Erich (Holding a flower in his hand): As you can see, the flower has a shadow. And wherever the flower goes, there also goes the shadow. You know what I mean? Flower and shadow are inseparable. But, the flower is not there because of the shadow. And yet they are inseparable.
Erich: The other day I made reference to Descartes, the French philosopher. His famous dictum was, “I think, therefore I am.”
When I first heard that I said, "It sounds good to me. I don't know. That guy seems pretty smart." But then, the more I got into this, the more it seemed like I could argue his case in a way that I would agree with, but basically I think he got it backwards.
It's not, "I think, therefore I am."
It's the other way around. “I am” comes first...
Erich: (Speaking to Hiromi, on the front of her t-shirt it says, "Trust The Universe") Would you mind standing up?
Hiromi: [quizzical look]
Erich: Would you mind standing up? Yes.
And then look that way.
And then look that way. [laughs]
Then look that way.
(Speaking to the class:) I mean do you have a better plan than that? You know what I mean? ...
Erich: Now, remember, I have been recommending also that you go to other people's classes because everyone is teaching something different, and it's good to get a lot of different information. In here, it has been mostly talking — not mostly, but a large portion. There is more talking in my classes these days than most classes, and there is less asana instruction — which feels fine to me. I have taught asana instruction for 40 years. It's sort of like, “Go to someone else's class for that,” though it is super important. Learn it. Really. Learn it. Asana alignment is interesting.
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Erich: The big deal, remember, like I was saying the other day, is it's all about lifestyle — the way you do your thing. Yoga is a lifestyle. It is not a PE class. It's a mind-state with which you live your life.
The main homework, the way I am presenting it, is called the holy instant. The essence of that is whenever it occurs to you, pause and wonder, "What is the truth here, really?"....
Erich: So, as a reminder... and I probably don't need to say this, and yet I am being prompted to say this, since I've got the chance and since we're here:
That's what it is.
Just be clear on that.
Yoga is about lifestyle. The way you do your thing. All the time.
The insight, remember, is that "all the time" simply means the New Now that you find yourself in. So, it will be a constant, “Oh yeah, Now! Oh yeah, Now. Oh yeah, Now. Oh yeah, Now. Now is when I do my lifestyle.”
Erich: Yes. Whenever it occurs to you. Just that in itself is a good thing to remember.
Therefore, in terms of homework, you don't have to remember to do it from now on. But, if it occurs to you — WHEN it occurs to you — that is the exact moment you should be doing it.
When it occurs to you that is the Universe tapping you on the shoulder, saying, "Pssst... do the homework."
So, blow off having to remember to do anything.
But, increasingly, be willing. When it occurs to you, get it. "Oh yeah! OK. Right now is the exact moment to do the homework."
Erich: So, one more thing. What I have been saying is that the feeling-tone of Infinity is the ease of Being, and that your real DNA is G-O-D.
Again, just hear that. This is a fundamental idea, like two plus two is four. You have to learn that, at a certain point. "Oh! Two plus two is four. It's not five. It's not three."
Your real DNA is G-O-D. It's not anything other than that.
Therefore, whatever the nature of G-O-D is, is what you should be identifying yourself as. Otherwise, you are going to be walking around as a "three" or a "five" in the middle of a four-world...
Erich: So, again, thank you for coming to class today. Thank you for coming as regularly as many of you have been coming. I appreciate it. It inspires me. It makes me want to do better.
I always ask inwardly for guidance about what to talk about and what to do in here. What keeps coming up is, "Keep hammering on what we've been hammering on" — until we're a little clearer about it, and a little clearer about it, and a little clearer about it. Until it's obvious that, "Yes, that's sort of the way it is. Maybe that's the way it is. Yes, that's the way it is. Maybe. Yes. No. Maybe. Yes."
Again, it revolves around the word "infinity" — which may not seem relevant. And yet, as it turns out, it's the relevant concept. We have been talking about this a lot. I don't need to keep saying it the same way, again and again. But, the gist of it... And just sort of hear this.
Infinity is The All.
Infinity is the Conscious Space of Awareness in which everything that's happening is happening...
Erich: So, for example — and this is where it has taken me. Look at something that is in your actual field of vision right now. Actually look at something.
I can see this iPod. I can see my watch. I can see the tape-recorder. I can see the schmacker. I can see the bell.
Anything that you can see is a form.
A form has a border and a boundary around it.
And what we have been saying the last number of months, years, is that forms — anything with a border or a boundary, like bubbles, or clouds, or schmackers — are floating in formlessness.
A cloud floats in the sky. A cloud has a border and a boundary, but the sky doesn't. The sky is a pretty good analogy for formlessness. There is no border or boundary around the sky, and yet it is really there...
Erich: We have been talking about something very interesting. I want to get into it again and then I want to read something. I have never read anything in here. I wrote it, but I am going to read it.
But, just the background on this — and remember, it's easy to get into a guilt trip about this. But, it's just as easy to not get into a guilt trip about this. And I am saying it so that you don't go into a guilt trip about it, but so that you actually start having hope.
The Feeling-Tone Of Infinity
The big picture is Infinity, the not finite.
CONSCIOUS INFINITY is the SPACE in which everything is happening...
Erich: Now, one thing that's fun about this is that the clearer you get, the more the colors start getting prettier. This may sound silly, at first. But, it is an easy thing to start playing with during the day.
And so, all I want to say right now is: Feel it within and then see it without.
Feel it within and see it without.
Feel the truth of what you are, and then look at things, the colors. Notice that