Be Curious – venice class – Mar 27, 2014 th

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The advanced technique is BE CURIOUS. I like saying it this way because it tells you what to do without telling you what to do. The homework has been to say the sentence, "What is the truth about this new Now experience, really? What is the truth about this bowl? What is the truth about this towel?" Say the sentence frequently, so you are not saying what you normally say. Say the sentence so you are putting a different commentary in your experience. Say the sentence and then put a comma in your commentary. This will set you up for having a clearer assessment about the truth of Life, live.

Life will become more precious, more awesome — ...

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Run With It – venice class – Mar 25, 2014 tu

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I have been assigning various homeworks. The reason I assign homework is because Yoga is about lifestyle, the way you live your life. Run with it. Do the homework. Dig with this question. Say this sentence in order to direct your attention to the experience it engenders. "What is the truth of this new Now moment, really?"

Whenever it occurs to you to say that sentence is the EXACT moment when you should say it. Ask the question, say the words, but then do not make up the answer. Be right there in listening mode so as to experience the truth of Life, live. Wash your mind clean about what you think is happening and give your attention in the new Now to whatever is in your experience. The Earth isn't flat. There is no such thing as death. There is no enemy. Life Only.

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What Is The Truth Of This New Now? – venice class – Mar 20, 2014 th

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Yoga is the inquiry into the nature of Truth, Reality, Life, live. Therefore, the main question to inquire with is, "What is the truth of this new Now moment?" Inquire with that sentence, many many many many times in a day. Whenever it occurs to you to say that sentence is the exact moment when you should say it. Let it remind you to put a pause in your commentary, so as to have a clearer and clearer experience of Life, live. Even right now, say the sentence to yourself and wonder, "What is the truth of this new Now moment, really?" It's fun. It's healthy. It will change your experience.

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the Freeform Chapter – venice class – Mar 18, 2014 tu

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I think most everyone here is getting the technique and the joy of the Freeform Chapter. All you do is listen for Inner Guidance. It is as though you are wirelessly connected to the Internet of Infinite Mind and you are simply listening for the download. Instead of inserting your own preferences, instead of inserting what you think you are supposed to do, you learn that what you are really supposed to do is LISTEN. Because when you do, the download will register with you. You will know what to do. The download from the Internet of Infinite Mind will start feeling like your common sense.

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In Simple Words – venice class – Mar 11, 2014 tu

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Yoga Philosophy is why I got into the practices. I was interested in the mindset, the spiritual outlook. In simple words, the technique I practice involves learning to think less, as idiotic as that sounds! Think less and listen more. Do active listening. Because when you do, Knowing happens. Then your job, your joy, what you get to do is live it! Give expression to what you find yourself Knowing when you are not thinking.

That is a simple paragraph. But, keep swimming around in it! Wherever you are in a day is exactly where you should be actively listening more, and thinking less, so as to make yourself susceptible to Knowing. You will then be inspired into the next new moment. Wow, so cool! You know? Living your life and feeling more and more inspired.

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Spiritual Beings In a Spiritual Universe – venice class – Feb 25, 2014 tu

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It's not that you become more and more "light." It's that you become increasingly aware that that is what you have been the whole time. That is a significant difference. Otherwise it will seem as though you must change yourself from a dense, physical "mortal" into a spiritual light presence, an "immortal," as though you were changing a flat world into a round world. But, you are not changing a flat world into a round world. You are not changing a physical being into a spiritual being. You are just finally having a clearer assessment of what has been going on the whole time. Increasingly, the realization is that what was has been going on the whole time is that we are spiritual beings in a spiritual universe.

This does not mean you will not be specifically identified. This does not mean you will be without a body. You will always have a body. But, YOU are not the body! You are Conscious Presence, which looks like something.

You will never be without a body, is my understanding. And, therefore, the fact that you "have" one is not proof that you are in a lesser dimension. You will always be embodied. You will always look like something. Consciousness is manifest and is aware of its manifestation. But, who you are is Consciousness. It is NOT that the manifestation is conscious. It's the other way around. CONSCIOUSNESS is manifest. The ordering is crucial.

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Think Less & Listen More, Because – venice class – Feb 20, 2014 th

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One of the main themes I always want to reiterate is that Yoga is a lifestyle. Yoga is about the way you do your life, not just part of the time, but all the time. The profound working hypothesis for how to do this, and this is the summation sentence at the end of many pages of figuring things out, is this:

THINK LESS and LISTEN MORE
because when you do KNOWING flows in,
and then GIVE EXPRESSION
to what you find yourself Knowing,
whether you can explain it yet or not.

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Relax. Love. Trust. More – venice class – Feb 13, 2014 th

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Do not just be in agreement with the concepts. Yes, be in agreement with the concepts, but then live them. Apply them. Do the homework. More : )))))

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Relax. Love. Trust. – venice class – Feb 11, 2014 tu

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These are three of the primary themes I have been emphasizing for the past year or so: 1) Relax. Whenever it occurs to you, relax a little more than you already are. Relax your muscles and relax your fears, your concerns. 2) Practice love. Do this where it is easy. Pet your kitty with more conscious affection while you are petting your kitty. 3) Trust. The more you do the first two, the more you will find yourself willing to trust your insights and impulses about what to do or not do. You will find yourself being more inspired, more of the time. Try these. It is a totally cool way to live.

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Practice With a Notebook – venice class – Feb 6, 2014 th

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Eventually, when you practice, it will feel like you are channeling. You will find yourself inventing interesting little patterns that you did not think up. You received them, you caught them, you channeled them. If I don't write these down I totally forget them, which would be fine, except these are the patterns I want to catch and bring into class. And so, especially if you are a teacher, practice with a notebook. Get into channeling mode and then pause every once in a while and scribble down the patterns you are doing, as well as your insights.

Insights are fun to catch. They help clarify what you are about. Essentially, they help you get to the place where it makes sense to "shut up" and "listen" and "expect the download." It often takes many years of thinking and figuring things out before you are able to 1) relax into trust, 2) know there is such a thing as the download, and then 3) expect to hear it, and 4) be brave enough to give expression to it.

Also, continue with the 4 homeworks: 1) Relax Whenever It Occurs To You, 2) Practice Love More, 3) Trust Your Insights, your impulses about how to do and be, and 4) Meditate In Bed.

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Recapitulation – venice class – Feb 4, 2014 tu

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VCLP full class on both podcasts this Feb 4 - check it out!

I have never before recapped the previous months class themes. There were seven classes. I have not yet transcribed the very first class. I was so out of practice I was afraid to listen to it. But the remaining six classes were themed: 1) Life, Live. 2) The Morning Sentences. 3) Listening for Inner Guidance. 4) Your Physical Health. 5) Whenever it Occurs to You, Relax. And, 6) Life is the Law of Being. I love that line. Life is the Law of Being. The ongoing homework is to meditate in bed, on your way into sleepy world in the PM, and when you wake in the morning in the AM.

With Love and Pranams,

Erich

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Going Deeper – SBYC Workshop ~ Dec 6 – 9, 2012
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Freedom Style yoga as taught by Erich Schiffmann is about growing into your own authentic expression of yoga. It is an intuitive approach to LIFE with three strands: 1. Meditation, 2, Asana Practice, 3. the rest of the time. Continue reading

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