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Will it harm me or will it heal me? That’s a question I’ve asked myself every time I went to eat or drink something for the past month, not because I have OCD (I don’t have OCD) but because I wanted to learn a new habit, a habit that would promote a healthy body and mind.

Some time ago I realised that the yogic principle of ahimsa, non-violence, didn’t just mean not to harm other living beings. When you think of everyone as individual parts of a whole, like billions of drops of water that make up an entire ocean, you see that we’re all one and the same, and that harming one being is just like harming every other being. So Ahimsa is the non-harming of any living being including yourself. But when most people think of harming others or themselves, they usually think of it in terms of some kind of physical violence or, less often, mental abuse. The majority of people, including myself, rarely think of non-harming in relation to their diet.

By asking yourself “will it harm me or will it heal me?” each time you’re about to eat or drink something, you become acutely aware of how your diet is affecting your body and mind. Of course when it comes to diet it’s not as black and white as the question I asked makes it seem, for instance drinking a lot of carrot juice can help prevent the formation and growth of cancer for people who don’t smoke, yet when people who do smoke drink a lot of carrot juice it can accelerate the growth and spread of cancer. This is just one example that comes to mind, there are many others. So when asking yourself will it harm or heal me, I’m talking about foods that are eaten in moderation. 

If you want a healthy body and mind, asking this simple question every time you eat or drink, just for a month, gives you a powerful tool for creating health and balance in the body and mind. Even after you stop asking the question, its subtle effects will continue to have an influence on you. In fact you’ll probably even find your eating habits changing for the better. For me, this is one of the simplest and most effective techniques I’ve used in my yogic practices. 

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Many years ago, when I first became interested in the esoteric elements of yoga, I remember looking through dozens of texts and noticing a strange recurring theme. Throughout the texts I saw paintings of yogis depicted as being in a deep state of Samadhi, with their eyes crossed and directed up towards the centre of their forehead.

It turns out that the yogis in those images weren’t just pulling funny faces, they were applying a simple yet powerful consciousness expanding technique known as shambavi mudra. Applying this simple technique of turning the eyes up towards the centre of the forehead allowed these explorers of consciousness to open their mind’s eye and see the unity and the oneness of everything.

Shambavi mudra can be looked at on two levels; they are the external, physical level, and the internal, mental level. In this post I’ll describe the physical level, as understanding and learning how to apply it lays the foundation for practising on the mental level.

The Physical level of Shambavi

In the same way that Yogis noticed the other bandhas and mudras occurring spontaneously throughout their body as their mind began to awaken, they also observed how, when they entered a deep state of meditation, their eyes would naturally roll up and in towards the centre of their forehead. It seems that this natural movement of the eyes, in response to the mind entering deeper states of awareness and expansion, has the affect of bringing the two hemispheres of the brain into harmony with each other, creating a unity and synergy between all parts of the brain.

With this understanding of shambavi mudra, it’s interesting to see how an awakened mind is often symbolised by closed eyes turned up towards a single, opened eye in the centre of the forehead. Symbolically, this represents the neurological integrative affect shambavi has upon the brain, and the subsequent awareness of unity and oneness that arises in the mind.

Practice:

  1. Sitting or lying in a comfortable position, bring your index finger to a central point in front of your face, level with your eyes.
  2. Focus your eyes on the point of your finger.
  3. Keeping your eyes focussed on the tip of your finger, slowly move your finger to touch the point just above the bridge of your nose, where the third eye is often depicted as being situated.
  4. Once you have reached the position described in step 3, maintaining your eyes in that position, close your eye lids as your remove your finger and bring your hand to rest in your lap.

The effects of this practice, although happening mostly in the background, manifest in a specific way. Over time, as the eye position of shambavi integrates the brain’s hemispheres and begins to stimulate and activate specific areas of the brain, the practitioner begins to see a light in the centre of his/her forehead. The longer the practice is used, the stronger the new neurological connections become. The affect of this neurological strengthening is a growing intensity in the brightness of the inner light in the head.

Integration

When we integrate shambavi mudra into our bandha and meditative practices we are greatly enhancing their affects on the awakening body and mind. Eventually, when we practice our meditation in conjunction with shambavi, the mind becomes completely absorbed in the light in the head. When we reach this point in our practice, the mind expands and we see ourselves in everything and everything in us.

One Love ❤

Samadhi

A short animation I made to illustrate the realisation of unity and oneness brought about by the awakening of Kundalini.

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