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Shavasana

All sessions involving work with the chakras and meridians must be followed by a relaxation exercise called shavasana. It allows one to rest from bioenergetic work, which can be very tiring, as well as to get rid of bioenergetic defects that have not been eliminated yet.

Shavasana is the relaxation of the body and the mind in the position of lying on the back.

We lie on the back and make sure that we feel comfortable. Nothing should distract us. Then we begin to relax the body starting with the toes. One may imagine a plane perpendicular to the axis of the body — like a glass wall — and move it through the body from the toes to the head; behind this surface no tension remains. Let us feel that we lose any sensation of those parts of the body behind this plane. We alienate them, saying mentally: “This is not mine! This is not mine!…” If we regain sensation of any part of the body, we move the plane through this section once again. After the plane has passed through the head, we may experience the following states:

The first state: the self-awareness vanishes. We fall into something resembling a deep sleep, but this is not sleep. The self-awareness is regained in about 18-20 minutes. We feel thoroughly rested, as if after a long deep sleep. This is quite a blissful state. One does not have to stand up abruptly, but just enjoy it.

The second state: the self-awareness is retained, but absolute peace comes to us. We may scan the entire body with the inner sight. We may enter the inner space of the body from below and see light and dark regions. Gray or black colors mean disorders on one of the energy planes, which correspond to the manifest or still latent stages of diseases. We have to try to gather all dark stuff in heaps as if with a rake and throw it away from the body.

When doing shavasana, we may also experience involuntary full exits from the material body: we may suddenly become aware of ourselves being in a usual form but in an unusual position — for example, soaring above the floor or standing on the head and so on. There is nothing to worry about, though: once we feel like getting back into the body — we will find ourselves there right away. But under no circumstances one is encouraged to perform such exits: these are exits into a coarse space dimension — into the so-called astral plane. One has to learn to exit immediately into the highest spatial dimensions, but the methods for doing this are different.

Children under the age of 12 must not be taught shavasana: having realized that they are out of the body, they do not always want to return into it.

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All these exercises should be practiced regularly: it is impossible to get the full effect from them after only one session.

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