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Entrainment With the Cosmic Dance

When we feel the pulse beat of the Mother flowing through our bodies, the river of surrender calls us to flow with all that is: pain, pleasure and everything in-between. I’ve been dealing with some intense sciatica pains over the last few weeks in my right leg, a result of too much chopping wood. Night after night, unable to sleep, having to get up and hobble around just to manage the pain! Something very interesting though: although I “felt” most severely the pain in my right leg, as I followed it internally to its source, it seemed to pulsate from the deepest center of my Being; and from there a strange question arose,  “What do you want?” Of course my immediate answer was “To be free of this blasted pain!” This was followed by another question, “Can you be ok with this?” With this request the body stood up and began to move in an awkward dance accompanied by my muffled sarcastic reply, “Do I have a choice?”

At three a.m. I was in no mood to ponder the infinite complexities of the cosmos nor the words that I just heard. I just wanted to go to sleep and be rid of pain! However, dancing across the floor of my yurt seemed somewhat bizarre and a bit alarming to my wife, who by this time wanted to take me to the hospital. I considered this option but did not want to interrupt the grotesque ballet being enacted. It occurred to me as I continued to witness this unusual tableau that the energetic wave moving through my body was some kind of Cosmic Dance of pain and pleasure. It seemed that the bliss energies in the spine that I had grown accustomed to were moving side-by-side with the intense physical pains as a way to release and balance out the energies in the affected areas. Perhaps writhing on the floor would have been a more “normal” reaction to the pain that I was feeling, but for some inexplicable reason, the dance had taken over, along with a number of mysterious vocalizations that made this episode all the more eerie.

I finally fell asleep at around 4:30am, not because the pain had subsided, but because I was exhausted. The body had to go through its dance of pain and no matter how much I desired a release from its grip, I was allowed only meager moments of respite. At some point during my cherished sleep, the question, “Can you be ok with this?” changed into “I’m ok with this.”  It went on automatically like a song sung feverishly with no thinking involved, just the sound vibrations moving through the body like little snakes darting in and around my hips and legs.

As I sit here now, a few weeks after having experienced the above story, the pain has subsided substantially and the leg is on the road to complete recovery; and yet the question, “Can you be ok with this?” continues to surface daily as a reminder of the pain and its call for me to dance with what may be most uncomfortable. I am reminded that certain repetitive movements of breath and body helps to move energy. It is not so much a matter of “practicing” techniques, but rather an allowing of the energy to “dance” in ways that it wishes to move.

It is all a play of energy, an allowing of the dance to move through and within the bodily field. The beautiful resonance of Love and Bliss are already in the field and it is just a matter of letting what is already within us entrain with the Cosmic Dance.

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Listening to the Voice of the Heart

Listening to the voice of the heart is about attuning ourselves to subtle vibrations and feelings, learning to listen not only with the ears but with our whole Being; with our bones, organs and every fiber. In this kind of listening lies the answer to prayers and the fulfillment of all of our intentions.

Answers and resources can appear from seemingly nowhere. The Universe doesn’t need to work in linear, logical ways. When you connect with intentions on an energetic level, then answers to prayers can appear from “out of the blue.” You must still do your part, but there really is no challenge that is insurmountable.

Your part is to remain in the openness and receptivity of the inner flow of energy and consciousness that is always connected with the Creative Source. This may mean sometimes having to take little steps without the assurance of knowing the details of the larger picture. Sometimes it may seem that you are only given pieces of a jigsaw puzzle without the benefit of knowing what the finished piece looks like. Trust in the wisdom of your heart that will let you know if you are on course or off-course when you learn to feel and listen to the vibration of its voice.

As you listen and feel on the inside, the consciousness becomes aware of the physical vibrations within and around you. As the mind and feelings grow calm, the awareness begins to apprehend more and more subtle vibrations of thoughts, feeling and movements of energy within the body. The inner sounds become more predominant and external noises may seem to meld with the internal ones. A sense of expansion occurs in which the feeling of bodily location is widened, as though the limbs have become very large, or have dissolved all together into the vastness of space.

In the Sacred Space wherein the mind and body are deeply relaxed, intrusive thoughts and the process of thinking have less opportunity to be entertained. There is no small place in the mind to let them revolve around in. They just come; and then they go. They are observed as though from a great distance, without attachment, without the usual emotional strings that keep us bouncing around like puppets on a marionettes’ stage.

In the vibration of your Heart’s Voice, the incessant chattering of mind falls away, allowing for the magnetic energy of Love to manifest and fulfill your intentions and prayers. In this sublime state, you can be in any company or crowd and send out the attracting vibration to embrace all people as beautiful souls. Those whose hearts are ready to receive will begin to resonate with and gravitate to you. When you become the frequency of Love, that vibration will change the hearts of those stuck in self-created darkness. In this way individuals learn to be a blessing to those around them without expectation of return or acknowledgment.

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Creativity – Entering Trance States Through Rhythmic Entrainment

Bruce Playing Singing Bowl

Try this out whenever you feel stuck or in a rut: I have mentioned this elsewhere on the blog, but it bares repeating. Just start writing…or drawing. No editing, no letting up with the flow of energy that is being expressed. Allow it to move, to gain momentum, to gain velocity and power. For this to occur, a deep letting go is required; a letting go of the desire to have things just right, releasing all attachments to how you think things “should be.” Of course the whole purpose is to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes it just needs a kick-start.

Just a sidenote: a lot of what gets expressed may be meaningless drivel…and that’s ok. You will find this exercise to be lots of fun and becomes easier with practice. The mind falls into a rhythm that takes the consciousness into a deep trance state. The energy gets relaxed and yet awareness is heightened.

This is similar to “stream of consciousness” or “automatic” writing. The power comes from getting into the vibration or rhythm of the experience. It is a form of meditation wherein the awareness drops into a state of just enjoying the moment…observing the energy as it expresses.

It is also similar to shamanic drumming, merging with the constant beat of the drum and allowing the mind to enter the deep states of trance. A lot of creative work can then be done from that mental framework.

Repetitive use of mantras and affirmations are other rhythmic means to access the inner states. This all ties in with the concept of “entrainment” wherein different states of awareness are influenced and “entrained” or brought into vibratory “resonance” with whatever rhythmic means are used.

If you don’t have a drum (or bells), try clapping the hands in rhythmic fashion (usually around 4 beats per second) to entrain the mind to enter the relaxed “alpha” and “theta” states.

Of course, there are infinite variations that shamans and healers use to prepare the body and mind, and there are certain rituals and protocols that can be used. Just find what works for you. Conscious walking or dancing can work. Again, the idea is to use rhythm to entrain the mind. The purpose is to use this mental state to generate the required energetic grid to magnetically attract what you envision or pray for.

I remember in high school running for the cross country team. We would spend hours running everyday. It did not slip my attention that during those moments and through each day, I always felt so good. I did not fall into moods for the most part. I wondered about this even then, attributing it somehow to the constant and hypnotic rhythm of our breath and the repetitive pattering of feet on the earth. Even now, one of my favorite forms of exercise is walking and jogging. My practice, however, involves the conscious use of rhythm, entraining the mind to revolve around certain sounds such as “Ah” or “Om.” Or I might use the repetition of a prayer or mantra. With practice you find the prayer going by itself, as though you’re just observing the energy move of itself. It’s fun and relaxing, never something “I have to practice.” It’s a great way to just be in the moment.

The idea of “runners’ high” is generally understood by people, that long distance runners create certain amounts of endorphins that give them feelings of well being. In a sense, runners seem to enter into a kind of trance state, getting into the “zone” as many athletes refer to.

In any type of practice where you consciously use techniques of entrainment to enter trance states, it requires a certain openness of mind that allows the possibilities that different states of consciousness and even different dimensions can be accessed beyond the ordinary and familiar states that seem to be so hardwired in our day to day awareness. In a lot of ways it is like learning to become as a child again, where magical creatures and spirits can be seen in places an adult might consider just “ho-hum.” In the world of the child, swaying trees can become dear friends that they love to climb upon and spend hours with. And through the eyes of the child, it is so easy to see mystical creatures and faces in the play of wind and leaves.

Whatever modality of entrainment is used, drumming, chanting, running, singing, writing, drawing, etc., another layer of awareness seems to open up which involves an intersection between dimensions of waking and dream states and also the dissolution of time itself. More on this later…

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Expanding Consciousness – Using Rhythm and Sound to Entrain the Mind (Part III)

The use of listening as it relates to rhythm and sound are ways to induce deep states of trance and for expanding consciousness. Take a moment to listen on the inside. Listen not only with the ears but with the deepest awareness of the most subtle vibrations of thought and feeling. You may hear external noises and perhaps the beating of your heart. You may hear the sounds of breath as it goes in and out. As you listen, the body and mind naturally begins to withdraw energy from external noises, and as you focus within, the inner sounds become more and more noticeable. Listen and focus upon what you hear. Just listen without mental judgment. Allow consciousness to be immersed in the vibration of the inner sound, however it may manifest.

Keep the eyes quiet and unmoving and you may find that the thoughts come to a point of stillness. With closed eyes there is the chance of drifting into sleep, which is not the purpose of this exercise. The idea is to get into a conscious state of deep trance wherein the mind is quiet and yet you are still aware in an expanded way. It helps to keep the eyes closed and slightly uplifted (without straining) to stay awake. With the practice of keeping the eyes still, you will find that thoughts quickly drop away. From the vantage point of deep relaxation, you may find awareness flitting between total lucidity and sleep. By keeping the body totally still (in sitting posture), the feeling of expansion will increase beyond the body. Just observe, without fighting thoughts. The mind then becomes a screen upon which you, the Observer, watches the panorama of thoughts and memories as they pass through. Again, just observe.

The whole purpose of this practice is to allow a glimpse into the wider consciousness beyond the attachments and fickleness of the normally agitated mind. It allows a look into dimensions outside of time. The use of certain chants or mantras can help if you understand the use of vocal harmonics. Vocal harmonics are a way of singing 2, 3 or more notes at the same time. You all produce harmonics naturally through your voice. That is what gives the voice its unique sound. Without harmonics your voices would all sound the same. The conscious use of vocal harmonics magnifies the power of prayers and mantras. It also quickly entrains the mind to enter deep states of trance where much creative work can be accomplished.

When the low note of C on a piano is struck, the other C notes begin to vibrate (creating sound) because they harmonically resonate with the struck key. With the human voice, certain notes can be sung to not only vibrate other notes in the vocal apparatus but to also vibrate different areas of the body, including the organs and the spiritual centers known as chakras.

The practice of toning or chanting can be as simple as singing any of the vowel sounds: a, e, i, o, u. Or it can be a chanting of certain mantras such as “OM”, “HUM”, or “AH” or any combination such as “Om-Ah-Hum.” The idea is to listen on the inside and feel. This combination of rhythm and sound will take the consciousness into deep states of relaxation and trance.

With this practice, the ability to separate the notes (vocal harmonics) will come naturally as your awareness will be able to tune into subtle sounds within and then be able to project them at the same time.

For an example of what vocal harmonics sounds like, click the link to go to “Manaka Studios.”  Allow about a minute for the file to download. It’s an aif file and requires Quicktime Player. A free player can be uploaded here.

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Expanding Consciousness – Using Rhythm and Sound to Entrain the Mind (Part I)

Explore deeply the use of rhythm and sound to entrain the body and mind to dimensions beyond the veils of your present dream. The ongoing panorama of thoughts are but a certain kind of resonance that you have grown accustomed to.

Why does it continue on with such regularity?

Your consciousness—as filtered through body, mind and environment has grown accustomed to a certain spectrum of experience. Just as you have learned how to play the bass guitar (or any other skill such as reading and writing), you can understand that there are levels of mind and thought that must be mastered before moving on to the more subtle and difficult lessons. There seems to be no upper limit to what can be reached.

Sometimes what may seem to be an impossible lesson to master slowly comes to be a natural embrace of what you aspire to learn as you practice and absorb each lesson that is required. In this way, you can see that on the level of earthly achievements, the requisite expansion of consciousness, which includes body and mind memory tunes you to a different and higher level and vibration of existence.

You are wanting to experience the wider perspective and dimension of life, to understand the very ground of your Being. At the same time, you wish to attract the things that will help fulfill the purpose of your life.

I don’t want to waste the opportunities or gifts I have been given. Not at this point.

Throw off the veils of disbelief that blind you to the path you are meant to walk. You believe yourself stuck, not knowing how to change the momentum of your present existence.

Your circumstances are not the problem! The lost opportunity to experience and learn the lessons that each moment presents is the problem. If life feels like a repeating nightmare, it is because the Universe is allowing you to see the obvious patterns that you draw to yourself. When you finally “get” the lessons, then the circumstances may (or may not) change, but the “feel” of the nightmare will change as you will have changed at the deepest and most fundamental level.

We understand your frustrations…the world is drunk with the nightmare drink of wars and fears, running here and there, fighting and struggling…The default existence of hardship and drama is foisted on most of those who struggle to just get by each day. Like sleepwalkers caught in the horror movie of suffering, the majority of people go through life without asking the basic questions regarding their purpose here.

The prospect of continuing to do work that does not satisfy or support my dream is horrifying. That is why I seem to fight…to struggle each step of the way!

Even in this the fight is the pattern you are only too familiar with, and it distracts you from just Being. Your freedom lies in opening up to and receiving the gifts of the moment…and this moment contains the whole spectrum of human experience: from joy and laughter to pain and tears. When you open yourself to the fullness of each moment, you will find freedom. It is a freedom that is not an escape from pain, but rather an acceptance of all that is part of the human experience.

Allow the inner dreamscape–along with the light and dark–to unfold its secrets to you. Relax into the dimension where the spirits of Nature are your teachers.

You may not like the pattern of your life and yet it continues to haunt you year after year! All circumstances have their roots in consciousness, and the patterns of consciousness can be rearranged by introducing different thoughts and feelings that shift the frequencies of the circumstances that hold the pattern. It is like using heat to melt the frozen patterns of ice cubes and then refreezing the melted ice into other forms. With consciousness the “heat” can be sound or harmonics combined with the powerful focus of what you want.

Make use of the gifts you were given! Remember that you are an explorer of consciousness. It is only when you forget and fall back into familiar patterns of thinking and feeling that you lose yourself in the world of survival. Work with consciousness! That is your path. The power of vocal harmonics will change the frequency of your circumstances which are no more than solidified frequencies of thought forms held together by consciousness. Change the thought forms if you wish to change your circumstances.

(To Be Continued) 

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