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Refined Sensory Perception (Audio)
Mar 27, 2009
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Q: I've practiced the AYP techniques for about 2.5 years now, and got an
awakening after about six weeks. I've experienced most of the symptoms you
describe, but do not have much third eye stuff or light shows. Felt like
About a year ago I went to a large funeral. The deceased was a man who
generated strong emotions, both positive and negative, in people. I came to
terms with him long ago. I was shocked when during the ceremony, the
kundalini, or energy, rose extraordinarily intensely. So much so, I thought
I would have to leave the room and lie down, but I managed to get through
it. That has convinced me beyond all doubt of the subtle communication
between people that we're usually not aware of.
Sometimes I go to an open coffee shop/museum that used to be a bank in the
19th century. Kundalini almost inevitably rises strongly there. I wonder if
it's the spirit of the place, or the interest/curiosity in me from the four
or five people who work there.
Today I went to a casual event in a non-descript, modern, public building.
It was very relaxed, but I didn't know the other 10 participants. (It was to
drink organic juice made from organic vegetables.) I did know the
coordinator, however, and have a relationship with that person of a somewhat
greater degree. I was astonished when the kundalini began rising very
strongly shortly after arrival. It was almost certainly not the result of
the place, the event, or the people I did not know. I wondered how likely it
was generated by the subtle emotions of the person I did know.
Then again, sometimes I get those rushes sitting alone in my room working at
the computer for no apparent reason. How much of this is caused by people or
events in our environment, and how much just happens on its own?
I would be most interested in your observations.
A: Part of the kundalini experience is a refinement of sensory perception,
which corresponds with the rise of ecstatic conductivity. In traditional
yoga, this is called "pratyahara," meaning introversion of sensory
perception. Along with this refinement we begin to experience our inner
dimensions more clearly, and, at the same time, external environmental
events will begin to affect us more deeply also, because our inside and
outside are only different aspects of the one reality that we are.
This is how we become more empathetic as we advance spiritually. We "feel"
what others feel, and are drawn more to "do unto others" as we would have
others do unto us. Eventually we go beyond involvement in sensory perception
altogether, to a constant divine outpouring, and that is true pratyahara.
The refinement of sensory perception also results in an increasing ability
to perceive the finer vibratory quality of places, people, groups, etc.,
like the situations you described.
It is important not to get too carried away with these experiences, and
continue to favor our routine of daily practice over our rising
sensitivities and other "siddhis" that may occur.
So, carry on and enjoy the ride, but not to the point of being too
distracted from the cause of your growth, which is practices.
The guru is in you.
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