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Connecting With the Bliss Resonance, Part X

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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.

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Accessing the Unconscious, Part I

In the simple noticing and feeling into the overall sensation of Being, the mind can be understood to be like a machine or computer that can be programmed to move into deep trance states, where fine/subtle vibrations can be accessed.

This focus on subtlety has a way of drawing the mind deeply within. Using certain thoughts, prayers, songs, sounds, rhythm, etc., will put the mind into trance, where it is then fairly easy to observe the mind going on by itself, repeating the prayers over and over in the background of the mind.

In this kind of noticing, the overall sensation of the body/mind/psyche can be felt as “One Resonance of Being.” From this simple “noticing of Being,” there can also be an observing of thoughts percolating up from the unconscious. This is very subtle, as what comes up from the unconscious is, by definition, outside our normal waking consciousness.

How does our unconscious communicate with us? Oftentimes in dreams, through archetypes, through synchronicities, etc. Now, if you want more consistent access to the unconscious during times of meditation or when doing creative work, then the practice of tuning into, feeling into finer and finer nuances of sensations will help.

This can be done during periods of meditation or while at a coffee shop…or even standing in line at the market! At some point in the process of “observing,” there is a noticing of an inner resonance, a kind of background/underground vibration, that subtly moves the body into certain postures…and that ultimately “contorts” the body. This sensation of contortion also has a way of “gripping” the mind, holding the current of Life Force that draws the attention deeply within, upon “One Resonance of Being!”

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Expanding Consciousness – Using Rhythm and Sound to Entrain the Mind (Part III)

The use of listening as it relates to rhythm and sound are ways to induce deep states of trance and for expanding consciousness. Take a moment to listen on the inside. Listen not only with the ears but with the deepest awareness of the most subtle vibrations of thought and feeling. You may hear external noises and perhaps the beating of your heart. You may hear the sounds of breath as it goes in and out. As you listen, the body and mind naturally begins to withdraw energy from external noises, and as you focus within, the inner sounds become more and more noticeable. Listen and focus upon what you hear. Just listen without mental judgment. Allow consciousness to be immersed in the vibration of the inner sound, however it may manifest.

Keep the eyes quiet and unmoving and you may find that the thoughts come to a point of stillness. With closed eyes there is the chance of drifting into sleep, which is not the purpose of this exercise. The idea is to get into a conscious state of deep trance wherein the mind is quiet and yet you are still aware in an expanded way. It helps to keep the eyes closed and slightly uplifted (without straining) to stay awake. With the practice of keeping the eyes still, you will find that thoughts quickly drop away. From the vantage point of deep relaxation, you may find awareness flitting between total lucidity and sleep. By keeping the body totally still (in sitting posture), the feeling of expansion will increase beyond the body. Just observe, without fighting thoughts. The mind then becomes a screen upon which you, the Observer, watches the panorama of thoughts and memories as they pass through. Again, just observe.

The whole purpose of this practice is to allow a glimpse into the wider consciousness beyond the attachments and fickleness of the normally agitated mind. It allows a look into dimensions outside of time. The use of certain chants or mantras can help if you understand the use of vocal harmonics. Vocal harmonics are a way of singing 2, 3 or more notes at the same time. You all produce harmonics naturally through your voice. That is what gives the voice its unique sound. Without harmonics your voices would all sound the same. The conscious use of vocal harmonics magnifies the power of prayers and mantras. It also quickly entrains the mind to enter deep states of trance where much creative work can be accomplished.

When the low note of C on a piano is struck, the other C notes begin to vibrate (creating sound) because they harmonically resonate with the struck key. With the human voice, certain notes can be sung to not only vibrate other notes in the vocal apparatus but to also vibrate different areas of the body, including the organs and the spiritual centers known as chakras.

The practice of toning or chanting can be as simple as singing any of the vowel sounds: a, e, i, o, u. Or it can be a chanting of certain mantras such as “OM”, “HUM”, or “AH” or any combination such as “Om-Ah-Hum.” The idea is to listen on the inside and feel. This combination of rhythm and sound will take the consciousness into deep states of relaxation and trance.

With this practice, the ability to separate the notes (vocal harmonics) will come naturally as your awareness will be able to tune into subtle sounds within and then be able to project them at the same time.

For an example of what vocal harmonics sounds like, click the link to go to “Manaka Studios.”  Allow about a minute for the file to download. It’s an aif file and requires Quicktime Player. A free player can be uploaded here.

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