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Welcome back! In this video, we’re actually going to do the Embodied Awakening Refresher. This is the shortcut version: eight words long. And even though it’s a video, we’re going to be mostly eyes closed.
You can keep them open if you want, but it won’t do you much good. With all these internal techniques eyes closed is better. The brain is wired 70% for vision, and looking out into the external world simply pulls your attention away from where it needs to be. So I invite you to go ahead and close your eyes.
The previous video gave the context for this. And here, we’re just going to do it. So I invite you to let everything else go and just come into passive breath awareness. Feel your whole body at once.
If you have awareness of the subtle energy in and or around your body, feel that and get your baseline. There’s nothing you need to change or fix here. Just notice where you’re starting. And that way you can compare it to what you get to.
If you got your baseline on a feeling level, we’re now going to do the invocations. You’re going to speak to your higher self, which created the human you and is always watching over it, always happy to help. It will always come when you call it.
So let’s do the eight words now. Please repeat after me, out loud if you can, silently if you must. Here we go:
“Maximum embodied awakening that serves highest good, please.”
Let the words go. Now you’re coming to passive breath awareness. Simply relax. The only thing you’re focusing on is the sensation of breath in your body.
By the way, you’re not controlling [the breath]. Just let it do whatever it wants. Just notice the sensation anytime it comes in or out. That is your entire job right now: simple breath awareness, passively.
There are a few pointers that may help you as you do this. Here’s my recommended strategy for optimal efficiency of this tool:
I recommend that you do not use any effort or willpower to try to make anything happen, or stop anything from happening while we’re in this process. I also recommend you do not deliberately visualize or imagine anything. It’s passive. Just feel breath. That’s all.
Another teaching point is about distractions. If at any moment you become aware that your attention is anywhere except your breath, that is a distraction for our purposes.
Don’t fight the distraction. Don’t try to change it. Let it be exactly as it is with no resistance. For our purposes, that distraction is not you! It’s an uninvited guest. You don’t have to give it any more attention.
So you relax your attention back into your breath. Please do this very gently and persistently, as often as needed. And if, as you do that, that distraction continues in the background, that’s perfectly fine. Let it do its thing, you do your thing. Stay relaxed into the breath, and just continue that process.
At this juncture, [embodied awakening] may happen quickly. For some people, it may take a little longer. In a moment, I’ll tell you how to know when you’ve hit embodied awakening. If you need more time, then I’ll give you a cue to pause this recording, and you can then unpause it when you’re there.
How will you know when you hit embodied awakening? Four things will be true all at the same time: no mental chatter, no challenging emotion, peaceful and effortless. If all that is going on at the same time, then you’re there: your light body has merged with your physical body.
So I now invite you to simply rest in that passive breath awareness. If you get distracted, just relax back into the breath. That’s all you’re doing.
And one little more nuance I’ll give you, which is the minimum effort idea. You want to use the least effort possible even to feel your breath. Let’s try that right now for a moment. I invite you to drop to zero effort. Simply exist. Whatever happens is fine, just be passive.
And now at this state of zero effort, just notice: is there breath awareness or not? All by itself.
If you have breath awareness, even at zero effort, then stay at zero. If you don’t, then you’re going to add micro bits of effort, like the touch of a feather … barely enough to get that bare minimum needed for breath awareness.
You may need to add a few micro bits of effort, little teeny tiny bits, until you have just the barest awareness of the breath at all. That’s plenty for our purposes here.
Just play back and forth — a little more effort, a little less — until you comfortably feel like that’s the least effort needed to feel breath at all … whether it’s zero or just a little bit. The less effort you use to get the job done, the more space you leave for the divine to help you out.
At this juncture, some people will already be in embodied awakening. And some will need a little more time.
I’ll remind you one more time what the qualities are when you’ve achieved it. Again, all four true at the same time: no mental chatter, no challenging emotion, peaceful and effortless.
If you’re there, you’ve got it. If you need more time, please pause the recording, and then unpause it when you’ve hit that state, or when you’ve gotten as close as you can.
Please pause [the recording] now if needed.
I’m assuming you have paused if you had to. And now here we are in embodied awakening. So note once again the qualities: no mental chatter, no challenging emotion, peaceful and effortless.
You may also notice that you feel a subtle tingling in your body. That is the feeling of the higher self in the physical body.
Another nuance is that the consciousness hearing me is not quite the same. It’s hard to verbalize what the difference is, but you’ll notice it’s not quite the same consciousness hearing. That’s because your higher self is driving. And your higher self is the one hearing these words.
If the higher self is driving, that means the higher self is running the human. And that is how this state is even possible. An unawakened human cannot hold a state of no thought and no challenging emotions and all that without effort. But if the divine has merged with you, it’s effortless because this is the divine’s natural state.
So if you’ve hit embodied awakening, just relax into it as long as you like. And having achieved this in this recording, that’s what this particular recording is for. So we’ll wrap up here and then, when you’re ready, we’ll move on to the next recording.