Paramahansa Yogananda – venice class – Aug 12, 2014 tu

I went to the screening of a new movie last night about Yogananda, and I'm happy to say it was really good! It's called Awake. I highly recommend seeing it when it comes out in October. There's nice, old footage of him and his guru in India, and as familiar as I was with him, much of his story I had no clue about.

Yogananda was one of the first people that got me on the Path. I remember seeing a little blue book of his on the counter of the very first health food store I had ever been in. It was called Metaphysical Meditations. It was blue, it had a picture of his face on the cover with his long hair, and I immediately fell in love with him. I joined his group, the Self-Realization Fellowship, when I was 14...

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Feel the Truth of What You Are – venice class – Aug 7, 2014 th

The trick involves learning to shift your attention. Simply learn to QUIET MIND IT every once in a while and SHIFT YOUR ATTENTION to the feeling-tone of Life happening as you. It is a simple idea. But you have to do it, and do it, and do it, and do it, and do it. Do it a million times a day. You are doing something, is the point. So catch yourself. What are you doing? "I'm freaking myself out with thoughts about the future. I'm freaking myself out with thoughts about the past. I'm freaking myself out with how the world is playing out."

Yes, all of these things are freaky, especially if you are not tuning-in. And so, practice SHIFTING YOUR ATTENTION to the feeling-tone-truth of you. The download from Infinite Mind will then begin to consciously register with you. You will find yourself knowing what to do in order to solve the things that were freaking you out. Underline that last sentence. Like, just "get it," somehow.

The more you LISTEN, the more you will find yourself KNOWING what to do about the many things that are worrying you. And so, you are not being irresponsible by feeling the energy of who you are, or by learning to not think quite so much. You are actually being ultimately responsible. Yay! This is good for you, and good for the team.

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Shift Your Attention – venice class – Aug 5, 2014 tu

You can shift your attention and you are shifting your attention all the time. Like now, sometimes a loud motorcycle will go by and there will be an involuntary shift of attention. Then, after you have been involuntarily attending to the sound of the motorcycle, you voluntarily shift your attention back to my voice. Your attention is always somewhere. You can shift it. You just did.

Part of the practice is to shift your attention deliberately, and what I have been suggesting is SHIFT YOUR ATTENTION to the feeling-tone of YOU. Because, remember, you only exist because The All is appearing as you.

A wave on the ocean is only what it is because the entire ocean is being that specific wave. As the wave relaxes into itself and shifts its attention from whatever it was looking at, to the feeling-tone of what it is, then inevitably — because of what it is — it will feel the depths of the ocean as being the truest thing about itself.

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