Energy Body work
It is my belief, and indeed of many others, that your mind, imagination, and what you think can affect our bodies in dramatic ways. It is therefore important to briefly look at ways we can help our minds interact with the bodies energy systems. The following work is from Robert Bruce's Treatise on Lucid dreaming, which can be found at:
The mental hands technique will train you to shift your point of awareness to other parts of your body. This will also give you greater body awareness which is very important in lucid dreaming. Calm your mind and relax your body. Imagine you have a pair of invisible hands. Feel your awareness in these hands, just the same as with breath awareness where you concentrate your awareness on your lungs. Stroke yourself slowly with these hands, start at your feet go on up through your legs and through the rest of your body. Try and FEEL these imaginary hands relaxing and soothing you. Become aware of and use these hands as you are doing the relaxation exercise. Start at the feet, tensing and relaxing muscles. Feel your mental hands in these muscles as they tense and relax them. Work your way through your whole body this way. Feel your body relaxing at the touch of them. Your point of awareness is in these hands. You are shifting your point of consciousness into different parts of your body as you do this. Energy Raising When you are familiar with your new mental hands, use them to pull energy up from your feet and through your legs to the base chakra. Imagine you are gripping energy and pulling it up through you. Combine this with your breathing. Draw it up through you with the inhale and hold it in place on the exhale. Do this over and over again for at least a few minutes.
This is the natural path of the energy that flows through you. With practise you will actually feel this energy tingling and surging through you.
These are situated at:
1. The base of the spine (between the anus and the genitals)
2. The spleen (slightly below the belly button)
3. The solar plexus (1 hand-span above the belly button)
4. The heart (centre of the chest)
5. The base of the throat.
6. The centre of the forehead.
7. Crown ( whole top of your head).
They are best imagined as roughly the size of your hand, except for the crown chakra which is much larger and covers the whole of the head above the hairline. Chakra Stimulation Chakras are transformers that convert raw energy into energy of a different type. During these exercises your chakras will be pumping energy into your astral body. Pull energy up through your legs with your mental hands to your base chakra. Use your mental hands to open this chakra. Imagine you are tearing open a bread roll where the chakra is. Draw this energy up to the next one and open it, and on to the next one and so on. Repeat this over a few times. You may not feel much at first, but with practise you will feel a tingling surge of energy like adrenaline and a fluttering or pulsing under your skin as you do this. Even if you don't feel anything you are still raising some energy. When I first started using my chakras, many years ago, I didn't feel anything happening in them for several months. Many people report feeling some sensation in them the first time they do this. Some people seem to have more natural chakra activity than others.
The heart chakra merits special mention due to the odd sensation it causes. When it activates fully it will feel as if it is racing at a seemingly impossible rate. It is a powerful sensation. Ignore this when it happens, it won't hurt you, it is not your heart racing but the chakra working. The heart chakra, when fully operational, feels like this: Place one hand on
your chest, with your finger tips resting in the middle of it over your heart. Tap your fingers on your chest, in time with your heart. Increase this rate until you are tapping as fast and hard as your fingers can move. The sensation can vary from a gentle fluttering, to a pulsing, like a muscle twitching under the skin, to a deep robust thrumming. If you place your hand on you chest when it is active you will actually feel the flesh pulsing. The flesh over any active chakra will throb like this.
Closing The Chakras
After any work on opening the chakras it is Very Important to close them unless you are going to use them, or go to sleep shortly after. During sleep they will close naturally after an hour or so. This closing is especially important if you feel strong activity in them. If you leave a chakra open during normal day to day activity, you can bleed energy. This will can fatigue and health problems. To close them, simply reverse the process until no activity is felt. Feel your mental hands closing them and push the energy back down. Stop and Check Keep checking your muscles for any tensing during the energy raising and chakra stimulation exercises and re-relax as needed. Your muscles will automatically try and respond as you draw energy up through you. Remember, this is all mental. Your body must stay calm and relaxed throughout this.
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