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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part IV

Feeling subtle sensations in the body is not difficult. The suggestion here, in order to go deeper in meditation, is to initially feel just slightly below the surface of what you normally feel in the moment. Just one layer at a time. No big leap required! No superhuman feat of discipline needed!

Whatever vibration/sensation that you feel in the moment is fine. It is helpful to have the intention to feel the overall sensation of the body…and to feel slightly deeper with calm “noticing.”

In just noticing the overall sensation of the body, the intention to feel slightly deeper will activate the awareness of the wider “field” of vibrations…sensations that you may not have apprehended previously.

Again, this is not a difficult process. it just requires a willingness to explore the inner landscape of vibrations and to continue just long enough to the point that you are able to apprehend the “slightly” wider field of sensations.

This seemingly “small” incremental step in noticing, is in reality a monumental moment…if you truly “get” the “doorway” that you’ve just created! In allowing yourself to go just below the surface of what you feel in the moment, you’ve created an entryway, a doorway to continue on to finer and finer realms of subtle vibrations!

The dance has begun! Little by little, in feeling subtle sensations/vibrations, you will begin to apprehend the very fine “currents” moving through the spine, body and “sacred space” of all that you feel/experience!

You will have then established a very different relationship and understanding of your “Life Force,” as well as with your sense of “Self.” Your connection with subtlety will become more and more like a dance, a push/pull/play of exquisite sensations moving through the spine and rest of the body!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditations, Part II

When feeling into subtle sensations of the body during periods of meditation, it requires doing so just long enough that you notice what happens to the mind that turns its attention inwards.

Something very interesting happens. When the attention is turned inwardly to subtle vibrations of the body, at first you will notice familiar sensations…the feelings of body weight, the beating of the heart, feelings of the incoming and outgoing breath, etc.

As you begin to feel just below the sensations of familiar vibrations, you will encounter sensations that are familiar, but from a perspective that you’ve not given much consideration of before. With the simple intention to follow subtle sensations, you will experience familiar sensations, but with a focus that you’ve not engaged with until that point.

Now, it is just a matter of going slightly deeper with the attention and you will be engaging with sensations that are not so familiar…only because you’ve never given yourself permission to do so…until that point!

As mentioned previously, it is important to go deep quickly, to not tarry on the surface of awareness…because it is too easy to get lost in subconscious realms of desires, memories, distractions, thinking, etc…and we forget to feel into subtlety of vibrations/sensations.

When we focus quickly on subtle sensations/vibrations of the body, it is easier to notice how the mind shifts to an inner focus…and it is important to notice the shift of mind, no matter how subtle.

The shift of mind might be slight at first, but all the same it is important to notice how the mind can “latch” onto, focus on subtle vibrations/sensations as it goes into inner focus. There is a visceral feeling involved in the inwardly focused mind.

This process is not difficult and does not require long periods of practice! It just requires feeling into the sensations of the moment, even the sensations of sadness, grief, joy, desires, etc. And then to feel slightly deeper into the subtleties of the vibrations/sensations.

Longer and deeper periods of meditation will then happen naturally. Here is what happens: In holding the intention/prayer to feel into subtlety, the mind/body connects with sensations that get finer and finer…that, like an energetic current, has a way of “holding” or “capturing” the mind. It is like the mind gets “swept up” in the powerful inward flowing current of the Life Force!

Embedded in this “current” of subtle sensations, there is an underlying vibration that imparts a “feel good” sensation, very subtle at first, but as the mind tunes deeper into subtlety, the body/mind/psyche gets “lifted up” in an overflow of what can be referred to as the “Bliss Resonance.”

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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 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 V

When feeling into the overall sensation of the body, tune into the underlying subtlety of vibration. Notice the shift in consciousness (however slight) as the mind continues to follow/connect deeper and deeper with the subtle waves and pulsations of the underlying “Hum” of the body.

Meditation techniques certainly help in creating the “setting” in which the fine underlying sensations/vibrations can be tuned into, but going deeper and deeper into the subtle realms is not something—I believe—meditation technique of itself is capable of doing.

Here is what I believe happens: once a deep connection with the subtle/ethereal vibrations are viscerally connected with, then meditation technique can be very helpful to go even deeper.

The great irony here is that most meditators begin with the assumption that meditation technique will—in a “step-by-step” fashion—connect them with the Divine Realms. In all my years of meditation practice in the ashram, I had many wonderful spiritual experiences, but the connection with the exquisitely fine Bliss Resonance remained elusive. Neither did I see evidence of that connection with the majority of the Monks that I lived with.

Meditation technique, when focused upon and held tightly to in “step-by-step” process, can create a barrier—however slight—that separates the meditator from the very fine nuances of how the Life Force (Spirit) in the body wishes to move/dance.

The practice of meditation technique does not necessarily lead to a wider energetic space within. The inner “resistance” created by strong attachments to beliefs and assumptions regarding meditation and spirituality builds a kind of force field or “wall” of noise that prevents us from hearing/feeling the subtle reverberations that move just below the surface of our familiar state of being.

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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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Kundalini Divine Nectar, Part IV

The approach of feeling into the resonance of the overall vibration of the body has a way of naturally and easily drawing the mind to a one-pointed awareness…an awareness of all sensations felt as one resonance of Being!

A delicate balance point is created as the mind that “holds” to the central core of the overall sensation gives rise to a giddiness or wobbliness of the body…a result of the interplay of contraction/relaxation, stillness/movement, incoming/outgoing breath, etc.

I think of it in this way: the experience of the body/mind/psyche that is focused upon the innermost sensation in the spine is like a play of the finest strands of silk moving in delicious spirals through what feels like the central core of the body.

Feeling into this subtle sensation has a way of naturally interiorizing the mind. Body, mind, breath are “held” as though gently electrified in different postures that allows the flow and overflow of energies to move without getting stuck.

These “postures” taken up by the body are not static, “thought out” positions, but rather dynamic geometries of the body guided by the Life Force, oftentimes in incremental micro movements…like a slow-motion dance!

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