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 spring 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 minbody/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.

 

Living Simply, Yoga and Balancing Your life . . .

I posted a former blog, Balancing Your Life by Living Simply with Yoga on my Speaking Tree India blog and had the most amazing responses asking for greater clarification of some of the steps to living simply (and to date the blog itself has had over 5900 views and 230-some responses): so the message was clear : simplify the teaching and elaborate on the writing. And I hope this is helpful.

Simple Living is about living consciously and in the moment. Consciousness is about awareness and this “Simple Living” process helps you to raise your awareness of how you’re living your life – and teaches you to live in the magic of life unfolding. An awakening to what is real in life.

As a teacher, I think I have only 3 things to teach: meditate, exercise the body-mind, live simply and with these 3 our health will go a long way.

And here are some of the steps:

Step One:

Meditate. Give yourself time for deep inner nurturing and nourishing.

Making time for our spiritual care is as, if not more, important as making time to eat, sleep, work, socialise. This can begin with 10 minutes a day.

It is the act of creating a “space” in time which is only for the spirit which begins to build an inner structure deep within the bodymind . . . and then this is the basis of our deep nourishing of the self with meditation.

So the simple steps here are: make time, make space. Focus on posture, breathing and silence. Practice regularly.

There are a couple of free downloads I offer, Seeds of Yoga Meditation Parts One and Two, and I would recommend downloading Part One and practising “Sit” and “Breath” to begin: you can download and save to your desktop for regular practice, here.

Step Two:

Go to the “sweetspot” regularly! Listen to meditative music. The Ancient Yogis believed we have a little sac of “Amber Nectar” (the nectar of the Gods) deep within our brains, at the pineal gland. The way to connect with our “sweetspot” is through relaxation and music, raising our vibrations.

There have been many pointers to us from the Ancients in many civilisations that the pineal gland is the point of access for us to our souls and the flow of Consciousness.

In Yoga we understand this as Bindhu Chakra (back of the head, midpoint of the brain). Where we are always receiving the flow of Consciousness . . .  we are in communication with the Divine through our Soul’s connection.

The Ancient Yogis had the beautiful concept of a sac of Amber Nectar here – our own individual nectar of the Gods.

In our Yogasana practice this is why we practice inverted postures, to replenish our Amber Nectar and to reverse the process of our precious “nectar” being burned out by the anger of the solar plexus.

The Ancients believed that, to open ourselves to this sweet nectar of the Gods, we listen to beautiful music and poetry, appreciate beauty in both art and poetry . . . anything that brings us the vibration of the Universe through our senses at a higher level.

One Meditation for this is “No-Mind” meditation through the Chakras, with Unmani Mudra which is the attitude of mindlessness: meaning the state beyond thought, no mind, meditation . . . a simple technique that brings us to a meditative state . . .

Step Three:

Practice Right Diet: Dietary control is very important in living your life with simplicity. We eat those foods which contain the most life force energy and which feed our bodymind emotions and spirits. Traditionally Vegetarianism suits the bodymind of a meditation and Yoga practitioner – but books such as “Eat Right 4 Your Typehave taught us that not everyone can be Vegetarian, Vegan or eat raw food diets. Understanding a little about the Ayurvedic Doshas can also be very illuminating!

Learn what you can about your body and what foods are going to bring you optimum health. Eating little and often suits the body when we are attempting to bring Balance and allow Consciousness to flow.

In the Yoga Diet we try to be aware of the Gunas, and incorporating knowledge of the gunas in our diet for our practice: a Vegetarian (or Vegan) diet is best for practitioners because we try to eat foods which incorporate the most life-force energy and which take the least amount of energy to digest. These are the Sattvic foods which are purest, and promote peace and calm in the bodymind. As the Gunas are qualities of the Universe, these foods are also putting us into harmony and balance.

And now some feedback from the original article: This was one of the comments on the Speaking Tree blog from Sudheindra:

“Being simple has become complex in a mind driven existence which makes every action and thought behind the action complicated. Living has become a chess game for most of us. Calculating every move, excessive caution in every step, a sense of insecurity, fear in relationships have all robbed life of all simplicity which it actually is. Complexity introduces stress & strain and takes away built-in resilience of any system.”

And now, for the heartwarming that this might bring to you, one of the Seekers in India asked:

At some point or other, when a seeker has progressed in practice it is natural for the seeker to ask ” . . . has it happened? What is the sure way to know?”

I replied: . . . the seeker knows because when you wake up in the middle of the night you can feel a calm silence in your heart and when you wake in the morning for the new day, there is a steady happiness present … I sincerely hope you find this.

Sudheindra later posted a PS to his comment, when prompted:

“I wish we can bring back simplicity to life at a collective level to resolve all our problems and conflicts and this can happen only when we make mind an instrument that it is and live from heart. The steps suggested here in this article are the steps to achieve this.”

My Namaskar to you all, and I hope this simplicity will bring you a way to live from the heart.

Namaste, Susan

17 Ways to Find Balance for 2017

I publish my list in January every year, and have done since 2012! This is the list of ways for 2017:

Balance in your life, as far as I know it as a teacher, comes with the steps to life-freedom, which is the philosophy of Yoga, together with practice, and values for your life . . . but, there have been so many wise teachers, with much wisdom to share with us and many of us are seeking balance in our lives. It’s an approach to living that can go a long way in a year.

For 2017 I wanted to write about a lasting approach to getting balance. I couldn’t get to interview the people I would have liked to for this article, and so this is a roundup of what I think they would have answered to my question “How do you get Balance?” based on their famous quotations.

1. Your Meditation is your medication … once it has worked for you, you throw away the medication, throw away the Meditation and get a new one. Osho.

2. If you can’t let it go, let it in. Dainin Katagiri

3. You can’t get there from here, and besides there is no place to go. Sheldon Kopp

4. Nothing is missing, Zen Master Lin-Chi ….. the ordinary person probably does already live with zen values.

5. Appreciate happiness: happiness seems like such a small thing when you have it, but when it’s gone you realise how big it really is. Gorky

6. I have only 3 things to teach: simplicity, patience and compassion. Lao Tzu 7th Century Zen master

7. Know Joy, as in … May all beings know joy … (from the 4 Noble Truths of Zen)

8. Anywhere you are is a sacred place. Joseph Campbell

9. Learn to forgive yourself, again, and again, and again . . . (I couldn’t resist getting another wisdom in from Sheldon Kopp’s Laundry List)

10. Religion is not realisation; not talk, nor doctrine, not theories, however beautiful they may be. It is being and becoming, not hearing or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming changed into what it believes, into knowledge. That is religion. Swami Vivekananda

11. Spend some time alone every day. (from the Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules To Live By)

12. This is from Astrologer Rob Brezny:  Cultivate mental and emotional states that ripen us to be ready for anything:  form a strategy to avoid being enthralled with the hypnotic lure of painful emotions, past events, and worries about the future;

13. Don’t forget to break the rules ….. Dalai Lama, Sheldon Kopp, Zen, suZen

14. All teachers make a contribution to Yoga. My contribution is Gibberish – every day talk meaningless Gibberish for a few minutes to clear the mundane mind. Swami Vivekananda

15. Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right …. from suZen.

16. Be in awe of the mystery . . . this quote from a man to whom harmony in the Universe was of prime importance, something Albert Einstein said with great beauty and lucidity:

“The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the sower of all true art and science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself with the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling is at the centre of true religiousness and art.”

17. All is Well. The ultimate life-lesson of Bhagavad Gita, Krishna to Arjuna.

Namaste, Susan

The Language of The Heart

Sacred Heart

Language of the Heart Youtube Meditation Class

The heart has its own language, it’s a silent language of devotion, compassion, kindness and trust. In our Yoga practice we have many, many practices to work with this energy center, the space of the heart, and so I usually teach these over a few classes or workshops.

Our yogic practices help us in opening to our spiritual vision through the silent language of the heart . . . and through dedication to our yoga practice we open, activate and accelerate our spiritual vision so we can work with the divine in our lives. So essentially what this means is learning to recognise our signs, symbols and messages from the Universe about existence flowing through our lives. Most of these are silent, non-verbal communications from the divine and the divine mother . . . then through dedication to our practice we turn intuitions, feelings, fleeting inspirations into enduring behaviour supported by values and meaning.

This is what we are doing right now in our evolution, bringing all the wisdom from our ancient practice together so that we can aspire to the highest creative values for the future.

The language of the heart is silent . . . we call it the “unstruck sound” in the Heart Chakra. And the essence of all that is, is in the heart centre . . . the essence of Divinity within you. So, you are what you ARE not what you do.

In Yoga we know what we are made of, through experience of the koshas, our subtle bodies, which surround the germ of the Self . . . and we say “I AM THAT I AM . . .” in silence and self-awareness for clearer, deeper self-knowledge.

I usually start my teaching by introducing the meditator to the inner relaxation process, so we can start on inner listening. We have heart chakra meditation practice with the hridaya heart hand mudra to subtly and powerfully direct Prana to the space of the heart . . . and bringing together pranayama and breath awareness in the So Ham meditation which means “I AM THAT, THAT I AM . . “

When the Heart Chakra is opened and activated, communicating in its silent language in your inner world of the self, then we understand how it “talks” to our other Chakras especially Guru Chakra, the center of our Wisdom.

namaste, enjoy, Susan

From my heart to yours: a free-to-download audio of Susan reading the Love Poems of Pablo Neruda and Rumi. Enjoy

Awakening the Guru Principle

This is taken from the Satsang in Class 29 of my weekly yogic meditation classes on my Youtube Channel:

Guru Chakra is where we experience the Guru Principle – where we experience the cosmos with qualities of wisdom and knowledge . . . and where we learn command of our identity.

Guru Principle is Divine Principle . . . the experience of the Divine Child within, or Essence. We awaken to this essence and experience ourselves in Universal language when we have been initiated by our teacher or master, through the maturation process of our practice and our spiritual experiences . . . becoming awakened to knowledge and inner wisdom of life’s fundamental questions: who am I? Why am I here? What is my relationship with the Divine?

This process of initiation is important because it is leading the student, or disciple to the point at which we experience the bridge between our humanity and Divine Consciousness and then from this point of awakening onwards we are capable of guiding ourselves with wisdom and becoming master of our own identity.

As you now know from our meditation practices, without training and strengthening our focus of concentration, we can’t experience the necessary inner silence and stillness to experience the energy of Guru Chakra . . . without the steps of our path we don’t attain the maturity we need for practice, and this of course is initiation . . . emotional, psychological, spiritual . . . .

. . . it is the inner stillness and silence that creates the space within for our experience of witnessing.

We don’t need to seek truth, it is all around us . . . we need to witness it. When we’ve cultured the qualities of clarity and wisdom, then Guru Principle has been awakened . . . along with the ability to discriminate between truth and untruth, reality and unreality.

You can deduce that this process and principle is far, far more vastly powerful and sacred than the claims of teachers, for example in short Youtube videos, who claim the glamour of “opening the third eye” . . . and the reason for my emphasis on your training over these classes and my careful guidance through this process, as I am not there with you in person to guide your initiation.

So, in our nervous centres we react to the language of the Universe, cosmic rhythms – the planets speaking to us in Divine terms of patterns and cycles of energy – these reactions we have in the nerve plexuses associated with out Chakras. But the energetic centers, our gateways to cosmic vibrations, which are more psychic, are experienced closer to the spine in our human mindbody. And, as you know, Guru, Agya of Ajna Chakra is the energetic centre at the top of the spine – where masculine and feminine, divine masculine and divine feminine, divine and the mother or power of nature, heaven and earth, meet within us to create the Divine Child within or our Essence . . . knowledge of which gives us our identity.

Your Guru knows your identity: you are not what you do . . . what you are, is this essence within, this Divine Child.

When you awaken to this knowledge, this is the evolution of your consciousness . . . which the guru or master treats as sacred, honouring the spirit dwelling within your human mindbody.

So, the Guru represents the Universal, Divine Principle that leads us from darkness to light – which means from ignorance to knowledge, from death to immortality: and immortality means the eternal nature of your Soul.

When disciple and Master unite, when the “Guru Principle” has been awakened in the consciousness of the disciple and the disciple begins to guide himself, the disciple then becomes his own master.

I want to leave you with this: it is knowledge from one particular planetary cycle going on for another couple of years . . .

. . . we are not likely to get much reinforcement from others at this time and could be forced to rely on inner resources and self-confidence. We should not expect others to provide us with backbone; we need to provide our own. “

And there is a lesson to be learned here: “The more we identify with what we do rather than what we are, the more difficulties this influence will cause . . .

. . . you are not what you do.

When we confront these issues of: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my relationship with the Divine? Then we learn to handle life much more successfully because we don’t always have to protect ourself.”
Qualities of command, knowledge and wisdom protect us.
Namaste

Crown Chakra Point of Peace

This is taken from the Satsang teaching in my weekly meditation class in the yogic tradition on my Youtube Channel: Class 30 on Crown Chakra practices:

 

A short Satsang today for this class, Class 30 the final class in this series of practices in my Further Than Yoga teachings. I want to give you time in contemplation today . . . these are big concepts and infinite energy which we are attempting to contain and understand within a human mindbody.

Over the weeks, I’ve been teaching you to expand your Spiritual Vision so that you can walk the Divine Path and live with Simplicity of Divinity in your life.

With practice in Crown Chakra meditation we realise this vision . . .being at one at the point where consciousness fuses with our human matter and energy . . . seeing life, our world, our universe with spiritual eyes and understanding the need for our practice.

Crown Chakra as such is not a chakra as it is not an energy centre within our human mindbody system . . . rather as we know it is a point of fusion physically described as situated slightly above our crown. So it is a point in our spiritual body of what we call in yoga “the abode of highest consciousness” where fusion happens . . . when we are open to that and have evolved our consciousness through our meditation practice.

And in our meditation practice, having undergone the initiation into our practices with the teacher or master, we’ve been opening and awakening . . .

. . . especially in the process of opening the heart centre, for it is impossible to open to the fusion of divine and human, matter and energy if the heart centre is not open to love and devotion.

We’ve then been through the process of opening Guru chakra and Bindu chakra . . . the development of your consciousness has progressed, like the seeds of a lotus we say.

For this is the symbol of the Crown Chakra, Sahasrara, the thousand petaled lotus flower radiating light the symbol of Divine Consciousness and the Supreme Self. Sahasrara in Sanskrit means thousand or infinite. And in our yogic meditation, the steps I have been teaching you, also known as Raja Yoga, these 2 are one force which does exist within our individual soul but of which we are not usually conscious.

For this consiousness to develop and evolve, we follow our steps of practice until we get to the stage of Dhyana, or the Dhyan meditation which you have practised today . . . absorption in deep meditation. The Dhyan meditation predates the Buddha . . . our practises being documented 4,000 – 5,000 years ago . . . and Dhyan travelled eastwards from India after the Buddha’s time becoming Zen.

So the Divine Consciousness and the Supreme Self are 2 primal principals which we realise are one when we become “one with self” or when we evolve our consciousness to “oneness with consciousness”.

And I’ll leave you with this quote from Swami Maheshwarananda for your contemplation:

“When we are unable to see or experience anything in meditation, it is because our vision is obstructed by the barrier of the limited “I”. Though our Soul (known as the Atma) is directly connected to God, and is, in fact, God, we are not yet conscious of this.”

I would encourage you in spending time  in your own contemplation of these teachings and concepts . . .

Namaste

Susan

Change thro Chaos . . . or: How I am bringing about change as a Teacher and Writer in times of greatly needed change.

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This is taken from my Satsang (teaching) in yesterday’s Youtube meditation class – my free class goes out weekly on my Youtube Channel.

For those of you who don’t known the tradition in teaching and taking yogic meditation, we have a structure to our classes and this involves taking teaching from the teacher or master. Satsang has a couple of meanings (as most Sanskrit words do): we come together as a group or workshop, in the spirit of truth, or being together in truth with the Guru, master or teacher in the group. Also it can mean our coming together to bring us closer to the truth and what happens is the bonding of the group of like-minded spirits.

The Guru, master or teacher is the energy center of the place or gathering and also the nerve center of the group . . . and I’ll ask you to hold that thought . . .

I’m going to encourage you to expand your knowledge . . . firstly if you haven’t already, acquaint yourself with Bruce Lipton’s work in the Biology of Belief . . . his work has been on Epigenetics, the cell walls and how we respond to our environment: and how important our belief and our happiness is for our health (for example we now know that most Cancer is Epigenetic). Those of us who trained as meditation teachers will remember the Yogic belief in our cells and this level of our inner micro-cosm. Secondly, Astrologer Rick Levine’s analysis of the astrological themes for August 2016 is incredibly helpful and insightful and that’s on his Youtube channel.

So, “How am I bringing about change as a teacher and writer in times of greatly needed change in our world?” . . . this is one way: I took Rick Levine’s advice in my astrology and delayed the streaming of my class on Sunday so I could listen more to others’ feelings and shake up my own schedule . . . as my “happiness lay in the chaos” (Rick’s words). I’m so glad I did, with some fabulous conversations on Saturday . . resulting in my appreciation of people’s inner fears right now, vulnerability and low confidence . . . alienation experiences and inner chaos difficult to deal with never mind heal . . .

I bring about change as a teacher and writer because I have spent over 20 years in building teaching of inner stability and structure within . . . and I communicate with skills which were a gift and which I’ve worked on for over 20 years. Yes, there is chaos without in our world . . . but I and others like me are skilled at showing the way . . . how do we deal? . . . how do we heal?

So, this Satsang I’m teaching for a meditation class on Guru Chakra, which I call “Getting to the silence . . . thro the chaos” . . . because we CAN get to the inner silence we need to experience the wisdom quality of Guru Chakra (ajna Chakra known as the Third Eye) . . and we do that with practice.

My own story of chaos this week, has been with my bank Ulster Bank . . . and banking is one of the structures, corporate institutions, which are crumbling and need to crumble and collapse right now in our story of our human evolution. They weren’t prepared for my explosion and refusal to be treated badly by them anymore. This has been brewing a long time . . . they’re well known for their mainframe computer crash in 2012 affecting 3 countries . . . with knock on effects over the last 4 years. The 4 years since 2012 being the time scale we’ve been going through for unexpected change, at a time when change is happening as we play out revolutionary trends started in the 60’s and 70’s. I know this . . . I know we’re metamorphosing . . . my bank don’t, and their recent actions and restructuring have only served to unnerve and alienate their customer base here in the Republic of Ireland.

So, how am I bringing about change? I am making a few short videos to send to customer relations in my bank to enlighten them . . . in the spirit of engendering change from within. But if my efforts are not well received [and I’m not holding my breath] I’ll share on the media . . . to give confidence to those who don’t know that people like me and you are the iceberg underneath seemingly innocuous tips floating at surface level. And I’ll share on LinkedIn, because Ulster Bank advertise their loans to a potential professional audience – well I’m a professional on a professional network . . . you see where my iceberg is?

But, back to our cellular structure: your teachers and masters know that we are here to keep the Cosmic order – expecially in your system, in your micro-cosm, for harmony with the greater cosmos, the macro-cosm . . . when we hold you in the aura of the Divine, this is what we are doing energetically and spiritually. So we are in fact holding the space, aware of our need for change and metamorphosis . . . the old has to crumble for the new to emerge.

One “new age” person I met recently, I’m guessing in his early 60’s, was kind of bewildered and a bit dejected about our (humanity’s) apparent lack of progress, the craziness and mess of the world seemingly a sign of how ineffective our belief and work of the last 20 years have been: “so what was the new age about?” he asked me. I said that us teachers and practitioners, writers etc, were getting ready . . we’ve been learning and skilling up, strengthening, building . . . building an inner structure, seemingly below the surface. And if someone like me is dealt with on a shallow level of our human biases and reactions, because of being pushed into primal fears – the unknown – I dig in. My seeming explosion at a corporate institution with a structure that needs to crumble is me reaching inside and saying “right that’s enough . . . and now I’m telling you why.”

Actually, all this craziness in the world that’s “out there” is perfect according to Bruce Lipton, because the biological system of humanity needs to do whatever it can to re-organise on a higher level – and we can’t re-organise on a higher level until the older level either falls apart or crumbles, or dissipates, or whatever it needs to do. Essentially this is not a regular time we are living in, from 50 years ago to 20 years hence in the future for us, we are basically going through the pangs of “childbirth” . . . energetically speaking for the “new age” to emerge.

So, I have another 20 years of teaching and communicating ahead of me . . . but I’m in a different place than 20 years ago: my structure is built . . . I’m teaching new ways to deal with all of this social stuff creatively.

My approach then – and how I hope I empower other teachers and communicators – is to teach that we handle chaos without by shaking ourselves up. Dynamic practice works . . . and within our chaos is our happiness: remember the old saying, as above so below, as within so without . . .

Dealing and healing is my teaching: dealing with the explosions of energy which have to happen to shake us out of old worn out structures, revolution as against evolution. Revolution causing chaos to release power which happens in dark, messy ways but which releases tremendous energy and power within us. So we deal with the chaos we experience at our cellular level being brought up within us, and healing that within as the way to deal with what is happening “out there” in the world . . . and each individual healing making a difference, making change.

To get to the inner silence I need for my inner Bhavana (the space in my inner world) – to “Go To Temple”, as we say, where I experience being held in the aura of the Divine, bathed in Essence – I get to the silence within me by dealing with chaos. When 3 of my old mentors left by various methods 2 weeks ago – one passing over, one retiring, one selling house and moving country – I practised my own class on Forgiveness and then danced to Indian Raga music for 20 minutes to get the rigid tension of the energy of sadness and tears flowing, not letting it turn into anger. Chaos flowing . . .

Earlier in this Satsang, I asked you to hold a thought . . . about nerve.

On the day I had to deal with my bank to put my foot down and demand better treatment . . . my astrology told me it was a test of nerve: and she with the strongest nerve would win . . . which I did. Inner strength, character, resolve and “nerve” is what yoga gives us.

But then we can’t expect an old-style institution like a bank which deals in 3 countries, dealing with centuries-old, dark and messy stuff coming up due to Brexit – they’re not part of “us” here in the Republic anymore and Irish/English issues are buried deep in the psyche – I don’t expect them to understand what we get from our yoga practice, our attitude to the world and our response to our environment . . . resolve and nerve . . . stability from within . . . valuing the strength of our inner structure, our inner power, in times of change which [seemingly] comes from without . . .

. . . and I hope I inspire and empower other teachers and writers in the re-birth of our world: make change creatively.

Namaste, this is for our healing

Susan

Image: Chosen by Elena Ray (Elena’s Twitter is @OldChineseMan)