Here is another salka meditation that can be done together by a group of people. For reasons I give later the meditation is best done by a group of from 6 to 10 people. This is yet another beautiful and powerful way to explore the Three Centers of our Being (the llankay, munay, and yachay). The meditation engages the energy that flows from the Pachamama to the Cosmos and from the Cosmos back to the Pachamama. This energy loves to spiral.
As usual, it is best to precede this meditation with the Touching Pachamama meditation (to move us out of our heads and into harmony with the Pachamama) and the Releasing Hucha meditation (to get rid of our own hucha before connecting with everyone else’s energy).
A fun way to set up the meditation is to have everyone hold hands and start moving counterclockwise in a large circle. The leader of this meditation then releases his or her handhold with the person on their right and starts to move the circle inward to form a spiral, and continues winding inward until the spiral is complete. However it is accomplished the goal is to form a spiral of people that goes counterclockwise from the outside in (or you can think of it as clockwise from the inside out).
The innermost person in the spiral lies down on her back, everyone else in the spiral sits on the floor except the very last, outermost, person who stands. Everyone continues to hold hands with their neighbors except the innermost person (who is lying down).
The person at the outermost place in the spiral raises his or her free hand up toward the Cosmos and with intent forms a connection with the Cosmos. The second innermost person places her or his free hand on the llankay of the person who is lying in the center. The llankay is located a couple of finger-breadths below the navel. With intent, she or he connects with the energy of the Pachamama and invites it to flow up through the person’s llankay, through the spiral of people holding hands, and up into the Cosmos…and back again the other direction. After forming that intent let the energy flow without controlling it, letting it change direction as it desires. The intent of everyone in between is to be a conduit of that energy, letting it flow through them, and noticing what it is like as it does.
After a short time period, perhaps 30 seconds to a minute, move the hand from the person’s llankay to his or her munay (located in the heart) and repeat the same intent of connecting to the Pachamama through the person’s munay. When the person lying down is a female you can ask her to place your hand near her heart at a location with which she feels comfortable.
After another short time period move the hand from the munay to the yachay (located at the crown of the head) and repeat the same intent of connecting to the Pachamama through the person’s yachay.
When finished with the yachay the person in the center moves out to the end of the spiral, taking up that position. The person who was most outermost now sits down as part of the inner spiral. The new innermost person lies down and everyone in the spiral scootches in a bit to keep the spiral’s shape. Repeat the whole process, changing positions each time, until everyone has had a chance to be in the middle.
It is my experience that being either the outermost or the second innermost role is pretty powerful and it also involves a very specific intent of connecting to the Cosmos or the Pachamama. I like to remind everyone in between, however, that they are more than just a conduit for the flow of energy. When this train pulls into town everyone gets to ride…the people in the middle use their intent to let the energy flow through the spiral, this is a crucial role, and they are in an excellent position to experience and learn. I invite them to sense how the energy is different when it flows through the yankay, munay, and llachay, and how it changes from person to person, and to experience how the flow of the energy is affecting themselves.
Now, about the recommended size of the group. It can be of any size. I recommend at least six people simply because with less people it is more like a comma than a spiral, but there is nothing wrong with that, if you would like to try it with fewer people then feel free to do so. I also recommend not having more than 10 people simply because with more people it takes longer for everyone to get a turn in the middle (which experientially is the ‘wow’ position) and people may lose intent after a while if the whole process takes too long.
Credit for this, and for all of the meditations I have shared, goes to my teacher and friend don Américo Yábar. For many years I took notes of the various meditations he taught us in the workshops I attended. I want to give him the credit while acknowledging that there must be differences between what don Américo taught us and what I am sharing with you, based upon my sketchy memory or sketchy notes, or due to changes that occur organically over time as I have shared these meditations with others. Everything I have shared has worked for me and for the people in my workshops (but remember the Two Fallacies).Share...