Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Why and how to develop higher bodies and higher senses

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Our current evolutionary goal is to step out of our humanity and into our Divinity. Now, in order to reach this lofty goal, part of what we have to do is build higher bodies and develop higher senses.
The idea of building higher bodies and developing higher finer senses may sound like wild fantasy on first hearing, however, evolution being a fact in nature, does it not make sense that as we expand our consciousness and reach up into higher frequencies, as per the law of magnetic attraction and resonance, higher matter becomes accessible to us and out of that higher finer matter we then build higher finer bodies serving as suitable mediums of contact on these higher, finer planes?


The physical body enables us to interact in this physical world; the emotional body enables us to interact in the emotional world and the mental body enables us to interact in the mental world. As we advance on the Spiritual path and manage to pierce into higher dimensions of reality, we’ll need higher finer bodies to move around and interact in these higher dimensions.


I know this may sound rather weird and strange (to some) but maybe this analogy here helps in our understanding:

We built carriages, bikes and cars to move around on Earth. However, to move around on water, we had to build boats and ships. Why? Because carriages and cars don’t drive well on water As we advanced Spiritually, we began to move around in the air. Boats don’t work well for traveling through the air, so we built planes. Now, we are ready to explore space, but planes are not suitable for space traveling. For that very reason, we are now building space ships.

In the same way: We need different vehicles to move around in the various dimensions. We need a physical body to move around in this physical dimension here, an emotional body for the emotional plane, a mental body for the mental plane, an intuitional body for the intuitional plane, and so forth.
The Spiritual path is the path out of matter towards Spirit. To advance on the Spiritual path, by definition, means to become less matter and more Spirit. This is why, in order to advance on the Spiritual path, we need to keep spiritualizing the bodies we have (in this way sublimating them) and get busy building new, higher bodies made of new higher material.

Evolution into ever higher, finer dimensions is a fact in nature; and higher light body building enables us to commune and communicate in these higher dimensions.

ACTION STEP: Get serious about refining the bodies you have and start building new higher bodies. How?

Step 1
  • Refine your physical/etheric body by refining your diet and getting lots of sunshine and fresh air.
  • Refine your emotional nature by forcing yourself (by enforcing your will) to perpetually vibrate love, joy, enthusiasm and gratitude no matter how challenging the situation may appear.
  • Refine your mental body by diligently and persistently thinking high, lofty thoughts. Don’t allow any vagrant thoughts or discouraging, negative thoughts to live in your mind. You would not allow a vagrant to enter and dwell in your home, would you? Force them out!
These simple exercises, if earnestly applied, will literally sublimate the bodies you have. To sublimate the bodies we have means to build into our bodies higher finer atoms while at the same time shaking out lower gross atoms.


Step 2: We build higher light bodies by expanding our consciousness into unexplored territory. Never allow yourself to stand still. Always be striving for the higher life!! To strive for the higher life means to advance into the higher life. If we never strive for the higher life, we will never get there. So, always be striving! Think the loftiest thoughts you can possibly entertain. Strive to think in abstract terms. Think about the Divine, look for the Divine in every face, in every flower, in every animal. Think about your Soul and identify with the I AM. Strive to become Soul-aware in the here and now. 

Source: http://iamuniversity.org/why-and-how-to-develop-higher-bodies-and-higher-senses

Monday, 16 January 2017

7 Steps to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: The Guide to Everyday Genius

By Andrea Balt

Leonardo da Vinci principles

I awoke, only to find out that the rest of the world was still asleep.

— Leonardo da Vinci 

What does it mean to be a genius? Is genius born or made — or both? How do you practice brilliancy? How do you cultivate aliveness? How do you develop your multiple talents, loves and abilities and how can you evolve in every aspect that amounts to the complex equation of You? 

When IQ becomes just a number on a made-up scale, perception changes with fashion, and an excess of information doesn’t equal deeper knowledge and cannot replace experience… is there a more solid, whole and deliberate way to identify and cultivate true brilliance? A model to follow — general enough to include all our multiple types of intelligence, yet practical and particular enough for any one of us to embrace it and work our genius every day?
There might be…
A while back, I wrote about my fascination with Leonardo da Vinci, and why I wanted to have (or be) his baby.
In this article, I’d like to focus on the seven wonders of  his creativity — the dimensions in which his genius could be synthesized, and proactively cultivated by any of us, self-proclaimed wannabe Renaissance people.
In his inspiring classic How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, on which this article is based, Michael Gelb, asks:
Can the fundamentals of Leonardo’s approach to learning and the cultivation of intelligence be abstracted and applied to inspire and guide us toward the realization of our own full potential?
He goes on to brilliantly identify these principles and teach us how to incorporate them into our modus operandi on a daily basis.

Renaissance means “Rebirth.” And the only way to change your life is by the integrated use of your creative (super)powers.

Reality, as you perceive it, is not the norm. In the quantum field of creative possibilities, there is no norm, other than the fact that you are a creator and as such, only you have the ultimate power to re-shape your life and take yourself to the next level.
You can’t live any other life than the one you are currently creating through your thoughts, dreams, feelings, emotions and overall “life practice.”
You are what you do. But not just what you do for a living. Your life is the sum of everything that you, as a conscious (or unconscious creator) practice with your body, mind, heart and actions. Every second of this life is an act of creation that leads to a specific result, and these results compose your life’s masterpiece.
In order to alter your results, you must first understand the deeper motives and beliefs that lead you to create what you are creating, and secondly, tweak your modus operandi — the way you think, dream, act and ultimately, exist in the world — in order to match your creative purpose.

So how about we co-create a School of Genius where we can collect all the timeless bits and pieces of truth that will help us evolve into a new version of ourselves and experience our own personalized Renaissance?

Here are the seven Da Vincian steps to genius that, according to Michael Gelb, will unblock your creative aorta and unleash your genius. I highly recommend you read the entire book (if you haven’t yet) and slowly chew on it until you become so familiar with the brilliant, holistic and multi-layered Renaissance archetype that Leonardo has set, that you can’t help but to become it. In Gelb’s words,
The seven principles I eventually identified were simply my attempt to write the how-to guide that Leonardo never put down on paper, to codify the principles implicit in Leonardo’s work so that they can be used by others. I feel very strongly that the genius of Leonardo resides not just in what he created by in what he can inspire us to create. Beyond all his stellar achievements, Leonardo da Vinci serves as a global archetype of human potential, giving us intimations of what we ourselves may be capable of doing.
Clear throat. Make more tea. Ready, set, go… Where is that fake Italian accent when you most need it?

1. CURIOSITÀ (CURIOSITY) — “An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.”

Leonardo’s intense catlike curiosity and desire to understand all things lead him to develop an investigative detective-esque lifestyle, in a constant quest to discover and absorb the world inside and outside him. He relentlessly believed that “the knowledge of all things is possible.”
Curiosity is a state of mind and a way of living. “Great minds go on asking confounding questions with the same intensity throughout their lives,” says Gelb. Just a taste of Leonardo’s to-do list gives an extra pair of wings to our twenty-first century, tired imagination:
One of the exercises Michael Gelb suggests, in order to cultivate your curiosity is to carry a journal or notebook with you at all times, like Da Vinci did, so you can jot down your ideas as soon as they happen. (A recorder is another option, but nothing beats the written word).
Leonardo’s notebooks amount to over 7,000 pages containing,
jokes and fables, the observations and thoughts of scholars he admired, personal financial records, letters, reflections on domestic problems, philosophical musings and prophecies, plans for inventions, and treatises on anatomy, botany, geology, flight, water, and painting.
Da Vinci's studies of the Child in the Womb
{Da Vinci’s study of the Child in the Womb}
18 sheets of Leonardo’s notebooks were purchased by Bill Gates for 30.8 million dollars in November, 1994.
Vitruvian Man - International icon of human potential. Leonardo's drawing of the ideal proportions of the human figure based on De Architectura by Vitruvius, from the 1st century B.C.
{Vitruvian Man – International icon of human potential. Leonardo’s drawing of the ideal proportions of the human figure based on De Architectura by Vitruvius, from the 1st century B.C.}
Our education system has slowly replaced our most burning questions for pre-made answers and thus, eliminated curiosity from our heart’s organic dictionary. It’s time to get it back.
As Michael Gelb’s remarks: “If the young Leonardo were alive today and attending grade school, he would probably be on medication.”
Of course he would, with notes like this one scribbled (in reverse) on his examination papers:
Why is the sky blue? I say that the azure that the air  makes us see is not its proper color, but this color comes from warm, damp air, evaporated into minuscule and imperceptible particles, which, being struck by the light of the sun, becomes luminous below the obscurity of the mighty darkness which covers them like a lid.
Here is a practice Gelb suggests, to help you strengthen your curiosity muscle:
You can increase your problem-solving skills at work and at home, by honing your question-asking ability. For most people this requires shifting the initial emphasis away from focusing ‘on the right answer’ and toward asking ‘Is this the right question?’ and ‘What are some different ways of looking at this problem?’ Successful problem-solving often requires replacing or reframing the initial question. Questions can be framed in a wide variety of ways, and the ‘framing’ will dramatically influence your ability to find solutions…
Some people like to muse on the philosophical conundrum ‘What is the meaning of life?’ But more practical philosophers ask, ‘How can I make my life meaningful?’
Another golden suggestion to practice curiositá at work, via Gelb  — one that as an entrepreneur or creator you can’t miss:
Consider any product or service you might offer and ask, what if I: shrunk it; enlarged it; made it lighter; made it heavier; changed its shape; reversed it; tightened it; loosened it; added something; subtracted something; interchanged parts; stayed open twenty-four hours; guaranteed it; changed its name; made it recyclable, stronger, weaker, softer, harder, portable, immovable, doubled the price; or paid customers to take it?
The happiest people in the world ask, ‘What if I could find some way to get paid for doing what I love?

2. DIMONSTRATZIONE (INDEPENDENT THINKING) — “A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.”

Leonardo was a thorough and critical examiner of his own work and he constantly refined his understanding. As he mentioned in his Treatise on Painting:
We know well that mistakes are more easily detected in the works of others than in one’s own. When you are painting you should take a flat mirror and often look at your work within it, and it will then be seen in reverse, and will appear to be by the hand of some other master, and you will be better able to judge of its faults than in any other way.
Leonardo’s notes are written backwards and intended to be read in a mirror.
Some scholars suggest that this was done to protect his privacy, while others argue it is due to the fact that he was left-handed. But either way, c’mon!
(I don’t know about you, but it took me half an hour to decipher this, and I still needed a mirror.)
Leonardo often referred to himself as “uomo senza lettere” (man without letters) and “discepolo della esperienza” (disciple of experience). His practical approach to learning led him to question the authority and dogma of his time and propagate independence of thought as well as learning derived from experience:
No one should imitate the manner of another, for he would then deserve to be called a grandson of nature, not her son. Given the abundance of natural forms, it is important to go straight to nature.
Although he was critical of the academic dogma of this time, he didn’t discard the scholastic tradition. He kept his own library and he taught himself latin at the age of 42, to gain a deeper knowledge of the classics.
He realized that “the greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”  And that, as Michael Gelb points out,  “One challenges the world view by first challenging one’s view.”
“Learning to think like Leonardo,” Gelb continues, “requires the eye-opening work of questioning our own opinions, assumptions, and beliefs.”
An exercise to help you practice dimonstrazione:
Long-term studies by Dr. Martin Seligman and many others show that the critical determinant of success in business and life is resilience in the face of adversity. Awareness, deep contemplation, and a sense of humor are your best friends in attempting to learn from difficult experiences. You can also, like Leonardo, strengthen your resilience by creating your own affirmations. In your notebook, write out at least one affirmation to inspire you in dealing with each of your greatest challenges.
Gelb goes on to suggest different affirmations intended to change not just the way you think (your state of mind, cognitive understanding) but the way you feel (state of being), for it is only when our mind and feelings are aligned that true transformation can take place.
When you create your affirmations, start with the words, “I Feel” rather than “I Am.” This forces you to not just acknowledge the thought but to internalize it and align it with your emotions.
Example: I feel like I am channeling Leonardo da Vinci’s Renaissance spirit right this second.

3. SENSAZIONE (REFINE YOUR SENSES) — “The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to clarify experience.”

Saper Vedere (knowing how to see) was one of Leonardo’s mottoes and it defined the whole of his artistic contribution to humanity. He believed that experience was delivered through the senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.
In a sad remark he noted that the average person,
looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance, and talks without thinking.
According to Gelb, “Da Vinci’s sovereignty stemmed from the combination of his open, questioning mind, his reliance on actual experience, and his uncanny visual acuity.”
Here are two exercises among the many options contained in the book, to help you make each of your senses come alive:
And then, get inspired:

4. SFUMATO (EMBRACE UNCERTAINTY) — Literally translated as ‘Going up in Smoke’ — “A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.

We can’t make use of our full creative potential without the ability to embrace uncertainty. The more illuminated it all becomes, the more we realize the little we know, and like Da Vinci, we accept our fate as eternal students of life. An open, always questioning mind is our creativity’s best ally.
Leonardo’s remarkable ability to welcome sfumato and embrace his paradoxes and ambiguity, prepared the terrain for the extraordinary to be manifested through his life and work, and led the way to inventions and discoveries that were centuries ahead of his time. This openness is even more remarkable if you consider that the medieval average mind preceding Leonardo, did not even contemplate the possibility of doubt.
Da Vinci’s master representation of paradox is without a doubt, the Mona Lisa (La Gioconda). Many consider her as the Western equivalent of the Chinese yin and yang. Sigmund Freud said that she is “the most perfect representations of the contrasts dominating the love-life of the woman,” while many other scholars argue that she is Leonardo’s unconventional and paradoxical self-portrait.
With precise and sophisticated computer modelling techniques, Dr. Lillian Schwartz, author of The Computer Artists Handbook, juxtaposed the Mona Lisa with Da Vinci’s only existent self-portrait, drawn in red chalk in 1518. She observes,
Juxtaposing the images was all that was needed to fuse them: the relative locations of the nose, mouth, chin, eyes and forehead in one precisely matched the other. Merely flipping up the corner of the mouth would produce the mysterious smile.
What makes the Mona Lisa mystery even more intriguing is that although it took Leonardo four years to officially finish her (age 51-55), he kept on adding to it obsessively through the remaining 12 years of his life. Furthermore, he did not hand his work to his patron — Lisa del Gioconda, the official model depicted in it — but he kept it in his possession until his death and brought it along on all his travels.
Perhaps she represented his alter ego, or became a visual representation of his feminine soul.
Here is an exercise that Gelb suggests, to help you embrace ambiguity and trust your gut:

5. ARTE/SCIENZA (ART & SCIENCE, WHOLE-BRAIN THINKING) — “The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination.”

Perhaps one of the most genius aspects of the Da Vincian modus operandi is embracing whole-brain thinking. We have been educated and nurtured by a society that reinforces an illogical separation between our left-brain and right-brain dominant profiles, and often discriminates against the right-hemisphere driven individuals (the “artistic types”), by favoriting the left-hemisphere (the “practical, scientific types”).
But the truth is that we are whole. We have one full brain, not half a brain, and we won’t be able to experience the full capacity and power of our super-computer mind unless we embrace and start using our entire head — and not just the limited half we are more comfortable with or socially defined by.
Who would you be without your other half?
So, was Leonardo a scientist who studied art, or an artist who studied science? Clearly, he was both. His scientific studies of rocks, plants, flight, flowing water, and human anatomy, for example, are expressed in beautiful, evocative, expressive works of art, not dry technical drawings. At the same time, the plans for his paintings and sculptures are exquisitely detailed, painstakingly analytical, and mathematically precise. (Gelb)
Da Vinci proved that the pursuit of art (beauty) and science (truth) were not just compatible but the best way to get a richer, fuller grasp of our complicated existence. As he advised throughout his life:
To make his point into practice, he was ambidextrous and would often switch between his right and left hand while painting, drawing or writing. His embrace and practice of whole-brain thinking led to another gift he left for the modern intellect — the concept of “brainstorming.” Creative thinking as we now know it, did not exist at the time. Thanks, Leo.
Richard Feynman, one of Da Vinci’s most modern embodiments, finds the blind spot in the narrow, one-sided hemisphere supremacy:
Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars — mere globs of gas atoms. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination – stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern — of which I am a part…
Hello Wholeness! Where have you been all my life? I’m tired of so much cutting.
To practice whole-brain thinking, Gelb suggests a mind-altering exercise that deserves an article of its own. But since you’re a curious and impatient cat, here’s a preview:
Mind Mapping is a whole-brain practice originated in the 1960’s by Tony Buzan and inspired by Da Vinci’s note-taking style. It is intended to restore balance between your two always-fighting hemispheres. You can use it to organize your ideas on any subject: from personal goal setting, to daily planning, problem-solving or any other thought-processing.

Here is how it works:

Instead of generating your ideas by outlining them in order: 1, 2, 3, 4… (rational, left-brain Grinch) and then getting distracted or stuck after #1 and doodling on the side of your notes (artistic, right-brain Grinch), which will considerably slow you down, consider doing it all, at the same time:
It is just plain illogical to try to organize your ideas before you’ve generated them,” says Gelb. “Moreover, outlining and other linear note-making systems exclude your brain’s capacity for color, dimension, synthesis, rhythm, and image…Outlining uses only half your mind and half a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
Mind-mapping frees you from the constraints of your control-freak left hemisphere and enriches your learning experience by allowing you to design concepts at the full capacity of your full-brain power. It is a method for transcribing the spontaneous, simultaneous ideas, thoughts, impressions, feelings that float harmoniously in the mind, on paper.

7 Quick Steps to Mind Mapping to help you make your own:

1. Begin your mind map with a symbol or a picture (representing your topic) at the center of your page. Starting at the center opens your mind to a full 360 degrees of association. Pictures and symbols are much easier to remember than words and enhance your ability to think creatively about your subject.
2. Write down key words — information-rich ‘nuggets’ of recall and creative association.
3. Connect the key words with lines radiating from your central image. By linking words with lines (‘branches’), you’ll show clearly how one key word relates to another.
4. Print your key words. Printing is easier to read and remember than writing.
5. Print one key word per line. By doing this, you free yourself to discover the maximum number of creative associations for each key word. [It also] enhances your precision and minimizes clutter.
6. Print your key words on the lines and make the length of the word the same as the line it is on. This maximizes clarity of association and encourages economy of space.
7. Use colors, pictures, dimension and codes for greater association and emphasis. Highlight important points and use pictures and images whenever possible [to] stimulate your creative association and enhance your memory.

6. CORPORALITA (MIND-BODY CARE) — “The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.”

It is also a very good plan every now and then to go away and have a little relaxation; for when you come back to the work your judgement will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose the power of judgement. (Da Vinci)
Intelligence is often erroneously associated with physical ineptitude or poor health habits. But most of the greatest geniuses in history — headed by Da Vinci — did not just cultivate their mind but also enjoyed a splendid physique and cared for their body.
Goethe said it best,
Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.
And, on Da Vinci, the same Goethe:
Handsome and with a splendid physique, he seemed a model for human perfection.
If the previous point advocated whole brain thinking, this one is about whole-body thinking. The mind — mind you — lives inside your body. The blood running through your veins carries nutrients to your brain.
Your brain occupies 3% of your total body weight, yet it consumes more than 30% of your oxygen intake. More aerobic exercise = more oxygen to feed your brilliant brain; and more oxygen = a higher capacity to function, process thought and increase your problem-solving ability. You are one indivisible, whole phenomenon.
Leo got the idea:
Walking, riding, swimming and fencing were the maestro’s preferred forms of regular exercise… A vegetarian and accomplished chef, Da Vinci believed that a thoughtful diet was a key to health and well-being… He believed that we should accept personal responsibility for our health and well-being. He recognized the effect of attitudes and emotions on physiology… and counseled independence from doctors and medicines. His philosophy of medicine was holistic. He viewed sickness as ‘the discord of the elements infused into the living body’ and viewed healing as ‘the restoration of discordant elements.’ (Gelb)
500 years before the Wellness Revolution of our day, Da Vinci offered the following timeless pieces of advice on holistic health and healthy living:
To keep in health these rules are wise:
One of the exercises proposed by Michel Gelb I found especially valuable to asses your body and embrace your vulnerability, was the Mirror “Test:”

7. CONNESSIONE (INTERCONNECTEDNESS) — “A recognition and appreciation for the connectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.”

Whole is the new black. It’s always been the black, but we got severed from ourselves along the way. Fragmentation and specialization have cut our Renaissance heart into little pieces and split our inherent multiplicity.
In this reductionist Matrix, we’ve been trained to pay more attention to the immediate and particular, the pixel rather than the whole picture, and we often forget that nothing (no man) is an island, but everything and everyone is interconnected beyond our limited perception and domesticated logic.
Five centuries before our modern butterfly flapping its wings in Tokio, and causing a hurricane on the other side of the world, Leonardo observed, “The earth is moved from its position by the weight of a tiny bird resting upon it.”
Da Vinci’s sense of wholeness and interconnectedness could not be less relevant and urgent to adopt, had he lived today.
A mind-blowing comparison made by Gelb:
Foreshadowing by five hundred years physicist David Bohm‘s theory of the holographic universe (which posits that the ‘genetic code’ of the universe is held in every atom just as a strand of DNA holds the entire genetic code of an individual), Leonardo wrote,
‘Every body placed in the luminous air spreads out in circles and fills the surrounding space with infinite likeness of itself and appears all in all and all in every part.’ He added, ‘This is the real miracle, that all shapes, all colors, all images of every part of the universe are concentrated in a single point.'”
Bohm’s thesis includes the concept of an ‘implicate order’ a ‘deep structure’ of connectedness that links the universe together. In 1980 Bohm wrote, ‘Everything is enfolded into everything.’ Five centuries earlier Leonardo had noted,
‘Everything comes from everything, and everything is made out of everything, and everything returns into everything…’
How do you practice wholeness in your life? Do you ever experience the totality of the universe inside your own veins? Do you hear your heartbeats in the rhythms of nature and the rest of life around you?
William Blake just texted me one of his most quoted stanzas:
To see the world in a grain of sand,
and to see heaven in a wild flower, 
hold infinity in the palm of your hands, 
and eternity in an hour.
A few suggested questions worth asking yourself:
Among several exercises Michael Gelb proposes to help you re-experience wholeness and interconnectedness, is the SMART method — achievement of goals with the end in mind — something that became more obvious to Leonardo toward the end of his life.
Make your goals SMART. 
S — Specific: Define exactly what you want to accomplish, in detail.
M — Measurable: Decide how you will measure your progress and, most important, how you will know that you have achieved your goal.
A — Accountability: Make a full commitment to be personally responsible for achieving your goal.
R — Realistic and Relevant: Set goals that are ambitious but achievable…Check that your goals are relevant to your overall sense of purpose and values.
T — Time Line: Create a clear time line for the achievement of your goals.

Finally, if you don’t believe you can think and feel and live like Leonardo da Vinci yet, the 7-day exercise detailed at the end of the book — guiding you into creating a Master Mind Map of Your Life in a week — will convince you.
Artist biographer Giorgio Vasari (Lives of the Artists) recalls that in his final days, Leonardo apologized to “God and man for leaving so much undone.” But he also claims to have said: “I shall continue,” and “I never tired of being useful.”
A true revolutionary in thought and action, the Maestro could not be content with one-thing, when his soul called out for every-thing.
But wholeness goes both ways. If you attempt and demand it all from life, you also have to offer it your all. Leonardo understood that the way you do one thing is the way you do anything. So he became a master of himself and this translated into the masterpiece that was his life.
In Michael Gelb’s words,
One of Leonardo da Vinci’s favorite images was the rippling, repeating circles of water emanating from the point where a stone is dropped into a pond or a lake. I see Leonardo’s own life as a gem tossed into the pool of time that became known as the Renaissance, with his genius rippling on and on into eternity.”

Are we the ripples?



Additional Recommended Reading:

– Michael Gelb’s website is packed with resources & inspiration.
– And, of course, How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael Gelb (read this one first):

Recommended Watching:

Leonardo da Vinci’s Ideas (Documentary focusing on the first half of Leonardo’s life).
Da Vinci’s Demons (Trailer) — Currently obsessed with this BBC historical drama by David S. Goyer — a fictional account of Da Vinci’s early years in Florence.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Jumping Timelines

Timeline jumping refers to the shifting of awareness from one series of possibilities to another. If you are in one timeline and you do not like how things are unfolding, then you can move to another timeline in which your dreams are more attainable. That’s because life makes use of all possibilities. Simply put, every version of events plays out. The options you didn’t choose in this timeline are being explored in others. The eternal, formless, limitless Being that is your soul knows no Earthly bounds. Your spiritual self is highly adept at the art of multilocation. That means you exist in multiple timelines simultaneously.

For the linear, sequential brain, this concept can be overwhelming. Your soul, however, exists outside space and time. Your expanded consciousness can see all possibilities in all directions of time.

What purpose does this serve?

Your eternal soul requires novelty, along with opportunities to learn and create. The restrictive nature of linear timelines presents a wonderful challenge. Truth is time is artificial. All things happen simultaneously. We simply choose in 3-D to experience them in a linear, sequential fashion. It’s like wandering blindfolded through a maze.
As our 3-D experiment is winding down, our awareness is awakening to the existence of parallel, concurrent creations. The people who are wandering blindly through the maze of life are soon going to be able to see. That will help us to solve the puzzle faster and to move on to other dimensions of creation. Part of our awakening process is remembering how to access parallel timelines.

Examples of Timeline Jumping

You can see this happening in interpersonal connections as well as on the world stage.
Have you ever had an upsetting disagreement with someone, only to have the conversation mysteriously shift in your favor mid conversation? Chances are you shifted timelines in order to reach an agreement.

Do you find your version of past events differ, sometimes radically, from your friends or significant other? We often chalk up these discrepancies to having a faulty memory, but again, it may be that you are recalling events from a different timeline.
We also shift timelines en masse, thanks to collective consciousness. Just look at forecasted world events that did not manifest.
 When we are passionate about changing something, for better or worse, we flip into a parallel, but different, timeline. The greater the desire and the need for change, the bigger the leap.
For those of you who are old enough to get the reference, it’s like a scratched record. When the turntable needle hits the scratch, it jumps out of its groove. The larger the scratch, the more the needle will skip.
The advantages to this spiritual practice are obvious.

Manifestation Simplified

If you’re like most people, you have probably struggled to master the art of manifestation. Now, instead of creating your goal from scratch, you can align with a timeline in which your goal is fully manifested. This takes far less time, effort and energy.

Gone is the need to petition higher vibrational beings for help. The power has been in our hands all along. Thanks to the thinning veil, we are beginning to reincorporate many of our forgotten abilities.

This is Nothing New

Did you know that you’ve been jumping timelines all along? The only difference is that we are steadily becoming more conscious of the truth. That means that you can do this. The only thing you need to learn is to jump timelines whenever you wish.

How to (Consciously) Jump Timelines

  • The first step is to own your power. You must consciously reclaim this ability to jump timelines by recognizing that it is indeed possible.
  • The next step is to recognize that everything is made of energy. That energy has a signature vibration. Your thoughts, feelings, words, actions and creations must all match your desire in frequency. Every part of you must be focused on your intent.
  • As your vibration changes, you will automatically shift timelines.
  • If you like what you experience in the new timeline, hold your vibration by continuing to feel the emotions which aligned you with your desires.
  • To change timelines, change your thoughts, words, feelings and actions to align with your new goal.
It will probably take more than a few attempts to get it right, but once you experience success, you will be motivated to try again. Eventually, this practice will become second-nature.
Happy jumping!

Kim Hutchinson is an intuitive spiritual healer and teacher who offers Multidimensional Healing and Guidance worldwide. She is a certified Angel Therapy Practitioner® and Chios® Master, with training in Reiki, Crystal Healing, Angel Readings and Crystal Reading. For more information, please visit www.clayhuthealing.ca
By Kim Hutchinson

Saturday, 14 January 2017

A Practical Guide To Manifesting Using the Akashics

By Teri at www.akashicreading.com

Most people learn to manifest a bit like an athlete preparing for competition. They use their mind to envision exactly what needs to happen, what the end result should be, and what their life will be like after it's happened. They engage their will power to keep those thoughts present and avoid any thoughts to the contrary as well as wrangling their emotions away from doubt and into positive affirmations and assent. All of which swings the odds of success in their favor. It's not a guarantee but it removes all the barriers which are within the control of the individual whether athlete or manifestor. Conscious effort and actions try to narrow down external negative factors and smooth the way for success. Then it's a matter of showing up and doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done. If things don't work out then it’s back to the drawing board. In corporate terms there’s a need to do a postmortem to see what went wrong and what can be done differently the next time to get the right result. Wash - Rinse - Repeat.

This is a valid method of manifesting and some people have a great deal of success with it, however most people get very frustrated because it's efficacy is spotty at best. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and often there doesn't seem to be any reason for it. They do everything right and still get no, marginal, or disastrous results.

Often the reason is because this model of manifesting is mechanical. It sees the external world, all other beings, all other involved parties, as static objects or materials to be used or manipulated into compliance. It's as if the person was on a deserted island where they are the only conscious actor and everything is at their disposal. Reality is quite a bit more interconnected and interactive than that and so manifestation needs not only to take into account everyone and everything involved with a project, but also the fact the project is entering into a symphony of manifestation already in progress.

A more integrated approach to manifesting is what I like to call the surfing method. Like the athletic model, a person needs to decide what it is they wish to manifest, envision exactly what needs to happen, what the end result should be, and what their life will be like after it's happened. However, once they have clarity on these things, they need to move their awareness to the world around them. In order to surf the surfer must first be near an ocean or surfable river system. If they aren't then attempting to surf will be a waste of effort unless frustration and/or comedy are your goal.  One of the initial steps in manifesting is making sure you have access to the resources you need to get the job done. Then the weather needs to cooperate. If the waves are too flat then you can be on the board but it will go nowhere without being paddled. If the waves are too large then it can be dangerous or even deadly to attempt surfing them. If on a river the water flow must be enough to create the right current and rapids so trying to surf during a drought or a frozen winter would be contraindicated.

The surfing model of manifesting requires we be aware not only of our desires and our efforts, but the world around us. This makes things both easier and more complicated, but improves the success rate of any given manifestation project exponentially. Once we are in the right place, have clarity in our thoughts and purpose, and the conditions are right for us to go ahead, then and only then does it make sense to exert ourselves spiritually/energetically/physically to manifest our project. When we do, like surfing, we will not only achieve our goals but be supported and propelled by the world in a ride which is both delicious and exhilarating. And once we've arrived we'll be ready to turn right around and start over again.

The Akashics can be a key component for helping sort out not only what we really want and what would work best to achieve it, but all of the external factors involved so we can determine when and where is the best way to start manifesting.  We can then use the Akashics to aid us in the physical manifestation, turning Akashic energy into the surf board we use to get up on the waves.

The First Step is to get clarity on all the moving parts necessary to manifest your goal. This can be daunting if you don't know what all might be involved or if you know in detail and find it all overwhelming. In the Akashics each person has their own personal room. For my students, this is the first room you enter when going into the Akashics for the weekly meditation. In the room there will most always be a table. Usually, although not always, this table will be dining room size with chairs around it. This is the perfect space to work.

To begin, enter into your personal room for the express purpose of working on your manifestation project as if it were a craft or art project. Each aspect of it, whether it be a new job, a new relationship, a move, a car or a house, will be represented in some form on the table. When you arrive, like always, you should first take stock of the room in its entirety. The room is you and reflects who you are in the moment and things which are important for you to know, learn, and become. If you're working with the room quite a bit it's good to just note what has changed, if anything. If you haven't spent time in your room before, take time to explore as facets of it might enlighten you or inform the manifestation process.

Then move to the table and inspect what is there. For some people there will be a myriad of objects for others just a few and still others might have none.  This is not a judgment on the project or the person necessarily but a starting point. For those where the manifestation project was set in motion last year or even years before, then there will be a lot to work with as many decisions have already been made and efforts have already moved things in that direction.  Those with a few objects will find they are starting from a new, vulnerable, raw and empowering place where things are ready to begin but there are also aspects to explore. And those with nothing on the table are faced with the need to enquire as to why and the frustratingly marvelous gift of having to choose each aspect. When there are no right or wrong choices, no mandated direction to go, then each step along the way is a choice. The real challenge is not to let the blank canvas overwhelm you.

The next step is to determine what all of the symbols or pieces mean. Some may be obvious or already known to you. Others might be puzzling. Your personal guide or animal guide can tell you in detail what they mean and why they are there. Personal guides and animal guides work on a "speak when spoken to" rule in your room and take their cues from you. So if you don't expect them to talk they won't. If you expect them to act like a mime they will and if you assume they will speak to you in fortune cookie riddles they are more than willing to do so. However, none of this is necessary. Speak forthrightly with them, be respectful but clear, and assume they will be as well. This then indicates, and even gives them permission, to do so in return.

Once you know what you already have on the table, this is when the fun begins. More than likely, even with a plethora of items, you won't have everything you want or need. As you think of things you want but don't have, your personal guide or animal guide can bring them to the table or you can invite the item to come join you and they will appear. If they aren't what you had imagined or quite what you want, ask your guide why. It may be because you simply weren't specific enough in your request or it might be a clue to other factors which are influencing the situation. Keep going until you have everything there you wish to work with.

Then, before you begin, make sure to ask your guide if there is anything external (weather conditions, ocean, river) which you haven't thought of but which needs to be accounted for.  If there is they'll bring it to the table. You may be surprised at what appears as often we are unaware of external factors influencing the situation. Or they may make suggestions about things you could consider adding or removing before you begin. Sometimes these suggestions are like peers making sure you've considered all the angles and other times they are like the partner in a game trying to give you as many clues as possible to help you find the answer to the question. It's up to you to find it, but they are doing their best to give you every chance.

So now you can begin. Somewhat like a puzzle, all the pieces will fit together. Unlike a puzzle there is more than one way they fit. This is a major component of the manifestation. Like surfing, the pieces and the table are the ocean and the waves. It's up to you to surf them the best way possible to have the best ride possible. So you start moving pieces around. Many will make obvious sense how they fit together and once connected they somewhat lock to become one unit. Others might not. Sometimes, like with Ikea furniture, there is this one piece missing or one piece too many. *sigh*  However, the more pieces which fit together the more the items start forming one cohesive whole. It's like they start to come alive, glowing a bit brighter with each piece that fits into place.

Finally there will be a point at which you just know it's done. Some projects will even give you an audible *click* when the last piece fits into place. The entire thing will look and feel right to you even if it's not pretty or hat you expected or think it "should be". When it is done, this is your roadmap, your template for how to manifest the project.

Within your room should be a place of honor, a coffee table or the mantle over the fireplace, where objects of important are placed. Yours will more than likely be empty at the moment. Move your project there. The act of making it the focus of the room activates it so this energy is now radiating into every area of your life and becomes a primary focus of your spiritual energy.

The Second Step is to set up this project in the real world. Yes, I know, the whole point is for this to manifest in the real world, however, to aid you in doing this it is helpful to have the Akashic energy anchored not only in you, but in your living space. You know, bringing it from your Akashic room to your living room. Like how having a statue of Buddha or Kwan Yin brings the energy of these beings into your space, recreating your project brings the energy, your surf board, into your space.

There are many ways you can do this as there are people or projects. If your project ended up looking like an actual puzzle you can draw the puzzle or make a collage which matches the picture and then draw the puzzle lines on it. Hang it up prominently where it will infuse your space. This should be in a public area, not where you sleep as you want it to become part of your physical life and not just infuse your dreams.

If your project was a vignette designed from various items, then you can recreate the vignette as an altar with a beautiful cloth. You might want to light a candle in front of it each evening or put fresh flowers by it or add items to it to reflect progress. If a significant milestone gets met this should be reflected on the altar with something symbolic like a coin for money earned or debts paid. Let your intuition and the connection with the project be your guide in this. You may wish to simply draw a picture of the project and have it on the refrigerator where you can keep track of it. You can add to it throughout the process or adjust it as things change and become. 

As things progress, check in with your project in your room. You will notice that it shifts and changes as things come into being in the real world or as the situation changes. The project is responding in real time so you might want to take it back to the table and inspect it to get a better insight into how things have changed and if there is anything further you need to do in the moment. These changes should be reflected in your physical representation as well so make updates as necessary.

The Third Step is to carry something with you which embodies and supports the manifestation process. It can be exhausting constantly monitoring our thoughts, feelings, actions and intentions to keep them on track so a manifestation project gets done. We're human beings interacting in a complex world and we have more going on than just one project.

To support us in this part of the process it is helpful to carry something which we have infused with our manifestation project. There many examples of this from mala beads in Buddhism, to misbaha in Islam, rosaries in Catholicism, worry beads from Greek culture and so on. These beads carry our prayers, reminders of who we wish to be and how we wish to live and help us to focus our thoughts and intentions during our daily round.  A more contemporary version is the friendship bracelet. Children represent their relationship to one another through braiding it into a cord which they then wear until the braid breaks. Various cultures use this method in ceremony, braiding cords or ropes together to infuse them with the intention and essence of the ceremony, then knotting them as a means of keeping the working active and present in their lives until the goal is achieved.

On a side note, this is one reason why people in indigenous cultures will unbraid or unbind their hair during healing or ceremonial work. They need to be completely available and unencumbered for the working, but also not take any part of it away from the participants by binding it into themselves too intimately through their hair.

You should choose whatever works best for you and your lifestyle. I tend to use thin cording or string in various shades which represent the factors involved in the work, then braid them together infusing the strand with the energy of the manifestation project. I knot both ends with pretty beads just to make sure the ends are secure then carry or wear the piece as a bracelet.  This way both I and it can be responsive to the moment and yet I can focus on my day.  However, it is just as efficacious to buy or create a bead strand specifically for this purpose. You can charge it up on or near your altar when you're at home and carry it with you throughout the day. If you're guided to use something you already own, that's good too.

Once you have all these things in place, you'll find the project moving forward and you being called to move forward with it. Sea and board, water and wave, you'll be on your way. The going might not be straight forward, but it will definitely be a positive move in the right direction.

Happy New Year,

Teri

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Message from Pleiadian Alaje





The meaning of life is the development of the heart and the consciousness.
The higher dimensions are represented by the wings.

Monday, 26 December 2016

The Evolution of Consciousness

Articles by KAMLESH D. PATEL



consciousness
This is the series of articles by KAMLESH D. PATEL about the evolution of consciousness, and how spiritual practices are designed to help consciousness expand and evolve.

The Science of Spirituality

Part 1 – The Three Bodies

When we talk about weaving a destiny, a future for ourselves, what do we mean? In the worldly sense, we want a good life. From my one-bedroom apartment, I want a five-bedroom house; from owning one factory I hope to own ten factories; I dream of being promoted from the position of a clerk to that of a CEO; I want a happy and fulfilling family life, and to raise children who also have fulfilling lives.
From the spiritual perspective, we are concerned with a much bigger picture. In order to explore this further, we need to first describe the human make-up. We have a physical body made of flesh and blood that is the most solid part of us. While it changes a little bit, according to how we live our lives, it doesn’t change much. Physical evolution happens over longer periods than one lifetime, so we don’t expect our physical body to evolve in this life. The physical body is associated with matter.
We also have a subtle body, also known as the astral or mental body, that is associated with energy and vibration. This is what we call the heart and mind. The third body we have is our causal body, the cause of our existence, which is also known as the soul. The causal body is associated with the absolute state of nothingness, the substratum of existence. This causal body is pure, unchanging and immutable, so it is does not need to evolve.
With the physical and the causal bodies, we cannot expect to find evolutionary changes. When we want to change our thinking and our patterns of behaviour, during any process of self-development, be it psychological or spiritual, what evolves or transforms is the middle layer, the subtle body. Spiritual destiny has everything to do with the purification of the subtle body by removing the layers that surround it. In the mineral kingdom, all three bodies are so closely tied together that it is difficult to separate them; they don’t have much freedom. To the extent to which they can free themselves vibrationally, they have different qualities and we give them names like Gold, Lead, Osmium, etc.

Spiritual destiny has everything to do with
the purification of the subtle body by
removing the layers that surround it.

In the plant kingdom, the three bodies are a little looser. Look at a tree. How do you know it has a subtle body that responds? Have you seen flowers that open up when the sun comes? How do they know? They respond so nicely, turning as the sun moves. There is also a plant called Lajvanti, and when you touch it the leaves fold in. When there is
a breeze, or even a storm, the leaves and branches of trees dance, but the moment someone tries to cut the branch of a tree, it becomes agitated.
You can feel it. In plants, the subtle body and the causal body are very tightly tied together, and the subtle body cannot express much. In animals, there is a still greater separation, and in human beings all the three bodies are labile or loosely connected. Among different human beings, there are also differences in separation. The three gunas in Vedic philosophy – tamasicrajasic and sattvik – are based on how loosely or how strongly the bodies are connected.
In a sattvik person, the subtle body can move around, whereas a tamasic person is more stone-like. One person can think of something somewhere else, but another person with limited mental capacity may not grasp what is happening around them. Even if you tell them about it, their mind cannot reach there. Sometimes, when we communicate, certain concepts are not understood by the other person because of the subtle body’s inability to grasp them.

So at the level of the subtle body, we can
choose to evolve and go beyond the animal level
of existence to the human level to the divine level,
by expanding our field of consciousness.

So at the level of the subtle body, we can choose to evolve and go beyond the animal level of existence to the human level to the divine level, by expanding our field of consciousness.
How can we describe the subtle body, and how does it evolve? There are four main functions of the subtle body that we will consider and they are:
Chit or consciousness,
Manas or our contemplative faculty,
Buddhi or intellect, and
Ahankar or ego.
They all have a role to play in our evolution, and in the next issue we will explore them further

Which body evolves?

Understanding that we have these three bodies – physical, subtle and causal – we can then ask, which of these bodies is evolving?
The soul is immutable. It is pure, absolute and unchangeable, and so the causal body does not evolve.
The physical body cannot change much. Its structure is fixed, although some minor changes can occur in weight, posture and fitness etc., but we cannot grow extra arms, wings to fly or a tail in this lifetime.
It is the subtle body that can evolve, so that we can design our destiny. It changes according to how we purify and simplify it, so that the joy of the soul shines and radiates from within, and through this process we find the evolution of consciousness.

The Subtle Body

The subtle body is a vibrational field; the heart-mind field. Depending on how we manage this field, it can either be turbulent and complex, like a roaring ocean during a storm, or, at the other extreme, it can be like a still pond where even a feather landing on the surface creates ripples. This is where a spiritual practice has a vital role to play, as it gives us the techniques to regulate, purify and simplify this field, bringing clarity, stillness and peace.
In yogic philosophy the heart is known as the field of action for the mind. This is a vast topic. Let’s start to explore what this means.
There are four main functions of the subtle body within this vibrational field – consciousness (chit), thinking and feeling (manas), intellect (buddhi) and ego (ahankar). They work in an interactive way together to make up what we know as the mind.
Of these four, consciousness is our focus here. The other three have their existence in consciousness. Consciousness is as good as a canvas to a painter, and within consciousness the play of the other three bodies is orchestrated daily.
How do we actively allow our consciousness to expand and evolve? It is not enough just to wish it so. We need to understand how a spiritual practice contributes towards this evolution by creating the conditions for stilling the mind progressively at deeper and deeper levels, and opening up the inner universe.
At a physical level, when I want to strengthen my body muscles I have to exercise my body. Similarly, for the mind to evolve so that consciousness can expand, I must use what belongs to that subtle plane of existence. First, it is important to understand that the evolution of consciousness has nothing to do with the acquisition of knowledge. Second, consciousness in itself will not expand or evolve without the help of buddhimanas and ahankar to free it. Intellect has to evolve to help expand consciousness and ego must evolve, contributing to the evolution of consciousness.

Unless and until we meditate properly, and
unless and until we regulate our minds properly,
our consciousness will not evolve.

Meditation

What does meditation have to do with this? We meditate to regulate our minds. An unregulated mind is pulled by wishes and desires, fears and habits, in many different directions. The mind becomes weak as it scatters in many different channels. In contrast, a regulated mind brings focus, and promotes well- being. Unless and until we meditate properly, and unless and until we regulate our minds properly, our consciousness will not evolve.
Manasbuddhi and ahankar are all refined and developed through meditation, especially manas as we learn to simplify our thinking process from many channels to one channel, then deepen it to feeling. Thus the habit of ‘feeling’ is slowly cultivated from ‘thinking’.

Developing the Meditative State Further

Holding and nurturing the condition received in meditation throughout the day is a byproduct of good meditation, and helps us regulate and deepen the mind to an even higher level. When we are in this state of constant awareness or remembrance of the inner state, we do not allow our canvas to be spoilt, so consciousness remains afresh. The canvas remains clean and is not destroyed by the multifarious impressions we form.
Imagine the heart-mind vibrational field having a spectrum of consciousness spanning the subconscious, conscious and superconscious states. Swami Vivekananda once said, “Consciousness is a mere film between two oceans, the subconscious and the superconscious.” Or you can imagine the subconscious as being like the ocean, consciousness like the surface of the land, and superconsciousness like the sky going out into the universe. As we evolve, our consciousness expands into both the subconscious and superconscious realms, traveling through the vast infinity of the human potential. Another way of saying this is that we go deeper and deeper into the vastness of the heart, from our starting point at the surface.

Wisdom is to utilise all our faculties at their best.
Wisdom is to have the maximum output
with the minimum input.

Buddhi and Prayer

In this process of diving deeper, the intellect, buddhi, becomes more and more heart-based. Intuition and inspiration develop, and buddhi becomes fine-tuned, like a sensitive antenna picking up the signals of the heart. Intellect evolves into a state of wisdom. Often we think of a wise person as someone who makes wise choices, but here we go further into a different dimension where choice is no longer required, as the heart’s wisdom is pure and correct.
There is a big difference between an intellectual person and a wise person, and here the spiritual practice of prayer helps us to move from mere intellect to wisdom. Prayer takes us into the heart, connecting us to the Source, where we are able to let go of any mistakes we have made, deciding not to make the same mistakes again. Is this not wisdom? Whereas if we succumb to making foolish mistakes day after day, hour after hour, we are not becoming wiser. We become wiser when we wish to change from the bottom of our hearts and ask for help to do so. When we live with this attitude every moment, wisdom flourishes.
Wisdom is to utilise all our faculties at their best. Wisdom is to have the maximum output with the minimum input. With minimum action we have the maximum result. Only with a meditative mind, only through meditative acts in our day-to-day life, can we expect to have such good results.

Purifying and Simplifying the Subtle Body Through Cleaning

For this to happen, the heart-mind field has to be purified, otherwise it is like expecting to see the bottom of a lake through muddy, turbulent water. There is no clarity in a turbulent mind. The spiritual practice of cleaning past impressions is therefore also necessary for consciousness to evolve.

Ahankar

The third aspect of the subtle body is ego, ahankar. Ego plays a vital role in whether or not expansion or evolution of consciousness occurs. Ego is often seen as the bad guy by spiritual practitioners of all traditions, but ego is also essential for our evolution. It is the active function of the mind – the doing, thinking function – and we need it in every apect of daily life, even to have the craving to evolve. It gives us our identity. It is the activating or initiating force. If it is used wisely, it serves us well, like any other resource, but it is often misused, and this is what we commonly refer to as being egotistical. When ego is used for selfish purpose, we become arrogant and self-important, whereas if we constantly refine the ego, consciousness develops very rapidly.
What does it mean to refine the ego? The more humility we have, the less the egotistical proliferations. All great spiritual teachers have given so much importance to this aspect of character formation. They have valued this quality so highly that humility at any cost must be maintained, whether towards a child, a poor person or a stranger. The philosophy here is that there is nothing wrong in thinking yourself to be great, but always think the other person in front of you is greater.
Ego can be like a black hole. It can have the greatest gravitational pull upon our consciousness. It will not allow consciousness to expand. Just as the earth’s gravitational pull does not allow us to fall into infinite space, likewise our ego can hold consciousness to its core. An example of this is a very narcissistic person, who is undergoing a devolutionary process where consciousness contracts in on itself to its core, and can become like a stone. In contrast, by transcending the relationship with the ego by refining it, becoming more and more humble, consciousness can expand infinitely.
Ego manifests in many ways. For example, in a music concert, when I am happily playing my flute as a performer, it gives so much joy and the audience reciprocates accordingly. But as an artist, I will not be happy unless I surpass my previous performances all the time. The manifested ego makes me perform well. But to think that no one can play the flute better than myself is not a welcome manifestation of ego. Ego can be our best friend in helping us outperform our own past records.

Ego can be like a black hole.
It can have the greatest gravitational pull
upon our consciousness.
It will not allow consciousness to expand.

Manas

The fourth function of the subtle body is manas, which is the function of contemplation. During meditation, the first step is to bring the mind from many and varied thoughts to one thought, for example in Heartfulness it is the source of Divine Light in the heart. But it is not necessary that all throughout the meditation this thought should haunt us. The thought should leave at some point so that the object of thought can be felt in the heart.
If all you do is think this one thought throughout the meditation, you will have a headache and consciousness will not expand. This initial thought is just the springboard, to take us deeper so that we dissolve in the feeling of the presence of the Divine Light. You have to feel that presence and while you are feeling that presence slowly you disappear, and even feeling is gone. The ego is gone; you are not even there to experience it.
So as manas evolves through a meditation practice, feeling develops, and eventually we go beyond feeling to a state of being, then to a state of becoming, and finally unbecoming to merge into the Absolute state of existence.

Chit

So buddhimanas and ahankar evolve through spiritual practice, and with this the subtle body becomes lighter, purer and simpler, like the still pond with minimal ripples. With this, consciousness is able to expand and evolve.
What do we then do with this expanded consciousness we receive? Let’s say I have a particular state of mind, and I am aware that the condition is so good. After meditation, I go off to work. It is not enough just to hold that condition; I must be able to radiate that condition wilfully, consciously, and with the confidence that wherever I go it will spread its fragrance on its own.
So after meditation think for a while that, “The condition which is within me is also outside me. Everything around me is absorbed in a similar state. When I look at people, or talk to them, or listen to them, or I am silent, let that condition spread everywhere.” Let consciousness expand wherever it can go.
Just to recap, it is the subtle body that evolves, and as a result consciousness evolves, allowing us to transform and design our destiny. As we purify and simplify the subtle body, the joy of the soul radiates from within, and we are able to expand our consciousness into higher states, revealing more and more of our human potential.
In Part 2, we looked at the process of refinement and purification of the subtle body, so that consciousness can expand and evolve. The purer and simpler our vibrational field, the more we can observe, explore, and expand across the spectrum of subconsciousness, consciousness and superconsciousness. In fact, without this cleaning of the subtle body, there is no real inner journey! As we progress, our ego becomes more and more refined, we develop wisdom and uncover the world of feeling and beyond, all of which are possible through a system of heart-based meditation with cleaning of the subtle body.

The purer and simpler our vibrational field,
the more we can observe, explore,
and expand across the spectrum of subconsciousness,
consciousness and superconsciousness.

There is also a second process that aids our journey into higher and higher states of consciousness. Without it, we would not maneuver past the obstacles, like with any journey into unknown universes. That vital ingredient is Yogic Transmission, known in the yogic literature as pranahuti. More particularly, it is Yogic Transmission utilised by a teacher of caliber.
We often think of spiritual teachers – yogis, mystics, saints, sufis and skymeditateshamans – as being full of wisdom and love. They speak wisely, and inspire us with wonderful words and insights. But words on their own are not catalysts for inner transformation. Wisdom can encourage and inspire us to want to change and evolve, but it does not make the transformation happen.
While love is transformative, as we know from worldly life – love can work miracles, conquer all, and make the world go round – the love required for inner evolution of consciousness is a universal love that is beyond anything we normally understand in worldly life. Here the teacher’s role is paramount.
The transformative effect of Yogic Transmission has been one of the greatest mystical secrets throughout the ages. What was once passed down only from heart to heart by spiritual teachers of caliber to their immediate disciples, is now openly available to all humanity. And this process requires explanation.

The transformative effect of Yogic Transmission
has been one of the greatest mystic secrets throughout the ages.
What was once passed down only from heart to heart
by spiritual teachers of caliber to their immediate disciples
is now openly available to all humanity.


Some basic spiritual anatomy

In Part 1 of this series, we spoke about the three bodies of a human being – the physical, mental and causal; body, mind and soul; matter, energy and absolute; the three major states of existence in physics also – energy solidified into matter, energy as vibrational field, and potential energy in its unmanifested state.
It starts to become really interesting when we realize that the centre or connecting link of these three bodies is the heart.1That is why scientists these days are finding that the electromagnetic field of the heart is the dominant field in the human body.2
From this vibrational heart, currents radiate out into worldly life. Some are directed towards the physical world of matter – we need energy to exist and perform actions in the physical plane, e.g. walking, lifting, gardening, dancing, exercising, and so on.
Some of the heart’s currents are also directed into the mental sphere of existence: thinking, studying, teaching, research, problem-solving, or engaging in any other way in the field of knowledge and wisdom.

In a person who wants evolution of consciousness,
some of the heart’s current needs to turn inward,
away from the external world.

Now, in a person who wants evolution of consciousness, some of the heart’s current needs to turn inward, away from the external world.
We can also explain it like this: the stream of thoughts we constantly receive from the universe comes from the cosmic realm, where everything originates, what we call brahmand mandal in yoga. Imagine the stream is descending from above, down through the crown of the head into our system. The thought stream descends into the heart and in most people 99 percent of it goes outwards from the heart, to be used in worldly life.
When the inner journey starts, one stream of the heart’s current is diverted inwards. Not all, as we still have to live in the world, look after a family, manage a job etc., but enough so that the pull of the soul is felt.
On the left side of the chest, the currents are radiating outwards into worldly life from the point where the physical heart is found. When one stream is turned inwards, it turns towards the right side of the chest, to the point in the human spiritual anatomy known as the atman chakra or soul point. This is the spiritual heart of a human being.
The catalyst for this inward movement is a teacher of caliber, who utilizes Yogic Transmission for this purpose. As we then continue to meditate, we are drawn towards the inner universe and start to integrate it with worldly life, so that both continue side by side.
But this inward movement can be a difficult transition. It is like moving from one galaxy to another, and as with any change the mind rebels, feeling uncomfortable at first, much like when we move from one house, one city or one job to another. It takes a while to settle in. This is itself the first hurdle in our journey of expansion of consciousness. If we can cross that hurdle, the first step in the battle is won! Now we enter the realm of a different type of human consciousness – that of the immense peace and calm of the soul point. … But this is just the beginning of our journey.
In Part 4, we will explore in more detail how our minds keep us entangled in worldly issues that stifle the expansion of consciousness, and how we can address this through spiritual practice.
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1 Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, Truth Eternal, 2015, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, India
2 Reported by HearthMath and others.

In Part 2 of this series, we explored the need to refine and purify the subtle body, so that consciousness can expand and evolve. In fact, without this cleaning of the subtle body there is no real evolution. What needs to be cleaned from the subtle body?
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the subtle body, the heartmind field of a human being, as a vast field of subtle energy, of consciousness. If it helps, imagine it is like a large body of water. When the field is pure, it is absolutely still and calm, like a glassy lake. When it is disturbed by turbulence, it is choppy and rough, and the water is moving in all directions. Eddies of water form, creating currents.
Similarly, the subtle body can also be filled with turbulence, due to the many impressions that form on a daily basis. When these impressions become more fixed, they lodge in our system creating heaviness and knots of energy that eventually solidify. They are known in the yogic literature as samskaras, and because of their materiality they are the cause of our coming again and again into this physical plane of existence through birth and rebirth.
So how do we form impressions in the subtle body? Let’s understand the way they form, and how each impression is drawn by its vibration to a particular centre in the human system. When we read the works of Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, he gives a beautiful example. You are walking home and you notice a beautiful rose flower blossoming, so you admire its beauty. The next time you are passing, you go near and admire its beauty in more detail. The next day, you feel like holding that flower in your hand and smelling it. Progressively a day may come when you say, “Let me take this rose bush home.”
We are attracted to some things, like the beautiful rose flower and its fragrance, and we dislike others, like the thorns of the rose bush. Our orientation – our attraction or repulsion – creates an emotion in our heart. That emotion is not in the mind; it is always in the heart. It forms an impression. When we repeat that emotion again and again, it forms a deeper habitual pattern in our heart, that becomes more and more fixed as a samskara: “I don’t like spaghetti,” “I am scared of my boss,” “I love to go swimming,” “I do not trust men,” etc. etc. This belief then affects the way we live our daily life, coloring our perception and decisions.

Our orientation – our attraction or repulsion –
creates an emotion in our heart… It forms an impression.
When we repeat that emotion again and again,
it forms a deeper habitual pattern in our heart,
that becomes more and more fixed as a samskara.”

We face different types of problems, issues, likes and dislikes in worldly life. When we are constantly worrying about our worldly problems, a level of anxiety and worry builds up, and accordingly this forms heaviness in the heart. No one can escape worldly worries and everything in moderation is tolerable. When we worry about something it is a good indication that we have to act upon it, but worrying about it perpetually, without acting to solve the problem, is only going to make it worse. When we constantly think about worldly problems and brood over them it affects point A, which is found close to the heart on the left side of the chest.
Another part of human existence is our attraction towards the opposite sex. Again, when it is in moderation it is tolerable, but when it overburdens us those impressions form at point B.
When we have strong likes and dislikes, what we also call prejudices for and against certain things and people, we may not speak about them but we are constantly playing with them in our hearts, and they affect our thinking often without us knowing they are doing so. Those impressions are deposited at point C.
Guilt is one of the heaviest impressions we can form. It arises out of something we did not do but should have done, or something we did but should not have done. Guilt gives rise to so much heaviness in the heart and this heaviness is deposited at point D.
points
To find point A, measure two finger widths to the right side to your left nipple, and then three fingers down.
Go two finger widths further down from point A to find point B.
Go two finger widths further down from point B to find point C. It will be on the lowest rib, directly underneath points A and B.
Go two finger widths to the left to find point D, exactly below the nipple.
This is the anatomical aspect of these points to which we attract certain impressions. These are not the only points in the human system where impressions lodge, but they are some of the most important and a good place to start.
Why is it helpful to share this knowledge? So that we become more aware. When we notice impressions lodging, we can adjust ourselves and clean ourselves, instead of judging things all the time.
Self-acceptance is a very vital attitude in any process of personal transformation. Without it, we stay stuck in judgement and it is difficult to then let go of the impressions; instead we go round and round thinking about them, making them deeper. It also becomes difficult to develop love for ourselves without self-acceptance. Without self-love, we are handicapped, and love for others will also not develop. We will not get to first base.

Self-acceptance is a very vital attitude
in any process of personal transformation.
Without it, we stay stuck in judgement
and it is difficult to then let go of the impressions;
instead we go round and round
thinking about them, making them deeper.
It also becomes difficult to develop
love for ourselves without self-acceptance. ”

The process of cleaning removes these impressions that form around the heart, creating lightness and a carefree feeling. With this we can happily work on changing ourselves, and the journey begins.
Cleaning is an integral part of the daily Heartfulness practice, and is done in the evening after the day’s work. It complements meditation by purifying the subtle body. It is one of the most incredible tools we have for self-development, as it removes those habits and patterns that keep us stuck in our own little world and prevents us expanding our consciousness into the vastness that is waiting us on our journey of self-discovery.
In Part 5, we will explore more of the inner journey of the human experience.
‘Consciousness’ is a popular word these days in the field of mind-body medicine, and also at the cutting edge of research in science and spirituality and the quantum field. The idea of a spectrum of consciousness is not new. Yogis and mystics have written about it since time immemorial, and more recently also western psychoanalysts and psychologists like Carl Jung and Ken Wilbur1.
What do we learn from this literature? It tells us there is a vast spectrum of consciousness in a human being, spanning the subconscious mind through consciousness and all the way to the superconscious realm, most of which we don’t understand.
As we discussed in Part 2, the great Swami Vivekananda once said, “Consciousness is a mere film between two oceans, the subconscious and the superconscious.” He understood the infinite, limitless nature of this spectrum, because his own state had expanded across that spectrum. He could observe and describe exactly what he found.
This was also the case with Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, who researched and described the states of consciousness and superconsciousness of the various chakras in the Heart Region, the Mind Region and the Central Region of a human being. In the light of these findings, science still lags a long way behind Yoga in describing the spectrum of consciousness.2
Modern psychologists are also generally studying the mind that is compromised, with very little research done on a healthy mind. Even less has been done researching higher consciousness, as found in personalities like Buddha, Jesus and Swami Vivekananda. And how will we study such higher individuals who we can count on the fingers of one hand when the scientific approach requires a large amount of data to verify observations in order to conclude? From a scientific perspective, we are also limited in another way: when we observe and record results, we can only analyse the outcome from our own level of consciousness.
Persons with a higher, more evolved consciousness see from their perspective. Both are right, from their level of observation and understanding. Because a person can observe the world from the peak of the mountain, the people in the valley should not decry and criticize his wider vision. Similarly, astronomers who view the heavens through a mile-wide, gazing at the beauty of the stars and galaxies, have a greater advantage over our normal eyesight. So scientists and their logic are also correct, but this correctness is from a limited level of understanding and vision.

If you meditate with Yogic Transmission or Pranahuti,
you will experience more and more deeply and broadly
this spectrum of consciousness, and go beyond experience
into the realm of direct perception and knowledge.

If you meditate with Yogic Transmission or Pranahuti, you will experience more and more deeply and broadly this spectrum of consciousness, and go beyond experience into the realm of direct perception and knowledge. Gradually more and more of this vast field of consciousness will open up to you.
Swami Vivekananda once said: “What does consciousness matter? Why, it is nothing compared with the unfathomable depths of the subconscious and the heights of the superconscious! In this I could never be misled, for had I not seen Ramakrishna Paramahamsa gather in ten minutes, from a man’s subconscious mind, the whole of his past, and determine from that his future and his powers?”3
These days, scientists measure brainwave frequencies and electro-magnetic frequencies of the heart in order to try to describe and understand various states of consciousness, e.g. normal waking consciousness, various stages of sleep, a relaxed mind, and a meditating mind, just to name a few. They have already realized that the electromagnetic field of the heart is much stronger than that of the brain.4 This is inline with the findings of those yogis of calibre, who have considered the heart as the centre of our being.5
Yogis have also told us that the heart and mind are not two separate entities, but instead there is a heart-mind field, known as the subtle body or sookshma sharir.6 This vibrational field spreads outwards from the centre of our existence, the heart, into every aspect of our spiritual and worldly life.
The field of the heart and mind can extend across the full spectrum of consciousness, from the depths of subconsciousness all the way to the heights of superconsciousness. In the middle sits our conscious mind, affected at every moment by what is happening along the full spectrum, from both the subconscious and superconscious states. There is always a dynamic interplay.
For example, even when we are fully aware and alert to the present moment, our fears, likes and dislikes from past experiences affect the way we feel. We may fear a specific situation that stops us from embracing an opportunity, or our desires pull us towards other activities. So at no time is the conscious mind unaffected by our subconscious past. Similarly, inspiration from our superconscious can come at any moment. We may have some unexpected insight or inspiration that drives a decision that we would not normally consider. All three levels are always operating at any moment in time.
This interplay is known in Yoga as the interplay of the subtle bodies – chit, manas, buddhi and ahankar. We have explored these four subtle bodies in Part 2. Chit is consciousness, manas is our contemplative mind, buddhi is intellect and ahankar is ego. As they become refined and purified, through the process of yogic cleaning, our awareness expands to encompass more and more of the spectrum of consciousness.
When you meditate intensely with Yogic Transmission, your heart opens and you develop the ability to experience the spectrum of consciousness as an integrated field. This is what ‘Yoga’ actually means – integrating, unifying the field. You become aware of all dimensions at the same time. Your consciousness expands.
The mind is capable of being fully awake and in the world, and yet deeply absorbed in the Absolute at the same time. This is the state known as sahaj samadhi, where everything can be known through superconscious perception – the direct perception of Nature. Traditional samadhi is often defined as a stone-like consciousness where you don’t feel anything, but that is not as subtle as sahaj samadhi, where we develop a three-hundred-and-sixty-degree consciousness all around.

In sahaj samadhi we see everything to the extent possible
– front, back, past, present, future – everything is in our view.
The extent to which one can expand in consciousness
is nothing but the reflection of evolution.

In sahaj samadhi we see everything to the extent possible – front, back, past, present, future – everything can be in our view. The extent to which one can expand in consciousness is nothing but the reflection of evolution. So while we are working, we are focused on work, on the surroundings, on the TV if it is on in the room, on something happening outside the office, and also on the Source. We are focused on the transmission that is happening inside, and the condition that is prevailing within, on something that is about to come into our system, on the thoughts that are arising, and on the next step we should be taking; and yet we remain peaceful seeing all these things at the same moment.
Automatically, this consciousness becomes three-hundred-and-sixty-degree consciousness. We are not focusing on any particular thing. The moment we focus on a particular thing, it is no longer meditation, but concentration instead.
So in this state we see how our consciousness can expand and we are able to utilize our minds in such a dynamic way.
There is also another way of looking at the spectrum of consciousness, and that is from personal, or individual, to collective. This is the spectrum of mind to heart. Our mind gives us our individual identity through the ego, ahankar, whereas the heart is collective. In the words of Ram Chandra Fatehgarh, “What is this ‘we’ of ours? It is our heart.”It is through the heart that we are all connected. This is the hope of our future and Yoga is the key to unlocking this whole spectrum of consciousness.

1Wilbur, Ken. 1974. Psychologia Perennis, The Spectrum of Consciousness, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Vol. 7, No. 2.
2Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur. 1989. Complete Works of Ram Chandra, Vol. 1.
3Swami Vivekananda. 1947. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol. 8, ‘Saying and Utterances’.
4 McCraty, Rollin. 2015. Science of the Heart, Vol. 2.
5Patanjali, Yoga Sutras
6Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, 1973. Truth Eternal, ‘Karma’.

THE SCIENCE OF SPIRITUALITY


Yoga is all about personal experience. In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the three bodies of a human being – the physical body or sthool sharir, the subtle body or sookshma sharir, and the causal body or karan sharir. Yoga developed as a practical method to help us refine all these three bodies, to achieve our purpose of human evolution. The experience of the finer states generated in yogic practice is for the benefit of all humanity.
Many people these days associate the word ‘Yoga’ with a set of techniques for physical and mental well-being: asanas, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation. But this is not a comprehensive understanding of Yoga. In the traditional yogic literature there are thirty-five different principles and methods that make up Yoga, and they form an integrated whole. What are these thirty-five? And how can we really benefits from the techniques Yoga has to offer in the 21st century?

The Four Elements

Yoga as a discipline has developed over thousands of years to nourish and refine our physical, subtle and causal bodies. The purpose: the expansion of consciousness to its ultimate potential so that we become one with the ultimate state of all existence. All thirty-five elements contribute to that purpose; they are not designed to be independent practices, even though each one contains a vast field of knowledge within itself. Asanas are not meant to be practiced in isolation, and neither is dhyana, meditation. The thirty-five fall within four main elements known as sadhana chatusthaya.
SADHANACHATUSHTAYA

Viveka – discernment and wisdom in making choices

The first of the four practices is called viveka, meaning the awareness of what is good and what is not good for your evolution; what is the cause versus what is the effect; what is harmful versus what is beneficial; and what is necessary versus what is not. To cultivate this capacity, you need to learn to listen to your heart, the source of your conscience. How to do this?
In earlier articles of this series, we touched upon the need to purify the subtle body in order to really listen to a true heart. In addition, we explored the role meditation and prayer play in regulating the mind so that it is able to observe within and connect with the Source of our being.

Vairagya – detachment and renunciation

The second of the four practices, vairagya, is the state in which we let go of worldly attachments. For example, when we are fed up with worldly things after indulging in them to our heart’s content, we develop an aversion to them. Our attention turns towards noble ideals and we crave something higher. Also, when we have been deeply pained by the treachery and faithlessness of the world, we feel disillusioned and averse to worldly things. Dissatisfaction and detachment also develop when we grieve the loss of a dear one.
But vairagya created under such circumstances is more of a glimpse than it is lasting. It can easily disappear with a change in circumstances, because the seed of desire still lies buried deep within the heart and may sprout again as soon as it finds a congenial atmosphere. True renunciation develops after thorough cleaning of the subtle body.
Viveka and vairagya are not practices in themselves; they result automatically by doing other yogic practices, e.g. meditation, cleaning and prayer. Viveka develops when the senses are thoroughly purified. This happens when the mind is regulated and disciplined, and when the ego is pure. Vairagya is the result of viveka. They are really the elementary stages of attainment in Yoga rather than the means of attainment.
Yogic practice is not useful unless it naturally leads to viveka and vairagya. In real viveka you begin to realize your own defects and shortcomings and feel a deep urge within your heart to change for the better.

Shat Sampatti – the six forms of attainment

The practical tools of Yoga are to be found within the third of the four sadhanas, known as the shat sampatti, the six spiritual attainments. The first of these, shama, is the peaceful condition of a regulated mind that leads to calmness and tranquility. When this inner calm is achieved through practice, viveka and vairagya follow automatically.
This proper moulding and regulation of the mind is easily accomplished with the aid of Yogic Transmission or pranahuti.
The second shat sampatti is dama, control of the senses, which results from learning to focus the mind on one thing alone in meditation, ignoring all others. Most yoga aspirants follow this course, while a few attempt sham through karma, action, or bhakti, devotion. Still others proceed through the medium of jnana, knowledge.
43In Heartfulness, regulation of the mind and control of the senses are taken up together through meditation practice, automatically creating discernment and renunciation in the true sense.
The third sampatti is uparati. In this state you are free of all desires, not charmed by anything in this world, nor the next, as your mind is centered on Reality. It is a more refined state than vairagya in the sense that vairagya produces a feeling of aversion for worldly objects while in uparati the feelings of attraction and repulsion are both absent. At this stage your subtle body is completely purified.
The fourth sampatti is titiksha, the state of fortitude. At this stage you are perfectly satisfied with whatever comes your way, with no feeling of injury, insult, prejudice or appreciation.
The fifth sampatti is shraddha, true faith. This is a very high attainment and an unspeakable virtue. It is the dauntless courage which leads you to success. It makes your journey smooth and solves the problem of life.
The last of the shat sampatti is samadhana, a state of self-settledness without even being conscious of it, in total surrender.

Mumukshutva – the craving for liberation

The fourth of the four practices is mumukshutva. It was so highly regarded in the past, but now we know that it is in fact just the beginning of the real journey, as there is so much more in Yoga beyond liberation. What remains now is to develop a close association with the ultimate Reality and become one with that state.

…now we know that it is in fact
just the beginning of the real journey,
as there is so much more in Yoga beyond liberation.
What remains now is to develop a close association
with the ultimate Reality and
become one with that state.


The importance of practice

If you explore shama, you will discover that this is where all the practices of Yoga are to be found – whether through the Ashtanga Yoga tradition of Patanjali, the more specialized streams of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, etc., or the modern approach to Yoga through Heartfulness.
Patanjali’s system took care of the physical, subtle and causal bodies of the human being, for example through asana and pranayama for physical well-being, yama and niyama for human qualities and refinement of character, and the other four to refine the subtle body to discover the Ultimate state. Patanjali presented his practical approach to the world a few thousand years ago, as the eightfold path:
ashtanga yoga
But just as specialization has crept into modern medicine over the years, the same thing has developed in the field of Yoga, probably because each individual practice or principle required so much focus for self-mastery in the past. Perhaps that is why today so many people focus on the asanas for physical well-being. It is symptomatic of our times that the main focus of Yoga is now on physical development, when it has so much to offer all the three bodies.
Yoga provides us with a vast potential for personal evolution and collective human evolution. Heartfulness provides a way of integrating all thirty-five elements of Yoga, without having to take up each step individually. Asanapranayamapratyaharadharanadhyana and samadhi are taken up through the practices of relaxation, meditation, cleaning of the subtle body, and connecting with the Source through prayer. Yama and niyama are also a by-product of these practices but are taken up as well through character refinement, conscious living and the development of noble inner qualities with the help of sankalpa. It is a complete package that provides simple practices for anyone who aspires to evolve.

…so many people focus on
the asanas for physical well-being.
It is symptomatic of our times
that the main focus of Yoga is now
on physical development,
when it has so much to offer all the three bodies.

In part 5 of this series, I mentioned that with the aid of Yogic Transmission consciousness can expand to experience the full three-hundred-and-sixty-degree vision of sahaj samadhi. And this is the culmination of Yoga. It is how the soul is nourished and enriched. The most exalted samadhi is possible when Yogic Transmission guides our consciousness during meditation.
So why be satisfied with a small plate of hors d’oeuvres when you can experience the full meal? There has never been a better time in human history to experience the pure essence of Yoga, supported by Yogic Transmission and Yogic Cleaning. And what is the outcome? Oneness with the Source of all existence. What better way to create a hopeful future for our children and our children’s children – in oneness and unity.

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