Stillness Touch: The Art of Transmitting Love
Kripalu May 15-17, 2015
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Kripalu's Stillness Touch Class is open to anyone desiring personal development. This is a shortened version of the year-long course for health practitioners - and we will cover the same principles and practices.
Restore Body to its Natural State through Touch
Stillness Touch is based on Stillness: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness Charles Ridley's book for professional health practitioners. Stillness was completely re-written as the required text for the Stillness Touch Class.
You can purchase Stillness Touch as an e-Book, and it's companion e-Book, Stillness Practices, click here: Store
This Kripalu class is my response to the call of the times that we awaken to The Love and let it in, so our bodies can be restored as Sacred Vessels.
Restore Body to its original state as Sacred Vessel of The Love through embodiment of Stillness, Sensing Presence, and Stillness Touch.
Through Stillness Practices and non-doing Stillness Touch - letting what is be as it is - we transmit our essence, as unconditional love, to another.
"Stillness Practices: Finding Your Personal Inner Gateway to Stillness:"
We'll learn to embody Stillness as a practice that involves inner body sensing of tone through which we contact our inner body space. Our inner body is the portal to the sensuous flow of Eros that is united with the Wisdom of the Whole. By repeated contact with our inner body sensuous flow of Eros, we gradually cease self-intervention and gain access to body's natural state of wisdom. Being guided by the wisdom of the body is the means by which we neither interfere with, collapse into, nor leave ourselves amid contact with intimacy, intensity, and paradox of Love. We learn to be with all that is illuminated about ourselves amid the self-revealing depths of Dynamic Stillness.
Restoring our body's natural state of Wisdom and Innocence - as Sacred Vessel of Love - frees our consciousness from the gripping and rejecting tendencies of the ego-based personality structure.
Body's Natural State reveals itself within certain inner body practices: Inner Stillness Meditations, Inner Body Breathing, Abiding in Midline, Sensing the qualities and tones of Stillness in the Inner Body Atmosphere, inhabiting the three Centers - Head, Heart, and Pelvis - with sensing Presence while abiding in the SA Node of Heart.
When these practices unify as one process it becomes gateway to a Sacred Sense: Spiritual Touch, by which we are in direct contact the singular living substance of Love that permeates and flows between body, world, and infinite inner Stillness.
"Stillness Touch: The Art of Transmitting Love"
Designed to deepen, through touch, the inner body Stillness Practices we learned on day one.
We will touch in a manner that does not interfere with the freedom of the life flow in the recipients inner body, which when left unimpeded - as it is - expresses the sensuous flow of Love.
We will sensually navigate the tonal stages of Stillness Touch - via the gateways of Stillness Practices - by offering hands-on Bodily Contact, Waiting, Coming off the body, Closure, Integration, Support, and Validation - in a way that frees the recipient's flow of inner body Wisdom, Consciousness, and Love.
Essentially, this class reveals that we are each capable of gifting to another the mystery of Touch as a body-to-body transmission of Love.
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Detailed Philosophy of Stillness Touch:
This class explores Stillness Practices and Touch as an expression of Kashmir Shaivism. In these teachings, body is limitless sensation - a subtle vibratory web of vast shimmering consciousness – Dynamic Stillness - The Sacred Pulse of Spanda.
Body, therefore, is the quintessential expression of Life, Consciousness, Wisdom, and Love that includes the whole universe.
Your inner body expresses the Sacred Pulse as a limitless tonal web. You realize this when you attune to sensations in your inner body space. Here, within us, you rediscover the original state of body as a Sacred Pulse of infinite Love that creates all that is.
You realize body as a non-localized, non-limited field of sensation that includes the totality – this is a non-dual state of reality and its natural state of unity. The limited and separate body does not exist as the total reality. It is a contracted perception, a limiting concept that is an illusion, and not the total reality of body.
Love is the invisible flesh become visible AS body.
Through abiding in the sensations of your inner body, we experience limitless, non-separate Love - AS body. Abide in Stillness, and attend to the sensation of inner breath in the inner body space - its rhythms and its pathways - without any objective of transforming anything. Being united with your inner-body breathing process, attention becomes free and unites with the inner body flow that includes the external and internal. You become aware of sensations arising as different aspects of body as a whole, its various pulses, currents, zones of tension, paradoxical intensities, spaciousness, fluidities, luminescence, and expressions of Eros.
During inner body sensing, a soft subtle movement of inner breath arises as a non-contrived, non-formal pulsing movement that is natural and spontaneous, and which unfolds itself slowly throughout the whole inner body. This continuous fractal movement flows as an inherent inner breathing that in Kashmir Shaivism is known as the Sacred Pulse of the Spanda.
This Sacred Pulse blossoms whenever you totally abandon your will to “do” or modify something, and instead, surrender without any constraints, to the sensing of inner-body breath. This inner-body breathing takes root very low in the pelvis and pulses through the whole inner body space as unending, infinite inner waves of Eros - the Sacred Pulse - which will caress and unravel tensions and restrictions that recoil our awareness away from Love.
In this deep, inner sensing of the whole of your inner being, fears, doubts, and separating thoughts will softly melt into vibrant silence and become united in the Sacred Pulse of The Love - a mysterious place that is the intersection between formless and form - the Dynamic Stillness.
It takes practice to abide in inner Stillness long enough to taste the infinite and subtle variations of the inner body Sacred Pulse of Love. It is difficult to master because Dynamic Stillness unites the three levels at once of body, mind, and emotion. This frees attention, which can now unite with the flowing pulse of Love that is expressed as the entire universe without fear and resistance.
Eventually, the whole of your body, mind, speech, emotion, and actions will become less and less constricted by ego's conceptual references, limiting beliefs, painful memories, recoil, reactivity, emotionality, and fear of the feminine. A body with freed attention will open and flow harmoniously with the unfolding of the whole - as a Sacred Pulse - until you realize your body AS LOVE.
Once your inner body opens to the Sacred Pulse, a deep and pure presence of Love suffuses your flesh, uniting all thoughts, speech, emotions, gestures, consciousness, will, and Love. You then discover true spontaneity, and the capacity to surrender deeper into life’s continuous multiplicity unfolding as it is – as Love - that creates all that is.
Required Reading for the class:
Stillness Touch - a rewrite of the practitioner book, Stillness.
Is companion e-Book that contains the inner body practices that are covered in class - not required.
Both books, as well as supportive Stillness Meditations in Audio Mp3 format, are available from our store, click here: Store
To register: Kripalu Class
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Selma Lewis, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy and Hypnosis
"Since 1967, I have been involved with finding out who I really am...the blockages in seeing into true nature is hidden in our minds and bodies. When we relax our ego control, then strong, true messages come through. Easily said, but how to do? Charles Ridley has been of great help in allowing my blockages to be seen through. Don't ask me how he does it; in fact, he doesn't seem to do anything, but the results can be both subtle and dramatic."
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From another participant, a bodyworker:
"New portals are opening within myself, creating crystalline clarity within my cells, transfusing Love throughout my entire body. Typically I'm open hearted, yet closed energetically to NOT attract attention, but today I remained open, and witnessed Shakti in MOTION! WOW!!! The smiles I received from men and women was incredible.
For so long I've held back my love, not wanting to give the "wrong idea" to clients, more so with men. A long time ago I gave so much love during sessions that I received flowers and was asked on dates many times. I felt this was wrong, like I was wrong giving so much love, so I stopped this flow. And now, looking back I realized I was cutting off Eros. In doing so, I see why my body ached and felt so tense and stuck after session - because I was stopping the flow of Eros!
I understand now there's a fine line:
I can stand in my radiance, offer love, and stay within myself.
Yes! This is what Stillness Practices taught me. This is why I cried so hard when I found your work. This is what I always knew, and I now have words based on a direct felt-sense experience of it all."
Purpose of Stillness Practices:
Embodying Stillness calms wavering, chaotic thoughts, and drops awareness in to the body
Stillness reveals your Core of inner stability - the midline
Contact with Stillness in the center of your Heart reveals your True Nature - the non-separate Self
Cultivating whole-body felt sense unites all senses into one Sacred Sense: Spiritual Touch
Learn to sense the unfolding of your inner body-as-consciousness
Discover how attuning to the tone in your inner body atmosphere is a guide to living in harmony with the flow of life (In the Tao)
In the Stillness Practices Class you will receive:
Ways to feelingly locate your Midline - the inner core of your Self
How to Access the center of your Heart (SA Node or Pacemaker)
Cultivate your whole-body felt sense
Embody Stillness in the three centers - head, heart, and pelvis
Abide in not-knowing
Appreciate the value of inner body tonality
Characterize your experiences in sensual body felt language
To Register: Kripalu Class
Purpose of Stillness Touch:
To learn specific body contacts
Practice 'neutral' touch in a way that does not disturb your recipient's delicate unfolding life inner body flow
Sense the unfolding of body as consciousness
Learn to transmit essence, as unconditional love, body-to-body to another through entrainment
Learn to give yourself a Stillness Touch session
In the Stillness Touch Class you will receive:
How to apply specific body contacts to another
Inner preparation before touching another's body
How to make bodily contact in a way that does not disturb your recipient's delicate unfolding flow of consciousness
How to wait in 'don't know' without an outcome or agenda
How to come off your recipient's body seamlessly
Learn the art of closure, integration, support, and validation
To Register: Kripalu Class
Supportive Audio Mp3 Titles:
Navigating the Invisible Midline
Midline, Body-Felt Sense, and the SA Node
Nervous System Wash