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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part XVI

When you truly “get” and viscerally experience the bliss component of subtle (and yet familiar) sensations, then meditation technique may shift to accommodate how the Life Force wishes to move in the spine and rest of the body.

For example, the form, technique and “practice” of meditation may become more like a spontaneous “dance” of “micro-movements” as you attune deeper and deeper with the growing experience of the Bliss Resonance.

The refinement of this energy happens naturally as you become familiar with the push/pull/play of its most delicate movements. The play and dance with these subtle energies happens as you tune into the “feel-good” sensations that can be connected with and that are vibrating ever-so-delicately in any posture or movement that you assume.

These “feel-good” sensations can be as simple as the pleasant feelings you experience when you yawn or stretch, or when you exhale after taking a deep breath. The point I am making is to tune into (feel) the most delicate and subtle sensations of the “uplifting,” pleasant currents.

As you deeply feel into the fine sensations, notice what happens to the mind/consciousness. It is in noticing the small increments of the shifts in awareness that allows an opening into feeling the wider underlying vibration…and this underlying sensation feels like an ever-expanding “Glory.”

The Bliss sensation is like a deep underground reverberation. Regarding any expectations or beliefs in what Bliss is, it is important to not let the expectations or beliefs get in the way. The mind usually expects/seeks the “big bang” experience…Satori, Enlightenment…or at least what it believes these experiences are and because of this it may not pay attention to the subtle and seemingly insignificant sensations that are easily accessible.

There is a paradox when it comes to the experience of Bliss, that such a life-transforming sensation is created when feeling into sublimely subtle vibrations!

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Listening to the Intuitive Voice, Part VI

[Continued from Part V] Think of it in this way: when first learning to dance, it can be helpful to learn some dance moves, but after the initial “getting familiar” period of learning, it is not satisfying to remain in the superficial levels of technique. Going deeper and deeper into the subtleties of movement and rhythm, technique can be released and one can surrender to the natural power and splendor of how life force wishes to dance in the body.

Similarly, meditation technique is helpful in creating the setting for connecting with the subtleties of the life force, but technique does not necessarily lead to a deeper and deeper release/surrender to the flow of the underlying current.

The inner prompts of life force moving through the body and spinal centers may guide/suggest a very different posture, movement of body and breath, position of eyes, focus of attention, etc. To rigidly adhere to meditation technique during such times can work against the very intention of your meditation practice.

In many instances, I believe the all-important “missing ingredient” of meditation practice is the simple feeling deeper and deeper into the overall sensation of the body, the resonance of all sensations felt as one vibration, one “Hum” of Being.

With this particular approach, the mind maintains a fairly easy focus/concentration…as the very subtlety of the underlying “Hum” of the body and spinal centers have an innately blissful feel…and bliss is very easy to maintain one-pointed attention on!

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Listening to the Intuitive Voice, Part IV

The idea of “losing oneself in dance” is a visceral experience that I believe is understandable and fairly accessible to many people. Similarly, “being danced by Spirit” can be thought of pretty much in the same way, but with some exceptions. The latter idea connects with deeper and more subtle vibrations and sensations…and does not require the physical playing of music to dance to.

Another exception is that when being danced by Spirit, physical movements may be outwardly imperceptible. Rather, it may be more an inner dance of “micromovements,” delicate movements prompted by an inner response and play with the flow of life force in the body…a push/pull play of contraction and relaxation, perhaps reminiscent of isometric and isotonic exercises.

Now, there are many types of subtle energy dynamics happening in the body all at the same time and I wish to speak of only those that can be viscerally experienced/felt, so as to not divert the attention in mere intellectual and philosophical concepts.

Particular sensations that we may not pay much attention to (but worthy of deep exploration) are the incoming and outgoing breaths. When we endeavor to feel deeper and deeper into the subtle sensations that arise when we tune into our breath, at a certain point there is an inner “get,” a visceral experience and connection with the breath as infinitely subtle waves and pulsations of life force.

The above “explanation” can be expressed in another way: “watch/observe the incoming and outgoing breaths dispassionately.” Now, the concepts of watching the breath, as suggested in different meditation techniques, is simple enough to understand. However, the inner “get,” the deep connection and visceral experience of the “distilled essence” of life force through breath seems to require a slight shift in how we “feel” into our bodies.

I find it somewhat mind boggling that, considering all the years (most of my life) that I “practiced” meditation, that a deep connection with the subtle life force (and its Divine Essence, Bliss) remained elusive!

It wasn’t enough to merely understand meditation technique, along with my intention to “go deeper and deeper into subtlety.” All my “trying harder” and longer periods of meditation also did not seem to help.

(To be continued)

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Medicine Song, Dance of Life Force in the Body, Part IV

There are reverberations, echoes of fine sensations that can be felt in what might ordinarily be thought of as mundane, everyday actions: yawning, sneezing…and other body functions. And it is because these functions are so “everyday” we do not pay much attention to the subtle sensations that move deeply within.

The simple noticing and mindfulness of the moment can easily be waylaid by a mind that is hypnotically caught in its default patterns of “surface” living, disconnected from the subtle currents of the Life Force.

There are endless reverberations that can be felt in the simple yawn. The body knows how to move/adjust to the energetic wave of a yawn…or sneeze, etc. The invitation here is to tune into their ongoing vibrations…reverberations/echoes that continue on and on.

Why would you do this? What’s the big deal? The mind that is caught in its default pattern of its everyday world resists exploring the subtleties of what is suggested here…because it is a resonance/vibration that it is not accustomed to or familiar with.

The mind can be like a runaway train that moves along its tracks with a certain momentum…and to have it move in a different direction is resisted by that same momentum that it created over a lifetime.

Again, “Why would you do this (to connect with subtle vibrations)?” The offering here is that this simple effort can serve as a way to “short-circuit” the mind that is trapped on the runaway train, caught on rails of surface living, unconscious of its connection with the subtle Life Force.

By connecting even once with the subtle reverberations, there is an awakening to the underlying resonance, the “Hum” that imparts the experience of Bliss!

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Medicine Song – Dance of Life Force in the Body, Part III

The sensing of fine and subtle vibrations moving through the the body (and especially the spine) imparts an experience of immense sweetness…like a kind of delicious nectar moving through every cell of the body!

Again, as mentioned previously, there is no difficulty in connecting/feeling into this blissful vibration. In my experience, when first connecting deeply with the subtle vibration, I was amazed at the infinitely thin layer of separation I created through my own resistance to feeling deeply…in not considering the simple invitation to follow the trail of feelings to deeper and finer levels of subtlety.

I was also amazed at how many years (and perhaps lifetimes) I struggled in meditation to connect with what was, ironically, so very close! The “problem” was not in meditation technique or in any lack of trying, but in not truly “getting,” understanding the import of feeling into subtle sensations…which is so very accessible to anyone!

Another important aspect of feeling into subtle sensations is in noticing/acknowledging of the buildup of the energy in the areas where the sensations are tuned into. It seems that wherever the sensations are focused upon, there is an expansion of the energy…creating energetic currents moving through the body/spine.

You might then notice how the body may adjust in “micromovements.” Twisting, coiling, contorting, etc., as a way to manage the higher voltage of life force in the body.

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Medicine Song – Dance of Life Force in the Body, Part II

Medicine Song is the inner vibration of Being, an ecstatic wave of energy felt as the underlying “hum” of the body, the sum total of all sensations felt in the moment as one resonance. ONE RESONANCE!

There is no difficulty in feeling this, but an important component of this experience is in noticing and acknowledging the period of “no-thought,” if even for a fraction of a second…the “moment” when there is only the sensation of Being. This need not be a big “Wow!” experience.

The simple “noticing and acknowledging” of the moment creates a gentle “Ah, there it is!” experience of the subtle vibrations and sensations that we finally “get” were always so very close and within easy reach of our awareness.

So what? Of what benefit is this? Well, this initial “get” creates a kind of opening that leads the awareness to deeper and deeper levels of subtlety, the primal energies as felt in the spine and throughout the body. It allows us to experience a vastly wider range of vibrations, connecting us to the underlying “hum,” the overall resonance of Being.

This fine vibration of Being is delicate, subtle, sweet…ecstatically blissful!

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Dance of Micromovements, Elixir of Bliss Part IV

When feeling into the subtle waves of sensations, going deeper into the overall resonance of feelings, the natural reaction of the body is to adjust to the buildup of energy. By the simple focusing upon sensations in the body, the energy seems to grow/expand, which then requires the body to accommodate the expansion of energies.

The adjustment that happens can be a stretching out of the spine, a shift in posture, yawning, shaking, etc. If there is an intention to keep the body still (as in meditation), the buildup of energy will adjust the body through “micromovements,” very slow adjustments that allows for relaxed posture.

If the attention is not so focused, it can be easy to miss the movement of life force in the body…and either fall asleep or lose oneself in distractions. It really isn’t difficult to focus on the subtlety of sensations…it just requires a willingness and intention to feel into the nuances of vibration, to replace old habits of how we relate to our sense of Being, how we relate to our Life Force.

The important point to get to in this exploration of “Life Force” is when you begin to notice the subtle buildup of energy, when it gets to a certain level. it creates a particular feeling/sensation that, in the beginning might feel like “giddiness.”

Just beneath this “giddiness,” if you allow yourselves to tune into (and follow) what is underneath this feeling, you might find an undercurrent of what I describe as “sweetness,” that has a most delicious and enchanting affect. It puts the body/mind/psyche into what feels like a “swoon.”

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