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Lesson 311 – Inner Silence, Eating Habits and
Date: Feb 26, 2009
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
There can be no doubt that the eating habits we form and live with will
influence our health and our progress in spiritual practices. If we are
engaged in deep meditation, we will have inner silence rising from within,
and this will aid us greatly in making adjustments in our habits in what we
eat, and when and how we eat it. We may find ourselves eating lighter more
nutritious foods, taking our time doing it, and chewing our food much
better. In fact, it can be said that the rise of inner silence is a primary
influence in lifting all of our habits up to support increasing levels of
health and happiness in all avenues of life.
As we are growing inside, we will find ourselves much more able to act on
information and methods we encounter on the outside. What is true will ring
true more readily as we grow from within, and we will find the strength to
reprogram any unhealthy ingrained habits to operate on a higher level. This
is the primary dynamic involved in improving our life in all areas.
With inner silence comes a greater faith in our ability to change, to grow,
and to expand in joy and love. As we become more aware, we can overcome our
old habits and cultivate new ones that enable us to forge ahead in life. It
has been said that those who have the desire to change can. The rise of
inner silence elevates our desires and our ability to act on them in the
direction of permanent positive change.
Of course, raw willpower can be used to accomplish things also. But
willpower alone will eventually tire if it is not rooted in our steady
stillness, and in our connection within ourselves to something greater than
the limits of time and space. The source of steadfast willpower is inner
silence. Habit is what determines our actions in life, and rising inner
silence is what gives us the ability to lift our habits to a higher plane.
We know from modern physics that the world as we see it is made up of
miniscule bits of energy polarity interacting with each other in vast empty
space to form the appearance of substance and sequence of events we are
familiar with in everyday living. Likewise, the scriptures of the world, in
one terminology or another, point to omnipresent unmanifest spirit
permeating and upholding all that is manifest.
There is really nothing here at all but energy moving in
empty space. And yet, here we are going about the daily business of
our lives. It is a mystery.
While many have borne witness over the centuries to the profound benefits of
realizing our spiritual nature, many of us remain somewhat unconvinced, even
as our vast religious institutions stand as constant reminders (albeit,
distorted at times) of what sages and prophets have lived and shared
Today, the evidence is mounting through the direct experiences of a
fast-growing number of spiritual practitioners everywhere around the world.
The message is simple. We are eternal spirit, manifesting through body and
mind. In our hearts we know this is true, for it is in the heart where we
are joined in Oneness, and can directly experience that we are
constantly connected in body, mind and spirit.
Within the human body, there are numerous processes at work that will
naturally support our evolution toward full realization, if we but encourage
them to do so. This is the essence of yoga, the application of a range of
methods leading to full expression of spirit through us. In these lessons we
have called it the emergence of stillness in action, or the rise
of outpouring of divine love. This is our destiny as we travel along the
evolutionary pathway of life.
The food we eat has a direct relationship to our evolution. While it is not
the primary means for spiritual transformation, food plays an important
supporting role, especially as we become more advanced on our path. We
cannot force our evolution by changing our diet, but we can enhance our
progress by heeding the inner call.
As we rise in our sensitivity through daily deep meditation, we will hear
the call and adjust our habits in ways that can dramatically enhance our
realization of the mind/body/spirit connection. In time, we will come to
know that this connection encompasses everyone and everything. Through
direct experience, we come to know ourselves as that Oneness, and we
conduct ourselves accordingly in our daily affairs, serving the greater good
as we serve our own.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on deep meditation, see the
AYP Deep Meditation book.
For detailed discussion on
yogic diet, see the
Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli book.