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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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Creativity – Getting Into Flow

The following post is in response to a question I received in my last post regarding my creative process.

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Whether drawing, writing, playing music, dancing, etc., one of the most important aspects of my creative process is in “just starting,” in the sense of getting energy moving, getting past the hump of any inertia that may be present. During this stage especially, I do not judge or edit, I just create, move energy until I sink into a familiar state of flow. I’ve learned to recognize the “feeling” of flow: a state of being/feeling connected with the underlying Bliss. It’s a kind of bodily vibration/hum that naturally draws the attention within… because it feels good.

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My drawings have evolved. At first, I really did not know how to draw… I just allowed myself to be relaxed and to not worry about form, structure, right/wrong, etc. I enjoy the flow of pen on paper, without judging what comes through.
I usually start a drawing without a plan, immersing myself in the process of getting into flow and the bodily state of trance. It feels blissful to be in a state of creativity and flow. Whatever shows up on paper I get a sense later on of whether or not I’d like to publicly share.

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The themes that come to me are usually archetypes and energies that “feel” like they open energetic connections within. It then becomes an exploration of feelings and vibrations. Whenever I draw or write, I feel like I’m “playing” with the sheerest, most subtle vibrations that move wave-like through the bodily field.
Every drawing then becomes a kind of doorway for me that allows intimations of extremely fine vibratory realms.

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I just start drawing, moving pen over paper. Much of my art will have the same symbols (lines, circles, spirals, faces, etc.), but each art piece represents to me a kind of inner resonance of Being.
Thanks again Scott!
Here are the links to my other posts on creativity:
http://wp.me/p5JsY-3R
http://wp.me/p5JsY-38
http://wp.me/p5JsY-34

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Kundalini Activation – What are the Dangers?

There seems to be quite a bit of concern regarding Kundalini activation in the body. Individuals ask if it can be dangerous if awakened abruptly or before the body and mind are prepared. I can only speak from my own experience. For me, the sensations in the spine came on very gently for me…so gently that I was not able to associate anything with it. It seemed strangely familiar, and quite pleasureable, but I did not know how to maintain it. I felt like I was walking on air for a couple of weeks or so…until it went away…for years.

Fast-forward many years later, never forgetting the experience and wistfully thinking that a door that had once opened itself to me was now impossibly shut. However, to my great joy and for reasons I will not get into quite yet, the sensations returned. This time around, I was able to follow and feel the intensity of the vibrations back to the spine. Oh…my…God! Again, the feelings began very gently, but then built up into a crescendo of convulsive contortions of the body accompanied by hissing breaths…and yet with unimaginable sensations of pleasure and bliss!

Getting back to the question regarding whether or not Kundalini activations can be dangerous… Well, I believe there can be a danger if the body is not physically healthy and pliable, because the amount of energy going through it is quite high. It would be like having a body that is fit for 100 watts, but 1000 watts of power is trying to surge through. I also believe it important to have emotional baggage cleared out, because stagnant or stuck energy in the body can be quite painful when the energy surge finds any type of blockage.

The energy has its own wisdom, and especially when Kundalini moves through the body, it knows what to do, taking up certain postures and breathing patterns without our having to direct its flow. It is very much like a serpent spirit in the body, moving and undulating, twisting and squeezing…

Oh, and something else to consider… I believe I missed Her (Kundalini) for years because of her subtle, in-the-background presence, like white noise that I paid little attention too. Something that might help: pay attention to the finest sensation that you can feel in the spine and allow the breath to build up the sensation. Allow the body to assume whatever position it needs to, to magnify the feelings in the spine. The breath and body posture is not something that you think about, it just happens.

Hope this helps. Also, the visual for me regarding what is happening in the spine is that of a microscopic thread of pleasurable vibration that is being pulled through the spinal cord while the body naturally assumes certain “locks” or positions. This is a way of literally “following your bliss.”

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Creativity, Enchantment and Sacred Space

Everything that I do revolves around my play with “Creativity, Enchantment and Sacred Space;” and it is through the relationship that I have with the Child within that I learn to flow with Creativity, live in the dimension of Enchantment and foster Sacred Space. Very simply, “I am the invitation for the Child to come out and play.”

When I speak of “Child” I mean the inner archetype or energy of creativity that flows within. The inner child can also be our connection to the Mother/Father Divine. When we allow ourselves to merge energetically with the Child, the energy then wishes to express creatively through the unique channel of our lives. I use sound, voice (overtone singing), rhythm, dance, movement, art (writing and drawing), and playing music as a way for the creative energy to express. The more I allow (without mental editing or self-criticism), the more it begins to flow easily and effortlessly. The energy flow also becomes joyful, ecstatic, moving like nectar through the body.

Learn to listen to your heart and body…without judgment, without story. Feel! Feel! Feel! Ask any body part what message it wishes to convey to you. Listen and feel.

This vision has gotten very clear in the last year or so and it’s how I conduct my sound healing events. I have the participants sing and dance their prayers and intentions. It is just a matter of getting out of our own way.

I did not take any special training to learn overtone singing. I taught myself by listening and feeling (on the inside). There are, however, recordings that can be found on Youtube (do a search for “overtone singing,” “throat singing,” and “Harmonic singing”). You can find lots of help with technique online… Have fun with singing (without pushing yourself). Learn to listen for subtlety…that is where the true power lies in overtone singing. Follow and listen for the subtle vibrations that dance within…they will awaken and help you move energy in the body.

Most of all, have fun! If it’s not fun you’re trying too hard! It’s all a dance and play of energy. It’s like the human equivalent of a cat’s purr. The whole body begins to vibrate. I sing now (as much as I can) only with people that are open hearted and willing to play. When I do events, I take lots of time to bless the area of play and the individuals present. This is the blessing of “Sacred Space.” In this way, the Child feels safe to come out and play. When the Child comes out, many wonderful things can happen. The consciousness goes into deep trance and the vibration of love and bliss begins to be experienced. It is a thing of great Beauty and Enchantment!

There are infinite dimensions of creativity that can be explored. Just get the energy moving without stopping to consider why you may be feeling a lack of inspiration. Start something…listen and feel deeply while expressing through your writings, drawings or music. There is no “stuckness” save in your own choice to not start the process. Once you allow and begin something creative, no matter how small or large, the momentum of creativity will begin to move of itself, allowing for tremendous bursts of expression. Step out of the way! Do not judge or question whether or not you are “good enough.” Create! Create everyday. Your life and Being is inherently creative. Allow the Divine to sing and dance through you. If you ever feel uninspired, that is a trick of the mind. Just start the process of moving energy and then inspiration will always be with you. It is as natural as breathing in and out. Feel and listen to the Spirit that lives within. You are Creativity. Live and breathe its Spirit. Receive and be filled with what is already yours and then give thanks that your consciousness can now understand and receive this!

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Learning Overtone Singing for Accessing the Higher Self

The following techniques are guidelines to help you get the feel and sound of the high, medium and low register overtones. Once you are familiar with the sounds and comfortable in creating the overtones, you will discover your own techniques and unique sounds to explore. These techniques should in no way strain the vocal cords. In fact, the quality of the voice and breathing capacity should improve with practice. Have fun with the techniques! Remember, no forcing or straining. The overtones come when you are deeply relaxed!

Higher Register: the harmonics sound similar to high whistling.

  • Tip of tongue behind the upper front teeth
    Make small movements with the lips and tongue to get the overtones vibrating.
  • EE as in “year”
    Listen especially during the transition between the “y” to “ee” sound, and then from “ee” to “rr” sounds.

The listening part is most important. Take note of how the sound changes with very slight movements in tongue position. Experiment with volume (low to high). The EE sound corresponds to the spiritual eye and crown centers. Pay attention to these areas as you practice.

It is also important to note that you are already creating harmonics with your voice. This is what makes your voice unique. The techniques you are learning are just ways to tune into and magnify certain notes or “partials.”

Mid Register: the harmonics sound like ethereal flutes.

  • OH as in OM
    Lips slightly round and tongue flat on bottom of mouth and slightly pulled towards back of throat. Visualize small grapefruit expanding the space in the mouth. The sound of OH corresponds to the root chakra (at base of spine), giving a sense of grounding and connection with Earth energies.
  • UU as in “you.”
    With slightly round lips, sing UU and then move the tongue slightly and slowly forward. Listen to the changes in harmonics. Repeat. Again, experiment with volume. The sound of UU corresponds to the throat area, the seat of creativity and expression.

Lower Register: The harmonics sound guttural (similar to Tibetan Buddhist chanting). The lower register can also sound like low notes of a flute or like someone blowing sideways on the opening of a bottle. The harmonics are produced in the back of the throat in general but can also be produced throughout the mouth with practice.

  • OH as in “OM”
    Relax the throat and open up the back of the throat and nasal passages. As you tone the sound of “OH” create a cavity in the mouth (visualize the grapefruit) and push air out through the mouth and nasal passage. This takes a bit of practice. Experiment with going back and forth with pushing air out mostly through the mouth and then a combination of through the mouth and nose.

Sound of motor: with lips closed (no air going through), make the sound of a motor (kind of like a sawing sound) high in the nasal cavities. When you get this sound, try opening the mouth to add overtones from the expanded space.

In practicing the upper, middle and lower range harmonics, keeping the nasal passages open and allowing some air and vibration to pass through this area is a great help in producing the harmonics. In the beginning, however, it may not feel natural and so to get a feel for this, practice with mouth closed for a little while. Hum through the nose and listen to each of the aforementioned sounds.

With time and practice you will learn to hear a wide range of harmonics and will begin to project greater energy in sounding out different overtones at the same time. You will then be able to create your own unique combinations of overtones that will help you towards a greater sense of well being and balance.

Have fun with your practice and let me know how you are coming along.

Bruce Manaka
http://www.manakastudios.com
https://accessingyourhigherself.wordpress.com

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Copyright 2008-2009 Manaka Studios

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Power of the Human Voice – Using the Voice to Manifest Dreams

This post describes the power of the human voice when used as a way to alter mental frequencies for accessing the deepest dream states and to also change for the better any difficult circumstance of our lives. We can use the human voice as “Divine Frequency Modulator” to help us gain conscious entrance to dream states and to also shift the awareness to higher planes or dimensions.

The mind is habituated to certain frequencies or vibrations that it has become accustomed to. The whole experience of life lies within a certain range of resonances, and these make up the spectrum of what you relate to in life. As you learn to slow thoughts down, your frequency changes, allowing for experiences beyond the normal range of perceptions.

Nightly dreams are generated from these slower frequencies. The dream states can be accessed consciously during sleep when you maintain awareness during the transition period between states. The usual habit is to fall asleep as you approach the subconscious realms. With practice, you can learn to maintain awareness as you drift into the land of dreams. It is a matter of tuning into and feeling the frequencies of sleep with awareness.

When you begin to understand the dreamlike nature of the waking state, you will begin to understand yourself connected with a vastly wide consciousness that is dreaming a dream of life through you. Feel and listen now on the inside. Watch and observe; drop into the field of the wider consciousness that is all around you–everywhere.

As you relax and release attachments to thoughts, you will find the energy moving of itself, expressing in ways that does not require any type of thought process that you are familiar with. Immerse now into the flow of the Creative River. It is strong and moves easily and effortlessly. Observe dispassionately. As you do so, the creative voice that wishes to express will find easy manifestation through a heart that is open to the ebb and flow of the cosmic dream.

Step out of the way! As you relax and go into the deeper states of trance, you will find the energy of your Higher Self stepping into your field of consciousness. Allow this to naturally unfold as you observe within. Take note of the different states of consciousness, from wakefulness to the deepest levels of sleep and unconsciousness.

When you fall asleep at night you are in effect entering a different realm of consciousness, a different frequency of awareness. When you awaken you return again to the dimension and frequency of awareness that includes body consciousness and a certain type of mindset and belief system regarding personal identity and spacial location.

The body and world has a resonant frequency that you vibrate along with; and it can sometimes be difficult to change the patterns (your circumstances) even if you wish and pray to do so! The world of vibration has a way of tuning everything around it to its own rate of frequency: a noisy, discordant office with artificial light and little air circulation has very well-known negative effects on body and mind… and yet the mind does have power to change the frequency of the environment through the use of things that are also in the environment. Certain types of music can energize or relax; the sounds of nature such as waterfalls, waves, bird sounds, etc. can have the same effects. The use of drums and rattles can induce deeply hypnogogic states that can open the mind to conscious dreaming.

There is also the human voice which has the range and power to deeply affect the environment and circumstances when used with the twin stallions of emotion and conviction. What gives words power? Vibration! And especially vibrations backed by calm feelings that are connected with the cosmic energy of Divine Love!

If the world weighs heavily upon you, it is because the combined frequencies of fear and hate have created a vibratory quicksand that keeps you trapped and unable to move, caught in hypnotic spell of confusion and inertia. And yet the human voice has the power to shatter any spell or fetter of mind, and can change the environment when used in its role as “Divine Frequency Modulator.” Through its connection with the Divine Source the voice can move mountains of difficulties and change the course of lives!

Explore the power of the voice by first intoning words of Truth with deepest feeling and conviction. Elongate the words, especially the vowel sounds and then listen and feel as the mind enters the deepest states of calm attention. Go deeper still and connect feeling, vibration and words with the Cosmic Source.

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Overcoming the Restless Mind – Slowing Down the Breath and Heart

If ever you find the mind jumping around restlessly, or dwelling painfully on past events, it’s very simple to just take a deep breath, relax and stop the movements of both body and eyes. When the eyes are perfectly still, the body and mind naturally tend to calm down and come to a point of stillness. Try this whenever you feel restless. With stillness of body and eyes, the breath and heartbeat naturally slow down and the thoughts can be experienced as though you are just observing them.

During these precious moments of quiet and stillness, it is easy to just be, to observe and allow “Presence” to unfold without attachment or story. Allow and open! Relax and listen on the inside. The energy of Presence will then flow of itself. Can you see how it works? All sounds and voices, inner and outer merge into the symphony of what is and what wishes to express. Listen to and feel all that lingers in the background ambiance of your mind without attachment or grasping!

Enter at will the trance state, the state of great peace. It just requires a slowing down of your thoughts–of your brainwaves. This is easily accomplished by keeping the eyes perfectly still as you quietly sit. Be aware, watch on the inside as you go deeper and deeper into silence and peace. As you relax, the body settles down and you begin to feel a connection with a bubbling kind of joy, a subtle (at first) feeling that has an inner pleasurable sensation that may seem to be located near the heart. As you allow yourself to observe with detachment, the feeling may grow…or it may just naturally go away. At any rate, the experience is an inner call to go deeper still, to follow the trail of the Great Spirit within.

From the state of trance, you can ask anything you wish from Spirit. Ask with the full knowing that your prayers are being heard and that the Universe responds to the ripples of intentions you send out. When you feel the vibrations of joy coursing through your body and mind, the power of your prayers are being answered. The field of your joy sends out pulses of energy that creates the resonance of what you ask for. Stay in that joy for as long as possible.

If all that you can feel is sadness and despair, use the energy of what you feel to propel your prayers forward. Just feel without the debilitating thoughts that keep the mind locked in its jail of suffering. Relax and breathe into the body and allow any feelings of stuckness to move on. Fear and despair cause energy and thoughts to get stuck in the body, and the ensuing blockage and tightness causes untold physical and mental pain.

Open the pathways within yourself that connect with the source of creative energy. Open the pathways that lead within. The more you relax and allow, the wider the channel of awareness grows.

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