Shiva Nata has become a practice that I dip into when I think there’s something it can help with, rather than something I do everyday or so as a general practice. This might change in the future when I get to looking at Levels 6+.
For now, though, I’ve started to use it with an intention to look for more information in a particular area. And I seem to have found the way it’s going to work for me.
It’s all about the meditation afterwards
For me, the practice is about stirring up the brain – and once I get it warmed up and going round full pelt I’ll stop, lie down, and see what settles out of the muck.
Previously I had been aiming for stillness and quiet during meditation, but my recent realistion that there is a better way for me to learn from my meditation has given me my route to epiphany central with shiva nata.
Off to la la land
Basically, after lying down I repeated my intention a few times (which had morphed a bit through repetition during the practice, to get more to the heart of what I wanted to know) and then let my mind wander without looking. As my attention would suddenly pop back to what I was thinking I would find myself at the end of a daydream. By replaying the storyline through my mind I would be able to see the theme of what was being played out in my mind – usually causing a pop as a realisation occurs.
I don’t know if that’ll work for you, but if this specific recipe is not to your taste then take it simply as an indicator that it may take a while for you to find your own practice with it, and that in the meantime you’ll still reap benefits.