July 31st, 2006

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Spiritual Powers

You have a stock of spiritual powers at your disposal. The key is simply to know these powers and to use the right power in the right situation. They will help you to maintain a peaceful state of mind throughout the many scenes you may face in your day. All you need do is remember, remember, remember…

The Power of Discrimination:
The ability to know right from wrong, true from false, and positive from negative. This requires a calm, clear mind free from the clouds of bias, expectations and desires. Like a jeweller able to assess the true diamond from the false.

The Power of Judgement:
Enables me to accurately assess any situation with clarity and confidence. Like a judge making a decision on a case I can weigh all the circumstances and reach a considered conclusion.

The Power of Tolerance:
True tolerance is not merely “putting up with”, but rather it means not to look at each other’s mistakes and defects all the time, but to have the wisdom to look at the good sides in ourselves and others. The power of tolerance enables the soul to dance with happiness.

The Power to Accommodate/ Adjust:
It is important that we are able to adjust ourselves to every kind of situation without losing ourselves in the process. We become like the ocean, vast and unlimited in our thinking able to adjust to whatever circumstances surround us.

The Power to Pack Up:
Put a full stop to the past, let the past be the past so that we can get on with the present. Leave behind the excess baggage of wasteful and negative thoughts.

The Power to Cooperate:
Rather than competing with everyone we are all here to help each other. The letting go of ego and application of respect (especially self respect) is needed here.

The Power to Withdraw:
Become the observer of the drama of life, sit back, take a deep breath, consider the consequences of any action and then act. Only when we are able to mentally detach ourselves from the dramas around us can we then use our powers of judgement and discrimination. Like a bird in flight, detached and free.

The Power to Face:
Nothing seems like an obstacle, but rather a stepping stone to victory. The most important thing for us to face is our own selves, to acknowledge our own weaknesses so that we can overcome them and also our own strengths so that we can nurture them.
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note - excellent article here.. some points are defined somewhat different than what has come to me but overall, nice writing!

Understanding the Self

Sometime in the journey of life, some of the following questions might have crossed your mind. Even if they haven't, they eventually will certainly occur..

Who am I? What am I?
What is my real identity?
How do my thoughts and feelings interact with the body?
How to make my mind powerful?

Breaking the mysteries of mind; Understanding thoughts, how they come and go, how to regulate them Why do we come under emotions, feelings, tension and stress How an individual develops behavioral patterns, traits etc; how to transform them How to enjoy this precious life? Leading a life of peace and bliss. The first lesson is all about complete understanding of the self, which has remained a mystery that has eluded scientists, philosophers, great thinkers and many other intellectuals.

Soul and body
The human body is a complex pattern of physical energies. Atomic particles build together to form the organic structures and inorganic minerals, which perform the body's chemical interactions, thus forming the basis of the hormonal and nervous control of the body. What we see as the old or young, ugly or beautiful, male or female, are also the differing levels of physical energies. However marvelous a machine the body may be, it is the presence of the non-physical conscious energy, the soul, which makes it function.

What Am I?
I am a living entity different from the body! Just as a person who speaks with the help of a telephone or listens to a call with the help of that instrument, has his entity different from that of the telephone - he himself being a living person who has the faculties or characteristics of feeling, thinking, willing and making effort. Similarly, the conscious entity in the body which uses the word "I" is different from the body which has eyes, ears, nose etc as it's components. I am not the eyes, the ears or the mouth but I see with my eyes, speak through the mouth, hear with the ears and am their master. I am a soul (Atma), eternal and immortal. The body is mortal; I have got it to do actions and to experience the result of my actions. I am the doer and the one who experiences.

The soul is like a driver in-charge of the body, which serves as a carriage to the soul. The soul is a diamond, the body being the casket for it. When the soul leaves the body, the body is declared 'dead'. Then people set about cremating it because, it's valuable owner, the soul, has already left and the body is of no use. When the soul has relinquished the body, people say, " the light (which is soul) has gone, that which lived in it has departed and the drama is over".

Faculties of a Soul
The soul is a living or a sentient being. It is said to be conscient or living because it can think and reflect; it can experience pleasure and pain, so also bliss and peace; it can bestir itself and make efforts and actions - good or bad. A soul has three faculties - mind, intellect and predispositions.

Mind is the thinking faculty of the soul. It is the mind that imagines, thinks and forms ideas. The thought process is the basis of all emotions, desires and sensations. It is through this faculty that, in an instant, thoughts can be projected to a distant place, past experiences and emotions can be relived or even the future can be anticipated. It is the mind that experiences the variations of moods. The mind is a faculty of the metaphysical soul, not be confused with the heart or the brain.

Intellect is used to assess thoughts. This is the faculty of understanding and decision-making which stands out as the most crucial faculty of the three. With the deepening and broadening of the intellect, clear understanding and the realization of the knowledge becomes natural, and the power to decide and reason becomes clear. It is the intellect which remembers, discriminates, judges and exercises its power in the form of will.

Predispositions (called Sanskaras in hindi) are the "impressions" or "subconsciousness" which is the record of all the soul's past experiences and actions. Sanskaras can take the forms of habits, talents, emotional temperaments, personality traits, beliefs, values or instincts. Every action as an experience either creates a sanskar ( this is how a habit begins) or reinforces an old one. Whatever impression is etched in the soul remains within it, forming a complete archive of all the experiences that the soul has had. When we speak of defects, or virtues, we are referring to the sanskaras. The sanskaras are the basis of the soul's individuality.

Seat of the Soul
The soul is located in the middle of the forehead in between the two eyebrows. This is the seat of the soul. The brain is the "control-room". Just as a driver controls the car using different parts of the mechanism seated at one place, the soul employs the brain to control the body. Brain is the machine by means of which the soul thinks, remembers, receives messages from or gives directions to the sense-organs. The brain is the meeting place of all nerves, which carry sensations from all parts of the body to brain which functions like a control-room and makes the body to work. It is in the brain that the soul, through the nerves, puts the body to work and experiences physical sensations, pleasure and pain or happiness and sorrow. But, the brain is separate from the soul, brain is a complex thing made of matter whereas the soul has the life-principal or consciousness.

Nature of Soul
A soul is a tiny, metaphysical, conscient point of spiritual light. There are a finite number of souls. Each soul is eternal. They were never created, and will never be destroyed. Each soul is unique. We are all souls, unique and different and remain so eternally. As such, souls are invisible to the naked eyes, but one can experience it's presence. A soul has no gender. The intrinsic nature of the soul is that of love, peace, happiness, truth, bliss, purity. Therefore, souls always desire for experiences of these qualities. These are the qualities that naturally emerge when the soul is aware of itself, or in other words, is soul-conscious.

Body-Consciousness - the root cause of all evils in the world
A person is in body conscious when he/she identifies himself or herself with the physical body, ie when the thinking, feeling, actions and behaviors are with the awareness that he or she is a body. Being in body conscious is the root cause of all the evils in the world because the vices like lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego are all having their roots in body - consciousness.

Soul - Consciousness - the key for a blissful life
When a person is in the state of awareness that "I am a Soul and not this physical body", then he/she would be in soul consciousness. In other words, the person thinks, feels, acts, behaves, compares etc with the awareness that he or she is a soul, the master of the body. When in soul-consciousness, the original qualities of a soul naturally emerge. Then it is possible to experience lasting peace and bliss.

Karma Philosophy
There are times when thoughts of distress and tension raise their ugly head. There are situations when a person searches for right answers. Here are some typical examples - Why are we here? Why was I born here and he there? Why is she beautiful and I ugly? Why is so and so crippled for no apparent fault of theirs? Why does the egotistical bully who browbeats his business companions, fiddles his income tax returns and beats his wife, attain outstanding worldly success? Why does the timid, quiet little widow who has never said a harsh word to anyone, live in appalling conditions and die unwanted and uncared for? Why did he have to die? Why did he do that to me? Why is there so much suffering? Why this, why that?
The answers lie in one eternal truth - based on the Law of Karma or the Karma Philosophy - that no one can escape the result of his or her karma. Depending on the bad or good karma or action, one will suffer or enjoy, either in this or the next life. No one can escape the result of his or her karma. The law of Karma is inviolable. So everyone must act with a sense of responsibility. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. So we must acquire right knowledge of what is good and what is bad action. The morale of the story - I have to do right karma for my benefit; it is not for showing it to anyone outside.
Every human action has a moral aspect. If a person's certain act is morally good, the person gets ultimately benefited. If, on the other hand, his acts are morally bad, he suffers. It would require a lot of space to express what is morally good and bad. But in one sentence, it may be said that, if a person acts under the influence of hatred, anger, lies, prejudice, greed, ego, partiality, lust and such other acts under the influence of body-consciousness, then his actions ate bad or negative. These create disharmony and conflict and sufferings in the society. On the other hand, if a person has a balanced judgment, stability of mind, peace of the spirit and acts with the feeling of love, justice, sympathy, humility and the such other actions in soul-consciousness, then his acts are good because such acts promote harmony, peace, unity and happy feelings.

The Power of Thought
The most powerful instrument that mankind possesses is thought power. Thoughts build our consciousness and shape our attitude. One needs to know how important thoughts are. Every human creation we see in this world is due to powerful thoughts in human minds. Thoughts shape our world. Thoughts are fertilized by knowledge. A person with a certain kind of knowledge usually creates thoughts in harmony with that knowledge. Knowledge gives wisdom; a person without knowledge is a person whose thoughts will be formed in ignorance.
Every action is preceded by thoughts. The quality of thoughts determines the quality of our karma. The karma in turn has good or bad effect on us. This again influences our thinking. So right thinking based on right knowledge is essential for leading a peaceful and contented life. Raja Yoga meditation helps us in doing the right thinking that leads to righteous actions. This also helps in remaining mentally strong amidst turbulent situations.
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3 Principles of the Temple of Poi Flowology™ Mindset


Principle I: Leave your judgment outside the door.

Learning presents enough challenges without adding the unnecessary weight of self judgment or the negative impact experienced in judging (and being judged by) others. We have witnessed countless students discouraged because they judged themselves. We have experienced dampened creativity when ego driven judgments trample acceptance of Self and Other.
The first principle asks students to embrace learning as a process, understanding that mastering a flow art (much like life) is an ongoing practice rather than a drive thru meal completed as quickly as possible.
Just as adults speak more powerfully at 33 than they could at 3, flow practitioners will build their skills and artistry through lessons and experiences acquired over time.
This principle reminds students to be compassionate with their own learning process and to offer Others the same grace.
As the community embraces this principle, we co-create an open environment where people have the liberty to define their strengths and safety to press beyond past limitations.
By embracing this principle, practitioners choose to focus on creating results instead of judgments, a practice which solidifies and strengthens a foundation artists can draw from and build upon throughout their flow rEvolution.

Principle II: Choose your language consciously, reflecting a positive attitude.

As an example, instead of saying, "I can't do this!" say, "I can't do this yet." By adding the word "yet" to the sentence, students welcome the possibility of eventually learning the move.
Just as Rome was not built in a day, mastery is not acquired in a month.
Even if you forget for a moment that there are empowering choices available, as you remember you can immediately create a positive attitude by laughing at and to yourself even as you support yourself with grace and compassion.
The second principle welcomes challenging experiences whose lessons we use as feedback to facilitate further growth and evolution.
We are reminded to continually choose the "I Can" Mindset. "I Can" focuses on creating as many solutions as are necessary to achieve the desired results, a formula that always creates movement toward defined goals.
Persevere in the face of fear, frustration and low skill to acquire more learnings and you will continue to gain the knowledge required to unlock more complex puzzles and lessons which naturally evolve your artistry to more rewarding places.The beauty in this journey fuels ongoing perseverance as it cycles again and again.
"I can" means limitations beget more creative solutions whose gifts then become valuable resources available in our flow rEvolution.

Principle III: Utilize Self-to-Self comparisons instead of comparing yourself to others.

We can always find someone "better" than we are; we can always find someone "worse" than we are. "Better" and "Worse" judgments often imply "Good" and "Bad" evaluations. "Good" evaluations are temporary ego highs while "Bad" evaluations are, all too often, devastating, pervasive and unnecessary ego lows.
At any point in time, depending on what criteria we choose, we can judge ourselves as both "bad" and "good." Since both are possible all the time, the value typically implied in these judgments equates to meaninglessness.
This principle reminds us that people learn different moves, lessons and skills at different rates with greater and lesser ease. We all have accomplishments and we all have opportunities for growth. This also means nothing.
Rejoicing in the knowledge that everyone's journey is unique unburdens us of expectations that keep us from being in our practice.
This principle offers practitioners the opportunity in each and every moment to remain grounded in our journey by asking questions...
"Did I learn anything new today?"
"Do I know more now than I did last week?"
Each "yes" confirms our progress and affirms our practice and can be added to our flow journals as objective evidence chronicling our flow rEvolution.