Archive for May, 2010
In his book, The Infinite Self, Stuart Wilde states, “The ego is very resistant to letting go. It not only wants to hold onto its sense of power, but it likes to dominate your life and the lives of others, because it feels insecure.”
Our fears are nothing more than the manifestation of the ego and in order to quit succumbing to its capricious desires, we need to learn to trust in our spiritual infinity. For many people, their egos rule their lives, laying out lists of things and desires to be acquired. If you just bought a fancy new car, well, you may be flying high for about a week, but sooner than later, the insecure ego jumps back in with its endless demands of “get me this”, “get me that”.
The first step to breaking down the ego is understanding that you are not your ego. Your ego is a behavior that you exhibit. You are an infinite being and an eternal energy. It’s just that for many of us, our ego personality may be fearful and resistant, getting in the way of tuning into that all knowing part of us, the higher self. So, our heightened state of awareness and our intrinsic sensitivity to the world around us will be stifled and held back through the grips of the demanding ego.
Second, by learning to quieten the mind through meditation, we can begin to tune into that infinite part of us. Only then do we begin to understand that we are far more than our intellect and rational mind. When your mind dominates you, you are filled with inner dialogue that causes so much mental “noise”, it is difficult to tell apart a warning that comes from your higher self and the fearful ego personality. When the higher self warns you, “don’t go down that street” or “turn left at the street corner”, it is a spontaneous and unemotional experience, that comes from a source of love. When your ego tells you to do or not to do certain things, it does so because it fears entering into a situation that would contradict its views and have its authority challenged, even by your higher self.
The ego has a need for self-importance. It wants to make itself into a God or Goddess, to glorify itself and compete with others. Your ego tells you that you aren’t attractive enough, then commands you to go out and buy a sexy outfit to prove your beauty, by attracting a number of admirers at the club. The ego is also very lazy. It likes to be comfortable and it wants you to serve its needs continuously. You may decide that you will start an exercise routine and a few days later, your ego will come up with all kinds of excuses why not to continue.
Stuart Wilde believes that the ego can be brought into submission through self-discipline. The discipline of rising early. He suggests getting up at 4am and walking in a forest for an hour, for a period of 3 months, in rain or shine. The ego will protest violently at first. It wants to be warm and cozy. By you doing anything to contradict the ego, you are strengthening a higher part of yourself that refuses to be constantly assailed by its wants. Incorporating some form of meditation into your daily routine is also a great form of self-discipline. Wilde recommends meditating 24 minutes a day (one minute for every 24 hours), preferably at 4am, if your ego doesn’t manage to convince you otherwise. If that doesn’t tame the lazy ego, I don’t know what will. Speaking of which, tomorrow morning, I’m rising at 6 am! Baby steps…
In a recent video, Dattatreya Siva Baba announced his plans to discontinue his teachings and writing. He didn’t really explain himself, but simply stated that the most effective way for him to heal the world is by going deep inside himself…
The thought crossed my mind…How can sitting alone in an ashram in the Himalayas serve to cultivate world peace? After all, someone practicing deep meditation is simply cultivating himself. Or is he?
Not according to one study. It’s called The Maharishi Effect.
The Maharishi Effect is based on the principle that an individual’s consciousness is directly linked and influences the collective consciousness.
The study was as follows. “In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted that one percent of a population practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population. This phenomenon was first noticed in 1974 and reported in a paper published in 1976. Here, the finding was that when 1% of a community practiced the Transcendental Meditation® program, then the crime rate was reduced by 16% on average. At this time, the phenomenon was named Maharishi Effect.”more
These experiments were later conducted in many different cities around the world, including Washington DC, one of the most crime infested cities in the United States. The results were astounding! It was predicted that a group of 200 people practicing the Transcendental Meditation Techniques in a city of 4 million could significantly reduce crime rates. So it was of no surprise to discover that in 1987, Washington DC experienced an 11% reduction in crime rates, due to these group meditation practices.
Amazing! But honestly, it doesn’t surprise me. I’ve always believed that we are all deeply connected to one another through a common source of power which we call God. So, imagine what we could do for the world, if everyone of us invested some time into raising their own consciousness?
Last night I had the opportunity of having my chart read by an incredible astrologer named Barbara Wenninger. I was blown away at her accuracy and her uncanny ability for doing readings of natal, progressive and relationship charts. She was spot on about so many things in my life, particularly about her intuition of me as a Wounded Healer.
As soon as I heard the term “Wounded Healer”, I knew I could identify with it. Carl Jung described the wounded healer as an archetypal dynamic that develops when a patient’s wounds trigger those of the therapist, especially if they are similar to the patient’s. Jung recognized some of the dangers of being a psychologist, in that working with the emotionally or mentally ill, can leave a therapist vulnerable to being infected with their patient’s wounds or potentially reopen old ones.
This is an all too familiar experience for me when I’m working with clients. Being very sensitive that I am, I readily pick up on people’s energies especially when I’m deeply connected with them, during hypnosis sessions. I do take my precautions however by regularly implementing chakra cleansing and shielding rituals into my daily meditation practices, before and after each session. It is a form of energy hygiene for me, without which it would be difficult to really tune in and be able to assess where people are stuck in their lives.
However, you don’t have to be a psychoanalyst or any kind of therapist for that matter, to experience the wounded healer effect. You can be sitting across from a friend, a client or a family member and suddenly they say something about themselves that triggers an emotional response in you. They did not cause you to respond in that way, they simply cast a light in you, what you may have neatly stored away in the dark recesses of your mind…While most people will try to resist and suppress what has bubbled up to the surface, I take it as an opportunity for growth. If I don’t know where my difficulties lie or what wounds I have been trying to conceal, what chance do I ever have of overcoming them? I want to see the rawness of my wounds, up close and personal, so that I know what I’m working with.
Another thing… Sometimes out of our sheer desire to help another human being, we readily become victims of energy vampires, which is a fascinating sphere I have yet to delve into. Some people can drain your energy by constantly recounting their tales of woe. Others draw energy from you through various forms of approval-seeking behavior such as bragging, asking tons of questions or trying too hard to be nice. People who play victim and seek attention by sulking or crying rob us of our energy, IF and ONLY we have consented to giving it to them.
Your attempts at meditation are likely to be interrupted by the thoughts running through your mind. This tantra yoga tongue meditation will help quieten down the mind or the internal dialogue.
Quieting the mind teaches us how to enter the zen state of “now”, where we are neither plagued by thoughts of the future or thoughts of the past.
I Hope you enjoy this meditation by Dattatreya Siva Baba.