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Lesson 155 - Q&A Samyama: Lightness,
Date: Mon Apr 5, 2004 11:32pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: I'm doing the sutras about a week and having good feelings since the
beginning. Tonight during the lightness one I got a rise of energy that also
felt good making me feel very light inside. Then I started to shake and
lurch. My arms were going up and down and I was shaking and I thought I was
going to yell, but I didn't. I don't know where it all came from. The next
thing I knew I was near the foot of the bed and I don't know how I got there
from the head of the bed where I was sitting with crossed legs. I went back
to the head of the bed and started again and it happened again. This time I
peeked when the lurching started after the sutra and saw my body hop from
one end of the bed to the other. I did it a few more times and then lay down
feeling like every nerve in my body had an enema. Is this levitation, or is
it just physical? Whatever it is it feels good during and after, so it must
be an ok practice. I want to keep it up. Do you agree? But I'm afraid about
going off the end of the bed. Should I move to the floor for this?
A: It came from your inner silence, and it is a wonderful start with the
lightness sutra. If you feel good afterwards, then keep it up. Make sure you
take plenty of rest when coming out of practices. If you are more
comfortable doing the lightness sutra on pillows or a mattress on the floor,
then do that. You can continue to do the rest of your practices on the bed
if you want, and then move to the floor at the end for the lightness sutra.
However, you will find that there is not much risk of falling off the bed,
as you will be intuitively aware of your location during the practice. It's
more likely that the bed will get damaged more than you will during the
dynamic beginnings, so that is a good reason to get on the floor also. Make
sure you have good thick padding under you.
Is it levitation? Well, it is trying to be, isn't it? At this stage there is
a lot of purification going on in the nervous system and the body is
responding to the energy surging through by lurching and hopping. In time it
will settle down and be much smoother, and the movements will become very
subtle. There will be more energy moving inside and less external indication
Movement and dramatic sensations inside (including ecstasy) are caused by
friction in the nervous system as the energy moves through, blowing out the
obstructions in large quantities. Karmic debris is getting cleaned out in a
wholesale fashion. Hence that feeling of having the nerves purged. That's
the great power of samyama. It enables us to systematically purge the
nervous system from the inside with relatively little discomfort. Getting
purged by using samyama is usually very pleasurable. This is because, when
samyama becomes functional in our nervous system, we already have sufficient
inner silence available to enable it. So it is pure bliss consciousness that
is surging out through our nervous system in response to the sutras, and
that's why it feels so good. It is silent bliss moving out through us in
large quantities. It benefits all of our other practices, and everyone who
is within miles of us as well.
With the lightness sutra, as the obstructions become less over time there is
less friction and the movements refine. The same happens with the
experiences with the rest of the sutras. It all becomes very smooth,
pleasurable, and light.
Whatever experiences come as samyama practice advances over time will be a
by-product of the purification in our nervous system. By the time we are
having more advanced experiences (siddhis), they will not be nearly as
pleasurable or attractive as the divine love and joy we will be naturally
radiating in every direction in every moment.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed
instructions on samyama practice, covering multiple applications, see the
AYP Samyama book,
and AYP Plus.
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