The Practice of ‘Removing the Object of Experience’
The object is the person or situation we’re thinking about, the story. So the practice is to remove the object and come back to the body and feelings. Stay with the energy, let go of the thinking. By following the energy back into our body and feelings, we can find the internal knots, embrace them tenderly, let the tension there unwind and release itself, and we can heal.
The “Remove the Object Meditation” goes like this:
Sometimes the energy in the body and feelings can seem impenetrable or overwhelming. In that case, we can touch the difficult feeling or situation for a short time, perhaps twenty seconds to a minute. Then we can open our eyes and rest our attention on something outside us for a few minutes—perhaps look out the window at the natural world.
Then when we’re ready, we go back to be in touch with the feelings again. We can try going back and forth for a few rounds. Alternating our attention like this provides us a safe base outside, and gives us space inside.
Source- Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Adapted by G Ross Clark
It is important not to get caught in the process, in the process of discharge and relief, or in the suffering that is revealed. It is good to watch for the pattern of how things come up. The process has to be natural. True healing comes with true understanding.
These kinds of intense energies can become embedded in the body and in certain organs: the kidneys, the liver, or heart—and after they are discharged, the body and organs are very vulnerable and out of balance, so it is important to take care of the them and do things that move the energy around in some kind of regular physical exercise, like tai chi or qigong, to help your body to