The yoga mind is different to others. The average person’s mind focuses on the external world almost exclusively, and this is where reality is for them. They believe they are part of the outer world, they believe their body is them—they define their inner selves from the outside world. This opens them to suffering. In the philosophy of yoga, this is the mindset of prakriti-layanam. (prakriti-layânâm = being attached to nature). The yoga mind knows it is not primarily of the physical world.
For the average person, any challenges to the equilibrium of the physical world can disturb how they define their sense of self, and this can effect the ‘passion-pull’ and the ability to get the most of the moments of a life. When people place too much focus on the reality of the physical world, then they are drawn into emotional and physical suffering, along with identity stress, as they attempt to live to their ‘quality’. The average person does not know that there are other realities that can exist for their mind—realities that are metaphysical and cannot have suffering.
In order to survive we must collect sense perceptions of a changing universe and use our brain’s intellect to form reality into patterns that relate the past (beliefs) with the now and the future (needs). Challenges to the equilibrium of the outer world are filtered by our mental landscape of reality. But when we are forced to focus all our waking hours on the physicality of the natural world, with no time to renew our connection with that essence which allows us our life, we are simply weaving a web of reality only made up of physicality. We then lose ourselves to our need to experience what we believe is our ‘quality’ of survival. And if we resign ourselves that this quality cannot be achieved—that is is beyond our abilities—our physical bodies will suffer.
It can be very unsettling on those rare occasions when we wake up in the middle of the night and find we do not know where we are, nor who we are—our personal history, our identity, nor where we are on the story line of our physical lives. Waking to this state of mind, is an experience of being separated from our created beliefs of physical reality. During these short moments, with no worldly references, we still know we exist as a mind within itself. Of course this state of mind never lasts, because we quickly engage in attempts to become linked once again with our physicality and its narrative referencing the outer world—we ask ourselves questions: Where am I?; Who am I?; What time is it?, etc.
It is when we can experience a reality of the dual states of mind that we can reduce the powerful pull of nature’s world, and then develop a sense of freedom from suffering, a sense of spaciousness, and liberty—rather than defending, defining, thinking, jockeying, planning, doing, comparing, expressing, etc in our attempts to find and keep what we believe is our quality physical life. Becoming absorbed in the dual state of mind on a daily basis is like taking a holiday from the stresses of our life. Holidays renew our determination, dissolve resignation, redevelop passion.
If you can begin to experience being two minds, you will begin to understand that you have been thinking that your life has only existed as your body, and then you will find out that there is another experience of aliveness. When you begin to know your other existence, you can unlearn the reality that your intellect has fashioned through your sense perceptions, and you can then start a quest to relearn life from what you cannot see, hear, smell, taste or feel.
In order to expand your reality, you need to delve into the world beyond the physical, to strip away the myth that, what you are experiencing right now is all that is real. If you can understand that what you think as being ‘alive’ right now, is actually a dream that you reference, then you can take a holiday from it, refresh yourself, renew your passion for life, and be able to help your body repair. This is what the yoga mind is able to do following saktipat.
The yoga techniques to achieve the dual reality are known as samyama.
I have run weekly classes in Samyama Yoga for more than 25 years, at the Forrest Wesley Centre in the Vercoe Room. To find out more information and if these classes would be right for you, contact us or on 6282 6800.