This is a very exciting discussion about seeing the potential limiters (challenges) in our lives, be they physical, financial, emotional, etc., as invariably part of our dynamic world and therefore by their nature changeable.
This discussion explores how Yoga Nidra can help us view our perceived limiters with perspective, relative to our beliefs, and as an opportunity to build Awareness. Then maybe we can use this notion of exploring plastic limiters to Source Our True Power to accomplish our wildest dreams and truly live an extraordinary life.
In this module I share a story about Ravana and his conquest over the perceived limiter of time. And we discuss and practice the power of mantra and visualization.
We will take the power of mantra and visualization into our Yoga Nidra practice for a powerful approach to Sourcing Our True Power by seeing our limiters for what they are--CHANGEABLE. Or at very least, maybe not as concrete as we think.
Then if you're interested, check out the fascinating episode of Radiolab that discusses limits in the Additional Resources section at the bottom of the module.
All really cool stuff!
Outline of Discussion
Limiters are your perceived limitations, challenges, and things that would otherwise inhibit your own awesomeness. Sourcing Your True Power means to understand them as part of our CHANGEABLE being and therefore plastic. Perceived because many times our limiters are what we believe is possible or impossible. Beliefs, as we explored in Module 3, are simply compounded thoughts. Think something long enough and you believe it for good or bad.
Remember, beliefs are neither true nor not true. They are just beliefs. To welcome, recognize, and witness them as such puts you in the driver's seat of living and extraordinary life. You Source Your True Power by using Awareness, your True Nature, as the platform to witness limiters and see where they might not be as fixed as you thought.
Those who study the brain declare that the brain isn't the best, strangely, at determining what is "real." Rather, the brain creates a "reality" based upon perceptions which may or may not reflect what is actual. It's hard for the brain to be objective.
Intentions are powerful. In yoga we call these San Calpa. Compare San Calpa to a seed. When planted, whether you remember it or not, and with right conditions, that seed grows and blooms. You may groom it along it's growing path but you've already set its growth in motion.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful way of making those conditions right for your intentions to grow. With Yoga Nidra, we plant that seed of intention deep into our belief realm, the Vijnanamaya Kosha. So, whether or not you're consciously working toward that intention, it's still growing inside of you.
Hey, if you get to believe what you want to, why not believe that you kick ass?!
Intentions are not expectations. A student said to me, "What are expectations but premeditated disappointments?" I love that! Like in yoga class we work toward a direction rather than an end goal, understanding that the goal is in the journey. Whether or not I ever touch my toes, I am successful by simply practicing. Our intentions allow us to be in the moment and course correct along the way.
Personally, I don't subscribe completely to the notion that I can bend the Universe to my will by intention alone. Rather, I believe in what I call The cosmic Chess Game. I set an intention and make a move. The Universe counter moves. I move again, and so on. My direction is to work down the chess board but I do it in a way as presented by my possibilities. Watch out, though. Even though I may not have complete control over my Universe, my intentions will most certainly shape how the game unfolds.
Mantra and Visualizations
Mantra comes from the word Manos (mind--Manomaya Kosha), and Tra, the root of transcend. So through your mind you transcend something.
- Om Mani Padme Om (purrification mantra--I'm the lotus)
- I am the peace I am seeking in this moment (Gayatri Mantra)
- Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. (Muhammad Ali)
- Just Do It! (Nike)
- May we be like the Lotus, at home in the muddy water. (Judith Lasater)