Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Energy and Mindfulness - Part Two

     Meditation practice (like life in general?) has a tendency to overemphasize practitioners' strengths and further neglect their weaknesses. So it's very easy & common to become progressively more unbalanced. Yet what we're really after, is bringing our own mind, heart & body in harmony with others & the universe - harmonizing the personal with the transpersonal - ideally in a tangibly practical way. Indeed, Adyashanti teaches the importance of awakening at all three levels: head, heart & gut. These correlate with 3 key chakras. A practical, approachable technique is taught by Judith Blackstone: “The Realization Process." Sounds True https://www.soundstrue.com/store/the-realization-process-2436.html

      Judith Blackstone developed the Realization Process, a method of embodied nondual realization and psychological and relational healing. In the Realization Process, the radical openness of nonduality is based on deep contact with the internal space of one’s body. In this way, we discover an authentic, quality-rich experience of our individual being at the same time as we transcend our individuality. We realize ourselves as unified consciousness, pervading everywhere. 
     Below, a small part of her interview by Rick Archer of Buddha At The Gaspump: https://batgap.com/judith-blackstone/

     “I’m making a distinction in this work between matter, energy, and this pervasive space. It’s a distinction in the way we can experience ourselves. 
     So we can experience ourselves as physical matter, and when we do that we feel pretty separate from everything. 
     We can experience ourselves as energy, and most sensitive people do grow up experiencing themselves as energy – as that kind of streaming & pulsing & vibrating. And we can meditate in our energy system, and that will become even more fluid & expanded and so forth. 
     Now we can also attune to ourselves in an even more subtle level than energy, and that’s this pervasive stillness. And that pervasive stillness pervades the body and the environment as a whole. And that means that we then find ourselves in our body as a whole – it’s a dimension of unity, so we experience our whole internal space as a unity. 
     Now when we get there, when we know ourselves as Fundamental Consciousness (it has a lot of different names), then we get to an even more subtle level of our energy system – a very, very fine vibration that seems to be actually inseparable from the stillness, so that we experience the stillness, this radiance from the stillness at the same time. 
     The Japanese philosopher, Yasuo Yuasa, described how the internal space of the body becomes radiant coherence, as it’s pervaded by the transcendent. That means we become whole within ourselves, at the same time as we become one with everything else. It means we don’t have to eradicate our self-experience. We don’t disappear. In fact we become juicier. We become more present, and more aware of ourselves as even as an individual, but not in an abstract way, in an experienced way.” Judith Blackstone

     And this, from one of my favorite books of all time:
     “Samadhi can be conceptualized as the free flow of vital energy both within the body and between the body and the universe.

     Apart from the normal communication between people through language and action there is another quite different sort of mutual influence. It is that of the rhythm of the Original strength which permeates all human beings and all Nature. Through it every individual thing in essence and, as it were, underground is connected with every other. If then one who is further removed from the working of the Primordial Force is close to one who lives more in accord with it, the rhythm of the Primordial Force will certainly be transmitted from the one to the other. The latter without knowing it exerts a good influence on the other.”
     Sayama MK. “Samadhi. Self-development in Zen, Swordsmanship, and Psychotherapy.” State University of New York Press, 1986.


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