12603Re: Localization - starfish
- Jan 30, 2004The levitation visualization Greg mentioned as a means
to understand what you are getting at as regards movement
is really great. Playing around with it, a couple of
The first is that a sense of 'center' emerges. It is this
center that is the origin of movement, which radiates
outwards (through the limbs, for instance), and interacts
with the environs.
The second is that a sense of 'bodies in space' emerges -
a sense of 'body standing on the floor' diminishes,
and a sense of 'body touching/pushing floor' comes forth.
'Trapped within a world' moves down on the perceptual scale,
while 'world to world interaction' moves up on the perceptual
Think of it this way:
When one spins a world globe by walking the fore and middle-
fingers across the surface, one perceives that one is remaining
stationary, and the globe is 'being moved'. However, if one
reduces oneself to the scale of a dustmote and then walks across
the surface of the globe, one is more likely to perceive that
one is moving and that the globe is remaining still.
Percpetion of movement seems to be, in part, a matter of scalar
relationship. If I am immersed within something, I am less likely
to sense that it is moving relative to my movements.
The genius of the levitation meditation is that it reveals
a story of 'bumper cars in space', many-dimensional free-floating
'bodies', making contact, churning like gears amongst one another.
It is great fun to play around with asana and other movement forms
in this respect. One's relationship to gravity, quality of
extension and form-taking fundamentally change. You are a
starfish adrift in the sea!
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