Week 5: Reflections On Discovering Our True Self Identity

“When we calm our minds and remove all of our different identifications with sub identities…(and of course we would do this through the practice of meditation), we can not only then connect with the truth of our unity with all of existence, but, because we will have also simultaneously freed ourselves from our delusions, mental disturbances, clinging to forms, people, things, and so forth, find that our connection to this unity, or true self, leads us to function better and relate to other seemingly separate entities and things in more harmonious and joyful ways as well.”

Week 5 Reflections

Week 5: Check-in

We now know that all of creation emerged from one singular event, and our science further teaches us that all humans came from the same common ancestors (the artist Enigma, and many others, even wrote a song about this), but our world has been shaped by the concept of our separateness for so long that the fact of our connection often ends up sounding like philosophy or ideology to many.

Today, I invite you to ask yourself: What would our world look, and be, like if we all truly lived in acknowledgement, and in honor, of the truth of our oneness?

…Not just as an ideological fantasy, but as an everyday practice, and as embodiments of this truth.

Week 5: Discovering Our True Self Identity

“[W]ithout any identifications [with your body, mind, culture, history, accomplishments, bank account, etc], who are you? Have you ever thought about it? When you really understand that, you will see we are all the same.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 4: Vrtti Sarupyam Itaratra

Vrtti: modification/distortion | Sarupyam: assumes form, identification | Itaratra: at other times

It is now a proven fact that everything that ever existed and will ever exist, came from the singular event of the Big Bang.

Every atom, element, rock, molecule, lifeform (including us), and so forth, was literally created from the same explosion of potential that brought everything into existence, and it is for this reason that we can say without a shadow of a doubt that we are all one and the same, made up from the same basic elements that continue to be recycled into new forms and expand forward through space and time.

“[But B]ehind the different forms of energy is one unchanging consciousness or spirit or self.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Yoga’s aim is to come to a personal awareness of this truth so that we can live our lives in honor of it. Science has provided us with the confirmation that we needed to verify this statement, but our work in Yoga still asks us to look beyond our different sub/smaller identities of body, mind, culture, history, accomplishments, bank account, etc to connect with our core truth so that we can then choose to live “happy and harmonious lives” (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) that fully recognize this reality. And the teachings of this integrated way of life, further recognizes that it is only when we connect to this understanding of our reality that we can truly “love our neighbors as ourself” and work to create lives and worlds in honor of all creation.

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