WATER MODULE

PART II: AWAKENING PRACTICES
LESSON 1: Meditation Practices

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LESSON SUMMARY

Lesson 1: Guided Meditation Practices

In this lessons you’ll experience four guided meditations to explore ways you can experience the awake wisdom qualities of water.  Water is not only our true nature’s awakened expression of compassion, it is the very essence of our openness, kindness, bliss, and ability to unconditionally accept and receive one another. Water is the lived truth of interconnectedness.

LESSON CONTENT

The Felt Sense And The Ocean of Love

We will tap into the atmosphere of kindness, this kindness that is not exclusive, as it is for everyone and everything where we realize nothing is wrong with us finding the parts of us that have received judgment and rejection and instead we will come into deep connection with every aspect of our being.

 

"Let your body drop letting go into relaxation and notice that it is simultaneously awake and bright, and absolutely here. In no way does awareness dim as the body relaxes but the more you surrender the ‘doer’ everything brightens.”


Listen to the ‘Felt Sense’ Meditation where you are guided into the awareness that combines the direct sensations of the body with the ability to feel as this meditation will take you into an exploration of the awake and simultaneous qualities of water as you practice having a direct felt sense of the all pervasive field of love.

As you become aware of the felt sense, slowing down enough to listen to the movement of sensations and energy in the body you can begin to notice an awareness that is both deeply relaxed and also bright, warm, and boundlessly unconditional.

 

PRACTICE #1: The ‘Felt Sense’ Meditation
  1. Feel Your Body: Take a moment, feel your body, allow awareness to be felt in the body field, the felt sense that is aware and can feel the body.
  2. Notice Your Ordinary Mind: Notice the ‘Ordinary Mind’.  Feel when your awareness is localized in the head.  Notice the tendency to think  about the past or worry about the future or judge sensations as good or bad.
  3. Contrast “Ordinary” mind with Subtle Awareness Based knowing: Next, feel what it’s like to unhook or unmerge from this local thought-based knowing into awareness based knowing.  Allow awareness to be felt in the body field and notice the contrast between ‘Ordinary Mind’ and awareness.
  4. Feel The Felt Sense of the Body Field: Dive into the belly, feeling and experiencing it from the inside dropping awareness into the ‘felt sense’ and intimacy with your own sensation.
  5. Surrender & Allow: Allow sensation to be what it is surrender and allow whatever's here without trying to change it.  Notice the contrast of the pace of the ordinary mind and of thought and the pacing of sensation and the felt sense of the body.  Listen to the movement of sensation and the movement of energy. Notice the slowing down.  Feel how deeply you can relax.
  6. Relax & Awaken Into Simultaneous Mind: Let your body drop letting go into relaxation, Perhaps noticing that your body has no edges. Where is the limit of my Body? Notice that it is simultaneously awake and bright, and absolutely here and everywhere.. In no way does awareness dim as the body relaxes but the more you surrender the ‘doer’ everything brightens.
  7. Notice Agendaless Acceptance: Notice the safety in the presence of this awareness that is awake, agendaless and accepts everything as it is. Notice that you're hypervigilant parts can actually relax into this awareness.
  8. Feel The Unconditional Ocean of Love: Relax into this unconditional, warm, ocean of awareness that is an all pervasive love.
  9. Feel The Interconnectedness: Notice that this awareness is also loving, warm, and kind.  We are held by it and also made of it, not separate from it.  Each simultaneously an ocean and a wave, interconnected and eternal like the ocean and we are rising as a unique wave of this ocean.
  10. Send A Reminder To Your Body: Begin to rub your hands together.  That ocean of love is not different than your hands that are made of the same substance.  Just notice if your hands want to touch any part of your body to offer a little reminder.
  11. Notice You Are The Ocean of Love: Notice when you are touching your body, your body is not an object, your body's made of the ocean of love. And that your body may appear to have edges but your body is saturated with the same substance as this ocean of love.
  12. Feel The One Body: Wiggle your body that's made of the ocean interconnected with all the other bodies. Can you feel that we are actually in one body, as a group made up of many bodies?
  13. Repeat Meditation: Repeat this ‘Felt Sense’ meditation at least 3 times this week.
  14. Submit Your Practice: Once you do, submit your practice in the form below to earn credit towards your Water Module Apprentice Badge.

 

 

Realization of Fullness Through The Belly

In this practice we’ll be diving into the belly to notice the infinite warm viscous energy that is loving, unconditional and always emanating through you.

 

“We must work through that which veils us from what has always been here and from who we truly are. We need to increase the energy richness in our bellies.  In the shadow distortion of water called the 'oral process' we have a tendency to believe that there's not enough, which has us allow all the energy to drain out of our bodies..”


PRACTICE#2: 'Realization of Fullness Through The Belly' Guided Meditation Practice
  1. Locate Your Ordinary Mind: Locate the sensation of ordinary mind.  Feel what it feels like to get localized in your head “this is me”, head-based thought-based me.  It is often a dense, local, thought-based knowing.
  2. Unhook Into Subtle Mind: Unmerge from the mini-me into awareness-based knowing and notice that shift, and go back and forth. Just for contrast, go into the mini-me look out from the mini-me's eyes then unhook to ‘I'm the awareness of the mini-me I am not the mini-me’ unhook into a spacious quality.
  3. Dive Into the Belly: Become awareness having a direct experience of belly from within.  if thoughts, keep coming direct them back to the belly. What's the texture here? What's the quality? Feel the soft, viscousy quality of this level of energy.
  4. Laugh: See what happens when you laugh and what that does to the energy in the belly? Increase the energy richness of the belly, the 2nd chakra.  We need to increase the energy richness in our bellies because in the oral process we tend to believe there’s not enough and we let all the energy drain out of our bodies.  Focusing on the laughter we are bringing in the bubbling energy of water.
  5. Expand Into Simultaneous Mind: Feel energy just around your body and notice that this saturated energy is not just in your belly, it's actually the waters that we are in. Feel this larger, viscous, infinite, warm interconnected field that's everywhere.  It’s a rich, infinity of energy in endless supply. It's not a personal energy.  Do you still think that there's a local me that's aware of this ocean? If so, shift the view and realize that you are aware of the ocean from the everywhere that just happens to have a local body.
  6. Notice the quality of love: There is an eternal love that never comes or goes that embraces everything we think and feel, without condition.  This love is here for all the parts of us and is literally the substance we are made of saturating everything. It is the animating force.
  7. Bring your hands to your heart and your belly:  Notice this eternal love is also emanating from your body and from the space of your heart.
  8. Open your eyes: See the entire group at once is made of love.  Pick one being and view them, notice the absolute exquisite preciousness of this being.  This is awareness touching essence
  9. Embrace all parts: Embrace all the parts, the ugly parts, the beautiful parts, the angry parts, just allow awareness.  We're in the realization of that truth, that no part is left out. out No part is excluded. No part is exiled. All parts of us included, held.
  10. Receive the medicine: In the offering to your altar you're opening your hands signifying your willingness to receive.
  11. Repeat Meditation: Repeat this ‘Felt Sense’ meditation at least 3 times this week.
  12. Submit Your Practice: Once you do, submit your practice in the form below to earn credit towards your Water Module Apprentice Badge.

 

Allowing Intelligence To Be The Mover 

In this practice we’ll be exploring the body’s own intelligence and allow ourselves to be moved by that.  We’ll notice the atmosphere of kindness all around us that let’s us realize there was nothing ever wrong with us.  A place where all parts of us are held.

 

“The idea that there was something wrong with you has always been a delusion. It's just some other person's conditioned mind that you adopted and then made it your mind.“

 

PRACTICE #3: Allowing Intelligence To Be The Mover Meditation
  1. Wiggle the body with the personal will:  Notice if it’s a top down will where I'm commanding my body to move or is there something where my body has an intelligence that knows exactly how it wants to wake up? “I should move my knee, I should move my shoulder.”
  2. Move from the intelligence: What happens if the wiggling comes from something that wants to move itself.  I'm supposed to wiggle and then contrast it with that intelligence that knows just.  The awareness within the body becomes the mover.
  3. Pleasure is the feedback: We’re using our felt sense, a wisdom quality of water and the feedback of the felt sense is pleasure using good feeling as a guide.  You don't have to dominate your body. In fact, you can follow your body's wisdom.
  4. Notice the tendency to want to fit in: Notice, if you feel a pressure to look like someone else and then go back to following this intelligence.  Is there a rule that you have to maintain something that looks normal. 
  5. Give your body permission: Keep being courageous to go beyond the borders of normalcy.  How much pleasure and goodness can you allow? Notice that there isn't a rule.  It comes from really, really attuning, which is also a water skill, feel and listen moment by moment.
  6. Touch your skin: There's nothing inappropriate about being able to touch your own skin. instead of judging the tension as your enemy.  How can you bring kindness to attention consideration? Openness? How can you receive the story or the felt sense of the tension
  7. Allow sound: What if you were allowed to breathe and you were allowed to make any sound, whether the sound made sense or sounded silly?
  8. Allow sexual energy: What if your sexual energy was just one part of your beautiful rainbow and it was allowed?
  9. Allow your emotional energy:  What if all your emotional energies, anger, grief, numbness, what if everything was actually allowed in that trusting that it has an intelligence that it knows how to discharge its emotions when given full permission.
  10. Realize there’s nothing wrong with you: The idea that there was something wrong with you has always been a delusion. It's just some other person's conditioned mind that you adopted and then made it your mind. 
  11. Love every aspect of your body:  Find the part of your body that has been receiving judgment from you, your culture. Maybe you reject the shape of your body. Maybe you reject the strength or the weakness of your body.  Come into connection and love every aspect.  What if all those parts also deserve love
  12. Find your real pacing: If you were to listen and follow your body's rhythm, if your energy had its own movement. What is the rhythm that comes from your own rhythm? What is the pulse?
  13. Realize there was never anything wrong with you:  What if all the parts of you are as innocent as any child and deserve your love,  understanding, empathy, and care. No one is excluded. Not our violent parts, not our vulnerable parts.
  14. Notice the atmosphere of kindness: There is an atmosphere of kindness. Notice what it feels like and notice your bodies response.  It is an infinite kindness that has no beginning and has no end. This kindness is not exclusive it is kindness is for everyone, everything.  Recognize kindness as the truth beyond the clouds of all the pain.
  15. Open your eyes softly:   Let your eyes remain soft. Sometimes our eyes get wired with the protectors or look for danger or look for detail.  It's easy to feel the atmosphere of kindness that actually permeates everything. By your awareness, recognizing it, you're helping other beings wake up to it.
  16. Repeat Meditation: Repeat this ‘Felt Sense’ meditation at least 3 times this week.
  17. Submit Your Practice: Once you do, submit your practice in the form below to earn credit towards your Water Module Apprentice Badge.

 

 

Downloadable Content


WATER MODULE WORKBOOK PART II AWAKENING PRACTICES

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APPRENTICE PRACTICES

LAI Course Badges - Water Apprentice

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Guided Meditation Practices

Listen to 3 meditations from this lesson and follow the instructions above where you will be guided into the awareness that combines the direct sensations of the body with the ability to feel as this meditation will take you into an exploration of the awake and simultaneous qualities of water as you practice having a direct felt sense of the pervasive field of love.

 

  1. 'Felt Sense' Meditation Practice
  2. 'Fullness Through the Belly' Practice
  3. 'Allowing Intelligence to be the Mover' Practice

 

Lesson Objectives

Water Badges:

You've earned out of 3 Water Badges

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  WATER BENDER

  APPRENTICE

[simple_tooltip content='Earning the Water Practitioner Badge means you have done 12 mini sessions received at least 3 sessions and given 10 Water Bending Sessions.'][/simple_tooltip]
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  WATER BENDER

  PRACTITIONER

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