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Pythagorean Sacred Geometry, part 2

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Pythagoras and Sacred Geometry, part 2: The Circle

 

 

Using the symbol contemplation meditation cleanses the issues of the lower chakras while activating Witness Consciousness.  This must be done daily to have any effect. The symbols must be done in order: first the circle, then Pythagoras, Sacred Geometry, The Circle, tantric qigong, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, ba duan jin, 8 pieces of silk, 8 twists of silk, 8 brocades, qigong, self mastery, self-responsibility, qigong for self mastery, qigong for enlightenment, enlightenment, self actualization, self realization, spiritual awakening, spiritual evolution, kriyas, kriya yoga, kundalini, kundalini yoga, kundalini awakening, kundalini activation, kundalini rising, meditation, kundalini meditation, wu wei, t'ai chi, taiji, t'ai chi chuan, t'ai chi chuan yang style, long form, qigong meditation, Vipassana, Zen, inner tranquility, inner peace, Emotional-Spiritual Intelligence, bioenergetics, neo-reichian, Reich, orgone, qi, chi, ki, vitality, life force, chakras, tumo, dumo, dantien. tan tien, hara, bagua, Taoism, taoist, taoist tantra, tantra, tantra yoga, dakini, daka, goddess, tantrika, tantrik, stress, stress management, 10 minutes, 10 minute exercise, 10 minute stress, 1 minute stress management, 1 minute meditation, 60 second relaxation, 60 second stress manager, personal growth, spiritual growth, yoga, Sifu, classes, instruction, workshops, seminars, Intention, Manifestation, power of Now, Presencing, Being Present,The secret, Yoga Nidra, Higher Consciousness, The Law of Attraction, What the bleep, Buddha, Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Aspen Hill, silver spring, Brookeville, sandy spring, Laytonsville, Potomac, Derwood, Montgomery County, Frederick, Germantown, Maryland, District of Columbia, Washington DC, guided meditation, visualization, Theta brainwave entrainment, guided relaxation, online programs, meditations CDs, meditation downloads, meditation mp3, ambient nature sounds, ocean surf, pheromones, self healing, qigong yoga, energy yoga, chakra yoga, chakra qigong, chakra chi kung, Chakra meditation, Howard County, Columbia, Frederick, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Prince Georges Countythe cross, finally, the triangle. Endeavor to feel the symbols while maintaining Witness Consciousness. Allow whatever comes up to express itself, don’t try to suppress anything, just Witness whatever you are experiencing.  Inhale deeply and draw the symbol into the area of the body that it corresponds with.  If you wish, you can sit with a tennis ball on your perineum to prevent the downward loss of qi.

 

The Circle stimulates the third eye and its components witness, intuition, and intellection. If you observe a lot of mental activity, be still and Witness this process without judgment or frustration. See yourself in your mind’s eye as sitting and contemplating the circle symbol. You can use the mantra OM or EE to help hold Witness. Use the Chakra Sounds track 6.  You can set this to repeat if you wish and 3 or 4 repetitions of the track should be sufficient. © 2012 Keith E. Hall Inner-Tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues Sixth Chakra

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Sixth Chakra

Judgment and Discernment 

The serenity of Ajna, the third eye, is a function of harmony, inner & outer attunement, and stillness. If we are continually thinking in dualistic Butterfly, discernment, judgment, tantric qigong, enlightenment, spiritual awakening, self mastery, 8 treasures, taoist tantra, taoism, qigogn  for self mastery, ba duan jin, eight section brocade, 8 twists of silk, 8 pieces of silk, inner tranquility, inner peace, qigong classes, rockville, olney, gaithersburg, maryland, t'ai chi, taiji, chi kungterms, we are dissecting, analyzing, and comparing. This mental activity can reduce the ability to be serene, yet also has a significant survival function as discernment. In a sense, discernment is a basic form of consciousness shared by all life.  How do you know what is helpful and what is harmful to your survival?  What is food, what is poison? In this aspect, discernment is a vital function for survival, abundance, and leading a harmonious life of inner richness.

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          When God’s on your side.

         – Bob Dylan, With God on Our Side

Righteous anger takes our moral judgment and amps up the compensatory and defensive / offensive reaction with great vigor and the certitude that we are absolutely correct.  It can then be short step to dogmatic condemnation, inquisition, water boarding, crusades, jihad, and other forms of righteous violence.

It takes a certain level of experience and wisdom to use the sharp knives of discernment, intuition, and understanding in a way that is beneficial to ourselves and others. Deep and consistent periods of meditation, Cobra Breath, and Psychic Bridge Balancing can develop the intuition and sensitivity necessary to harness this faculty. © 2012 Keith E. Hall and Inner-Tranquility.com All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues Fifth Chakra

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fifth Chakra

Karma Burning: Frustration

 

Expression is related to communication. Communication, depending on one’s intention, can lead to understanStress management, frustration, enlightenment, tantric qigong, self-mastery, joy, communication, vishuddi, fifth chakra, throat chakrading and cooperation, or to contradiction and conflict.

In a sense, creative expression has its roots in the third chakra. It begins as the desire to create something (physical, mental, or emotional), gathers the power of manifestation, and then travels to the fifth chakra for expression.

If thwarted, our desire, intention, and joy of creating turns to frustration. The greater the obstruction (whether external or internal), and the stronger the individual’s will, the more likely one is to experience frustration. 

Frustration always includes some combination of the emotions of the lower chakras which can be summarized thusly:

Desire to create / express > internal or external blocking > inhibition (disappointment / fear) > anger
anger expressed outwardly > conflict
anger expressed inwardly > self judgment / physical ramifications

Bioenergetically, we keep the “lid on” the unbridled outward expression of frustration by tightening the neck and jaw muscles. If chronic, this response becomes muscular armoring and can lead to physical symptoms such as TMJ syndrome, neck pain, cervical vertebral misalignment, poor posture, and headaches.

 The Evolution of Language

It is most likely that during the Lower Pleistocene Homo habilis and Homo erectus had some form of communication that was an intermediate stage between that of modern humans and that of non-human primates. It is conjectured that these forms were simple nouns and verbs that lacked conjugation or tenses. More sophisticated forms of utterance may have evolved in Neanderthals, though they may have lacked the brain capacity for the modern speech of Homo Sapiens, who may have developed language and art between 50,000 and 200,000 years ago. It is the development of language that helped larger groups of humans to learn to cooperate and work together, migrate to distant areas, and improve their survival skills.

Writing is a form of expression that allows for the communication of ideas over greater time and space than language alone. Cuneiform, the Sumerian system of writing, evolved from a system of clay tokens used to represent goods. By the 4th millennium BC, this evolved into a more standardized method for accounting.  The Sumerian cuneiform and the Egyptian hieroglyphs are historically considered to be the earliest true writing systems. Both systems emerged from proto-literate symbol systems circa

3400–3200 BC, with the earliest coherent texts about 2600 BC.  Thus writing, as we normally conceive of it, is probably only about 5000 years old. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues 4th Chakra

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fourth Chakra

Karma Burning: Interpersonal Relations

The issue of the fourth chakra, Anahata, is interpersonal relations. When this chakra is in balance and supported by healthy consciousness springing from the clarity of the first three 4th chakra, anahata, karma, agape, unconditional love,  tantric qigong, inner peacechakras, we get an open, powerful heart energy. Once this occurs, relations will tend to have the qualities of unconditional love, gratitude, and compassion.

We can all agree that this is an ideal worth working towards. Culturally though, we are not quite there yet. The quality of the fourth chakra’s expression can be, and is, heavily influenced by the lower three.

Relations that have the third chakra as their foundation will be colored by personal power, seeking either control / submission, or cooperation.  If the first two chakras are not clear and balanced, relations will take on aspects of anxiety, vulnerability, self-centered pleasure seeking / pain avoidance.

It may be that love is a relatively recent human development.  Early hominids were concerned with survival and dominance, and their approach to this was fairly self-centered.  Living in survival mode without tools and language, these hominids were probably closer to animals than what we would identify as human.

Homo erectus (circa 1,800,000 BCE – 300,000 AD)  was probably the first hominid to live in a hunter-gatherer society, develop a proto-language, shape more sophisticated stone tools, routinely use fire, and invent the concept of human cooperation. Homo Erectus developed a much larger brain than his predecessors, which aided in the aforementioned inventions. This larger brain and cranium presented new difficulties with childbirth, resulting in the need to birth earlier, and the infants birthed were, in a sense, “premature”. They needed to be smaller just to pass through the birth canal. The resulting infants required much longer to mature to semi-self sufficiency, needing extended nurturing and protection in their longer state of helplessness. Somewhere between Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens, this developed into love and altruism.

Homo Erectus was probably the first hominid to live in small band-societies, the simplest form of human society. A band generally consists of an extended family or clan having no more than 30 to 50 individuals.  A group such as this would have enhanced abilities to defend themselves and hunt in a coordinated group. The earliest evidence of hearths is also associated with Homo erectus. Evidence seems to indicate that these hearths were used for cooking,  warmth, defense against predators, and are likely to have been places of social interaction, making Homo Erectus socially more like modern humans than their predecessors.

buddha, ascension, fourth chakra, anahata, tantric qigong, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, 8 twists of silf, ba duan jing, qigong, enlightenmentWe can see the general curve of human evolution described by the self-centered survival consciousness of early hominids (chakras 1-2), to Homo Erectus’ ability to cooperate and organize themselves into small societies (Chakra 3), to the full-blown and complex forms of social cooperation, interaction, and altruism of Homo Sapiens (Chakras 3-4).

We are on our way, in time, to evolve into a heart-based and compassionate culture. This is not to say that there are no atavistic throwbacks to our early hominid ancestors. Take a look at corporate greed and national politics to see just two examples. As we continue to evolve, Homo Superior or Homo Spiritualis will have the needs of the first three chakras met in a balanced and reasonable way, and will act from the foundation of the heart. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues: 1st and 2nd Chakras

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chakra Issues: First and Second Chakras

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Karma Burning: Survival

All fears can be reduced to some flavor of fear of death or concern for one’s welfare and survival. Even social anxiety i.e., fear of being judged or cast out of the tribe to fend for oneself, woChakra 1 and 2 Muladhara, Vishuddiuld have its origin in a concern for personal survival in Paleolithic times. One of the reasons homo sapiens, and primates in general, have adapted and flourished in a hostile world has been the ability to use the group for defense, territorial dominance, food gathering / growing, etc. In modern times, these now irrational fears have led to economic, cultural, and military “dominance displays” which could, in extremis, threaten all human life on this planet.

Karma Burning: Gratification

Gratification is a pleasurable reaction that results from the fulfillment of a desire. The personality trait of uninhibited pleasure-seeking results in a tendency towards hedonism. The inability to experience normal pleasure, desire, or motivation in life is sometimes termed anhedonia.  William James described anhedonia as a “passive joylessness and dreariness, discouragement, dejection, lack of taste and zest and spring.”*

The second chakra has a powerful role in sadness and depression, and one sure sign of depression is a reduced ability to take gratification in simple things as food, friends humor, conversation, sex, etc.

Depending on the degree, delaying gratification could be seen as a valuable life skill related to long term success, happiness, even spiritual awakening.  An example of the latter would be the transmutation of sexual energy, e.g. delaying orgasm and sending your Kundalini upward through the central channel, or the spinal nadis, awakening the chakras and knowledge of the higher Self.

A more permanent pattern of denying gratification without any excitation or transmutation of life force can be a clinical state of avoidance related to a moralistic denial of expression. © 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.

*Varieties of Religious Experience Lecture VI, The Sick Soul, William James 1902

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Karma Burning: Chakra Issues part 2

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Tantric Qigong Karma Burning: Chakra Issues,  Breath, Emotional Intelligence and Evolution

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Referring to the tendency of modern technology to be shaped by Paleolithic emotional patterns, Einstein was alleged to have said “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity…All our lauded technological progress–our very civilization–is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal…The human spirit must prevail over technology.”  How can we achieve this process of accelerated evolution implied by Einstein?  Try this breathing technique when you feel emotionally challenged: Keep your back straight, inhale slowly and deeply to a count of 5, exhale slowly to a count of 5. Repeat 1-3 times or until calm. If you know the Third Eye Balancing technique, you can also use it to balance your mental / emotional state.

Do this interpersonal experiment: the next time you are confronted by someone who is experiencing great anxiety, anger, or pain, ask them to take a deep breath. The person controlled by the atavistic urges of the amygdala will blast you for suggesting this. The more evolved will endeavor to comply.  

The intention to mediate our bestial aspects is associated with the higher cortical centers which can override the amygdala / brain-stem reactions. I have yet to see a convincing medical Tantric qigong, conscious breathing, spirtual evolutionexplanation for how this intention is generated; this may remain one of the ancient mysteries of spiritual masters. Certainly once put in motion, Intention from our higher centers can subsume and mediate automatic neuro-muscular and endocrine reactions. By asserting control through our higher cortical centers we unite the yin and yang portals of the psychic bridge (third eye) and neutralize the more barbaric urges of the brain stem.

In short, the amygdala represents our primitive aspects and the anterior cingulate cortex and the lateral orbitofrontal cortex develop our higher civilized and spiritual aspects. You can see by the diagram that the anterior cingulate cortex / lateral orbitofrontal cortex is in a direct line between the amygdala / brainstem and the neocortical centers controlled by the third eye (Ajna). It is one of the functions of Cobra Breath to unite and balance these centers, bringing vital, primal energy to the higher centers while soothing and calming the atavistic beast within us. © 2012 Keith E. Hall, www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Karma Burning: Chakra Issues

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Tantric Qigong Karma Burning: Chakra Issues Recurrent emotional and behavioral patterns / habits that are energized and repeatedly re-grooved in our consciousness become Issues.

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Repeated emotional / behavioral patterns that have consistent negative consequences seem to be driven by brain stem and amygdala reactions that are inconsistent with emotional intelligence, or are inappropriate for the stimuli present at the time. We can seem stuck in these patterns like an old vinyl record skipping and repeating the same music over and over. These recurrent emotional / behavioral patterns inform the issues of the lower chakras.brain-evolution-crop-inner-tranq

The human brain is exactly the same as humans living 200,000 years ago. Think about it, we are meeting new, challenging stimuli of the modern world with the same neural circuitry as nomadic cavemen during the Paleolithic Stone Age. We still treat every new stimulus as a potential danger to be defended against. We are using the same old knee jerk fight-or-flight responses of our ancient ancestors 194,000 years before recorded history began. This explains the reactions of patriarchal cultures of terrorism that are both entrenched in Neolithic tribalism and have access to nuclear and electronic technology – kill it or be killed by it, eat it or be eaten, dominate or die.

The Amygdala, Limbic Resonance and Patterns

The limbic system and the brain stem (reptilian brain) are at the center of these quasi-automatic attitudes and responses. In addition to internal automatic brain stem reactions to a threatening stimulus, we tend to come into attunement with other nearby mammals possessing limbic resonance. If you are in close proximity to a person who is angry, you pick up on this. If you have an adoring cat or dog on your lap, you tend to resonate with their emotion.

The amygdala activates fight or flight responses by receiving neural signals that indicate possible threats slightly before other brain centers. Higher cortical areas receive these signals milliseconds later, making it a challenge to override one’s reactions if we judge that immediate action is required. The difficulty is that the older parts of the brain always react as if the stimulus is a true life and death situation requiring immediate action, although the vast majority of the time it is not.

The amygdala processes information unconsciously and has no sense of chronological time. This means that stimuli perceived as a threat in childhood will tend to be perceived the same way in adulthood. So, a memory of a barking dog that frightened you at an early age is recorded by the amygdala and will set off the same fear reactions with similar intensity if you are presented with the same stimulus in the present. This lack of personal historical chronology at the center of the limbic system may be a basis for the perpetuation of negative emotional / behavioral patterns.

Anterior Cingulate Cortex

The anterior cingulate cortex has a mediating role in rational cognitive functions, decision-making, empathy, and modulation of emotional responses through the abundance of specialized neanterior cingulate cortex Tantric Qigongurons called spindle cells. These cells are a relatively recent occurrence in evolutionary terms, so far found only in humans and apes. Whether we use these cell structures fully or not makes all the difference.

The relationship between the anterior cingulate cortex and more primitive brain structures can even explain one’s choice of politics. A now famous study conducted by the University College London (UCL) demonstrated a correlation between larger development of the anterior cingulate cortex and progressive political identification compared to a larger development of the amygdala in retrogressive political identification. “We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala…political attitudes reflect differences in self-regulatory conflict monitoring and recognition of emotional faces by showing that such attitudes are reflected in human brain structure.“*  © 2012 Keith E. Hall, www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

*Kanai, R., Feilden, T., Firth, C., Rees, G. (7 April 2011). Political orientations are correlated with brain structure in young adults. Current Biology

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Karma Burning: The 5th Chakra

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Karma Burning: Joy & the Throat Chakra

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Joy is the expression of the power of great delight, elation, or “happiness on steroids.” As a spiritual state of Being, joy can energetically manifest from either the 4th chakra or the 6th chakra.

Vishuddhi yantra throat chakraReal joy means immediate expansion. If we experience pure joy, immediately our heart expands. – Sri Chinmoy

If the power of love, happiness, gratitude, or ecstasy is energized enough, this Shakti Kundalini (earthly Qi) will express itself by travelling through the sub-chakras connecting heart (Anahata) to the throat (Vishuddi). This earthly, Shakti based energy of Joy wants to ascend through the chakras and rejoice in its dynamic and free expression at the throat. Another characteristic of Joy that begins in the heart can be the desire to serve others, which can create a deep satisfaction and gratitude for this opportunity to be in service to humanity.

Peace is joy at rest, and joy is peace on its feet. – Anne Lamott

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy. – Krishnamurti

Focusing on the 3rd eye creates attentiveness and Presence, which is a prerequisite and an intimately entwined component of joy. Witnessing the beauty and power of the Now can fill one with compassion, gratitude, and joy as well as a sort of esthetic awakening to and a deep appreciation of the reality we behold. This energetically (through one’s heavenly Qi) connects Ajna with the throat whereby these realizations can be expressed. Joy manifested from the 3rd eye to the throat can often have a serene, blissful quality to it. © 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com. All rights reserved.

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Karma Burning: The fourth chakra: Anahata

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Karma Burning: Unconditional Love

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Anahata yantra fourth chakra unconditional loveUnconditional love, as distinct from romantic, barter, or transactional love, can be defined as love without limitations. Some closely analogous synonyms are: altruism, divine love, or maternal love. It is that type of love which is unbounded and unchanging. As every English Lit major knows:

            Love is not love

            Which alters when it alteration finds,

            Or bends with the remover to remove:

            O no! it is an ever-fixed mark

            That looks on tempests and is never shaken…  Sonnet 116

Unconditional love has no prerequisites, and seeks no rewards. As Kahlil Gibran opines,

            Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

            Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;

            For love is sufficient unto love.

The person broadcasting unconditional love could be seen as having the “goal” of increasing the welfare of the other without any expectation of benefit; love is given freely to the loved one without condition or bartering.

            Love seeketh not itself to please,

            Nor for itself hath any care,

            But for another gives its ease,

            And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair. William Blake

Mario Beauregard, et al studied MRI brain imaging of participants who were shown different images either referring to unconditional love or “romantic love”. Four of seven distinct areas of the brain* became uniquely active during the unconditional love portions of the experiment. These areas are associated with “rewarding” and non-sexual pleasure sensations, and human maternal behaviors. These cerebral regions were not active during the romantic love part of the protocol, thus demonstrating neurologically that the feeling of love for someone without the need of being rewarded is distinctly different from the feeling of romantic love. © 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com. All rights reserved.

*The middle insula, superior parietal lobule, right periaqueductal gray, right globus pallidus (medial), right caudate nucleus (dorsal head), left ventral tegmental area and left rostro-dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. Beauregard, Mario; Jerome Courtemanche, Vincent Paquette, Evelyne Landry St. Pierre (2009). “The neural basis of unconditional love”. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 172: 6

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Cobra Breath

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The Cobra Breath is one of the most powerful tools for spiritual awakening on the planet. Originally transmitted by the Mahavatar Babaji, Cobra Breath is an advanced, powerful Kriya method for transmuting primal energy that can lead to Cosmic Consciousness and Self Realization in one lifetime.  It has been said by Kriya masters that a million disease-free years are needed to evolve a human mind capable of experiencing Cosmic Consciousness.  Cobra Breath practice enables one to move at a greatly accelerated pace as one repetition of the Cobra Breath is equal to one year of spiritual practice.

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The Cobra Breath is an esoteric, sacred tradition only transmitted orally from teacher to student  through direct lineage from Babaji.   The true Cobra Breath has never been written down or recorded. When receiving Cobra Breath, it is important to be properly prepared and have an appreciation of this gift when being initiated. Cobra Breath is a powerful method for quickly opening Ajna (the third eye).   As this center is awakened, you become able to perceive reality as it really is (through witness consciousness), rather than our usual manner (maya.)

Witness consciousness is the ability to maintain our center in the midst of emotional upheaval and is essential to any advanced practice of Kundalini.  Witness helps us see beyond the unconscious beliefs, early childhood patterning, judgments, and trauma, to the Divine within all of us. This brings light to our dark aspects, thus speeding our spiritual development.

The Cobra Breath pulls Shakti energy into the secret Kriya Channel, charging the spine with energy and changing the electro-magnetic properties of the cerebro-spinal fluid, allowing Kundalini to move up the spine and activate the third eye. The nervous system is transformed and you awaken to higher consciousness.

Prerequisites / Guidelines
Now, I want to be clear here. Cobra Breath is not for everyone, certainly it is not for beginners. I have seen a lot of grief and drama occur in persons not authentically prepared for this high level practice. What you are unwilling to transform within your subconscious will be reinforced by any true Kundalini technique. The Taoists sometimes call this “circling the midplane.” You have to be ready to let go of that which no longer serves your higher interest. The readiness of any given individual has to be assessed by a teacher in person. Here are some general guidelines:

Transmute your Karmic patterning
Karmic Patterns are old habits based on early childhood and adolescent trauma and imprinting. We accrue these patterns from our parents and family, persons we associate with in life, even birth trauma itself. Karma burning is best accomplished through deep meditation with a guru and, to some extent, through body centered psychotherapy such as Bioenergetics. Truly understanding and transmuting the held energies of of our Inner Child is essential. This requirement alone eliminates the vast majority of people.

Become Self-Responsible
Most people never do this. We prefer to see ourselves as helpless victims of circumstance and the actions of others. “You hurt me” “that thing you did made me so angry”; these “you” statements are an attempt to project responsibility onto others, thereby avoiding the hard work necessary to empower ourselves to take responsibility for our thoughts and emotions. If we blame others, we can never own our emotions and master our Self.

Be Present
We live in anticipation of the future while repressing aspects of our past that we don’t like. We shuttle back and forth between past and future, robbing ourselves of our life and re-creating old patterns of being. As Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Allowing our thoughts to travel indiscriminately between past and future is the scam we use to avoid doing our spiritual work and thereby staying in our dysfunctional comfort zone. True creation and spiritual evolution occur only in the moment.

There are many practices that can achieve the above goals. However, not all spiritual roads have the same speed limit. Given that the practitioner is authentic in their sadhana, the pace of awakening will depend on the level of consciousness of the individual, efficacy of the technique(s), outside cultural and interpersonal influences, and the amount of time invested. Some preparatory rules of thumb:

Hatha Yoga: at least 3 years of daily practice, 1 hour or more per day. Some Masters require 12 years. Hatha yoga alone is not enough, one must be able to enter into deep states of meditation while staying totally present. Breathwork is also essential.

Tantric Qigong / T’ai Chi: 1- 3 years of non-martial oriented practice, along with meditation. Bioenergetic analysis and Breath work can be very helpful when done in conjunction with this training.

Kundalini Yoga / Chakra Yoga: most forms now taught in the West require several years of training and daily practice. This practice is not well grounded, so one needs to master some T’ai Chi,Tantric Qigong, and Bioenergetics.

Contraindications
As I stated above, most people are not going to be ready for Cobra Breath in this lifetime. Even some who are teaching Cobra Breath have not fully prepared themselves, and thus pass on their kundalini-energized dysfunctions to their students. I have observed many astounding examples of this occurring. Here are some warning signs that a person is not yet prepared:

Blaming others: A person who feels they are victimized and others are at fault is a sure sign of that person not being ready.

Taking things personally: Like the above, we feel others are directing their “stuff” at us. Another’s drama has nothing to do with us, yet the ill-prepared student will perceive this as an attack and take it in, setting off a host of defensive mechanisms.

Depression: Depression is a suppression of life force. It is the “flight” portion of the animal “fight or flight” response. Cobra Breath will just create more sadness.

Rage / Anger: This kind of person is heavily invested in the “fight” part of the “fight or flight” response. Usually this kind of person blames others, though if he or she turns this energy inward, the ensuing self-judgment will begin to affect one’s energy system, mind / emotions, and the physical body, often creating a dangerous and unstable condition. This also holds true for highly manipulative control freaks.

Attraction to Catharsis: Neo-tantric and the now discredited Primal Scream therapies are disadvantageous practices with regard to Cobra Breath in particular, and attaining self knowledge in general. Karma merely circles the midplane and becomes even more ensconced within the psyche as it is reinforced by the indiscriminate stimulation of this high level energy. This “letting off steam”  feels like a “breakthrough” to  some people, but long term observation tends to reveal that not much changes. Drama Queens and Kings who practice this are poor candidates for Cobra Breath. I am continually amazed at the number of false neo-tantric teachers who recommend this process. Suicides and false memories of childhood trauma have been linked to practicing Primal Scream and catharsis.

Anxiety / Neurosis / ObsessionCompulsion (OCD): Fear and its compensatory mechanisms bind up large amounts of primal energy. This bound energy has nowhere healthy to go. Adding more energy with the Cobra Breath will just increase the frenzy, tipping an individual into increasingly unhealthy states of being.

Physical Contraindications: Untreated hypertension, chronic headaches, drug addiction, chronic dysmenorrhea (Cobra Breath may increase pain and blood flow), anyone who is physically very ill.

Energy Idiot-Savants: I have heard some faux teachers of Cobra Breath make statements to the effect that “only those who are prepared will be attracted to Cobra Breath.” This New-Ageism is totally fallacious. I certainly have seen persons who are attracted to Cobra Breath significantly harm themselves physically and/or mentally by insisting they are ready when they are authentically not. Usually, an unprepared person will not get much from Cobra Breath. It just doesn’t work for them. I believe this is a kind of built-in protection for the “innocent”, just like a baby would not be able to drive a truck. They’re just not big enough to reach the ignition, steering wheel, and pedals, so nothing happens.

Occasionally though, an “energy idiot-savant” may get their hands on the Cobra Breath. This is a very tricky situation. The “idiot” part has not achieved sufficiently deep inner transformation to be healthy and ready for Cobra Breath Initiation, while the “savant” portion can be surprisingly adept at moving the Kundalini energy. This is a sort of “irresistible force meets an immovable object” conundrum and big drama and potential harm can occur. This can be partly ameliorated by living in an ashram with your teacher, or at least having regular contact, support, and instruction. Thus, attempting to receive Cobra Breath long-distance, or in a one-shot weekend workshop without regular support can either be dangerous or ineffective in the long run.

Reading all the above cautions can make Cobra Breath seem a little scary. If you truly feel anxious about it, you most likely are not ready. If you are interested, make sure you develop a daily practice (see guidelines above) and stick to it. Most people will self-select themselves in or out of this practice, and energy idiot savants can be screened out by the exceptionally perceptive master. Cobra Breath remains one of the most efficacious and profound tools for Awakening available to the dedicated student of the spiritual path. © Keith E. Hall & www.inner-tranquility.com

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