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The Science Behind Meditation

Excerpt from the Series: Engineered for Divinity

How Meditation Can Change You — and the World

Hosted in-person The Expanding Light Retreat and live online with Online with Ananda.

Recorded November 17-18, 2017 from Ananda Village in Northern California

Scientific study of meditation has exploded in the last two decades. Not only has there been study after study of the health and wellbeing benefits of meditation but there is now also a much deeper understanding of what actually happens physiologically, neurologically, metabolically, genetically, energetically, and quantum physically.

There is now ample scientific evidence that regular meditation significantly affects you through:

  • Physiology: Transforms our entire body chemistry cellularly and systemically
  • Neuroplasticity: Restructures and rewires the brain
  • Epigenetics: Activates positive genes and deactivates negative genes

Science is now also able to confirm the reality of the more subtle experiences of your meditation:

  • Quantum neuroscience: Explains how meditation creates neurological connections to quantum reality
  • String theory: Provides the scientific foundation of a high-frequency, circumambient reality that interpenetrates our physical world and body
  • Entanglement: Reveals the bridge between Intelligent life force and the physical body
  • The Holographic Principle: Forms the paradigm that we are continuously creating our bodies, even small changes in consciousness instantly manifest physical changes

Learn and explore how science is confirming and affirming the ancient science of meditation.

Recorded November 17, 2017:

  • Moderated Panel Discussion with all presenters

Recorded November 18, 2017:

  • Quantum Neuroscience: How Your Brain Gets Its Self, Mind, and Emotions, and How It Can Create Supramental Intelligence with Dr. Amit Goswami
  • You have Two Bodies: One is a Holographic Projection, the Other is Full of Bliss with Joseph Selbie
  • Meditation and Medicine with Dr. Shanti Rubenstone
  • Pranayama: The Art and Science of Energy Control with Nayaswami Gyandev
  • Engineered for Divinity: How the Brain and Body are Transformed through Meditation and Spiritual Practices with Dr. Peter Van Houten
  • Q&A with all presenters

Key Note Presentations

Dr. Amit Goswami

Dr. Amit Goswami, Theoretical Quantum Physicist

How Your Brain Gets Its Self, Mind, and Emotions, and How It Can Create Supramental Intelligence

Amit will present the quantum theory of the brain’s self, mind, and emotions and present experimental data of current neuroscience in verification. Quantum neuroscience explains the development of our human condition: a simple hierarchy of the ego and me-centeredness, negative emotional brain circuits, and addiction to pleasure, but which also endows us with quantum potentialities to actualize and improve the human condition toward more happiness and more intelligence. Amit will talk about creativity and the brain’s neuroplasticity with which you can create even supramental intelligence if you so choose.

About The Presenters


Dr. Amit Goswami

Theoretical Quantum Physicist Dr. Amit Goswami is a retired full professor from the University of Oregon’s Department of Physics where he served from 1968 to 1997. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness,” an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe, where he also solved the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect.

Goswami has written several other popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness. In The Visionary Window, he demonstrated how science and spirituality could be integrated. In Physics of the Soul, he developed a theory of survival after death and reincarnation. In The Quantum Doctor, Goswami sought to integrate both conventional and alternative medicine. In Creative Evolution, Goswami presented a resolution between Darwinism and the intelligent design of life. In God is Not Dead, he asserted that not only are science and religion compatible but that quantum physics proves the existence of God. In Quantum Creativity: Think Quantum, Be Creative, Goswami explained all facets of creativity—its definition, the quantum thinking it entails, and what is required to be creative. In Quantum Economics: Unleashing the Power of an Economics of Consciousness, he focused on critical issues for a new paradigm in economics and business for the twenty-first century, touching upon the stability and sustainability of the economy and leadership, as well as creativity and ethics in business.

In his most recent book, The Everything Answer Book (April 2017), Goswami’s basic premise is that quantum physics is not only the future of science, but it is also the key to understanding consciousness, death, God, psychology, and the meaning of life. In short, quantum physics offers a theory of everything.

In his private life Goswami is a practitioner of spirituality and transformation. He calls himself a quantum activist. He appeared in the film What the Bleep Do We Know!? and its sequel Down the Rabbit Hole as well as the documentaries Dalai Lama Renaissance and the award winning The Quantum Activist.


Joseph Selbie

Author of the Physics of God, (New Page Books, Sept. 2017), Selbie makes the complex and obscure simple and clear. A dedicated meditator for over forty years, he has taught yoga and meditation throughout the US and Europe. He is an avid follower of the unfolding new paradigm of science and is known for creating bridges of understanding between the modern evidenced-based discoveries of science and the ancient experience-based discoveries of the mystics.

The Physics of God presents a clear and much needed paradigm that unites, rather than divides, science and religion, drawing on both the findings of science and the transcendent experiences of saints, sages, and those with near-death experiences. Clear, practical and inspirational, his books and presentations speak to our untapped energetic, mental, and spiritual potentials.

Selbie maintains several blogs, including Physics and God and Intersections, which explores how spirituality connects with culture and science. With David Steinmetz, he also co-authored, The Yugas, a factual look at India’s tradition of cyclical history (see online course, The Yugas In-Depth), and wrote a science fiction fantasy series, The Protectors Diaries, inspired by the abilities of mystics.


Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, M.D.

Dr Shanti Rubenstone is a Board certified internist who received her medical degree from Stanford University in 1983. After finishing her medical training and a chief medical residency she began what soon became one of the largest general internal medical practices in the country, always with the intention of caring for the whole person.

Throughout her career Dr. Rubenstone has had an interest in the field of Chemical Dependency.  Her love of working with addicts and alcoholics has spanned her now 35 years in medicine, first as a registered nurse, then ultimately, as an MD. This culminated in her being the medical director of The Sequoia Center, a well-respected drug and alcohol treatment program in Redwood City California, from 2010 to 2012.

She currently has a practice called “Transformational Medicine”, working with people as they move through any major life transition, whether it is of the body, the mind, or the soul. Approximately 50% of her clients are recovering addicts and alcoholics.

In her words: “It is always my intention to help people feel harmonized within and manifest that by feeling well and finding joy.”


Dr. Peter Van Houten, M.D.

Dr. Peter Van Houten is a family physician with close to 40 years of real world experience in primary care medicine.  He is nationally known for his pioneering work integrating meditation and behavioral healthcare into the medical setting.  Sierra Family Health Center, which is the clinic he founded in 1982, has been widely seen as a leader in this field.  His background includes his medical training at the UCSF School of Medicine.  He has published two books promoting yoga as a therapeutic tool which focus on treatments for common medical problems like insomnia and headaches.  These were among the first books ever published bringing yoga therapy into the medical office setting.  He has lectured extensively on the transformation in brain function brought about by meditation and spiritual practices.  Well-known for his charitable works, Dr. Van Houten’s clinic cares for a large indigent population in Northern California using cutting edge behavioral therapies as well as traditional medicine.

Peter has co-authored Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief and Yoga Therapy for Overcoming Insomnia. He also maintains an active interest in ongoing research into the subtle and powerful relationships between brain physiology and personal spiritual development.


Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev has taught all aspects of Yoga in the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda since 1983. He currently serves as Director of Ananda Yoga® worldwide, directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training programs, and co-directs the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training program. All of this happens through the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation, located at The Expanding Light, Ananda’s retreat center near Nevada City, California. He also teaches throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, India and Europe. He has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for more than 35 years, and he is an ordained Ananda minister.

Gyandev’s books include Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness and, as co-author with Dr. Peter Van Houten, Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief and Yoga Therapy for Overcoming Insomnia. He has created the 12 volumes (48 classes) of The Ananda Yoga Series online and in DVD—the first five volumes are now available—plus two separate yoga videos (Yoga to Awaken the Chakras and Yoga for Busy People) and five CD/MP3s (Pranayama for Deeper Meditation, Magnetize Your Life, Ease into Sleep, Connect with Spirit, and Dance of Divinity). His articles have been published in LA Yoga, Inspired Wellbeing, Clarity, Yoga in America, and Yoga for Everybody.

A co-founder of Yoga Alliance (the organization that sets training standards for yoga teachers in the USA), Gyandev served as on Yoga Alliance’s board of directors for 17 years. He currently serves on Yoga Alliance’s Advisory Council and Standards Committee.

Gyandev and his wife, Diksha, live at Ananda Village, a Northern California community of disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda. Both teach full-time at The Expanding Light retreat. They also lead Ananda Spiritual Travels experiences in India, Israel, Costa Rica, and Hawaii. Their personal website is Ways To Freedom.

Gyandev received a B.A. in Mathematics from Carleton College and M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research (applied mathematics) from Stanford University. After graduate school, he worked as a management consultant with clients from both business and government, before moving to Ananda Village, which has been his home since 1984.

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2 reviews for The Science Behind Meditation

  1. 5 out of 5

    This was the first online program that I have attended. The program was very good and informative.
    The broadcast of the lectures, light and sound were excellent. It was so real, that I felt as if I was there in person, with the audience.
    I so appreciate how Devalila made it so easy to log in and view each session. She was attentive and caring for those watching online, from beginning to end. It made the experience very enjoyable!
    Thank you very much, Nayaswami Diksha

  2. 5 out of 5

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