Meditation Techniques: Can They Awaken Kundalini? Part V

When Kundalini awakens in the spinal centers, it does not seem to be an incident that can be “compartmentalized,” kept separate from other areas of our lives. At least in my experience, it has a way of touching/affecting every aspect of life…and sometimes in unexpected and uncomfortable ways.

The experience of the awakening Kundalini has a way of shaking us to our core. Its energy can be disassembling, pulverizing…dissolving our neat and tidy spiritual world view that hitherto served to impart such security.

It seems that when Kundalini begins to move/awaken, there is also a great breaking down, shaking apart of things in our lives that are not in resonance with Her vibration…and Her “frequency” can dredge up all manner of old patterns of thinking/feeling. To unwisely cling onto these patterns is painful.

Kundalini moving through the spine fosters a different relationship with our life force, with our sense of Self. Her energy has a different feel or texture, recognizable more like a kind of nectar-like fluid that has an underlying “sweetness” of sensation.

It seems that the resonance of Kundalini has a way of shifting our relationship with everything, creating/attracting circumstances that tests us to our limits! What might then seem like a series of “bad luck,” chaos, illness, impossible challenges, etc., in retrospect can be seen as a kind of initiation by Kundalini, that is meant for us to release all that is no longer in resonance with Her Vibration.

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Meditation Techniques: Can They Awaken Kundalini? Part IV

The wild dance of Kundalini, when She wishes to move through the body is—in my experience—not something that can (necessarily) be activated or controlled by meditation technique. The expectation that meditation, or any psycho-spiritual process can, in a step-by-step linear fashion, activate Kundalini gets in the way of allowing Her initial awakening in our spine (and rest of the body).

A “tight” mindset around meditation techniques and spirituality in general acts as a binding agent around Kundalini…and so She remains “asleep” in the spinal centers, held captive by the “straight-jacket” of our outward focus and disconnection from primal energies held in the spinal centers.

As mentioned previously, I believe meditation technique, although it cannot necessarily connect us with Kundalini, it can be helpful after we’ve made the connection…when attuning to the exquisitely subtle aspects of Her vibration. But when She wishes to move/dance wildly in the body, technique has no meaning or use…there is only getting out of Her way!

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Meditation Techniques: Can They Awaken Kundalini? Part III

Tuning deeper and deeper into subtle sensations is simple and easy enough, as explained earlier. The key component of this process is noticing the very slight shifts of mind that occurs as the attention goes within (into subtlety).

This “noticing” is important because the experience of observing the mind falling into swoon, going into trance creates a deep “getting”…an “Oh wow!” visceral experience of connecting with previously unacknowledged sensations and states of mind.

This initial connecting and “getting” is not necessarily a “fireworks” of awakening kind of experience. There is, however, an acknowledgment of having “touched” a sensation/vibration that feels primal, wild, expansive…like an oceanic reverberation…and ever so subtle at first!

I find it ironic that in all the years of practicing meditation technique, I believe that my mindset of being a monk ultimately got in the way of connecting with the subtle (as well as wild) dance of Kundalini. The overlays of what I could and could not do in terms of lifestyle and meditative techniques fostered a community-mindset and approach that created too small of a “container” that could not hold or support the wild and oftentimes chaotic dance of Her energies when She wished to express through my spine/body.

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Meditation Techniques: Can they Awaken Kundalini? Part II

We can think of meditation as being a way of tuning into, falling into resonance with the Life Force, with the Bliss Resonance, the Cosmic Hum of Creation! In my experience, meditation technique does not necessarily lead to this…and here are my thoughts on this: The Life Force, Kundalini, Cosmic Vibration is a dynamic resonance that can sometimes be sublimely subtle…and yet at times insanely wild, chaotic, disassembling.

I believe the expectations and assumptions about meditation technique, with all its prescriptions, proscriptions, prayers, postures, etc., at a certain point gets in the way. The strong attachment to technique and beliefs around what meditation is “supposed” to do has a way of short-circuiting the unimaginably wild dance of Kundalini when activated in the body/mind/psyche.

When Kundalini is actually unleashed, meditation technique can be helpful in managing certain aspects of its “wild dance.” My point is that I don’t believe that (perhaps in most cases) meditation technique can activate the connection with the Cosmic Vibration. At best it preps the body/spine to accommodate the energies…but only after Kundalini is connected with, attuned to.

What gets in the way of connecting with the subtle currents/sensations? I believe almost anyone can feel into subtle sensations. If you feel into any familiar sensation, it is not a big leap to feel just underneath or near the focused-upon sensation.

For example, if you rub the palms of the hands quickly together and then lay them (palms up) on the lap, it is easy to feel the strong tingling in the hands. Now, as you continue to feel into the hands, you can also notice the tingling get softer and less noticeable…more subtle.

Now, the mind can at this point resist with a “So what? Big deal!” This resistance of mind is a huge blockage point in connecting with the subtle sensations…and ultimately with the Bliss Resonance!

This is sad because, for want of going just below the surface of what is familiar, we deprive ourselves of an easy entry-point that ultimately leads to realms of sublime beauty and bliss!

It takes but an initial allowing of ourselves to go just below surface sensations and feel into the more subtle vibrations…and then to continue following/feeling deeper and deeper.

What else gets in the way? Illness, pain and discomfort can easily distract us from connecting with the deeper subtleties…but even so, once you connect with the Bliss Resonance, you will always be able to reconnect. Even through pain and illness, the overall subtle resonance (Hum/Om of Creation), remains as a background Presence/vibration …an activating Presence (or even an intimation) that moves the body to assume optimal positions/postures to accommodate what wants to flow through the field of the body.

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Meditation Techniques: Can they Awaken Kundalini? Part I

I think of meditation techniques as a “setting up” or “positioning” of the body in a way that allows the body/mind/psyche to accommodate the growing intensity and flow of the Life Force (Kundalini) as it builds up in the system.

However, the buildup and flow of energy does not happen automatically by merely setting up and positioning the body (as prescribed by meditation technique). There is also the instruction of focusing the mind one-pointedly during practice.

Again, as many veteran meditators (myself included) can attest to, the focusing of the mind in “one-pointed” concentration is difficult (to say the least) and does not seem to happen automatically just because we sit in meditation.

The “missing piece” for me has been the understanding that meditation technique is just the “setting up” portion and meditation happens when the dynamic connection and relationship with the Life Force (the Bliss Resonance) is established. There is a subtle point here…

There is oftentimes an assumption that if we practice meditation technique long and deeply enough, at some point the mind is brought into one-pointed concentration and we attain a certain state of enlightenment/rapture/samadhi/bliss, etc.

However, in my opinion, the Divine Connection does not occur through technique, in step-by-step linear fashion…at least from my limited understanding, experience and perspective. Let me explain my “opinion”…

I think most meditators (again myself included) have experienced certain degrees of peace, rapture, visions, etc. What I have also seen (and experienced) is that we can go for years and years (and a whole lifetime) without a deepening of our connection with Spirit/Kundalini.

In other words, meditation periods gets stagnant. Many meditators (even in ashrams) get to a point of just “punching in the time card” of meditation practice…and some stop altogether. This is not to cast fault on meditation technique or the meditator.

It is the assumption or expectation that meditation technique/practice will ultimately give us what we want—deep connection with Spirit. With this assumption/expectation comes a kind of “waiting for,” expectant approach that longs for depth, but is easily distracted by the patterns of mind that stays on the surface.

Here is my point: There is an underlying resonance (or Hum) of Creation that is already vibrating within us. Its reverberation is dynamic, undulating, spiraling through our energetic field. If we are not attuned to its frequency/resonance, we can sit in meditation until the “cows come home” and not make the connection!

To me the “missing ingredient” has been the simple feeling deeper and deeper into the subtlety of all sensations. It might seem “too simple” but it is huge switch that ultimately turns on the “high voltage” current of Life Force, of Bliss in the body! (To be Continued)

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Resonance of Being—the Om Vibration, Part VI

Sometimes, due to the mere non-consideration of subtle sensations—available to anyone—we miss an important entryway to inner realms of sublime beauty. The mind has ways of engaging in its narrow “square foot” of what it has grown accustomed to and considers “normal.”

These mind-patterns of engagement with the world act as “gatekeepers” that keep the mind in busy-ness with desires, whims and “making a living.” Even with those who seek “spiritual” connection, the mind can more often than not remain as though held captive by a certain frequency range that keeps the attention on peripheral distractions.

The mind, caught in the choppy thought and desire-waves of engagements, may not even consider feeling into subtle sensations. It may even have an attitude of “What’s the big deal with subtle sensations?”

Even with years of practicing meditation techniques, the mind may still resist feeling into what is just underneath the overall sensation of the body…because there can be an expectation with the practice of meditation technique that some deep awakening will occur…and so we wait and listen intently…without feeling.

When chanting Om and deeply feeling into its resonance, there are infinite subtleties of vibrations/sensations that roll through the spine and the rest of the body.

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Resonance of Being—the Om Vibration, Part V

Any movement and micro-movement can be explored to infinite depths of subtlety as a way to viscerally connect with the fine waves of sensations normally overlooked. By allowing the mind to follow and feel vibrations usually not considered, at a certain point, the mind begins to recognize sensations in parts of the body that might illicit a small “Oh wow!” reaction.

As the exploration into subtlety goes deeper, the reaction can be a bigger, “OH WOW!” along with a sense of wonderment that we’ve not connected with or acknowledged these subtleties sooner in our lives, considering how close they have always been!

Feeling deeper and deeper into the overall sensation of the body, one begins to sense that the chanting/toning of Om can be guided from within to vibrate in resonance with what feels like an underground reverberation. In other words, the chanting of Om is fine-tuned by the resonance of the underlying Hum of Creation!

 

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