by Tom Pritscher
back wall. Shadows of objects passing before the entrance of the cave are seen on the back wall. The problem is that the shadows are thought to be the sum total all of reality!.
Shadows seen are our perception process. The mind interprets perception
into thinking that the shadows are reality and not just shadows. The
problem is separation, in being lost in what our minds have made up
about reality. If our problem is separation, the solution is joining,
the going beyond duality. How do you join or go beyond duality? In
meditation, on a spiritual level, you go beyond what the mind makes up
about things and become aware of what is really happening. You turn
around and look into the light. You activate your light body.
Spiritual principals found in meditation are also found in homeopathy and
our intrinsic molecular biology (including DNA). Meditation begins with
the amplification of attention into increased awareness. The starting
formula is: Effortless attention increases awareness. When thoughts,
emotions or sensations arise in the mind, the basic instruction is not
to resist them. Don't give them any energy. Be totally with what you are
doing. This not resisting, is the next principle: What you defend
against, you make real. In the Bible it is stated as "Resist not
Most experts agree that the basis of homeopathy is that like cures like;
that the cure for symptomolgy is to prescribe
what most closely resembles the symptoms of the sick person. From
a meditative perspective, this is an amplification of the symptoms. A
heightened body awareness helps bring about the healing process. This is
independent of your mind actively becoming involved in the process. The
going beyond the limited, conditioned mind, amplifies awareness and
initiates the healing process in the body. Symptoms are the body's
attempt to heal itself. The homeopathic principle of
"similars" is a principle of joining through increased
awareness. The mind/body connection needs spirit to heal. In contrast,
allopathy (traditional medicine) usually gives an antidote and defends
against, attacks, or resists the symptoms.
Symptoms are crying out to be self liberated. By fully experiencing the
symptoms as blockages, at ever earlier stages of development (increasing
awareness of them) and making no judgment of them (not defending against
them) symptoms self liberate by awareness embracing
them fully. Through all appearance
is Presence. With greater awareness and clarity, you begin to
realize what is really happening and what your mind is making up about
what is happening. Problems
surface in each of the five basic levels: matter, body, mind, soul as
separation from spirit. (Spirit does not have levels; it just is.) Each
level is complete in itself and encompasses the preceding level. Body
encompasses matter, mind encompasses body, soul encompasses mind and
spirit encompasses everything. Each of these levels has a meditation and
a practice for that level.
To do meditation on the spiritual level requires a going beyond the
previous level. Soul is the higher or deeper level of mind. It is still
mind. To go beyond body/mind/soul is to go beyond thought and concept.
Beyond thought and concept is what I call Presence. Presence is your
spiritual essence. It is
who you really are, your
true Self, and it is first experienced
as greater awareness
and clarity. Practicing the Presence is a process of bringing ever
greater amounts of Presence into
everything and every moment.
Homeopathic medicines amplify subtle body signals and the healing process
begins. It is like increasing the light so the shadows dissolve. Illness
is a separate energy in the
body and tries to maintain its separation/disintegration from the
overall wholeness and health. On a mental/psychological level the
separate energies in the mind, accumulates and takes on a reality of
their own. This separate energy
obscures who you really
are--your true nature.
The introduction of homeopathic medicine (like cures like) raises body
awareness and joining (health) can occur. This like cures like, in what
I call Practicing the Presence, is
the amplification of whatever arises in the mind, with greater awareness
and fully experiencing the obscuration.
Then the obscuration no longer obscures.
In some way it becomes a
teacher to you. (Whereas if you did not experience
the obscuration or dis-ease
with awareness, in some way, it is experiencing, controlling
you.) You may be giving it energy, making it seem more real, and not know it. This process of like
cures like and fully experiencing the blockages
or obscurations is akin to a great spiritual teaching (that is
rarely practiced in the world) of loving your enemy. Love joins.
Separation (disintegration) first occurs on an energy level, then in the
mind and is then reflected/projected
into the body. Increasing
awareness sets the healing
process in motion. When
awareness reaches a certain level, you begin to realize that what you
thought was real is made up (interpreted) by your mind. On the level of
Spirit, there is no separation. That is why Practicing the Presence,
a part of Somatic Meditation Therapy, is so important for
healing. It is the real healing.
The problem is separation in the mind, projected onto the body. The
solution requires a going beyond the mind, into Spirit, pure Presence,
and to bring that joining, that union, that awareness into soul, mind,
body and matter. The
Olfactory Meditation that I teach, directly works with our molecular
biology and energy levels. What I am talking about is beyond the realm
of science as we know it today. You can, through this method learn how
to heal yourself! This is the beginning of the Inner Alchemy taught by Tom
Pritscher. You learn to work on an energy level beyond thought and
Here is a short overview of the Olfactory Meditation:
Everything happens first on an energy level, and then the mind/body makes
up, interprets, how we think or experience it to be. The olfactory sense
is the sense of smell. It is a core sense. What I mean by that is, is
that the olfactory sense deeply influences every system and area of the
body/mind (including the DNA) and does not have many links to language
centers in the brain. This is great because it just is, without your
mind chatter getting in the way. That is both good news and bad news.
For every level of consciousness , every state of mind, there is an energy
that we emit. This goes on all the time in everybody. For example,
someone angry emits an angry energy. One of the energies emitted is an
olfactory molecule that corresponds to your state of mind/level of
consciousness. This subtle molecular biological energy is breathed in
and stimulates receptors in the olfactory bulb, which supports that
state in your body/mind. (The mind and the body are one continuum to
The Eye Movement and Breath Meditation (founded and developed by Tom
Pritscher) amongst all the other wonderful things it does, opens up
olfactory receptor sites that support deep
levels of consciousness. Everybody has access to lesser levels of
consciousness receptor sites, (happiness, anger, fear etc.) but few have
access to the greater,
deeper, levels of consciousness receptor sites. (The words higher,
lower, greater, lesser, deeper etc.
are inadequate. See bubble
analogy below.) I do make a
big distinction between awareness and consciousness. There are many
levels of consciousness, but awareness is. Another article will address
When these subtler receptor sites are opened and you are at a deep level
of consciousness, the olfactory molecules you emit are breathed
in and activate more receptor sites, generating more olfactory
molecular energy, which are breathed
in to generate in more energy, etc.
The Practicing the Presence and
the Olfactory Meditation are
beyond meditation. They both go on all the time, spontaneously, in every
moment. You be it; you do
not do it. Ironically,
because of the obscurations, which seem real, most of us need to learn
some techniques, so we can go beyond the techniques.
Somatic Meditation Therapy:
Everything that arises in the mind is like a bubble arising from the
bottom of the ocean. Where
the bubble bursts and goes
bloop at the surface of the ocean, is where you are conscious of
whatever it is that is arising (thoughts, emotion, perception etc.).
Meditation deepens our level of consciousness, where we have greater
awareness (smaller bubble, closer to the source). With this greater awareness we experience whatever it is that
is arising with greater clarity. As
opposed to, where the bubble is real big, it experiences you. It
experiencing you means reacting to the situation. The bubble is controlling you. The
bigger the bubble,
the more energy you have given to what the mind has made up,
making it seem ever more real. It has you now. You
begin to believe that what the mind has made up is real.
When lost in this made up reality, you are separate
from your true nature (source, origin, essence, Presence).
Separation is the problem. Joining
is the solution. Of course there really is no separation.
What is made up, is made up.
Like being in a dream. When
in the dream, the dream seems real.
When you wake up from the dream, you know it was a dream.
Suffering is separation, being lost in the dream. When we are reacting to what the mind has made up, we call it
stress. We can learn how to
recover from stress. Then
the stress can become our
teacher. Recovering from
stress makes us strong.
Another way of talking about this being lost in the big bubble,
stressed out, is being stuck in the reptilian brain, in the fight
or flight response. We start with the Eye Movement and Breath Meditation. This
immediately gets us out of being stuck in the reptilian brain. We access the whole
brain. Then we go on to the
listening part of the meditation, where the duality of listener and
listened to fall away. You
become the listening. In
doing this we also learn how to amplify whole brain activity into the
temporal lobes. Then we
learn how so shift the amplified temporal lobe energy to the frontal
lobes and be in that pure presence in the form of light. By this time we
have begun the Olfactory Meditation and Practicing the Presence.
The working with the body mind in this in relation to healing, I call
Somatic Meditation Therapy. In
learning how to heal yourself, when working on the deeper levels, there
is no difference between healing a small cut on your hand and healing
cancer. Your DNA has
all the information and enzymes it needs
to replace and repair the damage.
Why is it that your body/mind does not always heal itself? You can learn how to heal yourself. The key is learning how to get the “You” out of the way and
allow the Presence to do
the healing. The Olfactory
meditation, when learned how to do it on a very deep level, in a certain
way, plays a major role. This
is what I teach in my classes.
Twenty second century medical practice may be based on this molecular biological Olfactory Meditation. Go ahead laugh. They probably laughed at the gal who invented the wheel.
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by Tom Pritscher
Tom Pritscher is an Internationally known spiritual teacher,
alchemist, meditation master, counselor, author, lecturer,
and multimedia artist. He has enjoyed teaching meditation in
India, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Tom is
author of the book, Practicing the Presence-A Course in
Meditation and offers a five video cassette series, Beyond
Meditation-Real Healing and
Awakening the Alchemist
Within video series. In 1961, at the age of 18, Tom had a profound spiritual
awakening that totally changed his life. Since that time he has dedicated his life
to the study, practice and teaching of meditation and the deeper spiritual work.
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