Inner body awareness is not only a foundational practice of well being and health but also:-
- A magical Gateway to Divine Presence and
- A Guidance System that keeps you on Purpose.
- Connects you to Your Untapped Potential and Prosperity.
- Awakens the Healing Force Within YOU.
The practice of inner body awareness is the foundational step on the longest and shortest journey. This is the journey that each and everyone is destined to go on.
It is the journey of moving from the head to the Deep Heart’s Core.
The practice of Inner Body Awareness take you on an adventure from:-
- Knowledge into Knowing and Wisdom.
- Belief into that which is Beyond Belief.
- Listening to the Guidance from the Deep Heart’s Core
- Awakening the Force that is Within You
Awakening the Force Begins with Y-E-S
Awakening the Force Begins with YOU
In the journey called Education, if your experience is like mine, does not teach you how to listen to your true Self.
Inner body awareness is a practice whereby you listen to your personal YES. In the listening, learning, living and loving that is The word Y-E-S stands for:-
You learn how to feel into the energy that guides you and gives your life direction. This allows you to follow the call to adventure that is your Soul Purpose.
Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it – Gautama Buddha
This is not something you create but that you allow to be created through you.
Inner Body Awareness and The Power of NOW
In this article I am going to take some passages by Eckhart Tolle from his book The Power of Now and share these with the intention that you use this technique to strengthen your physical and psychological immunity.
In this way you can invite a deeper sense of Presence within your everyday life. At the end of the article I include a link to a FREE audio recording Breathing for Life that you can use to support your practice of health and well being.
Eckhart Tolle writes:
Another benefit of this practice in the physical realm is a great strengthening of the immune system which occurs when you inhabit the body. The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes. It is as if every cell awakens and rejoices. The body loves your attention. It is also a potent form of self-healing.
A Simple Practice for Maintaining Health
The problem with this practice of body awareness, or what I refer to as body scanning, is that it is so simple.
All you have to do, in the words of the poet Mary Oliver, is to
Allow the soft animal of your body love what it loves – from Wild Geese.
Body scanning is a simple practice that you can do each and every day in order to strengthen your physical immune system. It doesn’t cost you any money.
It costs you the time you need to do it but over time it invites the deeper awareness and experience of the Timelessness within you.
This ensures that you are protected from illness and assists in healing in other ways.
We are not used to rejoicing in the body. Collectively speaking, we have demonised the body and this is especially true of woman’s body.
We see this in the obsession with the right body shape image, which makes us focus on what is wrong with the body rather than focus on the invitation to radiance that arises from the awareness of the inner body that is connected to joy.
This direct awareness of the inner body is what the Master Jesus meant when he said
Then he said, “I tell you with certainty, unless you change and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.
-Matthew 18:3. New International Standard Version
Inhabit Your Whole Body and Not Just Your Head
Eckhart Tolle tells us that
The body loves attention. It is also a potent form of self-healing.
We spend so much time living in what Mike Scott of The Waterboys refers to as “the cave of our skull.” We do not Live from Presence but from thought. Our life is mostly a life that is ’thinking about.’
It is mostly 95% repetitive and, metaphorically speaking, consists of moving the chairs around the Titanic’s deck. The Titanic here is a representation of the separate self that is so distanced from the presence of the true Self that it is headed for disaster.
Most illnesses creep in when you are not present in the body. If the master is not present in the house, all kinds of shady characters will take up residence there.
When you inhabit your body it will be hard for unwanted guests to enter.
Not being present to the body is the norm except that one spends time trying to make the body into the body beautiful or the perfect body which is an attachment to image rather than a Practice of Presence.
The practice of Hatha yoga, which is the yoga of the body, is the technique that was developed in order to bring union (the meaning of yoga) of the dimensions of earth and heaven, the dimension of human with being, the union of form with the formless.
Practice Allowing the Body to Love What it Loves
The ‘master of the house’ is the function of your solar plexus or third chakra dynamic. This will is required to be focused on the present moment. What takes you into the present moment is the focus on being present in the body.
You cannot think, you cannot worry, if you are using your personal will in a body awareness practice.
This does not mean you will not be distracted by the movements within the mind but the practice of gentle awareness is a technique of simply returning to the practice of allowing the body to love what it loves.
The shady characters that turn up in your house are those aspects of yourself you do not love and spend time in getting rid of rather than spend time integrating.
This integration is the proper use of the personal power chakra (3rd chakra) which is the chakra that becomes aligned in the service of Love’s purpose. This work of integration is shadow work.
This is the work of alchemy whereby one transforms lead to gold. One learns to allow and forgive those unloved guests in your ‘house.’ Rumi says this beautifully in this poem.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
translation by Coleman Barks
Television – Programming You for the Dark Side
Even when unwanted guests such as thoughts of unworthiness or self-loathing, one learns with practice to return to the body and to the inner body.
You cannot keep these thoughts going and be present within the body at the same time. Over time such thoughts begin to lessen and you become more present to , in the words of Mary Oliver, “your one wild and precious life.”
It is not only your physical immune system that becomes strengthened; your psychic immune system is greatly enhanced as well. The latter protects you from the negative mental-emotional force fields of others, which is highly contagious.
Read your average newspaper, watch the average television program and you are, in effect, introducing into your energy field a negative force field.
This negative force field is what Eckhart Tolle calls the collective pain body. You are not immune from this negative force field because consciousness is all around and within you.
The choice is yours to be a part of this fear based system that is practiced by few in the interests of the many.
Feel the Force – No Resistance Required
This fear is highly contagious. When I travel to the USA on occasion the collective sense of fear is more palpable than it is in my homeland of Northern Ireland.
You need to protect your self psychologically from this collective focus on being afraid. The foundational way in which you do this is through the simple daily practice of body scanning.
Inhabiting the body protects you not by putting up a shield, but by raising the frequency vibration of your total energy field – so that anything that vibrates at a lower frequency such as fear, anger, depression and so on, exists in what is virtually a different order of reality.
Here is sage advice.
You are protected not by putting up a shield but by raising your vibratory rate. This does not mean that you will have ultimate protection.
It does not mean that you will not at some point you will experience the dissolution of the body. It does mean that you will become more deeply aware of what connects the body and what lives beyond the body.
Eckhart Tolle tells us
It doesn’t enter your field of consciousness anymore, or if it does you don’t need to offer any resistance to it because it passes right through you. Please don’t just accept what I am saying. Put it to the test.
Infinite Patience Brings Instant Results
The problem for modern man, particularly Western man, is that he expects instant results. This work of consciousness raising is subtle and refined work.
It is opposite to the focus on gross materialism and pleasure seeking through ever more stimulating forms of entertainment. This is a journey within and a slow, patient unknowing kind of adventure.
The approach to inner body awareness is evoked in the proverb
Infinite patience brings instant results.
With the focus on sensing the inner body you are working with invisible energies of the subtle body.
The test will be in how you feel but this takes time unless you are graced entry into the timeless whereupon you will know the experience of truly coming alive.
This is the kind of aliveness experienced by small children who radiate their life force from an open-hearted connection to source through the body. So let us now enter this practice of body awareness.
There is a simple but powerful self-healing meditation that you can do whenever you feel the need to boost your immune system.
It is particularly effective if used when you feel the first symptoms of an illness, but it works with illnesses that are already entrenched if you use it at frequent intervals and with intense focus.
It will also counteract any disruption of your energy field by some form of negativity.
However, it is not a substitute for moment-to-moment practice of being in the body; otherwise, its effect will only be temporary.
Flood Your Body With Consciousness
The opening of this paragraph is really a warning. It says that it is a simple technique. Therein lies the danger of dismissing its power.
The mind wants something more, something more exciting, advanced, not quite so boring or so subtle. It works to the extent that you work at it and the degree to which you focus your attention and to the degree to which you practice it at regular intervals.
This is particularly the case if you have a long-standing illness.
When you are unoccupied for a few minutes, and especially last thing at night before falling asleep and first thing in the morning before getting up, “flood your body with consciousness.”
Close your eyes, Lie flat on your back. Choose different parts of your body to focus your attention on briefly at first.
This takes from ten to twenty minutes out of your day, but will extend your life and expand your personal sense of time.
It will, over time, slow down time because over time it slows thought, which it linked to time.
You will, over time, access what is a deep body wisdom which I referred to as ‘in-formation’ rather than information.
Become Truely WELL Informed
This is where you are deeply informed by being present to and within the body. This is not just more information, which is cerebral, more ‘thinking about’; it is knowing what arises from the body.
This makes you truly in-formed. This is real education and arises from an inner knowing that is holistic and direct; it gives you a sense of knowing who and why you are.
This strengthens your psychological immune system because you are not so subject to doubt about the meaning and purpose of your life.
What you might expect of this practice over time is that during the day you will at times be much more body conscious. This is not the neurotic or narcisstic body awareness promoted by the cult of the body beautiful.
It will arise wholly from within your body. It will begin to impact your posture. You will walk taller and straighter. You will, in a very real way, become an upstanding citizen.
If you do sedentary work at a desk you will become more aware of how you sit. You will slouch less and this will impact your health through your breathing.
Choose different parts of your body to focus your attention on briefly at first: hands, feet, arms, legs, abdomen, chest, and so on. Feel the life energy inside these parts as intensely as y ou can. Stay with each part for fifteen seconds or so.
Over time you can work in a very systematic way from head to toe. When Eckhart Tolle asks that you feel the life energy inside those parts as intensely as you can there is no forcing and no tension.
The intensity of focus of concentration, like a shining light that becomes more penetrating, is in no way forced. He gives a time of fifteen seconds. This is a long time for the average Western mind to remain focused on something as subtle as life energy within the body.
Start with a shorter time if need be and work up to this longer period of fifteen seconds even if fifteen seconds does appear a very short period of time.
Move into Thinking Without Thinking
Then let your attention run through the body like a wave a few times from feet to head and back again. This need only take a minute or so.
This is the second part of the exercise. I like to imagine my self having a warm shower that washes me down from the inside rather than on the outside.
This follows the more intense focus on the various parts of the body, which over time you can do systematically from the top of the head to the toes of your feet. Then we come to the final, third step.
After that, feel the inner body in its totality, as a single field of energy. Hold that feeling for a few minutes. Be intensely present during that time, present in every cell of your body.
There is no movement here. There is only focus on the sense of awareness within the total form of the body. This is no ‘thinking about’ what this feels like.
There is only feeling what it feels like. You are not in a competition. There is no race against time. Paradoxically, the less you try the more likely you are to move beyond the race of time into a sense of your Ageless Presence.
Inner Body Awareness Mediation Download
Don’t be concerned if the mind occasionally succeeds in drawing your attention out of the body and you lose yourself in some thought. As soon as you notice that this has happened just return to the inner body.
Please note: You will be distracted.
A focus of fifteen seconds may not sound very long to a sage such as Eckhart Tolle but for the average distracted Westerner this is probably equivalent to eternity.
One should expect to be distracted by the mind because the mind is like a monkey on a chain; it goes everywhere other than be present in the moment.
You have not failed simply because you find that your mind has wandered off to ‘think about’ whether you have enough time to juggle with the tasks that are part and parcel of your everyday life situation.
The extent to which you notice that your mind has wandered means that you have become attentive and present.
Don’t into a success versus failure mindset! Don’t entertain thoughts like “I’m not good at this.” Be gentle. Be kind. You are at the cutting edge of evolution here.
You are, as Eckhart Tolle says in the Power of Now, awakening from the dream of form, the separate sense of self.
The paradox is this. You awaken from the dream of form by being well in-formed and fully present in the form called the body. In this simple practice you follow the invitation that opens The Power of Now.
You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. This is how important you are.
Awaken the Force Within with Guided Meditation
Guided Meditation for Whole Body Awareness?
I have researched and listened to a good deal of body awareness guided meditations. This guided meditation for whole body awareness I consider one of the best there is.
I value this recording because it is:-
- Professional recorded with no distracting sounds (as with too many presentations)
- Calming and powerful feminine voice of the presenter which instills real confidence. (very important in guided meditations)
- Valuable preparatory instructions for the practice of whole body awareness.
- Great opening guidance on facial awareness (we all hold unrecognized tension in our face).
- Full guidance into whole-body awareness
- Period of silence (absolutely important)
- Closing affirmation and return to outer awareness.
This guided mediation gives you a great experience of what body scanning feels like and what inner body awareness feels like. This is the gateway into the magic of Presence. I recommend that you listen to it as and when you need a boost of real energy.
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