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Lesson 10 (The first in this series) - Why This Discussion?
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10.1 - What has Changed in
- Implications of the Rise of Open Systems of Spiritual Practice
Date: Sun Nov 16, 2003 11:45am
Everyone knows they are special, that there is something more than this birth, life, and
death. It resonates somewhere deep inside all of us. We spend our lifetime trying to reach
beyond what we are to be more in one way or another. Sometimes we make a mess of it.
Sometimes we make progress. But too often we drift along hoping someone will open a door
for us. If only they would, we'd run right through. Or would we?
This is the first crucial step, wanting to run through to that something more in us. Being
willing to do it. Craving it. Being desperate for it. I am here because I have been one of
those for many years, and I know there must be others. I want to throw out some methods,
some methods that work. Tools, you know. They are for your consideration. The rest is up
We will talk about philosophy, but not too much. Mostly we will talk about yoga practices,
how they work, what they do, and how to do them. And how they can blend together and
leverage each other like magic. That is why you will be hearing the phrase
"integrated practice" a lot here. It is not a new idea. The Yoga Sutras of
Patanjali lay out an eight-limbed path of practice. Most traditions lean toward one limb
or another. It is natural enough. How many balls can anyone keep in the air? But if you
want to really make progress in this life, you must multi-channel your efforts in the
direction you want to go. It is like that in all things. Spiritual practice is no
We will be talking about many inward ways here -- the ways into the divine you. How to
really open things up. Are you ready for that? Do you long for it? Not everyone does. But
everyone will sooner or later. In fact, a little practice fans the fire of divine longing.
Just a little bit of practice opens the door enough so that the divine desire wells up.
Then we are on fire and want more practice and more powerful ways in. It is a kind of
addiction -- a divine addiction. I confess to being an addict to this spiritual practice
game. It is an ecstatic spiral that pulls us out of our limited earth perception.
Everything will look different, first just a little, and later on, a lot different. So if
you are not wanting to become divinely inspired, divinely addicted, better stay away.
Because the best means are here. If you set your heart and mind to it, you can do it.
Honest. And then nothing will ever be the same. You will laugh and laugh when you see how
it really is.
This discussion is for wise souls, those who are ready to do what it takes for as long as
it takes. Were the sages of old less committed than this? Of course not. We marvel at
their remarkable stories in the scriptures. It is just the same now. You will get out of
your practices what you put in. It has always been like that.
Why bother with all this? To be honest, it is the greatest high we can have. The pleasure
is beyond anything on earth. Really. The essence of divine experience is unending
devastating bliss and an unshakable silent peace. It seems contradictory, doesn't it?
That's how it is. But don't take my word for it. Try some of these methods and see for
yourself. It's all waiting in you. Take a few baby steps, and soon you can be opening by
leaps and bounds. That is assuming you are ready, and choose each day to go for more.
Remember, it is the one thing we can take with us when we move on from this life.
Some of the practices we will be discussing include:
- Cultivating permanent inner silence through Meditation.
- Opening the subtle nerves through Pranayama (breath control).
- Stimulating divine energy through advanced physical postures and maneuvers.
- Cultivating divine desire and conduct.
- Cultivating sexual energy to a new purpose.
- Cultivating silent inner awareness outward in powerful ways.
Some of these practices will seem familiar. Others will seem radical. Combined together in
particular ways, they comprise a powerful system of yoga. These means are too useful to be
reserved for the few. They belong to the many. So indulge yourself. If you long for the
knowledge of human transformation, you are worthy, and you have come to the right place.
The guru is in you.
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