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Game Plan for Transformation



To the eternal question of understanding the basis of what makes us human and to find out the fundamental essence that allow us to be, express, and function in all the wondrous ways that we do, one should understand the most complex and mysterious organ in the body and the one that holds the most promise for unearthing the origin of our unique species. We are mesmerized by the wonders of the brain.

It is important to realize that consciousness itself is not to be limited to being found in the brain. All human endeavors that have ever reached greatness, from elite athleticism and creative genius to humble expressions of grace through service have touched a deep strand of humanness, lodged within the metaphorical heart. As amazing as the brain is, we should be aware that consciousness had to be lived and directly experienced.

To be active, incorporate regularly those habits that would help you develop physically, mentally, and emotionally, and also touch this ineffable essence itself. Busy schedule of study and research will not allow for simultaneously doing various workouts and activities to these ends, so we can set the intention of finding a single activity that would address these needs together. This is pivotal moment that yoga could strike a deep chord in mind. There is marked increase in immediate and long-term physical strength and flexibility, mental calmness and overall peace both inside and outside the actual practice.

Neuroscience has repeatedly demonstrated the capacity of the brain to rewire itself through experience, known as neuroplasticity. In a practical sense, this means that every moment of experience creates grooves in the landscape of the brain, which then affects the way we relate to the minds and bodies of ourselves and others, as well as to the environment around us. Our changeable brain is also a hackable brain. In other words, by understanding some of the rules of brain function, it is possible to learn how to use its capacities more effectively in order to deliberately bring about positive change.

This deliberate act is part and parcel of yoga. Yoga is a scientific technology that harnesses the innate capability of the body as a vehicle for transformation. It is a technology, a human art, purposefully crafted to serve as a tool for maximizing the health and potential of the human being. Yoga has been popularized by its physical aspects, which are an integral component of the larger science of yoga. The system as a whole, which includes techniques that address many aspects of the human being, works the brain and nervous system in a synchronized and harmonious manner. The techniques are manifold, but they are based on core principles. These can be unpacked in a digestible manner using exercises that improve fitness and well-being if appropriately applied.

Yoga is the process of harnessing the brain’s capacities to naturally evolve into the art of living well. The negative habits, patterns, and influences within ourselves and from the outside are progressively dropped in favor of more sustainable ones. Yoga is a way of life. It is not about what we do, but how we do things. Principles of yogic science and brain science interlock to create a blueprint for transformation. There is tremendous power in combining a technology that has stood the test of thousands of years of human evolution with a rigorous science of the most complex and fascinating organ in the human body.

I have just focused on why we can and ought to be interested in this subject. One can look forward to exploring principles that dovetail the insights of brain and yogic sciences into sets of techniques tailored for growth and that can be applied to our daily life and fitness routine. So, we will practice with the brain in mind.


Credits: Gabriel Axel

We Are Spirit, Have a Soul and Live In a Body



That is the wisdom of nature, reflecting outside what is created within. We are spirit, have a soul and live in a body. It is in our spirit that we have meaning and purpose in life. At the deepest level, our spirit gives us meaning and purpose and our spirit enables us to love one another, our self and God. It is through our spirit that we have communion and fellowship with God. Our spirit gives us intuition between right and wrong.

Our spiritual health will have a significant impact on our emotional health which will have a major influence on our physical health. The inter-connection between the spirit, the soul and the body is certainly a complex connection; nevertheless, the connection is very real. We pray that God may prosper in all things and be in health, just as our soul prospers. This is an indication of the importance of attending to matters of the soul as it relates to being healthy.

Our soul is what gives us our personality and it is through our soul that we live out our relationship with God, with other people and with our self. Our soul has three major components—mind, will and emotions. Our mind has a conscious part and a subconscious part. The conscious mind is where we do our thinking and reasoning. The sub-conscious mind is where we hold our deep beliefs and our attitudes. It is also where we have our feeling, our emotions and retain our memories. Our will is what gives us the ability to make choices. Through a very complex way, our mind, our will and our emotions are connected to the body through our endocrine, nervous and immune systems. The mind and body communicate constantly. What the mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of the body.

It is by our body that we function. It is comprised of organs and cells which consist of protein carbohydrates and fats. Our body contains our nervous system with nerves and the brain. It is through our bodies that we connect to the physical world with our five senses. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. The human body is unique, the most complex organism in the world, and that complexity and uniqueness speak volumes about the mind of its Creator. Every aspect of the body, down to the tiniest microscopic cell, reveals that it is fearfully and wonderfully made.

The human brain is also an amazing organ. It has the ability to learn, reason, and control so many automatic functions of the body such as heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and to maintain balance to walk, run, stand, sit, all while concentrating on something else. Computers can outdo the human brain in raw calculating power, but are primitive when it comes to performing most reasoning tasks. The brain also has an amazing ability to adapt. When people put on glasses that make the world seem upside down, their brains quickly reinterpret the information they are being given to perceive the world as “right-side-up.” When people are blindfolded for long periods of time, the “vision center” of the brain soon begins to be used for other functions. When people move to a house near a railroad, soon the sound of the trains is filtered out by their brains, and they lose conscious thought of them.

When it comes to miniaturization, the human body is also a marvel. For instance, information needed for the replication of an entire human body, with every detail covered, is stored in the double-helix DNA strand found in the nucleus of each of the billions of cells in the human body. A system of information and control is represented by our nervous system, so compact in comparison to man’s clumsy inventions of wires and optical cables. Each cell, once called a “simple” cell, as small as it is, is a tiny factory that is not yet fully understood by man. As microscopes become more and more powerful, able to magnify smaller and smaller fields, the infinite vistas of the human cell begin to come into focus.

Consider the single fertilized cell of a newly conceived human life. From that one cell within the womb of mother, develop all of the different kinds of tissues, organs, and systems, and they all work together at just the right time—amazing! An example is the hole in the septum between the two ventricles in the heart of the newborn infant that closes up at just the right time to allow for the oxygenation of the blood from the lungs which is not used in the womb.

Further, the body’s immune system is able to fight off so many enemies and restore itself, from the smallest repair; even down to repairing bad portions of DNA, to the largest repair; mending of bones and recovery from major accidents. There are diseases that will eventually overcome the body as we age because of man’s fall into sin and the resulting curse, but we have no idea exactly how many times our immune system has saved us from death that would surely have occurred without it.

The functions of the human body are also incredible. The contrast of being able to handle large, heavy objects and yet to be able to carefully manipulate a delicate object without breaking it is also amazing. We can shoot a bow and arrow, repeatedly hitting a distant target, peck away quickly at a computer keyboard without thinking about the keys, crawl, walk, run, twirl around, climb, swim, do somersaults and flips, and perform “simple” tasks such as unscrewing a light bulb, brushing our teeth, and lacing up our shoes, again without thinking. Indeed, these are “simple” things, but man has yet to design and program a robot that is able to perform such a vast range of tasks and motions.

The function of the digestive tract, the liver and other major organs, the longevity of the heart, the formation and function of nerves and of blood vessels, the function of the lymphatic system, the cleansing of the blood through the kidneys, the ability of the reproductive system to create cells able to mate up with another cell from the opposite gender and produce a cell with twice as many chromosomes, the complexity of the inner and middle ear, the sense of taste and smell, and so many other things we barely understand—each one is a marvel and beyond man’s ability to duplicate fully.

Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. How grateful we are to know God created man in His own image.


 

Posted September 3, 2013 by dranilj1 in BODY_MIND_HEART_SPIRIT

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I Want To Love Me



We have all hurt others and used our power in a way that goes against the universal laws of loving creation. We are learning through karma, pain and difficulty and are in a lower state of consciousness at this time. We simply do not know any better. We do not know what we are doing. We are stuck in duality with a very low state of consciousness simply reacting from its own source of inner pain and spreading it to everyone we come into contact with.

When we begin to awake, we will see our behavioral patterns. This is spiritual eye opening. We were once blind, but now we see. It is a positive sign of our soul’s ascension. We see our behavioral patterns and are willing to accept responsibility for our life and the way we treat others. We have the courage to face our self and the life we have created. As we face God or Goddess, we face the self.

During this soul’s ascension, it is common to be filled with guilt. Guilt does have value, in that it teaches us how not to be. Guilt does not feel good, so it is imperative for us to feel our guilt, but at the same time work on forgiveness of the self. One should not hold onto guilt, it will hold back soul’s ascension. We should respect our self and our soul’s evolution.

Negative lessons are just as valid as positive ones. Every soul interaction has a lesson. In fact, it is oftentimes our pain that is the catalyst for transformation. Most people who choose to ascend go through so much pain in their lives they finally decide to give up. However, in order to move beyond our karmic lessons, we need to clean up our soul, and heal the negative energies within us that want to create painful circumstances for ourselves and others.

When negative energy is created within our being, it doesn’t just go away. We will have to raise the negative energy to a higher vibration; this is soul alchemy, where we turn our darkness into the light of the Christ or buddhic consciousness. As we evolve, all negativity begins to rise to the surface. This is a very uncomfortable time period, where the old negative ego begins to be transformed by the higher self. The ego feels like it is dying. The Ego feels lost, confused, uncertain, and doubtful and is full of pain from its negative creations. During this period, we must commit to our transformation through positive thinking, spiritual practice of meditation, prayer, self forgiveness and self love allowing self to surrender to our higher soul. Self love and forgiveness are imperative to our transformation, and it entails immense effort. Meditation helps to tap into the loving vibrations within our self, and also looking our self in the mirror and telling our self how much we love our self. This is very difficult in the beginning. We will shy away and will not want to look in our eyes, but as we persist, we will yield.

Eventually, we start to love our self as it truly is. We need to disband all the static interference in our energy field that blocks us from fully tapping into truth. Energy working through Universal Life Force Energy helps us clear these blocks. Energy healers are invaluable, and they are located all over the world. Find one you resonate with. Yoga, running, fast walking or any kind of exercise also helps us move energy in the energy field so we can move the painful blocks that we are stuck in.


Posted September 1, 2013 by dranilj1 in BODY_MIND_HEART_SPIRIT

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Significance of Letting Go



You’ve got to let go. We all do it. It’s quite common. We hold on to something because it feels important to us. Sometimes, it is a relationship that ended a long time ago, but we just can’t let go. We’re not ready. We hold on to this crazy belief that somehow, some way, we can get it back. We can put a new spark in it. The other person will come to their senses. Past is over and if you live in past, you’re future will never improve. Sometimes it is tragedy or an untimely death. We pine for what could have been… What should have been… What we were entitled to!

First and foremost, it’s not healthy to focus your thoughts on the negative. Sometimes it is a dream, a desire, a hope, a wish. Something we have wanted for years but has never happened. Something that always seems to be just ahead, but is actually further away than it has ever been. What seems like something in the future is actually just a reflection of a past desire that never came to fruition. Sometimes we hold on to grudge. We were wronged. We want justice. To move on with life, you must live in the present! We are waiting for the world to correct the egregious error it imposed upon us without our consent.

You’ve got to let it go, because it’s dead weight. If you think something’s going to happen, you subconsciously make it happen! The longer you hold on to the past, the longer it takes to move forward. You can’t attract something new when your energetic space is filled with too much of the old and the old doesn’t serve you. All that we hold on to is an anchor, holding us in place, certainly every so often pulling us down into the oceanic depths where there is no air, nothing to breathe. The future is no place to live either. You can anticipate what will happen; you must deal with what is happening.

Sometimes, we don’t realize we are holding on to the old until we make a conscious effort to let it go and see what happens. Think of something that is holding you back right now like a relationship, dream, grudge, debt, beliefs, and fears. You’ll know it is dead weight if, when you think about it, you feel yourself slip into a lower vibration of fear, shame, guilt, anger, or sadness.

Decide to let it go. We all must learn how to deal with rejection, pain. It’s part of life. The sooner we realize that, the better we will be at bouncing back when things don’t go our way. Breathe in, hold it, breathe out, and let it go. Write it on a piece of paper and burn it. Tell a friend you are letting something go. Decide you will let it go and do something tangible or symbolic to show your commitment to this release. Clear the space. Let it just sit empty for a minute. Resist the urge to fill it, just for now.

Everything that happens to us is a learning experience, life is not easy, but it is worth it in the end. Happiness is a choice. Take a look at that space and decide intentionally what you want to be there. Just as you would consciously decorate a room in your home, allow yourself to consciously decorate your life. Only allow into it what you want to be there. Tell everything else no, it is not welcome. Be the one in command of your energetic space. Keep it clean and free of clutter. Free of proverbial mold. No one gets to sit in your space unless you allow it. Make sure everything in your space is there by your design and with your permission.

Do your best, forget the rest. Learn from these things, but don’t let them control you! Take some alone time, go for a drive, listen to music, read a book. Get your mind off of what is keeping you down. Find what works for you and do it. There comes a time and place when it is okay to be selfish. Worry about yourself for once, get your act together, and the rest will fall into place.

Basically, we all have our moments. It’s important, in order to grow and succeed as a person, to learn to let go. No one is perfect, and if we didn’t make mistakes, we would never learn. Think of the positives of every situation. Don’t have regrets, because at one time, everything you did was exactly what you wanted, and everything happens for a reason.

Where Do We Come From…What Are We…Where Are We Going!



In this Infinite Universal Consciousness this entire universe is pervaded. When a spark of this Universal Consciousness is conditioned and undergoes modification by mixing with Nature Elements or with the external body, then this conditioned consciousness is called mind. In such a situation, consciousness forgets its true nature that it is a part of and of the nature of that Infinite Universal Consciousness. This mind after forgetting its true nature, that is to say, being part of and of the nature of that Infinite Universal Consciousness, inherits a body and makes appearance in this world. Such a conditioned soul takes birth in different bodies and moves from one body to other body after death. Such a journey of soul goes forever until it sees the truth again.

Infinite Universal Consciousness, is independent of all these and pervades this whole universe; beyond this mind and beyond body. It is due to ignorance or after forgetting the Infinite Universal Consciousness that this universe exists. Once we know ourselves to be a part and parcel of that Infinite Universal Consciousness, then this illusion of universe disappears and we become one with the Infinite Universal Consciousness.

Sri Krishna says that the living entities in this conditioned world are His eternal fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind. The living entity in the material world carries different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas. Thus we take one kind of body and again quit it to take another. The living entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, eye, tongue, nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind. The living entity thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.

The foolish cannot understand how a living entity can quit his body, nor can they understand what sort of body he enjoys under the spell of the modes of nature. But one whose eyes are trained in knowledge can see all this. The endeavoring transcendentalists, who are situated in self-realization, can see all this clearly. But those whose minds are not developed and who are not situated in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try to. Infinite Universal Consciousness is seated in everyone’s heart, and from it comes remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. There are two classes of beings, the fallible and the infallible. In the material world every living entity is fallible, and in the spiritual world every living entity is called infallible. Besides these two, there is the greatest living personality, the God Soul, the imperishable Lord Himself, who has entered the three worlds and is maintaining them.


Pure Transcendental Consciousness


Inside, we are ageless and when we talk to ourselves, it’s the same age of the person we were talking to when we were little. It’s the body that is changing around that ageless centre.

A consciousness-based living awakens and integrates the total brain through the experience of the unified, silent, self-referral level of one’s consciousness, transcendental consciousness, and during the practice of transcendental meditation.

Transcendental meditation should be practiced at the beginning and end of each day. It is a simple, effortless, natural mental technique, enjoyed by millions around the world from every nationality, culture, and religion. It develops coherent brain functioning, bringing holistic benefits to all aspects of life. This pure transcendental consciousness equated today by leading theoretical physicists to the Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature discovered by modern science, opens to every one of us the home of all the Laws of Nature in their conscious awareness, gives us command of Natural Law for all success and fulfillment in life.

In the present fragmented approach to life, we study only specific areas of knowledge like the sciences, business, and the arts. This fragmentation enlivens only specific areas of the brain, and never the total brain. We experience localized functioning but not holistic functioning. Lack of holistic brain functioning is the root of many problems and mistakes that we make in our lives, which creates so many difficulties for the government and the nation. We are in chaos, and nations are full of problems and conflict just because of this failure of our developing the total brain.

All that is necessary to completely change the situation is to acquire the daily experience of transcendental pure consciousness—Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature within us in order to create highly coherent brain functioning, as measured by EEG coherence in the brain. This awakens the hidden reserves of our brain potential. The ancient Vedic texts proclaim that knowledge is structured in consciousness, the field in which reside all the impulses of intelligence responsible for the creation of the entire universe. For one who does not know this field, what can knowledge accomplish for him? He who knows it, is well established in all the possibilities of life. From this we see that the quality of consciousness directly determines the quality of knowledge that we can gain and express in his or her daily life.

This consciousness-based approach to life, combining direct experience and intellectual understanding of the unified Field of Natural Law, the field of pure consciousness, enlivens the unbounded creative potentiality dormant in us and gives us the experience of deepest inner bliss and peace. This approach allows us to function from the deepest level of awareness, which is the home of all creativity, and thereby delivers the fruit of all knowledge. Life spontaneously lived in accord with Natural Law frees us from mistakes and problems.

Thinking and acting from the level of the Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature in their awareness gives the ability to spontaneously engage the support of the evolutionary power of the Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature for our thought, action and behavior, bringing success and fulfillment to personal and professional life. There is a Vedic saying that describes this phenomenon of gaining the support of Natural Law to fulfill one’s aspirations: For those established in self-referral consciousness, the totality of Natural Law who is the administrator of the universe, spontaneously carries out their thoughts and actions. This expression gives the key for everyone of us to gain good fortune in every aspect of our daily life.

Basic Reality of Life



Hindu mythology elaborates the theme of the divine play on a fabulous scale, embracing not only colossal concepts of time and space, but also the widest extremes of pleasure and pain, virtue and depravity. The inmost Self of saint and sage is no less the veiled Godhead than the inmost Self of the debauchee, the coward, the lunatic, and the very demons. The opposites of light and darkness, good and evil, pleasure and pain, are the essential elements of the game. For although the Godhead is identified with Truth, Consciousness, and Bliss, the dark side of life has its integral part in the game just as every drama must have its villain, to disrupt the status quo, and as the cards must be shuffled, thrown into chaos, in order that there may be a significant development of the play. For Hindu thought there is no Problem of Evil. The conventional, relative world is necessarily a world of opposites. Light is inconceivable apart from darkness; order is meaningless without disorder; and, likewise, up without down, sound without silence, pleasure without pain. For anyone who holds that “God made the world,” the question, why did He permit the existence in it of any evil, or of that Evil One in whom all evil is personified, is altogether meaningless; one might as well enquire why He did not make a world without dimensions or one without temporal succession. According to the myth, the divine play goes on through endless cycles of time, through periods of manifestation and withdrawal of the worlds measured in units being a span of 4,320,000,000 years. From the human standpoint, such a conception presents a terrifying monotony, since it goes on aimlessly for ever and ever. But from the divine standpoint, it has all the fascination of the repetitious games of children, which go on and on because time has been forgotten and has reduced itself to a single wondrous instant. The foregoing myth is not the expression of a formal philosophy, but of an experience or state of consciousness which is called liberation.

On the whole, it is safer to say that Indian philosophy is primarily this experience. It is only quite secondarily a system of ideas which attempt to translate the experience into conventional language. At root, then, the philosophy becomes intelligible only by sharing the experience, which consists of the same type of nonconventional knowledge found in Taoism. It is also termed Self-knowledge or Self-awakening since it may be considered as the discovery of who or what I am, when I am no longer identified with any role or conventional definition of the person. Indian philosophy does not describe the content of this discovery except in mythological terms, using the phrase “I am Brahman” or “That art thou” to suggest that Self-knowledge is a realization of one’s original identity with God. But this does not imply what “claiming to be God” means in a Hebrew-Christian context, where mythical language is ordinarily confused with factual language so that there is no clear distinction between God as described in the terms of conventional thought and God as he is in reality. A Hindu does not say “I am Brahman” with the implication that he is personally in charge of the whole universe and informed as to every detail of its operation. On one hand, he is not speaking of identity with God at the level of his superficial personality. On the other, his “God” is not in charge of the universe in a “personal” way. He does not know and act in the manner of a person since he does not know the universe in terms of conventional facts nor act upon it by means of deliberation, effort, and will. It may be of significance that the word “Brahman” is from the root brih-, “to grow,” since his creative activity, like that of the Tao, is with the spontaneity proper to growth as distinct from the deliberation proper to making.

Furthermore, though Brahman is said to “know” himself, this knowing is not a matter of information; knowledge such as one has of objects distinct from a subject. For He is the Knower, and the Knower can know other things, but cannot make Himself the object of His own knowledge, in the same way that fire can burn other things, but cannot burn itself. To the Western mind, the puzzle of Indian philosophy is that it has so much to say about what the liberation experience is not, and little, or nothing, to say about what it is. This is naturally bewildering, for if the experience is really without content, or if it is so lacking in relation to the things which we consider important, how is one to explain the immense esteem which it holds in the Indian scheme of life? Even at the conventional level, it is surely easy to see that knowing what is not so is often quite as important as knowing what is! Even when medicine can suggest no effective remedy for the common cold, there is some advantage in knowing the uselessness of certain popular nostrums.

Furthermore, the function of negative knowledge is not unlike the uses of space–the empty page upon which words can be written, the empty jar into which liquid can be poured, the empty window through which light can be admitted, and the empty pipe through which water can flow. Obviously, the value of emptiness lies in the movements it permits or in the substance which it mediates and contains. But the emptiness must come first. This is why Indian philosophy concentrates on negation, on liberating the mind from concepts of Truth. It proposes no idea, no description, of what is to fill the mind’s void because the idea would exclude the fact–somewhat as a picture of the sun on the windowpane would shut out the true sun’s light. Whereas the Hebrews would not permit an image of God in wood or stone, the Hindus will not permit an image of thought–unless it is so obviously mythological as not to be mistaken for the reality. Therefore, the practical discipline of the way of liberation is a progressive disentanglement of one’s Self from all identification. It is to realize that I am not this body, these sensations, these feelings, these thoughts, this consciousness.

The basic reality of my life is not any conceivable object. Ultimately, it is not even to be identified with any idea, as of God or atman. It is that which is not conscious of the subjective nor of the objective, nor of both; which is neither simple consciousness, nor undifferentiated sentience, nor mere darkness. It is unseen, without relations, incomprehensible, not provable by reasoning, and indescribable–the essence of Self-consciousness, the ending of illusion.


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