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Lesson 284 - Ecstatic Energy in Higher Stages of Kechari  (Audio)

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284.1 - "Completion" of Kechari Mudra
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From: Yogani
Date: Mon May 15, 2006  9:46 am

New Visitors: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the archive, as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why This Discussion?"


Q: I have a question about Kechari Mudra... I have been practicing Kechari for about 4 years and I have a few questions that I am hoping you can answer... 

First, I can only get my tongue past the septum and into either of the nasal holes about 1/4 inch; as I keep reaching further, what will I feel inside and where should the tongue finally reach to or rest at?

Second, when I run my tongue up the backside of the septum looking for the "secret spot", I do not find a protrusion half way up; however, I do have a small bump (it actually seems to me like more of a very tiny roll of skin or membrane) about 3/4 or 7/8ths of the way up, almost where the top of the septum reaches the top of the inside of the nasopharynx (where the tongue reaches a dead end when pointed up and forward in the nasopharynx)... Is this the "secret spot" or am I missing something? I don't feel any increase of "spiritual pleasure" at that spot as opposed to elsewhere on the septum so I'm not sure; also, possibly my "secret spot" is higher than average and/or I am not sensitive enough yet?

Could you please clarify and give your experienced opinion?

 A: The "secret spot" is more about ecstatic sensation than a physical feature on the septum. It is the same thing with sambhavi. When the sensation is there, it cannot be missed and the physical positioning and movement will follow the sensation rather than the anatomy. Kechari by itself may or may not bring up the sensation. It is part of ecstatic conductivity, which is a whole body phenomenon. Perhaps you have run across the discussions on ecstatic conductivity in the lessons? It also comes under the common term "kundalini." 

So, your progress in kechari sensitivity is probably related more toward your meditation, spinal breathing, mudras, bandhas, kumbhaka, tantric methods, etc, than to kechari itself. All of these things work together in the process of over all purification and opening.

Regarding the tongue and nasal passages, if you use the "roll/twist" of the tongue toward the center as described in Lesson 108, that will likely give you the maximum penetration, in and upward. Also check the Secrets of Wilder novel for a personal-style account of entering the nasal passages over time, and many other things discovered along the path. However far you penetrate is far enough. We each have our own natural limit, so there is no standard to be attained in that. The inner nasal openings are not likely to increase in size,  as they are surrounded by bone (the septum is bone also). Neither is the tongue going to change much in thickness, except by radical means such as surgery which I strongly advise against. Some advanced yogis can't enter the nasal passages at all due to anatomy, and that does not hold them back.  

In your case, it might be that your over all practice, including all of its components, needs some time. That will enhance whole body ecstatic conductivity and then kechari will come into full participation in that. When that happens, the septum is the place to be, so you are ready!

Obviously, you have been doing kechari for some time, since before AYP came along. It is really a question of what else you have been doing in practices over the years, and how you decide to manage it going forward. If you are not doing a twice daily routine of deep meditation preceded by spinal breathing, I suggest you consider going in that direction.   Then consider the mudras, bandhas and other methods discussed in the lessons, taking the whole thing in sequence one step at a time. That can do wonders for activating the secret spot and everything else in the nervous system.

The guru is in you.


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