A dear friend asked me a great question this weekend while we were on a blissful Kundalini Retreat in Guava House. He started to talk about the backlash against navel gazing, positive thinking and self-help discussed by the Scandi psychologist Svend Brinkmann. In an increasing pressurised world where everything is being accelerated, people are feeling the pressure to change not only to be physically healthier but also mentally. Svend states we should be asserting we are happy as we are. So how do we understand ourselves and face the challenges of life from a Yogic perspective.
The answer as usual is not black and white. The Universe is a subtle system and what we look for is not what perspective is the right or wrong but to dance on the knife edge between these concepts to get to the truth.
We are born perfect; the most beautiful soul incarnates into a human existence and the soul does not change throughout our lifetime. However, the consciousness that we are a spirit living in a human body soon disappears, as our personality and ego are shaped by our experiences, culture and genetic imprints. These imprints dull the light of this perfect soul, forcing us to create great illusions about ourselves and the world around us, to cope with life.
The starting point is neither to deny change which is a natures process nor believe we are innately imperfect and only through striving to change can this be altered. The reality is that most of us are longing for something. We may fill that longing with food, sex, shopping or being overly entertained but that dissatisfaction keeps us searching and what we are really searching for is to reconnect with our perfect soul.
- Firstly, we need to accept who we are and where we are. If we do not go within and do this, we are in denial. If you do not start from the correct starting point you can never get to where you want to go. If you refuse to accept you have an illness how can it ever get better? This is a subtle internal process of simple acknowledgement, it does not need to be fuelled by self-hate or judgment.
- Once you see your real self, all the great bits and the all the shadows, now is the time to start the work of processing all those hidden emotions you did not acknowledge, which have now been transferred into your body, subconscious and unconscious mind. This shadow self which exists in all of us needs to be brought into the light of our consciousness and only through conscious acceptance will the energies that created the shadow be released, to eventually leave the clarity and purity of the real you, (SAT NAM) which you were born to be.Then you can face life from the reality of YOU. There are no more moments wasted on wishing it to be different . . . it is what it is. Life will always appear slightly greater than you think in order for growth. Not only do you grow in ability — you grow in your outlook; you grow in your courage; you increase your willingness to meet the ever-increasing challenges and obstacles placed before you.
As if engaged in a total immersion video game experience, life constantly re-ups the game-skill requirements as your skillset increases. This is the nature of life everything is alive everything must change everything must grow. When you view your circumstances through this lens, you access all the abilities to accomplish each moment; you welcome each moment as a measure of your ability.
So, both perspectives are correct we need to accept where we are but also, we need to be ready to work with ourselves to reach our true potential, our birth right to be a healthy, happy and whole human being.
Mon 13 Feb 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 14 Feb 6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,
Wed 15 Feb 5- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS) Shaungh Teaching
Wed 15 Feb 3-3.45pm Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road
Wed 15 Feb 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road,Col5