"There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in."
I was excited to see chapter 6 in Pam Grout's E squared book started off talking about Dr. Masuru Emoto; he was the basis for many of my yoga themes back in 2010! Dr. Emoto wrote books (The Hidden Messages in Water) showing proof that negative thoughts and energy affect water crystals. He would take water from polluted sources and water from clean sources and freeze the samples so he could see what the crystals looked like that formed. The polluted water created ugly, unbalanced crystals while the clean water formed beautiful symmetric crystals. He went further to take two samples of the same water where one sample was prayed over and the other was not...same results. He would write loving words in front of one sample and mean words in front of the other...same result. Every time the water was encouraged and focused on with positive thoughts, words an energy, the formed crystals were breathtaking. Every time the water was sent negative thoughts, words and energies, the crystals were broken and unappealing.
YOU are physically made up of mostly water. Imagine what the negative things you say and think to yourself are doing to the water within you on a molecular level. Imagine if everyone around the world only sent out loving thoughts and words how that would impact the world!
We all have the power to balance our own energies. We all have the power to heal our own dis-ease. We have FORGOTTEN how to and have been TAUGHT not to.
Pam Grout writes, "We in the West are not taught about energy and the power of our body/mind. Instead of being trained to tune in to our innate intelligence, we're told, "Here's a doctor. Here's a nurse. When something is wrong consult with them." Coaches tell us if we are good enough to make the basketball team. Teachers tell us if our art is up to snuff. We're taught to turn over our power to forces outside ourselves."
Don't do it anymore. Take your power back. If you love painting but have been told it's not your thing (and maybe it isn't!), but have the courage to be a crappy painter if that is what you love doing.
One of the most powerful examples Grout gives in this chapter is that of a man who cured his own blindness when someone told him it was possible to do. "Sickness is optional...Instead of seeing sickness as a problem, something to correct, we accept it as a fact of life."
Please start saying to yourself things like "I choose health" and "I choose happiness." I know from my Reiki experience that energy is tangible. Take responsibility for the health and happiness of your own energy. Who else is going to? They are too busy ignoring theirs!
The experiment in this chapter requires a little more effort. Take an empty egg carton and plant a seed in each space. State your intention that the seeds on the right side will grow stronger and faster and that the ones on the left will grow slowly and
In the ancient text, the Bhagavad Gita, the deity Krishna engages the war hero, Arguna, in conversation that is the substance of the entire text. At one point, Arjuna asks Krishna if he
would be willing to reveal himself in his God form. Krishna agrees as he tells Arjuna that he should feel lucky because not even the other Gods have seen him in his entirety. As Krishna changes from human form to his God-like splendor, Arjuna sees that Krishna is huge beyond belief. He sees Krishna is all of creation and all of destruction. He has an endless number of heads, eyes, arms; he is everything good and everything bad. All other Gods are within him and all humans, too. In fact, everything in the Universe is within him. This is overwhelming for Arjuna who asks Krishna to return to his four-armed human shape.
Why am I telling you this?
It's a good read, but that is not why! Your yoga practice offers you the possibility of discovering the unlimited greatness within yourself, as well. Do you accept the offer?
In the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, one of the main themes is the idea of following an external teacher versus your internal one. If you possess all of the answers you need within yourself, does it not make more sense to turn within rather than head off into the far corners of the
earth seeking who knows what? In this book, Siddhartha follows his own path while his friend, Govinda, follows teachers. By the end of the book, Siddhartha has reached enlightenment and Govinda has not. Similar to Arjuna's request to see Krishna, Govinda asks Siddhartha what
he has learned. Siddhartha asks Govinda to kiss his forehead and as he does, he suddenly sees everything that Siddhartha has learned. When he finally steps away, he indicates it may take
him his lifetime to fully understand what Siddhartha now knows.
"The reason I talk to myself is that I'm the only one whose answers I accept."
It is natural , I think, to assume someone else must have the answers we are seeking: someone smarter, someone wiser. Hmm, could it be someone else is saying that about you?
Could you, in fact, be wise enough to answer yourself? So, how to you siphon through all the thoughts in your head to find the one gleaming answer you are looking for?
1. Start with a specific question.
We have lots of answers inside of us but the answer a horse is measured in hands is not the correct answer to should I quit my job!
2. Look for your answer!
(See the experiments on my website under class themes to learn how to see that what you need is already right in front of you.)
3. Be open to the answer, especially if it isn't the one you wanted to hear.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke