Erich: The point I want to emphasize is that Yoga is the inquiry into Truth. That's what it is.
Therefore, the question you should walk around with is, "What is the truth here, really?" Something's going on. What is the truth here, really? I've been calling that the Holy Instant. Do that a lot. That's how you practice the Holy Instant.
Do it in every moment you find yourself in. When you see the homeless guy, say to yourself, "What is the truth here, really?" and then put a comma in your commentary for a moment.
When you see a beautiful sunset, say to yourself, "What is the truth here, really?" and then put a comma in your commentary.
You see a person, you see another person, you see a clock, whatever is in your experience, say, "What is the truth here, really?" and then don't race to make up the answer. Put a comma in your commentary.
Put a pause in there, so that whatever the answer is can begin to register with you. So that instead of you making up the answer, you let the truth of the homeless guy talk to you. You let the truth of the sunset talk to you. You let the truth of the person you like talk to you.
But, get yourself to do it a lot. "What is the truth here, really?" Because you ARE making assessments about what's going on, and the assessments you're making will determine how you respond.
Increasingly, the insight is: The All is being all. We're in the middle of The Ultimate. Too much of my life has been spent feeling like, "I'm in the middle of a temporary world on the way to somewhere better. I'll put up with this one so long as I'm here."
Whereas, increasingly, the insight is, "Wow, that was just a deluded concept!" That was a misperception of the What IS.
The "What IS" is The Ultimate, The All, being all.
We're in the middle of The Ultimate, thinking we're in the middle of a temporary world on the way to somewhere better. And, if you think you are in the middle of a temporary world on the way to somewhere better, you will just sort of dismiss everything. You won't give it your serious attention, because, "It's baloney. It's illusion. It's maya." Whereas, actually, there's no such thing as "baloney." There's no such thing as a real illusion! Huh? There's no such thing as a real illusion!
There's The All being all, and you are either seeing it clearly or you are seeing it unclearly. If you are seeing it unclearly, you will have an illusory experience. But, you're having an illusory experience of something Real.
That's the insight that should just hammer on you.
"Wow, I might be having a crummy illusory experience, but my misperception is a misperception of something Real. Oh! OK, well, what is the truth here, really? What is the truth here, really?"
Wherever you happen to be will suddenly get a little more interesting. You will judge the people you're with differently, too. Suddenly it's, "Yes, this is the person I'm supposed to be interacting with right now." Instead of, "Eh, I wish I was somewhere else. Eh, I wish I was somewhere else."
It's a drag walking through your life wishing you were always somewhere else. That's the thought that kills you. That's the thought that zaps your energy.
Again, increasingly, the insight is: The All is being all, and that's the only thing that's ever been going on, really. The All is being all.
Therefore, whenever it seems like you are having an illusory experience, catch yourself. The assessment you're making is illusory, not what you are making the assessment about. Then, want to know what the truth is, really. "What is the truth here, really? Something is going on. What is the truth here, really?" And then shut up for a few moments, for as long as you can. Half a second later, remind yourself to shut up again, for as long as you can!
The interesting thing is that when you quiet-mind it like that, you don't go unconscious. That in itself is a huge insight. You're conscious. You had nothing to do with the fact that you're conscious. You are not doing conscious. Consciousness is doing YOU. It's effortless. Again, "Oh, whoa!"
The All is being conscious through you. When you silence your mind, therefore, you will start having the perception of The All that The All is having from your specific vantage point. You start having God's Perspective from where you specifically are.
Whether you believe it yet or not let this pique your curiosity enough to quiet your mind it every once in a while. Then wonder, "What is the truth here, really? Something's going on. What is the truth here, really?"
Again, in simple words, we are in the middle of The Ultimate with Brothers and Sisters. We are in the middle of the Movement of Harmony, the Movement of Life, and you can either have a clear experience of it or a distorted experience. The distorted experience equals suffering, and a clear-minded experience equals lived joy, inspiration. Up to you.
OK, that's the main homework. Whenever it occurs to you, say that sentence. "What is the truth here, really? Something's going on. I don't want to just bias my perception with my current level of ignorance. I want to have a clearer experience of the truth of what's going on. What is the truth here, really?"
With Love and Pranams,
Freeform Playlist from class:
- Familiar ~ Nils Frahm ~ Spaces
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