Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition
In his paper Dr. Travis explains that meditation can lead to nondual or transcendental experiences, a sense of self-awareness without content. As part of the paper he discusses descriptions of transcendental consciousness from 52 subjects practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, which allows the mind to effortlessly settle inward beyond thought to experience pure awareness, or ''transcendental consciousness''—one's innermost self.
Specific physiological changes are associated with this subjective experience of transcendental consciousness. These include changes in breath rate, skin conductance, and EEG patterns.