The Spirit Science
The mental and spiritual disciplines of the Buddhist religion are internationally renowned for greatly extending the range of human abilities. These enhancend abilities look like superpowers to onlookers. One does not attain these powers by being bit by a radioactive bug or exposing yourself to crazy forms of gamma rays. The monks achieved these talents through years of structured mediation, guided exercise and spiritual conditioning.
The existence of ’supernatural’ powers are readily in Eastern culture. The Buddha not only expected his disciples to express these abilities but encouraged them to not become distracted by them. Some of these training techniques are known as siddhis, which is Sanskrit for ‘perfection. Some of the training methods look like include static dancing, drumming, praying, fasting, psychedelics, and more.
While advances in medical technology and theory have helped in unraveling the why and how of human potential, it’s advances in theoretical and quantum physics that have really helped tie all the pieces together.
Broadly speaking, although there are some differences, I think Buddhist philosophy and Quantum Mechanics can shake hands on their view of the world. We can see in these great examples the fruits of human thinking. Regardless of the admiration we feel for these great thinkers, we should not lose sight of the fact that they were human beings just as we are. (Dalai Lama) (source)The Harvard School Of Medicine went to remote monasteries in the Himalayan mountains in the 1980′s. They performed many experiments and visually documented many of the events. Using a yoga technique known as ‘g Tum-mo’, monks raised the temperatures in their extremities by as much as seventeen degree’s. g Tum-mo is a stress reduction technique that not only can increase temperatures but also lower the body’s metabolic rate by up to 64%.
A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual. (source)
Using this technique monks were able to be covered in several layers of cloth drenched in freezing cold water. They were supposed to dry the cloths in three hours, but the monks did it in one hour. Visually they did nothing but sit under the blankets and breathe. It is still a mystery how this happened but it revealed a lot about stress and it’s effects on the body. We finally gathered enough information to form specific questions about the connection between our minds and our bodies.