9. Mobile Body
Body awareness is normally centered in the eyes, but it does not
have to stay there. Mobile body awareness (MBA) - the
ability to focus body awareness on any specific part of the body —is
simple and easily learned, and is an extremely important skill.
Combined with other techniques, it
enables the dynamic manipulation of the energy body and its energy
centers, or chakras, allowing specific parts of the energy body to
be directly stimulated, and the flow of energy into and through it
to be increased in a controlled way.
In the coming exercises, a deep level of relaxation or trance is not
required. Light relaxation is quite adequate. Just close your eyes,
take a few deep breaths, and allow your mind to wind down and settle
for a few moments. This is all that is required. I suggest that you
do not use a bed for these early exercises, unless you really have
to, but instead sit in a comfortable chair with your shoes off.
Place a cushion under your feet, wear loose clothing, and do not
cross your legs.
In these coming exercises, lightly scratch or rub specified body
parts as needed, using a small stick or ruler if you have difficulty
reaching some parts. This helps to highlight and target specific
areas, so that body awareness can be focused more easily and
accurately. This scratching is not necessary after you become used
to the technique; you will be able to target specific areas with
body awareness alone. Repeat the MBA exercises below without
scratching and see how you get on without this aid.
Try to do this with eyes closed, so you
are focusing with body awareness only. Use your eyes if you really
need to, but do without using your eyes as soon as targeting can be
done with body awareness alone.
To demonstrate shifting your center of body awareness and targeting
specific areas on the body, lightly scratch the skin of your left
knee with your fingernails, just hard enough to leave a slight
tingling sensation after you stop scratching. Close your eyes and
feel this tingling area with your body awareness. Become intensely
aware of that area. Highlight it with body awareness. Feel for this
tingling area with your body awareness alone, with your sense of
touch and feel. Forget about the rest of your body for now.
Next, feel for more of the same knee and become more acutely aware
of it as a whole joint. Feel its outline and shape and really get
the feel of it with your body awareness. Your center of awareness is
now focused entirely in your left knee.
Shift your point of body awareness to your right knee, scratching it
first to highlight it. Feel its shape and outline with your
awareness. Center your awareness entirely in your right knee.
Shift your point of body awareness to your right big toe. Scratch it
on top of the large joint, where it joins your foot. Wiggle the toe
a bit to help you get the feel of it, so you can zero in on it with
your body awareness. Feel the whole toe. Feel the tingle on top of
it, then feel its outline and shape with your body awareness. Center
awareness entirely in your right big toe.
Shift your point of body awareness to several other parts of your
body - anywhere you like - highlighting them first by a light
scratching or rubbing. Feel these different areas as you target them
with your (now mobile) point of body awareness.
To improve your body awareness sensitivity, do the following MBA
exercises as often as you can until you get the feel for this
technique. They will progressively improve your sensitivity, which
is extremely important for all the exercises and techniques given in
When first learning to move awareness through the surface of your
body, it helps if you trace the pathway along your skin with
fingertips or a paintbrush, to highlight the path for your body
awareness, making it easier to follow with your point of awareness
alone. If this is not enough, lightly and slowly scratch or rub the
pathway along your skin with your fingernails or a ruler. Follow the
slightly tingling trail this leaves behind on your skin with your
point of body awareness alone.
For tracing and learning wider energy pathways, I suggest you use a
paintbrush of the appropriate width. You can do this yourself or
have a partner do it for you while you follow the sensations caused
by the touch of the moving brush with your point of body awareness.
Or you can rub a pathway with your fingers, stroking them repeatedly
along the chosen pathway.
To start with, I suggest tracing a pathway from the base of your
left thumb, along the sensitive inside of your arm and on up to your
left shoulder. Close your eyes and concentrate on the feel of the
brush or fingers touching and moving along the surface of your skin.
Ignore the hand doing the brushing. Repeatedly stroke this pathway,
from thumb to shoulder and back to your thumb again, following this
with your point of body awareness until you have a good feel for
Repeat the above exercise with your right arm.
Next, trace and follow a path from your left big toe, up the outside
of your shin, over your kneecap, and on up the outside of your thigh
to your left hip joint, then back down to the big toe again.
Repeat the above exercise with your right leg. Practice this
technique until you can trace a pathway to anywhere on your body
with your point of body awareness alone, feeling your way along the
surface of your skin without having to follow a manually highlighted
pathway. Rub and scratch and highlight, as often and for as long as
you need to in order to learn this technique.
If you are training with a partner, you can help each other by
brushing each other's body to stimulate pathways, or with a stroking
one-handed massage. Massage is a very good way of learning how to
focus and move a point of body awareness. Have your partner give you
a slow one-handed massage and follow the touch of his or her hand
with your point of awareness. Have him or her trace pathways up your
legs and arms, and up your back, following touch with your
Using only one hand for this makes it
easier to follow with your awareness.
Focus your awareness in your right knee again until you can feel it
well with your awareness. Shift your center of awareness slowly down
the outside of your right shin, feeling your shin as your awareness
slides down it.
Keep moving your awareness slowly until
your center of awareness comes to your right foot. Move your
awareness slowly out to your right big toe. Feel this toe with your
awareness. Wiggle it a little and make sure you can really feel it
and are targeting it well. Move your point of awareness to the toe
next to it and feel its shape and outline with your awareness.
Tense, move, wiggle, touch, or scratch each toe as needed, to
highlight and target it.
Next, move your awareness across to your left foot and feel that
foot with your awareness. Flex and tense your left foot slightly to
get the feel of it as a whole. Next, center awareness in your left
big toe. Feel your awareness sliding back toward your ankle, then
slowly on up over your left shin until it comes to rest in your left
Keep it moving, sliding up your thigh
and slowly on up the left side of your body until you can feel your
left shoulder. Move your awareness down the outside of your left
arm, moving slowly past your elbow to your left hand. Feel your
whole left hand with your awareness. Move and center your awareness
in your left thumb. Feel its shape and outline with your awareness.
Wiggle it a little if you need to highlight it. Feel all your other
fingers, one at a time, with your awareness.
You have just moved your center of body awareness all around your
body, targeting and focusing your awareness in many parts of it. You
have also been stimulating your energy body in the process, without
knowing it was happening, as your center of awareness moved through
your energy body. You may have felt some peculiar tingling or fuzzy
sensations as you moved your point of awareness around your body.
These sensations are caused by energy movement within your energy
body, and are normal for this type of body awareness exercise.
To effectively manipulate your energy body, it is necessary to be
able to focus your point of awareness at a single point on your
body, then to manipulate that point of awareness. This manipulation
is done with active body awareness, with something I have called
tactile imaging. Tactile imaging is very easy to learn and use.
You have already learned the skills
required for this and will soon get the hang of it. It just takes a