Yoga Spiritual Awakening
“I truly attained absolutely nothing from complete, unexcelled enlightenment!” – The Buddha
Thoughts and sensations are not personal, and not the truth: See thoughts and sensations as neutral and impersonal events in awareness. Just like sounds that we hear, thoughts and physical sensations arise and disappear spontaneously, like waves in the ocean of You. They cannot be controlled, deleted, or escaped. Cultivate the same gentle attitude towards thoughts and sensations as you already have towards sounds. Meet all thoughts and sensations with an attitude of kindness and curiosity. See them as welcome guests in your presence.
I have so much love and respect for body wisdom. There is so much inside of us, and most of Western Society badly needs to start listening. It’s more than just, “I want to eat now” or “I want to go for a walk.” It’s not a mindless dog. Our bodies are actually very mindful aspects of ourselves, and they doesn’t need quite as much management as our minds think. Could you imagine what it would be like if we actually had to tell our hearts to beat, our lungs to breath, or our immune system to fight off diseases? Millions of activities are going on right under out skin every day, and it makes you start to really appreciate the miracle of good health.
I strongly encourage you to have had a yoga teacher or get a yoga video with proper instruction. Because yoga has become a fad, a lot of people aren’t doing it with the right mindset and/or are doing poses improperly. I don’t want any of you to hurt yourselves, and I certainly don’t want you to come with the intention to force yourself through an issue that is still stuck in your body. The point is to be gentle and consistent and to learn to be with mild to moderate discomfort at times. This mindful movement can create space to release an issue that’s in your body (say it’s a deep rooted trauma or a general issue with your family) in a healthy way.
Yoga is an art as well as a science. It is a science, because it offers practical methods for controlling body and mind, thereby making deep meditation possible. And it is an art, for unless it is practiced intuitively and sensitively it will yield only superficial results.
Kundalini Meditation Techniques
That calm feeling that I get from asana practice made me fall in love with yoga, and it was in my hatha practice that I first discovered how the breath can channel energy through the body. But I didn’t immediately find the same benefits in meditation. Distracted by the natural impulse of my mind to jump about and wander, I rarely dipped into deep calm while meditating.
That is, until one day when, trying to meditate, I had an ‘aha!’ moment: As I struggled to release my thoughts and focus on the flow, I suddenly realized that Kundalini (the flow of energy itself) was palpable. It felt like a swirl of energy within my body; I could focus on it and follow the flow, and the best part was that as I did so, my mind moved from a state of agitation to calm.
The word kundalini refers to the energy that resides at the base of the spine and that, once awakened, rises up the spine and leads to spiritual awakening. By focusing on the feeling that the breath creates on the inhalation and exhalation, you naturally develop a greater awareness of the flow of energy within and between your body’s energy centers, known as chakras. As your sensitivity to that inner flow expands, an understanding of our true nature—which yogic masters refer to as the Self—will emerge within you. Enlightened yogis maintain that there is nothing apart from the Self; it is everywhere, in everyone and everything.
Evolution in the Practice
As you begin to have a deeper more intimate relationship with your body getting to know the truth of who you really are, you are taken to the divine source which resides inside. Yoga practice brings us into our inner sacred space, a place of peace, stillness and quiet; a place that is full of love, compassion, knowledge, light and wisdom; a place where you find absolute peace in your soul.
A daily practice of yoga aids you in becoming the best you can be, as you lead yourself on your own personal journey to explore your life. All knowledge is within.
A spiritual awakening is accompanied by great internal change. It may feel like you are losing your mind. In many ways, you are losing your old mind, filled with old baggage in the form of beliefs, concepts, attitudes and emotions from your past that no longer serve you.
Physical manifestation of illness, aches, pains and disease are on the rise and signal where you are resisting your true self and holding on to emotions and beliefs that do not serve you.
Eating habits are changing. As you clear and heal away old energy, your energy field lightens up. As a result, the foods you prefer to eat will change because the body’s energetic makeup is altered. Your food preferences may become ‘lighter’ and you may feel that you are more in tune with your body. You may also experience extreme food cravings.
Old beliefs that are rooted in fear and limitation are being brought to the surface to be cleared and replaced with empowering beliefs in resonance with your inner truth. It may feel like nothing is certain anymore, including your identity. This happens when old thinking patterns that no longer serve you, are being disassembled in the mind and re-wired in the brain. Feelings of being stuck and disconnected point to warn out beliefs within the mind that must be looked at, evaluated (as to their origin) and replaced.
Signs and Symptoms of a Kundalini Awakening
- Mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory problems
- Severe emotional mood swings -anxiety, depression, rage, fear and dread
- Sleep disturbances
- Gastrointestinal problems, irritable bowel syndrome
- Itching, burning, cramping, twitching of skin and body
- Electrical rushes and feelings of energy moving throughout the body
- Ego problems, grandiose and paranoid states
- Sexual and hormonal difficulties
- Ringing, rushing, and hissing sounds in ears
- Paranormal activity – levitations, possession states, and spiritual assault
- Intensified or diminished sexual desires
- Hearing an inner sound or sounds, classically described as a flute, drum, waterfall, birds singing, bees buzzing but which may also sound like roaring, whooshing, or thunderous noises or like ringing in the ears
- Enlightenment experiences: direct Knowing of a more expansive reality; transcendent awareness
- Insomnia, manic high spirits or deep depression. Energy loss
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
What we think, we become.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?
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