Energized Meditation for Everyone :-)

Paul Hughes (organix@hotmail.com)
Mon, 09 Feb 1998 01:01:14 PST

Since I have gotten so *many* responses for more info on EM, I will
post what I have written so far-

Keep in mind that what I'm posting here is enough to get everyone
started. As you progress with this technique you will eventually want
to adapt it to fit your own needs. Therefore I can give additional
advice to those on an individual level as to how you might progress if
this method works for you.


Energized meditation (EM) makes at least one assumption - that our
psychological states (Circuits 1 and 2) are synonymous with actual
physical tensions in the body. That these tensions are in fact the
neurosis and anxieties that we are all plagued with to some degree. So
the key to these techniques is to eliminate these tensions.

Over the years, I found dozens of ways to practice this technique, but
it all comes down to 2 basic things:

1) Maximizing the stimulation of bodily tensions through a liberal
application of exercising and stretching. This can be as simple as
waving and wagging your arms about in as many ways as you can for 5

2) Circular breathing - any speed you want. Although in most cases you
want to reserve rapid breathing for those times that a deep tension
seems ready to release itself. To do circular breathing, just make sure
that there are no pauses between your inhalations and exhalations. Keep
in mind there will be times during the warm up that we will do more
counted and controlled breathing.

These techniques can be very powerful. So I think we should play it
safe by starting with a less intense regiment. If you think your ready
to attack the deeper and more blocked tensions please let me know. I do
however recommend that if you haven't done any type of body or breath
work to stick with this first regiment for at least 3 months.

Although I can now utilize these techniques regardless of my condition,
I recommend that you start out by making sure your bladder and bowel are
empty and at least 2 hours have passed since your last meal. Also make
sure that you will have 30-45 minutes of little or no interruptions.

Note: The purpose of these exercises is to remove chronic muscle
tensions. You will experience "explosions" of energy and some clonisms
(tremors or shudders) if you do the exercises properly. Be prepared for
this and do not be afraid when it happens.

Step 1. Sit, lie down or stand up. Make faces - stretch all the muscles
in the face. Open your mouth as wide as you can, move the jaw from side
to side. At the same time open your eyes as wide as you can. Move your
eyes up and down and from side to side. This will begin to release
tension, thereby removing obsessive thoughts that lie hidden in these
areas. Make as many different faces as you can. Use a mirror if you
wish. Do this for 5 minutes.

Step 2. Hum and chatter - Hum from the depths of your belly. Use Om or
just Um. Do this for 1-2 minutes. Now stick your tongue out and
chatter DADA, MAMA, BABA. While doing this stick out your jaw as far as
you can and continue humming and chattering. Do this for 3 minutes.

Step 3. Pull your shoulders up as if you where trying to reach your
ears. Hold for several seconds feeling the strain then drop them as low
as you can. Repeat this for 2 minutes.

Step 4. With your mouth open take in a deep breath inflating your chest
and pulling your stomach in and up. Hold for a count of 5 and then just
let the chest fall and the belly relax. Repeat this 10 times allowing a
count of 7 to elapse before your next inhalation.

Step 5. Turn your head from side to side as slowly and as far as you
can. Try deep breathing in rhythm to your motion. Repeat for 1 minute.

Step 6. Lying down on your back, hold your legs about 4 inches off the
ground and stretch arms and legs outward. Hold this as long as you can
then let them drop. Repeat 2 times. (If this bothers your back, try
some kind of support - the key here is for your abdominal and leg
muscles to be stimulated).

Step 7. **This step is by far the most important part** With your
mouth slightly open breathe rapidly, sighing as you exhale. Do this for
2-3 minutes. When you finish and or you start to feel lightheaded or
dizzy slow your breathing down and lie on your back. For the next 15
minutes relax and enjoy the experience. Don't do anything other than
experience and feel your body as deeply as you can. If you feel your
about to shudder don't stop it, just let it happen and breathe it out.

Step 8. I'm a big believer in positive re-enforcement, so at this point
go treat yourself to your favorite desert or goodie. You deserve it!

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