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My May Yoga Practice: a Journal May 1-31, 2023

My May Yoga Practice: a Journal

Location Google Map: Lazi, Siquijor Island, Philippines

Juggling Yoga

  1. Hatha Yoga Pradipika - This took a back seat when I went deep into the Gateway Process in April 21. Hopefully, I can get back to this after I'm done with the Gateway Process.
  2. Gateway Process - Beginning April 21 with Hemi-sync, I got deeper into it, accessing the Gateway Process and 'living' it.
  3. Yoga by Gigit - This also took a back seat in April since Marky left. My difficulty is my motivation and also the logistics are challenging since it requires long and massive downloads/uploads of yoga videos. Marky was able to secure a Rocket SIM which should ease the wifi aspect. I should get it first week May.

    I'm also debating if I should take the Pranayama course by Bilker. It's cheap at P550 and he's the most popular Pranayama teacher in Udemy. This would give me a much better idea on how to proceed with YBG (perhaps learn a thing or two as well).
  4. Personal practice - I can imagine, my practice will consist mostly of Hemi-Sync until I finish Gateway Process. I will integrate it to my overall yoga practice. This should be a very powerful component in Kundalini rising (not just OBE).

    For now, the most powerful sequence I can do is Surya Namaskar (warm up), then the Big3M (Maha mudra, Maha bandha and Maha vedha), Wim Hof (full bandha), and Hemi-Sync. I'm actually confident I can do an OBE this May.
My May Yoga Practice: a Journal
Lolasana by the seawall

May 1, 2023 - Monday

Gateway Process
Given my continuing vertigo, I default to being at home going deeper into Gateway Process. I've nearly finished the report and my yoga practice is really all about the Hemi-Sync.

Personal practice
Intention:
I have a single-pointed focus on the Gateway Process. I had been reading the report, summarizing it, watching videos and doing my practice based almost exclusively on Hemi-Sync. I am convinced that my yoga practice will accelerate with the inclusion of Hemi-Sync. The meditation portion of the practice is Hemi-Sync.

3 pm / home
Meditation:
Hemi-Sync, Wave 1 (intro), 33 mins

6 pm / seawall
Asana + Pranayama:
Stretches, Big3M

Meditation:
Hemi-Sync (Factor 10-12, 43 mins)

11 pm / home
Meditation:
Having downloaded the full 10-hour Wave Hemi-Sync video, I just played it on my headphone before going to sleep. I don't know how long it played but I kept getting awaken along the way when Monroe talks. But in the early morning already while it was still playing, I noticed a body trembling which is a prelude to an OBE. I actually thought I might have an OBE but not.



May 2, 2023 - Tuesday

Gateway Process
Continued reading/writing, beginning with 37. Motivational Aspect until I finished at noon. Since the paper has been fully read and summarized, I will no longer add this to my journal, but I will definitely add Hemi-Sync

Personal practice
Intention:
7 am / home
Meditation:
HS on Track 2, just getting my mind/body acquainted with the HS sound while being aware and actively keeping the body completely relaxed.

6 pm / seawall
Meditation:
Hemi-Sync, so far, given the many sessions I've had with it, I cannot notice anything different from simply doing a regular meditation - I get my body relaxed and my mind still. Hopefully, as this goes along, I'll discern something 'different'.



May 3, 2023 - Wednesday

Gateway Process
I reviewed my summary, added pictures and revised some texts. This completes Gateway Process. The rest is to add Hemi-Sync into my yoga practice.

Personal practice
Intention:
I'd been getting fat...my loose pants is now tight. I have to do more physical Asanas, stop my sikwate intake and stop my bakery sweets indulgence. I will get my bike tire replaced and then ride around the island...hopefully this week.

In the meantime, I'll be continuing the Big3M, Wim Hof (w/ bandha), and Hemi-Sync. Hmmm, since I'm really stoked on this, I think I will develop a full advance class on this, primarily about Kundalini rising and OBE.

6 am / home
Asana + Pranayama:
Stretches and regular poses, Big3M, Wim Hof, Hemi-Sync. Aside from total relaxation, I didn't find any difference from my usual practice. Maybe one day, something will just 'click'.

2 pm / home
Meditation:
Hemi-Sync, Wave 2 while taking siesta. I feel asleep into the audio.

11 pm / home
Meditation:
Hemi-Sync before going to bed. I feel asleep into the audio.



May 4, 2023 - Thursday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Finished (read, summary) Jalandhara bandha, verses 70-73. Finished (read, summary) Maha bandha, verses 74-76. Finished (read, summary) Bindu, verse 77. It's good to be back on HYP (now that Gateway is done).

Yoga by Gigit
Marky resigned from job and will send SIM this weekend.

Personal practice
Intention:
Now that I'm done with my Gateway readings, it's simply an immersion now into the audio files and codifying the components of the files as I go deeper in the practice. So far, I'd been breathing, living, dreaming into Hemi-Sync.

2 am / home
Meditation:
The heavy rain woke me up. The earphones were still attached to me, but the audio already stopped. I put it back on and continued with Wave 3 that talked about Patterning, Energy Tool Bar and Body Layout. The Tool Bar segment and Patterning were quite powerful and allowed me vividly visualize my desires. I was half asleep already on the Body Layout.



May 5, 2023 - Friday

Personal practice
Intention:
I left home early to meet Johnnie so no am yoga. Arriving, I had 3 chilled glasses of tuba (when I gave the bibingka to Auntie Inday), so I was tipsy in the afternoon. There was the Boulevard opening that night so it was noisy and full of people. The only chance for yoga was before going to sleep, listening to Hemi-Sync while going to sleep. I already passed out while the audio was playing. I am not sure if my continued listening of the audio while sleeping still keeps my brain in sync.

while going to sleep, 11 pm? / home
Meditation:
HS on Wave 1, Track 3



May 6, 2023 - Saturday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Finished Vipareeta Karani, Verses 78-82

Yoga by Gigit
Marky sent me notice that the sent SIM + USB to LBC Larena

Personal practice
Intention:
I'm thinking the ideal morning practice should consist of asana + pranayama + HS meditation (maybe Trataka), then walking barefeet on the soil of the Boulevard (earthing) and then take a dip in the ocean (aura cleansing through water). But I should wake up early and resume my seawall practice instead of home practice.

Another AHA Moment is to practice a specific session several times a day (eg Wave 1, Track 1). This would develop grounding and deeper understanding. Then progress to the next session the following day (and just do that session several times a day).

6:30 am / home roof deck
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 3, 30 mins, I was introduced to the Energy Balloon and reaching Focus 10 through a series of counting to #10. I find the shaded portion of the roofdeck to be ideal in the morning - seaview, shaded, open air. I can isolate the external noise by the earmuff. I was in Siddhasana - while HS is supposed to be done lying down to facilitate an OBE, I don't think I'll be doing OBE soon, so it's best that I remain seated so I don't fall asleep.

2:00 pm / home
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 2, 37 mins, despite the heat, I meditated seated while perspiration ran down me. Even though I haven't OBE since I started doing HS, I am building up proficiency in brain syncing through regular practice. I always come out feeling very relaxed. The immediate challenge is keeping my RBH alert and awake...often, I drift. If I can keep a single-focus on my alert mind, it is likely can already OBE.

6 pm / home seawall
Pranayama:
mash-up as I wasn't really into it

10 pm / home
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 4 and slept with it. I woke up with Wave 2 at 2:20:00. I was half-awake the whole night with Hemi-Sync playing in the background on my earphone. My contention is that I am maintaining my brain hemisphere syncing even as I sleep...so that can only be a good thing. And also while remaining half-awake, perhaps I'm getting closer to a true Yoga Nidra where the body is asleep but the mind is awake. Anyway, I woke up feeling refreshed and strong...not someone who didn't get some sleep.



May 7, 2023 - Sunday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Started writing about Vajroli mudra

Personal practice
Intention:
Seawall celebration is still underway, all the way to fiesta, so it's not ideal to go there for yoga. I like the roofdeck anyway.

7 am / roofdeck
Asana + Pranayama:
90 mins, stretching, inversions (Vipareeta, Sarvangasana, Sirsasana), Big3M, Wim Hof

Meditation:
Trataka (30 mins, no tears)


2 pm / home
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 4. It was so hot that I was perspiring while meditating lyng down, with earphone and ear muff. My ear hurt since I slept and the ear muff was pressing on the earphone as it was pressing against my ear. I noticed that Wave 1 Track 5 didn't seem to have a good channel separation. It gave me cautious. Without channel separation, Hemi-Sync will not work.



May 8, 2023 - Monday

Yoga by Gigit
I messaged Marky: "Let us put the Yoga by Gigit on hold until I get a clear direction on how to go about this. This guy Bilker, who is the best selling teacher for Pranayama on Udemy is also offering his complete course for as little as $10. This requires serious thinking." This puts the YBG project 'on hold' indefinitely.

Personal practice
Intention:
I rewrote the HS source tapes replacing with the new 4Mindful Meditations series.

6 am / home seawall
Meditation:
Hemi-Sync Demo by 4Mindful

6 pm / home seawall
No yoga in the afternoon as it was Marlon's wedding



May 9, 2023 - Tuesday

Personal practice
Intention:
I sourced a more organized set of full-course Hemi-Sync videos. Instead of lumping all the six Wave 1 sessions into one audio file, this one by 4Mindful Meditations creates one file per session. I would download the session and I'll practice it a few times during the day, every day going to the next Session. There are about 42 sessions so it will take 42 days to go through all the lessons.

2 am / home
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 1, rest, then Track 2. So, 2 back-to-back sessions in one go. Then I slept again. I should not go beyond Wave 1 Track 2 today, but instead repeat it.

10:30 am / roof deck
Asana:
Bryan Kest Power 1

Pranayama:
Kapalbhati + bandha, Maha vedha

Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 2

6:00 pm / seawall
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 2 + Trataka (no tears)

10:00 pm / roof deck
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 2



May 10, 2023 - Wednesday

Astral Projection
Read up on Astral Projection by Abhishek Agarwal, mostly on techniques to project: rope pulling

Personal practice
Intention:
Continue doing several sessions of the same track in Wave 1, Hemi-Sync. For today, it's Wave 1 Track 3

12 am / bed, lying down
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 3 (1st)

6 am / home roofdeck
Asana:
Stretches, Big 3M, Headstand

Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 3 (2nd)

5:15 pm / home
Pranayama:
30 mins, Maha bandha ( 1:4:2:3, Ujjayi, Antara, Bahya kumbhaka + Tri-bandha), Wim Hof (Bahya kumbhaka + bandha, Antara kumbhaka, OM), Kapalbhati + bandha

Asana:
Headstand

Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 3 (3rd)



May 11, 2023 - Thursday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Finished my read/write of Vajroli mudra (although I really have no interest on this one) - (verses 83-86)

Finished my read/write of Bindu as well (verses 87-91). I added many insights from real life experience.

Personal practice
Intention:
I'm getting my groove back with this program of doing the same Hemi Sync audio file several times in a day before progressing to the next track the following day.

MY first OBE? I woke up inside my dream. I was in a different place, different time - almost like ancient time of Christ in a manicured garden. Being aware of my OBE training and my choice of going to Mars to see the 'face', I was wondering in my lucid dream why I was in that garden and not in Mars. And why was I not flying? Should I jump? And that thought of 'jumping' made me feel floating. My knee jerk reaction was to look for my body. I could not see anything. I tried taking off my headwear but it seemed to extend forever. Finally, I removed it and I saw a faint sillhouette of myself on the bed - it was dark, I couldn't even see my face. But having seem my body, my next intention was to go to Mars. I took off. And upon landing, I saw a statue of a female face about the size of a Volkswagen a half buried on the ground. I knew I wasn't on Mars and it was not the face on Mars. Then I transitioned slowly into waking up, with me trying hard to keep asleep to continue my lucid dream, but I ended up being awake anyway.

Was that an OBE or was that just a lucid dream? or both?

If it was a lucid dream, how come I didn't go through a sleep paralysis process? The few lucid dreams I've had always happened because of sleep paralysis! OBE? If it's an OBE then it came from a lucid dream and not from Hemi-Sync. Still, if it was an OBE, why didn't I see my mosquito net when I looked at my body? And why did I not land on Mars if it was an OBE?

I think I just had a lucid dream, but since I had been living, breathing OBE (as much as 3 HS sessions/day), the OBE became part of the dream....but a dream nonetheless and not really a true OBE.

This is a good sign that my system is already reacting/adjusting to my daily practice. It should not take long before I gain more control over this. Ideally, I would rather be over-prepared already for an OBE and even delay the OBE as long as I can until it just 'forces' itself to happen...because it has to already. Analogy - if you don't ejaculate for a long time, the ejaculation will force itself through a 'wet dream'.

12 midnight / lying down before going to sleep
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 4 (being on Focus 10, going back to the Energy Conversion Box and removing fear, removing the emotions covered by that fear and accepting the underlying event that produced the emotion and fear). Honestly, I don't understand this.

3:30 am / awakened from sleep
Meditation:
seated, HS, Wave 1, Track 4
It was after this meditation that I had the lucid dream.



May 12, 2023 - Friday

Personal practice
Intention:
Continue to Wave 1 Track 5 of Hemi-Sync

5 am / home
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 4, Sidhassana - I never really understood this session of pulling out fear and emotions and then reintegrating the memory/event that was hidden. I've had 2 sessions on this and I'm glad to move on to Track 5.

HS, Wave 1, Track 5, lying down - unclear what this was supposed to do....roll like a log, feel like floating...counting to 20 from 10, to go back into normal sleep


9 am / roofdeck
Asana:
Bryan Kest 2 (didn't finish due to garbage burning)

7 pm / roofdeck
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 4
HS, Wave 1, Track 5



May 13, 2023 - Saturday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Sahajoli (wiping ashes of cow dung on the sexual parts) and Amaroli (drinking urine) - these 2 are too extreme for me, but good to know the underlining intention and nature of the practice.

Personal practice
Intention:
Continuing Hemi-Sync to Wave 1 Track 6

6 am / bed (waking up)
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 5
8 am / roofdeck
Asana:
Bryan Kest 2

Asana + Pranayama:
Big3M (10 mins on Maha Mudra)

Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 6, nothing really happened here. It simply stated to act on our intention and consider it done. I intentioned to see the face on Mars but there was no separation...not even a vibration.

8 pm / roofdeck
Pranayama:
There was garbage burning at that hour, so no Pranayama.

Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 6, same, nothing really happened here. I intentioned to see the face on Mars but there was no vibration or separation. I began to wonder if I should go back to Track 5



May 14, 2023 - Sunday

Hemi-Sync
2 am / bed, lying down
HS, Wave 1, Track 5 (sleep exploration, turning over like a log, floating). I went back to find out if I missed anything.

HS, Wave 1, Track 6 (intention and manifesting it). Yes, this was a back-to-back session. I was in-and-out of it as I was still half asleep. I feel intense vibration throughout the body but it just stayed like that. There is so much to take up so I will progress to Wave 2 Track 1 after this.

1:15 pm / room, seated
HS, Wave 1, Track 6. It was a controlled and focused meditation, going from Focus 10 to 12. But no OBE

11 pm / bed
HS, Wave 2 Track 1, but I slept through most of it.

Personal practice
Intention:
Continue with Hemi-Sync, today at Wave 2 Track 1

9 pm / Ivan
Meditation:
Went to Noel's place to meditate with Ivan, and Samson. Rina later on arrived. Ivan was supposed to open my 3rd Eye, but nothing happened.



May 15, 2023 - Monday

Personal practice
Intention:
Moving on to Wave 2 Track 2
Pursuing meditation with Ivan?

2pm / room, seated
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 2, problem solving, on Focus 12 (expanded consciousness transcending the body) send the pressing problem to the cosmic universe and await the answer. Room, seated (in Sukhasana as perinium is now painful from Siddhasana). perspiration dripping the whole time. My problem? A recurring situation happens after I leave a place...some people are just happy to see me go. It happened in Sagada, UPM, Chiang Mai, Cebu yoga, etc. Even though I have good reasons for leaving, I know I have blind spots. What are these and how do I deal with them? That's the pressing question I sent out. Is it because I have strong opinions and vocal about it. And it comes across people the wrong way? Is it because I have too much ego (?) and it's abrasive? Should I just shut up and let them do all the talking while I just listen and learn?

4:30 pm / room, seated
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 2, problem solving, on Focus 12. Yes, after 2 hours, I'm back doing the same thing again. 10 pm / bed lying down before sleep
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 2, problem solving, on Focus 12. Same question, not no answer. I don't really expect an immediate answer. I expect it more as an Aha Moment when I least expect it.



May 16, 2023 - Tuesday

Personal practice
Intention:
I am now on Wave 2 Track 3, Patterning, visualizing and 'being' the person you want to be. So far, no OBE but I think the HS practice is offering many equally powerful benefits - transformation, solutions to deep seated problems. All through brain hemisphere syncing - something that takes many years of yoga practice, but a quick hack in HS using binaural beats.

Since I have been eating too much fiesta food and seem to lose my physical workout, I will bike the island circumference today on my little bike

6 am / lying down on bed
Meditation:
HS, Wave 1, Track 3, Patterning, visualizing and 'being' the person you want to be, physically (forever young, black hair, new teeth, sharper narrower nose, ripped physique), intellectually (single-minded focus) and emotionally (calm, collected and composed)

8:30 am / cycling
Asana:
To shock my body from this lethargy and food binging, I took a long bike ride from home to Siquijor Town and back, a total of 50 km

8:30 pm / bed lying down
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 3 until I fell asleep



May 17, 2023 - Wednesday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Verses 102 to 103. Women having higher capacity for Kundalini awakening through Vajroli. Consciousness + object = experience.

Personal practice
Intention:
Going to Wave 2 Track 4 today

6 am / bed, just awoke
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 3, still half asleep, I was in and out of it. I should download Track 4 and 'master' it today

5:30 pm / roofdeck
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 4, green for neutralising emotional discharge, red for strength, speed and coordination, purple for homeostatis and equanimity - inhale, hold, visualize the color and its effect, exhale slowly

9 pm / bed as I slept
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 4, I just slept through it but did all the visualizations



May 18, 2023 - Thursday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Kundalini Shakti (104-105)

Personal practice
Intention:
Continuing with Wave 2 Track 5, Magic Wand

6 am / bed
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 5, bed as I woke up. It didn't seem to specify how to use this energy tool...change color, swing it around, fast color-shift from white to black, but nothing specific how to use it, how to use the colors, etc.

9 am / roofdeck
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 5, done after doing Bryan Kest Yoga 3 and Pranayama. I was dozing in and out of it, even though I started out fully awake and it's still morning.

Asana:
Bryan Kest 3 (first 30 mins), headstand

Pranayama:
Big3M

3 pm / seated, home
Pranayama:
an hour of straight freestyle Pranayama + Kumbhaka + Bandha + Mudra + Chanting

Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 5, I was curious if a surge of prana (after the 1 hour pranayama) will facilitate OBE. It didn't, but I felt strong and vibrant after, despite the heat...I was perspiring the entire time.

10 pm / lying down
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 5, slept my way through it.



May 19, 2023 - Friday

Personal practice
Intention:
Continuing with Wave 2 Track 6 today

5:30 am / bed
Meditation:
HS, Wave 2, Track 6, my first time to do this section. I didn't really see any dim or flickering area on the body map but I still scanned it with the purple energy tool anyway.

1:30 pm / bed
Meditation:
HS, Wave 3, Track 1, even though it's not meant to trigger separation (I guess, not at this point), it simulates the feel and goes through the conceptual emulation of a lift. It worked for me as far as the visualization went.

8:00 pm / roof deck
Meditation:
HS, Wave 3, Track 1, I just went through the motion. At this point, I'm equally curious what the other packaged of HS are - obviously, it's not just OBE but a whole array of empowerment tools for cleansing, efficiency, strength, etc.



May 20, 2023 - Saturday

Personal practice
Intention:
Going through with HS, Wave 3, Track 2 today. I noticed that if I default to doing a HS when waking up, I tend not to do the full yoga routine in the morning. Thus, I'll only do the HS as the meditation part of full yoga session.

8 am / roof deck
Asana:
Mild stretches as I seem to be coming down a flu...just a feeling but no flu. Big3M

Pranayama:
10 mins of freestyle pranayama. I thought about doing it a full hour, but I simply wasn't into it.

Meditation:
HS, Wave 3, Track 2. The magic wand was revived, charged and made into a tube and used to get 6 numbers from an envelope (I don't recall of any envelope). Then the tube was used to make a white cottom ball light enough to float and then hot. Then it was used to connect with a friend - I chose Ferd. I passed him a message to ask me how my motorbike is. Let's see if he DMs me.

8 pm / home
Asana:
no asana as I'm not well

Meditation:
HS, Wave 3, Track 2, drifting in and out of it.



May 21, 2023 - Sunday

Personal practice
Intention:
Continuing with HS, Wave 3 Track 3 today

6 am / home seawall
Meditation:
HS, Wave 3, Track 3, still not 100%, still drifting in and out of it.

4 pm / home seawall
Meditation:
HS, Wave 3, Track 3, in and out of it

7:30 pm / home seawall
Meditation:
HS, Wave 3, Track 3, went through the motion. Nothing noticeable



May 22, 2023 - Monday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
After a lull, contuing with Kundalini 106 (Muladhara chakra must be activated to awaken Kundalini) and 107 (You become your thoughts). I'm glad to resume this after being distracted.

Personal practice
Intention:
Since the near 'cold' I've had, I haven't been feeling 100% so my yoga is limited to pursuing HS. Today, it's Wave 3 Track 4, the 5 Questions.

  1. Who am I?
  2. Where and who was I before this life?
  3. What is my purpose in this life?
  4. What can I do to serve this purpose?
  5. What is the most important message I can receive and understand at this point of my existence?

(May 22, 2023, 2 am, bed) I fell asleep as soon as I engaged it. I don't even remember what was talked about.

(May 22, 2023, 7 am, bed) Still dozing, I fell asleep again not knowing what was talked about.

(May 22, 2023, 3 pm, bed lying down) I caught one of the questions, "Who am I", before falling to sleep.



May 23, 2023 - Tuesday

Personal practice
Intention:
I'm still not 100%, still having the occasional cough when I wake up, so it's hard to do a full yoga routine, but I'm still pursuing HS, today at Wave 3 Track 5.

Meditation:
(May 23, 2023, 7 am, bed, seated) Wave 3 Track 4, Five Questions. I didn't want to progress into Track 5 today without really understanding Track 4. So, as soon as I awoke, without the risk of falling asleep, I did a last hurrah for Track 4. And I got it. It made sense and the questions were powerful. I'll take notice the rest of the day if the anwswers will come.

(May 23, 2023, 3 pm, 24Cafe @ Cambugahay) Wave 3 Track 5, 32:33, Harnessing Energy thru Palms. I was in and out of it half dozing, and didn't even finish.

(May 23, 2023, 5:30 pm, seated, home) Wave 3 Track 5. I was awake the whole time but could focus. My mind was somewhere else. I didn't relly feel the energy transer.

(May 23, 2023, 8 pm, seawall) I modified, instead of palms, I used my eyes while doing Trataka. I have difficulty with this process, often finding myself drifting out. Later on, I realized my headphone had no left channel. So, how long has it been that I had been doing HS with no left channel? Dealing with binaural beats, it's essential to use a headphone with channel separation. I have to buy a new pair of headphones.



May 24, 2023 - Wednesday

Personal practice
Intention:
The left channel of my headphone is on-off, making the binaural beats almost impossible. Still, I found an 'angle' to make it work.

With my health returning, I should resume my asana/pranayama.

My eyes are also badly strained. I have to resume my Trataka.

Meditation:
HS, Wave 3 Track 6, 34:04, First Stage Separation, done in Focus 12. You visualize yourself rolling over, moving back, lifted up

(May 24, 2023, 7am, seated on bed) having difficulty with the channel separation (I need to replace my earphones). Even though I'm not doing OBE yet, I visualize the whole thing, even 'seeing' my body from where I am. I could imagine, at some point, while visualizing the experience, the actual OBE would be triggered and you actually see your body away from where you are.

(May 24, 2023, 8 pm, seated on bed) left channel stopped working completely. I had to stop. Need to buy a new pair of headphones.

Meditation:
midnight, seated on bed, body scanning



May 25, 2023 - Thursday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Kundalini (Verses 108-111)

Personal practice
Intention:
Now that I'm well, I can resume a full yoga practice

8 am / roof deck
Asana:
Bryan Kest 3, Big3M, Shoulder/Headstand

Pranayama:
Maha Mudra, 20 mins

Meditation:
HS, Wave 3, Track 6, without the headphone (left channel is out)

6 pm / seawall
Meditation:
Having purchased a pair of new earphones, I continue back-to-back with my HS.
HS, Wave 3, Track 6
HS, Wave 4, Track 1, Advanced Patterning for the next year

(May 26, 2023, 2 am, bed, lying down) HS, Wave 4, Track 1. Since I just woke up, my mind was alert. It was a good session but still no OBE.



May 26, 2023 - Friday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Shakti Chalana Mudra + Kundalini (112-119)

Personal practice
Intention:
Going to Bolo Bolo for water first thing in the morning skewed up my yoga routine. I wanted to practice Shakti Chalana to keep pace with my HYP but it didn't happen. But I still managed to keep pace with my HS schedule, Wave 4 Track 2, 5 Messages. You request/retrieve 5 Messages that are very important for you. You don't know what these 5 messages are, but they will be revealed to you after the session.

(May 26, 2023, 6 pm, seawall) I didn't received any revelation of what the messages are.

(May 26, 2023, 11 pm, bed lying down) I was already sleepy and slept through it.



May 27, 2023 - Saturday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Kundalini (120)

Personal practice
Intention:
I would like to do Shakti Chalana to keep pace with my HYP



May 28, 2023 - Sunday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Very productive. I finished Chapter 3, Mudra and Bandha. I even developed the Mandukasana Kriya. On the 1 min eye-break, I would do the Mandukasana Kriya

Personal practice
Intention:
To keep pace with HYP. Today I applied the Mudra/Kundalini exercises

whole day / home
Kriya:
On the 1 min eye-break from the laptop, I would do the Mandukasana Kriya which takes about 3 mins. It was a great reliever for my eyes and a good prana activation practice.

Meditation:
No HS today. I need a break.



May 29, 2023 - Monday

Personal practice
Intention:
Pick up the slack on HS as I'm behind schedule.

12mn / Siddhasana, bed
Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 3, Free Flow at Focus 12. I'm behind schedule so I squeezed this in before going to sleep. It's always best when seated because I don't fall asleep and I finish the session. I didn't really have any question or request, but I attempted to explore the face on Mars. I'm not really obsessed with the face on Mars - it's only my litmus test to gauge OBE. No, there was no OBE.

6 am / Siddhasana, bed
Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 3, Free Flow at Focus 12. Again, I concentrated on going to Mars to see the face. I tried many techniques - falling down, coming up through my Sahasrara, lifting up, etc. None worked.

the whole day / home
Asana + Pranayama:
On my 1-min eye-break, I would do Mandukasana kriya or Wim Hof kriya or just do Antara kumbhaka + Sambhavi mudra

4 pm / Siddhasana, home
Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 3, Free Flow at Focus 12. Again, I concentrated on going to Mars to see the face. None.



May 30, 2023 - Tuesday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Review the entire Chapter 3, Mudra and Samadhi before moving on to Chapter 4, Samadhi. Also began to write my Ending Thoughts of Chapter 3.

Personal practice
Intention:
Go back into a full yoga asana session after many days of not. Again, the best session is when I do a full yoga asana program, then Pranayama (Mandukasana kriya or Wim Hof kriya), then Hemi-Sync.

8 am / home
Asana:
Bryan Kest 1

Pranayama:
Mandukasana mudra, Wim Hof kriya, headstands, Big3M

Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 4, NVC (Non Verbal Communication). Siddhasana. Despite being in the morning, I was drifting in and out of it all. I think I even fell asleep.

3:45 pm / home Siddhasana
Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 4, NVC (Non Verbal Communication). The audio resolution is bad. On Focus 12, I was open, but no pictures, messages, symbols or feelings. I always visualize me lifting up from the body when going into Focus 12. Still, no OBE

10 pm / home Siddhasana
Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 4, NVC (Non Verbal Communication). Halfway through, I lied down and fell asleep almost immediately. This session doesn't count.



May 31, 2023 - Wednesday

Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Continued reviewing Chapter 3 and adding my Ending Thoughts

Personal practice
Intention:
Continuing using the 1-min break to do kriya, headstand, etc. Today on Wave 4 Track 5.

6:30 am / home Siddhasana
Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 5, I understand it better this time. "Need" is not to envision a man in need, but to generate the feeling of 'need' itself, without object or subject. This is interesting and unique since these feelings always come with 'who is needing' and 'what is needed'. But to isolate just the 'feeling' of need? Interesting. So, went I went to Focus 12, I was open to receive pictures, feelings and any other sensation (not words or language). But nothing came and there was no OBE.

4 pm / bed lying down
Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 5. I just fell asleep.

10 pm / bed Siddhasana
Meditation:
HS, Wave 4, Track 5. I was awake the whole time, did all the motions, but no messages received, no OBE



Ending Thoughts (for May)

  1. Hatha Yoga Pradipika - This took a back seat in May. However, I still covered Bandha, Mudra, Kundalini and Bindu. Finished Chapter 3 and reviewed it with my Ending Thoughts. I even developed some Kriya that will be a staple in my practice - Mandukasana kriya, MahaVedha kriya, Wim Hof kriya.
  2. Gateway Process - this took nearly a week (April 27 - May 2) of reading, summarizing and integrating into my practice (thru Hemi-Sync). It is very powerful as a concept and as a practice (otherwise it would not have become the CIA's bible in training its psychic spies!). I would strongly suggest any yogi to read this...beyond the OBE offering but to broaden their understanding of reality beyond our perception...and the role 'consciousness' plays in it.
  3. Yoga by Gigit - May 8, I put this project on hold indefinitely. My message to Marky, "Let us put the Yoga by Gigit on hold until I get a clear direction on how to go about this. This guy Bilker, who is the best selling teacher for Pranayama on Udemy is also offering his complete course for as little as $10. This requires serious thinking."
  4. Personal practice - Hemi-Sync has been a great and immersive addition to my practice. If yoga is a hack on life, then Hemi-Sync is a hack on yoga. All my practice now includes Hemi-Sync. Together with the Big3M practice and Wim Hof, my practice is as powerful as it gets.

    I also noticed one interesting thing. I don't have a mirror in my room so I hardly ever see my face. But one time I did, I was surprised to see less wrinkles on my face. It seems that I am physically looking younger? Is this from my new approach to yoga (less hard asanas and more pranayama and meditation)?

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More on Lazi:

Lazi Local Info
  1. Resorts - Lazi has some beach/dive resorts on its west coast - Gabayan Riviera, Lazi Beach Club, Bahura Dive Resort. However, the popular area for tourist resorts are in San Juan
  2. Transport - Lazi is the junction where the jeeps begin their clockwise route (Lazi-San Juan-Siquijor Port) or the counter clockwise route (Lazi-Maria-Larena Port). Because the jeeps are rare with about 2 to 3 trips/day only in the morning, it's practical to just have a motorcycle here in Siquijor. With its affordability (a brand new Rusi motorbike is as low as P45k), people just buy motorcycles...especially those who live up in the mountains.
  3. The Boulevard - Lazi's main draw is its seaside cobblestone promenade. When the sun goes down, people gather here for eats, drinks, open-air, harbor view and the sunset
  4. Lazi Port - Lazi just recently opened up its port with Kho Shipping plying the Iligan, Tagbilaran and Cebu routes.
Lazi >> Iligan City by boat

Lazi to Iligan City route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early April 2023. Before, going to Iligan City meant going to Siquijor Port, 30 km away. This also meant that on the way back, you have to be in Siquijor before 2pm to catch the last jeep to Lazi. With this direct route, there is no 'last trip' to catch.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Iligan City, Tu-Th-Sat, 6 hours, Lazi departure 5 am, arrival in Iligan City Port 11 am, economy P800, tourist P1100, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Iligan City
Lazi >> Cagayan de Oro by boat

Lazi to Cagayan de Oro route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Davao meant going to Iligan first, then bus to CDO and then bus to Davao City. Now, Iligan can be completely bypassed saving about 3 hours on the trip.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Cagayan de Oro, Tu-F-Sun, 6 hours, Lazi departure 6 am, arrival in Cagayan de Oro Port 12 noon, economy P1,100.00, tourist P1,400.00, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Cagayan de Oro
Lazi >> Dumaguete by boat

Lazi to Dumaguete route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Dumaguete meant going to Siquijor Port, 30 km away. This also meant that on the way back, you have to be in Siquijor before 2pm to catch the last jeep to Lazi. With this direct route, there is no 'last trip' to catch.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Dumaguete, M-Th-Sat, 3 hours, Lazi departure 1 am, arrival in Dumaguete Port 4 am, economy P300, tourist P500, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Dumaguete
Lazi >> CDO >> Davao City by boat/bus

Lazi to Cagayan de Oro route by Kho Shipping was just opened up in early September 2023. Before, going to Davao meant going to Iligan first, then bus to CDO and then bus to Davao City. Now, Iligan can be completely bypassed saving about 3 hours on the trip.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Cagayan de Oro, Tu-F-Sun, 6 hours, Lazi departure 6 am, arrival in Cagayan de Oro Port 12 noon, economy P1,100.00, tourist P1,400.00, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Cagayan de Oro

  3. Cagayan de Oro Port - arrival 12 noon. Take a jeep to East Terminal (Agora) to catch the Davao-bound bus
  4. CDO East Terminal (Agora) - take bus going to Davao City, 8 hours, PHP 875. This terminal is open 24 hours and there is always a bus going to Davao - no need to pre-purchase tickets
  5. Davao Bus Terminal - you'll arrive at the Davao Bus Terminal, close to SM City. From there you can take a cab ride to your hotel. There are many jeeps that will also take you to the Poblacion town center, 15 mins, PHP 12
Lazi >> Tagbilaran >> Cebu by boat

Lazi to Cebu entails a stopover at Tagbilaran - you only pay for one ticket (I've broken down the individual trips in case you're boarding from Tagbilaran). From the 5pm boat departure from Lazi, it would cost PHP 1000 (it's odd that it's cheaper to pay for the individual trips rather than paying for both...PHP 845 vs 1000) and take about 10 hours.

  1. Lazi Port - take Kho Shipping to Tagbilaran, W-F-Sun, 4 hours, Lazi departure 1 am, arrival in Tagbilaran Port 5 am, economy P475, tourist P750, tickets available at Lazi office 2pm-10pm M-Sat

  2. Lazi to Tagbilaran to Cebu

  3. Tagbilaran Port - arrival 5 am, layover 1 hour, departure for Cebu 6am (5 hours), economy P370, tourist P520
  4. Cebu Port - arrival 11 am

More on Siquijor Island:

Siquijor Island Local Info

Jeeps - there are only 2 routes for jeeps within Siquijor Island - and they are rare. Most people have their own motorcycle transport.

  1. Siquijor Port to Lazi - last trip leaves at 3pm from station near market
  2. Lazi to Siquijor Port - jeeps depart from the Lazi Port area. 5 jeeps, the last trip at 12:30 pm. Lazi to San Juan, P50.
  3. Larena Port to Lazi - jeeps are unpredictable. As of this writing, there is only 1 jeep plying the Larena-Lazi route. This jeep leaves Larena for Lazi at 9:50am. After that, no more jeep. You'll have to take a tricycle to Siquijor Pob for jeeps going to Lazi
  4. Lazi to Larena Port - 6am (daily) and 9 am (M-Th)

Food - these were suggested by a local to me

  1. Lechon manok & liempo - roasted pork belly and chicken at Joel's in Siquijor Poblacion. I've tried this myself...yummy, even if the chicken was no longer hot
  2. Bibingka - sweetened rice cake by Fidy's Bibingka (P30) in Sawang, Maria. I've come back for this and I buy for other people as well as 'pasalubong' - they love this
  3. Siopao - at the Rosita store near Thrifty (P25) in Siquijor Poblacion
  4. Peanut butter - by Rene. Just ask around in Siquijor Poblacion. It's popular
  5. Torta - sweet cakish bread at the Thrifty story in Siquijor Poblacion
Siquijor Island Map
Siquijor
Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
  1. Montenegro Lines - at Siquijor Port, P234.00/pax, P169/bicycle, 7:30am/10:00am/2:00pm/4:30pm

  2. Montenegro Lines, Siquijor to Dumaguete

  3. Aleson Shipping - at Siquijor Port, 6 am and 6 pm daily, 1:30 pm M-Sat, Regular P200.00/pax, Aircon P250.00/pax

  4. Aleson Shipping, Dumaguete to Siquijor

  5. Ocean Jet - 40 mins,at Siquijor Port, 0919.066.5964, www.oceanjet.net, marketing@ocenajet.net, 6:00am/6:00pm, P350/pax (tourist/open air), P580/pax (business class)

    Ocean Jet


Siquijor - Tagbilaran - Cebu City Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)

En route to Cebu City, the ferries usually make a stop-over to Tagbilaran (Bohol) to pick-up more passengers or unload.

  1. Ocean Jet - 2 hours, 8:20am, at Siquijor Port
    To Tagbilaran: P800/tourist & open air, P1200/business class
    To Cebu: ?
  2. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port,
    To Tagbilaran: T-Th-Sun, P475/standard, 7pm, 3 hours, PHP?
    To Cebu: T-Th-Sun, 7pm, 7 hours, PHP 650


Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips (as of Jan 2023)
  1. Lite Ferries - at Larena Port, T-Th-Sun, 2:00 am, 5 hours, PHP?


Siquijor - Cebu (Liloan) - Cebu City BUS Trip (as of Jan 2023)

There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Larena Port around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port (Sundays at 3 pm) for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) 10 pm.

Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because it goes around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena where it takes the ferry at 1 pm. This saves you the hassle and high transport cost of a tricycle. Besides, it's a long trip from the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.


Sugbo Urban

Sugbo Urban

Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island

These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat

  1. Bohol - Bohol is an island northeast Siquijor. Tourist attractions are Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Monkey, Loboc River Cruise, Beaches of Panglao, whale sharks (recent offering), freediving (recent offering)
  2. Cebu - Cebu City is the usual gateway into the Visayas. But in Cebu Island itself, there are many offerings - Whale Sharks of Oslob, sardine run at Moalboal,Thresher Shark of Malapascua
  3. Dapitan (Zamboanga del Norte) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.
  4. Dumaguete - Dumaguete is a small charming progressive coastal town in Negros Oriental. Cafe and restaurants line the famous Boulevard Boardwalk. Tourist attractions include Japanese Shrine, Casaroro Falls, snorkeling along the southern coastline (Dauin, Masaplod Norte, etc), Balinsasayao Twin Lakes
  5. Plaridel (Misamis Occidental, Mindanao) - I haven't been there but a lot of island ferries ply this port. There must be something here.

Blogs

Siquijor Blogs
Siquijor Island
  1. January Chronicles: Bandilaan Meditation January 2024
  2. My January Yoga Practice: A Journal January 31, 2024
  3. Jan 2024: Squid, Balangawan, Margarita Pizza January 2024
  4. December Chronicles: Yuletide Season December 30, 2023
  5. December Snapshots: Bolo Bolo Dip, Christmas Lunch, Tuba Denizens, Friends Forever, Men Working, Cow / Crow December 1-30, 2023
  6. Eggplant Bulad Pizza December 20, 2023
  7. Canghaling Cave November 14, 2023
  8. Kings and Queens November 13, 2023
  9. Barangay Vote-Buying October 22, 2023
  10. Real Estate Mapping October 1, 2023
  11. Learning Cebuano: Oct October 1-31, 2023
  12. Oct Food Hack: Pizza, Kinilaw, Coconut Bread, Fish Okuy, Carrot Omelette,Lemon-Grass Tea October 2023
  13. Sep Snapshots: Fisherman, Granny, Pedicure, Big Fish, Garbage September 1-30, 2023
  14. Sep Food Hack: Fish Tinola, Ratatouille, Chayote Omelette, Flat Bread September 2023
  15. Together Forever Sep 11, 2023
  16. The Cigarette Talk Sep 1, 2023
  17. Siquijor Star Meditation Center Aug 31, 2023
  18. The Lost Dogs of Siquijor Aug 27, 2023
  19. Moving to a Bungalow! Aug 22, 2023
  20. Aug Chronicles: CDO produce August 31, 2023
  21. Aug Snapshots: Pan de Sal, Palpitate, Taho, Tuna, Pineapple August 1-31, 2023
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  23. July Chronicles July 31, 2023
  24. July Snapshots July 1-31, 2023
  25. Learning Cebuano: July July 1-31, 2023
  26. June Chronicles June 31, 2023
  27. June Snapshots June 1-31, 2023
  28. Learning Cebuano: June June 1-31, 2023
  29. May Chronicles May 31, 2023
  30. May Snapshots May 1-31, 2023
  31. Learning Cebuano May 1-31, 2023
  32. In Search of a Cool Climate May 25, 2023
  33. The 64 km Bike Ride May 16, 2023
  34. Lazi Fiesta May 15, 2023
  35. The Boulevard Opening May 5, 2023
  36. April Snapshots April 1-30, 2023
  37. Learning Cebuano...Again! April 1-30, 2023
  38. Kris Visits Siquijor Mar 17 - Apr 15, 2023
  39. Exploring Siquijor with Marky Mar 25 - Apr 11, 2023
  40. Siquijor Healing Festival April 5-8, 2023
  41. The Talk at United Church of Christ April 2, 2023
  42. Mar Snapshots Mar 1-31, 2023
  43. Vigil for the Ghost Ship of Siquijor March 31, 2023
  44. Judging an Essay on Gender Equality Mar 29, 2023
  45. The Thief, the Shaman, the Elves and the Police Mar 20, 2023
  46. Finally Acquiring the Motorbike Mar 18, 2023
  47. Bitcoin Blunder Mar 15, 2023
  48. Maria's Unsung Beaches Mar 11, 2023
  49. Lagaan Falls Mar 9, 2023
  50. Tibhong Spring Water Source Mar 8, 2023
  51. Bolo-Bolo Natural Spring Mar 2, 2023
  52. Reasons to Get a Wife March 1, 2023
  53. Feb Snapshots Feb 28, 2023
  54. Camagung-Ong Natural Spring Feb 28, 2023
  55. Heeeere's Johnnie! Feb 26, 2023
  56. Manifesting a Motorbike from Thin Air? Feb 18, 2023
  57. The 'Bad Guy' of Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
  58. Amazement from Drivers License Renewal in Siquijor Feb 15, 2023
  59. Locong Falls Feb 9, 2023
  60. Inguinal Hernia? Goodbye ABS! Feb 4, 2023
  61. Jan Snapshots January 31, 2023
  62. In Search of Tubod Cold Spring Jan 27, 2023
  63. 1:4:2:3 Nadi Shodana Jan 26, 2023
  64. Lazi's Boulevard Jan 22, 2023
  65. Lazi: A Monthly Stay Jan 21, 2023
  66. 7 Days in Maria, Siquijor Jan 14-21, 2023
  67. Capilay Spring Jan 17, 2023
  68. Siquijor: In Search of Resonance Jan 9-14, 2023
  69. Riding Around Siquijor's 86km Coastal Road Apr 3, 2012
  70. Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
  71. Jovee and Missy's Excellent Adventure Nov 6-7, 2010
  72. Freediving in Siquijor's Marine Sancturaries Apr 23-24, 2010
  73. Island Tour of Siquijor Apr 22, 2010
  74. Kram's Siquijor Wedding Apr 21, 2010

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