The 5 Wisdoms of Preparation for Practice

Practice, whether it’s yogasanas, meditation or simply sitting quietly breathing, is how we show our Soul that we are sincere and persistent about our intentions. Intention for practice is where the power lies for transformation, so that’s personal growth, health, self discovery, potential.

It’ll soon be summer in the non-Eastern world, our energies pick up, and many of you will have intentions of introducing some form of regular practice into your life.

Home practice is a wonderful way of supporting and re-affirming whatever you do in classes. So welcome to this guide on the wisdoms of preparation for practice, which answers some frequently asked questions, and in particular includes guidance for making your own sanctuary space.

But first, a little more about intention: intention is what brings about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual change in our lives as we re-align ourselves with our Soul and it’s eternal journey, the Supreme Soul and Consciousness. The free flow of Consciousness through every level of our being is what brings health, harmony and joy into our lives.

There are 5 Wisdoms of Preparation for Practice

First Wisdom:

Preparation is a fundamental part of any process or ritual. It signifies to your mindbody/spirit that you have commenced and are sincere about your process and practice. So we prepare our environment.

Second Wisdom:

Dedication and intention are the essence of profound healing through practice.

When we make a space dedicated with the intention of growing and evolving spiritually, we make a Sanctuary – a sacred place, a Temple if you like in your inner and outer worlds. The actual size of the space is totally unimportant as long as it is adequate for your practice.

Third Wisdom:

Inner peace is the path to personal empowerment. The Temple in your inner world requires quietness in your outer world – and, needless to say, you don’t want to be disturbed in your Temple.

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Obviously you don’t want to be disturbed by noise or interruptions whilst in your practice.

Fourth Wisdom:

Energy comes from energy. This is a Universal and spiritual law: that energy doesn’t come from nothing, but it transforms from one state or quality into another – which is the basis for profound healing transformations in our mindbody, and life.

Whatever size of space you have available, it’s really surprising how quickly a calming, peaceful environment can build up in the spot you have chosen. When you enter your space, it’s a sort of energy that builds up – very similar to the energy you feel when you enter a sacred place of holy worship. The atmosphere of your Sanctuary Space will reflect the energy you produce by your meditation and yogasanas. This energy will build up and eventually anybody who is sensitive enough would walk into the room or the space and feel this washing over them like waves of peace and comfort.

Fifth Wisdom:

The mindbody needs to be a comfortable place for the Spirit to dwell. Caring for and nourishing our spiritual body requires care and nourishment of our basic subtle bodies – in Yoga we have 5 subtle bodies: the flesh, the lower mind/emotions, body of the breath, higher wisdom-mind or intellect and intuition, and the Cosmic or bliss body.

So soft lighting is preferable, it provides a peaceful ambience. Candle-light is the best form of lighting for an otherwise darkened room.

Make sure that, especially during meditation, you feel yourself to be in a warm and moderate temperature. Whatever you do choose to wear should be loose fitting. We don’t usually wear shoes while meditating – we usually use our yoga blankets for our meditation or you might like to choose a blanket which you are going to use just solely for your meditation practice.

And finally, of course, be sensible with your diet – incorporating as many fresh fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates but not sugar. If you need to drink then have your water with you, or juice. In our practice of Yoga we believe as the Yogies taught us, that fresh foods with the highest content of life force energy are the most suitable for the Yoga practitioner because in our Saddhana, our practice, we are continually in the process of refining our energy and vibrations as we aspire to live at the level of the Soul

Enjoy your practice, I hope this guide has helped you . . .

Namaste, Susan

Susan Ni Rahilly is founder and guide at suZenYoga: spirituality, understanding, zen, energy and nutrition thro dedication to Yoga practice. The SuZen Ashram site is the home for Susan’s online teaching and practices.

 

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How India Taught us Forgiveness

I taught a class in February of 2016, empowered by the then social unrest in India, and wishing to add something positive and supportive. I experienced that it was a very raw time. For me, as a teacher, I consider that India with her traditions, practices and teaching in an Ancient Eastern Wisdom path to Liberation, taught us all how to Forgive from a bedrock of Universal Acceptance.

India is for many of us, as Yoga and Meditation teachers globally, our bedrock and spiritual taproot.

Her ancient wisdoms taught us, that none of us free unless we are all free . . . and our route to this individual freedom is Universal Acceptance. Forgiveness is the key.

Right at the beginning of all of our practice, on commencing every class of any discipline we make our practice into a Sadhana, working with the Divine, with our ritual of Namaste: honouring the spirit that dwells within each one of us.

And of course our practice is about making the mind body a more comfortable place for the Spirit to dwell. What else can we do, if a Spirit is not comfortable in an individual human being, except forgive? And practice Universal Acceptance.

Might not sound an easy thing to do or practice. But Yoga gives us the power, the strong mental power we need to make this choice in life.

In our devotion to, and practice of, the whole of Yoga we know the importance of keeping our thoughts high. And so, to leave you with an uplifting energy, this is a non-Indian poet’s experience and expressions of Love: especially the “light of flower” that is within all of us waiting to bloom, as we know in Yoga.

I love you

between shadow and soul

I love you

as the plant that hasn’t bloomed yet,

and carries within itself

the light of flowers

I love you

without knowing how,

or when,

or from where

Because of you,

the dense fragrance

that rises from the earth

lives in my body,

rioting with hunger

for the eternity . . .

Pablo Neruda, I Love You Because I Love You

Namaste Susan

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First Steps in Walking the Divine Path with Equality

Exotic eye of goddess woman. Elena Ray

Exotic eye of goddess woman. Elena Ray

 

This is taken from my Satsang in Class 12 of my weekly Youtube meditation class in the Yogic tradition, and it is part 2 of my teaching on Spiritual Vision and our need to accelerate it through our practice and dedication to Yoga . . . bringing together a few principles of practice which take us on our first steps to opening, and expanding our awareness so that with practice, and dedication to our practice, our Sadhana, with Yoga we can accelerate our spiritual vision to live with Divine Communication in our lives as we walk the Divine Path . . .

With Yoga, we balance in posture and relaxation with samastitihi, equal standing . . . bringing balance to our consciousness with physical balance and bodymind awareness . . . which is also a coming into the present and being in the now of our practice, aware that all things are equal in this moment . . .

With Pranayama and breath flow with Sama Vritti practice to bring equal flow of breaths, or fluctuations in our breathing, for balance in consciousness at the level of the breath and energy in our subtle bodies . . . bringing a balance to the inner and outer experience . . . life flowing in and life within us flowing . . . in this constant dance of energy . . . balance being the self-control we can bring to this constant dance . . .

And with Samadrishti in contemplation, as we will practice now in Satsang, for our understanding of expectation in expanding our spiritual vision . . . the enlightened awareness practice of equality for balance . . .

So . . . Samadrishti . . . the Drishtis in Yoga are the gazes . . such as nose-tip gazing, focus on the eyebrow centre . . . or horizon gazes. There are 9 of these physical focussing gazes . . . but there is also the drishti which focuses our consciousness on the concept, and our belief in Yoga, that as the Divine is in all things, we see all things as equal . . . and especially, all people are equal and we practice this equality of vision by honouring the spirit that dwells within each and every one of us . . . our practice of Namaste . . .

We use our belief in Samdrishti, equality, equal vision to bring equanimity, the quality of steadiness of mind and also nobility of character . . . seeing that as the divine is in all things, all things are equal . . . and balance is in all things.

Which ultimately means we can let go of expectations which are not our own, and which aren’t serving us positively . . . expectations based on life choices of parents, family or community or circumstances now outdated and outgrown . . . expectations based on old fears or outworn images for our lives . . . because the dance of energy which is the Divine and Divine Mother flowing through all things is constantly balancing and moving us forward along the path chosen by our souls . . . and, chosen by us all collectively at this moment in our history and evolution.

Letting go of expectations means growing, expanding, moving . . . always into balance . . . living with expectation of divine communication in all things . . . spiritual vision . . .

With our dedication and devotion to practice in Yoga, the whole of Yoga, we’re expanding our spiritual vision, seeing the Divine action in all things, with practices which bring balance to our bodymind, our character and actions, and our consciousness . . .

. . . in our lives this means . . . we have the inner strength, and wisdom to support the transformative flow of energy and love from our heart chakra . . . and we can, with balance, transform this into SOMETHING that positively affects us, our lives, our planet, our future . . . and our Sadhana, our practice when we merge with the Divine consciously and with total devotion, then can meet our lives . . .

. . . because we see “the one” in everything around us, Spiritual Vision, we can live with Divine Communication in our lives . . . which primarily means listening . . . watching . . . observing . . . interpreting meaning and direction . . . then we can expand and accelerate our Spiritual Vision and work with it in our lives as we walk the Divine path.

Namaste, Susan

Credit: Image is Exotic eye of goddess woman. Elena Ray @OldChineseMan

Freeing Ourself to be Human

Freeing ourselves to be human is a way of opening up to true compassion, and a way of living with a kind, pure heart: a little bit of the Zen of living simply . . . but which adds up to a totality.

This is healing, and the healing comes in the acceptance that the whole world is hurting and crying out.  So we learn to listen to the voiceless voice of the world: the cry from humanity’s heart.

You practice this self-healing by opening yourself to whatever situation you may be in. It’s no use saying that the suffering out there in the world is foreign, that it doesn’t belong to you. You have to take care of it every day, because it has already appeared. Just keep yourself open to it. And in so doing, give yourself some life-freedom.

Zen practice is the practice of doing this, sitting and knowing that we ourselves contain the entire world: this is a powerful Zen practice – Eat Your Shadow.

In Eastern philosophies and cultural ways of being, the light, the energy, the hope has been found in dealing with the Shadow. You know, as the dark Goddess Kali, embodies for us.

As far as I know, this self-growth practice and process pre-dated Hinduism in India – moving from the dark to the light has always been the soul’s path in Yoga, with the soul-power manifesting right at the moment you discern what the choice before you is. As we know this happens at Guru [Agya] Chakra . . .

So, how do you Eat Your Shadow?

First, Make Friends with the Unacceptable:  Become aware of the qualities you find ugly or unacceptable in others, writing down a list if that helps. Then, realise that these are qualities that also exist within yourself. Make peace with these qualities, both within and without.

The more we repress aspects of ourselves, hiding from them and ignoring them, and project them onto others, the more power these qualities have over us, and the greater likelihood they will appear in our lives as symptoms, bad dreams, or repetitive situations which we feel we have no control over. This has been called the shadow of a human being since ancient times. Carl Jung did much good work on the way we dump all the unacceptable parts of ourselves into our unconscious, and let it fester there as we hide from it.  We then see these qualities in those people and situations that are around us. [As far as I can tell, Jung became aware of this whole process through his knowledge of Yoga, and practices of working with the Root [Muladhara] Chakra.

Eat Your Shadow:  In order to be free of this process, we “eat our shadow”.  This means we must reclaim and own these hidden qualities, realise they are part of us, and welcome them into our lives.  The very act of welcoming certain qualities or people takes the steam out of them.  We can then absorb the energy and transform them into something constructive.

Zen practice is the practice of doing this – “eating the shadow”, sitting and knowing that we ourselves contain the entire world.

Freeing ourselves to be human.

Gassho [and namaste], Susan

PS: This is my way of teaching the practice – there’s more in Brenda Shoshanna’s book Zen Miracles: Finding Peace in an Insane World:

When The Flow Doesn’t Seem To Be Flowing . . .

“We are exactly where we’re supposed to be . . . this IS Flow . . . relax, and LET GO!”

When you have a lot on your mind, philosophy as a mind-reliever can sound like the wrong kind of remedy: it doesn’t hold the potential to “hit the spot” or make the right kind of sense.

But this point is what we really need to know so that most of our difficulties and issues will take care of themselves [if not obviously all of them]: when we talk about “going with the flow” , we talk about “being in the moment” or about this feeling of somehow being in a natural state of grace.

And we all experience it from time to time: when you turn up at the bus stop just as the bus is arriving there . . . when suddenly you need to hear from somebody and the phone rings and there they are as if they knew you were thinking about them. And it leaves you with a sense of being in the right place at the right time.

And it’s very gratifying until suddenly it seems to go:

You really want to hear from somebody and they don’t make contact. You really need to catch the bus and you turn up at the stop and you’re waiting for 45 minutes. Or, something isn’t there for you when you need it to be there.

And so you think, “what have I done wrong?” or how come I’ve missed what was at one point in my life a very natural state of being? And then all you want to do is get back to it. And it seems like a really difficult thing because it’s a nebulous and slightly elusive quality that you’re looking for.

Blame:  and disentangling from the threads of momentum of the Flow . . .

So you start picking to pieces all the various events that have happened, and you start attributing blame, saying it’s probably because I did this instead of that . . . that was where my mistake was . . . and the more you do that the more you disentangle yourself even further from those threads that were keeping you close to the momentum of the Cosmos. . .

. . . because actually when you want to rediscover that Flow, what you really have to do is let go a little.

Let Go. Stop Worrying

Stop worrying and decide that wherever you are regardless of how you got there or whether it was right or wrong, that’s where you are and that’s okay and it’ll do for now, and from this point you can pick up and move forward.

We can’t make judgements about the Flow . . . remember that all Karma starts with some judgement, yours or someone else’s.

And the Flow sometimes requires us to stand at the bus stop for a long time . . . you can’t make judgements about it: you can’t say “ah yes that proves I was in the right place at the right time because this occurred and oh yes I must have been wrong because that happened or didn’t happen.”

It’s much more a question of saying “wherever I am I accept where I am . . . “

Yes, this is philosophical, and that’s what we now need to be. And relaxed and now able to accept that although some of the things that are occurring right now, or in some cases not occurring, are irksome and worrying they are nonetheless part of a story that needs to be told.

By and large, where it counts, in your heart amongst other places, you are most certainly in the right place . . . and if you remain in the right place in your heart then you will end up in the right place in every area of your life.

Namaste, Susan

You Might Not Know How Yoga Meditation Affects Your Life

You might not know how Yoga Meditation affects your life . . . even if you’re in regular practice of Hatha Yoga, yogasanas the physical postures of Yoga.

Well, many of us do know . . . our practice sorts out our minds, resets our buttons, unscrambles our emotions and gives us a strength and inner peace that is astonishing.

And we do know this because the path of Yoga, especially Yoga of the Mind [Raja Yoga] is an initiation process into one of the Ancient Mystery Schools, and you are initiated by an Initiate, Teacher, Master or Guru. The Knowledge of Life, Life Force and Life Power is transmitted to you. If you are open and ready for the teaching. We get what we need from the process, and this is the received wisdom that says: “the more you need it, the more you experience the power.”

The whole purpose of our practice is for you to live a more meaningful life with point and purpose which is satisfying to both your heart and your Soul. It’s a journey to freedom from difficulties, whereby you work through emotional, physical, mental and psychological blocks, crises and growth stages: and obviously all that can involve karma.

The freedom you reach is an inner freedom that lets you do what you’re supposed to be doing with your life here on the planet at this time: follow your Bliss.

My teachings are of the Essence of Yoga Meditation, which basically means the Steps to Samadhi, and my approach is “Further Than Yoga” – accelerating our Spiritual Vision so we can work with Divine Communication in our lives – through our yoga practice.

My website, linked here and also  to the Facebook page, is my “Ashram” as I’ve been entrusted by the Divine Mother to open up the energies and teach from here – what would seem to be a very innocuous place on a WordPress site, coming from a small Irish village – but it’s a power center.

And the Ashram in our yogic tradition is a simple place for practice which acts as an energetic center – and it is the Guru or Master who acts as the energy generator and regulator. The Ashram is a place for retreat – the word also translates as the “workplace” where the “work” is our practice. It’s a place to live simply, take teachings and practice.

I’m finding new ways to do that online, while upholding the best in the traditions.

I am considered as a Master in India as a result of my writings over the years – and I was invited to contribute as a Master by Times of India to their online global community Speaking Tree.

The traditional “Steps to Samadhi” in yoga meditation are also known as Patanjali’s 8-step path and Raja Yoga. Samadhi is the state of inner peace and balance through which we join with Divine Consciousness, where we can have our “Conversations with God” – it’s a bringing together of energies, human and Divine, a union or merging at our highest level of consciousness. So you can be a better human being.

I teach in a non-denominational style, and all religions and beliefs are respected: always remember that you are perfect, then your frame of reference will be an inner one at the soul level; and we’re making the Mindbody system a more comfortable place for the Spirit to dwell while we’re here and hopefully we’ll leave the Planet a better place for those who come after us.

I’m holding you in the Aura of the Divine
Namaste
Susan

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What My Heart Is Telling Me

I had a major Venus and Saturn alignment to start the year, January 1 2018, For me, it’s about us all being united through our hearts and my role as a Teacher and grounding this.

What my heart is telling me is that I can no longer be caught up in the Western way of charging for Meditation. It doesn’t suit me and it gives me heartache and headaches.

My Teacher initiated me to initiate those who need it into a system which empowers us to live well with Life Force, which as Teachers we do by Transmission of the Knowledge. This is always given freely to those who are committed to learning.

Or, it was – until the West [and India now] – got hold of the idea that it could be packaged and sold as a product. “It” can’t be, else it is diluted.

I can’t do that. The force of the Life Force is too powerful and the Teacher knows that it is meant to be shared and not diluted.

So, today my heart is telling me to be who I truly am, to set my own heart free and enjoy the joy of Teaching and sharing freely.

I have plenty of potential for making money through my writing and future TV projects. From today, I’ll work through and set the various Meditation downloads and courses free, removing the charges – and I’ll set myself free from being caught up in a system I never was supposed to be part of.

It’ll take a while but it will be a liberating labor of love for me. So if you do come across a product or course that you would like to have for your growth and development in the meanwhile, do please send a message and I’ll send you a link to the free download.

I wish you all happiness, health and prosperity in 2018 and most of all, I wish you freedom and love.

Namaste
Susan

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