Ancient Wisdom Embodied
It is my good fortune to have been born in the land of the Ancients. I never had a dearth of curiosity or channels of information here in India. Our Yogic practices and philosophies are undoubtedly a priceless treasure of information.
However I, like many from my generation, feel a lot of information has been diluted and has lost its real value and authenticity of practice. Philosophies abound and the What is available, but the How remains obscured from us. Urban India, where life speeds like a bullet train, is especially affected by the conflict between the spiritual and material worlds.
I understood cognitively where I was stuck and what it would be like to break free from these limitations. I just did not know how to do it. The processes were confusing because different teachers had different, often contradicting interpretations.
Spiritual interest was one thing but scientific or logical understanding of this was essential for me personally. Was there tangible proof of the changes brought through these practices?
My curiosity led me to Dr Joe Dispenza. I was fascinated with his story of recovery and change. I guess I was looking for someone who did not speak only from information but also from experience. After all, experience is the highest truth.
Science and spirituality are not necessarily different. Energy documented as an experience becomes science. Personally, the bridge between spirituality and science greatly interests me.
Healing is approached either on just the outer layers of the mind or by taking one approach or route into consideration at a time. When we heal at just the obvious outer layers, we tend to understand our behaviours but cannot necessarily change them.
Which means if the outside environment triggers us, we react to it instead of responding to it, even if we are aware of this.
Also, most healing in mainstream medicines addresses treatment of the body as a management of disease and not an elimination of the cause of it. Conversely, Spiritual approaches tend to address just the spirit, occasionally bypassing the body completely. Holistic healing is when all aspects of life and living, body and mind, are included.
In my experience, the body is the single most accurate indicator of our psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual states. If the body is the best indicator, would it not then be the door to access all the states?
Dr Joe’s approach is to change our emotional state by working through the body.
We, in our culture, are not alien to Kundalini energy and the energy centres popularly termed as chakras. The concept, however, is mystical, forbidden, and within reach of only a few. Most people who do not understand the natural energy system of the body and consider it mystical do not realise the potential available to them. Dr Joe’s scientific explanation greatly de-mystifies this process.
These are some of my takeaways from my interaction with him.
Our body is the mind we develop, the one we have invested in. The mind has a thought which produces an emotion which in turn feeds another corresponding thought. We become what we think and feel. In the constant loop of the same thoughts and feelings, we continue with the same experiences. It becomes a predictable life. Our personality rules our personal reality and programmes us unconsciously. The double slit experiment for example, depicts this, showing that the observer and the consciousness of the observer determine the results of the experiment.
It is said that we are addicted to our suffering and, as offensive it may sound to some people, it is in fact true. Our emotions create certain neuro chemical responses and these chemicals run through our bodies like drugs. Our suffering and emotional addictions are the daily fix we need. And, as powerful creatures and creators of our reality, we unconsciously create people, circumstances and experiences to give us the fix of this familiarity, however detrimental it is.
Now how does this tie up with our Indian practices of Yogic science?
My understanding of the Kundalini path is that it aims to free us of all our old past impressions and tendencies, ultimately leading to an enlightened state of being. The illuminated self is free of old conditionings so we are no longer bound by our predictable fates and no longer suffer as our old selves did. Kundalini is the energy at the base of the spine that is directed upwards into our brain. From the root or muladhara it makes its way to the sahasrara chakra and beyond, connecting us to the cosmic field and the divine.
Dr Joe works with the brain, pineal gland and spinal fluid. His process releases the mind from the body, transforming it from the old mind. It then pushes up the spinal fluid into the brain, which awakens the pineal gland. When the old conditioned mind no longer stands in the way, this energy can move through the body. This energy is intelligence in action.
It is said, and has been my experience, that if we know why we do a certain practice and the purpose of it, we set an energetic intention into motion, quite like giving the energy a direction. If we give life affirming energy a direction, it will give us life affirming experiences. Energy is not good or bad. It is energy that simply feeds what has our attention.
I spent years trying to meditate. It was helpful as it gave me time to myself but I had hopes of seeing a real, tangible change in my everyday life. Most times I realised, with myself and my clients, that no matter how calm and relaxed we felt while meditating, our experiences in the real world changed marginally, if at all. So essentially, I got up as the same person after meditating as I was before. I now understand that the time spent in meditating should be time spent actively creating a new body, a new mind, and new life.
Most of us think that we need to use effort, will and muscle to get what we desire. The contrary is actually true, and there is an effortless way to bring into your life that which you desire, require and that which supports you. It takes seeding your intention in a field of possibilities or the quantum field. It requires surrender to marry personal will to cosmic will. It requires us not to just think about what we would like, but to feel and be the very thing you desire.
In my perspective, to change is not to think of change, it is to be that change in thought, feeling and action at all levels, and this is attainable for me and you.
It is true that ordinary people can be extraordinary.
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