Monthly Archives: January 2012

Homo Luminous

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When we heal into wellness, we are on the evolutionary path towards the Homo Luminous…

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The Second Attention Exercise

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I realized from the last post, that perception is not only to be experienced at the time of the exercise, but as I go along with my day – every day.  I can be in-the-moment, at any point in time.

But now ready to move forward.

Exercise #2 – The Second Attention

Don’t worry, you didn’t miss an exercise called The First Attention. The first attention is actually what you experience everyday, your “normal” life. The second attention is a shift towards a different side of your energy, where you can access the unknown with clarity.

D.K. Brainard provides a great post about this here:  http://wordsforthepeople.com/2010/07/weeds-and-the-second-attention/.

One of the key teachings of the Toltecs is that we possess two attentions. The first attention is the way we ordinarily perceive the world. We can equate this roughly with the rational mind or the left-brain style of processing. In the first attention we think more or less logically, we see the world as a sequence of discrete events happening along a timeline from past to future, and we use syntax to describe and summarize energetic happenings. While the use of syntax is very handy for filtering out the enormous range of perceptual inputs our organism handles in any given second, it also means that in this frame of mind we are not experiencing the world directly…

The second attention is what [Carlos] Castaneda called non-ordinary awareness. The second attention could roughly be likened to the dreaming mind, the right-brain style of processing, or the deeper frequencies of mind such as theta (4-7 hz) and delta (1-3 hz). The second attention also includes “the mind that is in the body” — the things we know and experience physically that we often don’t know how to put into syntax. If you’ve ever been kissed so passionately and beautifully that you lost track of time and found your consciousness floating in another world, you’ve experienced this. Other trance-inducing practices such as drumming, prolonged dancing, plant medicines, meditation, yoga, martial arts and the like are designed to access the second attention.

As part of the First Attention, we have certain eye-movement coordinates we use when having specific thoughts. Generally, (for right-handed people) we look towards 10 o’clock when we are calculating a mathematical problem, and towards 2 o’clock when recalling a special memory or piece of music. These are basically set.

How we will practice the Second Attention is by an eye-movement exercise designed to help recalibrate our neural network to “zero”. This is so we are not automatically geared to just the First Attention, but more able to achieve the Second Attention.

For the exercise, first close your eyes and make the following eye-movements without moving your head:

  • left to right
  • up to down
  • upper left to lower right
  • upper right to lower left
  • three large circles left to right
  • three large circles right to left
  • Repeat entire process except use three small circles  each time

Then place your hands in a prayer pose – see the below video for a demonstration:

As in the video, he demonstrates feeling (or imagining) the luminous threads between your hands  and fingers – the tingling, the warmth, or the coolness felt.

Practice this a few times to get the hang of it.

We will use this ability to sense energy and apply it to our Luminous Energy Field next.

Ready For Some Exercises?

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There are a number of exercises that will help us to connect our third-eye and heart chakras to our visual cortex. But before we begin, we have to relax that part of us that is logical, practical, and rational. We need to “be” on a purely sensual level – use only your senses. Experience life through your senses without thinking about it, just allow it to flow, flow through you without judgement or reason.

Exercise #1 – Perceptual

First, take your pulse – but don’t count it, just experience it. Use your imagination of how your blood flows, how it looks, where it’s going. Speak to it, ask questions.

Become aware of your breath, cover one nostril, then the other. Follow the breath to wherever it goes in your body. How does it feel? What does it sound like?

Now use your sense of smell. What do you smell like? Smell different smells and note how it affects you.

Touch. Yourself. Someone else. Then focus on your feet. Do things with the opposite hand – feel the awkwardness.

Now taste something. Your skin – note if it is salty, bitter, or sweet. Try the water from the faucet compared to different bottled water. Drink and eat very slowly, fully experience the activity.

Lastly, close your eyes and listen. Identify as many sounds as you can without looking. Identify tones and volume.

“To practice primary perception, shams have developed a kind of “common sense” that bridges all of the senses. They are able to taste fire, to touch the fragrance of a flower, and smell an image. They  attain immediate perception before an experience i divided among the senses, an ability known as synesthesia (p.116). It’s like using each of your senses interchangeably.

Coming up – another exercise.

 

And Now It Begins…

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Chapter 5 – The Shaman’s Way of Seeing

Time to apply this knowledge about the Luminous Energy Field and the chakras.

Seeing Without Using The Eyes

“To perceive the Luminous Energy Field and the stories encoded within it, we need only to change the source of the signal and allow the visual cortex to do what nature designed it to do – to create images” (p.111).  So how do we do this – easy to say but…?

The above video illustrates the normal approach to seeing.The eyes sense an image, and the optic nerve serves as the connector between the eye and your brain. The visual cortex in your brain records what your eye senses. Now to see without your eyes requires “disabling” the eyes and optic nerve. Instead, we replace the eye sensor with the “third-eye” and the heart chakra then connect them to the visual cortex.

But how? By using a pathway created outside of the brain. Sounds intriguing – I know.  More soon.

The Plan

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The plan when I started this blog was to summarize various Energy Healing books – one per per week. But now that I have been at it for a short while, I see  I was wrong – way off! It’s going on two weeks now and still on my first book. But really, I’m actually glad about my “slowness”. Need time to really understand the concepts. Feel them out, hold them in my spirit. So very necessary.

So what I want to say is that I will cover each book in the time that it deserves. And not be so particular about a chapter each time. Going to be a little more free flowing with my posts from now on…as spirit flows, so shall I.

Shaman, Healer, Sage – Chapter 4

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Chapter 4 – The Chakras

The Anatomy of the Chakras

Chakras, as mentioned in a earlier post, are clockwise spinning orbs of energy – located 3-4 inches outside of the body. Each vibrates at a specific frequency equating to a pure colors of the rainbow. This indicates clarity and optional whole-body/spirit vibration with the Universe. “According to legend when you acquire the rainbow body you can make the journey beyond death to the Spirit world. You are able to assist others in their healing and you can dies consciously since you already know the way back home” (p.73).

There are 7 main chakras, the eighth chakra is your connection to the God in us. And when it is clear, it appears like a golden disk – like that seen in paintings of Christ, this light appears like a halo. The ninth chakra is our place in God, the infinite – the part of us that extends out into the cosmos…forever and ever.

Causay is the nutrient that our chakras need for energy – like food and water for our bodies. Our chakras must be clear to benefit from Causay. The chakras are divided into those which are primarily energized by either the “earth” or the “sky”. Earth-based religiouns focus on the female – emotion, sensuality, fundamental. Sky-based (or sun-based) religions focus on the male – reason, technology, logic.
Below is a brief detail on each chakra:

EARTH CHAKRAS

The First Chakra – Base/Root Chakra

Element: Earth

Color: Red

Body Aspect: Physical foundation, elimination of wastes; rectum, legs, feet; testosterone and estrogen

Instinct: Survival, procreation

Psychological Aspects: Feeding, shelter, safety, ability to provide for ourself

Glands: Ovaries and testes

Seeds: Kundalini, abundance

Negative Expression: Hoarding, predatory behavior, mindless violence, chronic fatigue, birth trauma

Location: base of spine, between anus and genitals

Action: Grounding

The Second Chakra – Sacral Chakra

Element: Water

Color: Orange

Body Aspects: Digestion, intestines, kidneys, urinary tract, sexual potency, adrenaline, lower back pain, menstrual pain, loss of appetite

Instinct: Sexuality

Psychological Aspects: Power, money, sex, control, fear, fighting, passion, self-esteem, sexual or emotional abuse, inherited parental issues, incest

Glands: Adrenals

Seeds: Creativity, compassion, family

Negative Expression: Fear, fighting

Location: Four-fingers below belly button

Action: activates the adrenals, stress glands, fight flight reaction. This chakra can use any type of energy as food.

The Third Chakra – Solar Plexus

Element: Fire

Color: Yellow

Body Aspects: Stomach, abdomen, liver, pancreas, storing and releasing energy, spleen

Instinct: Power

Psychological Aspects: Courage, power, expression in the world

Gland: Pancreas

Seeds: Autonomy, individuation, selfless service, fulfillment of dreams, longevity

Negative Expressions: Gastrointestinal disorder, anorexia, sorrow, pride, ego inflation, neurotic symptoms, low energy, victim mentality, temper tantrums, shame

Location: At the Solar Plexus

Action: The Power center

The Fourth Chakra – Heart Chakra

Element: Air

Color: Green

Body Aspects: Circulatory system, lungs, breasts, heart, asthma, immune deficiency

Instinct: Love

Psychological Aspects: Love, hope, surrender to another, compassion, intimacy

Gland: Thymus

Seeds: Selfless love, forgiveness

Negative Expressions: Ego aggrandizement, resentment, selfishness, grief, loneliness, abondoment, betrayal

Location: At the center of the chest – near the heart

Action: Unconditional love

The Fifth Chakra – Throat Chakra

Element: Light

Color: Blue

Body Aspects: Throat, mouth, neck, esophagus

Instinct: Psychic expression

Psychological Aspects: Manifesting dreams, creativity, communication, faith

Gland: Thyroid, parathyroid

Seeds: Personal power, faith, will

Negative Expressions: Betrayal, addictions, psychosis, sleep disorders, lies, fear of speaking out, gossiping, toxicity

Location: At the hollow of the throat

Action: Gives voice to the feelings of the heart

SKY CHAKRAS

The Sixth Chakra – Third-Eye Chakra

Element: Pure light

Color: Indigo

Body Aspects: Brain, eyes, nervous system

Instinct: Truth

Psychological Aspects: Reason & logic, intelligence, empathy, depression, stress-related disorders, denial

Gland: Pituary

Seeds: Enlightenment, self-realization

Negative Expressions: Delusion, neuroses, inadequacy, seizures

Location: At the middle of the forehead

Action: Express the divine within ourselves and see the divine within others

The Seventh Chakra – Crown Chakra

Element: Pure Energy

Color: Violet

Body Aspects: Skin, brain, hormonal balance

Instinct: Universal ethics

Psychological Aspects: Selflessness, integrity, wisdom

Gland: Pineal

Seeds: Transcendence, illumination

Negative Expressions: Psychoses, regression, cynicism

Location: Top of the head

Action: Time mastery & event influencer

The Eighth Chakra

Element: Soul

Color: Gold

Body Aspects: Architect of the Body

Instinct: Trancendence

Psychological Aspects: None

Gland: None

Seeds: Timelessness

Negative Expressions: Templates of disease

Location: A few inches above the head

Action: Access to ancestral memory

The Ninth Chakra

Element: Spirit

Color: Translucent white light

Body Aspects: None

Instinct: Liberation

Psychological Aspects: None

Gland: None

Seeds: Infinity

Negative Expressions: None

Location: At the heart of the Universe – outside of space/time.

Action: Creation – where the self never born or never dies

Next, I will look at how shamans use chakras in their work.