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Tibetan Meditation Practice Tum-mo

Tum-mo is an advanced powerful meditation technique. By Tum-mo meditation practitioners can raise the temperatures of their fingers and toes by 17 degrees and lower the metabolism by astonishing 64 percent, whereas metabolism or oxygen consumption drops only 10-15 percent in sleep and about 17 percent during simple meditation. The Tummo practices were first described in writing by an Indian yogi and Buddhist scholar Naropa (956–1041), before this the techniques were passed down only orally. The practice brings immense bliss, energy and healing.

Introduction:

Tum-mo is an energetic spiritual Meditation technique or a form of Yoga, popularly practiced and taught by Tibetan Lhamas (Lamas). The outcome of the practice is an intensely blissful feeling. Tum-mo can produce objective results that one can see and measure, regardless of the belief structure. This attracted many researchers and scientists including Harvard University to observe and study this technique. Tum-mo practitioner is able to control the body temperature and withstand extreme cold. This is well-documented scientifically. Tum-mo is the technique being utilized by Yogis surviving in freezing snow peaks of Himalayas with no external artificial heat. 

Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School and founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston studied Tum-mo for many years. Dr. Benson is a pioneer in mind-body medicine, one of the first Western physicians to bring spirituality and healing into medicine, focusing on stress and the relaxation response in medicine. In his research, the mind and body are one system, in which meditation can play a significant role in reducing stress responses. He firmly believes that meditation can uncover capacities that will help us to better treat stress-related illnesses. 

Meaning of the world “Tum-mo”:

Tum-mo is a Tibetan word which literally means “fierce” and is interpreted as “inner fire”. The reason for the name given is because the practice if done correctly can produce intense heat. Tum-mo is simply written as Tummo and may also be spelled as Tumo. Tummo is also called the Yoga of inner or mystic heat. 

Underlying Principles:

  • The essence of Tummo Yoga is the recognition that outer phenomena are the mirror to one’s own mind. 
  • The reality we live in is not the ultimate one. There is another reality or dimension we can tap into that is unaffected by our emotions, by our everyday world. 
  • All humans are born with energy that is free to move throughout the whole body. Babies are born with blissful energy freely flowing throughout the entire body. As we grow older, this energy is inhibited by the traumas of life and blocked in our neuro-muscular systems. We no longer breathe freely and our muscles become distorted with tension and stored psychic and physical pain, which gets freed up by this practice.
  • Universal compassion and the experience of the transcendental wisdom of Sunyata (Emptiness).

The Technique:

  • Breathing to settle the body and mind. Stillness free up the body’s energy.
  • Visualization: Picturing oneself as a hollow body. Then shaped as a Vajra, or Buddhist thunderbolt. The breathing pattern and visualization results in an exalted state, in which the mind and body become one. 
  • Generation of Energy in Neval Chakra: The energetic winds are accumulated at the navel chakra, four fingers below the navel. Through the generation and movement of energy throughout the body one achieves a state of bliss.
  • Dramatic effects: Conscious control of body temperature etc.

Benefits:

  • Freeing up body’s trapped energy and overcoming blockages. Redirecting and channeling the energies of anger, sexual desires and other emotions into healing. An emotion is nothing but an energized physical sensation in one part of the body or another. Energy is generated and collected in the navel chakra and spread upward through the center of our body, centering and energizing us in a positive way.
  • Healing: No concentration is required and healing happens automatically simultaneously at all levels of beingness.
  • Attainment of the state of relaxed focused clear consciousness mind and body which is pure nature, free of conceptualizing, thoughts, anxieties, depression, stress and tensions.
  • A useful practice of managing energy flow in the body in order to support the non-dual awareness needed for enlightenment.

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