THE YAMAS . NON-DUALITY . BALANCE
We begin week two with breath work. Moving your life force (air + energy) throughout your body; front and back, left and right, high and low, [it] becomes apparent that it is a human impossibility to focus your attention on two separate symptoms (errands, areas of life, beliefs, achievements) at precisely the same time. The relief is that "balance" is no longer a 'goal' or state of being to be accomplished. Nature doesn't work that way. Science doesn't work that way. You don't work (well) that way. The concept of balance creates more opposition, struggle, and suffering at the pull of two or more focuses. This is why we introduce the nature of harmony.
THE LIFTED HEART PRINCIPLE #2
H A R M O N Y > B A L A N C E
Harmony allows us to mimic nature: to be fully present in one area of our life (ie: work) then show up completely present for another space in our life (ie: play with children) in a way that allows us to be more fulfilled, more focused and more aligned in each task and opportunity that comes our way. When we zoom out and view this pattern of living, we discover a smooth pattern. See the image below of a light wave and notice the design; when the particle is cresting, it is NOT experiencing a trough. The ocean waves are a visual demonstration of these microcosm examples.
THE LAW OF POLARITY (NON-DUALITY)
The Law of Polarity is an ancient script that describes Universal Laws (forces of Nature) as outlined by masters of Hermetic Law. (Note, my interpretation: Hermetic, originating from [the Latin Hermeticus derived from] the Greek God Hermes (God of Commerce) seems a fitting name for these laws and an all-encompassing way of understanding the theme of Hermetic Axioms of Truth. Commerce is an exchange, as is energy. Hermetic Philosophy describes the energy exchange between you and the Universe.) The Law of Polarity is the 4th described, once reserved for the noble, philosophers and royal, it is now the influence of many modern esoteric teachings. (Origins date back to early Christianity and Gnosticism.)
"Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled."
— The Kybalion.
To say that everything is dual... like and unlike are the same is also to say that nothing is dual - as in they are just degrees, elements, parts and perspectives of the same one thing.
Take a quarter, as an example. "heads" and "tails" are seemingly opposite, but one does not (nor cannot) exist without the other. Happiness is such because sadness exists. Not only are things "non-dual" (dual) but they are dependent on one another in order to exist. This is reflected in every thing in life.
When we consider this Universal Truth we realize that we have unlimited CHOICES (power) to look at the spectrum of emotions, possibilities, circumstances and even our personal belief system in a way that aligns best with our own evolution. The more varied experience we have, the more options we have to choose from. The more options we have to choose from, the more varied experiences we have. This helps to keep us and the Universe (which, by law, are no separate) ever-expanding.
*Sources for the remaining Hermetic Laws, the Kybalion and the Corpus Hermeticum (books of these views) upon request.
The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path as expressed in the Yoga Sutras 2.30 - 2.34. They’re like a map written to guide you on your life’s journey. Simply put, the yamas are things not to do, (or restraints) in relation to your interaction to the world - they are Universal applications. The niyamas are things to do, or observances in relation to your interaction with expansion (personal codes), and ultimately enlightenment. Together, they form a moral code of conduct.
Note: my interpretation: in describing what not to do, it's equally beneficial to outline what to do so that you can adhere and apply this teaching to modern life.
The five yamas are self-regulating behaviors involving our interactions with other people and the world at large, include:
- Ahimsa: nonviolence
- Satya: truthfulness
- Asteya: non-stealing
- Brahmacharya: non-excess (often interpreted as celibacy)
- Aparigraha: non-possessiveness, non-greed.
As excerpted from Light on Yoga "The word ahimsa is made is made up of the particle 'a' meaning not and the noun 'himsa' meaning killing or violence. It is more than a commandment not to kill, for it has a wider, positive meaning, LOVE." This concept can be reason to explain why many yogis practice vegan lifestyles. Non-violence also refers to the food, information, television, energy, and self-reflection that we ingest. Practicing ahimsa in modern day means to aim to live through love and kindness. Love toward others, compassion to all of creation, kind words to ourselves, patience, understanding and healthy boundaries are all ways to incorporate ahimsa into everyday life.
- smile to a stranger
- say kind words to yourself
-treat your home and belongings with respect
"Truth is God and God is Truth" - Mahatma Ghandi
Satya refers to Ultimate and Universal Truth. An awareness of infinite love (as Truth). "If the mind thinks thoughts of truth, if the tongue speaks words of truth and if the whole life is based upon truth, then one becomes fit for union with the infinite." "When the mind bears malice toward none, it is filled with charity towards all." While truthfulness of the tongue and in action is important, Satya is pinnacled with truth in the highest purpose... referencing misalignment that comes from falsehoods... the greatest falsehood of which is forgetting that we are a Spirit, believing the lie of the ego. Satya easily pours into every area of your life when you hold the presence of your internal being, Self, divinity, infinite spirit in the foreground of all decisions. "Is this MY truth?" is a helpful way to check in with yourself when making decisions and surrounding yourself within certain environments and activities.
MY TRUTH IS ____________________. I can live it in these three ways: (journal)
"The desire to posses and enjoy what another has, drives a person to do evil deeds." "It [thus] includes misappropriation, breach of trust, mismanagement and misuse." It's easy to imagine non-stealing as property or trust, however this idea also moves in toward ideas, time, and energy. One could 'steal' even from one's self, when we take (sacrifice) pieces of our Soul, our moral duties and what makes us feel aligned with our purpose. Asteya (and Aparigraha: non-hoarding) can also be interpreted as generosity. To give [whole-heartedly to yourSelf, to your *Lord, to your practice and to others who are in alignment with your self-creation] is to live without taking.
Today, I give myself _________________. (choose something attainable)
According to the dictionary and Light on Yoga, Brahmacharya means the life of celibacy, religious study and self-restraint. However, almost all yogis and sages of old India were married. We interpret this meaning now as participating in the selective distribution of your life force energy. The Sanskrit Brahman "means the concept of the transcendent and immanent ultimate reality, Supreme Cosmic Spirit in Hinduism." 'Charya' means to follow. So, to interpret Brahmacharya as following and devoting your life force to that which supports the innate omnipresent consciousness in all of us, becomes appropriate. SEX (Sacred Energy eXchange) is a form of inviting others into your power of creation. Therefore, maintaining a discerning mind in who you interact with (and why) could be seen as a way of observing Brahmacharya. This celibacy could include the thoughts and energy that you allow to penetrate your energetic and emotional body as well as the physical.
Begin to take notice the things and people that drain and fuel your energy.
The concept of non-hoarding is in direct relation to the energetic message that it sends to [*The Universe, God, the Cosmos, nature, yourSelf) as one of poverty. Taking more than what you need indicates an idea that you don't have enough. When we align with this lack-energy, we are closing ourselves off to Faith and Trust in the magic of the Lord* and block the signals that we need to send in order to receive. "By the observance of Aparigraha, the yogi makes his life as simple as possible and trains his/her mind not to feel the loss or lack of anything." "The sadhaka (seeker, practitioner) has developed the capacity to remain satisfied with whatever happens to him. Thus he obtains the peace which takes him beyond the realms of illusion and misery with which our world is saturated."
What can you declutter, donate or recycle?
EVERYDAY APPLICATION OF THE YAMAS, HARMONY AND NON-DUALITY
Remember that, as there is no such thing as simultaneous balance, it is impossible (unless you're sitting solo under a tree for seven days) to work on ALL yamas, niyamas etc. AND be a part of society in 2018. This is not 'good' nor 'bad', it's simply the current along one non-linear continuum of life. The concepts are created to aid in the freedom from your suffering, to quiet the critters in your mind and to align with your True Self. Refer to the prompts often, as your answers will evolve with your personal path of enlightenment.