Hawkins / Kontemplation

(umgeleitet von Hawkins.Meditation)





Kontemplation und Meditation




Mandala zum Kolorieren




Meditation und Bardozustände

Betende Hände
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) deutscher Maler

Meditation enstammt der Sammata-Praxis, die den Geist einsammelt (samma) und konzentriert, ihn einspitzig werden lässt. Hierbei werden Sinneswahrnehmungen immer mehr ausgeblendet. Eine sich zurückzie-
hende Versenkung (jhana) findet statt, bei der das Tagesbewusstsein zur Ruhe kommt.


Während der Meditation durchläuft der Mensch unterschiedliche Wahrnehmungsmuster. Daher ist es empfehlenswert, sich mit den
so genannten Bardozuständen zu beschäftigen. Der Mahayana-Buddhismus unterscheidet diesbezüglich sechs Daseinsbereiche:

  1. Welt der Götter
  2. Welt der Eifersüchtigen Götter
  3. Welt des Menschen
  4. Welt der Tiere
  5. Welt der Hunergeister
  6. Höllenwelt


Die sechs Stufen der Meditation umfassen folgende Erfahrungseindrücke:

  1. Selbstbeobachtung
  2. Selbsterfahrung
  3. Selbstintegration
  4. Selbsttranszendenz
  5. Selbstauflösung
  6. NichtdualitätTao
Referenzen: de.Wikipedia-Einträge Bardozustände und ► Sechs Daseinsbereiche
Siehe auch: ► Bardozustände

Kontemplation statt zwiespältiger Meditation

Ein bis zwei Mal täglich zu meditieren, erweist sich als eine Praxis, die vom übrigen Alltag abspaltet, da der weltliche Le-
bensablauf und die spirituelle Übung auseinanderklaffen. Daher empfiehlt Hawkins, der jahrelang selbst mehrere Stunden
täglich meditiert hatte, die fortwährende Kontemplation, die in den Alltag integriert ist und aus den Handlungen und Stati-
onen des Tages ein Gebet, ein Mudra oder eine Meditation entstehen lässt. So wird aus der Kontemplation eine Lebenswei-
se, und das eigene Leben wird zum Gegenstand der Meditation.


Hawkins empfiehlt drei Wege der Meditation / Kontemplation:

  1. Die psychologisch-seelische Kontemplation
    (z.B. Psalmen oder Aphorismen kontemplieren, Ein Kurs in Wundern)
  2. Die Meditation über den Verstand-Gemüt
  3. Die Meditation, die den Verstand-Gemüt umgeht

Zitate zum Thema Kontemplation und Meditation / Contemplation and meditation

Zitate von D. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

Statue Der Geist der Kontemplation
Albert Toft (1862-1939) englischer Künstler
  • Mit Kontemplation und Meditation verringert sich der Glaube an ein eingebildetes "Ich" als unser wirkliches Selbst, da man erkennt, dass sich alle Phänomene aus sich selbst ereignen und nicht als Folge der Willensausübung eines inneren "Ich". Das All-sehende Auge, S. 134, 2005



  • Die Praxis sowohl des fokussierten als auch des peripheren Gewahrseins im täglichen Leben oder formloser Meditation lässt den Inhalt des Denkens und Glaubenssysteme beisei-
    te. […] Man geht einfach dorthin und meditiert. Die Wahr-
    heit, die sich offenbart, ist universell und jenseits aller Eti-
    keten. Jede Benennung führt zu Erwartungen, die dann
    Begrenzungen und Hürden werden und scheinbare Ziele abgeben, die man erreichen oder gewinnen muss. Ein Ziel für die Meditation aufzustellen, ist etwa die Forderung "Sei, was du bist" oder "Bemühe dich, dich mehr zu entspannen." OU Licht des Alls. Die Wirklichkeit des Göttlichen, S. 76, 2006


  • Die Gehirnwellen des Weisen arbeiten hauptsächlich auf der langsamen Theta-Frequenz von ungefähr 4-7 Zyklen pro Sekunde, d.h. bei 4-7 Hz oder sogar langsamer. Die Alpha-Wellen der normalen Meditation bewegen sich auf einer Frequenzbreite von 8-13 Hz und die Gehirnwellen eines normalen Menschen liegen im Wesentlichen bei den schnellen Beta-Frequenzen von 13+ Hz.
    Licht des Alls. Die Wirklichkeit des Göttlichen, S. 210, 2006


Quotes by D. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • Contemplation tends to be more useful than meditation. Source unknown


Meditation: Observation of the Mind's Stream of Consciousness
The stream of thought is propagated and energized by layers of motives and intentions
which can be identified as follows:
༺༻Intentional Unintentional
1.The desire to language emotions. This takes the form of recall, rehearsing, and repetitious processing of events and ideas that are linked to emotions. This process is sometimes referred to as the mind working through its failings. Unasked repetitions of the above.
2.Anticipation. Making plans for expected or possible future events or possible conversations or encounters. Senseless ramblings, phrases, fragments of mentations, background voices and music.
3.Rehashing the past. Commentary.
4.Rewriting scenerios, real or imaginary. Disphoric memories, painful moments, unpleasant events and feelings.
5.Creating imaginary scenarios - daydreams. 
6.Remembering – reruns and recalling. 
7.Solving problems. 
The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 102, Veritas Publishing, revised edition 2002


  • Question: What can you say about meditation?
    Answer: It is both a large subject and yet a very simple one. The simplest practices are the best and can be continuous throughout the day's activities. Formally, if we sit still, close our eyes, and stay aware of the breathing, we can look at the patterns that appear to our vision behind closed eyelids. One simply observes the procession of the mind's activi-
    ties without interference or comment. From there, one then moves on and focuses attention to what it is that is watch-
    ing this procession. Identifying the watcher then leads into the witness, which in turn leads to the awareness of the ex-
    periencer that these are qualities of consciousness. One is aware of the witnessing, experiencing, and watching and
    that these are happening by themselves. These are impersonal qualities of consciousness. They happen automati-
    cally. There is actually no personal entity that is 'doing' the watching, witnessing, or observing. It is also important to
    notice that this impersonal quality is unaffected by the content of that which is observed. The real, transcendent 'I'
    even witnesses sleep. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 245, 2001


  • How can meditation persist in one's daily existence?
    By merely constantly posing the question to oneself of 'what's' doing the acting, talking, feeling, thinking, or observing? This is a focus of attention with no languaging. The spiritual teacher Ramana Maharshi (BW 720) called that process 'self inquiry', which he recommended as a technique that was suitable at all times in all activities. Continuous meditation could be likened to a mudra, or posture and attitude, in which every act is sanctified by its surrender as an act of ser-
    vice or worship
    . When one's attitude towards everything becomes a devotion, Divinity reveals itself.
    The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 247, 2001


Contemplating the labyrinth
  • There is nothing to know, to learn, or to remember. It is merely ne-
    cessary to focus, fixate, meditate, contemplate, look at, and realize that the substrate and source of existence is the radical subjectivity of the Presence of God as the Light of Consciousness.
    I. Reality and Subjectivity, 2003


  • To focus on a specific subject while attending to daily life is generally called contemplation. I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 27, 2003


  • Ramana Maharshi (BW 720) spoke of the importance of locating and being aware of the inner spiritual heart, which is a fruitful focus for meditation. He also taught that it was not neccessary to physically withdraw from the world but to practice the method continuously as one went about one's usual daily business.
    I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 285, 2003


  • Question: Spiritual inquiry starts with acquired information derived from study etc. This then results in the obstacle of the mind's conclusion that "I know". How can valid information be held so as not to create the obstacle of presumption?
    Answer: To the seeker of the Truth of the inner pathway of non-duality, all learning is held as tentative until the innate truth reveals itself and is validated experientially. This process is potentiated by recontextualization. Classically, the recommended positon from which to hold information is clarified by the phrase "So I have heard", which implies the holding back of transferring of the information into a belief system. That information has become an integrated 'know-
    ingness' is indicated by a transformational change of perception consequent to full understanding. This is often the result of reflection and contemplation. Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 67-68, 2007


  • Question: What about meditation on an image or concept?
    Answer: That is focused attention on the linear, however, eventually the mind gets out of the way of the nonlinear, and greater meaning then springs forth because it is unobstructed. Formal meditation holding a Divine image in mind is a form of worship and supplication. By surrender and invocation, a knowingness arises via attunement to the teacher's etheric spiritual energy and the consciousness level of the vibrational field. Thus, an image can be inspirational and uplifting, but eventually, that, too, has to be given up as a dependence.
    Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 82, 2007


  • Question: What should one focus on in meditation?
    Answer: There are three basic styles that can be described that are effective and fruitful. The first could be described as psychological insight or self-examination. The second is through the thought field, and the third is the simp-
    lest by which to bypass the thought field. [...]
Style 3: Bypassing the Mind
Whereas Styles 1 and 2 are educative, Style 3 is purely subjective/experiential and not mental, psychological, emo-
tional, or conceptual. It is the most rapid and basic and consists of a simple 'doingness'. The steps are very simple:
relax completely and deeply; close the eyes; witness the visual field and merely focus on what is witnessed. Within
the darkness, notice numerous tiny bits of dancing light phenomena (called 'phosgenes'). Become at one with the
lights (thoughtlessness ensues), and merge with the visual field. In due time, the context simultaneously begins to
shift and deepen. The seeming separation between the witness and the observer disappears. One 'becomes' the
phenomenon sans a localized observer.
Eventually, only awareness itself prevails, and all is spontaneous and nondual. The mind is bypassed and surrende-
red to Mind, which is autonomous. With practice, the capacity to be 'at one' with the silent, thoughtless state can be maintained with the eyes open. One then lives within the silent state.
In the beginning, the state is lost when it is necessary to return to functioning or necessary mentation. With practice, however, even that distraction can be transcended, and the silent state prevails even though the persona goes about relating and acting to the world.
Eventually, the inner state prevails and selfless action operates spontaneously and autonomously. It is the karmic
'wind-up toy'. It can eventually even think and respond to the world without interrupting the state of silent peace.
The persona is perceived by the world to be 'you', whereas it is only a linear functionality. It is like the ripples or wa-
ves of the ocean. As with contemplation, the sense of Self moves from content to context. One then abides in the
silent awareness that Ramana Maharshi termed turiya, or the "fourth state".
Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 83, 2007


  • Meditation and contemplation are merely descriptive styles. They are not separate because the processes are es-
    sentially the same.
    In practice, traditional formal meditation is a process that requires removal from the activities of
    dailylife. However, it tends to develop a certain specialness and becomes compartmentalized and sporadic over time.
    There are periods of enthusiasm, but the practice is vulnerable to the demands of daily life. It is more profitable to ap-
    ply the essential mudra / position / focus / intention in a style that can be done continuously so that contemplation be-
    comes a lifestyle, with one's life becoming the meditation. The evolution is to turn one's life into prayer / contemplation
    / meditation / supplication and surrender. One's life becomes the prayer – the prayer is the contemplation.
    Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 87, 2007


  • The contemplative lifestyle facilitates transfer of the sense of identity from body / mind to witness / observer, which is more primary and closer to Truth of the Self and Reality. The next step is the withdrawal of the sense of 'I' from the witness/observer, where it moves to the faculty of consciousness / awareness itself, which is a quality rather than a personage. One major advantage of being the witness / observer instead of the participant is that the witness does
    not talk; it just sees without comment. It could be said that the witness / observer is aligned with the forest rather
    than the trees.
    Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 87, 2007


  • Question: How can contemplation be instituted, started and learned? It is a decision?
    Answer: It is only a matter of awareness. It is really nothing new and therefore does not need to be learned but only given attention. A useful decision or choice is to decide to stop mentally talking about everything and refrain from interjecting comments, opinions, preferences, and value statements. It is therefore a discipline to just watch without evaluating, investing worth in, or editorializing, commenting, and having preferences about what is witnessed. One then sees the rising and falling away of phenomena and the transitory nature of appearance which, with ordinary mentation, is conceptualized as a sequence of cause and effect.
    Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 88, 2007


  • Study, concentration, and attention tend to narrow focus and emphasize content and details, whereas contemplation
    is aligned with the overall field and its contextualization of significance, meaning, and value.
    Discovery of the Presence of God. Devotional Nonduality, S. 214, 2007




  • It is simple to observe that although there is a "talking mind" going on at the same time, there is also a silent aware-
    ness that is more global and unfocused and operates automatically. Contemplation or meditation that focuses atten-
    tion on context rather that content facilitates moving one's identity from the transient and volitional (thereby becoming
    personal) to the unchanging quality of awareness itself. This leads to the discovery that one is the field and not the
    specifics of the content. This jump in realization can be very sudden, which is a level of the Buddhist state of SATORI.
    Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, chapter 6 "Meditation", S. 105, last quote, Hay House, August 2011


  • Question: What is the simplest meditative practice?
    Answer: I think you should just sit with your arms slightly raised and hands held out, not to receive as in Eastern traditions, but on the contrary, to radiate out that which you would give to the world and humanity. Sitting quietly
    with hands held out as if to bless the world, you become a channel of God and radiate out unconditional
    You give all that you are infinitely capable of giving. You are an antenna of radiance.
    You begin with a prayer, something like what St. Francis said, "As your servant, O Lord, I give what you have given me." As you do this you awaken to what the world is crying for and automatically you radiate that and you suddenly realize who you are. It is all nonverbal. It may take years to get it. It is simple and direct like a laser. You become a radical laser beam. Teddy and Otis Carnie, Synopsis and Study Guide to Power vs. Force. An Anatomy of Consciousness,
    Part III, "Realization of the Presence of God", S. 2, Veritas Publishing, Sedona, Arizona, 8. June 1996


  • Contemplation is a lifestyle, [whereas] meditation tends to get separated from your daily life. […] Contemplative [manner] means to be selfaware. You are closer to the self in a contemplatative [way] than where you are in a medi-
    tative state. I think meditation does serve a useful purpose periodically. I did it for years (1 hour in the morning and
    1 hour at night). Contemplation is a lifestyle which is spiritual alignment in every moment of your life.
    Audio interview Kontemplation vs. Meditation, presented by the suspended US American web radio station "Beyond the Ordinary",
    hosts Nancy Lorenz and Elena Young, minute 35, 60 minutes duration, aired 13. July 2004



Contemplation is a yin position.

  • As you walk about the world you surrender everything to God as it arises. [...] Contemplation is really more akin to a mudra. It is a way of presenting one's existence to God. A yin position. The ego goes after things with a yang whamo. 'Let's get it done, let's hit the mark. Let's sell more vacuum cleaners.' Removed audio lecture and Q&A by D. Hawkins, How
    to Instantly Tell Truth from Falsehood About Anything
    , part 3 of 6, presented by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Shift in Ac-
    tion, 17. September 2003, YouTube film, minute 17:30, 45:41 minutes duration, posted 27. March 2011


  • To contemplate a thing is to sort of hang in with it, to be with it, not to try to do anything with it, not to try to under-
    stand it, not to process it. Sedona Seminar Causality: The Ego's Foundation, 3 DVD set, January 2002


  • Question: What's the value of meditation?
    Answer: It would depend on the seeker and the level their at. For some people it's really a distraction and it's a
    way of avoiding more serious spiritual work.
    A lot of people meditate instead of evolving. They can compartmen-
    talize it. It would be better to give up meditation and become a more loving person and witness to life its sacredness.
    So the intention sometimes of meditation is what throws it off. There is a me meditating in order to get enlightenment.
    You can probably do that for quite a few lifetimes and be at the same place you started. Contemplation is a way of
    being experientially from moment to moment without compartmentalizing it.
    And all you're owning is the Truth,
    that you're not the content of the field, you're the field. And all of a sudden the content disappears and you rea-
    lize it was the field all along. Marin Seminar Title unknown, Unity Church, CD 4 of 4, September 2004


  • Meditation serves its purpose, but you can't live there. You won't make it past the first street. Meditation has its place. It's very specific. It's very focused. It always talks about one-pointedness of mind. But it leads in(to) me. Meditation
    can become a diversion.
    Many are the meditators; few are the enlightened. Meditation is somewhat removed from
    life. I did it for hours at a time, but it becomes held dualistically: There's a "me” meditating. The states that arise
    are transitory states. They are useful in that they give you a glimpse that there is another dimension. […] It gets, it
    gets held dualistically. There's a 'me' here and now that's meditating then and there. So, it's not really you.
    Sedona Seminar Vision, DVD 1 of 3, minute 10:00, 25. February 2005


  • Contemplation, on the other hand, is a lifestyle, a way of being in the world […]. First it's a disciplined prac-
    tice. Eventually, that's the reality of who you have become. There is no this and that, because you are "that"
    to begin with.
    […] That state, that condition – the reason it works is because it is you.
    Sedona Seminar Vision, 3 DVD set, DVD 1 of 3, minute 12:00, 25. February 2005


  • [Paraphrased] Contemplation is asking the Holy Spirit to show you the meaning of something.
    Sedona Seminar Practical Spirituality, 3 DVD set, 25. October 2008



Music video

Albatross Island in NW Tasmania, breeding ground for the Shy Albatrosses "being" with the wind, YouTube film, 9:50 minutes duration, posted 2. November 2008

  • One time I was standing in the pacific ocean on the beach [...] and there was this really strong wind coming off the ocean – and up above, this huge bird was just like this in the wind [puts his arms straight out like a bird, moving slightly back and forth]. Just moving like this and stayed up there minute after minute, half an hour up there, just not moving at all. Not exerting anything. And the wind is doing all the work, it just goes with the wind like this [moves back and forth with his arms straight out, showing what a bird does in the wind, being moved gently by the wind] [...] Anyway, that's the way one is. One just IS with it, without necessarily processing anything on a linear, verbalization basis. [...] Don't identify them. [...] Just be that way. [...] So that is the contemplative lifestyle. You are just aware of all that is arising – without stopping to work on it, to study it, to label it.
    Sedona Satsang Q&A, CD 1 of 2, second question, track 2, 14. March 2007


  • Meditating with a picture of a teacher is almost as good as being in the physical presence of a teacher. (Calibrated as true.) Prescott Seminar What is the World? , 3 DVD set, 28. February 2009

Zitate von anderen Quellen




Irregeleitete Zerstörung des Egos

  • Man muss zunächst Jemand sein, bevor man Niemand sein kann. Der Versuch, die mit der eigenen Entwicklung verbundenen Aufgaben der Identitäts-
    bildung und der Bildung einer beständigen Objektbeziehung durch den irrege-
    leiteten Versuch zu umgehen, das "Ego zu zerstören", ist unangebracht und hat verhängnisvolle und pathologische Konsequenzen. Viele Studenten, die sich von der Praxis der Meditation angezogen fühlen, und sogar einige Medita-
    tionslehrer scheinen genau dies zu versuchen. Sowohl aus der klinischen Perspektive als auch aus der Perspektive
    der Meditation mangelt es dabei an einer Entwicklungspsychologie, die das vollständige Spektrum von Entwicklung
    umfasst. Sowohl ein Empfinden für das Selbst als auch ein Empfinden für das Nicht-Selbst scheinen – in dieser
    Reihenfolge – für die Verwirklichung eines Zustandes optimalen psychologischen Wohlbefindens notwendig zu sein,
    den Freud als eine "ideale Fiktion" bezeichnete und den Buddha lange zuvor als "das Ende des Leidens" – das Ein-
    zige, was er lehrte – beschrieben hatte.
    Essay von Dr. John H. Engler, US-amerikanischer klinischer Psychologe, transpersonaler Theoretiker, Meditationslehrer, Autor, Being Somebody and Being Nobody: A re-examination of the Understanding of Self in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism., zitiert in: Jeremy D. Safran, Herausgeber, Psychoanalysis and Buddhism. An Unfolding Dialogue, S. 35-79, Erstausgabe von Wisdom Pub-
    , Boston, 2003, veröffentlicht/zitiert in: PhD Dr. Roger Walsh (*1946) australischer Professor für Psychiatrie, Philosophie
    und Anthropologie, Universität von Kalifornien, Irvine, Herausgeber, Dr. Frances Vaughan (†2017) US-amerikanische transperso-
    nale Psychologin
    , Dozentin, spirituelle Autor, Herausgeber, Paths Beyond Ego, S. 119, Tarcher, 15. September 1993


  • Meditation ist die Auflösung der Gedanken in reiner Wahrnehmung oder ewigem Bewusstsein ohne Objektivierung, Wissen ohne Denken, die Verschmelzung des Endlichen im Unendlichen. Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet] [BW 340] (1694-1778) französischer Philosoph der europäischen Aufklärung, einflussreicher Wegbereiter der Französischen Revolution,
    Kritiker der Feudalherrschaft, Bürgerrechtler, Deist, Historiker, Philosoph, Schriftsteller, zitiert in: Blogspot eveilimpersonnel



  • Gebet ist, wenn wir mit Gott sprechen; Meditation ist, wenn wir auf Antworten lauschen. Unbekannt


Referenz: de.Wikiquote-Eintrag Meditation

Quotes by various other sources

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91, 1 (OT) [LoC 650]1


Personal avowals

  • I know for sure that the way to feel connected in all relationships is to stay attuned to the Source, which I believe is the energy that vibrates through all life. You can never stray too far from what is really meaningful before losing connection with yourself and everybody else. And when you've lost that, meditate, breathe consciously, listen, pay attention. Trea-
    sure every moment. Make the connection. This I Know for Sure.
    Oprah Winfrey [LoC 510] (*1954) US American talk show host, actress, visionary, billionaire, philanthropist, What Oprah knows for
    sure about starting OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
    , presented by the US American monthly magazine O, The Oprah Magazine,
    January issue 2011


  • I've had moments of sheer, glorious transcendence during meditative states, and what many people call epiphanies that have come unannounced when I'm doing nothing, just minding my own business. I've had many of those experiences during my life. […] My experiences during the war gave me a sense of what Buddhists call impermanence, the thin line between life and death, the impermanence of one’s existence.
    Interview with Larry Dossey, M.D. (*1940) US American internist, pioneer of spiritualizing healthcare, public speaker, author on com-
    plementary medicine, Marrying Miracles and Science: The Healing Power of Intention and Prayer, presented by the discontinued
    US American bimonthly magazine Science & Spirit, Ravi Dykema, January/February 2007, reposted 3. April 2009

Commenting on prayer studies




  • No one teaches contemplation except God, Who gives it. The best you can do is write something or say something that will serve as an occasion for someone else to realize what God wants of him.
    Thomas Merton [LoC 515/520] (1915-1968) Anglo-American Catholic Trappist monk, mystic student of comparative religion, social activist, poet, writer, The Pocket Thomas Merton, New Seeds, 8. November 2005




Future outlook


Meditation taught in school is the tool to end violence.

  • The pure truth of Atman, which is buried under Maya and the effects of Maya, can be reached by meditation, con-
    templation and other spiritual disciplines such as a knower of Brahman may prescribe. Adi Shankara [Shankaracharya] [LoC 710/740] (788-820) Indian philosopher, consolidator of the advaita vedānta philosophy, Swami Prabhavananda, translator, Christopher Isherwood, translator, Crest-Jewel of Discrimination, S. 43, New American Library, New York, 1970


  • Follow a simple diet, exercise the body, and meditate daily – no matter what happens, rain or shine. If you are un-
    able to exercise and meditate in the morning, do it at night. Pray to Him every day, 'Lord, even if I die, or if the
    whole world crumbles away, I am going to find time daily to be with Thee.'
    Paramahansa Yogananda [LoC 540] (1893-1952) Indian Hindu sage, yogi, philosopher, author, Man's Eternal Quest. Collected
    Talks and Essays – Volume 1
    , Self-Realization Fellowship, 1. September 1982


  • The contemplative way is in no sense a deliberate "technique" of self-emptying in order to produce an esoteric expe-
    rience. It is the paradoxical response to an almost incomprehensible call from God, drawing us into solitude, plun-
    ging us into darkness and silence, not to withdraw and protect us from peril, but to bring us safely through untold
    dangers by a miracle of love and power. The contemplative way is, in fact, not a way. Christ alone is the way, and
    he is invisible. The "desert" of contemplation is simply a metaphor to explain the state of emptiness which we expe-
    rience when we have left all ways, forgotten ourselves and taken the invisible Christ as our way.
    Thomas Merton [LoC 515/520] (1915-1968) Anglo-American Catholic Trappist monk, mystic student of comparative religion, so-
    cial activist, poet, writer, The Pocket Thomas Merton, New Seeds, 8. November 2005


  • No conqueror, not even Napoleon or Alexander, ever fought a battle more significant than that waged for control
    over one's own mind.
    Until this battle is won, the mind is still out of control; gasping and thrashing around like a fish out of water. An undis-
    ciplined mind not only cannot be relied upon, it cannot avoid doing harm.
    However, one who has truly learned to meditate can aim thoughts with the accuracy and strength of a skilled archer.
    Instead of thoughts going in all directions, each one finds it's mark.
    Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999) Indian spiritual teacher of Passage Meditation, translator, interpreter of spiritual literature, author, The Dhammapada, S. 11, The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, 1985, 2007


  • The contemplative life has nothing to tell you except to reassure you and say that if you dare to penetrate your own silence and dare to advance without fear into the solitude of your own heart and risk the sharing of that solitude with
    the lonely other who seeks God through you and with you, then you will truly recover the light and the capacity to un-
    derstand what is beyond words and beyond explanations because it is too close to be explained: it is the intimate
    union in the depths of your heart, of God's spirit and your own innermost self, so that you and He are in truth One
    Spirit. Thomas Merton [LoC 515/520] (1915-1968) Anglo-American Catholic Trappist monk, mystic student of comparative re-
    ligion, social activist, poet, writer, The Pocket Thomas Merton, New Seeds, 8. November 2005



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  • By 2050 I believe mental exercise will be understood as being as important as physical exercise. Video lecture by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas
    professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain, presented by the platform Google TechTalks, Google Campus, Mountain View, California, 23. September 2009, YouTube film, 1:05:21 duration, posted 28. September 2009

Neuroscientific research of positive human qualities and how they can be cultivated through contemplative practice



Brain research ⇒ science of virtuous qualities ⇒ enhancing the quality of human life.

  • In the future [...]
    ➢ mental exercise will be accepted and practiced in the same way as physical exercise today.
    ➢ We will have a science of virtuous qualities.
    ➢ We will incorporate the mind back into medicine and better understand how the brain can modulate peripheral biology in ways that affect health. This will allow us to take more responsibility for our own health by changing the mind in ways that can impact the brain in healthy directions.
    ➢ We'll be able to develop a secular approach to provide methods and practices from contemplative traditions to
    • teach teachers and children ways to better regulate emotions and attention and cultivate qualities like kindness and compassion.
    • increase awareness of interdependence upon others and upon the planet and be more responsible caretakers
      of the environment and the planet.
    • promote their widespread adoption into the public discourse and major institutions of culture thereby restoring civility, humility, gratitude and other virtues in human life.
Video presentation by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011 UW-Madison Big Learning Event, YouTube film, minute 18:06, 20:44 minutes duration, posted 20. June 2011


  • In a striking difference between novices and monks, the latter showed a dramatic increase in high-frequency brain activity called gamma waves during compassion meditation. Thought to be the signature of neuronal activity that knits together far-flung brain circuits, gamma waves underlie higher mental activity such as consciousness. The novice meditators "showed a slight increase in gamma activity, but most monks showed extremely large increases of a sort that has never been reported before in the neuroscience literature," says Prof. Davidson, suggesting that mental trai-
    ning can bring the brain to a greater level of consciousness. Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas profes-
    sor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, cited in:
    article Scans of Monks' Brains Show Meditation Alters Structure, Functioning, presented by the international daily newspaper The Wall Street Journal, Sharon Begley, US American science journalist, S. B1, reissued by encognitive.com, 5. November 2004



Caveat: Meditation may overemphasize on the interior journey

  • If the unconscious is conceived as an inner realm of the psyche, and meditation is a means of contacting it, then it might appear that meditation is a purely interior journey that would neglect one's relationship with the world. Maupin (1969) cites this danger: "The deepest objections to meditation have been raised against its tendency to produce withdrawn, serene people who are not accessible to what is actually going on in their lives […]. With meditation it is easy to overvalue the internal at the expense of the external so that they remain split apart."
    John Welwood, Ph.D. (1943-2019) US American clinical and transpersonal psychologist, psychotherapist, teacher, author, cited in: Meditation and the Unnconscious: A New Perspective, PDF, presented by the semi-annual, peer-reviewed academic journal The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 1, PDF S. 5, S. 182-183, 1977



References: en.Wikiquote entries Contemplation and ► Meditation

Kontemplation – Empfehlungen

  • Psalmen [BW 650] studieren
    • Hawkins empfiehlt, über einen längeren Zeitraum den Psalm 91 zu kontemplieren.
    • Psalm 23 – "Der Herr ist mein Hirte."
  • Übungsbuch Ein Kurs in Wundern, 365 Lektionen

Index: Meditation – Kontemplation – Bücher von D. Hawkins

  • Buch 2
    • Meditation: Beobachtung des Bewusstseinsstromes des Geistes, S. 158f
    • Betrachtung über Meditation, S. 184-187
    • Kontemplation, S. 199
    • Meditation und spiritueller Wille, S. 201
    • Meditation "Wofür ist das gut?", zur Überwindung der Anhaftung an Wünsche, S. 241f
    • Meditation Was ist wenn, und was ist dann?, Die Bereitschaft die Illusionen des Egos GOTT zu überreichen, S. 242
  • Buch 3
    • Zentrierte und periphere Meditation und Kontemplation S. 71-76
    • Mülltonnen-Zen und Kleenex-Zen S. 78-80

Englische Werke

  • Buch 2E
    • Anleitung zur Klärung des Verstand/Gemüts S. 103
    • Fortschreitendes Gewahrsein, Meditation S. 121-123 und 135
    • Kontemplation als Meditationsmethode S. 133
    • Wofür? Und was dann?, S. 165
    • Radikales Jetzt S. 287
  • Buch 3E
    • zentrierte und periphere Meditation und Kontemplation S. 27-31
    • Gewöhnlicher Gedanke, Fokus auf 'mich' S. 48-49
    • Felder / Erkenntnisebenen S. 292
    • Die Suche nach dem Selbst/SELBST S. 307-308
    • Subjektivität, Essenz des Selbstes, Erfahrungsübung S. 398-399
  • Buch 5E, S. 335
  • Buch 6E, ab S. 87

Index: Audio- und Videomedien (engl.) von und mit D. Hawkins


Links zum Thema Kontemplation und Meditation / Contemplation and meditation


Literature (engl.)

Externe Weblinks

In mehreren Studien wurde belegt, dass Meditation Schmerzen lindert. Forscher Zeidan untersuchte mit Messungen im Kernspintomografen, welche Hirnareale hierfür zuständig sind. Die Aktivität im orbitofrontalen Cortex und im Gyrus postcentralis (Schmerzwahrnehmungsorgan) ging zurück.

Ganzheitliche Meditation unter Einbeziehung aller Erfahrungsebenen verhindert die Abspaltung von Schattenanteilen wie das bei der klassischen Meditationsansätzen der Fall ist.

  • Interview mit Joseph Goldstein, Man kann der Welt nicht entkommen, präsentiert von dem deutschen Magazin "Was ist Erleuchtung? (WIE)", Andrew Cohen (*1955) abgedankter US-amerikanischer Guru (1986-2013), Musiker, Gründer und Herausgeber des Magazins What is Enlightenment? / EnlightenNext, Autor, Heft 5, ~2000
  • Artikel Meditation für Anfänger, präsentiert von der Publikation Mindmonia, 1. Oktober 2019

Relevante Studien bestätigen, Mediation trägt bei zur: Stressreduzierung, Fokus zu halten, Schmerzen zu verringern, emotionale Intelligenz, Selbstkontrolle.

Linklose Artikel

External web links (engl.)

Meditation examined by neuro scientists

Brain scans of meditating people [Gehirnbildaufnahmen von Meditierenden]

The findings of a new clinical trial indicate that meditation, relaxation and mental focusing can be as effective as powerful new drugs in treating
heart disease. They reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death by almost 50% in patients with existing coronary heart disease.

Integral meditation including all layers of perception prohibiting dissociation of one's shadow parts versus classical meditation

Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

Audio and video links (engl.) – Richard Davidson

  • Video presentation on contemplative neuroscience by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Keynote address by Richard Davidson, PhD (excerpt), sponsored by the 7th Annual International Conference in Worcester, Massa-
    chusetts, "Center for Mindfulness", March 2009, YouTube film, 7:45 minutes duration, posted 14. January 2010
  • Video presentation by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, named as one of the world's top 100 most influential people by TIME, 2006, Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain, on the neuroscientific research of positive human qualities and how they can be cultivated through contemplative practice, presented by the platform Google TechTalks, Google Campus, Mountain View, California, 23. September 2009, YouTube film, 1:05:21 duration, posted 28. September 2009
    "By 2050 I believe mental exercise will be understood as being as important as physical exercise."
  • Video presentation by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011 UW-Madison Big Learning Event, YouTube film, 20:44 minutes duration, posted 20. June 2011
  • Video interview with Richard Davidson, Ph.D. (*1951) US American Vilas professor of psychology and psychiatry, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Richard Davidson, presented by the Garrison Institute, YouTube film, 22:38 minutes duration, posted 22. July 2011


Interne Links

Englisch Hawkins




1 D. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 367, 2005

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