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The 52: Lesson Eighteen — Just WHO Do You Think You Are?

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Just WHO do you think you are?

Here is the answer most people give to this question.  “Well,” they might say,”My name is Jane Doe.  I live at x address.  I am x years old.  I was born in x town.  I went to x school.  I am a (fill in what you do — a doctor, a plumber, a housewife, a  yoga instructor, etc.)  My hobby is x.  I am married to x and have x children. I am single.  Etc.  Etc.

You are describing who you are in the world.  But is this who you really are?

LESSON EIGHTEEN

THE TRUE SELF

In yoga and the spiritual world, those descriptions are interesting but not indicative of who you are at the core of your being, on a transcendent level.  Those answers are good to know if you are at a party and someone asks who you are.  You would probably not say, in the mix of meeting new people at some social function, to your inquiring new acquaintance, these words.  “Well, I am a transcendent and eternal being, completely perfect and bathed in the Light of Consciousness and God.”  Your new acquaintance would more than likely excuse himself rather quickly and move onto the next person and avoid you for the rest of the evening. You might want to stick to the conventional answers discussed earlier.

But what if the answer I just described (the spiritual one) is actually who you are?  What if you are, in some way, both of these?  As a human being in the world , you are the commonly described one who performs functions in the world.  But, on another level, you are much more than this?  Could you imagine that you are the first one, we will call the small “self”, and at the same time you are also the Eternal Self?  And knowing this to be true, you can be in both dimensions.

Does this all sound a little crazy?  It certainly did to me, in the beginning. What does it mean if you thought of yourself as only the one you believed yourself to be all those years, (the small self) when you are actually, in truth, something far greater and luminous than you could have ever imagined?  There was a time when I would have seen this as total nonsense.  During one of my many readings in The Yoga Sutras, the classic book that defines the true essence of yoga, I actually GOT this reality, but it was not easy.  I remember wailing and crying and trying to figure out just who this “Deanne” was and what it meant if that was not who I was.  I grieved for her and wondered what everything meant.  Then, by some odd twist (or maybe it was Grace), I fell silent and into an exquisite state of unfathomable peace.  Some might call it a peace which passed all human understanding.

Swami Muktananda wrote:

You, the traveler, are what you are seeking.

Everything is within you.

The supreme inner stillness…is your destination.

It is God,

The Self,

Consciousness.

In his excellent best selling book, Proof of Heaven, Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who was steeped in scientific theory, writes of his unexpectedly long and vivid near death experience.  He encounters realms of existence and consciousness he could never have fathomed.  After his recovery, he courageously examined what happened to him and comes to the conclusion that the “lessons” he was given, while out of his body and which can be applied to all of us, were essentially these:

You are loved and cherished.

You have nothing to fear.

There is nothing you can do wrong.

These, I would call, lessons that describe true consciousness, the Supreme Self, which is who we are — far beyond our names, what we do, where we went to school and how much we have “accomplished” in the world.

Think on these ideas and take them to heart.  Don’t start judging them. Just for now, accept them at face value.

  • I am loved and cherished just as I am right now.
  • I have absolutely nothing to fear.
  • I am already perfect at the core of my being.  There is nothing I can do wrong.

Just try these ideas on for size.  Imagine that the YOU who lives in this reality is always the YOU every day and minute.

Can you possibly love and accept yourself this much?  Maybe you should get used to thinking this way.  What would happen then?  Maybe YOU, yourself are perfect, just as you are right now.

I think you are!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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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

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