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Cheryl

Cheryl

The Yoga Sutras’ and the mental fluctuations of the mind

“When your energy vibrates at a frequency that is in direct alignment to what the Universe has been attempting to deliver your entire life, you begin to live in the flow, and true miracles start to happen.” -Susie T Hill

Life force, chi, qui. Though it takes on many names, prana is the vital life force, which contains energy, life, or breath. ‘Found in Upanishads, the old Vedic tells a story about the five main faculties of the human nature. (The Mind, speech, sight, hearing and the breathe) During an argument about uppermost importance they decided to each leave the body for a year and watch the outcome. Speech left first; the body even though mute prospered. The eyes left next and thrived while being blind. Next the ears left and continued to prosper being deaf. When mind left the body it continued to live unconscious. But when prana left the body began to die. The other faculties noticed their life-forces diminishing and rushed to prana. For one to stay alive this life force needs to flourish.’

Our bodies are full of prana. It is the vibration between atoms. Spiritually it is said that people, places, and objects all contain this life force. People who are full of prana tend to be more carrying, loving, happy, and goal driven. This higher vibration tends to attract like-minded people into your life. People with a low vibration tend to play the role of the victim. They tend to be depressed, angry, and jealous individuals. Like high vibrational people, low vibrational people will attract others within the same frequency. Many people will experience both vibrations within their life.

How do you live authentically at a higher vibration? From the time we are born we are constantly retaining information from our family, friends, and mentors. What we are unaware of is that everything we learn has a partial truth. We create perceptions of the truth through our own experiences. Over time the same pattern of thought is created. The Sanskrit word samskara translates to: patterns created through our experience. We are conditioning ourselves to think a certain way through our thoughts. Living at a higher vibration is being in the moment. It is living mindfully each and every day. It is responding over reacting. It is living true to your highest self.

‘The Yoga Sutras’ talks about the mental fluctuations of the mind. These mental fluctuations are called Chitta Vritti. Chitta Vritti is further broken down into five types of mental cognitions starting with right knowledge. Right knowledge is the truth. Truth comes from witnessing or from trusting a source. For example I am writing this blog post. I would hope that you have created trust in my words and can experience these words as the truth. The next mental fluctuation is perception. Perception is our own reality of the truth. Perception comes from previous knowledge and experiences but does not contain any truth. For example if I say: ‘no one will like this blog post,’ I am creating perception. There is no truth to that last sentence other then the fact that I am creating a blog post. The third mental fluctuation according to The Yoga Sutras is verbalizations. Throughout our lives insecurities will arise. From our physical bodies to our mental, emotional, or intellectual abilities, we will feel threatened. When this happens we tend to create stories about our perceptions as a way to protect ourselves. I can tell you that this blog post will help guide you to a path of enlightenment and I can tell you this blog post will create Sattvic energy within your life but once again the only truth is that I have created a blog post and I am expressing my perception of my blog post. The fourth mental fluctuation is memory. Memory is the combination of right knowledge, perception, verbalization, and sleep. The fifth and final mental fluctuation is sleep. Sleep is the misunderstanding that nothing exists.

How do we use this knowledge to our benefit? We need to change our samskaras, (patterns) and to do this we need to understand how are thought process works. When we understand the difference between knowledge and perception we can take and apply it to our life. Instead of reacting to a certain trigger, we can respond. I recommend writing down your triggers on your phone or in a notebook daily. Set aside time each day to review and understand your triggers. Go through the 5 mental fluctuations and figure out if what is bothering you is true or your perception of the truth. As my mentor Michelle Young has taught me, forgive yourself for giving in and believing your perceptions. With time our thought patterns will change which in turn will change our frequencies. We will start to notice more positivity entering our life.

An example that most of us can relate to is communication over a text. You texted your friend asking if they still wanted to meet up for dinner tomorrow. A couple hours go by and still no response. You start to feel hurt and angry, maybe even frustrated. Your mind starts to go off and you think of many irrational thoughts due to insecurities in your life. You might tell yourself your friend read the message and purposely didn’t respond. You could tell yourself that this person isn’t even busy; you might look at your social media and see that their Facebook states they are currently online (their computer may have been left open). These are our perceived assumptions. They are not the truth. The only truth that we know is that we sent the text message to our friend. The text message could of not gone through, our friend could be really sick, they could be having a mental day, or their phone could be dead. There is an endless realm of possibilities of why we never got an instant response. Your perceptions you tell yourself can lead to stories; stories of not being good enough, stories of not being worthy of a friendship, stories of negativity about yourself… the vicious cycle continues. Here is a 5 step process to help you live authentically at a higher vibration:

  1. Respond over react
  2. Write down your triggers
  3. Go through the 5 mental fluctuations with each of your triggers.
  4. Understand each trigger and respond accordingly
  5. Forgive yourself for listening to your perceived assumptions

And remember nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. To grow is to learn. We learn from making mistakes.

Love Always,

-Kas

 

 

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