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Nondual Highlights Issue #1532 Saturday, August 23, 2003 Editor: Mark
The Quiet Awareness of
simply tuning in and seeing, feeling, tasting, touching, and
hearing the sounds in our immediate environment brings on a
stillness of mind that is universally relaxing to all who will
take even a few moments to simply be.
Combining this quiet awareness with Breath Awareness, noticing when we are inhaling and when we are exhaling is a natural and easy method of staying in the moment, in the quiet awareness for a longer period of time.
These two steps in the process that is structured to lead us to intuitive consciousness are, in themselves, meditation techniques that quiet the inner dialogue and bring on a comfortable relaxation. For those who's goal is stress reduction and stress management, this is an effective tool. With practice, the gentle relaxation and peace of mind can be entered into almost immediately. And this simple 2-step opens a place within and becomes a haven from the rush and chaos of life.
For those who are responding to an intuitive stirring that there may (or must!) be something more to life than they are experiencing, there is more to be discovered (or rediscovered).
The model for this journey to the more, or what is called an Experience of Pure Intuitive Consciousness, asks us to enter the Quiet Awareness, then the Breath Awareness, and next...
Heart Awareness, or what is called The Mystic Heart. In Christianity, it might be called the sacred heart or the throne room of God, a center in which God, the Absolute abides (of course, this is a model that is necessarily dualistic, that is a ladder to that "place" beyond duality and realization that God "resides" everywhere, within and without -- all is within God or Source or the Absolute. Attachment to any particular model is the genesis for "war" and fundamentalism.)
In Yoga, this is the 4th Chakra, and the opening of this chakra has many wonderful and amazing stories.
Heart Awareness is very, very subtle and can take a long time to attune to for many people. But also for many people, the intuitive stirring has been going on for a long time, the search and journey into the mystic, peace of mind, enlightenment, has taken years and years before their karma or harmony or good fortune has brought them to the place when even the words, "The Mystic Heart" resonate within and "call" to them.
So, for some travelers, the very first visit to the The Mystic Heart Meditation can be a startling, stunning, thunderbolt of awakening.
Once settled in Quiet Awareness, using Breath Awareness, by choice or necessity to remain in the quiet and peaceful place, we begin to "listen" to our heart -- not the physical heart beating, but rather for the quiet wisdom and kindness and compassion that we think of when we speak of someone having a good heart.
Listen for your good heart, let its message travel up to the point between your eyebrows as you inhale, and go back to the well for more, as you exhale.
Try to avoid any concept here. Simply listen from within, maintain your quiet awareness and let the wisdom of The Mystical Heart "inform" your quiet mind. No words, no interpretation. Simply allow the connection to take place. Bring no expectation. Simply be in this meditation.
- Jeff Belyea, [email protected]
The living body of man and the living body of the earth were constructed in the same way. Through each ran an axis, man's axis being the backbone, the vertebral column, which controlled the equilibrium of its movements and his functions. Along this axis were several vibratory centers which echoed the primordial sound of life throughout the universe or sounded a warning if anything went wrong.
The first of these in man lay at the top of the head. Here, when he was born, was the soft spot, the 'open door' through which he received his life and communicated with his Creator. Just below it lay the second center, the organ that man learned to think with by himself, the organ called the brain. The third center lay in the throat, the fourth center was the heart, and the last of man's important centers lay under his navel.
The Hopis believe that man is created perfect in the image of his Creator. Then, after 'closing the door' (at the top of the head) and 'falling from grace' into the uninhibited expression of his own human will, he begins his slow climb back upward. With this turn man rises upward, bringing into predominant function each of the higher centers. The door at the crown of the head then opens, and he merges into the wholeness of all Creation, whence he sprang.
- from Book of the Hopi by Frank Waters.
It is impossible to
describe the experience accurately. I felt the point of
consciousness that was myself growing wider, surrounded by waves
of light. It grew wider and wider, spreading outward while the
body, normally the immediate object of its perception, appeared
to have receded into the distance until I became entirely
unconscious of it. I was now all consciousness, without any
outline, without any idea of a corporeal appendage, without any
feeling or sensation coming from the senses, immersed in a sea of
light simultaneously conscious and aware of every point, spread
out, as it were, in all directions, without any barrier or
I was no longer myself, or to be more accurate, no longer as I knew myself to be, a small point of awareness confined in a body, but instead was a vast circle of consciousness in which the body was but a point, bathed in light and in a state of exaltation and happiness inpossible to describe.
- fromLiving With Kundalini by Gopi Krishna, published by Shambala.
You dance, dance, dance.
Then n/um lifts you up in your belly and lifts you in your back,
and you start to shiver. N/um makes you tremble, it's hot. Your
eyes are open, but you don't look around; you hold your eyes
still and look straight ahead. But when you get into !kia, you're
looking around because you see everything, because you see what's
troubling everybody ... N/um enters every part of your body,
right to the tip of your feet and even your hair.
N/um is put into the body through the backbone. It boils in my belly and boils up to my head. The thing comes up after a dance; then when I lay my hands of a sick person, the n/um in me will go into him and cure him.
In your backbone you feel a pointed something, and it works its way up. The base of your spine is tingling, tingling, tingling; and then it makes your thoughts nothing in your head.
- from the documentary N/um Tchai: The Ceremonial Dance of the !Kung Bushmen by John Marshall, Harvard University.
More here: http://www.mamiwata.com/kung.html
The ascent of Kundalini as
it pierces through the chakras is manifested in certain physical
and psychic signs. Yogis have described the trembling of the body
which precedes the arousal of Kundalini, and the explosion of
heat which passes like a current through the Susumna channel.
During Kundalini's ascent, inners sounds resemble a waterfall,
the humming of bees, the sound of a bell, a flute, or the
tinkling of ornaments. In closed-eye perception the yogi
visualizes a variety of forms, such as dots of light, or
geometrical shapes that in the final state of illumination
dissolve into an inner radiance of intensely bright, pure light.
The aspirant may experience creeping sensations in the spinal
cord, tingling sensations all over the body, heaviness in the
head or sometimes giddiness, automatic and involuntary laughing
or crying; or he may see visions of deities or saints.
Dream-scenes of all kinds may appear, from the heavenly to the
demonic. Physically, the abdomen wall may become flat and be
drawn towards the spine; there may be diarrhea or constipation;
the anus contracts and is drawn up; the chin may press down
against the neck; the eyeballs roll upwards or rotate; the body
may bend forward or back, or even roll around on the floor;
breathing may be constricted (sometimes is seems to cease
altogether, although in fact if does not, but merely becomes
extremely slight); the mind becomes empty and there is an
experience of being a witness in the body.
There may be a feeling of Prana flowing in the brain or spinal cord. Sometimes there is a spontaneous chanting of mantras or songs, or simply vocal noises. The eyes may not open in spite of one's efforts to open them. The body may revolve or twist in all directions. Sometimes it bounces up and down with crossed legs, or creeps about, snake-like on the floor. Some perform asanas (yogic postures) both known and unknown; sometimes the hands move in classic, formal dance patterns, even though the meditator knows nothing of dance. Some speak in tongues.
Sometimes the body feels as if it is floating upwards, and sometimes as if it is being pressed down into the earth. It may feel as if it has grown enormously large, or extremely small. It may shake and tremble and become limp, or turn as rigid as stone. Some get more appetite, some feel aversion to food. Even when engaged in activities other than meditation, the aspirant who concentrates his mind, experiences movements of Prana-shakti all over the body, or slight tremors. There may be aches in the body, or a rise or drop in temperature. Some people become lethargic and averse to work. Sometimes the meditator hears buzzing sounds as of blowing conches, or bird-song or ringing bells. Questions may arise in the mind and be spontaneously answered during meditation.
Sometimes the tongue sticks to the palate or is drawn back towards the throat, or protrudes from the mouth. The throat may get dry or parched. The jaws may be clenched, but after a time they reopen. One may start yawning when one sits for meditation. There may be a feeling of the head becoming separated from the body, or "headlessness." Sometimes one may be able to see things around one even with the eyes closed. Various types of intuitive knowledge may begin. One may see one's own image. One may even see one's own body lying dead. From some or all of these signs, one may know that Kundalini Shakti has become active. The Kundalini produces whatever experiences are necessary for the aspirant's spiritual progress, according to habit-pattern formed by past action.
- Ajit Mookerjee from "Kundalini - The Awakening of Inner Energy" in Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science edited by Stanislov Grof and published by State University of New York Press.
- Painting entitled Serpent by Skřítečka. More here: http://habib.mysteria.cz/galerie/photo.html#row3
All Glory unto the current of Divine Bliss which, brimming from the river of Thy Holy stories, flows into the lake of my mind, through the canals of intellect, subduing the dust of sin and cooling the heat of memory - Shankaracharya
There are four ways in which
the Guru deliberately awakens the Shakti: by touch, word, look,
and thought. The first method is initiation through touch, called
sparsha diksha. The
touch can also be given by an authorized disciple of the Guru and
such a touch carries with it the full power of the Guru who has
authorized it. There are three main places that the Guru touches:
one is the space between the eyebrows at the ajna
chakra, another place is in the heart, and
the third place is the muladhara, at the base of the spine. It
was through his touch that Sri Ramakrishna gave Vivekananda an
instantaneous experience of divinity.
The second method of initiation is through word, or mantra diksha,in which the Guru's Shakti enters the disciple by means of the mantra. The Guru who gives this mantra has repeated it himself for a long time during the course of his sadhana, has realized the power of the mantra, and is able to charge it with a living conscious force. His whole being is saturated with the mantra. When the Guru has made his mantra divine and alive, that mantra is then known as chaitanya, or conscious mantra. This mantra is perfect; it brings liberation, as well as bestowing all types of powers. Through constant repetition of the mantra,the Kundalini is awakened. If the Guru whispers the mantra directly into one's ear, then the Kundalini may be immediately awakened.
When one practices the prana mantra, so'ham, becoming aware of the syllables ham and sa which come in and go out with the breath, the Shakti awakens very quickly.
The third method is called drik diksha, initiation through a look. One who gives this initiation should have an inward look. If you look at the pictures of the great saints, you will see that their eyes are directed inward, at the inner Self. Even though the eyes of such a being are open and appear to be looking outward, actually his attention is fixed within his own being. So, only one who is permanently established in the inward look can give initiation through the eyes.
The fourth way is initiation by thought, called manasa diksha,in which the Guru just thinks about it and the person gets initiated.
When there is an instantaneous experience of the supreme Reality through either the touch, word, look, or thought of the Guru, this initiation is called shambavi diksha. This is the great initiation. However, few people have the strength to bear the force of the impact of such an initiation.
- from Kundalini - The Secret of Life by Swami Muktananda, published by SYDA Foundation.
Painting entitled Chakra Constellations by Joseph Inverso. http://www.visionaryartwork.com/Gallery_3_files/gallery_3.htm
"petals" of the sahasrar
are just a symbol for the feelings that occur when energy
overflows. The overflowing is a flowering, just like a flower,
itself, is an overflowing. You will feel that something has
become a flower. The door is open ad it will go outward.
It will not be felt inwardly, it will be felt outwardly. Something has opened like a flower, like a flower with a thousand petals. It is just a feeling, but the feeling corresponds to the truth. The feeling is a translation and interpretation. The mind cannot conceive of it, but the feeling is just like a flowering. The closest, the nearest thing that we can say is that it is like a bud opening. It is felt like that. That is why we have conceived of the opening of the sahasrar as "a thousand petaled lotus."
So many petals - so many! And they go on opening... they go on opening. The opening is endless. It is a fulfillment; it is a flowering of the human being. Then you become just like a tree, and everything that was in you has flowered.
Then all you can do is to offer this flower to the divine. We have been offering flowers, but they are broken flowers. Only this flower can be a real offering.
- from Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, published by Harper & Row.
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