The benefits of meditation are obvious to anybody who has tried it and regularly practices it. Meditation is an astonishingly simple art which can have enormously wondrous effects, and it comes as little surprise that a country and culture as spiritually advanced and fascinating as India has been in part built on the fact that meditation is a key practice for many people there.
For the most advanced meditators in India and elsewhere, meditation also opens the door for a variety of seemingly miraculous acts. The yogis of India call these psychic abilities ‘siddhi’ – and they include clairvoyance, mind-reading abilities, psychokinesis (the ability to move things and influence action with the power of the mind), astral flying, and many many more.
But are these psychic abilities real, or just products of active imaginations? The general consensus and attitude of those who have only just touched on the possibilities available through meditation would be that yes, they are real. It is a well known fact that in everyday life, we only use a tiny fraction of our mental abilities, and with practice and concentration, we can awaken dormant parts of the brain to achieve things which seem to be impossible.
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We all have some psychic abilities. We’ve all at some point glimpsed the future, or picked up on somebody’s thoughts, or felt a psychic connection with somebody else. Often, we just dismiss these occurrences as coincidence or "something weird," but our brains actually want to exercise their psychic powers, and occasionally we feel their presence.
Many people nowadays want to explore their psychic sides, awaken the dormant parts of their brains, and experience just what is possible through meditation, breathing exercises, and trance states. Many people are beginning to open themselves to new experiences and we have seen a worldwide interest in the more esoteric and mystical side of meditation, which has been known for millenia to the yogis and gurus of the east, but has only recently has become a reality in Europe and America.