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   Take a deep breath and exhale – then pat yourself on the back. Really. If it makes you inwardly laugh a little, well, good – that means you’ve just raised your vibration. 

 

 

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Mind-Body-Spirit Tools for Singers: Feedback on a Successful Workshop!

My co-teacher Daria and I are still thrilled that our first workshop for singers, given earlier this month at my Oakland, Calif. home, was so appreciated, and that it ran so smoothly! We had a wonderful group, composed of professionals, semi-professionals, and beginners (see photo at right, taken by Ouida Joi; it lacks the other man who attended).

Mind-body-spirit tools workshop for singers taught by Lisa B and DariaThey all left the workshop beaming and excited about their next steps as singers.

Keep your ears open for news of this same workshop to be given in August in Marin County, and for the next one in the series, which will be offered again at my home in Oakland, also in August. 

Here is some feedback from the participants:

--- I really enjoyed the combination of energy and vocal work." - Chris R.

--- "What a wonderful workshop today! What I appreciated most was that it was not your typical vocal workshop  exercises, sing a song. It truly was a complete overview  mind, body and spirit. I have taken a lot of workshops and lessons and none of them have ever touched upon the metaphysical/spiritual aspects as the two of you did."

--- "It was full and rich beyond any expectations I could have had. I really enjoyed the balance of energy awareness and singing technique." - Ouida J.

--- "The workshop was amazing. I really enjoyed the guided meditations and learning about the chakras. Still thinking about it all!"

--- "Great start to discovering the artist in myself." - Tricia H.

--- "It was a great experience. I hope you two will continue the series."

--- "You complement each other well. You are a great team! Who knew chakras can support singing!?" 

The Energy of Income Tax Filing

Beautiful day, and I'm hunkering down to prepare for filing taxes. I keep good records, so mainly I'm just adding them up. Still, it's an involved process, since I have a few different simultaneous enterprises.

percentage diceWhen I look back on my expenses and income over the year, it's never just numbers for me, but what my allocation of energy for that period FEELS like. Money is emotional.

The summed figures represent my choices, how I spent time, how much wealth I can or want to accrue, the way I do that, how much I (can) have, how much I give away. So, the figures represent not only my choices, but my values.

I feel pleased, inadequate, frustrated, optimistic, bored. Loop through that a few times. Worry. Assess. Look at it all again. What do I add up to?

New Workshop for Singers Sat. 5/3/14: The Complete Singer: Spiritual, Technical, and Practical Tools

 The Complete Singer:

  Spiritual, Technical, and Practical Tools

  to Help You Realize Your Musical Dreams

 

Sat., May 3, 1 - 4 p.m.

  Taught by Me and Vocalist-Educator Daria

I'm excited to be offering a new workshop, at my Oakland home, for singers, harnessing information from the realms of mind, body, and spirit -- and to be teaching it with the wonderful singer and instructor Daria.Lisa B aka Lisa Bernstein at a gig

* Reconnect with your original dream of becoming a singer

* Identify and fine-tune your goals and activities

* Get tools and information to increase your confidence, ease, and well-being as a singer (from vocal health to energy awareness)

* Get personalized feedback on vocal technique

 

In-the-Body Meditation

A few recent blog posts introduced intuitive Tool #2: centering your awareness right behind your eyes – or getting into the driver's seat of your body.

woman driving from lisabintuitive.com

The first post on this tool noted that "taking control of what you’re paying attention to – and placing your attention on yourself, from yourself – are tremendously empowering acts."

You learned how to do that in the following post. Not that it's hard. In fact, the key to using any intuitive tool is to focus on it but without a sense of trying or a feeling of effort. 

Next up was a post on playing with this centered awareness. Specifically, that blog post taught you how to start using your own attention to heal yourself. 

What's so great about being in the center of your head, or your sixth chakra, rather than other energy centers or chakras? That's the question asked and answered by the next post about Tool #2. Essentially, this energy center offers you certainty, clarity, and neutrality. The other major energy centers have great qualities too, and the post quickly summarizes them. (For instance, ever had a gut feeling, or just knew something off the top of your head?)

tire from lisabintuitive.com

So here we are in the last post about this tool, which is to say that taking time each day or so to sit down, close your eyes, gather up your awareness, and start placing it on your personal energy space is an effective, healing, refreshing style of meditation.

Meditation is your spiritual happy hour – but start with a hard-won, happy five minutes.

When you sit down, close your eyes, and get into the center of your head, you start to clear rather than override energy. It’s not the only way to do that. You might go for a walk on the beach, treat yourself to a spa treatment, get on your Harley, or take a vacation, and lo and behold – you’re refreshed. You’ve taken the charge of other people’s energy out of your space and out of your head. You feel pretty clear and comfortable with yourself. You find you can actually think for more than a couple of minutes.

rainbow raindrop from lisabintuitive.comBut then you get back to your life. The cleared-out feeling generally doesn’t last long even if you’re used to handling lots of energy demand. The competition for your attention starts up pretty quick. Your attention fires off toward different points. You feel overloaded. Where the heck did you go?

So as a daily coping strategy, you may start to override this load on your space by leaving the body energetically. Hanging out somewhere above your head while working. And afterward, spacing out. Where’s the beer?

The alternative – simply retaking your attention – is more effective in the long term.

If you’ve never started to meditate before, that’s fine. If you have meditated but in a different way, that’s fine too. As you take time for the next week or so to bring your energy into the center of your head, you’ll probably both be drawn to it and fight it.

That’s why it makes sense to just start to do it for five minutes once a day. More often, if you feel like it, is great! But don’t feel inadequate or guilty if you’re taking only five minutes a day, as you get used to this tool. Gradually build up to more time and keep adding the easy tools that the next blog posts will outline. But do give yourself a break about the process if it feels new to you as you get used to sitting in stillness and (in your mind's eye, or your imagination) looking around.

So, you decide to simply sit down somewhere and retake your attention. Feet on the floor, sitting up straight, you bring your awareness into the center of your head.

Hang on, and find a bit of amusement (Tool #1) because all those people out there who have your attention and who want to maintain it will then decide to call you, email you, and knock on your door. They don’t want you to take back your attention. I guess that means you’re doing something pretty powerful. 

Give yourself permission for these five or ten or more minutes to ignore them. 

meditation flower graphic from lisabintuitive.com

Or once you plan to sit down on that couch without the TV or laptop on, you’re suddenly compelled to wash the dishes, pining for a clean and empty sink as you have never done before. Or you have an uncharacteristic longing to clean out the garage.

Give yourself an A. All this means that you are doing a great job of reasserting control of your own energy space. It means that you’re learning to manage your attention – that is, you’re learning to manage all the competition for your attention. 

It’s OK to bounce around.

Now you’ve made it to a chair, you’ve closed your eyes, and your awareness is snugly behind your eyes, or at least somewhere close. And you start to hit all the things in your space vying for your attention. 

Little bombs, small lit-up or loud or otherwise insistent pockets scattered throughout your space, start to go off. Things you’ve resisted. Things you’re competing with. Worries. Images. Memories. Concerns. Past, present, future. In short, various packets of charged energy.

Or you might notice a lot of thoughts running through your head, not unlike the translation running under the images in a foreign film. Suddenly you’re possessed by the need to analyze these thoughts. To think. To solve problems. To make lists.

All of this is excellent. It’s to be expected. It’s part of the process of getting back into the thicket that at the moment is your own energy field. Don’t fight any of it. Find a speck of attitude in which this deluge is funny. Wow, you must really be important if all this energy has to load up in your space.

Know that every time you noticed one of these energy packets, one of these thoughts, one of these images, you cleared some of the energy from it. If you heard the thought, if you saw the image, you de-energized it more. Success. Shortly, you’ll learn a couple of other tools to de-energize these intruding packets of energy.

It will get easier and go faster. The longer you sit there, the more times you sit there, it will get easier for you to find your own energy space. Even amid the various demands, you’ll find yourself enjoying the respite. Your body will relax. Your head will start to clear out. Your stress will decrease. You’ll feel more here.

Avoiding the nap syndrome.

Here’s another experience you’ll find as you close your eyes to get into the center of your head: the nap syndrome. You will hit some stuck pain in your energy field and nod off. You will “go unconscious.”

sleepy guy from lisabintuitive.com

Here’s a simple technique to avoid nodding off. Once you’ve closed your eyes and brought your energy into the center of your head, bring your attention to your breath.

For a moment or two, watch your breath coming in and out of your nose. Don’t regulate it. Just observe it as it enters and exits the body. If you feel that you’re nodding off, exhale just a couple of seconds longer than you naturally would. Then relax and let the inhale come as it will.

What in your universe could use your attention?

Now, do one last thing after you stop reading. Give yourself one last gift for digesting all this information. Consider what in your personal universe could use some attention from you.

   -- Be right in the center of your head. You’ve done it two or three or more times now so it’s starting to be more familiar. Find that space behind your eyes and let your awareness settle in there. 

   -- No problems to solve. No demands to answer. The thoughts pass by. You’re giving yourself a moment to just be, with your attention behind your eyes.

   -- From this space, ask the question, What in my personal universe could use some of my attention right at this moment? It could be a person, place, or thing. It could be in the past or the future.

   -- If you get an answer right out in front of you, gently place your attention on that answer. What part of your universe needs your attention? The answer may not make sense. Just accept it. Your job. Your partner. Your diet. Your elbow. The high school senior prom, whenever it was held. Place your attention right on that. Just look at that thing in your mind’s eye. 

   -- After a minute or two, release your attention from that concept, that picture. 

   -- Pat yourself on the back. Open your eyes.

   -- Touch your face. Yawn and stretch. This takes you out of the light trance you just got into.

Trust this knowledge: With the power of your tangible, focused attention, you just energetically created a change in your world. Your attention released something stuck; it created a healing.

 

copyright © 2013 Lisa Bernstein

Eavesdropping on My Body

Shortly after I was diagnosed with diabetes, I decided to write down what my body was saying to me about having this condition.writing illustration by Anthony Russo from lisabintuitive.com

I postulated that I would just listen and take dictation. I recorded the first things that came into my head that I imagined as the communication from my body at that moment. Here’s what I heard, and wrote:

Take care of me

I am your system

I am your lifeblood

I am a network which communicates with itself

I am a network of information pulsing within the world

 

What's So Great About Being in the Center of Your Head? (More on Tool #2)

So what’s with all this talk about being in the head? What about being in the heart or other parts of your body?

As the previous posts touched on, when you get into the center of your head, you bring your awareness into the sixth chakra or “third eye.”

getting centered in your sixth chakra behnd your eyes from from lisabintuitive.comIt’s fine to be in any of the other major energy centers, or chakras, from the first one at the base of your spine to the crown, or seventh, chakra on top of your head. Each one has its own abilities, and you access them most fully by focusing your awareness in that chakra.

However, for consciously getting in synch with your body – whether in meditation or just walking around in the world – the sixth chakra often works best. This energy center offers you certainty, clarity, and neutrality. It gives you “clear seeing.” When developed, this ability translates into clairvoyant perception – when you are in a light meditative trance – of the energy movie around you.

Let’s contrast the sixth chakra with the fourth chakra, near the heart, which holds your abilities and information related to affinity and caring. Gathering your awareness and energy into your heart chakra for most of your meditation is not the most helpful thing you can do, because when you use your intuitive tools from this space, everything you do is colored by caring and the desire for closeness. You won’t have as much perspective. You might love everything you pay attention to or be overcome by other intense feelings. 

chakra illustration from from lisabintuitive.comYou might want to use your heart energy to heal others, to fix situations. But if you do that from your heart, you won’t be doing it from a neutral point of view. You won’t see things as clearly. And you won’t feel as certain about what you’re noticing. You’ll have an agenda.

The heart chakra is a fitting place to center your energy when you’re engaged in loving and affectionate activities. Also, chances are you already know how to be in this energy center. It’s more culturally acceptable to love than it is to see yourself, others, and situations without bias or competition. Being in your heart may feel more natural to you than being in the center of your head, where you’re simply looking and communicating.

So practice something you’re less familiar with, which offers a great deal of power to see truth.

Also, you don’t want to interfere with the important physical work of the heart by doing a lot of energy work from this chakra. Let your heart muscle pump blood; let your feelings of love and like and hatred and dislike flow in and out of your heart chakra. Feel close, feel distant; feel. But when you want to find a quiet space to simply be, perceive, get back in synch with your body, consciously and confidently release energy that isn't really you, and call back in the energy that is, bring your awareness to your sixth chakra as we’ve described.

The center of your head is such a relaxing place because of the neutrality, clarity, and certainty it offers.

To illustrate this further, think of your first chakra at the base of your spine. From the center of your head, just imagine it. (Notice how you want to go there energywise as soon as I mention it? That’s the habit of sending your energy wherever someone points you to.) This is where your survival information is stored. Here your fight-or-flight mechanisms are triggered: great, useful information if indeed your physical survival is threatened. If you’re having a physical emergency, you immediately leap into your first chakra at the clanging bells of adrenaline.

But normally, you don’t want to be engulfed in that stressful, save-my-life response. You don’t want to sit in the middle of pure survival data when instead you’re seeking a restful, calm, clear seat in your body. You’re looking to release stress, not experience it.

get neutral from from lisabintuitive.comThe other main chakras also are rich with abilities and information: the second chakra, where you experience emotions and sensuality, where you might experience a “gut feeling”; the third chakra, which controls will, identity, and running the physical body; the fourth, the heart chakra, which we’ve just discussed; the fifth, or throat, chakra, which contains your communication abilities; the seventh, or crown, chakra, where you might “know things off the top of your head.” 

But as you can see from these quick descriptions, none of these offers the neutrality of the sixth chakra or center of your head. Here is where you imagine, visualize, or perceive what’s happening energetically, “see it in your mind’s eye.” And as yet another saying attests, we humans are wired so that “seeing is believing.”

If meditation is about getting into communication with your body and your energetic field, it’s good to listen from a point of neutrality – because the body has both positive and negative things to tell you. You’ll be able to hear all of it better, and respond better, not from your survival impulses, your emotions, your sense of will power, your heart, your communication center, or the top of your head – but from the unbiased seat in the middle of your head where you simply see.

Having a geographic area in my space where I can anchor myself, and feel more neutral and certain, helps me enormously in getting through the day, keeping me on a more even keel and reducing stress. This effect is augmented by taking time out with eyes closed for a few minutes or more daily to use this tool – sometimes even on the bus, at a site where I’m consulting, or anywhere else.

meditating guy from lisabintuitive.com

copyright © 2013 Lisa 

Tool #2, continued: Play with the Power of Your Attention

Attention is a physical thing. You’re standing in line, or sitting in your car, and for no apparent reason you suddenly turn to see someone staring at you. You perceived that person’s attention. It had a weight you could sense.

Attention is tangible: you can feel it.

Depending on the quality of that attention, it may have felt as soothing as a warm bath, as stimulating as a cup of coffee hitting your blood vessels, or intrusive and painful, a “cutting glance.”

attention button from lisabintuitive.comAttention may even be healing. I like it when you pay attention to me. Give me your attention for a minute. You have craved someone else’s attention just as others have craved yours.

You can rely on one thing that can be the most soothing thing to your body: your own attention.

Yet starting to gather your attention can feel difficult or weird at first.

Initially, it may feel like tough going to gather up your awareness into the middle of your head, only because you’re not used to it and you’ve probably never been validated for doing it. As the last post explored, most of us have been conditioned to look outward for what matters, and to follow others’ agendas about what we should pay attention to.

Unless you’re a monk or a nun (and maybe even then), it’s a daring act to step back from the commotion and take the time to clear out your own overloaded head – and then to just rest there, start to notice your body’s responses to what you’ve been perceiving and doing, and finally, begin to zero in on the next steps you want to take in your life. 

To do all this gives you back a lot of power and control. So it naturally sets off some alarms for you – and others. Relatively extreme fears or anxieties may pop up for you as you do something as simple as sit still in a chair for, at first, let’s say, five minutes. You may irrationally wonder if you’ll somehow be punished or isolated from the tribe. You may feel that you absolutely must bolt from the sofa and grab a diet soda. You’re used to thinking about your future, your car, your bank account, your spouse, your ex, your job, your parents, your kids, and now and then, world environmental catastrophe.

That’s what people have always told you is productive and worthwhile and what a good, nice person does. You must be a lazy, selfish jerk to just sit there for a few minutes and not do anything except to start to pay attention to yourself. Or you must be a weirdo to not have your eyes on a screen of some kind, or an electronic device in your hand.

Re-occupying your body.

What you’re starting to do here is a style of meditation, one that’s not “transcendental” but takes a different approach, based on bringing your awareness into the driver’s seat of your body. It’s important to start out doing it not by transcending or consciously placing your awareness above your body, but by re-owning and re-occupying your body. You’re not occupying Wall Street here, just your original physical home.

out-of-body note from lisabintuitive.com

The extreme things that knock you out of your body most are illness, pain, and discomfort. Discomfort can occur for lots of different reasons; you might feel energetically attacked, or you might feel physically unsafe.

Generally, it goes against all your training, and perhaps your inclination, to deal with these factors by truly connecting yourself again with your body. Everyone else has taught you to manage pain by fleeing the body, energetically speaking. Let your spirit travel into a fantasy. Drink. Take a pill. 

Actually, I have no problems with the moderate use of any of these strategies, and sometimes one does need to take a pain pill. But I prefer to have a choice about what strategy I want to use, and I want to use awareness tools in concert with other ones. I don’t want to have to be semi-unconscious in order to function. 

Plus, spending more and more time out of the body creates a vicious cycle in which it becomes harder and harder to get in there and enjoy your space. If your awareness, your energy, aren’t filling and holding and enjoying your body, whose is? If your own energy presence is not occupying your body, a lot of other stuff starts to collect there: random data and stimulus from the day that your body encounters, feelings that you’ve had and taken on from others, and other energies build up unattended.

feeling scattered from lisabintuitive.com

Like a foreclosed house where no one’s living, an ignored body can find itself with accrued grunge and spiritual squatters. So getting into the body is a way of kicking out a bunch of junk that’s crept into your physical space. That’s one definition of healing.

In any case, just on the principle of pure feistiness, I don’t want anything or anyone to dictate where my awareness and attention can or cannot be relative to my body. And I don’t want to be dictated by habit or culture to abandon my body just because some things are going on with it that I didn’t ask for or because that’s what everyone does. 

Addressing what’s going on with me starts simply by placing my tangible attention in and on my lovely body, just as it is – fat, thin, tired, vigorous, gorgeous, ugly, strong, weak. Wherever and however it is. Mine.

Right now I’m patting myself on my thighs as I write this. Good body.

This time, with your awareness in the middle of your head, give your body some much-needed attention.

Once again, read the actions described below, then take a break from reading and do them. If you forget where you are, it’s fine to stop, open your eyes, and find the next thing to do in the list, then go back to the process. You don’t have to be perfect before, during, or after.

When you get used to this, you won’t need a list: you’ll just get into the center of your head pretty instantly. 

  -- Close your eyes. Be aware of the wall behind you. 

  -- Be aware of the wall across from you. 

 -- And now be aware of the walls on either side of you. 

  -- And then add to that awareness the ceiling and the floor below and above you. Be aware of all four walls around you. Notice any effect that has on your body.
 
  -- Bring that awareness to your face, then to the top of your head. 

  -- Then be in the middle of your head. Literally. Be in the middle of your head. That's a point directly behind your eyes. 

  -- From the middle of your head, be aware of the distance to the top of your head. 

  -- Be aware of the distance between you and your face or your forehead. 

  -- And be aware of the distance between you and either side, left and right, of you. 
bright eyes from lisabintuitive.com
  -- Notice what that feels like. Does it have any effect on you? 

  -- Notice your hands, but be aware of the distance between you and your hands. Notice what your hands feel like from the middle of your head. 

  -- Now, as you’re in the middle of your head, be aware of the distance between you and your breath.
 
  -- Here’s a fun part. Ask what in your body could use some attention from you? Please look at the body in your mind’s eye, with your eyes closed, and ask it where it needs your attention. Be specific. 

  -- Give your attention to that part of the body. Gently place your attention on that spot. Just notice it. 

  -- Go to the next spot. Just notice it. Breathe and exhale. 

  -- Find one more place in your body that needs your attention. Just put your awareness on it. Say hello to it.
 
  -- One more inhale. Exhale. 

  -- Repeat as much as you’d like to right now. Or maybe you’re done. 

  -- Take a deep breath. Wiggle a little in your chair. Touch your face. 

  -- Stand up, stretch, and yawn. 

Did that feel good? 

If you want to further explore or relish the experience, create a spiritual mechanics notebook for you to write in about the experiences you’re having with these tools (the kind you can hold in your hands or your electronic version). Start an entry about what that exercise felt like to you. What happened?

flower illustration from lisabintuitive.com

What did you notice? Surprises, discomfort, comfort? Let yourself write a little.

This and the previous tool explored what it's all about to have your awareness in the center of your head. Pull it all together in the next post.

copyright © 2013 Lisa Bernstein

Tool #2: Get Back into Your Body: Bring Your Awareness into the Center of Your Head - Part 2

Continued from the previous post.

 

The first step to getting into your body is bringing your awareness into the center of your head. 

This tool is not hard to do. I’ve taught it to people over the phone who instantly feel comfortable using it. I’ve even taught it to second-graders.

baby with awareness in the center of its head from lisabintuitive.comHere’s the step-by-step, highly aware version of doing it consciously for the first time. First, read the activities described below, then close your eyes and do as much as you can remember. When you’re done, open your eyes and check whether you did it. Repeat as needed.

  -- Find a quiet space to sit down by yourself without distractions. 

  -- Ideally, put both feet flat on the ground. Sit up straight, which helps your energy system get into alignment. It’s better to not lie on the ground while starting to do this, because you might doze off. 

  -- Close your eyes. 

  -- Raise your hands to either side of your head and lightly touch yourself just above the ears. Imagine a straight line through your head that connects your two hands. 

  -- Now move one hand to lightly touch the middle of your forehead and the other to touch the back of your head. Imagine a straight line through your head that connects your two hands. 

  -- Notice that point where the first line and the second line intersect. Bring your awareness there. Now your awareness is behind your eyes roughly in the middle of your head. 

  -- Bring your hands to your lap. 

  -- Let your awareness settle into that space a couple of inches behind your eyes. 

  -- Notice how that feels. 

bring your awareness behind your eyes from lisabintuitive.com  -- Imagine a horse galloping across a meadow. Let the image go. Keep your eyes closed. 

  -- Check if your awareness is still in that space a couple of inches behind your eyes.
 
  -- From behind your eyes, postulate that there’s a small movie or laptop screen (but no actual laptop or movie projector) immediately in front of your face, about 8 inches away. 

  -- Let yourself see a rose – any color or shape – on that screen. 

  -- Take a deep breath. Look at the rose. 

  -- Now fold up that screen and let it spontaneously combust, leaving nothing behind.
 
  -- You may find some sense of pressure or congestion there in the middle of your head. That’s natural. It may have been awhile since you’ve been there. And nature abhors a vacuum, as the saying goes. 

  -- Take a deep breath, and as you exhale postulate that you’re releasing any unwanted energy from anybody or anything else from inside the middle of your head. It’s yours. Breathe, exhale, and repeat as much as you want. 

  -- This place where your awareness is is your property. No one else owns it. 

  -- Be mildly amused at any trespassers luring you into chatter, or any distractions. Just let them pass through as you enjoy sitting in the middle of your head. 

  -- You might start to look around, with your eyes closed, at the center of your head. What does this space look like? If you’re inspired, start to redecorate it. If not, just notice. 

  -- Touch your face, which brings you back into the present and helps take you out of the light trance you just got into. 

  -- Open your eyes. 

  -- Notice where your awareness starts from now, in terms of your own physical geography – still behind your eyes? If not, where else? 
 

Congratulations! You did it.

Notice how you feel. Resist the urge to judge or evaluate. Right now, you're gathering information for yourself.

Now, as you keep reading these words, with your eyes open, bring your awareness back behind your eyes. Keep reading these words from that place in the middle of your head. Your awareness is comfortably seated in that place inside your head, while you read this page.

You’ve just put yourself in the driver’s seat of your body.

in the driver's seat from lisabintuitive.comWith your awareness just behind your eyes, you put yourself in the driver’s seat of your body. The pilot’s seat; the control room.

This spot is the location of the sixth chakra, which is related to the pineal gland in the endocrine system, our “third eye.” You have access to a clearer view by using your awareness from the sixth chakra. Here, you have greater neutrality and certainty. 

Lightly touching your temples and then the front and back of your head simply helps you remember where the middle of your head is. You may feel silly doing this, but feeling a bit silly is actually a great intuitive tool. Seriously. I mean – uh – really. As an earlier post (http://www.lisabintuitive.com/lisabintuitive_blog/your_most_important_spiritual_tool_its_probably_not_what_you_think/) explores , a readiness to see the humor in things is one of your most helpful spiritual tools. Approaching the use of intuitive tools with a leaden seriousness isn’t going to get you anywhere. It promotes a feeling of deficiency, as if you need years of study to access your own intuitive abilities and as if you couldn’t possibly have the expertise needed to use them.

Ditch that idea. Postulate that this intuitive tool is fun and that you can do it. 

Anyway, as you become used to finding the middle of your head and letting your awareness settle in from behind your eyes, you may not need to make these gestures. But giving yourself a geographical grounding of where your head actually is can be a great tool if you feel so overloaded that, to change the saying a bit, you don’t know your head from a hole in the ground. 

There you are, with your awareness snugly settled in the middle of your head. You’re already getting more experienced, aren’t you, at bringing your awareness back into that place. Look around the room. Look out the window, if you’re near one. Notice the distance between where your awareness is and what you’re looking at.

You’ve just gotten back into your body – a powerful place for a diabetic, or anyone, to be.

Don’t try hard. If you notice that feeling, you’re using your body, not your spirit, to handle energy.

Notice that you don’t need any effort to do any of this. The body loves effort. The spirit does not. In fact, effort – the feeling of trying really hard – gets in the way of using spiritual mechanics. The body likes to exercise and it experiences exercise as physical work. If you are noticing that “trying hard” feeling, it means you are using your body – not your spiritual tools – to do spiritual mechanics.

The more effective way to handle energy is to use energy tools from the center of your head, in your sixth chakra. You wouldn’t ask your dog to solve a math problem. And you wouldn’t ask your sixth chakra to catch a ball. Use energy tools to handle energy, and specifically, use your sixth chakra to do so with neutrality and certainty.

sixth chakra or third eye from lisabintuitive.com

Of course, the need to try hard is familiar. You’re used to it not only because your body likes it, but because probably you’ve been encouraged to work hard and try hard in school and at home. Well, in the arena of meditating and using energy tools, you’re off the hook. Don’t try. Just do. But do from the center of your head.

For instance, I notice that when I’m in a room that feels chaotic to me, I get a feeling of pain or tightness in my belly. 

Often I don’t feel quite “safe” energetically or even physically in a chaotic environment, whether it’s a big crowd or a small gathering. To be more exact, a couple of inches above my belly button, my body starts to feel tense. I learned that this is the location of my third chakra (more on this later); when I feel challenged or threatened, I tend to respond by trying to control what’s going on in the room using my third chakra. Ugh, chug; I get that feeling of pushing a big rock up a mountain. I’m aware of that feeling of physical effort – which is odd, because all I’m doing is, let’s say, sitting on a chair or standing at the edge of a room.

These are clues to me that my body is going into effort in its attempts to fix something going on around me. Once I have that awareness, I can shift tactics. One of my very first tactics is to note where my awareness is. Is it down in my gut trying to calm the room? Or is my attention scattered all around the room? Or have I left the premises, awareness-wise, because I couldn’t handle what was happening right here, and now I’m thinking about work or my car or a recent conversation? And my next tactic might be – breathe, exhale, and bring my awareness right behind my eyes.

target image from lisabintuitive.com

Now I’m centered in my own space. Whew, what a relief. At least from this vantage point I can see a bit more clearly and feel a bit more comfortable. I’m in my own body, and my own driver’s seat of that body. And that’s really one of the best places to simply be while being aware.

Read more in Part 3.

 

copyright © 2013 Lisa Bernstein

Tool #2: Get Back into Your Body: Bring Your Awareness into the Center of Your Head

Here's a post on Tool #2 of the eight essential intuitive tools I promised (in the blog post http://www.lisabintuitive.com/lisabintuitive_blog/the_eight_key_intuitive_tools/) to share with you. I learned how to practice these tools in the late 1980s at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, but I've seen few, if any, good written explanations of them. And of course this explanation gives my own insights on why this tool is so important and how to use it.

With this tool, you get back into the driver's seat of your body and energy space by bringing your awareness into the center of your head. It's important to anyone wanting to re-own your body, feel better, and become healthier.

Oh, and I'll be posting more often from now on. Look for Part 2 about this fun tool soon.

If you’re reading this after a long day, you may feel that everyone and everything you encountered over the past 12 hours have been tugging on you for your attention – your kids, coworkers, and boss; the phone, television, advertisements, social media; pulsing icons on your computer or mobile screen.

why you may need to re-own the center of your head, from lisabintuitive.com

Yo, over here, this is important, look at me!

When you stop to think about it, your environment may resemble a carnival of demand. Everyone wants you to place your awareness on them – for different reasons.

You make them feel valued. You can solve one of their problems. An advertiser wants you to buy something. An employer wants you to produce something. Some person – even someone you love – or some institution wants to control what you do… You can start adding to the list yourself. Or...maybe not.

Considering all that, it’s amazing that you can sit down and read this blog post.

Yet with all this hubbub, probably no one has come right out and said to you that your awareness is such a treasure. No one has emphasized that taking control of what you’re paying attention to – and, dare I say it?, placing your attention on yourself, from yourself – are tremendously empowering acts.

Tool #2 of the eight essential intuitive tools gives you a way to center your awareness within yourself. From there, you can more easily choose what you’re paying attention to.

With this tool, you come back into your body.

Your most valuable spiritual asset is your attention – yet you learned very early to give it away.

The programming begins in early childhood, when we’re too young to fully manage what we do with our attention. Class, look at the whiteboard, please! Quit drifting off, pay attention! Gathering up the attention of a group can veer into controlling that attention; one obvious example is the military. Once we are trained to hand over control of our attention to others, the habit of looking outward, and feeling we are scattered outward among what we're looking at, is continually reinforced by the patterns of our modern lives.

So what’s the problem with that? It’s exhausting, for starters. As your attention zings all over the place, your body is taking in and even recording a great deal of extraneous information, which can be tiring and distracting to you. (Ever had an unwanted commercial hook looping in your brain?) On a subtle level, this same chronic repetition of data is happening a thousandfold in your personal energy space if you don’t find a way to discharge it.

 Mrs. Potato Head looking distressed from lisabintuitive.com

For another, you probably would rather pay attention to things that fulfill your own agenda rather than the agendas of other people and institutions – or at least make a choice about it.

 

Amid all that demands your attention, notice your desire to be present now.

 

Despite the clamorous competition for your attention drawing your focus from your own physical and energetic space, you do need and want to take breaks from looking outward. I’m spaced out. I don’t feel present. I can’t get into focus. These phrases signal discomfort with the ingrained habit of displacing your energetic focus onto lots of different targets.

 

Many of us have good reason to not want to pay attention to what’s happening in our bodies and immediate vicinities, such as physical or emotional pain or distressing circumstances that we’d rather not face. Some of us use external attention-shut-off valves like alcohol and drugs.

Still, eventually your body and being will send up flares signaling that the external stimuli have become too stressful to handle. Or signaling that the external shut-off valves aren’t working, or are causing their own problems with excessive use.

You may have found activities that force you to stop your attention from zinging around and to get into the moment because your physical survival depends on it. For instance, climbing rocks, or jumping out of airplanes; you simply can’t do these things and be distracted if you want to avoid dire consequences. Or maybe just the opposite works, with a domestic approach, in which sewing, cooking, gardening, and other homey pleasures are a kind of meditation that turns off the din and demand and that lets you find your own calm center again.

Here’s an approach to consider: collect your attention and put it on yourself, instead of thinking that all the important things are out there.

What a radical concept: the idea of gathering up your attention from everything else, letting go of the extraneous chatter, and getting back in touch with yourself. It’s a simple act, but a powerful one.

focused girl from lisabintuitive.com

Think of your being taking a happy hour. A mini-vacation for your spirit. A time-out in which you step away from the uproar, ignore everyone else’s demands for a few moments, and pay attention to yourself, from a point within yourself, in the most direct way possible.

 

You as a being can be many places at once, can leap from one focus point to the next, can truly move faster than the speed of light. Your body, however, is earthbound. It’s affected by gravity. It doesn’t do time travel. Your body knows how to be in just one place at a time. So keep your body company, for a change. Get your awareness into your body again – at least for a few minutes a day.

 

Continued in Part 2.

copyright Lisa Bernstein

The Eight Key Intuitive Tools

A good way to start getting a handle on your own energy system is to use eight key intuitive tools. They're accessible, illuminating, and fun.

tools from lisabintuitive.com

The upcoming posts will teach you these tools and how to practice them. You'll learn an intuitive style of meditation that involves relaxation, visualization, and working with your energy anatomy. You can bring these tools into your daily eyes-open life too.

I already posted a blog entry about the first tool: calling up a sense of amusement. Check it out: 

http://lisabintuitive.com/lisabintuitive_blog/your_most_important_spiritual_tool_its_probably_not_what_you_think/

You can start using these tools for five minutes each day and spend more time at it from there; even five minutes a day will create beneficial changes for you.  They will take some steady practice, but I’m betting you’ll enjoy it.

 

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