Silent Music The Science of Meditation Author:William Johnston Something is stirring in the modern consciousness. Tens of thousands of people, especially the young, are involved with TM, or transcendental meditation. Businessmen now sign up for 'mind control courses.' Christians sit at the feet of Zen Masters to imbibe the wisdom of the East. — Perhaps most significant of all are the beginnings of a new scie... more »nce of consciousness in the biofeedback revolution. It is the recent entry of science into the world of contemplation and prayer and the resulting dialogue between the scientist and the mystic which most interests William Johnston in Silent Music. His book is in fact the first modern 'science of meditation.'
Johnston begins with a survey of the latest scientific research into altered states of consciousness, brainwaves, and biofeedback, and draws out their implications for the practice of meditation. He then outlines the ways, common to many religious traditions, Eastern and Western, by which one enters the deeper states of consciousness. Central to all meditation is love, the most powerful energy in the cosmos.
Meditation also can be theraputic, and its potential in the healing of the body and the mind is now beginning to be realized. The author points to the discovery of 'passive energy' and other physiological and psychological benefits gained from meditation. Finally, the practice of meditation has a remarkable impact upon relations between people and the search for friendship and intimacy. Johnston shows that the 'non-attachment' and 'knowledge of empathy' required in meditation can help people meet at the core of their beings.
Silent Music is a creative and graceful work of synthesis which adds the discoveries of modern science to the time-honored insights of Eastern and Western religious traditions. It serves as a complete guide for those who would enter the path of meditation in quest of their deeper selves. And, with the help of scientific knowledge, Silent Music paints a true portrait of the modern mystic, who, according to the author, represents the vanguard of evolution.« less