Usually, during Meditation, you begin by going to a quiet room alone, closing the eyes. This immediately eliminates much of the sensory stimulation with which you normally maintain your regular state of consciousness. In this way, energy is not required to deal with the outside stimuli that would normally interrupt the train of thought. Therefore, an attitude would naturally be adopted that there is now nothing for you to have to accomplish, no problems that need solving, and nothing important that you are being forced to deal with. The mind is thus relaxed, not kept constantly on guard, and uninhibited. There is no longer any of the usual need to analyze anything that may come into the mind. Simply put, the mind has now become quite vulnerable.
While meditating, you sit in a comfortable position; cross- legged on the floor, absolutely still. You therefore do not have to make any of the usual effort to hold your body up, because you are now in a tripod position, in balance. Much of a person's realization of his identity as a separate person comes from his body- awareness, but you now no longer feel that- for you are in a comfortable, steady posture and your awareness of the body is fading away. The muscular system has little to have to do to hold up the body and your body tension is now gone. This helps to even further block out the real world, and now you are even more relaxed and open to suggestion. Now you are thinking about nothing, which is exactly the goal to be reached in Eastern meditation!
As a student of Eastern Meditation, you know now that the next step is to put ALL of your attention upon some particular thing, such as your breathing in and out, repetitiously. Just as in a hypnotic induction, the meditator is instructed to bring his mind gently back to this focus on the breathing, if it wanders away from thinking about that, and to not allow himself to become distracted. This fixing of the attention upon one particular thing, usually an external or internal sensation, can produce the same reaction that occurs during the induction of a hypnotic trance. This is due to receptor fatigue. The mind finally gets weary of focusing intently on one thing and eventually "gives up". Then a voidness or blankness occurs. The mind now emptied has room for a great intensification of sensory perception. In other words, the mind's ability to analytically think and rationalize are gone, and in its place are raw "feelings". Your ability to make rational informed decisions has now been effectually wiped out!
The meditator is instructed to now notice everything that happens or everything that pops into his mind, and just to be "aware" of it- not getting all caught up in reacting to his thoughts, and not rejecting or accepting them- just acknowledging that they are there. This nonidentification with stimuli prevents your attention from being caught up in your usual thought processes that normally would filter out information and decide whether or not it is right or wrong. Thus, the awareness remains active, while your critical thinking processes are now unable to distinguish whether they are good or bad messages, ideas or thoughts. Talk about a ripe candidate for mind control at this point!
Now, since there is far less input- processing, things are perceived more directly, with the least amount of resistance. Ordinarily, your conscience would tell you what to do, or what is right or wrong. But now- whatever voices are heard besides your own actually becomes that which takes over the role of your own voice of conscience. You have lost your identity- your sense of being a separate "Self", and have become "one" with whatever other voice there may be in the room.
Supposedly, you are in the room alone at this point and your so-called HIGHER SELF can speak to you as a guide. But in actuality- since you have given up your ability to think and your natural guard that God gave you to protect your mind, Satan and his evil angels take this opportunity to step right in and to take your own mind's place! The Devil and his angels are now pretending to be your own "INNER VOICE" OR Guide. You have in effect, swung the door of what used to be your mind wide open, and have given Satan permission, as it were, to enter in with his deceptions!
Eastern Meditation definitely involves entering into a hypnotic trance state. Bernie Siegel, a well-known New Age Figure, writes in his book Love, Medicine, and Miracles pg. 147-149 :
"The goal is to reach a light trance state, sometimes called the Alpha State which is the first step in yogic meditation, and most related forms of mind exploration. With guidance and practice, meditation can lead to breath- taking experiences or cosmic at- oneness and enlightenment."
This alleged 'at-oneness' that Bernie Siegel is referring to is that of becoming one with the Universal All that we have been discussing. The New Age Meditator will then converse with a Spirit Guide, which of course, is a demonic presence. Bernie Siegel tells how the Simontons led him 'in a directed meditation to find and meet and inner guide':
"I (Bernie Siegel) approached this exercise with all the skepticism one expects from a mechanistic doctor. Still, I sat down, closed my eyes, and followed directions. I didn't believe it would work, but if it did I expected it see Jesus or Moses. Who else would dare appear inside a surgeon's head? Instead I met George, a bearded, long-haired young man wearing an immaculate flowing gown and a skullcap. It was an incredible awakening for me, because I hadn't expected anything to happen. George was spontaneous, aware of my feelings, and an excellent advisor." Siegal, Love, Medicine, and Miracles, pg. 19,20