12b: Excellence from within

chakrasAfter establishing ourselves in the ground of Being, we breathe up along the Central Channel and the seven primary centers (chakras). If, as a practitioner, we are non-distracted in our openness and focus, then an excellence from within will suffuse the sitting.

The simplicity of this technique belies the full range of meditation states that can result from it. Each chakra is a world unto itself – not in an escapist way but as in a world of awareness. Patanjali said as much in his Yoga Sutras. He gives particular results of consciousness that can result with practiced meditational focus on each of the seven primary centers. (I’ve included some of his statements below.)

In this brief sitting, such expansions are unlikely. However, luminations, insights, plus feelings of blessing or goodness are possible. I hope you experience such, and that each practitioner is inspired to use this technique in a longer sitting frequently.

 

Downloadable: Entry: Wholeness and Excellence from within

From The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated and interpreted by Chip Hartranft

*Each of these sutras uses symbolic words for the centers.

III. 25 Focusing with perfect discipline on the powers of an elephant, or other entities, one acquires those powers.

III.26 Being absorbed in the play of the mind’s luminosity yields insight about the subtle, hidden, and distant.

III.27 Focusing with perfect discipline on the sun yields insight about the universe.

III.28 Focusing with perfect discipline on the moon yields insight about the stars’ positions.

III.29 Focusing with perfect discipline on the polestar yields insight about their movements.

III.30 Focusing with perfect discipline on the navel energy center yields insight about the organization of the body.

III.31 Focusing with perfect discipline on the pit of the throat eradicates hunger and thirst.

III.32 Focusing with perfect discipline on the ‘tortoise channel’, one cultivates steadiness.

III.33 Focusing with perfect discipline on the light in the crown of the head, one acquires the perspective of the perfected ones.

III.34 Or, all these accomplishments may be realized in a flash of spontaneous illumination.


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