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Lesson 58 -
Step by Step (Audio)
Date: Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:27pm
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Q: My question relates to the effects of combining the methods recommended
by you with the ones that I am formerly accustomed to. Will they enhance
each other or will they be counterproductive? Relating to the most recent
addition - Sambhavi - all I can say is Whoa! You could most definitely say
I'm going through that "clunky" stage! The ability to hold anal sphincter
tone, contract abs, breathe with a hiss on exhalation, cross your eyes to
reach the third eye ... all simultaneously ... is really quite a task,
much less to try to do it in a relaxed mode.
A: Of course, whatever you practice is your choice. If you are following an
established teaching, there is no wish here to interfere with that. In that
case, just consider these lessons to be "food for thought."
If you are trying to piece things together yourself, then some definite
advice is offered.
First, less is more in spiritual practice. Simplicity is the key. Trying to
put together overlapping pieces from several sources is not going to help
you, unless you are advanced and are filling in clear gaps in your current
practice. You don't seem to be in that position yet, but you will be if you
keep at it long enough.
It is suggested you simplify what you are doing. You will know you are
practicing at the right level if you are having stability (and fun!) instead
of knocking yourself out trying to do too much. The best measure of the
stability of your practice is how you feel afterward in daily life. If you
feel frazzled during the day, go back and stabilize your practice at a
comfortable level. Always make sure you rest adequately at the end of
Remember that we are working with natural abilities inherent within our
nervous system. The ways in are delicate, and don't work well if we muddy
things up too much with divided attention. These natural abilities are:
1. Our mind's ability to become still, opening our nervous system to the
infinite field of pure bliss consciousness.
2. The ability of our breath and attention to cultivate our spinal nerve,
enabling our whole nervous system to become fertile ground for pure bliss
consciousness to grow in us.
3. The ability of our sexual energy to rise and enliven the spinal nerve to
an ecstatic conductivity which expands throughout our nervous system, and
4. The ability of the senses to refine and travel inward along the many
roads of ecstatic experience.
5. The ability of pure bliss consciousness expanding in us and beyond to
reach a unified level of awareness encompassing all of existence. We come to
know ourselves as that.
We want to stimulate all these abilities into their natural manifestation.
This is the road to enlightenment. But we can't be successful by beginning
with everything at once. Rome was not built in a day. We must develop each
level of practice into a stable habit. It is like that in the application of
any knowledge. We develop a stable habit at each level of knowledge. First
we learn step one. We do that until it is well established. Then we can add
on step two, stabilize that, and so on. If we try and do steps one through
ten all at the same time, we will have little chance of success. It is like
that with anything new we undertake. It is like that in academic education.
We take class after class, working our way from the beginning gradually
through to the end.
The difference here is that it is all being laid out fairly quickly, far
faster than anyone can take on in practice. For some additional perspectives
on building up practices, it is suggested you go back and reread Lesson 38
-- "What is your time
If it is advanced yoga practices you want to use as your primary practice
guideline, then, at this stage, it is suggested you don't muddy up your
practice with other methods. Start slow with meditation. Get that down
first. Then after a few weeks or months, add on basic spinal breathing. Get
comfortable with that. Then, later, you can add on the practices in
subsequent lessons. Take on practices one at a time, not all at the same
time. This is mentioned over and over in the lessons.
The challenge used to be finding the knowledge. Now the challenge is
applying it in an orderly way. It is in your hands.
The guru is in you.
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