Meditations on the Right Brain and the Left Brain – Workshop

Workshop – Sunday 5 June 2016, 2pm-4pm

Meditations on the Right Brain and the Left Brain 

Two halves of the brain, connected by nerve cable.

Left half is good at verbal serial analysis etc.

Right half is good at holistic comprehension.

By practice one may use either side at will.

Learn the difference between left brain meditation and right brain meditation, and how to approach each method in practical exercises. 

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If Reincarnation be true – what follows

Workshop – Sunday 1 May 2016, 2pm-4pm
If Reincarnation be true, what follows? – Historically throughout the World in Spiritual Traditions, Reincarnation of the Soul has been vowed and disavowed in differing periods and in different epochs. If reincarnation is adopted as a teaching, what does this mean for a developing individual? What is the difference between Responsibility and Response-ability, and what has this to do with true Yoga?

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The 14th Dalai Lama stated his belief that it would be difficult for science to disprove reincarnation.

Reincarnation is the philosophical or religious concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, can begin a new life in a new body. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Hindu religion. The Buddhist concept of rebirth is also often referred to as reincarnation and is a belief that was held by such historic figures as Pythagoras, Plato, and Socrates. It is also a common belief of various ancient and modern religions such as Spiritism, Theosophy, and Eckankar and is found as well in many tribal societies around the world, in places such as Australia, East Asia, Siberia, and South America.

Although the majority of sects within the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam do not believe that individuals reincarnate, particular groups within these religions do refer to reincarnation; these groups include the mainstream historical and contemporary followers of Kabbalah, the Cathars, Alawites, the Druze, and the Rosicrucians. The historical relations between these sects and the beliefs about reincarnation that were characteristic of Neoplatonism, Orphism, Hermeticism, Manicheanism, and Gnosticism of the Roman era as well as the Indian religions have been the subject of recent scholarly research.

In recent decades, many Europeans and North Americans have developed an interest in reincarnation

 

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Happy Easter

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, “Rick Steves’ European Easter” celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures.

The technique of Yoga in the West is the technique of the development of an individual centre of free-will, the individuated human being, and by implication the relation between the individual and the individual’s infinite source, God.

Here at Easter time, we are given an opportunity to understand something of the technique of Yoga in the West. In the East, and here we are not merely implying geographically, the yoga technique of development implies looking to the west. In the West however, the technique implies looking to the East, and in this context the sense that the sun, the source of light(symbolically, consciousness) and life(power) on Earth, rises and has its origin daily in the east. Psychologically, we may say that the source of intelligence, light and life, rises and develops from the East, and establishes itself, sets, in the West. Here is a mystery.

A few people nowadays are interested in the origins of individual development, in contrast to mass culture development. The celebration of Easter is a Christian festival, but its origins do not lie merely within the organisation of a church or group, rather as an enquiry by certain human beings to the source and origin of their existence. Some individuals are interested in their origin psychologically and spiritually, rather than only ancestrally and genetically.

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Yoga and the Zodiac Workshop

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Yoga and The Zodiac –Insight into the psychology of the Planetary System and how Cyclic Law may exponentially advance or conversely frustrate Individual Development of the Yogi.
A study of planetary significances and how to understand and apply in Meditation and practical work.

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The Zodiac is embodied in a system of symbols which enable us to understand the behaviour of forces within a closed field – our own body, our environment, the world, the cosmos.

The ability to interpret these symbols properly requires us to go back to a study of the significances offered by the people who first used the symbols and who understood their meaning.zodiac-EH

In their day, the fields of philosophy and physical science were not separate as they are today. They were considered as aspects of the total truth and viewed as a ‘linked’ study. Thus the best alchemists of the 17th Century were not deluded quacks who used astrological terms in the loose uninformed manner of modern-day newspaper predictionists. To the alchemists, the 7 planets, the transmutation of metals, were precise functions and processes of a universal system.

7 planetsThis workshop is to offer the attendees a working interpretation of the 7 planetary spirits(as they were called in their day), and how to interpret and apply them in life and in meditation.

Saturn is a contractive force which makes being, Jupiter is expansive which loosens and aims for freedom, the Moon is phasic like the forces in the lower mind of the average person, and so on.

To understand these, and the other forces, we begin to understand ourselves and to take control of the forces of our being in meditation and in life. Our mind becomes clearer and settles with its content. Our individual spirit is released into samadhic contemplation with its Source. Our body comes into a greater harmonic relation with its environment, with itself and with others.

Yoga is the method and practice leading to the conscious union of the individual human being with the ultimate Source and origin of being.

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Yoga and Ancestral Influence – Workshop

Sunday 7 February 2016, 2pm-4pm

Yoga and Ancestral Body Influence – What influence does Inheritance have upon the Yogi, or any individual? What is the difference between reincarnation and ancestral influence? How does Ancestral Influence affect the process of Yoga and the true Yogis development? How does Reflexive Self-consciousness short-circuit Ancestral Influence?

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Study Excerpts from the Teachings of Eugene Halliday
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Eugene Halliday 1911-1987

“The important thing to realise is, the protoplasm of our body, the one we have now, is not new. If we are twenty-one, it isn’t just twenty-one years old. It’s exactly as old as the human race. There is no human protoplasm that is not as old as the human race. Consequently nobody comes into this world unconditioned.”

“the thing that determines what we will dream is the character of the stimulus hitting the whole complex”

“That intelligence is the Infinite Absolute Intelligence that created the universe. And yet that same intelligence appears in the worm and in the donkey and in man, and differs in them not on account of itself as intelligence, but on account of the peculiar pattern of their bodies. Their bodies respond differently because they have different levels of organisation.

There is no evolution whatever of Consciousness.

The evolution is of Form. A sensitive organism responds to intelligence better than an insensitive one. The congenital idiot is just as intelligent behind his deficient body as a genius is with his efficient body. We must never think that one being is more intelligent than another, but only that the vehicles of these beings differ so much that they filter this intelligence in different ways, in different degrees.”

“In the Indian myth, it says, 

“God was alone, and suddenly He realised He was alone and He got fed up. And then He became ‘afraid’ of remaining alone, so He fashioned for Himself an object. And this object of course, as God is a man, had to be a woman, because man means ‘evaluator’, you see. So He made a woman, and He then got hold of this woman and started to procreate. And she said “You mustn’t do that, because I am only You”, and ran away. And He then pursued her, and she changed herself into a tigress. So of course He had to change into a tiger to catch her. And she then ran away again and changed into a deer and He changed into a stag and He caught her again. And from this, all the forms of the universe in this lovely myth, are derived.”

“And this myth is basically true. The Absolute intelligence has produced a supreme object for itself. And without that object it has literally nothing whatever to play with.

“In the Indian system, the universe, the one-turn, uni-verse, is a great big ball for God to play with. And this playing about with this ball is called Li-La. Li-la means ‘sport’. “

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“So we have, not in past Time, but Now, directly through the nuclear centre of our own cells, access, if we want to take it, to God, that is, the Free Spirit. We don’t need to go back in Time.”

“For every part of our cells where we feel a resistance to a truth given to us, we can say immediately there is a pain hiding inside some cells. They don’t like it and they are not going to accept this truth and let it into themselves, and therefore they’re not letting it through to some other cells which may need it.”

“A little bit of meditation and reflection will teach us all that we have such resistances in parts of our being. But if we allow those resistances to continue to exist, we cannot regain our original unity and we cannot function efficiently.

“So the method of regaining our prior unity is to remove these resistances.

“Now we can’t remove them other than by deliberate conscious facing of the very thing that doesn’t want to be faced consciously.”

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Workshops 2016 Melbourne Yoga Meditation Centre

Workshops – Understanding Yoga and The Yogi

Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre >> offers the more dedicated student an ongoing meditation and study program and regular workshops to introduce these studies. Spiritual insights unfold on an accurate rationale. The writers of the original teachings understand this rationale, and it is to these writers and yogis which we refer in our meditations and studies.  Some of the deeper teachings and references are found here on our Blog. But it is suggested that the Workshops are a useful beginning if you would like personal guidance, and the ability to ask questions relevant to your individual direction.

Each Workshop introduces an accent on the following month of daily Practices and Meditations in our studio. The workshop gives an insight into the topic and the practical application of its technique in individual development, in the world.

Yoga is no mere exercise routine for just keeping fit and relaxing. Yoga has a development procedure starting with physical disciplines, passing through mental and psychological disciplines, opening to individual talent development, Self-understanding and Spiritual Insight. Through Samadhic Contemplation, the Reflexive Self-consciousness we seek, all truly valuable possibilites arise.

Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre offers teachings in every phase of Yogic development.

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Understanding Yoga and The Yogi – 2016 – Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre

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Sunday 24 January 2016, 2pm-4pm

Identifying with Universal Purpose and Expanding Insight – The Universe and The Individual – What is the Relationship between the true Yogi and The Universal Being? What is the ongoing Aim of this Relationship, and what are the procedures for Implementation and Development of the Universe/Individual relationship?

 

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Sunday 7 February 2016, 2pm-4pm

Yoga and Ancestral Body Influence – What influence does Inheritance have upon the Yogi, or any individual? What is the difference between reincarnation and ancestral influence? How does Ancestral Influence affect the process of Yoga and the true Yogis development? How does Reflexive Self-consciousness short-circuit Ancestral Influence?

 

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Sunday 6 March 2016, 2pm-4pm

Yoga and The Zodiac – Insight into the psychology of the Planetary System and how Cyclic Law may exponentially advance or conversely frustrate Individual Development of the Yogi. A study of planetary significances and how to understand and apply in Meditation and practical work.

 

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Sunday 3 April 2016, 2pm-4pm

Accident, The Absolute and Yoga – Is there such a thing as ‘Accident’? The Absolute as Impersonal or Personal. What is the difference between blind forces as proposed in much of modern scientific thinking, and purposive forces willing to work to develop an ultimate aim? What is the difference between accident and purpose? What has all this to do with true Yoga?

 

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Sunday 1 May 2016, 2pm-4pm

If Reincarnation be true, what follows?Historically throughout the World in Spiritual Traditions, Reincarnation of the Soul has been vowed and disavowed in differing periods and in different epochs. If reincarnation is adopted as a teaching, what does this mean for a developing individual? What is the difference between Responsibility and Response-ability, and what has this to do with true Yoga?

What God Cannot Do

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GOD JEHOVAH by Eugene Halliday

God cannot cease to be God. Omnipotence cannot cease to be omnipotence.

Thus for God there is no escape from His own Self.

This being so, whatever God’s qualities are essentially, he cannot escape. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. Thus these qualities He cannot escape.

There is, therefore, for God a problem. Shall He use or not use His qualities? Shall He use or not use His omnipotence and omniscience in His omnipresence?

God is omnipresent. Therefore there is nowhere where He is not. Therefore He cannot go anywhere, for He is there already.

Of what use, then, is His omniscience and omnipotence? His omniscience tells Him what He can do. And his omnipotence enables Him to do it. The three are co-extensive.

Before using His omnipotence, God in his omniscience sees all that He may do, as a non-actualised formal possibility extended throughout His omnipresence.

His All-presence He cannot avoid. His All-seeing He cannot stop. Only in His All-power can He introduce change.

Before His All-power introduces change, Time is not brought into Being, for Time is a product of change. Thus before change, God dwells in Himself in the changeless. This we call Eternity, or more accurately, He-trinity.

How does God introduce change into Himself, into His essential changelessness? He cannot go anywhere for He is already everywhere. He cannot learn anything new, for He knows all that He may do already in His All-seeingness.

One thing He can do. By His All-power He can introduce stress-accent into His All-seeing. He can make some of the forms in His understanding stronger or weaker. Thus by stress-accent from his All-power He can actualise His omniscience.

This, then, is the problem He sets Himself: shall He stress the forms of his omniscience or not? If He does not, then all are equal before Him, all stand void of importance within Him. For importance is only stress of the will.

God may stress the forms of His omniscience either simultaneously or in series, either wholly or in part. Whichever He does presents Him, by the fact of stress, with the actualising of some or all of His possibilities. This stressing of forms of His omniscience we call creating.

By Eugene Halliday

Workshop on Self-Realisation – Aparoksanubhuti

APAROKSHANUBHUTI or SELF-REALIZATION of SRI SHANKARACHARYA

Translation By SWAMI VIMUKTANANDA

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What’s it About?

It’s about Self-Realisation, Enlightenment, and How to Approach an Understanding of the process.

The central theme of the book is the identity of the Jivatman (individual self) and Paramatman (Universal Self). This identity is realised through the removal of the ignorance that hides the truth, by the light of Vichara or enquiry alone (verse II).

To enable the mind to embark on such an investigation into truth, certain disciplines are laid down, which are not peculiar to Vedanta, but are indispensable for all such enquiries into the highest Truth.

The book then gives a description of one who has attained this realisation and of the nature of his life.

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Jnana Yoga Workshop Oct 4th 2015

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Jnana Yoga is the Yoga of Knowledge.

We gain knowledge by experience and study.

We have to work and study to gain knowledge in the correct direction if we wish to apply Jnana Yoga. Not all knowledge is valuable. Most experience and knowledge gathering is a waste of time and effort from a development standpoint.

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Raja Yoga Workshop

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Sunday 2 August 2015, 2pm-4pm

Raja Yoga – Love as Will (power + consciousness) – to work to develop the held-in power of the individual, the spiritual potential, requires Love as Will and Choice reinitiated in each moment. Will, Love, Choice and Concentration as key to Raja Yoga.

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The word ‘Yoga’ has practically the same meaning as the English word ‘yoke’. To yoke is to join one thing to another. What is it that is being joined in Yoga? and to what?

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Human Sexual Polarity – The Tacit Conspiracy

The Tacit Conspiracy is not of ‘ignorance’, but of ‘silence’. ‘Breathing together’ implies a fully conscious relation’.

No male is merely male, no female merely female. Every human being possesses both male and female elements (yes, even scientifically)

Violence in relationships is possible where the male stress and the female stress is either unknown, or unbalanced, or both. Violence between the sexes is a ‘daily news bulletin’ item. Most people know of a friend who has been subjected to abuse. Knowledge is power to overcome.

Beyond the social problem now rife in our community, there is the ‘higher development function’ of The Tacit Conspiracy, the function which leads onwards and upwards to Reflexive Self-consciousness and Self-realisation. This is the aim of every true yogi.

This Sunday’s Workshop will give a sufficient outline of the principles so that those who are able to grasp its significance may begin to orientate themselves to the relational problems of human sexual polarity.

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Vaccination and Responsibility

An Approach to RESPONSIBILITY, RESPONSE-ABILITY, & VACCINATION

By Eugene Halliday

– On the ‘principle’ of Vaccination.

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Question: (written)

There is a scare about polio and a question of responsibility.

There are two concepts at war within me:

One seeking protection for the child and myself and,

The other which agrees with not perpetuating a state of chemical disequilibration.

The child wants to have injections, but this is because all the other children at school are having jabs. However, this is her decision and if we denied her inoculation and she caught polio she would define us as responsible and not response-able. Also, I would feel this.

Yet surely these continual inoculations against one thing and another are weakening the body’s resistance. Is one justified in making a stand when it involves another being?

EH response:

Well, apart from the last sentence all of this is particularised. But the last sentence is worth examining.

Is one justified in making a stand when it involves another being?

Is one justified in ‘making a decision’ for another being?

This can only mean for another being ‘unable to make a decision of its own’, in this case a child.

It might also refer to any being who is temporarily too weak to make a decision for itself, whether it’s a child or a sick person, either physically sick or mentally sick. At some point in our lives we are faced with the problem of making a decision for another being. This is just a particular case of ‘are we justified in making decisions involving the lives of other beings?’

Well here we have to enter into the zone where we must take a ‘risk’ one-way or the other. In the particular case, certain bodies of people want ‘wholesale inoculations against a given disease’. First of all their statements about these inoculations are not strictly scientific. They’re supposed to be statistical, but in fact they make these statements before they have inoculated a sufficient number of people to know whether the thing is justified or not.

In the spirit of empirical science they make their propaganda to get a sufficient number of people to be treated in this way before they have any statistics. If they can’t persuade people to be inoculated then they can’t gather the statistics. So they always make statements, which initially are questionable, about the validity of these drugs – and we know in the case of this particular drug in America, on one occasion it killed 400 children. It has killed others since.

Now no two people are exactly the same chemical balance of forces, or the same psychological system, and therefore no two people respond in precisely the same way to the same stimulus. Consequently, it becomes a question of a person ‘making a decision’.

Now if an individual makes a decision for himself about what he shall and shall not do, and the decision affects nobody else, then he has no legitimate ground of complaint if he suffers as a result of his own decision.

Then when we come to make a decision about another person, the problem is raised ‘are we justified in making a decision which might lead to suffering for another being, or even to the death of another being?’

The answer is here;

How much courage has one got?

How much faith has one got?

The empirical scientist, when they start these methods, simply have ‘faith’ in the empirical method. Not ‘faith that it will succeed’, but ‘faith that it will give information about the validity or otherwise of the given procedure’.

They don’t have faith in ‘the outcome as good or bad’.

They have faith that ‘there will be an outcome and that this outcome can be statistically evaluated’.

But statistics cannot tell you what is going to happen to ‘a given individual’.

Now there are two schools of thought about injecting alien substances into the body.

  1. One of them is allied to the ‘shock theories’ which says if you give the organism a big enough shock it might pull itself together and ‘fight to defend itself’.
  2. And the other one is that you ‘shouldn’t give shocks to the organism greater than it can stand’.

In the case of new drugs for injection against diseases, because they are new we haven’t sufficient statistics to say whether they are valid or not. And so there’s an element of risk. We have to make a decision.

Now another part of this question says ‘the child wants to have the injections because the other children at school are having them’.

Now this is a natural thing. But supposing your child goes to school and finds that some of the kiddies have discovered a dirty hole in the ground and are playing a game called ‘shops’ where they’re selling mud pies and eating them and the result is that there’s an outbreak of some particular disease, perhaps typhoid or something. Do you say then that the child has a right to a decision in such a case?

Well it depends what kind of a person you are – what you think ‘response-ability’ is.

Normally, if you want your child to survive, you will become quite firm when the child makes a decision to do something which you have good grounds for believing to be bad for it. And on this point the question of the child’s ‘free decision’ is examined very carefully, and it is seen that the child in fact hasn’t got a free decision because its decision has been conditioned by other factors. A child’s so-called ‘decision’ has been influenced in this case by other children at school and they have been influenced, directly or indirectly, by the propaganda of the men who are seeking ‘statistics’ about a given drug.

So it isn’t correct to say that the child has made a ‘free decision’ to have an injection.

The decision has been ‘imposed’ on the child.

And the question is ‘whether you, as the mother of the child, feel that you should allow other people to condition your child’s behaviour’,

Or ‘whether it is your duty as a parent to undertake to condition that behaviour yourself’.

Now it’s a very serious problem because it says ”IF this child is denied inoculation, IF she gets the disease, then she would define us as responsible”.

IF! IF! IF! This great mysterious “IF”.

In the name of this IF, people have been terrified for thousands of years.

I draw a chalk line round a hen, and I put the hen’s beak on the line and then move the hen round the chalk line with its beak on the line a few times, then I stand the hen inside the circle. The hen then shows, by its behaviour, that it can’t get out of the circle. It’s been ‘hypnotised’ by the line and the repetition of the stimulus.

Now, IF the hen had enough intelligence to know that the chalk line hasn’t got any height to stop it treading over it.

IF the hen had enough intelligence to know that you’ve been trying a dirty conditioning trick on it, then it would walk across the line.

And IF it hasn’t, then it doesn’t.

And in the same way when you are talking in any field and you use “IF” you are introducing ‘guesses’, hypothesis, with which you can frighten yourself and paralyse your own ‘will’, and your own ‘courage’ to ‘risk’. Life is a ‘risk’. When you make a decision of any kind, you are ‘risking’.

Supposing you don’t have your child inoculated, and supposing the child then develops a disease.

Is that a proof that the child developed the disease ‘because’ it was not inoculated?

Not at all.

Because there are thousands, millions of people in the country [UK] who are not being inoculated, who will not get the disease, because even statistically the number of people who get that disease is not sufficiently great for you to be able to say that your child should get it if not inoculated.

The whole of ‘statistics’ in cases of ‘individual disease’ is valueless. It can say nothing about it.

On the other hand if the child is inoculated and dies then you will feel responsible.

There was a kiddie died here, wasn’t there; when was it, yesterday or the day before? Just recently.

Of course the people ‘for’ [in favour of] the injection say “this had nothing to do with the injection”.

People ‘against’ the injection will interpret it that “the child died as a result of the injection”.

It may have done. It may not.

If the parents think the injection ‘dangerous’, they can in fact infect the ‘feeling’ of the child and make the child produce symptoms.

If the parents think that the thing is ‘not dangerous’ there’s a high degree of probability that this suggestion will make the child ‘immune’ to the damaging effects of the inoculation.

The really important thing is the question of ‘positivity’ and ‘negativity’ in the situation.

The fact that millions of people who are not inoculated ‘don’t get it’, shows that there is no guarantee if somebody doesn’t get it that they’ve had an inoculation.

If a person hasn’t got it, it doesn’t mean they’ve had an inoculation.

If a person has an inoculation it doesn’t mean you won’t get it.

So that you have to ‘evaluate these things very carefully’ and then decide whether in the given case, namely the ‘individual case’, you are being ‘driven by propaganda’ to do something for which there is ‘no statistical justification’. And there is no statistical justification, at the moment, for such inoculations. If they were to make world-wide inoculations and after they had made them, then there were no more cases of polio that year, it wouldn’t prove that the inoculations had stopped it. Because the thing [polio] in any case is rhythmical. It appears during certain periods of time and then it disappears. We have waves of these things. So there’s no ‘necessary causal connection’ between the inoculations and the disappearance of a disease.

But the ‘empirical mentality’, the Cainish mind, is very busy trying to find a ‘material means’ of controlling what in effect is ‘highly dynamic vital substance’, namely ‘intelligence’. The pursuit of a ‘material’ substance that can solve the problems of the diseases of human beings is the pursuit of a fantasy.

I don’t know whether you’ve noticed one or two fairly intelligent articles recently. There was one last week in The Observer by Arthur Koestler. There was one the previous week. And the evidence is piling up that large numbers of symptoms are produced by ‘suggestion’. By doctors, by nurses and so on. By reading, by looking at TV shows, theatre, cinema and so on. That the human mind is somehow very very ‘impressionable’ and can turn all sorts of stimuli into ‘chemical conditions’ and produce ‘symptoms’ out of a ‘mere verbal statement’. This is a fact. It is revolutionising medicine today. Psychosomatic medicine that would have been frowned on 70 years ago is a la mode. But that doesn’t mean that it is necessarily true, because there are fashions.

But it is certainly a ‘fact’ that physical symptoms are produced under ‘hypnosis’ and without hypnosis by ‘suggestion’, and by dummy capsules, dummy pills, which have none of the materials in them they are supposed to have. And that the whole question of ‘physical causation’ is ‘in the melting pot’.

Because in fact we cannot eliminate a factor which is most determinant, namely the consciousness’ of the human being. And the fact that this consciousness has the power to ‘interpret’ stimuli, and therefore in the act of interpreting them, to ‘distort’ their effects within the body.

I can write X on a piece of paper. I can show it to a small child. And I can hit the child with a stick at the moment I show it X. And after I have done this a few times, 10 years later if I should put X on a piece of paper before that child, it may get a headache or a pain in the knuckle bone.

This kind of thing happens, and it happens so often that we have to admit that the protoplasm of which we are made has this peculiar power of ‘retaining impressions’, ‘storing them up’ and then ‘producing reactions to them’ at a later date, when only a symbol of the original situation is presented.

A physical pain is given. Now at the moment of pain, consciousness shuts down. If at the moment of pain you also give with it a symbol, say the letter X or anything else you care to choose, later on the presentation of this mere symbol will induce a re-stimulation of the pain. This is a fact. And it’s a fact not for some, but for all living beings. There is no protoplasm, that is say ‘no living substance at all in the world’, that doesn’t respond in this way to painful stimuli. It retains the impressions of them, and produces reactions when re-stimulated. And because of this peculiar fact we cannot say when materials are used to deal with symptoms, whether those materials have anything to do with the ‘effect’ at all. We can put drugs into certain people and tell them that “those are not drugs”, that “they are vitamins”, and then the people don’t feel drugged. And we can give them a bit of liquorice water and tell them that “it is radio-active and should produce a tingling in the nerves in the thighs”, and then they promptly have ‘tingling in the nerves of the thighs’. The tissues can reproduce any kind of symptom under the appropriate stimulus condition.

As these are facts, they have to be added into this question of responsibility.

Supposing your child says “I consider it a matter of ‘life’ and ‘death’ to me that I have this injection”.

And you’re [as the parent] in the position of either believing that the child believes this, believing itself, and [you as the parent] saying “alright, when you are injected then, according to you, you’re going to die”, or “you’re not going to die”, which ever you prefer to choose.

When you’ve decided this, if you decide that ‘not being injected causes your death’, I’ll say “ok well I don’t allow you to be injected and you can now die”.

“Who is responsible you or I?”

‘You’re willing to die if you don’t get injected’ and ‘I’m willing that you’re not injected, and then you die’.

“Is it my fault or yours?”

Well, obviously it’s the fault of the person who is doing the greatest amount of ‘willing’, that is, the dominant personality.

If you talk to a child in such a case and say:

“You want to be inoculated because all of the other kids want to be inoculated. And they want to be inoculated because they are not able to tell the facts of the case. ‘But they all want to belong to a little body, an age of little children. They want to be in the swim.”

“And there are some other men, very cunning men, who make propaganda for various ideas, and these men want to collect ‘information’. To get this information they cut open frogs and mice and rabbits and dogs and cats, and they give them electric shocks and they give them poisons and they give them cancers and they cut pieces out of their brains, all to get ‘information’. And these same men are now coming along to inoculate you, to get some ‘information’.”

Now at this point the child will look rather worried.

Now the question is, ‘are you justified in worrying the child in such a way that you might give it something worse than polio?’

That is, you might give it such a fear, of ‘empirical scientist methods’, that it might start panicking and running all over the place every time it saw a polio ad.

So you see what is wanted is ‘an intelligent mode of dealing with the situation’.

You are responsible already.

You’re responsible for the existence of your child, in so far as you had anything to do with it deliberately, which means ‘very little’ [to do with it, in a ‘deliberate’ way].

And having discovered this degree of responsibility, you can then decide whether you want ‘further responsibility’.

If you explain very carefully to the child that ‘this particular drug has not yet been proved, and it’s just an experiment and they’ve got to give it to a large number of people in order to become convinced about whether it works’.

And that ‘a large number of people does not prove that it will work with one person’.

And then you say to this child;

“Would you prefer to be free, or bound?

“Would you prefer to have people pull your leg, or not?

“Would you like other people to be able to trick you into doing things, or not?”

If the child says “I don’t want to be tricked”, [you] say, “Well in effect this propaganda is a trick. Now do you want to be tricked or not?

Now if you’re ‘sure’ of your ground, your ‘surety’ is the ‘security’ of the child.

At a certain point the child now wants in, and will say “well I want to be free, I don’t want to be tricked”.Are you going to be done mummy?”.

And you say “No” (trembling with fright in case you drop dead – [ spoken humorously] ).

You see. And she’s so inspired by your confidence, she says “Neither will I”. (And then you both drop dead [said humorously] )

If you do [drop dead], it doesn’t really matter because it means ‘you are sufficiently negative to deserve a ticket into the next world’.

But if you can find sufficient ‘positivity’ in yourself to do it, then there is no more danger of your child getting polio than there was before this propaganda started. Which means statistically very very very very little.

And as ‘statistics’ in any case doesn’t apply to your child, it means nothing at all.

If you talk to the child intelligently and confidently about it, you will win its confidence and then you can both decide whether or not it’s going to be done.

One thing is certain, and that is, that the empirical scientists ‘still know very very little about ‘individual’ reactions to drugs’.

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Relationships Male Female

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WORKSHOP >> Sunday 5 July 2015, 2pm-4pm

Male and Female – A Depth Understanding – so many partners and partnerships are under pressure at present. Some, sadly, are verging into physical violence. We will have a practical look at Eugene Halliday’s “The Tacit Conspiracy” and the four aspects of the individual. We will then see how they work inside each person, and then how they work between partners.

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Meditation Shopping List of NOTS

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Remember that meditation is the organising of thoughts in the mind so that they come to balance and quiet, at which time you(consciousness) pass into the samadhic contemplation(which is silent). It’s has to be an active positive conscious process.

Be aware that many so-called teachers just offer a range of ‘distractions for the mind’ :-

  1. deep relaxation of the body,
  2. visualisations which produce emotional fantasy,
  3. abstract concentration by use of mantra and chanting,
  4. distractions for the mind in the way of techniques to trick the mind into an alternative form of serial thinking.
  5. suppression techniques to throw a pretentious(held before) hypnotic blanket over agitated mental content.
  6. simple breathing techniques which may relax the nervous system or induce negative hypostasis – substantial numbness at first and then psychic(feeling) anaesthesia (Positive hypostasis is something else)
  7. scanning techniques of the body which induce looping of consciousness around a common centre, confining consciousness to the substance of the physical body and inducing conscious ‘stupidity'(a technical term not a derogation)
  8. various states of sleep and part-sleep/drowsiness

These 8 above are a few, but the list goes on and on

Very few offer an approach to understanding the hierarchy of consciousness, mind being one aspect of it, and how to integrate the mind’s content. The great religious traditions have produced true techniques through dedicated and sincere teachers. Trying to cut these teachings down into modern trickery and shortened solutions for stress, and mental/psychic manipulation is rife in our current period. So just beware and carry the shopping list above for the things you DO NOT need.

To assess this shopping list and move on to real Meditation, come to the workshop on 31 May, 2-4pm


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Truth and the Cross of Easter

Truth-image-web To Pilate’s question, “What is Truth? ” Jesus made no reply not because he couldn’t but because debating the nature of Truth with Pilate might have delayed, or even made impossible the crucifixion; and Jesus had, for this very thing, “steadfastly set his face towards Jerusalem”. 

Jesus could have replied to Pilate, “Truth is the form of the Infinite Reality”. Pilate, as an educated man, would have known enough Greek philosophy to have appreciated the nature of the reply. He would have known that the forms of reality are apprehended by the intellect, and that the intellect works by defining the application of terms. He would have known, therefore, that Reality, if infinite, would require an infinity of definitions. He would therefore, either have dropped the question; or entered into an interminable discussion about the subject, which would indefinitely have postponed the crucifixion. Jesus’ silence took the problem out of Pilate’s hands, although Pilate’s later symbolic hand-washing suggests his own uneasiness about it. 

The silence of Jesus allowed the machinery of man’s law to carry him swiftly to the cross. We, who are not in such a hurry to hang in the same way, may have enough time to consider some of the aspects of the Infinite Reality he had no time to discuss. 

Reality has many aspects but there are certain obvious ones which may profitably claim our attention. Early philosophy considered Reality under three main aspects, the True, the Beautiful, and the Good; or Truth, Beauty and Goodness. Historically these three have engaged the attention of thinkers to a remarkable degree. Why has this been so?

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The Only Dance There Is by Ram Dass – Workshop

A few Summary Notes from the first two chapters of our “gutsy” workshop text “The Only Dance There Is” by Baba Ram Dass. Join us this weekend Sunday 29th of March 2015, 2-4pm, Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre – Workshop Sign Up >>

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Ch. One

Work on Self, Breaking identification, Self confrontation,

Four component ashram –

  1. Solitude in Hermitage – contingent stimuli withdrawal,
  2. Communal ashram – three stages (refuges in Wisdom/Law/Community), Part of it all, Appetite – God pouring God into God,
  3. City community – Here and Now is always ‘First Time’, Pull of service – Full Up with Knowledge
  4. Other ways of achieving consciousness – “the only thing you have to offer another human being, ever, is your own state of being”, Doing your own being – the only dance there is.

Mantra – Om Mani Padme Hum – stages – hear it, think it, sound it, feel it [stages move from ‘ears’ to ‘mind’ to ‘throat’ to ‘heart’]

Mandala – Tonka

Faith healer – what a Faith healer does is use his own vibrational rate to bring you to another vibrational rate.

Pranayama – breath of Yogi gets very gentle, delicate and faint – breath is the environment in which consciousness is living all the time, very intimate.

Food, Love, Mantra – “Don’t eat any food that isn’t cooked with Love and with Mantra, because it will poison you. The vibrations of a person cooking food enter into the food when it is cooked over fire.

America and LSD – “LSD is like a Christ coming to America in the Kali-Yuga

EXERCISE: look at the point between the eyebrows (slightly above), and chant the Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum inwardly.

Truth is an absolute prerequisite in the Dance.

Guts ballgame: “anything you can think, feel, desire, fear, anything you can bring to your mind about any of these, that you have difficulty with, are embarrassed by, are made uncomfortable by sharing with me – share it with me

Therapist rule: “Work on yourself, because your ‘patients’ will be as free as you are.

Chakras:

  1. first = survival of the individual as a separate being – survival of the fittest;
  2. second = sensual gratification and sexual desires and reproduction
  3. third = power, with mastery, with ego control – ‘my’ way not the ‘High’ way.
  4. fourth = unity [really, ‘non-duality’] of nature and compassion where that compassion is the compassion that what is happening to you is happening to me, because in that place you and I are a unitive[non-dual] being
  5. fifth = turning back inward, deeper within, subtler forms of energy [sound as a formative agent – shabda brahman]
  6. sixth = first thought forms of which all the rest is manifestation. The realm of pure ideas. No longer identified with body or personality.
  7. seventh = merging back into the oceanic[dalai], into the one [not-two]. The water in the raindrop is the same in the ocean as in the mist as in the cloud as in the river. Behind all the laws and ideas, [is the ocean of infinite absolute sentient power – pure Shiva Shakti].

Chakra Work = take energy from a lower centre and move it into a higher centre[and vice versa for manifestation]. The final place you end up coming to is where you complete the cycle and you come back into every plane and you live consciously at every plane, because every plane is another truth – the Saint’s and Bodhisattvas role living in this world of illusion at the same time that you are not in the world of illusion, because you are fully conscious of the seventh chakra also. That is, you are conscious right across the planes simultaneously.

Freud (belly), Jung (chest), Adler (head)

Evolution of man’s vehicle of consciousness is inevitable – nothing he can do about it, no choice, wake at your own rate.

Three bodies – gross (physical body), subtle (personality, emotions, thinking mind), causal (Plato’s pure ideas) – pyramid with causal/subtle/gross (top to bottom). Behind the causal is a homogeneous field – fourth.

Hindu system – Brahman becomes three: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, – creator, preserver, destroyer or changer

Vishnu has a number of incarnations – Krishna, Ram, Buddha – Ram is Karma yoga

The only option is to work on yourself – up levelling; Growth of Consciousness – how quickly you can give up on a past model so you can ‘be here now’. Breaking identification with self-imposed limit, up-level self-predicament,

Christ – “lay not up your treasures where moth and rust doth corrupt”.

Everything passes, so ‘break identification’. (second most beautiful girl in the world is inevitable)

You have to give up being the ‘experimenter’ to have the experience of the ‘transcendence of experimenter–ness’

You can only know you know after you’ve been it … And in order to be it you’ve got to give up knowing you know.

To know the transcendent, give up the rational mind – transcend the knower who knows something (and become the reflexive knower).

No need to give up Western training, just give up the “attachment” to Western training. “Give up a western predisposition in order to experience another system at the being-level, in order to bring it back. – Richard Wilhelm”

Jnana Yoga – yoga of the rational mind beating itself – which is part of the Zen koan – demand exquisite discipline of the rational mind

Truth is everywhere, right where you are, when you can see it, when you can open to it.

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Ch. Two (responses to questions)

“You have to risk it all, to have it all” – you’ve got to give it all up to have it all. [Christ – “give up all you’ve got and follow me”]

“Embrace your 10,000 horrible demons and your 10,000 beautiful demons” – Tibetan. You’ve just got to take it all and keep going. All your fears have to be embraced, entertained, honoured, and you go on with them. [the man who wins through carries on with a defective engine]

Christ love = the state of being where one “is” love. [Compared to, “having” love] as long as you are under the illusion that what you are loving is “out there,” you will always experience that separateness. It is only when you begin to understand that if you and I are truly in love, if I go to the place in me that is love and you to the place in you that is love, we are “together” in Love.

The game of enlightenment starts from exactly where you are at this moment; with your contracts (social–sexual–emotional). You can’t walk away from anything, any part of your life. You’ve got to bring it all into harmony at every new level.

The I Ching is a very high statement of how it all is, and it can be used very cautiously and consciously to ‘wake you up’ to ‘other perspectives’ of “where you are at in the here and now” – a statement of where you are here and now at this moment in your consciousness when you are asking the question. Rule: Ask the right question in the first place.

There is no being at any state of consciousness that one cannot make contact with if one is free of attachment to any specific plane of consciousness. Rule: breaking identification with current limit is pre-requisite.

As therapist: identify with Intelligence at Centre, and talk to that.

Western education: phoney hype, and has nothing to do with anything. There are other ways of relating to the universe.

The place you are going to is the transcendence of the experience of separateness so that you are power … “Had ye but faith ye could move mountains”. [identify with the mountain, and move]

Don’t use your powers, let them go. Upsetting balances in the universe is very destructive if there is no understanding of it All.

Despair [de pair, desperation – ‘opening you up to the whole’, actual transcendence] is a necessary prerequisite for the next degree of consciousness

“Not mine, but Thy will be done” – perfect Karma yoga – universal.

Nada Yoga – listening to the sounds in the nadis – sound vibrations manifesting as form and colour.

“The highest response I can get from an audience now is where they see that what I have been talking about is inside themselves, and that I was just a vehicle for them to hear.”

A relationship is as high as the highest consciousness in the relationship.

Develop “one pointedness” of mind and will and consciousness – this is the purpose of the dharma(duty) of discipline, whatever the discipline is, the discipline is with this purpose.

True Education – where the student is never under the impression that he is being taught anything from outside, because he is being taught from inside himself. Working from inside the student’s framework, the student evolves. Example: hanging out with a child and saying “okay, now what?” The child already knows everything and my job on myself is to thin the veils that keep me from knowing it all, and to not contribute to increasing the veils that keep him(student) from knowing it all. So we sit, and say “let us start from exactly where we are at. All truth is in everything. There is no pre-programmed model in my head that is that vital including any books, any subjects, because I am now awed by an interesting phenomenon that I’ve begun to see.” Surround the students with as high a consciousness as possible, and invite development(unfolding) of the universe within them. The educator educates himself and then he hangs out with the child and the child gets free of the things that are keeping him from educating himself because, in effect, we only do it(education) to ourselves. We don’t do it to each other, we only do it to ourselves. All you can do is provide an environment where the kid can do it to himself. The classroom is as high as the highest being in the room. And sometimes that’s not the teacher. It could be a kid. Everybody is a Buddha. We need to train for wisdom, not knowledge (knowledge is measurable). Knowledge is not convertible, necessarily, into human happiness or well-being. Wisdom is, because wisdom is learning how to live with the Tao, to live in harmony with the world at the moment it is. Wisdom is a totally adaptive thing, but knowledge isn’t. Wisdom deals with what is. You teach methods of absorbing knowledge. You don’t teach knowledge per se. Present models of consciousness, not models of external achievement. Ontogeny(individual) recapitulates Phylogeny(type/species/race/tribe), so each person’s journey into consciousness recapitulates all of man’s journey into consciousness. Man has to re-find the need to absorb music and art and history and literature. You can’t lay it on him because you know it’s important. He’s got to be ready to hear it. Namaste, “I honour the Atman within you, I honour the light that is within you”, meaning, I look into you for that place where we are, behind all of our individual differences.

 

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Walls of the Psyche – First City States

Joseph Campbell, one of the 3 great 20th Century teachers of Whole World Spiritual Values. His insights on this video about the First City States are relevant to this weekend’s workshop – in particular, the beginnings of Awareness and Application to the Study of the Psyche 12,000 years ago from today.

Man as we know him has been walking the earth for 125,000 years. 10,000 years ago(7-8000 BC) it became important for people to begin learning to organise themselves in communities – to build ‘walls’, symbolic of the walls of the psyche, to defend against marauders. This sets the start of ‘inner awareness and motive consideration’ in terms of how we relate to one another in a ‘subtle’ way; not merely how we fight one another for basic existence.

Today many people are returning to the ‘fight for existence’ and ‘how to gain and retain the material resources of existence’. These are ‘old games’ which we might well have transcended. If we knew more about our inner psychological workings, we could indeed let go of this fight. Some few people can do it, and we will see how.

So this weekend for those interested we will have a look at this problem, and see what an individual can do to overcome the temptation to fall into states of chaos and abandonment of human psychological values. How to bypass the temptation to divert firstly into ‘gross material pursuit'(materialism), then when we can’t get what we want materially into irrational behaviour, then an escape with drugs, and finally breakdown into states of insanity (‘sanity’ = wholeness) and a valueless life. Of course no one ‘thinks’ they are ‘insane’, less than ‘whole’, not even the certified. But do we ‘feel’ whole..?

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Resistance – Enemies and Allies

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ORIENTATION – Enemies and Allies

an excerpt from Do The Work by Steven Pressfield, 2011

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Our Enemies

The following is a list of the forces arrayed against us as artists and entrepreneurs:

  1. Resistance (i.e., fear, self-doubt, procrastination, addiction, distraction, timidity, ego and narcissism, self-loathing, perfectionism, etc.)
  2. Rational thought
  3. Friends and family

Resistance

What exactly is this monster? The following few chapters from The War of Art will bring us up to speed:

Resistance’s Greatest Hits

The following is a list, in no particular order, of those activities that most commonly elicit Resistance:

  1. The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional.
  2. The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, for profit or otherwise.
  3. Any diet or health regimen.
  4. Any program of spiritual advancement.
  5. Any activity whose aim is the acquisition of chiselled abdominals.
  6. Any course or program designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction.
  7. Education of every kind.
  8. Any act of political, moral, or ethical courage, including the decision to change for the better some unworthy pattern of thought or conduct in ourselves.
  9. The undertaking of any enterprise or endeavour whose aim is to help others.
  10. Any act that entails commitment of the heart—the decision to get married, to have a child, to weather a rocky patch in a relationship.
  11. The taking of any principled stand in the face of adversity.

In other words, any act that rejects
immediate gratification in favour
of long-term growth, health, or
integrity.

Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower. Any of these acts will elicit Resistance.

Now: what are the characteristics of Resistance?

Resistance Is Invisible

Resistance cannot be seen, heard, touched, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential.

Resistance is a repelling force. It’s
negative. Its aim is to shove us
away, distract us, prevent us from
doing our work.

Resistance Is Insidious

Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that’s what it takes to deceive you.

Resistance will reason with
you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimetre
in your face like a stickup man.

Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get.

Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.

Resistance Is Impersonal

Resistance is not out to get you personally. It doesn’t know who you are and doesn’t care. Resistance is a force of nature. It acts objectively.

Though it feels malevolent,
Resistance in fact operates with
the indifference of rain and
transits the heavens by the same
laws as stars. When we marshal
our forces to combat Resistance,
we must remember this.

Resistance Is Infallible

Like a magnetized needle floating on a surface of oil, Resistance will unfailingly point to true North—meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing.

We can use this.

We can use it as a compass.

We can navigate by Resistance, letting it guide us to that calling or purpose that we must follow before all others.

Rule of thumb: The more
important a call or action is to
our soul’s evolution, the more
Resistance we will feel toward
pursuing it.

Resistance Is Universal

We’re wrong if we think we’re the only ones struggling with Resistance. Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.

Resistance Never Sleeps

Henry Fonda was still throwing up before each stage perfor­mance, even when he was seventy-five.

In other words, fear doesn’t go
away. The warrior and the artist
live by the same code of necessity,
which dictates that the battle must
be fought anew every day.

Resistance Plays for Keeps

Resistance’s goal is not to wound or disable.

Resistance aims to kill.

Its target is the epicentre of our being: our genius, our soul, the unique and priceless gift we were put on this earth to give and that no one else has but us. Resistance means business.

When we fight it, we are in a war to the death.

Rational Thought

Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepre­neur’s worst enemy.

Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego.

Instead, we want to work from the Self,

that is, from instinct and

intuition, from the unconscious.

Homer began both The Iliad and The Odyssey with a prayer to the Muse. The Greeks’ greatest poet understood that genius did not reside within his fallible, mortal self—but came to him instead from some source that he could neither command nor control, only invoke.

When an artist says “Trust the soup’ ” she means let go of the need to control (which we can’t do anyway) and put your faith instead in the Source, the Mystery, the Quantum Soup.

The deeper the source we work from, the better our stuff will be—and the more transformative it will be for us and for those we share it with.

Friends and Family

The problem with friends and family is that they know us as we are. They are invested in maintaining us as we are.

The last thing we want is to remain as we are.

If you’re reading this book, it’s because you sense inside you a second self, an unlived you.

With some exceptions (God bless them), friends and family are the enemy of this unmanifested you, this unborn self, this future being.

Prepare yourself to make new friends.

They will appear, trust me.

Resistance and Sex

(from The War of Art – Pressfield, 2002)

Sometimes Resistance takes the form of sex, or an obsessive preoccupation with sex. Why sex? Because sex provides immediate and powerful gratification. When someone sleeps with us, we feel validated and approved of, even loved. Resistance gets a big kick out of that. It knows it has distracted us with a cheap, easy fix and kept us from doing our work.

Of course not all sex is a manifestation of Resistance. In my experience, you can tell by the measure of hollowness you feel afterward. The more empty you feel, the more certain you can be that your true motivation was not love or even lust but Resistance.

It goes without saying that this principle applies to drugs, shopping, masturbation, TV, gossip, alcohol, and the consumption of all products containing fat, sugar, salt, or chocolate.

Our Allies

an excerpt from Do The Work by Steven Pressfield, 2011

Enough for now about the antagonists arrayed against us. Let’s consider the champions on our side:

  1. Stupidity
  2. Stubbornness
  3. Blind faith
  4. Passion
  5. Assistance (the opposite of Resistance)
  6. Friends and family

Stay Stupid

The three dumbest guys I can think of: Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill. Why? Because any smart person who understood how impossibly arduous were the tasks they had set themselves would have pulled the plug before he even began.

Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s in­dispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be—and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway.

How do we achieve this state of mind? By staying stupid. By not allowing ourselves to think.

A child has no trouble believing
the unbelievable, nor does the
genius or the madman. It’s only
you and I, with our big brains and
our tiny hearts, who doubt and
overthink and hesitate.

Don’t think. Act.

We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.

Be Stubborn

Once we commit to action, the

worst thing we can do is to stop.

What will keep us from stopping? Plain old stubbornness.

I like the idea of stubbornness because it’s less lofty than “tenac­ity” or “perseverance.” We don’t have to be heroes to be stub­born. We can just be pains in the butt.

When we’re stubborn, there’s no quit in us. We’re mean. We’re mulish. We’re ornery.

We’re in till the finish.

We will sink our junkyard-dog
teeth into Resistance’s ass and not
let go, no matter how hard he kicks.

Blind Faith

Is there a spiritual element to creativity? Hell, yes.

Our mightiest ally (our
indispensable ally) is belief in
something we cannot see, hear,
touch, taste, or feel.

Resistance wants to rattle that faith. Resistance wants to destroy it.

There’s an exercise that Patricia Ryan Madson describes in her wonderful book, Improv Wisdom. (Ms. Madson taught impro­visational theatre at Stanford to standing-room only classes for twenty years.) Here’s the exercise:

Imagine a box with a lid. Hold the box in your hand. Now open it.

What’s inside?

It might be a frog, a silk scarf, a gold coin of Persia. But here’s the trick: no matter how many times you open the box, there is always something in it.

Ask me my religion. That’s it.

I believe with unshakeable
faith that there will always be
something in the box.

Passion

Picasso painted with passion, Mozart composed with it. A child plays with it all day long.

You may think that you’ve lost your
passion, or that you can’t identify
it, or that you have so much of it, it
threatens to overwhelm you. None
of these is true.

Fear saps passion.

When we conquer our fears, we discover a boundless, bottom­less, inexhaustible well of passion.

Assistance

We’ll come back to this later. Suffice it to say for now that as Resistance is the shadow, its opposite—Assistance—is the sun.

Friends and Family

When art and inspiration and success and fame and money have come and gone, who still loves us—and whom do we love?

Only two things will remain with
us across the river: our inhering
genius and the hearts we love.

In other words, what we do and whom we do it for.

But enough theory. In the next chapter we’ll start our novel, kick off our new business, launch our philanthropic enterprise.

First question: When is the best time to start?

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If you would like to see a bit further into your own resistance and make a beginning breakthrough, join the next Workshop at the studio on Sunday 1 March, 2-4pm

Resistance has its origin deep in the Psyche, in the Soul. For a depth analysis, come along.

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Our 15th Year – 2015

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Tomorrow is the beginning of our 15th year of teaching here at Melbourne Yoga Meditation Centre. Fifteen is the number of substantial embodiment in existence. It’s the marriage of spirit in earth in a non-dual infinite continua. The earth is an aspect of an infinite continua, not separate. What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves, what we do to ourselves we do to others. There’s no escape. Everything is a knock-on and everything comes back. To the extent we believe we are ‘separate’ then to that degree we suffer. The only differences we share are a function of ‘stress accent’, the emphasis we place on what we prefer, our preferred choice. On 18 Jan we will look at this in our first workshop for 2015 – The Wheel of Life http://melbourneyoga.com/workshops.
In Sanskrit there is a word ‘SVABHAVA’ – which means “WE BECOME WHAT WE ARE BY THE CHOICES WE MAKE”.
As we close out 2014, wishing you all some “GOOD CHOICES’ in 2015.

If you can’t make it into our Centre in 2015 there may be something on our blog which interests you http://blog.melbourneyoga.com/
(At the bottom of our Studio website HOMEPage, there is facebook icon and 2 twitter icons – one twitter icon is a link to our Blog. Check-in sometimes, and use the ‘SEARCH’ to find a topic of interest)

With Love to all from Melbourne Yoga Meditation Centre http://melbourneyoga.com/index

Eugene Halliday 1911-1987
Eugene Halliday 1911-1987 a truly important teacher of Advaita, non-duality

 

Yoga Meditation Philosophy Workshops 2015

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Each Workshop introduces an accent on the following month of daily Practices and Meditations in our studio. The workshop gives an insight into the topic and the practical application of its technique in individual development, in the world.

Yoga is no mere exercise routine for just keeping fit and relaxing. Yoga has a development procedure starting with physical disciplines, passing through mental and psychological disciplines and culminating in spiritual Samadhic Contemplation through Reflexive Self-Consciousness. Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre offers teachings in every phase of Yogic development.

Based on Malcolm’s significant experience, and on the teachings of Eugene Halliday our Yoga, Meditation and Study Workshops at Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre aim to assist participants in fulfilling the full meaning and application of authentic Yoga.

When the practitioner knows the true direction, and has the rationale and insight to take the true journey, the whole yoga experience opens up. Workshops are conducted in our studio monthly. Sign Up your spot now.

Fees: Workshops are $20 to studio Members | $49 non-Members |
(some Workshop notes are issued to all participants, and there is an option to purchase the Monthly practice Booklet of up to 60 pages – for a moderate fee)

 

Yoga Types and Disciplines in Applied Life and Logic
– 12 months to November 2015 – Melbourne Yoga and Meditation Centre

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Sunday 2 November, 2pm-4pm

Commitment to a Life Ideal – what is truly worth living for, and how to attain a true aim of the High Heart – ref to Choice, Choosing and Jacob Boehme’s 1623 “On The Election of Grace”

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Samadhi Yoga – Applied Reflexive Self-consciousness – Universal Understanding – ref to Eugene Halliday’s seed kernel teaching and why the technique is so important for individual freedom and personal creativity in the Age of Aquarius – the surveillance age.

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Sunday 18 January 2015, 2pm-4pm

Pratityasamutpadah Yoga [Dependent Origination] – The Buddhist Wheel of Life and How to Step off the wheel of a hard life – transcending the 12 Dependent Steps which tie pure consciousness to the 5 specialised senses, the lower mind, the ego, and an outer life of suffering and boredom. – ref to Nagarjuna’s Prat?tyasamutp?dah – the wheel of dependent arising.

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Bodhi Yoga – Is Enlightenment gained progressively or immediately – the 2 schools of traditional development – which one is for you? ref to Zen and the teachings of Eugene Halliday

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Sunday 1 March 2015, 2pm-4pm

Atman Yoga – Understanding the Soul and how to deal effectively with feelings of adversity, fear and anxiety. Insights into sanity(wholeness) and insanity. ref to Eugene Halliday’s writing “The Structure of the Psyche”.

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Sunday 5 April 2015, 2pm-4pm

Karma & other Yogas – The Teachings of Ram Dass and Neem Karoli Baba – tomorrow is Ram Dass’ birthday and we will look at his contribution of introducing essential and useful Hindu teachings to the Western world throughout the 20th and early 21st Century.

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Sunday 3 May 2015, 2pm-4pm

Yantra Yoga – the purpose of Meditation Yantra. Tantra comprises 3 main aspects; Yantra is one of them. How to compose and apply Yantra in a spiritually developing life.

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Sunday 7 June 2015, 2pm-4pm

Dhyana Yoga – logic and geometrical thinking as Meditation technique – Dhyana, Dianoia, Chan, Zen

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Field Yoga – Field Yoga and the Bhagavad-Gita – 12 aspects of physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual development for an individual.

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Sunday 2 August 2015, 2pm-4pm

Raja Yoga – Love as Will (power + consciousness) – to work to develop the held-in power of the individual, the spiritual potential, requires Love as Will and Choice reinitiated in each moment. Will, Love, Choice and Concentration as key to Raja Yoga.

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Sunday 6 September 2015, 2pm-4pm

Shuddhadvaita and Shuddha Yoga – Sincerity, Honesty, and Purity of Motivation – truth, love, and will to work as the threefold principal to embodying Sincerity. What is Sincerity? What is Honesty? What is Shuddhadvaita, and what does it mean for individual development? Is ‘true sincerity’ possible in our current level of development? Or is it just a pretence?

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Sunday 4 October 2015, 2pm-4pm

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Sunday 22 November 2015, 2pm-4pm

Advaita Yoga – Reflexivity and the ‘Non-dual Absolute Sentient Power’, source of the Universe and all beings. The foundation of True Individuality Development and directional aim.

Man has a Choice of HOW he will live his life

from the teachings of Eugene Halliday

We must choose whether we will think of ourselves as

  1. simply mechanical products of the Time-process, with no meaning beyond Time;
  2. or we must know that we are beings whose real origin is in the Eternal, beyond Time, in the infinite loving presence of God.

If we were really only Time-beings, we would have no possibility of knowing any Eternal truths. We would know only the sequence of linear events of the fleeting moments of Time. We would be carried along remorselessly by the movement of Time, from our birth, with only chaos before it, to our death, with only chaos and annihilation after it.

But if we are beings of Eternity, we pre-exist our birth and post-exist our death. From God’s Eternal Love we come, and back into God’s Eternal Love we go. Time, for us, is just an interlude between the “out” and “in” doorways of Eternity.

What, then, does Time really mean for us? It is the period of our being in which we experience the possibilities of an infinite number of ways of being, but in a linear, sequential manner, a manner which allows us to look at each of our actions separately, in isolation, so that we can assess each action that we do as it is in itself, uncoloured by other possibilities.
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We have two minds;

  1. A linear thinking mind that experiences its ideas one after the other, in sequence;
  2. And a pattern-comprehending mind that holds all its ideas in one instant grasp.

The linear thinking mind is our Time mind.

The pattern comprehending mind is our Eternal mind.

These two minds act in quite different ways, and have quite different results from their actions.

The Time mind is riddled with anxiety; the Eternal mind lives in quiet faith.

We can live our life in either of our two minds.

  1. If we choose to consider only the affairs of time, we thereby bind ourselves into the anxieties which are the natural accompaniments of time thinking.
  2. If we choose to live in the consciousness of Eternity, which we call the “Mind of Christ”, then we are lifted above the anxieties of the Time process into the Eternal Presence of God. In this Presence our confidence is complete. We understand that in this “mind of Eternity” we are sharing with Christ the surety of God’s Eternal Presence.

In this “Mind of Eternity” we comprehend the real meaning of the statement “Time is the moving image of Eternity”. We realise that the sequence of time events is but an abstraction of some of the infinite possibilities of Eternity, presented to us separately so that we can test our motives, search the depths of our souls,

find out what kind of beings we are willing to become.

Then we can see Time as it really is, a limited period of testing given to each soul so that each soul may design for itself by its own choice what kind of being it will be in all Eternity.

We are here in Time to choose what kind

of being we will to become.

Finally, our being will be what the totality

of our choices has made it.

Skrt. Svabhava

There is no escape from this.

Each choice that we make changes our character in some way.

Character is the result of our choices.

As we choose we model ourselves, our bodies, minds and souls.

Just as, if we repeatedly do a physical act, we predispose our body to become more able to do that act (as we see evidenced in the results of doing physical exercises), so if we repeatedly think in a certain way we predispose our mind to think more and more in this way.

We condition our physical body by doing certain physical actions.

We condition our mind to think in certain ways by thinking in a certain manner.

How do we condition our soul?

  1. By feeling about what we think and do,
  2. By liking and disliking what we think and do, or
  3. By allowing ourselves to be indifferent to our thoughts and actions.

Our soul is essentially a feeling being that takes attitudes of liking, disliking and indifference towards whatever it encounters. Of these three attitudes, that of indifference is strongly condemned in the Book of Revelation,

where the Laodiceans are told,

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot;
I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm,
and neither cold nor hot,
I will spew thee out of my mouth”.

So speaks God to the indifferent, the luke-warm.

Why should God so view the indifferent?

When we are indifferent, our energy does not flow through our being as it should.

Indifference is failure to commit ourselves to one course or another.

When we commit ourselves to a course of action

we mobilise our energy,

we enliven ourselves,

we vitalise our body and mind and soul.

Whether we “blow hot”, that is, feel intense interest towards something;

Or “blow cold”, that is, feel a strong opposition to something, we live more intensely, we mobilise our spirit.

Our life is on the way to greater abundance of experience, from which we will learn more about ourselves and about the world and everything in it.

But lukewarmness, indifference, does not vitalise us, does not mobilise our energies, does not enliven our spirit. Indifference persisted-in means loss of life-drive, loss of purpose. It is a first stage towards loss of the power to integrate ourselves, a first step towards corruption of being and failure to find a true centre of reference for our soul.

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Aussie Cyborgs

Are we machines(cyborgs) or are we humans?
If we are humans then we have CHOICE.
But if the external world conditions our response, then we are machines – cyborgs – manipulable – and have no choice.

Are we cyborgs?
“Oh no” says everybody(except a few), we are humans. We can do what we like, do what we want..
But can we determine our likes?
If we are unable in every situation to determine our current and next ‘like’ absolutely, then to that extent we have no choice.

Our answer lies in saying YES to the question; “Do I like everything, always and everywhere in the whole of my life?
If there is a NO at all at any moment, then to that degree I am a cyborg, unable to determine my ‘likes’ absolutely.

Still with us?

What is choice ? What does it mean to be able to choose ?
The word implies an action, mental or physical, by which from a number of possible ideas or course of action we are able to select one rather than another and so to change our situation, or the environmental conditions under which we have to live.

The problem of choice has been a very thorny one for many centuries, because in it is involved that other difficult problem, the question of human personal responsibility.

How far are human beings justly held responsible for their actions?
Responsibility is liability to be called to account for our actions.
Behind the idea of responsibility is the idea of “ability to respond” [Response-ability].

That is a very important idea, which we will examine rather carefully. Many of our actions arise from some kind of stimulus received from our physical surroundings. Something happens in our environment and because of this happening we do something which, if it were not for this happening, we might not do.

The question is raised:

Does the external event compel our response,
or are we internally free to select from an unlimited
number of actions any particular one and to do this
without any compulsion from the outer stimulus?

Unless we have this capacity for free selection, which we call ‘CHOICE’, we cannot justly be held responsible for our actions.

But if we have no capacity for free selection of our actions, then in fact we are no better in this respect than a machine.

A cyborg is a machine, and just like the Terminator and a host of current characters, has no choice.

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Sunday 2 November, 2pm-4pm

Commitment to a Life Ideal – what is truly worth living for, and how to attain a true aim of the High Heart – ref to Choice, Choosing and Jacob Boehme’s 1623 “On The Election of Grace”

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Sunday 23 November, 2pm-4pm

Applied Reflexive Self-consciousness – Universal Understanding – ref to Eugene Halliday’s seed kernel teaching and why the technique is so important for individual freedom and personal creativity in the Age of Aquarius – the surveillance age.

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Sunday 18 January 2015, 2pm-4pm

The Buddhist Wheel of Life and How to Step off the wheel of a hard life – transcending the 12 Dependent Steps which tie pure consciousness to the 5 specialised senses, the lower mind, the ego, and an outer life of suffering and boredom. – ref to Nagarjuna’s Pratityasamutpadah – the wheel of dependent arising.

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Sunday 2 February 2015, 2pm-4pm

Is Enlightenment gained progressively or immediately – the 2 schools of traditional development – which one is for you? ref to Zen and the teachings of Eugene Halliday

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Sunday 2 March 2015, 2pm-4pm

Understanding the Soul and how to deal effectively with feelings of adversity, fear and anxiety. Insights into sanity(wholeness) and insanity. ref to Eugene Halliday’s writing “The Structure of the Psyche”.

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Sunday 6 April 2015, 2pm-4pm

The Teachings of Ram Dass and Neem Karoli Baba – today is Ram Dass’ birthday and we will look at his contribution of introducing essential and useful Hindu teachings to the Western world throughout the 20th and early 21st Century.

October Workshop – Eternity.. bounded in a nutshell

Sunday 5 October, 2pm-4pm

The Quintessential – Eternity – the pure and essential – ref to Shakespeare’s Hamlet “bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space”, and “Shakespeare King Educator” by Eugene Halliday and David Mahlowe

 

To truly understand Shakespeare requires knowing not only the plot of the play, but the subplot, the metaphysical background from which his ideas arise.

The same applies to the discipline of Yoga. Without the subplot, Yoga is a mere shell, a modern exercise routine largely meaningless. The background of all Yoga(regardless of the leg pulling of its gurus, so-called teachers, and pundits) is the relationship between the bounded soul(sole.. hehe) of man and eternal spirit, the purusha(pure consciousness) of Infinity unbound. “All that I live by is with The ALL..” (Awl)

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Yoga Rationale for Teachers and Practitioners – Course Pt1

Yoga – A Rationale for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners by Eugene Halliday

An Excerpt from the Course –

Introduction to The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – the Yogic Way to Deep Concentration, Meditation and Samadhic Contemplation

with Malcolm H Clark – Melbourne Yoga.com

 

The following excerpt from the work of Eugene Halliday aims to clarify the initial 4 Sutras of Patanjali’s classical text.

I. Yoga and its Aims

  1. This is the beginning of Yoga
  2. Yoga is the control of thought-waves in the mind
  3. Then man abides in his real nature
  4. At other times, when he is not in the state of yoga, man remains identified with the thought-waves in the mind.

Translation: Swami Prbhavananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1953

Excerpt begins …

The word ‘Yoga’ has practically the same meaning as the English word ‘yoke’. To yoke is to join one thing to another. What is it that is being joined in Yoga? and to what?

The short answer to this is that Yoga is the joining together of the finite with the infinite, that is, the joining together of the individual consciousness of man with the absolute consciousness of his source.

 

The source of all created beings is the infinite power, with infinite properties, which in a word we may call philosophically the ‘Absolute’. From the religious point of view this Absolute is also the supreme object of worship. This is why it is quite legitimate from the stand-point of religion to say that Yoga means religion.

In religious worship the worshipper is supposed to be striving for unity of purpose and being with God. In philosophical study the philosopher is striving for a similar unity, but here of rational understanding, with the Absolute. In Yoga, the Yogi is striving for the removal of the barriers which separate the self of the individuated man from the Supreme Self of the Infinite.

Philosophy, religion and Yoga all aim to re-state man’s original relation with his source.

Thus, when we see or hear the word ‘Yoga’, we are not to think it refers merely to some strange Indian or oriental activity quite alien to the occidental mind. The occident has produced many great minds deeply practised in the procedures which in India and the east would be categorised as proper to Yoga.

This is why, when we hear the expression “Out of the East comes light”, we are to translate ‘East’ in its mystical sense as the Supreme Centre from which arises all truth This centre is everywhere within the infinite and is contactable by man in the centre of his own being. “The Kingdom of Heaven is within.”

The true direction of Yoga is, therefore, inwards. Here is an illustration of dialectical principle. In order to release our consciousness from the limitations imposed upon it by the five senses and the ideas derived from them, we have to go, not outwards, but inwards. Going outwards will merely increase the number of finite distractions. Even if we go out beyond the earth, beyond all the planets of the solar system, to the furthest stars, we shall not become better Yogis. To direct our attention outwards through our five senses is merely to pluralise the problem, and to impose ever more limitations upon the mind.

Yoga aims to remove limitations, to take away the barriers which keep the soul of man from gaining consciousness of his infinite origin.

Every physical body is limited. Every man identified with his physical body is limited by this identification. Most people dislike the limitations under which they have to work. I say only ‘most people’ because some people make capital out of their limitations, not only in Adler’s sense, but as did the Prodigal Son.

The Rationale Behind Yoga Practice.

Let us now look at the rationale behind Yoga practice. The idea of practice is the idea of a rational activity aimed at some goal. We have seen the goal of Yoga to be the joining of the self of individuated man back to his source.

In Yoga practice we act rationally towards this goal. Everything in Yoga practice has its reason. Knowledge of the rationale of Yoga allows us to make sure that we are taking the correct steps towards attainment of the goal.

Patanjali in his Yoga classic defines Yoga as “the suppression of mental modifications”. This short definition covers a multitude of pre-suppositions. Most important of these pre-suppositions is that the modifications of the mind are impedances to a much higher kind of activity.

We have said that the turning outwards of the attention through the sense organs pluralises our mental content. Each sense percept adds a finite form to the mind, an idea or motion-pattern derived from the energy of the incoming stimulus and the reactive energy of the mind itself. The accumulation of such motion-patterns within the mind make it increasingly difficult to bring them into proper relation with each other. From this difficulty arises the major part of the mental problems which confront modern psychiatry

When Yoga is defined as “the suppression of mental modifications”, suppression does not mean “forcing down into the depths of the unconscious mind” Quite the contrary. It means the conscious seeing through these modifications as of no use whatever for the purpose of Yoga

When a modification of the mind is clearly seen to be an impedance to the reuniting of man’s self with its absolute origin, it is put down by a conscious act of will. This conscious ‘putting down’ of the useless is the meaning of yogic suppression of mental modifications.

The removal of impedances or limitations from the mind naturally results in an increase of capacity to deal with events, an increase of power. Because of this a warning is given to all aspirants of Yoga, a warning against the pursuit of power for individual ends.

To seek individual power by means of Yoga is to mis­conceive the whole nature of Yoga. The individual mind is by definition a finitely formed mind. Individuation and finite formulation are interchangeable terms.

The pursuit of power for individual reasons is ultimately doomed to defeat This becomes obvious when we remember that all individuated beings are but finite patterns of energy produced within and by the infinite power of the Absolute, for the purpose of the Absolute. Or, as the religious mind would put it, “God made us for Himself’.

We are not to be misled by the apparent temporary success of certain kinds of strong-minded or strong-willed men. Every success gained by such men is gained only by permission of the Absolute in accordance with its whole creative purpose. And every such success has to be paid for in some way by the man who gains it. “God is not mocked” means that although the individuated man may ape omnipotence, yet this is utterly beyond his capacity

The individual being, the separate egoic man, is forever below the level of the omnipotent Absolute. The separate egoic man is finite, limited, and by his private purposes privated in his being.

The egoic self by the very nature of its being is deprived of the power it seeks. Yoga doctrine warns the aspirants to Yoga of this fact, because if this warning is not given the egoic self will tend to react to the idea that power is to be gained from Yoga, and that power will be manipulable by the egoic self for its own private purpose.

Identification true beautiful good

Identification

An excerpt from The Way to Faith – by Eugene Halliday

PSYCHOLOGICALLY ‘Identification’ is a mental and psychic process in which by repetition some characteristic or quality becomes for a time part of a person’s being. If we repeatedly think of some characteristic of someone we know, we say that our Mind is “occupied” by thoughts of that person. Our mind is like a house. To that house from outside come ideas of good or evil.

We have doors and windows to our mind-house — mouth, nostrils, ears, eyes. Through these doors and windows come the visitors from without. We have the power in us either to open or close our doors to the things that demand entrance. This power is not often exercised, but it is there in each one of us.

That to which we repeatedly open our doors enters in with ever-increasing ease and familiarity. Finally it begins to feel “quite at home.” It may even begin to behave as if it were the owner of the house, and try to expel the other occupants and refuse to allow certain other visitors to enter.

When by repetition an idea becomes continuously present in our mind we say that the identification process is complete. Identification is tremendously important. Whatever we desire to become a continuous part of us we will think about and try to act upon. As our thought process is repeated we pass into a state of identification with that process.

But identification tends to occur not only with desirable ideas but also with undesirable ones. This is because the cause of identification is the repetition of ideas or feelings in the mind, and objects of fear tend to catch the imagination as much as do objects of pleasure.

Repeated fears may so often take possession of the mind-house that they may become its chief occupant. Fear of certain disease-symptoms may hold the imagination in a continuous state of identification with those symptoms. When this happens the doctor’s X-ray discovers no physical, organic breakdown, or other cause, but the symptoms persist and obstinately refuse to respond to treatment. The doctor, usually a very busy man, then recommends psychological treatment.

In some sad cases the process of identification may go so far that the patient appears quite incapable of releasing himself from the group of ideas dominating his consciousness. In such cases the patient in despair may submit to electric or other “shock” treatment. Such treatment is the last to which human beings should turn. The human nervous system is infinitely more delicate than any lady’s wrist-watch. ‘Shock’ treatment of the human nervous system is comparable with the amateur watchmender’s method of “mending” a broken watch by giving  it a good knock on the table in the hope that an assumed displaced part will jump back into place.

If we understand that identification is a process of repetition we shall be careful what we allow ourselves to repeat. Every bit of the socially necessary knowledge taught to children is learned fundamentally by repetition. A poem or an arithmetical table recited over and over again at last “sticks.”

The importance of repeating the right ideas and behaviour-forms is illustrated in the true story of Amala and her sister. These two Indian girls were brought up, by wolves during the early years of childhood. When they were discovered by someone and taken to a mission it was already too late to rescue them from the state of identification with the wolves amongst which they had lived for so long. These unfortunate children could not respond to efforts to “humanize” them. They died, the victims of identification.

The facts of this case show just how much we humans depend upon the great traditions handed down to us by our ancestors. Cut off from the accumulated truths of human society these girls were in effect no more than wolves. Their “potential” humanity had not been “actualised” by the repeated stimulus of contact with human traditions.

Think of the paucity of man’s mind today if all the great truths of human tradition were removed from him. Think of the Indian mind without the truths given to it by Shankara, Ramanuja, Gautama, Jina and others. Think of the Chinese mind without the teachings of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tse. Think of the world deprived of the Idea of Christ.

Remove all the records of the great deeds and thoughts of the past and humanity would lose its humanity and sink back into the dust from which it came.

Remove the records! But this is impossible. Men may burn libraries in China, in ancient Egypt, in modern Germany under Hitler, but God has never at any time left Himself without witness. The Bible still exists in spite of all that the forces of materialism have striven to do.

God has made a pact with humanity. He has recorded that He will save all those who believe in Him. He will keep His promise. To this end God sent His Son into the world as the very type of what man is to strive towards. Jesus Christ is the true figure of the Divine Human. He is the One with whom we are to identify ourselves. In Him the process of Identification reveals its true value and significance.

Identification consists in tile repetition of certain feelings, ideas and forms of behaviour. It is for our sakes that Jesus Christ appeared in the world as the “Pattern Man” — the Man who shows in His life and being with what we must identify ourselves in order to attain the supreme heights destined for us.

“Spend no strength in denying evil, steadfastly affirm the good.” So says St. Paul. Repeated affirmation of all that is good leads to identification with the good. Repeated denial of evils can lead only to identification with evil-denying. A person may say “No” to evil all his life without once saying, “Yes” to the good. This will not do. There is no good in it. A man may go to hell and argue eternally against the devil. This is not the same as going to God and agreeing with Him.

Repeated affirmation of the good leads to identification with the Good. Repetition of Christ-like feelings, thoughts and actions leads to identification with Christ.

When a man realises that a large portion of his life has been spent in repeating wrong things to himself he may feel a shadow of despair pass over him. If he allows this feeling to develop, if he lets despair lead him to believe that he is too late to turn to the Truth, if he lets himself believe that he can do nothing about it, that he is irrevocably lost, he commits a crime against the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit of God is in Man and it is Free! It can never be too late for the Spirit in man to turn back to its origin. To believe otherwise is a real crime against God’s Spirit in man — a crime against Freedom.

Identification, then, has a use and an abuse. If we identify with the wrong things, with false ideas, bad feelings, impure motives, disease symptoms and wrong actions, we abuse our power of identification. If we identify, with true ideas, good feelings, pure motives, right actions and health, wholeness, we use our power of identification as God intends us to use it.

Having understood Identification to be a process of repeating ideas, feelings, actions, etc., we see the value of repetition in creating the kind of character we want to develop. Christ, the Type Man, the Pattern Man, is the model from which we are to take the things we are to put into our very tissue. To actualise by repetition the Christ pattern is to be identified with Him, to become One with Him. And as Christ is what He is because He eternally repeats what His Father Wills, so in becoming, by identification, One with Christ, we become also one with His Father.

How do we relate the use of identification with the Law — “The Observer is not the Observed ?” The Observer, the Seer of the true self, cannot be other than the very Spirit Itself. When the Self identifies with some idea, feeling, behaviour pattern, it is as if for the time being it has become that idea, or feeling, or behaviour pattern. If the state identified with is undesirable we wish to break the identification process. To do this we remind ourselves that the Observer is not the Observed.

But if the state identified with is good we wish to retain it. The desirable good state is still not the Observer itself. The Law still holds —the Observer is not the Observed. Yet the Observer now freely, deliberately, identifies itself with the good whilst at the same time knowing that it is really free to do either good or evil.

If we remove from man the possibility of doing evil we in effect remove his freedom. Man is free. He may do anything at all with the physical and mental powers at his disposal. He may do good; he may do evil. But whether he does good or evil, what he does is only an action: it is not the Self in him, not the Observer.

Precisely because the Spirit of man, the observing or conscious self, is not the things he thinks or feels or does, we know that it is possible for him to turn away from any given behaviour pattern he may have fallen into. We know that man’s real Self, the Free Spirit which God put into man, can break the dominion of any habit pattern, any life attitude which he by identification has had imposed upon him, or has imposed upon himself.

Here then is what we now know of identification. Psychologically it is a process where by repetition of certain feelings, ideas, behaviour patterns, etc., we may bind ourselves either to good or evil. To identify with evil is evil; to identify with good is good. The Spirit of man, God’s Spirit in Man, is free and may choose whatever it will. If it chooses to identify with evils it will get the fruits of evils. If it chooses to identify with good it will get the fruit of good.

Let us see if we can find time to think about this question:

What is the most beautiful feeling, the most true idea, and the most good action with which we should identify ourselves in order to reach the height of our real being?

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Vairagya

Vairagya – a depth interpretation by Eugene Halliday

[the knowing and affirming beforehand, where a desire, once released, will reach its term]

You have already seen in eternity all the possibilities of all the actions you can perform.

You have also seen in eternity, all punishments and rewards that can befall you, if you allow inertia to develop.

Now if your inertias rule you, you will just carry on in the temporal process serialising and getting knocked or rewarded by the inertias and the external forces.  And if you conquer this ‘serial’ mode of thinking, and learn to ‘feel simultaneously’ the whole field then you are able to perceive all the ways that you can act, and see all the rewards and punishments of these actions before they appear in the time process.  And that mode is very valuable.

The Yoga term for it, we’ve had it before, is Vairagya.  This is ‘a kind of higher indifference’, but it really means, when we cut the word,

to affirm(ya)

the desire(rag; or raging nature, the desire nature direction)

and see its term(Vai).

It says ‘if you let go of the serial presentation and see the simultaneity of events you will actually be able to see the way your rages or desireful impulses develop.

You see the end result of anything you might do.

And when you see it very, very clearly then if the thing is no good, you just let go of it.

You don’t have to fight with yourself.

You let go of it because it’s just no good.

And this state is related to the state called the higher indifference.

It’s the indifference of a man who does not sit on a hot plate when he knows it’s hot.  He’s not attached to sitting on hot plates because he knows they are hot.  Another fellow who doesn’t know they’re hot or doesn’t know they will be hot when he’s tied himself to it, all he has to wait is three seconds and it’s too hot.  When he doesn’t know that he commits himself to a serial process; and if he does know it and he stops the serial process cuts out the emotional tone and the attachment to the serial process, and without falling asleep does this then he gains simultaneous awareness of all his possibilities.  In doing this he sees all the things that can happen to him for any given position he stands on.  And when he does see them then he has no difficulty in controlling himself because he has conquered inertia and therefore he is not driven to do anything. Whatever he does it will not be inertic.  Whatever he exposes himself to it will not be inertic.

Once you have broken the pattern of inertia you can move across your circle putting a super-stress anywhere you like.  There is no question now of clockwise, anti-clockwise, of having to improve – the perfectionist mind, or having to degenerate – the fellow who has decided he’s no good and had better die.

These are two kinds of inertias:

  1. The Clockwise inertia – ‘I must improve, it is essential for my good name’;
  2. And the Anti-Clockwise inertia that says ‘Mother said I was no good in the first place, so I might as well get drunk and prove it now’.

These two kinds of inertias, the ‘improving perfectionist one’, and the ‘degenerating no good concept one’, are the two basic types that we find continuously operating in people.

Now as far as technique is concerned for doing this the rule is so simple that it never seems quite complicated enough for the mind that inertically seeks causes.

The rule is very simple ‘chop it’, if it’s ‘serial’, stop it.

And don’t try to think ‘why’ you should stop it, because why is a psychological question.

And don’t try to think ‘how’ you can stop it, because that is a mechanical question, just stop it.

Most people say, ‘How can I stop it?’ but how is a mechanical word. How tells you the process, the mechanical process.  There is no mechanical process whatever.  You just see it and you stop it.

Don’t ask yourself why because that’s a psychological question that says, “What is my motive in so doing?” Your motive in so doing is a very, very simple one – ‘you will to do it’.  You have no other motive.  If you say ‘In order to be comfortable,’ then you might as well stop straight away, because the attempt to stop serial thought can be uncomfortable initially.  So if it’s immediate comfort you want, you probably will give it up in a minute.  So don’t ask ‘why’ or ‘how’, but chop it.  Serial thought is the enemy of this simultaneous mode.

… to be continued /