Almost everyone I’ve ever met has a way of meditating. Some just close their eyes, some focus, some breathe, some look at candles, practice occult and so on. I wouldn’t say that anyone is wrong. However, for the novice or the seeker, let it be known that even systems of the mind and soul have laws. We wouldn’t want to venture into anything unless we gain sufficient knowledge of such laws.
When we examine the brain waves of the people in meditation, sleep or even wakefulness, we find the above mentioned chart very helpful.
Never mind the complex chart, the basic rule is that
The slower the brain waves, greater the creative, healing state.
I have learnt over 50 meditation systems and I find that whatever the objective of a particular system, the first fact to know is that unless you are able to enter a state of slow brain waves, there is little use.
In brevity, let me explain that when we measure brain waves using EEG or FMRI the frequency of brain currents corresponds to particular emotional and creative states.
In the chart above, the Beta waves are above 14 hz. These are primarily waking states. Higher frequencies generally show anxiety, fear, anger.
As we relax, we enter Alpha, below 14 hz. Creativity, faster healing and deep relaxation occur here. Even sleep.
The slower the waves, the greater the creativity, healing and extrasensory perception.
The chart below shows some objectives and the possible systems of meditation which may help to achieve that goal.
A parting word of caution. Please do not allow anyone to take you into trance states or even hypnotic states. Hypnotism has to allowed by qualified doctors only.
Please do not give control of oneself to others.