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.
And the idea is, ask the question every time you happen to think of it, whenever it occurs to you to say the question.
As you are driving down the street, as you are eating a Slurpee, as you are doing whatever you do — and you are always doing something, you are in the middle of Ultimate Reality — say, "What is the truth here, really?"
"What is the truth here, really?"
"What is the truth here, really?"
That practice is called the holy instant.
Saying that little sentence and then pausing long enough to experience truth a little more clearly, that's called "practicing the holy instant."
The holy instant is the main practice, therefore.
You pause and wonder, "What is the truth here, really?"
And you say the sentence so that you are not saying other sentences! It's a way of stopping your normal commentary about everything, your current level of ignorance. It's a way of putting your current level of ignorance in pause-mode, because you want to know what the truth is — because if you don't know what the truth is you will still have an assessment about things, but it will be skewed.
And if you are walking through life with a skewed perspective, you are going to have a screwed experience. You are going to suffer, basically. You will get over it, but it will be a rough ride. It needn't be such a rough ride.
And so, you practice the sentence a lot. You practice the holy instant a lot. "What is the truth here, really?"
And you say the sentence to remind yourself to pause for half a second. It doesn't have to be gargantuan, or the best ever. But, put a little comma in your normal commentary and be curious to know what the truth actually is, because something is happening and you want to have a clearer perspective.
"What is the truth here, really?"
That's one thing I wanted to say.
Now, as you do that, as you are inquiring into what the Truth is, that is how you practice love.
These are all the same things, what I'm about to say. But, putting them together like this makes the idea more dimensional.
That's how you practice love.
Love, remember, is defined as "the willingness to recognize That Which is True" about something, the willingness to recognize That Which is Real.
Love is the willingness to recognize That Which is Real.
Therefore, whenever you are doing the holy instant and you say the question, you are enacting your willingness to recognize That Which is Real.
"What is the truth here?" is how you enact the willingness to recognize That Which is Real.
It sounds so simple, finally, but it's so cool.
That is how you enact love.
You want to practice enacting love.
If you are not enacting love, you are enacting something else.
And, again, whatever you enact ends up being the experience you have.
A loving-filled experience is more honest, truthful, where it's at, desirable. Therefore, train yourself to practice the holy instant a lot — "What is the truth here, really?" — because that is how you enact love, the willingness to recognize That Which is Real.
You don't have to like the person in order to love them, in order to be willing to recognize That Which is True about them. See, that's a cool little shift on it, also. You don't have to like them in order to be willing to recognize That Which is True. Because, when you start thinking, "Oh, I'm practicing love," you are likely to put yourself down for not doing it very well because, "That person still annoys me. I don't like them. I wouldn't want to get married to them."
And so, Yoga is the inquiry into Truth via 1) the holy instant, the main practice, and, 2) love. The holy instant is how you enact love. And then 3) the third idea that we have been talking about is the word, namasté.
Namasté, in simple words, means, "I see you." "The light of my awareness sees the light of your presence."
That is a nice, accurate definition of it, but it's sort of bulky in the living moment. Whereas, "I see you" is easy and fast.
In the Avatar movie, the Avatar People when they would greet each other, would say, "I see you." It was such a cool greeting. "I see you!" And that's namasté. That's what people have always meant by namasté.
So again, man, if you just start getting a handle on these few things and living your life like that more...
Walk down the street, SEE the homeless guy.
Walk down the street, SEE the Slurpee maker.
Like, SEE, SEE, SEE, SEE, SEE, a little bit more.
That's doing Yoga, whether you can touch your toes or not. This is more important than whether you can touch your toes or not. Touching your toes is not any indication of how humane a human being you've become. You know, you want to be a ... not a fake loving person, but a true, good human! You know, that's what this is about.
So, those few things.
The inquiry into Truth — main thought — via the holy instant, which is how you enact love. Love is the willingness to recognize That Which is Real. Which equals, namasté. Which equals, "I see you."
One of the things you will discover, little by little by little, is that when you take half a second to SEE somebody, or to see anything ... You know what I mean? Anything. If you just linger with anything a little longer than normal, instead of looking through your usual filter of BS commentary, and you squeegee your mind a little bit, you will start seeing things a little more clearly. One of the first clues that you are starting to see them more clearly is that the colors get prettier. It's not such a big rush that the colors are getting prettier, but it is a clue. And it is nice that the colors are getting prettier.
And then you start ...
And this is where I'm at. I'm a beginner at this. But, you do start seeing things as light forms, increasingly. You start seeing the glow of light off of things. And then you start getting the sense that, "Oh wow, things are really different than what I thought they were." This is a light form. It's made out of energy. It glows. You can begin to see the light.
Once you start seeing a little aura of light, or it starts looking like light, suddenly it gets more interesting. And the more interesting something gets, and you hang in there a little longer, the more interesting it gets!
This is part of updating our understanding of what's going on.
You are not a physical being in a physical universe. You are a conscious being in a Spiritual universe. Things are made out of Spirit, Light, Energy. That's where this is going.
The trick involves reminding yourself to silence your thinking. Again, that is a quick way to remember this. Just shut up, whenever it occurs to you. Because, when you zip-it mentally and silence your thinking, the fog begins to clarify a little bit.
It is not difficult to silence your thinking. It's not that difficult. It is very much like relaxing your body. It takes practice. But, in the same way that you let the tension flow out of your field, you let your thinking subside. You don't go unconscious. You actually start going Superconscious. You start getting better insights about things. You will be inspired to do your life differently.
Yay. Yay! This is all such cool stuff.
And the more of us that start doing it, the more it will help.
With Love and Pranams,
Freeform Playlist from class:
- Familiar ~ Nils Frahm ~ Spaces
- The Long Road ~ Eddie Vedder With Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ~ Dead Man Walking Soundtrack
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