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Focusing the Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part IV

You can experiment for yourselves what happens when focusing your mind on subtle and seemingly insignificant sensations in the body. There are an infinite number of sensations that can be focused upon: cold or hot hands/feet, giddiness in the area of the stomach/abdomen, tension in the scalp, etc., etc.

When feeling into any subtle sensations, take notice of what happens to your awareness and how it affects the body. When the mind’s focus connects deeply with any subtle sensation, I notice that my eyes become very still and lift slightly upwards in the eye sockets.

This “lifting up” of the eyes happens automatically, spontaneously. If you use intention or will to lift them up, as sometimes recommended in certain meditation techniques, you may miss the point of connecting with the very fine “currents” of the Life Force that flow naturally through the spine and rest of the body.

It just requires a delicate noticing. The “rising up” feeling of the eyes creates an overall “lifting up” sensation of the body. There is an important point being made here. When the mind is deeply focused on any subtle sensation, the eyes become still…and the mind also becomes still (if only for a moment).

These “moments” of focus and stillness are worth taking deep notice of, in that it offers a way for you to “capture” the visceral experience of the focused, one-pointed mind and how deeply interconnected it is with the body.

Mind holds sensation…sensation holds mind! In apprehending the delicate balance of mind and subtle sensations, there is an inner “getting,” a gentle “aha!” of how very close you are and always have been to the Divine Resonance, the underlying “Hum” of your body/mind/psyche/spirit!

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Focusing the Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part III

The mind’s habit of wanting to define and distill meaning to all experiences, even ones of a transcendent nature, can get in the way of going deeper into the subtle vibrations of the energetic field of the body.

The constant mind “chatter” seems to be a “symptom” of earth and body density. At least in my experience, when I just observe my mind, there is a constant “firing off” of thoughts, memories, desires, likes/dislikes, etc. Mental activity of all kinds!

This is what the mind seemingly cannot help but do when caught in the strong tidal pull of Earth density. If there is no intention or inclination to explore beyond the “matrix” of the worldly resonance we find ourselves in, then there is not much chance to experience states of consciousness beyond the proverbial “corner” that we “paint ourselves into” along with the belief that, “This is the reality of all that is!”

What I believe happens is that the overall vibration of body, mind, psyche and sense of self resonate at a certain range of frequencies…and this overall vibration creates the conscious range of how we experience the world. As long as the predominant frequency range remains within the density of the Earthly dimension, the body/mind/psyche will experience only what is within range of the worldly resonance.

Consider this: during sleep our minds access a very different state of consciousness (or frequency range). The day-to-day world falls away and our minds cease to “process” in the ways that we are familiar with during waking state. The awareness shifts when “tuned” to different resonant fields.

Normally we are not aware of these subtle shifts, such as when we fall asleep, because the patterns of awareness developed over a period of a lifetime makes the transitions a seamless shift from one state of consciousness to another. We fall asleep without noticing the transitional states of consciousness.

Also, because it is so seamless, we may not ever consider exploring the subtle states of consciousness as we fall asleep…or when we sit in meditation. Why would we? Our habitual patterns are so automatic, why would we even consider the subtleties of what we do naturally everyday?

Well, the whole purpose of meditation or mindfulness practice is to be able to focus upon these very fine subtle “transitional” states of consciousness, feeling into what we would normally not consider very interesting or significant.

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Focusing the Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part II

Shaman's Dream III, art by Bruce Manaka

When connected feeling-wise with the subtle sensations that move through the body while meditating, the “practice” of meditation technique may fall away. In its place, meditation “practice” transforms into what seems to be more a natural and spontaneous dance of “micro-movements.”

These micro-movements are guided by the connection you develop with the refined energies of the Life Force, experienced as a most delicate and uplifting sensation felt in the central core of the spine.

As you gain greater familiarity with these subtle vibrations, you will come to understand how the body is able to spontaneously adjust and “posture” itself in infinitely nuanced “micro-movements.”

These “postures” and movements can only be described in most general terms, as it is not possible to adequately describe and quantify the infinite subtleties of how the awakening Life Force (Kundalini) moves through the interior landscape of body, bones, fascia.

When I watch certain kinds of dance, especially Balinese dance and belly dance, to me certain movements of hands/fingers and spine/neck are deeply reminiscent of the movements that I feel when connecting with the energies of Kundalini.

Perhaps the movements of the dancers can be described, taught and learned, but the infinite nuances of the internal “micro-movements” can only be intimated about, poetically rendered as a most delicious, nectar-like substance in the spine!

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Focusing the Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part I

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What happens when we normally sit for periods of meditation, with intention to focus the mind one-pointedly on the Divine? I know for myself that I spent years practicing techniques without going very deep in my meditations.

I had some nice experiences, but for the life of me, could not seem to make any headway into truly focusing the mind. I did not “get” the significance of feeling into the vibration of the “Life Force” and how the vibration itself, when experienced as an overall sensation, has a way of holding/gripping the mind in one-pointed focus, even if initially for just moments at a time.

I find it ironic that I had spent years practicing meditation techniques for purposes of focusing the mind and connecting with the subtle (Divine) currents, but with little improvement in my ability to focus!

I learned to sit for long periods of time, but with mind more oftentimes drifting into subconscious realms of memories, desires and even sleep!

To me it seems that I kept my meditation practice on the surface, focused on techniques and mental discipline, keeping the body seated in meditation posture for long periods. I did not consider the importance of listening and feeling deeply into the subtle vibrations and sensations that were there from the very beginning!

Apparently my regular practice of meditation techniques did not give me the focus of mind that I wanted in order to connect with the subtle currents. I believe now that although meditation techniques may not be enough to connect us with the subtle currents, they are very helpful once we have connected with them!

Here is what I believe happened in my own experience. The techniques and forms of my meditation practice kept me within a certain range of habits and patterns of consciousness.

I sat still during meditation, maintained a disciplined lifestyle in the ashram, adhered to a certain philosophy, etc. When things started to come crashing down in my life, I was given the first glimpses/impressions of very subtle sensations in the spine, connected with the not-so-subtle feelings of fear, panic…free fall!

It took years to gain deeper and deeper connection with these subtle sensations, which dramatically shifted the relationship with my Life Force and with my sense of Self.
My practice of meditation techniques has also drastically shifted and now seems more like a dance of “micro-movements.”

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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part V

Learning to access deep states of meditative trance is not difficult when you allow yourselves to simply feel the overall resonance of the body…with the intention to follow sensations to deeper and deeper subtlety.

The initial states of meditative trance bring a noticeable slowing down of thoughts, relaxation of body and a magnetic-like inward pull of attention to what feels like the central core of the body.

You may also begin to notice a pleasant, “feel-good” sensation building up in the spine, along with a spontaneously-occurring uplift of the eyes in their sockets. The “uplift” feeling also happens in the spine.

As you gain greater facility with feeling into and surrendering to these subtle sensations, you will find your mind/consciousness going into one-pointed focus, as the growing Bliss Resonance fills the entire experience of Being!

The feeling of the Bliss Resonance begins as a most subtle “feel-good” sensation that seems to vibrate delicately in the spine. This too, is not difficult to experience…it just requires a setting aside of any resistance to vibrations that are slightly below the surface of familiar and seemingly insignificant sensations.

When going into meditative trance, you will notice the eyes naturally lifting upwards…along with a spontaneous uplift of the spine. This “uplift” energy has a feel-good sensation connected with it.

How to connect with this “feel-good” sensation? There are many ways, but one that I suggest is this: take a deep breath…exhale, relax…and then keep the breath out until you begin to feel the need to breathe in again. However, for purposes of this exercise, keep the breath out slightly longer…feel a subtle giddiness arise…and then breathe in deeply, exhale and tune into the subtle “feel-good” sensation that accompanies the satisfying of the need for breath.

For as long as you can, focus upon the subtle, pleasant feeling that comes with the satisfying of the need for breath. A deeper connection with this feeling is developed as you follow it to its source.

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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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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 XIII

In any practice of meditation technique, there can be a tendency to miss the very subtle inner “nudges” of how the life force wishes to move in the body…if our focus is rigidly attached to maintaining the form of meditation practice.

For example, many meditation techniques begin with instructions to keep the spine erect and eyes lifted upwards to the point between the eyebrows. Of course there are innumerable variations of practice, that also include certain visualizations, chants, etc.

In our “idealized” thinking, the practice of meditation technique would, little-by-little, step-by-step, connect us with and awaken Kundalini (the dormant primal energy “asleep” at the base of the spine).

However, what technique cannot encompass or explain adequately are the infinite number of finely nuanced inner movements that are activated by the Life Force/Kundalini, when it begins to “awaken.”

Now, in rigid adherence to technique and form, it can be easy to miss the delicate inner movements of Kundalini when She first begins to awaken. It is easy to miss the infinitely nuanced “micro-movements” of how the Life Force wishes to adjust the posture of the erect spine, from moment to moment.

This is an important point here. Technique suggests keeping the spine straight, so that the energy can flow easily in the spine/body. This is wonderful guidance, but when tuning into the “nudges” of Kundalini, we will find ourselves adjusting our posture in extremely fine micro-movements, as a way to accommodate how Kundalini wishes to move in the body.

This is all very subtle but easily accessible when we allow ourselves to feel slightly deeper than what we would normally consider. Here is an explanation of the simple mechanics of this process: feel the overall sensation of the body…feel slightly deeper…and slightly deeper…notice what happens to the body/mind.

In noticing what “happens to the body and mind,” you may get a kind of “snapshot” experience of the “no-thought” state of consciousness. The experience of feeling deeply into sensation has a way of focusing the mind. Very fleeting, but it offers a perspective of your consciousness that you may never have experienced before.

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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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