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Is Oneness Really the Right Path?

Kaedrich Olsen by Kaedrich Olsen | December 11th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: accept who you are, acceptance, Akashic records, Atman, Brahman, change, consciousness, ego, greater whole, Hermetic Maxim, higher reality, illusory existence, individuality, loss of individual, maya, oneness, rejecting ego, removing ego, sacred being, spiritual, state of flux, transformation, universal consciousness, universal spirit, universe, wholeness, you are perfect, Zen

Oneness

Many Eastern and modern spiritual traditions claim that oneness is the pinnacle of spiritual achievement. In this sense, oneness means to connect to — and ultimately become absorbed into — a great numinous matrix. This can be likened to a drop of water returning to the ocean, as Zen traditions claim.

However, oneness can also be realized as the loss of individuality when memories and experiences become information within the Akashic records. In all of these cases, the individual that once was a human being no longer exists upon the death of the body. The essence of one’s experience and being is simply absorbed into the fold of a higher level of reality, or into a greater whole.

In the classical sense of oneness, each individual is advised to reject or remove the ego. This enables an easier assimilation into the great numinous state of oneness. This results in the loss of who you are, and all that you have gained, as an individual. However, this is not the only option open to us. We can retain our individuality and still become part of a greater whole.

The Resonating Chambers of the Body

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 22nd, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: amplifying sound, amplifying voice, beautiful voice, dropping tounge, dynamic voice, ego, flexible voice, full range of voice, good voice, healing sound, Holding sound, make space in throat, open mouth, open throat, powerful speaking, relaxed throat, resonant voice, Resonating Chambers, sing, singing, sound, speaking, Suzanne Sterling, throat chamber, Vocal Chords, voice effects, yoga teacher, yogic thought

Suzanne Sterling discusses the three resonating chambers of the body and their importance for amplifying your vocal sound in a way that is healing for yourself and those around you. Resonating chambers are places that hold sound in and allow it to amplify inside of you, creating power, range and flexibility.

Don’t Check Your Ego at the Door

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: Big Happy Day, ego, identity, Jason Crandell, personal development, Personal Growth, self, self help, video, Yoga, yoga-practice

Does your ego keep following you to your yoga mat, no matter how many times you try to check it at the door? Yoga instructor Jason Crandell encourages us to think it through and consider this in a different way. “We want to invite our ego to come with us so we can see it, understand it and have a relationship with it. Notice and don’t be surprised when ego arises. Practice seeing and witnessing its existence.” For more information, visit JasonYoga.com.

Four Steps to Finding the Sacred Self

Kaedrich Olsen by Kaedrich Olsen | August 2nd, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: abundance, alignment, Atman, Brahman, contemplation, contemplative introspection, contentment, ego, empowerment, Freud, goal setting, goals, Hindu, meditation, personal development, Personal Growth, positive change, purpose, sacred, sacredness, self, self expression, spiritual capital, spiritual development, spiritual freedom, spiritual investing, spiritual liberation, spiritual-journey, spirituality, success, wealth, will

What if I told you I could show you the value of your ego in your spiritual development? If I said that following your ego will help you to discover your own sacredness, would you believe me?

The ego has become misunderstood in recent years. Harkening back to the Freudian concept, the ego is the part of your mind that balances your desires with what is reasonably attainable. It is the part of your mind that can truly be called “the self.” It is within this self that the deepest and most important of the sacred mysteries wait.

The Forbidden City of the Heart (And How to Open It with Yoga)

Dionne Elizabeth by Dionne Elizabeth | July 12th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: anahata, anger, anodea judith, camel pose, consciousness, dionne elizabeth, eastern body western mind, ego, exploitation, Fish Pose, fourth chakra, Frog Pose, frustrated yoga teacher, heart chakra, heart-opening yoga, letting go, listen to your heart, mind-body-connection, puppy pose, releasing emotion, songlist, spotify, yoga heart opener

Woman doing yoga

Newsflash: Yoga teachers are just as damaged, depraved, sordid, angry, insecure and proud as everyone else. Perhaps the only difference is that some yoga teachers are more aware of their flaws than others. But that isn’t a given; plenty are oblivious to them.

People are people. I’m not excusing abhorrant behaviour; I’m merely observing the fact that we are more similar than we might like to think. We have feelings. We get hurt. Exploited. Taken advantage of. Pissed off. Irritated. Fed up. Lost. Angry. Furious, even. Exhausted. Whiny. Grumpy. There’s a whole range of drama going on within all of us in the wrestle of the upward and downward spirals.

What can make all the difference, though, is connecting the inner to the outer and finding balance between them.

Who’s in Charge — You or Your Ego?

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | September 16th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, community, community conversations, Cynthia James, Eckhart Tolle, ego, fear, inner voice, let your light shine, love, monkey mind, psyche, self-esteem, self-talk, self-worth, transformation

Shy Woman SmilingI host a monthly free teleconference called “Community Conversations.” We recently discussed the ego and how it was playing out in our lives. So, I will pose the same question to you that I asked the group: “Are you in charge of your ego or is your ego in charge of you?”

There are a few definitions of ego: the self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves; in psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality; an exaggerated sense of self-importance; conceit, appropriate pride in oneself; self-esteem. I believe that we all experience the good news and the interesting news of our ego and how it affects our lives. However, more often than not, the ego quietly affirms separation, lack and limitation.

On the Path to Achievable Goals

Jessie Pavelka by Jessie Pavelka | January 14th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth | tags: change, ego, expectations, Fitness, focus, goals, intention, now, present, reality, resolutions, setting fitness goals, setting weigh loss goals, transformation, weight-loss, willpower

This is it, that time of the year when we all decide to make changes … but how many of those changes are lasting? It’s so easy to have good intentions, but it’s the implementation of these intentions that separate the “start and stop” game that a lot of us love to play from actual lasting change.