There’s a take on purification I realized I’d not covered. Unlike some psychological approaches, we don’t have to dig up every trauma and challenge we’ve ever faced to clear it’s impact. That would make it essentially endless.
The vast majority of our contractions can be handled by samadhi. By stepping deep into pure being, we get a rest deeper than sleep and gradually ground ourselves in presence. With the increased rest and peace, our layers can shed baggage as a matter of course.
We’ll also probably have more robust contractions that have been deeply reinforced or well-buried by self-protective mechanisms or both. These are the harder “nuts” that are often quite unconscious, perhaps even hidden from sight to those who can look within.
And yet because they’re still present, they’ll be casting a shadow across our experiences and choices.
The first step is as above. With regular dips into samadhi, we build a stable platform of awareness that is not trapped in those contractions. When we can bring that open awareness to those contractions as they arise in experience, we bring the greatest healing tool to the table.
We bring openness to contraction, peace to what is agitated.
This is not something we have to figure out or something we have to act on directly. Remember – we’re resolving a contraction, so the art is in letting go, in allowing. If you feel resistance or aversion, that’s contraction too.
All we do is bring awareness, make it conscious, and the process begins. It’s a bit like eating. All we have to do is be slightly conscious of food to eat it. Then the body will digest it.
Many things can be the catalyst for making contractions more conscious. Consciousness uses everything to expand. A life event, what someone says, etc. We notice a reaction or repulsion that’s disproportionate to the stimulus. Sitting with that response for a moment, our attention will be drawn to where the contraction is stored. (whatever body it’s in)
If we can just be with the sensation for a moment, the contraction may resolve and release. But we may not find it comfortable. That’s fine. Just notice it and go back to living life. There is nothing to be done but notice it. Resisting the resistance doesn’t help. Be gentle.
Being slightly conscious, some digestion will begin in the background. For small ones, that’s all it will take. A bit of attention and they resolve. For bigger ones, some of the edge will be taken off and it may become a bit more comfortable gradually. Then it will come up again in our awareness for resolution.
Other contractions will be like little bombs. We notice and there is a brief explosion of emotion and it’s done. A wave of feeling washes over us. Over. It was simply an incomplete experience.
For really big ones, we’ll find they peel off in layers. First, we become a little conscious. Then the “edges” are gradually digested in the background. Once the crust comes off, we’ll discover a big charge beneath that which has long been buried.
Again, if it’s not comfortable, don’t go into it. Just notice “Whoa, there’s a whopper (cesspool, sinkhole, etc)” and go back to life. Gradually, the charge will be digested until it’s comfortable enough to bring our attention to it and resolve the core.
Sometimes, there will be smaller bits to process afterward, or a bunch of dust kicked up, or another long-masked contraction under that.
For the big ones, do take extra time to rest as required. It can be a great relief or weight off when it completes. But there may be lots of background digestion before it’s clear.
Of course, the language you may use for this experience may vary. It’s very subjective.
A regular effortless meditation can be a big support for digestion. Yoga asana can be good to help loosen things up or move out the digested energy. And you may enjoy a nice walk in fresh air or similar light exercise – unless rest is called for first.
Avoid getting into a bunch of analysis about what it was from. You’re taking out the garbage. Let it go. You may get information but remember contractions can be layered over long periods so there is often no single origin.
Also, don’t view this process as a “technique” with practice time. You want to give most of your attention to your human life. This is a way of using attention to help facilitate what arises. Someone may suggest you chew your food more but what helps most is just being a little mindful while eating. Only in this case it’s being a little mindful while reacting.
This takes a little practice as things arise. Like Krishna describes in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita, at first we notice after the fact. “Oh, I’ve done it again.” It was automatic. But we can see if there’s a sensation to resolve and complete the experience.
As this becomes more conscious, we’ll notice while we’re in the middle of it. “Oh, I’m reacting.” Then choice arises and we can facilitate a release instead. Finally, we notice the impulse to react arising. Then we can resolve it without going through the drama.
However, the big stuff comes with a shadow so we may not see it until it’s upon us.
As we get further along, we’ll realize we’re not just cleaning “in house” but a shared load. Or we’ll find “in house” is progressively more universal. I’ve found I’m more prone to clear things that have been personally familiar but they’ve gotten more and more universal.
Yes, this means the process continues long after we’ve tidied up our backlog. But as we’ll also be operating more universally, it’s still the same house and same quality of life upgrades we’re doing. Only now it’s helping many more.