THREE-PART MEDITATION


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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Inspired by Dreamwalker’s post on of Sogyal Rinpoche’s meditation advice (see Spirit Train Chronicles here), I did a 3-part meditation that I found quite fascinating. I’ll continue to use this technique for a while and see what kind of results I get. If you try it too, I’d love to hear about your experiences here, if you care to share them.

Sogyal mentions value in taking breaks during meditation. Short ones that only last a minute or so… and then we resume our meditation.

This prompted the idea of doing three ten-minute meditations, with a one minute break in between. And for each segment, I took a slightly different focus. To me they feel like a progression, so I enjoyed the sense of going deeper during each segment, and finding continuity within the 32-minute exercise.

Each segment features a variation of mindfulness or vipassana meditation, and the object that’s being watched is an aspect of the mind.

As I contemplate how this world, life, emotions, thoughts, experiences all arise from mind, I like to wonder (or remember) how much of it depends on relating to it all through the filter of a mind that currently appears attached to a body also seems attached to a world. How much does our body affect our mind?

Last night, for instance, as I was falling asleep I was wondering: If we did not grasp at our bodies and panic at the thought of leaving them, how would that affect how we interpret the phenomena we experience every day? In a way, that’s the goal of the Yoga of Sleep: to practice dying so that when that time comes for us, we don’t panic, but choose where we propel our minds as we leave our bodies.

So I think this 3-segment meditation idea offers a way to step through different levels of consciousness, adding to our kit of tools for moving through life.

Here’s what came to me to try:

  1. In the first segment, I did a physical body scan, noticing what sensations arose from inhabiting a body.

The mind that is connected to, bound with at this moment, a particular body, observes what arises to the mind as a result. Remembering what it “feels” like to be body-less (physically, at least), what is the difference? How heavy does it feel where it’s sitting? What does the hair (or lack of it) feel like, covering the head? How does the breath feel passing through the nostrils, the throat and into the lungs? Can I feel my breath in my lungs? Does my skin itch? If it’s not itching, can it be felt? Can I feel it holding everything together? Can I feel my pulse resonating through my torso and limbs?

And what do I hear? Eyes closed… What do I smell?

Dispassionate observation, keeping the mind moving rather than becoming distracted by hunger, stiff joints or wanting another sip of coffee (OMG, you drink coffee while meditating!?!?). Pretending I’m watching someone else’s body – not taking it personally. Hmmm… so that’s what it’s like…

Then, in my 1-minute break, I got my sip of coffee. Fantastic! How did that feel going down? And taste…? Like Sogyal Rinpoche implied, here’s another opportunity to carry the meditation observation forward. Turn on the computer; it’s got 10 minutes to start up. Restarting the connection to “out there”…

  1. In the second segment, I did an energy body scan, taking the 10 minutes to observe what appeared energetically, compared to the gross physical sensations.

This was tricky for me, because I’ve always felt quite self-conscious about detecting my chakras and meridians. Maybe I haven’t spent enough time on this kind of meditation to be able to distinguish them clearly. Where others describe wheels and flowers and spinning at the main chakras, I tend to get imagery and sensations that feel more like a bustling city, a deep ocean, a placid meadow, or an atomic bomb going off. This morning my left arm’s main meridian felt like a flat wide ribbon of many-colored bands, almost like ribbon-candy, streaming with flashes and currents of life. It was kind of cool, but I was a little distracted by looking for something more conventional.

But I’ll just let that go, and ride the ribbon-candy highway. I’ve about decided my anatomy’s not really human after all (she says humorously), so who knows, maybe it was a valid image…

Second break: more coffee, start up my programs on the laptop. Taking things in gradual steps seems to be a nice theme lately.

  1. In the third segment, I went searching for the Guides I connect with, and other “entities” I have come across at times. Where do they reside within my mind?

I tend to describe these energies, awarenesses, personalities that as being somewhat, somehow, separate from myself in terms of this world, body, space and time. I prefer to attribute them this way because it helps me organize, you might say. I carry a recognition that Heruka’s mind and mine share a lot of “space”, but it’s easier for me to hear His “words” as “His”, so that I’m not caught up in editing them as they arrive. If I thought they were mine, my goodness I don’t think I would ever post anything.

However, I often use a pendulum when I’m connecting. It acts as a filter to help me tune out the other (sometimes riff-raff) that also pops up from time to time.

This morning was the first time I’ve gone “looking” for Heruka by just sitting in meditation. I was also inviting whoever else wanted to show up – within reason. I didn’t want to receive information or ask questions – I just wanted to sit with “them”, perhaps get a new kind of glimpse or insight. Again, looking for that dispassionate observation. Just watch, without getting swept away into words or imagery. I wanted to notice how they arose.

This segment went very differently than the other two. It seemed there was nothing to hold onto, to identify and follow. I could sense lots of different “presences”, just sort of drifting around, but no clear “object” appeared (at least not in a conventional sense). In a way, that made this segment the most compelling of all; I feel left with a challenge, and I really want to get to the bottom of it.

When I arose from the meditations, I found that they stayed with me throughout the day more than my meditations usually do. I tend to attribute that to my being more personally curious about the objects than thinking there’s anything coming out of the meditation per se. But perhaps that’s all the same thing…

Postscript: Tuesday has arrived. I’ve tried this technique twice more, and find that it’s different each time. So for now, it feels like a nice journey to embark upon, at least for a little while. I’m still getting some very unusual perceptions whenever I’m looking for how things appear, especially my Guides.

I’m also noticing how much I presume about sensations and perceptions, based on what I’ve read about or learned in school. I’m using this technique to explore more of what it might be like to just land in a world and a body without acclimation, and try to detect, for instance, how the sound of what I consider to be the call of a bird, becomes just that, rather than random data flowing into the brain through the senses.

Mind is still a mystery. Thank goodness.

PROBLEM-SOLVING WITH HERUKA


(from Buddha Heruka)

The sub-conscious mind always knows what to do; the conscious mind interferes by introducing the  “problem-solving” mind into the process.

The problem-solving mind actually muddies the waters by putting forth options, possible outcomes, various points of view, and expectations.

It’s fine for the conscious mind to gather these considerations at the beginning of the decision-making process, but once they are gathered the sub-conscious mind never forgets them, so they just need to be stored and ignored, as occurs naturally. Then the sub-conscious mind can transmit the best solution.

03 open waters and safe harbors


GENERAL NOTES ABOUT CHANNELING

The ability to Channel and Connect is a gift, but also a technique, a training.

Diet, activity, and state of mind affect deeply and respond rapidly. Stress contracts the physical and subtle bodies, and affect channeling and connecting ability.

Channeling and connecting also require a lot of expansive energy.

Many forms of experiences fill our world, and people connect for different reasons. We can be receptive or productive. We need to be aware of the type of channeling body we have, and understand what we expose ourselves to: negative or positive, nourishing or draining.

When they first begin channeling, many people develop a relationship with one entity that teaches them how to do their work better, and who constantly presses them to improve their integrity and compassion. This type of teacher is called a “Heruka Dolmboa”.

There is often a second entity, which is actually also the one who makes initial contact, in a different aspect.

This entity is usually regarded as a friend or spiritual guide. This one may be referred to as the person’s “Ephalem”. The word comes from the Angelic realm, but is not a proper name.

(Leslee’s Heruka Dolmboa and she argue a lot because she wants to understand things that are insignificant, while He’s trying to teach her things she’ll need to know soon.)

When we find a system of channeling that suits us, we improve our ability to identify various mental states. Then we can better control and modulate their frequencies and interactions.

“New” channelers struggle with wanting more words, because they think words validate their messages.

Eventually they learn that their Guides provide them with exactly what is needed at any point in time, in order to teach both the channeler and the people who receive their messages.

GETTING INTO SOME DETAILS OF CHANNELING

As We continue sending messages to post, We will give you exercises for learning to distinguish channeling from neurology/connecting.

There are mechanisms tied to frequencies, that can be learned.

Look into getting a set of tuning forks, or discovering your “base frequency”.

You may use a pendulum, automatic writing, your intuition, or some other method of divination to find this. You may enjoy this process more if you make this discovery yourself; trust that you’re fully qualified to make this determination.

Digital Downbeat offers a free smartphone app called “TuningFork” which may be very helpful. With it, you can try out a wide range of frequencies, and also have easy access to the tones that you find relaxing, grounding, uplifting, etc.

(Read books on Cellular Awakening, DMT, Maurice Beauregard)

Methods of Training:

1. Remembering dreams and keeping a dream journal

2. Focusing & quieting the mind with something that’s moving: a pendulum, a metronome, a stream of water, just a beach minute or lapping waves… The visual component wields much power, and holding or touching actual moving objects adds a physical component to deepen the experience.

3. Fractal generators, word generators, other random visual generators (double pendulum, fractal, etc.). (See 2. above)

What We want is to provide opportunities for interaction.

Learn to listen, learn to accept.

Exercises for opening the mind to new phenomena will be posted also, please check back often and feel free to ask questions by posting comments.

table of contents


Here you’ll find a living list of planned topics for this blogsite. We are continually adding to the site, so some of the items listed below may still be waiting to manifest.

Please see ‘CATEGORIES” on the right-hand sidebar of the home page for a lists of posts sorted according to this table of contents.

01. TABLE OF CONTENTS

02. ABOUT – information about the ‘all about enlightenment’ blogsite, its author leslee hare, her books and other activities

03. BOOKS – excerpts from books by leslee hare, guided by enlightened beings

a. hurtling towards enlightenment – posts from the booklet ‘hurtling towards enlightenment’

b. all about enlightenment – excerpts from the book ‘all about enlightenment’

c. all about relationships – excerpts from the book ‘all about relationships’

d. emotions & actions – excerpts from the book ’emotions & actions’

e. foundation for divination – excerpts from the book ‘foundation for divination’

i. using a pendulum – ways of using a pendulum to connect with spiritual guidance

ii. using the tarot – posts on using the tarot for spiritual progress

iii. using the i ching – posts on using the i ching for spiritual progress

iv. using the ouija – posts on using a ouija board for spiritual progress

04. COMMENTARIES – commentaries on writings by other authors and various topics

a. meditation – commentaries on works by others, on meditation

b. buddhism – commentaries on works by others, on buddhism

c. the bible – commentaries on works by others, on the bible

d. the i ching – commentaries on works by others, on the i ching

e. the kybalion – commentaries on works by others, on the kybalion

f. carl jung – commentaries on works by others, on meditation

g. integral philosophy – commentaries on works by others, on integral philosophy

i. psychology – commentaries on works by others, on psychology

j. neurology – commentaries on works by others, on neurology

k. physics – commentaries on works by others, on physics

05. TOPICS – a collection of essays and book excerpts sorted by topic

a. dreams – posts about dreams and reality

b. enlightenment – posts about the nature of enlightenment

c. guides – posts about spiritual and inner guides

d. if this is buddhism – posts about a spiritual path through buddhism

i. emptiness – posts and excerpts about emptiness

ii. enlightened beings – posts and excerpts about enlightened beings and spiritual guides

iii. rebirth & reincarnation – posts about rebirth and reincarnation

e. spiritual progress – posts about ways to make spiritual progress

i. progress 01 – post 01, of the ‘when we make progress’ series

ii. progress 02 – post 02, of the ‘when we make progress’ series

iii. progress 03 – post 03, of the ‘when we make progress’ series

f. the mind – posts about the nature of the mind

g. the illusory world – commentaries on works by others, on the illusory nature of this world

06. IMAGERY ABOUT ENLIGHTENMENT – drawings, paintings, photographs, digital collages and videos that explore ideas about enlightenment

a. inner guide cards – a series of inspirational cards exploring inner guidance

07. GIFTS FROM OTHERS – re-posting of blog posts by others

08. LINKS – a list of recommended links to websites

09. BIO – leslee hare’s bio

10. MARKET – links to sites where you may purchase items related to this blogsite

11. POSTADAY 2011 – posts made as part of wordpress’ postaday 2011 challenge

12. UNCATEGORIZED – bits found around the kitchen sink…

BOOK ONE: about this book


We’re covering new material on ‘Buddhism’ in this book, and in some ways we’re hesitant even to refer to it as ‘Buddhism’. However, the word ‘Buddhism’ (and everything associated with that word) comes closest to giving the average reader some idea of the direction we’re taking with the material we’re presenting.

Our author, Leslee Hare, is no stranger to Buddhist thought, although she considers herself far from being a scholar of Buddhist philosophy. She’s read many books on Buddhism and has studied several in detail. She’s acquainted with Dzogchen, New Kadampa, Nyingma, Ri-Mé, Tibetan and Zen, and most of her study and practice have been focused on the Vajrayana Path. She’s also studied, although in less depth, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, New Age Thought, Shamanism, Toltec Sorcery, and Yoga. As you read through this book, you’ll detect influences from many of these. That’s why, to the minds of some, we should not classify this book as Buddhist.

However, each book needs classification, and this material originates from Enlightened Beings or Buddhas, so ‘Buddhism’ fits best.

Many times throughout the history of Buddhism, practitioners have faced criticism and ridicule because they dared to tell people that they have an understanding of Buddhism which goes against the accepted norm. Some lineages and cultures accept anomalies like these, just as some minds are more open. As Westerners have accepted nominal Buddhism in its many forms, they’ve also developed particular expectations about certain forms of Buddhism.

In many popular Buddhist stories, we find adepts known as ‘Mahasiddhas’ who fit this category of following very unconventional paths to Enlightenment. History documents some of these Mahasiddhas’  lives as human beings. Some of the tales of the Mahasiddhas are considered to be mere legend, and at best, metaphors. In each case, though, there is something remarkable and unusual about the Mahasiddha’s point of view and method of practice, and they were often considered (before being recognized as Adepts) to be mad, delusional, or just eccentric by the standards of their contemporary society. Oftentimes the Mahasiddhas were not recognized until after the deaths of their ‘ordinary’ human bodies.

So the classic tales of the Mahasiddhas come to you now from across the safe distance of centuries. They have become mellowed and embellished by many years of telling and transcribing, and are often studied more as anecdotes rather than examples of a way one might actually practice Buddhism.

We’d like to propose to you that the world is ripe for a fresh round of Mahasiddha activity.

We know that there are more highly-realized beings in this world right now than there have been in many previous centuries, combined.  We know that these beings are looking for a cue – that one drop of water to land on the seed so it can germinate. This book is one of those drops of water. If you absorb the contents of this book, you may find yourself on a lightning-fast Vajra Path to a world and state of being that up until now you only imagined existed.

There are two traits that all of the Mahasiddhas had in common. They all had both immovable faith in their Spiritual Guides, and unquestionable certainty that by following their Guides’ instructions, They could – eventually – attain Enlightenment. These are the two traits which are most needed in today’s spiritual practitioner (although qualified teachers help tremendously as well), and they are rare to find in current culture. They may also prove rare to find among readers of this book, but we doubt that. We believe that if you’re reading this book, you have been drawn to it by your natural inclination to want to know the truth, and to discover it for yourself.

Actually, without these two traits, you cannot attain Enlightenment. Why? Because without them, it’s only ‘you’ trying to figure it out on your own, and if that were possible you would have done it already. No one can attain Enlightenment alone; part of the nature of your being is that you are inextricably connected to others. When you operate as if that connection does not exist, you’re denying an essential aspect and understanding of your very nature. Enlightenment is about accepting your nature, not resisting it.

We believe you may find your truth in this book, and we make all prayers that you will. We hope that you will come to believe that your own Enlightenment is possible, and also that it is imminent. Purity is hard to recognize in this world, but it does exist. True Paths seem hard to find in this world, but they beckon. If you find one grain of truth for yourself in this book, then please take it and run with it. If all you come away with is a better understanding of some good reasons not to harm others, then we’ve still done our job.

This world has entered a new age of miracles. Your ‘miracles’ may seem matter-of-fact and under-stated by comparison to those of the Mahasiddhas, because a jaded society does not entertain that kind of flamboyance with much tolerance. But your miracles’ effects will be the same: they will change minds, shift karma, and bring Enlightenment. So please continue your path with courage and confidence, and know that we abide in the wings, helping at every moment. The more you request, the more we can offer.

One more request we have is that you pray. Praying purifies karma and creates merit, but most of all it strengthens the connection you have with us. Pray for whatever you want, and we can sort out the details.

So now we leave you to dive in and ponder what you’ll find here. Thank you for reading however much you read, and for practicing however much you choose to practice. We’re very happy to have found you again, and are delighted that we could connect once more. And thank you for all your help.

~ Buddha Vajrapani and Buddha Heruka

June 2010

BOOK ONE: chapter one: introduction and beginning


Whenever one of your lifetimes ends, your body dies but your mind continues along its indestructible path.

This holds true for everyone: when we die, our minds leave our bodies.

We travel down a long and winding lane where we meet all our loved ones. We choose which of them we wish to be reborn with, and they continue with us along the lane.

No one gets left behind.

Everyone sees a lane, but our lanes usually differ. However, because we all share continua, we see best when we’re not alone.

The guides who will help us in that “next” lifetime walk the lane with us also.

Again, everyone you love meets you along the lane: even those who are already in bodies, already in your next life.

Along the lane, we may find anyone we wish to see. However, we don’t ask for others, because loved ones understand each other and don’t require permission.

Because we all connect so intimately, people attach to one another, and many people, once attached, never separate for very long.

Everyone chooses not how they will match up in this lifetime, but who they will be matched with. Karma determines how people match together, while people and places come together by choice.

Only loved ones may choose to walk together; enemies cannot walk with you. Most people actually have no true enemies, so this seldom presents an issue.

When we share choices of the same people and places, we call that ‘collective karma’. However, ‘collective karma’ does not mean that everyone shares the same experience. Collective karma means nothing other than that people share a connection.

What, or rather who, is a “person”, anyway?

Many factors come into play once we resume our walk along the lane. We meet many people, and we must decide which appeals more: questioning many knowledge-holders and prophets (which presents challenges), or following more comfortable paths?

Comfortable paths don’t hold much challenge, but can offer a respite after having lived a lifetime filled with challenges and tribulations that proved exhausting.

Each time we walk down our lanes, we choose our companions and decide where we wish to meet in our next life. We don’t choose what role they’ll play, although we may request specific roles. ‘May’, because we can only make requests if we have enough merit to be able to make them. Not everyone can make requests, because anyone may refuse a request from someone else.

We all share the walk down the lane. We do not all share the same amount of merit.

To say that you don’t have the merit means that you haven’t done enough nice things for people to want to help you. Less merit means less help; it’s that simple, and people who don’t help others don’t get help.

Now if you have merit, people will be happy to help you, and you can make requests and people will consent to grant them. If people agree to your requests, you then negotiate the terms and conditions. Others don’t have to agree to your terms and conditions just because they agree to your requests. Sometimes people simply agree to meet, and karma takes care of the rest.

Karma stores like merit. You accumulate it, and karma may ripen immediately or in the future.

Karma differs from merit in that you exercise no control over how it’s spent.

As soon as karma accumulates, it begins to increase in value, but karma’s value is not always positive.

Karma is a law of nature, just like gravity. You create karma when you perform actions, and this karma proves positive or negative, depending on your intentions.

Positive karma comes from performing an action while wishing to help others. Negative karma comes from performing an action wishing to help oneself.

We all act with a mixture of wishing to help others and wishing to help ourselves. This is part of human nature. So, all of our actions result in a mixture of positive and negative karma, and we often can’t be sure what – or how beneficial – the results will be.

Performing actions as if we were doing them to ourselves best assures that we’re creating positive karma. Although we may not be doing what people want us to do, if we follow this approach we can be sure that we’ll experience the same result as if we had done it to ourselves.

This is why Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

Now, this can get tricky; it doesn’t mean that we should go out and do only what we want to do.

If we remember that others want us to do what they want us to do, we’ll see that we actually need to do what others want us to do, as much as we can.

That is what we would want for ourselves – to have others help us. So we should help others whenever we can.

Now let’s get back to karma. When we must make hard choices, we have to choose between merit and karma.

Merit earns people help, and karma earns people good conditions; you cannot always have both.

People make choices like this every day, and many of our choices are contradictory.

No one can know for certain if their choices will give them what they want, but if you choose merit you have more control over the outcome. When you chose merit over karma, you might not get what you want, but you know that your choice will propel you in the direction of your wishes.

If you choose karma, you get help from people who can’t make any guarantees; if you choose merit and dedicate it to benefitting others, you’re guaranteed success. If you choose merit and dedicate it to benefitting yourself, you get limited material success, which eventually runs out. If you choose merit and dedicate it to benefitting others, then the merit of others is added to your own merit.

So it’s not only a smart thing to choose merit and dedicate it to others, it’s also a good thing.

We’ll keep these instructions brief, because the principles are simple and the steps are easy to follow. When you wish to help others, you’re already off to a good start. Not only do you have the best possible motivation, but you also create more merit just by generating the wish to benefit others. So you’re protected by your intention and fueled by the laws of merit and karma.

Nothing can stop you if your motivation is pure.

Long before the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, people knew about merit and karma, suffering and rebirth, and how important it is to follow good advice. These concepts are not new, but in this world people have trouble remembering them because most people have almost exhausted the last of their merit.

When you run out of merit, you can no longer take a human rebirth and walk along the lane and choose your companions. Instead you must go straight to Hell, unless you are saved by the merit of others, which they may give to you. Now, little do you know about who might have given you how much merit, or how long it will last before it runs out and you find yourself in Hell again.

This is how Jesus saves his followers, by giving them His merit.

Christians don’t call themselves Buddhists, but Jesus is a Buddha. As many have already said, the word ‘Buddha’ simply means ‘Enlightened One’. We use the word ‘Buddha’ more as an adjective than a noun, because that more accurately portrays how Enlightenment works.

If more people could meet more Buddha-like people, more people could become Buddha-like.

We have much ground to cover, so please keep reading.

heruka


I first met Heruka in this adult life in this form.

As I’ve come to know Him better, I’ve learned that He often takes on countless forms besides the traditional ones, and some still surprise and shock me. But in every instance of my experience with Heruka, I’ve benefited immensely.

His laugh rolls like thunder, His tears pour like a river, and His touch can ignite even the most deeply sleeping spark of life.

I’ve written several posts about Him, that you may read here:

https://allaboutenlightenment.wordpress.com/?s=heruka

I wish you the joy of recognizing Him as yourself, as you move through your dream of this life.

(Wikipedia offers several articles on Him. This link will take you to just one:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakrasamvara)

my story behind the pendulum


HOW I LEARNED BY TRIAL AND ERROR – LESSON FOUR

(please click here for a fun little video demonstration)

(please click for links to previous lessons: One; Two; Three;)

I bought my first pendulum a little over a decade ago, and I quickly decided it was an unreliable source of information.

It smacked of Ouija boards. When I was a kid, I had a scary experience with a Ouija board, and I swore them off after that (that’s another story…).

I didn’t understand what makes a pendulum swing, and I didn’t trust things I couldn’t explain or see. I also felt like the pendulum was just moving to give me the answer I was thinking about, and I was not too comfortable with the idea of “Leslee The Telekinetic” (eewwww!).

Last year, I decided to give pendulums another try, after a friend suggested them as a way to connect with our spiritual guides. This time, I specifically requested that the pendulum only transmit pure enlightened energy, that it only reveal beneficial information, and that I receive protection from negative influences.

(This was before I came to understand that everything that surrounds us is for our benefit anyway, and all beings are enlightened…)

So I felt safe, and started asking yes/no questions.

I had that familiar feeling of the whole process being rigged, until one day, as I was meditating, I received an image of an alphabet chart. I figured, what the heck, and created the chart I had seen in my meditation. What I understood was that yes, I was getting information from my spiritual guides (and they were many!), and that they had more to tell me than I was asking about. The chart would allow them to spell out messages to me.

As an aside: anyone can learn to use an alphabet chart the same way I do.

It just takes consistent practice, time, and patience. I worked in yes/no mode for about 60 hours before I was ready for the alphabet chart. It takes time for those neural pathways to get set up.

I began working with the alphabet chart, and at first it was painfully slow going. The pendulum began spelling out words to me, one letter at a time. I had to write down letter by letter, because it was so slow that I would forget the previous letters as I was focusing on the current one. At the end of a word, the pendulum would swing in a circle. At the end of a sentence, it would swing in a circle and then stop.

The slow, spell-it-out mode lasted for another 60 hours or so of effort.

Then, one day, I noticed that after a receiving the first few letters, I began to get an intuition of what the rest of the word was. I found that I could then move the chart away and use “yes/no” to confirm if my intuition was correct.

Things began to speed up. This mode only took about 48 hours of practice… Whoohoo! I was on a roll!

I met the next phase with much resistance. It was getting dangerously close to that Ouija-freaky-feeling, and (to be honest) I still struggle with it at times.

The next phase was to abandon the chart, just tune in with pure intuition, and use the pendulum only periodically, for confirmation. Am I getting this right? Yes… no… or if it swings in a circle, I know I need to whip the chart out because I am just not getting it.

I’m still in that phase, and I don’t expect it to change any time soon.

Over the summer I had several tests and conversations about whether I really needed the pendulum – it seems like such a crutch at times. The trick is that with my neurology, I often (always?) receive a jumble of information: my own emotions, empathic emotions, random psychic non-sequiturs, reminders of my own desires and opinions, nagging inner dialogue… and, sometimes, sheer exhaustion. And those are just the internal influences! Turn on the TV or surround me with conversation, and my circuits practically fry… (ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s… who knows?)

I’ve accepted that I need the pendulum (at least for now) to filter out the extraneous and accomplish mental clarity, whether I’m receiving an intuitive message, or performing a simple (or complicated) task.

The pendulum acts as a filter, a compass, and a lightning rod. It eliminates the psychic clutter while focusing my attention on the message (or task) at hand.

As I sit and write, draw or create digitally, I keep a pendulum within hand’s reach. It makes things go so much more quickly, and the clarity of focus is rather intoxicating.

My friend Maureen, who coaches people with attention issues, uses this pendulum method as well, and recommends it frequently.

I’ve come to an understanding of the mechanics of how this works energetically, and I share that in this post: Your Method Out Of The Madness.

(Important disclaimer: I’m sharing my story in the hopes that some people might find it useful and encouraging. I make no claims about how well this method might or might not work for you, or how long it might take you to become adept with a pendulum. The process depends solely on your motivation, effort, and mental stability. The more advanced use of the pendulum can lead to many surprises, and I make no claims that trying what I describe will lead you to any particular place whatsoever. Thanks for understanding!)

a method of teaching


WHAT YOU MAY LEARN WITH A PENDULUM – LESSON THREE

This post explains how you may use a pendulum in everyday life.

(please click here for Intro/Lesson 1; please click here for Lesson 2)

I carry a pendulum with me almost constantly, either in a pocket or around my wrist. I use them so much that I try to keep one in every room, and I even have one in the car that’s made from a teabag string tied to a key!

I’ve played with several designs, and my current favorite is a version that has a loop for my finger as well as for my wrist. I splurged on some silver chain to make some for work… prettier, and less conspicuous…

Why do I seem to have dangly things constantly attached to my body?

I’ve learned that anything that dangles can be my friend, and connect me to my “Special Friends”.

(please click here for a fun little video demonstration)

I know, it sounds like euphemistic language we might use when speaking patronizingly with a child… But it really works for me. This post plays around a bit, but these examples give some ideas of things for which I receive pendulum guidance. Whether you call it intuition or guidance, it serves to focus my mind and offer answers to questions that I might otherwise lose sleep over.

Things I Learn With My Pendulum:

  • What I almost forgot at the grocery store
  • Whether or not to accept that job offer
  • Which bank to put my money in
  • Which phone calls to return
  • Which sweater I’ll enjoy more
  • How to use new software
  • What electronic device does something I’m gonna love
  • Which city to move to
  • When to trust and when to run like hell
  • When I need to stop typing and just go to sleep
  • How to laugh at myself
  • How to follow my heart
  • When to speak and when to keep quiet
  • When I’m balanced and when I’m obsessing
  • When I’m in danger and when I’m just being paranoid
  • How to accept that unpleasant experiences may lead to greater happiness
  • What I need to believe at this particular moment in time

I know this might take the prize for world’s most eclectic list… The beauty of the pendulum’s range astounds me often.

Most of those items appear straightforward; I’d like to explain more about the last two items because they deserve both praise and caveats.

How to accept that unpleasant experiences may lead to greater happiness

Once I discovered how to use a chart, it allowed the pendulum to point out things that were not already looming large in my conscious mind. I began to get explanations for things that I had struggled with for years. I began to get explanations of Dharma , religion in general, philosophy, psychology, and my own intentions. Not all discoveries bring joy, but as I develop more patience with my “teachers”, it becomes clear that even when “they” lead me to experiences I don’t like, an important lesson awaits.

I learned that unless I started being true to myself all of my efforts would end in frustration.

I learned that if I refuse to trust divine guidance, even (especially) in the face of tremendous fear, I become my own worst saboteur.

What I need to believe at this particular moment in time

This one still trips me up the most.

When I first started using the pendulum, and as I’ve offered intuitive readings to others, I noticed an unsettling pattern. If someone asks for a pat answer to a tricky question, we might get a pat answer… with a booby trap!

I cannot count how many times this has happened. I used to become infuriated and inflate with a sense of betrayal whenever I realized that I had followed a rosy path… to nothing.

It took some time, but I began to see that sometimes I (and maybe others) benefit from experiences that I might have avoided without the pendulum. I used to rant and challenge and questions my guides furiously (You told me that if I shared that, he’d call me again!)… Oh, I see… He needed to hear that for other reasons, and I’m better off without him. Still not so convinced I like that method, though…

So now, if someone asks me for a reading, I hesitate. It takes a few minutes to insert this disclaimer: “Sure, I’ll give you a reading, but it may not be the “truth”, and you may not get the results you want, and you may not even like the answer in the first place… But it will be what you need to hear right now. Still sound good?”

(Please see the previous posts if you’d like information about how a pendulum may help focus your mind, and the basics of how a pendulum may work with your energy body to tune into your intuition. Lesson Four – My Story Behind the Pendulum – is an upcoming post telling the story of how I came to use the pendulum this way.)

(Important disclaimer: I’m sharing my understanding in the hopes that some people might find it useful and encouraging. I make no claims about how well this method might or might not work for you, or how long it might take you to become adept with a pendulum. The process depends solely on your motivation, effort, and mental stability. The more advanced use of the pendulum can lead to many surprises, and I make no claims that trying what I describe will lead you to any particular place whatsoever. Thanks for understanding!)

your method out of the madness


WORKING WITH A PENDULUM – LESSON TWO

In this post, I’ll explain how this pendulum method works. (If you missed Lesson One, you can find it here.)

(please click here for a fun little video demonstration)

Using a pendulum is not a new idea; it’s often considered a form of dowsing. You can find beautiful pendulums in shops or online, and many books and charts have been published on using them.

This post shares what I’ve learned in my personal explorations with the pendulum, and some of the results I’ve enjoyed and struggled with. Of course, there’s a disclaimer at the end… Please proceed with a light heart and an open mind. Thanks!

How Pendulum Energy Works:

Energy Body Basics

  • We all possess energy bodies interleaved with our physical bodies.
  • Our energy bodies are essentially energy transmitters.
  • Our main energy circuits are the Central Channel (CC), Right Channel (RC), Left Channel (LC) and Secondary Channels (SCs). These three reside in the area of the spine. The secondary channels occur on both sides of our bodies and I refer to them as LSCs (left secondary channels) and RSCs (right secondary channels).
  • The CC contains key points called chakras, which filter and regulate the energy flowing through them.
  • Energy circulates through our bodies, ebbing and flowing without end, until we die.
  • Our energy bodies constantly receive and discharge energy into and from our bodies. The top of the head and the soles of the feet act as the main conduits for energetic interchange.
  • We constantly interact energetically with others.
  • We can filter and control this interacting flow of energy.
  • We can choose to whom we give energy and from whom we receive energy.
  • The energy channels on the left side of your body specialize in receiving energy into your body.
  • The energy channels on the right side of your body specialize in discharging energy from your body.

Pendulum Basics

  • When you hold a pendulum in your left hand with the intention of receiving guidance, that guiding energy immediately flows into the top of your head.
  • The guiding energy circulates along the course of your CC, moving first downwards and then upwards, filtering through your chakras.
  • As the guiding energy moves upwards from your feet, your heart chakra sends it through the LSC in your left arm, towards the pendulum. Your intention sends the energy there.
  • The guiding energy draws magnetically into the finger(s) holding the pendulum).
  • As the guiding energy enters the pendulum, the energy’s frequency determines the direction of the pendulum’s swing.

Getting Answers

  • Positive, affirming energy vibrates at a higher frequency and tends to draw itself towards your CC. Therefore, with most people, a “yes” answer swings towards and away from your CC (spine).
  • Negative, repelling energy vibrates at a lower frequency and your CC repulses it, so with most people a “no” answer tends to sway back and forth across the width of the body.
  • The pendulum tends to express confused or conflicting energy as circular or erratic motion.

(Important disclaimer: I’m sharing my understanding in the hopes that some people might find it useful and encouraging. I make no claims about how well this method might or might not work for you, or how long it might take you to become adept with a pendulum. The process depends solely on your motivation, effort, and mental stability. The more advanced use of the pendulum can lead to many surprises, and I make no claims that trying what I describe will lead you to any particular place whatsoever. Thanks for understanding!)