As mentioned in the previous post, the Bliss Resonance in the body starts as a subtle vibration in the spine (small like a grain of sand). It is not difficult to feel. It just requires a slight shift in how we normally “feel” into our bodies.
Normally we do not think about or consider the “overall” sensation of the body. In other words, feeling into all vibrations of the body as one resonance of sensation, one resonance of Being.
The human body and consciousness is exquisitely sensitive! This is amply confirmed by the depth of emotions and sensitivities we have to circumstances and environments. The suggestion here is to use the sensitivities (and sometimes over-sensitivities) that you already have and focus them within on finer and finer subtleties of vibrations, especially as can be felt in the central core of the spine.
Again, the Bliss Resonance is not difficult to experience! It just requires using the sensitivity that is already there and focusing it within on finer and finer vibrations…going slightly deeper, and then slightly deeper again, etc.
The visceral experience of the Bliss Resonance puts the mind and body into a kind of swoon, held by the “current” that moves deliciously in the spine!
This “current” is connected with by feeling into finer and finer sensations. As I’ve mentioned before, there is a paradoxical affect that occurs when feeling into the subtleties of sensations: at the same time a bliss response occurs in the spine!
The bliss response initially starts as a sensation that is small, like a “grain of sand” vibrating in the spine…and yet it has the power to draw the mind within. This subtle sensation intimates of something that is vast and mysterious…the “contortion” of the Bliss Resonance!
The mind that focuses upon the fine “grain-of-sand” of the Bliss Resonance gets drawn into what is like a current that gets stronger and stronger the deeper you go into the subtlety.
Hold to the “Divine Current!” You will come to experience the body as a conduit/lightning rod for the Divine to ground the Bliss Resonance into the vibratory space you inhabit!
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.
When the underlying Bliss Resonance begins to bubble up in the energetic field of the body, the sensations that are created draws the attention deeply within…if you choose to follow the pathway of subtle vibrations that open up.
The Bliss Resonance is an oceanic reverberation that comes first as an intimation of something vast and mysterious…like a most subtle rumbling beneath the feet. At this point, however, the mind is simply not yet familiar with and perhaps unwilling to feel into vibrations that are so subtle!
What I believe happens is that the habitual patterns of mind keep the focus of attention tied up with distractions of memories, desires, judgements, past hurts, fears, etc. It is not yet accustomed to intentionally feeling into the fine waves of vibrations that move in the energetic field of the body.
When you make up your mind to turn the attention onto the overall sensation of the body…with intention to feel into subtle vibrations, there is a natural uplift of energies that initially imparts a gentle “feel-good” sensation.
No matter how subtle and barely noticeable this initial “feel-good” sensation might be, it is important to latch onto and “hold” with ever-deepening attention to the subtlety of the sensation.
When you consciously recognize this subtle “feel-good” sensation, you will understand that this represents the beginning of a very different relationship with your “Life Force” and the underlying Bliss Resonance!
When feeling into the overall vibration of the body, you may notice how the focus of mind flits back and forth, between thoughts and feelings…and a combination of both.
Something I notice during periods of meditation is that the deeper I feel into the fine vibrations of the body, the more there seems to arise a primal “bubbling up” of what at first creates a “feel-good” sensation in the body (and especially in the spine).
This “feel-good” sensation has a way of focusing the mind. Perhaps it is not so much a focusing of mind as it is that the thinking, analytical mind is rendered inactive (or less active). For moments at a time, the mind does not flit around like it is normally accustomed to doing.
The sensation “captures” or “holds” the mind, as though in an energetic “vice-grip.” During such moments, the energy is felt like a current that moves the body spontaneously into certain dynamic postures…and these postures create what I refer to as “contortion energy,” delicious sensations that draw the mind ever-deeper.
The contortion energy, the awakening Kundalini, is the body’s response when attuning with the underlying Bliss Resonance.
Connecting with the “resonance of bliss” is a feeling experience, a refining process that transforms coarse vibrations into finer and finer sensations. The inner focus of mind happens naturally as you feel into the overall sensation of the body. The process is helped immensely by feeling into the posture of the erect spine.
When the antennae of the heart (of feelings) is finely tuned to subtle vibrations, it is through the subtlety that the wider field of the Bliss Resonance begins to percolate up in the awareness.
Usually when sitting, as during meditation practice, we do not think of or consider all that is involved in keeping the body balanced, with spine erect. It takes the muscles, nervous system, life force, etc. all working together to maintain balance.
Although subtle, there is an overall sensation of the body seated in meditation posture. It is subtle only because we take it for granted and usually do not consider feeling into the play of life force that holds the body in place while seated.
When you take the time to feel into the body while seated, the sensations are hardly subtle. The sensations are easy enough to feel because the flow of energy in certain muscle groups that are required to hold the body erect in seated posture creates vibration….which in turn creates sensation.
My suggestion here is to feel into the overall sensation of the body instead of any specific sensation. The purpose of this is to feel the overall vibration or resonance of the body…which allows you to more easily feel and connect with the underlying Bliss Resonance!
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.
When you are feeling into finer and finer sensations that reverberate in the central channel of the spine, you may notice how the mind becomes deeply poised upon a most delicate balance point, listening and feeling to the finest vibrations of sound and sensation!
When the body and mind are inwardly directed and “poised” upon the finer nuances of sensations, the consciousness is then primed to go deeper yet into the subtle realms, called by the intimations and echoes of the vastly wider and oceanic Bliss Resonance!
The Bliss Resonance comes at first as an intimation…like listening to the beautiful strains of a song played in the far distance… like enjoying the atoms of a most subtle fragrance wafting in the air from a garden far away!
I believe that the body and nervous system are uniquely equipped to connect with the finest vibrations, echoes and reverberations of the Life Force that flows through the energetic field of consciousness.
It seems to require a shift in our feeling perspective. From outward focused feelings to inward focused feelings. From feelings that focus upon density (of body and emotions) to feelings that focus upon subtlety (of intuition and intimations).
As I’ve mentioned before, it is not difficult to experience the fine vibrations/sensations that bubble up in the channel of the spine and elsewhere in the body. However, when the “antennae” of your feelings are open wide enough, you will then be receptive to the deeper resonance that comes first through intuition and “intimations,” the experience of the “soundless sound!”
When feeling into the overall sensation of the body, while holding intention to connect with finer and finer vibrations, the mind goes deeper and deeper into what may feel like the central core or channel of the spine.
This process is simple enough in that it just requires what you are already familiar with: your feelings. The crux of the process though is in feeling just the vibrations…while relaxing the thinking, analytical mind.
In other words: feeling the subtle sensations without the distracting currents of thoughts, memories, etc. This need not be perfectly done…just enough to get moments of sensations/vibrations minus the “bouncing around” of thoughts and memories.
Someone recently remarked to me that she was still not able to feel the “subtle currents” in the spine. She understood well enough the concepts of being in the moment, feeling subtle sensations, spinal currents, Kundalini, etc.
Now, when I asked her what she experienced when she relaxed and felt deeply into her body, into the overall sensation of “Being,” she said she was able to feel a vibration, “like a buzzing.”
However, beyond that, she could not seem to go deeper. I mentioned to her that using the same process that led to her experience of the “buzzing” would lead to a deeper and deeper connection with the vastly wider and transformative “Bliss Resonance.”
In other words, by feeling slightly below the surface of what you feel in the moment and then continuing the process of going “slightly deeper,” you will inevitably come to experience sensations that are below the range of familiar vibrations/sensations.
Once you “get” how simple the process truly is, your visceral experience of feeling into sensations that you would normally not pay much attention to creates an open invitation for you to explore ever-more deeply.
Also, when the “antennae” of your feelings begin to tune into finer and finer vibrations, you will also receive intimations of a vastly wider resonance that seems to reverberate just below the surface of what you are experiencing in the moment.
This reverberation is the underlying Bliss Resonance!
There are many subtle sensations connected with the breath. For example, take a deep breath, exhale and keep the breath out until you begin to feel a slight discomfort. Breathe in deeply and feel the relaxation and relief that comes over the body.
Notice that the visceral experience of relaxation and relief can be followed deep into what may feel like the areas of the gut and spine. Understand that the whole purpose of this exercise is to connect you with finer and finer waves of sensations…which, through resonance, connects you with the underlying and primal Bliss Vibration!
As you begin to tune into and familiarize yourself with the inward focus on these subtle sensations, you may first notice gut feelings, intestinal sensations, perhaps similar to giddiness.
As you continue to deeply feel into these pulsating, shivering vibrations, they will guide you to what feels like an exquisitely fine “thread” of sensations vibrating deliciously in the centermost channel of the spine!