4 Months are up!

Hello readers,

well, the 4 months are up. What can we say? we’re not enlightened yet. Sorry to disappoint you!

We can say then that, in our experience, the 6 week magical period is not true (clearly, since 12 weeks were not enough either). However, the maximum time for a day’s practice was 45 minutes, whereas, knowing how Tibetans work, the rumor of the 6 week is probably founded on 10 hours of daily practice.

What else have we found that is of general interest?

Yes, Tummo makes you feel hot, some people are interested in Tummo for the heat. It made us feel quite hot. Too hot at times. But doing Tummo only for the heat might not be the best idea.

As said in previous posts, Tummo has indeed stirred up some energy. Specially up to the chest. The feeling of the heart glowing has been taking place often, and always bringing along a sense of compassion towards everything/everyone. Funnily enough always outside of the formal practice sessions.

During meditation sessions one has been able to, sometimes, ‘switch on’ to a state of quiet bliss, always accompanied by the tendency of the eyes to go up and towards the eyebrow (another common kundalini effect).

Also, as a very subjective opinion, it feels like Tummo doesn’t stand too well as a unique practice (even if including some Trul Khor/Tsa Lung exercises). For that reason we will start to incorporate (not substitute) into our formal practice other exercises from other similar yogic traditions, hopefully contributing to a more round routine.

Keep in touch!


7 thoughts on “4 Months are up!

  1. Are you holding your breath with air in your lungs or are you holding your breath with air fully exhaled. Obviously maha bhanda would mean fully exhaled. In the book on naropa I read one inhales then expands their abdomen so the diaphragm pushes down, hence sucking the air further down into the lower area of the lungs and thus making a vase shape (i.e. a protruding lower abdomen). However, when watching footage of Benson’s experiment, the monks looked like they where actually sucking in their abdomens. I surmise that what is actually being done is inhaling air, expanding abdomen to suck air further down, then once down the muladar bhanda is performed, and an uddiyana bhanda is done while still having air in the lungs – this tends to keep the air in the lower lungs while compressing it – hence I would assume the partial pressure of oxygen is raised inside the lungs which would increase absorption of oxygen into the blood stream via the lungs. It seems the breath is held (kumbhaka) for as long as one can and then one exhales and inhales once and holds again in the same manner. Personally I was not sure that this continual holding after only one breath was the technique – only because it seems a bit hard to hold one’s breath for any reasonable amount of time this way. After reading The Tummo Experiment I can only assume that this is indeed what is required while doing tummo. I study and practice free diving and I see alot of parallels going on with yoga, pranayam, tummo, and free diving (kumbhaka essentially). One needs to work out what is going on physiologically and resist being drawn into the mind control of the mysticism of such practices. Any one can tell someone how to do something, but only a master understands why – hence we have a whole lot of charlatan priests and monks running around playing chinese/tibetan/indian whispers and making money/livelihoods of such shenanigins. I hope I have shed some light on the issues at play here. I would welcome any further insights from anyone who has more knowledge i.e. received “secret” teachings on such matters. I personally am against secrecy and as such I share what I know with my brothers and sisters. I have high expectations of my brothers and sisters to rise to the responsibility of using such knowledge wisely. Peace.

  2. Hello, I have some question for you.
    From 2013 to 2014 have you practiced tummo? What have you experiment?
    You wrote in your last post that tummo doesn’t stand too well as a unique practice. Which practice have you add?

    Thank you.

  3. Hey there! I came across this blog and would love to do this experiment myself and let you know how it turns out. I’d love to know specifically what you did in the various stages of practice. Any chance you’d be willing to post them or connect for a brief conversation?

  4. I am no expert, but it was in the Tibetan sense never meant to be a stand alone practice. With out the frame of Bhohdisatva activity and practice it would very likely be quite meaningless.

    Its been some time since your expirament, have you any new ideas?


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