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Lesson 175 -
Suspending Breath and New Experiences (Audio)
Date: Wed Apr 28, 2004 4:59pm
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Q: Today while practising breath awareness during slow breathing, I started
to feel the breath backwards from the nostrils - top of nose -throat - chest
cavity - upper stomach. I decided to probe further and started to go further
down to the navel point and below it. Suddenly I realized my breathing was
almost NIL! very very very faint as though I am not breathing at all, could
feel air in the lower abdominal cavity, then I continued concentrating and
to my surprise:
(1) Though I was stunned about faint breath and not thinking about sex, the
sexual organ was getting very aroused.
(2) Also during pranayama if concentration is on forehead you can feel
energy flowing from the chakra, but this time it was flowing upward from the
lower abdomen (I'm not sure about the chakra's name).
(3) Strangely only while in siddhasana I felt the intense energy but not
while lying down.
(4) First time while practising I saw the picture of a hissing snake around
a shiva lingam.
Why did the above things happen?
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
All of those experiences are signs of purification and eventual full opening
of your nervous system to divine experience. It is normal for breath to
reduce in meditation and spinal breathing, even just beginning. The symptoms
indicate your nervous system is spiritually sensitive and that you will
likely continue to respond well to daily yoga practices such as deep
meditation, spinal breathing pranayama, and other practices designed to
stimulate the nervous system toward greater openings.
You did not mention if you are doing sitting practices from the lessons or
elsewhere. Your experiment with breathing and attention, while interesting,
is not something that will promote your spiritual growth very much. If you
are not doing regular daily practices, you may wish to consider going
through the lessons from the beginning. Not only will you learn solid
practices, but you will also see many similar experiences discussed and how
to regard them.
All experiences are signs of purification and opening, and the experiences
themselves do not produce the spiritual progress. The practices do. If we
find experiences coming up during practices, we just easily go back to the
practice we are doing. Analyzing, trying to manage, or getting overly
involved with physical sensations, visions, and other inner sensory
experiences during practices will be a distraction from our progress. So
this is why we just favor the practice we are doing. This produces maximum
results. The business of favoring practices over experiences is very
important. It was first mentioned early in the lessons, and is revisited
often, like now. Enjoy the scenery as it goes by, but don't take your eyes
off the road so as to compromise your good driving (practices).
All you are seeing now is normal, and there is nothing to worry about. Good
things are happening. Experiences come and go. Ecstatic bliss and rising
enlightenment from practices come and stay, which is what we are all born to
live. I wish you success on your chosen spiritual path.
The guru is in you.
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