Music to Activate the Bliss Centers in the Spine

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Do you ever listen to certain songs that you cannot get enough of, playing them over and over again? It is like the body, mind, spirit, emotions, etc. seem to receive a kind of sustenance from them.

I’m remembering a particularly intense time in my life when I played Sarah Brightman’s “Time to Say Goodbye” over and over on my cd player. It was one of those CDs that I just could not get enough of. And it just so happened that, during that time, I was saying goodbye, leaving the monastic community that I had belonged to for 19 years.

One day, months later, it seemed that I had had my fill. I put the CD down and have not played it since. It was as though my body, mind and psyche craved the particular melodies, lyrics and overall resonance of the songs…until I had my fill.

Lately, I’ve been attracted to non-English speaking songs and artists, because the sounds of different languages seem to “tickle” or “activate” different cravings/desires/inspiration/pleasure centers of my mind and brain.

For the last couple of months, I’ve been listening to Sara Tavares, especially her “Ess Amor” and “muna Xeia.” Those songs, for me fall into the category of “so beautiful that they hurt.” I do not understand the meaning of the lyrics, but I like/crave certain sounds and overtones of what she sings.

When I listen to music, I feel for the sounds and resonances that vibrate/activate the pleasurable “feel good” centers in the spine. In this way, certain music has been hugely beneficial in maintaining well-being and for deepening sensitivity to inspiration and the bliss resonance.

I seek to connect with those who, like me, feel they have been “charged” to hold and ground the Bliss Resonance for Mother Earth. Please contact me if you’d like to experience the ecstatic current in the spine. It is a free session that will be of great benefit for you whether we decide to work together or not. Contact me here: bruce@manakastudios.com

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We Are Meant to Dance, Part 6

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We are meant to dance! Whether on the dance floor, while sitting in a coffee shop, while standing in line at the bank, while shopping at the market…with or without music! The body is meant to move, groove and luxuriate in the undercurrents of subtle vibrations that can be felt beneath the overall resonance of what we feel from moment to moment.

This doesn’t mean you would ever see me dancing at the coffee shop or while I’m standing in line at the market. For me, dancing includes a most pleasurable practice of “micro-movements,” following subtle bliss sensations that can be “embraced” and danced with on the “dance floor” of the spine.

What does this look like? It may not be noticeable to anyone who does not know what to look for. What is happening in the body through “micro-movements?” It can be likened to isotonic movements, except slower. These movements are not driven by mental intent or preconceived forms or exercise. They are informed by the inner experience of the bliss sensation as it moves wave-like and pulse-like through the body.

We’ve grown accustomed to experiencing a certain spectrum of feelings/sensations… and they’ve become familiar, normal, no big shakes. And we recognize this state of being as our day-to-day life, perhaps fairly stable, balanced, maybe even happy…interspersed with periods of sadness, grief, etc.

And then something happens. Some event, a beautiful sunset, a song, or walk in the forest…switches on the awareness of extremely fine vibrations… and most importantly that they are attuned to a bliss response in the body.

It was quite surprising to experience the bliss resonance in my body! More surprising was how close it always was, in the sense that I can remember the “echoes” of its presence throughout my life. It is like smoothly flowing oil moving through the body.

I seek to connect with those who, like me, feel they have been “charged” to hold and ground the Bliss Resonance for Mother Earth. Please contact me if you’d like to experience the ecstatic current in the spine. It is a free session that will be of great benefit for you whether we decide to work together or not. Contact me here: bruce@manakastudios.com

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We Are Meant to Dance, Part 5

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On the dance floor, the most intricate and delicate nuances of movements and postures can be explored to infinite depths. In the context of connecting with the Bliss Resonance in the spine, “micromovements” are ways to magnify and hold these ecstatic sensations. And these sensations have corresponding states of mind/consciousness that can also be explored/experienced.

What does this all mean? Very simply, while “grooving” with music you love dancing to, by allowing yourself to deeply feel and follow the activating sensations that make you want to move/dance, the sensations begin to increase in their intensity.

The very act of allowing and feeling these fine sensations magnifies the bliss response in the body. The experience of the increasing bliss resonance then has a way of “grabbing” the mind, holding it in the “geometry” of the sensation itself. I use the word “geometry” in the meaning that the body takes up (on its own) a posture or form…geometry! The energy moving through the body can “feel” circular, triangular, spiral-ish, etc.

The feel and play of “micromovements” are like dancing with silken threads of sensations that can be spun outwards to infinity. Imagine your arms, hands and fingers connected with these filaments of rainbow lights that are connected with the bliss resonance in the spine. It is in the feeling connection with bliss that gives meaning to this visualization. Imagination or visualization by itself (at least for me) is not strong enough to create the somatic experience of bliss. First comes the experience and then the visualization or imagination is created and given meaning.

I seek to connect with those who, like me, feel they have been “charged” to hold and ground the Bliss Resonance for Mother Earth. Please contact me if you’d like to experience the ecstatic current in the spine. It is a free session that will be of great benefit for you whether we decide to work together or not. Contact me here: http://manakastudios.com/contact.html

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We Are Meant to Dance, Part 4

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For anyone who loves to dance, they usually know what kind of music gets their juices flowing. Their bodies seem to move on their own, in resonance with what they hear and feel!

We are music loving, dance loving creations! When we tune into the fine sensation that is activated inside of us upon listening to our favorite music, a doorway is opened to experience that “Aha! There it is (the ecstatic vibration)!” moment with the Bliss Resonance.

That “Aha!” moment represents a conscious connection with the very fine, microscopic thread of the Bliss sensation that can be pulled and followed to exquisitely deep and luxurious feelings in the body and especially the spine.

In this connection with the Bliss Resonance, the sensation in the body is like the finest silken thread being pulled through the spine. This is the thread that the archetype of “Spider Woman” uses to weave the very fabric of creation! Her needles move at the speed of Now to create all things!

I write these accounts with the hope that—to those of you who have followed this “thread” of “We Are Meant to Dance” thus far, that it may awaken your apprehension of this very fine energetic thread moving through the spine and limbs and that you have the somatic experience of which I speak.

In this experience the body is as a lightning rod so to speak, electrified by the ecstatic current moving through the field of the body. For those who resonate with these words, with the space that I speak from, understand that you are a mere hairbreadth away from that “Aha!” recognition of the sublime Bliss Resonance!

I seek to connect with those who, like me, feel they have been “charged” to hold and ground the Bliss Resonance for Mother Earth. Please contact me if you’d like to experience the ecstatic current in the spine. It is a free session that will be of great benefit for you whether we decide to work together or not.

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We Are Meant to Dance, Part 3

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While listening to our favorite music, or while dancing, it is easy to tune into that place of enjoyment within ourselves. Now, for those who are interested in magnifying those pleasant, uplifting sensations, it is a matter–as mentioned in my last post–of “recognizing consciously” what is activating us to move/dance in resonance with what we are listening to.

“Recognizing consciously” means, in the way I use it here, is getting to that “Aha! There it is!” with the Bliss Resonance that is activating our desire to move and groove with the music we listen to.

It is a kind of “capturing” the bubble of bliss that is viscerally felt in the body, usually most strongly in the spine. It is a sensation that contorts the spine, arching it backwards. The body, when we surrender to the sensation, knows how to luxuriate in the vibration.

The eyes then naturally go upwards, as though following the sensation up the spine to the area above the crown.

It is fairly easy to feel the activating Bliss Resonance in the body when listening to music, or when doing any creative activity. The main and subtle point that I believe is most significant here is in getting to that “aha!” moment when you intuitively understand how to grab hold of the very fine sensation that moves like a bubble in the spine…and you know that you are intimately connected with a sensation/vibration/energy that expands in waves of bliss the deeper you allow yourself to feel and luxuriate in its resonance.

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We Are Meant to Dance! Part 2

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Went to last night’s Ecstatic Dance, something I’ve not been able to do regularly of late. I realized how much I miss it, how important dance has been in helping me to connect with the very fine Bliss Resonance that I speak so often of in my blog posts.

In dance, it is easy to connect with the waves of “feel good” juices in the body. Now, something interesting: I notice that certain types of sounds and their overtones can be tracked to very deep places in the body, especially in the areas of the spine. Physical vibration that can be felt in finer and finer subtlety. For me (and it might be different for others), certain sounds of the voice, flute, didgeridoo, violin and sitar especially have a way of vibrating the innermost areas of the spine.

This morning, as I listen to the bamboo flute as played by Steve Gorn in his piece “At Ease,” it is easy to follow the vibration of the sounds into the spine, where the build-up of the Bliss Resonance then happens of itself. The natural movement of the body is a kind of contortion of the spine, a squeezing sensation that moves bliss through the body.

It just requires an initial recognition of what is activating, nudging us to move in resonance with the music. Have you ever wondered why most young people (perhaps not all), loves to dance? Of course there might be the obvious wanting to meet potential mates. Music, sex, dance…it all gets mixed into the cauldron of our primal urges/desires.

By tuning into that very fine, activating nudge/desire that moves us to dance or have sex, therein lies the conscious connection with the Bliss Resonance. When you make that visceral, conscious connection, everything changes…

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We Are Meant to Dance!

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The human body is such an amazing creation! We were made to dance, to move in rhythm with the heartbeat of Nature, with the music we love…because it feels so freakin’ good to do so!

My recent mix of favorite artists: Sarah Tavares, Adriana Calcanhotto, Habib Koite, Fatoumata Diawara and Marisa Monte, to me when I listen and feel their music, the vibrations/overtones/resonance of their voices have a way of “squeezing” the “feel good” juices as though through every cell of my body.

Have you ever heard someone express someone’s artistry of voice as being “So beautiful that it hurts?” So beautiful that we cry? Scream? The above mentioned artists do that for me.

Children have such an abundance of physical energy that they usually have a natural ease and grace with dancing. Their expression of movement through dance comes as a joyful overflow of energy…if the natural connection with their bodies hasn’t been shamed or censored out of them.

As we grow older, our dancing becomes more structured. We want to learn dance moves, styles, etc. It is safer to dance in ways that are within acceptable boundaries and styles. On dance floors. In the safe container of other dancers.

I admire people who feel free enough to dance at bus stops, on the street, at the workplace, with or without music…just for the joy of dancing!

Until that day comes when I feel that kind of freedom, I have a way to play/dance with the feel good juices of music, whether sitting, standing or laying down. It starts with feeling for that delicate, activating, blissful sensation in the body that wants to move to the rhythms of the music being listened to. As you follow the sensations, pay attention to how the energy wants to move, how it wants to position the body in ways that magnifies the sensation. This is the point at which the palate of sensations expands dramatically. The inner dance becomes like a gigantic smile or giggle moving ecstatically through the spine and body!

More on this later…

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