The Internal “Locks” of the Whole Body



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Conscious
Exercise and the Transcendental Sun

The principle of love applied to
exercise and the method of common physical action.

A science of whole body wisdom, or
true emotion, intended especially for those engaged in
religious or spiritual life.

Prepared in collaboration with Da
Free John and based on his written and verbal instructions.


The Internal “Locks” of the Whole
Body,

by Bubba Free
John

The living human body is a system or
structure for the conduction of life. The physical body is
contacted by or unified with mind, or attention, via the
pervading medium of life-force. The present capacity of the
complex of attention, feeling, and bodily form to conduct
the life-power is its general state of responsibility, or
“conductivity.”

The same life-force pervades both
the physical body and its environment. The physical body
does not “contain,” or grasp and hold, the life-force, but
simply communes or communicates with the all pervading
life-force, or manifest light, and intensifies the sense and
effect of the life-force through feeling, or psycho-physical
emotion. Attention (including intention and controlled
thought) and the control of posture and activity are the
outer limbs or extremities, the opposite poles of the
process of living. The center, root, and living core of the
process is the life-force or universal energy, apparently
cycled through the phases of the breath, but constantly and
priorly communicated in, as, and through us via the process
of feeling.

Feeling is either obstructed and
reactive or unobstructed and non-reactive. Reactive
emotions, such as fear, sorrow, and anger, are forms of
recoil. They contract the mechanisms of the whole body, and
obstruct or attenuate the conductivity, and thus the
responsibility, of the whole being. When there is simple,
direct, and native participation in the state of life, there
is no reactivity, but a pleasurable, relational force and
radiance. This is love, or unobstructed conductivity. In
that case, the responsibility of the whole body-being is
optimum, and Communion with the Real Condition or Truth of
all conditions is possible, and even native to that
instant.

The cycle of breathing is a
reflection of the present state of conductivity, and thus
responsibility, of the individual. Indeed, the cycle of
breathing, or conductivity of life, is senior to all
subjectivity, all reactivity. Breath and emotion are
identical. We feel and breathe simultaneously, as a sing a
event. Unobstructed feeling, or love, is senior to the
physiological action of the breath, but simultaneous with
it. Love is creative or causative relative to breath and
life.

Reactive feeling, or negative and
caused emotions, are secondary to the physiological action
of the breath. Shocks of life modify the breath-life pattern
directly, and create contracted emotional patterns, as well
as the sense that love and good feelings depend on reasons
or circumstantial stimulation. Thus, by experience and
reaction, our native responsibility for love in every moment
is weakened. Shocks of life and breath are creative or
causative relative to reactive or obstructed
emotions.

The creative task of the living
being is to remain responsible for its native disposition
and conductivity, even through and in the midst of the
shocks and impositions of experience. It is the Law of
Sacrifice or Love that is hidden in every breath. If we
abide as love, with free attention in all action, then we
remain in the creative or responsible position relative to
life. breath, action, and Realization. But if we abide in
our subjectivity, self-possessed, distracted – by the
obsessive sound of thinking-from feeling in the infinite
pattern of relations, then we are irresponsible, subject to
random experience, unable to conduct life, or to breathe
openly, or to act sanely and humanly, or to Realize
Truth.

The feeling cycle of the breath is
thus the center of life and all our relations. The conscious
feeling of the bodily and relational cycle of breath and
life, under conditions of action and repose, is central to
our well – being, our good relations, and to the whole
affair of conscious exercise. Therefore, it is essential to
realize the critical factors and events in the feeling cycle
of breathing.

The physical body is always
already fully permeated by all-pervading energy, or life
force. It never becomes empty or filled, but it is only
either more or less directly and presently in a condition of
communication or communion with the universal life.
We
fluctuate or “phase” in our state of feeling moment to
moment. We also chronically feel reactive or contracted and
negative emotional conditions, from fear and sorrow and
anger to relatively modest anxiety and sadness and despair
to depression and dullness and boredom. Therefore, we are
also chronically tending toward a condition of
non-communication of life or energy on the basis of the
effects of experience or reactions to experience in every
moment.

The only way to realize a present
degree of maximum intensity, communicated in, as, and
through the whole body-being, is to feel without obstruction
or contraction. Then we abide in the native intensity of the
universally present energy, life, or light. That feeling is
named “love ” and “sacrifice, ” or “surrender. “
It is
the unqualified feeling and the native intensity of the
whole body-being that characterizes us when we simply look
and feel and are and act completely happy. In our chronic
condition, we tend to manifest such happiness or love-in
other words, we tend to communicate or commune with the
native force of existence-only when events cause us to react
with complete, unobstructed feeling. Thus, only in the rare
moments of good fortune or fulfillment, the moments
equivalent to suddenly getting a gift of a million dollars,
do we consent to feel and to exist as our native
intensity.

This is the chronic problem of man
-that he does not consent to feel as he is but only as he is
caused to feel. We feel according to our present
circumstances s rather than our prior or native intensity.
The spiritual obligation of every man or woman is to realize
the prior intensity of life in every moment. And this is
possible only if there is true, present, and radical
“hearing” of the argument of Truth and of life itself. Only
then will we consent or even be able to look and feel and be
and act completely happy under all conditions.

The discipline of “conscious
exercise” is a part of the whole spiritual discipline that
obliges devotees in the Way of Divine Ignorance. All others
may also apply at least this part of the wisdom of the whole
body, and so benefit all of us by becoming more stable,
healthy, and responsible for life and feeling.

And feeling, as you see, is the key
to the functional wisdom of the whole body. Feeling unlocks
the contractions of the reactive body life, and permits a
free communication between attention and action. Once we
enjoy such self-control, which moves us positively into the
pattern of relations, other so-called “locks” may usefully
be added to the feeling control of the body.

In the simplest terms, the living
body is an expression of two tendencies, uses, or currents
of life. And, again in the simplest or most basic terms,
these tendencies are the two motions of contraction and
expansion, or reception and release. There is a negative or
exclusive and unbalanced expression of each of these
tendencies. When reactivity, or reaction to experience,
becomes stronger than the force of life and unobstructed or
free feeling-attention that we commonly bring to experience,
then reception and contraction disable us. We become
self-possessed, confined to subjectivity, negatively
emotional, vitally weak, and self-defeating in action. Then
expansion or release is confined to patterns of mere
self-indulgence, so that we are constantly emptied until
death.

But there is a positive or true
functional development of each of these motions, when they
are in balance, and when attention and bodily form and
action are controlled by full central communion or feeling
into the universal environment of the life-force. In that
case, even each breath becomes a balanced cycle of
reception-release, contraction expansion, in the constant
field of fully felt intensity or life.

It has already been considered how
the inhalation of breath, or life, is associated with
reception, infilling, and natural conductivity or movement
toward the whole body. Likewise, the exhalation is
associated with release of the wastes, the accumulated
contents or old circumstances and adaptations of life (not
the release or emptying of life itself), and natural
expansion, which is conductivity or movement from the whole
body outward. This dual cycle is generated from the heart
(the feeling center), and enacted between the apparent
entrance of breath at the nose and the vital or abdominal
center below. The cycle of breathing moves to and from the
vital abdominal center. The vital center is not filled and
emptied in the process, but it is rhythmically active as the
bodily center wherein the felt intensity of the universal
life is constantly and priorly communicated with and
expressed.

When we breathe, we should breathe
with the sense that the whole body rests or abides always
and already in the universal, all-pervading life field.
Thus, the vital center and the head are both, equally and
always, in perfect and constant contact with the light of
life. When the cycle of breathing is generated, it should
not be felt that life only enters the nose and then goes
down to the vital center, but that the whole body breathes
or communes with the universal life. The nose, throat, vital
center, and heart are simply mechanisms or parts of the
conversation between the whole body and the all-pervading
life.

On inhalation, the breath or life is
to be felt as if drawn or intensified via the whole surface
of the body. Secondarily, it tends also to be felt as if
passing down from the nose to the vital center. Therefore,
there is a tendency toward the secondary feeling that life
is passing down and out through the lower body on
inhalation. There is also the sense, at the full point of
inhalation, that the breath-force is tending not to be
retained at the vital center but, rather, to escape by
recoiling upward, through the chest, throat, and
nose.

Likewise, on exhalation, the breath
or life is to be felt as if expanding as intensity
throughout the whole body and through the whole surface of
the body to infinity. Secondarily, it tends also to be felt
as if it is passing up and out, leaving the vital center and
passing out through the nose. Therefore, there is a tendency
toward the secondary feeling that life is being taken out
from the vital center and dispersed via the upper body on
exhalation.

Thus, on both inhalation and
exhalation there is a similar and chronic sensation,
secondary to the primary process of whole body
reception-release. (The primary process is without loss of
energy, since energy is all-pervading, and the body does not
take it in or out, but simply participates in it with either
more or less direct, unobstructed, and full feeling.) The
sensation awakened relative to the secondary process is, in
each case, the sensation that the life-force is entering
and/or leaving the vital center.

If the life-energy can enter or
leave the vital center, then the vital center exists, and
the whole body feels, as if it were always already empty,
dependent on a process that fills it, and subject to a
process that empties it.

The conviction of emptiness is
demonstrated at the heart, in inhibition of feeling. Fear is
the logic of independent or separate and priorly empty
existence. And fear is the chronic “feeling” that controls
the breath of life.

Therefore, our living and spiritual
obligation is to enter fully into the primary process of
life. This means we must abide constantly in the sense that
the whole body, from the feeling heart, from and to and
through the whole surface or skin of the body, and via the
vital center, is always already existing in an
all-pervading, unqualified, and universal field of energy,
life, or light. It is only because the life-force is
associated with the incoming and outgoing cycle of the
breath that we feel life itself comes and goes, whereas in
fact life is constant, and the cycle of breath is only a
play of feeling-attention on the universal energy that
always already pervades the whole body, the vital center,
the heart, and the mind. If feeling can be full and
constant, then it is no longer subject to the apparent cycle
or “phasing” of the breath. Then our immortal position
begins to become clear, at the heart, prior to mind and
body. Therefore, we are constantly obliged by the Law of
Sacrifice, Love, or Radiance.

The sense of the prior fullness and
eternal conservation of life or light may be presumed to be
simply or factually true on the basis of consideration of
science and experience. Thus, anyone may practice “conscious
exercise” who has at least minimal sympathy with the higher
evidence of science and life. But the full or optimum
practice depends on prior Realization of the Truth of the
whole body, and such Realization depends on true hearing of
the radical argument of Truth, as communicated by one who is
alive in its Realization. Just so, the practice itself is a
whole life of full devotional practice in the spiritual
Company of such a one and in cooperation with other
devotees.

To continue with this discussion of
the secondary sense of prior emptiness or functional loss of
life energy, it is because of these secondary tendencies, or
the habitual association with the feeling that the whole
body is empty and emptying, at the vital center as it
breathes, that certain “locks” or contractions of the
feeling body are appropriate to add to formal exercise and
even to random moments of our ordinary living.

During formal exercise, whenever the
inhaled breath becomes full, or the exhaled breath is
complete, it is often appropriate to lock the breath into or
out of the body. (Remember, the secondary process is the
breath cycle in itself, and the primary process is the
direct participation in the universally and priorly
communicated life field. The “locks” are activities relative
to the secondary process, or the breath cycle, and are only
intended to reduce the experiential effects or presumptions
of energy loss and emptiness.) The first of these, the
throat lock, is generally only to be done briefly, and only
when the physical activity permits it. It may be done by
pressing the chin lightly or moderately into the jugular
knot at the base of the throat. If physical movement is
intense, then the lock may be performed as a
feeling-intention only, or simply a light constriction at
the lower throat.

The principal lock of the body,
however, is the anus-perineum-genital lock, at the crest of
inhalation and in the initiation of exhalation. As the sense
of bodily infilling increases during inhalation, the
tendency to feel energy passing out through the lower body
begins. Thus, as the sense of fullness begins, the
anus-perineum-genital area should be lightly or moderately
tensed, inwards and upwards. At the point of fullness of
inhalation, the throat lock may also be used, when felt to
be natural and appropriate. Likewise, particularly in Hatha
Yoga routines, the anus-perineum-genital lock may be
supplemented by a lock at the navel, performed by lightly or
moderately tensing or drawing in at the navel and the upper
crown of the abdomen.

As exhalation begins, the throat
locks should be released, and the locks of the
anus-perineum-genital area and the navel may be lightly or
moderately increased, as exhalation continues and the region
of the abdomen and solar plexus tends to become concave.
And, at the end of exhalation, the exhaled breath may be
“held out” briefly by one or the other form of the throat
lock.

The anus-perineum-genital lock may
be used at random during ordinary activity. It is
particularly useful because of the chronic sense and
tendency we have of being empty and of emptying the body of
its life via the cycle of breathing and through the lower
mechanisms or vital functions of the gross life.

Contraction of the
anus-perineum-genital area (with or without the other two
locks) should not become chronic, as in the case of anxiety,
but it should be exercised at random, in association with
the inhalation-exhalation cycle, as just
described.

At random times, the
anus-perineum-genital area may be rhythmically contracted
upward and then released, for several moments, slowly or
relatively quickly. This tends to counter the
downward-outward muscular and nervous system pattern
chronically generated via the organs of elimination and
generation.

These locks are natural forms of
control of the physical body and the nervous system in
association with breathing, or the sense of relative
emptiness or fullness of bodily energy. You should adapt
them yourself to the inhalation-exhalation pattern of formal
conscious exercise, including sedentary “pranayama,” and to
random moments of ordinary life. The locks are a secondary
practice, to be used when and if you will. The primary
practice is the simple one of reception-release in whole
body feeling. The locks only serve to counter some of the
secondary side effects or accompaniments of the feeling
cycle of the breath, wherein it is felt that energy is being
channeled and lost through a single area of the body, rather
than expressed constantly and radiantly via the whole body.
The primary practice is the present and radical return to
unobstructed and full feeling, which is love, or Radiance,
and breathing from the prior position of unqualified Life or
Fullness. (Prior to initiation or true Realization of this
Fullness as Divine Presence or Reality, you should simply
exercise and breathe with full, whole body feeling rather
than merely mental intention.)