Sunday, February 22, 2009

Video from the '70s on my first Spiritual Teacher Swami Muktananda

This video is a classic piece - a news piece about Swami Muktananda and a wonderful overview the path that he brought to the world called "Siddha Yoga."

The essence of his teachings and core message is: "Honor your Self, Worship your Self, Meditate on your Self, God dwells within you as you" and "See God in Each Other."

It's about....

becoming absolutely fear free and full of impeccability.

Not from outer signs, or outer strength, traits, accomplishments, acknowledgements, etc.

Yet from inner conviction, inner certainty, clarity, coherence, courage, intention, light and love.

Stripping away all that is not our divine nature to receive the full broadband of our divine birthright.

In prayer - asking with all of our heart and minds please God/dess please remove all that is not me.

The beauty of reality is all we have to do is be ourselves.

The better I feel, the more I realize I am becoming more of myself all of the time.

The more we become ourselves, the more we can shine and serve and beautify the cosmos.

So shine on you beautiful hearts, shine on!

You are loved and you are beautiful!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Group evolution, integration and resilience...

The book "Developing Mind" is a complex, yet very readable book. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in an integrated understanding of development of our personalities, emotional communication and human relationships = and the role that growth and complexity of the various components of the brain play in the process.

One big takeaway that I got is how patterns of interaction between attachment relationships with parents, caregivers in early life set patterns in motion based on chemical, neurological pathways in phases of brain development. That being said - the brain and emotional fabric of the personality continue to evolve over one's lifetime. Many in our society continue to believe that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" or "that's just how so-and-so is" with respect to deeply rooted emotional patterns and challenging dynamics. To the contrary - the author points out that the mind, emotions and brain have plasticity throughout life giving new life and possibility in relationship and lifelong learning.

Furthermore - the current obsession with online social networking as a tool for interaction and group evolution are of great interest to me.

Along the lines of group interaction and evolution, the following quote really stood out for me:

"Functioning in a complex social network enhances people's capacity to survive as individuals, reproduce, and create a group of like-minded individuals who share such a capacity. This can be seend as a form of interindividual integration, in which an individual becomes a member of a community beyond the dyadic relationships of attachment and friendship. The potential for such a group to become a functionally cohesive system of individuals will enhance the chances of that group's surviving in competition with isolated humans or with groups that cannot process such social communication signals as well. Such shared mentalizing abilities permit the group to function as a cohesive system composed of connected individuals.

This allows for a "group state" to be achieved, which can facilitate the development of a highly effective problem-solving system to meet challenges in a world filled with competition. Being a member of a group in this way confers a sense of safety, security, and stability on an individual. A number of studies suggest complex relationships among early attachment history, experiences with teachers, relationships with friends, and social competence in peer groups. One of these studies has shown for example that peer acceptance and leadership abilities are associated with a history of secure attachments. Relationships, both early and later in life, clearly make a difference as our lives evolve. Overall, these findings support the notion that the individual continues to develop in interaction with an evolving set internal processes as well as social experiences within interpersonal and group relationships."


E.O. Wilson's book "Consilience" is also at the heart of the understandings from this book. I highly recommend both.

Dr. Siegel gave a wonderful talk about the findings in this book here.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Uncertainty - again.

My friend Daniel Pinchbeck just wrote a "The Age of Uncertainty" for Common Ground Magazine.

"Something seems to be happening that is beyond my capacity to understand or articulate. I can only assume other people are feeling this way as well. We are witnessing the collapse of the old, rigidified structures, while the new hasn't come into realization yet -- that is, if there is going to be a new anything. A change seems to be happening at the level of logic, which is becoming less dualistic, less "either-or," and more binary, "both-and." Former diametric opposites are moving toward confluence, as well as dissonance, in various areas: Like tweaked out psychonauts, the physicists at CERN discuss opening portals into other dimensions. As the financial system evaporates, incredible new gizmos like Pandora and Cool Iris spread freely on the Internet. Obama references Chicago 1968 in his acceptance speech at Grant Park, then hires as his economic advisers the guys who, under Clinton, deregulated the banking system, causing the current disaster."

Friday, February 06, 2009

How are you changing your thinking today?

“A human being is part of the whole called by us the universe,
a part limited in time and space.

We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something
separate from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of consciousness...
Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our
circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole
of nature in its beauty... We shall require a substantially new manner
of thinking if humanity is to survive.”

-Albert Einstein