The practice of meditation I offer is an embodied practice. We use our sensing to open up energy channels to move into a place of joy. Feeling or sensing is the avenue--perhaps not the only avenue-- to shift into a higher frequency.
Relaxation is another vital key in the practice of meditation, and Kum Nye was introduced to assist in the process of deep relaxation, relaxing the mind, and integrating mind and heart, so the mind can dwell in the body.
In a way, you can't really transcend without bringing the body along ( at least bringing along the energies of the body) and that's good news because the body is a treasure trove of wisdom and joy.
Another important aspect of meditation is the ability to look inward. We don't necessarily love to look inward, because it can be messy in there. At least, its messy when we have not given much attention to the body's energy and its communication with us. It can seem complex and turbulent, possibly bringing up fear and uncertainty.
Visualizing the body as a network of energy, when we begin to bring our attention to the body, this energy starts to flow. As it flows, along come images and memories, and our first impulse may be to close it down. This might be our wisest action if we don't know how to open these energy channels in a way that is safe and feels good. As we do learn to open energy channels in a methodical way, we can also learn to bring a mindful and appreciative quality to our inward focus. We can actually grow more confident in our ability to 'be with' any experience that arises.
Another way of thinking about our inner world, is from the point of view of incompletion. It is virtually impossible to fully complete all of the actions that we set in motion on a single day. All of these incompletions form a kind of miasma which is heavy and sinks to the bottom of the proverbial pond. Attention stirs it up, and then we say, "I don't want to look at that, its too much."
The long term consequence of not looking inside is that we constantly seek satisfaction outside. We develop 'Hunter's Eyes;' we constantly seek fulfillment from others, the world, or through intensity. This can express itself in many forms, from trips to the bakery, to compulsive sex, desiring, but never really experiencing our partners' love, to an unhealthy need for recognition and praise. When energy isn't flowing, the eventual result is disease, which affects our energy, and our health.
If, for example, we didn't get the love we needed when we were five years old, our vital energy might have died or gone numb. We might generally feel like there's no love available anywhere. However, we're still searching and yet feel a kind of emptiness.
The practice of Kum Nye opens up our energy centers in a methodical way, based on how our chakras function in the body. This provides a way for energy to balance, like hot and cold water mixing to create 'warm.' As the energy balances, tensions soften, and the mind begins to slow down its relentless seeking.
Most of our held energy is in the belly, or in the three lower energy centers. As a rule, we don't breathe into the belly, and our attention rarely settles there, unless there is pain. In Kum Nye practice, if we open up the belly energy first, it might overwhelm us, creating anxiety or confusion. We therefore open the throat center through various practices, and then balance the energies in the heart.
The process of releasing tension in the belly is gradual, but the results can be felt right away. We develop a 'good feeling', a greater sense of wholeness and feel nourished from the inside. Gradually, 'Hunter's Eyes' soften, and our senses are two way channels, looking both inward and outward with equanimity.
Don McGinnis teaches Kum Nye classes in Victoria, Duncan, and on Salt Spring Island. For full schedule, visit his website at movingpresence.center. For more information contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 250-897-5576.