Everything is part of the awakening process. Not just yoga, meditation, and love-light bliss—everything. Whether it feels like it or not, every moment is sacred, every moment is ceremony.
Ritual dynamics is a pragmatic modality for building a lifestyle in alignment with the principles of right relation. It is a psycho-spiritual technology—an intricate interweaving of art, science, psychology, mindfulness, and spiritual practice.
A revolution against the linear, the ordinary, and the structured has been taking place for some time. This revolt is well-intentioned and much needed. Our minds and hearts yearn for flow states, decentralized information, non-hierarchical control, and self-organization.
True rest is not stagnancy. It is rejuvenation, recalibration, balance, and poise. It is psycho-spiritual neutrality. It is release from the necessity of forward progress—and paradoxically, it’s exactly what allows for the most meaningful progress.
The psycho-spiritual underpinnings of our actions will help us achieve our goals far more successfully than the actions themselves.
I was first introduced to this practice when I attended a regularly scheduled Hatha class. A substitute yoga teacher who was standing in for the day informed us that she’d be teaching Kundalini Yoga instead. Her introduction sums up the practice very well: “If you came here expecting to practice Hatha Yoga, you’re in for a pretty wild ride.”
Mantra is a Sanskrit word that is derived from man, which means mind, and trang, which means wave or projection. Mantra is thus a conscious, structured projection of psycho-spiritual will. Its use has powerful, predictable effects upon our bodies, minds, and lives.
No one ever said that life as a three-dimensional human being would be easy. Here’s some reminders for all the times that it’s difficult to remember that the universe is perfect, that everything happens for a reason, and that there are always more good things coming.
Flow and beauty are effortless, unconcerned, and unendingly playful. So, by adoring the beautiful and artful aspects of life, we cultivate the sense of playful but structured surrender that is necessary for flow.
By living in flow, you extricate yourself from the ceaseless oscillatory dance that’s been going on since the genesis of physical matter. Besides being a majorly important step on the path to spiritual awakening, this way of being also makes life way more beautiful, blissful, and effortless.
Flow is living intentionality that has been molded into form not by external coercion or obligation, but for the sake of its own joyous and intuitive expression.
Hermann Hesse believed that “our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.”
Life is a game of movement, an opportunity for spiritual dancing. This is how I strive to stay centered as I move through crowded kitchens, packed dance floors, and busy streets. Here are 10 suggestions to improve your movement as you navigate through our crazy world.
Each and every one of us must consciously choose to separate ourselves from the old ways. We must live and breathe the New Ways in our daily existences. We must use our thoughts, words, and actions to weave new patterns into the quilt of planetary consciousness. We must carve new habit-grooves in the societal psyche and form positive neural networks in the planetary brain.
Kundalini ascension feels rather like a trigger-happy sailor shooting a harpoon of light up your spine and out the top of your head, where it expands into an infinite-sided object filled with a luminous sea of interconnected thought and feeling.
Bliss is a sort of siren song in the spiritual community. Its evocative power is deep, immediate, and luscious. Even its physical pronunciation is lilting and intoxicating, beginning tenderly on the lips and ending with a gently sustained vibration of the soft palate.
Our senses are even niftier than we usually imagine. They’re calibrated mainly to receive stimuli, not to interpret it (that’s the brain’s job). For this reason, they function on an open-source, unfiltered basis; they are neutral to the biases of the mind’s contextual structures and interpretations.
Essentially, if you want to notice extraordinary things in your body, you need to give your body a reason to believe that they’re going to happen. Nervous system mastery is a game of matching reality to your embedded thought-systems.
By becoming aware of the intricacies of your nervous system, you can learn to control it. And because the nervous system serves as a sort of unifying field between the physical, emotional, and mental bodies, learning to direct it consciously can provide a path to psycho-spiritual mastery.
This whole miraculous and magnificent physical plenum is a grand experiment, a learning laboratory emergently orchestrated by cosmic forces for the unfolding of Awareness.