This page contains lecture notes and informal papers authored by the distinguished British mind researcher C. Maxwell Cade. For details on Cade, electronics engineer Geoffrey Blundell, and their development of and discoveries with the Mind Mirror, please visit our webpage The Awakened Mind and MindMirrorEEG.com.
See Mind Mirror Studies for ongoing research by practitioners using the Mind Mirror. See Meditation Research for scientific studies that confirm Max Cade's findings on meditation, the brain, and consciousness.
British biophysicist and psychobiologist C. Maxwell Cade authored these informal papers as lecture notes for meditation classes he taught in London from the late 1960s until his death in 1985. Isabel Cade points out that Max always embellished these writings in class and that their deeper meanings were brought home by the meditative experiences of students hooked up to the Mind Mirror.
Although Cade, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Royal Society of Medicine, wrote and presented many scientific and technical papers, these lecture notes were not intended for publication and thus were not refereed or subjected to peer review. Some of them quote the writings of other prominent researchers.
IAM is pleased and proud to publish these highly informative and enlightening papers for the first time. They are a vivid illustration of Max Cade's genius in science, medicine, psychology and spirituality, and accordingly provide a holistic understanding of the mind-body connection, higher states of consciousness, and mystical experience.
A Parable about Meditation
An original work written by Max Cade in the mystical style of Kahlil Gibran, clarifying what meditation is and what it is not.
A Short History of Biogenics: Mind and Self-Regulation
Autogenics * Progressive Relaxation * Transcendental Meditation * Biofeedback * Psychosomatic Symptoms * Mind-Body Self-Regulation * Autonomic Nervous System, Hypothalamus, Limbic System * The
Effects of Lowering Brain Wave Frequencies * Breath Regulation * Biofeedback Training Methods * Subjective Awareness * Relief from Stress, Pain and Psychosomatic Illnesses
Altered States of Consciousness
This descriptive list includes nineteen altered states of consciousness (mental states of psychological functioning) in addition to the alert, waking state of ordinary awareness. These altered
states range from coma, daydreaming, fragmentation and hysteria, to rapture, trance, and cosmic consciousness.
Controlling the Breath to Counteract the Diverse and Problematic Effects of Hyperventilation
Definition and Symptoms * Overbreathing the Real Cause of a Spectrum of Diseases * Anxiety, Stress and Life Changes * Hypocarbia * Experiential Exercise
Eight States of Consciousness
Cade describes these eight well-known levels of awareness and asks the student/reader to contemplate what it feels like to shift from the unconsciousness of sleep to dreaming and waking,
meditation, the awakened mind of lucid awareness, creativity, psychedelia, and cosmic consciousness.
Exercise in Disidentification and Recognition of the Central Self
If you are not your body, emotions, thoughts and intellect, then who are you? Cade asks these questions in this simple yet profound meditative exercise. The affirmations are designed to reveal and awaken awareness of your constant and unchanging "central self."
Meditation and the Mystic States: Altered States of Thinking
Paradigm Clash between “Straight” and “Hip” * The Nature of Knowledge
and the Scientific Method * Common Features in Altered States of Consciousness * The Need for Unbiased Research
Meditation and the Mystic States: States of Consciousness and Paradigms
Comparison between paradigms and discrete states of consciousness.
Paradigms of Advanced Biogenics
Left- and Right-Brain Awareness * The Importance of Paradigms * Final (Creative) Integration * Factors that Stimulate Final Integration * Similarities Between Paradigms and Discrete States of
Consciousness * Two Hemispheric Ways of Knowing * Functions of the Two Spheres of Consciousness * Hemispheric Asymmetry’s Inhibition of Thought and Emotions, and Its Relationship to Disease
Self-Actualization and the Peak Experience
Maslow’s Characteristics of Self-Actualized People * Higher Motivations (Metaneeds) * Peak Experiences * Rogers’ Fully Functioning Person * List of Commonalities * Aftereffects of Peak
Experiences * Relaxation and The Golden Circle Meditation (A Peak Experience) * Self-Actualization Questionnaire
The Mechanism of Rebirth (Final Integration)
Principles of Final Integration * Certainty and the Search for Truth and Satisfaction * The Horizontal Expansion into Creativity * Relationship with the Non-Human Environment * What Motivates
Existential Awareness * Requirements of Rebirth in Integration * The Art of Liberation
The Reticular Activating System and Meditation
How the brain stem's Reticular Activating System (RAS) switches on dreaming sleep and deep muscular relaxation, and serves as the gateway to all forms of meditation, creative reverie,
self-regulation, and higher states of consciousness.
The Transcendent Self: The Mysticism of Action
The Awakening of Kundalini * Kundalini Pitfalls and Promises * Four Degrees of the Mystic Life * The Mysticism of Action * The Bhagavad Gita and the Sermon on the Mount * The Lesser Mystic Way * The Way of Contemplation and The Way of Action
The Maxwell Cade Foundation, a United Kingdom charity, was established after Max passed away in 1985. The foundation organized the following documents and handed them out to people interested in
his work and as material for devising their own training courses. The first publication, "Biofeedback and the Higher States of Consciousness," provides a superb overview of meditation, the
awakened mind, and higher awareness.
Biofeedback and the Higher States of Consciousness
Description of Biofeedback and Biofeedback Instruments Used * Bodily Correlates of Higher States of Consciousness * Brainwave Categories and Their Functions * Description of Illumined Consciousness * Meditation and the Higher States * Signs of Mystical Ecstasy * Passive Awareness * Mental Training Exercises * Meditation on Pure Consciousness
Meditation, The Silent World
Meditation and Passive Lucid Awareness * The Practice of Simple Awareness * The Sensing of Self * Buoyancy and Ease * Exercises: Sensory Awareness/Voice of the Silence and The Silent World Sequence
The Anatomy of Meditation
The Attitude of the Meditator * Three Exercises: Stillness, Concentration, and Zazen for mastering attention and the breath. The section titled Notes includes comments by Cade on maintaining
alpha brainwaves with the eyes open.