I am just beginning to practice again, sans mantra (particularly those with eee sounds, which send the energy up up up) or visualization or anything that brings energy directly to the head.
That means: Qi Gong, tai chi, Classical Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, hara /dan tian related meditations and breathing, and the yamas and niyamas. I am attempting to lay a strong foundation before going back to bliss-land.
Yes, your post did point to not building up energy in the head. My comment was based on one sentence in your post that didn't fit, so i was checking just to be sure. I am obviously not seeing it correctly or its missing something. Its saying bringing energy to the head, so i mentioned it. Is there a word missing in that sentence, or directly to the head has a different interpretation? I do Sattipathana, so may not read your terminology correctly. I did have alot of energetic problems. Especially at first. It was only working with it, that made the difference in the end. The inner winds were of great value and the key to it. Healthy living etc, yes. Exercise, particularly the 60 - 90 minute bike rides 5-6 days P/W plus other forms of exercise, but the bike for grounding attention into the lower body, burning of energy, the breeze pulling attention onto to surface, before evening set the scene for the winds that night. If it didn't flow and started to overload, i had to wait or back off a bit. That happens.