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Resonance of Being—the Om Vibration, Part I

The “Resonance of Being” can be thought of as the Om Vibration, as referred to in Yogic tradition. The vocalizing of the sound of Om, when toned with the back of the throat wide open (as in Tibetan low-voice chanting), the entire body, especially from the crown of the head to the base of the spine, begins to vibrate in resonance with the vocalized sound.

When the body vibrates in this particular way, it draws the mind deeply within, offering an easy entryway to the sublime experience of the subtle realms. Now, the simple vocal chanting of Om will not necessarily create this “easy” connection. It is easy when the vocalization of Om is accompanied by a deep feeling of the rest of the body (especially the spine) vibrating in resonance with the sound.

In chanting Om, pay attention to keeping the back of the throat wide open, allowing the overtones of sound to go very deep and wide, like in Tibetan Low-Voice chanting. The vibration then easily draws the mind deeply within.

The mind that goes deeply within when chanting Om will experience the sounds and their overtones as ethereal reverberations that have a way of holding body and mind in delicious resonance, as though electrified!

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The Body as Doorway to Spirit — Connecting with the Spinal Currents

This post describes a way of using the body’s fine sensitivities to connect with subtle energies in the spine. For practitioners of Kriya Yoga or Kundalini Yoga, the following process is one that I have found to be a simple entryway into the spine and spinal currents.

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The use of visualization and mental imagery has great power when integrated somatically with the sensations that arise in the body. For example, when visualizing energy in the spine, it is fairly easy to “feel” the nuances of vibration when the body is allowed to adjust in fine micro-movements to the inner prompts of sensations. In other words, “going with the flow.”

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Any posture will do to help you feel the spinal currents: a slight twist of the spine coupled with deep feeling. The gently held tension builds up the energetic field. As you feel the bubbling sensations that arise, the mind finds an easy focal point upon the energies that seem to grow automatically. With the intensity of focus and the heightening of energy, the change in the frequency range of the body also shifts. As resonance changes, so the mind/consciousness changes, going deeper into the subtle vibratory realms of thoughts and feelings. Meditation then becomes a process of distillation, a refinement of energies, thoughts and sensations into their essences, which then seem to move like a kind of nectar through the bodily field. The experience generates a Bliss response.

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As you familiarize yourself with this energy, the mind can focus upon any part of the body and feel its connection with the subtle spinal currents. For example, when focusing upon the fine energies in the hands, their movements and mudras become extremely powerful in their capacity to connect with currents in the spine. This is not difficult when we just allow ourselves to feel and luxuriate in the gentle waves of sensations.

Energy (Prana) grows/expands in the bodily field the more we allow ourselves to experience/feel the sensations that arise. The body then helps the energy along by “squeezing” it through the fine channels of the spine. The natural movement of this energy stretches the body upward, elongating the spine as though a powerful magnet lifts the spine and head. A kind of dynamic tension occurs and the balance of tension/relaxation engages as a way to prolong and deepen the Bliss experience.

At a certain point, the body seems to require a shift in posture as a way to release the buildup of energy and as a way to prevent physical exhaustion. The capacity of the body to receive greater and greater “voltage” of this energy increases and the body becomes like a conduit of Divine Energy that expands in resonance with the wider field of “sacred space.” The mind shifts with the heightening of energies…it rises and moves with the radiant waves, with the pulsations of the heaving Ocean of Spirit!

The dance of tension/relaxation that occurs in the field of the body, especially in the spine, becomes a push/pull/squeeze of sensations. Again, this is done with fine micro-movements and ultimately with no discernible movements at all. The mind/body is then experienced as a kind of geometry that is connected intimately with sensations and postures…a pattern of Creation, a radiance of Spirit!

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