meditation and spiritual growth

The original Star Trek series featured Captain James T. Kirk of the star ship U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701) and crew of 430 men and women on a five year mission, “to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before.” As the United States was preparing to land a man on the moon this science fiction series, inspired by Gene Roddenberry, captured the imagination of enthusiasts worldwide. We were all looking forward to the day when Warp drive space travel would become a reality.

Star Trek

This successful TV show inspired other series based on that similar theme, along with 11 movies (12th currently in production).

The Original Series …..….. (1966-1969) The Animated Series ……. (1973-1974) The Next Generation …….. (1987-1994) Deep Space Nine ……..…. (1993-1999) Voyager ……………….…… (1995-2001)

Enterprise …………….…… (2001-2005)

Mr. Spock was known for emphasizing the use of logic over emotion. Scotty, the lieutenant commander and chief engineer, worked to keep the matter/antimatter reaction assisted by dilithium crystals generating high energy plasma for greater than light ship speeds.

A solid substance converted into a liquid is an example of a thermodynamic phase transition from one state of matter to another. Or more simply put, under the right conditions a solid material (ice) can transform to a liquid (ice melting to water), a liquid into a gas (water into steam), and gas into a plasma Bose-Einstein condensate.

When the right circumstances are present, a phase transition occurs rapidly. For human beings, when the “last stress” is release from the nervous system, enlightenment suddenly dawns.

In our travels from Baltimore to San Francisco there are mileage markers and sign posts along the way. Just as the scenery changes from flat land, to mountains and to valleys, so to on our trip toward Enlightenment there are also visible milestones. Each step along the path brings about greater unfoldment of our potential in the realm of body, mind and spirit.

Physical – better physiological functioning of systems Astral – temperance of desire, deeper but more stable emotions Mental – clearer and more focused thinking

Causal – growth of maturity and wisdom

After starting meditation the practitioner should notice beneficial changes in their life. Allow four to six months to evaluate how you are doing. Regularity is of utmost importance. If your instruction is to practice 20-minutes morning and evening, incorporate that into your daily routine. Get up in the morning, shower, meditate, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, meditate, eat dinner, and relax for the evening. Or whatever your daily instruction is (once a day, twice a day, 20-minutes, two hours, etc.) incorporate that into your schedule and be consistent.

Benefit comes through continued regular practice.

While sitting in the car at Embarcadero Boulevard admiring the view of Fisherman’s Wharf, we should take our foot off the brake and coast down the road to San Francisco’s Pier 39. Like that, meditation provides us a clear and speedy path toward development of full potential.

Inner silence * (waking & dreaming & sleeping) = Full Potential

The daily practice of meditation (and activity) integrates the value of pure consciousness into our waking, dreaming, and sleeping states. As the three states become more familiar with pure awareness the contrast between being in meditation, or out of meditation while active, become less and less.

We have learned in a previous post that there is a finest relative value in the created world. Translating that into other terms, it means that there is a final last stress in the human nervous system to be dissolved before Enlightenment dawns.

That last stress may dissolve at any time. For some people it may occur during sleep or while reading. Perhaps the last stress goes while we are on a walk or eating ice cream. If the phase transition occurs and we emerge into Enlightenment while eating ice cream, then we may be inclined to sing the praises of a new technique called the “ice cream meditation.” After all, isn’t that how we became Enlightened?

But more seriously, phase transitions are common in nature and in human beings.

Phase Transition

When a famous teacher was asked, “What should we do immediately after becoming enlightened, retire to the cave and meditate more?” The teacher replied, “Get up and run a 10K marathon. What you need now is activity to stabilize the experience.”

Before we leave Star Trek here is some pertinent advice from the colorful character in the TV series, Mr. Spock:

“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”
–Spock in ‘Amok Time’

“Nowhere am I so desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.”
–Spock in ‘I, Mudd’

Phase transitions are an integral part of natures design. The ultimate value of matter may be force fields emanating from the vacuum state, but many pearls of knowledge need to be discovered and understood before we can say that with any certainty. Let’s leave that mystery for our children and future generations to resolve.

But here right now, we can open our eyes to the possibilities that meditation offers. A few minutes a day with eyes closed can expand our vision and propel us toward new vistas.