I am going to write about how clarity can arise during meditation. And it can also arise when we are offering bodywork.
Garchen Rinpoche is one of my heart teachers. He is one of the few individuals on the planet who I honestly think, loves everyone and everything around him. He is the embodiment of loving-kindness in my eyes. And he is more than that as well, his wisdom fire is vast and deep, so he also embodies the wisdom-gnosis of Manjushri. If I get the chance to attend his teachings, I make every attempt to go.
In a recent post of one of his teachings, he mentions that with devotion to the Guru or to one’s root lama, that clarity can arise when we meditate. If we have the dedication of years of practice, and if we are truly devoted to our heart teacher, then clarity can easily arise when we do Guru Yoga or offer a Tsok feast and Lama Chopa practice (offering a delicious feast to the blessing-bestowing lineage holders of one’s particular Tibetan Buddhist lineage). If we have a question, we might not need to ask our root lama in person, unless it is easy. [Of course it is good to check in from time to time to make certain we are not being blown about by the winds of delusion] Rather, if we have a question, we can ask it at the beginning of a meditation session or before we do Guru Yoga, and Garchen Rinpoche says that by the next morning, we might have our answer.
I believe there are some definite parallels between meditation and doing professional, compassionate, skillful, ethical bodywork. I personally practice Craniosacral Therapy, I work with a little bit of trauma resolution by working with the Vagus nerve and the Polyvagal system and I am starting to get into Pre- and Perinatal therapy (PPN therapy) and Birth Process work. I have been giving and receiving bodywork for over 12 years now, and I feel that the levels of embodiment I am discovering are very difficult to describe in words and that my body communicates with me on a regular basis.
If we are doing bodywork and something comes up in the session, we can get to the point where we can ask our own bodies – “what is going on here?” And we can get a definite, accurate answer.
Here is an example of this:
I was giving a treatment a little while ago when I started to feel the client’s pain coming out into my hands. This can occur anytime someone has emotional or physical trauma and we as healing facilitators are both wishing them well and attempting to get their body to release old stuff.
The problem with the above situation though, is that I want to be able to give a treatment session and have some energy remaining to enjoy my day. I want to be able to give at least four treatments in a day without feeling drained. So if I am starting to take on my client’s stuff, I have to pause and notice the yellow flags my body is raising. “Hello Kirby – do you really want to continue down this path?” No, I don’t.
Therefore, I paused and asked my body – specifically my gut and my kidneys, “What do I need to know right now? Why am I taking on this person’s stuff?”
And it was pretty wild. I got an instant response of, “There is nothing to do, nothing to fix, nothing to make [as healing facilitator]. I am merely connecting to this person’s innate health which is never lost.” I stated something like this out loud – that their body knows how to heal itself and that I am just coaching their process.
And within seconds, I stopped taking on anything from this person, despite my hands remaining on them the whole time. I got them to do a little technique to move the energy through and out of their body (without me as middle man!) and they deeply appreciated the session.
It is always good to remind ourselves of the basics. Going back from time to time to review the basics is very helpful for me.
I think I was taking on this person’s stuff because I had temporarily fallen back into an old pattern of trying to help or fix one of my parents (an old pattern of mine). Once I named and noticed it and shifted my intention and my awareness, I was able to no longer be hooked by my old pattern.
Likewise, we can get questions answered when we sit on the meditation cushion. Or we can answer our questions (sometimes instantly) by having years of experience working with our bodies and having a tradition enhanced with wisdom to lean into. In other words, we can bring meditation into various contexts we are working in.
Thank you for reading!