Why Active Meditation

By Dhara Lemos

{Dhara will be giving her “Active Meditation Class” again and will be limited

so visit her website at www.DharaLemos.com for more information after you read “Why Active Meditation?}

 

Dhara LemosIn today’s fast-paced world it is easy to lose sight of the fact that man is a very new phenomenon. By that I mean that in more ancient times, when most meditations were created, our center of consciousness was situated in different areas. In Patanjali’s days (circa 150 BCE) our center was in the heart area and before that even lower. Now our center of consciousness is situated in the brain area, which is why so many teachings that focus on information, such as Krishnamurti for instance, have such an appeal. The problem with this is we end up accumulating more information for the mind but little, if any, transformation happens.

 

 

This is where active-chaotic meditations come in. By using a chaotic method we push the center of awareness/consciousness down to the heart center. The reason is that if we use any type of system the brain will hold on to it, but with nothing to hold onto the brain will eventually let go. It’s at this point we feel our awareness transform and enter into “no mind.” To experience awareness with no thoughts is truly an experience that will transform the way you view reality and everyday life.

Our brain dominates our lives and in the process has suppressed our heart center. At this point, catharsis is needed to release the heart and let our awareness drop even lower, to our navel area. As many of you probably know, the navel area is the source of our energy that feeds our body and mind. It is from this area that any transformation is possible. It is from this area that we sometimes find ourselves reacting to emergencies. For instance, someone runs out in front of you while you’re driving; you apply the brakes before you ever think about applying them. It’s in this area, the “hara,” that our energy source resides and it’s from this area that our creativity stems. The trick is getting there, past the mind, and the only way to do that is by escaping the mental traps that depend on the process of logic and systems. To even “think” that we can escape our thinking mind by suppressing thought is a trap.

The ancient methods used by Buddha, Krishna, or Mahavira were relevant in their times but we live in an entirely different world with entirely different energetic dynamics. The sun emanates a different radiation now, the earth resonates a different pulse, the atmosphere, environment, and social order all are different in the 21st century, and so are the requirements of meditations that are meant to transform our consciousness.

From the Key Notes Lecture:

  • Dhara has spent many years learning therapeutic healing and active meditation techniques.
  • She has practiced meditation for more than 25 years in India, Brazil, Germany, England, and in the United States, where she lives in Chico, CA.
  • These meditations are a blending of Eastern meditation and Western movement therapies such as bioenergetics and somatic therapies.
  • Many of these meditations were first developed by OSHO, Dhara’s teacher from India.

What is Active Meditation?

This active mediation is the tantric pathway

the feminine way, which is to not fight

but accept who you are now.

Acceptance, no judgment,

is the light that we need to transform ourselves.

Using active meditation techniques helps

release and balance blocked energy,

connect with higher frequencies,

and open our awareness.

Rather than react to the old beliefs that condition us, we can become aware and begin to transform into a more conscious self.

Active Meditations were the creation of OSHO at the end of the 1960s, when he realized that most Westerners had a difficult time sitting still while he was teaching them traditional meditation techniques.

Mind-Body Relationship

He found that when you work the body first,

physical stress is released and the mind follows.

Less Physical Stress = Less Mental Chatter

Meditation Consists of Four Stages

The first two stages are active to tune the body and mind in preparation for the last two stages, in which true meditation can actually “happen

 

Kundalini Shake (Standing or Sitting)

With the same start position, feet apart, body relaxed, let the legs shake and send

vibrations up through the body. Relax pelvis to the shoulders, slightly open the

jaw and allow sound to come forth to release energy blocks. When the music

stops, stand still and feel the pulse of your life.

 

Humming Vibration (Sitting)

Sit in a comfortable upright position. Repeat the sound “Hum” to vibrate your

spinal tube at your own pace with a tone that is comfortable for you but loud

enough to vibrate. This is a tantra meditation, so welcome and watch your

thoughts. There are no good or bad thoughts—just be the watcher.

 

Lucid Dreaming (Lying Down)

Lying down with your back on the floor, just let go and melt into the earth.

At this point, you don’t need to do anything, but if your mind wanders, let it

wander. If you fall asleep, welcome your lucid dreams. As the music ends, gently

stretch, sit up, open your eyes, and enjoy your day!

The other fundamental change is in the breathing. While much is known about the chemical changes brought on by stress, very little is known about the breathing changes. This is surprising, because while chemical studies are complicated, expensive, and often painful for the patient, examining the breathing could hardly be easier. And these chemical changes that are measured lie almost completely outside the conscious domain. Do any of us have any idea what our current cortisol levels might be? So, even if abnormalities are found, there is not much the patient can do about them. Breathing can be either spontaneous and natural, an organic response to the moment, or it can be habitual, mechanical, and reactive—the result of a lifetime’s emotional experiences, laid down like rings on a tree. Watching the breath was Gautama the Buddha’s basic insistence, en route to meditation, to consciousness.