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.

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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

Social Media Resources have changed: Facebook: Freedom To Flow @SoulFlowsSweetly : Twitter @FreedomToFlow

YouTube Channel: There are over 30 full length free Yoga Meditation classes for your spiritual growth and development.

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

FACEBOOK:  The SuZen Facebook page has now migrated over to Freedom To Flow @SoulFlowsSweetly and links to my teaching and writing will all be on that page now.

TWITTER: @FreedomToFlow

YOUTUBE: youtube.com/c/susannirahilly There are 30 full length Yoga Meditation classes for you to work through.

Accelerating Spiritual Vision with the Guru Wisdom Within

Youtube Video Satsang is here

 

An essential part of accelerating our Spiritual Vision through our practice with Yoga, is the deep understanding that we are balancing the power of nature – the Divine Feminine energy within us, or Shakti – with the power of love, through opening and nurturing the heart centre or space in the heart, Hridayakasha, with the life power of wisdom . . . and our practices involve inner culturing and growth . . .

Wisdom IS . .  . it has often been called “thusness” or “suchness” . . . it is energy and it is a power, a life energy within us.

You are already a very wise person on the inside. Allow the seeds of wisdom within you to blossom, grow and strengthen in your Yoga practice. You can experience more of your own wisdom as you experience proving your own knowledge to yourself in your life – and also expanding and growing in your development with Yoga.

As you uncover more and more of your own Wisdom Energy, the Guru Within awakens and your inner confidence in your own innate abilities for inner guidance develops.

The term “Guru Within” comes from the quality of Ajna Chakra or the “Guru” Chakra, the forehead or eyebrow center, one of our psychic gateways to consciousness. We embody Guru quality, or Wisdom within.

In Yoga we have this beautiful concept for growth: and it’s that of cultivating ourselves like a garden; Yogic Gardening or cultivating our senses, qualities and emotions. So we tend and care for the ground of ourselves, as we ourselves in mindbody emotions and spirit are delicate and as full of potential as seeds . . . and as we blossom and grow in our lives and our practice, co-emergent energies need diligent tending – we make sure to pull out the messiness of the weeds so that the beauty, the light of our flowers can bloom strongly in fullness.

And of course Yoga takes you on such an amazing journey with Meditation – a journey to self-acceptance and peace with self through Balance. This is a journey which is always leading us away from shadows towards the light. Discovery that your own inner wisdom energies have just been waiting to emerge all the while is nothing short of amazing. Discovering opposite poles of light and shadow help you grow and build your inner confidence in the wise person you really are on the inside: the Guru Within.

We have a few practices in Yoga for cultivating our emotions, growing emotionally and uncovering wisdom – connecting with the Guru Within.

Yogic Gardening

As we know, those of us who practice meditation are aware that opening up to divine energies, both the divine and the divine mother, these powers within build and we need to balance . . . physically, energetically and emotionally and spiritually . . . in order to contain such power within our human bodymind systems . . . and as we know the practice of our physical postures was developed to build the strength needed for containment of these forces.

So, Yogic Gardening . . . What a delightful way of describing the practice in Yogasana, whereby we guide the mind into the body and focus on points of tension, the neuromuscular knots that come up into awareness, breathing into them and releasing them with the breath and the mind. In this practice we become more aware of the body’s wisdom and intelligence. With practice we can ask the questions: “Why was I holding that there . . . ?” and “How come I reacted that way to that . . . ?” and very commonly “How long has that been there . . . ?”

Passive Supportive Practice

Being supported by soft props and supports so that we can relax into deep postures is very powerful and releasing. Don’t forget that even the good things in life can cause us conflict, moving on in life often means leaving things behind which does cause us stress and loss.

Examples of this practice would be as I taught you in Class 9 of my Youtube weekly meditation classes a few weeks ago : Supported Forward Bend, sitting in an easy cross leg position, with a pillow across the knees to relax into in the Forward Bend; and Breathing with a Bolster, where we lie down over the bolster, supporting the spine, and just breathe while taking the mind down to the heart space, lower back, abdomen and hips. In this practice we simply allow the body to surrender and let layers of tension be peeled away.

Breath and surrender take us to new places of awareness in our mindbody and emotions. We give ourselves the time and space to peel away layers of accumulated tension with the deep breathing in the practice taking us to the bridge between the unconscious, conscious mind (mundane mind) and consciousness. Teaching us patience, detachment and discernment.

Contemplation, Visualisation and Meditation

Contemplation is a powerful step on the Yoga Path to self-understanding. Taking time for yourself on a regular basis will so enrich your journey towards knowledge of self.

Assume a posture you can relax into: Corpse, easy cross leg, Reclining Buddha; pay attention to your breathing, focus on your grounding and centering with the breath . . . . sit quietly . . . allow yourself to be still.

Reviewing your life on, say, a weekly basis will help you tune into your strengths and weaknesses – obviously with the intention of letting the weaknesses just wither away like weeds.

Visualisation, say for example using colour to identify strengths and weaknesses, helps you grow in self-confidence. You’ll connect with the visual qualities of your mindbody system and give yourself an incredibly powerful tool for growth.

You could visualise a colour for each of your energies . . . . mental, emotional, physical, spiritual – and strengthen the colours when you encounter feelings and senses of weakness. So, for example: what makes you feel bigger and what makes you feel smaller? An example of wisdom energy would be: having a profound sense of spaciousness; and the opposite weakness would be: getting very absorbed in a small world. Another wisdom would be: seeing the big picture and having a largeview; and the corresponding weakness would be: being rigid and tight and dogmatic.

Meditation.  This is a journey which is always leading us away from shadows towards the light: the Guru Within.

Your Guru or inner Wisdom energies are waiting to emerge. And you will gain inner strength and confidence from knowing that you can be in control as you move along the path of your expansion and growth in your spiritual life . . . all we need to do on a regular basis is grow the strengths and let the weaknesses wither away and die.

You are a very wise person within . . . Wisdom IS.

Namaste, Susan

Youtube Video Satsang is here

Holding the Space in the Heart

Building on our inner world, is the practice of holding the space within by strenghtening and growing our masculine energy. This space within as we know in Yoga, is the inner structure of our temple within – we strengthen our masculine energy and inner structures so that the transformative, feminine energy can flow. As the Heart Chakra gradually awakens and opens and activates our spiritual vision . . . then so can feminine energy flow freely.

Slowing down into stillness

Practice involves slowing down, learning inner relaxation and stillness for meditation on the unwavering flame in the Space of the Heart, learning respect for something that is almost a forgotten word in our culture in the west today: Honour. So constant practice is bout learning the conditions and qualities necessary to honour the Spirit within us all.

Ultimately, with practice, we can truly create an inner sanctuary which protects the ever burning flame of love and devotion from the winds of the world: slowing down, maturing, respecting, holding the space so we can be thankful of our inner experience with our Spirit.

Meditation and Contemplation

Practices that introduce us to this process with Yoga are our gentle restorative asana practices, Pranayama for balancing masculine and feminine energies, and of course our inner relaxation which prepares us for the Flame of the Heart meditation.

I’ll leave you with some contemplation on love: a few words from one of the most beautiful pieces from Kahlil Gibran, from the Prophet, Speak to us of Love . . .

When love beckons to you follow him,

Though his ways are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

And when he speaks to you believe in him,

 Namaste, Susan

This class from my Youtube channel contains some of the practices above and also a Satsang on Speak to us of Love.

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A Return to Innocence

 

We are continually in communication with Divinity, and Bindu Chakra, the energetic centre and psychic gateway at the back of the head is where we experience the amber nectar of immortality . . . the sweet nectar of the gods: we awaken and activate this center in our Yogic meditation practices, which essentially are a return to innocence.

Our Perfect Innocence

And of course whenever we express this kind of concept, from the cosmology and mythology of Yoga, we are talking about projecting outwards our own inner god-like qualities. Bindu Chakra represents a point in our inner cosmos, integral to our attitude to life and our relationship to the world and our environment . . . remembering our perfect innocence.

Hatha Yoga teachers would not normally teach this, as Bindu Chakra is not in their “books”. These practices come from deeper and older practices originating in the path of Tantra . . . practices which respect the experience of the vibration of the Divine within the human bodymind. So if you’re used to Hatha Yoga teaching, and you’re concerned about the way you look and how you move, these practices will be very different for you.

Reclaiming Spiritual Heritage

Right now in our evolution, some of us are reclaiming our spiritual heritage: what it involves is change, badly needed change for our world and planet. And the way we can make the necessary space for change to happen is of course to let go, to adapt, to learn and work with a process to make this happen. When we speak of process, with Yoga, we speak of practice.

So, Bindu Chakra practices. What happens with this practice, this process? We re-set our buttons . . . wash our emotions . . . straighten out our heads . . . connect with our soul . . . ancient energies and ways.

You give yourself time and space to do this: to find parts of yourself, to put yourself together into the whole. This is time and space to talk to a purer part of yourself . . . it’s a return to innocence.

The Yoga “Tribe”

As you know I’m teaching you “further than yoga”, to accelerate your spiritual vision for those of you who want to walk the Divine path through practice. And if you are drawn to Yoga, the whole of Yoga, going back to ancient teachings to go beyond in your life, then you are one of the “Yoga Tribe” in my opinion.

We are the mediators, we are the sensitive souls reawakened in the West with consciousness hidden in our memories, here at a time when the world needs us for our power to balance.

Reclaiming Power

Many of us have been suffering from erosion of Spirit for years now, stopping this erosion means reclaiming power – this power in Yoga we call Yoga Shakti. I ask you to ask yourself some questions about adapting to the changes we need to make right now in our evolution to contribute towards re-balancing power:

So, let in some light and ask yourself: where in my life do I see the need for change? And how can I let go of those things that I thought were so important, so that I can affect the change I need?

Namaste, Susan

The practices I teach for awakening of Bindu Chakra are mainly on focused concentration in my Youtube class . . . Class 25 is here

3 simple and almost effortless ways to grow spiritually every day for budding buddhas . . .

We’ve just had the Spring Equinox and it’s the real start to the year, here in the Western world. I re-post this blog every year at this time, but this year we had the powerful solar eclipse just hours before the Equinox. For the world, this has meant the very end of the Age of Pisces, the end of the era of dominant religions, Patriarchy and Saviour/Messiahs. 

This blog is the result of my insights into how much a year can change your life . . . and this year really is the first year for the growth of the individual and our enlightenment through our own integrity and handling our own issues . . .

. . .  simplicity and grounding will be key, I feel, and so my suggestions below are for those of you who’d like to evolve and grow on a daily basis throughout the coming year: may the buds of your buddha-hood open and blossom.

But, first a bit of a story: I was living in Saltaire, Yorkshire (UK) in the mid-90’s, intensely into my Yoga and Meditation training and dreaming of the day when I could be independent as a Meditation Teacher. I had made my bathroom in my apartment very soothing and beautiful. I had a few Meditation “clients” coming on a regular basis. By 1995 I had found a few simple ways to incorporate zen into my daily life.  And I had been given a little book for xmas 1994 – Daily Meditations for 1995 by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov.

I put the little book in my bathroom, made a lovely bookmark, and started 1995 with the intention of reading my meditations every morning for the year so that I would be the sincere and dedicated student my teachers deserved. I resolved to grow and evolve steadily and patiently and to look back through the book every two or three months to assess my progress.

What I didn’t expect was that everyone who visited me in my apartment during that year, was enjoying doing the same thing! I got used to people asking if the bathroom was free as soon as they arrived and disappearing for 5 minutes or so quiet time on their own . . . .

Before I give you my 3 simple insights for (almost) effortless spiritual growth, I’d like you to know one very important and fundamental thing to guide and support you on your path of development.

And it is this: Your teacher, guru or your master knows you are not neurotic. Your teacher knows that all you have to do is sit . . . . meditate, sit in stillness or contemplation, practice with honesty and integrity and your buddha nature will awaken – your divine self will shine through. And you must be sincere in your practice, for you do not come to your guru on your ground . . . you come to the teacher or master on his or her ground. And they will allow you to have evolved a little more every time they see you.

So, 3 very simple ways to grow and evolve on a daily basis.

Read daily inspirations:

Choose a source of inspiration that you can draw on consistently: you could follow one or two poets – my suggestions would be Rumi, Pablo Neruda or Kahlil Gibran.

To introduce you to Neruda and Rumi: go here for my free-to-download readings of their love poems.

Give up one weakness and grow one strength every day:

You were born with wisdom. You are a being of energy. You were also born with “shadows”. Your shadows are your weakness or neuroses – we all have them. You can consciously take control of your self and keep moving from the shadow to the light by strengthening the good stuff and letting the weaknesses wither away and die.

This practice takes a few minutes contemplation every day and keeping a journal helps to see what makes you bigger and what makes you smaller. An example of wisdom energy would be: having a profound sense of spaciousness; and the opposite weakness would be: getting very absorbed in a small world. Another wisdom would be: seeing the big picture and having a largeview; and the corresponding weakness would be: being rigid and tight and dogmatic.

Give up one expectation – especially about relationships – every day!

As you now know, you are a buddha with the potential to awaken, and not a neurotic to your teacher in Zen as long as you are sitting in Meditation regularly. Your friend, “other” partner, lover etc is also a buddha . . . give up one expectation in your relationships every day and give the people in your life the respect your teacher gives you in allowing them to have evolved a little every time you see them.

So, I’ll leave you with this thought: evolving and growing spiritually creates magic in our lives, so that we can know the miracle of setting ourselves free . . . and here’s one of those Daily Meditations I told you about to set you on your path for the coming year,  . . . enjoy!

Knowledge must be lived if it is to remain with you for all eternity.

The only thing that will not disappear, the only thing that you can take with you into the next world, is the knowledge that you have proved for yourself in your own life; the knowledge that has become an integral part of your being.” Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, Daily Meditations, February 19th 1995.

If you are setting out on the path to opening up spiritually, HERE is a free-to-download introduction to Yoga Meditation in the SuZen teaching style.

Namaste, Susan

Note:  As of today, and whilst I am writing my book on the Spirit of Zen in our lives, the suzenyoga website is inactive . . . after the eclipse, I went through an exercise of reclaiming my power from the invisible “master” of the internet*: My LinkedIn and SpeakingTree profiles are now private, My Twitter and Facebooks are on private alerts. This blog and the FreedomToFlow Twitter still feed my Amazon Author page.

* I didn’t choose for the internet to be my “master” or my Patriarch, but somehow I got told as did most of us, that we had to be subservient to it, give them all our free creative content and be grateful for the little they give us. I’m enjoying the liberation this little gap of freedom is giving me for my own creativity – a small act of power-reclaiming but a big step for liberation.