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Lesson 56 - Sambhavi Opening the third eye
Date: Fri Dec 26, 2003 4:38pm
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, Why
In the last lesson we discussed mulabandha, which is applying direct stimulation near the
lower end of the spinal nerve (sushumna) to enliven sexual energy upward. Now we are going
to the top end of the spinal nerve and begin to make a connection there.
A connection with what? This is one of the most amazing things about working with the
spinal nerve. As the spinal nerve gradually becomes purified through pranayama and
meditation, a new kind of experience becomes possible. We begin to awaken sexual energy in
an upward direction near the root, and then we make a connection between the lower and
upper ends of the spinal nerve. This connection is real and can be felt clearly by the
practitioner as a kind of conductivity through the spinal nerve, an ecstatic
conductivity, if you will. The spinal nerve becomes a conductor of ecstatic
experience. From there it spreads out through all the nerves in the body. This is
perceived directly through all five senses operating inside the body. As the experience of
ecstatic conductivity goes deeper into every cell in the body, the senses go inward with
it. The experience is so pleasurable and captivating that the senses cannot resist
following. It is a unique situation where the senses willingly go inward instead of
outward. In yoga terminology it is called pratyahara withdrawal of the senses
inward. It is a perfectly natural situation as the experiences of huge inner pleasure lead
our senses inward. It is great fun too. Some say more fun than worldly sex. Well, you can
be the judge of that.
With mulabandha we began the process of directly stimulating ecstatic conductivity in the
body. When we first start this, it is sexually stimulating and a bit distracting. The
vital essences gradually work their way higher, enlivening the higher energy centers in
the body. Over time, the experience grows into something more expansive than worldly
sexual feelings. To facilitate this process, we will employ more advanced yoga practices.
Each level of experience comes up naturally once the door has been opened a little using
the necessary levers. The body was designed for ecstasy, and even a small taste is enough
to convince the skeptic. There is nothing like direct experience. The goal in these
lessons is to enable you to have direct experiences, so you will be engaging in practices
based on your own experiences, rather than by rote, or by blind faith. Your progression
through advanced yoga practices is designed to be experience-based.
So, what we will do now is stimulate the spinal nerve as it comes to the point between the
eyebrows. This stimulation is called, sambhavi. We will do this during our
regular pranayama session at the same time we are doing everything else that has been
given. Be sure you are stable in your pranayama practice as you consider taking on
sambhavi. Things may still be a bit hectic with mulabandha. It is okay to introduce
sambhavi with sexual energy bouncing around in the lower regions, as sambhavi will help
bring sexual energy up higher where it will become more stable. Sambhavi and mulabandha
work together that way stimulating and stabilizing sexual energy traveling up and
down the spinal nerve during spinal breathing.
There are two main components to sambhavi. First is a gentle furrowing of the brow, the
point between the eyebrows. It is bringing the two eyebrows slightly toward the center.
This is barely physical, mostly just an intention. It is only physical enough to allow
feedback for a habit to form. Under normal circumstances it will not be visible to an
outside observer. Maybe only a little in the beginning stage. With practice, you will find
that this is really an internal movement reaching back into the center of your brain,
pulling the center of your brain forward toward the point between the eyebrows. We begin
this internal activity with the brow-furrowing impulse just described. It will evolve
naturally after that, as ecstatic conductivity arises. You will feel it working inside
The second component of sambhavi is a physical raising of the eyes toward the point where
the furrowing is happening at the point between the eyebrows. The sensation of furrowing
at the point between the eyebrows is where the eyes will go. This will involve some
raising and some centering of the eyes. We keep the eyes comfortably closed as we do it.
We dont force the eyes. In the beginning, they may not go as far up as we would
like. That is okay. Do not force them. Just let them gravitate naturally toward the
sensation of furrowing at the point between the eyebrows. Again, it is a subtle physical
habit we want to cultivate. Once the habit in place, the attention is free for spinal
breathing. All of pranayama is physical habit, except for the attention going very simply
up and down the spinal nerve with the breath. As we become adept at it, everything will be
happening automatically, with our attention completely free to be easily going up and down
inside the spinal nerve, which will be transforming before our inner sight.
As we do these two things simultaneously, the slight furrowing of the center of the brow
and the raising and centering of the eyes to that point between the eyebrows, we continue
all the other elements of pranayama just as before. It should be pointed out that as the
attention goes up and down in the spinal nerve with the breath, the eyes remain aimed up
toward the point between the eyebrows. We are not looking through our eyes with our
attention. Our attention is going up and down in the spinal nerve. We do not try and look
at the point between the eyebrows with the attention through the physical eyes. The eyes
are physically going there, but our attention is going up and down in the spinal nerve. In
fact, our physical eyes arent doing anything other than muscular. When they are
going up to the point between the eyebrows, the eyes are physically stimulating the spinal
nerve all the way back through the brain and all the way down through the spine to the
perineum. We are using our eyes in a physical way to awaken the spinal nerve. Meanwhile,
our vision (attention) is in and through the spinal nerve, easily going up and down
inside. It is a new kind of seeing we are beginning, an inner seeing.
Depending on how far you have gone in purification of the spinal nerve so far in
pranayama, when you do sambhavi you may feel a sensation all the way down in the pelvic
region. Or you may not. Either way, the spinal nerve is being stimulated and purified by
the combined effects of all the practices covered to date. It is only a matter of time
before the ecstatic conductivity begins to occur and we start to see, really
see. When it happens, there will be more milestones we will observe on our journey home.
First we will perceive the spinal nerve inside to be like an ecstatic thread. Then it
becomes like an ecstatic string. Then it is like an ecstatic rope. Later on, like a big
column of ecstasy filling our entire body. Finally, it goes out in all directions and
gently encompasses everything we perceive outside our body. All this emanates out from the
spinal nerve. So you can see how important traveling the spinal nerve and cultivating
ecstatic conductivity is.
Even before advanced yoga practices, there is biological precedence for what we are
discussing here. Perhaps at some time in the past you have noticed some pleasurable
feelings in your pelvic region when you crossed your eyes. It is common knowledge that the
eyes tend to cross and raise up at times during the sex act. There is an instinct there.
Something in us knows how to raise the sexual energy up through the center of the nervous
system. It is an inherent ability we have, a natural reaction that is observable even
before undertaking yoga. With mulabandha and sambhavi, we are consciously promoting a
natural ability inside us, just as we have been doing with all of the advanced yoga
practices discussed from the beginning. And so it shall be with all the practices we
discuss in the future. We are systematically awakening what we already have our
spinal nerve, our highway to heaven.
The point between the eyebrows is called, the third eye. Why? What is it that
we can see through there? In the language of chakras, it is called, ajna,
which means, command or control. These two descriptions point to
the importance of the energy dynamics that come up in our head as a result of advanced
yoga practices. Not only do we begin to see something there, but we also are in command
Jesus said, If your eye be single, your body will be filled with light.
This is usually taken figuratively to mean, if we are one-pointed in our devotion we will
be filled with the light of God. This is certainly true. We have emphasized the importance
of devotion on the spiritual journey. Without single-minded devotion to spiritual
transformation, and action in the form of daily practice, not much will happen.
These words of Jesus also have a literal meaning -- a very literal meaning. If your
attention becomes centered in the single channel of the spinal nerve, taking it to the
point between the eyebrows again and again, your body will become filled with light. This
is how it happens. Sambhavi is one of the most important means by which the third eye is
opened. In opening the third eye, all that is below is activated as well. Sambhavi has
direct influence through the spinal nerve on sexual energy. As purification of the nervous
system progresses, sambhavi gives us a great degree of control over the cultivation and
rise of sexual energy. This, in turn, gives rise to the experience of increasing ecstasy
in the body, which includes profound experiences of divine light surging through every
nerve in us. Our body is filled with light.
As this transformation continues, we also begin to see beyond the body. We find that the
spinal nerve doesnt stop at the point between the eyebrows, but extends out far
beyond it. As we observe this, our spinal breathing takes on a new dimension. The third
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on
sambhavi mudra, see the AYP Asanas, Mudras and
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