Sharing the benefits experienced by practicing Innerbody Meditation.
A. When we grow in awareness, in consciousness of our true divine nature – and this awareness comes only by going within – our lives start to out-picture the qualities embedded in divine love. We want to extend love, to be of service. We feel more trustful, hopeful, thankful, thereby attracting to us trustworthy people, positive incidents and situations, and many things to be grateful for.
And when one person grows in consciousness, it raises the consciousness of others. I like to say, “Consciousness is contagious.” David Hawkins, the Father of Applied Kinesiology, said if on the scale of 1 – 1000, of total unconsciousness to the highest level of consciousness, if someone reaches the level of 500, which is the level of unconditional love, they raise the consciousness of 250,000 others.
Q. Why is it so important to endeavor to raise one’s consciousness through Meditation?
A. There are many benefits of meditating with a live teacher and in a group. One of them is that it provides an opportunity to raise our consciousness more quickly. The consciousness of the one in the group who is at that time at the highest individual level of consciousness will invite, will draw the others in the group to that level. To use a metaphor, if we have a burning fire, the kindling wood next to it will catch fire quickly.
Q. Is that why it is so powerful to meditate with a teacher and in a group?
Q. You keep mentioning consciousness, but what IS it?
A. It is difficult to explain what consciousness is because it is not a thing. It is the very essence of who we are, and this must be personally experienced.
Philosopher Renee Descartes (1596 – 1650) when exploring how he could prove human existence came to the conclusion: “I think, therefore, I am.” He equated thinking with Being. This error has persisted since that time, and still many identify who they are with their thinking mind that can remember the past and put it together into a narrative of your life experiences. We likely then put it together as our story and identify with that.
Thinking is only one aspect of consciousness – and a limited one. The thinking mind tries to protect itself by going into memory where the past is and where it enjoys living. Real creative thinking and breakthroughs arise not through the mind but by accessing higher consciousness through stillness. The mind then is the recipient of this non-thinking, non- verbal awareness and puts it into expression.
Innerbody Meditation is so powerful because it puts us into the sensation of the animating life force within us. We drop thinking and feel only this aliveness within. That is us! This aliveness is always there, but few take time to acknowledge it nor know how to activate it, ignite it. Once we know we are this aliveness, this sensation beyond form but from which all forms come, our compulsive thinking mind will quiet down, and more and more, we will come from creative “knowing” as we access from the field of total consciousness – our true self!
The inner body is the doorway into the reality of who we are as an expression of consciousness. The feeling of the inner body, the sensation of it, will start us on our way to experiencing our true self - an everlasting Being.
A. Most forms of meditation aim to quiet the thinking mind so as to enter a state of stillness. Each form has its ways of endeavoring to do this. In Innerbody Meditation, when we put our attention on our breath and ignite the inner energy body through intention and attention, and keep our focus on them, we take away attention from the mind and it tends to then lie down, so to speak. Of course, the thinking mind will not like our attention going elsewhere and will try to interfere with our inner stillness. When this happens in Innerbody Meditation, we gently go back to putting our attention on our breath and the felt aliveness within the body. An additional thing we can do is just drop our thoughts into the stomach. The stomach in Innerbody Meditation plays a number of roles for us.
Q. What if my mind keeps wandering during meditation? What can I do about it? How do I stay focused?
A. Firstly, during Innerbody Meditation (IM), we are unlikely to feel pain in our whole body – that is unless our whole body is already in physical pain. What we are likely to experience in Innerbody Meditation is an arising of a pain in some part of our body. It could be in our shoulder, knee, side and so on. What that means is that the consciousness we have ignited in the body is starting to move into that area and is breaking up some old and negative pattern that no longer serves us. How do we handle this? Firstly, do not be alarmed but know that consciousness is working to make us more healthy and whole people on all levels. Acknowledge the pain, notice it, let it be. It will pass. We go back to putting our attention on our breathing and the feeling of our inner body.
Q. What if during IM I start feeling physical pain in a part of my body or my whole body? What does this mean, and how do I handle it?
A. To witness simply means to be aware of something. To witness our breathing, means we are aware of our breathing, of how we are breathing. Our breath is always there, yet how often do we even recognize we are breathing? In Innerbody Meditation, we learn from the beginning the importance of witnessing the breath. There is the experience and the experiencer. This practice is an excellent preparation to stepping into the witness position when we are in a situation which is challenging, one that is trying to evoke an emotional response, get us to “lose it”, so to speak. When we encounter such a triggering event in our lives, figuratively speaking, step back from it and watch and listen without responding. This puts us in the neutral witness position.
Is there something beyond the witness position? Yes, but this too has to be experienced inwardly as we continue in our meditation practice.
Q. What does it mean to witness something rather than become emotionally involved or charged? How do I experience witnessing?
A. In Innerbody Meditation we learn how to enter the inner body and start igniting the energy that has always been there simply by putting our attention on it. We start with one part of the body and slowly work our way through the whole body until we can hold the whole body as one energy field. As we hold to that, we find the energies within the body can change, get more intense, then stiller and more refined. The more refined, the more subtle the energy is, the deeper we are in the state of stillness. From stillness we can move into a sensation of no form – just Being. At this point we know we are infinitely more than just our body.
Is there something beyond this? Yes, but it can only be experienced through grace as we continue in our Innerbody Meditation practice.