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Nature, Is it Nice?

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Nature in its sheer, raw, primal power doesn’t seem “nice” (at least from our “human” standpoint) and will chew us up and spit us out…if we were to not take care of ourselves and each other…and it could do so anyway, regardless of all the care and planning we might take to survive and be in balance here on Earth.

It seems that in the frequency range of our human consciousness, I know that I like to (and perhaps most of us like to) anthropomorphize Nature, to relate to and give this powerful force human attributes. Thus, Mother Earth, Divine Mother, Heavenly Father, etc..etc.

And Nature/Spirit/God seems to show up for us in the forms that best suits our temperament. At least that is how it has been for me.

Otherwise, it can get too overwhelming when faced with such suffering, of our own or of the collective. To me it sometimes seems that Nature can be painfully impersonal, especially when dealing with intense physical or emotional pain.

In the realm of my own humanity, where I can feel love, bliss, sadness, pain, etc., It gives me great comfort to be able to relate to Nature from my own humanness, regardless of how much suffering can occur in Nature and how “inhuman” and even “cruel” Nature might seem to be.

However, I don’t think Nature is outside the bandwidth of our humanness. We love, hate, feel sadness, bliss…because it is in our “Nature” to do so…and from this perspective Nature can seem to be incredibly personal…and also very much like a great story that gives meaning to our world.

Does our story of Nature help us grow spiritually, or is it cause for contraction?

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 if you’d like to: Connect With the Bliss Resonance

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Dance of Well Being, Part 2

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Focusing the mind upon subtle body sensations can be a way of quieting the mind, an easy way of focusing the attention. When placing the mind upon the overall resonance of sensations, the feelings can be resolved into a kind of “ball of vibration” that can be squeezed, pushed and pulled through the body, that effortlessly attracts the attention and focuses the mind.

This is experienced as a delicate dance of exquisite sensations balanced upon the pinpoint of the mind’s attention.

What holds the attention? Bliss…

What is meant by the “ball of vibration?” It is the sum total, the overall resonance of all that is felt in the moment. Sensations include all vibrations coming in through the physical senses and may include smells, tastes, sounds, sights, etc.

The main ingredient here is in connecting with the underlying sensation that has a “feel good” aspect and that imparts a feeling of well being. This particular vibratory “ingredient” is the secret sauce without which the above is just another technique that cannot take you very deep.

The very feeling/sensation of well being, of bliss, is the prompt that can take you to deepest levels of the awareness of Being!

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!

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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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Meditation “Practice” Pt 2

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This post is a continuation of my last blog entry. A good friend and reader left insights and comments regarding my last entry that I feel are very important for any spiritual seeker to consider.  The following is from Scott,  (a fellow ex-monk from the same ashram we once lived in) from Skeptics Meditation followed by my response:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic. Having thought about this myself too, but somewhat differently.

I’d go further than the harms of “mental constructs of meditation”.

How about these unprovable “mental constructs”? Aum or chakras, Third Eyes, or Spinal Currents (kundalini serpents).

Failing to ever know for ourselves whether we really experience these we rely on the gurus, texts, and spiritual traditions which implanted the concepts in our minds in the first place. It’s a perfect recipe (dished up by the teachers) to never trust oneself, one feelings or sensations.

Thanks Scott, for your thoughts and insights. My approach and thinking around the “mental constructs” of Aum, chakras, third eye, etc is this: I have my physical body that is able to feel sensations. I also feel emotions like sadness, joy, anger, etc. I also know that I have what I call the “mind” that wants to make sense of the world. Concepts, such as “Aum” has a very different meaning for me now.

When I sing/tone Aum, I feel for the sensations that go from the back of the throat and ends at the lips. I tone it in a way that vibrates my nasal cavity. This has a particular sensation that feels really good. That “feel good” sensation expands the more I allow myself to feel.

It wasn’t always this way. Chanting Om had no real affect on me, at least not in a deep way. It wasn’t until I started throat singing, gutteral singing that I started to feel in a deeper way. Still, no real big shakes.

One day, for no reason that I can remember, I noticed how sensations had “underlying” sensations, very fine vibrations that I could feel. Not in my imagination, but really feel. This opened the way for me to explore subtle vibrations. In exploring fine vibrations in the body, I also came to feel exquisite “feel good” sensations.

Attributing any special “spiritual” meaning to this visceral experience would just get in the way, as the act of thinking about it seems to cut off the deeply felt “feel good” feelings. I describe this as the “Bliss Resonance.” I use the term “Bliss” because in my experience it is a visceral experience, just as intense as sexual orgasm, just in a different area of the body, higher up in the spine. Ascribing otherworldly, spiritual meaning to the experience is not necessary, but words are required in order to convey the process.

Take the words, “Kundalini serpents” for example. Just words, concepts describing an energetic state of the body/mind…along with a lot of “spiritual connotations” that may or may not be scientifically provable.

For me it would remain just stuff of the imagination, heavy mental baggage if devoid of the somatic feel, the visceral experience of what feels like (to me) a coiling, serpentine movement of vibration/energy in the spine.

Now, to me, there is a very fine and interesting point that can be made here. Inquiring minds might say, “It’s all made up stuff in someone’s imagination! It’s not real. At most, it is just a sensation/vibration/feeling that is exaggerated to be something way more than what it really is. So f***n big deal!” And they would be correct in their assessment. The Kundalini energy is just a vibration, a sensation, a feeling.

Here’s the thing though…and I can only speak from my own experience of the sensation…and that is all anyone really has that can be of real significance: our own experience. From my perspective as an artist, it is as if my palette of paints went from a dozen colors to more than a thousand.

Likewise, it is as if my “palette” of perceived sensations in my body (especially the spine) went from a dozen to over a thousand, with the underlying and significant sensation being that of the Bliss Resonance, an extremely pleasurable and activating vibration that comes with an “Oh my f***n God!” exhortation. In other words, the experience leaves no room for conjecture, “Did I imagine that? Was that real?” Etc. Etc. It is like, if anyone wonders whether or not they had an orgasm or not, they definitely did not! 🙂

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks again Scott! Your comments, questions, insights are always welcome here!

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Lessons from the Flu – Part 2

My recent bout with the flu (which I’ve completely recovered from) has been a reminder to me that when the body is unwell, it is very difficult to enjoy things that ordinarily gives great joy and/or pleasure: Listening to my favorite music. Sitting by a beautiful river. Walking in Nature. Nope! Nope! Nope! Doing art, playing music, singing. Nope! Nope! Nope!

As I’ve mentioned before, pain/illness is like a dimmer switch turning down the “feel good” juice in the body…and the natural enjoyment level of what I might consider beautiful, sublime, wonderful, fun, etc. seems to get turned off completely, overpowered by the primal, activating desire to simply be rid of pain.

There seems to be a built-in mechanism or consciousness in the body that moves us towards balance, homeostasis, feelings of wellness. Now, even when the body is well, there is a natural desire to move towards harmonious environments and away from dissonant, distracting ones. For example, it is far easier to enjoy a sense of well being while in a quiet setting (like in the woods), as opposed to being in a place surrounded by leaf blowers, nail guns, jackhammers, etc.

If we tune into, follow the sensations of well being, the “feel good” vibration in the body, it can be felt/experienced as a kind of expanding pressure in the body, like the positive air pressure in a greenhouse. This energy, mojo, prana, bliss, whatever you want to call it, moves with infinite subtlety of vibration through the body and seems to know how to “posture” and move the body as a way to magnify/expand the depths of its creative expression.

Again, when the body is unwell (as with the flu), although the connection with our mojo, the Bliss Resonance in the body is turned down (if not off), a conscious, “Aha!” moment of recognizing it coming back online can be established as the body begins to regain energy.

After illness, when the body has been purged of toxins and has gotten its much needed rest, during that time of energy uptake, the sensitivity to subtle vibrations of the Bliss Resonance as it once again reseats in the body is very high. This allows an opening/opportunity to make deep acquaintance and connection with the serpentine dance of creation!

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