Let the Truth Talk to You – venice class – Mar 31, 2015 tu

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...

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I’m Learning a Lot – venice class – Mar 19, 2015 th

Erich: I just have to say, again, I'm learning a lot. I'm having fun. The other day was fun. Last week was fun. The previous week was fun.

I want to clarify one thing here, because I mentioned the other day — and I say this every once in a while — that I think death is a fake, that you don't really die when you die.

And where I don't want to go with that is, I'm not talking about the future. You know what I mean? This is not just interesting talk, speculating about the future, about what may or may not happen.

The growing insight is that — because of the various experiences I've had, etc. — there is no such thing as death. There's just ongoing Life. It might look like you pass out of this experience, but for you, your experience, you will continue to be fully embodied and fully conscious. You don't become disembodied. Your existence does not get extinguished.

Death means "the extinguishment of being." That's the actual definition. And, my sense on this is that there is no such thing as the extinguishment of being.

There is Conscious Being being Itself, forever.

But, not on a "timeline," such that at a certain point you'll die and then go to a new ride...

The "time"-realization, increasingly, is, ...

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the One is Being the Many – venice class – Mar 17, 2015 tu

Erich: What we have been getting into the last couple days, the last couple classes, is: You are not a FORM being conscious. You are not a BODY being conscious. You are THAT WHICH IS AWARE of forms and bodies.

You are specifically identified as a form, as a body, just like Life is specifically identified as a tree over here and a mountain over there. But, what YOU fundamentally are is not the specific tree or mountain or person. You are that which is appearing as that!

You are that which is appearing as you, as a form. You are that Awareness, which is being aware of forms and bodies through each specific form and body. But, there is only One Aware One, The All being all. And, therefore, that is what you are...

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When I First Initiated Freeform in Class – venice class – Mar 12, 2015 th

Erich: When I first initiated Freeform in class more than 25 years ago, a woman came up to me at the end and said, "Erich! The reason I come to class is because I want you to tell me what to do. I don't want to think about it." I totally fell for it. I thought, "Oh, you're right. My job is to tell you what to do. You're right, you're right, you're right." It was about five years before I finally got up the courage to bring it into class again.

Then, in the very first class when I reintroduced the Freeform, there was a nice man right in this seat. I explained what we were about to do, that I wasn't going to walk around and give adjustments. I wasn't going to tell anyone what to do, and in fact for these few minutes the idea was to actually listen for Inner Guidance and be willing to do exactly what you feel like doing. And, in fact, that's where you want to get with your practice, where you transcend prescribed routines and get into listening mode.

Prescribed routines are helpful, but they should help you get into listening mode, to where you start channeling it. There is nothing prescribed about that. It will feel brand new the whole time...

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You are Not a Form Being Conscious – venice class – Mar 10, 2015 tu

Erich: And so, you, as a conscious being, as you begin to identify yourself with the formless, changeless Conscious Presence that God is — which is therefore what you are, which is both formed and that which is aware of forms — you will shift away from flat-earth mentality, thinking you are a speck in the middle of infinity, doomed to death, to the realization of, "Oh, wow, all the forms of which I am aware are happening within the Changeless Context of Consciousness that I am. I have a form and I am that which is aware of forms. But, I am not a form being aware. I am that which is being aware of forms."

This is hard to talk about. I hope you are getting a sense of what I'm trying to say...

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