Dr Flavio Burgarella is a cardiologist with a specialization in cardiac rehabilitation and more than 30 years of experience as Responsible of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Bergamo Italy. He is founder, past president and executive director of Heart Friends Around The World,(www.hfatw.org) an worldwide association, affiliated to the World Heart Federation, aiming to promote the prevention and rehabilitation of heart disease. He collaborates with the World Health Organization for the promotion of prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease in developing countries. He is honorary member of the Russian Federation of Cardiology and of the Cuban Society of Atherosclerosis. He is founder and president of Telehealth, (www.telesalute.it) an association for the promotion of the spiritual dimension in medicine. He is author of several publications and books for patients health education. He is member of the Italian Order of the Journalists and poetry writer (www.burgarella.it). His hobby is farming that practices at the “Hermitage of Our Lady of Olives” in the family estate (www.agricolaburgarella.it ).
Paul Kircher and the teaching of Grigori Grobovoi
Therapeutic Meditation is proposed as a research model of the interaction between mind and matter. Rehabilitating the body to health after the illness means obtaining the healing after the treatment. Healing is intended in a holistic sense, meaning our entire Unit, in its physical, mental and spiritual aspects.
- brings peace and balance to the patient , in order to help him/her to continue his/her journey towards health;
- helps to regain mental and spiritual integrity;
- gives benefits that also affect the physical body.
Therapeutic Meditation® promotes the acceptance of the disease according to the following criteria:
- acceptance of having had the disease and having surpassed it (healing);
- acceptance of having the disease and living with it (chronic);
- acceptance of having the disease at a stage that, today, science does not consider curable (end stage).
Therapeutic Meditation® considers these claims as true:
- medicine cures;
- mankind heals by activating the mechanisms of self-healing inherent in its nature;
- the cause of the disease can be the message of a tension in the consciousness that it is necessary to discover and eradicate if we want to preserve the health and do not have a relapse.
Therapeutic Meditation® works in a comprehensive manner on the mind :
- it relaxes the conscious mind (left hemisphere of the brain), so that it does not have compulsive thoughts about the disease;
- it talks with the subconscious mind (right hemisphere of the brain), therefore establishing in it positive beliefs about healing and maintenance of health;
- it allows the Autonomic Nervous System (which is the working and energetic expression of the subconscious mind) to work in synergy and in synchrony with the will and the intention (which are the working and energetic expressions of the conscious mind), for healing and maintaining the state of health.
In order to achieve its objectives, Therapeutic Meditation® relies on:
- techniques related to deep passive relaxation, in order to work in a deep alpha state, around 8 Hz in frequency of brain waves recordable by electroencephalogram;
- the ability to synchronize human electromagnetic fields with the electromagnetic field of the heart;
- the ability to lead through visualization to particular meditative states: it works in a state of consciousness where the acceptance of the present moment and the intention may have influence on the psychophysical entity of the patient.
Therapeutic Meditation® is aware that:
- the ability to perceive the movement of energy. It uses this ability in a diagnostic mode, to scan the chakras of the patient, which are psychophysical centers in relation to possible tensions in the consciousness, if there are impediments to the free flow of energy itself;
- the fact that the finding of a slowdown or an alteration in the flow of energy can be a diagnostic element;
- the fact that the acceptance of the feedback from the alteration of the flow energy by the therapist, and the intention to bring more regularity, can induce a regularization of the flow, with the following possible ceasing of the tension in the consciousness of the patient.
Therapeutic Meditation® uses the experience of the following studies and practices:
- Sat Nam Rasayan by Guru Ram Das
- PSYCHE -K ® by Robert Williams
- Psychic Healing by Benjamin O Bibb
Therapeutic meditation: Rational Research lines
Therapeutic meditation is a particular kind of meditation specifically designed to bring calmness and balance to the patient through awareness, compassion and sharing. With "balance", I mean both the psychological balance, free from fears and anxieties, and the physical balance, with a better health. In therapeutic meditation we also want to achieve the balance of the chakras, namely the psycho-physical energy centers of the human body.
Purpose of therapeutic meditation is to propitiate healing by achieving this balance. As a cardiologist, every day I take care of patients, I apply the knowledge of a science, medicine, I prescribe physical and physiotherapic treatments, I dose medications, so that the patient can resist the disease in order to recover his/her health.
But we know that, for example, an antibiotic can cure the infection, but, in order to heal, patients have to get involved in the healing process: they should increase the body's natural tendency to recover their health. If this does not occur, the individual cannot heal. Healing, the process that enhances medical treatment and changes the conditions that led to the disease, is mysterious. We know that we spontaneously heal from a cold or another viral disease, but we know that if we respect certain conditions such as sleeping, a warm place and a proper nutrition, we can heal faster and more stably. This is likely due to a better immune response, mediated by the environment, which can be a healing environment itself, an environment where healing occurs.
If we consider the therapeutic and healing process as a continuum and we consider, at one side, the traditional allopathic medicine, at the other side we have the medicine of consciousness, that kind of medicine that already took place in the early days of living, in those societies where the doctor and the shaman were actually the same person. That is, a person who, desiring the Good of the patient who had asked his help, was trying to find a possible remedy. Mankind has always tried to look for help among superior forces that could give support. Therefore, it was obvious looking for them in a state of consciousness, where it was easier to meet the "good spirits". This could happen in what we call "non-ordinary consciousness", obtained for example by deprivation of sleep and food, by prolonged isolation, by the use of incessant rhythms of drums or by the intake of hallucinogenic herbs. It was in this non-ordinary consciousness that the healer could get some "suggestions" to give to the patient to help his/her recovery.
The medicine of consciousness continued to be used in the following centuries, in different modalities and with different interpretations, for example as miraculous healing driven by the saints, to arrive to nowadays psychological and psychoanalytic methods of support to medications. All pave the way to the future responsibility of the physician, that is the opening to the spiritual dimension, in which meditation and prayer are the cornerstones. In this context, therapeutic meditation represents a method that attempts to reconcile the spiritual traditions of the past with the recent discoveries of quantum physics and cognitive neuroscience.
To offer an additional tool that can promote healing, I proposed therapeutic meditation, which is a meditation practice that anyone can learn and that can, by inducing calm and balance, modify trends potentially negative for the patient, prompted by the disease and likely perpetuating the disease itself, creating a vicious circle from which escape is difficult.
Therapeutic meditation aims to propitiate the healing process. Even when the disease is incurable, it can be of support, leading to a more peaceful acceptance of the condition. Therapeutic meditation is a technique of meditation aiming to obtain a state of consciousness in which intention can promote healing. This is a research line which was developed from the works published in different fields of science, ranging from physics to biological sciences and medicine. Consciousness can be understood as the experience of the existence. It may be related to the experience of the existence of body, mind, thoughts and emotions. You can also experience a sense of union, being a part of the whole, being one thing with the universe around you: in this way you can become aware of belonging, or better of existing, with the Universal Consciousness, which can open the doors to the mystery of healing.
In therapeutic meditation, the meditator applies a practice that allows, through the experience of the present moment and its uncritical acceptance, without any judgment, to move to a superior state of awareness, in which the will and the intention is to heal. One of the consequences of training in this meditation is the development of compassion, the natural sharing the suffering of the patient. Having meditative experience, that is living the present moment, also leads to a state of consciousness which helps to eliminate emotional stress that can induce or maintain the disease. Also the concept of "impermanence", of non-attachment, develops in those who have experienced this practice. Therapeutic meditation begins as a method and it is through the implementation and practice of this method of meditation that you can achieve a higher level of consciousness that transcends ordinary consciousness. You can learn to feel, for example, the vortexes of energy called chakras, arranged at various levels of the body, which in Eastern cultures represent the human energy system, from the sacrum to the cranium.
Chakras are well known in Eastern medicine, but less known in Western medicine, which has not yet identified and measured this form of energy. After having perceived with practice the Chakras, you can put the intention to balance them (action which can also be achieved by practicing Reiki), that is to promote an optimal flow of energy that reflects positively on our health. Chakras have been studied for thousands of years, but in the ordinary state of consciousness we cannot feel them. Only at a higher level of consciousness this is possible. This state of consciousness was discovered by mystics and masters of ancient spiritual traditions many centuries ago: the consciousness of the individual discovers its holographic nature, that is, to be part of a whole and to represent the Universal Consciousness on a reduced scale but in all its aspects repeated.
In this way the consciousness of those who practice therapeutic meditation becomes a tool for healing when it is associated with intention to heal, because the Universal Consciousness (that we might call "Spirit", according to ancient spiritual traditions, or "In-formation present in the quantum vacuum", according to the current developments in quantum physics, and that I repeat it is holographically represented in every man on a smaller scale, thus keeping all of its potentials) has healing power in itself. We will better understand these concepts when we develop the knowledge of Sat Nam Rasayan.