What Is Consciousness Engineering?
When I first approached the world of meditation in my late teens, I was partly motivated by an element of rebellion against society. Only with time, I started to appreciate Osho’s message to bring meditation into real life. Aspiring to be a committed meditator, does not mean renouncing the world and retreating in a cave. And I started to realise how difficult is to remain calm and meditative in an urban context, challenged by daily commuting, office life, and constant digital distractions. The real world is a brutal reality check, just in case you think you have achieved somewhere and feel holy.
The good news is: seeds of awareness are spreading around the world, especially in the workplace. An increasing number of business leaders are turning to meditation, cascading the positive effects down to their workforce. More and more companies are making meditation classes available to their employees. Unsurprisingly Google is at the forefront of this new trend and has introduced meditation programmes since 2007. The Huffington Post offers meditation rooms for all their employees, as well as eBay. And companies seek to attract talents offering lifestyle packages rather than mere financial rewards (i.e. flexible working hours, fitness and meditation programmes, policies which respect a balanced work life).
Now the question is: what are the models in business which can help the awakening of consciousness? How can technology support spirituality and wellbeing?
Up to now, technology has been used to improve productivity and solve business problems; it is time to create technology to help us go inwards, meditate, being more conscious human beings. Brilliant minds need to shift their focus and ask questions like: can we create new forms of technology to cultivate calm minds, decrease violence, improve relationships, rediscover connectedness, being happier, more peaceful and enhance our lives?
Meditation is a tool exactly like technology. Let’s merge the two in one concept, a new paradigm shift to help people focus in the direction of consciousness.
In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that some devises are already available in the market. Some sort of real time bio-feedback, or self-awareness tech-assistant, if you like. A movement called consciousness hacking is growing in Silicon Valley, which to me is the natural progression of the bio-hacker movement. Hacking your consciousness means for example using a tech devise to monitor your anger response via a real time bio-feedback, which shows your heart and brain activity reacting to a stimulus. You can also measure the impact of meditation on your body, by tracking a number of biomarkers (i.e. cortisol level, glucose level, stress hormones and brain waves activity).
This can be helpful to demonstrate how meditation is a natural and effective way to control biology. And also it encourages individuals take more responsibility over their health, emotions and wellbeing.
Enlightenment engineering may sound like a blasphemy to the spiritual orthodox. I personally embrace it fully; bring on any devise that can help people become more aware, more joyful, more loving.
Stay tuned and you may hear from us at Love Osho about the first case of tech-enlightenment!