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Three Lessons in Highest Awareness To remain Happy and Peaceful

By Shree (Sherrie Wade, MA)

  1. There is no perfect cause and effect

The world is how it is. What is, is! Often people try to search for a cause. They may think, “Why does he act like that? Why did she say that? How can he think that way? How can they see or feel that way?” On the level of thoughts and emotions, these combinations are endless as to how to understand another person. Most people can’t even understand or know their own mind and emotions so how on earth can they understand someone else’s. We learn about karma which says that every action creates another reaction and in science, we learn that when you put certain elements together you will always have the same effects. When you put together the elements of H2O you will always make water. From this, it seems that every effect or reaction comes from some action or cause. However, when we reflect on from where has everything arisen, we come to a dead end. There is no way to truly know what the cause of the universe is, what the cause of life is, and in the same way what the true cause of the actions of others are. We can assume or imagine but that is all based on what our past experiences are or on our past knowledge, learning, and thinking.

When you begin the practice of meditation you come to know the causeless cause. The background space that you become aware of in meditation has no cause. It is unchanging so it was always there and always will be there. From this inner knowing of this space or Pure Consciousness, you remain free from having to know a cause to everything that is happening in your life. You are free from the mind’s ruminations about how it all happened. Now you are resting in your own Being. That Being is the very love and freedom itself and it is uninvolved from the dream of the individual life process. The best way to understand this is when you are dreaming and then wake up you know that it was only a dream. Whatever happened in your dream was an illusion, a delusion, or fantasy. It was unreal as now you woke up to the waking state which is now the reality for you.  So why now do you think that the waking state is the only true reality?  In meditation, you are free from your mind and emotions as you were in deep sleep. From this, you can be aware that the waking state is also like an illusion, a delusion, or a dream because it is changing. Yet, the human being believes this deception of the waking state and appears to forget its source. The causeless cause of your existence. From this awareness, you can change your expectations and bring your focus to that which is unchanging. Then, you no longer have to only try to keep making the world work according to your preferences.  You can accept that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but you remain the same. You the Self are free from all the changes.

  1. The world is not fair

Everyone wishes for a fair share. That there should be justice in the world, in your family, in your work environment in your relationships. However, if we honestly take a look at life, we can realize that it is not always fair or the same for everyone. Why are some people born mega-rich and others dirt poor? Why don’t the mega-rich just give some food and shelter to the poor and then there would be no poverty? Seems only fair! But the truth is there is no ultimate fairness in the world. There is no absolute fairness in life and living. There is no total fairness in relationships. No matter how hard people try to make everything fair it just doesn’t always play out that way. When you understand that the world and life are not always fair then and only then can you accept what is. What is, is! Then you don’t waste a lot of your precious time and energy struggling with the thoughts of injustice by thinking that total fairness exists. Yes, you do your best to strive to always be fair, but you don’t expect others or things will always be fair. Even when you first learn that the world is all One and we are all One Being you may believe that means that we are all the same. Yes, we are all the same on the level of our True Nature, but we are all different on the level of our human nature. Oneness doesn’t mean sameness. You smell the fragrance of the beautiful rose, but you don’t put your nose on the thorns. Knowing Oneness, you also know that the thorns will prick you so you avoid being hurt by them when possible and you try to remain with that which will come out smelling like a rose.

 

  1. Things often don’t make sense.

The mind likes to understand things and make good sense of them. But, if there is no real cause and effect, if there is no ultimate fairness life can’t make total sense. We like to think that things make sense as it allows the mind and emotions to rest for some time thinking that we have figured it all out. But the mind can and will never figure it all out as there is no ultimate cause and effect. When you accept the causeless cause then you accept what is. Through meditation, you de-identify from the world and its happenings as you know it is just like a show or dream. Being de-identified you are uninvolved. This doesn’t mean that you don’t play your part to its fullness. You still do everything you can with your body and mind to live the healthiest and happiest that you can be and provide the most for your loved ones and friends. However, you no longer believe that you will someday gain the ability to know things and understand everything and do all the right things and then you will be perfect. The only cause of suffering is ignorance of your true Self. Your true Self needs no sense. Your true Self is the only perfection that there is. It is free of sense and no sense, free of the mind, and free of emotions.  When I say free it doesn’t mean that it excludes anything such as the mind or emotions. Instead, now it uses them with mastery. This is true freedom that is not dependent on figuring things out with the mind or in only understanding things with the mind. I once heard it said that understanding is the booby prize. This means that understanding is not the solution for a happy and peaceful life. In fact, the mind which understands is the very problem of why you are unhappy or peaceless. It is only in meditation when you transcend the mind and emotions, then you can move with the Pure Space and not only with the mind.  Meditation unfolds the development of a higher mind which leads you towards the truth of your own Self, rather than towards the understanding that is limited to the lower mind. Through this transcendence and subsequent transformation, you come to know the Knower of the mind and emotions which is your true Self that is unchanging and doesn’t need cause, fairness or sense in order to remain free from the changing things, ideas, and happenings. It can now rest and flow with your true nature, which is eternal, pure, and free!  Then your decisions in life will be made from this higher power and not only from a limited, imperfect, or lower mind.

It is my wish that knowing these three points: no ultimate cause, no ultimate fairness, and no complete sense, that you will start to be free of these limited constructs and deceptions and know your True Being that you forever are.  The Knower that you are is forever free as it is the true freedom that you are seeking that can allow you to remain happy and peaceful.

 

The Vision of Oneness: Living in the Enlightened Awareness, by Mukta

The Fourth State is, in fact, the eternal seed, center, source or basis of all that there is. It is like an infinite magnet and all the iron fillings are forever turning towards it” Swami Shyam

I am really looking forward to our up and coming course, The Vision of Oneness: Living in the Enlightened Awareness. It will be a time of personal inquiry to dig the depth of our understanding of the Vision of Oneness and the Fourth State of Consciousness. Most of the time our vision is of things and forms as well as thoughts and emotions. We need to shift our attention to the Fourth State which is a different vision as it is no longer based on seeing outside. Then all the iron filings (each person) gets self-magnetized by the power of the Self which is the Vision of the Oneness that alone is everywhere, pure, free, and forever.

We will be looking at all the symptoms of the sense of division that exist in the waking state and how to remain free of them. Worry and fear are an indication that you just have to look further into who you really are, the unchanging Being. We will also be meditating each and every session to become fully grounded in the practice. These meditation periods are very special, as at that time all the worries and problems of the waking state just get dissolved into that eternal space. Everyone gets the direct experience of the Fourth State, the enlightened awareness which is pure, free, and forever. This is very heart warming to witness.

A wonderful addition to the course is a special presentation by our media guest. She will be speaking on how one can develop a website with search engine optimization and a social media campaign to market your services. This will be so beneficial for teachers who would like to be able to reach more people for online courses or at their yoga and meditation center. Meditation has become so popular so it is nice to know how to get the information about your services out there!

The science of sound and mantra is extremely interesting. We will learn to sing different mantras, with the proper pronunciation. Through this, the vibratory level of one’s consciousness is immediately raised and as a result the mind is released from the grip of the senses. Thus creates unity with that Fourth State, The Vision of Oneness.

The praanaayaam section is always a wonderful portal to that Fourth State. We will learn specific exercises that strengthen the lungs and nervous system and techniques that lead us into meditation. Like praan chintan that you can see in my video by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dctVu1P3O2U

 

Once the praan is settled, through the regulation of the breath, the mind, which may have been whirling and moving and filled with lots of thoughts, is settled, then meditation follows along very naturally and peace is the result.

With each and every course online, it has been a pleasure to meet people from many different countries. All united with the sense of Oneness and wishing well to the whole world.  I hope to see you all on board again and have the opportunity to meet new comers as well. All are welcome!

With much love and oneness, Mukta

 

Teaching Meditation Live Online, by Mukta

I have really been enjoying teaching Live Online with Transformation Meditation over the last four years. It has been a wonderful way to meet people from all over the world, so far from: USA, Ireland, Canada, Europe, Australia, NZ, and Japan. We all sit in the comfort of our own homes, yet because of the internet, we are able to share together the great experience of meditation and discuss the accompanying philosophy. As one of the student’s commented recently, “it is so obvious, even though we are spread out all across the world, it is just one space of peace and stillness when we all sit together and meditate.”

During the online course, over the many weeks we share together, I find the group dynamic grows and many of the participants have become friends with one another. And I feel myself that I have made so many very beautiful lasting friendships. One becomes freer to express our life experiences and with the support and love of the group, everyone gets uplifted to the space of freedom, which is the outcome of the meditation practice.

Zoom has been a good and easy platform for our online sessions. It also provides a recording of each class. If anyone has to miss a class, or can’t make it at the live online time, they get the recording. And each participant that attends also receives a recording for each session. They can keep it for a record of the classes and review it as many times as they like at home at their convenience. We also offer full email support to answer any questions that arise after each session. Each participant can ask questions, express their concerns, and get appropriate responses both live at the next session and via email. I personally am very happy that that now Transformation Meditation Teaching Training can be completed as a home-study course but with the added benefit of live online to support and enhance your teaching abilities. We have just added a Free report to our home-study and webinar courses on how to teach live online.

It has been a very fulfilling and rewarding experience to share these webinar master classes and teacher trainings. I highly recommended that you also consider teaching live online as it is so rewarding and applicable to these challenging times.

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The nature of the Self is what we really are, and that is blissful.

An Overview of Patanjali Yog Darshan
by Brijendra

Patanjali Yog Darshan is the philosophical and practical handbook for yogis who are practicing Yog for the purpose of removing uneasiness, worry, agitation, pain, angst from their lives and allowing their lives to be filled with a sense of joy, love, purpose, understanding and direct experience of their fundamental, true, and permanent Self. Unity with one’s true nature or Self and the resultant freedom from pain are the aim of Yog saadhnaa, the practice of Yog.

There are many topics covered in the yogic text called Yog Darshan, or the Yog Sootras of Patanjali, sootra meaning “aphorism.” It is very helpful in studying and investigating Yog Darshan to have an overall view of this text. In order to begin to acquire this overview, one should be clear about where Sage Patanjali is leading us.

Clear indications of the aim of practicing Yog are scattered throughout Yog Darshan, and the issue is particularly discussed in the fourth and final chapter of the work. That chapter is called Kaivalya Paad, meaning the chapter on Kaivalya, Liberation. The very last sootra of Kaivalya Paad, and indeed of the whole book, sums up the entire process of Yog saadhnaa as it progresses towards the final goal which is Kaivalya.

Kaivalya means alone. This is not aloneness in the sense of one person being alone or away from other people. It is not the aloneness of separateness. The loneness of Kaivalya is in the sense of all One, or One alone, in which there is no other from which one could be separate or apart. This state of complete, absolute liberation is what is meant by Kaivalya, in which You alone are, not you in relation to some other person or thing or abstract idea or nature, but You alone exist. All is You. Other terms may sometimes be used, synonymous with Kaivalya—such as mukti, haan, nirvaan. In simple terms, these words all represent the absolute, permanent freedom of the Self, which is the pure, undivided You.

So Kaivalya is the state to be attained by the practicing yogi. Knowing this puts all of the content of Yog Darshan into perspective, whether it be the subjects of vritti, samaadhi, klesh, sanyog, the Order of Manifestation, the various practices of Ashtaang Yog, or the siddhis—all are being discussed in the light of and in relation to the final aim which is Kaivalya, Liberation. In the state of Kaivalya, the yogi is one with Yog, the Eternal Oneness.

It is a human being who chooses or is led to enter upon this path of research and investigation into the truth of existence; and the field of such a person’s research is his or her own mind, body, awareness, and sense of I, especially the sense of I. Thus, the yogi is engaged in an investigation into his or her own self. This must be clear. Nobody can do this work for you. Guru helps, guides, leads—and, I would say, is indispensable—but even Guru cannot do it for you. You are the one who must do the research into your own being, taking the help of such teachers and texts as Patanjali and his Yog Darshan. Of course, an alive teacher has the advantage of being able to explain and elucidate the state of the Self directly. Still, it will up to you to do the work of Yog practice to establish yourself in the Vision of Yog Oneness.

And what is to be done?

Investigate the contrasting natures of the mind and the Self.

The entire work of Yog Darshan is summed up in the second sootra of the book. It is: “Yogash-chitt-vritti nirodhaha… The state of Yog is freedom from identification with the modifications of the mind.” Here, for all practical purposes, Yog means Kaivalya. A being whose consciousness is one with Yog is said to be in the state of Kaivalya. In contrast to the state of consciousness called Kaivalya, the human mind is caught in vritti. Vrittis are thoughts; they are the waves or modifications of consciousness, and chitt is the mind in which they are occurring. In the sootra, Patanjali is saying that nirodh, or freedom from chitt vrittis, is Yog, the state of absolute, indivisible Oneness which is our true nature and being. So in practical terms, all of Yog saadhnaa, all of the practice of Yog, is for the purpose of attaining this state of nirodh, which is the state in which the Self is in awareness of itself and is not caught up in the mind’s vritti-awareness of things, forms, people, relations.

To accomplish the state of chitt vritti nirodh, or de-identification from the modifications of mental consciousness, the yogi must take up practice, Yog saadhnaa.

Ashtaang Yog, the Eight Limbs of Yog, covered in the second and third chapters, is the description of what could be called the life-style of the yogi. It describes in eight parts the practice that the yogi undertakes.

The Eight Limbs are:

1.Yam, injunctions. These are for living a pure, life-supporting life. They are: ahinsaa, non-killing or non-hurting; satya, speaking truth; astey, non-stealing; brahmacharya, moving in Brahm, regulation of sexual energy; aparigraha, simple living.

2. Niyam, observances. These continue yam’s emphasis on living a pure life with indications of general practices. Yam and niyam both deal with how to manage one’s life in basic terms. They cover one’s relation to the so-called outer world of people, places, and situations, with guidance being given on how to minimize unnecessary involvement and energy loss in that field. The niyams are: shauch, cleanliness; santosh, contentment; tapasya, challenging one’s preferences; swaadhyaay, study; Eeshwar pranidhaan, devotion to the Supreme Being.

3. Aasan, physical postures. Aasan cultivates one’s physical self, the body, through exercises that have been developed over thousands of years. The underlying purpose of the exercises, as with all of Ashtaang Yog, is to facilitate the opening of the yogi’s sense of being to the Vision of Oneness, which will be the state of Kaivalya

4. Praanayaam, breath regulation. This deals with cultivation of one’s praan, or life-energy, through regulating one’s breath. Praanayaam leads us into the subtler field of our being.

5. Pratyaahaar, inward focus of attention. One’s energy follows the direction of the mind, rather than the mind unconsciously following the senses.

From here, the final three limbs develop. These are the inner development of one’s attention.

6. Dhaarnaa, focusing the mind.

7. Dhyaan, meditation stability.

8. Samaadhi, the state of Oneness.

These last three comprise what is usually called meditation, the cultivation of one’s inner attention and awareness. They bring about one-pointedness, the reduction of unconscious distraction, and the profound simplicity of focusing upon the state of the Self. The Self is free from vritti and therefore is the state of chitt vritti nirodh, the stillness of one’s external identification so that one is left as the indivisible, Pure Consciousness of the Self

As one evolves during one’s saadhnaa, especially through these last three limbs, one experiences the states of samaadhi as they are enumerated in the first chapter, called Samaadhi Paad. There it is described that one’s consciousness is cultivated in the four stages of sampragyaat samaadhi, where the characteristic of each stage is that of the subject meditator meditating on an object. The object that one meditates upon becomes subtler and subtler, moving from vitark, physical-sensory, to vichaar, mental, to aanand, the ahankaar, or ego sense of relation, to asmitaa the sense of am-ness.

The subject/object progression of consciousness in sampragyaat samaadhi culminates in vivek khyaati, discrimination, in which the yogi’s finer intellect, developed through meditation, is able to discriminate or distinguish Purush, the Pure Consciousness, from Prakriti, the natural creation of world and mind. This discrimination of vivek khyaati leads to its culmination in dharm megh samaadhi, in which Purush shines in one’s consciousness, and paravairaagya, the detachment that occurs when one is focused on the Self. The result is asampragyaat samaadhi, the formless state of samaadhi in which there is no subject/object relationship—therefore no division. This is the state of Oneness. The perfection of asampragyaat samaadhi is Kaivalya, total Liberation.

These attained states of consciousness are reached through one’s practice, especially practice of meditation. Meditation purifies the human mind and intellect, allowing the higher state of consciousness of the Knower to unfold.

The highest use of the human intellect, or buddhi, is to discriminate the nature of one’s true Self from the formations that are known by the mind as well as from the formation which is the mind itself. To help in this discrimination, Patanjali uses the system of the Order of Manifestation as derived from Saankhya Yog. This system describes the 24 tattwas, or basic levels of existence, ranging (moving from the gross to the subtle) from the physical, elemental states of earth, water, fire, air, and space, to the senses that perceive and interact with them, to the ahankaar, or ego sense, that knows these as separate realms, to mahat tattwa, the pure sattwa level, where manifestation first appears in existence, to mool prakriti, the essential, unmanifest, yet still objective root of manifestation. As a process of manifestation, this order is reversed and is described as occurring from mool prakriti to the physical elements.

Knowing all these levels of the knowable, one is in a position to acknowledge: “I am that which knows all these. All these, therefore, are not the real me. I am that which is the essence and basis of all these.” This growth of discriminating awareness is vivek khyaati, the highest use of intelligence, whose purpose is to bring about the awareness: “My true nature is Pure Consciousness, not changing form.”

As this progression of understanding and consciousness takes place, various powers, called siddhis, sometimes unfold and, indeed, can be unfolded consciously. Patanjali, like an objective scientist, describes some of these attainments. He is not recommending them. Rather, it should be noted that towards the end of the third chapter, which contains a description of some of the siddhis, the sage is very careful to point out that these siddhis appear to wonderful to the vyutthaan mind, to the mind whose reality-orientation is towards external phenomena. He makes it clear, however, that for the samaadhi-oriented mind, the one who is seeking liberation, these siddhis are actually distractions from one’s path. So one is advised to maintain the discrimination, the vivek, that the siddhis, being something known, are therefore not you, not the real You, the eternal, pure, free, blessed You. Dalliance with the siddhis leads to further involvement with ahankaar, the ego I-sense which, being a temporary phenomenon, is not actually real in the absolute, eternal sense. Therefore, the siddhis, or powers, are part of the illusion of the subject/object, waking state, vritti field of consciousness.

So, we can see that Yog Darshan leads our attention away from identification with any manifested formation of knowing towards that which knows, which is the Self, the absolute Knower. Patanjali calls the identification of the Self with form sanyog, or mixture, a topic covered in the second chapter of Yog Darshan. Sanyog is based upon avidyaa, the main one of the five kleshas, which are the obstacles to knowing one’s true Self.

Avidyaa is the root klesh, the generating root of the other four kleshasasmitaa, am-ness, raag attachment, dwesh, aversion, and abhinivesh, fear of death—which grow out of it. Avidyaa is the sense of not knowing one’s true Self. Avidyaa is forgetfulness of the Self, it is ignorance of one’s true nature, which is Purush, the Self as Pure Consciousness. Virtually simultaneous with this ignorance is the resultant sense of being something. This is the second klesh, which is asmitaa, am-ness. Now the mixing power of sanyog manifests more and more identification with the formed levels of being. As asmitaa individuates into ahankaar, ego, the sanyog power of identification causes us to know: “I am this body and mind.”

This ongoing and developing identification of the Pure Consciousness of Purush with a formation of Prakriti, the natural, phenomenal field, is called sanyog. Knowing ourselves as body and mind, we experience dispositions of attraction and aversion (raag and dwesh) that determine our daily reactions to life’s situations and forms. Along with attraction and aversion, we also become bound by the fifth klesh, which is abhinivesh fear, particularly fear of death. The human mind moves in the circle of karm, action, caught in the web woven by asmitaa, raag, dwesh, and abhinivesh, all of which stem from the initial, illusory, mistaken understanding which is avidyaa, ignorance of the fact that Purush, the Self, is one’s true nature.

All of this is going on in the chitt, the mind, which continually generates its vrittis. So sanyog is identification of the Self with the mind, for it is mind which is involved in the knowledge of objective, appearing reality, which avidyaa declares is the reality.

In contrast to this progressive enmeshment in the bound state of ignorance of the Self, the yogi’s practice towards freedom, called Ashtaang Yog, which culminates in vivek khyaati and samaadhi, leads to de-identification or disentangling of the Pure Consciousness with the sense of body, mind, and world. This undoing of the knot of identification of Self with mind is called viyog. Sanyog is identification of Self, or Purush, with mind, or chitt. Viyog is the undoing of this false, illusory identification with the physical mind.

The liberating process of undoing our illusory identification with Prakriti has nothing to do with destruction. It has nothing to do with destroying the world, destroying one’s body, destroying one’s mind, or destroying one’s I-sense. Negativity is not the focus of Yog. Nor is it the focus of Yog to control the world, control the body, control the mind, control the praan, or life energy. All such control would be ahankaar, ego-based. Obsession with control is not the way to practice for the attainment of the freedom that is Kaivalya. You are Kaivalya. Kaivalya is your real, eternal nature, which means freedom is your true nature. You are the free Being. Control is not the essence of Yog. The essence of Yog lies in knowledge, gyaan. Knowledge of what? Knowledge of the Self, Aatm gyaan, Purush gyaan, through discrimination, or vivek gyaan. So, the purpose of Ashtaang Yog and the practice of meditation and samaadhi is the attainment of the knowledge of one’s Self—and this knowledge is not gained through controlling things, your mind, your body, or anything.

Through the practice of Yog saadhnaa, life will continue in a more and more refined and balanced manner for the sake of the well-being of the Whole. And through this practice, knowledge of the Self will unfold. Through knowledge of the Self, the ignorant identification of sanyog will dissolve as vivek khyaati discriminates the essential, true nature of one’s Self and finds that it is Purush, the eternal, unborn, undying Pure Consciousness. As Pure Consciousness, you always are, you always were, you always will be. There is no death to You, the Pure Consciousness. There is no change to You. This discriminating knowledge of the Self is vivek khyaati, which undoes sanyog, the knot of ignorance in which Purush, the Pure Consciousness, falsely understands through Prakriti that it is a form of Prakriti.

When Pure Consciousness, through this cultivated gyaan, or knowledge, comes to know its true Self as Purush, this is Kaivalya, One alone. There is no other. This means that there actually is no separate Prakriti. The sense of there existing a separate Prakriti was an illusion. Now the illusion is gone. It has been removed through the pure clarity of gyaan, Purush gyaan, in which you know that you were never born. Then who is this You, this I? If you were never born, who is this You? You are Purush. The forms of Prakriti are born; but You, Purush, are never born. Through the interactions of the gunas, or powers of Prakriti, forms are created. But you are not the gunas. You are not Prakriti. You are Purush. This discrimination is essential. Without it, there is no liberation, there is no Kaivalya. So, the yogi engages in cultivating all the powers that will aid in holding and sustaining the discrimination: “I am the Pure Consciousness.”

The state in which one is Pure Consciousness alone is Kaivalya. Then there is nothing to be discriminated. There is only One. So it is said, there is no world, there is no body, there is no mind. What this means is that there is only Pure Consciousness. To emphasize that there is only Pure Consciousness, sometimes such negating statements are made. But they are made for the purpose of affirming that the only reality is You, Purush, the Pure Consciousness.

As a practicing yogi, you are to investigate what is that “You.” Your mind, which has been created through sensory knowledge, will tell you: “I am body and mind.” So, for the yogi, there is the need to investigate, inquire, study, meditate, meditate, meditate. Only through meditation will the state unfold in which you know: “I am the Pure Consciousness that exists before I wake up, before sleep, before dream. I am that eternal One, the eternal Yog. Then all will unfold in joy, love, peace, blessedness and a spontaneous response to help those, your own forms, who have not yet known their true and real nature as Pure, Eternal Consciousness.”

Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha

May all beings be blessed

Amaram Hum Madhuram Hum

Pure, free, forever

Brijendra

 

Life Coaching and Teaching Mindfulness and Meditation

By Shree

It is a time now when many people are becoming aware that they would like more from the experience of their life than just waking up, going to work, taking care of their families, going to sleep and then getting up the next day and continuing in the same fashion. Perhaps they are seeking a new relationship, or wanting to start a family, or trying to develop a better career. However, they also may see the dead end in optioning their goals, as after the goal is attained, then what? Perhaps your client is overcoming a debilitating illness or injury, or dealing will a loved one who is aging or ill and wants to find a better way to cope.  We see people of all social economic groups that are uneasy or unhappy regardless of how much money they have or how big their family is, and how satisfying their job is, and even how healthy they are.  One’s career may be very rewarding but there are still difficult and stressful things that one has to overcome in their life. Family and health issues may sometimes seem to come out of nowhere and appear to be insurmountable as they can be so difficult and stressful to handle.

When one begins to meditate, the first step is to become aware of your own mind with thoughts, as well as your body with feelings and how they limit you from the satisfaction of life. As you become mindful of your changing thoughts and feelings, you can begin to see how the mind is controlling your experience of life.  Your mind has become the master as you are affected by all your thoughts and feelings, rather than you being the master of the mind and remaining free from your thinking.  So while coaching someone, whether it is for job satisfaction, family or relationship issues, or financial concerns, the awareness and mastery of one’s thinking becomes essential. When you are unaware of the mind, you are a victim of your own mind. If the thoughts are positive then you feel all right, or, you are happy. If the thoughts are negative then you are unhappy and you suffer. However, changing all of one’s thoughts is an arduous and impossible task as thoughts keep coming uninvited. Therefore, changing all of your thoughts is not the solution.

The solution is another method that is essential to create a happy and satisfied life. Finding the right relationships and job satisfaction is wonderful, but without meditation you will never feel fully fulfilled since conflict will still arise. This is why with meditation training, you will not only have the easiness and self-reflection to really find out what you truly desire in life, but you will be contented with yourself. The process of Transformation and Knowingness Meditation shifts the attention from the mind and your thoughts, to Pure Knowingness.  Then you know yourself  as the Knower or watcher of the mind and not just as a mind with thoughts. The Knower is forever free from all the changing thoughts in the mind. With meditation practice you will rest in this awareness. Then the life will flow like a river towards the source. You are now in the current of life rather than trying to swim upstream. With this awareness all of the obstacles to living a happy life can be overcome.  As a life coach if you unfold this awareness yourself through your meditation practice, then many clients will be attracted to you. They will observe that you live in freedom which is also what their heart truly desires.  Knowing this state of freedom or pure awareness, you will have the greatest method to help your clients or students to unfold into their highest life potential. You will guide them to know that they are free from the changing thoughts, free from the dramas of the worldly experience, and that the happiness and bliss that they are seeking through so many different means, is inherently already there. They now practice, through your guidance, knowing the Knower, which is forever pure and free. Then the life flows in the current of peace, joy, fulfillment, and love and the purpose of life is realized.

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From Mindfulness to Knowingness from the Himalayan Masters

Meditation is now on the lips and minds of every intelligent person. The scientific results are in that everyone can greatly benefit from meditation practice: school children, university students, corporate executives, professionals, politicians, health care professionals, exercise and yoga teachers, and as well as seniors who want to enjoy their golden years in peacefulness and harmony. But where do you start if you want to develop your own meditation practice so that you are fully established in the meditative awareness and feel confident enough to teach meditation to others? If you want to get your feet wet, or if you want to embark on a journey to unfold this highest knowledge and enlightenment, to be able to teach meditation in many different settings and individually, our home-study format to teach meditation is for you.

You will receive in this home study course all the basic tenants of Mindfulness Meditation. This includes the observation of the breath and awareness of the present moment. However, we don’t stop there. After practicing relaxation and breathing techniques, which we give you many in writing and easy listening from our audio recordings, you will be led to a deeper meditation.

Transformation Meditation provides direct, personal knowledge and experience of the space of highest meditation that usually hides within. You can teach Mindfulness Meditation as you would teach or facilitate any other subject, but with this added direct,  personal knowledge, and experience that Transformation Meditation provides you will be living meditation. This direct experience will enable you to be a much more effective meditation teacher.

Through Transformation Meditation you will quickly move from Mindfulness Meditation to Knowingness Meditation. From the awareness of the present moment, which may be filled with thoughts, images, and sounds, to the direction of the Knower, or the one who is watching and knowing all the thoughts, physical sensations, and experiences. From the direct perception of the Knower you will never doubt you know the Knower. This Knowingness will now always be shining within you and all of those who come in your presence will want to know how to have the great sense of peacefulness and bliss that you have. Now, through these teachings and this direct connection with the state of peace, calmness, and blissfulness as it unfolds in you, teaching will become easy as you are now living in the very meditative state of highest awareness.

I encourage you to start with our Transformation Meditation Teacher Training Home-Study Course. It is just twenty hours of study so anyone, even a busy professional, can do it. It is very economically priced and affordable for you to get started teaching and earning a living from teaching  a beginner and intermediate courses. Our program also includes a live online session with an advanced meditation yogi who will speak to you directly from the Himalayas of India.

With this easy to follow course curriculum, along with all the handout you can give to your students which include the guided techniques, as well as the audio instruction for the practices, you will have the great, initiative, motivation, dynamism and inspiration to speak about and teach this to others. You will then, very quickly become a more experienced meditation teacher. You will receive all the lesson plans and teaching tools to run five sessions of classes and five intermediate classes. You will also receive the marketing strategies and knowledge about the places where you can teach. This will greatly reduce your preparation time so you can start right away. Then to extend your studies, we provide more advanced courses so you can use to develop yourself and have the inspiration and higher knowledge to advance your teaching as your classes progress.

First you need to experience the bliss of meditation. This can be accomplished with twenty hours of coursework and practice.  Then you will be inspired to live the meditative awareness and speak about it. We have many more resources available to advance your knowledge base. Our more advanced home-study courses include: The Essence of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Stillness of Breath: breathing techniques, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: as it pertains to meditation, and our Live Online Meditation Teacher Training modules, where you meet weekly online with an experienced teacher who has lived with a meditation master in the Himalayas of India for many years. Please read about Mukta and our course authors in “About our teachers and authors” to find out about their accomplishments and work. Also please see the reviews from our hundreds of graduates worldwide, to hear directly from others around the world what they have gained and enjoyed from our courses. Their comments are remarkable as uplifting! Looking forward to working with you soon and assisting you in completing your Home-Study Teacher Training Course and receiving your certificate of achievement!

Excerpt from the soon to be published book:
Knowingness Meditation: Your Enlightenment is now
By Sherrie Wade – Shree

This direct vision of the yoga sutras give you the practical tools for Self Realization along with how to apply this knowledge in everyday life situation to know your own liberated state right now.

Precise rendition of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, excerpt from Paad I verse 41-47 and a message from the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter III verse 42

The unaware person believes in whatever thoughts appear in the mind. If they think a positive thought they are happy, if they think a fearful thought they are worried. The Being that is giving the very power to the mind has become forgotten because it is mixed or covered by the mind and, therefore, the mind and senses have become stronger then the Self or Being.

With this mistaken perception, the intelligence is weakened, the mind appears stronger and the Self is hidden so it now appears weaker than the mind. This deception is caused as the power of the Self mixes with the mind and now the mind thinks it is powerful. Like if a light bulb that was plugged into an outlet thought that the light bulb is the light and forgot that without the electric current it would be just a dull bulb. The mind would just be insentient matter without the Self or source of Pure Consciousness. As Swami-ji has said: “The mind thinks and the Self realizes!”

As it says in the Bhagavad Gita III:42: The working senses are superior to dull matter; mind is higher than the senses; intelligence is still higher than the mind; and he (the Self) is even higher than the intelligence. Without the Self shining its power the intellect, mind and sense would not function. (Swami Shyam’s, (Swami-ji’s) Bhagavad Gita commentary)

Sootra I:41. Patanjali makes us aware that the mind can be compared to a crystal that takes on whatever color reflects on it. When it remains the human mind it takes on qualities such as doubt, fear, worry, happiness, unhappiness. Through the transformation of the mind in meditation, the vrittis, or thoughts are reduced or absorbed in the Self. The Self is the real power behind the mind, so, now, the Self shines clearly without any coloration or doubts. Now, it is like a clear crystal that is not clouded by imperfections as it is reflecting only its clarity and light. The mind now functions as a higher mind that is not bound by vrittis, or thoughts.

I:42-47. Here is given the discussion of the various states of samaadhi (transcendence of the mind). This is helpful so that when you begin meditation you can observe how the true Self gets mixed in the waking state and how you can sift the true Self out of the mixture in the mind. The initial stages of samaadhi are still considered to be with the seed, or with a covering, as one can easily revert back to the waking state after practicing. Just like if there is a seed in the ground it may sprout at anytime. However, in asampragyaat samaadhi, which is the highest attained state, one remains aware and free even while acting in the world’s dramas.

As Swami-ji has suggested, we need to experience this samaadhi state directly, as then, even if we lose it and revert back into the other lower levels or the waking state, we will have that faith that it will return. Due to our own direct experience of samaadhi, we begin to know that this highest attainment is already there. We are that samaadhi so how can we ever be anything else? This question must be contemplated on in order for one to know the answer, which is to hear this knowledge and know it, right now! The continual seeking to get it will not work as you are seeking what is already present and, then, you keep missing it. It would be like when your eyeglasses are already on your head, but you search for them as you can’t see them so you believe that you have lost them somewhere. You are in essence always, pure, free, and forever!

Knowingness Meditation, Liberation is Now
by Shree

Human beings can become aware that they have always been the Pure Knower, that Knower is the source of all. The Knower has always been Pure Knowingness, but because of its apparent creation the body and mind—with its mental power of knowing and its mental formations called thoughts—this power of knowing mental constructs results in the source becoming mixed with the mind. Then the mind forgets its source which is Pure Knowingness. Pure Knowingness, Pure Existence, Pure Bliss…

When there is forgetfulness of the source then all the thoughts in the mind are believed to be the ultimate truth. If you are fearful or worried those thoughts will dominate your mind. There have been cases where a human boy was taken by a wolf and became mixed up with the pack and began to act and behave like a wolf. Most human beings grow up believing in whatever thoughts are in their mind.

Another example would be a robot forgetting that it is powered by the electricity moving through a computer chip, and so begins to believe that it is a human being born from a mother. The Self, or Pure Knowingness, is the power behind the human being like the computer chip, powered by electricity, is the power behind the robot. Without the electricity and the chip the computer couldn’t function, and without the power of the Self, Pure Knowingness, the mind could not function.

Without Pure Knowingness there cannot be a human being. Therefore, the human being doesn’t exist separate from its source, Pure Knowingness. When this source is known directly through meditation, one is liberated from the bondage of being only a limited, changing human being that enjoys and suffers. Then you can experience the peace and joy that comes from knowing your source, your own true Self.

Transformation Meditation Teacher Training Home-Study Course

Excerpts from “Patanjali Yog Darshan,
Wisdom of Practice”
by Brijendra, Bob Eaton

The light of the Self is You. In samaadhi, you remain, where all coverings dissolve, slip away. Even the covering that is individual drashtaa (knower) dissolves. It is as if clouds have been obscuring the light and warmth of the sun. The clouds are the mind. In the day the sun is there, but the aavaran (covering) of the clouds make the day appear dull, lacking warmth. Nothing has been done to the sun, nor is the sun doing anything; but when the clouds are removed, we say the sun shines.

It appears to human perception that the sun began to shine, but it was always shining. In the same way, you are always shining; but your clouded consciousness has forced you to know yourself as only body and mind, and that resulted in dukh, pain. You believed your mind and you did whatever your body wanted. This slavery to the body and mind is due to non-knowledge.

Patanjali Yog Darshan, Wisdom of Practice” by Brijendra, Robert W. Eaton

Meditation for Masters Update
by Mukta, Pip Jarden

I have really been enjoying the Thursday evening “Meditation for Masters” program. The graduates who joined from the Doubt Free Course have been enjoying the satsangs very much. We have had many beautiful meditation evenings filled with satsang, praanaayaam and discussions about highest awareness. This past June and July we covered the 8 Limbs of Yog from Patanjali Yog Darshan, which was very inspiring. This week we had a big discussion about Tapas (from the Niyams, the 2nd limb of Yog) and what it really is.

Tapas is not that one has to stand on one leg in a river in the moonlight in order to preform penance, but rather, Tapas is keeping one’s self happy moment to moment, and that’s not easy! Regular meditation facilities that which keeps a smile on our face. Each time we meditate together it feels like a global happening, from the Himalayas to Florida to Ohio and beyond!

Maria a Yoga teacher from Florida, commented that this weekly meeting, “Meditation for Masters” is expanding her own practice and she is feeling inspired to share these teachings with her own students. Michael from Ohio, is a masterful meditator and sadhaak. His keen enthusiasm and scriptural awareness is fabulous, we always have the most amazing time. So much so that we have extended our Meditation for Masters program and we have extended our meeting to Sunday mornings as well as Thursday evenings. This regular practice of meditation and satsang helps us all continue to shine with the awareness of the Self. Pure, Free, Forever.

Up and coming in August. the “Meditation for Masters” program will be looking at the book called “9 Lessons” stay tuned!

Looking forward to seeing you Live Online.

Meditation for Masters