Just a Reminder, I Moved my Blog
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by corey ichigen hess
3M ago
Hi all! Just a reminder that I moved my blog over to Substack. I moved partly to make a fresh start and so that I could receive some financial support. Please join me over there. You can subscribe for free or pay if you wish. I’m posting quite a bit. Thanks! See you there! https://coreyhess.substack.com ..read more
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I’ve Moved My Blog: Please Join Us!
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by corey ichigen hess
5M ago
Hi everyone! I’ve moved my blog over to Substack so that I might get some financial support for the work. Please join us over there and subscribe. Thank you very much! Exciting times ..read more
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The Importance of Absorption (Samadhi)
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by corey ichigen hess
5M ago
Here is a short email I sent out for week 2 of Our January 2024 4 week Immersion.  I send these out to help inspire the group for practice and help frame the group energy based on what is showing up in the group/field. Hi all! I took a bit longer getting out this second week theme. But the theme that has been coming up this last week is Absorption (samadhi) and its place in practice. I also added a few people onto this email because I thought they might like this description. There are many types of samadhi. In Mahayana Buddhism, the model of types of samadhi are: self and other no self a ..read more
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Our Bodies are Like Kinked Hoses
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by corey ichigen hess
6M ago
Our bodies are like kinked hoses. Practice could be described as a more and more subtle process of learning to unkink the hose. We become channels for light. But the problem is that we can’t feel. We especially can’t feel in our daily lives, walking around and interacting with others and working. So at first we dramatically simplify the stimulation and become still, learn to feel, feel, feel, and be real in this nonlinear sensing.  As we do this, naturally we begin to quiet down, as we begin to discover so much going on that we could not feel before, an inner blossoming, eddies, dams bein ..read more
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The Center-less Center: Physical Work, Tanden, and Moving in Oneness
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by corey ichigen hess
6M ago
Someone asked on a group zoom call what I mean by being real, which I often mention in class. Some people, for various reasons, have had their everyday perception  blown open.  Whether it is just from their natural innate permeability or they’ve had some kind of dramatic opening, the doors of their perception have been profoundly opened up.  In truth, we are all like this, translucent animated beings walking around living our lives.  But for some people, they can lose the sense of how to be, how to function in life. As someone said, “Even making coffee would be too much”. T ..read more
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My Review of Gil Hedley’s Nerve Tour
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by corey ichigen hess
7M ago
I recently went a presentation by Gil Hedley, who is currently going around the country in an RV with his partner Rachel, visiting cities everywhere on their Nerve Tour. https://www.gilhedley.com/thenervetour Here is the letter I sent them tonight. “Hi Rachel and Gil-   My name is Corey Hess.. I was at the Bellingham Nerve tour presentation. I stopped Rachel afterward to say hello because Gil was busy and I had to run back to my wife and three daughters in Whidbey Island a couple of hours away.   I wanted to thank you both for the whole scene there. I have admired Gil from afar ..read more
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How to Meld with the Environment I Feel Averse To?
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by corey ichigen hess
8M ago
The final weekly theme of our October four week immersion is: Become Every Room We Enter. Someone asked,  “Any advice on how to meld with the environment I feel averse to? Cultivate acceptance, equanimity and open to feel including this averse feeling inside me?” First of all, Life is hard.  I get that.  Things come up, difficult situations, tragedies, etc.  And we meet and deal with those things when they happen.  Life can be very challenging. Sometimes people get hit by buses. Sometimes bad things happen. This is not a post saying that we will never have challenging ..read more
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Feeling Life, a Big Transition: Further Explorations in Non-Directed Body Movement
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by corey ichigen hess
8M ago
There have been some questions in our Immersion Discord Group this month about the Non Directed Body Movement.  How much of it is letting go, and how much is intention?  What is it to walk that line?  The line between attention and intention? When I am letting go is that just another technique?  When I am “doing nothing” is that just kind of checking out? Questions: “NDBM – Tracking In a recent email, in a blog you mentioned RE NDBM noticing neck pain and then your ankle tension, and then spiraling up your whole body. That’s sounds like a subtle “tracking” or noticing? Si ..read more
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The Red Hot Iron Ball of Doubt
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by corey ichigen hess
8M ago
In a recent Zoom call, a few people in our Energy Collective group were expressing a sense of hitting a wall and needing to face a process within themselves. This honest part of themselves sees it truly has to change. There is an all encompassing deep grip in their core. Something urgent is happening to them, something always there and they know somehow that they must face it. It has been there for so long. They’ve tried to avoid it, or to engage with techniques or ideas or half baked attempts to deal with it, or to just feel better. All of their strategies have not worked. Their comforts ..read more
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The Crucible of Letting Go
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by corey ichigen hess
8M ago
I’m so amazed by people. I feel so blessed to work with these sincere people truly looking at themselves. In these classes, retreats, month-long immersions, we use these practices to see how we hold ourselves, how we are stuck, and we see that this way of being extends to everything we do.  Today after class someone was talking about how they have come to realize that they have to change the way they interact with everything and everyone.  They’ve been chewing on this for a few years, and they realized that they have been putting this equanimity control onto their lives for a long ti ..read more
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