Self-Cure Medicine or Westernized Yoga?

-  Biofeedback is a technique by which a person supposedly learns relaxation. Of course, this relaxation is not "resting" or "taking it easy." It is actually occult meditation; i.e., simply a Westernized, mechanized method of achieving within a few weeks or months what it has traditionally taken Yogis 20 to 40 years to accomplish. One "swami" (a Hindu teacher of occult meditation) said that it took him between 15 and 30 years to learn the same type of meditation and relaxation as his students could learn in 15 to 30 days with biofeedback equipment. And biofeedback usually (if not always) requires use of visualization, repetition, and meditation.

-  The basic biofeedback machine has been around since the late-1960s. Some of the units are very simple while others, like a new unit known as the "Mind Mirror," are complex and expensive. By attaching oneself to a specially designed monitor, people are learning to control the automatic ("unconscious") functions of their bodies, including heartrate, skin temperature, blood pressure, etc. The chief developers of biofeedback, Dr. Elmer Green (head of the Voluntary Controls Program at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas), and his wife, Alyce Green, in their book Beyond Biofeedback, called biofeedback "the yoga of the West," and are intrigued by the fact that many who use it and other techniques of hypnosis and mind-training have developed psychic abilities.

-  In other words, this "electronic yoga" puts one into the same state of consciousness and develops the same control over involuntary bodily functions -- and the same occult experiences and psychic powers -- that have been the stock in trade of great Yogis since the Garden of Eden. Elmer and Alyce Green reflect this Hindu-Buddhist occult world view:

"In working with patients we do not often point out that the 'detachment' to which we refer is a basic feature of yogic training ... There are other similarities between biofeedback training and yoga ... I guided myself through the development of these ideas [in the book] by the intentional use of hypnogogic imagery. Whenever I was 'stuck' I made my mind a blank and asked the unconscious to get the information I needed from wherever it was, from ... the collective mind, or from the 'future' ... I believe that this technique, which I developed over a period of years, is not unique to me, but can be learned by anyone who takes time and makes the effort."

We should not be surprised, then, that an article in Psychology Today that discusses the use of biofeedback, relaxation, self-hypnosis, and imagery/visualization exercises in helping children (as young as three years old) to gain control of pain was entitled "Little Swamis."

-  The Donning International Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary even recognizes the dangers of biofeedback training sessions:

"Dangers ... occur if the doctor or therapist who is monitoring the readouts and session is not familiar with parapsychological principles."

Biofeedback is also recognized as an important tool in "consciousness research." Some Transpersonal biofeedback researchers (i.e., New Age researchers) believe that widespread use of the machine will help bring about an evolutionary leap of mankind as more of us learn to experience the "Awakened Mind" that their machines help one achieve.

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