• Hi Sam,

    Thanks for your feedback. That sounds like a good idea, and I will forward it on to Culadasa.

    Blake – Dharma Treasure Teacher

  • You’re welcome. Please keep us informed about your “yoga practice alongside TMI”. I think we can all learn a lot from each other.

    Blake

  • You’re welcome. Thanks for taking the time to give us feedback. It is really helpful for us to know whether our advice works or not. Please let us know if we can service in the future.

    Best of Luck,
    Blake

  • Hi ST1000,

    You are welcome. I know when I keep a more spacious awareness (peripheral awareness) while doing TMI practice it calms the energy and spontaneous movements, and is more pleasant. You might also notice any resistance or aversion to the energy which can keep it entrenched. If you have a more spacious awareness you are more likely to…[Read more]

  • Hi JavaJeff,

    I have dealt with energy issues throughout my practice. I have spent periods of time where AYP was my main practice. The spinal breath has helped smooth out the energy flow, but I have not gotten to the point where it has become totally smooth (no spontaneous movements). Early on I tried too hard to get everything “just right” in…[Read more]

  • I think it is a good idea to follow your own instincts. Different practices work for different people, and at different times along the path.

    It sounds like you are getting energy overloads when following the TMI approach. If you want to continue working with this practice you could try less meditation each day (like 15-20 minutes) and slowly…[Read more]

  • Hi Altj1a,

    The inner light (illumination) typically appears with the eyes closed. I am really not sure if it appears with the eyes open. I have also heard teachers say that the inner illumination does not appear for everyone even if the concentration is quite deep.

    You might want to emphasize the following definition of Pacification of the…[Read more]

  • Hi John,

    I just noticed that your question never got answered. Sorry for the delay. Yes, you can just set the intention to focus on the breath without blocking anything else?

    And yes you can also do this just through placing a gentle attention on the breath?

    It is easy to over complicate this process, but it is as simple as that.

    Blake -…[Read more]

  • Blake Barton replied to the topic No breaks between breaths in the forum Meditation 3 weeks ago

    Dear B. Lejon and Java Jeff,

    It is quite common that as you try to notice more details of the breath that you tend to lose peripheral awareness. This means that you have not yet developed sufficient power of mind to do both. There are two reasons that you get lost in thought when to try too hard to notice details of the breath. One is that you…[Read more]

  • Please start with the following exercise. Hold one of your fingers in front of your face, and with your eyes open, put your visual attention on the end of your finger. Hold your visual attention there for 10 seconds. Now recall if you were aware of anything else in your visual field during that 10 seconds? Was it clear or fuzzy?

    The same…[Read more]

  • I think you may be too hard on yourself. Please remember that attention is going to move at this stage in your development. The fact that it doesn’t move for 2-3 breaths makes it pretty stable. You are not trying to avoid movements of attention, you just want to notice them when they happen and gently bring your attention back to the breath.…[Read more]

  • Yes, the three to four sensations will all be in or around the nostrils. As your mind gets sharper you will notice a few different vibratory sensations during the inhale and the same during the exhale. If you try to check to see if you are noticing that many you will move attention and not notice the next sensation. At first you might need to…[Read more]

  • Hi B. Lejon,

    Please remember that connecting is an optional practice in stage three. You only need it if following gets very easy, and it does not sufficiently engage your mind.

    In the case where you don’t notice any pauses, I recommend just comparing in and out breaths, or comparing the current in or out breath to the previous one.

    Blake -…[Read more]

  • Hi B. Lejon,

    The subtle sensations that you feel between breaths may not necessarily be caused by the breath. When we rest attention on a body part we often feel sensations there that are not caused by an external stimulus.

    If you are noticing the distinctions in the breath sensations throughout the breath cycle, I would say you are doing the…[Read more]

  • Blake Barton replied to the topic Generalised Anxiety in the forum Meditation 1 month ago

    Hi Ollie,

    Energy flows (piti) that arise in meditation can sometimes feel quite a bit like anxiety. For example, think about how drinking too much coffee can make you feel jittery or anxious. The piti can sometimes feel like drinking too much coffee. These sensations can carry over into daily life.

    Are you experiencing any other sensations or…[Read more]

  • Blake Barton replied to the topic Internal sound in the forum Meditation 1 month ago

    Hi Micro,

    In this practice you generally want to have one object on which you rest attention, and let everything else be in the background. You want to have a clear intention about what your meditation object is. For example, you would either choose the inner sound or the vibratory sensations at the nose. I recommend picking one object at the…[Read more]

  • Blake Barton replied to the topic Internal sound in the forum Meditation 1 month ago

    Hi Micro,

    Can you provide some more information about your practice, so that we can better help you?

    What exactly do you mean by the following? “I don’t remember what was my technique – my practice was chaotic”

    Are you following the techniques in The Mind Illuminated (TMI). If so, did you work with the breath before you switched to int…[Read more]

  • Hi Alex,

    The teacher training classes are typically fixed at 10:00 AM US Arizona time on the weekends. I just checked and this would be 6:00 PM in London. Arizona does not participate in daylight savings time, so 1/2 of the year we are on Pacific standard time, and the other half it’s Mountain standard time.

    There are typically more…[Read more]

  • Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your clarification. It seems we are using different models of causality and Karma. I have been strongly influenced by Culadasa’s views on Karma, as described in the article above, because they seem to resonate with me.

    I don’t believe Culadasa’s model requires any sort of external storage system outside of each…[Read more]

  • Hi Andrew,

    Culadasa describes his views on consciousness in the interludes of his book, particularly in the fifth interlude. However, he may not get into the “how and why of phenomenal experiences” that you may be looking for.

    Blake – Dharma Treasure Teacher

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