Step 3 : Wisdom

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Wisdom – To be wise or to be open to wisdom.

These are not the same things. It is thought to be wise when one uses logical analysis, or reasoning. It is widely accepted that wisdom arrives through experience, but doesn’t this leave out the innate sensitivity or cultivated sensibility of awareness.     What if:

To be aware is to be human.

To be human is to be always listening.

Wisdom is eternally and spontaneously arising in life and only needs acknowledgement and reflection to become part of your experience.

If you allow yourself the opportunity to create your own experience, you will see that Gurus are around you all the time. They can come in any forms. But, one must begin by understanding that cutting corners on your life is not an option: Practice Asteya  Read: Understanding the Mind,  Body, and Spirit, how each of them connect and  Pantanjali’s 8 Limbs. 

Gurus are vehicles – they are some sign –  some observational moment where light shines on your darkness. Where you’re guided away from a strong emotion and into a calm abiding. Gurus can be an animal, song, child, scent, or memory. It’s a spirit with a message for you in a language you understand and in the corner of a looking place you regularly see and already waiting in destinations you haven’t yet stumbled upon. By being open, (not resisting or attaching to one particular outcome – yamas) opportunities will flourish, manifesting thoughts into reality, and bringing your future to you..

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Your Higher self can pick up sounds, vibrations, and symbols as this is what your spirit speaks, and if you   listen and work at becoming a better listener – even see your being’s purpose as a receiver- you will tap into this consciousness.

“The front part of the body receives information and the back side of the body passes it on. We are receivers of memory, listening stations of cosmic truths in the here and now, and senders to the future. With the front we face situations, we face life, we walk into things, we meet people face on. The front receives heat from psychic energy, and the backside is the cold “chi” releasing side. That is why we have a front side and back side of the body.

We are little broadcasting stations that openly bridge the future while washing all our moments with memory. That is how we know things. We are simply actors in this life unfolding before us and, as we face life, we leave behind our trail of moments for those who come behind us to resonate to.”

-Joseph Rael & Mary Elizabeth Marlow from ‘Being and Vibration

Wisdom is a noun.

It is as a thing to be attained, but it is also a direction to be pursued, a characteristic to acquire, a perception someone may carry with them, an impression you wish to impart on someone else and it is a feeling of serendipity, a perfect alignment with cosmic energies.

Wisdom is gracefully connecting you to your personal evolution. Every moment is a moment to be cultivating how you play with and manifest energy. The beauty of life is to experience (and learn from) yourself.

The energy of Wisdom centers you in your body, but gives you access to experiences outside the physical plane.

 

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Third Eye Chakra : Ajna

One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.

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Ajna: The 3rd Eye Chakra: The 6th Chakra: The Sanskrit word AJNA translates to        “Command or Authority.”  It is located in the center of the eyebrows. The THIRD Chakra is enriched by the color violet or a glowing iridescent blue.

Appropriately, the AJNA is associated with all elements particularly that of Space, as this tattva is a portal for intuition.

  • In the THIRD EYE wisdom and humanity are matured and we’re able to bridge the gap between our grounded human experience and that of the elevated Divine Consciousness. AJNA is is a powerful conduit for visualizations as it is closely tied to the optical nerves. It is also one of the final points of the Ida and Pingala Nadis, where our lunar-masculine and solar-feminine energies converge.
  • The THIRD EYE Chakra is represented by a two-petaled lotus. One petal stands for GU (darkness/ignorance) and the other RU (light/knowledge.) Together these syllables bring Paravidya, “complete” knowledge forward as opposed to Aparavidyā, “incomplete” knowledge, ruled by the intellect and limited. This complete knowledge engages with the Higher Self in a constant way and reminds us of the duality that exists in nature.

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  • The animal for AJNA is the Ardhamatra. This is an incredibly elusive Sanskrit word that doesn’t have a ton of information out there, however my interpretation is that it is best expressed as birds of prey. Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Owls, etc.
    These birds are nurturing and intuitive, historical and have a reptilian element to them. They bring keen observation, and great responsibility. They rarely miss the mark as they are the epitome of integrity.  Because the element celebrated here is space, it is said that the THIRD EYE Chakra is where the wings of the soul can finally unfold and take flight. Find a way to connect to the powerful grace of Birds of Prey.

    Ground yourself to better soar: Counter-intuitive but critical:     The thin line between inspiration and insanity. 

“What is the difference between a comedian and a homeless person screaming in the subway?”

A paying audience. 

The awakening of AJNA is critical for personal evolution. Until our THIRD EYE is awakened, we are often incapable of understanding ourselves. The abilities that lie in AJNA are of great assistance for those suffering from psychic problems. (ALL OF US)

The GuRu Principle provides us with Viveka: the ability to discern reality from unreality. A balanced THIRD EYE is the antidote to:

  • depression
  • personality disorders
  • anti-social disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • any time you feel out of control or overwhelmed by emotions

AJNA penetrates the subtle world, all that we experience yet cannot put into words. Yogic philosophy has coined these experiences as our ‘inner cause’ or more completely stated, the origin of thought, as Antahkaranaand this one concept is comprised of the cooperation of four functionalities.

  1. Manas: The low-level mind; Sensory perceptions. All of our physical attributes.

  2. Chitta: The subconscious; Impressions we use to navigate experience.

  3. Ahamkara: The ego. Our constructed identity                                                                 ( Unconscious + Subconscious + Consciousness)

  4. Buddhi: Inner wisdom; Higher Self; Divine Consciousness.


 If your THIRD EYE Chakra is blocked:


The nature of society is a judgmental one, and the pitfall of being part of a community is that we sometimes borrow other people’s logic and language to discredit who and what we are in order to fit in. We feel nuts for the things we think and see behind closed eyes. We do not trust the process of life. We often compare ourselves to other people.

“I shall never be able to understand it, but there must be someone who can. And I shall have to create that someone who can inside myself.”  

– Excerpt from ‘The Passion according to G.H.’

We condemn ourselves for our own beautiful and natural sixth sense because this sensitivity makes us vulnerable and who wants that? So, we reject it. We kick and scream.

Symptoms may include:

  • You’re lacking the big picture of life and feel constricted by circumstance
  • Feel as though you cannot progress towards your goals
  • Reject spiritual aspects or connections in life 
  • Narrow-minded thinking and behavior
  • Lack of clarity or focus


If AJNA is Over-Active:



There is regular mind stuff, but there’s other stuff that rises to the surface of our cognitive experience. All of that strange chemical stirring is energy. That’s all it is. You can hardly believe it, right? But energy can sometimes be too much. It can control our every move, charging us to act on things that are not rooted in reality. They can distract and disconnect us from the human experience.  When your visions go beyond inspiration or meditative trance and instead lessen the power of your Antahkarana (functionality), you know its time to get grounded. 

  • You are often lost in fantasy
  • Over-indulgent in thoughts and visions
  • Talk a lot about things that you want to do but are not actually working towards
  • Have dreams every night or very frequently
  • Thoughts of Grandeur – Self Important
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • vertigo
  • nausea


Balancing your THIRD EYE Chakra:



Meditation: The third eye is the center of higher wisdom. We have already stated how this chakra is guided by Viveka, clarity, and the GURU Principle of bringing oneself out of darkness and into the light. Silence the mental chatter, the to-do’s lists, all of your worrying that comes between you and your Higher Self. 

  • Visually: See your THIRD EYE in the center of your eyebrows. It is no mistake that the eyes are called a window into the soul. Envision blue, purple, and iridescent hues coming together in the magnificent texture and depth we often see in the universe of someone’s eye. 

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  • Musically: Repeat “AUM.” This is the phonetic spelling of the Sansksrit word and concept of OM. The sound “A” starts way back in the back of the throat with a wide open smiling mouth, continuing to the “AU” (O-sound) with lips pursed in a circular shape, to the final closed lips vibrating an “M,” and continuing audible vibrations until all breath has left the lungs. 

The mantra associated with AJNA’s energetic shift :

ASATO MĀ SAT GAMAYA –

Lead us from unreality to reality

TAMASO MĀ JYOTIR GAMAYA –

Lead us from darkness to light

Watch me sing it here. 😉

Acknowledge Your Surrounding: You are not alone. Everything is a message or symbol. Remember you are connected to everything, which means everything is also connected to you. 

Bugs – The eternal darkness of the underworld, the primordial, the behind the scenes, literally OM: the deep vibration or pulse at the center of the earth. The sight of them can sometimes be uncomfortable but their rituals bear the true essence of survival and cooperation. If anything their presence gives us a better understanding of the word “busy.” Nature never rushes, yet everything gets done. 

Animals – Do you randomly have cameos in your life? Like that time you saw an owl in the middle of the day, or a mountain lion, a fox that no one else caught a glimpse of. Something rare and unexpected that was specially created for you alone. Since the beginning of time, animals have taken on a variety of  significance across cultures. Everything has a purpose, and a sighting should be regarded as the blessing that it is. 

Words – Have you ever seen a billboard at the perfect moment, a random sticker when you least expect it, some message that is left there for you even though it didn’t have your name written with it? It could be a full sentence or just a phrase that somehow taps into the inside joke that only you and someone else may know of? How is this happening and why at this particular moment when it matters so much? The Universe has an amazing sense of humor and irony is never lost on her. 

Scents – Do you smell things at times that are not actually there? Is this your brain triggering a memory or chemicals playing tricks on you. Why does someone bring a smell into your world at that particular moment, and why did your olfactory gland commit that smell to memory in such a critical way that you feel the emotionally connected to a scent?

Songs – Ever notice how your iPod or radio plays songs you were thinking of, perhaps a song you wanted to hear? Is this coincidence, or not?

Random Vehicles – What about directly introducing symbols and messages into your daily life. Do you write down your dreams and reflect upon them? Do you read your horoscope or play with tarot cards with friends or a lover? 

Consider yourself an Artist. And art as a way of living:

Creativity is a very efficient way to let go of what is taking up space in your logical mind. It is also really helpful to think of your habits and the way you interpret the events of your life as an art form. This world is beautiful, enjoy it! The sound of the ocean, the bloom of a flower, the song of a bird, and the sweet smell of rain – all ask nothing from you. Do your part and put some beauty back in while you can. 

  • For those who are blocked : Use the senses to drift into a dream-like state.
  • Be curious about symbolic meanings, from different cultures and time periods
  • Surround yourself in nature, meditative walks in the forest.
  • Find something or some event as your GURU. Use this to initiate new behavior that goes away from darkness and into the light. 
  • For those that are over-active : Limit yourself to one vision, do your best to stay with it, reduce it to a form, a shape, a color, a texture – something concrete and manifest that into reality using your hands and focused energy. 

 Asana:

Naturally, movement is one of the greatest ways to move energy throughout the Chakra system. Almost all poses – simply because a quiet mind and setting intentions for a practice helps stabilize the THIRD EYE Chakra, but there are some poses in particular that should help to create a free flow of energy in AJNA.
  • Child’s Pose (Balasana)
  • Belly down Savasana with head resting on top of stacked closed fists.
  • Up-Dog / Cobra / Locust – focusing on opening the THIRD EYE Chakra
  • Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
  • Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  • Wild Thing (Flipped Dog)
  • Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

 



If your THIRD EYE Chakra is balanced:



Only wisdom and clarity of consciousness liberate us from Samskara. This is the Sanskrit word to describe the impressions we have recorded from very early in our development. It is the stories we repeat and react to in the life we think we are having instead of manifesting a life we love. It is the unhealthy cycles that we are liable to repeat and have mistakenly attached to our identity. The THIRD EYE is the only way to see the wisdom already residing deep within. To be centered in the AJNA means to be perfectly conscious holding ourselves as the GURU of every experience and to behave with Viveka.

 

Swadhyaya (Niyama #4)

Swadhyaya – स्वाध्याय – Self-Study

Does practicing Swadhyaya tell us to study the self, or to regularly practice studying?  Yes. Both of course.

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“You don’t want to learn, you’re done with school.”

“You don’t think you have the time for it.” Cough Netflix. Cough.                                       These are excuses easily taken care of by TapasyaTapasya (Niyama #3.)

Swadhyaya is a path to freedom, as it is the practice of learning or un-learning all of the things that hold you back. Swadhyaya is a 2- Part agreement: first with yourself and secondly with your respect for learning.

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Part 1: Swadhyaya actually means to study the self, or self-analysis.

This agreement is with you and your best friend: also you. As your best friend, you need to know you better than anyone else. You need to listen & talk to you, trust, encourage, and love you.

 

Swadhyaya:

  • forges a deep connection and sustained communication with the higher self. This is miraculous if you think about it! Without any help from Facebook, you can intuitively receive information from everything around you. A breeze, a song, something someone says, a serendipitous run in, etc.
  • If you can see your life as one would read a book, or participate in any activity that cultivates a reflective consciousness you are practicing Swadhyaya.
  • The soul tends to be lured by activities that lead to discovery and illumination. Note: This is not the same as taking a quiz to see what your spirit animal is, but in reality any challenge can become an opportunity to learn about yourself.

Part 2: Don’t go Full Zombie. The moment that you think you know everything or that you know more than everyone else is the moment you die.

It may not have presented itself as “giving up” but that’s what it is.

  • Curiosity is your fuel signal lighting up on the dashboard: You need gas.
  • You have to feed your imagination. Travel. Read. Create.
  • Don’t know how or what? Start asking questions, or just start. You will learn in the process.

How you may have fallen into Full Zombie Mode:

  • It made sense at the time, an admittedly low point in your life… Try asking, “Why am I still here?”
  • Everyone else is doing it, so whatever… Ask yourself, “If someone drives down a one way street the wrong way, am I going to do it? 
  • Perhaps your cynicism is no longer manageable… But ask, “Why am I miserable?” “Why don’t I trust anything, Why don’t I want to know anything, or why don’t I care about my life?”

Whatever the reason: when you disengage from your life, you’re going full Zombie. It’s really f**** hard to come back from Full Zombie. 

Be forewarned, the Swadhyaya classroom is a relentless one.

  • In order to be a self-studier you become teacher and pupil. You are the only person who can design and adhere to the curriculum. You will instantly become aware of all of your negative tendencies, who you have turned into, and how terrible this may make you feel. Welcome and accept your limitations as this is where learning begins.

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In this practice of self-study you must find the source of…

Your anger..

Sadness..

Impatience..

or Self-loathing..  You will also learn how cunning you are and will be tried by your own deception.

Combing through these knots is teaching yourself to accept what you learn about you. This leads to true compassion and transforms your energy with everything around you.

The more we do this, the more we are free.

 

Pantanjali’s Warning: 5 Kleshas

All things from nature create some sort of network, stretching out upwards and outwards, pulling and storing nutrients in order to sustain life. So do we.

Just think of your own life and the things you think you know. Did you come up with that yourself? Did it come to you out of nowhere? Nothing that someone knows or tries to show you came to them in an isolated experience.

Related imageWe come to thoughts by the inspiration of music, something we read, or a conversation that happened in passing. Some people call this a collective consciousness, and its true we are all existing on airwaves. We’ve essentially had wifi for years. 🙂

When someone decides to share a system they’ve designed or a theory they’re composed with you, its important that they offer it in a way that honors the great thinkers that came before them.

Pantanjali (A Great Thinker) wanted us to overcome Kleshas. This was one of many elevents of his ‘Yoga-Sûtras’ and his gift to Yoga. What are Kleshas?

KImage result for kleshasleshas are obstacles to Spiritual Growth: Our habits of perpetual suffering. If it were so easy to be defined as five categorical things, than why don’t we all overcome? Ha.

Five Kleshas: Sanskrit for obstacle. These are the obstacles that can cloud and block the free flowing information from your energetic pathways.

  • Avidya : Ignorance of your true self, or a conditioned ignorance that perceives stress anxiety rather than receiving information from your Higher Self. This lack of trust and receptivity becomes blocks the true self from being expressed. It is the lack of connecting to others and the Universe: our source of being.
  • Asmita : Egoism: the idea that one is separate or better than others and the world.
  • Raga : Excessive attachment to pleasurable and impermanent things.
  • Dvesa : Excessive aversion or hatred, blame, and attachment or dislike for someone or something.
  • Abhinivesha : Fear of death.

 

Introduction to Energetic Pathways in the Body

ENERGETIC PATHWAY: The Intangible MIND & our Physical FORM

Energetic Pathways is explained in Sanskrit by the word Nadi. Nadi’s run through the body passing through energetic centers, also known as Chakras. 

Nadi is directly translated into channel or river and is the site where these two forces of our nature are connected. These sites of our Subtle Body are the points of interest for spiritual practitioners and energy healers.

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The intangible mind is all that we haven’t yet been able to tap into, and is more eloquently stated as our Spirit. This intangible mind are the things we know without even a clue or memory to the when our how we learned them.

  • Intuition

  • Clairvoyance

  • Dreams that come true

  • All the information that comes to you from your higher self

  • That part of you that is connected to all matter in the Universe

The Physical Form is the meat we walk around in, our skin and bones, that which is bound by gravity and bodily functions.

Ida Nadi- starts at the base of the spine and moves its way along the central spine until the left nostril. This energetic river or channel corresponds with our intuitive and creative parts to our being. It is the right hemisphere of the brain but the left side of the body. Feminine and Lunar.

Pingali Nadi- starts at the base of the spine and moves its way along the central spine until the right nostril. It is masculine and solar channel associated with the logical, problem solving and reasoning parts to our being. It is the left hemisphere of the brain but the right side of the body and refers to action. Pingali refers to acting, being, doing, and acquiring.

 

Shushumna Nadi- The central nadi that begins at the base of the spine and ends at the base of the brain. Both the Ida and Pingala wind around this central channel. Shushumna is the origin of all of the chakras and the idea that spiritual illumination, or enlightenment is possible comes from energizing the Shushumna upwards to the crown chakra thereby creating Samadhi.

Chakra, another Sanskrit word, literally means WHEEL. The seven chakra model are at the exact locations along the spine and central nervous system where all three nadis intersect. (Ida, Pingali, and Shushumna)

Yoga is Ancient Play

This is why we are all attracted to this art form.

We are all born with the ability to breathe, move, empathize and have compassion for all things. We use yoga to get into the body. We align our limbs to express a specific posture. AND this posture brings our life force (breath) into our organs.  This is nourishment for the soul.

We have to break through the physical form of asana to reach the moment when we are lucky enough to engage the spirit within. This higher self, the humming that occurs out of nowhere, the words and thoughts that just pop up, the visualizations that give you inspiration and make you happy. This you is universal, elemental and variable. You are connected energetically to all the people around you and also all the non-beings, ie. rocks and plants that surround you.

You are forever shifting from that which you think of and put energy into.

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All we need is all we have: the silent rhythm of our breath, and the connection to our physical sensations to sustain us.