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Lesson 104 -
Stubborn Energy Blockages (Audio)
Date: Tue Feb 3, 2004 4:33pm
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Q: I have a couple of questions I'd appreciate your feedback on... if
someone is having some rough kundalini energy experiences, do you think it
would help to go see a healer that works on the energetic level, like a
reiki master or something, or is this cheating or like taking a shortcut
that won't really pay off in the long run? Assuming that one continues with
the practices of course, just looking for a little outside assistance in
When I meditate I do get a fairly intense pain in my back, which could be
posture related but it could also be a blockage (my suspicion) - I have
tried all sorts of support and leaning on things and props but I haven't
found anything that works yet. I can meditate while lying on my back, I get
enough rest that I can stay for half an hour and not fall asleep, but
intuitively it feels like there is something special about the vertical
position, something about the up/down relationship that feels important and
that I'll miss out on if I do it in a horizontal position. What do you
Also, I'd like to know if mulabandha, sambhavi and siddhasana can be carried
over from pranayama into meditation. Is that ok?
A: If there are rough kundalini experiences, chronic blockages, or anything
like that, whatever means that can be found to relieve them are okay. We'd
like our journey to be as comfortable as possible, or we may not wish to
continue it. So if reiki, massage, energy healing, chiropractic, tai chi, or
any other means are available that can help relieve a stubborn energy
blockage, by all means go for it. You may want to go back and review the
lesson on kundalini remedies from a few weeks ago. Don't forget yoga asanas.
These are particularly good for spinal blockages, assuming there is no
medical problem. If you think there could be a medical problem, be sure to
seek medical advice.
Of course, we can also manage our practices to mitigate discomfort if it is
energy related. This is really the first place we look to make adjustments
if our energy is running into an uncomfortable wall. The evolutionary energy
comes from within, loosening and pushing obstructions out, and there is much
we can do to accelerate or temper this process in practices. It is the whole
game, really. Each of us is different in how we respond to spiritual
practices. We'd like to be chipping away at those obstructions in our
nervous system with gentle nudges each day, rather than with a sledgehammer.
So gauge your practices to accommodate your experiences. What we do here is
If you are meditating more than twenty minutes, that is too much. Sometimes
less than twenty minutes is necessary when lots of obstructions are coming
As for posture in meditation, yes, vertical is better than lying down, but
we are not fanatic about it here in the lessons. Meditation should be
comfortable first, otherwise why bother with it? So, until the back
situation eases up, lean back as much as you have to. But have the goal to
work your way gradually up straight. Maybe add one pillow this week, two
next week, three the week after. See if you can gradually inch your way up
to a comfortable sitting position with back support. If the back pain is an
energy blockage, it should clear up sooner or later.
As for what to let carry over from pranayama to meditation, only the things
that do not divide the attention to do them. At this stage, that is only
siddhasana, because it takes no extra attention to sit in it. Of course, it
can be distracting in the beginning stages with the stimulation at the
perineum, so leaving it out of meditation is okay until it becomes a
familiar and easy habit in pranayama. It is your call. Mulabandha and
sambhavi require attention to maintain at this stage, so we don't try and do
those in meditation. The idea is to keep our attention free to follow the
simple procedure of meditation. This is very important.
As time goes on various yogic things will spontaneously occur during
meditation as the processes of yoga become more fluid in our nervous system.
Some may be familiar to us. Others may be brand new. We don't encourage such
things, but we do not resist them either. If we find ourselves standing on
our head in the middle of meditation, what do we do? Yes, we easily go back
to the mantra.
Well, we probably won't find ourselves standing on our head spontaneously
very often, but other unusual things can and do happen. It is all part of
the connectedness of yoga. The nervous system knows what to do if we give it
the opportunity to open up. The nervous system is the source of all yoga. We
are just lending a helping hand here and there. Facilitating the automatic
process of enlightenment, you know.
The guru is in you.
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