ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION
The Way of the
ARHAT, how to meditate in one breath!
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We currently live in an epidemic of trauma and toxic stress. Adults today are chronically fatigued, chronically fearful, chronically anxious, and modern medicine has no "magic pill" to neither prevent stress nor cure it. The solution relies on the neuroplasticity of the brain where our potential is not set at birth—we can actually strengthen, mold and improve our brain in ways once believed impossible.
What is Neuroplasticity?
Advanced Science of Integrative Meditation understands that our brains are constantly being shaped by experience. Most of us have very different behaviors and thoughts today than we did 20 years ago. This shift is neuroplasticity in action; changes in brain structure and organization as we experience, learn, and adapt. With every repetition of an action, thought or emotion, we reinforce a neural pathway―and with each new thought, we begin to create a new way of being. These small changes, frequently enough repeated, lead to changes in how our brains work.
Neuroplasticity is the 'muscle building' part of the brain; the things we do often we become stronger at, and what we don’t use fades away. That is the physical basis of why making a thought, an action or an emotion over and over again increases its power. Over time, it becomes automatic; a part of us. We literally become what we think, feel and do. Neuroplasticity is at work throughout life. Connections within the brain are constantly becoming stronger or weaker, depending on what is being used. Younger people change easily; their brains are very plastic. As we age change doesn't come as easily; the brain loses some of its plasticity and we become more fixed in how we think, learn, and perceive.
Since the brain is pivotal to all we think, feel and do, by harnessing neuroplasticity we can improve everything we do, think and feel. Neurofeedback works with these fundamental principles of neuroplasticity to help you take control of your life.
Advanced Integrative Meditation is a practical step by step technique that allows us to shorten meditation to one breath through the cultivation of Structural Alignment, expanded Consciousness and Awareness. Kundalini Shakti is the innate intelligence of embodied Awareness. In energy (spiritual) work, the true task of the mind is to get out of the way so that the innate intelligence (awareness), kundalini, can work through the Five(5) Elements, the Five(5) Acts and the Four(4) Bodies unimpeded. Not using intention nor the mind, but rather through the observer, we unlock the latent-energy to create reality, arriving instantly at the point of creation―the "latent energy in the vacuum" (Planck Particle) which is not subject to time (memory) and space―in perfect harmony with absolute potentiality. A management tool for Kundalini (Chi, Qi, Ki, Prana) energy conforming potential Life Force Quantum Vital-Energy in the human being.
When this upadeśa (wisdom-teaching) is put to practice, it serves as a direct path to muktì (liberation). The purpose is not only to educate, but to give students the tools of understanding and alignment that, if fully applied, will lead them to a full immersion into embodied awareness.
"The way Out, is In!"
How can we Meditate Everywhere, Anytime!
Advanced Integrative Meditation is a state of being fully conscious of ourselves and in alignment to the Earth and the Heavens in this present moment in time, in a "limitless state of Innate Awareness"; therefore, we can practice it at all times. We arrive at Innate Awareness or the flowering of our own awakening. To arrive at Innate Awareness the "conditioned mind" must dissolve with its associated Ego in to a "limitless state." In this temporary dissolution of the mind, the sense of "separation" can be temporarily dissolved in which one may see clearly "what is", instead of seeing all through the filter of the conditioned mind. In this temporary state we get a taste of reality "as it is" rather than "as we think of it." The neuroplasticity of the brain is constantly adapting and constantly evolving.The Tantrik view explained by Kşemarāja says,
" Awareness, free and independent, is the cause of the performance of everything. Awareness is unlimited by place, time and form, and has an unlimited power of action as its essence. In life we constantly perform The Five Acts: creation, preservation, reabsorption, concealment and revelation."
You are nothing other than a contracted or condensed form of the "one universal Awareness." God, or Divine Consciousness, is constantly performing the Five Acts, not on some grandiose cosmic stage, but through you:
- Creation (creator, emission, manifestation, flowing forth)
- Preservation (stasis, maintenance, sustainer, sustenance)
- Reabsorption (dissolution, retraction, reabsorption, completion of event)
- Concealment (occlusion, forgetting), and
- Revelation (grace, remembering, the awareness that "I" am the observer)
Reference: The Recognition Sūtras, by Cristopher Wallis
The Founder of Modern Zen Hakuin Ekaku, the most important Zen Master in the last 500 years, prescribed visualization and breathing practice. He taught us that:
- Meditation in the midst of activity is 1,000 times superior to meditation in stillness.
- Not knowing how near the truth is, we seek it far away.
- "What is the sound of a single hand?", or "What is the sound of one hand clapping?
- I ask, "What part of a cup makes it useful?"
"Bringing our mind to Innate Awareness at all times (the present moment) is meditation." It is not only when we have our eyes closed and sitting in cross-legged position, but it's about being in mindful awareness at all times. At the end of every exhalation we access our innate origin as we come ever closer to the Void. At that moment, we grasp the infinite power of creation, the power of life is in our hands as we make a conscientious decision to inhale. Meditation is every moment of Innate Awareness at every step.
Montserrat Gascón says,
"For this you don't need to have faith, nor be initiated, nor be someone with special gifts. It is available to everyone, it is in us. You just have to have a little patience, since we have forgotten that we can do it, and simply return to feel, without thinking, and this seems to be the most difficult thing. Our education, from birth, has trained us to use the ways of thinking and not the ways of feeling, and both are hardly compatible. For some of us, the most difficult thing is to put the mind at rest, in order to bring all our attention to our feelings. "Thinking what I feel" or "feeling what happens" are two very different things.
Physiologically, the cell "knows" exactly how to react at every moment, the metabolic changes that it must carry out, the chemical reactions, and the way to communicate, to carry out the mission of living. Each cell has a small brain that allows it to do exactly what it should do. It is pure life intelligence that is found in every cell. This wisdom, this knowledge comes with the human being from birth."
Meditation is a state of alignment in which one's relationship with all other living energy becomes part of your consciousness. One becomes aware that life is a relationship of the energy of billions of beings within (mitochondria, microbiome & microbiota) and around us, working in synergy and in perfect symbiosis. In this state we also become perfection in the synergy and perfect symbiosis of existence.
If your actions find outward expression, involving body, mind, and the physical dimensions of energy, that is karma. But if you turn inward and perform an action beyond all dimensions of physicality, that is kriya. Karma is the process of binding you. Kriya is the process of liberating you.
he most significant aspect of yoga is always to perform action beyond the physical dimensions of energy. Among the four dimensions of physicality, you are most conscious of bodily actions, less of the mental, much less of the emotional, and negligibly of the energetic. The moment you learn to perform action with the non-physical aspect of your life energy, you suddenly move to a new level of freedom (muktì) within and outside of yourself./p>
How do you access the non-physical aspect of your life energy?
The yogic practices, which involve postures, breath, attitudes of the mind, and energy activation, are all essentially oriented toward aligning the first four layers of the body: the physical, the emotional, the mental, and the energetic (spiritual) body. It is only in aligning them that you find access to dimensions beyond the physical ― to the fundamental life energy itself. Sadhguru says, I have seen any number of people who start doing a simple kriya, and suddenly become so creative that they are able to achieve things that they never imagined possible in their lives. This is simply because they loosened their karmic foundations a little. They shook up their life energies for a change, instead of being entangled with their physical processes of body, mind, emotions and energy. This is something every human being can learn to do. Inner Engineering, A Yogi's guide to Joy, Sadhguru.
Furthermore, we have above the element of Fire from the havens and below the element of Water from the earth. Above the infinite large universe of the cosmic scales and the relationships between gravity, time and space which predicts a continuum to a single point of singularity or a black whole. Below we have quantum theory that covers the smallest miniscule infinite universe that predicts finite and linear boundaries. In between we have "space", the component that unifies everything and everyone.
Eastern medicine grew out of the empirical observation of nature, beginning at least 4,700 years ago. Asian philosophy, from the Vedas of India to the Yellow Emperor of China, views reality as an interdependent whole. This "pre-scientific" understanding parallels to the broader view of modern quantum physics and general system theory. Rather than limiting reality to that which is material, the Eastern philosophers recognized the interdependence of mind and body, the nonlinear nature of time( memory) and space, and the interweaving patterns of relationship between humanity and nature. Thus formulating a general system theory, in which the patterns of change that exist in nature are the same patterns that govern human biology, wherein function is viewed from a holographic perspective, and each part reflects the whole. For the whole to function harmoniously, every part must remain in balance and in communication.
Traditional Chinese Medicine relies on the proper gathering, refinement, and utilization of the body's Jing, Chi, Shen, which in turn allows the internal organs to function in natural harmony. Only through the understanding of the natural powers of the Havens (universe) and Earth (environment) can Man (humanity) exist in harmony. The body's alchemical process of internal energy transmutation can be cultivated through meditation.
Meditation is one of the proven alternative therapies. Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance the physical, emotional, mental and energy (spiritual) bodies. It is simple; but it has been of great benefit to humanity. But, to achieve "simplicity" takes determination, precision and practice.
"Coherent Alignment is the road to Evolution!"
It is not about spending time (memory) with "more and more" meditation, it is about developing a technique that brings us to the moment when the elements are lined up to enter into the "meditative state" instantly. This allows the use of meditation as another tool for daily life. No need to go to Tibet and meditate in a cave long years, or spend hours meditating.
The process is not complete until these seeds come to life as living, vibrating wisdom within us, the moment when they simply blossom into living experience.
More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to maintain self-regulatory mechanisms (allostasis) of blood viscosity, lower stress and blood pressure, improve exercise performance in people with angina, assist people with asthma breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally relax the everyday stresses of life.
Why is Micro-Meditation Tantric?
An interpretative etymology is a way of breaking down the word into component parts that allows an unpacking of the inner meaning of the word. The most commonly found etymology of "Tantra" breaks down the word into the verbal roots "tan" = "propagate, elaborate on, expand on" and "tra" = "save, protect". In other words, Tantra spreads (tan) wisdom that saves (tra). It can be interpreted as "a practice to give us a means of strengthening and protecting ourselves from worldly harm, as well as bestowing the ultimate spiritual liberation (muktì)". It can be said, that "Tantra stretches our awareness and expands our capacity for joy".
Micro-Meditation is a tool that archives just that. Used in one breath allows us to constantly regain awareness of our innermost center in the moment of "now" within our existence in the universe.
Awareness is characterized as the absolute center of your being, the point from which all perception is done. You cannot see the point from which all seeing is done―you can only be it. Awareness is the ever-present and sole identity of you, your experience, and the object of your experience, which are really three aspects of a single process (3+1). Awareness brings about the fusion into complete nonduality. Awareness independently brings about the completion / fulfillment of all beings and things by causing you to experience their perfect unity. Innate Awareness, the flowering of our own awakening.
3+1: In order to understand how an object (event) of awareness manifests, we must understand the relation between the perceiver and the perceived and the nature of the existence of the apparently external object. We pay careful attention to the connection, the relation, between knower and known. The sum of the 3 elements of perception create a 4 th resulting element, unique and different than the sum of its parts.
To arrive at Innate Awareness the "conditioned mind" must dissolve. In this temporary dissolution of the mind, the sense of separation can be temporarily dissolved in which one may see clearly what "is", instead of seen through the filter of the conditioned mind. In this temporary state we get a taste of reality as "it is" rather than as "we think of it".
"In that moment we are conscious that we have consciousness!"
Reference: Tantra Illuminated, The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition. Christopher D. Wallis
The use of Meditation for healing is not new
Meditative techniques are the product of diverse cultures and peoples around the world. It has been rooted in the traditions of the worlds ancient cultures. In fact, practically all cultures practice meditation or prayer in one form or another. The value of Meditation to alleviate suffering and promote healing has been known and practiced for thousands of years.
All these practices have one thing in common―"they all focus on quieting the busy mind." This does not mean to "empty your mind", or to "keep your mind blanked", or to "be in a state of thoughtlessness." This terms have been badly misunderstood. The intention is to remove mental stimulation allowing us to go within and arrive at our Heart Singularity, the moment of infinite potentiality and density, the center of our existence―the Vacuum with a density of 10 93gm/cm 3 (our point of origin)―and become a witness to whatever arises in the body, emotions, mind and spirit. At that point we are connected with the essence of all things, we are the linkage of all that unites creating a new reality.
Meditation can be broadly defined as " any activity that keeps the attention pleasantly anchored in the present moment within emptiness" (the Vacuum). In ancient Chinese philosophy emptiness is understood as "Refinement of Emptiness into Dao", or in Buddhism "Breaking Attachment", or in Quantum Physics "the estate of consciousness of Quantum Potential"—the presence of quantum structure in emergence, the instance before creation manifests. This state of infinite communication between Matter(0.00001%) and the Vacuum(99.99999%) at the speed of light.
Nassim Haramein explains,
"From the model of the double-torus we started to have an understanding of why consciousness emerges. Consciousness demands feedback. In order for you to be self-aware you must know that you exist; therefore, it demands feedback. This structure of the double-torus allows for the feedback between what is coming from the outside informing the vacuum, coming back out; and as it comes back out, the vacuum informs us of the information present in the vacuum. It is an exchange between your internal understanding and experience of the universe, and the relationship of all the understandings put together in the vacuum affecting yours. So, you are not creating your reality, you are co-creating your reality with everybody else."
Nassim Haramein has the hypothesis that,
"Our biology, through our Microtubules, may be the perfect division of the extremely large and the extremely small universe, the center of the Scaling Log, where this biological entity that makes up the biological world, as if biology, as if our structure is the boundary condition that divides the extremely large to the extremely small.
The biological resolution (us) is the link between the Large and the Small, in the Scale Unification for Organized Matter. We are the data transfer boundary from the extremely large into the extremely small. We gather information and transfer it to the internal self, through our infinite boundary potential, into the infinite of the universe within ourselves. This consciousness changes the way we perceive ourselves, the way of being in the universe, what and how we are completely changes, because we start to see the importance of our observation, of our interpretation of the field and what we are feeding the universe. Instead of seen ourselves as an insignificant little dot that means nothing to the universe, we start to see ourselves us the center of creation. And thus we are all equal and we are all one.
"We are the Event Horizon!"
May be is the space that creates reality and not reality that defines the space. May be the atom is just a function of the space itself. If our brain and nervous system works like an antenna oscillating in the structure of space-time, then the radio set that tunes the antenna is your 'state of emotion.' We know that our state of emotion regularizes the oscillating system, the Heart, Spinal Fluids, Spinal Column, Autonomic Nervous System and the Endocrine System.
The cell skeleton structure is made of microtubules that function as a wormhole network of the biological entity. This is the antenna vibrating in the structure of space and water molecule is the key element producing the link, the hydrogen link to the vacuum energy, to the "Planck field" and the information moves through into our bio-oscillating crystal, our antenna. We can tune the diel of the antenna to home in into a set of information. The brain structure is like a waveguide for the water and fluids tuned by the 'state of emotion' by bringing the senses inward, cutting off the disturbance from the outside, tuning into the field of information, into the rhythm of the body, bringing it into alignment with your structure.
In a tuned state one can influence others to tune their antenna through the Autonomic Nervous System resonance link or harmonize with them in certain states. With this information one can become a valuable engineer of the vacuum and modify oneself, and others, becoming an agent of change for the planet.
The Unified Spacememory Network: from Cosmogenesis to Consciousness
Nassim Haramein, William David Brown, Amira Val Baker
The recent developments of advanced models of unified physics have brought a deeper understanding of the fundamental nature of space, time, energy and matter. It is becoming apparent that information and geometry are primary to explaining these fundamental agents. In previous work, we demonstrated that the subatomic nucleon structure of the proton and recently the electron can be derived directly from a spacetime holographic structure of Planck-scale (Max Planck 1858-1947) quantum vacuum oscillators fluctuating as spacetime pixels, demonstrating that spacetime at the very fine level of the Planck-scale is discrete with information quanta.
We have found that when considering the granular spacetime information-energy structure from which we demonstrate matter and mass arises, the phenomena of self-organizing systems that leads to self-awareness and consciousness is integral to — and a natural emergent property of the feedback-dynamics of spacetime information itself.
In this work, we describe how the integral function of the information feedback dynamics of spacetime, which engender mass-energy, is the missing element in understanding the evolution and development of self-organizing physical systems in general, and the emergence of the biological organism in particular. We evaluate non-classical quantum mechanical phenomena of physical and biological systems in light of the Maldacena-Susskind holographic correspondence theorem from which an equivalence of wormhole spacetime geometry and quantum entanglement is derived. We suggest that the Planck-scale micro-wormhole entanglement structure of multiple spacetime coordinates engender the macromolecular assemblies of living cells, and that this wormhole-entanglement may function in the memory and learning capacity of the biological entity. Furthermore, the recursive information encoding feedback processes of the quantum spacetime micro-wormhole network, which we refer to as spacememory, enables memory and learning in physical systems across all scales, resulting in universal evolutionary tendencies towards higher levels of ordering and complexity — foundational to evolution, sentience, and awareness [ Please read the complete Publication ]
Nassim Haramein says,
Vacuum Engineering is purposely creating a larger tap into the structure of space to have a larger influence on the structure of space, if you become aware that you have the ability and you can connect with this space. Each proton in your atoms forming your cells is connected to all other protons in the universe (holographic), and all the information of the universe is present in each proton. So if you actually want to know about the universe, where do you go? Inside yourself. This way you keep developing a deeper consciousness of the deeper layers of your existence, the root of you.
"The way Out, is In!"
THE PATH TO THE VOID
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, said:
"Physical objects are not in space, but these objects are spatially extended manifesting itself. In this way the concept empty-space loses its meaning."
John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008)
An American theoretical physicist, largely responsible for reviving interest in general relativity in the United States after World War II. Wheeler also worked with Niels Bohr in explaining the basic principles behind nuclear fission. He said:
"No point is more central than this, that empty space is not empty. It is the seat of the most violent physics."
David Bhom (1917-1992)
Described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century and who contributed unorthodox ideas to quantum theory, neuropsychology and the philosophy of mind, said:
"Space is not empty. It is full… the universe is not separate from this cosmic sea of energy."
FROM PATANJALI YOGA SUTRA
Many different types of meditations are there. In any one of these meditations, you can become one. There are many ways of meditation. Choose one—whichever suits you, whichever you like. All the ways are good, but take one way and go deep into it. Then you will be building up that one thing in you. Yathābhimata dhyānadhwā. There are various ways and different methods of meditation.What is the sign of progress in this?
He says: "Paramanuparamahattvantosya vashiakaraha"
paramanu = the minutest atom; parama = the greatest; mahattvaha = infinity; antaha = end; asya = in the yogi; vashikaraha = purview.
"Then the minutest atom, to the greatest and the infinite comes under your purview."
Then, the smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest comes within this purview of operation. Nature loves you and starts supporting you. From the atom, smaller than the smallest, to the bigger than the biggest, comes within the purview of your operation of life. [That is potentiality; the whole universe is in you and within your reach.]
Patanjali said, "All forms of yoga lead to meditation, which is the higher yoga."
As the seventh limb of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga, dhyana builds upon the practices of asana (physical posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (control of the senses, moving the focus inward) and dharana (concentration). When practiced together with dharana and the eighth limb of samadhi (absorption), the three together form samyama, resulting in a full detachment of the mind from worldly bindings and a deeper understanding of the object of meditation. At the final stage, or jhana, of dhyana, the yogi does not see it as a meditation practice anymore as they are so fully immersed in the meditative act that they no longer separate the self from it, because the essential nature of all conscious beings is Awareness.
Asana = Body alignment, Pranayama = Breath alignment, Dhyan = Energy (spiritual) alignment
Yogacharya B.K.S.Iyengar (Guruji, 14/12/1918-20/08/2014):
"I used the five senses of perception to act so clearly so that the mind is automatically drawn towards the senses of perception. I worked on the senses of perception using the organs of action for evolution, and evolution came from alignment. Yoga is only meant to bring the dual mind to a single mind. I transformed Yoga to bring the self to travel in the body to a perceptual practice of Yoga, so that the mind and self are one with the body."
What is Dhyana? Commentaries by Advanced Integrative Meditation
According to Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, Dhyana is the 7th limb of yoga, building upon asana (physical posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (control of the senses, moving the focus to the inside), and dharana (concentration).
Dhyana involves concentration and meditation on a point of focus with the intention of knowing the truth about it. This deeper concentration of the mind is the instrument of self-knowledge where one can separate illusion from reality, and eventually, reach the ultimate goal of yoga: samadhi (bliss, or union with the source).
Advanced Integrative Meditation: Source is the vacuum, and the union is real because this most prevalent component (vacuum = 99.99999%) of the known universe is already us, and it is also within all matter.
The purpose of meditation is to interrupt the fluctuations of the normal mental activity such as sensory knowledge, memory, and imagination. Out of these, memory is the hardest one to quiet, as it incessantly feeds us glimpses from our interpretation of the past along with an endless stream of thoughts and feelings.
Advanced Integrative Meditation: Past and future do not exist, only in the present moment we experience " knowledge, memory, and imagination", therefore they are not real; they are fabricated by our ego in its pursue for "identity."
Dhyana is a Sanskrit word may mean "meditation." It is derived from the root words, dhi = meaning "receptacle"; and yana = meaning "moving" or "going." An alternate root word, dhyai, means "to think of."
In Hindu traditions dhyana is a refined meditative practice that requires deep mental concentration . This kind of meditation is taken up only after engaging in preparatory exercises. When practiced together with dharana (concentration) and the 8th limb samadhi (absorption), the three together form samyama (holding together, tying up, binding, integration) resulting in a full detachment of the mind from worldly bindings and a deeper understanding of the object of meditation. At the final stage of dhyana , the yogi does not see it as a meditation practice anymore, as they are so fully immersed in the meditative act that they can no longer separate the self from it .
Advanced Integrative Meditation: The refined part of the meditation becomes clear with the practice when we are in the state of "consciousness of the vacuum" that contains all potentiality of creation. We are the creators of reality. There is a clear dichotomy between mental concentration and full detachment of the mind , which is it? Practicing Integrative Meditation we discover that "in the vacuum there is no mind", we've used it as a stepping stone and have gone beyond the mind. In the "now" we, indeed, no longer separate the "self" from "it", and just dissolve in the vacuum.
Like any other limb in yoga, meditation is a systematic process in itself, which takes practice to learn. You will need to train your physical, emotional and mental bodies to come back to the "self" instantly at your command, even if for just a few seconds at a time.
Dhyana (meditation) is a simple and easily practicable tool to know your inner world, not necessarily in a spiritual sense, but in a very practical sense. Most of us hardly pay attention to our thoughts and feelings, since our minds are mostly focused on the external things. We are more concerned about the feelings and reactions of others than our own, since we value their approval more important than our opinion of ourselves. We can reverse this tendency by cultivating self-awareness through meditation. One learns to accept our thoughts, cultivate discernment and respond with intelligence and thoughtful consideration. For this, you do not have to find a specific place and time to practice dhyana . With practice, one learns to enter into a meditative state wherever we are and whenever we become self-aware of the breath.
The mind is calm and focused, it is neither reacting to memories from the past nor being preoccupied with plans for the future, two major sources of chronic stress known to impact health.
For more details on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali please read these two articles:
WHY IS THE 3 RHYTHM BREATH IMPORTANT IN MEDITATION?
Advanced Integrative Meditation teaches you to use a specific rhythm of breath allowing the flow of energy to fallow a rising pattern. This natural flow is the path of water, from earth to haven, from solid to liquid, and from liquid to vapor. Traditional Oriental Medicine says that Chi is "Mist that rises from the earth to form the clouds."
Today we understand the anatomical, physical, and nervous systems and the relationship to the 3 principal diaphragms involved within our breath.
The 3 Diaphragms Model by Dr. Matthew Taylor
A story about how the Body, Emotions, Mind, and Spirit are connected.
We start at the bottom of the pelvis is the Sacrum and on either side are the Hip-Bones. Out of there come the Thigh-Bones. From there the Shins, the Ankles and off the ankles all the way to the Big-Toe. This is the lower half of the body.
Above the sacrum, there are 5 vertebrae in your Low-Back, 12 vertebrae with ribs in your Mid-Back, 2 beautiful Collarbones, 7 vertebrae in your Neck and a 10lb Head.
The trick is to take all 206 bones, throw them in a bag of jelly and then see if we can have that structure be both stable and flexible.
The current myth in "western fitness and rehab" is that stability comes from the "six-pack-abs" or core strength. If this was the case, there would be over 6.5 billion people in real trouble in the world.
We are going to look at this as a model of the relationship between 3 diaphragms which have a significant impact on the stability and mobility of the human body.
- Respiratory diaphragm
- Pelvic-Floor diaphragm
- Thoracic-Outlet diaphragm
The 1 st diaphragm is the one we are most familiar with and that is the Respiratory diaphragm (1) or Solar-Plexus which goes across the entire bottom of the rib-cage, separating the heart and lungs from the internal organs.
When the 1 st diaphragm contracts it pulls down in order to create increase spacing in the rib-cage which fills then with air, giving pneumatic stability, but it also increases the Intra-Abdominal Pressure (IAP) which gives an uplift on the spine and in the discs below.
If there was only this downward pressure your organs would fall on the floor, so we need the 2 nd diaphragm called Pelvic-Floor diaphragm (2) .
The Pelvic-Floor does not get much press, but it is a critical structure and the relationship is being more, and more, defined between, how it and the other 2 diaphragms must operate. So when we get that positive pressure down there, it exerts a slight pressure in the pelvic-floor and the rhythm and movement of these two diaphragms, have these nice even dynamics and rhythm between the two which keeps both mobile and flexible. In the pelvic-floor, females have two(2) more muscles than males, the Compressor Urethrae and the Sphincter Urethrovaginalis, and males have the Bulbourethral glands or Cowper's glands.
Of course in life there are times when we have to get more breath and, when that occurs, we have a backup system which is at the Thoracic-outlet diaphragm (3) which includes the Glottis and the Voice-box. The Thoracic-outlet is a critical backup system where the muscles of the neck and the chest lift up on the rib-cage in order to increase space. Such as when you run up the stairs and put your hands on your knees to catch your breath; but the problem is that, when it pulls-up it also pulls-down, so it also creates compression on the cervical-spine.
This relationship is very critical because of the high numbered times we utilize this movement. Only the heart beats more and the eyes blink more often, but otherwise, we need to breathe 12 to 15 times/minute (900 times/hour, over 21,600 times/day), so it is a big workload.
How does this all fit together
If a person is breathing from the Respiratory diaphragm (1) it comes up and has an effect on the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). By the same token, if they are breathing from the Chest, or from the Thoracic-stress-breath, or Thoracic-outlet diaphragm (3) , it also has an effect on the ANS. So we see that with the chests-breath we are going to get what is known as the Sympathetic or the fight-or-flight breath pattern; and if it is from the Respiratory diaphragm (1) , we will get the relaxation or the parasympathetic pattern.
Each of these have an important effect on human health and movement. If we go through them and list them, we see that as far as pain goes, when you are in the sympathetic you are going to experience increase pain, when you are in relaxation you will have decrease pain. When you are in sustained sympathetic your mood is going to go down and you are going to deplete your mood elevator, when you are in the relaxation face, you will elevate those.
Your immune system is compromised in a sustained sympathetic, with not enough energy to maintain it; wear as in relaxation it gets energized and revitalized.
Your balance goes down under stress, up when relaxed. Your muscle-tone decreases in relaxation and increase in fight-or-flight. Your Gastrointestinal Tract (GI) function increases in the rest/digest phase, decreases under stress. Your respiratory rate goes up under stress, comes down under relaxation. Your heart-rate the same thing, elevates under stress, decreases in relaxation. Your quality-of-sleep goes down under stress, goes up in rest and relaxed mode, and cognition is negatively affected under sustained stress and increases in relaxation.
What is interesting to look at here is, when these patterns get altered for someone with back-pain, they quit breathing with their Respiratory diaphragm (1), and shift to the upper chest or Thoracic-outlet diaphragm (3), which then comes up and fuels the sympathetic transition. Anybody that has treated someone with chronic back pain recognizes all of these kind of morbid conditions that come along with chronic pain.
Now, when we get someone to restore their diaphragmatic (1) breath, then we can begin to affect all of these factors in a positive way. The way to get to that point is to get them to understand, how not only is the mind driving the body, but we now understand that if the body is tight, they have sustained tightness throughout the upper chest, psoas is tight, they grip their hips and create sustain tension in the lower-back. Any of those are going to block the breath-rhythm and set up the cycle of perpetual looping between these factors.
If we just talk about trying to relax, or breathe, that is not sufficient if the person has structural limitations. Any effective therapeutic approach has to look at the dynamics between both Structure, Physiology and Function, but also understand that in this relationship it is not a mind over body type of thing anymore.
We understand it better as a "mutual-peer relationship" between the mind and the body. The relationship between the Prefrontal Cortex (our executive mind, Yin in nature) and the Limbic System (cognitive & emotional brain, Yang in nature). Limbic system containing the amygdala, the hippocampus and those structures in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, all of which have to do with our Emotional System. 1 So we have the rational and the emotional aspects and we know that every decision has a combination of both. So there is a constant dialogue, and in this dialogue, depending on "who wins the day" comes down and drives the ANS, which then can fuel a whole host of challenges, but it also fuels the dynamics of the relationship, whether the person breathes through their Thoracic-outlet diaphragm (3), or Respiratory diaphragm (1), or not.
If they are not berthing from their Respiratory diaphragm (1), not only do they lose the intra-abdominal pressure and increase the inter-disc cervical pressure, but they also lose the downward pressure of the Pelvic-Floor diaphragm (2), and part of the pelvic-floor through the Obturator Internus that attaches to the femur. So if that pelvic-floor begins to tighten or lose its flexibility, it limits the power and stability in the kinetic chain that are maintaining a nice neutral trough the knee and foot down to the big-toe. They actually lose stability and begin this pronation relative to the internal rotation that can lead to knee issues, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis all the way to the bunion.
In yoga they often talk about grounding the big-toe and when you ground the big-toe you are going to get the opposite effect up the kinetic chain, open the pelvic floor, and allow the diaphragm to work. Which offloads the stress-load in the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) increasing the parasympathetic response easing the dynamics between the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system.
We know now from recent literature of pain-science, that with the practice of becoming aware in the moment, or mindfulness, that we can actually increase, or thicken, the connections of prefrontal cortex and the limbic system to get more stability, and that stability then leads to the individual having the ability to gain control over this process and not allow themselves to drop into a vicious cycle, but rather, we teach them how to strengthen, restore flexibility and the right-relationship, or dynamic-process (is not a static process), through their posture, through their thoughts about their job, and their relationship with their family. All those start to begin to fuel in and step into the system of body, emotions, mind and spirit.
If they have meaningful work and feel unsupported; is going to drive these dynamic set-up the loops that will eventually either generate the physical or physiological outcome. Patients are so relieved to see that, "oh this is why I have to take my antacid, this is why I feel anxious, this is why I can't sleep and take my sleep meds, and I don't seem to be as clear as I used to be, I keep getting these rashes, and colds, and now they want me on a mood elevator, and I sure have a lot of pain all the time."
Often times, this is the first time anyone has explain to them how this system can relate and them. From here, it is exciting to be able to take them to a whole new level of awareness and control of their health, time to time through the day, through the "3 Diaphragms Model."1 What is necessary for optimal brain function with regard to impulse and impulse control is balance. Harmony is necessary between the limbic system and frontal cortex, dopamine and serotonin, and Yin and Yang.
Reference: The 3 Diaphragms Model, yogaclub, Published on Jun 22, 2013 The 3 Diaphragms for Pain Relief, DrMatthewJTaylor, Published on Apr 26, 2015 Limbic System, From: Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists (Fourth Edition), 2014 www.thion-medical.com/en/46-pronation-of-the-foot
IMPORTANCE OF BREATHING THROUGH THE NOSE
Positive outcomes when breathing through the nose:
- Blood flow in the brain increases
- Cleanup of neurons
- Detoxification of the brain
- Dreams seem to be more frequent and more vivid
- Experience synaptic pruning
- Humidifies the nose and rebuilds biome in the nose
- Improves sleep quality
- More REM sleep
- Nose will feel better in the morning
- Positive impact upon the development of the airway and facial development
- Prefrontal cortex gets a better oxygen load and deoxyhemoglobin does not decrease as much
- Produces memory consolidation
Negative outcomes when breathing through the mouth:
- Poor sleep
- Alzheimer's and other brain disorders
- Adrenals activate
- Airway narrows
- Bad breath
- Brain shrinks in deep sleep
- Changes the hemodynamics of blood flow in your body and brain
- Coated tongue
- Crave carbohydrates
- Decreases Deoxyhemoglobin
- Decreases humidity in the lungs
- Decreases nitric oxide production
- Dry mouth which can lead to more:
- Gain fat in our airway
- Gain weight
- Geographic tongue
- Gum disease
- Dehydrated nose
- Histaminic response will plug your nose
- Increases insulin resistance
- Loss of nose mucosa along with its filtering capacity
- Sleep Apnea
- Spectrum of sleep disordered
- Stomach acids get pulled out of the stomach and into the mouth, affecting teeth
- Sympathetic Nervous system becomes predominant
- Yellow tongue
Reference: Dr. Mark Burhenne
THE IMPORTANCE OF CALCIUM IONS
In this state of "original universal alignment", our body creates calcium ions (Ca 2+) used as a cellular language path. The calcium ion is an intracellular messenger used by numerous hormones and neurotransmitters activate multiple cellular functions, from contraction to secretion or expression of genes. Our brain acts as a sophisticated telecommunications antenna, using oscillating signals that are a million times smaller than the membrane potential of cells. Neil Studies (2001), specifically details the level of electromagnetic negotiation altered cells, expanding the electromagnetic spectrum as if it were receiving signals.
Ionized calcium (Ca 2+), is an important regulator of a variety of cellular processes, including muscle contraction, stimulus-secretion coupling, blood agglutination cascade, enzyme activity and membrane excitability. Calcium ions (Ca 2+) is also an intracellular messenger of hormone action.
Throughout a lifetime the heart beats up to three(3) billion times. Every contraction-relaxation cycle consumes 300mg of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). About 1/4 of the energy consumption is for calcium transport across the membranes. Thus, to support these processes, our heart's consumption may total 20 wagons fully loaded with ATP.
This astonishing information is commensurate with the role of calcium as the key factor in coupling cardiac excitation (depolarization) and contraction. The calcium ion (Ca 2+) is the activator of chemically bound energy to mechanical energy in all types of contractile structures, from microfilaments to striated muscles. It activates phosphorylation of protein kinases and thus affects a wide range of processes: metabolism, growth, development and even apoptosis (programmed cell death).
Stimulus–secretion coupling in pancreatic β cells ~ © 1994 Wiley-Liss, Inc:
"Insulin secretion is triggered by a rise in the intracellular Ca 2+ concentration that results from the activation of voltage-gated Ca 2+ channels in the β-cell plasma membrane. Multiple types of β-cell Ca 2+ channel have been identified in both electrophysiological and molecular biological studies, but it appears that the L-type Ca 2+ channel plays a dominant role in regulating Ca 2+ influx. Activity of this channel is potentiated by protein kinases A and C and is inhibited by GTP-binding proteins, which may mediate the effects of potentiators and inhibitors of insulin secretion on Ca 2+ influx, respectively. The mechanism by which elevation of intracellular Ca 2+ leads to the release of insulin granules is not fully understood but appears to involve activation of Ca 2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase. Phosphorylation by either protein kinase A or C, probably at different substrates, potentiates insulin secretion by acting at some late stage in the secretory process. There is also evidence that small GTP-binding proteins are involved in regulating exocytosis in β cells. The identification and characterisation of the proteins involved in exocytosis in β cells and clarification of the mechanism(s) of action of Ca 2+ is clearly an important goal for the future."
A meditative state also produces a remarkable reaction in the hormonal system. Instantly, the alkaline enzyme chyle is released throughout the body via the lymphatic system. Chyle alkalizes the body, strengthens every muscle, and organizes the thought processes. This will make you both relaxed and empowered.
CHANGING DNA EXPRESSION
Lead researcher Ivana Buric, from the Brain, Belief and Behaviour Lab in Coventry University's Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, commented, "These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed. Put simply, mind-body interventions cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing."
Buric also noted that millions of people are already reaping the benefits of mind-body exercises like yoga and Chi Kung, without even realizing how truly beneficial these activities are for their bodies. Buric states that while more studies still need to be done to fully ascertain the scope of what mind-body intervention can do, she believes that their research is a key building block for future research efforts.
Published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, their study analyzes more than a decades' worth of research on how mind-body intervention strategies can impact the behavior of DNA. Genetic expression was a focal point of the team's research, because the way genes are activated to produce proteins can have a system-wide impact. The biological composition of the brain, body and immune system can all be affected by the way genetic proteins are expressed.
PHYSIOLOGICAL CHANGES THAT OCCUR DURING ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION
In 1960, a study carried out by Benson and Wallace at Harvard Medical School, demonstrated detailed knowledge of a variety of physiological changes that occur during Meditation:
- All recorded changes associated with deep relaxation.
- The fall in metabolic rate was the most striking discovery. This was indicated by a dramatic drop in oxygen consumption within a few minutes of starting meditation. Consumption fell by up to 20% below the normal level; below that experienced even in deep sleep. Meditators took on average two breaths less and 1 liter less air per minute. The meditators' heart rate was several beats less per minute.
- During meditation, blood pressure stayed at low levels, but fell markedly in persons starting meditation with abnormally high levels.
- The meditators' skin resistance to an electrical current was measured. A fall in skin resistance is characteristic of anxiety and tension states; a rise indicates increased muscle relaxation. The finding was that though meditation is primarily a mental technique, it soon brings significantly improved muscle relaxation.
- Meditation practice promotes cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being.
- Meditation reduces activity in the sympathetic branch of the involuntary nervous system. The parasympathetic branch of the involuntary nervous system predominates. This is the branch responsible for self-healing. Persistent decrease in our parasympathetic leads to Heart Attacks, it decreases Acetylcholine (ACh), Nitric Oxide (NO) and Cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). (Journal of Electrocardiology 30:45-56) Parasympathetic activation, like in women, decreases Heart Attacks by about 21%.
- During anxiety and tension states there is a rise in the level of Lactate in the blood. Lactate is a substance produced by metabolism in the skeletal muscles. During meditation blood Lactate levels decreased at a rate four times faster than the rate of decrease in non-meditators resting lying on their backs or in the meditators themselves in pre-meditation resting.
- The likely reason for the dramatic reduction in Lactic Acid production by meditators was indicated when further studies of meditators showed an increased blood flow. They found that there was a 22% increase in forearm blood flow. Lactic Acid production in the body is mainly in skeletal muscle tissue; during meditation the faster circulation brings a faster delivery of oxygen to the muscles and less Lactic Acid is produced.
The two investigators summed up the state produced by their meditating subjects as wakeful and hypometabolic. The physiological changes were different in many ways from those found in sleeping people or those in hypnotic trance states. Meditation, they said, produces a complex of responses that marks a highly relaxed state. Moreover, the pattern of changes they observed in meditators suggested an integrated response, mediated by the central nervous system.
SOME BENEFITS OF ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION
- Younger biological age. On standard measures of aging, long-term meditation practitioners with more than 5 years experience measured 12 years younger than their chronological age. It was found that it decreases free radicals in the body, thus less oxidation, and thus less aging.
- Higher levels of DHEA in the elderly. Lower levels of DHEA are associated with aging. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulphated form DHEA are the most abundant steroid products of the adrenal glands.
- Increased brain wave coherence. Harmony of brain wave activity in different parts of the brain is associated with greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ.
- Decreased anxiety, depression, irritability and moodiness.
- Decreased Cardiac Irregularities.
- Increased emotional stability.
- Increased joy.
- Improved learning ability and memory.
- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
- Increased resilience and positive experiences.
- Decreased high blood pressure.
- Deep rest―as measured by decreased metabolic rate, lower heart rate, and reduced work load of the heart.
- Lowered levels of Cortisol and Lactic Acid two chemicals associated with stress.
- Reduction of free radicals―unstable oxygen molecules that can cause tissue damage. They are now thought to be a major factor in aging and in many diseases.
- Reduces acidity in the blood.
- Reduces corrosion of the capillaries (small blood vessels).
- Reduces depression, anxiety, psychological distress and negative experiences by 33%.
- Reduces heart attacks.
- Reduces high stress.
- Reduces lactic acid accumulation and the risk of heart attack.
- Reduces propensity to diabetes.
- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. This has been very helpful to asthma patients.
- During Meditation the brain waves tent to slow to Theta Waves in the 4–7 Hz range.
- Evidence Builds That Meditation Strengthens the Brain Science Daily–March 15, 2012 Earlier evidence out of UCLA suggested that meditating for years thickens the brain (in a good way) and strengthens the connections between brain cells. Now a further report by UCLA researchers suggests yet another benefit. Long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification ("folding" of the cortex, which may allow the brain to process information faster) than people who do not meditate. A direct correlation was found between the amount of gyrification and the number of meditation years, possibly providing further proof of the brain's neuroplasticity, or ability to adapt to environmental changes.
- Is meditation the push-up for the brain? PhysOrg–July 14, 2011 Two years ago, researchers at UCLA found that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and had more gray matter than the brains of individuals in a control group. This suggested that meditation may indeed be good for all of us since, alas, our brains shrink naturally with age.
- Helps maintain self-regulatory mechanisms (allostasis) in the feedback control of hormone production, including the Hypothalamic–pituitary–thyroid axis allostasis.
- How Meditation May Change the Brain New York Times–January 28, 2011 The researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.
- Brain Waves and Meditation Science Daily–March 31, 2010 Forget about crystals and candles, and about sitting and breathing in awkward ways. Meditation research explores how the brain works when we refrain from concentration, rumination and intentional thinking. Electrical brain waves suggest that mental activity during meditation is wakeful and relaxed.
- Meditation increases brain gray matter PhysOrg–May 13, 2009 Push-ups, crunches, gyms, personal trainers―people have many strategies for building bigger muscles and stronger bones. But what can one do to build a bigger brain? Meditate.
- Meditation found to increase brain size PhysOrg–January 31, 2006 People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input.
- Meditation builds up the brain New Scientist–November 15, 2005 Meditating does more than just feel good and calm you down, it makes you perform better - and alters the structure of your brain, researchers have found. People who meditate say the practice restores their energy, and some claim they need less sleep as a result. Many studies have reported that the brain works.
Sara Lazar Ph.D., Neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Meditation not only reduces stress, here's how it changes your brain. We found differences in brain volume after eight weeks in five different regions in the brains of the two groups. In the group that learned meditation, we found thickening in four regions:
- The primary difference, we found in the posterior cingulate, which is involved in mind wandering, and self-relevance.
- The left hippocampus, which assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation.
- The temporo parietal junction (TPJ), which is associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion.
- An area of the brain stem called the Pons, where a lot of regulatory neurotransmitters are produced.
The amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain which is important for anxiety, fear and stress in general. That area got smaller in the group that went through the mindfulness-based stress reduction program.
The change in the amygdala was also correlated to a reduction in stress levels.
STEPS TO DEVELOP A DAILY MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR TRAUMA HEALING
- Give yourself permission to improve, understanding that meditation can provide healing and relief.
- Seek out a meditation teacher. Meditation is like walking in an unfamiliar forest. It is best to have a guide that will provide you with tools for your trip.
- Commit to regularity. Make your meditation shorter and shorter, you will arrive at a "One Breath Meditation."
- Create a space that is just for you to meditate each day.
- Have no expectation of specific results.
- Invest in the process that brings you back to a conscious consistency.
- Create an image pattern with a specific mental frequency
- Practice first, seven(7) days at the same time aware that "I am the observer and I am aware of being".
- Practice 21 days to generate a custom and 40 days to generate a habit in your subconscious.
- Get your meditation checked regularly by your teacher. This is very important.
- If you absolutely have to miss a session, do not be hard on yourself―it's OK to renegotiate with yourself, recommit and pick up where you left off.
- After a few months of practice, check-in on your memories of pain and trauma.
- Congratulate yourself for staying with it! You're on your way to true healing.
*Disclaimer: Please remember that meditation is not a substitute for professional care or psychiatric help if that is what is needed. Many physicians and psychologists recommend meditation in conjunction with standard therapies.
References Tantra Illuminated by Christopher D. Wallis, 2nd edition 2013 The Recognition Sūtras, by Cristopher Wallis La clave está en el ion de calcio, Rafael Lopez Guerrero Resonance Science Foundation. Nassim Haramein Dr. Thomas Cowan, M.D., has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Who is God According to Yoga?
~ by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
What is the concept of God in yoga? What role does God play in human bondage and liberation? Yoga is a practical philosophy. It teaches us to take responsibility for our actions and offers an entirely different understanding of God than do the religionists. Because the goal of yoga is to attain perfect freedom from the binding forces of our personalities as well as from the forces of nature, it places God in that realm of perfect consciousness which is not governed by anything other than itself. Yoga defines God as a special Purusha, a supreme soul, which was not, is not, and will never be affected by afflictions, vehicles of afflictions, karma, and the fruits of karma. All other souls at some time in the past, present, or future somehow fall under the sway of karma and the attendant afflictions of ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion, and fear of death. According to yoga, this supreme soul is the only spiritual preceptor of all teachers who were ever born, for God is beyond origin and end. In addition to perfect freedom, unrestricted power of will, creativity, and eternity, in God also lies the "unsurpassed seed of omniscience."
Yoga defines God as a special Purusha, a supreme soul, which was not, is not, and will never be affected
by afflictions, vehicles of afflictions, karma, and the fruits of karma.
This particular notion of God, described in the Yoga Sutra, highlights three intrinsic characteristics:
- Perfect freedom from and transcendence of all karmas and afflictions;
- The role of primordial spiritual master, the eternal guide of all living beings; and
- Omniscience, perfect knowledge of everything.
These three characteristics clearly indicate where the interest of the yogis lies. Yogis strive to attain freedom from the bondage of karma and afflictions, such as ignorance, ego, attachment, and the host of miseries—anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, desire—that originate from these afflictions. The yogis realize that once we are caught in this apparently unending cycle of confusion, attachment, desire, and so on, our vision becomes clouded and it is hard to disentangle ourselves. Only one who was never entangled in the first place can help us free ourselves. Similarly, only one who is already free can help guide us in attaining freedom from the long chain of karma and the fruits of karma. According to yogis, the Supreme Purusha is very special; God is not bound like ordinary souls. Ordinary souls are those that experience a sense of incompleteness, lack of freedom, and lack of perfect knowledge, and thus have an inherent urge to be absorbed in God.
When does yoga teach us to be totally dependent on God? If so, how can we be responsible for our actions? Yoga does not teach us to lean on God or to use God as an escape. Rather, it teaches us to make the best use of all the resources we have received as a gift from above to unfold our human potential to its fullest. It diligently introduces the idea of the teacher within because, according to the yogis, God alone is the true primordial master. We cannot expect this primordial master within to take care of our mundane needs, but in the form of inner inspiration, inner guidance, motivation, enthusiasm, courage, and determination, God—the inner teacher—helps us think, speak, and act in a manner which enables us to attain freedom from our karmic bonds.
In no way does yoga make us dependent on God. On the contrary, a yogi would say that God helps us gain freedom from the deluding forces of the world. Once a person knows the liberating force of the omniscient God, who dwells eternally within each of us, this realization naturally manifests in the form of love and faith. This, in turn, makes it possible to surrender ourselves to God. This natural unfoldment of surrender is not an act of helplessness but one of clear understanding between us and the omniscient Divine Being, who constantly guides us along the path. We do not need to make an effort to surrender ourselves to God; rather, the spontaneous wave of gratitude toward that inner guide creates a mental climate of self-surrender. We then need to continue working with ourselves while remaining aware of the fact that anything we do is due to the guidance of the true teacher—God. In this way, we are able to take full responsibility for our present actions without feeding our egos by telling ourselves, "I'm wise and capable of doing what I'm supposed to do without being dependent on anyone else." We also take full responsibility for our previous karmic deeds, doing our best to undergo karmic purification. Upon realizing that even with intense effort we can hardly even scratch the surface of our previous karmas, without any conflict or hesitation we automatically surrender ourselves to God and attain freedom.
I don't have any sense of receiving inner inspiration or guidance from within, although this is where the process of surrender you describe seems to start. That's correct—it begins with inner inspiration. We receive inner inspiration in its truest sense only after we have gained access to the inner realm, where the Divine Being dwells in Her full glory. Energy ( spiritual) practice is the way to gain access to that realm. This requires effort. Passively waiting for the Divine Grace to illuminate our inner core is futile. Grace is already there. We have to work to remove the factors that are blocking it. Through yogic exercises, pranayama, meditation, contemplation, prayer, and selfless service we attenuate the veil that blocks the flow of inner inspiration and guidance. The thinner the veil, the easier it is to perceive this inner inspiration. With that recognition, the process of surrender naturally unfolds.
Grace is already there. We have to work to remove the factors that are blocking it.
You said that yogis conceptualize God the way they do because of their concern with attaining freedom from the bondage of karma and the afflictions of ignorance, ego, etc. that lead to misery. Does this concept of God have anything to do with truth or the reality of an actual God? Because of the touchy nature of the subject, yogis and yoga texts generally avoid discussing God. Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the main text of yoga, brings up this topic within the context of working with the mind and its modifications. Yogis are fully aware that Truth is God and that God is infinite and indescribable. Therefore, any description of God is bound to be incomplete. Moreover, each of the followers of the many religions and sects on the face of the Earth have their preferred notions of God. Any description that conflicts with those notions will offend and anger.
According to the experience of the yogis, if our hearts are purified and our minds are one-pointed we'll gain an intuitive understanding of God, which is infinitely clearer and more encompassing than our intellectual understanding. This is the reason they place such emphasis on the techniques that lead to purification and one-pointedness. That is also why when Patanjali discusses God, he does so within the narrow frame of how God can help us attain freedom from those elements which disturb our minds and pollute our hearts. Out of the countless powers and characteristics that are intrinsic to God Patanjali mentions only omniscience, eternal freedom from all karmas, and the fact that God is the primordial energy ( spiritual) teacher. According to yogis, God exists as the Absolute Truth and it is due to this existence that everything else can exist. But the totality of God consciousness cannot be captured in words.
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