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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 of it.
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.
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