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Lesson 217 -
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217.1 - Increasing
Responsibility in Unity (Audio)
Date: Sat Jul 10, 2004 4:11pm
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Note: This is a followup on the previous lesson called, "Kundalini
jolts and self-pacing in practices."
Q: Thank you for the advice. I'll tone it down, per your suggestions, and
see how it goes for a month or two.
From this experience, I really get your message about not going too fast. I
no longer feel the intense need to burn through all the practices. My desire
to keep it up and experience the divine is still strong, but I now feel that
the later practices can wait. I realize this process is actually quite fast
enough without me charging ahead.
This experience and your advice have really helped me to see this.
A: Yes, now you have it. It is a journey that requires prudent regulation of
practices. Only the practitioner can do that.
I have been very impressed with the level of responsibility nearly everyone
has shown in taking on these powerful advanced yoga practices. There have
been perennial predictions that open knowledge of spiritual practices would
lead to disastrous results. It is not true, at least not here and now.
Self-pacing is a concept and a practice that is easy to understand. The
"learning to drive the fast car" analogy is one we can all relate to.
It seems that the tendency toward desperation and overdoing in practices is
driven more by the lack of practices than by the open availability of them.
What is withheld we tend become desperate for, and we often overcompensate
with the practices we do have. What is freely available, we must develop the
skill to use responsibly, and we will. It is that simple.
So, my hat is off to you (and everyone) taking up the challenge of advanced
yoga practices and developing good self-pacing skills at the center of your
It means you are well on the way to self-sufficiency in your spiritual
endeavors. That is a very important part of the enlightenment process. It
means you can do it yourself. Once you know that, then there is no stopping
The guru is in you.
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