Dragonfly Dance – Live in Peace, Artwork by Bruce Manaka
—Feeling into the overall vibration of the body allows an opening or invitation for you to connect with the underlying “Hum” of the body. This “Hum” also refers to the “Om Vibration” that surrounds and permeates the energetic field of the body.
The overall vibration of the body is easy enough to feel. Tuning into the Om Vibration requires going deeper into the subtlety of vibration, where the “Bliss Resonance” can be connected with.
Initially the Bliss Resonance is a subtle “feel good,” pleasurable sensation, felt deep in the central core of the body/spine. For me, this resonance is just below the overall vibration or “Hum” of the body.
In feeling the overall sensation of the body, it is just a matter of feeling slightly deeper/wider. You may then notice a subtle, gentle “feel good” sensation rising up in your awareness. Again, very subtle at first.
It is important to acknowledge, to lock into your awareness, the subtlety of this sensation that has come into your consciousness. With this awareness, the invitation of the Bliss Resonance is to surrender to the lead of the Cosmic Dancer!
As mentioned in the previous post, it was “for want of feeling slightly below my familiar set of sensations…” that I spent years in meditation practice without connecting deeply with subtle sensations and vibrations…the oh-so-important “stepping stones” to deeper and deeper meditations.
These “stepping stones” of subtle sensations are like connecting pieces that opens you up to the visceral experience of the “Om Vibration,” the resonance of exquisitely fine vibrations.
I found that the “subtle sensations” in the body (and spine) are readily accessible and easily felt by our sensitive nervous systems. From my perspective I can describe the process as this: feeling into the overall sensation of the body…and then feeling slightly deeper…and then slightly deeper, etc.
This approach sounds easy enough to do…and I believe that it truly is. However, if there is any difficulty in accessing the subtle realms/vibrations in the body, it is in the mind’s resistance to feeling deeply.
Of course we all have the capacity to feel deeply, as evidenced whenever we have emotional outbursts of joy, sadness, anger, etc. My suggestion here is to use this capacity (to feel deeply) with intention… to follow sensations to finer and finer points of subtlety. Following just the sensation!
Now, what I mean by the mind’s “resistance” to feeling deeply is the habitual pattern of the mind to follow the trail of thoughts and memories that are connected with the sensations…instead of just focusing on the sensation/vibration.
l found that as I began focusing on just the overall sensation of the body, the mind would begin to relax and the thoughts would slow down, with occasional moments (flashes) when thoughts would stop altogether.
These momentary flashes of “no-thought,” as fleeting as they were, imparted intimations of the vastly wide and deep “Bliss Resonance.” I think of these “intimations” as a kind of “pattern disrupt” that shifts the body and mind to a very different relationship with the Life Force (the energies moving through the body)…and how we interact with sensations/vibrations.
Normally we do not pay much attention to our familiar, “day-to-day” set of sensations. We do not give much thought to the overall vibration of Being. There does not seem to be any reason or purpose for doing so.
Of course, whenever we are in physical or emotional pain, our attention is drawn towards the feelings of pain, usually with reactivity…wanting to be free of the pain.
Now, it is easier to feel into subtle sensations when the body and mind are fairly calm and free of pain. However, the very practice of feeling into subtle sensations has a practical benefit of easing physical and emotional pain, even if just a little.
This can be a challenge because when we are in pain, the last thing we want to do is to tune into and feel deeper into the pain! For this reason it is important to experience the process of tuning into subtle sensations when the body and mind are fairly stable and free of pain.
I remember suffering severely from the intense pain of sciatica and nothing seemed to help, even my practice of tuning into the subtle sensations. The pain was like a “bull-in-the-china shop” of any connection that I may have had with fine vibrations.
However, I found it interesting that I could feel two simultaneous “rivers” of sensations: one that was intensely painful and the other one that had a kind of “underground” reverberation that was comforting. It did not free me of pain, but it shifted my reactivity to it.
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.
Any movement and micro-movement can be explored to infinite depths of subtlety as a way to viscerally connect with the fine waves of sensations normally overlooked. By allowing the mind to follow and feel vibrations usually not considered, at a certain point, the mind begins to recognize sensations in parts of the body that might illicit a small “Oh wow!” reaction.
As the exploration into subtlety goes deeper, the reaction can be a bigger, “OH WOW!” along with a sense of wonderment that we’ve not connected with or acknowledged these subtleties sooner in our lives, considering how close they have always been!
Feeling deeper and deeper into the overall sensation of the body, one begins to sense that the chanting/toning of Om can be guided from within to vibrate in resonance with what feels like an underground reverberation. In other words, the chanting of Om is fine-tuned by the resonance of the underlying Hum of Creation!
The vocal cords can be thought of as similar to the strings of a violin. Using breath to vibrate the vocal cords to make sound is then similar to using the violin bow to vibrate its strings to make sound.
Our bodies, like the body of the violin, vibrates in resonance to the sounds created by the vocal cords…and these sounds, when tuned into, can be felt throughout the body in sublime subtlety.
In following the trail of subtle vibrations within, there is a meeting point of physical vibration with the wider reverberations of all sensations felt as one resonance…and the overall sensation has a fine thread or string of sweetness embedded within it.
This sensation of sweetness is at first like a vibration as soft as a whisper, but when followed/tracked to finer and finer subtlety, the body knows intuitively how to move/dance in ways that squeezes the sweetness, like nectar, through the spine and all cells of the body.
As you continue to relax and feel into the subtle vibrations in the palms (that were started by clapping the hands together, see Part II), you might begin to feel the overall sensation of the body…and ultimately the Hum or Om Vibration. By tuning the mind inwardly on the subtle vibrations, it begins to apprehend its connection with the underlying Hum of all vibrations…felt as One Resonance!
The vocalized sound of Om is a representation of this “One Resonance.” Embedded in this resonance is a sweetness that can be tuned into while toning (or chanting) Om. The vocalizing of Om can be thought of as getting the motor of the body and especially the spinal currents running.
Just like in clapping the hands, the vibrations started in the vocal cords can be—through resonance—felt throughout the body, especially the nasal cavities, lower abdomen, heart area, spine, etc.
The sweetness of the Bliss vibration has a particular resonance that can be tuned into. Like tuning the guitar, or any instrument, the body/mind/psyche can be tuned to the Resonance of Bliss!
What is meant by the “ethereal reverberations” of the Om vibration moving through the body? Perhaps an example might be helpful here: clap your hands three times and then lay them flat on the thighs, palms turned upwards. Feel the strong sensations in the palms. Continue focusing on the vibrations as the sensations get more and more subtle. Notice how the mind can easily track the vibrations as they get less and less obvious.
The important point in this example is this: as you continue focusing on the vibration while it gets quieter and less noticeable, you may “get” or understand that the vibration never really stops…and that the mind is capable of focusing indefinitely upon the subtle reverberations for as long as you choose to do so.
At a certain point, if you continue focusing upon the subtle vibrations (started in the palms), the mind—because it is focusing upon subtlety—begins to relax and then you may experience a visceral connection with the underlying “Hum” or “Om” of the body…like ethereal reverberations!
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!
Remember that it takes a build up of the resonance/energy (in the body), felt as a bubbling up of vibrations in the spine, abdomen and heart areas. Take the time necessary to feel deeply, to listen deeply…until you feel the shift of mind to the “still point.” Understand that this “shift” need only be slight/small. The important part is to notice/feel the slight shifts and to recognize that the mind can track extremely subtle sensations and shifts of awareness.
While tracking and feeling into subtle sensations, you may become aware of how the mind can come to a still point…where there is no thinking. This can happen in a fraction of a second…allowing you an experience of the moment, unimpeded by thoughts of the past or future.
In tuning into the subtlety of vibration/sensation, you are also “touched” by the underlying “Hum” or “Om” vibration that is like a background rumbling or reverberation that can be felt in the overall vibratory field of awareness.
By feeling deeper and deeper into this underlying vibration, the mind is easily drawn into the experience of the still point…which brings on an overflowing of energy (life force), felt as pulsations of sweet, nectar-like substance moving through spine and body.
As you continue your approach of tuning into finer and more subtle sensations within, you will begin to experience vibrations/sensations that are vastly different from those that you have been familiar with and “taken for granted.” In other words, because we have not allowed ourselves to feel deeply and to follow the trail of sensations to their very Source, we’ve cut ourselves off from subtle vibratory realms that have always been available to us.
The approach and idea is simple: focus upon and follow sensations to their point of subtlety. And what sensation do we follow? The overall resonance of all that we feel in the moment. You might notice that with this approach the “overall resonance” of feelings resolves to an awareness of its center point…a very subtle bubbling up sensation in the spine, or central core of the body.
There may also be an extremely fine awareness of a background/underground vibration/sensation/rumbling/resonance/radiance that seems to serve as a kind of support strata or “screen” upon which our experience of subtlety bubbles up from.
This background screen can be apprehended by the ego (our sense of self), but there is also a sense (intuited) of the wider “Observer” that is impersonal.
The little self seems to play on the surface of the wider, more expansive, unlimited “Self.”
The background resonance, when tuned into begins to “bleed” through into our familiar day-to-day awareness, and its subtle (but powerful) vibration affects the body/mind/psyche by an intense infusion of energy.
The body/mind/psyche goes into a swoon/contortion…along with an awareness of the “Impersonal Observer.”