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Lesson 63 -
Cool and Warm Currents in Pranayama (Audio)
Date: Wed Dec 31, 2003 0:49pm
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Q: I think am getting it together with spinal
breathing, mulabandha and sambhavi. My breath is going very slow, stopping
by itself sometimes. I am getting strange sensations of coolness coming up
from my root on rising inhalation and warmness going down there on falling
exhalation. What is this? Is it a good sign?
A: Yes, a very good sign. A real milestone on the
way to enlightenment. As sexual energy comes up it has that coolness to it,
and the warmness going back down. So you are having a direct experience of
awakening kundalini. It is one way the beginning is experienced. There are
other ways. Not everyone has it begin the same way. But most everyone will
have some form of the cool and warm currents sooner or later.
We can amplify those sensations of coolness and
warmness to enhance our practice. It is kind of like pulling ourselves up by
our kundalini bootstraps. This is accomplished by using the inductive power
of the breath. We already are using the breath to induce the flow of prana
up and down in the spinal nerve. Now we can latch something else on to that.
The rising and falling breath has its own sensations of coolness and
warmness built into it. This is a handle we can use in going from imagining
the spinal nerve to actually feeling it. For those who are not feeling
coolness and warmness rising and falling in the pelvis, adding this sensory
awareness in breath can help it come up. For those who do have the feeling
of cool and warm currents already, it can be enhanced. Here is how it works.
Purse your lips and suck
air into your lungs. Do you feel the coolness of the air passing through
your lips, through your mouth, and down your windpipe into your lungs? Now
go the other way and push the air out. Do you feel the warmness coming up
and all the way out through your pursed lips? Now try it with your mouth
closed, just as you would breath in pranayama. The coolness and warmness is
still going in and out your windpipe, isn't it? Now, let that sensation of
coolness coming in the windpipe on inhalation go along with your attention
as you come up inside the spinal nerve. You begin at the perineum and end at
the point between the eyebrows, coolness all the way up. Don't forget the
turn forward in the middle of your head. As you exhale, let the sensation of
warmness that occurs as air comes out the windpipe go along with your
attention as you go all the way back down inside the spinal nerve. And so on
during your spinal breathing session. Like so much of what we do in
pranayama, this is a habit that can be easily built into the routine. With a
little patience you will get through the "clunky" stage fairly quickly. As
with all practices we discuss, don't take it on until you feel reasonably
stable with everything else you are doing. There is no rush. Too much too
fast is not a help.
If you don't feel the coolness and warmness being
induced in the spinal nerve, don't worry about it. It will come at some
point as your sexual energy begins to noticeably stir upward. In the mean
time, you are helping it along with all the means we have presented. There
will be more means too.
Over time, the coolness
of sexual energy coming up and warmness going down will change. It will
begin to spread out and develop a mind of it's own. It can get fiery and
expand into a column of swirling energies. This is kundalini coming awake
inside. In our spinal breathing, we just continue easily, not trying to
force any particular sensation on the energy moving inside us. At some point
we will realize we are not directing what is happening so much any more.
Instead, we are partnering with the energy inside, accommodating its needs.
Spinal breathing is important in this, because it provides the balance of
polarities necessary for kundalini to fulfill her destiny inside us. Spinal
breathing balances the masculine and feminine energies inside. The I AM
meditation also balances masculine and feminine energies, as discussed two
lessons ago. Without that balance, things can get a little dicey. Kundalini
can go a little crazy when she can't find her husband. Even in the smoothest
kundalini scenario there will be some symptoms. If there is imbalance
between the masculine and feminine energies inside, the symptoms can become
uncomfortable. We will talk about kundalini symptoms, imbalances, and
remedies in subsequent lessons. The goal is to make the journey as smooth as
Know you are on a great and wonderful adventure -
a journey of destiny, homeward to your divine self.
The guru is in you.
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