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A wonderful, warm hearted person completes out karmic lessons,
connects with their twin in meditation and dreams, yet they do not
connect up in the physical…
A couple meets and attempts to create a love relationship, they do express and experience great love together, yet one pulls away creating physical distance…
Two friends meet and connect on really deep levels, they begin to remember past lives together, they remember being twin flames, yet they have no physical attraction to one another…
Why if they are twin flames, do they not automatically connect up,
fall in love, form a romantic relationship and live forever joyfully in
each others arms?
Because we are all different. Your twin flame is not the solution to your problems. They represent the beginning of a new adventure- an adventure that will test you, push you and awaken you in ways that you would never imagine.
You and your twin decided how things were going to be prior to coming into a human body and experience. Connecting to your guides, awakening to the truth of who you are and your life purpose, including the purpose of your twin connection in this life- will bring the clarity you need in order to grasp the depth of what you are here to do.
Let go of concern over what your twin is or isn’t doing here in the physical. If you don’t understand your purpose together and what you intended to do and to learn individually as well as together, then you will not grasp what your twin is up to. There will be judgment, pain, frustration, aggravation and even anger, instead of peace, understanding and truth.
Today, let go and breathe. Ask your guides to show you what you need to understand. Ask to receive your truth. Open your heart and receive ♥
- By Yogani AYPYoga
- Published 05/31/2013
While, in truth, all is the flow of consciousness, it is more descriptive to say that the "life force" flows through us. What is the life force? It is the first manifestation of consciousness in matter. It is called, "prana," which means, "first unit." In the string theory of modern physics, the miniscule, subatomic energy strings thought to be the building blocks of everything in the universe might well be analogous to prana. In any case, we know that influencing prana (the life force) in the human body has significant effects on our nervous system, and our experience.
Meditation is a way of influencing prana with the mind taking the lead. The human mind arises from a flow of energy through the nerves of the brain. In meditation, we systematically allow that energy (prana) to become still, which brings us to the underlying cause of that energy. We experience it as pure silent bliss consciousness. In meditation, the attention is easily brought beyond the mind, and beyond prana. It is an extraordinary natural ability we have. Besides meditation, there are other ways to influence prana to facilitate the purification of the nervous system for joining of our inner and outer nature. As mentioned, managing the breath can have a noticeable effect on our experience. By restraining the breath in certain ways we can produce certain predictable effects.
This is the science of "pranayama," which means, "restraint of prana." In terms of what we do externally, it is called breath control. But there is more to pranayama than physical control of the breath. Other actions are brought to bear that deepen and broaden the effects of the breath. The mind is involved, and so is the body in ways other than by controlling the breath. Taken together, these actions loosen and cultivate the nervous system in ways that greatly enhance the effects of our core practice of meditation. Think of the nervous system as the soil, and of pure bliss consciousness as the seed. We have been awakening the silent seed through regular daily meditation.
Now we will be cultivating the soil of our nervous system so the seed of pure bliss consciousness will grow to be dynamic and strong in us. How does the breath affect the flow of prana in the body? There is an electromagnetic relationship in the body between the breath, the mind, the flow of prana, and every aspect of our biological functioning. All of these are connected. This is why, when we meditate, the breath is automatically subdued and the whole metabolism slows down. During pranayama, when we consciously slow down the breath and mentally take it along a particular pathway, we influence the flow of prana in that pathway. It is a kind of induction. It is like inducing an electrical current in a wire with a magnet. So, using the breath in coordination with the mind, we are able to engage in selective purification of a particular channel in our nervous system that plays a leading role in the rise of enlightenment. This channel is the tiny thread-like nerve that runs up inside the spine and through the brain. It is called the "sushumna."
Purifying and opening this nerve is where pranayama and additional advanced yoga practices will be focused. We will begin with a breathing technique to be done right before each meditation session. As we become comfortable with it we will add on new elements, step by step, that will greatly increase the power of our practice. The guru is in you. Note: For detailed instructions on pranayama, see the AYP Spinal Breathing Pranayama book. http://aypsite.com/39.html
A: It has been said, "Where there is a will, there is a way." Near the beginning of these lessons we pointed out that desire is the essential ingredient. It is really the key. We can have all the knowledge in the world, but if the will to use it is not there, it is for naught. What we choose each day will determine our path, and the results. If we find ourselves in a situation where we are not able to act on our most cherished desires, then, sooner or later, the situation must change.
With continuous desire, i.e., devotion, and a commitment to act, we will find ways to work around every obstruction. How do we find a way to practice twice a day? There are lots of options. It requires flexibility to take advantage of the opportunities we have. The current routine is ten minutes of pranayama and twenty minutes of meditation. With the rest time at the end, it adds up thirty-five minutes or so, twice a day. With a long workday like yours, this may be too much. Not too much practice, but maybe too much time, particularly in the morning.
You have the option to make it shorter. It's not the ideal thing, but much better than no practice, or getting frazzled trying to do too much in too little time. It is very important to do "some" practice twice a day – in the morning and in the evening. Two short sessions is much better than one long one. In the morning, time may be at the greatest premium, while in the evening you may have more time, but maybe you are tired then and don't feel like doing anything, even meditation. Decide how much time you have in the morning, no matter how little, and work with that. Maybe it is twenty minutes, or maybe only fifteen minutes. Whatever it is, work with it. If it is twenty minutes, do five minutes of pranayama, ten minutes of meditation, and five minutes of rest. If it is only fifteen minutes, do a few minutes of pranayama, ten minutes of meditation and a few minutes of rest.
A strategy that can work for you is to do your practice in bed as soon as you wake up, before you get up. That puts your practice first on the list in the morning, and not likely to be missed. When you wake up, just prop yourself up and begin pranayama. Then do your meditation. You can have your practice done before you get up and spring out of bed fully charged with pure bliss consciousness. In the evening, you may have more flexibility on the time. If you are tired, know that pranayama and meditation will rejuvenate you. This will be especially true when we add on the next few layers of advanced yoga practices. Make it a habit to get to your meditation seat as soon as you can when you get home from work. If there is no time before dinner, do your practices an hour or two after dinner, or right before bed if you have to. This is not ideal, but much better than no practice in the evening.
If you can, take a full thirty-five minutes in the evening. But don't try and compensate for a short session in the morning with an excessively long one at night, not at this beginning stage. It could create some discomfort. Later, when you have more experience, and your nervous system is more purified, you will be able to engage in longer sessions without creating discomfort. At this stage, in the current situation, do the best you can to get in as much of the thirty-five minutes of practice, morning and evening. If you don't have the time, design a shorter twice-daily routine for yourself. It is in your hands. In the meditation Q&As, we discussed ways to do meditation while traveling, or otherwise stuck somewhere away from our regular meditation seat at home. These suggestions also apply with pranayama added on to the front end of our session. Pranayama can be done discreetly in public places. It looks the same as meditation – a person just sitting there with eyes closed.
We are relaxed while doing pranayama. Our slow deep breathing is barely noticeable to an outside observer. So it is possible to do our entire routine in a public place. We probably won't be crossing our legs in a public place. That's okay. It's not a perfect world. What about while driving the car? Many of us are spending an hour or more sitting in traffic going to and from work every day. It is a big slice of time out of our day. Can we be doing anything useful with it? Not with eyes closed. That's for sure. That leaves meditation out. But what about pranayama? It is best to do pranayama with the eyes closed. However, it is possible to derive some benefit doing pranayama with the eyes open, because it is a physical practice. Doing it while driving the car is far from ideal, but it can be done with some benefit. You may want to try doing some slow, deep breathing for ten minutes or so while driving home from work. You can also trace the spinal nerve up and down with the rising and falling breath, with your eyes open. Keep your attention on your driving. Be aware that pranayama is secondary.
Be easy about it. Pranayama with the eyes open is less distracting than listening to the radio. It is your first responsibility to drive safely. There can be some pranayama there too; going on in the background. If you are doing pranayama in the car, don't overdo it. When you get home, sit and mediate for at least ten minutes to sow the seed of pure bliss consciousness in your fertile pranayama field. We don't want any weeds taking root in those beautiful cultivated nerves of yours. If you are committed to your spiritual transformation, it will be your job to get in two sessions of practice every day. There are many ways to do this. Be creative, and always be safe in how you do your practice. Of course, the ideal situation is to have all the time we need in the morning and evening.
People who are self-employed or retired can give advanced yoga practices the time necessary to cultivate the maximum benefit. As they become experienced, they also have the option to gradually increase the time of practice to accelerate progress even more. Advanced practitioners who have a regular job also have the option for extended practice on holidays and weekends, and perhaps even on a daily basis before and after work. There are many ways to skin the cat. Later on, we will be discussing options for extended practice you can consider as you advance along the path. Managing the time of advanced yoga practices is an important area of consideration, both for establishing regular twice-daily practice in the beginning, and for extending practice as more advanced stages of transformation are coming on. Be mindful about the time you have available in this life, and make the very best use of it you can.
The guru is in you. Note: For detailed instructions on spinal breathing, see the AYP Spinal Breathing Pranayama book http://aypsite.com/books.html#sbp For detailed instructions on time management and self-pacing, see the AYP Eight Limbs of Yoga book http://aypsite.com/books.html#8lim http://aypsite.com/50.html
A: No, it doesn't mean that. We all need outer knowledge to open ourselves to inner experience. The phrase is intended as a constant reminder that your enlightenment depends on you more than anyone, because it is only through your desire and action that divine experience can rise in you. It is only through your nervous system that pure bliss consciousness and divine ecstasy can be known.
You cannot delegate it. It is only by you making a daily effort to purify your nervous system that anything can happen. It is you who are making the journey. Maybe your journey means surrendering at the feet of an outer guru for your whole life. Or maybe it means purifying yourself by following a number of teachers over your lifetime. Whatever the outer relationships turn out to be, it is the divine expression coming from inside through your heart's longing that will lead you to them.
What happens outside is a reflection of what is happening inside, not the other way around. This is the meaning of, "The guru is in you." If we long deeply inside, we will attract the teachings we need. Then it is up to us to take advantage of the blessings we have attracted, and act. If we do, then there will be an expansion inside -- an expansion of pure bliss consciousness and awakened divine ecstasy within us. We will find whoever or whatever ideal we have chosen expanding within us also. So, the guru is inside, even as we may be interacting with him or her in form (or forms) on the outside. Outer teachers and gurus are storehouses of spiritual knowledge and energy we attract and are drawn to on our journey to the infinite.
Ultimately, our interaction with them is inside. Inside is where the rubber meets the road. The guru is a flow of consciousness that begins in us, travels outward on our desire, connects outer knowledge, and then expands inside us as the knowledge is applied. There is the old saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." A question we should ask ourselves every day is, "What have I done lately to get ready?" The guru is in you. Note: For more on divine attraction, see the AYP Bhakti and Karma Yoga book. http://aypsite.com/57.html
It may be challenging for some people to allow love into their life, so they put up walls and barriers that others cannot pass. Another solution would be to get to the root of their unresolved lesson- why do they feel so strongly about stopping love? Whenever we are trying to stop love, we are really saying we want to stop getting hurt. So there is most likely a lesson there to look deeper into. Perhaps something happened to them or to someone that they are close to.
For some, coming to terms with being gay and facing the “coming out” process, can be intimidating at best. If they also resist facing themselves inwardly first- which is the bigger and more important process, they will miss out on the growth opportunities and may also block flow, abundance and even love from their lives. Coming out to self is really where this lesson is at- who you are, no matter who you are, needs love and acceptance from yourself. Not accepting yourself in whatever way that is, will hold back flow and keep us from everything that could make life worth living.
Any way in which you are using your own energy, your own determination- basically resisting something- you have stopped more than what you intended to stop. Things will not have the freedom to flow smoothly. Resisting things will also mean that you are not able to be in your life fully. Your full energy will not be in your life or in your body. So creating bigger and trying to bring in more, will be a challenge at best.
What to do instead? By not being afraid to look directly into the storm, you will find the answers that you are looking for. First look at what you are afraid of or resisting- look at it objectively, from a non-emotional stand point. Then see where it connects to, what is your lesson, what is your past experience with feeling this way. Breathe, allow yourself to feel into the storm and look objectively, that is where the calm inside the storm comes from. Take steps to acknowledge your feelings, have gratitude for the part of you that put up walls or blocks to protect yourself- this probably stems from a time when you really needed that type of support. Get ready to let go and recognize that this is a new moment and you are in charge now, so huge blocks and barriers are not needed. Once you get to the root of an issue, it no longer plays out freely in your life.
Is Drama taking over your life? Is drama slowly destroying all of your relationships? Is drama slowly destroying your quality of life?
Most people don’t realize they have a say when it comes to drama. Most people don’t realize drama is addictive. Drama is contagious. Drama is drama, interesting and fascinating to watch, but when it is happening to you…it can send you spinning out of control. Some people like drama, and hang around other dramatic people. Others hate drama. This is for those people.
What is Drama?
It is action, verbal or physical meant to get attention towards yourself in the largest, biggest way possible so that you can be seen or heard.
Drama is only shared when you choose to participate. Period.
This is the answer to ending drama.
The person wielding the drama stick has no one to fight with, if there is no one there or no response back. These are for the people who feed off of drama, and having others sucked into there own drama.
Another way to end drama, is respond peacefully with love. Be understanding to the little boy or girl who is screaming to be seen or heard under it all. They probably feel really alone. They probably really need to be told that it will all be ok, and people are out there that love them. Share with them how you feel that is something similar that you can relate to with them, ask how you can help.
If this doesn’t work, then the person is addicted to communicating with drama. The bigger, the louder, the more intense, aggressive and mean…that will get people’s attention.
They don’t realize the damage that it is causing them and others. And they don’t care. Pure self-destruction.
People like this have to eventually experience isolation. They will lose all of their friends and family slowly over time, as people lose patience in being around them.
You can only have compassion, but it is most important to live your life. It is important to be true to yourself and honor peace.