Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

CONSCIOUSNESS

Monday, August 11th, 2014

In meditating one aim is for a harmonious flow of thought awareness rather than erratic statements of thoughts and ideas without a common thread.

In meditation one’s self consciousness of thought changes to a state beyond the process of thinking – a state of higher awareness or Being.

We learn to build a bridge between the higher feeling states of Being and the earthly personality with its differing realities.

Through meditation one learns to manage the mind and its resources.

Creativity of thought is the natural outcome of meditation in an environment where the mental soil is fertile.

Our minds create the atmosphere in which our thoughts and ideals take root and grow, or wither.

To maintain a state of integrity or interconnection between the higher regions and lower consciousness ensures the ‘magical’ capacity of the mind is free to function.

We seek to blend the higher states of consciousness that we touch in Meditation with the lower spheres of our personality and to anchor them within the body so that our actions become charged with spiritual vitality, enthusiasm and power.

Mantra helps Self-Programming

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Personal programming of our brain and thought is possible and includes the technique of Mantra. As well as the fine well known classical forms of yogic mantra we can find real value in devising our own. These can be comprised of sacred words and prayers from religious and philosophical teachings that we repeat for confirmation or identification with spiritual principles and qualities. The simplest of course are affirmations we use to help ourselves strengthen the virtues to which we aspire in our Sadhana.

The ancient teachings remind us of the several forms of mantric expression – these being strong, vocalized word or words often chanted in group meditation; the gentle whispered mantra applied in our private meditations; and the one considered to have most potent direct effect upon the individual being the unbroken silent cyclic mental repetition that encourages us to link with the greater Universal Consciousness through our breath as in the sacred “Om” or “Aum”.

Many singers unconsciously or consciously use the science of sound to help voice skills or to stimulate moods and feelings that when magnified in a group emit considerable power and influence. They undertake specific exercising of the vocal chords and apply unique dedication to their art beyond the average understanding. Most of us who could be described as ‘shower time singers’ are not as self disciplined. So for the majority of us the simple guidelines we learn in improving breath control to help formulate and extend the power of our voice and our chanting through pranayama are satisfactory.

The principle of a 3 word mantra is simple but helps us isolate and focus upon our individual purpose or values that gives us a wide range of more mundane application e.g. Strength, truth, harmony. The more profound impersonal spiritual chanting of the sacred “AUM” recognizes the triune principles of divinity when intoning. The first “a” focuses upon the solar plexus, “u” upon the chest and heart and “m” upon the brain.
The 5 fold focus upon the Natural Elements of fire, earth, air, water and ether requires concentration and some imagination to harness one’s mind to an aspiration to understand all the natural spheres of life both outside and within our own nature from the solid physical to the subtlest and invisible realms of the soul.

As a popular choice of nature lovers and artists the 7 fold concept can be related most directly to the seven colours of the spectrum (red, orange, gold, green, blue, indigo and purple) and ultimately to White Light than is the synthesis of all.

The 12 fold mantra is often the choice of astrology students who wish to cultivate each of the human virtues exemplified in the zodiacal signs. Christians find it easy to attune to the mystical symbolism of the 12 disciples or the saints’ calendar as others associate particular powers to the 12 rays used to reflect the radiance of Divine Light. Yogis combine appropriate Sanskrit chants with the traditional physical exercise of Surya Namaskar that is used also to focus upon the Lord’s Prayer.

Find words that comfortably suit your understanding and your aspiration.

All affirmations and mantra when combined with our powers of visualization and concentration become potentially powerful tools in helping ourselves and indirectly, contribute a positive influence upon those who share our environment.

Forgiving

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

In everyday life and in healing differences between others,  the art of forgiveness releases stress from the emotions.

Not only is the attitude of silent forgiveness a gracious but also empowering gift that melts away problems so that only love remains.

We all need to possess an attitude in our emotions that is mature and generous enough to lead the way to better inner harmony as well as in our relationships. 

It is wise to remember that we are also in need of forgiveness for the many hurts we have consciously inflicted as well as those that  we have inadvertently caused others.

EASTER THOUGHTS

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Let us emerge from embryonic human nature and limitations of the egg – to enter the limitless expanses of universal consciousness.
In doing so we are emulating the spiritual message of the Christ.

We are reminded to surrender the sense of our lesser self to experience the mature human state as did Jesus sacrifice his physical life to channel the higher self – the divine Christ.
We learn the lesson of sacrifice – to surrender the lesser for the greater good, and thereby make sacred

Yielding our will to the greater Will of god makes life easy, simple and safe – offering us a way to ultimate spiritual awareness.
Not only are we responsible for ourselves and the use of free will, but we must learn to take on the burden of helping others and so practise willingness through willing surrender to greater life.

Surrender the complexities of life to the simple state of Oneness with All.
Simplicity is the heart of greatness, the subtle scent of truth, a harmony in music, and the blending of nature’s complex palette colours in their final whiteness , purity and truth.

RAJA YOGA – Simplifies Psychology

Monday, July 16th, 2012

It is important for the human psyche to have a concept or perceptions of our origin and our ultimate life destination. This motivates the study of psychology.

What is missing in the more material purposes of western psychology, are the components of the soul and spirit of a human being. Yet the spiritual life purpose is as important as a material one. It is a Truth to be sought and remains one of the main focal points for Vedic scholars and philosophers as for the genuine seeker for understanding of human being.

Although Indian scholars of Vedic lore will be capable of more profound discussions of psychology and analyses of human nature, most of us wish to use the tenets of Raja Yoga philosophy and teachings to help us towards the spiritual goal by relying upon the three simplest definitions of the psyche as an adjunct to what is already known to us through western psychology.

Consideration of these components serves to guide us through the labyrinth of information about the human mind and personality to illumine a clear path towards a higher destination. This spiritual path or Marga is known and highly regarded as that of kingly purpose in discovering life’s truth, hence its name Raja Yoga. However, it is a royal status that must be earned.

There are many successful exponents of Hatha Yoga who have achieved good health and balanced nature through the practices concentrating upon the body. Those who by nature have directed a strong stream of emotional development towards devotion rather than self satisfaction have succeeded in the spirit of Bhakti no matter what religious ideas they use to channel their full devotional energy – or if they follow no formal spiritual system at all. Those who explore the realities of human nature and are motivated by a search for truth are practising Raja Yoga and will find much to discover.

The simple tenets of Raja Yoga direct us to learn all we can of the three clear spheres and functions of human intelligence. They have been similarly identified by wise philosophers and leaders of mankind throughout the ages. Recognition followed by study of these three aspects of ourselves allows us in time, to integrate them.

Personality – consisting of the body and brain, emotions, and thoughts

Soul – the inhabiting intelligence, wisdom or sum-total of life experience

Spirit – the spark of life that links us with the Divine light, power and energy that has created and animates all living forms – and has entrusted us with the gift of life and free will.

Buddha’s Message

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This simple guidance of the Buddha is invaluable:

Cease to do evil

Learn to do good

And follow the 8-fold Path to perfection.

The 8 -fold Path is outlined in Raja Yoga or Asthanga Yoga and is the classical basis for training in self control-  in a nutshell!

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Knowledge of Two Kinds – Heart and Mind

Friday, May 13th, 2011

It is not that we need more knowledge about the mind as much as finding how to construct a life- saving bridge from our minds to the knowledge deep in our hearts.

Stranded on the shores of knowledge of the intellect alone, we eventually find ourselves lonely and devoid of real life satisfaction and experience regardless of our accumulation of information.

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Sadhana – Self-Image

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Imagination is the fundamental tool for the individual when forming a self-image.

Unless one creates a self image the personality is apt to become pressured and influenced by what others think, and this may not be as you would wish.

Use your self image to become whatever or whoever you wish to be – to pattern your future, determine your habits and reactions and help you to succeed in your achievements.

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Hints for Sadhana

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Most spiritual teachers teach the value of balance and have indicated to us that any quality can be exaggerated to our detriment even those qualities we consider are virtues.

As reminders of the need for balance in your personal and private self discipline or Sadhana, the following offer a helpful guide for you when drawing up your own personality needs to avoid extremes……

Balanced – Not fanatical

Beautiful – Not vain

Courageous – Not rash

Devoted – Not enslaved

Flexible – Not weak

Helpful – Not intrusive

Humble – Not submissive

Impartial – Not indifferent

Independent – Not isolated

Keen intellect – Not cutting

Kind – Not condescending

Loyal – Not undeserving commitment

Passionate – Not aggressive

Patient – Not procrastinating

Perceptive  –  Not hypercritical

Persevering – Not stubbornly persistent

Sensitive –  Not to personal hurt

Strong – Not domineering

 

 

 

 

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YOGA SIMPLIFIES PSYCHOLOGY

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Psychology or the understanding of human nature is perceived as the knowledge of the total nature of the individual. This is inclusive of –

personality that comprises physical body,(kaya) emotional nature,(kama) and mental nature (manas) and conceived as a collection of feelings, perceptions (anjna) and past impressions (samskara)

soul that is perceived as the consciousness of the immortal self with its profound wisdom accumulated through many incarnations of life experiences relevant to male births or as females

spirit or the supreme directing intelligence of the individual being that is likened to a spark of the Universal fire, or as a drop of the Universal ocean of life of the Cosmos.

Once these aspects are recognized and identified through our own insight and understanding of ourselves it is possible to see ourselves as an integrated human being and be able to comprehend much more about ourselves than the mere personality.

Self knowledge and self understanding are held as important throughout all cultures and hinted at as the commencement before embarking on a more expansive search to comprehend the nature of all things beyond.

Although it is natural to require some knowledge or perception of our origins as well as our life purpose and future, the first can be replaced with the faith that it was from God or the Divine Light that we came and to this we return, life after life. Each life we undergo experiences that the law of Karma deems  necessary in our long spiritual evolution towards the ideal of human excellence and that mysterious concept, perfection.

We are likely to find life easier with acceptance of the natural law that stipulates that each individual grows through his own efforts. There is no known ‘instant’ achievement.

We can only add to any present knowledge of psychology by seeking to understand and embrace all ideas motivated by truth and directed towards truth.

There is much to learn.

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