What is life energy attunement?
Openhand Practice is a powerful way of attuning to universal life energy. What is meant by this and why is it important?
Imagine I have two tuning forks standing next to one another and I strike one to create a note. Without touching the other, it too will begin to play its own note. This is called 'resonance'. When one thing begins to resonate at the natural frequency of another, it sets up a powerful chain reaction...
Higher consciousness is continually playing us 'harmonics of musical notes' which can be felt as subtle vibrations within the body. Their purpose is to help us evolve more quickly.
How does this work?
Put simply, within us there are two categories of consciousness: that which forms the body/mind which we may call ‘separation consciousness’ and that which we may call ‘unity consciousness’ connecting us to the conscious life force in all things.
You could call the unity consciousness the ‘higher self’. Our journey of evolution is about making the transition from bodymind consciousness - separation consciousness - to unity consciousness.
We can witness this opposing dynamic in every moment in the choices we make. They tend to fall into two categories: choices made from the belief in our separation, and those made by a pull to taste higher unity.
The first category of choices are fear based ones; “if I don’t go to work today I might loose my job and not be able to pay the rent”. In other words we don’t trust that if we tune in and follow the direction of unity consciousness we will receive EXACTLY what we need to be who we are.
The second category of choices comes from a place of love inviting us to express our unity with all things; for example something as simple as giving a car parking space to someone else even though we maybe late for an appointment.
If we follow the fear based choices, we create tightness in the mind arising from lack of trust. Stress builds as we begin to compete with others for the things we think we need or desire.
Contrary to popular belief, the mind exists not just somewhere in the head, it exists in EVERY cell of the body. If we are creating stress through our thoughts, then we will replicate that stress throughout the body.
Stress causes tightness strangling the very life energy from our billions of cells. Consequently we tend to identify with tight cells rather than loving unity consciousness. You could look at it this way; our being is an orchestra of activity where the more subtle instruments such as the flute and the piccolo are being drowned out by the base drum.
So how do I tune into the subtle vibrations?
The key is to turn down the noise of the base drum and pick up the subtler frequencies. In the beginning these might be very difficult to pick up because for many of us, they’ve been drowned out for so long. Openhand Meditation in movement however is a powerful means of helping us do this.
Once we've noticed the vibrations, attunement' or 'entrainment' is actually quite straightforward but again requires persistence. If we keep noticing the vibrations and feelings, simply by bringing our attention to them will cause constructive resonance - the vibrations are guidances which we intensify simply when we notice them.
Here at Openhand we have come up with a nemonic - way of remembering - for how to attune to universal life energy. It is "OPEN". The 'O' stands for moving into the place of the observer of ourselves and thereby watching and feeling what's happening for us without identifying with any of the effects - removing the aspect of need for something to happen.
The 'P' stands for play - we play with the movement of energy. The 'E' stands for entrainment which means following those movements or experiences which seem to intensify the energy flowing through us.
Finally the 'N' stands for noticing. We notice what effect the entrainment is having. These could be any of the following:
* an acceleration or deepening of the breath
* vibrations in the fingers or around the body
* pulsing in the palms of the hands
* feelings of heat or warmth in various locations
* coldness or the sensation of drafts
* feelings of expansiveness
* deepening or stronger resonance of the voice
* feeling sounds not just hearing them
* intensification of colour tones and brightness
In the beginning the effects may be barely noticeable but they get stronger over time.
The outcome is to change the very nature of our cell structure as the tightness begins to release. As we know, what we are being on the inside is reflected on the outside through our experiences. So as we begin to process this inner tightness, events will occur in our lives to highlight where the tightness came from - struggling to find a parking space for example. Then in that moment where previously we might have made the lower choice - that based on our fears - we now have the opportunity once again to express instead the higher choice, the one based on love and unity.
Where does the path of love lead us?
Initially the path of greater harmony leads to much greater sense of inner peace as we let go of our identification with the external drama. The effects get even more more profound however if we continue to persevere.
Firstly we begin to change the entire cell structure of our bodies as we begin to perform inner alchemy. This brings with it may types of new skills like advanced intuition, clairvoyance, telepathy etc. etc.
The more we follow this path, eventually something else occurs which we may call ‘the transfiguration’ where we actually sense becoming unity consciousness - the soul or true self - bringing an overwhelming sense of joy and at-one-ment with the whole of life.
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