Higher Body Development
- Basic theory of higher body development, as
extrapolated from teachers like Gurdjieff,
DeChardin, Molari, Swami Sivananda, and many others.
Think of your spiritual body as a bag that
is empty and everything in this
universe as just collections of holy atoms.
The more you do good and are good, the more
of this sacred material you collect and the
stronger and more full of spirituality your
higher/astral/etc body becomes. What is "good"?
That which brings peace. And "bad" is that
which takes peace away. When you act selflessly,
you virtually always bring about peace in some
form or other and you gain more of the divine
energy. And when you are selfish, the more you
tend to lose this food of the gods. And as you
fill with these holy atoms, the lighter you
get and the more and more the heaviness leaves
you and you can ascend to higher and higher
realms. The astral body (or whatever you like
to call it) then can soar and transcend the
limits that a flesh and bones body has imposed
on it by nature. And eventually when you are
so full of "IT", like a balloon that has
overfilled, you burst, and not even an astral
body can or does contain your essence, and you
merge fully with an even higher body that has
less limitations than the astral body had. And
this process goes on ever after, higher body
after higher body, until "you" are all the holy
energy there is and for us, this is beyond
words, description, visualization, thought,
etc. But IT IS!
It has been said that the average person only
develops her/himself up to the soles of their
feet. And those who have developed and "filled"
their higher bodies are just as remote in being
understood by the average person as a human is
to an ant.
It has been warned that although there is probably
no better way to increase your quantity of this
most top quality energy than by meditation, just
one outburst of anger can take away 100 hours of
good that meditating brought. So, perhaps
self-control to a degree of non-reactivity
relative to whatever occurs to you physically,
emotionally, or mentally can be the best skill
that can be developed toward becoming a full
(of holy energy and thus more God-like) person.
And so it is no surprise that we find awareness
with discrimination and dispassion as the first
steps in gaining a foothold on spiritual evolution.
How to do this? has been answered by Swami
Sivananda in his simple instruction to "Be good.
Do good." Gurdjieff directed that we should
"Self-remember". And a Zen master who was once
asked what was the most important thing to do,
answered "Attention". And when he was asked to
expound on that he said "Attention! Attention! Attention!"
But if you want to, you can simply shrug off
all of this and just wait with open hands for
Enlightenment to zap you and not "do" anything
at all to develop your Self. And perhaps that
will work for you.
- Dynamic Meditation
Recommended to be done in the morning, this hour-long method is a powerful way to kick-start your day. It provides an outlet for tension and withheld emotions as well as being a great energy-booster!
Dynamic Meditation lasts one hour and is in five stages. It can be done alone, and will be even more powerful if it is done with others. It is an individual experience so you should remain oblivious of others around you and keep your eyes closed throughout, preferably using a blindfold. It is best to have an empty stomach and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
“This is a meditation in which you have to be continuously alert, conscious, aware, whatsoever you do. Remain a witness. Don’t get lost. While you are breathing you can forget. You can become one with the breathing so much that you can forget the witness. But then you miss the point.
“Breathe as fast as possible, as deep as possible; bring your total energy to it but still remain a witness. Observe what is happening as if you are just a spectator, as if the whole thing is happening to somebody else, as if the whole thing is happening in the body and the consciousness is just centered and looking.
“This witnessing has to be carried in all the three steps. And when everything stops, and in the fourth step you have become completely inactive, frozen, then this alertness will come to its peak.”
First Stage: 10 minutes
Breathe chaotically through the nose, concentrating always on exhalation. The body will take care of the inhalation. The breath should move deeply into the lungs. Be as fast as you can in your breathing, making sure the breathing stays deep. Do this as fast and as hard as you possibly can – and then a little harder, until you literally become the breathing. Use your natural body movements to help you to build up your energy. Feel it building up, but don’t let go during the first stage.
Second Stage: 10 minutes
Explode! Express everything that needs to be thrown out. Go totally mad. Scream, shout, cry, jump, shake, dance, sing, laugh; throw yourself around. Hold nothing back; keep your whole body moving. A little acting often helps to get you started.. Never allow your mind to interfere with what is happening. Be total, be whole heart ed.
Third Stage: 10 minutes
With raised arms, jump up and down shouting the mantra, “Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!” as deeply as possible. Each time you land, on the flats of your feet, let the sound hammer deep into the mid center. Give all you have; exhaust yourself totally.
Fourth Stage: 15 minutes
Stop! Freeze wherever you are, in whatever position you find yourself. Don’t arrange the body in any way. A cough, a movement – anything will dissipate the energy flow and the effort will be lost. Be a witness to everything that is happening to you.
Fifth Stage: 15 minutes
Celebrate through dance, expressing your gratitude towards the whole. Carry your happiness with you throughout the day.
If where you meditate prevents you from making a noise, you can do this silent alternative: Rather than throwing out the sounds, let the catharsis in the second stage take place entirely through bodily movements. In the third stage, the sound “Hoo” can be hammered silently inside.
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