This is an interesting ‘Space’ practice I found in Lock Kelly’s book, ‘Shift Into Freedom‘, as I continue with my personal TSK related explorations…
On the left side of your chest is your biological heart. People feel that their emotional heart is at the top of their chests near their throats. The heart chakra—or energy center—has been described as being in the lower middle part of the chest. On the right side of the chest is the cave of the heart—the safe space of the heart. It’s where the physical heart would be if it were on the right side of your chest—but instead there is a space.
In this exercise, you unhook local awareness from thought and drop it down to the safe, restful place that is the cave of the heart. It’s a way of resting deeper than sleep, though you are wide awake. When your body rests deeply, the normal tendency is for our minds to fall asleep. Here, when you allow your body and brain to rest deeply, see if there’s also an awareness that remains wide awake—a kind of black-velvet clarity, like the night sky. p. 217-8
David’s Practice Notes: Glimpse 2 – Cave of the Heart
Eyes closed, I unhooked from thought, a little jerky at first, thought kept intruding, but I gradually calmed down and dropped awareness to rest in the right side of the chest. There was a wondering what was there, if this was the right spot in my chest, and I realized, I felt it, this not-knowing was the knowing spot, the empty cave, where the absence of content was, where mind and empty awareness merged.
I rested there, but I may have overshot the ‘dazzling darkness’ that Kelly describes, because after about 15 minutes I arose from nothing. It was as if I went too far, I was not asleep, but I was completely gone, I lost awareness of being aware. I know I did not fall asleep because I was in the same unmoved position that I started. But I DID feel rested. As if I had a quick nap. Interesting…