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.