April 8, 2017 at 8:36 pm #1405
I remember reading one time on here that Steven said that Michael Winn and Mantak Chia change the way they do the inner smile depending on what they’ve had for breakfast…. or something like that.
Now I take it that it’s not what they actually had for breakfast, but more willy nilly. So, I’m wondering how does it change? Is it they change the order in which they smile at the organs or body parts, or the sensation of the energy, when it comes from or where it goes? How does this practice change?
The reason I ask is I’m thinking it would be helpful to change, it seems to me that repeating the same thing over and over has become a habit, it does it’s self, and somehow counter productive, and perhaps even a bit like an RSI.
Thanks for any replies!April 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm #1413
I’m not familiar with Steven’s remark on this, so I can’t comment on that. My own practice of Inner Smile has tended to change a bit over time as I experiment with different approaches and move closer to either the MC presentation or the MW presentation. There are a lot of potential nuances there and, as often happens, the MC version is more complicated. Also, each session tends to be rather free form as I smile at different things depending on what I’m working on, and go back and forth between the yin and yang methods without any particular structure.
How do you doing the inner smile? What is happening, or not happening, that makes you think you need to change it? What is RSI?
elephantApril 11, 2017 at 8:26 am #1414
Well if i do something different in meditation it becomes like a new experience and it’s very easy to stay present. If i keep doing the same thing over and over it becomes repetative, even though I become very good at it and the feeling becomes very powerful, perhaps the power or increased effectiveness of the technique is not the goal. It becomes another habit, and i can get powerful chi flow, but it’s easy for my mind to wander, even though my body is still doing the inner smile on autopilot. So i’m thinking maybe trying to feel different types of energy or something like that. RSI meaning repetitive strain injury, but of the mind.
Also, how much time do you spend smiling inside your body and how much do you spend outside your body? Do you spend much time projecting chi out? Traditionally i’ve spent all my time internally but more recently turning my attention to outside. Intellectually I think it may help but i’m not sure if it actually is helping yet.
Like i get yang smiling is directing energy and yin smiling is watching the energy but either gets me too energized making it hard to sleep.April 11, 2017 at 8:33 am #1416
Also, how about with the healing sounds… do you do more yin or yang smiling in the rest period between each healing sound?April 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm #1417
I’m not an expert on Inner Smile, but my understanding is that the essence of it is that it holds its object in a loving and neutral presence. This allows any blocked chi to break up and move according to its own internal dynamics. It is analogous to the “chinese finger trap” toy. When you apply pressure it locks. When you relax things are free to move. I sometimes conceptualize the inner smile as the representing the perspective of a fully enlightened master. He sees only the perfection and sacredness of every moment of the universe. He sees no need to change anything and his gaze spontaneously envelopes its object in clarity and acceptance. This liberates the energies to express their own nature. It is pure allowing, with nothing imposed from the outside – no directing of energy at anything.April 11, 2017 at 10:42 pm #1420
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