Monday, February 18, 2013

Breathing and prayer

 The attention to breathing and its nature can't be separated from prayer.

 As I attempt to understand an attention to breathing, I focus the attention at the base of the spine. All of the action of breathing in actually takes place here, regardless of what the lungs and the diaphragm do. And it is necessary for there to be an openness at the base of the spine, just like there is an openness at the top of the head.

These two kinds of openness are different, but they're also the same. Each one requires an intimate, gentle, and lightly focused attention in order to come into relationship with it. Then, the top of the head and the bottom of the spine will take whatever action they need to in terms of receiving a higher energy. But they are slightly different actions; the transmission of energy is different according to the direction it passes through.

 So the breathing can become a whole action that is concentrated at the base of the spine, which is open. This only requires attention; to that extent, it isn't an exercise. But the spine must become open because the root, the foundation, of Being must be just as open as what it reaches towards. A new understanding of this can make the idea of man as a bridge between two levels more immediate; it's not an idea, it's an organic condition.

Concurrent with the openness of the spine, and the concentration of energy in this location — which reciprocates with energy in other parts, including the top of the spine — prayer arises. Prayer is spontaneous and immediate, not constructed or thought of. Prayer does not request that things be changed; it acknowledges. And it is never initiated; it is received. The sacred forces that call for prayer simply and spontaneously become active, and provide the prayers that are necessary — not prayers that are taught, or prayers that are thought of as effective. What comes are the prayers that have actual action in relationship to who I am, where I am, what I am doing.

One cannot give these prayers. This is because this kind of prayer is intimate and a matter between a human being and God. It must be allowed to have its spontaneous quality, without any preconceived conditions. If its individual secrets are revealed, they will make no sense to other people. Each individual receives the prayer they need in exactly the form they need it in, if the attention opens to the inner conditions. There's no use in initiating a chant, because the chant that is formed in relationship to conditions initiates itself. Any other form of vocalization comes from the ego, no matter how sincere it appears to be.

I could also say localization, because true prayer is a localized force of the sacred, instinctively expressing its relationship to the higher. Of course I wouldn't be able to know what this should consist of; I am not connected to this force enough to understand what is needed. Only the force itself knows what is needed; and only submission to it will bring out the qualities that are needed to create a prayer that fully functions within the context of attention to breathing.

May your soul be filled with light.

1 comment:

  1. It may be of interest to discuss the acupuncture points at the very bottom of the torso at the perineum, and the Point at the top of the head.

    Their names and functions may relate to your post.

    There are two meridians that travel from the top of the head, down the back,which infuse the body with Qi, and is called the 'Governing Vessel' and ending where the 'Conception Vessel' starts and traverses the torso up the front of the body.

    The back is considered Yang, and the front of the body is considered Yin, and if one stands and raises ones arms, facing away from the sun, Yang receives energy from the Sun and down the back, and the Conception Vessel(so named because some pregnant women develop a distinct line vertical to the womb, on the front of the lower abdomen)

    This allows Yin energy to travel up the front of the body until it joins with the Yang at the top of the head. Thus a cycle is formed of these two Nadis, or Meridians. This route around the torso is known as the "Micro-Cosmic Orbit"
    When it includes the extremities it is known as the "Macro-Cosmic Orbit"

    The route down the back and up the front is known as the "Water Path" because it follows the natural path of energy; The energy going down the front and up the back is called the "Fire Path" as fire and water are opposites, Fire being Yang and Water being Yin.

    CV1 (conception vessel point one) is named 'Hui Yin' which translates into "Meeting of Yin" and it's end becomes the Governing Vessel. It is located at the middle of the perineum between the anus and sexual organs.

    GV20 Governing vessel 20 is called 'Bai Hui" and translates as "Hundred Meetings" or "Meeting of the Thousand". It is located slightly towards the back of what had been the soft spot in an infant
    which is the exact same as the Kundalini Yogic point 'Sahasrara-Chakra' which translates as meeting of "Thousand Nadis", the Pericap of the 7th Chakra, which is the only Chakra to actually reside outside and above the planetary body, and through which are delivered higher forces or "hydrogens".

    This Chakra is also where at the penultimate experience of Classical Yoga happens and is called "The Torrent of Virtue" (Waterfall of Virtue or Fragrant Stream of Virtue).

    After that comes liberation, and the three forces (Gunas) seperate, un-braid and stand alone as H3, and the Yogi or Chinese Lohan "One who has become immortal and is the "Law unto Himself"

    The exalted one has reached his goal and aim of Kaivalya, the imperturbable and unsullied state (all conscious and sub and unconscious urges have been incinerated)of Nonduality, and not subject to any force but his own Will, which his Transubstantiated Nature offers back to Higher Powers unsullied by contamination by the winds of the Gunas, he reaches Nirvana/Kaivalya.

    The end.

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