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Touching as a feather*

Shiva said: Touching eyeballs as a feather, lightness between them opens into heart and there permeates the cosmos.

Use both your palms, put them on your closed eyes, and allow the palms to touch the eyeballs - but just like a feather with no pressure. If you press you miss the point, you miss the whole technique. Donít press; just touch like a feather. You will have to adjust, because in the beginning you will be pressing. Put less and less pressure until you are just touching with no pressure at all - just your palms touch the eyeballs. Just a touch, just a meeting with no pressure, because if the pressure is there, then the technique will not function. So - like a feather.

Why? - because a needle can do something which a sword cannot do. If you press, the quality has changed - you are aggressive. And the energy that is flowing through the eyes is very subtle: a small pressure and it starts fighting and a resistance is created. If you press, then the energy that is flowing through the eyes will start a resistance, a fight; a struggle will ensue. So donít press; even a slight pressure is enough for the eye energy to judge.

It is very subtle, it is very delicate.

Donít press - like a feather, just your palm is touching, as if not touching. Touching as if not touching, no pressure; just a touch, a slight feeling that the palm is touching the eyeball, thatís all. What will happen? When you simply touch without any pressure, the energy starts moving within. If you press, it starts fighting with the hand, with the palm, and moves out. Just a touch and the energy starts moving within. The door is closed; simply the door is closed and the energy falls back. The moment eneigy falls back, you will feel a lightness coming all over your face, your head. This energy moving back makes you light.

And just between these two eyes is the third eye, the wisdom-eye, the prajna-chakshu. Just between the two eyes is the third eye. The energy falling back from the eyes hits the third eye. Thatís why one feels light, levitating, as if there is no gravitation. And from the third eye the energy falls on the heart. It is a physical process: just drip, drip, it drops, and you will feel a very light feeling entering in your heart. The heartbeats will slow down, the breathing will slow down. Your whole body will feel relaxed.

Even if you are not entering deep meditation, this will help you physically. Any time during the day, relax on a chair - or if you donít have a chair, when just sitting in a train - close your eyes, feel a relaxed being in the whole of your body, and then put both your palms on your eyes. But donít press - thatís the very significant thing. Just touch like a feather.

When you touch and donít press, your thoughts will stop immediately. In a relaxed mind thoughts cannot move; they get frozen. They need frenzy and fever, they need tension to move. They live through tension. When the eyes are silent, relaxed, and the energy is moving backwards, thoughts will stop. You will feel a certain quality of euphoria, and that will deepen daily.

So do it many times in the day. Even for a single moment, touching will be good. Whenever your eyes feel exhausted, dry of energy, exploited - after reading, seeing a film, or watching TV - whenever you feel it, just close the eyes and touch. Immediately there will be the effect. But if you want to make it a meditation, then do it for at least forty minutes. And the whole thing is not to press. It is easy for a single moment to have a featherlike touch; it is difficult for forty minutes. Many times you will forget and you will start pressing.

Donít press. For forty minutes, just remain aware that your hands have no weight; they are just touching. Go on being aware that you are not pressing, only touching. This will become a deep awareness, just like breathing. As Buddha says to breathe with full awareness, the same will happen with touching, because you have to be constantly mindful that you are not pressing. Your hand should just be a feathet a weightless thing, simply touching.

Your mind will be totally there, alert, near the eyes, and the energy will be flowing constantly. In the beginning it will be just dropping in drops. Within months you will feel it has become a river-like thing, and within a year you will feel it has become a flood. And when it happens - ďtouching eyeballs as a feather, lightness between themĒ - when you touch you will feel lightness. You can feel it right now. Immediately, the moment you touch, a lightness comes. And that ďlightness between them opens into the heartĒ; that lightness penetrates, opens into the heart. In the heart, only lightness can enter; nothing heavy can enter. Only very light things can happen to the heart.

This lightness between the two eyes will start dropping into the heart, and the heart will open to receive it - ďand there permeates the cosmos.Ē As the falling energy becomes a stream and then a river and then a flood, you will be washed completely, washed away. You will not feel that you are. You will feel simply the cosmos is. Breathing in, breathing out, you will feel you have become the cosmos. The cosmos comes in and the cosmos goes out The entity that you have always been, the ego, will not be there.


* - excerpt from OSHO. Meditation - the First and Last Freedom.


Updated on 17-12-2018

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