observe thoughts as they arise and let them go, rather than beginning to think about them. We begin to appreciate and gain insight into attachment and impermanence and our own nature. We learn not to believe everything we think. Letting go of this is pure pleasure. These lessons are experiential not intellectual, so they are literally written into the fabric of our cells. This changes our vibration, the quality of the energy we emit and experience. Together, one pointedness and insight, known as shamatha and vipassana are the meditation that produces the ripple effect.
As we change so does everything around us. We add to the world we experience through a gradual process of building momentum. As we progress we become more aware of this and our impact becomes less scattered and we are more able to influence what is perceptible to us through our choices and intention. This is the message of many physicists, neurobiologists and religious leaders around the world, that we are responsible to an unknown extent for our own well being and that of the whole world, especially in our immediate vicinity. Cultivating loving kindness and compassion in meditation is the most powerful act of choice we can make. It becomes its own path, where we benefit and so does everyone else. We become consciously creative. We awaken, gradually, more and more. We enjoy life more and more. Basing change and choices on such positive foundations determines a positive outcome.
In the process of meditation we see the Ripple Effect as it is produced and experienced by ourselves and by others. It is as simple as one thing leading to another and as grand as creation.
"I grew up in Vermont, my dad took the whole family to learn Transcendental Meditation when I was ten and I have meditated ever since. I backpacked thousands of miles and lived/worked for several years on the Long Trail, Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. That quiet time in the mountains along with the TM lead me to the study of the Dharma and I ordained as a Buddhist monk. I coined the term nunk because monk and nun are technically not Buddhist terms, but help to explain the path and is gender free. Most nuns don't mind being called a monk but find a monk that is willing to be called a nun! I became a nurse to emerge from the solitude on the Long Trail, and after many years in hospital I was drawn to a simpler gentler method of restoring health. This turned out to be traditional oriental medicine."
By Cleo Wolf, L.Ac
Balance is the key. The body is composed of matter - tissues, fluids, blood, bones, which fall under the category of Yin. But it also includes energy, processes, activity, chemical reactions, immune responses which fall under the category of Yang. Harmony between Yin and Yang, balance, is essential to well being.
llness or dysfunction waves a red flag of imbalance but then we ask what is the underlying cause and just as important what is the pattern that it takes. This is discovered through questions, observation, listening/smelling and by touch. Ten people may have a cold but each of them may have a different pattern for that cold depending on their constitution, the situation and other variables. Part of clarifying the pattern is discovering symptoms and signs that correspond to different systems. These correspondences have been identified over thousands of years and include common perceptible signs like colors, sounds, smells, shapes that point to a particular system. The ancient Chinese did not have technology like we have today but they had superior powers of observation and they had wisdom.
When we have identified the disease and the pattern we can encourage the body to restore balance between the systems. The more balanced the systems are, the more energy available to enjoy life and maintain health.
The body is amazing! It is so complex but overall it has one prime directive:
~ maintain balance ~
We use the best tools for the job: acupuncture, moxa, guasha, cupping, ear seeds, estim, TDP lamps, herbs, flower essences, essential oils, Qigong, meditation, exercise and diet. None of these forces the body into anything it doesn’t want. We recognize that we cannot know everything and that there may be reasons for what is going on that we have not identified yet. But we can help and enhance what is working and diminish what is dysfunctional or uncomfortable.
Acupuncture uses fine filaments of sterile stainless steel to influence the body systems by moving Qi. Qi (pronounced chee) was never translated because it doesn’t have a near concept in english or other european languages. Qi is what animates us, it is the force of cohesion and dispersion, of movement and response, of desire and decision. In scientific terms it is probably some form of electromagnetism. It moves routinely thru the body in channels and broadly across regions and collects in seas. It circulates and shifts from place to place. It is one thing described as many because it has so many functions.
There are many styles of acupuncture and some use microsystems such as the ears and hands to great advantage. Microsystems reflect and treat the whole body like a keyboard runs a computer. Often the farther away an acupoint from the problem area the stronger its impact will be, like a lever and fulcrum. The microsystems are powerful leverage in our efforts to harmonize and restore balance. The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol is a famous set of points that use the ear to rebalance the nervous system, strengthen the body, calm the mind and harmonize the spirit.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Grad Student, RN, Former Buddhist monk
"The pursuit of health is invariably a spiritual quest."