Sunday ~ The Law of Pure Potential
The first spiritual law of yoga is the Law of Pure Potentiality, which states that at the core of your being you are pure awareness. This realm of pure awareness is the domain of all possibilities and underlies creativity in all its forms. Pure consciousness is your spiritual essence and the source of your joy in life. The realm of pure potentiality is the home of knowledge, intuition, balance, harmony and bliss. Giving rise to thoughts, feelings and actions, it remains undisturbed. This domain is the womb of silence that gives birth to all forms and phenomena in life. It is your essential nature.
At your core you are pure potentiality ~ Om Bhavam Namah
The silent ever-present witness is your true Self. The experience of the Self, or self-referral, means that your internal reference point is your soul rather than the objects of your experience. The opposite of self-referral is object-referral. In object-referral, you are influenced by what is happening outside the Self, which includes situations, circumstances, people and things. In object-referral, you need and therefore are constantly seeking the approval of others in order to feel comfortable and worthy. Because in object-referral your thoughts and behaviour are always in anticipation of a response, it is a fear-based state of being.
The ego is your internal reference in the state of object-referral. The ego, however, is not who you really are. Rather, it is your social mask, the roles you are playing. At one moment you play the role of friend, in the next the antagonist. You play the role of child in the presence of your parents and the role of parent when you are with your children. You play one role when speaking with your supervisor and another with those you supervise.
Your social mask thrives on approval, strives to control and is sustained by power. The corollary of this is that your ego lives in fear of losing approval, control and power.
Your true Self, your soul, is completely free of these things. It is immune to criticism, fears no challenge, and feels neither beneath nor above anyone. Your soul recognises at its deepest level that everyone else is the same Self in different disguises.
During the practice of yoga, the Law of Pure Potentiality reminds us that every movement emerges from the silent field of infinite possibility. The more powerful the silence, the more effective the movement. Every movement is a vibration, a wave on the ocean of life. The deeper the connection to the depths of the ocean, the more powerful is the wave that arises.
While practicing your yoga poses, bring your attention back to the silent space within you between every movement and every posture. Remain in a state of mindful witnessing as you perform each pose, cultivating the experience of having your awareness in this non-localised domain of pure potentiality as you engage in activities localised in time and space.
Enliven the Law of Pure Potentiality while performing yoga poses and throughout your day by taking the time to do the following three things:
- Cultivate stillness in your body and mind. Between poses and between movements, bring your attention to the quiet stillness within you. After performing your set of yoga postures, sit alone in silent meditation for approximately twenty minutes. By quieting the mind in meditation, you will learn to directly experience the field of pure awareness, where everything is inseparably connected with everything else.
- During your postures and during each day, practice shifting into a witnessing mode of awareness. Observe from the inner stillness of your soul the dynamic activity of the world. Take time each day to commune with nature and silently witness the intelligence within every living thing. Watch a sunset, listen to the sound of the ocean or a stream, or simply smell the scent of a flower. From the peace of your inner silence and through your communion with nature, you will experience joy and reverence for the eternal movement of life in all its manifestations.
- Practice nonjudgment. While performing your yoga postures, relinquish the need to judge your ability. Begin each session with the statement, “Today, I shall judge nothing that occurs,” and remind yourself that self-acceptance is the source and goal of yoga. When you are constantly making judgments, including of yourself, as things being right or wrong, good or bad, you create turbulence in your internal dialogue, which constricts the flow of energy between you and the field of pure potentiality. Nonjudgment cultivates silence in the mind, which gives you direct access to the field of pure potentiality.
To awaken the energy of the crown chakra and the Law of Pure Potentiality.
Mantra ~ Om Bhavam Namah I am absolute existence, I am a field of all possibilities
Chakra ~ The Law of Pure Potentiality resonates with the crown chakra ~ Sahasraras, the 1000-petaled lotus flower that blooms when we remember our essential nature is infinite, unbounded, without beginnings and endings.
Asana ~ Sukasana (easy pose), Half Lotus, Half Headstand, Headstand
David Simon ~ “Awakening to who we really are is at the heart of yoga. We are not bundles of conditioned reflects; we are in the words of Alan Watts, merely ‘skin-encapsulated egos’ separated from our environment. At our core we are inextricably connected to the universal intelligence that bring the into manifestation. Yoga offers a path to this underlying field of being, which is the source of creativity, fulfilment and abundance.
~ Blog inspired by The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga by Dr. Deepak Chopra & Dr. David Simon