GIVE A LITTLE LIGHT.
By a process of awareness, we see ourselves as we truly are. Apparently! Well how do I know if I have or have not 'seen' even though I’m the one telling you this? Because I am a teacher?
Well, primarily I am a yogi and that exploration continues. A constant deconstruction!
Seeing the virgin nature of our being and living in that awareness is 'Yoga'.
We don’t, most of the time, see ourselves as we are! We often 'see' when the mind is still, we feel ourselves and get a glimpse. What we too often also do is just 'look' at the physical of ourselves and others and we 'assume' we can 'see' the nature. Get the difference?
its in the breath that we can observe. The state of mind can be compared to a crystal, as it often is in yoga and many other spiritual traditions. A crystal reflects back to us exactly what is presented to it. There is no suited agenda.
How can we deny what we see - its clear.
Well, we humans are clever and pretty dishonest wearing our dark coloured or sun hazed lenses half the time. We shuffle about and distort the image and when a reshuffle takes place to alter what is presented, we get ourselves in all sorts of bother. Such like in our communication, it happens too. In general often it is so skewed, that we communicate only with 'projection', as opposed to the actual way of being as we are. So we ask ourselves...
What eclipses this pristine projection?
The mass array of thoughts often obscure the basic content of the moment itself. The thoughts themselves eclipse our awareness of the underlying stillness within and present, in the moment.
We 'assume' again. We create nothing but assumptions. The basis of so much mental disturbance is the ongoing habit of forming assumptions. Scrambling our perceptions of ourselves, our relationships, the appearances of others too and so we no longer recognise our own true identity.
The question is, have you ever recognised yourself? Ever?
Yoga is the meticulous examination of how we have come to know what we know. What is the source that these ideas are based from?
The truly contemplative mind is neutral. It is an alert presence that is always available. It’s called the ‘witness’. To witness from this neautral place allows ‘me’ to fade. Imagine that! It vanishes!!!! It's hard for that to happen these days. But is it? As the masks, the projected identities remain, embedded in to the online presence we've created, of course, stay, but i'm talking about within. The sense of 'me', it goes.
So, if we think about this word 'eclipse' and turn to nature, as I always aim to do when I explore the self and find that oneness again and again.... this month of July we can not forget that we will see an actual Lunar 'eclipse'! It will be showing itself in the sky above us and its gonna be BLOOD RED!
But why exactly will the full moon turn blood-red during the total lunar eclipse?
The moon orbits around the Earth and when the moon passes directly behind the Earth in the planet’s shadow, on the opposite side of the Earth compared to the sun, we see a lunar eclipse. Normally when the moon is in that position you would expect no sunlight to be reaching it, so you would expect it to be completely dark. The reason why it turns that reddish hue is because the Earth has an atmosphere and when the sun’s light reaches the atmosphere, gases in the air actually scatter or bend the light, and it’s red light that is scattered by just the right amount that it ends up being directed onto the surface of the moon. during a lunar eclipse when the moon is in an Earth’s shadow the atmosphere causes the red light to be bent towards the moon and that is why we see that reddish colour and people call it a Blood Moon.
So its HATHA. 'ha' sun and 'tha' moon are balanced... the unity of the sun and the moon is in action!!! And that wonderful 'ozone' creates the light!
In yoga we can look at ‘Brahmacharya’ the 4th Yama, that is asking us to become celibate and relates to sensual moderation. I link the eclipse and this Yama from the Yogic Sutras, as for the moment of the eclipse, its the coming together and this is oneness, yet its also energy, its light.
I find in the act of moderation and neutrality, we learn to find peace and unity in the self without the need for anything else. It is a means to save energy. Virya means vital energy. Labha means profit. When there is no loss of virya we gain energy. What we gain by saving this is worth knowing. In the name of loving and giving, many times we lose this energy and become mentally and physically depleted. If we are not strong mentally and physically, we can never gain real spiritual wealth. There exists ignorance around Virya in todays world. “when you love somebody, how can you stop giving?”. It is reminder that there are many ways to give love and to be be satisfied in love, one must be aware of many ways we give, such as to a child, to a friend, that does not need to include physical contact. On a physical level, the fluids we have in our bodies get transformed in to Prana ‘life force’ and when conserved, can build our energy to give back to the self and others more effectively.
This yama is asking us to be moderate and to preserve as much energy as possible, to use this energy wisely and in true love. It encourages us to express our love and affections without overindulgence and reminds us that this is a part of nature. As a result, we begin to bring our knowledge and our strength together. It reveals that the real beauty is inside of us – in character, in noble ideas and in our aim in life. In this way, we come to consider ourselves as sacred and holy beings and therefore the act of offering ourselves in this way, creates limitations and respect of the self. In this way, we preserve not just physical energy alone, but mental, moral, intellectual, and ultimately, spiritual energy as well. This sensual energy gets transferred in to energy called ojas. This is personal magnetism, toning the entire personality, building the nerves, improving brain power and calming the mind. In English this word is like ‘ozone’.
“In the early morning, before sunrise’, we can go out and breathe the ozonic wind, which has a special vibration and energy to it. But once the suns rays fall, this effect is lost. That’s why the period between four and six in the morning is called the Brahmamuhurta, the brahmic time, or divine period, and is a very sacred time to meditate.”– The yoga sutras, p.140.
Ojas when stored create Tejas. Tejas is the aura or the glow.
Everyone can glow and transmit this energy when they conserve the ojas, such as the ordinary carbon left under the earth in an airtight chamber for a considerable time gets hardened, changes its colour and becomes a diamond. If you preserve honey, it gets crystallized.
So as we work from nature, we eclipse the self... this process of yoga is of deconstruction.
To begin to see things as they really are, than through the eyes of years of perception linked to an emotion, idea or assumption of any kind an act of doing, giving, receiving, caught up in projections, assumptions and identity.
This is radical.
Because it requires a radical honesty and acceptance of self, others and all things. Its hard as we all have discrimination coming in to play and we have thoughts, and experiences that come to define how we are. But we remind ourselves that regardless of any rejection, refusal or undoing we hold in our viewpoints that we attempt to define anything, things will always be just as they are, we learn.
One of the most devastating consequences of skewed perception is the longing that grows in us for someone to see us as we really are. Hence, the Yama of Brahmacharya’ coming in to play, as a gift to stop needing someone else to define the self. Constant Yoga practice and in the light of the morning sun I find exposes all... how to be this loving accepting presence. We learn to find the loving presence by self witnessing, jus as we are as we rise.
As we recognise the enduring nature in ourselves, we come to recognise it in others and stop needing someone to 'rescue us' from this obscurity. This is why Instagram, social media, even plain photography, our websites, a CV and so on, are very amusing, it feeds this. It feeds the assumption tendencies in people, it feeds the creation of false identity, it enables us to live in secondary experience and project what we want people to 'see' as opposed to the primary raw one. I LOVE TO post on it to test this all the time. It is provoking in this way and its a tool for that and can challenge perception and create one at the same time. i love to challenge acceptance, test and play with the marriage of identity and awareness. They are in a relationship. See the irony?!
When we don't do this consciously and with lightness, we become susceptible to chronic manipulation of our own image. When we live in primary consciousness, myself as undivided, we realise anything that we refuse in another is that which we are refusing in ourself, as we see ourself in all things.
In class this week, we will work with extension of the breath in pranayama, we will get in to squats, we will connect with spontaneity to remove assumption and strong holds to remove projection as we breathe through it, we will move in a way that takes off those sun hazed shades and exposes the light that shines out!
GET A LITTLE LOVE BACK.
Can't think, can't sleep, can't breathe...
We get to the end and thats where we begin - you feel it?
You ain't got far to go....