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Meditation Techniques: Can They Awaken Kundalini? Part VI

When Kundalini awakens in the spine, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of what it is: wild, chaotic, sublime (and sometimes overwhelming) primal Bliss energy! Having a large superstructure of philosophy and techniques is not so useful…because the mind can then get in the way.

In my experience, the usefulness of a simple concept is for those times when Her dance becomes too wild, when our secure bubble of “reality” begins to break down. It gives our minds something to “hang onto” through the process…and Her process is seemingly to break down every aspect of our lives that are not in resonance with Her vibration!

These “aspects of our lives” may include not only the hidden fears we harbor, but all the beliefs and assumptions we have regarding our spiritual world view and how we fit into it. Kundalini has a way of bringing it all down! This can be devastating to those who are not prepared for this kind of “awakening!”

And for those whose lives are turned upside down by Kundalini energy moving too fast and unexpectedly, the energy may not be regarded so much as “primal Bliss energy” as I described above…and here are my thoughts about this: In the beginning, we do not know how to move with this energy. It takes awhile to learn how to allow/surrender to Her wild vibration in our spine and nervous system.

It also takes time for our bodies, nervous systems and minds to accommodate the higher influx of energies. Although it might seem we have a choice to surrender (or not) to Her, to me there seemed to only be this: learn to dance with Her…and get out of the way and endure when She is breaking things down that are not in resonance with Her Vibration!

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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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Accessing the Unconscious, Part I

In the simple noticing and feeling into the overall sensation of Being, the mind can be understood to be like a machine or computer that can be programmed to move into deep trance states, where fine/subtle vibrations can be accessed.

This focus on subtlety has a way of drawing the mind deeply within. Using certain thoughts, prayers, songs, sounds, rhythm, etc., will put the mind into trance, where it is then fairly easy to observe the mind going on by itself, repeating the prayers over and over in the background of the mind.

In this kind of noticing, the overall sensation of the body/mind/psyche can be felt as “One Resonance of Being.” From this simple “noticing of Being,” there can also be an observing of thoughts percolating up from the unconscious. This is very subtle, as what comes up from the unconscious is, by definition, outside our normal waking consciousness.

How does our unconscious communicate with us? Oftentimes in dreams, through archetypes, through synchronicities, etc. Now, if you want more consistent access to the unconscious during times of meditation or when doing creative work, then the practice of tuning into, feeling into finer and finer nuances of sensations will help.

This can be done during periods of meditation or while at a coffee shop…or even standing in line at the market! At some point in the process of “observing,” there is a noticing of an inner resonance, a kind of background/underground vibration, that subtly moves the body into certain postures…and that ultimately “contorts” the body. This sensation of contortion also has a way of “gripping” the mind, holding the current of Life Force that draws the attention deeply within, upon “One Resonance of Being!”

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Kundalini Bliss Resonance, Part IV

In recognizing the small, seemingly insignificant shifts in awareness while focusing on the overall sensation of the body, there can also be a noticing of the mind going into “trance.” What I mean by “trance” is this: the focus and absorption on the subtle vibrations and sensations of the body.

In the beginning, this is important as it opens one to the experience of the inwardly flowing current of mind…and what might seem insignificant at first notice, is huge and potentially life-transforming, as the mind finally has a reference point and glimpse (however small) for latching onto the finer and finer nuances of sensations…and the accompanying experience of the inwardly flowing mind.

Of what benefit is this (to connect with the subtle vibrations/sensations of the body)? Well, as one goes deeper and deeper in its connection with subtle vibrations, the awareness begins to apprehend the underlying Bliss Resonance, experienced as a kind of sweetness moving through the body.

There is so much more that begins to open up, but I’ll leave it to the reader to explore for themselves the immensity of the inner vibration that is accessible to them in this very moment!

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Medicine Song, Dance of Life Force in the Body, Part VI

When feeling into the overall sensation of the body, notice the corresponding shifts in awareness, however subtle. For example, when sitting (as in meditation pose), while experiencing the overall vibration/sensation of the body, it is important to also notice the very slight shifts in consciousness as the mind begins to tune into the finer movements of energy deep within the body.

By noticing the very slight shifts in consciousness, as the awareness latches onto finer and finer currents of sensations, it gives a reference point for knowing how to go deeper and deeper into the subtle reverberations of the life force.

This “reference point” of the simple “noticing/acknowledging” of feeling into what is just beneath any sensation (giddiness for example) provides an entry point for the mind to go deeper into subtle vibration. Any sensation, then, can serve as an invitation for the mind to follow and grab hold of the finer and finer threads of vibrations that then lead to deeper and deeper states of meditative trance.

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