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Reverberations of the Underlying Bliss Resonance, Part VII

I believe it is important to go deep quickly when feeling into the subtlety of sensations, of the life force in the body. Otherwise, it is too easy get distracted by the mind chatter that keeps you stuck in endless loops of superficial thoughts, memories, desires, etc.

When feeling “below the surface” of familiar sensations, the focus of mind is turned inwardly to vibrations that at first may not be familiar. In order to “hold” or focus upon these subtle sensations, it requires a more delicate “touch”or tuning in.

This is not difficult to do, it just requires a different relationship with sensations, with the Life Force. We all have the sensitivity to connect with finer and finer vibrations/sensations. It’s just a matter of making up the mind to feel below the surface of superficial sensations…and then to continue going deeper and deeper.

No matter where you are in this process, start wherever you are in the moment. If you are sad, feel the sensation of sadness and then feel slightly below the surface…and then go slightly deeper, etc.

The benefit of going deep quickly, no matter where you are in the process, is that you want to break yourself out of the familiar patterns of remaining on the surface of feelings.

Going deep quickly is a way to disrupt the habitual patterns that keep the mind locked in superficial thinking and feeling.

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Reverberations of the Underlying Bliss Resonance, Part III

When sitting erect with spine straight, as in meditation practice, notice what happens to the mind’s center of focus. In my experience, there is a “lifting up” sensation that includes the lifting up of the mind. This is all very subtle, but the sensation that occurs when straightening the spine seems to also push the mind upwards.

This lifting up of the mind has a way of focusing the attention at the crown area and spiritual eye. Although this sensation is subtle, it is worth exploring because of the focus of mind that can occur as a result of this uplift of energy/life force.

To me it feels like the focus of mind is “held” in place, as though gripped by the tension of energy that is pushed upwards by the energy that it takes to keep the spine erect.

It seems that it is the sensation of the tension that holds or focuses the mind. If this does not make sense, it is helpful to slightly exaggerate the lifting up of the spine, while feeling deeply into the subtle sensations created. Now, if you hold the gentle to moderate tension long enough, the sensation created in the body is easy enough to feel.

As you feel into the sensation deeply enough, you may notice the “feel-good” sensation rising up in the awareness…and this is the particular sensation that seems to have the power to hold the mind’s focus. It is also this sensation that draws the mind deeper and deeper to what feels like “Center.”

Ultimately, maintaining visceral connection with this “feel-good” sensation creates a dynamic relationship with your experience of “Center,” or “Central Core” of Being.

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Surrendering to the Cosmic Dance, Part X

Cosmic Mother - Artwork by Bruce Manaka

Cosmic Mother – Artwork by Bruce Manaka

When your mind is “tuned” into subtle vibrations that move delicately in the central core/channel of the spine, the “spotlight” of your mind is turned inwardly. The intention is to connect with finer and finer sensations…sensations normally ignored because they are so subtle.

With the mind connected to subtlety, you are given glimpses of the flighty, superficial mind ”doing its thing” of bouncing around…but you are not attached to it. You are offered the gift of perspective that is not identified with the superficial, “monkey-mind.”

From this unique perspective of the inwardly flowing attention, the mind can be observed doing its thing of bouncing around, “firing-off” thoughts, memories, etc. However, you observe as though from a distance, without attaching or identifying with them!

From this feeling-centered perspective, you will begin to notice layer upon layers of sensations and subtle reverberations that percolate up into your awareness. All that is required is that you simply hold intention to feel into finer and finer sensations! Not so much any specific sensation, but rather the overall sensation of all that you feel in the moment.

The “overall sensation” of your body begins to then “resolve” or “refine” to a wider resonance (or Hum) that seems to be sourced at the central core or channel of the spine. The sensation is like a microscopic thread vibrating in the spine, creating an uplifting, blissful experience that activates the body to twist and contort spontaneously in dance-like movements, reminiscent of Balinese or belly dance!

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Surrendering to the Cosmic Dance, Part IX

Ideals such as enlightenment, God, samadhi, satori, spiritual freedom, etc. may be lofty and worthy concepts to include in prayers/intentions, but not so practical when it comes to simply being, feeling in the moment.

When feeling into the overall vibration/sensation of the moment, any expectation or lofty assumption regarding the experience may create an unnecessary and unwanted barrier in the primal experience of Being.

There is a divine simplicity in feeling into finer and finer sensations…no expectations, assumptions, judgements, etc. Just the experience of the overall sensation of Being!

At first the mind may resist, defaulting to habits of constantly engaging with outer desires and distractions. In other words, it “bounces” around in constant motion, disengaged from the underlying subtle currents.

It resists going against the tidal pull of the habitual patterns that keeps the mind in perpetual engagement with the superficial and boisterous waves of the Earthly drama.

How to disengage the mind from its preoccupation with the superficial drama? I believe it is important to understand the concept of “pattern disrupt.” What I mean by this is that so long as we remain on the surface of habitual thinking and feeling, the momentum of habits will keep us caught in the “patterns” of superficial thinking and feeling.

Now, the idea of “pattern disrupt” is one that tunes us to a different “resonance” or “pattern” of consciousness…mainly subtle sensations. Feeling into subtle sensations provides the “pattern disrupt.”

Pattern disrupt provides a different perspective…one that switches from being “thought-centered” to “feeling-centered.” With the intention to feel into finer and finer sensations, the momentum of awareness shifts away from superficial “bouncing around.”

It shifts to one that is able to not only observe the flittering of the mind, but to one that is also able to feel the subtle currents deep in the spine.

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Focusing the Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part XIII

In learning to focus the mind for deeper meditation, a refining process of the body/mind/psyche takes place, one in which the mind does not direct the process.

At least, in my experience, the mind initially takes part in making intention, saying prayers, preparing the space, etc. At a certain point, however, you might notice that the mind continues to do what it does: bounces around, engaging with thoughts, desires, memories, etc.

I find it difficult to focus mind using the mind. Perhaps it is possible, but I’ve not had much success with this approach. My approach to focusing the mind ties in with the previous post of feeling into dance…feeling into the pleasure of dance.

However, for purposes of learning to focus the mind to “one-point,” where all distractions, all thoughts, memories and desires fall away, the process does not lead to the movements of dancing, but at most includes subtle “micro movements.”

Here is the process: When feeling into the pleasure of dance, instead of actually getting up to dance, deeply feel into the pleasure of what is activating you to move in rhythm with the music.

Notice that as you tune deeper and deeper into the activating impulse of the dance, you may also witness exquisitely subtle and spontaneous “micromovements” of the body as it naturally adjusts to the buildup of energy in the spine.

These micro movements of the body are adjustments we normally do not pay much attention to, as they usually happen at a subconscious level…automatically.

By observing/witnessing these fine adjustments of the body, we allow ourselves an opening to experience the wider field of the Bliss Resonance!

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Focusing the Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part VII

Turtle Medicine - Live in Peace Art by Bruce Manaka

Turtle Medicine – Live in Peace Art by Bruce Manaka

The overall sensation of the body during periods of meditation practice resolves to an awareness of an underlying vibration, a gentle “hum.” This is a feeling experience that has a way of focusing the mind to moments of one-pointed attention.

Perhaps a more accurate depiction is that the easily distracted and active mind is rendered silent as it is “gripped” by the inwardly felt resonance of the “Hum.” During these moments of one-pointed attention, of “no-thought,” there is only the visceral experience of the subtle currents of “Life Force.”

The mind/consciousness that is “caught” in the currents of Life Force (the awakening Kundalini), experiences a different perspective with its sense of self and the normally active and easily distracted mind. It is able to observe dispassionately the rising and falling of thoughts…with fleeting moments of “no-thoughts.”

In other words, it is able to observe the mind for what it is: an energetic vortex of energy connected with the body that in normal waking state is constantly “firing-off” thoughts, memories, desires, like/dislikes, etc. It is able to observe without attaching to them!

The mind that is held in the “current” of the underlying “Hum” of the body easily goes into meditative trance. Its perspective changes from outward focus to inward focus that locks into the ever-deepening sensations of subtle vibrations.

Although the process of connecting with the subtle currents of the inwardly flowing Life Force (Kundalini) is simple enough, it may seem like the most difficult thing to do…until you allow yourselves to simply feel what you feel in the moment…and then to go slightly deeper.

The going “slightly deeper” is important in that there is a subtle shift in the mind and body that takes place. There is a focusing affect that occurs, along with a bodily sensation. This is subtle and the mind may not want to pay attention to something so mundane and simple.

However, I believe everyone has the ability to notice this transition and my suggestion here is to hold intention to explore this seemingly uninteresting transition. The very intention and act of exploring nuances of vibration in the body allows an opening or entryway to deeper and deeper subtleties of the energetic field of the body.

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Focusing the Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part V

Kundalini Awakening

When Kundalini Awakens

The sensations of the incoming and outgoing breath become finer and finer, threadlike, as you deepen your focus upon the infinitely nuanced vibrations that play in the central core of the body, especially in the spine.

The subtle sensations of breath may, at first, not be noticed because of the habit patterns of mind that are conditioned to chase after distractions of thoughts, memories, desires, likes/dislikes, pain/pleasure, etc.

You have the capacity to notice and feel exquisitely subtle sensations created by the movements of breath. I believe it just requires getting past the gatekeeper of the analytical mind just long enough to simply feel in the moment…and then slightly deeper.

The “slightly deeper” part, although not difficult to access, can be where the mind gets in the way. Even with strong intention to feel into subtle currents of the Life Force, the mind may not truly recognize the invitation of the moment when it has the opportunity to go once again “slightly deeper.”

The mind, in normal waking state, that vibrates in resonance with Earth density, cannot help but continue in its constant engagement with body, mind, ego, desires, etc. Recognition of the subtle Life Force seems to happen in those fleeting gaps when the mind is not “firing off,” in moments when the feeling connection is made with the sublime vibration (Kundalini). In those moments, there is only sensation/vibration, with an awareness of a deeper underlying connection with a nectar-like sweetness.

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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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Learning to Transmute Desires, Part I

Chakra Mystery

Mystery of the Human Body, Chakra system

The mind constantly seeks engagement with memories, desires, social interactions, pleasures, distractions, etc….and it avoids (disengages from) things that it dislikes, things that cause pain/discomfort.

The “day-to-day” mind/consciousness goes through the cycles and patterns of behaviors that it has grown familiar with over the course of a lifetime. Some of these patterns/habits of thinking and acting may not be so beneficial: addictions, negative behaviors, etc.

Whenever I find myself feeling stuck in habitual patterns of thinking/feeling/acting, if I allow myself to notice where my energy is in the body, it is usually “stuck” in the lower energy centers (the lower chakras)…and this stuck-ness creates agitation in body and mind…and this is when the mind can so easily slip into subconscious realms of desires, of sex, moodiness, past memories, addictions, etc.

I think it is important to recognize the sensations connected with “stuck energy.” By noticing the sensations/feelings involved, you will also begin to notice the thought patterns involved.

With habitual patterns of thinking/behaving, there is usually little resistance to the strong current of the habit. There is little or no effort to notice the subtle energies of what moves us to fall again and again to habit patterns that may not be healthy or of benefit to us.

I believe resisting bad habits with just the mind is not as helpful as learning to feel into the activating energies of what is “tempting” us to fall into habitual patterns of behaving/thinking in the first place.

Every desire has a kind of agitating impulse in the body. If we do not allow ourselves to feel deeply into these subtle impulses, we deprive ourselves the opportunity of lifting desires consciously to a wider and more beneficial playing field.

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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part XIII

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The mind is like a “pattern generator/seeker” that constantly creates and moves towards form, structure and meaning. It doesn’t like to deal with messiness or things outside what is familiar, outside what “makes sense.”

There is SO MUCH below the surface of what is familiar, in regards to our sense of self/identity, our day-to-day lives, our relationships, desires, etc. The momentum of our lives continues day-to-day and has created a kind of “footprint” or “pattern” that we have come to consider “reality.”

In my experience, the beliefs I strongly held around spirituality, meditation practice, etc., provided a sense of security and peace of mind. It made total sense and provided a neat and tidy, step-by-step spiritual world view, so very satisfying…until it all came crumbling down!

I have come to believe that any form and structure, no matter how seemingly “high-vibration,” like the forms of exalted beings and their teachings, are not necessarily meant to remain in form and structure to the awakening student/disciple.

At any rate, in the experience of being swept up by the primal “Bliss Resonance,” your sense of identity and attachment to any teaching, teacher, guru, etc., all get shattered/pulverized, changed forever!

Perhaps, in a sense, the form/structure of the student (as well as the teacher/Guru) changes/shifts to a wider container that is able to accommodate the expanding relationship and consciousness.

Previous relationships of form and structure are remembered as a distant dream, a distant lifetime, meant to be transformed to a different and wider relationship…one that, like a dance, can be wild, chaotic, disassembling…as well as sublimely transcendent, blissful!

When the Divine Dance takes over, form, structure and mind patterns drop away…there is only the dance!

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