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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part II

When feeling into the overall vibration of the body—with the intention of tuning into finer and finer sensations—the underlying reverberations of the Life Force (energy in the body) can be experienced as a gently vibrating background “hum.”

The mind normally does not pay much attention to this, even during periods of meditation practice. Moreover, even when we consciously hold the intention to feel into subtle sensations, the mind may think, “So what? What’s the big deal?”

The “big deal” here is that if you dismiss these seemingly insignificant subtle sensations, you close down an avenue of approach that can lead to sublimely exquisite experiences of the Bliss Resonance!

This is not a difficult process! It is similar to what happens when you listen to beautiful music…music so beautiful that it “hurts.” If you are able to apprehend this sentiment, then you can use this to go deeper and deeper into subtle sensations.

For example, as you listen to any special music that touches you deeply, the idea is to focus upon the feelings that arise in the body (and especially in the spine) as you surrender to the beauty of the music. The important point here is to “capture” or focus upon the most subtle sensations.

You will notice that the beauty of the music that touches you profoundly has a deeply sourced sensation that can be tuned into, focused upon…captured! It is also important to notice that as you feel into the subtle sensations, how the body will begin to automatically move in response to the sensations. It will move in ways that allows for wider and greater flow of the blissful resonance!

There are innumerable entry points and approaches for connecting with the Bliss Resonance: using vocal overtones is a powerful one which I use extensively in my “play” with subtlety. Using the vibrations of the voice to produce “overtones” can be used to feel into the finest of sensations in the body and especially inside the spine!

Dance of micro-movements is another favorite approach that I use. Other approaches can work just as fine, such as through the enjoyment of delicate fragrances, exploring the nuances of yoga asanas, playing the guitar (or any other instrument), losing oneself in artistic creation, writing, etc.

The important point here is to find the entry point that works for you and then to fine tune your connection with the scintillating currents of Life Force that move ever-so-subtly in your body and spine!

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Resonance of Being—the Om Vibration, Part V

Any movement and micro-movement can be explored to infinite depths of subtlety as a way to viscerally connect with the fine waves of sensations normally overlooked. By allowing the mind to follow and feel vibrations usually not considered, at a certain point, the mind begins to recognize sensations in parts of the body that might illicit a small “Oh wow!” reaction.

As the exploration into subtlety goes deeper, the reaction can be a bigger, “OH WOW!” along with a sense of wonderment that we’ve not connected with or acknowledged these subtleties sooner in our lives, considering how close they have always been!

Feeling deeper and deeper into the overall sensation of the body, one begins to sense that the chanting/toning of Om can be guided from within to vibrate in resonance with what feels like an underground reverberation. In other words, the chanting of Om is fine-tuned by the resonance of the underlying Hum of Creation!

 

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Resonance of Being—the Om Vibration, Part III

As you continue to relax and feel into the subtle vibrations in the palms (that were started by clapping the hands together, see Part II), you might begin to feel the overall sensation of the body…and ultimately the Hum or Om Vibration. By tuning the mind inwardly on the subtle vibrations, it begins to apprehend its connection with the underlying Hum of all vibrations…felt as One Resonance!

The vocalized sound of Om is a representation of this “One Resonance.” Embedded in this resonance is a sweetness that can be tuned into while toning (or chanting) Om. The vocalizing of Om can be thought of as getting the motor of the body and especially the spinal currents running.

Just like in clapping the hands, the vibrations started in the vocal cords can be—through resonance—felt throughout the body, especially the nasal cavities, lower abdomen, heart area, spine, etc.

The sweetness of the Bliss vibration has a particular resonance that can be tuned into. Like tuning the guitar, or any instrument, the body/mind/psyche can be tuned to the Resonance of Bliss!

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Resonance of Being—the Om Vibration, Part II

What is meant by the “ethereal reverberations” of the Om vibration moving through the body? Perhaps an example might be helpful here: clap your hands three times and then lay them flat on the thighs, palms turned upwards. Feel the strong sensations in the palms. Continue focusing on the vibrations as the sensations get more and more subtle. Notice how the mind can easily track the vibrations as they get less and less obvious.

The important point in this example is this: as you continue focusing on the vibration while it gets quieter and less noticeable, you may “get” or understand that the vibration never really stops…and that the mind is capable of focusing indefinitely upon the subtle reverberations for as long as you choose to do so.

At a certain point, if you continue focusing upon the subtle vibrations (started in the palms), the mind—because it is focusing upon subtlety—begins to relax and then you may experience a visceral connection with the underlying “Hum” or “Om” of the body…like ethereal reverberations!

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Resonance of Being—the Om Vibration, Part I

The “Resonance of Being” can be thought of as the Om Vibration, as referred to in Yogic tradition. The vocalizing of the sound of Om, when toned with the back of the throat wide open (as in Tibetan low-voice chanting), the entire body, especially from the crown of the head to the base of the spine, begins to vibrate in resonance with the vocalized sound.

When the body vibrates in this particular way, it draws the mind deeply within, offering an easy entryway to the sublime experience of the subtle realms. Now, the simple vocal chanting of Om will not necessarily create this “easy” connection. It is easy when the vocalization of Om is accompanied by a deep feeling of the rest of the body (especially the spine) vibrating in resonance with the sound.

In chanting Om, pay attention to keeping the back of the throat wide open, allowing the overtones of sound to go very deep and wide, like in Tibetan Low-Voice chanting. The vibration then easily draws the mind deeply within.

The mind that goes deeply within when chanting Om will experience the sounds and their overtones as ethereal reverberations that have a way of holding body and mind in delicious resonance, as though electrified!

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Vocal Overtones for Opening the Pineal Gland

Sound creates a resonant field of vibration. Vibration creates sensations in the body…which draws the mind inwards…and the inward focus on sensation connects the mind to the subtle underlying “Hum” of the overall vibration of all sensations felt together, the overall experience of Being!

Sounds, as created by our vocal cords, creates resonant field of vibrations that can be felt as sensations in the body…some that are extremely subtle and yet exquisitely sublime. Using the voice to initiate these fine sensations is a most amazing gift that very few understand or make use of.

For example, there are certain “overtones” of vocal sounds that have a way, through resonance, of opening a deep attunement and awareness of the pineal gland/crown area. Again, sound creates vibration, which creates sensation, which draws inwardly the mind.

These vocal sounds vibrate the nasal cavity and crown areas, which draws the awareness to those areas. By feeling into the subtle vibrations there, the mind is interiorized. The particular sound and overtone is a very nasally “nng” sound.

In playing with this particular sound, all thoughts and judgments about how it sounds (good, bad, ugly, beautiful, etc.) must be let go of. This particular way of vocalizing is not so much about singing as it is about creating certain overtones and vibrations that open/expand areas of the body (spine, brain, etc.) which then tunes our mind/body/awareness to very fine and subtle waves and undulations of the “Life Force,” the “Hum/Om” of Creation.

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Kundalini Dance of Subtlety Part II

Part I of “Kundalini Dance of Subtlety” can be accessed here

Mother Kundalini

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I think that it’s kind of ironic that, for me, Kundalini did not activate for me until having dropped my strong attachments to meditation techniques, as well as leaving an ashram that I lived as a monk for 19 years.

For me, releasing the strong “matrix” of spiritual community and “group think” created an inner feeling of “free-fall,” having nothing to stand on, or hold onto…which then offered me intimations of primal and chaotic sensations/energies moving through my body and psyche.

A few years after having left the ashram, I began singing, vocalizing in very unusual ways: throat singing (similar to Mongolian and Tibetan styles). Singing in this way came very quickly and easily for me. The subtleties of vocal overtones helped me to disconnect my thinking and any stories that would normally go round and round in my head (sadness, grief, etc.)

So many layers of density, of sadness and grief have had to be released/purged in the intervening years (since 2001). Kundalini, in the form of the Mother came to me in 2009. I felt/thought that she was extremely shy. She turned to me three times, without saying anything, beckoning me to follow her into my spine. I intuited immediately and felt her as Kundalini.

I’m glad that there is a mental concept/philosophy such as Kundalini. Otherwise, I might think that I was going a little (or maybe a lot) crazy. It gives my mind something to “chew” on in the sense that my mind seems to go ‘round and ‘round if it cannot make sense of something.

Kundalini, to me, is so far out there, wild, crazy, primal, maddening, blissful, that the mind seems to be right on the borderline of sanity and insanity! I now feel quite safe with Her in the sense of having learned to navigate very strange mental/physical/emotional/spiritual landscapes of Being. It still feels though like being in a world where veils are getting thinner and thinner.

With the onset of Kundalini there has also been times of simply ENDURING…during certain times when no amount of meditation, positive thinking, calling for help seems to ease physical/mental/spiritual suffering. Perhaps it does, but my meaning here is that there seems to be times when we get so “ground to dust” that we don’t have the wherewithal or even the memory to call for help, or shore ourselves up.

This is where Grace seems to come through. And this is my belief: that Kundalini comes with Grace. As blissful and ecstatic as Kundalini can be, it seems to also have a way of grounding us to dust, taking away all props, forcing us to our knees so-to-speak. At least that’s been my experience.

When it had been so, so dark, when I had forgotten myself and how to call for help, this is where Grace had stepped in, like the tiniest sliver of light (my lifeline) in a universe of darkness.

Kundalini, it all seems to be one large Cosmic Dance. Beautiful at times, grotesque at times…but a dance all the same, where we are being asked to let Her lead!

I seek to connect with those who, like me, feel they have been “charged” to hold and ground the Bliss Resonance for Mother Earth. Please contact me if you’d like to experience the ecstatic current in the spine. It is a free session that will be of great benefit for you whether we decide to work together or not. Contact me here if you’d like to: Connect With the Bliss Resonance

I will get back to you but please be sure to check your filtered mail as my email may get placed in your junk mailbox.

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Harmonics of Love

I like to think of certain emotions as being “harmonics” or “overtones” of the fundamental vibration of Love. For example, the feelings of gratitude and joy can be thought of as overtones or harmonics of Love.

Just as in singing, the overtones or “partials” have a direct correlation to the fundamental note being sung. They seem to hover above the dominant note.

Merriam Webster defines the word overtone (in its musical connotation):

one of the higher tones produced simultaneously with the fundamental and that with the fundamental comprise a complex musical tone

And Webster’s simple definition:

an idea or quality that is suggested without being said directly

If we tune into the frequency or fundamental vibration of Love, the overtones of Love would be gratitude, joy, etc. Can you see where I’m going with this?

I believe that the power in mantras (sacred sanskrit prayers) are in the overtones. In overtone singing (or throat singing), the overtones or harmonics seem to float over the fundamental note being sung. They sound ethereal…and the effects can be felt in the body, ranging from relaxing to ecstatic.

The fine vibrations of the overtones seem to create “suggestions” or “echoes” of sensations, exquisitely felt in the spine and in the body as Bliss.

If you’d like to experience (and feel) the power of vocal overtones for yourselves, I have some free lessons that I offer to get you started. All it takes is a childlike willingness to play, along with an openness to deeply feel. The free lessons can be found here.

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Dominant/Non-dominant Writing/Journaling

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I like the feel of pen in hand, flowing upon a blank sheet of paper wire bound in my journal. I write, draw, doodle, play with words and forms everyday, not so much with intention to create pieces of art, books, blog posts, etc., but rather as a way to move energy in my body/mind.

For me, the purpose of journaling revolves around the connecting with, feeling, luxuriating in the creative life force in the body, experienced as a feeling of wholeness, bliss. The “mechanics” of writing, drawing is just a way to get energy moving…and what gets expressed on paper is a two dimensional representation of a multidimensional inner experience.

My approach to journaling is this: I use pen and ink so there is less likelihood that I would want to erase or edit what has been laid down on the paper. The contrast of black ink on paper seems to also evoke a sense of starkness and simplicity, which has a way of feeding my sensibilities.

I usually begin by writing out a simple question/invocation: “Dear Higher Self, what realms can I explore today?” I write this out with my right (dominant) hand. I then quickly change pen to my non-dominant left hand and write my response, without editing or judging what is expressed. At a certain point, when I feel it is the “right” time to do so, I’ll switch back to my right hand and begin drawing or doodling…again not editing or judging.

During this process I pay particular attention to the overall sensations of the body and whatever thoughts, feelings and emotions come up…without judging. For me, the main benefit that I find in doing this is in getting to that delicate balance point of fine awareness of the Bliss vibration in the spine. The process of writing and drawing then becomes less important, as the mind and body are vibrating in resonance with the wide ocean of the creative field.

This process can be experienced while typing at the computer, but for me the tactile feeling of pen and paper make it easier for me to feel deeply within myself.

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Creativity, Enchantment and Sacred Space

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Everything that I do revolves around my play with “Creativity, Enchantment and Sacred Space;” and it is through the relationship that I have with the Child within that I learn to flow with Creativity, live in the dimension of Enchantment and foster Sacred Space. Very simply, The Child invites me to “Come out and play.”

When I speak of “Child” I mean the inner archetype or energy of creativity that flows within. That inner child can also be our connection to the Mother/Father Divine. When we allow ourselves to connect energetically with the Child, the energy then wishes to express creatively through the unique channel of our lives. I use sound, voice (overtone singing), rhythm, dance, movement, art (writing and drawing), playing music as a way for the creative energy to express. The more I allow (without mental editing or self-criticism), the more the energy begins to flow easily and effortlessly. The energy flow also becomes joyful, ecstatic, moving like nectar through the body.

Listen to your heart and body…without judgment, without story. Feel! Feel! Feel! Ask any body part what message it wishes to convey to you. Listen and feel.

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This approach of deep listening and feeling is how I conduct my Sonic Ascension events. Sometimes, I have the participants sing and dance their prayers and intentions. It is just a matter of getting out of our own way.

Listen and feel the finest vibrations that play within…they will awaken and help you move energy in the body. The voice especially is a most powerful instrument that connects you with subtle dimensions of consciousness through the energetic doorway of resonance.

Play with the delicate overtones/harmonics of vocal sounds and observe how they affect the body and consciousness.

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Very important, have fun! If it’s not fun you’re trying too hard! It’s all a dance and play of energy. Singing overtones is the human equivalent of a cat’s purr. The whole body begins to vibrate.

When the Child comes out, many wonderful things can happen. The consciousness goes into deep trance and the vibration of love and bliss begins to be experienced. It is a thing of great Beauty and Enchantment! Have fun!

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