The 52: Lesson Forty Four — I Was Just Thinking…

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butterflyblueskyStop!  Right now!  What have you been thinking?  Do you even know?

Thoughts have power and energy within them.  That’s a fact.  Some say, “As you think, so you become.”  Unfortunately, most of us just think the same old stuff over and over again, as if the mind runs by itself and has a “mind” of its own.  It is on automatic pilot. THAT is a problem.  While you are far more than your mind, it IS your mind.  So pay attention. That pesky mind, when it aligns with the ego, can do a lot of damage. It can end up defining you in ways you might not prefer.

I have written on this subject before. I urge you to go back and look at Lesson 16.  It offers a valuable means of monitoring and changing thought patterns.  Following that practice was life changing for me.  It could do the same for you.  Try it.

LESSON FORTY FOUR

HOW THOUGHTS AFFECT WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE

Yoga and other spiritual paths are rich with words defining the mind.  In fact, with regard to yoga, some would say understanding the mind and letting it go IS the definition of yoga.  As Patanjali wrote in the Yoga Sutras:

Yoga is cessation of the modifications of the mind.

And in the Yoga Vasishtha:

The world is produced from the mind alone, like the waters of a mirage.

It manifests in the form of fleeting thoughts,

which are as illusory as the reflections of the moon on water.

Without doubt, these are potent concepts and not likely to appeal to those new to them.  So let’s take smaller steps.  I have earlier written on thought monitoring and learning to know what you think, then taking action to alter those thoughts.  This time I will draw from a course I studied some years ago. It is called The Sedona Method.  The man who developed it, Lester Levenson, a highly successful and innovative physicist, entrepreneur in New York City, was in such ill-health and was, in effect, given a “death sentence” by his doctors.  Instead of retreating and waiting to die, he found a means to help himself.  Thus, The Sedona Method.  Breaking it down into a nutshell does not do justice to his work, but here is a taste:

This provides an easy way to tell if you are thinking in the realm of the ego (not your “friend”) or the True Self (the place of divine connection and alignment).  When you are disturbed, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this thought about gaining control over something or someone?
  • Am I looking for approval in this thought?
  • Is my motivation the desire for survival?

If you are answering yes to one or more of these questions, then you are in the clutches of the ego (as defined in yoga, not by Freud).  Remember the ego is the opposite of the Self.  Some have said that the object of many spiritual paths is to recognize the ego and to dis-engage it or, some say, destroy it.  I prefer the notion of recognizing it, noting it, and then sending it on its way — maybe even with a little laugh.  The ego hates to be laughed at.

Try asking yourself these questions and see what results.  We are functioning in this world play, so guidelines are helpful. By the way, when I started doing this years ago, I was often answering “yes” to all three questions.  I had previously “thought” I was doing pretty well in life.  Why?  Because my ego was answering the question.  Be patient.  It might take a little while to get the “hang” of it.

As always, do not use any of these lessons to judge or berate yourself.  Not EVER!  Remember that you love yourself completely NOW, even if your thoughts are in disarray.  They are just thoughts, After all, and not who YOU are, at the core of your Divine Being.

Erwin Schrodinger, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933,  wrote:

Every man’s world picture is and always remains a construct of his mind and cannot be proved to have any other existence.

With love and namaste, Deanne

For more, go to http://www.deannemincer.com

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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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