November 17, 2009
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: I liked the new lesson
on the solar plexus location enhancement. I tried it out and although I was
worried ahead of time that it would take a while to get used to and that it
would be distracting, it was very smooth and natural feeling.
Lesson 368 again afterward, I realized my aim of
placement was a little high and I will adjust accordingly.
A few hours later I felt
pretty balanced, so it is the desired outcome. A couple of questions:
Why the solar plexus and
not the heart? I would say the solar plexus is the center, but I know the
least about it
in terms of experience (and theory for that
matter). Do you think this is required due to a lack of balance inherent in
the mantra? Are there benefits of a mantra that moves around freely that
will now not be realized?
Initial results sound good. Continue and see how it goes, self-pacing as
The solar plexus is not a chakra,
It is half way between the manipura (navel) and the anahata (heart), and
serves to purify and blend both. Manipura and solar plexus are often used
interchangeably, but they are not the same. The solar plexus could be called
both the upper manipura and the lower anahata a bridge between the two,
between space and energy, between unmanifest and manifest. It is more
stabilizing than either chakra, and in fact can help stabilize the entire
energy matrix, even while expanding it. That is why it is used.
Continuing to meditate without the enhancement is
not coming up short for any given practitioner. And neither is taking on the
enhancement a retreat in any way. It all depends on experience. There has
been a need for it in the community for some time, which has been creeping
toward more sensitivity as energy in general has been on the rise. So now it
is in the tool kit.
This is part of a multi-lesson
attempt to help stabilize the growth of group consciousness and kundalini
awakenings, while continuing to step forward at the same time.
Lessons 365-7 addressed the under and over
sensitivity aspects. Lesson 368 adds the solar
centering enhancement. And
369 fine tunes mantra enhancements for
With all of that, the
hope is that we will have a steadier keel going forward for the full
spectrum of practitioners. It is something that has been formulating behind
the scenes for a long time to provide more means to tame wild and wooly
approaches and results in practice. It is all optional, of course, and
everyone is still free to be as wild and wooly as they like. There is still
plenty of frontier out there. We are chipping away at it bit by bit
establishing a stable presence in pure bliss consciousness
for the growing community of independent practitioners.
Recall it says in Lesson 368 that
the vibrational influence of the mantra remains the same when using the
solar centering enhancement. So nothing is lost in terms of the body-wide
effects of the mantra. The I AM (AYAM) mantra is not inherently unstable,
though the matrix of obstructions in any given nervous system can produce
varying effects ranging from under-sensitive to over-sensitive. Enhancements
to the I AM mantra have been aggressive, perhaps too aggressive for some
practitioners, so the
alternate approach to mantra enhancements has been offered in Lesson 369.
Where we have been thinking the
mantra in the body has been somewhat random up until now. "Unconscious," we
could say. Sometimes this can be problematic, especially for those who are
very much in their heads,
sometimes leading to uncomfortable
symptoms in the head and throat.
We have discouraged locating the
mantra since the beginning, because prematurely deliberately locating the
mantra can also interfere with the easy procedure of deep meditation. Even
mantra appropriately, as in Lesson 368, can be a
less efficient practice (doing two things at once), if we are not
well-established in refining the mantra first. That is what makes
an advanced enhancement.
As it says in Lesson 368, there is a trade-off.
For well-established meditators, the trade-off is a very positive one, which
has been verified by long experience. For meditators who are still not
settled in with the mantra, who try the solar centering enhancement
prematurely, the addition to practice can be a distraction, dividing the
mind and reducing the effectiveness of deep meditation. That is why
introducing the solar centering enhancement lesson has been delayed for so
long, to make sure the community of practitioners would be able to make good
use of it. Now the time is right. Those who can benefit will, and those who
are not ready will self-pace back to non-localized mantra, which is
perfectly fine. With this option available, we can cultivate more overall
stability and progress in the community.
In the old days, these methods we
doled out on a very limited basis after numerous (and often unachievable)
prerequisites were met. Along the way, the knowledge often
distorted and dried up for lack of practical
utilization. AYP has been pioneering its way around all that,
so many more can take advantage
whenever ready. More options for the
discerning self-directed practitioner.
The guru is in you.
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