Your Real DNA – venice class – Oct 14, 2014 tu

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Your real DNA is not sourced in your parents or your grandparents. Your real DNA is sourced in G-O-D. Therefore, you are susceptible to whatever the truth of G-O-D is, not just blood clots, heart attacks, dementia...

G-O-D, God, means "Supreme Being." Not "a" Supreme Being that you will meet after death, but the Supreme Being which is being everything that is being.

And the insight is that you only exist because The All is appearing as you, specifically. The All is being you. G-O-D is being you. Therefore, what you are really susceptible to is not blood clots or heart attacks or dementia, but to the infinity of Conscious, Eternal, Ongoing Life.

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the One is the Many – venice class – Oct 7, 2014 tu

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The way I talk about it is, "The All is all." Meaning, The One — and there is an Infinite One — The One IS the Many. The Infinite One is The All being all.

Infinite means "not-finite." I used to think of infinite as 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1, you know, on and on, infinitely. Infinite would be + 1, never-ending. But "infinite" actually means "not finite," which is therefore formless. Infinity is like the sky. It is really there but it is formless. A cloud in the sky is a form, but the sky itself is formless. The One, the Infinite One, is really there but it is formless. It is the Conscious Context in which all the forms are appearing. The Infinite One is infinitely individuated. The One is the Many.

So, it seems like you and I are tiny specks in the middle of Infinity, insignificant. Whereas, actually, it is pretty much the opposite of that. You are not a tiny speck in the middle of Infinity. You are Infinity, peering out through one of its infinite individuations.

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Did You Do Yoga During Hiatus? – venice class – Sep 30, 2014 tu

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Q: I was just wondering, during your hiatus did you find time to do Yoga for yourself

Erich: Absolutely. He is asking if I did yoga during my "hiatus". Thank you for your question, but you have to be clear on this. When someone asks you, "Did you do Yoga?" be attentive. The old way I would hear the question was, "Did I do my asana practice for an hour and a half every day? Did I do my inversions? Did I do my backbends?"

Now when I hear, "Did you do Yoga?" I don't go there in my mind and then answer by saying yes or no. Yoga is about BEING ONLINE. It is less about what you are doing with your body. It's about your mindset. It's about being connected to Big Mind, consciously — because you ARE...

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Paramahansa Yogananda – venice class – Aug 12, 2014 tu

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I went to the screening of a new movie last night about Yogananda, and I'm happy to say it was really good! It's called Awake. I highly recommend seeing it when it comes out in October. There's nice, old footage of him and his guru in India, and as familiar as I was with him, much of his story I had no clue about.

Yogananda was one of the first people that got me on the Path. I remember seeing a little blue book of his on the counter of the very first health food store I had ever been in. It was called Metaphysical Meditations. It was blue, it had a picture of his face on the cover with his long hair, and I immediately fell in love with him. I joined his group, the Self-Realization Fellowship, when I was 14...

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Feel the Truth of What You Are – venice class – Aug 7, 2014 th

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The trick involves learning to shift your attention. Simply learn to QUIET MIND IT every once in a while and SHIFT YOUR ATTENTION to the feeling-tone of Life happening as you. It is a simple idea. But you have to do it, and do it, and do it, and do it, and do it. Do it a million times a day. You are doing something, is the point. So catch yourself. What are you doing? "I'm freaking myself out with thoughts about the future. I'm freaking myself out with thoughts about the past. I'm freaking myself out with how the world is playing out."

Yes, all of these things are freaky, especially if you are not tuning-in. And so, practice SHIFTING YOUR ATTENTION to the feeling-tone-truth of you. The download from Infinite Mind will then begin to consciously register with you. You will find yourself knowing what to do in order to solve the things that were freaking you out. Underline that last sentence. Like, just "get it," somehow.

The more you LISTEN, the more you will find yourself KNOWING what to do about the many things that are worrying you. And so, you are not being irresponsible by feeling the energy of who you are, or by learning to not think quite so much. You are actually being ultimately responsible. Yay! This is good for you, and good for the team.

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Shift Your Attention – venice class – Aug 5, 2014 tu

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You can shift your attention and you are shifting your attention all the time. Like now, sometimes a loud motorcycle will go by and there will be an involuntary shift of attention. Then, after you have been involuntarily attending to the sound of the motorcycle, you voluntarily shift your attention back to my voice. Your attention is always somewhere. You can shift it. You just did.

Part of the practice is to shift your attention deliberately, and what I have been suggesting is SHIFT YOUR ATTENTION to the feeling-tone of YOU. Because, remember, you only exist because The All is appearing as you.

A wave on the ocean is only what it is because the entire ocean is being that specific wave. As the wave relaxes into itself and shifts its attention from whatever it was looking at, to the feeling-tone of what it is, then inevitably — because of what it is — it will feel the depths of the ocean as being the truest thing about itself.

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Decompress – venice class – Jul 31, 2014 th

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The simple idea, remember, is DECOMPRESS. But, do it seriously :))))) Seriously, work hard, so to speak, at decompressing. It's not that you lie down and just space out. Work hard at relaxing, and relaxing, and relaxing, and relaxing. In other words, participate fully.

Life is more fun when you participate. If you are only half in the game, you will not be running on all cylinders. It cannot be fulfilling. It will not be fun. You will be conflicted. And if you are conflicted, you are going to feel conflicted, and you will then resist being where you are.

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the Feeling-Tone of Infinity is Calm – venice class – Jul 29, 2014 tu

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You might occasionally sit down to meditate and think, "Yeah, what's the big deal?" and not feel motivated. And so, keep this in mind:

The feeling-tone of Infinity is conflict-free calm. Not dull. Not manic. Calm. High-energy conflict-free CALM.

And you and I are the specific identifications of Infinity. Therefore, the deepest feeling-tone of you is ... [more]

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the Holy Instant – venice class – Jul 24, 2014 th

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The main practice I am recommending is the Conscious Pause. It is also called the Holy Instant or the Sacred Pause. Use words you are comfortable with. For a long time I was not comfortable saying "holy instant." Now I like those words. It is a holy instant when you tune-in and be attentive in the New Now. "Holy" means "whole," w-h-o-l-e. It is the awareness of being holistically connected. You look at a sunset and you know it is a holy moment. You're wowed by it. It feels holy — not in a weird way, but in a really cool, grounded way!

The main practice is the Holy Instant, the Conscious Pause. Simply pause whenever it occurs to you. In the midst of whatever you are doing... [more]

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I See You – venice class – Jul 22, 2014 tu

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And so, here is an even easier homework. Your eyes are probably open most of the time during the day. And so, look at whatever is in your view — and do this as many times in a day as you happen to think of it —and in your mind, say, "I see you."

"I see you. I see you. I see you. I see you. I see you. I see you. I see you. I see you. I see you."

You are looking at various things all the time. You are not faking yourself into anything by saying this. You are not ... [read more]

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Where is the Freedom in That? venice class – Jul 10, 2014 th

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I taught a workshop recently and a woman asked a very smart question. She said, “You teach Freedom Yoga, and yet you say to listen for instructions. Where's the freedom in that?" I thought, "Wow, awesome question! Awesome."

But, the answer… Do you know the answer? The answer is awesome.

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Invite the Insight – venice class – Jul 8, 2014 tu

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Remember, if you are wondering about anything, then you are not as clear as you could be. Therefore, do not make up your own mind about what to do or not do based on your current level of not being as clear as you could be. Instead, learn to mentally Google whatever you need to know. What you will discover is that your mind is connected to the Infinity of Mind. Then you'll get it. "Oh, wow, that's what Yoga IS!" It is the realization that your mind and Big Mind are one and the same.

At first, you will talk about it as though you are "connected," but then you will realize, "Wow, there's not enough of me — all by myself — to actually ... [more]

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How to Meditate – venice class – Jun 26, 2014 th

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Question: How do you explain to somebody who thinks they can't meditate how to meditate?

Erich: How do you explain to somebody who thinks they CAN meditate how to meditate? You know what I mean?

When I sit down to meditate I'm not really "doing" anything. Anything that you "do" is just sort of getting you in the lane. The real meditation is: YOU ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING! And then you BE ATTENTIVE to what is happening at that point. And then you realize, "Oh, wow, The All is doing ME!" -- more --

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Online All the Time – venice class – Jun 24, 2014 tu

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I think we are pretty clear on the theory, right? In simple words: ONLINE ALL THE TIME. And understanding that little statement as a STATEMENT.

YOU ARE ONLINE ALL THE TIME is the simple idea. The practices help you get hip to that fact. "Oh, I AM Online! Oh, I am Online. I am Online!" So, instead of walking around feeling stranded, isolated, vulnerable, realize you are connected, already. The problem is isolation. The solution is joining.... (more)

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Get a Digital Recorder – venice class – Jun 19, 2014 th

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Now, somewhere around then I bought one of these little tape recorders. This one records as mp3's, which is really convenient. I would suggest, go out and buy one. Carry it around with you. You will need it when you least suspect it. I'll go on a walk at night, or I'll go for a drive, and I'll think, "Eh, I don't need to bring it. I'm not going to get any good insights tonight," as though you know, you know? ...

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the Main Practices – venice class – Jun 17, 2014 tu

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The main practice is the holy instant, what I call the Conscious Pause. Whenever it occurs to you, pause for a moment and put a comma in your commentary. This is like hitting the mute button on your TV during the commercials. The TV is still going. Life is still going. But, you press the mute button and then hang out in the "not thinking place" for half a second or two or three. The idea is to relax, and listen for the download, to feel the truth of who and what you are so as to then give expression to it. You are not responsible for the download, but you can let it flow through you. You can let it in and you can let it out.

The second main practice is ...

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Milarepa – venice class – Jun 12, 2014 th

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I have talked about this before, but I want to say it again. I wear this locket around my neck. It is a little painting of Milarepa. I don't know much about Milarepa, except that he was a Tibetan yogi. But, during my first trip to India I saw a painting of him. He was sitting in a Shankara-type cross-legged pose and he had his hand cupped by his ear as though he were listening for something. I haven't studied his story or teachings very much. That was sufficient.

The teaching is: Listen. Be mindful. Be attentive. Think less, listen more. Listen to The Infinite. That is the essence of Yoga. Listen to The Infinite and then live your life with the new perspective you will find yourself having...

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Learning to Relax – venice class – Jun 10, 2014 tu

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Sava" means corpse. Savasana is the Corpse Pose. Just that is amusing. Because, yes, it looks like that. But, hey, when you experience the Corpse Pose, you ain't dead. You are nowhere near dead! In fact, you start having a clearer experience of Life, live. And that is the point...

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Relax and Be Attentive – venice class – Jun 5, 2014 th

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The interesting thing remember is that it is effortless to be attentive. You do not have to do anything to be attentive. And you are always doing something. You are either "being attentive" or you are "thinking." And so, when you "be attentive" — and it is effortless to be attentive, and you are therefore thinking less — then "the download" from the so-called Internet of Infinite of Mind will begin to register with you. You will find yourself being a little clearer about what to do or not do. Therefore, THINK LESS and LISTEN MORE because when you do new Knowing flows in.

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The Already-Existing Fact – venice class – Jun 3, 2014 tu

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And so, trust your heart. Trust your conscience. Relax as much as you can whenever it occurs to you. And when you are confused about something, instead of freaking out, chill more. Relax more. Then desire to know whatever you need to know. Bingo! When you do that, new Knowing flows in. Or, somehow, circumstances will reconfigure and you will know what to do. It works like this because there is an already-existing Unity.

Yoga means "to yoke." It also means Union. When you yoke — by pausing, relaxing, and desiring to know whatever you need to know — you will experience your unity with Infinity, and the wisdom of the Universe will become your common sense.

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Going Deeper – SBYC Workshop ~ Dec 6 – 9, 2012
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