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Meditation: All the Benefits without All the Work?

May 28, 2013 11:49AM ● By Alana McGuire

Haven’t we all had that feeling? We face the enormous troubles of this world and wish we could wave a magic wand to make them all go away – forever! So we decide to start with ourselves. We try so many avenues - running, walking, swimming, dancing, painting, photography – anything that brings us fully into the present moment. We try going more exotic - Tai Chi, Qi Gung, this kind of yoga, that kind of yoga.

And then, of course, there’s meditation. Everyone has heard that meditation reduces stress, anxiety, blood pressure, and negative emotions. It’s good for the heart & soul. But how on earth do those people sit still for so long? And how do they manage to quiet the incessant chatter of the mind?

Researchers have found that brain activity begins to slow as a result of meditation. And in longterm meditators gamma-wave activity increased in the left frontal lobe, corresponding with feelings of causeless love and joy. [2, 3]

According to a March 2006 article in the Psychological Bulletin, brain activity begins to slow as a result of meditation. [1] Dr. Newburg from the University of Pennsylvania & Dr. Richard Davison of the University of Wisconsin found that in long-term meditators increased gamma-wave brain activity in the left frontal lobe corresponded with feelings of causeless love and joy. [2, 3]

Isn’t there an easier way?

That all sounds great. But isn’t there an easier way – for the mere mortals among us?

As it turns out, there is a relatively new phenomenon which has been the subject of recent research. No arduous postures or excruciating hours of silence are involved. Known variously as “Deeksha” or the “Oneness Blessing”, it began as a gentle touch on the crown of the head. A simple way to transfer many of the benefits of traditional meditation, via subtle electrical energy, or “grace” - without any effort required from the person receiving it. Preliminary studies by clinical psychologist Erik Hoffman of Copenhagen showed gamma wave activity increased in the brain’s frontal lobes, (the “joy center”), by as much as twenty times after only one minute of receiving the Oneness Blessing. [4, 5]

Like most of us, the originators of the Oneness Blessing want to end the world’s suffering, to heal humanity’s hurting heart and fill it with joy. Deeksha is their contribution to that magic wand we’ve all been wishing for. In their passion to hasten global healing, they continue to refine and simplify the delivery process of the deeksha energy.

The latest evolution is called the Oneness Meditation (aka OM). In this format, ordinary people who are experiencing inner joy on a permanent basis are initiated as Oneness Meditators. They go into high states of consciousness and act as a vehicle to transfer those states to others, often to large groups of people at a time. All the recipients have to do is look into the open eyes of the Oneness Meditator and “relax, be open, and receive”.

Hmm… that does sound pretty easy!

Oneness Meditation is happening around the clock around the globe, online and in person. If you would like to explore this phenomenon for yourself, you can experience the OM with 5 Oneness Meditators at the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago on June 29th. In addition to the Oneness Meditation, the Mid-West Shift into Awakening will include talks by ordinary people who are now “permanently awakened”, i.e., living in a permanent state of inner awareness. You will have an opportunity to ask them questions about their experience.

Register at For more information, email Biana Mavasheva at [email protected] or visit

Alana McGuire is a writer, composer, and producer living in Southern California. She writes about the spiritual side of life as seen from an ordinary person’s point of view. She can be reached at [email protected].

©2013 Alana McGuire, All Rights Reserved

1. Cahn, Rael; John Polich (March 2006). “Meditation states and traits: EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies”. Psychological Bulletin 132 (2): 180–211. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.132.2.180. PMID 16536641. Retrieved 2012-03-03.

2. Awakening Into Oneness, by Arjuna Ardagh, pg. 53.


4. Awakening Into Oneness, by Arjuna Ardagh, pg. 53.