The 52: Seeing the World Anew

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However your mind is, however your heart is,

however your attitude is, that’s how you see your world.

Swami Muktananda

Instead of taking for granted all that is around us, we have spent time this week examining what we see in our own world.  We have noticed if we respond positively or negatively to what we take in through our eyes.  I have suggested that you might take action in bringing into your field of vision visual items and scenes that are comforting and appealing to you.  In doing so, you might have been aware of a shift in your attitude.

Here is an example I can mention right now.  I am looking out of my office window.  I can see a snow-covered lawn and evergreen trees.  I find this vision generally soothing but there is a lot of snow now.  Will the deer and squirrels make it through all of this snow? I could give attention to this. But I have also placed corn and apples and thistle seed outside.  Now I see that the squirrels are coming with their flickering tails.  And there are a few deer tracks in the snow.  All kinds of birds have alighted to partake of the seeds and corn.  This scene gives me great pleasure and happiness and I feel united with nature.  I “put” those animal treats out myself so I could be made happy at watching this little backyard menagerie.  On the other hand, I also understand that this scene is my own “play” that I have created.

Earlier this week, we did some experiments in seeing our world and testing certain realities. Did you notice that positive and negative responses were evoked by some of what you observed? What happened when you surveyed all objects and tried being neutral about all of them?  When you closed your eyes, did they seem to be still there? Try this:

  • Return to our affirmation about loving yourself.  Calm your body and breath, be silent for a while.  Envision love flowing through you and around you.  Now let that love extend to everything you see with your eyes.  Can you do this?  Does it take some practice?
  • We say that everything, everything, is part of Divine Consciousness, part of God and Love.  Can you imagine that?
  • In yoga, we talk about energy centers on the body, called chakras and nadis.  One of these is located in the area between the eyebrows.  It is where you might see a mark on the face of many Indian people.  We call it “the third eye.”  It is how we see the world through divine wisdom, not through the physical eyes. What if you saw the world that way, saturated with love.

Spend the rest of this lesson noticing how you see the world and how it influences you.  Maybe you will see love as an extension of your own loving self.  What if there is no separation between the loving you and all the love in the world?  Could you BE the actual source of that love?  Just wondering…

I’ll be “seeing” you in the next lesson.

With love and namaste, Deanne

For more thoughts, go to www.deannemincer.com and to my Facebook page

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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