Erich: There is something I want to talk about right now. I have talked about it in the past. When I first started getting wind of this it seemed like one of the most radical ideas around. Increasingly, it just seems radical in the sense of fundamental. It should really be emphasized more. Radical means fundamental, I believe. Something like that.
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Erich: Most of you know this, and I know this, but, still, it's the thing!
The main practice is the holy instant. Well, let me back up a step, so it makes sequential sense.
Yoga is the inquiry into Truth. Start with that. Just be clear. That's what it is. It is not just P.E. It's one of the six schools of Indian philosophy.
It's an inquiry into Truth.
The question you dig with, therefore, is "What is the truth here, really?" That is the little sentence that should go through your mind a lot.
"What is the truth here, really?" — because Yoga is the inquiry into Truth...
Erich: So, in terms of a new paradigm — and this isn't new. I've talked about this. But, it's helpful to have this clarity every once in a while.
Infinite means "not finite..."
Erich: So, as I am driving to class, I always ask inwardly for guidance about what to talk about. "If there is anything to talk about, what should I talk about?" That is the question I say. That way I am not assuming that I am going to have to talk about something, or that there will be a talk, or that I really know what's up. But, "If I am supposed to talk about something, what should I talk about today?" I Google it!
Remember, that's the practice. That's the thing to do.
Erich: The thing I want to review, or refresh, or make sure we are so clear on, is the main practice. I've been talking about this a lot all year. But, just to keep hammering it in.
Yoga, remember, is the inquiry into truth. Therefore, spend more time wondering, "What's going on here, really? What is the truth here, really?"
Yoga is the inquiry into truth. Asking that question is the main practice. It's called the Holy Instant. Do it whenever it occurs to you, and get to the place where you're willing to do it when it occurs to you...
Erich: The other thing I want to refresh is the Body Authorization sentence. You should know this, too. Again, "Two times two is four." "Two times three is six." "I authorize my body to release..."
Know these things! Know them so that, especially when you are getting slammed by something, you can put the principle into action.
The sentence I'm recommending is:
"I authorize my body to release whatever is not necessary to its perfect functioning, and I withdraw any prior conscious or unconscious authorization to the contrary."
Erich: I would vote that during Chapter Three, the Guided Asana Chapter, that you deliberately practice listening more. Be willing to do whatever the human instruction is, sort of like Simon Says. If Simon says, "Put your hand like that," just play the game for these few minutes and put your hand like "that." Or spin your arm "this" way. You are getting technique from someone who has practiced a lot. You are saving time. You are here to learn. But, mostly, you are learning to put your preferences in pause-mode. That's the big skill...
Erich: This is the entryway into a huge topic. I'm not sure how capable I am right now of getting into it hugely.
But, you know, most people are doing Yoga for their health. Yes, do it for your health. But, part of the learning on this is that if you are really doing it for your health, then what's significant, or what's important, is your mindset.
The point we have been making lately is, "You are not a body being aware. You are Awareness. You are Consciousness, which is aware of bodies, which is aware of forms, which is conscious of Manifest Creation, and which looks like something."
And so, rather than thinking that you are a "body" that needs to be healthy in order for you to be sane ...
Erich: So, we have been talking about a lot of things. It all revolves around a couple fundamental ideas. The discussion spins off and comes back, spins off and comes back. We're talking about the same thing a lot because we are on this nubbin of a fundamental insight.
The fundamental insight is that The All is all. The One is The Many. That is a quick, easy way to get it. The All is all.
I am not "doing" me. You are not "doing" you. You only exist because The All is appearing as you. Therefore, you are The All in specific Self-Expression. You are The All. You are God, is the word for The All...
Erich: The thing I want to emphasize today is ... Remember, it's always about the same thing. It's about realizing you are Online.
In easy words: YOU ARE ONLINE.
Your mind is connected to the Internet of Infinite Mind. I've said this a lot. I know I've said this a lot. But, remember, it's not that you are "connected" — though, sure, talk about it as though you are connected. You are not "connected," though you are connected. But, really, there is not enough of you — all by yourself — that you could connect with anything. There's just The All being all...
Erich: Yoga is the inquiry into truth. Be able to say that on the test. "Yoga is the inquiry into truth."
Therefore, the question that you dig with the most — and this is what I've been suggesting is the main homework. It's called the Holy Instant or the Sacred Pause, the Conscious Pause. Say the sentence, "What is the truth here, really?" as many times in a day as you can stand to do it, with whoever is in your experience, with whatever is in your experience...
Erich: It's funny. I'm trying not to be repetitive, and yet I know this is not repetitive. I know this is still the thing I'm learning about. And I know I've said it 10 million times. And I know I know it. I can write a report about it. I can talk about it. But, still, the important thing is doing it! Living it...