Stop Defending and deal with the Negative Mind – Kundalini Yoga

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It takes a lot of courage to face reality. When our negative, protective mind is strong it would rather make up stories, create imaged enemies than actually allow us to listen to something which feels like an attack on the self. We are not neutral about ourselves we dimiss our subconscious, we do not believe the outside world is effected by our private thoughts and feelings. The ego and subconscious mind align. This now reactive personality based on unprocessed childhood trauma, creates thousands of thoughts, feelings and narratives to serve the defensive self. How do we know when we are defensive, or blaming someone else for negativity coming from ourselves. Well here are a few points to be conscious of:

  • When you begin defending because feelings of shame, loss and fear arise. It prevents us from acknowledging our accountability for what happens to us in life. If it is happening to you, it is happening through you.
  • We react in the same way to all situations, which may not make sense in the current moment. The gap between us and reality increases.
  • We may be busy, our lives filled with many people, tasks and adventures but inside we are not happy.

The interconnection between the left and right hemisphere is weakened. The effect is often a change in voice and tone. We are angry, childlike, talkative, full of stories, sneaky and insecure.neg

It takes a lot of courage to face reality. When our negative, protective mind is strong it would rather make up stories, create imaged enemies than actually allow us to listen to something which feels like an attack on the self. We are not neutral about ourselves we dismiss our subconscious, we do not believe the outside world is effected by our private thoughts and feelings. The ego and subconscious mind align. This now reactive personality based on unprocessed childhood trauma, creates thousands of thoughts, feelings and narratives to serve the defensive self. How do we know when we are defensive, or blaming someone else for negativity coming from ourselves. Well here are a few points to be conscious of:

  • When you begin defending because feelings of shame, loss and fear arise. It prevents us from acknowledging our accountability for what happens to us in life. If it is happening to you, it is happening through you.
  • We react in the same way to all situations, which may not make sense in the current moment. The gap between us and reality increases.
  • We may be busy, our lives filled with many people, tasks and adventures but inside we are not happy.

The interconnection between the left and right hemisphere is weakened. The effect is often a change in voice and tone. We are angry, childlike, talkative, full of stories, sneaky and insecure.

Practical Solutions

Whenever I get critised, I have to try and stay very present, breathe deeply, feel the pain or hurt but not let my mind dismiss or defend against what I am hearing. I then later on recheck my reaction to see how defensive or reactive I was in that situation.

Obviously like last week working on a deep meditation practice to strengthen the neutral mind really helps. But we need to be very conscious when we are with people who trigger us. Being conscious does not mean we accept other people’s criticism as fact; we just need to be aware of our reactions to criticism, our body language, feelings, breath, etc. This will allow us to see the full picture without just dismissing what someone says because it hurts our ego. We need to use the neutral mind to access what is fact and fiction and from this point move forward to either learn from past mistakes or dismiss the criticism. Because if we react to it there must be energy there we need to examine. Try always to elevate your vibration, for me it is mantra chanting, to you it may be breathing, moving, singing, etc. Elevate yourself to be less in the animal alert state of the negative mind to view the situation from the heart centred neutral mind. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon 19 Feb 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 20 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 20 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 20 Feb 6-7.15pm       Kundalini Yoga Class with Shauangh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 21 Feb 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 21 Feb 3.30-4.15am    Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 21 Feb 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 22 Feb 11 – 1pm       Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 22 Feb 3-4pm            Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sat   24 Feb 6-7.30pm         Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.

Sun 25 Feb 5am onwards   Kundalini Yoga Fest – All day festival

 

 

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The Yogic Science of Thought

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Studies on the brain show that when a thought wave is created, it is a weak, dim signal. For many years it was believed that thoughts only had influence on our own brain.

Subsequently they have discovered even though each one of our thoughts is a weak signal, it has the ability to immediately attached on to our electromagnetic field.

Electromagnetic fields hold information. That is how information is recorded on a computer hard drive. It is also how we use to record programs on magnetic tape. It is all done by electromagnetics. So after you drop your body (die) all that is left is an electromagnetic field with the recording of all the thoughts, emotions and experiences you have had.

When our electromagnetic fields come into contact with another electromagnetic field (if you are not sensitive enough) you will not know if you are having your own thoughts or those of your neighbours. Our thoughts can affect other people. Most of the time our thoughts are so dispersed that they are very ineffective. But when we focus like during prayer or focussed visualisation it allows a thought to fully permeate our electromagnetic field which allows us to influence the electromagnetic fields of others. When you have a thought about someone it is a bit like phoning their mobile number, we are connecting to their electromagnetic field. Einstein also discovered that no matter how many millions of miles you put between 2 electrons they will still mimic each other. Send me a good thought and I will receive it.  When I see the beauty in someone, that thought of beauty is going to permeate my aura making me seem beautiful to others, even if I have lots of other faults.

When you chant during class, you are sending a message to your electromagnetic field to connect with your infinite generic identity, the infinite electromagnetic field or as we say the higher self. Imaging done on the electromagnetic field after singing and chanting show it glowing. Loose yourself in mantra or uplifting music and your electromagnetic fields gets saturated with those high vibrations and suddenly you are feeling amazing and so is everyone else around you. This is why the Dervish whirl, with their heads tipped to one side to recycle the kundalini energy that is following through their bodies.

 

 

Practical Lesson

Next time you are in mental dis ease whether it was triggered by someone or an event, cut through it by getting lost in a positive mantra. When a lot of negative thoughts come to you like this: (-). Cut it in the center, what does it become? Positive: (+). So we pick up one mantra which is a positive sound thought and repeat it until the minus becomes a plus. Try the Om Namo Guru Dev Namo mantra by Snatam Kaur Khalsa, I will post it on our facebook page this week. Start living your life through a conscious decision to understand your mind.

Sat nam Fi x

This week’s classes:

Mon 8 Feb 6-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 9 Feb 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 10 Feb 4.45- 7am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 10 Feb 3-3.45pm     Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 10 Feb 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 11 Feb 8.30-9.30     Hatha Yoga @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 11 Feb 10-11am       Ladies only Hatha Yoga @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Fri   5 Feb 6.30-7.30pm NEW Community Class pay by DONATION @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

 

 

 

 

HOW TO INTEGRATE OUR SHADOW PERSONALITY

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Over the next few weeks we will be working deeply on our subconscious mind and personalities to understand our motivation and ourselves better. So we can communicate from our authentic self. For this you will need to understand the following definitions.

Definitions?

Authentic Self: This is the projection from the reality of your soul. It is when we are intuitive and live in the experience of each moment.

Persona: A projection from the authentic self, but only the side we want everyone to see.

Shadow Self: The polarity of the Persona. Also projected from the authentic self, but our weaknesses that we do not want anyone to see. We must accept and integrate the shadow so we can feel whole.

Hidden Self: This is fake self, based on our subconscious traumas and dramas not processed in childhood. It blocks the natural radiance of the authentic self.

Mask: A projection from the Hidden Self, created to manipulate relationships and environments to satisfy the urges and agendas of the Hidden self.

Why do I need to discover the Shadow Self?

It is important that we accept we are human. By that I mean that we are born imperfect but we have to learn to see our imperfections as perfections. When my teacher Shiv Charan told me this 9 years ago I taken aback.

There are things we are naturally good at and find easy and things that we find difficult. Why not accept both equally as part of ourselves? Instead we make judgements of who we think we should be, what society expects of us.

 PRACTICAL SKILLS TO DEVELOP

  1. Do not see your weaknesses as a problem to overcome.
  2. Kindly accept them as part of you, just like accepting a scar as part of your body.
  3. Say to yourself, I accept all parts of me. Nothing is good or bad only thinking makes it so.
  4. Stop trying to be perfect. Ask yourself why you need to do everything perfectly or be perfect? Is it because you believe if you are not perfect you will not be loved?
  5. For example say I am not very good with accounts, if I acknowledge this and hire a good book keeper instead of struggling with something I really dislike and find frustrating.

THIS WEEKS CLASSES:

Mon 24 Aug 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 25 Aug 8.30 -9.30am Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd,

Tues 25 Aug  6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 26 Aug 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 26 Aug 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space,  185/9 Havelock Road

Thurs 27 Aug 6-7pm Healing Gong Bath, 9 Greenlands Lane, Col7

Saturday 28 Aug 5-7.30am Sadhana @ The Om Space, Col 5 (FREE)

Saturday 4.30pm Kids Yoga Class @ The Good market – Race Course

Last few places left on our September Retreat at Sri Villas 19th to 21st Sept 2013

Sri Villas Retreat 19th-21st Sept 2013

Sri Villas Retreat 19th-21st Sept 2013

STILL TIME TO JOIN US FOR OUR SEPT RETREAT

On this retreat will give you the opportunity to give yourself the time to know your shadow and understand negative emotions.   We are not taught how to manage our emotions.  We subconsciously wish to deny, hide or ignore them or unconsciously respond in a knee jerk reaction.  Through Kundalini Yoga and meditation, we can learn techniques to recognise, accept, forgive and release these negative feelings and thoughts, instead of being driven unconsciously by them.

Turn overwhelming feelings and being over sensitive into being able to read a situation and know how to act.

Our program consists of sunset and sunrise daily Kundalini Yoga and meditation classes taught by three different teachers, Annoushka, Fiona and Shaunagh. A Combined with conscious eating and relaxation.

Set by the ocean, Sri Villas is a boutique hotel with luxurious en-suite rooms, an open air pool and beautiful spaces to relax in please see http://www.srivillas.com.  Included in the price is all your healthy vegetarian food and drink which will combine with our program to support your emotional release.
Price for retreat Rs19,000 for 2 nights, 3 days, full board, teachings and en-suite accommodation 2 sharing.
*transportation not included

Sri Villas is only one and half hours away from Colombo and we will start on Thursday 19 September which is a Poya day and end on Saturday 21st September afternoon around 4pm.
If you have any further questions please contact Fiona on 0778011984 or email info@sanasuma.co.uk

The Three Minds

In order to understand and be the master of our emotions we have to understand we all experience negative thoughts and emotions and we all have 3 minds. The three minds are the primary way the mind processes thoughts and makes decisions. Whether consciously or driven blindly by the unconscious.

The three minds are;
· The first mind which is the negative or protective mind,
· The second mind the positive or expansive mind
· The third mind is the neutral mind.

However sometimes the 3 minds can be out of balance, this is when we experience depression, confusion and being unable to solve our problems.
The first breakthrough with dealing with negative or bad emotions comes when you realize the value and functions of the negative mind. The negative minds function are:

1. Protection

2. Finding problems

3. Avoidance

4. Containment or contraction

The more you can become aware of the process of the negative mind and integrate the observer into the process the more you can deal with your negativity and emotions.

When we understand that our emotions of anger, fear, jealousy, bitterness all have a function in our lives, we can then start to accept these qualities of emotions in us and the people around us. This does not mean we have to act them out but just be aware of them within our minds and bodies and learn how to release them.

Human evolution means our negative minds are too strong for us in this day and age, where we no longer have to worry about the basic survival needs, of food, shelter and safety. Therefore we must learn to be conscious of our negative thought patterns. Acceptance of some of the least admirable aspects of oneself is the beginning of the process of shedding the barriers created by our shadow self and development of kindness, caring and compassion.

Learning to accept the sacred origins of both your protective negative mind and hope-filled positive mind allows the neutral mind effortlessly to appear. The neutral mind is the most elusive, yet most powerful of the three. It is the mind that allows us to “see the faults of others and then un-see them.” It is the mind that gives us the vision to see the diagonal solution in every problem. It is the mind that allows us to drop our small experience of self and replace it with the vast acceptance of the Infinite variety so exquisitely expressed at every level in nature.

The neutral mind is cultivated from meditation, practicing consciousness and being present.

It is also developed by our ability to drop all addiction to the positive/negative mind dance of duality, comprised of endless conversations, dramas, arguments and battles, between different opinions of what is good or bad. The neutral mind reminds us about the reality of now and acceptance of what is.

Come to our Sri Villas Retreat to have the practical experience of understanding and coping with your negative mind and emotions.

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