Deeply listening to music opens up new levels of research I’d never even dreamed of
– C. G. Jung
The following instructions are to be seen only as suggestions. Do not strain yourself. True meditation is found in the balance between effort and effortlessness. All true existence – from the Higgs Boson to the fairy tale of Goldilocks is about balance. Meditation is living consciousness and as such, it balances along the slopes of the primordial ground between existence and non-existence. However … Due to the overemphasis of control in our culture, most of us find the balance in the willingness to let go.
ALLOW AN EFFORTLESS EFFORT
It is always a choice whether to sit or lie down. When you sit with a straight spine, you are more wakeful. If you lie down you are less in control and more ready to let go. However, you might also be less wakeful. To surf the internal waves, we need vigilance.
Keep the body as still as possible. Don’t make sudden movements. If you need to shift position, do it slowly and full of awareness. Now allow your breathing to be deep and free. If it feels right for you, you can hold the in-going and out-going air back for some time. Allow your breathing to be deep during the whole session. Deep breathing gives access to a heightened body awareness.
Listen with headphones!
Listening through loudspeakers will diminish the Alpha effect with 90%.
NOW ACTIVATE THE MUSIC
Let your awareness sink into your body – feel your body. The music will make it easy to aware the “energies” flowing inside the body. Start with feeling your hands – you might experience them as warm, cold, heavy, tingling – whatever comes up is ok! Then you can allow this ‘awaring’ of energy to transfer itself to the rest of the body.
ALLOW TO BE ‘MEDITATED’
FEEL TO HEAL
The secret of emotional Catharsis
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,
without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
The famous psychologist C. G. Jung wrote:
The foundation of all mental illness is the avoidance of legitimate suffering.
The Meditation Music on this site is designed and created in the spirit of this quote!
My all time favorite mystic Rumi says:
The wound is the place where the Light enters you
You have to FEEL it – to sense the heat of that light.
During a true healing session you might feel all kinds of strange sensations in your inner body. Some of them may even be painful. Don’t worry! This is the best thing that can happen. The secret is that the body heals itself through these energies – especially the unpleasant feelings! Don’t analyze what is happening – do not call it anything apart from “energies”. Feel these various energies in a neutral state of mind, not judging or labeling them. Let your awareness dwell in the innocent sensation of these feelings.
Here we can use the slogan work out people and body builders have coined in a new context. They say: No pain, no gain. This is also true for the indwelling natural healing processes of the body.
In our modern life we have come so accustomed to avoid pain that pain has become a strong demonic force chasing us exponential to the amount of escape routes we have made through various pain killers like excess eating, sleeping tablets, chronic partying, intoxicants and so on.
So…. If you can face it … ‘God’ can fix it.
If you can feel it…God can heal it.
Feelings Are Fuel
Oh Friend! Understand
The body is like the ocean
Rich with hidden treasures.
Anyone who dares to take a conscious peep into the laboratory that is his own body will discover the simple fact that the body is full of different sensations.
Normally we label these feeling sensations as love, anger, joy, hate, worry and so on. Love, hate, compassion or worry are, on this level just chemical weather reports from our inner geographical landscapes.
Sometimes we also talk about butterflies in the stomach or gut feelings and in this use of language we are quite close to the next level of observation that allows us to discover that all these feelings can be experienced on a more abstract level as “energies.” Fear can, in a state of clear awareness, be seen or felt like a chemical energy storm with its center somewhere between the throat and the navel.
This energy – whatever form it takes – is the very fuel that makes us able to go on the path of life.
To enter this secret world, you have to travel into the inner world of energies and sensations in the cellular landscapes of your body. Now, what is the practical benefit for us as human beings to become familiar with the inner body?
From Raw Oil To Petrol
Let us use an oil refinery as a metaphor. We pump raw oil out of the ground. No car engine will be able to go on this fuel. The raw oil needs to be refined into petrol or gas. The same is the case with our inner raw oily energies. So-called lower feelings or impure feelings should not be suppressed. They should instead be refined so that it can fuel our human body machine. Anger or ‘primitive’ desire, contains, like all basic instinctive feelings, a tremendous amount of energy.
Now the million dollar question is: How to refine and transform these raw oily energies? This process can be strongly enhanced by the right music.
Pure Intimate & Innocent Awareness Is the Best Refinery
Here intellectual understanding will not do alone. The best vehicle for this travel is pure and intimate awareness. This awareness is a witness. It just watches the “gut-storms” of the abdominal life. But it is at the same time also an innocent, intimate and compassionate watcher! This simple, childlike and meditative attitude is ignoring everything in full and loving awareness. It does not that unfolds itself by itself.
The Largest & Most Important Sense Organ – The Skin
Of all the five senses the sense of feeling is the most fundamental in the process of meditation.
Amplification of Feeling – Sensations Through Awareness
Right now … Just feel the many different sensations from your skin: feel your toes, feet’s, legs, hands. Also feel how the clothes have contact with your skin. Maybe you can even feel the sensation of your hair on the head and the feeling of your face in contact with the surrounding air. When you direct your innocent awareness to these simple facts of sensation, you will feel an immediate amplification of these sensations. This spontaneous amplification is tremendously important.
A Short Preliminary Definition of the Difference Between Awareness & Consciousness
At the same time, we note that we can direct our awareness to different locations – contrary to what is here defined as ‘consciousness.’ In this context, our definition of consciousness is that it is inherently abstract and non-locatable in time and space. Consciousness is also not dependent upon sensations. Awareness is fundamentally rooted in feeling sensations and is direct-able.
Now Let Us ‘Aware’ Our Hands
The brain has reserved a lot of processing power for the hands. Accordingly, it will be the best place to sense this phenomenon of sense-amplification. When you start feeling your hands in this simple non-intellectual ‘aha’-awareness, they will start tingling or feeling hot or heavy.
Now feel- I am deliberately avoiding the word “look” – deeper into this phenomenon – right at this moment it is taking place in your hands. You will now be able to ‘innerstand’ several small things so close to you that your eyes have not been able to see them. Nevertheless, these little things have been with you your whole life! And behind the curtain of the obvious, you have been their servant!
Pure Intimate & Innocent Awareness Is the Best Refinery
Here intellectual understanding will not do alone. The best vehicle for this travel is pure and intimate awareness. This awareness is a genuine witness. It just watches the “gut-storms” of the abdominal life. But it is at the same time also an innocent, intimate and compassionate watcher! This simple, childlike and meditative attitude is ignoring everything in full and loving awareness. It does not that unfolds itself by itself.
The Two Directions of Feeling Sensations
So the first understanding of the obvious is that your sense of feeling is dual. They can be divided into the following: Outer skin sensations & Inner feeling sensations from the core of the body.
1. Outer Skin Sensations
I guess we are all quite intellectually aware of our body’s outer skin sensations. But let us conduct a little experiment. When you, starting with your external skin-sensation, aha-feel your hands, then arms, etc. you will most probably discover that the previously mentioned sense-amplification after some time will take you away from the surface of your skin and deeper into your body.
2. Feeling Sensations From the Inside of the Body
So here our exploration into the obvious begins. We have to, metaphorically speaking to start with rediscovering that one plus one equals two.
So now we are beginning our journey into the inner body. Astonishing is the fact that the sensations we receive from the inner core of our body somehow are a very aware fact and at the same time is utterly shrouded in unawareness.
One type of sensations we can receive from the inner body is the sensation of physical pain. Physical pain is, in general, a non-dual sensation. But under certain circumstances, physical pain can morph into what could be called ecstatic sensations.
The sexual sensations are mono-sensations like the pain sensations. But similar to the pain sensations they can transform into the same area of ecstatic sensations. The sexual sensations are furthermore able to bridge and connect the physical with the emotional sensations.
Another type of sensations arises from here. We call them feelings or emotions. They are somehow close relatives to pain, but in opposition to the physical pain-feelings, they are dual in nature in the sense that they can move into what is called feelings of pleasure.
Apart from pain-pleasure feelings, there are love-hate, happiness-sadness, hope-despair, fear-courage feelings and all possible, almost symphonic variations over these main themes. When we describe these sensations, we use the word: feel, a word we also use in our description of the outer skin sensations.
We say I feel happy, and I feel sad. We also say I feel pain or I feel sexually aroused. Another interesting fact is that we don’t describe these actual happenings as they are: as phenomena taking place in our inner body. We already have abstract ready-made words that in themselves already are interpretations of the events. These readily made word-concepts are words like sad, happy, angry, etc.
Dark Matter Sensations
A fourth kind of feeling-sensation arises from the body core. We could call them dark matter sensations since they immanently are utmost present, yet on the other hand, we have no language to describe them.
They are in this context the most important sensations to aware. Let’s dive deeper into the realm of dark matter sensations.
The Location of Dark Matter Sensations
Close your eyes for a short moment after reading the next lines. Take a deep breath – deep breathing especially through the mouth makes it easier for the awareness to come in contact with the lower part of the body core. With closed eyes we can now go “hunting” for the dark matter sensations. Scan your inner body with your feeling awareness from the anus up to the throat. Between these poles there is a good possibility that you will be able to ‘aware’ the dark matter energies – especially the stomach area is important.
The Stomach Contains the Most Important Brain You Have!
Another hot spot for dark matter energies is hidden in the hands (and feet). But let us start with an inner-body-exploration of the anus. You have to aha-feel with your inner awareness. Your basic awareness will amplify your sensation of the area. You will probably feel that “something” is going on there.
If you cannot feel anything now, you should stop reading and instead use energy and time to say hello to your body. Embrace it. It could be the beginning of a life-long friendship!
There Are No Precise Words For This…
Maybe we could describe this “something” as a tingling, burning or nervous electrical energy. Most probably it will not be pleasant to feel, but it is not what you could call pain. Now go from the anus to the area of the lower stomach. Again you will feel all kinds of different tingling, nervous electrical energy patterns dance. The word “dance” is here used to highlight the fact that these energy patterns are not static. They are dynamic, and they often move in very slow movements like a sea-flower moved by tidal waves. Often the look-feel of these dark matter patterns almost looks like flowers or trees in the way they unfold in the inner-body universe. These tingling, nervous electrical energy patterns mostly have tentacles – either within the core of the body and tentacles going out in the arms and legs. You can be aware them as a kind of jellyfish with its main body in the lower stomach area. You might also feel these energy patterns as isolated tentacles. These tentacles might even sometimes feel like stinging or burning.
Since our language somehow has been “banned” from these areas of sensation, it is tough to find suitable metaphors. So all the metaphor mentioned here should be apprehended in the broadest way possible. That is why I have chosen the jellyfish as a metaphor: it is in itself an almost abstract animal containing 98% water. You could also ‘aware’ these energy-sensations as abstract 3-dimensional forms. It can be quite a sport to locate these abstract forms as they rise and fall in infinite variations.
If your experience can’t be contained in these metaphors, you are welcome to find your own suitable analog. The most important thing is that we can agree on that “something” is going on there.
Dark Matter Sensations Are the Building Blocks From Which All Emotions Are Created
When you start to aware the tiny tingling, burning or nervous electrical energy in your body, you will notice that you, in fact, have been carrying a universe of complex sensations with you all the time! The most basic of all meditation techniques is to always aha-feel these sensations. When you have made it a way of life to always aha-aware these sensations you will notice that all of your feelings basically are rooted in the secret life of the dark matter energies – it is only a question of the intensity before these sensations are channeled into the readily made expression-containers we call love, joy, fear, hate etc. In fact, all feeling sensations that a human can aware are created out of the dark matter sensations. They are the atomic particles of all feeling-material. Dark matter evolves into physical feelings and then from there into emotional feelings.