Reconsidering YOUR Controlled Beliefs about YOUR Reality

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to keep us obedient and meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous maneuver – stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist. A horrendous maneuver from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind!Through the mind, which, after all, is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them.” Don Juan Matus

 

Have a strategy for his life. If you do not, you will end up a mere reflection of society, with your original self all but buried. Don Juan Matus

Can freedom come from control? The very nature of bondage is control, and yet most of us seek freedom through greater and greater control in our lives. Is there a link between psychological suffering and the pervasive need to feel that we are in control? History repeats itself, every single day. When we watch ourselves—when we observe our thoughts and actions on a daily basis—the degree to which we live according to certain patterns becomes glaringly obvious. Most of us take these patterns for granted, or are not even conscious of them, and so we’re not aware of the power they have in our lives. Going a step further, what we understand to be free will and personal agency are deeply governed by these patterns—which are essentially expressions of our conditioning—to the point that we might question the validity of these notions as they are commonly understood. At first, this understanding can be disconcerting; it can be scary to think that we are not really in control of our own lives, but this realization also has the power to release us from a great deal of confusion and suffering. Indeed, the notion of control itself may one of the most deeply embedded illusions in the human mind, and sages throughout history have pointed this out to help us let go of something that causes an immense amount of psychological suffering. This awareness can be freeing, having the power to lead us to a transformative understanding of ourselves. The suffering that arises from our patterns and conditioning is closely tied to misunderstanding. Maya, The Great Illusion (as the term is often described based on Vedic texts), can also be understood as a web of deeply rooted misunderstandings about ourselves and the nature of reality. Why is it that we are so compelled to be in control? What understandings—or misunderstandings—lead us to believe that control is so absolutely imperative to every aspect of our lives? Is it possible that fear and insecurity are behind most expressions of control? There are many answers to these questions, however we might benefit more by not dwelling merely on questions and answers, but rather by passively observing the patterns we live by—which include our judgments and beliefs—and seeing for ourselves the truth behind these patterns and what role they are playing in our own lives. In watching our patterns and gradually (or suddenly) realizing the freedom that lies in letting go of rigid ownership of every thought and action that arises, the possibility of a different way of being arises. We can become aware of certain judgments and beliefs, and instead of automatically agreeing with them or acting on them, we can step back and see what happens if we just let them pass. We can introduce a spaciousness into our awareness that lets us relate to thoughts in intelligent and creative ways, as opposed to being blindly led around by them. With greater awareness comes greater understanding, and we may become aware of certain core beliefs that underlie many of our thoughts. Many people are plagued by thoughts that come from a central belief that they are not whole, that they are not good enough as they are. They may default to thinking they have done something wrong, even when they have actually acted appropriately or even done something good from a place of kindness, creativity or authenticity. Bringing light to such patterns and the beliefs that perpetuate them, we can begin to question their validity and loosen their grip on us. By seeing how we’re acting out patterns and that we’re not unique in this sense, we can have a bit more compassion for ourselves when we make mistakes, as well as for others when they make their own mistakes. We still need to claim responsibility for our actions, but we can also see them from a different angle that makes it possible for us to learn from them and ultimately transform ourselves. Though we think we are in control, this illusion actually binds us to the control of our patterns, of our conditioning, with all their divisive and painful judgments and beliefs. And so, to control is to be controlled. Seeing this as a fact, we might pause and begin to reassess what’s actually occurring in our own lives, what’s driving our thoughts and actions. We can hopefully begin to relax a bit more as we nurture inner peace from a place of awareness, and find some more intelligent and creative approaches to living and relating to each other. JR “Is there in daily existence a way of living in which every form of psychological control ceases to exist?—because control means effort, it means division between the controller and the controlled; I am angry, I must control my anger; I smoke, I must not smoke and I must resist smoking. We are saying there is something totally different and this may be misunderstood and may be rejected altogether because it is very common to say that all life is control—if you do not control you will become permissive, nonsensical, without meaning, therefore you must control. Religions, philosophies, teachers, your family, your mother, they all encourage you to control. We have never asked: Who is the controller?” J. Krishnamurti,

Don’t waste your energy worrying about things. Everyone is locked in a vicious cycle. We all have our magic cure which we trust will cure everything, and resolve every one of our problems. At the moment, perhaps we can’t afford it, but we have great hopes that we eventually will be able to. Don Juan Matus

“What we have become accustomed to witnessing is a social illusion that takes precedence due to the fact that the process is so intrusive that it becomes difficult to bear witness to the unobtrusive, which is so subtle in comparison.” Lujan Matus

We are not naturally petty and contradictory. Our pettiness and contradictions are, rather, the result of a transcendental conflict that afflicts every one of us, but of which only sorcerers are painfully and hopelessly aware: the conflict of our two minds! One is our true mind, the product of all our life experiences, the one that rarely speaks because it has been defeated and relegated to obscurity. The other, the mind we use daily for everything we do, is a foreign installation. Don Juan Matus

In order to get by, we make invisible agreements with others – spouse, children, society, God – but the most important agreements we make, are with ourselves. Some of them benefit us, but many others make us suffer. We hang onto them because we believe we would be something less without them. According to Toltec wisdom, most people’s problems stem from not being able to forgive themselves that they are not perfect, yet it is other people’s rules that they are trying to measure up to – not their own. Miguel Ruiz

“Awareness” is energy and “energy” is constant flux, a luminous vibration that is never stationary, but always moving of its own accord. Don Juan Matus

In Toltec wisdom, the world or ‘reality’ is seen as a collective dream. The word used for this fog of perception is mitote, which is similar to the Hindu word for illusion, maya. This dream is the same as normal dreams, except that its rules and customs of understanding and behaving enable it to seem more real. We are born into a ready-made phantasm which includes language, culture, religion and family, and we agree to go along with it because it is too difficult to resist. This process of ‘the domestication of humans’. Miguel Ruiz

“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“NO MAN STEPS INTO THE SAME RIVER TWICE; FOR IT IS NOT THE SAME RIVER, AND HE IS NOT THE SAME MAN.” -HERACLITUS

“You have to live the way you are going to end up.” Lujan Matus

“We can intend not to be our program.” Lujan Matus

“When a not-doing comes upon you, and there is no reflection of yourself to be found, many things can and will be related back to you as knowledge, yet you have no way of knowing how you assimilated that wisdom.” Lujan Matus

Sorcerers’ aspirations are to reach infinity, and to be conscious of it. The task of sorcerers is to face infinity. They plunge into it daily, as a fisherman plunges into the sea. It is such an overwhelming task that sorcerers have to state their names before venturing into it. In this manner, they assert their individuality in front of the infinite. What makes human beings into sorcerers is their capacity to perceive energy directly as it flows in the universe. Human beings are not only capable of seeing energy directly as it flows in the universe, but they actually do see it, although they are not deliberately conscious of seeing it. Don Juan Matus

Yogis and the Energy Body

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prana is the life force-the stuff of those zillion stars circling and exploding. Human beings receive it directly into the body through the air. We take it in in other ways as well, through live foods, freshwater, through living, breathing trees, and vegetation. Yogis discovered the beneath the physical structures of the body and interpenetrating and underlying subtle sphere of reality, which they called the energy body or the pranamayakosha (sheath of vital airs). The very nature of this subtle structure is movement, flow, change.

Yogis found that pranamayakosha to be replete with thousands of invisible channels, or nadis, through which prana flows, energized and sustaining all parts of the physical and energy structure. Nadi system looks much like our circulatory system, or nervous system, but much more dense. The prana body contains seventy-two thousand, detailed descriptions of the nadis was apparently mapped out in deep states of meditation in some ancient text that nadis reach over 300 thousand.

There are fourteen major nadis and just three with which we need to be concerned. All three major nadis originate at the base of the spine and move upward through the body. Two of them, the ida and the pingala, crisscross back and forth as they ascend along the areas of the spinal column find their endpoints in the left nostril (ida) and the right nostril (pingala). The third, the shushumna nadi moves up the spine and splits off into the larynx and the cavity of brahman or the ventricle cavity in the physical body.

Yogis beleieve that this energy body is deeply intelligent, possessing what Chogyan Trungpa Rinpoche called “basic intelligence”.

The major receptor sites for prana in human beings are in the nostrils.  More than anything else it is breathing that builds and regulates the flow of prana. The breath has an immediate impact on the flow of prana through the Nadis. The rate, depth, balance, and regularity of the breath directly determine the quality of energy flow into the prana body, which directly shapes the pattern of energy flow that underlies and sustains the physical body.

If we disassociate, become ridged and the breath becomes slow and weak we may start to have panic attacks which are an alarm system that tells us there is a lack of vital energy entering our energy bodies/fields and nothing to run the energy framework of the physical body. We may believe that we die from the disease which is the illusion it is the energy body that becomes deflated and energetically suffocates us in the end.

 

That Which Remains Unconscious will Come to us as Fate

Those aspects of our physical, visceral lives will relegate to the dark basement of our consciousness will inexorably un-determine the conscious and well-intended projects on the surface of our lives. When Freud said, Anatomy is Destiny” he was, of course, referring to gender. But we now understand that anatomy is destiny in many more ways than that. Paraphrasing Freud, we might rightfully say, too, that “Posture is Destiny”.

There is often a split between thinking and feeling, which shows up as chronic tension in the neck and at the base of the skull. The eyes will be disconnected and unresponsive, as attempts not to see. Joints are frozen, and there is often a deep twisting away from the visceral experience of life. 

Try as we might to “transcend” the voice of the body through intellect, sheer will power, spirituality, the subterranean power of our unconscious postures will always hold sway. The deep patterning of the body will undermine our most elaborate rationalizations, ideas, hopes, and fantasies. The entire superstructure of our adult lives is underlain by the primal language of our postures. The primary genius of yoga lies precisely in its recognition of the critical role of the body in the development and transformation of character. Most spiritual paths begin with what yogis call “mental bodies”, thoughts and feelings moving us directly to meditation, contemplation, scriptural study, or prayer. Yogis took a radical step in moving the entry point of spiritual practice right to the body. the yogic traditions, therefore, bring our attention directly to the annamayakosha (the physical body) understanding it to be the doorway to the more subtle interior worlds.

 

Pain, Injury, Stress, Injury ~ The Body Mechanic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Human Being is a part of the whole called by us Universe

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

Dealing with Petty Tyrants in the Modern Age as a Sovereign

Stop, Violent, Abuse, Partner, Coercion, Forced

“A petty tyrant is a tormentor,” he replied. “Someone who either holds the power of life and death over warriors or simply annoys them to distraction.”

I very rarely discuss or go into detail in my life about specific events where I have been mental, emotional, verbally abused, and physically.

Currently, however, I feel it is vitally important to explain such an event and bring a perspective most never quite understand which means you can never innerstand.

My desire is to creatively bring my experience and knowledge to help others change their stories about abuse and how if they deal with it.

A redefining is necessary certainly for each person who is caught in the battery of others. Usually, the batterers are cowards, who need to dominate, control and we could say to keep someone enslaved but it is much more sinister than that regardless of the batterer or the batterie knows this. It is a battle over energy, vampirism of sorts. One person needing energy that he cannot get on his own, he feels that he is losing to another person whether this person is a baby, child, woman, another man, animal and he in his last attempt will dominate with what works best on the batterie. The dominator needs to drain the batterie and consume that energy into themselves, feeding off the life essence of another by assault. We can see this play out in issues like adrenochrome and children where they are beaten, assaulted, tortured, kidnapped, and right before the die of fright are drained of their blood and the adrenal tissues removed and dried for later consumption. Adrenochrome is a drug, the blood of the batterie consumed to create youth in the person who takes it.

There is what you may consider lesser and more extreme abuse and domination by the batterer or petty tyrant. However, let’s be clear NONE of it small or large should be taking place. We must redefine for our own self what we consider abuse, a line in the sand our personal boundary of where we take action and stand up for ourselves in whatever manner necessary. This is where our alarm, red light warning goes off in us and we bring ourselves to the present moment to notice what is taking place and preparing for battle not allowing our energy, life force to be drained out of us and consumed by another.

Years ago I was in therapy and one of the most important moments of that period is when the therapist asked me what abuse was? What does it look like? How does it happen to you? How has it been done to you? How did you react?

There were years in me of: do not tell anyone, no one will listen, do not speak unless spoken to, and visually seeing women around me abused regularly and being taught this is normal. At this point in the therapy, she asked me to go home and work on MY OWN personal definition of how I would define abuse. Took me months at 20 years old to come to a conclusion of the totality of everything abusive in me, around, what I have witnessed, heard, and allowed.

My definition, my red light warning, my line in the sand became this, “Anything that makes me feel less than a human being.” To this day there is a clear line for me where the action is necessary. I am going to briefly describe the event that happened and I am going to add the name/s, date, and locations of this event.

After doing some shamanism work after this event and weighing out the choices, I decided that I was not going to report the event to law enforcement because 1) they never actually do anything about it, 2) They end up turning it back on you and I am not about to give up a bunch more power and energy to this kind of nonsense. After a couple of days of pray, recovery, and healing, being open to using this as a stepping stone for others and also using this situation to not allow the players to get away with anything, bringing to light their darkness and behaviors. In case they ever do anything like this again to anyone else or have already this is documented in a way that it is known.

Bring the darkness into the light, I have learned this by being conjuncted by pluto on my sun. Pluto is constantly destroying to allow for the light to penetrate and expose. Remember that this is about you first and your inner workings, beliefs, feelings, events, memories that need to be brought out of the abyss we have placed them in. Once we can look at ourselves honestly even the bad, the ugly then and only then can we define words with new meanings for ourselves and stand up, confront and deal with them in the real-time present moment when our own inner alarm is set off.

Kelsey Sweet and I are going to be putting together a 12-month course on this kind of work, using the medicine wheel and the 4 directions with teachings, practices, and art therapy to help others redefine their own language and heal old trauma, reclaiming lost energy and power and freeing the self. If you are interested please contact me @ consciousnessofeconomics@gmail.com please put in the subject line add me to the course. You will get an email a month before the first online class.

“The new seers, in accordance with their practice, saw fit to head their classification with the primal source of energy, the one and only ruler in the universe, and they called it simply the tyrant. The rest of the despots and authoritarians were found to be, naturally, infinitely below the category of a tyrant. Compared to the source of everything, the most fearsome, tyrannical men are buffoons; consequently, they were classified as petty tyrants, pinches tiranos.”

On my Birthday December 18, 2020, a man named (assaulter) Billy Dale Wellesley @2955 Lakeside drive #325 Reno, Nevada 89502 attacked me. Before I knew what was happening he grabbed me by the neck his thumb on the left side of my neck, after the first grab his eye shifted and there was excitement on his face as he leaned in closer to grab harder another deeper grab and bent me over backward over the kitchen sink. He then punched me while strangling me by the neck into my stomach and as I attempted to rotate away from him still holding me by the neck, he continued to punch into my back. Lastly, he still strangling me by the neck maneuvered me with a leash in hand that my dog was attached to out the door, he released his hand on my neck I was not clear of the door before he started slamming it on me as it crushed different parts of my body until I was outside the door and he slammed it shut. 

Having keys to the unit I re-entered and an ever sicker moment when he realized that I was not going to allow him to steal my power or dominate me came over him and he ran towards me with open arms saying, “okay, now time to forgive”, I looked him in the eye and plainly stated with power, Do Not Touch Me and Get the Fuck Away from Me.

Meanwhile, his son had been there (accomplice) Billy John Wellesley his address 2955 Lakeside Drive #215 Reno, Nevada 89502. He was 3 feet away from his dad attacking me just watching like a baby preditor learning a skill from his predatory parent. Later when I asked the son why he did not help me, he said that “women need to be slapped around to be shut up”. I was shocked by this statement and upon questioning him further about such a statement he felt that it was the man’s job to slap, beat, harm, abuse a woman into submission, and to shut up.

I am leaving out details that are not important. The important facts here are no one should ever hit another person or animal, nothing, ever, period end of the story. A man should never attack anyone, especially someone smaller than themselves. Lastly, other men, people in the vicinity should not look on at such abuse taking place and should actively step in and stop it.

Until we change our world view and beliefs, change how we define words, change what we accept, and voluntarily participate in, then we can never personally change and we can never be free.

As a sovereign free being, I do not assume that the system is going to help me, it will not, in a sovereign system you handle things yourself and in the common law court of the republic through the USA constitution I would be allowed to call these men into question in the court, a jury of my peers, the people of my community would fill the court and would hear either side making a determination of facts. There would a righting of the wrong by fine or by deed. Since common law courts are few and far between as a sovereign free human being I cannot rely on the corporation system to help me. This is why I am writing this blog, to make sure that these men are known, that these men are not allowed to do such a thing again, and to make note of this event.

Billy Dale Wellesley (male) approximately 72 years of age and his son Billy John Wellesley (male) approximately 47 years of age Mother of  Billy John Wellesley Mary (Joseph) Debord all living in the Reno area. Mary and her husband are international arms dealers: https://www.nnbw.com/news/machine-gun-factory-under-way/

The Petty Tyrant; The Five Attributes of Warriorship; The Battle is not Fought for the Ego, but for Energy

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Bridgette Lyn Dolgoff is a Traditional Osteopath with almost 30 years of experience and continued education. She specializes in Structural & Energy Medicine, Nutrition, and Herbalism. Bridgette is also an international registered Medical Intuitive. She attended Rudolph Steiner College to learn Biodynamics, Spiritual Sciences, Anthroposophic Medicine, and apprentice on farms, as well as permaculture, stays. Bridgette works with and on humans, animals, and the environment/s in person and online. In the past Bridgette spent summers in different locations across the USA doing soil restoration, land regeneration and small to large farm build educating as she works with the landowners. She is also a lifetime practitioner of Shamanism and comes from bloodlines of a shaman, medicine people, herbalists, healers, clairvoyants, prophets, and exorcists. Bridgette understands that real medicine and nutrition start with recovering and restoring the soil, these processes will also heal the land, the air, the water, the people, and all beings living on Earth. The second half of her life is spent healing the earth and educating those who are interested. Bridgette teaches classes in person and online in shamanism, seeds, beings, forces, soil, animal health, people health, animal health, environmental health, nutrition, pain management, and more. 

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Special Visitor

I woke up today and this was looking right at me. I feel so blessed to have a special visit, special attention from this grand being.

I am calling this being the Crystalline Octopus Light Being. Whenever beings visit me like this I know I am loved, being watched over, cared for.

In the last few days, I have been asking for energy, the power to get through some changes. My message seems to have been heard and that energy is being sent directly to me.

This being was on the wall, it was so unique and gorgeous.

Enjoy the Light….

Breaking the Chains of Conditioning

Putting choiceless awareness into practice requires that we not tune out our experience of attraction and aversion but tune them in even more deeply. Yogis discovered that if we can learn to train our awareness enough to acknowledge sensations as they arise, to experience them fully, and to bear them, then we can no longer be bound to the wheel of opposites. We are no longer whipped around by our conditioned responses to pleasure and pain. We can no longer be compelled to act unconsciously on the sensations.

Desire is not the problem. Attraction is not the problem. Aversion is not the problem. The problem is learning to live with the bare reality of the phenomenal world. The skillful means used in the yogic practice to explore this bare reality is called afflictions in the yogic view, witness consciousness is the primary skillful means for freeing us from our bondage to them. These are the six primary characteristics of the witness.

  • The witness does not choose for or against any aspect of reality. The witness does not split life into good or bad, right or wrong, high and low, or spiritual and not spiritual. The witness does not take the sides but experiences a kind of choiceless awareness.
  • The witness does not censor life. The witness allows all thoughts, feelings, and sensations to receive the light of awareness, without discriminating. There is absolutely nothing that the witness cannot see, feel, and experience. There is no shadow, no shame, no repression that is not capable of being penetrated by witnessing. The witness is not judgemental in any way, but practical self-observation without judgment.
  • Witnessing is a whole-body experience. Witnessing is not an intellectual exercise. Quite to the contrary. We actually witness our experience with the whole body, allowing ourselves to feel the reverberations of the sensations throughout the whole physical emotional organism. Indeed, when the witness is finely honed, we can sometimes feel the reverberation of experience throughout all of the five sheaths.
  • Witness consciousness is always present at least in its potential form in every human being at every moment. The witness is the essence of the divine, awake, already enlightened nature. We don’t have to create the witness. This quality of consciousness needs only to be recognized, evoked, claimes, and cultivated.
  • The witness is the part of the already awake mind that is capable of standing completely still, even in the center of the whirlwind of sensations, thoughts, feelings, fantasies- even in serious mental and physical illness. From the witness, we can stand back and objectively observe our experience even as we’re having that experience. Even as the witness stands as the still point at the center of the storm, though, this part of our consciousness can fully dance with life, directly experiencing all sensation, even as it remains completely still, anchored and grounded.
  • The witness goes everywhere. The witness is connected to the whole quantum field of mind and matter. Witness consciousness stands outside time and space, living in the eternal now of the unmanifest realms, while also penetrating time and space. Witness consciousness is the quality of the self-aware universe. It is the intelligence, the “sight without a seer”, that saturates the whole quantum field of mind and matter.

The Five Koshas

As we begin to explore the koshas below, you’ll notice that they map out an inward journey, from the periphery of the body and arriving at the very essence of who you are.

1. Physical Body

We begin at the outermost layer, the physical body (organs, bones, muscle tissue, and skin), known as the annamaya kosha in yoga. Anna means “food” or “physical matter” and maya means “made of.” We are the most familiar with our annamaya kosha—the experience of our physical body in yoga.

2. Energy Body

Sheathed by the physical layer, the energetic body is called the pranamaya kosha and is composed of the body’s subtle life-force energy prana, also known as chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The animating force behind every atom, cell, organ, and body system, prana coordinates every physiological activity, from the pumping of the heart to the elimination of waste.

Imbalances or blocks within this energetic body greatly affect the overall function of the physical body. What’s more, the body’s subtle energy greatly influences the state of the mind, which is the next layer of self. Prana is closely related to the breath—you receive prana upon the air you breathe.

When the breath is shallow and sporadic, your prana is also erratic. Unstable pranic energy causes the mind to become agitated and the body’s various systems irregular. Smooth out the breath, and prana becomes more stable, the mind gets calmer, and all the body’s living systems function more optimally.

If you’re interested in working with your vital energy, yogic breathing practices known as pranayama exercises, increase and regulate prana in the body.

3. Mental Body

The third layer corresponds to your mind, emotions, and nervous system—expressed as streams of thoughts, feelings, and sensations, and is known as the manomaya kosha, from manas, which means “mind” or “thought processes.”

Many of us have an overactive manomaya kosha that wears on our nervous system and plays out through our emotions. Yoga helps calm our minds and soothe our nervous systems, allowing you to recover from the effects of stress and fatigue on your third body.

Your mental body is also where we experience the five senses. It’s the sheath that allows us to receive, absorb, and process input from the world around us, governing our automatic responses and reflexes. When you go on autopilot and zone out, you’re operating from your manomaya kosha.

4. Wisdom Body

You begin working with the first three bodies as soon as you start practicing yoga.

Coordinating your breath with your movement brings you present on your mat—synchronizing your physical, energetic, and mental bodies. However, the next layer, your wisdom body, takes a little more internal awareness that is cultivated over time.

Beneath the constant stream of thoughts, feelings, and sensations (the processing, thinking, and reactive mind), lies an inner knowing and higher intelligence in your wisdom body, which is called the vijnanamaya kosha, from vijnana, or “intellect.”

Your intuition, conscience, and the reflective aspects of your consciousness are all part of your wisdom body. Here, we develop our awareness and deeper insight into the nature of who we are and how we relate to the world around us.

The practice of yoga helps quiet the mental body so that our wisdom body can be heard and begin to guide us. One simple way to start working with your vijnanamaya kosha is to simply pay attention to any sensations or pulsations taking place internally throughout your practice.

For example, after a Bridge Pose or backbend, once you’re back down on your mat, close your eyes, feel the sensations taking place on the inside, and become aware of your heartbeat.

5. Bliss Body

The deepest layer of our being is the core of our existence, known as the anandamaya kosha, from ananda, which means “bliss.” Often referred to as your highest self or spirit, your bliss body is where you experience the unbounded freedom, expanse, and joyousness of your true nature.

Connection with this kosha is like coming home. There’s a sense of peace and connectedness during which time ceases to exist and your consciousness expands beyond the limits of your body.

While most people aren’t even aware of this aspect of their being, chances are you’ve experienced glimpses of your anandamaya kosha throughout your life.

Holding your newborn child or looking into your lover’s eyes, you may have dropped from conscious awareness and into your radiant bliss body. You might have also touched upon it while losing yourself in a painting, poem, film, story, or song, or perhaps while giving a speech or performance.

I dip in and out of my bliss body when I’m teaching yoga. Without having to involve my thinking mind, wisdom, directions, and insights pour out of me and fifteen minutes can go by in the blink of an eye.