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My Yoga Practice

UY108 the Future of YOGA!

If you try to achieve a superior identity by projecting your demons onto other people or groups, and temporarily feel “swept and tidied,” you have only achieved a seeming and a very false victory. Your ego willfulness and your superiority complex are now even more disguised—from yourself. But they are still there, and now well-defended by a sense of “purity.” We can only be reconciled to our shadow by honest admissions, and must never think we can dismiss it, deny it, or punish it. We cannot deny our ego, or it will only return in different forms.

Richard Rohr

A morning affirmation

You are the one you are looking for, but it’s a never ending exhaustive search, because there’s no you in there to grab hold to. There’s no solid place to stand. You are a process, a pattern, an unfolding, a verb—not a thing.

Who is the you that is looking for this mythical solid you out there or in there? Shift from looking to seeing, from grasping to being. Let go of the struggle. Drop the mask. Surrender. Fall. Keep falling.

I would say that most of us stay locked in our separateness and we are very frightened of coming out of it, we feel very vulnerable. In truth you’re not vulnerable at all. Who you think you are is vulnerable. Who you are is not vulnerable. This is the truth of it.

Ram Dass

Appreciate your humanity. Like I’m supposed to be, I’m Ram Dass and I’ve worked on myself, and I’m supposed to be equanamous, loving, present, clear, compassionate, accepting - often times I get tired, I’m angry, I’m petulant, I’m closed down. Now for a long time I’d get into those states and I would feel really embarrassed because that isn’t who Ram Dass is supposed to be. So I would appear like I was warm, charming, equanamous, compassionate and there was deviousness and deception involved. And then I realized that that is - that’s bad business because that cuts us off from each other. And I had to risk my truth. I had to risk being human with other people. And realize that what we offer each other is our truth. And our truth includes all of our stuff. And the first thing I had to do was accept my own truth. I had to allow myself to be a human being.

Ram Dass

Who am “I”?

My reply to a question I received, “what is self?”.

The question is the answer so to speak. “Who am I?” It’s one we keep asking deep into practice.

We typically identify self with form. We think of ourselves as solid things, but we are human “beings” not human things. Our bodies are alive and constantly in a state of change. At the atomic level there is constant energy that we perceive to be a solid state. Our bodies are a verb not a noun, and they are constantly “verbing” all the time.

Whenever consciousness touches form, sensations arise, whether physical or mental. Whenever there are sensations, there is always our perception of the sensation as positive, negative, or neutral. We create new formations based on our perception of the sensations, ie thoughts about the sensation or reactions to them. Our consciousness touches those formations and the whole cycle repeats itself, sometimes hundreds of times in a moment. It’s how we experience reality, and somewhere in that rapidly repeating cycle we perceive that there is a sense of self. That is known as the “five aggregates” of existence.

In meditation when we step back from mental formations (opinions and reactions), we can just watch our sensations without judging them. You can’t stop them, but you can watch them, come and go… arise and pass away. Now, who is watching? Who is the witness? Who am “I”? Have fun with that one.

True prayer is always about getting the “who” right. Who is doing the praying, you or God-in-you, “little old you” or the Eternal Christ Consciousness? Basically prayer is an exercise in divine participation—you opting in and God always there!

Richard Rohr, “Breathing Under Water”

This Self is neither born, nor dies,
it neither grows nor decays,
nor does it suffer any change.
When a pot is broken, the space
inside it is not; similarly when the body
dies, the Self in it remains eternal.

Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) (via ashramof1)

(via unconditionedconsciousness)

When we live first inside of silence, the silence that surrounds everything all the time, only then can we stop exposing ourselves to the judgments of the world; only then will we stop “picking up” the energy of others; only then can we cease our endless self-commentary. We are who we are in God—no more and no less.

Richard Rohr

Realizing what is “not self” frees us to explore who we really are.

-WLS

Insanity

Amazing that we spend so much time propping up these straw men called egos, then look for ways for them to be offended so we can rush to their fragile defense and divide everything & everyone into categories of friend or foe. Enough already…

Sometimes I ask people, “Who is looking through those eyes?”. And an intelligent response came and says: “Conditioning is looking through these eyes”. I said, “This is true. But what is looking, at the conditioning, looking through these eyes?”. And silence came.

Mooji (via man-in-the-way)

(via unconditionedconsciousness)

tenthousandangels:

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them.

The Tibetan Book of The Dead

(via sunhits)

(via raiseyourvibration)

You are not what others think of you.

The problem isn’t out there. The problem is here: I don’t know who I am. When I know who I am, I will have no problem in knowing what to do. And as I know more and more who I am, I begin to strip my life down to what my life truly needs.

Charlotte Joko Beck, “Everyday Zen”

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