The function of ego

The yogic word asmita means “(the sense of) I-am”. It is the focusing or limiting of the vast expanse of consciousness into something narrower and more specific. It is the faculty of focus, compartmentalisation, and categorisation. Without a limiter like this, we would perceive an overwhelming amount of content. It’s fairly well known that when […]

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Dawning awareness with integrity

Awareness gradually dawns upon the consciousness of Earth that what we think of as reality is illusory. It is observed that those who lack knowledge of the higher realities are liable to be seduced by nihilism in the form of abuse and exploitation, and false knowledge in the form of conspiracy and paranoia. What you […]

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How to use intensity to launch into expansion

You are a pulsation, in so many ways it is your being and your essence. Just as when you observe the functions of the heart and lungs, you see their daily movements and know it is healthy, so too with the movements of your simple emotions, memories. We can use intensity in moments as a […]

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Higher and Lower Self

We all have split personalities. Do you wish to admit that? We think and feel different things at different times. Our minds are nebulous and whimsical, you can drug or surgically interfere with a brain in order to produce very strange beliefs and opinions.  We become clouded with emotion, we become influenced by others. Who […]

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Stun Your Mind

We have to gradually realise that there is a mental landscape, a reservoir which we can all access, but of which we are mostly ignorant, which is the source of that most fundamental conscious awareness. It feels blissful, but this word is inadequate, it dwarfs our usual experience of sensory pleasure and gratification. It feels […]

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On Samadhi and Enlightenment in Yoga

In Samadhi Yoga we train the mind, initially to just be able to concentrate in general, but once this is achieved we focus on specific objects so as to learn their true nature, and in doing so we remove bias and conditioning from the mind. With clear vision and perception we obtain truth, and it […]

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The role of teachers and gurus

Spiritual development is hard work, there is a great deal of education and practice involved. There is intense self inquiry and confrontation with the aspects of nature which need to be improved, it’s a long process of transformation spanning many lives. The appearance of a teacher or celebrity who has or appears to have attained […]

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The importance of higher, intense Meditation

As you know, our cultures and societies are becoming more distracted and fond of escapism via external stimulation. Accordingly, you will find that modern spiritual and meditation techniques tend to make sacrifices, muting or discarding the lofty objectives declared in the ancient texts, slowing down progress, putting a ceiling on our endeavour. Worse still is […]

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Legs behind the head and the role in Kundalini awakening

I have seen many people develop their practice to the extent where legs go behind the head on a regular basis. Young people, old people, people with wide hips, narrow hips, people with inherent stiffness in the joints, people with hypermobility, light people, heavy people. The common factor is they practice a set sequence consisting […]

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Transformation of ourselves and our community through discipline

I turn 39 in a couple of weeks – this pic was taken on Christmas eve just gone. It’s Ashtanga Yoga that did this. I can show you pictures of me around age 30 as a physically lacklustre, overweight, corporate “achiever”, running on a metaphorical treadmill of economic fixation. What created this transformation is 5 […]

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