This was the theme of yesterday’s class.
It may be appropriate to extend into a theme for life generally. It resonates a lot for me, maybe it does for you.
I’ve heard it said that the heart grew in the womb before the brain (Gregg Braden – see links below), and that the heart holds the 6th sense, the intuitive knowledge that we sometimes get a glimpse of, somewhere that’s hard to identify but we often call it a ‘gut’ feeling.
In teaching Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga – the yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi (know something of this and want to find out more? See the resources below), I sensed that the most fundamental aspect of the first yama – ahimsa (non-violence) is not simply about abstaining from causing suffering, but about cultivating the yang, active opposite of this, ie. love and compassion. Why do we want to follow a path of yoga? Often it can be to reach more self acceptance and peace with ourselves. If we work on actively growing the power of our heart energy, we find that following the 8 fold path of yoga in general comes with a little less struggle and more and more ease, or flow.
Grow your heart space, develop love for yourself, in order to radiate this vibe around you and see how the magic grows. Ram Dass said that as we do this, we become love. So there’s no separation from being the lover or the loved – you literally ARE love itself, and there is no difference between giving and receive because you hold the source inside you.
Big hearted love to you all. xxx
Want to learn more? Have a look at these resources.
YouTube film by Gregg Braden, a pioneer in the field of spirit science. 5.41 mins duration. Power of the heart’s energy and importance of tapping into it to raise consciousness. Talks about the 6th age towards the end – this is related to astrology. I hope to do a post about astrology soon!
Just to say – these guys (based in Canada) are looking for followers and will try to sell you some of their products at the end. But, you can watch and listen to the information in this webinar completely free with no obligation to buy anything, and it’s well worth it if you are open minded to it.
Recommended reading for anyone who has already heard about the 8 limbs and wants to know more. You can of course check it out if you’re totally new to it, but it is a long and in depth article.
From the page linked above…
“Coherence is an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in-synch and balanced. Most people experience this mental, emotional and physical alignment in varying degrees. An individual deep in meditation, prayer or other spiritual practice, athletes in the zone, the student who has a lock on the material on test day: These are examples of individuals who are likely experiencing heightened levels of psychophysiological coherence.
HeartMath researchers have conducted numerous studies tracking people’s coherence levels by observing their heart-rhythm patterns. The research shows that the greater an individual’s level of coherence, the more efficient and harmonious the body’s cardiovascular, nervous, hormonal and immune systems function.”