“Life becomes juicy.
No longer flat, it is three dimensional.
It sparkles with energy.
You sense the beauty and many flavors of life in every situation.
That “Rasa” is healing.
Your one-pointed concentration activates the higher
glands in your brain to release
Those special chemicals are called “Amrit”, the nectar
that supports the feeling and energy of Rasa.
You have no doubt.
You do not suffer from a lack of meaning.
You are clear, certain, involved and awakened.”
~ from “The 21 Stages of Meditation”, page 148
We stepped into the Second Journey – the expressive self – today. In it we experienced stages 8 – 10: rasa, delight, and politeness. We began the day with 37.5 minutes of the Adi Shakti Mantra. I was fascinated with the precision with which we learned this mantra. There is a very specific way to breathe with and through this mantra and the breath makes a marked difference in the experience as we enunciate the sounds of the mantra. If I had already felt maximally activated from the work of the previous three days, when we were finished chanting, I felt a whole set of new switches inside of me emerge magically and flip to the ‘on’ position. After we had sat and absorbed the moment for a bit, I turned to Tommy and asked him, “What just happened?” He looked at me with a spark in his eyes and replied, “Exactly!” We both smiled in silence. I truly believe that we were riding on and in The Sound Current and it immersed itself deep within the core of every cell in our bodies. We became The Sound Current itself; we embodied it; we fully merged with it and became one with it. I cannot overemphasize enough the impact of this experience. It catapulted me into a space full of so much that I was able to draw on or glide on the energy of it all for the rest of the day’s work. I felt expanded in an indescribable way. And we continued with more prana work as the day progressed, of course. Today was filled with healing on so many levels, I am not exactly sure where it all started and stopped, or if has actually stopped at all. These practices reach so deeply into me and seem to tap into places I just was not even aware of before doing this work. I most certainly feel more clarity, centered into the process, and more awakened than ever. I felt that I had been gifted with a great workout of sorts when the day was over. I had become even more intimately connected to my breath. I had further deepened my relationship with the breath. And I thought I already had a keen and profound relationship with my breath. At this juncture, I feel that the breath and I meet each other anew upon each meeting with one another. I never know when the breath I take will be the last one. Each inhale brings in new life, and with each exhale brings a death. The Great Wheel of Life exists in the cycle of the breath. So much is held with this cycle. If I have learned anything in this workshop, and I have learned a number of things, I have discovered that my relationship to my breath is at the very center of my being and I will never tire of all that it has to reveal. On to Day 4 and all that it has to offer. I take my thoughts and love for each of you into the room with me. Sat Nam!
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