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Chapter 26. Meditation and Growth PDF Print E-mail
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Books - On Being Stoned
Written by Charles T. Tart   
Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:00

Chapter 26.    Meditation and Growth



THE QUESTIONNAIRE asked whether the users regularly practiced any sort of meditation or non-drug discipline for spiritual or personal growth. Sixteen percent indicated regular practice of some form of Oriental or Occidental meditation. Seven percent indicated they were or had been regularly involved in some form of conventional psychotherapy (2 percent) or growth discipline (5 percent), such as psychoanalysis, Gestalt therapy, sensitivity training, encounter groups, etc. Users indicating irregular practice were not included in either the Meditation group or the Therapy and Growth group.
Overall, the three-way chi-square analyses comparing the Meditators and the Therapy and Growth group against all other users were quite significant. Twenty-eight analyses were significant at the .05 level (19 expected by chance), 14 at the.01 level (4 expected by chance) and 2 at the.001 level (none expected by chance).
In most analyses, either the Meditators or the Therapy and Growth group were clearly higher or lower than Ordinary Users. Occasionally both these groups were higher or lower than the Ordinary Users, and in such cases both groups have been indicated in the summary tables as significantly different from Ordinary Users.[1]
Most often the Meditators were clearly higher or lower on various effects than the Therapy and Growth group or the Ordinary users. Tables 26-1 and 26-2 summarize significant differences for the Meditators. The Meditators more frequently experience a variety of effects, which we would expect in such a group of fairly disciplined[2] people.
Table 26-3 summarizes significant differences for the Therapy and Growth group. This is a rather mixed group in terms of disciplines followed, making the results difficult to interpret.

TABLE 26-1
MEDITATION AND FREQUENCY OF VARIOUS INTOXICATION EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Meditators more frequently experience:
Vision FACE OF ANOTHER PERSON CHANGES .05
Taste RETASTE FOOD WHEN BELCHING .01
Space/Time AIR, SPACE BECOMES SOLID 05
Paranormal *OOBEs before beginning marijuana use .01
Body ENERGY FEELINGS IN BODY .05
Energy in spine .05
Aware of chakra centers .01
Emotion PRE-INTOXICATION MOOD AMPLIFIED .05
Identity MERGE WITH OBJECT OR PERSON CONTEMPLATED .01
AT ONE WITH THE WORLD .01
Spiritual IN TOUCH WITH A HIGHER POWER .01
MEDITATE MORE EFFECTIVELY .05
a. Spiritual experiences while intoxicated .0005
a. Religious significance to getting intoxicated .01
Meditators less frequently experience:
Hearing AUDITORY IMAGERY BETTER .01
Taste VIVID TASTE IMAGERY .05
Space/Time JERKINESS OF FLOW OF EVENTS .05
Social FEEL ISOLATED .01
TALK MORE .05
Sex NEW QUALITIES TO ORGASM .01
Thought RECALL LESS OF MATERIAL READ .05

[a]Not coded as to frequency of occurrence by type style.

 

TABLE 26-2
MEDITATION AND LEVELS OF INTOXICATION FOR VARIOUS EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Meditators must be more intoxicated to experience:
Hearing AUDITORY IMAGERY ENHANCED .05
Social LESS SOCIABLE .05
Miscellaneous FEEL THE WORLD IS ALL RIGHT .01
Meditators need be less intoxicated to experience:
Hearing AUDITORY SPACE .05
Touch NEW QUALITIES TO TOUCH .05
TOUCH MORE SENSUAL .01
Taste VIVID TASTE IMAGERY .01
Space/Time WALKING DISTANCE CHANGED .01
Body HYPERAWARENESS OF BREATHING .01
Social FEEL PARANOID .05
Thought MORE HERE-AND-NOW .05
THINK MORE INTUITIVELY .05
Sleep EARLY EVENING DROWSINESS .001

 

TABLE 26-3
THERAPY AND GROWTH GROUP AND
FREQUENCY OF VARIOUS INTOXICATION EFFECTS
CATEGORY INTOXICATION EFFECT SIGNIFICANCE
LEVEL

Therapy & Growth Group less frequently experiences:
Vision NEW COLORS .05
Thought HARDER TO READ .05
Memory RECALL LESS OF MATERIAL READ .05
Therapy & Growth Group more frequently experience:
Paranormal a. OOBEs .05
a. Multiple OOBEs .05
Body AWARE OF INTERNAL ORGANS WHEN DEFECATING .05
Memory RECALL MORE OF MATERIAL READ .05
Emotion PRE-INTOXICATION MOOD AMPLIFIED .05
Identity Possessed by a good force or will .05
Spiritual IN TOUCH WITH A HIGHER POWER .01
Therapy & Growth Group must be more intoxicated to experience:
Space/Time EVENTS FLOW SMOOTHLY .05
Therapy & Growth Group need be less intoxicated to experience:
Space/Time WALKING DISTANCE CHANCED .01
Sex MORE NEED FOR SEX .05

[a]Indicates not coded as to frequency of occurrence by type style.

 

Footnotes

1. One consequence of this is that there are more significant effects listed in the tables. because of duplication, than are reported below. (back)
2. Given the generally young age of the sample, the Meditation group should not be considered representative of what sorts of results might be gotten with highly trained meditators. (back)

 

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