“I am a source of clear light.” Yes, clear light. Clarity is the result of clearing distortions away and clearing distortions away leads to awareness. Ultimately, the result of all meditation practices is an increase of awareness. There are many side-effects as well: mindfulness, peace, detachment, wonder, compassion, wisdom, well-being.
The Practice of Living Awareness is designed to bring forward the awareness that is innate in all of us. At this final step, Step 14, meditation has done its work because you have done yours. Learning to meditate requires a bit of time, right-effort, and dedication. More importantly, it requires the choice to give yourself something which only you can give – the gift of awareness. As that choice becomes forefront in your life, you become part of the energy that can change worlds.
Don’t you look lovely in that photo above? Yes, you do. That’s the energetic architectural version of your consciousness-production machine (otherwise known as you). Each one of those dotted lines above is a chakra, and each charka is a torus (torus = that which creates a toroidal flow). If you are are blissed out over a relationship, your sacral chakra’s inflow and outflow may be dominant and the breadth of that particular torus may be quite large. The toroidal flow may extend through the neighboring chakras, influencing their inflow and outflow – or in other words, spreading the love and the vibes of your joyful relations. It’s a system of exchange.
As you breathe (another mighty system of exchange), energy moves up and down this spiral shape above (the ida and the pingalla labelled at the bottom). Each intersection of blue and purple lines meets at the “point of unity” we’ve been talking about at the center of the torus, which is the center of each chakra – and all of these “centers” run along the sushumna, otherwise known as the Central Channel (Step 12 of the Practice of Living Awareness).
The movement of your breath is like water through a waterwheel, rhythmically spinning each torus, generating energy, accessing Source or spiritual energy, unfolding awareness and allowing your experience to be new, creative, and inspired. Now you not only look lovely… you feel lovely, and you are lovely (though you were all along).
Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on all of this, but acknowledging the dynamic relationship between the breath and your awareness is really important. So important that we haven’t stopped talking about it since Day 1.
I hope you watched the video that I linked in the last post. Rewatching this reminded me how much I enjoy Spirit Science and their cutting-edge videos! Here’s “Patch’s” description of a torus (which is excellent): “A torus is a self-organizing system that comes together at a single point of unity and expands its energy outward in every direction, all around itself, until it returns back to that space in the center… and will continue to do so.”
As we generate alignment, we generate an increased capacity to receive and release; to invoke and evoke. We become toroidal. As we generate lightness of being, we send that quality out into the world and it intermingles with other toroidal flows, each communicating and informing. Now add the intention of generating goodwill into your toroidal flow while you’re off of the cushion. Watch as opportunities arise which allow you to display compassion, to be of service, and to spread some love. You’ve become a cooperative componentin building a more peaceful world.
Today’s meditation leaves plenty of space for… space! Enjoy.
Toroidal flow is experienced in step 13. This is related to the spiral flow of everything from the water going down a drain, to the exchange of blood to and from our heart, to the spiral arms of a galaxy. The truth is that we are a mini-galaxy with similar internal properties. Our energy centers are toruses, ensuring the constant, dynamic exchange of awareness and experience that is a human being.
Meditation allows for finer vibrations of spiritual energy to enter and move through the body. The toroidal flow nature of our subtle energy system moves those energies into the world in the form of our actions, creations, and expressions. We attract new experiences as a result of those expressions which in turn inform our consciousness. Higher consciousness raises our vibration to allow even finer vibrations to enter our system and, in turn, these express outward. This is evolution in action.
Pulsing and rhythmic, we experience life, and even time, as the flow energies through fields, constantly creating experience which forms the very fiber of our being. Meditation reinforces this flow and elicits its expansion.
Click here to watch a delightful animated video on the torus by the ever-creative folks at Spirit Science.