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Lesson 230 - Q&A Crown and Third Eye
Date: Mon Aug 23, 2004 0:39pm
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: It's only been a couple of weeks, if that, that I've been doing mulabandha and have
just added sambhavi today (wasn't sure if they were supposed to be together at the start
or get comfortable with mulabandha and then add sambhavi - which I did).
My question is that I am getting a lot of activity at the crown though I am not focusing
at all there but following your suggestions on focusing from the root to third eye with
the spinal breathing.
I am wondering if I should be 'taming' this in some way or as it is happening
spontaneously, just leave it along and continue to focus on the root to third eye
direction. I have practiced meditation for 20+ years - on and off - under my own guidance
and have enjoyed it immensely.
My concern is that when I first tried meditation, I feel into the silence very, very
quickly but after only a few meditations I had a spontaneous kundalini awakening which
shot up through the root area quite strongly. It was at a difficult emotional time for me
then and led to more difficulties in my life (at least I determined that was the cause of
a pathway I followed) for a couple of years.
This was all quite bewildering to me, as I did not have any teacher at the time to advise
or explain what was happening. Later, I took some yoga classes and understood a bit more
though I never discussed the situation with the teacher as I just didn't feel comfortable
Anyway, here I am, years later, so excited to have found your website and your lessons,
eager but definitely not anxious, due to past experience, to push forward but rather would
like to move forward easily and naturally.
This is a long story to get to the point but wanted to give you the background. The
activity at the crown is strong but not unpleasant but as I want to go about this as
naturally as possible, do you think I should back off a bit or just let it take the
natural course. I do not feel afraid or over-cautious but would love to have your take on
this as I am enjoying all of it.
Thank you for the blessings you have bestowed in offering these lessons.
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
Yes, you did right in taking on mulabandha and sambhavi one after the other, adjusting to
the first before taking on the second. It is like that with all the practices. Stability
is the first priority. Otherwise the whole thing can become too unwieldy, and then we lose
our ability to sustain long-term practice, which is the key to our enlightenment.
Speaking of stability, your previous experience with practices in this life (and probably
before that) indicates a sensitivity that is manifesting as lots of energy flowing,
including the crown experiences you mentioned. It is good stuff. At the same time, the
experiences you are having emphasize the importance of sticking with third eye to root
spinal breathing. Actually, all of the practices in the lessons (including meditation) are
geared toward third eye to root purification. It is suggested you stay with this approach
in your practices. In doing so, you will continue to open the crown also, with the
elements of safety and control built in. Ajna (third eye) means "command." There
are several lessons on crown versus third eye oriented practices later on. Given the
nature of your experiences, you may wish to review them now. You can find them listed with
links in the topic index on the web site under "Crown
Opening (avoiding premature)."
Along the way you will come across lots of lessons discussing something I call
"self-pacing," which is a skill we must develop having so many powerful
spiritual techniques available. As a matter of fact, self-pacing is fundamental to any
spiritual path, no matter what level we are at. Everyone responds to practices a little
differently, and prudent application of self-pacing is how we customize our routine and
expansion of practices to achieve maximum progress with minimum difficulties along the
way. It is an ongoing interaction we have involving the relationship between the
application of our practices and our resulting experiences, much like driving a car
through a constantly changing landscape.
You are wise to take it easy and go step-by-step according to your capacity. You know what
can be accomplished, and what the risks are. You are into some of the best tools
available, and are applying them with skill. The possibilities are very exciting. Drive
safely, and enjoy the ride!
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on building a
balanced daily practice routine with self-pacing, see the
Eight Limbs of Yoga Book.
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