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“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom ... ”
Eckhart Tolle

Practice Stillness

The universe is musical, and so are we. Our minds are like radios seeking to tune into the frequencies of our ‘higher self’ - the timeless, boundless source of our consciousness. The constant mental chatter we experience represents noise or an interference pattern in our connection to self. As we unconsciously bounce from thought to thought, it’s as if we’re turning the radio’s dial back and forth, momentarily receiving clear signals, but mostly playing white noise and static.

Silencing the inner noise allows us to stay in tune with our self and purpose, gaining a high fidelity connection to the music of our soul. We’re also able to transcend thoughts and duality. As we sit quietly, slowly beginning to identify more with the observer and less with the thoughts observed, we can connect with an intuitive sense and understanding, gaining insights beyond what our rational mind can produce.

The transformative power of meditation and stillness is not limited to cultivating inner peace; it can even produce outer peace. In 1993, a National Demonstration project organized 4000 advanced meditators to focus daily for two months on reducing crime in Washington, D.C. Violent crime, which had been steadily increasing for months, actually decreased by 24 percent. When the group disbanded, the crime rate rose again. The statistical probability of this reduction in crime happening randomly was less than one in 500 million.

This remarkable phenomenon, called the Maharishi Effect, is backed by strong evidence following a review of 15 published studies at varying scales. We are only just beginning to grasp the extent to which our consciousness impacts those around us.

While the implications of the Maharishi effect are stunning and push the boundaries of what people often believe to be possible in the conventionalNewtonian worldview, there are other more mundane processes at play manifesting outer peace from inner peace. The proven stress-reducing, health-improving, empathy-expanding effects of mindfulness practices enhance every interaction we have with others and the world around us, creating a ripple effect of presence and positivity.

Of all our Top 10 Actions, practicing stillness is number one because having a way to tune into our highest selves enables us to engage with each other more effectively while maintaining better health. The challenges we face require that we each bring the best of ourselves to the table, offering our unique purpose and sustained passion and stillness is what we believe makes that possible.

Next Stage Questions

How does stillness relate to ‘flow states’? Is being still in nature better than practicing stillness at home, work, or other ‘artificial’ environments? Is there any connection between the Maharishi Effect and mirror neurons? Do you recommend isolation tanks for helping to practice stillness?

How To Take Action

Biocybernaut Institute

Biocybernaut Institute is a world leader in neurofeedback training. Their mission is to “increase awareness globally, reduce suffering, and usher in an enduring Golden Age for all Humanity.”

Learn more and support their initiative applying donating to expand your consciousness, support their initiative, and keep the work moving forward.

The Monroe Institute

Monroe Institute is a fantastic non-profit organization seeking to help “people create more meaningful and joyful lives through the guided exploration of expanded consciousness.”

Learn more and support their initiative by donating to their initiative to keep the work moving forward.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences

The Institute of Noetic Sciences reveals a deeper understanding of our inner worlds, our shared reality, and the interconnection between all things. From instinct to intuition to intellect, part of being human is using multiple ways to gather and utilize information.

HeartMath Institute

The mission of the HeartMath Institute is to help people bring their physical, mental and emotional systems into balanced alignment with their heart’s intuitive guidance.

Spirit Science

Our mission at Spirit Science is to support you in your personal and spiritual evolution by providing a safe and sacred space to explore and experience your own spiritual journey.

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