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SBYC Apr 2009 part one

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Erich Schiffmann's SBYC Teacher Training Apr 2009
Part One - 54 HQ mp3 tracks
Days one through five right here - right now

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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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The Dolphin Story – venice class – May 29, 2014 th

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I like this analogy because this is how spiritual insights have been for me. I will get an insight about something. I will have a dolphin-moment of clarity. I will know something. And then, thwump! and I am back to where I was, sort of. Except now I know I had the insight. I know there is more going on than I was previously hip to. I am not quite the same as I was before. And then I will have another dolphin-insight, and then again thwump...

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The Fact of Unity – venice class – May 27, 2014 tu

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The big point, remember, is that you did not make you. I did not make me. You are only here because The All is being Itself as YOU. The simple idea, therefore, is to experience the truth of who you are because who you are is The All being YOU. And then dare to do — live your life — as your heart and conscience are guiding you to do.

You are not the dweeb you thought you were. Other people are not the dweebs you thought they were. Other people are not the enemy you thought they were, either. There is no enemy — is the huge insight. Even if people are walking around shooting each other, there is no actual enemy, not really! There are a bunch of deluded brothers and sisters, and yes, that needs to be cleared up...

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That’s The Point! venice class – May 22, 2014 th

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The highest meditation remember is when you are not doing anything. Huh? And then, at that point, PAY ATTENTION to what's happening. Because when "you" are not doing anything, SOMETHING is still happening!

When "you" are not doing anything, then you are not energizing your usual mindsets. That's the point.

When you are not energizing your usual mindsets, then you are available for a clearer experience of What Is Really Going On — a clearer experience of the ...

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Put a Comma in Your Commentary – venice class – May 13, 2014 tu

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The discovery is that when you put a comma in your commentary, you are not left with nothing. If you were left with nothing, it would be stupid to put a comma in your commentary. It would be stupid to let go of your best assessments.

But, what you discover is that when you put a comma in your commentary and you temporarily let go of your best assessments, suddenly your mind becomes ...

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An Inspired Life – venice class – May 8, 2014 th

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Question: What should I do with my life?

Erich: Basically, the way I would put it is THINK LESS and PAY ATTENTION MORE. Listen more. Shut up. Listen. Shut up. Relax. Listen. Because when you do YOU WILL FEEL NEW INSPIRATION THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CONJURE UP...

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Monster Died – venice class – May 6, 2014 tu

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Do you remember the three homework assignments I have been suggesting for the last year or two? I haven't mentioned them lately. This morning I was reminded again of how awesome they are.

Let me preface this by saying, the most favorite thing in the world of mine died this morning, and I am sad…

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the Fastest Way to Get There – venice class – May 1, 2014 th

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The point is to live your life with Online Knowing. That's what Yoga is. Be wirelessly connected all the time. This entails the realization that you are ALREADY connected. The fastest way to get there, therefore, is by realizing you are already there. Wow, I am already connected! If you exist, you only exist because God — The All — is appearing as you. You can be confused about it, but you can't be anything other than what you are. Oh!

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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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