It’s quite common in some circles to speak of energy healing, clearing the dross, healing the pain body, or settling the energetic noise. This is the purification aspect that helps with clarity and peace. It allows more subtle values to become conscious, particularly consciousness or presence.
But what is less talked about is refinement. As things settle some, it allows another stage of development. We might call it smoothing or polishing the mirror. Just as getting the Hubble telescope perfectly polished and adjusted allows greater clarity at further distances, polishing our physiology allows the refined perception I mentioned above.
This also allows finer feelings to be conscious and finer values in consciousness to be lively. We discover the world has layers of reality we were oblivious to, simply because our mechanism didn’t have a fine enough resolution. They were blurred out.
In the typical noisy, agitated emotional body (anyone not in established enlightenment) there is both the dust and jaggedness doing the blurring. Think of someone jumping around in sand. It kicks up lots of dust. But after things calm, then the dust settles. But the sand is not yet smooth. That’s the process of refinement, the Zen sand garden. (laughs)
Also, this isn’t something we do directly. It happens naturally. When there is sufficient purification and clarity, subtler values become more lively, more conscious. As they continue to be experienced, the experience itself refines. We could say experiences entrain the mechanism and the polishing takes place. We just have to go out there and experience life.