Friday, February 25, 2011

Buddha and Mahadakini in Yab-Yum Meditation Pose

I got inspired to take a picture of a small two inch statue of a Buddha and Mahadakini in the Yab-Yum meditation pose. The rainbow lights are emanating out of the third eye of the Buddha and a highly focused "hreeh" fire is being generated at the sacrum of the Mahadakini. Energy is rippling as waves in all directions.

I have written about this dual vehicle meditation in some earlier blogs, but thought this picture would be a good supplement to the written material. As a reminder, I prefer the "ascension circuit" mudra (middle hold of three interlocking holds) where both the male and the female place their right hand at the sacrum of their partner and the left hand at the base of the neck (near C1) and then do rebirthing breathing. It is rare that the heights match up so that the female is face to face with the male when she is on his lap. But both people can be sitting on the ground, or near to this, and be closer to matching up. Both of them can have the legs wrap around the partner. It helps to have mastered rebirthing breathing to the point where you get reliable tingling sensations within about 15 minutes of solo breathing, to visualize the "hreeh" symbol at the sacrum, be able to pulse the symbol in neon red in sync with the exhale, let go of going to orgasm (it will probably happen anyway) in order to be fully present centered, and either understand the Tumo Yoga teaching of the "hollow body" or understand the body as "the unity of appearance and emptiness".

Om Namo Amritayana Dharmakaya Hreeh

I had a dream a few nights ago which wanted me to share and empower a mantra for the healing, transformation, and evolution of sentient beings. The mantra is the title of this writing and is as follows:

Om Namo Amritayana Dharmakaya Hreeh.

If you look at various Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras, especially in the Vajrayana tradition, they have a similar structure to them. They always begin with "Om" which is the universal energy field that permeates space, time, and matter. Not all of them have "Namo", but all of them imply this word. It means, "I call upon, I invoke, I open up to, I take in, I surrender to." It is the pure thought intention that activates a connection with the universal energy field. Some spiritual teachers share that mantras do not really mean anything or that they are a higher understanding that can be put into conventional thought. But "Namo" is meant to be understandable in simple human terms, it makes the mantra into a scientific prayer, and focuses consciousness within a pure thought intention. It is the repetition of this intention that purifies the mind of all samskaras, since inside every samskara is a thought intention that we once gave energy to and is the basis of our karmaic habits and reactive patterns. Samskaras are thought impressions within the subconscious mind which are activated by sensory experience and is how karma is stored within us. This "Namo" through repetition purifies us of all adverse karmas or "bad karma".

"Amritayana" translates into "vehicle without death". Early Buddhism is consider "Hinayana" or "small vehicle" because it is meant to carry one person to enlightenment, a solitary meditator who has renounced the world and chosen to live to attain nirvana. This person has renounced worldly ambition and worldly desires that entangle one with the world. It is why in this vehicle there is the ideal of celibacy, because sexual love entangles you with the world through linking with one person and through this person everyone. It is possible to "remain nonattached", to still enjoy a loving relationship, and still remain unentangled with the world, to be, as Jesus taught, "In the world but not of it." But the difference is that you do not look to another to complete yourself, you look within and release the self to find fulfillment in nirvana. Later Buddhism called itself "Mahayana" or "great vehicle" which could carry more people to enlightenment. It emphasized compassion (mahakaruna) towards all sentient beings, renouncing nirvana to stay in the world and serve others.

There are some who make it sound like Hinayana is an inferior path, but in some sense we all have to start there. We have to get our own life in order and oriented toward enlightenment. It is enough to learn how to take care of ourselves and handle a small vehicle. When we have mastered this, then we can share with others something that might help them. In my early meditation practice, I focused more on "not being a problem to others" and "not adding to the sorrow of others". I was not trying to liberate the world, but not contribute to its demise. I was learning how to be a truly harmless and gentle person. It was more work than I realized. While it is relatively easy to not lie, cheat, steal, kill, abuse sexual energy, or eat a pure diet, easy to not violate the precepts in a big way, it takes time to master the teachings on a more subtle level. For instance, the whole precept is "not to lie, but to speak kind and truthful words". It means being very clear and honest with everyone, yet also be kind. This is especially true when you point out the faults of another. It needs the motivation of compassion. There is a learning, too, of when to be silent. We can point out faults that are real and feed our own tendency to be negative, the second poison of the mind that binds us to the wheel of sorrow. The intention to speak both kind and truthful words prevents us from using true words to put another person down and condemn them. The feeling inside when we align with this, when we do this enough, feels very clean inside. When a person takes what we say in a bad way, feeling hurt by what we said, unless we are very clear and kind inside, we will feel guilty, ashamed, and anxious about what we said. Sometimes people will feel hurt by what we say no matter what we say, but we will feel bad about what we said unless we have a kind intention. We can be silent about something and not say something. It is important that when speaking about faults that they are put in a constructive context, where the pointing out of the fault helps a person to heal and grow. It requires us to be psychologically aware and to listen differently to others. It is also realizing that words have a lot of power to them, to heal and to harm. If we are unconscious, we could accidentally say something that could tip a suicidal person over the edge and make him or her want to commit suicide. While we are not karmaically responsible for him or her killing herself, we were one cause among many for the event happening and do accumulate a certain amount of karma. Right speech is about being sensitive on this level to what we say and even what we do not say, since silence sometimes has its consequences too. Sometimes it is important to say something that might also stop a person from committing suicide. It is a delicate equation we work with, since to be attached to these outcomes also entangles us in the world more. It is generally wise to let each person have their own process, their own life, and leave them alone. If we cannot allow everyone to have their process, then we are too entangled in their life to help them. The right kind of compassion gets cultivated in this vehicle and deepens our meditation.

The vehicle is "Mahayana" which emphasizes compassion and selflessness. There is a point where we begin to feel that merely taking care of ourselves does not transcend a certain kind of selfishness and clinging to self. This subtle level of sorrow shows up in a kind of indifference and nonfeeling about the plight of others. There are four words used for love in Buddhism, (1) metta, (2) karuna, (3) mudita, and (4) upekkha. I prefer to translate them as (1) kind friendship love, (2) sensitive empathic love, (3) joyful contagious love, and (4) eternal unconditional love. The fourth one has sometimes been translated as equanimity. It is a kind of unattached love that accepts things as they are, wishes beings to be free from sorrow, does what is possible, and accepts that sorrow will still arise in sentient beings for a long while to come. I feel it is a mature love which does not get excited when things go well and does not get depressed when things go badly. It has learned to be steady and constant. Because of this, it is not attached to results. It is confident that it always does some good, but that the harvest cannot be hurried. It allows everyone to own his or her process and arrive at enlightenment when his or her process matures to this point. The main love that is cultivated in Mahayana Buddhism is sensitive empathic love, though the other loves mature around this naturally. Through sensitive feeling and caring for others, a certain kind of selfishness and dullness burns away. We are more peaceful and happy as a result. With a group of people helping each other, a community, the interactions with each other form a kind of field that accelerates our growth and maturity. Love is profoundly interpersonal and how we interact with each other is a cause of healing or sorrow. Collectively we form a larger healing vehicle that carries each other to the other shore.

The next vehicle is "Vajrayana" which emphasizes the "indestructible" aspect of enlightenment, how we are beyond sorrow. This path is sometimes called "the path of accelerated transformation" or "buddhahood in one lifetime". There is a deeper psychology and highly structured meditation processes behind this. It requires that we have some mastery of the samatha (calming) practice of the Hinayana and the vipassana (insight) of the Mahayana, because the structured meditations need the "big sky mind" to function rightly. There must be enough ability to just be with our inner experience without trying to force it to be what it is not. Simple passive accepting awareness watches our experience without interference and without judgment. In this quiet receptive place, insight flashes across the open mind and we are healed. Then the structured meditations of the Vajrayana can deepen this "big sky mind" and establish our life force within this.

The Amritayana vehicle continues, in some sense, where these paths leave off. There is an even deeper psychology which understands the psychosomatic equation of our lives. It is implied in the earliest Buddhist teachings about the interdependence of the five skandhas of consciousness, thought, emotion, sensation, and body. It touches upon the idea that the Buddha had conquered aging and death, and had an immortal physical body (which he later sacrificed by taking on a measure of planetary karma and burning it within his body, heart, and mind). It looks upon aging and death as a kind of karma that we can transcend. Whether we choose to remain on Earth or not, whether we choose to keep our bodies youthful, alive, and involved on this planet, or gently set it aside when we are done with our use of this body, we see aging and death as not necessary and as the result of causes and conditions that we can ultimately learn to control and take responsibility for. We do not see aging and death as something that merely happens to us. We see our karmaic part of how and why it happens. The Medicine Buddha sutras talk about the connection of the three poisons of the mind, addictive craving, resistant negativity, and obscuring delusion, and how these cause imbalances in our physical body. Aryurvedic medicine is based in this kind of awareness. The implication is that if we take care of ourselves and purify our minds of the three poisons, then our bodies will not have to age and die.

That humans do age and die is not contested by Amritayana Buddhism. All the many forms of Buddhism are really scientific about life. The research tool is awareness, the laboratory in the human body, and the teachings give us an idea of what to investigate, what to notice, and what to do with what we see. They teach principles that can be verified in our experience, methods that we can use to heal ourselves, and assert that certain results can be attained by certain practices. Buddhism is not a tradition that is afraid to look at death. There is a very detailed analysis of death in terms of what happens in the body, what happens after the release of the body in the various bardos, the different ways that one can die, and what one can do. In the first noble truth, the truth of sorrow, there is a list of the different forms of sorrow that we can experience as a sentient being, sickness is sorrow, aging is sorrow, death is sorrow, losing people we love is sorrow, interacting with intense negative people is sorrow, poverty is sorrow, and accidents are sorrow. The first noble truth is a simple and clear observation of how humans suffer. It is meant to be accepted that this is true. It does not deny that there is also happiness, but happiness is not a problem for most people.

In Amritayana Buddhism, aging and death are looked at more deeply, to the point of seeing its deepest causes in the three poisons of the mind, but following the chain of cause and effect to the point where it manifests in the body as illness and imbalances. This allows our bodies to give us feedback on our spiritual path. Our body can then be a mirror that people on other paths may not want to fully look at and look through. One can imagine that one is very spiritually advanced, when the body is telling us otherwise and telling us that some mental poison is still being held by us and that it is hurting our bodies to hold it. The body then becomes a basis for humility, helping us to imagine we are spiritual hot stuff when we are not. When we understand this, we "kiss the Earth" and become an ordinary gentle human being and dedicate our lives to burning away adverse karma until there is none left, realizing that "it takes as long as it takes".

When the word "Amritayana" is chanted, we dedicate ourselves to this kind of understanding, process, and path. We also connect with the principle, wisdom, and power behind this path, which is in the universal field of "Om". We dial into this aspect of the universal field and its wish for us to be healed of everything, including aging and death.

The next word is "Dharmakaya". Buddhism does not believe in an anthropomorphic supreme personal g-d. In part of the Madhyamika texts, there is a refutation of this idea, based on the lack of interdependence between the creator and created when you assume this separation is real. When a certain kind of understanding of interdependence reaches its deepest level, then the idea of a creator g-d standing apart from its creation is seen to be impossible. For this reason, many theistic religions are uncomfortable with the almost agnostic and atheistic flavor of Buddhism. Yet this kind of view, which many Buddhists actually have, is not true either. If we were to use theistic categories to define Buddhism, it would be pantheistic in flavor. It would affirm there is there is a holy sacred infinite field of energy called the Dharmakaya which permeates all of space, time, and matter, and in which all matter is a temporary expression of. If material things have an illusory separateness from each other, then they must have a real unity with each other. This living unity is the Dharmakaya. We are always within this living field of energy. It is the "unborn, the unchanging, and the undying" that we experience when "nirvana" happens, when, even for a moment, the three poisons cease to operate inside us. The word "nirvana" literal means exhale. It means "exstinguishing the self" so that it no longer ever happens again. This teaching has been severely misunderstood as a kind of nihilism where our self goes into total annihilation at death. But our real self is completely untouched by this annihilation. The self that ends is the most subtle level of the three poisons of the mind. When we go deep enough into meditation, we see a subtle sense of self is keeping the three poisons alive and visa versa. This subtle feeling of a separate self is a construction that we unwittingly keep alive through how we think "I" and attach it to objects through all the sentences we speak. This subtle feeling of "I", that we identify with deeply, are attached to, and cling to, keeps the three poisons alive, keeps the pain of anger, fear, and sadness alive, causes the thousands of daily stresses we experience each day alive, wears out our bodies through aging, and kills our bodies through death. Parinirvana is the final and complete extinguishing of this false self, totally and completely, so that it never gets reconstructed and never causes sorrow for us ever again. I do find it interesting how there are some Buddhists that are not clear about this. In the ending of the three poisons and the subtle sense of self and the web of thoughts and emotions that the subtle self holds together and uses to define and establish itself, nothing eternal or truly real ends. What we have always been becomes conscious and aware of itself and we are free.

In a sense, the word "Dharmakaya" links with every word before it. The Dharmakaya is the "Om", the universal energy field. It is also the wish and compassion behind the Amritayana path, the place where the blessing energy, support, and grace that heals us comes from. The word part "dharma" means universal law, what orders and structures all the events in the universe so that there is order, regularity, an order so precise that it can be expressed in mathematics and scientific laws, that very accurate predictions can be made from these laws, no matter where you are in space and time. I find it interesting that many scientists do not wonder why the mathematically precise laws that they find work everywhere in the universe. Why does "F=MvA" work everywhere and everywhen? Why do we have so much faith in this order? So much so that we will assume we miscalculated if the predictions do not tab up or suspect some factor is interfering with our prediction (and even find this factor or miscalculation). The simple conclusion is that there is some "something" that is everywhere and everywhen that allows universal laws to work with such consistency and regularity. Even the compassionate blessing energy within this field has a mathematically precise and reliable way to access its energy and bring it into our lives. Certain exact conditions must be met. The key is that this energy is nonviolent and needs our genuine permission to be allowed to work in our lives. The slightest resistance from us and it honors our choice and stops. We need to keep giving permission every moment of our life, need to make this openness, sensitivity, wisdom, and permission a consciously created habit in our lives and remove all the unconscious habits from our lives, formed over maybe millions of years of lifetimes. So "Om" represents universal energy, "Amritayana" represents "universal wish", and "Dharmakaya" is "universal basis". It is why everything works the way it does. It empowers our path of liberation and explains why we must eliminate karma, since cause must produce effect.

The last word "hreeh". It is a seed syllable whose very sound is meant to produce change. It is related to the Sanskrit word for conscience. The soft aspired "h" sounds signal that the mantra rides the breath, the exhale. The "ee" sound raises energy up the spine. The "rr" sound activates a purifying fire. The remorse over uncompassionate deeds that we have done in past lifetimes burns away the samskaric imprint that they leave in our subconscious mind. Images will flash up in meditation and remorse will burn them away. We have a deeper alignment with the precepts of the Buddha, we vow not to kill anything, not even a good feeling in someone else, not to steal anything or even want to take anything from another, etc.

The "hreeh" sound vibrates within us and purifies our perception, our awareness, of clinging, resistance, and identification, until we see the world as it is, not as we projected with our minds and our illusory self. What emerges is another world, a new Earth, which is pristine, radiant, translucent, and beautiful, and since our perception arises interdependently with the world around us, our very act of seeing it differently changes what we see. "Hreeh" is the catalyst. It brings the energy down to Earth, in our experience, in our life, and uplifts our life, raises our life condition, and brings us home, back to primal luminousity, to the Dharmakaya, the ground of being, the unborn, unchanging, and undying, our true refuge that will never let us down and always be peace for us.

Most the mantras are related to enlightened beings who have reached the "Siddha" state, the 12th consciousness, where they can perform miracles. It is good to invoke them. I use "Om Namo Amida Buddha Hreeh" for this kind of activation. There are many such mantras. They all work provided that the name is of a real Siddha and not merely 10th consciousness enlightened being, and that this Siddha has empowered the mantra to be an access for him or her. It helps, too, if there is an alignment with the basic teachings of this being, since the teachings are the first grace or blessing of this being. Then we need to really commit to chanting the mantra 111,111 times. We really only need to chant the mantra 100,000 times, so that extra chants are part of a psychological realism about humans. 10 percent of the time we will "go robot" and chant without consciousness and intention behind each and every repetition. So we need to chant 10,000 more repetitions to cover those lapses in the 100,000 repetitions we commited to (and then 1,000 times for the lapses in the remedial 10,000, etc.). The whole practice takes about 3 to 6 months. It will transform one.

The advantage of this mantra is that it does not invoke any Siddha, but the Dharmakaya itself, through its Amritayana aspect (aka grace, healing, and blessing energy versus its universal order which supports the law of karma aspect). Since the Dharmakaya is our real home, we invoke it immediately and directly, and feel its wisdom, love, and creativity as primal luminosity (Om). Because of this, the mantra is more universal and generic. It can be used by all sentient beings to liberate themselves without needing for them to commit to or align with any particular enlightened siddha, and therefore can be chanted by different seekers without violating their yidam relationship to whatever diety they are working with. We directly chant our way back to our original home and take our mind, heart, and body with us.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Law of Karma

One of the differences between conventional Christianity and Buddhism is the law of karma. Christianity and many of the other prophetic religions believe in a creator g-d, some kind of supreme being who is separate from creation and makes it. Buddhism generally does not believe this idea of g-d, but believes in the Dharmakaya, an energy field infused with love, wisdom, and creativity that permeates and manifests creation, and is the basis for why all the universal laws operate, including the law of karma. According to Buddhism, karma creates the universe of events. All events are linked with each other through a web of interdependence and causality. There are, therefore, no accidents, everything happens for a reason.

The law of karma is usually stated as "what you sow is what you reap". This theme appears in both the Old and New Testament of the Bible. It seems every religion has some understanding and acceptance of the law of karma. Although it does not follow perfectly, Yahweh can symbolize the operation of the law of karma and Adonai can symbolize the operation of the law of grace. The anthropomorphic idea of g-d an some kind of personal powerful entity who rules the universe can be seen as symbolic of the more impersonal Dharmakaya and how it operates through universal laws. I say "more impersonal" because there it is still infused with unconditional love and love is always personal in some sense. Yet because this love is unconditional, it is impartial, available to all equally, operates in the lives of all sentient beings equally, and does not favor one person over another. Anything that operates without exceptions, as a consistent principle, across all space and all time, is a universal law.

One phrase that is repeated often in the Dhammapada is: "Trust in the Dharma (Dhamma), not in people." The Dharma sometimes means the teachings of the Buddha and sometimes means the Dharmakaya which is the basis for everything that the Buddha taught. I take that this phrase means the Dharmakaya and only secondarily to the teachings of the Buddha that illuminate how it operates. The gesture that makes one a Buddhist is to take the "triple refuge" in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Although these three refuges are really very deep subjects and could each be expounded in long discourses, to summarize, taking refuge in the Buddha is taking refuge in the truth that someone just like us attained nirvana, a state of consciousness beyond sorrow, and therefore we can do the same, taking refuge in the dharma means to harmonize with universal law so that we can do the same as Buddha did, and taking refuge in the Sangha means to live in community with others who are doing the same as us, living in accord with the dharma with each other. There are other meanings to the triple refuge, like taking refuge in the Buddha means to open up to the help that Buddha can give here and now, because Buddha did not die and did not vanish from human history. In the Lotus Sutra, there is an affirmation that the Buddha is still alive, on this Earth, and still teaches and helps advanced Bodhisattvas and Dakinis serve and heal this world, still emanates teachings telepathically to help and support those who are open to his guidance, and has an immortal light body beyond aging and death that can move at the speed of thought to go anywhere he is needed. In some of the initiations and empowerments of Vajrayana Buddhism, we can be attuned to the Buddha or some other enlightened being, a member of the Mahasangha, and chant to stay in this connection and be healed through this connection.

The law of karma is not the only universal law. There is also the law of grace which can burn away the seeds of bad karma that are stored in our subconscious mind. The laws are scientific in the sense that we can verify their operation in our personal experience, rely on them, and use them to heal ourselves. Part of the healing of anger is to recognize that karma has no exceptions. As painful as it is to accept, when bad things happen to us, some part of the causation is our bad karma accumulated in past lifetimes by our own doing. Sometimes it is possible to see the chain of cause and effect clearly and see why some things are happening to us right here and right now. Sometimes it is not possible to easily see this without going into a past life regression trance and finding out. It is possible to ask the subconscious mind to reveal these patterns. After having done a lot of processing, linking past causes with present effects, I mainly just assume these days that karma is operating and do not have to analyze the exact chain in detail. If someone has wronged me, the first thing that I do is just assume that I behaved similarly to someone in my past and repent of the actions, seeing now how it felt from the other side, and thereby deepen my compassion for others.

It is tricky to use hypnotic regression to verify the law of karma, because the subconscious mind is very suggestible and very creative, and can manufacture things to prove whatever we believe. It takes a very precise mind to frame the right kind of suggestions to keep the process open-ended, not locked into any preconceived conclusion. This is partly why very few Buddhist texts talk about using hypnotic regression. Some talk about "tracing memory backwards". This is where, at the end of the day, you trace your memories backwards for about a week, reviewing the last 24 period of time, like rewinding a videotape backwards at about 24x speed and slowing down when we are reacting emotionally to what is happening and need to process something. After a while, you go back and review a month, then a year, and then go backwards into other lifetimes. It is possible to do this discipline and go back to past lifetimes this way. It is a very rigorous and scientific way of getting reliable past lifetime information.

It is possible to do a faster way, through free association, through regular psychotherapy with a larger context. Our usual memory does not have rigid partitions between our different kinds of memories, information is always flowing from one kind of memory to another. We have short term memory, working memory, long term memory, dream processed memories and bardo processed lifetime memories. When we go through various life phases, we tend to review our memories. If we are open and sensitive, we can open up to any memories that might be relevant to what is happening in our lives now. The feeling that we met someone before is valid one. I find that my long term in this lifetime memory has been a little sluggish lately and I usually get this feeling of having met a person before in this lifetime and if I hang out long enough it will get verified by a memory flash. There is a kind of relaxed and open space, free from a kind of worry and thinking, that makes these memories available. It is trusting the subconscious mind to bring up what we need.

There is one psychotherapist who accessed past lifetimes without hypnotic regression protocols through free association. People just tuned into the stream of consciousness and stayed open to whatever impressions were arising from the subconscious mind and shared them. I call this "the floating space" where the conscious and subconscious mind have a more fluidic and sensitive boundary and interaction with each other, become a functional whole, and can process things more easily within this unity. I think this space is accessed with Jung's active imagination method, with process oriented hypnosis, and with the Buddhist approach of "nonclinging and nonresistance" to whatever is. The therapist/guide mainly is sensitive to when a person moves into resistance to feeling something or clinging to some other feeling, and helps the person to let go of each to keep the impressions flowing into nirvana.

What happens is the images will arise from other lifetimes, they will feel like memories and have an emotional resonance to them. Because American culture does not always validate past lifetime memories, sometimes these images are discounted, resisted in some way, and so we move into a edited worldview where we live only one lifetime and die, and either, atheist version: become compost and annihilated as a personality, theist version: are judged and go to eternal heaven or eternal hell. Since I remember past lifetimes and since I have helped others to remember theirs, if these memories are valid, then neither of these two views is correct. Buddhists do believe there are hell worlds and heaven worlds, and we might reincarnate in one of them when we die. The Tibetan Buddhists map a larger landscape than just two possibilities, there are rebirths as animals, hungry ghosts, demons, humans, asuras, and devas, as well as the dharma aligned worlds of bodhisattvas and dakinis, and Buddhas and Mahadakinis. Tibetan Buddhism maps six kinds of samsaric worlds of sorrow, with the human world being one of them. Tendai Buddhism maps out 10 kinds of worlds, though six of them have sorrow and four of them either do not have sorrow or sorrow is dissolving through a meditation process. One of the higher worlds is of the genius/scientist types who eliminate the outer causes of sorrow, like poor sanitation, poor diet, and the like, but have not eliminated the deeper inner causes of sorrow at their root in the three poisons of the mind (addictive craving, condemning negativity, and obscuring delusions).

There are several sides to the law of karma. One is how our choices (causes) interact with universal law to produce effects. Two is how our choices become habitual, form attitudes, and create our life condition. If we are angry all the time, this becomes a general causation which creates our general life condition. For instance, it is harder to become close and intimate with someone who is always angry. Intimacy entails mutual vulnerability and anger does not make such a vulnerability safe for another person to do. Repressing anger still does not stop the anger from producing effects in our lives. Overtly expressing anger towards others will increase the karma. There is a difference between feeling our anger and sharing how we feel with someone and speaking from anger and attacking the other. The first one is being emotionally honest and the second one is attacking the other and creating a bad karma wave. It is possible to feel our anger and process it in solo meditation or with a guide, to come to a complete resolution about what we feel, and shift how we feel. It is possible to have a loving partnership that knows how to support this process in each other and create a mature loving space for healing to perpetually happen. How we choose to think and feel are all part of what life condition we create. When we just react to events and act out whatever our conditioned mind is, then we live a level of karma and it manifests our life. Part of meditation is to raise our life condition, sow good seeds in our life so that they sprout into a better life condition.

Although it is highly underrated, it is good to do good deeds. When I share this, a lot of people question the motive. If you are doing good to others because you are raising your own life condition, then is not the motivation selfish. The answer is "yes". But it is a better way of being selfish than the less wise selfishness where we lie, cheat, and steal from our relationships and produce tons of bad karma and a bad life condition. If we do good deeds because of a good intention, eventually we will forget our selfishness and move into a deeper altruism. We will trust the process of karma and relax our self clinging. We will learn that we need to be awake, sensitive, and aware to find valid opportunities to do kind acts. It is not as easy as it first seems. You cannot force kindness on people. If you do, there is a subtle aggression that negates part of the good deed. One way of translating a passage of the prayer of Jesus is, "Save us from poor timing". It is like playing Tennis, only a right swing at the right time will hit the ball at the sweet spot and zing over the net. There is also "stupid compassion" which does not have this sensitivity. Where, for instance, money is given to a homeless person to further deepen a drug addiction and weaken themselves, versus giving an apple for real nutrition, showing where an apple tree is, or sensing a homeless person who is really trying to break free and giving the needed money. The very intention to be sensitive, awake, and aware of where real help might be given opens us in a certain way and changes our karmaic fate.

The law of karma, too, links us to a different kind of temporal flow than the usual chronological time. The past, present, and future have a kind of interdependence to them and are constantly changing each other. For instance, we have impressions in our subconscious mind. These impressions, called "samskaras" can be triggered by external stimuli. If a certain word is said to us about us, like "you idiot", it will produce an automatic emotional reaction. We might become angry, afraid, and/or sad. This impression, too, is not merely a passive potential waiting to be triggered. It is a subtle pattern of thought, a kind of internal story, that is actively trying to fulfill itself and validate itself. It will project itself on to situations, mold them and make them fit the story, and prove itself right even by ignoring certain features of the situations. Most karmas run a victim/abuser story. We usually feel ourselves to be a victim in the story and sometimes use the story to justify revenge/abuse in return or use the feeling of abandonment to leave somebody.

What I find interesting is that behind these patterns is usually a negation of the law of karma. When we feel like a victim and hold ourselves in that feeling, we do not open up to us doing anything to have chosen the karma we experienced. There is always a history of choices leading us up to the karmaic events. For most of them, no one put a gun to our head and forced us to make them, and even if they did, what we choose to do when a gun is pointed to our head will also have karmaic effects. If we are choosing one abusive relationship after another, then we are the common factor in all those situations, we are the ones who is running the pattern and repeating the pattern. Something in our conditioning, our accumulated thought impressions that we identify and believe in, that has woven into a story and a personality, is choosing over and over again, attracting the same situations to itself and being attracted to the same situations, forming our life condition. This is what karma is about.

Below all the patterns of cause and effect is a stable and impartial law. The stability of the law of karma is something we can relax into and bring order into our lives. We can see the wisdom of living by some basic precepts, (1) not to kill but to cherish all life, (2) not to steal but to take only what is freely given, (3) not to lie, but to speak kind and truthful words, (4) not to misuse sexual energy, but to conserve sexual energy and only have sexual communion with a willing and consenting partner within an atmosphere of love, honesty, and respect, and (5) not to intoxicate the brain and body, but to keep the mind calm and the body clean. Most bad karma events in our lives can be traced back to violating one of these precepts. These five have a deeper side that opens up inside them. For instance, "not to steal" means also not pressuring someone to give you something that they do not want to. The precepts also have exceptions to them. Sometimes, sadly enough, some killing is needed in human life, like when invaders come and attack a peaceful village. We have a right to defend ourselves and sometimes need to shoot back. When such things happen, though, it is good afterwards to "treat war like a funeral" as Lao Tzu (chapter 31) says, and feel remorse that the whole karmaic pattern had to manifest, to look at whatever causes one contributed to the invader attacking. For instance, some of the messy corporate politics around the getting of oil in the middle east may lead to anger against the US and a terrorist response. The unfoldment of karma in the middle east can be very complex, meaning it can have multiple causes on many levels. It would be very wonderful if we could have political leaders who grasped the immensity of the law of karma and entered wisely into the political world very awake, aware, and sensitive to how this law operates. My sense is that the US government would be working very hard doing "repentance" practice, like the Vajrasattva Empowerment, to burn away as much karma as possible. Some of the relief programs to other countries, to help after tidal waves, earthquakes, and eruptions, has helped the US some to soften its karma, but much more needs to be done. Part of remorse is to consciously do some balancing karma, like in the AA "making amends for the wreckage of the past".

Because most of my American friends do not really believe in the law of karma, they see corrupt politicians getting away with murder, lying, and stealing. I see people to be pitied, who are accumulating so much bad karma that I want to cry for them, because they are ignorant of this law and are delusionally imagining that they are beyond cause and effect, yet it is showing up in their faces, in how they are getting worn out, and in their conscience. The politicians seem to age very rapidly and may need to ask why. It is not a group known for its long life. Sometimes you can see in their aura the shadow of their next lifetime, of where and how they will be reborn next. Sometimes one only picks a kind of darkness and a slightly creepy feeling. The reverse happens when a saint or enlightened being dies. There is a wonderful glow of energy and sometimes one sees advanced bodhisattvas and dakinis welcoming them home or massive rainbows appearing in the sky. Some signs of accomplishment will happen to show something of where they are going.

The best way to get the feeling for the law of karma is to do some experimenting with the law. Experiment with generating some good karma and see if you feel better and see if positive life events start to happen. One simple practice is to visualize love as light radiating towards everyone that you meet. Visualize this as you go about your day. Keep it up for about 21 days. When you have to work with someone, send this light first into the situation. When you are having trouble with someone, send this light first into the situation. You do not have to look for results too quickly. We need to do this until it changes our mass of habitual thoughts. If you wrote down all your thoughts for one hour and just slotted them into "positive", "neutral" or "negative" and notice what percentage of your thoughts in each category is, you might notice how little the positive category is and you might not even be entirely honest with yourself about what category each belongs to. For instance, there is corruption in the world, this is a fact, and facts are always at least neutral thoughts. But notice how you might be spinning stuff around the facts, how you are taking them in, how they are making you feel, how they might be used to justify anger and a feeling of victimhood inside, how they might form a karma story that you are living out, and then it becomes negative. The same facts may have a different frame around them, about how all this corruption is appearing so that karma can manifest, complete, and be transcended, and how we can use this mirror to cleanse ourselves to our own deepest roots. In any case, from a scientific view, you would need to practice enough radiating compassion to change the percentage of positive thoughts in your mind by at least 20 percent. For me, every single loving thought raises our energy, but we will not notice it unless there is a mass of them. It is like adding a drop of blue dye into some clear water. Even though every drop is coloring the water, it will seem clear until a certain critical mass of blue drops is reached and we notice the water is at least tinted blue.

I found it interesting in some fundamentalist Christian writings that they thought the law of karma is cruel and exacting. I found this odd, since eternal damnation has no balance between evil cause and evil effect, how a finite number of sins produced infinite torture without parole forever. But I found it also interesting that those writers must feel that they do not want their own negativity to boomerang back to them and feel that THIS is cruel and exacting. It is a curious thing to say to an impartial mirror that is not adding anything to what we radiate out. I think there is some wisdom in feeling that there is something exacting about karma and how it reflects back what we radiate out. We do know that we do put out a lot of negative stuff and we suddenly wake up and see that it is not only hurting others, but it is coming back to us. This shock of awakening can inspire us to manifest greater compassion. We can then ask Divine Grace to burn away all our karma, forgive everyone who has hurt us, and feel remorse for having hurt others. This purifying remorse is part of compassion. We see that no one is truly evil or negative. It is only out of ignorance and it is forgivable. This energy can enter into our subconscious mind and burn away the samskaras, uprooting the karma at its most subtle cause, and finishing it there. Some outer causes may reverberate for a while and we might need to endure them. For instance, there was one woman who kept saying harsh things to the Buddha and the Buddha peacefully endured her talk. When his disciples asked why she was so harsh to him, the Buddha said that in another lifetime as a sannyasin he was harsh to her and that this karma was coming back. He was just letting it finish. The inner root was done, but some of the outer momentum was still playing out.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ed Skilling Photon Genie

I wanted to do a write up to share one side of my research into health and longevity. I have shared some about breathing, about diet, and about resting in the primordial state. But there is an intermediate modality and awareness that has to do with our energy field. According to esoteric science we have seven bodies, only the last one is really know well by humans and by conventional science and is called the "physical body". The next one deeper is called the "energy body", the next one "the emotional body" or "astral body", the next one the "mental body", the next one "the soul", the next one "the cosmic body", and the last one "the nirvanic body". The last two are sometimes not considered bodies, because there are only one of each them and they are shared by all sentient beings. The last two can also be considered the manifest and unmanifest side of the same macro-body.

The lower five bodies interpenetrate each other and some teachers, like Gurdjieff, do not consider the inner bodies to be fully developed and therefore consider them to be more like potential bodies, rather than fully functional bodies. The main body that seems to be fully functional is the adult physical body with the inner bodies in a kind of growth process that is usually stunted at some point. The emotional body in many humans does not evolve much past what a 14 year child on another world might attain through normal emotional development. Ordinary human psychology is in its infancy still and most humans, as result of trauma, learned emotional repression, and mood altering drugs, do not learn to honor and evolve their emotional life beyond a certain point. Many humans do not want to much emotional inner work to get in touch with repressed emotions and sometimes want to keep them repressed. The popularity of addictive substances, addictive habits, and mood altering drugs, both prescription and nonprescription, prevent a certain kind of emotional evolution from happening. Part of the culture of meditation is to breathe, relax chronic muscle tensions, open up to our repressed emotions, reown them, let them flow again, and ride with them until emotional resolution and completion. When we are able to do this, then our emotions can be considered resources, food for growth, rather than things we have trouble with and want to repress and disown.

If we do reown and flow with our emotions, then we evolve our astral body or dream body. Our physical body will feel better also, since the emotions that are repressed and disowned get pushed into chronic muscle tensions in our physical body. The four bodies below the soul body interpenetrate each other and influence each other. Many illnesses are the result of things happening in the inner bodies. One esoteric teacher said that 70 percent of our illness is the result of the inner bodies and only about 30 percent are the result of physical causes (like diet and falling and hurting our knees). At a certain point, develop our dream body to the maturity where we have lucid dreams and learn how to navigate them. We can also see that ordinary waking life is a sub-dimension of a larger dream world and that the physical body is a kind of dream body in its own special dream. When we first navigate the dream world, it seems wild and chaotic, because our emotions tend to be more turbulent and intense. Repression actually makes our emotions stronger, more rigid, and more intense. They are meant to grow within the light of awareness, just as plants grow under a warm and nourishing sun.

The mental body evolves through mental discipline, logic, empiricism, scholarly study, intellectual games and puzzles, reading high quality literature, having deep discussions, etc. It matures when it learns to question dogma, question social conditioning, form a philosophy of life, sense contradictions and learn how to resolve them, know how to derive valid data from observations and how to test hypothesizes, and learn how to go beyond either/or thinking. It is also necessary to evolve a kind of ethical idealism and live it. Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Taoism, Gnostic Christianity, and Qabalistic Judaism are examples of evolved and mature systems of thought that have much to share. Even so, unless they become integrated and become our personal life philosophy, they will not evolve the mental body. Every time we see a truth for ourself, from our own eyes, and from our own experience, we evolve the mental body. What we learn, too, is carried with us, from lifetime to lifetime, as a kind of intuitive knowing that takes on the language cloak of the next society we are born in. I found, for instance, in this lifetime that I solved a lot of Zen koans very rapidly and was puzzled why others had so much trouble with them. I later understood that the reason why they were easy for me was because I had undergone my learning process with them already, in another lifetime. It is like you remember having solved them in the next lifetime, rather than actually solving them. Shifts in the mental body will affect the emotional body, energy body, and physical body. learning in the mental body often happens with tingling energy sensations in the energy body, a feeling of lightness infusing physical body, and a feeling of warmth and coming home in the emotional body.

The energy level, one step deeper than the physical level, has what is also sometimes called "the etheric body". This body can sometimes appear and look exactly like the physical body, because that is the picture of how we see ourselves in our mental body. Sometimes, this etheric body, after death, will appear to others, look and feel physical to them, and is even able to be touched and to touch back. It can become "dense" enough to interact with the physical realm, but it does not like to stay at that density and prefers the freedom and lightness of its usual realm. It takes a kind of concentrated intentionality to "move" things in the physical dimension. This etheric body indirectly shows up with magnetic resonance scans and thermal scans. My sense is that these tools might be used later on to evolve "energy anatomy" and help people to heal more quickly. We might then evolve those star trek like healing devices we see in sci fi movies and we be able to understand people who exist now we can lay hands on people and send healing energy through them, and maybe even understand the Master Jesus and why he considered healing miracles to be a sign of the divine dimension (Kingdom of God).

I wish to share more about a technology that relates to physical healing through the energy body that called the Photon Genie by Ed Skilling. This researcher went further than Rife, taking advantage of the new frequency ranges that Rife did not have available to work with at his time, and also developed his technology from Rife's later notes. Rife found that certain frequencies would "blow up pathogens" by finding their resonance frequencies. Later Rife followers, including Rife, started to compile lists of pathogen blow up frequencies. But Rife noticed that certain frequencies were starting to recur on many lists. He concluded that these frequencies were not blowing up any pathogens, but were boosting the ability of the body to heal itself. He later called them, "universal healing frequencies". Many of them were the Solfeggio scale used in some music and others were not. Ed Skilling compiled a number of them and created a machine that would cycle through them. They are like honing signals that our immune system and regeneration system can use to improve its function. They create an energy matrix that allows the body to more easily go back into homeostasis and balance. They feed the energy body actual energy and in turn produce healing effects in the physical body, like the blood stream alkalizing, the lympathetic system cleansing, cell membranes repolarizing and able to repell junk proteins, ADP converting to ATP (stored muscular energy), and recharging our cellular bio-electric charge. When we are infants, our bio-electric charge is about 120 microvolts, an adult can have it drop to 70 microvolts, and then in old age it can go down to 20 to 30 microvolts. When it goes too low, then our cells cannot repell the junk proteins and the cleansing routes can become congested. Without properly cleansing channels, the cellular debri accumulates and we age/die.

There are perhaps a number of Rife type technologies that can assist in balancing the energy field. I felt grateful to find this one. When I had studied these things online, I found that they were selling for about $3k. It was a bit much for me, especially at that juncture of my life. But then I had a vivid dream where the number 1499 appeared in neon lights. I immediately got up from the dream, went to Ebay, and found that one had appeared for that price. I put my bid on it and was confident that I would get it, and did get it. The Skilling device has been working ever since and helping lots of people. I feel it treats what the holistic nurses diagnostic manual calls "energy field disturbance". It is good for energy healings like myself to use for self treatment.

I find it interesting that it is very compatible with laying on of hands energy healing, though when I am using this tech on someone, I will wave my hands in Tai Chi fashion over the person and move the energies that way. The tech and energy healing seem to synergize well, overlap a little. The tech does not replace the energy healing. The latter is more focused on blocks, resistances, cysts, confusions, knots, chords, and artifacts embedded in the aura and what kind of process is needed to release things formations. They sometimes can be released by just moving energy and other times that person needs to involve his or her conscious intention to complete a process.

There is also a kind of "basic tune up" that is possible with the Skilling device, supported by a far infrared thermal mat (Skilling found that at 106 degrees the body activates certain deep healing processes) and a far infrared reflecting blanket (from Nikken). I rub some essential oils neet (undiluted) on the spine (lavender, clove, and peppermint). Do 15 minutes of energy work over the key meridians and release all the big blocks, turn on some ambient healing music, and have the person do deep, slow, and full rebirthing breathing for about one hour. I give them a glass of ionic fizz and microclustered water beforehand so that the body can use the water to cleanse itself of toxins. I place some extra sheets, because sometimes they get drenched. This has been powerful healing cocoon. There is a variation where a person chants key bija mantras rather than does rebirthing breathing (though these can be combined by maintain the basic breathing flow and only chanting on the natural exhales).

[Just a quick caveat: This technology is still experimental and is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment or visits to conventional doctors. It also may not be what any specific person needs, since some people are not ready for the heat part of the cocoon and/or may need other kinds of care first before they are ready to use this kind of tech. If you have any doubts, you may wish to consult a qualified medical health professional. I personally have assumed personal responsibility for my health and am willing to assume the risks and responsibilities for choosing which healing modalities work for me. I have found this technology to be more than merely useful, very safe as long as you respect a technology based on high voltage, and have felt it shift me into feeling good many many times. But I have also realized that not everyone has committed themselves to their own healing process and may still need to check in with a doctor that they trust, even though the beliefs and worldview of the doctor may not be able to wrap around this kind of healing modality. Choosing which doctors to entrust oneself to is still part of our responsibility and is part of the risks we take with our own health. When one commits to one's own healing process in the right way, it means that you honor the knowledge that you already have and do what you know you need to do. If you know you have a habit that hurts you, then you work on letting it go. If you know something you are eating is not healthy for you, then you do not eat it. If you know that you need to exercise to stay healthy, then you find something that works for you here. Once you have those things down, then more knowledge comes to do it better. When something does not work, you do not blame others, but look at your own program and fix it.]