People think Yoga means always standing on your head or doing some pose. But the aim of yoga is to calm the mind. That's why it's called Integral Yoga, because we integrate everything; mind, body, and spirit.     ~Sri Swami Satchidananda

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Release Fear and Realize the Dream

May 16th, 2011by Michelle Muttart

Dream

 

How do we manifest great things in our life? Sometimes we don’t understand how to begin such a process. I begin with a vision, this vision begins in Chitakasha. Chitakasha is the dark space behind the eyelids or the forehead where we often see visualizations right before we fall asleep, this is the place we visualize unconscious thoughts.

 

It is often in this place that we find our inspiration.  Many successful people will tell you they thought of their world changing ideas in meditation.  Why? Because we are tapped into our true potential in this state, we are open to the creative flow of energy and allow our deepest desires to lift into conscious awareness.

 

From Thought to Form

 

We can decide what we want to see for our future. Every image in our mind has an energy or vibration attached to it. This energy can actually permeate the physical body and extend into a higher state where the image manifests into a tangible form.

 

Have you ever thought of someone and then the phone rang and they were on the other end? This is a great example of how we visualize something and the vibration or energy in us is released, connecting to the upper layers of ourselves which connects to something greater or a higher consciousness. That something greater or higher consciousness is connected to the person we are thinking of. The energy is sent out along the connective lines, reaching the other person and they begin to think of you.

 

My first experience with this connection was when I was a young child playing outside my grandmother’s house. Someone had given me a heart shaped tigers’ eye pendant. For some reason I thought it was for making wishes. There was a little boy in the neighborhood who I thought was cute and admittedly I had a crush on. This particular day I was rubbing the pendant wishing whole heartedly for the boy to come outside to play. Sure enough he came out and I got my wish! I remember thinking there was something to this idea of wishing.

 

We’ve all heard the expression, “be careful what you wish for”. Can you manifest negative? Yes. It can work in the opposite way. We can manifest our fears and what we don’t want just as easily. There are times that negative thoughts or visions consume our mind. When we don’t control our thoughts we risk the possibility of creating a negative outcome or reaction in our lives. The Secret teaches not to think of what you don’t want because you’ll get it, the universe doesn’t compute no or not. So it’s best to be careful what we think about, what we wish for and what ideas or thoughts we put our energy into. Swami Satchidananda says it clearly in his book The Golden Present, “Pain has no interest in coming to you unless you have invited it.” We often fail to realize that we have brought the negative upon ourselves.

 

Visualize
So we get a glimpse of the positive future idea or vision then often find it hard to hold onto. We easily get sucked back into the negative thought patterns.  This where the practice of yoga and meditation comes in, to strengthen and learn how to control the mind instead of being controlled by it. There are other tools such as vision boards, sometimes having a picture to relate to can help us realize our greatest goal, idea, or potential. Sankalpa is another great tool, using the same sankalpa or intention during our yoga practice and holding it with our hearts deepest yearning and desire creates that positive vibration but also releases it. Eventually the sankalpa will manifest, (it is promised not to fail you).

 

Dream, Visualize, Manifest

 

 

Sometimes we have to do the work. Get up and do something! Take one small action in the direction of your desire or goal. When I visualized opening a studio there was a point where I had to not only heed the signs that I believed were pushing me in the right direction but I had to commit to the dream by taking action. Investing in the outcome that I longed for and initiating hours of hard work to bring the dream to fruition. How many of us or someone we know have brilliant ideas but never realize any of them. Release the fear, realize the dream! Once the first step is completed we find confidence and begin to see what we are capable of.  This can be the turning point in our lives to creating the upmost positive reality.

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Yoga Sutra 1.5-1.10

May 1st, 2011by Michelle Muttart

Yoga Sutras 1.5

 

VRTTAYAH        PANCATAYYAH     KLISTA   AKLISTAH

 

(modifications of mind stuff) (5 kinds) (painful) (painless)

 

There are five kinds of mental modifications, which are either painful or painless.

 

The five mental modifications are: right knowledge, misconception, conceptualization, sleep, and memory. 1.6

 

 

 

It has taken me longer to write about this one sutra than any other so far.  As I am learning each sutra I am also digesting them, living with them and with a great deal of effort cultivating them into my thoughts and the way I live my life.  Sri Patanjali felt that we should master these mental modifications. It is definitely a process.

 

Right Knowledge 1.7

 

The sources of right knowledge are perception, inference, and scriptural testimony.  What’s the difference between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ knowledge?  Right knowledge has proof, wrong knowledge has no proof.  Right knowledge is TRUTH, wrong knowledge is false.  The proof comes from learning from others experiences, our own experience, has backing of ancient scripture.  I remember growing up in Alaska, (when people talk about walking to school in the freezing cold and snow both ways….my reality!)  I came through the gap in the chain link fence and rounded the path up to the school, there was some commotion ahead.  As I walked closer I saw a boy wrapped around a light pole.  Curiously moving closer I could see that his tongue was attached to the pole!  “Who does that?” Obviously some of us do.  Yet some of us trust that it’s just not a good idea and some of us have to find out the hard way.

 

Misconception 1.8

 

Misconception occurs when knowledge of something is not based upon its true form.  Swami Satchidananda shared a great example of misconception is his translation of Yoga Sutras.  “In the twilight you see a coiled rope and mistake it for a snake.  You get frightened.  There is no snake there in reality; there is a false understanding.  But still it created a terror in your mind.  It is not only valid knowledge that creates thought waves, but erroneous impressions also.”

 

Verbal Delusions 1.9

 

Knowledge that is based on words alone, without any form, is a verbal delusion.  We have all had a friend that has shared a story with us a great feat.  Maybe they wrestled a shark, punched it in the eye, saved a life, stood up to their childhood bully, or fell 20ft without a scratch.  We have no proof of their feats, yet we can mentally picture each of these perfectly as if we were a witness.  The problem arises when we believe the delusions and accept them to be true without any backing up.

 

Sleep 1.10

 

The mental modification which depends on the thought of nothing is sleep.  What happens in dreamless sleep?  Obviously, sleep is a time for rejuvenation; for the mind and the body.  But are we thinking in the moments that we are not dreaming? Many great yogis believe that we have to be otherwise there would be nothing and if there was nothing we would have to way to know that we have slept.  However, it is those quiet moments that they consider ‘sleep’.

 

Painful or Painless

 

Every thought is one or the other.  What’s interesting in dealing with thoughts, events, and actions that establish beliefs is that sometimes a painful experience can be for our own good.  We learn our lessons through actually sticking our tongue on the pole.  Not all of us need that experience; we trust what we have heard because there is proof that this could turn out badly.  Some of us are so cautious that we don’t even need proof because the sound of it is not appealing.  On the opposite side, many of us do things that are painful thinking it will bring pleasure.  Smoking, for example; a smoker will make every excuse for why they are smoking, but they know and we know it will only bring pain in the end, yet they choose to continue smoking and remain in the delusion.  The list could go on and on.  The way to break free is to trick the mind.  You say to the mind, “I’m not going to smoke that cigarette today, I’m not saying forever, just for today”.  When you get to the end of the day, you think “Wow! I made it the whole day!”  The next day you begin again, reassuring the mind that it’s only one day, not forever, just for today.  This principle can apply in many ways to many things.  The mind and the ego are like howling vicious wolves in the woods.  You have to outwit and satisfy them at the same time.

 

 

 

 

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