Any position/posture of the body can be explored to infinite nuance of sensations…and by relaxing and surrendering to the fine vibrations/currents moving through the body, the Divine Dance of micro movements is activated. There is then a noticing of the body moving/dancing, adjusting automatically to the rise and fall of energy.
As the mind/attention focuses upon the current, there is also a noticing of how the mind is drawn inwardly, as though “captured” by the current. It is important to notice and acknowledge the dynamics of what happens when the mind focuses upon subtle sensations, upon the inner current of Life Force.
Another way of thinking about how the mind can be “captured,” is to understand and experience the mind going into trance when using repetition and rhythm…such as when chanting or singing; or when losing oneself in dance.
Ordinarily we don’t pay much attention to what happens when the mind gets drawn into repetitive drumming, or when we surrender ourselves in dance; or when going on long runs. However, if there is an intention to witness the body/mind/psyche going into trance, then the experience of noticing subtle shifts of awareness becomes an open pathway where each subtlety of sensation is like a “breadcrumb” leading to the next subtlety of sensation.
The sensations of the inner current, as felt in the spine, holds the mind in delicate trance…focused on the gentle feeling of “upliftment.” This type of meditation is not a passive kind in which the body remains in one position, unmoving. Rather, the buildup of energy in certain areas of the body (particularly in the spine) causes the body to take up certain postures that allows for a greater flow and overflow of the life force.
These movements (oftentimes in fine increments) of the body happen naturally and automatically. The mind’s connection/attunement with these subtle sensations creates a “contortion” of the life force, a buildup of energy that spirals and pulsates up the spine.
It seems that by merely focusing upon the overall sensation of the body, the energy begins to build up to a point that naturally requires the body to adjust, to move in ways that allows greater accommodation of the rising tide of energy. This may look like a contortion of the body, shaking, spiraling movements of the spine, etc.
The body and breath seem to adjust on their own (automatically) allowing the energy to expand and flow without constriction. This can be thought of as “surrendering to the dance.”
This feeling of “upliftment” is a visceral, physical sensation of the life force in the spine…a lifting upwards of the head and spine and even the eyes.
Perhaps some may be able to relate to this: once in awhile there can be a certain giddiness of the body that seems to cause it to move restlessly: tapping of the feet or fingers, fidgeting, inability to sit still, etc…and usually this all happens outside the range of our normal awareness. We don’t pay attention, or consider the subtle dynamics of how energy moves through the body. In other words, we don’t tune into or follow to its source the activating vibration of restlessness.
However, when we allow ourselves to feel into the sensations of giddiness, to focus upon and “hold” to its primal vibration/sensation, a vast and ethereal world of emanations/pulsations opens up to us.
This simple “practice” has a way of dropping the mind into meditative trance…as the mind that engages with subtle sensations is easily absorbed by fine currents which impart sensations very different from the norm.
This play of subtlety then becomes a delicate dance that absorbs the consciousness in finer and finer waves of sensations…and it is this “absorption” of the mind that has a way of shifting the consciousness up and out of what may feel overbearing, dense, dark, constricting (such as sadness, depression, etc.).
Feeling into subtle sensations has a way of uplifting the consciousness very quickly because tuning into subtlety creates a finer resonance of being, one that “uplifts.” This is a visceral experience, as the body begins to vibrate in resonance with the mind that is attuned to the fine currents moving through the spine.
Sometimes, due to the mere non-consideration of subtle sensations—available to anyone—we miss an important entryway to inner realms of sublime beauty. The mind has ways of engaging in its narrow “square foot” of what it has grown accustomed to and considers “normal.”
These mind-patterns of engagement with the world act as “gatekeepers” that keep the mind in busy-ness with desires, whims and “making a living.” Even with those who seek “spiritual” connection, the mind can more often than not remain as though held captive by a certain frequency range that keeps the attention on peripheral distractions.
The mind, caught in the choppy thought and desire-waves of engagements, may not even consider feeling into subtle sensations. It may even have an attitude of “What’s the big deal with subtle sensations?”
Even with years of practicing meditation techniques, the mind may still resist feeling into what is just underneath the overall sensation of the body…because there can be an expectation with the practice of meditation technique that some deep awakening will occur…and so we wait and listen intently…without feeling.
When chanting Om and deeply feeling into its resonance, there are infinite subtleties of vibrations/sensations that roll through the spine and the rest of the body.
The “Resonance of Being” can be thought of as the Om Vibration, as referred to in Yogic tradition. The vocalizing of the sound of Om, when toned with the back of the throat wide open (as in Tibetan low-voice chanting), the entire body, especially from the crown of the head to the base of the spine, begins to vibrate in resonance with the vocalized sound.
When the body vibrates in this particular way, it draws the mind deeply within, offering an easy entryway to the sublime experience of the subtle realms. Now, the simple vocal chanting of Om will not necessarily create this “easy” connection. It is easy when the vocalization of Om is accompanied by a deep feeling of the rest of the body (especially the spine) vibrating in resonance with the sound.
In chanting Om, pay attention to keeping the back of the throat wide open, allowing the overtones of sound to go very deep and wide, like in Tibetan Low-Voice chanting. The vibration then easily draws the mind deeply within.
The mind that goes deeply within when chanting Om will experience the sounds and their overtones as ethereal reverberations that have a way of holding body and mind in delicious resonance, as though electrified!
Sometimes the body and mind need to be warmed-up in order to get into the flow of creativity, into the flow of the ingoing trance states. The use of rhythm and repetition can be of great help. For instance, the repetition of certain words, like “Divine,Divine, Divine, Divine….etc.” while rhythmically and gently moving the body (dance-like) can be used to quickly and easily enter the first stages of meditative trance and the flow of creativity…and with the Bliss Resonance.
The use of rhythm and repetition is a way to “prime-the-pump” of the mind to connect with the subtle sensations of the Life Force…and this connection is a delicate balancing act of tuning into what feels like an underlying resonance of all sensations together…felt as one overall sensation…one Hum.
This initial connection need not be a “Big Wow, knock your socks off” kind of transformative experience. The important point here is to feel the overall vibration/sensation of the body…and to notice the inward focusing shifts of the mind as it notices subtlety of sensations (however slight).
This initial connection with subtlety need only be a simple noticing of the inward flowing of the mind…as opposed to the usual and habitual outward flowing mind. Now, the “simple noticing of the inward flowing mind” creates a reference point, an inner acknowledgment that gives the mind a knowingness in how to go deeper and deeper into the subtle currents of the body, especially in the spinal currents.
Recognize the shifts in consciousness, however slight, while going deeper and deeper into meditative trance, feeling into the delicate waves/radiations of the Life Force…Kundalini. These fine sensations, the “Music of the Spheres” can be experienced when feeling into the overall sensation/vibration of the body.
With this level of observing/noticing, there is also an awareness that the body naturally and automatically moves and adjusts (sometimes in micromovements), in resonance with the underlying waves and reverberations, the resonance of all sensations felt together as one “Hum” of Creation!
It is this background/underground “Hum” from which all Creation, the “Music of the Spheres,” percolates up from. The body/mind/psyche attuned to this resonance easily and naturally learns to move, dance and surrender to the play of what it ultimately recognizes as the underlying Bliss Resonance.
Any movement or posture can then be explored to infinite depths. For example, while listening to music, the body may naturally begin to move/dance in resonance with the music. By feeling into the activating essence of what is nudging/informing the body to move, there is a gradual focusing in on exquisitely delicious sensations that can be “held” by various postures of the body, along with micromovements that “squeeze” the fine essences of the Life Force through the spine and other parts of the body.
When feeling into the overall sensation of the body, notice the corresponding shifts in awareness, however subtle. For example, when sitting (as in meditation pose), while experiencing the overall vibration/sensation of the body, it is important to also notice the very slight shifts in consciousness as the mind begins to tune into the finer movements of energy deep within the body.
By noticing the very slight shifts in consciousness, as the awareness latches onto finer and finer currents of sensations, it gives a reference point for knowing how to go deeper and deeper into the subtle reverberations of the life force.
This “reference point” of the simple “noticing/acknowledging” of feeling into what is just beneath any sensation (giddiness for example) provides an entry point for the mind to go deeper into subtle vibration. Any sensation, then, can serve as an invitation for the mind to follow and grab hold of the finer and finer threads of vibrations that then lead to deeper and deeper states of meditative trance.
There are reverberations, echoes of fine sensations that can be felt in what might ordinarily be thought of as mundane, everyday actions: yawning, sneezing…and other body functions. And it is because these functions are so “everyday” we do not pay much attention to the subtle sensations that move deeply within.
The simple noticing and mindfulness of the moment can easily be waylaid by a mind that is hypnotically caught in its default patterns of “surface” living, disconnected from the subtle currents of the Life Force.
There are endless reverberations that can be felt in the simple yawn. The body knows how to move/adjust to the energetic wave of a yawn…or sneeze, etc. The invitation here is to tune into their ongoing vibrations…reverberations/echoes that continue on and on.
Why would you do this? What’s the big deal? The mind that is caught in its default pattern of its everyday world resists exploring the subtleties of what is suggested here…because it is a resonance/vibration that it is not accustomed to or familiar with.
The mind can be like a runaway train that moves along its tracks with a certain momentum…and to have it move in a different direction is resisted by that same momentum that it created over a lifetime.
Again, “Why would you do this (to connect with subtle vibrations)?” The offering here is that this simple effort can serve as a way to “short-circuit” the mind that is trapped on the runaway train, caught on rails of surface living, unconscious of its connection with the subtle Life Force.
By connecting even once with the subtle reverberations, there is an awakening to the underlying resonance, the “Hum” that imparts the experience of Bliss!
Medicine Song is the pulse and heartbeat of the Life Force dancing through the body…and the mind that surrenders to its rhythm and repetition, learns to follow the lead of a most sensitive and subtly nuanced Cosmic Songwriter!
In tuning into, feeling and listening to the fine sensations in the body (especially the spine), you begin to recognize certain vibrations/frequencies that impart an experience of “sweetness” and that naturally draws the attention deeply within. This is your Medicine Song!
As you feel into the flow of how your Medicine Song moves through the body, you begin to recognize the subtleties of “sweetness” and how the body/mind/psyche easily falls/surrenders in dance to the delicate waves of sensations that move like the finest silken threads of sweetness!