My heart opens to Om, to the uniting energy within us all. Asana continues to tear down the wall that my ego keeps building that separates you from me, us from them, humans from nature, divinity from humanity. The fact is, is we are One. To fight with you is to fight my Self. To oppress you is to opress my Self. To love you is to love my Self. We easily lose sight of this as it feels like we compete against each other for success or abundance or love or to be right instead of wrong. But forget all that, all those ideas come from the least evolved version of ourselves. Once you begin your spiritual journey, success means finding true love, to stop bickering about right from wrong, to stop hoarding for yourself because the Self then is just further chained from Self Realization, to surrender to what’s best for the whole.
I sometimes worry about all the new studios popping up in town, that the competition will steal away students, making it even more challenging to make a living as a yoga instructor. However, this article: Rapid Rise of Yoga makes me optimistic that the rise of studios in town is proof of the growth of Yoga’s practitioners. Alas, more studios is a reason to celebrate our success of bringing more yoga to everyone, rather than worry and become defensive against “competition.”
The Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali describe all sorts or siddhis, or special powers that come with a long term, regular discipline of yoga. Here is an excerpt from the article followed by the link to the whole article discussing the siddhis of practitioners in the Himalayas:
“R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics of Physics and Astronomy at John Hopkins University, explains things further:
A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.”