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Lesson 134 -
Yoga and Western Psychology (Audio)
Date: Mon Mar 8, 2004 11:01am
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Q: I have recently joined your group and I am in strong disagreement of
promoting meditation and other practices alone. When people focus on
themselves and sensations
in their bodies, etc. they are in a very vulnerable position and at the same
time they have the opportunity to uncover a great truth. In a situation
where they do not have support they will end up in the same position or
worse because they have not been able to understand their feelings, heal
their pain, and express other emotions that might come along. You suggest
that irritability is a result of an imbalance in a practice (note: as in
coming out of meditation too fast) and I strongly disagree. I believe thatan emotion
that arises in
meditation has a
reason and the only way to work toward a greater awareness in this situation
is to focus on that emotion, express it, and understand it. Once a person
has gone through this healing process they will achieve a greater awareness.
If people pass it of as something else they will be going through the same
cycle and maybe for the rest of their lives. In this situation support plays
a big role because the helper can guide the person into working through the
A: The part you may have missed about meditation is that when correctly
done, the obstructions being released in a particular session are gone.
Gone. So there is nothing left to process or analyze, only the inner silence
and light coming through from inside where there was blockage before. So
let's be clear about those mechanics. That is effective yoga, a neurological
cleansing where the effects of past actions are released, not on the basis
of meaning, but neurologically dissolved from the inside by the pure bliss
consciousness inherent within us which we access in meditation. It is not a
matter of belief or analysis. It is a mechanical process. It will work for
anyone who does the procedure, even for someone who is a skeptic.
It sounds like you are involved in western psychology, where thoughts and
feelings coming to surface awareness are analyzed on the level of meaning --
psychoanalysis. This has some value, but is far removed from yogic methods
that go much deeper where analytical processes do not exist in the mind.
Western psychology is like analyzing the waves coming up on the surface of
the ocean, while yoga (deep meditation especially) is like cleaning the
ocean from the bottom up, at levels where analysis is not possible. Only the
procedure of cleaning is there. Obstructions are energy, thinking is energy.
Yoga deals with these at their root by going beyond the energy to pure bliss
consciousness. Meaning is a less fundamental form of neurological energy,
found near the surface of the mind. Meaning is the tail on the dog of
thought energy, so to speak, and we all know that using the tail to wag the
dog is not very effective. We can still use it if it helps us feel better in
some way. If we are flexible, we will meditate daily also, which will be
like having our cake and eating it too. It is not wise to try and do both
methods at the same time, as neither will be served.
Anyway, yoga is not only about cleaning up the psychology. That is a
byproduct. Yoga is about enlightenment, a direct pathway to the level of
attainment of Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Lao Tsu, Rumi, etc.
Compared to yogic methods, western psychology is still embryonic in that
respect. Keep in mind that psychoanalysis has been around for a little over
a century, while yoga has been around for something like fifty centuries.
Not that "time in the business" alone qualifies something as being more
advanced, but it is a pretty good indicator. The experiences of modern
practitioners support the conclusions of the long history of yoga. The proof
of the pudding is in the eating.
From the standpoint of yoga, revealing "great truth" is not primarily about
intellectual understanding or the resolution of emotional difficulties. It
is about becoming the truth itself. This is done through systematic
purification on every level in the vehicle of experience, the human nervous
system. It is the divinity of the human being we are opening up here, using
Logic indicates that western psychology can learn a lot from studying the
methods of yoga in an open-minded way. Carl Jung realized this late in his
The guru is in you.
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