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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part XV

The approach that I take with meditation is simple and can be summed up in this way: feeling the overall sensation of the body and then tuning into finer and finer vibrations.

Of course this approach sounds like it “goes without saying” in any meditation technique. However, for me it made all the difference when I began to feel and focus upon the subtle and seemingly insignificant vibrations/sensations of the body.

Another important shift in my approach with meditation was in allowing the Life Force to “take the lead,” similar to the idea of losing oneself in dance, surrendering to the Divine Current, the “Music of the Spheres.”

In this approach, I found that the mind is less likely to wander…and if it does, it is fairly easy to bring it back to “center,” as the subtle underlying current of Life Force has an uplifting, blissful-by-nature, magnetic pull on the mind. In other words, it becomes easier to focus the mind because the inner subtle resonance puts the body/mind into a swoon/trance, an energetic contortion of the body.

It is not a difficult process to connect with these subtle spinal energies (experienced as bliss). However, we can miss it for years/lifetimes, as is what happened in my meditation practice. For want of considering and feeling into what was always available in the moment (the subtle vibrations underlying all sensations of the body) my meditations remained disconnected from the blissful Kundalini energies.

I found that once I started to feel into the overall sensation of the body, with the intention to go slightly deeper, an entryway into noticing subtle vibrations was created. Please note that “slightly deeper” means very small steps were required.

For those who like step-by-step explanations, here is the process in a nutshell: feel the overall sensation of the body…feel slightly deeper (one layer deeper will suffice)…notice and acknowledge the subtle shifts in awareness, of mind going slightly into trance. That’s pretty much it.

The rest is refinement, refinement, refinement…which happens relatively quickly once you’ve made initial connection with the subtle resonance of the Life Force.

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part XIV

When tuning into the subtle “nudges” of the life force, as felt in the spine during meditation, you may find yourself naturally lifting/stretching the spine upwards…because it feels good to allow the expanding energies an unimpeded pathway to flow in the spine. You will then viscerally understand the recommendation of meditation technique to “keep the spine straight.”

However, what technique does not normally describe or suggest is how to feel into the infinitely subtle sensations that “nudge” the body to move/adjust/dance in nuanced micro-movements…while keeping the spine erect.

When deeply listening and feeling into the Life Force (Kundalini), in the beginning you may feel a growing sensation of “giddiness.” As you go slightly deeper, you will come to understand these sensations as a kind of “nudge” or “tap-on-the-shoulders” so-to-speak.

At that point you may intuitively relax and surrender to the lead of what is calling for your attention. You will then learn to enjoy the Cosmic Dance that the body and mind take up with the Life Force/Kundalini!

Also, the body will naturally assume certain postures, your hands/fingers will take up certain “mudras, all on their own, as you relax and surrender to the increasingly blissful inner sensations. These postures and mudras are spontaneous “shapes” and “geometries” that the body takes up as it falls into alignment/resonance with the Divine Vibration that moves through the energetic field of the body.

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part XII

When focusing the mind in meditation, there are no insignificant sensations, as they can all be potential entry points in connecting with the underlying resonance of the Divine Subtlety.

Every posture, every nuance of movement can be connected with the underlying “hum” of creation. This vibration/hum is the distilled essence of all that is felt in the body…and what is deeply felt has a way of focusing the mind!

This hum/vibration includes not only the familiar sensations of the inhaling and exhaling breath, the heartbeat, the weight of the body, etc., but it also includes the not-so-familiar sensations of fine vibrations and reverberations that are accessible but normally not considered.

Mind is like a liquid that fills the container of the body. What you feel can then be infinitely distilled to a most subtle essence…and this essence is experienced as a sensation that puts mind and body into a most delicious swoon!

When the body/mind/psyche enter into meditative trance/swoon, the feeling of the inner squeezing, contortion of the body, is like a churning of “cream” (of life force) in the spine until the “butter” of essence is created. The experience is felt as a ravishing pulsation of sweetness that radiates through the energetic field of the body.

The body/mind, when it “touches” the underlying “hum,” will begin to vibrate in resonance with the powerful current. The mind will be as riveted, focused upon the growing inner sensation that seems to naturally “push” energy upwards in the spine to the crown area.

Understand that the above experience can be described in a number of ways. For example: a giant snake spiraling up and around the spine, squeezing the energy to the crown area. Or…like taffy being pulled to infinite thinness up the spine.

There are numerous traditions describing the movement of the Divine Essence, Life Force, Kundalini in the body and spine. The important point to note is that these traditions (along with their meditative techniques) can be helpful when you actually connect with these infinitely subtle currents.

However, I don’t believe that techniques can impart the experience in a linear, step-by-step progression. They can be helpful in the beginning to establish intention, prayer and discipline, but at a certain point, the rigid practice of technique can get in the way. The Life Force, Kundalini, is such a wild, primal, oftentimes chaotic, disassembling force/energy! The pathway to it is not a neat and tidy, linear and logical, step-by-step process!

With this in mind, once you do have the connection, you will recognize how to use technique to deepen your attunement with this primal Life Force.

I do believe that meditation technique can be useful to prepare the body/mind/psyche for when Kundalini begins to tear your life apart, when it disassembles it, for purposes of putting it back together in a better way.

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part XI

When we enjoy an activity, such as dance, or playing the guitar, our minds can become very focused, usually around the enjoyment of the activity. For purposes of focusing the mind during meditation, the approach I use is in following sensations deeper and deeper into subtlety.

This simple practice has a way of showing different perspectives of mind, one that is connected to superficial, habitual thought patterns of our day-to-day lives and one that is connected to subtle sensations of the body.

The mind that is connected with subtlety is able to observe the superficial mind without getting stuck in the distractions that roil on the surface of mind. Having this reference point, the experience of observing the mind doing its “thing” of bouncing around from one distraction to another allows a very different perspective of the mind.

Normally we get caught up, lost in the habitual patterns of our day-to-day lives…and we lose touch with the deeper aspects of consciousness that are connected with the inward flowing currents of subtle vibrations.

To be able to calmly witness the superficial mind in motion, without getting caught up in endless thought loops, requires a perspective of watching from a center-point that has a different feel and texture than our normal waking mind.

This “center-point” of awareness seems to be an experience of feeling all sensations as one resonance…and quite surprisingly (at least to me), the day-to-day, stuck-in-the-drama, familiar mind, also gets absorbed into the overall sensation!

Another way of explaining this: When we endeavor in our meditations to feel into sensations as widely and as deeply as possible, the feeling experience brings our attention to the moment, as feelings can only be experienced in the moment. Our “surface” mind then may continue its patterns of thinking, but our perspective as viewed from the “center point” will be as from a great distance.

As you begin to tune into subtle sensations, another aspect of mind surfaces: the Observer. The experience of the overall sensation can be resolved to a center point of awareness. This awareness is the Observer, around which all vibrations and distractions revolve around.

If the above sounds all too complicated, think in terms of how it is when you surrender yourself totally to the enjoyment of dance, or when listening to music that is so beautiful that it “hurts.”

The suggestion here is to follow the sensations of what you enjoy to finer and finer reverberations. At a certain point you will find your mind embedded, riveted to the finest pulsations of the underlying “grid” of scintillating sensations!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part VIII

Focusing of mind seems to happen quite naturally and fairly easily when the attention is placed on the overall sensation of the body, with the intention to feel into finer and finer vibrations.

This is such a simple approach to take in meditation and any resistance of mind to explore this avenue is in not allowing ourselves to feel just below the surface of what we feel…and then going slightly deeper.

We get stuck at the beginning, for want of feeling in the moment! The mind wants to bypass all that is felt in the moment and go all the way to “enlightenment,” “satori”…without fully being present in the moment!

It seems that the mind is not so interested in being in the moment, in the now. Mind is always in movement with desires, expectations, likes, dislikes, etc., and of course resists having itself “straight-jacketed” to the “unmoving” moment!

Now, sensations can only be felt in the moment… and following subtle sensations has a way of “gripping” the mind in the inward flowing current that seems to get progressively stronger the deeper we feel into subtlety.

The “inward flowing current” is the growing energy of the “contortion” that feels like a squeezing of sweetness in the spine. The feeling of sweetness naturally and automatically focuses the mind, putting it into meditative swoon. The visceral experience of meditative swoon allows a very different perspective of the mind…and how it is much easier to focus mind by tuning into the subtle sensations/vibrations of the primal and naturally occurring Bliss Resonance.

Another perspective is an understanding of how difficult it is to focus the mind by using only the mind, disengaged from the body and life force. For me, being in the moment is the distillation and refinement of all that we feel…and brought to an energetic balance point (of essence), as though on a tip of a needle!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part VII

A way to focus mind quickly in meditation is to “quickly feel deeply.” The feeling experience, especially if the intention is to connect with subtlety, has a way of neutralizing the mind’s habitual patterns of engaging with distractions.

When connecting with the “threads” of subtle sensations, the feelings of expansion (however slight), has a way of holding the mind, as though “squeezed” in an energetic matrix of uplifting sensations.

These “uplifting” sensations are not only expansive in feel, but are also innately blissful, which, when deep enough, spontaneously “contorts” the body. It is the energy of this contortion that holds the mind in place.

Again, it is important to “go deep quickly,” before the mind is given time to engage with distractions. When going deep quickly, tune into the sensation of the contortion and notice the shifts in mind, taking particular note of how it is possible to not only calm the mind, but to also stop the incessant thinking for moments at a time.

The important point here is that the mind can be naturally focused, or brought to a point of “no-thought” as you feel deeper and deeper into the subtle sensations of the body.

It is in tuning into the subtle sensations of what you feel, that at a certain point an expansive feeling of uplift occurs, perhaps along with feelings of giddiness. However, this inward focus on finer and finer vibrations at some point reveals a kind of underground, cavernous rumblings of a deeper and wider vibration. This is the Bliss Resonance…and this is what seems to trigger the contortion response in the body.

Notice that any feeling, no matter how seemingly insignificant, when tuned deeply into, inverts the usual direction of mind, from outward focus, to inward focus. Focusing on subtlety creates a kind of gravitational pull of the mind, that pulls the mind into the current and momentum of the inward flow.

When but once you make this connection with the inward flowing current, you can explore any sensation of posture or “micro-movement.” Also, you can take any song that moves you, or sound in Nature. Feel into the finest rays and reverberations that dance upon the field of body and mind.

By focusing quickly on the inward flowing currents of subtle sensations, the default patterns of restless mind can be redirected…away from surface distractions.

With continued practice of going deep quickly and focusing on ever-deepening subtle sensations, you will get more and more familiar with certain inner focal points of postures and micro-movements…that can be latched onto for longer and longer periods.

These postures and micro-movements are spontaneous expressions of how the Life Force wishes to move and “take shape” in the body. Our part during these outpourings is to allow the Life Force to take the lead.

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part VI

The “resonance of being” is a visceral experience of all that is felt in the moment, a gentle vibration or “humming” of the body. The mind may not give much value or consideration to this familiar and what it might consider a “ho-hum, no-big-deal” experience.

The mind gets locked into routines of the day, into familiar patterns of thinking, familiar patterns of behaviors…and so it resists going outside the patterns and norms of its default habits.

This is why it is important to “go deep quickly,” to bypass all the “mind-talk” that can distract us from connecting with what is just underneath, adjacent to what we “feel” in the moment.

Feel quickly for the “hum” of your body…and while holding the intention to go slightly deeper, notice and acknowledge the inward focusing mind, how it can be quieted, even for fractions of a second.

In that “fraction of a second” there can also be a noticing of a “feel-good” sensation, very subtle at first, but distinct. This is the opening to go deeper!
As you “hold” to the very subtle feel-good sensations, you will begin to sense the presence of a most delicious vibration that I refer to as the “contortion.” It is felt in what seems to be in the spine, but it can also be thought of as in our “center,” “central core,” etc.

It is so very subtle at first, but if you let yourself feel into its vibration, even for a few moments, those fleeting moments can be your “aha!” opening when you recognize what you are connected to and which can be what initiates deeper connection!

Timewise, what does this look like? This happens very quickly…if not, the mind can get distracted in a thousand distractions, so it is important to connect quickly, to relax, to feel and surrender to the overall sensation of the body. Also, it is important to keep the eyes still and to hold the intention to feel into finer and more subtle sensations.

The contortion: This is a particular sensation that becomes more and more evident as you feel into subtlety. At first, the sensation can be identified/labeled as a kind of “giddiness.”

As you tune into this sensation, going deeper and deeper, a different quality of sensation begins to reveal itself. I refer to it as the “contortion” of the Bliss Resonance.

When connected with the contortion, it is then easy to keep the mind focused, as body, mind and psyche are held in the powerful current of the Bliss Resonance. The body may physically move and contort as it automatically adjusts and makes room for the buildup and increased flow of the life force.

The contortion, also referred to as “Kundalini,” is a most delicious and ravishing sensation that moves so delicately and at times powerfully in the spine.
It is also a most unusual sensation because, although there is a physical aspect involved (feelings of giddiness), there is a paradoxical aspect…that feeling into progressively subtle sensations can also be an overwhelmingly blissful experience at the same time!

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