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  • sitting bull 13:01 on 2019-08-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Meditation games to counteract boredom 

    To bridge the gap I first offer a short explanation what Meditation is, and then give you some ideas for games which make it more fun to grow into it:

    Ok, so we have the two kinds of people: The ones who propagate meditation and the ones who hate it.

    The problem is that all Meditators convey is “do it”, which does not explain at all why we should sit around and ‘wait’ for the end.
    To a real down to earth person meditation must justified seem like a total stupid waste of time without any hard graspable effects.

    First of all, Meditation is not a mere waiting in the sense of sitting out the moment in order to ‘kill’ time.
    (If it would be possible to kill time, we wouldn’t get bored, would we?)

    Meditation is the process of putting a temporal fence around your monkey-mind or a round pen around your internal wild horse to calm it down.
    Many try to force their horse to sit still within that fence, but that makes meditation a killer.
    My first meditation teacher was such a guy and I ended dropping it altogether.

    Then a much more wise and gentle vietnamese Buddhist monk told me:
    “Simply let your mind run out, until it is exhausted and calms down itself”.

    But how can you let your fire-horse-mind calm down?

    By not putting oil into the flames of your constant flood of new ideas.
    For example, if you are sitting in meditation and think: “I have to go shopping afterwards”, then pit that thought into your own virtual patient waiting room and simply say: I deal with it later – “next please!”.

    I can give you an example how this doesn’t work, and then you know what not to do:
    If you want to quiet your mind and I tell you “don’t think of a pink elephant!”, what does come into your mind? Of course a pink elephant. So don’t fight against specific issues, but let everything fade out naturally.

    This, btw, is also the best way to deal with malevolent trolls: Don’t fight against them but as they say: “Don’t feed the trolls!”, (especially not the worst ones, which are the ones within your own mind.)

    There is a huge resistance in you not wanting to face the moment and that tricks you into solving worldly important issues, such as “if I have to go shopping later, what will my shopping list be?”. This is how you put oil into the flame

    A nice way is to remember your self-worth:
    That you are just having a few “Me-only”-minutes and shouldn’t spoil them with your shopping list.
    Remember: What is more important, the divine you or the shopping?
    The shopping should serve you, and not you the shopping list.

    Most people don’t treat themselves with the dignity they deserve, but do it for their lover. So simply remember: Would you treat someone you deeply love and only see for 15 minutes before flying of for the rest of the day with non-attention? And would you like to be treated this way? So give to your divine self what it deserves!

    As a rule of thumb for the length: Consider when you first learned and practiced meditation. From that day on add a virtual second to each next day, meaning after a year you should be able to meditate 6 minutes, after two years 12 minutes and after a decade it could be possible for you to meditate for an entire hour (but you don’t have to – rather do 15 minutes than none).
    (Of course you will have breaks in between, but this is a guidline, which time-length to get back to, once you stopped it for a while.)

    It is btw more effective to do every day 10 minutes than once a week 70 minutes, because your mind does not have to rest as your body does but needs daily vitamins of your medi.

    But then there still is the dreadful time-length 😮

    This is a bummer, because there is only so much patience, before your inner monkey gains consciousness again and starts rebelling.

    Ways to train your animal-mind to become patient, is to feed it intermittently with little rewards by honouring its limits.
    One reward is to know how much you did accomplish yet, so you can set yourself two timers: one for your fiery monkey, and one for your goal.

    Let’s say you have 5 minutes patience but want to train yourself up to 20 minutes, so what you do is to set yourself a timer for 20 minutes and one for 5 minutes. And then start them both simultaneously at the begin of your mediation.

    After 5 minutes the first alarm goes of and you may end your meditation then. And if you had a good day and were surprised about time flying by, then, sit a little bit longer, and as soon as you get impatient, quit and look at your second 20 minute timer to remember how many minutes you did manage to meditate altogether.

    If you found it easy 3 times in a row to do 5 minutes, then increase that timer to 6 minutes and see how things go from there. You get the picture.

    If you ask about what kind of meditation is best for you,
    simply choose the one you feel drawn to
    (whether it is because it is fun or because you respect it most).
    Over the years your approach will change automatically.

    The most important step in the beginning is only to put a foot into the door of spirituality.

    Another question is:
    Am I allowed to look at the timer to see how much suffering I still have ahead of myself?

    My recommendation is: Put that timer out of sight (like turning it around), because if it is in front of your eyes, as soon as you open them, you inevitably will have seen the remaining time, which you probably did not intent to.

    Then when you really want to know the time, first estimate how many minutes you did sit already, or how many you estimate to be left.
    This might take a while in itself but is a great exercise for your temporal intuition. Always estimate the time before looking at the clock, because this way you create your reality, else you get the feeling of leaving it up to fate.

    Initially you want to check often how much time passed,
    but there comes a time when you want to see it only as late as possible,
    because you learned, that if you looked to early, you only got frustrated about having so much time left to meditate.

    Another aspect is denial of this moment:

    It is amazing how many ways we come up with to suddenly make our minds busy – from calculating things, over worrying up to excited plans of the future. But ultimately you will realise that all those issues are prosponable and actually best to be solved straight after meditation, because you did prepare your mind to focus.

    So enjoy the time afterwards and simply hang around – it is usually the best time in which you get the most ideas and insights. And don’t let any non-meditator force you straight into immediate action, because you deserve your contemplation-time – just consider it to be a (most pleasant) part (and reward) of meditation.

     
  • sitting bull 15:11 on 2019-03-12 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anfänger, , kostenlos, , Meditations-yoga, meditationskurs, , , yoga kurs,   

    Der Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Kurs für Anfänger 

    Der große Vorteil von dieser Meditation im Gegensatz zu anderen spirituellen Disziplinen ist, dass
    * alle Informationen auf einer Seite zu finden sind, (also im Gegensatz zu den meisten esoterischen Richtungen nichts elitär zurückgehalten wird).
    * Alles umsonst ist, (also dass man sich die Wertschätzung dafür nicht leicht erkaufen kann, sondern erarbeiten muss),
    * dass diese Yoga-Übung ungefähr 10 mal so stark wie herkömmliche Meditationen ist, und damit durch einen geringen Zeitaufwand schon Erfolge sichtbar werden.

    Wer diese Übung einmal gelernt hat dem kann sie nie wieder weg genommen werden, denn selbst wenn man Alles verloren hat (wie z.Bsp. im Gefängnis oder auf einer einsamen Insel gestrandet), kann man sein Leben lang damit weiter fortschreiten!

    Wenn Du Jemand kennst, der nie meditiert hat und sogar zögert es zu probieren, dann ist meine Empfehlung die Person ganz langsam auf das Meditieren einzustimmen.

    Eine erste Empfehlung wäre
    * Im ersten Monat Die Gedanken einfach zu beobachten
    (nur eine Minute wöchentlich oder so oft die Person es schafft)
    * Im zweiten Monat könnte man dann den Atem für zwei Minuten lang beobachten
    (entweder wöchentlich oder täglich)
    * Und im dritten Monat dann für 3 Minuten täglich
    wiederholt von 1 – 16 zählen (weil SCK 16 Wiederholungen hat)

    Der langsame Fortschritt ist dazu gedacht,
    Menschen nicht zu vergraulen, die gerade mal ihren Fuß in die Türe der Spiritualität setzen,
    Und die Modifikationen sind gut gegen die Langeweile der Wiederholung,
    wenn man anfangs noch keine Veränderungen wahrnimmt.

    Dann, ohne die Zeit weiter zu erhöhen,
    bringe dem Schüler die Haltung von SCK bei,
    eine Woche später dann das linke-rechte Nasenloch-Atmen,
    und noch eine Woche später, wie man den Bauch dazu pumpt
    (ein mal mehr bei jeder Sitzung, bis die 16 x 3 Bauchbewegungen erreicht sind.

    Auf diese Art wächst man langsam in SCK rein und kann ab dann diesen Anfängerkurs hier machen.


    Der Hauptgrund Sodarshan Chakra Kriya im Gegenteil zu anderen spirituellen Disziplinen zu machen ist der Glaube, dass Deine interne Unausgeglichenheiten und Fehlkonzeptionen die Wurzel all Deiner Probleme sind.
    SCK reinigt Deine Persönlichkeit von den Aspekten, die Dir den Zugang zu Deiner wahren Seele überschatten.
    Um Dir den Wert regelmässigen Praktizierens vor Augen zu halten:
    Lese in meiner bio>karmic disappointments, was für ein Leid man durchlaufen muss, wenn man nicht täglich meditiert.

    Aber genau das macht es sehr schwer, diese Übung konsequent durchzuziehen, denn das zurückgebliebene Selbstbildnis (wie es Morpheus in der Matrix beschreibt) macht von allen Tricks des Intellekts gebrauch, um nicht vom Ego los zu lassen.

    Ambition, sowohl als Aspiration benötigt eine Kombination von zwei Arten der Stärke oder Tugend:
    Ein langzeit Durchhaltevermögen und der Wille unangenehme Phasen zu durchstehen.
    Je nach dem eigenen Weltbild und den Erfahrungen kann man sich entweder eine langen aber sicheren Weg aussuchen (der 28 Jahre des Glaubens benötigt), oder einen kurzen aber schmerzhaften auswählen, in dem man schnell durch den Prozess durchdringt.
    Die Wahl ist ähnlich der, ob man ein Pflaster langsam abzieht, oder sich es schnell vom Körper reisst.

    Hiermit versuche ich beiden Wegen gerecht zu werden.
    Sollte Deine Aspiration sein, SCK komplett zu meistern ohne halbwegs aufzugeben, tust Du gut daran nicht, wie ich, zwei Jahrzehntelang rum zu schwimmen, um immer mal wieder die vollen 2,5 Stunden erzwingen zu wollen, bis die tiefen Krisen unangenehmer Selbsterkenntnis mich aufgeben ließen – nur um später erneut ganz von vorne anfangen zu müssen.

    Aus meinen Fehler lernend, entwickelte ich eine Methode meinen verschluderten Langzeitplan innerhalb von 5 Jahren aufzuholen, den Du als Geländer verwenden kannst, um es nicht zu übertreiben, oder vorschnell aufzuhören.

    1.) Sodarshan Chakra Kriya lernen

    Fange mit einer kurzen körperlichen Übung an:
    Gehe zu dieser Seite: https://thilo.bandcamp.com/album/sodarshan-chakra-kriya
    – spiele die Beats von vorne ab (Du kannst das online machen ohne etwas kaufen zu müssen),
    – wenn immer der Wind Klang kommt, atme,
    dann halte Deinen Atem
    – und pumpe den Bauch zu diesen Schlägen, bis der nächste Atemklang kommt.
    – fahre fort, bis Deine Bauchmuskeln erschöpft sind und schreibe dann die Nummer des Stücks auf, an dem Du aufgehört hast.
    In den nächsten Tagen:
    – Da die Schläge sich verlangsamen, fahre mit dem Stück fort, bei dem Du das letzte mal aufgehört hast, bis Du das Stück findes, das langsam genug ist, dass Du den Bauch dazu pumpen kannst.

    Solltest Du lieber im Stillen praktizieren, habe ich hier eine ausführliche Anleitung und eine Zählhilfe mit Fingern anstatt Klängen geschrieben.

    Für jeden Schritt beglaubigst Du Dich selbst mit einer Tarot-Karte. Wenn Du willst, kannst Du Dir Tarotkarten kaufen, um ein materielles Gefühl des Fortschritts zu erleben.

    2.) Als nächstes gilt es die original Anleitung auszuführen während Du weiterhin den Bauch zu den oben erwähnten Schlägen pumpst.
    Benutze den folgenden fett-gedruckten Absatz als Spickzettel, bis Du die Übung auswendig kannst.

    MUDRA UND ATEM:
    a) Blockiere den rechten Nasenflügel mit dem rechten Daumen. Atme langsam und tief durch den linken Nasenflügel ein und halte den Atem.
    Chante im Geiste 16 mal ‘Wahe Guru”, und pumpe dazu den Nabel 3 mal mit jeder Repetition ( einmal bei “Waa”, einmal bei “Heh” und einmal bei “Guru”; insgesamt 48 Bauch-Anspannungen.


    b)

    Löse den Finger vom rechten Nasenflügel und benutze den rechten Zeige- oder kleinen Finger, um das linke Nasenloch zu schließen. Atme langsam und tief durch das rechte Nasenloch aus. Setze die Übung genauso fort links einzuatmen und rechts auszuatmen.

    Sobald Du es geschafft hast 7 dieser Atemzyklen hintereinander durch zu ziehen bist Du aus Deinem Null-Wissen herausgewachsen und hast Dir die Karte 0 verdient.
    Gratuliere – Du kannst jetzt Sodarshan Chakra Kriya machen!

    BEENDEN: Inhaliere und halte die Luft für 5-10 Sekunden an. Ausatmen.
    Dann strecke und schüttle den Körper ungefähr eine Minute lang, um die Energie zu zirkulieren.

    2.) in die tägliche Praxis hineinwachsen

    [Original Anleitung:] POSITION: Sitze mit einem geraden Rücken (entweder mit gekreuzten Beinen oder in einem Stuhl mit den Füßen flach auf dem Boden)

    Augen sind auf die Nasenspitze fokussiert, oder geschlossen, falls Dir das lieber ist.

    Yogi Bhajan

    Schritt 3:
    Beschaffe Dir einen Timer oder eine Eieruhr und mache ein mal wöchentlich 3 Minuten SCK.
    Für jede der folgenden 3 Wochen erhältst Du eine der 3 Karten des Magiers:


    Innerhalb des zweiten Monats kannst Du Dir die zweite TarotKarte, Die Hohepriesterin, ergattern, indem Du zweimal wöchentlich praktizierst.

    (Eins ist eine männliche Nummer, weshalb der Magier die Karte Eins war und die Hohepriesterin die weibliche Nummer zwei hat.)

    Anfänger mögen einen Monat für jeden dieser Schritte brauchen,
    und Fortgeschrittene können täglich zur nächsten Übung weiter gehen.

    Tipp :
    Falls Du Dich in einer schwierignen Situation befindest (weil Du z.Bsp. irgendwo zu Gast bist), von Leuten umgeben bist, und keine Eieruhr hast, dann kannst Du Deine tägliche Praxis 7 Atemzyklen lang diskret auf einem Toilettendeckel durchführen, denn das sind ungefähr 3 Minuten.
    Niemand wird Deine Abwesenheit über solch eine kurze Zeit bemerken.

    {Original Kommentar von Y.B.:}

    Die Tragödie des Lebens ist, wenn das Unterbewusstsein Abfälle in das Bewusstsein entlädt. Dieses Kriya erweckt die Kundalini um Dir die notwendige Vitalität und Intuition zu geben, um die negativen Nebenwirkungen des Unterbewusstseins zu bekämpfen.

    Faustregel: Fahre erst mit einer nächsten Übung fort, wenn Du Dir sicher bist, diese ohne Schwierigkeiten durchgeführt zu haben. Wenn nicht, dann wiederhole die Übung, bis Du zufrieden damit bist.

    Jetzt mache SCk drei mal wöchentlich (das ist der letzte Schritt in dem Du es an fixen Wochentagen machen kannst).
    Danach kriegst Du die Karte
    Then try to do SCK three times weekly (this is the last step in which you can set fixed weekdays for your practice).
    You then may claim Die Herrscherin

    Meditation für Fokus und geistige Reinigung
    {Original Kommentar von Y.B. :}

    Hier ist eine Meditation, die mit Hilfe von Prana geistigen Müll aufräumt, und Klarheit schafft.

    Von allen 20 Arten Yoga, einschliesslich Kundalini Yoga, ist das das höchste Kriya.

    Dies ist eine sehr wirksame Meditation, um Reichtum zu erlangen.

    Sie wird Dir einen Neustart verschaffen.

    Sobald Du SCK 4x wöchentlich machen kannst, bekommst Du die Karte Der Herrscher.

    {Original Kommentar von Y.B. :}

    Es ist das einfachste Kriya, aber gleichzeitig eines der schwersten.

    Diese Übung schneidet durch alle Barrieren der psychotischen oder neurotischen Natur.

    Wenn sich eine Person in einem sehr schlechten Zustand befindet, werden extern angewandte Methoden nicht funktionieren.

    Der Druck muss von innen stimuliert werden.

    Bist Du bereit SCK 5x wöchentlich zu machen, gehört die Karte Der HierophantDir.

    {Original Kommentar von Y.B. :}

    Es gibt keine Zeit, keinen Platz, keinen Raum und keine Bedingung die mit dieser Meditation verknüpft sind.

    Jeder Müllhaufen benötigt seine eigene Zeit um gereinigt zu werden.

    Wenn Du Deinen eigenen Müll angehst, musst Du selbst schätzen; und ihn dann so schnell als Du kannst oder langsam, wie Du willst verarbeiten.

    Du musst entscheiden wie viel Zeit Du hast, um Deine eigene Müllhalde zu verarbeiten.

    Sobald Du in der Lage bist SCK 6x wöchentlich zu praktizieren, (also jeden Werktag außer Sonntag z.Bsp.), hast Du Dir Die Liebenden verdient.

    Wenn Du Fragen hast, oder mehr über SCK wissen willst, lese bitte die deutschen Artikel oder surfe querfeldein auf dieser Seite, denn hier steht Alles, was es über SCK zu wissen gibt.

    Jetzt solltest Du es schaffen SCK (nur 3 Minuten lang) täglich zu machen und bekommst dafür die Karte: Der Wagen.

    Nur um Dich zu inspirieren, dass das möglich ist:
    Obwohl ich aus einer unspirituellen nicht-meditierenden Familie stamme habe ich alle Schritte dieses folgenden Kurses selbst gemacht.

    Also wenn ich das tun konnte, dann kannst Du das auch – so lange Du Dich danach sehnst Deine Unausgeglichenheiten und Irrmeinungen ausbalancieren zu wollen.

    Sobald Du SCK täglich machen kannst bist Du auf dem langsamen aber sichern Pfad, auf den Du jederzeit zurückfallen kannst, wenn immer Deine Praxis versagen sollte.

    Der Vorteil dieses Weges ist, dass er Deine Seele reibungslos im Hintergrund reinigt, so dass Nichts Deinen weltlichen Ambitionen im Weg steht.

    Um Dir also Dein persönliches Sicherheitsnetz zu schaffen:
    1.) Schreibe auf, wann Du SCK angefangen hast
    (Ich benutze ein Spreadsheet, um meine gewünschten und wirklich durchgeführten Meditationszeiten einzutragen).
    2.) Faustregel, wenn immer Du eine längere Pause hattest:
    Ab dem Zeitpunkt, an dem Du angefangen hast, solltest Du in der Lage sein Deine Meditationszeit jedes Jahr um 6 Minuten gesteigert zu haben (oder alle 2 Monate um einen Monat).
    {Bsp: Nach 5 Jahren solltest Du fähig sein täglich eine halbe Stunde lang zu meditieren}

    Um die Meditation bis auf ein Zehntel des Tages aufzubauen, was dem christlichen Zehnt einer Spende entspricht und bei Sikhs Dasvand heisst, braucht man auf diese Art 24-25 Jahre, und dann noch 3 Jahre um 1000 Tage 2.5 Stunden zu machen.

    Dieser 28-Jahre-Zyklus entspricht einer Saturn-Wiederkehr, nach der Einem karmische Lektionen vor Augen gehalten werden, denn der Saturn ist der äußerste Planet in unserem Sonnensystem, der damit die Grenzen aufzeigt.

    Das scheint eine sehr lange Zeit zu sein, aber wenn man an größere Seelenzyklen (wie z.Bsp. Reinkarnation) glaubt, dann sind 28 Jahre ein winziger Tropfen auf den heissen Stein – erst Recht verglichen mit den Äonen
    * des derzeitigen Maya Zeitalters, was 5128 Jahre lang andauern soll,
    * unserem Wassermannzeitalter im Zusammenhang des 25000 Jahre Zyklus des platonischen Erdenjahrs, oder dem
    * 432000 Jahre andauernden derzeitigen Kali Yuga der indischen Weltalter, was insgesamt 4 Millionen und 320 tausend Jahre andauert!

    Alles, was Du tun musst, um das “Äon” bzw die Karte Die Gerechtigkeit für Dich vereinnahmen, ist ein Meditationstagebuch anzufangen in dem Du Deine Meditationszeiten und eventuelle Erkenntnisse danach aufschreibst.

    3.) Wenn immer Du diesem Plan hinterher hinkst, gebe nicht auf, denn Du kannst Deine verpasste Meditationszeit in der bald kommenden mittleren Stufe aufholen.
    Auf diese Art habe ich es geschafft sogar nach 20 Jahren wieder auf den Wagen aufzuspringen!
    Außerdem kannst Du das System auch benutzen, um alle Arten von unbeliebten Tätigkeiten langsam in Dein Leben zu implementieren.

    Um etwas zurückzugeben:
    Teile Deine Erfahrungen in den Kommentaren,
    damit Andere von Dir und Du von Anderen lernen kannst.

    Wenn Du so weit bist weiter zu gehen, kontaktiere mich hier,
    und ich werde die Schritte der Mittelstufe sofort hier veröffentlichen.

     
    • Brot 13:18 on 2019-11-04 Permalink | Reply

      Hallo Sitting Bull, Danke für diese tolle Seite. Ich bin seit ca 8 Jahren SCK-Praktzierender und habe seid 1er Woche auf 2,5h Sunden gewechselt:) Ich will garnicht zu viel schreiben, ausser dass für mich persönlich die Zufluchtnahme in diese Übung damit eine neue Qualität erreicht hat. SCK auf 2,5h Stunden ist definitiv ein Multiplikator Richtung Selbsterkenntnis und jede investierte Sekunde auf dem Weg dorthin war und ist es wert zu gehen.

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      • sitting bull 16:24 on 2019-11-04 Permalink | Reply

        Das freut mich riesig hier die erste Person zu sehen, die auch 2.5 Stunden macht!
        Und ich hoffe, dass Du meine Antwort hier bekommst, denn nicht Jeder setzt das Häkchen unter dem Kommentar, bei Antworten benachrichtigt zu werden.

        Es ist sehr gut, dass Du geschrieben hast, denn ich habe mehrmals in der Phase in der Du gerade bist versagt, und war deswegen auch sauer of Yogi Bhajan, dass er mich nicht vor den Tücken gewarnt hat.
        Da Du ja aber schon seit 8 Jahren dabei bist, könnte ich mir vorstellen, dass Du inzwischen genau so viele Erfahrungen gesammelt hast, wie ich, weil ich ungefähr genau so lange am konstanten Wiederaufbau bin, nachdem ich zwei Jahrzehnte versucht habe immer wieder 2.5 Stunden zu schaffen, um letztendlich das obige spielerische System für mich zu entwickeln.

        Die Essenz der Lehre, die ich aus meinen hunderten, wenn nicht tausend Fehlschlägen gezogen habe habe, ist: Gebe Dir die Möglichkeit, wenn es dick kommt, temporär auf ein erträgliches Niveau zurück zu fallen, bevor Du, wie ich es in der Vergangenheit getan habe, dann ganz aufgibst.

        Dazu brauchst Du unbedingt motivierende Erfolge, so wie man sie durch Kampfsport-Gürtel bekommt.
        Eine Möglichkeit wäre, Dir selbst für jede täglich meditierte Woche eine Karte von dem Spiel oben zu geben, denn wenn Du dann mittendrin eine Pause brauchst, ist nicht Alles verloren, sondern nur ein paar Tage.

        Im Grunde hast Du die Karte des Narren inzwischen verdient und in einer Woche kannst Du die Karte des Magiers holen. So macht das auch Spaß; Du kannst dann in 7 Wochen zur Mittelstufe weiter ziehen und ich würde Dir dann auch noch das Fortgeschrittenen-Spiel schreiben, was bis zu Deinen 2.5 Stunden geht. Die 120 Tage davon hättest Du dann nämlich.
        Dir wird das kindisch erscheinen, aber es schützt ungemein vor Rückschlägen.

        Gerne kannst Du all Deine Erfahrungen in Kommentaren hinterlassen, damit die Nächsten dann auch von Dir lernen können.
        Und falls Du ab und zu mal wieder Inspiration braucht dann abonniere einfach diesen Blog, oder schreibe mir eine mail.

        Waheguru!

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    • Brot 23:14 on 2019-11-04 Permalink | Reply

      Alles Gut! fuer mich ist SCK schon lange der Weg des geringsten Widerstands. 3 Schritt vor und 2 zurueck..so ist laeuft das..Waheguru!

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    • Brot 10:22 on 2019-11-05 Permalink | Reply

      Ja,die Karte des Narren hab ich mir verdient;)

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    • sitting bull 11:57 on 2019-11-05 Permalink | Reply

      HAHAHA – mir war das bei meinem letzten Kommentar mit dem Narren gar nicht bewusst 😉

      Übrigens, Brot, mir fällt gerade ein, dass es sowohl für mich, als auch vielleicht andere Leser des Blogs sehr interessant wäre, wenn Du uns kurz erzählst, wie sich Deine SCK-Praxis in den letzten 8 Jahren verändert, bzw, wie Du das auf 2.5 Stunden aufgebaut hast.

      Bei mir ging es ja so:
      Es dauerte 2 Wochen bis ich die Übung machen konnte, also es auf 16 wahegurus geschaft habe,
      dann hatte ich jedes mal so viel mehr gemacht wie ging, und es innerhalb noch so einer kurzen Zeit auf 2.5 Stunden geschafft,
      das dann ca 50-60 Tage lang gemacht, dann aus Enttäuschung über ein unbefriedigendes Treffen mit Yogi Bhajan wieder hingeschmissen,
      dann 20 Jahre lang immer wieder versucht 2.5 Stunde zu machen und nach kurzen Intervallen aufhören müsseen, weil sich jedes mal noch mehr karmischer Müll angesammelt hatte.

      Und erst, als ich auf das Spiel von oben gekommen war, hat es geklappt, innerhalb von ca 7-8 Jahren beständig auf 2.5 Stunden aufzubauen, also genau der selben Zeit wie bei Dir.

      Deswegen würde es mich selbst brennend interessieren, wie das bei Dir angefangen hat und wie Deine Praxis sich gesteigert hat.

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    • Brot 13:14 on 2019-11-05 Permalink | Reply

      Ich bin über ein Video auf Youtube mit dem Namen “Most Powerful Yoga Breathing Exercise (Pranayama)” von Anmol Metha auf die Übung aufmerksam geworden.
      Da ich zu dieser Zeit schon Erfahrung mit Yoga gesammelt hatte und ich physisch in einer schlechten Verfassung war, hab ich mich da festgebissen und bin zügig Richtung 20 min gegagen.
      Das brachte dann natürlich Rückschläge und die erwartbaren Komplikation wie z.B. Infekt bei absetzen der Übung. Das hat mir deutlich die Macht der Übung auf meinen Körper gezeigt und ich hab mich daran angepasst in dem ich kontinuierlicher das Kriya geübt habe und bei Aussetzern eben mit weniger angefangen habe und wieder stufenweise auf die 20 min aufgebaut habe. Ich muss sagen das es an dem Punkt für mich der Weg des geringsten Widerstands wurde… 20 min die mich durch den Tag bringen..

      Ich bin locker 3 Jahre auf 20min “hängengeblieben” .. es war eine körperliche und mentale Mauer die mich als faule Person jetzt nicht gestört hat ;). ich war froh genug Energie für den Tag zu haben.

      Irgendwann ist mir aufgefallen das Yogi Bajan ja immer 32 min als Intervall nennt und mein Ehrgeiz war geweckt. Die Qualität der Übung veränderte sich.. Rückblickend ist es ab 32 min nur noch einfacher geworden.Der Energieschub reicht für mich um sich zügig zu stabilisieren, um von dort wieder längere Intervalle zu üben.

      Die von 32min auf 62min war wiederum auch eine spontane Entscheidung folgte immer Intuitiv und ohne Plan. Zwischen diesem Intervall tingelte ich die letzen 4 Jahre. 3 Schritt vor 2 zurück;) aber mit zunehmender Konsistenz und Ernsthaftigkeit.

      Während dieser Zeit hatte ich auch die 2,5h unbedingt über das Knie brechen müssen, was mit einem Aussetzen für mind. 2 Wochen endete.

      Dieses Jahr habe ich sehr konstant die 62 min abgerissen und war irgendwie der Meinung 2,5h gehen auch. Und ja 2,5h gehen jetzt:)

      Rückblickend empfinde ich 8 Jahre für einen durchschnittlichen Westeuropaeer als einen realistischen Ansatz um 2,5h sicher zu erreichen.

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      • sitting bull 3:23 on 2019-11-11 Permalink | Reply

        Vielen Dank für Deine tolle Ausführung hier, die eine gute zweite Sichtweise zu meiner bildet!

        Inzwischen hast Du vielleicht schon die nächste Karte des Magiers ergattert,
        und falls nicht, verstehst Du jetzt den Sinn des Spiels, die Phasen in kurze Abschnitte zu unterteilen, damit wir nicht total frustriert sind, wenn wir die uns gesetzten 40,90, oder 120 Tage nicht auf Anhieb schaffen.

        Wenn Du insgesamt 8×7 Tage geschafft hast (egal mit wieviel Pausen dazwischen), dann kommentiere doch nochmal hier, denn ich habe mir für Dich noch zwei weitere Schritte überlegt, um Dich vor meinem ersten Aufprall zu schützen.

        Selbstverständlich soll das nicht bedeuten, dass ich mich in irgend einer Weise als “weiter fortgeschritten” empfinde als Du, denn man kann ja die Qualität von Meditation nicht vergleichen;
        das Einzige, worin ich erfahren bin sind die Fehlschläge und wie man sie vermeiden kann.

        Also kannst Du auch gerne im Fall von Problemen hier kommentieren oder mailen.

        Viel Erfolg bei Deiner Praxis weiterhin !

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  • sitting bull 15:09 on 2019-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    The beginner’s Sodarshan Chakra Kriya course 

    The advantage of this meditation in opposition to other spiritual disciplines is that
    * the entire information can be found on one single page, meaning that in opposition to most esoteric directions, nothing is held back;
    * everything is free, meaning that you can’t easily put a value-tag on this method by buying your way into it, but have to earn the respect for it by working for it.
    * and since this Yoga-exercise is about 10 times stronger than common meditations, it will yield results within short times of daily practice already.

    No one can take this Kriya (exercise) ever away again from someone who did learn it, because even in most adverse circumstances, when you lost everything (such as in prison or being stranded on an island for example) you can continue to evolve on this path for life!

    If you know someone who never did meditate at all and even is hesitant to try,
    my recommendation is to tune them in very very slowly

    by first advising them to simply
    * observe thoughts coming and going
    for just one minute weekly (or as often as they can)

    a month later
    * to observe the breath for 2 minutes daily (or as often as they can)

    and in the third month for 3 minutes daily
    * to count from 1 to 16 repeatedly (because SCK has 16 repetitions)

    The slow progress isgood not to antagonise people before they did set a foot into the door of spirituality,
    and and the modifications are to avoid the boredom of repetition without significant results.

    Then without increasing the time beyond 3 minutes,
    * tell them the posture of SCK,
    * a week later the left & right nostril breathing
    * and one more week later to pump the belly 3 times more each time,
    until they accomplished 16 x 3 pumps.

    This way they will have slowly grown into the preparations for SCK within a few months,
    and can continue with this beginner’s course as described below.


    The main reason for doing Sodarshan Chakra Kriya in opposition to other spiritual disciplines is the belief that your internal imbalances and misconceptions are the root of all your problems.
    SCK does mentally cleanse your personality from the aspects which cloud your true soul.
    In order to see the value of a regular practice, read my bio>karmic disappointments to see how long lasting life’s frustrations can be if you don’t meditate on a daily basis.

    But that exactly makes it very difficult to pursue, because ones residual self image (as Morpheus calls it in the Matrix) does use every trick available to the mind, not to let go of the ego.

    Ambition as well as aspiration needs a combination of two strengths or virtues:
    Long term persistence, and the willingness to overcome unpleasant phases.
    Depending on someones worldview and experiences one can either subscribe to a safe but slow path (which requires 28 years of faith),
    or a short, but painful one of quickly punching through the process.
    The choice is similar to choosing whether you pull of a plaster slowly or rip it of quickly.

    I herewith try to accommodate people of both kinds. Should your aspiration be to  fully master SCK without giving up half way, you do well not floating around like me for two decades and every once in a while try again to force 2.5 hours into my life until the profound crises of unpleasant self-realisations made me give it up – only to later start from scratch again.

    1.) learning Sodarshan Chakra Kriya

    Start with short, light physical exercises:
    Go to this site: https://thilo.bandcamp.com/album/sodarshan-chakra-kriya
    – play the track (no need to buy anything, just use them online),
    – whenever you hear the wind sound, breath in,
    then hold your breath
    – and pump the belly to those beats until the next breathing sound occurs.
    – continue this until your belly-muscles are exhausted and write down which track you stopped.
    Next day(s):
    – Because the beats are gradually slowing down, continue with the track where you left of, until you find the track which is slow enough for you to pump your belly along with them.

    Should you prefer to practice in silence, I did wrote an instruction for you here, which helps you count with fingers instead of Rythms.

    On each step you self-certify yourself with a Tarot-card. If you want you may buy yourself a deck so that you get a sense of a physical accomplishment.

    2.) Next:
    Incorporate the original instructions whilst pumping your belly to the beats:
    Use the following bold paragraph as a cheat-sheet (copy & print) until you know it by heart.

    MUDRA AND BREATH: a) Block off the right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale slowly and deeply through the left nostril and hold the breath.
    Mentally chant ‘Wahe Guru” 16 times, while pumping the navel point 3 times with each repetition (once on ”Waa”, once on ”hey”, and once on ”Guru”) for a total of 48 pumps.

    b) Unblock the right nostril and use the right index or pinkie finger to block the left nostril. Exhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril. Continue, inhaling left nostril, exhaling right.

    TO END: Inhale and hold 5-10 seconds. Exhale.
    Then stretch and shake the body for about 1 minute to circulate the energy.

    As soon as you manage to do 7 of those breathing cycles in a row, you moved out of ground zero, and therewith can claim the card #0
    Congratulations,
    You now are able to do Sodarshan Chakra Kriya!

    Many of you will be content to practice 1-3 times per week, which is good to do for quite a while.

    And at a later point, one day,
    when you read in my bio the still ongoing series about “karmic dissapointments”
    you may understand why a daily practice can spare you
    many decades of the pains of ignorance & worldly trial and errors.

    For those people are the next steps about

    2.) growing into a daily practice

    [Original instruction:] POSITION: Sit with a straight spine
    (either with legs crossed or sitting on a chair with feet flat on the ground)

    Eyes are focused at the tip of the nose, or closed if you prefer.

    Yogi Bhajan

    Step 3:
    Get yourself a timer and do once weekly 3 minutes of SCK .
    Each of the following 3 weeks you can claim one of those 3 cards of the magician:


    Within the second month you may claim the second card The High Priestess, by practicing twice weekly.

    (One is the male number, hence the magician was male, and two is the female number hence it is about the priestess.)

    Beginners may take a month for each of those steps,
    and intermediate practitioners can do one after another day by day.

    Tip :
    If you encounter difficult circumstances (because you are a guest somewhere for example), are surrounded by people and have no timer at hand, just do it discreetly on a toilet lid for 7 breathing cycles.
    That makes approximately 3 minutes and nobody will notice your absence for such a short time.

    {Original comment from Y.B.:}

    The tragedy of life is when the subconscious releases garbage into the conscious mind.

    This kriya invokes the Kundalini to give you the necessary vitality and intuition to combat the negative effects of the subconscious mind.

    In general: only move on to next steps if you are certain that you are up to it. If you are not sure, just repeat an exercise until you feel ready to move on.

    Then try to do SCK three times weekly (this is the last step in which you can set fixed weekdays for your practice).
    You then may claim the card Empress.

    Meditation for focus and mental purification
    {Original comment from Y.B. :}

    Here is a meditation that makes use of prana to cleanse mental garbage and purify the mind.

    Of all the 20 types of yoga, including Kundalini yoga, this is the highest kriya.

    This is a very powerful meditation for prosperity. 
    It will give you a new start.

    Once you are able to do SCK 4x weekly, you may claim the Emperor

    {Original comment from Y.B. :}

    It is the simplest kriya, but at the same time the hardest. 

    It cuts through all darkness and all barriers of the neurotic or psychotic nature.

    When a person is in a very bad state, techniques imposed form the outside will not work. The pressure has to be stimulated from within.

    Once you are capable to do SCK 5x weekly, The Hierophant is your card.

    {Original comment from Y.B. :} 

    There is no time, no place, no space, and no condition attached to this meditation.

    Each garbage pit has its own time to clear.

    If you are going to clean your own garbage, you must estimate and clean it as fast as you can, or as slow as you want.

    You have to decide how much time you have to dean up your garbage pit.

    If you do SCK 6x weekly, you still can take Sundays of and still claim the card Lovers

    If you want to know more about SCK or have questions, please read the archive of SCK articles including practical instructions on how to keep count or about the theory behind it here.

    Now you should be able to practice SCK (for just 3 minutes) daily and therewith can claim The Chariot

    Just to inspire you to know that this is possible: Even though I do come from an unspiritual and non-meditating family, I want to point out that I personally did all steps I am propagating above (but it took me long until I succeded).

    So if I was able to do it, you know that you can do it too – as long as you long enough for clearing your imbalances and misconceptions.

    Once you are able to do SCK daily, you are on the slow and save path which you are always able to fall back onto, whenever your practice fails.

    Advantage of this path is that it cleanses your soul smoothly, working in the background, so it does not interfere with your worldly ambitions.

    To create your personal safety-net:
    1.) Write down when you did start doing SCK
    (I use a spreadsheet to list my required vs the completed meditation times).
    2.) Easy rule of thumb for when you dropped it for a while:
    Since the time you started, your meditation-time should have increased by 6 minutes yearly or one minute more every two months .
    {example: after 5 years you should be able to do half an hour of meditation daily.)

    This pace will take you 24-25 years to build it up to the Dasvand of a tenth of a day, and an another 3 years to do the 1000 days of 2.5 hours – a 28 year cycle of a Saturn return after which your karmic lesson of life will be revealed to you.
    (Saturn is the outermost planet of our solar system and it takes 28 years for it to surround our sun. Hence it shows us our outermost limits and duties.)

    This may seem very long, but if you believe in a larger cycle of your soul (such as reincarnation for example), a 28 year cleansing is a mere drop against the ocean of aeons, such as
    * our current Mayan calendar cycle, which lasts until the year 4772,
    * the 25,000 year cycles of the astrological ages,
    * or the 432,000 year Indian Yuga Cycle we are currently in (which comprises 4,320,000 years altogether!)

    All you have to do to claim the Aeon or the card
    the Judgement, is for you to start a meditation diary with the times you did meditate and possible insights you had afterwards.

    3.) If you ever fell behind this plan, don’t throw it away, but use the intermediate course to catch up to the point where you should be.
    This way I even did manage to jump back on the waggon after having failed to practice regularly for 20 years !
    Apart from that you may use this system to implement all kinds of other unpleasant activities into your life.

    To give something back:
    Share your experiences in the comments,
    so that others can learn from you and you can learn from others.

    When you are ready to move on, notify me here,
    and I will post the intermediate steps for you.

     
  • sitting bull 16:32 on 2019-02-10 Permalink | Reply
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    My week with Yogi Bhajan 

    Yogi Bhajan

    Coincidentally, just as I was at my peek of doing SCK for 2.5 hours daily, Yogi Bhajan (YB) came over to London and because someone stepped back from putting up some of his 3HO-organisation, I did fill that gap and let two members stay at my apartment.

    My young energy was still uncontrolled and very chaotic at the time, so (even with the help of two friends) I had to clean my place for the entire day nonstop  until very late at night and I was still very tired when I had to pick up their bodyguards from the airport the next morning.

    Because he had a VIP ticket to get through customs earlier, he came out of the gateways ahead of anyone else,  and was surrounded by a bunch of white dressed people in turbans. Since in my eyes all souls are of equal value, I was a bit puzzled that a spiritual leader would ensure and allow for having privileges which state that he was more worth than a common man.

    Being very tired, I drove back with three of his bodyguards into the center – like in trance, One 3HO member did tell me that life is a stage, so it would be about playing a role, so I took that advice and pretended to have relaxed control about everything, even though I hardly could focus on the traffic.
    About half an hour into the ride, one of them did point out to me that we were driving into the wrong direction – instead of back into London, we were already half way towards Brighton!

    The next morning, I made a huge German breakfast for my 2 guests (which, to their shock did include not only many kinds of cheese, but I purposely did include also a few kinds of sausages to make a point that not everyone who does yoga is a perfect vegetarian). Just as we were finished, the organisers called and told us that YB had cooked, so even though we just had eaten big-time, they wanted to rush out in order to experience his cooking. From then on I refrained from the “bed and breakfast” service.

    At this meal, coincidentally I sat next to YB and when I was about to rush away again to make place for one of their team he did call me back with paternal love, which to me was very flattering at the time. With hindsight I would say that the strong authority he did emanate was probably the secret to his charismatic success in building up a strong follower-ship. To him, coming from the Indian tradition of unconditional surrender to spiritual teachers, he of course took it for granted to receive the same kind of devotion he did give to his merciless teacher.

    He had a ring onto which a diamond was elevated by a metal spiral, and when I remarked that this was a great idea, he replied that he had ‘many great ideas’, which as a European seemed like bragging to me – yet to Americans such statements of self-confidence are probably seen as an effective self-promotion.

    The good thing is that in the consultation later he told me that at one point his teacher had him do SCK, so I knew that this Kriya is not invented by him and therefore, whenever I felt grumpy towards him, I could separate the teachings from the teacher himself by considering him to be a postman for valuable information. Remember this in case you ever disagree with teachers (or this blog as a matter): Don’t drop your practice or believe in the path only because the delivery-man was not to your liking.

    I will tell you now everything he told me, so that you also may benefit from his advice:

    Yogi Bhajan’s consultation

    When entering YB’s room for a consultation later, he (who was 8 years older than my parents) had such a non-penetrable aura that I did not dare to confront him on his guru-like status and ask him why he did allow (or even further) that his entire bunch did constantly worship him.

    Still being embarrassed about my driving disaster, I asked him what to do against the chaos in my life he recommended me to massage my ears under the shower.
    {Over the years I found out that, when washing my hands, also washing my ears with cold water is as calming and refreshing as doing it under the shower and it can be done multiple times throughout the day.}

    Someone made me tell him, that I currently do 2 1/2 hours of SCK at the time and in a reflex he instantly burst out something, which in my impression was that this was not targeted towards me personally, but to motivate anyone who does SCK:

    If you do SCK for 2,5 hours daily, there is nothing I [meaning any Guru] can teach you anymore.

    Probably because at the time I was studying Chinese Medicine, he also said: “He is a simple student and will become a great healer and a saint.”, which struck me as a a bit of a sales-pitch on his behalf to keep me going.  All I can say so far is that I did not become a great healer and am far away from being a saint, but after having read Yogananda’s autobiography of a yogi it dawned upon me that Indians have a very different understanding of saints than Westerners do – more as a person who manifests divine powers, rather  than Christians who associate a saint with someone who is ethically perfect and doing benevolent deeds.

    It seems to me that flowery exaggeration is a part of the cultural vocabulary of the Indian language, and me, coming from the plain German culture took quite a few things too literal, like when he said to someone else about me: ‘He is a sage. He was born wise!’, or when he described the superhuman powers of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya.
    However, such promises do have quite a longterm effect, because since 3 decades I am now hoping to get enlightened by the means of SCK.
    Slowly it dawns upon me that enlightenment probably doesn’t come with a big bang but gradually and less spectacular than I did anticipate – similar to the wisdom of old age, only much faster and without the need of physical sufferings.

    He must have noticed that I was not the type of getting up early, because without him asking, he also did recommend to me to meditate before sunrise something I at the time despised.
    However, I have to admit, that it’s ten-times easier to meditate in the mornings before the yang of the day rises, because this early are not many internal and external thoughts around, which could an empty mindedness.
    But since the morning is the worst time for busy workers to do it, I want to reassure you that this also works at any other time in the day, especially since there is “no time and space attached” to SCK.

    ~~~

    He also did say that I would need protection and did recommend Rahke Rakhanar.
    At the time and for decades later I did not want any protection, because it insinuates a discrimination against “lesser” or “evil” people, which is the opposite of what I would call unconditional love.

    The 3HO dress-code

    Y.B. did also recommend me to wear a turban, so I tried it for the week whilst he was there. When doing SCK without wearing a turban my energy did rise to my third eye point between my eyebrows, but when wearing one, it rose to the crown chakra on the top of my head.

    I know that YB (in one of the rare occasions when he was lenient and compromising) supposedly did allow for people to wear anything white on the head, but I would add – if you want the full benefits, go for a real tightly wrapped turban, and if this is too much for you just leave it.
    I did experiment a lot with wearing other white stuff but never felt anything from it – neither btw from wearing white clothes. Sikhs originally only are required to wear white underwear but not white everywhere, and all-white for me personally does not work and neither suit me. Some people thrive on the role of displaying Sikhism with a turban, but others nearly get beat up for it on the streets.
    My rule of thumb is: If you really are a sincere Sikh a turban will strengthen you, but if you can’t relate to religion, then better don’t play this role, because you will end up being attacked for being a hypocrite.

    The impressions 3HO left behind their environment.

    At times I felt really embarrassed when we (who all where white Westerners, dressed in white and were wearing white turbans) were ordered to go to a gurdwara (the Sikh-church), to take part in their worship – but only to the point in which YB did preach – and afterwards got up instantly in the middle of the ceremony to leave or eat in a special room only for VIP people whilst the crowd was eating in the hall downstairs.
    I then usually went to to eat with the community and did ask them about their perception of YB. They deemed him as just another pujari (priest) but not like something equivalent to an archbishop, which his visits with many religious leaders did insinuate.

    ~~~

    On a subtle level I did notice YB on one hand occasionally very subtly smiling about me,  when I did follow his recommendation to wear a turban or when I was funny, but interestingly he always instantly stopped to smile, whenever he realised that I did catch him being pleased. I think it was probably a good intention to nip any potentially arising egotism of mine in the bud.

    However, just before the end of his stay, because I hit my finger and could hardly wrap a turban, and also because I didn’t want to be someone who just puts on a show for him him, I stopped wearing a turban and all white clothes.
    I found it too tedious to wrap it all up only for the meditation session anyway, because I would not have worn it outside.

    The tipping point for my faith in 3HO

    When I am in admiration of a cause or person I do give everything I can, and so it was with YB and 3HO. I did everything for them, took out all the time for them, and also donated to YB for his consultation, despite the fact that I drove them around for a week and did put them up for free.

    Ironically it was actually YB himself, and his huge demands for the 3HO organisation, which made me loose my daily routine of doing 2.5 hours of SCK, because for the time of their stay I was constantly in demand of driving them around.

    At one point, in the middle of me still eating, he  demanded that we all get up right now and when I continued to enjoy my food he reprehended me by mocking my epicurean humming and told me of harshly, which then was a breaking point for me.
    As I did follow him just a few minutes later, he made sure that he had started the public lecture already before I drove down in the car had the chance to arrive.
    You may say that this was oversensitive of me, but looking in the look he gave me when I arrived in that hall I perceived it as one of those subtle power-games and him rubbing in the consequences of my non- compliance in order to drive through a point.

    Now I am going to tell you something few of you do consciously experience:

    The rare occasion to witness a spiritual war first hand

    After he was gone, I found out that part of the reason for him coming was that there was at that time a power-struggle between his top British disciple, who was the deputy head of our college, and the director, who was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, who supposedly did embezzle some money to be sent to Vietnamese people in need.

    Unfortunately neither side was prepared to open-heartedly talk to each other:
    When questioning the monk, he only replied that it would be “his way not to talk about it”, and made certain that he was gone to a retreat when Yogi Bhajan came.
    But on the other hand I did not sense a compassionate approach on behalf of 3HO either.

    3HO surely was a total dedicated bunch who like a busy swarm of bees did shoot through the London Academy of Chinese Medicine, so the many students who did not primarily follow 3HO teachings (or did not even know about YB) felt overpowered by them claiming the place for themselves with their “Kundalini-stare” (as Gurusant Singh calls it). Someone described it like this:
    With their Kundalini-Yoga they build up a tremendous amount of will-power, 
    but then they don’t know what to do with it.
    And indeed, it seemed to be all about strengthening their own group just for the sake of it.

    Because both sides did like me, and at the time, I could literally feel being dragged into a spiritual war of both sides, like (the 3HO member and) deputy head of our college “scanning” me at one point for loyalty and then ordering me to clear out the Buddhist monk’s desk, so that the monk perceived it as if I took sides against him and said that I now would be with “the Kundalini-people”.
    Not wanting to take sides, this led to me literally “putting my head down” and stay below their spiritual level by going to the pub to drink with fellow students and co-workers, to “ground” me and keep in synch with the common people.

    This is something you on your spiritual path have to watch out for – sometimes it is not you having no spiritual discipline, but adverse circumstances may sabotage your internal evolution:
    In order to satisfy your karmic need for harmony you at times may sacrifice your evolution, because by preserving your dignity and keeping to walk upright, you might ending up becoming crucified as Jesus did when he did not hide his light under a bushel.

    It is very easy at those occasions to hide behind ignorance, because hardly anyone will see that you did.
    However – even though it will be initially gratifying to play it safe –
    you should not for long pretend to be dumber than you are, because in the long run your ‘playing it safe’ will weaken your character and turn you to a cowardly fence-sitter who will end up merely walking in other people’s footsteps.

    ~ ~ ~

    A month later YB came once more and waved me into his room where he was lying on his bed, because he still was very strong, yet did need to lie a lot in his bed often already.

    But I did not enter his room and didn’t even want to talk to him anymore, because the only way I would have opened my heart to him again would have been if we could have talked about my issues with him.
    Yet I knew that any criticism would have been dismissed harshly by him. Maybe that’s why he gave me the name “Amar“, because that means something like “free spirit” – probably with a connotation of “untameable”.

     

     
  • sitting bull 1:50 on 2019-02-04 Permalink | Reply
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    3 spirituelle Tugenden: Durchhalten, verlangsamen, ausbalancieren 

    Durchhalten

    Als ich einmal ein zehn-Tages Kurs Vipassana in Frankreich mitgemacht habe, hatte ich das Glück dem Gründer selbst, Goenka, zuhören zu dürfen, der sagte:

    “Die meisten spirituellen Anfänger wechseln ihre Richtung oft,
    aber wer Öl finden will, kann nicht mal hier 10m und dort 100m bohren,
    sondern muss an der selben Stelle sehr tief bohren, um welches zu finden.”

    Die Meisten glauben, dass sie mehr Probleme lösen könnten, wenn sie schnell denken, aber Yogis nennen solches mentales Umherspringen einen “Affengeist”.

    Verlangsamen

    Yogi Bhajan hat gelehrt, dass Yogis es schaffen ihren Atem auf einmal pro Minute zu verlangsamen, also werden wir beim Atem anfangen, der das Bewusstsein mit dem Unterbewusstsein verbindet: Du kannst sowohl freiwillig gesteuert atmen, als auch in Deinem Schlaf, und auch Dein Unterbewusstsein steuert Deinen Atem durch Deine Gefühle.

    Ausbalancieren

    Jupiter-aspekte sind :

    • der Zeigefinger,
    • die Farbe blau,
    • das Hals Chakra,
    • Spiritualität,
    • und Qualitäten wie die Erweiterung der Karriere, des Körpers und der Aura.

    Es kann mit dem geistigen Aspekt des Holzelements in der traditionellen chinesischen Medizin verglichen werden, der HUN heisst.

    Und das linke Nasenloch wird der emotionalen Mondseite einer Person zugeordnet.
    Daher bringt der Zeigefinger am linken Nasenloch spirituelles Bewusstsein in Deine Emotionen.

    Und das ist, wie Sodarshan Chakra Kriya Deinen emotionalen Müll aufräumt.

    Danach kannst Du zur Mittelstufe weiter fortschreiten.

     
  • sitting bull 23:04 on 2019-02-03 Permalink | Reply
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    2 key virtues: persistence and deceleration 

    persistance

    I once had the luck of participating in a 10-day Vipassana course in France
    under the personal guidance of its founder Goenka , who said:

    Most spiritual beginners change their discipline ever so often,
    but if one wants to find oil, it is futile to drill 10 m here and 100m there.
    One has to drill very deep at the same place in order to find it.”

    deceleration

    Most people think that by thinking fast they could solve more issues, but yogis did call such mental jumping around “a monkey mind”. The transformation is beautifully displayed in the card above which does contain so much symbolism, that it would fill an entire article by itself.

    Yogi Bhajan taught that Yogis could manage to breath only once per minute, so we will start only on the breath, which also connects the subconscious to the consciousness: You can breath voluntarily, but also breath in sleep and your breath is affected by your subconscious emotions.

     
    • mitchteemley 17:17 on 2019-02-07 Permalink | Reply

      Hi SB, sorry to take so long in commenting on your posts (after you’ve commented on mine at length). I’m curious how you came to believe in this mix of Sikh meditation, magic, etc.

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      • sitting bull 22:56 on 2019-02-07 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Mitch, this is exciting to me that you reply.

        Within the last week you were foremost on my mind, because I am contemplating a lot on an effective approach towards god or the divine and how to bring both of our beliefs together.

        You might now get a more elaborate answer than you asked for, because I recently started to write down my own spiritual life with all its flaws, so that others can learn from my mistakes.
        I do this in form of a meditation course/game. So you can get my really elaborate answer to your question on the webpage you see when you click on the card above.

        All you have to do is to bookmark that one webpage (if you don’t want to subscribe), because so far I just covered the first 3 decades of my life. This way you also will find there all the upcoming chapters of my life, continuing (hopefully weekly) on Sundays.
        Especially for you I just did clearly distinguish between the course and the bio, so that you can read only that without being confronted by a practice you might not want to follow.

        I purposely do not glorify anything there, because, like you, I believe in the untainted truth.
        This is a new approach – instead of advertising ones own spiritual practice – to simply put it all out there with all its problems so that people can decide then which path is best for them, and I also think that it is needed for people in trouble to see how others did struggle through their mistakes.

        Next chapter coming up on Sunday will write about my meeting with the yogi who taught it (and who also tried to combine both our beliefs), and the next one will be my criticism of his approach.

        I would like to draw your attention in that index-side to the Bio#5, where I describe
        1) how I realised that even without wanting to pray to god that I did already dedicate myself to the divine,
        2) which also includes a link to the similarities of that yoga exercise and the Christian Jesus prayer
        3) and also a link to an Islamic total dedication to god and how beneficial it can become.
        The links of point 2 & 3 are rare excerpts, very difficult to find, even on the Internet, especially since I took both out of a larger context in which those texts are hidden.

        After having thought about our encounter at the moment it seems that we can accelerate our spiritual evolution by combining both our parts, because the faster we evolve, the lesser we suffer.

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  • sitting bull 23:58 on 2014-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    A christian version of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya pranayama Yoga from the 13th century! 

    The following article should be a huge step forward in gnosticism for any seeker because it reveals a direct method to accomplish enlightenement within the christian and therewith western tradition!

    Since Sodarshan Chakra Kriya stems from the fairly new religion of Sikhism but is claimed to have roots thousands of years ago it dawned upon me for quite a while that there should also be other sources for this Meditation. Someone asked if this is really a version of Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, but I have to clarify that it is not, because SCK did not even exist then. I just want to point out that it is a predecessor which includes equal principles and also seemes to work.

    I found (surprisingly in a book dedicated to condemn prana exercises), a quote of another source and added following Wikipedia information for your understanding:

    Omphaloskepsis is contemplation of one’s navel as an aid to meditation.
    The word comes from Greek omphalos (navel) + skepsis (act of looking, examination).
    Actual use of the practice as an aid to contemplation of basic principles of the cosmos and human nature is found in the practice of yoga of Hinduism and sometimes in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Some consider the navel to be “a powerful chakra of the body”.

    In the Book Sikhism and Tantrik Yoga (which you can download for free here), I read in page 32 following information which seems to have been hidden for 800 years and (as far as I know) is here released for the first time on the internet !

    The science of breath known as pranayam in Yoga, and embryonic respiration in Taoism, is involved in the mystical meditations of Sufis called dhikr (zikr) and Simrin of Sikhism, called svas svas Nam japna, and has been found even in some practices of Christian mystics. But this involvement of the science of breath in various systems has nothing to do with Yoga asanas, and Yoga techniques. They are the natural outcome of a continuous disciplined mediation.1

    The Hesychastic monks to whom Yoga was unknown developed through their meditations similar techniques. Summarizing the essential Hesychastic prayer, Father Irenee Hausherr says:

    “It comprises of two fold exercises, omphaloskespsis and

    • indefinite repetition of the Prayer of Jesus: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.
    • By sitting in darkness,
    • bowing the head,
    • fixing the eyes on the center of the abdomen (navel)
    • trying to discover the place of the heart,
    • by repeating this exercise indefatigably and always accompanying it with the same invocation, in harmony with the rhythm of respiration, which is retarded as much as possible, one will, if one
    • perseveres day and night in this mental prayer,

    end by finding what one sought, the place of the heart, and with it and in it, all kinds of wonders and knowledge.”2

    Jean Gouillard quotes a 13th century Christian monk Nicephorus, who says, “As for you,

    • sit down, compose your mind,
    • introduce it—your mind, I say—into your nostrils; This is the road that the breath takes to reach the heart.
    • Push it, force it to descend into your heart at the same time as the inhaled air.
    • When it is there, you will see what joy will follow; you will have nothing to regret.”3
  1. Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu were already familiar with methodical respiration, and a Chou dynasty inscription attests the practice of a respiratory technique in the sixth century B.C. Mircea Eliade: Yoga, p 62
  2. For Sufi practices, see: Kashf-ul Mahjub and Writings of Dara Shikoh on medieval saints, notably Mian Mir in Safinat-ul-Aulia, and Sakinat-ul-Auliya.
  3. Quoted by Mircea Eliade in Yoga f.n. p 63

So what is the important takeway?

  • One doesn’t need Sodarshan Chakra Kriya (referenced in italic) to accomplish the task if one observes following principles:
  • One has to dedicate the Kriya to the divine (which the Adi Mantra and “Wahe Guru” pumps serve well as). However I asume that the mere repetition of the mantras only does half the trick – a mental application and dedication towards the divine in humbleness seems essential.
  • slowing down the breath (retarding it) helps – the Yogi level is once per minute.
  • Focus on your belly –  mentally either by looking at it, or by thinking the mantra whilst pumping your belly. Chanting “Guru” enhances the Solarplexus Fire element.
  • Search for your heart (which is accomplished in SCK via chanting “Wa” – the wind element mantra related to the heart chakra. I personally feel that one should also ultimately open ones heart in a loving way. I also want to point out that in that time medical obductions came in fashion half a millennium later, so should have been no knowledge about the physical location of the heart – which likely made it easier for people to find out the energetic location of the heart by contemplation, because the mind was free of physical preconceptions.
  • Also crucial elements are sitting in the dark (closed eyes or focussed on ones nose just 1/10th open),
  • bowing the head (described in Hinduism, the oldest religion as Jalandhar Bhanda
  • repeating the mantra (regardless if western or eastern) constantly

The difference seems to be that the christian prayer works if done constantly day and night and Sodarshan Chakra Kriya works within 2 1/2 hours daily, probably due to the fact that it was refined in technique, since it is 200 years younger.
(The christian meditation is 800 years old and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is 600 years old.

This is a strong indication on how the entire system from Yogi Bhajan was devised:
He seems to have developed to such an extend that he was able to improvise new Kriyas like a skilled Jazz musician out of the Siri Guru Grant Sahib in conjunction with his Yoga knowledge.

This should be good news for anyone who was interested in applying this Sikh Yoga Kriya to ones own faith. If that exercise is interchangeable it should also work for any faith on the planet if those principles are carefully studied and applied.

I for myself will stick to Sodarshan Chakra Kriya until I am absolutely certain what I am doing, but I will use this christian version of it or my own approach to god to tune into the divine. This way I stay independent of any conditioning of a specific religion.

Update:
Instead of the repetition of the Prayer of Jesus: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.‘ Someone suggested to

  • breath in heavily (with an inner resistance), and meanwhile think
    Domine Jesu Christe”
  • and then breath out (also in this kind of loud way) and think
    “miserere me !”

This reinforces the prana in the breathing and also brings ascending soundcurrents when breathing in and descending sounds when exhaling.

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  • sitting bull 3:33 on 2014-11-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Step 0: How to enter the world of meditation 

    This is a realtime course of my experiences which I pass on to you here.

    The first month was merely for you to get aquainted with the entire information on the SCK Page.
    In the second month the practice starts by getting to know the process of meditation and  slowly build up the exercise.
    Easiest to choose a safe place and time when no one will disturb you and to switch of the phone, if possible the doorbell, and also your computer in order not to get any temptation to jump up.

    a.) Sitting: Sit with a straight spine (either with legs crossed or sitting on a chair with feet flat on the ground)
    A straight spine is not to pull up your shoulders, but to imagine that you are a string puppet which is pulled up by your head so that your spine is straight whilst your shoulders can relax. The neck is to be bent a a little only – not much. It is to be pressed onto the depression just as a spring is pressed with a little force.
    b.) Exercising:

    slowly and deeply through the left nostril and hold the breath.
    Mentally chant ‘Wahe Guru”
    once, while pumping the navel point 3 times with each repetition
    (once on ”Waa”, once on ”hey”, and once on ”Guru”).

    Exhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril.

    Next: Build this up to 16 repetitions within 2-3 weeks.
    How to build up is: The next time you meditate do this twice,
    the third time, three times etc… and by the 16th time meditating you should have build up your breath to be able to mentally chant 16 times “Wa-He-Guru” whilst pumping the belly as described above.

    On the 17th time repeat this  entire procedure (with all the 48 bely pumps (16x”Wa”+”He”+”Guru”) once,
    on the next time twice, etc… until you are capable to do this entire procedure 7 times in a row without a break.

    Since this only takes 1-3 minutes each time, you may now use this opportunity to get aquainted with the general process of meditation. So straight after this exercise…

    c.) Now meditate a little bit:
    Look at the watch before you sit and then just observe your breath and the incoming thoughts, but do not attach to any of them – just let them pass through you. Whenever a thought comes up don’t put oil into its flame by continuing to obsess about it, but let it pass and get back to it after this exercise.

    When you feel impatient you may stop & take a look at your watch to see how big your patience is right now.

    What you learn here is to let go of everything you attach to.
    If you are bored, be grateful that it is still easy, because soon it will get really hard.

    I also would recommend to research spirituality and read about Sodarshan Chakra Kriya,  and download the free audios which I especially created to guide beginners and help advanced meditators to slow down their breath.

    There are a few more articles in this blog – just surf through the tags or categories – and then read up in the web about meditation in general.

    How long should I meditate?
    Because patience is a real difficulty in the beginning there is a simple rule of thumb: If you would add a virtual second more each day you would meditate 1 minute more each 2 months and 2,5 hours after 25 years. Depending on your state of mind and aspiration you are likely to find your level somewhere in between.

    Once you meditate more often you can try to meditate 3 minutes daily for 40 days every day.

     
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