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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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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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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditations, Part I

Wherever you are, in whatever circumstance, let the mind focus quickly within, not waiting for the meditation environment to be perfect. It is helpful to keep the eyes relaxed, quiet, still, in soft focus (if you keep the eyes open or half-closed).

Notice that as you focus the mind inwardly and feel into the area of the eyes, there may be a natural uplift of the eyes in the eye sockets.

There is a subtle point being made here: with too much will/intention to keep the eyes focused at the point between the eyebrows (spiritual eye), as suggested in many meditation techniques, there can be a greater possibility of giving ourselves a headache…at least this was the case for me.

In trying to concentrate my attention at the spiritual eye area, I found myself unwittingly using too much energy and will, resulting in headaches.

I discovered that by by the simple intention to keep the eyes still, relaxed, with intention/prayer to focus upon the overall sensation of the body and spine, the eyes would naturally and automatically be drawn upwards, allowing deeper and deeper attunement with the subtleties of the Life Force, and ultimately with the Bliss Resonance.

The sensation of the uplifting/rising Life Force/Kundalini can be experienced initially by feeling into the meditation posture of the erect spine…but with a slightly exaggerated lifting up and straightening of the spine.

The “trick” is in feeling into the subtlety of the overall sensation. What happens is that as the mind focuses on the subtlety of vibration in the body, a feeling of giddiness may arise, as the energy in the spine builds up to a point of overflow.

The body will adjust to the giddiness naturally, in slight “micro-movements”…if we allow ourselves to relax and surrender to the process, which then becomes a beautiful dance of fine movements. The body will also take up certain postures naturally and automatically.

Outwardly, these fine movements and postures may outwardly appear as a kind of isotonic and isometric contraction/relaxation exercise.

However, what happens inwardly cannot be seen, as the movements are so very subtle…affected by the rise and fall of infinitely fine energetic currents as can be felt in the spine.

An important point to consider here is that the micro movements and postures are guided by how the Life Force/Kundalini wishes to move/dance in the body.

The process is not difficult and does not require strict mental/physical discipline…at least not in the way one might think. Connecting with the Bliss Resonance requires only an intention/prayer to feel where we are in the moment…and then feeling slightly deeper…and then deeper, etc.

Do you understand what is being offered here? The mind might resist the simplicity of this approach, unable to countenance how very close it is to what the soul longs for: the Bliss Resonance!

Alas, for want of feeling just beneath the surface of sensations, what is so very close and accessible (Bliss) remains interminably beyond reach!

Again, do not tarry on the surface of mind! Go deep quickly, relax and feel! The mind will continue to “bounce” around and that’s totally ok. What is important is noticing the fleeting moments, even if for a fraction of a second, when the mind is still, not entertaining memories, desires, distractions, etc.

In noticing those fleeting moments of “no-thought” you then have reference points, entryways into connecting ever-deeper with the subtleties of the Life Force.

Understand the enormity of what previously may have seemed like a “non-event.” Tuning into that “fraction of a second” of finer and finer vibrations/sensations means a vastly different relationship with Life Force…and with sense of Self!

No matter how fleeting the experience of connecting with subtlety is, a permanent entryway is created, to go deeper into subtlety…as well as for longer periods! This “permanent” entryway is simply the feeling experience, the overall sensation/resonance of the moment, as felt in the central core of the body.

When the focus is on subtle sensation, there can be a noticing of how the mind can be, in a sense, “captured” or “held” in place (one-pointed concentration), by the “current” of Life Force.

Here’s what happens: as the mind focuses on the subtle sensations and begins to go deeper, layer by layer, the visceral experience of subtle vibrations creates a kind of “giddiness” in the body (especially the spine). This giddiness can be felt as a “current” or “flow” of energy that is strong enough to “capture” the mind, to “hold” it in one place.

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Listening to the Intuitive Voice, Part II

Now, when feeling into any emotion, whether it be a slight irritation, anger…or full blown sadness/depression, the approach of not ignoring the energetic, sensation aspect of feelings is being suggested here: tuning into the visceral, overall vibration of the body when feeling low, in a funk…and then….

Here’s what seems to usually happen: We get emotionally triggered by some circumstance or incident and then the feeling and thought patterns go ‘round and ‘round the gravitational pull of our hurt feelings. We get stuck in thought and feeling loops.

However, something very special happens when we feel into the overall sensation of the body, tuning into the subtle underlying vibration of all feelings, the resonance or hum of Being.

When the mind/awareness connects with the subtle underlying hum, the habitual “circling the drain” feeling/thinking is short-circuited…and then here’s what happens: by the simple focusing upon the subtle overall sensation of the body, the mind is offered a window of opening to “shift tracks,” to one that leads into a deeper trance/swoon.

Now, in allowing the mind to “shift tracks,” the mind is guided to follow the prompts of the body to move, shake, vibrate in ways that dissolves and expels the energy of moods. There are many traditions, techniques and approaches that speak towards this…and the effectiveness in these approaches occur when there is an inner “getting,” when there is the visceral experience of being “danced” by the energetic prompts of the life force moving through the body.

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Kundalini Divine Nectar, Part V

When feeling into the overall sensation of the body, notice how the eyes will naturally lift upwards. There is a subtle sensation (in the crown area) created, but not difficult to experience. There is no need for the use of will to lift the eyes…it is just a matter of noticing and feeling the natural uplift that takes place.

I have found that using intention and will to lift the eyes upward (as sometimes suggested in meditation technique), can result in headache…when too much tension builds up in the area of the eyes.

Again, by simply relaxing the eyes and feeling into the overall sensation of the body, the eyes lift by themselves, as though drawn upwards by the gentle “lifting up” energies of the body…and not just the eyes. You may notice how the spine will also, of itself, lift upwards, as though to allow the lifting up energies an unimpeded pathway to the crown area.

The subtleties of the uplifting currents, when felt into, are like the long strands of a spiderweb stretched out and shimmering in the gentle wind, moving like silken threads, reverberating deliciously in the spine!

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