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Out of Our Heads (Audio)
December 31, 2009
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: An interesting thing has happened since I began using the
solar centering enhancement with deep meditation. Not only do I find less
physical head pressure during and after practice, but I am finding less
obsessive thinking going on in my life. It is like a weight I have been
carrying around has been lifted, and this enables me to consider
self-inquiry in a less mind-based way. It's hard to explain. Do you know
what I mean?
A: Yes, this is a good result. We
often are focusing attention in the head, in both practices and normal daily
living, without being very much aware of it. As soon as we introduce a shift in attention as we do with the
solar centering enhancement, it can have a dramatic effect,
depending on how much we have been in our head in the first place. The
result can be both physical and mental. Therefore, we can say that solar
centering takes us out of our heads.
not to say that everyone should be diving into solar centering, especially
not if we are new to deep meditation, or have recently added new components
to our practice. It is important to be stable in our daily practice before
undertaking anything new. On the other hand, if we have been engaged in
practice at a particular level for some time, and are still "stuck in our
head," then solar centering may be just what is needed. It can balance our
attention physically, which can lead to more space between our thoughts and
a more abiding inner silence. Then that can open the door for us in other
areas of practice that rely on the presence of inner silence (witness), just
as you say.
sensations we may experience when adding solar centering are a sense of being more in the
world, while less of the world, and with more energy radiating from us
into the world.
symptoms of purification and opening occurring on more refined levels of our
nervous system, leading to correspondingly more refined levels of
experience. Much of this will seem paradoxical. We may feel more sensitive
to what is going on around us, while less affected at the same time. When we
have a down mood, we may feel happy inside as we witness the play of our
mind and emotions rattling on. It all evens out in time. We come to
know we are beyond the ups and downs of life, and it becomes much easier to
navigate through them.
we release in stillness within, the more we find the outside world to be an
aspect of ourselves. The more we let go of the world, the more we become the
world, and the more we can
influence the world in positive ways. It
is the true meaning of "neti neti" "not this, not this." As we release our
identification with the objects of awareness in stillness, the more we will
become them, and the more we
will influence them. Solar centering is a
cagey way of helping this along, taking us out of our heads and into the
realm of unity. From there, the divine pours out through
us, and we live in greater harmony with our surroundings,
no matter where we may be.
this awaits us as we let go of our clinging, including to that habitual
thing going on in our head, whether it be to a physical fixation, or to the
thinking process itself. The mind will be going on anyway. There is no way
to stop it. But
we do become less identified as we continue with our daily practices, and
that is freedom. The mind cannot be tamed by supervision. Only by the redirection of attention into
more productive channels. It
is the essence of all effective spiritual practice.
This is why easily favoring the mantra in deep meditation works, and why the solar centering enhancement works.
is well recognized that most of us use only a small
percentage of the minds capacity, it is less well known that the rest of the
mind is churning away at full throttle all the while. As we become the
witness, with attention less localized in the head and mind, that very release increases our access
to the full resources of the mind. The natural evolution of less
identification with the mind due to effective yoga practices brings more
utilization of the mind as part of the divine flow. Less is more.
The guru is in you.
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