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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part VII

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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance

When feeling into the overall sensation/resonance of the body, with the intention to focus upon subtle vibrations, you may begin to feel intimations of a vast and primal sensation. Initially it can be mere flashes of what feels like a deep underground “rumbling” or “reverberation.”

These “intimations” can bring up certain feelings. For me,  they are quite oftentimes feelings of nostalgia and sensations of giddiness…all very subtle at first.

With the intention to go deeper into the subtlety, the mind and body begin to experience a most delicate balance point of focus…and by virtue of simply feeling into these fine vibrations, you may connect with certain unfamiliar sensations, including one that imparts an upliftment of feelings, the Bliss Resonance!

With deeper play, exploration and surrender to the Bliss Resonance, you will begin to experience how the body innately and spontaneously knows how to move and dance with the growing Bliss energy.

You will observe how the body will take up certain postures and “micro-movements” as ways to allow greater flow of what wants to move, express and expand in the body/mind/spirit.

The play of subtlety with the Bliss Resonance becomes more like a beautiful dance and unlike what we might have considered as meditation “practice.”

When viscerally connected with the fine energies of the life force, the Bliss Resonance, the thought of “meditation practice” no longer “fits” nor has the same meaning that it may once have had.

When connected with the fine energies of the life force, meditation “practice” becomes more aptly thought of as meditation “dance” or meditation  “swoon”…or perhaps “dance of subtlety.”

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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part VI

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When holding the exhaled breath out to a slight point of discomfort, the purpose of this exercise is to feel and track the subtle sensations that are created in the body. Please note that a slight discomfort is all that is needed to allow the mind to focus upon the very subtle sensations that are created.

As you inhale, notice the release of the slight discomfort and once again focus upon and track for as long as you can the very subtle sensations of release (the feel-good sensations) that are created.

When tracking fine sensations to their source, notice how the mind is able to focus deeply inside the body. This is an important point insofar as when you are aware of the mind connecting with subtle vibrations of the body, you now have a very different perspective on sensations that you may not have considered before.

There is also an acknowledgement that you have opened a pathway into the inner landscape of fine vibrations/sensations. Another way of considering this is that when you are feeling into fine sensations that you’ve not given much thought of before, then you’ve created a small “aha!” kind of experience.

This is a small “aha!” experience in the beginning because when you first feel into fine sensations, you will most likely also connect with what might initially feel like “intimations” of the primal vastness of vibrations that are just a hairbreadth below the surface of awareness!

The bigger “AHA!” experiences come when you start to feel the connectivity of sensations to the wider field of all vibrations. For example, the vibrations felt in the hands can be felt in relationship with the vibrations of the forearms, with the upper arms, shoulders, etc., etc.

With the big “AHA!” experience comes a noticing and acknowledgment of mind going into trance states, along with an allowing and surrendering of the body to move, dance and posture itself according to how the energy (life force) wishes to express in the body.

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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part IV

There is another approach that allows a different pathway to connecting with the fine currents that move through spine and body.

Clap your hands three times and then rest them with palms up on the lap. Feel the reverberations in the hands that have just been activated. Close your eyes and continue to feel the vibrations as they begin to dissipate.

Notice what happens to your awareness as you focus on the vibrations in your hands. Notice and acknowledge to yourself that you have the ability to track and feel into sensations as they get more and more subtle.

As the sensations get softer and more subtle, notice that you can easily continue to maintain awareness of the vibrations indefinitely. You might also begin to notice the vibrations in adjacent areas of the wrist, forearm and upper arm.

When you are able to feel the subtle vibrations of adjacent areas, you will also begin to apprehend the connectivity of vibrations with the rest of the body…from hands to wrists, to forearms, arms, shoulders, etc. You will feel your whole body as a wave of vibration, like an underground reverberation!

Spend long periods of time basking in the subtle reverberations, the resonance of all that you feel! This is a delicate state of awareness but not difficult to experience.

I believe that it just requires a slight shift in approach when feeling into sensations: that there are no insignificant sensations! Any sensation, when followed to deeper and deeper subtlety, can be felt in relation to the vibrations of the other body parts…and ultimately as part of the overall resonance of the entire body!

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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part III

I would like to elaborate a bit more on the approach of using music to connect with the Bliss Resonance, the subtle “feel good” sensations that move delicately in the spine and—through resonance—the rest of the body.

Have you noticed how skilled musicians, when they “lose” themselves in their playing, move so delicately and passionately with their instruments and with the music? For example, when observing a piano player “surrendered” in his/her playing, they will sway in rhythm and resonance with the music, as though in a swoon, deeply absorbed in the enjoyment of their “play.”

The approach that I would suggest to you while listening to music that touches you deeply is this: observe how your body naturally and intuitively wants to move in rhythm and harmony with the music.

Now, as you continue to feel into the music, take special notice of the very subtle sensations that are activating you to move in rhythm and resonance with the music.
This is an important point. As you go deeper in feeling with the music, you want to “latch” onto and “follow” the vibration/sensation that is creating the desire to move/sway/dance.

Tune into the finest nuance of this vibration! It creates the sensation that puts the body and mind into swoon! When you can apprehend the very delicate nature of this vibration, you will be able to follow the “current” deep into the spine!

Now, when you are able to connect with this subtle current while listening to music, you can also apply this approach when sitting in silence during your regular meditation periods…or while standing in line at the market, or while driving, etc. Get the point?

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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part II

When feeling into the overall vibration of the body—with the intention of tuning into finer and finer sensations—the underlying reverberations of the Life Force (energy in the body) can be experienced as a gently vibrating background “hum.”

The mind normally does not pay much attention to this, even during periods of meditation practice. Moreover, even when we consciously hold the intention to feel into subtle sensations, the mind may think, “So what? What’s the big deal?”

The “big deal” here is that if you dismiss these seemingly insignificant subtle sensations, you close down an avenue of approach that can lead to sublimely exquisite experiences of the Bliss Resonance!

This is not a difficult process! It is similar to what happens when you listen to beautiful music…music so beautiful that it “hurts.” If you are able to apprehend this sentiment, then you can use this to go deeper and deeper into subtle sensations.

For example, as you listen to any special music that touches you deeply, the idea is to focus upon the feelings that arise in the body (and especially in the spine) as you surrender to the beauty of the music. The important point here is to “capture” or focus upon the most subtle sensations.

You will notice that the beauty of the music that touches you profoundly has a deeply sourced sensation that can be tuned into, focused upon…captured! It is also important to notice that as you feel into the subtle sensations, how the body will begin to automatically move in response to the sensations. It will move in ways that allows for wider and greater flow of the blissful resonance!

There are innumerable entry points and approaches for connecting with the Bliss Resonance: using vocal overtones is a powerful one which I use extensively in my “play” with subtlety. Using the vibrations of the voice to produce “overtones” can be used to feel into the finest of sensations in the body and especially inside the spine!

Dance of micro-movements is another favorite approach that I use. Other approaches can work just as fine, such as through the enjoyment of delicate fragrances, exploring the nuances of yoga asanas, playing the guitar (or any other instrument), losing oneself in artistic creation, writing, etc.

The important point here is to find the entry point that works for you and then to fine tune your connection with the scintillating currents of Life Force that move ever-so-subtly in your body and spine!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part XI

When we enjoy an activity, such as dance, or playing the guitar, our minds can become very focused, usually around the enjoyment of the activity. For purposes of focusing the mind during meditation, the approach I use is in following sensations deeper and deeper into subtlety.

This simple practice has a way of showing different perspectives of mind, one that is connected to superficial, habitual thought patterns of our day-to-day lives and one that is connected to subtle sensations of the body.

The mind that is connected with subtlety is able to observe the superficial mind without getting stuck in the distractions that roil on the surface of mind. Having this reference point, the experience of observing the mind doing its “thing” of bouncing around from one distraction to another allows a very different perspective of the mind.

Normally we get caught up, lost in the habitual patterns of our day-to-day lives…and we lose touch with the deeper aspects of consciousness that are connected with the inward flowing currents of subtle vibrations.

To be able to calmly witness the superficial mind in motion, without getting caught up in endless thought loops, requires a perspective of watching from a center-point that has a different feel and texture than our normal waking mind.

This “center-point” of awareness seems to be an experience of feeling all sensations as one resonance…and quite surprisingly (at least to me), the day-to-day, stuck-in-the-drama, familiar mind, also gets absorbed into the overall sensation!

Another way of explaining this: When we endeavor in our meditations to feel into sensations as widely and as deeply as possible, the feeling experience brings our attention to the moment, as feelings can only be experienced in the moment. Our “surface” mind then may continue its patterns of thinking, but our perspective as viewed from the “center point” will be as from a great distance.

As you begin to tune into subtle sensations, another aspect of mind surfaces: the Observer. The experience of the overall sensation can be resolved to a center point of awareness. This awareness is the Observer, around which all vibrations and distractions revolve around.

If the above sounds all too complicated, think in terms of how it is when you surrender yourself totally to the enjoyment of dance, or when listening to music that is so beautiful that it “hurts.”

The suggestion here is to follow the sensations of what you enjoy to finer and finer reverberations. At a certain point you will find your mind embedded, riveted to the finest pulsations of the underlying “grid” of scintillating sensations!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part X

Focusing the mind during meditation sometimes seems to me like trying to shoot a bull’s-eye from 100 yards away while riding a bucking bronco!

I know for myself that I spent years in meditation practice without reaching any consistent depth and duration of focus. I was able to feel a certain degree of peace in regular practice, but felt that I was not really “getting” what it meant to truly focus my mind.

It wasn’t until I started to apprehend (and feel) all the “moving pieces” of my mind as one overall sensation, that I began to understand that my “hook” into a focused mind was through feeling…feeling into progressively subtle sensations.

In a way, it seems that mind will always bounce around, but when focused on the overall sensation of the body, the mind can be felt as a kind of distant vibration on some far periphery.

Experiencing the mind in this way (as part of the overall sensation of being) imparts an understanding that sensation can only be experienced in the moment…and feeling into subtle sensations has a deeply focusing effect on the mind. At any rate, when focused upon subtle sensations, the bouncing mind does not have as much power to distract.

I believe it is important to have the reference point of experiencing the mind as from a distance…watching the mind doing its thing, like observing a fireworks of random thought projectiles, but from afar!

The idea of “focusing the mind” then takes on a very different meaning, as the day-to-day, waking mind seems to retreat to the background…and then what comes forth is not so much an act of “focusing the mind,” but rather a primal experience of Being!

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