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Lesson 207 - Q&A Left or right side
Date: Sun Jun 6, 2004 10:48pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: Three weeks ago I had an intuitive flash while meditating. I was in the attic of a very
large and luxurious house. I had been cleaning this house from top to bottom until it was
immaculately clean. It sparkled! It was perfect. Then when I reached the attic I found a
door. When I opened the door I discovered that there was an entire wing of the house that
I had not know about. It was in horrible disarray. Everything was covered with an inch of
dust. Wood rot, water damage, mildew, broken windows... It was bad! I just wanted to close
the door and forget what I had just seen.
The house is me and the attic in my third eye. At that moment I realized that the right
side of my body is very energetically strong but my left side is thin, weak and blocked. I
was floored!!! The magnitude of this was like looking in the mirror for the first time and
realizing that I have been walking around for the past 30 years with an elephant strapped
to my back! How could I have missed this? For the next few days I felt as if I was two
different people joined together at the center of my body.
With effort I have been able to direct energy to the left side of my body, at first with
great physical pain on the left side of my third eye. I can tell that this balance from
right to left is going to take some time.
What does this indicate?
A: The obstructions in the nervous system can take nearly any form and sometimes can be
skewed to the left or right side of the body. It is difficult to know how it got that way,
but yoga practices can gradually dissolve it all at its source, and bring us back into
balance. The fact that you are seeing these things more clearly now is an indicator of
purification going on from your practices, particularly in the third eye. The thing to do
is continue with your practices as you have been doing them and let the process carry
Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to try and direct the purification process in a
specific direction outside the third eye to root spinal nerve, or the well-rounded
(global) effects of deep meditation and samyama. We just can't know intellectually what
the natural order of purification will be, whereas, inner silence and our ecstatic
energies will find the purification channels of least resistance. How the purification
happens will depend on so many karmic factors unique to each person. It can all be taken
care of in a balanced way by eliciting the natural processes of purification from within
with our advanced yoga practices.
If we think we have an imbalance on the left side and focus attention on fixing that, we
could cause more imbalances. Better to use meditation, spinal breathing, mudras and
bandhas, yoni mudra, spinal bastrika, chin pump, and so on. All these work up and down the
central nerve and will not lead to left or right side imbalances, which can be
destabilizing. If you have a left or right side imbalance, the best way to resolve it is
to do practices in the middle. That is the focus in the lessons. If you go the middle way
with spinal breathing, meditation, and the other practices, you will find increasing
balance from top to bottom and from left to right. The spinal nerve (sushumna) between the
third eye and root is the master key. All is balanced by purifying that.
The practices that have brought you to this level of seeing are the same ones that can
safely clear out the obstructions that are becoming more visible.
Remember the guideline on visions if we see something, we do not try and push it
out or become overly attached to it by engaging in it excessively. We just easily go back
to the practice we are doing and continue the purification process.
By staying with a twice-daily routine of advanced yoga practices, balanced with an active
life in line with our interests, we will be moving steadily toward enlightenment.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on building a
balanced daily practice routine with self-pacing, see the
Eight Limbs of Yoga Book.
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