November 18, 2012 by blogmasterjdeam
These eight steps of yoga indicate a logical pathway that leads to the attainment of physical, ethical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual health. Yoga does not seek to change the individual; rather, it allows the natural state of total health and integration in each of us to become a reality.
~ William J. D. Duran
So how do we get to this natural state, and why aren’t we there all along? One word: EGO.
The interesting dynamic being human creates is great, and I totally get now the idea of why we should be born old, and then “grow up” by going, in reverse, to the womb. As newborns we come to earth sans ego. Overtime, others place costumes on us: oh look how smart she is, she should be a doctor. Or, she is so beautiful, she should be a model. We get the drill: we believe someone else until we can make it happen and then we believe ourselves. It is a necessary illusion, because if we were allowed to stay in the infant stage, we’d never become independent. But the problem becomes: we start believing our own press. We somehow think what we DO, is who we ARE. And who we are has lots of personality traits we’ve picked up in order to support the DOING.
But then one day, we reach a point where we realize the doing is not the gig. Something happens to us and we realize we are not our jobs. This covers all jobs: mechanic, spouse, parent, whatever it is we think we are DOING. And, if we are very, very lucky, the realization doesn’t kill us, because that is when the real work begins.
This is the gift of meditation. It allows us to sneak behind the curtain and see there is just a giant brain back there operating the levers. When we dismantle the giant brain, we are left with what we knew all along: the ego is not reality, anymore than the giant brain behind the curtain is. The reality is, there is no reality – it is all a grand illusion.
So why do we let all the dramas, the anger, the bullshit of life define us? It is just what we are doing. It isn’t who we really are. The sooner we catch onto this game, the happier we become. Sure, we go through life doing our jobs, but that’s all we are doing, our jobs. The real us is not the lever-operator behind the screen. The real us is the Witness.
Now the ultimate hat-trick is to take this knowledge: I am the Witness, and use it to stop playing the ego game. Like all the other parts of The Eight Limbs of Yoga, it takes practice. But what else are we going to do with our time – play the game and be miserable in the process? Not me — I’m getting off that roller coaster.
Yours while eating cotton candy, Chris