The Nalu of Multi-Sensory Awareness

Bringing the Process into Full Consciousness

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• Do a multi-sensory nalu on a physical activity. If you do this with walking, for instance, be aware of all the sensations of your body, including your breathing; of all the visual and auditory aspects of what’s around you; and of all the thoughts that come into your head as you walk. If you do this with eating (it’s a real trip), eat slowly and focus on all your sense impressions of the experience, including sight, sound, movement, taste, and smell. This nalu helps to expand and integrate your sensory awareness and your connection with your surroundings.

• Do a multi-sensory nalu with writing. Writing, whether by hand or on a typewriter or computer, by its very nature focuses and integrates inner and outer visual, verbal, and kinesthetic awareness. To do it as a nalu, write about something you want to do, be, have, or know. I don’t just mean write out a list of goals, which is a different technique. I mean focus more intensely and describe or explain or question what you want to do, be, have, or know. This kind of nalu will help to clarify your intentions, develop and attract what you want, and open you up to inspiration and related intuitive connections.

• Do a multi-sensory nalu with conscious breathing. This involves what may be described as ‘breathing life’ into your entire experience. Another way to think of it is that you are energizing your experience with your breath. All you really are doing is consciously breathing during any experience, with the attitude that you are energizing it or breathing into it continued or increased existence. This can be done in conjunction with any of the previous nalus or with any other technique or experience in your life. During a visual nalu, breathe ‘through’ your eyes to energize or create what you are looking at; in a sound nalu, imagine that the sound you hear is the sound of your breath, in a touch nalu let your breathing give energy to whatever you are touching or let it be a manifestation of your breath. While engaging in any kind of activity, imagine that your surroundings exist because of your breathing. The effects of this may surprise you.

• Do multi-sensory nalu with being. With inner and outer sight, sound, and touch, meditate on being what you want to be. This is almost like grokking, but not quite, because you are playing the role of being you to the utmost. It helps to center the nalu on a concept that you want to express in yourself and in your life, like peace, love, or power. Let’s take love as an example. In this nalu you would meditate on the experience of unconditionally loving yourself, your environment, other people, and the universe; and of being loved by everything in the world around you. You would meditate on thinking, feeling, acting, and receiving as a lover and a beloved. You would use words, images, movement, and touch to guide and reinforce the experience. This nalu is potentially the most powerful of all.

– ‘Urban Shaman’ by Serge Kahili King, pages 209-210

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