Thursday, April 28, 2011

Neuro-Endocrinal Radiance

Rediscovered the little article I ripped the following paragraphs from in drawer today. 

Re-emerging. Returning.

"Kundalini/pranic awakening and its cross-tradition similars - the spontaneous spinal rockings known in Judaism as davening and in Sufism as zikr; the 'taken over' gyrations of gospel 'holy ghost' shaking and dancing and charismatic/pentacostal "mani-festations"; the Dionysian 'revel'; Quakerism's and Shakerism's autonomic quaking and shaking; Tai Chi guided by chi itself; the shamanic trance-dance; Buddhism's and raja yoga's effortless 'straight back' (uju-kaya) meditation; the yogically derived ecstatic belly dance and flamenco; and even the full-bodied, spontaneous Reichian 'reflex' - literally embody the spiritual path. 

"The 'path' is the cerebrospinal tract, and its neuro-endocrinal radiance outward to every cell of the body. To 'move' forward on this path in the most maturing way, the most 'dharmic' way, is to move the body from the energetic dimension that I hope is conveyed by the above-listed spiritual phenomena. In such moving, the volitional will and the mind remain meditatively spellbound. The intelligence of kundalini/prana - or could we say DNA? - moves the body, or something even more subtle within DNA: the Mother Herself.

"In this yogic ritual we encounter the unity of the emotionally ecstatic and physically expressive with the serenely meditative. Instead of postural forms (static asana, immobile seated positions) taking preeminence in the bodily worship, it is the individual animating spirit that takes preeminence - as in the above-mentioned cross-tradition examples. Meditative oneness is easy. It is the spontaneous result of having 'danced before God with all of one's might.'

"Think of energetically guided yoga as a slipping into the tawny currents of 'the wild' - as in 'wild' flowers, or sahaja, innately arising, but not as 'anything goes' chaos. This natural wildness is what adult worldliness domesticates, if not represses. Thus, kundalini has always been an idealistically revolutionary force, just as the vitality of adolescence is idealistically revolutionary.

"Ecstatic tremors and quiverings moved by deep joy and longings for Goddess/God could become the basis for a new - but very old - type of yoga class, one that no doubt predates the Pashupatis by many thousands of years. The mystery of the stilled mind in the organically moving body must be rediscovered: asana as the original, nonchoreographed, ecstatic Dance of Shiva."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Worn Out Patterns

Where have I been? Involuntarily unplugged.

The nervous system, however, is still down.

"In astrology, the Saturn return is a phenomenon which is described as influencing a person's life development at 27 to 29 or 30-year intervals. These intervals or "returns" coincide with the approximate time it takes the planet Saturn to make one orbit around the sun, i.e. 28½ years. It is believed by astrologers that, as Saturn "returns" to the degree in its orbit occupied at the time of birth, a person crosses over a major threshold and enters the next stage of life. With the first Saturn return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second return, maturity. And with the third and usually final return, a person enters wise old age. These periods are estimated to occur at roughly the ages of 27-30, 58-60, 86-88 and so on.

"The first Saturn return is most significant because it represents the first test of character and the structures a person has built his life upon. According to traditions, should these structures be unsound, or if a person is living out of touch with his true values, the Saturn return will be a time of upheaval and limitations as Saturn forces him to jettison old concepts and worn out patterns of living. It is not uncommon for relationships and jobs to end during this time of life restructuring and revaluation.

"The planet Saturn represents many archetypes, such as Father Time, the Grim Reaper and his scythe, Chronos, and the Lord of Karma and teacher. It is the ruler of limitations, fears, seriousness, responsibilities, burdens, and lessons."