Three song EP including the newly rewritten remastered and rerecorded versions of:
- Bitty Bop
- I The Storm
- Locked Into Me
All songs copyright 2018 Pig Zen Space.
All songs words music by Joe Taylor
Three song EP including the newly rewritten remastered and rerecorded versions of:
All songs copyright 2018 Pig Zen Space.
All songs words music by Joe Taylor
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Having set the scene, let’s begin. What is meditation? What are we doing when we mediate? How do we achieve what is described as the state of meditation? Why do we have so many different experiences? What is common? What is not? Is there a goal? Process – all energy experiences involve process and any process comes in stages of experience, one no more profound than the next. Each is a significant part of the journey. What we each experience and know as we walk between living in density and living in spirit is of our own coloring and your experience is as vital for you as mine is for me. All I want to do is to give you the tips to take you on your own exploration. The mind is a beautiful tool and one which is tricky to fine tune into quiet. Silence. Yes, meditation is described as entering the silence. Okay, you ask me, how do I manage to get this mind of mine, which jumps all over the place, to be still so I can, in any way, come close to entering silence. Well, the way you get there is to begin to practice.
Learning the Tool of Attention: Using a Mantra, Visual Imagery, and Breath
The first tool you use in beginning the practice of meditation is a strong one – it is the tool of attention. You learn to concentrate your mind. Concentrating your mind to a singular point of attention helps you to quiet down the ongoing mental chatter. There are many methods of learning to concentrate or to place attention. The three with which I am familiar are using a mantra, using a visual, and using breath.
Using a Mantra to Train the Mind
A mantra is a saying which you repeat over and over in your mind. Make this mantra something significant to you. I began with repeating over and over while I sat in quiet the saying, Peace and Healing. These were after all what I was seeking. So your mantra is your own to choose. It has to be language with enough power in it to draw you back to it again and again and again. That is really what it means to use a mantra. The trouble with us Westerners as we learn something Eastern is that we think we have to be Eastern. Well, I never got there using a Sanskrit mantra. There was nothing in it to hold me, regardless of the fact that the verbal vibration was supposed to be able to knock me for a loop. It just didn’t work. I listened to the Sanskrit chanting on the tape I bought from my yoga teacher over and over all to no avail. Finally I said to myself. What am I doing? What I’m looking for is healing and inner peace. It is that simple. So my mantra became Peace and Healing. That grabbed me. I could sit and be still and breathe and bring my mind again and again into the language and emotion of peace and healing. We make the simple things hard by trying to make ourselves conform to the external when the external needs to be created from our own internal.
Lesson one in meditation: Create your own mantra.
Use the repetition of the mantra to train your mind into a concentrated state of attention. We are what we think. What we think about over and over in our minds we live. Our physical state reflects our mental state and through our mental state we can change our physical state. But, you and I have learned this together already. Meditation is special for it tells you so strongly that in meditation not only do you get in touch with your mind and your body you find your essence, your inner energy, the soul through which you express all within your life. This is why meditation is so powerful. This is why so many seek to come to understand it. The spirit we are in life draws us home, says to us, single you may think you are, but no, you are a part of a larger unit, and this larger unit connects you to the heart of all. Each mystic, each faith, each spiritual movement, looks for this magic door, the way in to understand what we see in and experience in life. There is no thinking feeling person who escapes this restlessness which calls to us from our spiritual source. Life is spirit living through and within matter. I don’t want anyone to worry about how to term it, how to call it. I just want all of us to live our truths, and in living our truths express the faith we feel so strongly about. Meditation teaches us the lesson of humility. In finding our own way in to our Source, to touch the land of soul, we learn the oneness in Truth. We see the commonality in our material, the oneness in our home base. The etheric world teaches that. You and I are energy. Our vibrational levels and our cognitive expression may differ but the source from which our matter is derived is common. This, my friends, is the power in meditation. For when we meditate we work within the building blocks of life, our own and the worlds. My word, are we ready for this? I pray this to be the case. Life today is in a make it or break it funnel. The needs throughout the world are visible to us all and the solutions do not come through any singular method of fixing. What’s the message? It’s see the needs in life through the lens of working towards the good of the whole. How do we do it? We live in love. We start with where we can touch and what we can touch is our own soul. So, let us return to our tool of meditation, and how we enter this path of communion, journeying within the life of the soul and the silent oneness of spirit sub-standing all existence.
Using a Visual to Train the Mind
If you find no assistance in quieting down using the repetition of a mantra, simply acknowledge the fact that this approach is not for you and move on. Recognizing what method we need as we seek to help ourselves find a state of mental stillness teaches us about our cognitive energy make up. Being the healer, I cannot help but see it all as energy, and would explain our differences this way, but regardless of that, attend to this fact: the tool we need to bring ourselves into a state of concentrated attention so that we can experience meditation is unique unto who we are. That is the point I am making. So, if mantras do nothing for you, look elsewhere.
Gem/Synergy on Sound in Meditation: I like mantras because I respond so readily to sound. This is a part of my sentience. I even experience becoming sound and though I rebelled against a Sanskrit mantra I have found myself cognitively or energetically becoming both OM and A.U.M. during the process of mediation. It is not that I am repeatedly stating or thinking these sounds as mantras, it is that I feel these mantras within me, reverberating through me. It is internal. I am these sounds. The A.U.M. involves hearing each of these sounds (the A.U.M.) as though in three-part harmony within my cellular mental experience and becoming the OM feels deeper, for when I become the OM the three parts merge into one. Who am I to question that? I just stay there, breathing, observing. But again that is my experience.
Instead, for you, it may be a visual which holds you. You may be a person for whom it is as natural as the day is long to paint vivid pictures with and in your mind. I’ve always respected this gift in others. If this is who you are, then visual imagery is your tool, your means to learn to place attention. Just as we are different in what physical modalities help us, we are also different in what methods speak to who we are to help us in our search for mental peace. Meditation after all gives us mental peace. When the mind can be peaceful, the mind can be quiet and we can experience deeply the calmness, the strength, the power, and peacefulness of the state of mediation.
How do you use your gift of painting scenes in your mind? You decide upon your picture. What imagery can you draw mentally that will keep your mind involved, keep your mind returning to the scene to color it, to experience it, to feel it? Decide your scene and create it. During the creative process, you bring your mind repeatedly into the imagery in which you are involved. As I become sound you become your imagery. Each tool, mantra/sound or imagery, offers the experience of becoming one within an experience. This is what it means to be attentive. The state of no thought, the state of knowing or being, comes through experiencing attention. Learn attention through your tool and you open your door. You find your path into meditation. A visual scene of peace will give you peace when you become one with it.
Gem/Synergy on using a Visual: I want to make sure you realize that even though painting a picture may not come naturally to you, you can still utilize the creation of a visual through feeling it. This is how I use the tool of visual imagery. Recognize the setting which for you is a setting of peace and image yourself in this setting. Living on the coast, for me it’s being at the beach, standing beside the ocean, feet in the water, feeling the waves, the tug of the sand slipping from me, the wind, the birds, the in and out of the feel of the water, the sound, the smell, the feel – all of it. The beach makes me feel alive. So, as I experimented with using a visual in achieving a one-pointed state of attention to enter meditation, I took myself mentally to the beach and felt all of what it means to me to be there. Visuals can work in this way as well. So if you like this thought, if creating and sensing your special setting appeals to you, run with it. It will be a good tool for you.
Using the Breath to Teach the Mind to Pay Attention
Another beautiful tool to find the way into attention is the process or method called using the breath. Using the breath is probably the easiest of them all. Why? We all breathe. Get some humor out of this now. We’re going to use a physical function that is absolutely natural to take us along the path to spirit. Sometimes in life it is the simple things that help us the most. Because breathing is part of life, something we do all day, all night, every minute we are alive, we are not asking ourselves to perform an unusual task or do something unfamiliar. This in itself makes using the breath a good tool for teaching the mind to place attention. The method here is really easy –bring your mind again and again to your process of breathing. Sitting still, eyes closed, looking down, bring your attention to your breathing. Observe your breath, watching and listening and feeling all that is happening as breath comes in, as breath leaves. When thoughts occur, just observe them too. Let them go and bring your attention back into your breathing. It’s that simple and is a very relaxing powerful way to quiet the body, quiet the mind, and quiet the emotion, and enter mediation.
The Meditative State
I don’t know that any two people would describe the meditative state in the same way. Each individual experiences meditation differently, and again, I believe that variance to be due to our uniqueness in our energy anatomy. The most innermost sense that I receive comes through opening into the experience of sound and vision. Becoming sound I watch and observe the visual, the lights and shapes and movement within the subtle energy world. It is like being present within a kaleidoscope. While this is going on I feel complete and utter peace. Yet this peace is not completely stillness. This peace is a peace which holds an incredible sense or feeling of power, movement held deeply within a center that is utterly still. Now, I know that does not seem to make sense, for I am describing a dichotomy, a combination of strong opposites, but that is what my feeling is. It feels like what you see in imagery when you observe a visual of the Milky Way. All life moves and revolves around a center. The experience of the meditative state is multileveled, the knowing of many stages of consciousness simultaneously. Multi-levelness is also a part of the healing experience. We can be quiet and still and fully active at the same time.
Group mediation is extremely powerful. The same is true with group healing. Joining one with the other, energy strand meets energy strand and together we are more whole. Meditating as a group enhances each individual who is a part of the group. The only way I can explain this is to say that group meditation honors the science of what we are in spirit, for coming into life on this earth as what seems to be an individual soul we are in truth one fragment of a unity of source. Group meditation brings a quickening within each of our realities, strengthening, enhancing who we each are individually and teaching us, leading us in to sense our unity, the wholeness which expresses our Oneness. Lots of language to say, divine spirit we are and practicing together we meet to share the experience of Oneness. If you’ve not mediated in a group, gather some friends together and try it. You each come away, more alive, more at peace, and ready to take on the world.
The Healing Power of Meditation
Why meditation is so healing, why this practice offers our strongest venue for seeking self-healing, is indeed at this point in our journey together self-explanatory. In other worlds, you could write this one for me. I’ll keep it simple. It does not require a lot of verbiage. Meditation, the state of meditation, offers us healing for one significant reason. In meditation, when we really get there, we reach within to know our space of soul, the space from which all healing comes. It is a moment of magic. Touch the divinity you are within and you will bring it without. The healing available to you can change your life. Is there an offering to us more profound? Meditation is a practice worth your effort.
Healing Prayer is Active Creative Meditation
The beauty in any tool which helps us individually in healing or in spiritual practice is that we can use this same tool to help our fellow human beings, to help all life. Mediation can be directed. When meditation is directed towards a particular goal, it is a form of active creativity. What do I mean by that? I’m talking energy, now, folks. Get with me on this one. When we concentrate upon something we can create this something as a reality. This is how any creative process works. Have an idea. Focus upon it. Build its structure within your mental process. Infuse the structure with the ideal that is your idea: your project, the world’s projects. Create them. Build them. Bring them down. Bring this mental process into life. Make the thought have a life, be life. Make it real. This is how we create. This is how we can use the process of active creation to bring forward healing for one another and for all mankind. Active creative meditation is taking what we know or think of as prayer and using it energetically, bringing to our prayer, to a process that is usually totally emotional, the mental energy tools. Using mental energy is how we create. Mental energy is creative.
There are today on this earth many behind the scenes groups of healers gathered together in prayer. All these healing prayer circles are using is the science of active creative meditation, the science that says that if you mentally create it and then direct this mental energy outward, you direct and work within the flows of energy that create healing, create organizations, cause movements. This activity is the venue of the dreamer.
Yet within each of us is the dream and as we dream our world into the state in which we want to see it, together we help to heal this earth and all life upon it.
Dream with me.
Let us create and bring forward together
healing for all.
Know each sunrise
as a time of prayer for all upon the earth
casting healing light
to each man, each woman, and each child,
and serving each species of the kingdoms of life
within our manifested world.
Love sent out.
Know each sunset
as a time of culmination,
and each night
as a time to commune.
Love brought in.
In healing prayer
we find a synthesis
to all of the work of healing,
joining together to dream
of life lived in Love.
May you leave this reading
further along your path
to peace and healing.
Let us turn now to the modality of meditation, which is I believe to offer us our most powerful practice for healing.
Meditation – Introductory Materials
My approach to meditation is very much like unto how I approach any energy modality. There are rules to the road which have been written, offering techniques to follow and proper methods of practice. It is my humble opinion that how you should practice meditation is something again which only you will find. Each different in the energy through which we manifest, we reach out externally to have a method of practice taught to us. This is our beginning. And, rightly so. When we begin a new practice, we need the rules to the road. But what makes these rules effective is that which we observe and honor to take place within ourselves, causing us to adjust and change the external rule to fit that which we find and come to know internally.
When all is said and done, it is only through observing the experience we have within ourselves that we can find the method that is user friendly for us. In all energy modalities, we have to self-observe to find our way. Every spiritual truth is found within us, the path to spirit is within. Meditation is a method of helping us to identify within the spirit we are while residing in the flesh. Meditation offers a link between matter and spirit. Quieting the mind, we seek for the soul.
Yet, our seeking needs to recognize a very vital point: this process is not a seeking for something we are not or do not have, but is a seeking for that which we ARE WITHIN – Spirit we are, expressed through matter. Meditation is a tool we use to immerse ourselves within the energy space we call our soul. Meditation is a process of identification, honoring the spiritually stated truth that the kingdom of God is within. In meditation East and West converge.
As with my entire journey into this differently lived life, my introduction to meditation began with the practice of yoga. Experiencing yoga classes introduces you to a lot of different thinking. I had never before thought about energy, matter, and space, mind body and spirit. I was a good Westerner, from a Christian background and religion was one aspect and regular life another. Yoga brought me full face in my journey to knowing spirit within my body, opening my sensory system to see and feel and hear differently. What is one to do with this very unusual living? Finding healing I offered it out, wanting to put my hands on everyone and everything in need. Yet, this world is not open to the person who is so different. It’s like we all live in a vacuum, awaiting a time when the mainstream catches up with the unusual, yet even as I say this I know that the unusual one is always the one on the cusp within times of mankind’s changing consciousness. That is indeed what is happening today. There are more and more like me out there, closet experiencers, closet scientists. The world of energy is our venue, our space of experimenting.
Yet, funny enough, even within this unusual world there is division. My way is better than your way. I can teach you the right way to heal, to find the psychic world, to experience the subtle ethers. It’s a giant circus and a show, yet within this show there is the Truth. Having lived and worked as the owner/operator of an independent bookshop, I can attest to how hungry the world is to know inner peace, to find healing. We all need it. Mankind needs it. I believe the answers to be so simple. We help one another. Helping one another we help ourselves. Turning our vision away from our own personal problems we lessen their impact upon us. Healer, turn those downward focused eyes unto the soul, the healer within the form.
A soul on earth, what an incredible thought, yet you know what, my friends, this is reality. We are each souls on earth. There’s a whole world of us running around living in bodies expressing differing levels of consciousness. It’s beautiful and humorous at the time. When we think about it, and come to recognize that we each build our matter and construct our own temples with the same raw materials, we should be able to live compassionately. If we were to all live compassionately we would change the world in which we live, the bodies through which we live, the space we inhabit within this entire earth. What we think and do is that powerful. What saves us as a race of people is that we don’t know it. Most of us cannot even manage ourselves, myself included. A yo-yo on a string in the autumn of life, I’m watching those I love, and myself, age and face all that goes along with life’s culminating time. This writing is I hope a contribution and will help you to come to grips with all you face in life. I have challenges. You do too. Let us work together to create life together and build this world anew.
Why do I tell you all this when we’re getting ready to work with meditation? Because I believe meditation and active creative meditation to be that significant, to ring loud and clear with a bell so strong that if we were to use the power within this tool and use it positively together we could in fact change this earth.
So, let’s get practical. Let me give you some of the rules to the road, as I have found them, on meditation. We should be clear on what my teaching is. I’ve not been externally taught in meditation where I have those worldly credentials that say yes I can say I’m an expert here. What you and I will do together is from the lens of my experience. I’ve walked within the realms of beginning, the traveling through the many steps one takes, in learning to practice meditation, starting with reading and listening to others tell me how. Graduating from that stage, I saw in my experience what I’ve told you previously. Sitting alone in quiet down on my knees on my floor, eyes closed, breathing and listening and going within, I opened into transcendental life. I found the subtle world using my body in yoga. I found the subtle world using my mind, fine tuning it within the process of meditation. Each experience can take you to the same space. The tools are different but the end result is the same.
As I teach you, I am only teaching what I know through my life experience, and I say to you, loud and clear from the outset, recognize this to be the case. See my pattern. Experiment with my venue. But, more importantly, reach beyond what I teach you to springboard from it. Go find your own. You and I each need the same credentials when it comes to the topic and practice of meditation and these credentials are a living within. The way we get there is, of course, practice, practice, practice. If we want to fine tune any instrument, be it our body or our mind, we have to use it, we have to practice. Meditation is a process wherein we learn the power of what it means to live from within.
Let us begin our practice, Opening and Connecting the Hara Healing Line.
Synopsis: Opening and Connecting the Hara Healing Line
Establish Stance and Focus
First Hand Position – Hands in V around Navel: Focus/Affirmation
Arcing of Arms: Movement/Affirmation
Prayer Hands in the Heart – Movement and Affirmation
Arms Extended Beside Head: Movement and Prayer
Prayer Hands above Crown, Moving Front/Back, Finding Center
Prayer Hands in Center above Crown Honoring Spirit
Final Movements/Hand Positions/Affirmation/Prayer – Hands from Crown to 3rd Eye to Heart
Closure: Prayer Hands to Heart to Navel, one on top other
Prayer for Personal Healing
Prayer for All Life
Practice Details: Opening and Connecting the Hara Healing Line
Though your instructions come in segments, this routine is to be practiced as a unit. It is a flow from position to position, a linking of essence to essence, using affirmative prayer.
Visual – Establish Qigong Stance and Focus
Stand in the qigong stance you know: feet parallel, rooted into the earth, legs hip distance apart, knees relaxed and open, arms suspended comfortably beside the body, elbows and wrists relaxed, shoulders descending down releasing away from the head, chest neither pushed forward nor held back, head lifting towards the heavens. There you are again: grounded into the earth, reaching for the heavens.
Be still. Breathe. Observe how you are in your body/mind, noting what you find.
This is your point of beginning.
Now we will work for change.
Visual of First Hand Position
Keep your eyes, open or closed, your choice.
If you leave your eyes open, make sure you practice your qigong method of seeing without attaching.
Gem/Energy Tip: Put to the side in Layout – Practicing in front of a mirror is interesting, for in so doing you may find yourself as you switch back and forth from closed to open eyes with a visual of the etheric subtle space, observing the interaction between the changes within and the changes without. I did this for years as I began to see the lines and lights of the energy body. Plus, I’ve led many into this visual while teaching in yoga. Working in energy modalities can bring us in to the space where we see beyond density which is why I mention this. But remember, we all open differently and this may not be your experience with the energy world. What is valid for you is your experience. Note within yourself what sensory things happen for you. Seek to see the pattern. See if you can make the pattern make sense. This is how we learn of the meaning of our vibratory sensory tactile experiences. In short, don’t seek to be me. Be you. You are an energy being and you will find out about the uniqueness that is you as you express your energy journey. That’s truly what I love about it all. Unique but joined… this is the state of all of life.
First Hand Position: Hands in V around Navel: Focus/Affirmation:
Move the hands to rest on either side of the navel, little fingers lightly touching the abdomen, the tips of the middle fingers directed downwards and joined, palms facing one another so the hands form the shape of a V on either side of the navel.
Relax the hands. Breathe. Observe the feeling that comes to you. This hand position grounds us.
Thus the affirmation: Ground me deep within this Mother Earth.
Work here in this space. Honor the connection you have within your physical body while you travel through this life. Honor the earth that sustains you, the matter through which you live.
This matter is shared by all of us. Honor the connection we have one to the other, the common nature of the elemental matter that forms our flesh. Brotherhood is a scientific reality awaiting recognition, so let us help it along, and use movement and mindset in prayer not only for the unit we are but for the whole.
Visual –Arcing of Arms/Technique/Affirmation
Movement/Focus: Arms Move Up and Down the Sides of the Body, Earth to Heaven, Heaven to Earth. Touch the earth. Float the hands upwards, palm down, elbows descending, palms turning naturally towards the heavens as the arms both extend beside the crown.
The essence in your practice for opening into and connecting within the hara healing line is the visualization you have in your movement and the prayer you affirm for your fellow man. Remember, you are using your body as instrument of prayer. You are, you become prayer in motion.
Visualization and Prayer:
Hands touch the earth.
Arms lifting up: Lift up the hearts and minds of men.
Arms coming down: May Light and Love return to earth.
If you like, link together your physical movements with your stated prayer, as follows:
Arms lifting up: Lift up the hearts (arms extended to side from the heart) and minds of men (arms reaching the area of the crown).
Arms coming down: May Light (crown) and Love (heart) return to earth.
Repeat your movements and your prayer again, 2nd time.
If you are visual, visualize this happening as you move your body. If you are sentient, use the Light you see and the Love you feel to draw all of us into a better space. If neither of these sensory experiences is present for you, have faith in your prayer for mankind.
See it, say it, create it – it is an energy truth. Each thought we have impacts the collective consciousness. Used positively, this is our hope for collective healing.
Visual – Prayer Hands in Heart –Movement/Affirmation
Third time going up, bring the arms half-way, extending out, at shoulder level, and turn the hands to face one another.
Move the hands to join together in prayer, bringing this Light and Love into your heart.
The thumbs face the Heart – bringing Love within.
The fingers extend forward – sending Love without.
Healing Prayer: Open now the Heart so that the Love that centers there begins to flow.
Visual – Arms Extended beside Head, Palms Apart
Our next movement honors the pathway, the seeking for our soul.
Movement and Prayer: Move the arms to extend comfortably beside the head, palms apart, facing one another. Image your entire being as a ray of light.
Lifting your hands, visualize/affirm this prayer: As the individual soul reaches up, the universal soul bends down.
Breathe. Honor your essence, your soul journey.
Visual – Prayer Hands above the Crown
Movement and Prayer: Bring the hands to join together in prayer above the crown, knowing as you do, you offer human heart and mind unto your soul. Breathe. Surrender. Be humble and thankful for all you are in life. Healing is surrendering.
Visual – Prayer Hands forward/back – Finding your Center
Movement and Connection: Move your prayer hands forward and back above the crown, several times if you like, honoring the subtle energies of the front of the body, of the back of the body.
Next move the prayer hands slowly towards the center, feeling for where you want to hold them. You will find your space to stop and be still somewhere in the middle from front to back above your crown. This is subjective. Don’t make it difficult. Any place you tell yourself is right is right.
Be still. Breathe.
Visual – Prayer Hands in the Center above the Crown, Honoring Spirit
Visual and Prayer: Standing thus, Prayer Hands in the Center, affirming your divinity while you pray within your flesh, recognize within you a line of energy through the center of your body and open and surrender into this channel, from the root of the earth to beyond the crown reaching for the heavens.
Mentally in your mind or verbally with your voice, state this connection – root to navel to heart to brow to crown and above.
Making the statement creates the opening to the pathway. Say it.
Then cease thought and prayer. Be.
Simply surrender, honor, and breathe.
Final Movements – Position – Crown to 3rd Eye to Heart – Affirmation/Prayer:
Movement and Visualization:
Move the hands from above the crown back down, bringing Light (middle fingers of prayer hands touching brow/3rd Eye)
and Love (prayer hands in the heart) to nurture you.
Stand still and breathe taking in the essence you have brought into your heart.
Spirit, Mindset and Healing: Faith is tied in to healing and healing tied in to faith. Yet, the bottom line is the opening we make, the identifying within to the level of consciousness within our own energy body where this energy reality becomes our reality. That is the key to having any healing modality be effective for us. The key comes from Spirit. Mindset opens our path. Through mindset we find where Spirit meets Matter and Matter becomes well. If this process were easy, we’d all have perfect bodies and feel 100 per cent all the time. So, be patient with yourself and practice, practice, practice. These physical challenges we have offer us spiritual openings and as we open spiritually we heal physically. Simple. Beautiful. Our life challenge. Join the group. We all have it.
Visual – Closure: Prayer Hands to Heart to Navel
Movement, Visualization and Prayer: Move the prayer hands from the heart again to the navel (the hara), and as you turn the hands back down to rest one on top of the other in the hara, send the Love you know within your Heart out unto the earth to be of service.
Prayer for Personal Healing
If you are seeking personal healing, pray for spirit to heal your flesh.
I use the prayer I’ve given you earlier, “As I walk this earth, may the physical manifestation resonate in harmony with the needs of the soul. Let there be cleansing and let there be clearing, manifesting more fully the divine on this earth.”
Take the time here, within this space of the hara, wherein your etheric realm may be touched and altered, and express your personal prayer for healing.
The language which is of your own heart will help you.
Visual – Prayer for All Life
Finish your practice, though, in going beyond your singular self.
Lift the hands and extend them out from the heart, palm up.
Hold within your palms, this planet earth, all life upon and within it – each man, each woman, each child, each kingdom in matter – and send the spiritual healing energy of Love upon us all.
Pray for: Peace, Light, Harmony, and Love throughout this planet earth.
Ever combining verbal energy essence with a physical movement, I like to blow this healing energy upon my hands visualizing our creation of heaven on earth. Idealism is where it all begins. So join me. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
This concludes our sequence. I hope you have enjoyed spending this time with me in healing and in healing prayer.
A Word on Technique: The technique which I follow today in this routine has evolved to be more in keeping with a qigong practice than a practice of yoga, which is how my journey began. The movements you make, therefore, will be familiar, as will the terminology of healing that we use.
All intuitive energy movements are going to evolve. Recognize that this is the nature of delving into working with energy and allow the practice I teach you to expand as you do. Experience is our teacher as we seek to understand the world of subtle energy. Experience is where we gain our validity. Remember, no one can give this to you. You find it within yourself. So many of the healing practices that are taught today and so much of the Western mindset revolves around following the rules that I feel this point needs emphasis. What we are talking about here is the Laws of Nature, to use esoteric terminology. And, these laws of nature may be worked with through our common source. Science is Spirit and Spirit is science. Matter is spirit in its lowest level. Spirit is matter in its highest form. Both are related, one enfolded within the other. In the practices we are learning, we are using this very fact: when we can touch the realm of Spirit that is our source, we can impact our matter. It’s so incredible. I know it, yet even knowing it, I have troubles. I am just like you, a human being walking through matter, imperfectly expressing my spiritual source. Yes, that’s the key to all of it. Relate spirit and matter harmoniously and there is harmonious life. This is what we seek. This is the purpose of this Hara Healing Line connection. It serves as a tool to unite within us the very heart of who we are. How? By giving us a physical mental emotional practice wherein we can surrender our human heart and mind unto the divine. We are bodies, so we need to work with them. We are minds that we need to use. We are emotion expressed in the flesh. Healing, my friends, comes when we take all we are, body/emotion/mind, and offer it in service to life beyond our singular unit. In serving we heal.
So I say to you as we approach technique, that what you are truly seeking is the movements, the mindset, the opening that brings who and what you are energetically, you as a unique individual unit of life, in to harmony with the energy of your source. This is healing. This is finding you own way in. This is the knowing of the fact, not in your head, but in your cells that the spiritual message you are taught through faith as a child is Truth: the kingdom of God is within. Look within. When you seek, you find, and what you find is to be lived, shared, is it not?
In this way, mankind learns to see beyond his singular self to know the unit as wrapped within the whole. Working in energy, seeing spirit change matter, seeing healing come, makes you so aware of how beautiful we are by divine design. What we are about to do together is to seek to fine tune ourselves, yet as we become more whole individually we serve not only ourselves but one another.
All the beautiful things in life
go way beyond
the singular lens.
Love is the key.
Love is lasting.
Nothing else remains.
Again, you have been patient with me.
Before I offer my practice to you, as I use it today, for you to create therefrom, I would like to share some background material on the centers and this energy line by telling you of how I have experienced this quest. I hope my story will open you to yours.
Connecting the Hara Healing Line –Terminology – An Intuitive Interpretation
The hara healing line is a line of energy that runs directly through the centerline of our bodies, from root to crown, matter to spirit. This is giving to you in my own language how I understand what this means. The works on yoga, qigong, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and the many writings on esoteric energy healing all describe the presence of an energy channel within the subtle etheric body along the space of the physical spinal column. I’ve felt it so I know it is real, though I have not visually seen what I know through sensing to be the operative etheric channels for this line. Many a time, in working with healing energy, I have felt this functioning. During one occasion in working in healing with my husband it was truly quite profound. For, as I stood in a good qigong stance beside our bed trying to help him in healing energy with the pain he was having in his back, the two of us shared an interesting experience. It was a pretty sunny day outside out bedroom window so I know that weather has nothing to do with what happened. Standing there beside him, hands held above his spine, praying for healing, I thought to myself, I should connect the hara healing line and then the energy that would come through would be of great value. The moment I had this thought, wrapped within the space of being the vessel for energy flow and functioning, a loud sound, like a booming clap of thunder, happened in our bedroom. At the same time of this occurrence, I felt a jolting burst of energy run through my body, root to crown. It was like I had received a shock. It was startling and actually made me jump. This sound was so loud that it awakened my husband from the state of sleep receiving healing energy always induces within him. “What was that?” he asked me. My answer, “I don’t know honey, but whatever it was, it shot directly through the centerline of my body.”
I’ll never forget the experience, nor will he. My only explanation for our experience is that energetically within me there occurred a hara healing line connection and the sound and sensory experience have an energy explanation for which I am incapable of providing terms. Since this time period, I have experienced feeling a similar central flowing of energy both during times of practicing healing and during personal mediation. Remember, working in energy opens you to energy, and in opening you come to understand and have a sense of an unknown, not easily definable, not in today’s world.
The term, hara, is of Japanese origin and refers to the center the Chinese and qigong masters call the Lower Dan Tian. You are, therefore, familiar with the hara, having worked within this center during your intuitive healing qigong. I say this for I don’t want you to let language throw you off – hara, lower dan tian, sacral chakra, etheric linkage – it’s all one and the same. What is especially significant to us in seeking healing is the magical physical transformation that can come through connecting within this energetic space. Be comfortable with what you know and let it grow.
What does the hara healing line connect? It connects the root of the body to the hara to the heart to the crown to the space above the crown termed the soul individuation point. This last center is the only one we’ve not mentioned as such, yet all it refers to is a space of energy above the crown through which we connect into spirit. You don’t have to swallow this as a theory. It is not a doctrine. Nor is it knowledge. Instead, this is energy. It is a subtle that is beyond the experiencing of many who live in density, yet the knowing of it as validity, as a reality, is available to you. Why? It is real. Do I need to understand more than that? No. I accept through faith the valid nature of energy. Experience has given me this knowing and I realize that what we know of life is tied to the level of consciousness to which we open as we experience life in density. It’s that simple. And, I am no scientist. I am a sentient. Lord help me, it is not easy to live feeling all this energy and having energy imbalances as we all do as human beings. Spirit and matter. Spirit and matter. Get it. Know it. And then you can begin to work with it. I’ve sought it my whole life. And, the answer always is – identify, identify, identify.
To help us get there, we will again use a modality of practice, designed, this time, to open us and connect us within what is termed the Hara Healing line. We will work with movement, breath, visualization, and affirmation to link together root to navel to heart to crown to soul individuation point. All these are our tools.
As many have before us, we are using our bodies to express and honor spirit. Think of what we will do together now as moving prayer. Is not every spiritual ritual simply that? A manner in which to express our search for and connection within what we see and sense to be divine. Day to day, we walk through our physical life, always seeking our source.
I hope you enjoy practicing this with me.
Framing Your Journey in Intuitive Energy Healing Practice
Our next modality, where we will work to open into and connect the Hara Healing Line, continues you along your journey of intuitive energy healing practice. In sharing with you and in teaching to you an intuitive practice of my own, I want what we experience together to lead you in to the understanding of how you in truth frame your own journey. Not one of us can or should carbon copy the other as we seek to know the world of non-density. But, I have told you this before and if you have not accepted it fully, this is your chance. For what is coming your way are energy structures, principles applied according to what I sense and see and know. The principles and the laws and the reality of the structure are absolutely valid. These are the laws of nature, of energy about which we talk. How you get yourself into a cognizance of this truth – experiencing the seeing, the sensing and the knowing requires you to find your own way in to the experience. There is not another living breathing person who can do this for you. You do this for yourself. How? Look within. Know that within you is the Spirit from which you live. Immerse yourself there, through your acceptance of your inner truth, and explore. The quest for identification – that this process is uniquely yours to do should excite you. Your spiritual being has offered you the greatest gift. Your spiritual being says to you. You are spirit. So say to yourself, I am Spirit. Seek and you shall find. What we think about, practice, and dwell upon, we are. This is your Truth. This is your journey. Breathe. I’m going to teach you now a framework that you may use to help you find this beautiful space within that is yours from which you may co-create your life.
to find out
how you work
how you operate
how you are without.
This energy teaching, of how to connect the Hara Healing Line, is to be a routine first learned, then more importantly, reworked by you. Shaping what you learn, allowing what you learn to be filtered and re-experienced through your own inner path to Spirit is the only way you learn to frame your own journey. You receive and open into your own power when you recognize this truth as fact.
The Intuitive World of the Inner Eye
Spirit asks you to frame your own journey,
to take what is taught you, only to rework it.
The stamp you place upon life is
your own to find and make.
The heart of who you are beckons.
The spirit we are is always there –
awaiting our seeing,
awaiting our living.
This is the gift of soul to life.
If I can teach you one truth my life has taught me, it is this: your life is yours, to be designed through your sensory experiencing, to be brought to the surface, colored through your own unique knowing of divinity. As we travel along in the journey, if we live it not for ourselves but for our Source, we find ourselves coming into sync, finding our way into a full and beautiful expression of life. Does that mean we are perfect? No. If perfect, we would not be here. We are here to learn. We are here to help one another.
Back from our tangent, let us return to our topic, connecting the hara healing line.
What is the Hara Healing Line and what does this intuitive practice of connecting the centers therein mean to you? As I have stated earlier, I learned of the Hara Healing Line in healer Barbara Brennan’s writing. This reading came to me at the time where I was experimenting daily in energy immersion, seeking understanding through using yoga, using movement and breath, and using focused affirmative prayer. There is a yogic statement which says that when the student is ready the teacher appears, and this was certainly true in this case, for all it took was seeing this passage in Brennan’s book to get me off and running – remaking what she described in a format that suited my manner of seeking and reception. As you rework a process according to what you know and experience, the experience becomes intuitive – it becomes yours.
What is the draw in the hara healing line? It is powerfully simple. As you connect the energy centers within you that form the hara healing line, you offer your human heart and mind unto the divine to live as spirit residing in the flesh. Could there be a goal more worthy of our pursuit? Connecting the Hara Healing line honors the essence of what we are in physical life – the body we have, the mind we use, the spirit that is our source – and is a practice of communion, a healing that makes us Whole.
Qigong – Methods of Practice
Before moving on into another mind body modality, I want to offer some overall thoughts on the qigong we have learned together and offer you some suggested routines for practice. The framework in qigong is subtle, complex, open to intuitive interpretation, and therefore difficult to structure and define. How could this not be the case, since from the beginning point you are told you are dealing with the qi of life? Qigong is energy work and energy work, with the offering of materials and methods for the moving within and interacting with the subtle energy layers of life, is an open door to circular thinking, a method of learning with which I am quite comfortable. What is difficult for me is to go in a straight line. Energy just doesn’t seem to do that. Each tangent we feel or see seems to draw and attract, and yet, at the same time leads you right back in to a center, though leaving a mysterious road out there for one who is trying to decipher how to follow. Let’s see if I can offer the roadmaps, by describing a way of thinking to make it all make sense.
A Complete Qigong Practice
How should you approach your qigong? Let us turn to Kenneth Cohen’s overview. A complete qigong routine, according to Cohen, has four aspects to the practice: a Gathering of Qi, a Purifying of Qi, Circulating Qi, and Dispersing Remaining Stagnation. The qigong we have practiced together has given you a routine for each of these aspects. The Healthy Breathing practice gathers qi. The Intuitive Healing practice purifies, offers healing. Standing Meditation practices qi circulation. The Sealing of the energy centers, circling in the Lower Dan Tian and circling in the Ming Men, finishing with self-massage, closes your routine with methods of grounding and removing stagnancy. This is what we have done together. You have one practice for each aspect.
What are the tools you are using as you practice in each of these aspects, for the tools overlap and are used throughout. The tools are truly your practice. The aspects are just techniques within which you may use these tools. Your tools are breath, focus, and at times movement. Breath and focus are the threads that tie together your practice. As you breathe you work with qi. As you practice you work with qi. As you move with breath and with focus you work with qi. Remember this, for these offer you the heart of your modality. Whether you remember anything else, if you work with focus and your breath, you will be moving qi. And, this is a case of – whether you feel or see it or not – it happens. If you are an energy body, and if you are working in energy practice, you are working with and moving energy. Yes? It sounds so hand in glove and glove in hand, yet that is the actuality of the reality. You may say this sounds like faith. It is faith, yet it is a faith that expresses the truth of energy science. Mind, body and spirit, we are mind body and spirit and in qigong we begin with qi to weave together and arrange and rearrange our subtle energy patterns. Without the use of these tools, the exception being movement, for all qigong does not involve movement, you are not practicing qigong. Mind into body – consciousness into form – spirit into matter – it always comes down to mindset and breath, consciousness and activity, a co-creative dance between the particles within the poles that relate together to form the essence of Life. Learn this and you learn the faith in yourself to find your own way in to interpret and manage as best we can, our dense physical world.
The Tools We Use – How They Help Us
How do these tools offer you this energy experience? Let’s look at breath. Breath is qi – breathing is working with qi. As you practice your Healthy Breathing, the movements you make with your arms opens your torso providing you with a sense of breath that increases, lengthens, and deepens each time you make a circle with your arms. This increase in breath offers an increase in qi. You are increasing the qi of the body through the air/prana/qi that enters your being, through your lungs, permeating your body through your cells.
The subtle energy of prana/qi/ether is the operative agency within the world in which we live. It is our space, our invisible ocean, holding and expressing the very particles of intelligence which make life. Making movements to interact with it, allowing the mindset to open to interact with it, and you interact with it. It just seems so impossible to explain, yet the simplicity of the truth is the only answer. It is an energy world. Life is energy made manifest. Qigong is a modality that practices working with energy. The tools in qigong that tap you in to the ethers of life are breath and focus and movement.
Turn to the part of your practice where you focus upon purifying your energy. All of us need this. The imbalances we have energetically are reflected in the physical mental and emotional discomforts we suffer. So, once again, in our modality we take our powerful tools and through using our breath and our focus and our movement we purify our beings. Telling ourselves we do this does this. As I’ve said so many times, it is not difficult. The process is simple. You have the tools inherently within you. The spirit that you are offers you the in-road; the mindset you have offers you the ability to tap in and find your way into the journey, your breath, movement and focus offer you your physical mental emotional expression whereby, like Jean Luke Picard, you make it so! Through our tools, we work co-creatively to express the best of what we can be, physically, mentally, spiritually, within the venue of life. Like faith, energy work asks you to come into it with the mindset of the little child. Believe. Open. Use your tools. Purify. Remove toxins. Breathe disharmony away, releasing all negativity through breath and focus. Heal.
Circulating energy is no different. The tools are still the same. As you focus, you open. As you breathe and move, you connect. Holding the body into specific positions to honor an energy center, you breathe, you focus and in your focus you tell yourself in each center that excesses yield, deficiencies strengthen. The simple stating of your framework for circulating qi allows qi to circulate. The mental expression becomes energy reality.
The same of course is true when we look at the closure, the grounding, the sealing, the dispersing. What makes this aspect work is no different from any of the rest. The practice is the use of the tools. And, when the tools create in us the peace we seek, then we have in fact reached our innermost space, our spirit within, for all healing comes to us from the realm of soul.
Soul we are –
soul we express
when we open and tap into the experience.
It is a beautiful energy truth
and a worthwhile goal
for each of us who walk upon this earth.
Suggested Qigong Routines – Sequences to Practice
For a routine that is short and simple, though effective, practice Healthy Breathing, closing with a Qigong Sequential Relaxation.
For a more detailed process of healing, practice Healthy Breathing, Intuitive Healing Qigong, and close with a Qigong Sequential Release.
To have a complete qigong routine: practice Healthy Breathing, Intuitive Healing Qigong, Standing Meditation, closing with Sealing and Dispersing Stagnancy.
Recommended sources for further study materials and practice DVD’s are the works of Qigong Masters, Kenneth S. Cohen and Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming, and Deborah Davis.
Enjoy your qigong.
Keeping your practice
will help to keep you.
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Where we are:
Standing Meditation completed.
Hands on the back in the area of the kidneys, palms facing out, you ready for Closure.
Tips on Closure: Movement and Technique
Seal and Close – Dispersing any Remaining Stagnancy
Standing Foot Massage: We will begin to seal and close our qigong routine with a standing foot massage to continue our sense of grounding.
Rocking back and forth, shift your weight upon your feet, from front to back, side to side, and in a circle to the right, in a circle to the left.
The movements you make feel good to your feet, and drive deep within you your sense of connecting within your earthly body, the physical matter you mold to live your life.
Massage completed, grounding sensed. Be still. Breathe.
Sealing: The following describes a sealing method learned within Cohen’s work.
I have always found this process to make my energy practice feel complete.
The directional instructions as to which way to first move your hands in your circling is from my energy anatomy experience; the number of circles to make and the methodology involved in how to make the circles is from Cohen’s instruction.
I point this out, for it is what I want you to do with what I am teaching as you begin to sense and feel for yourself. Go beyond taking my word for it, letter for letter, remaining within the parameters of my particular teachings, my experience. Is it valid? Yes, but it is mine. Instead I say to you: Feel, and as you feel, make the energy you practice your own.
Guidelines, springboards –
all energy teaching is a guideline,
Once you find your own way in,
you have made it Real.
The teacher leads you to the bridge.
The crossing you make is your own.
It is in working in energy that we learn of it. This subtle world is Real, but it is yours to define, to enter, to experience, to know. Open yourself to this Truth and go there. Trust in yourself and in your own intuition. It is the Inner Eye which will teach you, not me. It is in looking from within that we learn to see the Truth without. No one on this earth knows more of who you are than you do. This is the key to health, the key to life, the key to living in and through Spirit. Immerse. Identify. Live without in your daily life that which you see and sense from within. All the faiths say it like this. The kingdom of God is truly within. So powerful, so beautiful – this is our gift from Spirit. Why cannot we all just see it?
Where we are:
Standing Meditation completed.
Standing foot massage completed.
Hands on the back in the area of the kidneys, palms facing out, you ready for Sealing and Dispersing.
Closure: Sealing and Dispersing Synopsis:
Sealing the Lower Dan Tian, Sealing the Ming Men
Dispersing Remaining Stagnancy
Sealing the Navel, the Lower Dan Tian: Stand comfortably, knees released, feet hip distance apart.
Bring your hands from your back, and place them, one on top of the other, in the area of your navel.
Focus deep within your body into the navel area, your lower dan tian, to begin your process of sealing, using circular movements to enhance the vital energy within your body/mind.
Circling the Hands: Move your hands to make 6 small circles around the navel: first up from the navel and towards the right of your body, then down below the navel and towards the left of your body, returning up and over the navel to meet your point of beginning.
Continuing to move first towards the right, enlarge the diameter of your circling, so that your hands lightly massage your abdomen, again 6 times.
Make 6 more circles, beginning to the right, larger still, this time the hands reaching up to the area of your rib cage and descending as low as your pubic bone.
You now retrace the pattern of your circling, this time going first to the left, moving from the largest pattern 6 times, to a smaller pattern of circling 6 times, and finishing with 6 small circles directly around the navel.
Back in your point of beginning, hands placed in the lower dan tian, the navel, one on top of the other, you have completed your process of Sealing the Lower Dan Tian, the Navel.
Breathe. Be still.
Observe how you are in your body mind.
Honor what you feel and sense and see.
You are ready to Seal the Ming Men.
Sealing the Ming Men, the Kidney Area of the Back:
Move the hands from the navel to rest again on the back in the area of the kidneys, palms facing out, fingers curling in, forming a relaxed fist.
Circling the Hands: Use the back of the palms to circle the kidney area of the back, as follows: hands moving first up the spinal column, then out to the side, down and back towards the spine. Make your movements, your circles, both palms moving at the same time, 36 times, knowing, that as you do this, you seal your energy within this area of the back, known in qigong as the Ming Men, the Gate of Life.
Dispersing Remaining Stagnancy: In the process, called Dispersing Stagnancy, you use your mindset and your hands to release any sense of discomfort you feel remaining in your body. Work with yourself. Recognize that you may release and let go of your old friends, your lasting tension, familiar spaces of discomfort. How you do this is beautifully simple. Circle or tap any area you want to release, telling the body, “It’s okay, let go, I no longer need to carry you with me.” Talk to yourself. Breathe. Work it out. Tell it to go. Breathe it out.
Good places to circle are the head: use the hands to move around the face, up beside the nose over the brow down the temples the jaw and up again beside the nose. Circle the eyes, the ears, the jaw, the whole head, massaging the scalp. Breathe. Let it all go.
Circle the Neck, the Shoulders. One way I like to release the whole head neck and shoulder area is: Hold one arm down, released by the side. Bring the other arm up to the center of your crown, starting there to brush away all mental/emotional/physical tension moving your hand down your head, down your neck, over to your throat, down to your heart, and release it all from the body, brushing it out of you – over the collar bone, the shoulder and out the arm, releasing from the hand the fingertips. Again. Make this brushing sequence again. Use it as many times as it feels good to do so. What are you releasing? Stuff in your head, thought, emotion, opening your heart and your throat to express and live, finding your way to being who you are in life. Tension is blockage. Working it out is a process. Breathe it out. Use your hands.
Circle: wherever you hold your tension. If it is your gut, your stomach, your abdomen, make your circles, up the right, across the stomach, down and out through the left, following your normal abdominal release. If it is your hips, middle, or lower back, if it is your knees, your legs, use your tapping, your circles to connect with your discomfort and brush it away. Release it. Brush it off. Breathe it out.
Circles for Closure: Finish your sealing process by circling within the space of the three dan tians, directing your movement clockwise (you are the face of the clock): up and across to the left, down and across to the right, back up again to the left.
Circle the Brow, the Upper Dan Tian.
Circle the Heart, the Middle Dan Tian.
Circle the Navel, the Lower Dan Tian, storing your energy in this space.
Make your circular movements from 3 to 5 times.
Your healing qigong is complete.
So, what have you done? You’ve circled and tapped, and brushed and moved and breathed and grounded and sealed all you want, all in the name of seeking inner peace. There’s humor here, my friend, so laugh at yourself, and share the healing you have found with all you meet in the rest of your day.
Healer, heal one’s self.
Heal the Whole.