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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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Overcoming the Restless Mind – Slowing Down the Breath and Heart

If ever you find the mind jumping around restlessly, or dwelling painfully on past events, it’s very simple to just take a deep breath, relax and stop the movements of both body and eyes. When the eyes are perfectly still, the body and mind naturally tend to calm down and come to a point of stillness. Try this whenever you feel restless. With stillness of body and eyes, the breath and heartbeat naturally slow down and the thoughts can be experienced as though you are just observing them.

During these precious moments of quiet and stillness, it is easy to just be, to observe and allow “Presence” to unfold without attachment or story. Allow and open! Relax and listen on the inside. The energy of Presence will then flow of itself. Can you see how it works? All sounds and voices, inner and outer merge into the symphony of what is and what wishes to express. Listen to and feel all that lingers in the background ambiance of your mind without attachment or grasping!

Enter at will the trance state, the state of great peace. It just requires a slowing down of your thoughts–of your brainwaves. This is easily accomplished by keeping the eyes perfectly still as you quietly sit. Be aware, watch on the inside as you go deeper and deeper into silence and peace. As you relax, the body settles down and you begin to feel a connection with a bubbling kind of joy, a subtle (at first) feeling that has an inner pleasurable sensation that may seem to be located near the heart. As you allow yourself to observe with detachment, the feeling may grow…or it may just naturally go away. At any rate, the experience is an inner call to go deeper still, to follow the trail of the Great Spirit within.

From the state of trance, you can ask anything you wish from Spirit. Ask with the full knowing that your prayers are being heard and that the Universe responds to the ripples of intentions you send out. When you feel the vibrations of joy coursing through your body and mind, the power of your prayers are being answered. The field of your joy sends out pulses of energy that creates the resonance of what you ask for. Stay in that joy for as long as possible.

If all that you can feel is sadness and despair, use the energy of what you feel to propel your prayers forward. Just feel without the debilitating thoughts that keep the mind locked in its jail of suffering. Relax and breathe into the body and allow any feelings of stuckness to move on. Fear and despair cause energy and thoughts to get stuck in the body, and the ensuing blockage and tightness causes untold physical and mental pain.

Open the pathways within yourself that connect with the source of creative energy. Open the pathways that lead within. The more you relax and allow, the wider the channel of awareness grows.

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Higher Self – How to See the Giants

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Dear Higher Self, please tell me more about the Giants.

Just start writing. Don’t wait for the right thoughts to come, or think that you need to be in the proper writing mood. Get the energy moving and then get out of the way! As you drop to your center and allow the writing to happen, you will find that the thoughts quickly flow and distractions fall away. You will be with your Self and enjoy the flow of energy that is no longer weighed down.

When you feel you can go no further, go to your drawings or go deeper within and just listen. There is no end to inspiration! All fogginess of mind drops away as the energy moves of itself.

In all things get out of your own way! When worried, it is like a blanket of fog thrown over your head and you cannot see the path. Keep to your Center! Watch the breath and feel the flow of what lives within. The Great Consciousness behind your identification with self is the real life that courses through your thoughts and feelings. Tune into the subtlety of the finest feelings and thoughts. Stay in the moment and observe the impressions as they arise, moment to moment. It is all moment!

How far can you follow the threads of thought or feeling? Whence do they arise? Where do they go? Normally they bounce around and give rise to myriad associated thoughts. What would happen if you were to drop the habitual preoccupation with thinking? Can you switch places? Instead of being the perpetual thinker, can you be the listener/observer, just watching all that happens without judgment or mental commentary? As the observer you can even watch yourself dispassionately as the thinker. It is a change of perspective, a major shift in how you interact with the Universe.

As Observer you are no longer caught in the spin-cycle of repeating thoughts that keep so many souls encased in narrow worlds. As you identify with Observer, you no longer are blinded to wider dimensions of infinite possibilities and can explore all realms. Possibilities are now endless because the constantly thinking mind is no longer in the way. As Observer, the flow of energy is balanced and strong in the body because you are aware of the signals coming from the body and environment.

The Observer is at peace and watches all that happens dispassionately and receives a greater exchange of energy from the environment, and doesn’t create stories around what is observed.

The constant merry-go-’round of thinking and remaining stuck in the mind loop gets tiring and frustrating because the soul wishes to be free, to explore all realms and all dimensions. It wishes to fly and explore lands beyond the small island of self. The soul wishes to travel to places like the land of the Giants! But to do that, it must release attachments to its mind-habits.

To see the Giants the individual must be willing to “lose” his or her mind, to lose the habitual way of thinking and perceiving. As the Observer, you open up to dimensions that would frighten those not yet ready to experience realms far different than what they now are able to believe.

As the Observer, you will not lose your minds. In fact, you will be able to make greater use of it when needed. You will come to respect it for the powerful instrument it is without getting enmeshed in the wires of its powers.

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