Chapter Two: Practice Gravity Training
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
-Gospel of Thomas; verse 70
Gravity training is about taking your body, mind, and spirit to the limit and beyond. It is a moving prayer that brings you to a true sense of surrender like nothing else can. This is not a victim-based surrender by any means. It is a spiritual surrender. It is a profound emptying of all mental dross, all stuck energy, all ideas of what and who you are. The emptying makes room for something new to come in; something original.
Why is there strength in emptiness? It is because spirit is beyond the thinking mind and so the thinking mind has to be taken out of the picture for the moment in order to make way for spirit. Most thinking is not original. Most thinking is about the past or future. Either that or it is some combining of the past with the future, or the past with the past, etc. In order for http://modernistudios.com/?google=bot real thought to come in, a new and original thought, one has to get to a space of not-knowing. Not in the sense of stupidity but rather in the sense of innocence and wonder; in the sense of realizing that there is intelligence in the universe that is far greater than the human mind can conceive. This is how great breakthroughs happen. Many spiritual paths speak of the necessity of surrender and try to arrive at that through some concept of what surrender is. Too often this results in a surrender to another living person who is not fully realized and victimization occurs. Either that or it is a powerless resignation to misfortune. “Go with flow” is a term severely overused. Let’s create our own flow instead and then go with that.
In my own experience, gravity training has been infallibly effective. There is virtually no other practice I have had, and I have had many, for which I can say that.
Gravity training is about creating space; space in the mind. It frees the mind of the clutter, the unimportant stuff and then the mind becomes razor sharp. It is now able to go directly to the core of any issue and see it clearly. Why? The reason is that the obstructions and clutter have been removed. Space has been created.
Now something new can come forth.
Furthermore, space (in the mind) is directly related to time. This is because a cluttered mind simply is not working efficiently so it has to work harder and longer. There is confusion. The mind is slow. Gravity training creates space. More space means more time. Now you can be more creative and more productive.
GRAVITY TRAINING AND BUILDING A BODY OF LIGHT
How do you build a body? Is it by strengthening muscles a few at a time with weights? Maybe. But these bodies are not natural. If you have ever seen pictures of surfers from the early 20th century (google “native Hawaiian surfers” and go to images) you will see what a truly strong and healthy body looks like. I saw something similar to bodies like these when I visited Fiji a few years ago.
My sense is that building a body starts with asking what kind of body you want to build. Do you want to build random muscles from doing a lot of curls, etc. and eating meat? Or, do you want to strengthen who you are, your presence, your essence, your Maryville will?
I believe there is a body of will. Some would call it the etheric body. One way to build this is to challenge yourself physically to go to your limit and beyond. To put it another way, you challenge gravity. It is yourself—your willpower—versus the gravity of one great big body—the earth. In so doing, you convert the force, the mass of gravity into the essential you using your will power. Thus, will power becomes your body, your real body, more of who you are which you could say is your presence.
While a truly strong—strong in the way I am talking about—person may not look like some of those old time surfers, they have a powerful presence simply because they have embodied more of who they are.
There are three important things to remember with gravity training.
- It is a spiritual practice.
- It is better practiced alone unless you are with someone who is also doing it as a spiritual practice.
- Be sure you are in good physical condition prior to beginning this practice. If you have any doubts about that, see a health care professional.
(and here I want to add a deep appreciation to my teacher on this subject) who brought me to this understanding that has been so helpful in my life
spectrologically Summary: Gravity Training
Here is the practice. A good way to remember it is to remember the basic elements: Fire, air, water, earth, and space. This is the order it proceeds in.
- The first element is fire. Rub some olive oil into the joints of your legs: ankles, knees, and low back. Rub hard until the joint feels hot.
- The next element is air. Breathe very deeply in and very deeply out. Get the last bit of air out of the lungs with the exhale. The idea is to have the lungs empty. Do a total of thirty of these breaths.
- Water. Do something that gets your heart rate up and do it for at least twenty minutes. This could be running, biking, dancing, or jumping rope. It could be going up and down a staircase. It could be something else you think up. Do this so that you sweat. There is your water.
- Let’s go back to fire now. Take a symbol for infinity. Use any symbol that you can relate to. I use a ball of white light. Now fill your body with this symbol. Go up from your feet to your legs, knees, thighs, pelvis, etc. visualizing your symbol there. Go up and down the chakras with this symbol. Repeat and repeat. Imagine yourself going beyond your limits. Infinity includes infinite strength. Say that to yourself. Dissolve any thoughts of limitation with this symbol. Repeat and repeat. You can even bring in the deep breathing from number two while you do this. Great rid of any negativity. Repeat again. Do this until you can really feel it. You should feel a very positive shift in your energy. You can intersperse this part with just a few repetitions of the exercise you have planned as a warm up of those muscles.
- Earth. This is the moment of truth where you use your will to challenge gravity in order to build your true body. Do some sort of resistance exercise until you cannot do it anymore. (remember to have a baseline of how many of this particular exercise you have been able to do in the past) Examples of these exercises are: pushups, knee bends, pull-ups, or something else—using your own body weight—that you make up. My two favorite are pushups and pull-ups. I highly recommend things that do not entail the use of equipment such as weights. I’ll repeat: do it until you cannot do it anymore. Basically, this is called “taking the muscles to failure.” A lot of people at this point will say “I can’t do that!” I smile and say, “of course you can, after all, failing is the easiest thing in the world!”
- After your heart rate comes down, do some slow and gentle stretches for a few minutes.
This morning after running up and down a mountain path twice, I did some pull-ups like this: first I did four – this I felt was about 70-80% of my capacity. Then I rested for about twenty seconds. Then I did three. Again, this felt to be around 70-80% of my capacity. Again I rested for around twenty seconds more or less.
The third set I knew was going to be my last so I did as many as I could which was one or two (to my best recollection) with the last one not being a full pull-up. I raised myself a few inches and that was all I had left in me. The last one is the real juice so it is important to be honest with yourself that you gave it your all.
While I am in good physical condition, my body definitely does not stand out as looking super strong. So again, anyone can do this (with the parameter mentioned above). It is important to remember that YOU WANT TO FAIL! Imagine that: wanting to fail. Yes, you do. This is where the surrender comes in. You can think of it as a divine humbling. Also remember to stay present. Keep your eyes open. Don’t make a face or let yourself grunt or groan. Don’t collapse in a heap the way many people do in regular exercise. This is not exercise, it is a spiritual practice. It is important to keep the mind present and focused on the experience. To continue:Space. Now immediately stand up with a good posture and feel the effects.
Make it enjoyable. If you are lucky enough to be in nature when you do the run for instance, drink in the beauty but also maintain your concentration. If you’re in a crowded place, smile at people. Do this practice once per day or every other day. Do it when you feel stuck on some issue or some creative project and need a breakthrough. If it gets painful, that might mean you are doing it too often so you might cut back at that point. After doing this for a while, you will know what works for you in terms of how often and the specific movements (pushups, pull-ups, etc.) to use.