"You talk about detachment but you also talk about trusting your deepest impulses. Can you explain, please?" The smarter you get, the more you realize how little you know. Therefore, don't rely so much on the little you know. Instead, put the little you know in pause mode and then engage in active listening. I have been calling that, "Get Online." Use your mind to get online. Detachment is an intermediate step. Detach from your conditioning, and then trust the deeper impulses coming from the One. Live your life like that. Lifestyle. That's yoga, the way you live your life.
Relax more . . . think less . . . and feel the Love. The Love will be healing. Healing means revealing. Healing reveals the truth of what's really there. Your real DNA is GOD.
The whole point of any class you go to should be about helping you get to the place where you can practice on your own and get inspired from it. Your practice will ignite and get exciting once you learn to actually listen for guidance as you are doing it. The whole point is to be Online, so it feels like a constant insight. I refer to that as Ongoing Knowing. Funnily enough, the trick on that involves learning to think less. When you think less, you don't go unconscious. Instead, you clear the clutter from your mind and then Knowing flows in.
God is Love and therefore so am I. You are not brainwashing yourself into this, but you are washing your brain from what you normally think. And when you wash your brain you will have a clearer assessment, and you will find yourself becoming increasingly optimistic. You will feel enlivened, re-inspired. The world needs yogis doing this. Relax in your body, shut up in your mind, and feel the truth of Supreme Being, Isness, Life, live.
Stop thinking in terms of lifetimes. Start being aware of Ongoing Newness, Ongoing Morphation, the Eternal Now. Eternal Life is the fundamental fact, which you and I are experiencing right now. Future lifetimes are imaginary. The "fact" that you are going to die is imaginary. Death is the prevalent mindset, but there is no such thing as death. There's CHANGE. There is ongoing change. Life is always changing, but it is always something. Death is defined as "the extinguishment of Being," but there is no such thing as the extinguishment of Being. That means there is not life after life. That means there is just Ongoing Life. That means stop thinking in terms of lifetimes, and start being more interested in the new Now you will always find yourself in, whether it is in this life or the next (!).
"I've been defining love as "the willingness to recognize That Which Is Real." And the question was asked, What's Real? What's True? You don't know. And so, when you realize that you don't know, put what you think you know on pause mode. If you don't know, you don't know. Stop energizing the little you think you know, put it on pause mode, then look without knowing and see what you see. That Which Is Real, whatever that is, which is not a function of your imagination, will then begin to register with you."
"Self-trust is the advanced practice. It is based on the notion that you only exist because The Totality is being Itself as you. And therefore as you trust yourself that is how you evidence your insight into how Reality works."
These 3 homeworks are a really fun way to go through your day. You are not just living out your conditioning and impulsive thoughts. You are learning to quiet mind it more, in order to feel the truth of the energy that you are, and then go with your deepest feelings about what to do or not do. There is always something that is most right to be doing. If you relax more, and practice love more, then the 3rd one will start happening more. Trust the impulses that you will become aware of during the day. This is the basis for an increasingly skillful, intuitive, love-filled life.
Remind yourself to relax, even just a little, whenever it occurs to you. Don't put it off until later. Do it now.
Practice love. Do it where it's easy, like with your kitty, so you get better at doing it where it is not so easy. Understand that love is "the willingness to recognize that which is Real." In your mind, say to people, "I see you and I love you."
Trust your insights and impulses about what to do or not do, whether you can explain them to yourself or not.
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