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

Hope . . . for humanity. How?

Hope. How . . . ? Further Than Yoga is all I can think of . . .

They used to say “Education. Education. Education.” As in, “education is everything.” But it is not – not unless communication is good.

You would think what with all the media resources we have nowadays, communication is better than ever before. But it isn’t. Yes, there’s MORE of it – but no depth, real skill, heart-based understanding and compassion. And truth . . . ? I don’t think so – especially not about waking up what is sleeping in our memories . . . consciousness, and what we will need from our distilled wisdom to take us forward into the future as Humanity.

Humanity needs hope. How? Well, as humankind we actually always have had that in our inner nature . . . it’s one of the life powers we’re born with, and need to tune into.

When I say “further than yoga “ I’m not disparaging yoga the practice or the very sincere yoga teachers we have around us, but I have seen for a few years now that there’s been a settling into promoting various styles of physical, yoga practices to the benefit of media and some teachers, and to the detriment of the whole of Yoga . . . which is intended to take us further than the physical benefits or in fact the destressing mental and emotional benefits. I teach that yoga is the way we live with the divine in our lives, because we can experience direct divine communion through our practice . . . you get to the point whereby you realise that to give up what seems to be control in your life and power over externals, IS the power in Yoga when you develop the maturity and patience to wait for God/Goddess to tell you what you are here for.

And this practice, as I teach, comes directly from Patanjali’s – known as the father of Yoga – 8-step path to enlightenment compiled probably 1,700 – 2,500 years ago, from ancient knowledge prior to that and before the christian era . . . it’s beyond what we know currently . . . and came from knowledge that didn’t have to be recorded.

Yoga is know as our Union with Divine consciousness . . . but there is another translation as with most Sanskrit words, that Yoga is a binding – a practice which binds us with the Divine . . . and the path of Yoga takes us to Samadhi, a state which binds us with higher consciousness . . . and it is also a belief that there is a transcendent source of energy and your life has a purpose which binds you in a commitment through which this vital power flows . . . your bliss . . . it is your bond with life and divinity . . . Existence flowing through you.

When we practice together in this spirit we are bonded – not separated by styles, forms, lifestyle, disposable income etc . . . unified by simple, practical teaching and practices . . . we lift up, individually, to meet the Divine, our source, God/Goddess, the light, Mother . . we open up spiritually . . . we open up to our own Divinity . . . and you yourself understand direct communion with the Divine . . .

. . . being taken beyond what we know of heaven and earth to connect with that part of yourself that is connected, to expand your understanding . . . of the ever-unfolding journey through birth, life, death and regeneration.

Why is this important . . . what does it mean? . . . why are we doing this . . . ?

. . . because this is the way some of us need, to see our own way forward, to grow and mature – because that is what life, your soul, demands – to expand our minds and our perceptions of life.

Life is happening and the continuity of life and life cycles. . . it’s important to me that we all stop waiting and do something now.

Your connection with divinity affects me, your friends, your neighbours and community, the world, the environment and the planet. We need to get on with it, well those of us who can anyway – enlightenment is now . . . so I’m teaching Further than Yoga, and this is how you do it . . .

Be with a Teacher who can initiate you, teach you guiding principles from the Ancient Teachings of the whole of Yoga and instruct you with a practicality of doing this for yourself in your daily life. Practice, and practice devotion to practice, which helps us see the Divine: in our signs, symbols and daily messages on our Soul’s path . . . living with this in our daily life and so that we can see our own way forward . . . and wait for God/Goddess to tell us what is needed.

Namaste, Susan

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Four Ways to Store Up Soul-force Daily

When daily life leaves us with a mind-sapping brain drain and it seems ever harder to keep close to our connection with the Flow of the Universe, there are 4 Universal Healing Salves to repair the damage.

We live in an age of anxiety – very close to the end of Kali Yuga, or the western Astrological Age of Pisces – and because we’ve made ourselves vulnerable from dependence on technology, many, many of us are dispirited, disheartened and downright depressed. In times gone by, if you had gone to the Shaman, Medicine person or Priestess you would have been asked 4 questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweetness of silence?

Dancing, along with drumming and breathing practice – or singing and chanting – keeps us deeply connected with our roots in the Earth. Storytelling has always been humankind’s way of passing on our knowledge and giving expression to the complexities of our energies, keeping us in connection with the Mystery. And, as we know, silence [Mauna] is the state in which we acquire strengthened experience of Medha Shakti: the essential power ‘food’ for the brain, memory and intellect.

The result is a powerful force for your life which comes from the Soul [both yours and the Great Soul]: Gandhi called it Soul-force, we also know of it as God-force, it is the Transcendent force that drives the sweet essence of life: Love-force . . . as Jesus also taught.

Personally, I have tremendous focus for my work . . . from years of practising the Dhyan meditation of course . . . but this ability is in my nature and astrologically sits at the Point of Harmony in the natal western astrological chart. This kind of drive has to be balanced out . . . dancing and silence do it for me.

We can make up our own dance: use the movements from your Yogasana practise – these movements are body-language after all, they are our body-prayers to the Universe. Put on some Raga music and express yourself daily! And then take some time out every day for silence.

Enjoy!

Namaste, Susan

[NOTE: You might like to read Gabrielle Roth’s “Maps to Ecstasy” which is her account of the life- journey that took her to creating the 5 Rhythms Dance form.]

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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

Nurturing our Yoga Teachers – Remembering the Seeds of Samadhi



Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right

 

I had a very clear vision of a network . . . and it wasn’t a social network. This vision brought a deep inner relaxation. What was coming to me was, that Yoga Teachers today might start to do what we are here for – to bring a rest and reprieve for our students from the stresses and strains of our modern world.

We are a Tribe.

We have different psychological crises than we did 2,000 – 6,000 years ago. We have different needs of our inner world, to balance our emotions so that we can handle our environment – which means “Balance” . . . our needs for balance are different today from when yoga was codified, or structured, or put into “paths” and systematised by “lineages” by the yoga masters of the past.

My heart was telling me something was not right – and, truth be told, it has been telling me this for quite some time.

My heart is usually right.

A couple of things were troubling me: media is about images and content. Yoga is full of images and content – but that is the surface, as we know. The surface illusion of “Yoga” has taken over, it suits the media . . . and to an extent it has suited us as teachers for a while: coverage of world yoga day recently was vast.

In one way that was heartlifting and positive, and yet . . . ?

The other thing that has been troubling me, for quite some time, is the need to meet the expectations of this vast image of yoga by fitting in: we fit in with community activities, we fit in with expectations of our “image” – we blog for free, we dilute our classes to suit lifestyles: both our students’ and our own. We have to pay big hire fees for our practice spaces, and we can’t always control the noise/light/heat/cold of the environment. Classes are only viable in certain social times: we accommodate by reducing the amount of time spent in pranayama to 5 minutes in an hour and a half class – and the cost has been . . . ?

The cost has been, I consider, to our compassion and our wisdom as teachers.

But mainly at a cost to our authority.

The cost has also been in diluting the yoga teachers experience in nurturing and compassion . . . because what has happened is that in the end, what is a “mind-body-spirit” path to inner life and freedom has become body-oriented with some mind-practice and the spirit has been paid lip-service to. Because most of our yoga teachers today do not spend time and practice in meditation – a reversal has taken place since my time of training when meditation was the primary focus, with philosophy and yogasanas making up our 8-steps to Samadhi.

And the Divine is our source.

But the real cost, as I have been seeing it for a good while now, is that we have surrendered our role of nurturers of the mind to a global industry in “Mindfulness” – and mindfulness does not accept the universal law of three (which is one of the abiding laws of karma) that there will always be polarities between negative and positive, “right and wrong”, “good and bad”, weak and strong – yet we grow spiritually through these because we recognise that the Divine is the source of vitality in our life: Mindfulness has become the new psychotherapy, attempting to cure imbalance with imbalance: a prescription.

Our yoga teachers need nurturing and developing, in our tradition of training the mind to train the soul . . . which is our purpose for being. Remembering the Seeds of our Samadhi is so important for us – and nurturing and growing these seeds.

If we don’t, as teachers: how do we do this for the world?

How else could we reach into our own hearts for balance, and know it is right to do this for our world?

Namaste

Susan Ni Rahilly, at the age of 63, is considered as a Master in India writing on Yoga and Meditation for Times of India, contributing as a Master to their global online community. Susan’s training and experience has been in Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, both Iyengar and Satyananda style, and Zen. She works with deep inner listening in breathwork in practice, and trains teachers.

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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