the Inquiry – venice class – Apr 23, 2015 th

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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.

Wherever you find yourself being is where you should be inquiring into the nature of the truth of the predicament you find yourself in. If you can just remind yourself to say the sentence, "What is the truth here, really?" it prevents you from going on automatic too fast.

"What is the truth here, really?"

Say the sentence as you are driving down the street, as you are walking through Whole Foods, as you are doing Trikonasana. Say it whenever it occurs to you. And when it occurs to you, that is when the Universe is tapping you on the shoulder, "Hey! Remember to do the homework."

When it occurs to you, do the homework. Say the sentence, "What is the truth here, really?"

Say the sentence and then put a pause in your commentary. Pause your commentary long enough to have a slightly clearer experience of whatever the truth happens to be.

The truth, as it turns out, is The All being all — God in infinite Self-expression. As that becomes increasingly obvious, then whatever predicament you find yourself in you will start seeing it with a little more curiosity to see it AS God being all, instead of just quickly writing it off as a stupid human experience, "Can't wait till it's over. This couldn't be the Self-expression of God."

But again, the insight is, "If there is anything there, it could only be there because The All is being Itself as that thing." If anyone is there, they could only be there because The All is being Itself as that person.

The Supreme I AM is in infinite I AM-ness. Which means that there is no enemy. Which means that the moment you grok the fact that there is no enemy, you start to relax — even if it doesn't quite make sense yet, even if it appears like there's an enemy. You start to understand, "Oh, really, no matter how many ignorant behaviors there are out there, there's really no enemy because it's The All being all."

And it takes a few of us to start seeing through the appearance to the Reality that's really there, in order to start confirming the fact that, "Wow, The All is being all. They are not the enemy! They are a deluded brother or sister who is acting at odds with The All, because they don't know that The All is being all."


And the homework is, "What is the truth here, really?"

That's a biggie. I've been talking about this a lot, but it still feels totally brand new.

With Love and Pranams,
From Erich

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