In the realm of consciousness, sensation is the only guide we have. All consciousness reflects itself in sensations in the body. When we have a thought of love, our rib cage expands and our body relaxes as a feeling of warmth permeates us. On the other hand, when we have a thought of hatred, our breath contracts a well as our muscles and organs.
All spiritual experiences are sensations of expansion and radiation of heat. Through tapas the heat of Shakti manifests in a series of sensations starting with the feeling of solidity and groundedness of the element earth. As we sit motionless in meditation we can experience the weight and the heaviness of the earth as if we were a mountain. The solid body then can feel a pulsation of energy, a throbbing, as if “a stream flowed through a rock”, as the Vedas describe it. The currents of energy flowing through the body become more subtle and little by little a sensation of heat appears as if we were having an attack of fever.
These three stages correspond to the three elements -earth, water and fire- as the energy rises up the spine through the three lower chakras. Up to this point the sense of individuality remains intact. We are still the “one of the many”. Emotion interrupts the process of expansion as our sense of identification and duality blocks any further passage to other densities in the upper chakras.
To move beyond this point remain calm, do not evaluate, do not judge. Relax and just feel the fire. Do not ask for anything more. Live this moment in full. This is Shakti, a moment of living consciousness, of presence, a direct experience. Just keep expanding and let that radiation infiltrate everything until there is no inside or outside, no form and no time.