There’s a really simple way to expand your presence. People typically call this kind of thing ‘chakra opening,’ but that’s a misunderstanding, which I thoroughly go into elsewhere. It can lead to that, but it’s not a likely outcome for most, thus it’s not the technique’s goal. However, if you’re already into energy work, this should bring immediate results.
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In time-honoured tradition there are caveats you need to grok before gorging on all the sweeties:
1Boots on the ground. It’s the Earth Jakked mantra. You’re going to be moving into destabilising emotional territory. Why? Because you’re being amplified. That means all your unresolved stuff is getting louder and heavier for the ride, and it’ll cause you to wobble.
2Keep your emotions and passions in check. Unless you’ve had similar experiences, you’ll have no idea what’s coming at you.
3If you’ve got sexual and/
The Buddhists have a saying/joke that goes something like this:
“There are two pathways towards enlightenment: the first is to study for many years and then with something special, you might attain enlightenment. The second path just requires something special.”
It’s as simple as that, and yet fiendishly more complex at the same time, because it’s actually neither. ‘Something special’ is a lifetime package deal, and you certainly don’t need a Buddhist to tell you about it, and they know that too. Anyway, slow and steady wins the race, because whoever you are, you can bet you’re dragging lifetimes of precariously wobbling baggage for the shiggles. There’s a reason why Buddhism is so strong on psychology.
I’ve coined the term ‘Lateral Meditation’ because I don’t know who else is already doing it and what they’ve called it. I don’t doubt it’s a matter-of-course for some people. It’s not complex at all, and so there’s no secret sauce so-to-speak. It’s kinda ‘too obvious to be true’. So I claim nothing much.
I used to perform a variation of this technique with my brow chakra for spiritual self-defence. It was something the teenage me spontaneously came up with when under psychic assault this one time. It wasn’t until decades later it dawned on me that it was the same thing as expanding presence, or what most people call ‘expanding the aura’. Yeah, I’m kinda dumb like that, so don’t let my joined up writing fool you otherwise.
It wasn’t a massive leap, it’s just I hadn’t thought about it. I then applied it in a new context, and got instant results. Like everything truly spiritual, “it’s the intention, stupid!”
I prefer minimum effort and maximum efficiency. There are good metaphysical reasons for that. Lateral Meditation firmly hits this nail on the head. What makes it so different from the various iterations of ‘transcendental meditation’ is that it’s entirely about the energy component of the equation, and isn’t related to coercing the physical body into a conducive state. You can’t monetise the former, but you can certainly create institutions around the latter. I’m just saying.
The advantage of a physical experience-leading-to-a-spiritual-one is that it can be taught. The disadvantage of Lateral Meditation is that it’s a knack. So I guess you’re going to need something special after all?
The good news is if you’re already familiar with meditation, then you’ve probably got this hands down already. Having an ability to silence the mind will help the process. Both techniques essentially bring you to the same place, it’s just you’re doing different things.
1 Sit quietly with a calm, relaxed and meditative mind. (You may also choose to lay down, stand, skydive… whatever works for you, but I recommend being stationary whilst learning).
2 If you’re already familiar feeling your chakra or energy centres, then you’re nearly there. If you’re not, it’s a big part of the knack you need to learn.
The knack is how to feel within, and the best place to understand this is (usually!) with the heart centre.
- Think of a loving memory. Good places to start are: your partner, children, pets, nature. Even a sweetly funny joke could work. Anything that makes you feel genuine warmth.
- Hold your thoughts and move your attention to your heart, where you should be feeling something (hence: warmth).
- Maintain that feeling and let go of the memory.
- You’re now experiencing joy, love, happiness — all the good stuff — but without a stimulus! Which means it’s now safe to give me all of those sports cars in your garage. Oh! Sorry, I promised this wasn’t going to be institutional.
- Experiment, and you’ll find ways to maintain that feeling. Briefly remembering the stimulus might help at this stage. This is the key to the knack. The best clue I can provide is that it’s an internal, and inner-facing experience. You can’t grab at it. You have to allow it, and let it ‘merge’ within you. It’s the inverse of your likely natural reaction. The feeling will fill you, all by itself, if you don’t block it. There’s degrees to this; at the hot end of things, it’ll feel like an explosion, but in my experience that requires a deeper state. It sounds odd, but you focus on it by not paying it too much attention. Contemplate the mountain, and not the rock face.
- Once you can hold the feeling, let it fade away.
- Next, choose to feel it again. Most likely you’ll need to recall that happy memory, and that’s okay. Keep practising, and eventually you won’t need a stimulus.
- You have now become aware of your heart chakra and acquired a level of conscious control. Take the essence of this, the knack, the focus, how you bring it back, and work instead on your other chakras. You should begin to feel them. The energy fizzle in your heart applies equally to your other chakras, so elicit that feeling in them.
3Become aware of your chakras. For beginners, sweep up and down your body, feeling each chakra in turn. Don’t worry if one or two ‘stand out’ and other feels ‘dull’. Having any sense of them at all should be enough.
4The final step is to begin lateral expansion. Your focus can be on one or all of your chakras. Beginners should focus on just one. The difference between the all-at-once and singular method is to do with a deeper qualitative shift you’ll figure out with experience. If you’re out of practise, the single approach will work as your kick-starter.
- The usual ‘chakra opening’ stuff you’ll encounter always talks about opening forwards and outwards like a flower. So scratch that, because we’re going sideways. Keep it simple: you don’t need to go into fancy visualisations, that’s largely to keep the mind enchanted and sell you more product.
- You need to laterally expand the chakras or chakra that you’re focused upon. I find there are two ways to do this, which also work together:
- Laterally push out from the centre of the chakra.
- Laterally pull the chakra outwards, which initially ‘feels’ like pulling apart stringy pizza slices, or cracking an egg.
- The pushing is a bit like this: imagine you’re standing in a tight corridor. You place your hands on either wall, then push the walls away. It takes a lot of effort, and in this analogy, the corridor expands. Now bring that concept back to your chosen chakra. The chakra’s energy is like your hands, and those hands are in the middle of the chakra, palms outwards, so to speak. Now push your energy-hands out. The push requires effort, as if you really were pushing at corridor walls. This effort is the lateral expansion of your chakra, but also — critically — raises your energy whilst doing so.
- The effort could require intense breathing. Inward breaths are very good at pulling in energy, especially from the earth. There are various breathing techniques with copious resources online for this. Alternatively if you’re a lazy bum like me, don’t bother because it’ll be just fine.
- Repeat with your other chakras. Go with your feelings, don’t try to analyse it or be particular and pedantic. Any order is good. When you become fluid, you’ll be able to expand your entire system whilst walking about and doing normal stuff.
- Experiment with ways to intensify the feelings. The lateral push is just the starting point. Feel your chakras and ‘fall’ into them. The sages weren’t kidding when they talked about the inner journey.
The more you do this, the easier it gets, and the stronger your system becomes. The stronger your system becomes, the more your chakras will sustain the power up. This is a big deal and not to be approached lightly. Conversely, don’t brutalise yourself by pushing too hard and too fast. It’s like preparing for your first ever marathon, which will take many months, if not years.
Powering up a chakra to the point of what others call ‘opening’ will change your life and, if you’re full of aforementioned baggage, it’ll likely destroy you. I kid you not, you’ll destroy you whilst thinking you’re having a great time. The worst part of that is the collateral damage done to everyone else.
Unless you’re on a hair-trigger, powering up chakras to their conceptual ‘opening’ requires a lot of effort, but we’re all setup differently in this regard. Generally speaking, you’ll only get to this state if you vigorously attempt to do so, your system has the capacity, and you can raise enough energy. Or in other words, you won’t. Certain physical places will help you, because of their own inherent energy, be that emotional residue or something altogether more geometric. If you’re at a known energy place and feeling lucky, stay responsible.
With lateral meditation, you’ll feel profound changes, and lush inner-feelings – good feelings – which you can release into and fill yourself with. Sit within those feelings and experiment on how to intensify them, but without grabbing at them. That’s the deepest benefit, and the key to reaching higher states. This is where heart-felt devotional prayer and surrender etc. can reap huge dividends. Things will ebb and flow, and you have to allow that without judgement. You might experience ‘quiet’ months and then have a burst of activity. Your system will improve, grow and develop like every other living thing. Keep the practise up, and great things will come.
If you’ve not practised for a while, or are jangly after having been surrounded by lots of people — like you’ve been lolling around in a big city — then you’re going to have to work harder to clear your energy field. If you don’t and treat the effort like a chill meditation, you won’t reap the benefits. A good blast of energy once in a while will work wonders.
Finally, everyone experiences cycles, and sometimes we power down and simply trail off into mundanity. Always be gentle with yourself, and allow things to naturally play out. The key is not to forget what you’ve done and that you can have that again. Write it down, because you’ll forget otherwise. It’s partly a spiritual ‘memory’ that can’t be accessed in reduced states. The greater your self-kindness the more sustainable your development will be. It’s not a race and it takes lifetimes.
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