Please first read Chapter Six: The Smelling and Tasting Exercises

Listening-out Internally

Though it's a curious title, listening-out internally is easy. This is an extension of listening for the changes. I don't mean the intuitive 'listening inside' for 'the spirit's messages', i mean actually listening to bones and muscles.

There's a background beating, but then listen-out to your stomach. listen-out into your hands and arms, listen to your legs, though you might not hear anything from your arms and legs, your stomach may start rumbling.

Then realise you can listen to bones and joints. In the same way you can 'listen-out' in a specific direction outside your body, you can listen to your body internally, to specific muscles and joints. You won't often hear anything, but exactly like with listening-out externally, that's not the point, it's the openness and readiness to hear which is the vital part.

Listen out in a panoramic way inside your whole body. And listen focused on specific areas, i find it's especially good to listen to the spine, or any stiffness. ... notice how just listening relaxes the area, very occasionally bones pop into place. Note also that ear plugs amplify the sounds inside your own body.

Seeing inside the body

This is a visualisation of the sense of touch and it seems to occur naturally as a consequence of listening inside. It is a feeling that you are seeing inside your body like an x-ray.

Obviously this visualisation involves a strong element of imagination, and although this is based in an actual feeling of touch inside, it still means it's open to all sorts of weird influences, which i would like children to clarify. The effect is that the body feels much larger than it actually is, and there is a pleasant sense of emptiness.

The smelling exercises take inner body sensory awareness to a whole new depth.

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