Taking Control of Eternity

December 29, 2011

Time meant nothing to me, except that I was stuck in it. The concept of what one second was had to be altered and then forgotten, dissipated into nothingness. I knew civilization was always going to operate on grids of delineated beginnings and endings and these were drawn with hard, merciless lines that spilled onto pages of personal histories like unstoppable disembowelings, until the entrails of every dream ever dreamt by every innocent child that ever lived composed the unimaginable description of time’s arrow flung with immeasurable emotion from time’s dawn for us to keep watching, witnessing in horror, unable to look away while writhing in agony to somehow wrench our flush faces and blood-filled eyes to some scene of immaculate beauty and serenity where we can feel showered with the golden warmth of being smothered with love until our hearts can agree to beat no longer.

I decided to breathe. Breathing helped. A lot. I realized that by not breathing, the heart kept beating and it started to leave like a train that I had just missed at the station. The only way to get on that train was to breathe, but it had to be the right kind of breathing, otherwise it would just be a pathetic uncoordinated and jagged tumbling forward, like tripping with each step and just watching hopelessly as the gap between me and my heartbeat widened. I took a steady and deep breath. This was the answer, the only answer, and it liberated me from the constraints of my memory, my conditioning, my thinking of what time is and was, and it narrowed the gap, synchronizing with my heartbeat, and the extreme pain that I felt in the arc of the breath lessened as soon as it became greater than I ever imagined it would be. Once the relief came I pushed on by straightening my legs more and lengthening them from the hips to the heels and I took another deeper breath and there. It was gone. All of the pain and difficulty and torturous inescapability seemed to have vanished and I had the strength to stay right where I was forever. Forever until the heart would agree to beat no longer. I did it, I found the serenity and immaculate beauty, not to look upon, but to be a component of, experiencing it directly.

This was my private practice today. I didn’t look at any clocks until it was complete, and about an hour had elapsed. There were no sounds, no speaking, no interruptions, no distractions. There were instead the very unavoidable sounds, words, interventions, and adjustments of being fully alive.

Lidless Sight

December 25, 2011

“All things seen by the eyes are void.” — Bodhidharma, “The Blue-Eyed Barbarian”.

What do you do with your eyes? It’s a simple question that can be mind-boggling. How good is your eyesight? Better yet, how good is your vision? Let’s simplify the answers by talking about subjects and objects, two things that have to be present when talking about eyesight, and then let’s turn reality upside-down to get to the core of what vision is, beyond eyesight, beyond matter, beyond the limits and constraints of time and space.

The logical scientific mind is conditioned to think in dualistic terms of subject and object, but for our purposes it is imperative to understand that objects are not determined things, but possibilities for consciousness to choose from, and this unifies subject and object, eliminating duality. This will make more sense later on as we discern what is and is not the consciousness of possibilities. Science must now encompass both the subjective and the objective, whereas the subjective, or private, used to be ignored, exiled from science.

Seeing through previous barriers, something we have all experienced as an A-ha! moment, requires use of your vision, not your eyesight, and it is not constant but rather instantaneous and then fades away. I’d like to talk about learning to maintain that insight for prolonged periods, with the aim of making it last the same way people talk about living mindfully. I refer to this as lidless sight, like an eye that never sleeps and is always watching. If you’ve ever read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or seen the movie adaptations, it is like the Eye of Sauron, which is depicted in an evil light. However, fictional tales aside, a good historical representation based in human civilization is the Eye of Horus. The Left Eye of Horus is the feminine pathway of exploring the human nature of emotions and feeling, both positive and negative, and everything that is not logical. The Right Eye of Horus is the male pathway, the rational and logical. There is a middle eye, the Third Eye of Horus, which is simply life and the source of it all, encompassing all sight across all of time, and this is where we set the stage for what it takes to truly see the world as it is.

Now back to subject and object. Science today is still struggling as a whole to move toward solving all of the paradoxes that have arisen as we ask more questions and have no answers. If you know a little bit about quantum physics or care to learn about the inherent inability we humans have to use quantum physics to explain our reality the way we were able to do with the classical physics of our macroscopic world, you’ll easily stumble upon the brick walls that our materialistic monism has built for us thus far. This means science as we know it is built up on the idea that everything in the universe is made up of matter, and we are now for almost 100 years realizing that this is painting us into a corner, rendering us unable to make sense of questions like why 70% of the universe is made up of something we cannot see or detect, namely dark matter and dark energy, as it is termed. That’s right, I just said that if the universe is made up of matter, which physical science is based on, then matter as we know and perceive it makes up only 30% of what we have seen so far in our observable universe. This is a problem for science.

Forgetting about science’s problem, let’s move on to what you can do as an individual in your own life and with other people’s lives. It turns out that the solution here is the solution to the current big science questions, and may end science as we know it, and maybe even put an end to religion altogether in one fell swoop. If you’ve followed me so far, you’ll really appreciate this: have you been surprised by strange coincidences that seem to point toward communication of some kind between you and another person or a circumstance that brings new possibility and events into your life? I’m sure you have, and instead of discounting this as strange or just possible coincidence, accepting this as the true nature of reality will bring down the barriers of materialist world view that is limiting and based upon memories and ideas of the past. You can actually figure out what it is that you did to create that communication with the constant flow that is not static and brings with it new choices, new possibilities. You can manifest things seemingly out of nothing, which is very easy to do since almost three-quarters of the universe is actually nothing.

If you’ve meditated before, that’s very good because meditation stills the mind. You need to be able to still the mind for just an instant to manifest new possibilities in your life. Think of it like training for months for a boxing match, and after all your intense long conditioning before the match, you always win with a magical left hook or uppercut knockout. Your brain and thinking won’t get you anywhere with this. This is the world of instinct, or intuition. This answers the question of what to do with your eyes as well. Your eyes are for seeing with the aid of your brain, and that is just a small slice of reality; use them for seeing, but by using your vision instead of sight, by shutting down your brain and going inside instead of outside, here is where the answers lie. Behind our eyes is the eye of consciousness, and that is who we really are. We don’t choose in the individuality of our ego. In the cosmic consciousness where there is no personal individual investment, where there is objectivity and no playing favorites, there is the place where decisions are made, and they are limitless.

Remember that every waking moment you are at risk of falling back into your conditioned way of thinking about what reality is, and everything your eyes see with your brain triggers memories that bring up past experiences in that entire filing system that is your brain. This is not the way to lead your life to make choices, except for mundane and limited choices that you have already experienced. This limited ego consciousness is called local consciousness, and it is what you use to interact with the material world that looks normal and comforting to us, which is fine for everything normal and comfortable — and boring and stagnant. Choice happens from non-local consciousness.

You have to be in an altered state of consciousness to manifest intention, and intention is called non-local communication, or quantum non-locality. See, there was a reason why this entry started with a scientific air to it. The non-local consciousness collapses similar events in two brains, two instruments that themselves are only the processors of consciousness, and this happens because through their intention the two brains become correlated, non-locally, and communication is made without any electromagnetic connection, making it cosmic.

Cosmic awareness is being in the present, and this is a phrase many people use and don’t practice or even understand. Beyond our conditioning is creativity. Outside of our ego we have free will. Intentions do work, but not ordinary ego intentions. Make your intentions based on non-local consciousness, and they can come true. If the intention resonates with the intention of the whole, also called the divine, then the intention will manifest. Now go, and manifest your new, creative world of limitless possibility.

Awakening The Serpent Power

December 20, 2011

If you’re going to get involved in Yoga, you’re going to have to do it right. Don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal, which is altogether waiting before you, here now in the present where you show up entirely (without resistance based on fears), and a redefinition of your past which is shed like the skin of a snake. Today’s entry is a basic movement with breath that is also the foundation of the power within all subsequent movements that build upon that power. This is the energy that lies dormant in many of us, ready to be awoken and identified as a process of vibrational spiritual development. The simple yet profound visualization needed for this movement is a coiling, spiraling energy that moves, or rises, up the spine beginning at its base from both the left and right sides. With your breath, you access prana, the vital life-sustaining force in the body, entering a state of pranic awakening. Kundalini in meaning refers to exactly this coiling like a snake.

To continue with stabilization training, Cobra pose activates the core with the intended purpose of strengthening this system. Keep in mind that core stabilization movements are less about sweeping action and more about sustained contractions of very specific muscles. These core muscles are the transverse abdominis, internal obliques, pelvic floor musculature, transverso spinalis, and multifidis. In stabilization exercises, there are other muscles that need to be activated to prepare for them, and this is done by drawing in the navel and activating the gluteals.

The Floor Prone Cobra, as it is called in ordinary gym-related workout terminology, has variations between exercise and yoga, and we will go over both just as we did with the Two-Leg Floor Bridge, or Two-Legged Table. For this exercise, instead of lying supine, you will lie prone on the floor with arms to the side of the body and palms facing toward the ground. Your arms are straight behind you, not bent in front of you.

Start by drawing in the navel, activating the gluteals, and pinching the shoulder blades together. Pinching the shoulder blades together can be done by lifting the straightened arms off the floor and imagining that the tops of your hands are moving toward each other in an effort to touch behind you. Lift the chest off the floor. Hold this position for 1 to 2 seconds. Slowly return the chest and arms to the ground. It is also important to note that keeping the chin tucked throughout this movement will help to keep the cervical spine stabilized.

The yoga pose is called Bhujangasana, or Cobra Pose. It is intended to work the spine, arms, and legs. This seemingly simple pose with little movement actually involves many complex actions which we can explain further in detail below for those interested in the muscular anatomy of what is happening. To combine the movement with the breath, lying prone with palms on the floor and under your shoulders, follow the previous instructions to begin while pushing up with the arms, but only in the slightest amount, allowing the muscles of the spine to do most of the work; inhale on the upward movement, filling the ribcage with a further expansion of the chest. Time the inhalation with the arc of the motion upward and release with an exhalation and come down. The intricate spinal movement starts at the cervical (head) and one vertebrae at a time comes up off the floor. The hips remain grounded and the belly can slightly rise off the floor. The exhale begins with the lumbar (base) region relaxing to the floor one vertebrae at a time until the chin or forehead comes to rest and there is no longer tension in the spine. The breathing pattern can be reversed if belly breathing restricts thoracic extension and rib cage expansion. Concentrate on the serpent energy moving up the spine from the top of the hips to the nostrils, and be the present force of your awakening.

The joint actions involved are sacrum counternutation, hip extension, internal rotation, adduction, knee extension, ankle plantarflexion, scapula neutral, glenohumeral joint external rotation, elbow extension, and forearm pronation along with spine extension.

The entire spinal extensor group of muscles work concentrically to create spine extension. There is a synergistic action in the serratus posterior superior which overlays the erectors, assisting chest expansion. The rectus abdominis and obliques work eccentrically, preventing overmobilization of the lumbar spine. The arms are engaged through various muscles: the infraspinatus, teres minor, serratus anterior, posterior deltoids, triceps, pronator teres, and pronator quadratus. The legs are required through numerous actions to keep the joints in alignment: the hamstrings extend the hips and maintain adduction and internal rotation. External rotation of the legs is a movement that must be avoided, along with abduction. The muscles responsible for extending the hips are the adductor magnus and gluteus maximus while the knees are extended by the vastus lateralis, medialis, and intermedius.

To keep breathing uninhibited, focus must be on the deep back muscles, the underlying core, instead of the larger and more superficial muscles that affect the scapulae and rib cage. Shoulders don’t elevate, but the spine is lifted. Elbows should not flare out and forearms should stay parallel with each other with the push of the arms.

Like Krishna dancing on the serpents’ heads to subdue them, so are you using your ego energy and then releasing it. By grasping your ego energy and releasing it you become the powerful enlightened manifestation of yourself that cannot be trapped or defeated. By awakening the serpent power within you, you free yourself from all suffering of this world and can take the first step of your journey in this life.