While this may be presumptuous in appearance I want to assure you that it is not. As musings go, some should be shared and some not. I sincerely hope that this is one that should be shared.
Ba mahk literally means to Feel the Pulse. On the surface it is a simple concept, yet the intricacies of this are vast and far reaching. It allows you to connect on a very basic level with the World Song, to hear beyond what is in the physical world, yet also to hear in great detail what is in the physical world.
We all practice some form of meditation. The question is to what end? This is a very personal question, and the reasons differ from person to person. The important thing is that we know what our reasons are.
Now what has this to do with the World Song and Ba Mahk?
In meditation the key is stillness. It starts with stillness of the body, the emotions, the spirit, then the mind, and eventually the soul. This corresponds to the concept of the elements in progressive order of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and the Void. The energetic concepts behind the elements are of critical importance in leading our Ki, our energy, to stillness. Working up through the elements from densest (Earth) to The Void, we lead the energy into a space where it is free to roam.
Without the mundane distractions, energy moves at will and, according to Universal Law, achieve harmony and balance. Now this is not just harmony and balance on the physical plane. This is becoming attuned to the movement of energy in all the things around us. We are all created from the same energy after all, its just our physical manifestation and structures that differ.
Harmony and balance is the concept of T? (Harmony with the Universe) and Zai (Control of the Elements of Nature). (Just a word to elaborate on Zai. It is not to control the elements, but to be in rhythm with the flow of the elements, the seasons, day and night, etc.)
Achieving harmony and balance brings us closer to Feeling the Pulse.
The moment we start feeling the energies moving around, we start to feel the unique rhythms.
The moment we start moving in accordance with these rhythms, we start to feel the pulse. This is not only true for outside energies from our surroundings but also our internal energies.
All this theory, but what does it mean? Lets look at this practically.
Why am I tired tonight? Yes, it has been a long and stressful day. Yes, I’ve not eaten, as I should have. Yet, if I take a moment and feel the pulse I also know that none of that is the actual reason. The actual reason is that I’m worried about a loved one. It is eating at me, draining me of power. This knowledge of your inner pulse empowers you.
Why am I tired when I walk into the house? Lets feel the pulse. Ah, the stagnant water and the dead flowers in the kitchen should be taken out and replaced.
Simple things, but we are attuned to our surroundings – this is called cham hai.
Now meditation doesn’t only occur seated in lotus position, it occurs also in our daily life, working in the “zone”, where a solution to a problem jumps out at you and you instinctively know which course to take. That is because you felt the pulse.
Gardening, tending to the plant kingdom with loving care, that is feeling the pulse.
Instinctively knowing when a loved one is down, and how to cheer them up. Feeling the pulse.
Just knowing where a piece of furniture should go in your house. That is feeling the pulse.
That is hearing the World Song.
So I encourage you to take a moment, become still and tune in to yourself and your surroundings. Feel the pulse.
In the midst of chaos, stop. Feel the pulse.