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Now every,body listen up we got some yoga to do
We’ll, start with the breath the rest will come thru you
Breathe thru your nose make it slow and deep
Feel everything between your head and your feet
Toes and heals touching keep your arms by your side
Your, eyes on the prize, which resides inside
Make your muscles tight like a mountain stands strong
An, asana tadasana to make your spine long
Stop before it hurts not tryin to go beserk
Don’t forget to breathe or the magic won’t work

Now Re,lax a little bit and we’ll take a simple shift
Inhale deep and your arms you will lift
Palms to the sky like your raising up the roof
Only thru yourself will u find a deeper truth
Visualize: flip this pose in your mind
Your, standing on your hands with ur feet to the sky
Be,lieve that it’s possible and one day u will
Be, still   and know that I am what u feel

Next, pose is vrikshasana and that means tree
We’ll, make a minor tweak where we bend the knee
Use your, hands and pull ur foot high on the thigh
Point ur toes down and to balance we try
To, focus eyes free the minds and line up the spines
No, need to look around when ur one of a kind
When it, all comes together for a moment u might
Not know, left from right   or the day from the night
Take, one leg down and the other leg up
Focus on the pose and forget the other stuff
Put, hands in prayer or up anywhere
All that really matters is to be right there

Now, if you’re gettin tired   just hang in there
Cause this next pose takes the shape of a chair
But, don’t be fooled it’s not as easy as it sounds
Lift, arms overhead and drop your hips toward the ground
Sit ,down   lift the heart with weight to the heels
Yield to what you feel just deal and be real

Garu,rasana is eagle   and that’s up next
We’ll tie our, limbs in knots and then proceed to flex
Listen, carefully   so that we can fix you up
Identi,fy right from left and don’t mix them up
From, arms overhead swing the right under left
Hook it nice and tight til u feel a stretch
Sit, down!  Lift right leg over left
A,gain squeeze tight til u feel a stretch
Hold it kinda like   you’re holdin your pee
In,hale exhale feel the energy
Now re,lease   and we will switch the sides
Left, arm under right  sealed in a bind
Drop the, hips  lift the left leg over right
Tighten it up and continue your plight to be
Free from the falsities floatin around
And see, clear to the truth of the ancient sound – ooommmmm

If you like math then this one’s for you
It’s trika,nasana and you can be a triangle too
Start with legs wide turn your toes to the right
Take a deep breath   and gather your might
Stretch a slight bit to the right stay slow
Tilt your body down til you touch your toes
Take a, few deep breaths   and come back up
Straighten back out and continue to bust
Turn your, toes to the left to the left you stretch
Tilt the body down til the toes you catch
Be, blessed don’t stress   for life’s just a test
Let, go let god and forget the rest

The, next pose   has a name that’s quite long
I don’t even think it’ll fit in the song
It’s , like the last pose but with one bent knee
Turn your, right toes out  bend the right knee deep
Keep your spine straight   tilt to the right
Place your, right hand down  left arm to the light
Then, bring it overhead push your left foot down
Make a, really long line from the sky to the ground
Keep, breathin  to keep the mind right on the task
Bask in the glow of the soul long last
Come up slow  we need to switch the sides
Turn the, left toes out  bend the knee in a glide
Breath as your guide for what your feelin inside
Right, arm overhead you should look like a slide
Don’t, buy it  if your mind tells you you can’t
It only, rants and raves  we should teach it to dance

Next pose warrior   Vira for short
Put away your guns use peace not force
Turn your, right toes out  bring the left toes in
Whole, body faces right   the right knee you bend
Lift, arms to the sky with the hands in prayer
Look, up thru the heart  send it out with care
Use your inner strength  and deepen your hold
Bring the, warmth to the cold bring the love from the soul

Now we’re gonna shift do warrior 2
It’s, bound to feel good if you follow it thru
Bring your arms down make the chest face front
Look to the right an continue your hunt
For a, place deep inside nobody can budge
The, world’s comin at you be ready with love

Come, back to center and the sides we will switch
Face to the left so we can scratch that itch
Bend the left knee and the arms overhead
No, dread be fed by the saints who have said
To, meditate and levitate your consciousness up
Drink from the cup of the wisdom above
Open it up  now to warrior 2
Its your last pose  so give it some juice
Look to the left keep your chest up strong
Be pre,pared for life  whether short or long.         On and on…..

I ponder the dynamic between spirituality and consciousness and how it relates to man and animal.  There is an argument for man having a higher consciousness level and I see how this is true.  The problem is that this consciousness can be used to hurt as much as heal.  It’s clever and friendly with the ego; a human can consciously do harm.  Not until man’s consciousness appeared did atrocious acts of violence, slavery and outright murder come about.  People won’t think twice about abusing animals as a form of sport or entertainment.  Could we say these people are ‘lower consciousness?”  Not exactly.  Animals are considered lower consciousness and they would never do such things.

Let’s look at the other forms of life.  They are completely one with their environment, whether a fish in the water, a bird in a tree, or a bacteria in the digestive tract.  The world over, you see all types of living organisms making do with what their particular environment offers.  They blend in with the natural world.  They don’t have wants because they are always in need.  They will kill or fight only to eat or defend themselves.  They come and go without ceremony.  There’s no degradation, drama, gossip, or defilement.  We could just go on and on really.  The negative qualities were birthed by the human consciousness.  So I will now state that human have a higher consciousness potential.  And that consciousness is not the epitome of all attributes. 

Enter spirituality.  This is what is inherent in animals (lower consciousness) and forced or lacking altogether in so many humans.  That oneness with the environment is the deepest form of spirituality.  God has provided this beautiful planet to provide for us.  To trust it completely, to line up with its’ flow and follow its’ lead is the ultimate in faith and devotion.  I don’t think God could be more pleased with such humility and grace as displayed by animals.  Was the garden of Eden an experiment to see what would happen if animals were uprighted and infused with a strong dose of intelligence? 

Now enter intelligence.  Intelligence gives us a partial science behind the creative genius of God.  In effect it put a creative and therefore destructive power into the hands of the ego.  The excess of intelligence overrode the common sense simplicity.  The telepathic transmissions of information were lost in favor of the much slower and extremely less exacting science of words.  We seem incapable of developing the foresight to understand the effect of so many causes let loose upon the world. 

So what our consciousness or intelligence is lacking is spirituality.  Like so many ecological recipes, balanced living requires the right combination.  Just as prayer and faith thrive only when together, our higher conscious intelligence will only work if based in organic spirituality.  Religion so often becomes an egoic expression of God worship.  It’s exclusive.  How can you exclude something and say it’s not within the realm of God?  We need to bring God right here to earth and revere it in all things around us and within us.  As a complex organism we are already far enough removed from the source physically; our spiritual consciousness therefore needs to see God right in the dirt, blood, and bone of this planet.

This might be it-what it all comes down to.  Love, life, time, truth, everything and nothing, and God herself, all exist immersed in paradox.  Paradox will break you down and confuse the part of you that wants to know; the part of you that wants it to fit in a neat package.  The whole exists within the part is a classic example of paradox; the macro within the micro.   If each part has to exist to establish the whole, how can the whole already be present in the part?  Or the idea that time could have a beginning or end.  What was the time before time?  Simultaneous time blows our minds, but it is most likely the reality of time and it’s truer nature.  

Their is no resolution in paradox but therein lies it’s ability to heal.  It is part of the circle philosophy in that there is no end or beginning to a circle.  It never starts or stops and therefore reflects God.  Paradox forces surrender.  It humbles and creates vulnerability.  It eats away at illusion because it reveals the truth that it’s all illusion.  Of course this discussion of paradox will be paradoxical.  To know that you can’t know is to be free.  At that point you have given up everything (and nothing) to God, the ultimate paradox – that which you cannot know and yet is within you as you are within it.  Once you have surrendered to it, the fight with life’s paradox is over.  Shame, fear, delusion, disconnection, worthlessness-they all disappear as a result of starvation having no resistance to feed them.

Every truth has an equal opposite truth that is no less true.  This paradox is true and yet has it’s equal opposite truth as well which only perpetuates the paradox.  It seems there is an exception to every rule.  The only absolute is that there are no absolutes.  Paradox sends us around and around the circle spinning the wheels of consciousness only to bring us back again to where we started.  Everything that ever was, is, or will be, will end up back where it started.  Change is the only constant.  Just embrace it already.  


I been speaking freely just to clear my mind completely

It comes out over-easy but at least I know it leaves me

I can’t see eye to eye with all these hoarders hypin’ fairytales

I try and die to myself but my will won’t seem to let me fail.

 

My sanity keeps shifting from the ending to beginning

The swirls and spirals sifting through the piles of paper pending

I want to live without and dwell within my inner spaces

But the cost of build-out swells and blows this Dust up in my face and so I

 

Close My Eyes

 

The world’s a freaking mess these female girls all got fake breasts

These words are pressed in plastic mesh the rest are caught in nets and stressed i guess

I’ll be feeling blessed if just I judge these jokers less and yet

I confess to failing best lest I am just like the rest.

 

At least a fire’s burning so to each his own concerning

How to teach of leaves and turning, the tides will keep on churning

While I continue yearning to be deeper in my learning

In my sinew I am stirring up this dust and it keeps blurring so I 

 

Close My Eyes


Proprioception is defined as the ability to sense where your limbs are in space without having to look and the strength of effort being applied.  I ponder the spiritual applications of this but let us start first with the mind or the mental body as a commonly accepted extension of our physical body.  

With the evolution of consciousness could we become aware of the position of our daily thoughts as they spread out into the space around us?  How would this affect what we think about if we knew the spaces that these thoughts would inhabit and the force with which these thoughts were being applied?  What if we could reach out with our thoughts like we could our hand.  Be careful of course, because we’re not looking to strike or cause harm.  We would need to make sure to project our thoughts in the right way from a good place.  This is one of the reasons for meditating as a form of prayer; to clear the ego and the desire that drives us to manipulate others with our powers of intention.  

Spiritually, could we begin to sense our position in the vast infinite void of the space of God?  Could we feel the strength of our spirit in it’s yearning for God? In this blind sprawling darkness, we could sense the heat coming off the light of our own spark; a fire kindled from the source.  Like lightning bugs, we would begin to light up the space and like stars form a constellation of God.  Maybe a caricature or an abstract interpretation, but a creative collaboration of all those beginning to reflective back the light we attribute to God.  

If nothing else, let us use our spiritual proprioception just to sense that we are always within the realm of God; to feel the body of God around us and within us.


There’s an idea in Paul Williams’ book, Das Energi, that if you could look far enough out into space, you would see the back of your own head.  A circle will always bring you back to the starting point.  Life will always bring you back to yourself.  If we are all God, then we all end up back at the source; at the end, we will arrive back at the beginning.

Philosophy is based on intellect by definition but I believe it to have a very instinctual origin as well, with much to offer to the intuitive aspect of understanding.  I believe it to be a necessity to living in a healthy way whether one is conscious of their philosophy or not.  It is a lubrication to keep sanity from cracking apart.  

Continuing with the visual of a circle, we find ourselves frequently away from the center.  We must remember that illusion will permeate all experience when away from the center.  Anecdotally, a solution to any predicament lies an equal distance across the center point much like a seesaw that teeters across the fulcrum.  This is where the lifeline is crucial to know in which direction the center lies.

Life is a balance.  Excess and deficiency create imbalance.  Excessive amounts of people; now deficient amounts of resources.  Clinging to one spot, attached and stagnant, the imbalance worsens.  An object in motion will be less effected by gravity and balance will be easier to come by.  The shape of a circle implies rotation or movement.  It is spinning, creating its own gravity, and therefore becoming more itself.  This is what we are supposed to be doing; being or becoming ourselves.  Becoming might be a better way to think of it as it too implies motion. 

The circle says, “Keep moving towards yourself and create your own gravity.  Then life will come to you instead of you attaching to it.  Use you center to relate to where you are now and to philosophically understand where you’re going.    Your circle is contained within a larger circle and you are spiraling towards its center.”


I want to ask everyone a question.  If you could press a button right this very second that would help everyone do the right thing, would you?  How could everyone not see the benefit in that for themselves?  The button is consciousness and we all push it sometimes.  If everyone pushed it at the same time, a magical thing would happen.  It would stay down and nobody would have to push anymore.  So the more often you can be pushing your button day to day, the more likely we will be to win the evolutionary lottery.  I think the ticket has already been purchased and that soon our number will be called.  Will we be there to redeem it?

This concept overlaps with a vision I’ve had of the whole world stopping in one exact moment.  Just stop and do nothing for one second.  Don’t go immediately into how hard that would be and all the reasons it wouldn’t happen – just imagine it.  This would be an act of consciousness.  And everything would change as a result of it.  Not like God would come down and say, “Congratulations kids, you have moved on to the next level in the game of life!”  But peace and understanding would be a lot easier to come by.  More movements toward organized moments of consciousness would start popping up all over, like the latest fads do in our culture.  The internet would catapult it across the world in a flash.  Mega corporations would adopt the theme into product lines. Starbucks would have a Conscious coffee blend, meditation bars would be on every corner, and it would replace sex as the top seller of retail.  Actions counter to consciousness would be reported in the media like, “Today, with a blatant lack of consciousness, insurgents bombed a building.”  Or among peers, “That was so unconscious!”

As it grew, consciousness would check itself and people would be called out on their unconscious acts.  We just need that one defining moment to take us to the next level.


 

Let’s combine the words time and space.  It’s really hard to separate them anyway.  As we’ve already entertained, these words are strong synonyms for God.  God the ultimate healer.  Give me time, and I’ll be fine.  Everything will resolve with time.  Time is proper spacing.  Lately, space is at a premium.  If it was monopoly, there would be nothing left to buy; but let us eat into the rain forests and indigenous lands so that everything can be officially owned by someone.  

Our minds have become like our planet; crowded.  Or is it the other way around?  We have all become hoarders of a sort.  We collect history and preserve it; too caught up in the future to learn from the past; excessively conditioned by the past to change the future; the present moment passes by too quickly to catch up to it.  This leaves us nowhere and yet here we are.  The cursor sits there and blinks incessantly, as if asking the question:  “Well, are you going to do something?”  

Why does the cursor blink anyway?  It too is lined up with the reality that we are all blinking in and out of existence.  It’s just like a heart beat; its’ artificial cardiac muscle beating until the battery runs out, or the computer dies, or the power sub-stations run out of juice.  But life is plugged into something besides the wall and it goes on without analyze or consciousness of itself.  It is regulated by the circumstance of environment (space) and is subject to time (God). 

What does this now mean that life is becoming conscious of itself through humans?  It’s all life and if the biosphere is becoming aware of itself, will that eventually lead us to a more evolved existence?  If so, right now must be the storm before the calm. It seems the water is boiling.   

What if too much knowing puts all this space between us and God?  Why are we trying to know what we already are?  Time and Space will bring us back there soon enough.  What if God, lacking arrogance and immersed in the wonder of her own creative potential, was unaware or uninterested in the separation of the details?  The knowing lines us up, when the line is just one of many radii from the center of the circle.  We have to be 360 if we are to be whole.  These lines forget they are part of a circle.  The amoeba is blissfully ignorant of any radius and content to be a single cell, wholly without knowledge.  When will we relinquish the thirst for hard evidence and soften into faith?

We could make the Infinite one big heart, pure radiant love, if we became collectively aware.  Each person that is present swells Infinity’s heart.  Our being present comes in and out; God’s heart expands and contracts.  If God created man in his own image, how are we not to say God has something pumping with life at it’s center?  Would we therefore not feel a wave of love coming from the pulse?  If we love back at the right time, (while life’s wave is crashing your wave is swelling), you can be in Love (the Infinite’s heart) all the time.  Like music, synchronize with the off beat and spiral the vibrations.   Many of the prophets have alluded to stronger faith in times of adversity and loving your enemies.  The timing of these makes them work.

You can line up (tune in) with anything anywhere.  You can face in its direction.  You will literally be on the same plane with this physical object, this mind’s consciousness, that emotion or that dream, that time when a certain event took place.  Everything is a facet of Infinity containing the whole within it.  We have been given limited sight.  We cannot see through things, or certain shades of light, or the waves of energy pulsating through the air.  If all existing entities could be aware/present/In Love, then the Infinite could look at itself in the mirror and maybe we could look back at it.  Do your part.  Improve the odds of this simultaneous entrainment.  How do we know that everything else in is not already in Love?

 

 

There are many interpretations of this word.  Maybe it’s most common, if not its most beneficial use, is as a greeting- hello and goodbye.  The prefix ‘nam’ has it’s roots from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘I Bow.’  The latter half of the word opens up into a plethora of possible interpretation.

We need to understand it as a sign of respect; an equality that puts no one above or below anyone else. It involves seeing with spirit; that your spirit recognizes my spirit and bows to the common source of each.  Our minds see race and religion, class and creed, which ultimately divides and establishes assumed hierarchy.  That’s why we must cultivate the ability to see with our spirit all of the world around us that we may experience the spirit within all things.

I have a recent interpretation that I’ve been using in class that is in line with the Circle Philosophy that I teach.   We sit in a circle and face inward at the center.  We are like spokes on a wheel joined by the hub.  The hub is what we have in common and what holds us together.  This center is Namaste.  

 

Namaste………  Given, received, and deserved

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