Sourcing Your Heart's Gift
Braveheart: Sourcing and Leveraging Fear to Blast Forward
Akhilandeshvari is the compassonate Goddess who remains broken into pieces to show us how that too can be a power.
Amba Parameshwari Akhilandeshwari
Adi Parashakti Palayamam
Shri Bhuvaneshwari Raja Maheshwari
Ananda Rupini Palayamam
Sachidananda Rupini Palayamam
Ma Ma Ma Ma
Ananda Mayi Ma Palayamam
Sachidananda Mayi Ma Palayamam
Sweet Mother, You are the Supreme Divine,
Empowering All, you are the Whole, Everything!
Primordial One, Creativity Supreme, protect me!
Auspicious One, Goddess of the Earth, Great Goddess of the Sovereign
Whose Form is Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, protect me!
O Mother, O Ma! O Mother made of Bliss! O Mother, protect me!
O Form of Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, protect me!
The course this week
Welcome to week 4!
In this module, we will examine fear as a driving force for good, one that will move us forward along our path instead of causing us to retreat. We will reexamine the notion of fear and understand it’s true message as one of attention and action rather than retreat and hide. We will see fear for what it is, a messenger and an invitation to experience our True Self. When grounded in our identity as Source, fear becomes almost fun. In this module we will be inspired in the face of fear and walk away with empowering and simple tools to harness and leverage our fear to go out and kick ass!
I encourage you to do all of the course materials, however, if you don't have a lot of time, it's most important to simply do the Yoga Nidra practice. Complete the rest of the materials when you can.
Do the following this week:
- Continue with the Daily Optimization Practice.
- Do the Stress Free Pranayama Practice (breathing exercise), daily or as often as possible.
- Do the brief yoga video, ideally directly before Yoga Nidra.
- Do this week's Yoga Nidra practice as often as possible.
- Listen to this week's teaching.
- Do the journal exercise.
- Do the call to action.
- Join us Sunday for the live session, 11 am Eastern (link at top of Main page).
- Supportive materials are there to add relevant, supplementary information.
Daily Optimization Practice
This sadhana, or specialized daily practice, will prime you to greet your day as your highest, most evolved self. By doing it daily, you make small, incremental steps which will have an enormous outcome for the development of your heart.
Do this practice every day. It's designed to take about 15 minutes to accomplish.
The Daily Optimization Practice consists of waking up and doing the following first thing:
- Basic constitution (get a drink, bathroom, coffee if you need it).
- Three rounds of breathing (Kapalabhati) and gratitude practice,
- Have a peak experience.
- Daily Meditation (below and on the main page).
- Repeat the positive statement of truth from the Daily Meditation or (create your own).
This will be the same meditation for all six weeks
Pranayama Practice to Respond to Fear
I taught this breathing practice to remedy stress but it works just as well with fear.
Weekly Yoga Nidra Practice
Teaching for this week's theme
Braveheart: Sourcing and Leveraging Fear to Blast Forward
The teachings for each week's theme is quite helpful to understand the purpose and usage Yoga Nidra regarding that theme. However, it's important to remember that this course is not meant to be an intellectual exercise. In many ways we are trying to take our heads out of the picture and learn to feel into our gifts using our hearts. To do this deep work, we are using a deeper wisdom than intellect, the divine wisdom of our heart. Whether before or after you do the Yoga Nidra practice, at some time during the week read through or listen to the instruction about the theme for the week.
This yoga practice is designed to help you connect body, mind, and sprit prior to or in addition to practicing Yoga Nidra. Please listen to the wisdom of your own body and only go as deep as feels comfortable in each pose.
Weekly Journaling Exercise
This week, I invite you to read Elizabeth Gilbert's letter to her old friend, Fear and then write your own letter to your friend, Fear.
About the journaling process . . .
It's modeled after Nan Seymour's inimitable writing practice called River Writing. The invitation is to find a notebook of paper, nothing special, and a free-flowing pen. Set a timer for 11 minutes, and write non-stop with a prompt as inspiration. Write whatever comes to mind. It could be an idea about the prompt, a word or symbol about the prompt that spoke you to. It doesn't matter. Simply keep your pen moving. You're not writing to be published. You're not writing to be famous. You're writing to hear the wisdom of your heart.
There are no edits. Don't worry about spelling. Just write. If you get stuck, here are two good suggestions to help keep your pen moving. The first is to write, "What I really want to say is . . . " and see if that kickstarts your pen again. Another idea is simply writing, "I don't know what to write, I don't know what to write . . ." and after a few times, usually you'll begin again writing with a flow.
This writing is just for you. You do not need to share it. However, if you do choose to share your writing with someone, give them the instructions that they are neither to critique nor encourage your writing. Only a simple, "Thank you" is required. Nothing more or less.
Remember, the prompt is just there as a little push to get the pen flowing.
Call to Action: Build Your Courage Muscles
Make a list of 2-3 things that cause you fear or procrastination (masked fear) regarding discovering or sharing your heart's gift for the world and tell a friend what you plan to do to make a courageous step forward toward one of those fears this week. Ask your friend to follow up with you and keep you accountable for acting bravely. Remember to give yourself a personal victory when you've made your action, regardless if you thought it was successful or not. Follow up with your friend.
Find the link at the top of the main page to connect to the live Yoga Nidra, Q&A and discussion session for the following Sunday at 11 am Eastern. Each Sunday morning, click on the link at the top of this module that links you to Zoom, our virtual meeting platform, to join our live Yoga Nidra session. You're going to want to use a device like a laptop, desktop, iPad or smart phone that has a camera and a built-in microphone. Also, set up your Yoga Nidra space in advance. Try to plan to have space and time where you will be uninterrupted for 75 minutes. I'll record these sessions and post them to each module so you can review it later if you missed it or want to watch it again.
Click the image below to download the live session.
If you'd like to drill down on some of the ideas from this course you may do so with supplementary articles, podcasts, videos, etc.
Tim Ferriss's TED Talk about Fear. This is REALLY good. "Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life."
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
I love this book. I listened to it on Audible and it was read by Elizabeth Gilbert herself. It's short and sweet and perfect for this course.