7 Yoga Keys For A Successful Business

It is common to imagine that there is a conflict between spirituality and running a financially successful enterprise, but this is not so.  It is possible to do business and at the same time work within our values.  Doing so expands our life, making everything we do a part of our spiritual practice, our sadhana.  The practitioner of yoga uses all circumstances in this way, as grist for the spiritual mill, to grow spiritually. 

So rather than focusing on only business, or only spirituality, we can integrate the two. 
Doing so requires thoughtfulness about the nature of the work we do, and how we go about our work.

Many years ago, I served as a business coach for a small group starting a new business.  It quickly became apparent that although these gentlemen were very much on a spiritual path, they were throwing their values overboard in the hope of achieving success in their business.  I mentioned this to them, yet they chose to ignore the advice.  About a year later, a lawsuit broke out between them and the business went downhill, never to recover. 

The pressures of business and life are intense.  Making a financial success of our business to support ourselves, our families and our community is a great achievement, even more so when we do so in a way consistent with our essential values. 

Here are seven principles, extracted from yoga and the writings of Swami Veda Bharati, that can be implemented in our work to enhance our business, and our lives:

1.  Enjoy this Universe Together with Renunciation. 
The Isha Upanishad, part of the great Indian Vedic text, the Yajur Veda, says “This entire universe is suffused by the fragrance of divinity, all that moves in all the universes." (Translation by Swami Veda Bharati)  This means that everything here is filled with Divinity, and we don’t have to go hide in a cave or climb to the top of a mountain to seek the Infinite.  Rather, it’s right here, now, and we can practice getting in touch with that Divinity in every moment of our life. 

The Isha Upanishad goes on to say ”Enjoy this universe together with renunciation.”  In other words, this scripture advises us to both enjoy this world and practice renunciation.  What is renunciation?  It is non-attachment, which means not clinging, not having an emotional attachment to things.

These two ideas, that the Divine is in everything, and that we can enjoy the world with renunciation, is a good place to start integrating our spiritual and worldly life. 

How to do this? 

The answer was given by Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita 3:19:  “Always perform your duty efficiently and without attachment to the results.”  In other words, you do your best as service to Providence and to the world, without clinging to the outcome.  Whatever happens is really not in your hands anyway. Providence always has a say. So be unattached to the result.  Leave the result in the hands of the Highest.

This is a subtle form of surrender, and a powerful spiritual practice.  It enables you to enjoy and be engaged in the world, yet to be unattached. 

Work is joy when we do it as service and for the sheer joy of working.  The problem comes when we cling to the “fruits”. 

The essence of spiritual practice is to let go of attachment to the material, and this is one way to do this. 

Although doing without attachment may sound difficult, it’s actually not.  One way to begin is to enjoy with a certain amount of restraint. Take an example of a buffet lunch:  One way of eating at a buffet is to really pile the food onto the plate, taking an immense amount of food and eating until you can barely walk out of the restaurant.  I used to to this until I realized how uncomfortable it made me feel to eat so much!  That’s when I realized that there is another way:   Just taking enough to have a satisfying meal, within the comfortable capacity of the digestive system.  This second method allows a good meal, and comfort afterward.  The same method can be used with the buffet of life.  The idea is to not grab beyond your share. 

I know a wonderful woman who is a master at teaching Effective Communication, and many people, including psychotherapists, come to her to be trained in this skill. Although she has always had many students and clients, she has always kept her hourly fee at a moderate level. She avoids the temptation to charge a high fee, doesn’t try to take beyond her share, and her business has always thrived.  This too is an example of enjoying with renunciation.

Now onto the second principle.

2.  Ask yourself the right question.

Whenever we make decisions in life, we can ask ourselves a question:  Does this take me toward or away from my spiritual goals, essential values, and Self-realization?  The same questions can be asked with regard to business decisions too:  Whatever choices confirm my values and bring me closer to my spiritual core are right for me. Whatever takes me away from that is wrong. 

Applying this method takes some contemplation.  We can see where our actions will take us, and make our choice. 

3.  Non-harming (The first Yama). 

One of the essentials of spiritual growth is to calm the noise and agitation of our mind, so that we can be in touch with our subtle spiritual essence. The mind is like shade over the lamp of the light of soul.  If the shade is opaque, which happens when the mind is agitated and filled with darkness, we can’t experience something deeper.   The most basic practices of yoga, called the yamas and niyamas, are meant to calm and purify the mind, that is, the“shade”, so that the inner light can shine out.  The first and most basic of these practices is non-violence, ahimsa.  Put positively, ahimsa means amity toward all beings.  So when you do your business, practice ahimsa. This fits with the Buddhist idea of Right Livelihood.  Do work that helps the world rather than does harm.

4. Bakers' dozen -- give a little extra. The next principle is based on the Law of Karma.  For those of you who don’t know this law, it goes like this:  As we sow, so we reap.

If we sow pain and anger, we get that back. If we sow love, we get that.  For our business to thrive, we want people to come and use our services and products and be happy to pay for them.  How do we engender this?  By cultivating our own generosity.  If we are generous, then, according to the Law of Karma, generosity will come back our way.  This also works on another level:  As we cultivate a generous heart, a loving heart, we will experience more love coming from the source of love inside of us. Love comes from the soul, not the ego, and the more we are in touch with our own love, the more we are in touch with our soul. 

So one of the things you can do is to give a little more than expected, a little more than you are being paid for.  In the old days, there was the concept of a “baker’s dozen”, of giving an extra piece.  With regard to instituting this “baker’s dozen” practice in your life, Swami Veda Bharati says:  “If you do that with every customer from morning till night, imagine what effect it will have on your mind at the end of the day --  what satisfaction you will derive from that compared to shorting each customer a few tiny grains throughout the day.”

Another way to do this would be to give a certain amount of your profits toward unselfish purposes.  The word for this is “tithing.”  Make tithing a part of your business, and do it just to give rather than in the hope of getting some return.  Gifts given in the hope of receiving a return are not really gifts.  Rather, as Swami Veda says,  they are “grabbing”.

5.  Begin with fullness.
One of the experiences that one has as s/he experiences the spiritual essence is a sense of fullness, interior fullness.  However when our ego is blocking the experience of our Soul, we have a sense of emptiness, and this emptiness drives us to grab at the world in a hopeless attempt to fill ourselves up.  When we are acting in our lives or our business, we don’t want to come from such an empty, grabbing, ego-consciousness. Rather, we want to act from our fullness, and meditation is a method to get in touch with this fullness. 

We practice meditation to immerse in the fullness that is our birthright, and then we don't have to grab from our clients outside of ourselves. Instead, we can give a little extra because we feel so full, and our customers will feel our joy and our generosity, and they will respond.

6.  Service Orientation
There is a spiritual principle called Seva, or service.  If you go to live in an Ashram, you’ll be asked to serve.  Back when I lived in a yoga community in the Santa Cruz Mountains, I was assigned many service duties, including washing several toilets.  My father was aghast that his son, the lawyer, was washing toilets, but for me this job was a big help:  it taught me to do service and to do my best at it.  I always felt good after a day of working.

So, in the same way, let your mission, your business, be to provide service.  You need to make money, yet let the primary purpose of your business be to serve, and the money will take care of itself.  Look to both earning money, and earning karma.  Look at both. Not just at the one.

Do your work for others. Ask "How can I make your company prosper so that it may give to social causes without hurting the environment?”

7.  Humility

Now let’s return to the image of the ego being a shade that blocks and diminishes the light pouring from the soul. The more that Soul shines through, the more joy, love, fulfillment we will experience, and the more we will feel connected, filled up, and part of everything.  So, actions that reduce the ego, that make it thinner, more transparent, are excellent spiritually direct actions.
 
A common human error, which happens when we are out of touch with our Soul, is to feel small and to compensate by making ourselves, meaning our ego, big.  But a big ego is a thick, opaque ego, and it really blocks the Soul’s light.  When we live our life, and do our work, in a way that expands our ego, we become alienated from our Essence.  It’s so common to expand the ego in modern business that it seems right to do so.  In fact, we might feel like we are doing something wrong if we don’t go around shouting about how great we are. 

The antidote to this social trend of ego exaltation is humility.  Being humble.  This doesn’t mean being a door-mat, but rather it means not paying tribute to the ego, and, instead, letting your Soul shine out.  It means not making yourself BIG and others small.  It means doing your work, as best as you can, without a big noise.  This excerpt, from the Tao Te Ching,  the ancient book of simple yet profound wisdom from ancient China, captures the essence of humility: 

When the Master governs, the people
are hardly aware that he exists.….
The Master doesn’t talk, he acts.
When his work is done,
the people say, “Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!”
(Translation by Stephan Mitchell)

You can use one, some, or all of these principles in your work, and see the effect.  Over time, applying these principles will turn your work into part of your spiritual practice, and both will thrive.  May you enjoy with renunciation.



 

The Power of Forgiveness

Ever wonder what forgiveness really means, and what is the practical application of forgiveness, the “how to” part—the missing link?  


In my search for the meaning of forgiveness and in discovering how to forgive here is what I have found.


Forgiveness begins with a willingness to grow and change.  The key word is willingness.


I remember this lesson well.  In 1974 when I was two days clean and sober, falling off the chair in an AA meeting and telling myself, “God, whatever it takes, I’m willing to be sober and if I’m not willing, then I’m willing to be willing, just make this Goddamn chair stop moving.”  Based on personal experience I can verify “willingness” is the operative word for my success of still being clean and sober.
When I became willing to eliminate being judgmental,  and condemning people’s lifestyles, events, political systems, religions and ideas as right or wrong, I came to realize that I had a chance to put into practice the art and science of forgiveness that I had discovered.


With my new found clarity I have come to understand that forgiveness means being nonjudgmental, compassionate and grateful.


Being nonjudgmental means to accept life, events, things, people and yourself as is.
Compassion means to recognize to see all things, events, and people, including yourself as innocent. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness, no matter what is going on in your life.


Take a moment and ponder over this:   People world-wide are born with the same hardware as you, a pure, innocent mind that believed what it was told, and which received much of the same kind of information you and I received when we were growing up.   Everyone grows up in a certain time-period, in a certain country and culture that programmed their mind.  


 They learned from their parents, their culture, their peer group, the movies they watched, the TV programs they watched, the music they listened to, schools they went to, the type of education they got, how far they went in school, their teachers, friends, religion, and much more.  This is what filled and conditioned their pure innocent mind, and made them seem different from you or me.

 
When you or I judge another, we are judging the contents of their minds from the perspective of the contents of our mind.  As harsh as we are on them is as harsh as we are on our self.  


Their original pure innocent mind, is just as innocent today as yours and mine.  Only the contents of their mind and our mind differs, regardless of where we live or come from.  We are all  living and acting out a life that has been programmed into us from our past.


To be nonjudgmental, compassionate and grateful, the gate keepers of forgiveness, means being willing to recognize and see all things, events, and people, including myself as sacred, innocent and pure. Otherwise, we spend our time with ego judging ego—insanity judging insanity.


Every hostile thought about another leaves a residue of a negative emotion in us and by the very nature of unexpressed negative energy it is stored within and at a later date manifests into an illness in the body or the mind.


By being nonjudgmental, compassionate and grateful, we acquire the ability to forgive ourselves and others, and this sets the groundwork for us to release and remove all unconscious guilt from our mind and begins the process of healing from within.  
Guilt is nothing more than a childish feeling that you’ve done something wrong and you’re going to be punished for it by someone like your husband, your boss, your wife, your parents, your teacher, your peer group, and if that isn’t enough, by God.
It is this simple. The cornerstone of forgiveness, the catalyst for healing, is being non-judgmental, compassionate and grateful. All it takes is a simple willingness to grow and change.


Understanding how mental content judges mental content, and being willing to give up the game of judging, condemning and being critical of others is the core of forgiveness.  


Here are two techniques that I have learned that will aid you in the elimination of unconscious guilt as you are in the process of integrating your understanding of compassion, gratitude and in being non-judgmental:


Technique #1:  When blaming criticizing, condemning or judging your self, silently repeat the following:


“I am an Infinite Being,
Pure Immortal Spirit,
This body is only an image,
It has nothing to do with who & what I am,
All is forgiven and released.”


Technique #2: When blaming criticizing, condemning or judging others you can silently repeat the following:
“_________(name of person) is an Infinite Being,
Pure Immortal Spirit
Whole and innocent,
All is forgiven and released.”


You may find that focusing on a visual image also supports your resolve of forgiving another:
“See the person you are judging, criticizing, blaming or condemning.  Find a small light within them.  See that light grow until it fills & covers them completely.  Hold this vision for a few seconds then focus on a friend who loves you & who you love.  See this light flowing from the person you are condemning to your friend until they are completely filled with the light then see your friend and the person you are condemning or judging flowing love to one another.  Then see this light flowing from the person you are condemning to you until you are filled with this light & feel your friend and this person blessing you.”


Use the visual along with your resolve twice daily, ten to fifteen minutes each time, until you begin to feel the impact of the process working.


Remember whenever you forgive another you automatically forgive yourself and when you judge another it leaves a stored residue of a negative emotion in you that can turn into bitterness or a sickness.


References
1. ”Illness and Self Healing” by David R. Hawkins, M.D., PhD.  
2. “Your Immortal Reality” by Gary R. Renard
3. “Course of Miracles, Lesson 121”  

About Richard Parenti:  Swami Veda initiated Richard into the Himalayan Yoga Tradition. Richard is the spiritual guide of the Yoga Health Institute and is a published author: "Naked Before God," “Cancer, No Easy Choices,” "Who Am I," “Apperception is Needed Now” and “Shifting Paradigms.”  He is an international lecturer, Certified Yoga Instructor ERYT 500 and Yoga Health Coach, Certified Ayurveda Nutrition Therapist, Certified First Line Therapist Life Style Educator© and member of the California Yoga Teachers Association. He has taught Yoga for people with multiple sclerosis and was awarded in 2008 by the MS Society of Northern California as having the ideal Yoga class for MS patients.
www.yoga-ehealth.com
www.yoga-nidra.org

Summary of Charities Supported by Hym-la

Hym-la Hym-la is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization providing support to these three charitable schools in India.

 

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Nava Prabhat Ashram

Nava Prabhat (New Dawn) Public Charitable Trust operates a School, a Ayurvedic Clinic, Dairy farm and Agricultural farm on a forty five acre land. The trust operates a school for boys where modern school education is given along with traditional Indian teachings in a peaceful residential surrounding.

The school bears all costs for the students including room, board, clothing and books. Currently there are 70 students in the school. They are taught all the modern High school subjects along with the traditional Sanskrit scriptures. Such schools are known as Gurukul School. Students practice Yoga and Meditation under close supervision of trained teachers. Goal is to train students with good character and discipline that will help them in their future lives.
 

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KHEL Charities is a non-profit, secular organization based in Dehradun, the state capital of Uttarakhand (previously called Uttaranchal) in northern India, providing a school, nutrition, and employment for children of lepers.  Click Here to see the latest report from KHEL about their charity.

 

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SRIVERM runs  a vocational college in the Garhwal Himalayan mountains so the people there could obtain the skills needed to prosper in that harsh and remote area.

 

For further information, please click HERE.

 

Report on Shashi

Report on ‘Shashi’
Total funds needed $7500


In 2000, Shashi came to study at Lakshmi Devi Academy (LDA), KHEL’s school for impoverished children in Dehradun, India. Shashi and his family are well known at KHEL; long term malnutrition and slum conditions continue to affect the health of the children and KHEL has repeatedly offered aid.

Jaideep, Shashi's older brother, was a student at LDA. He contracted a brain infection and KHEL assisted with his medical expenses for several years. Jaideep now works in a barber shop but the brain infection left him with a permanent tremor in his hands; his chances for improving his economic status are slim.

Charu, Shashi’s 18 year old sister, looks after the family especially her two young brothers, Sabir and Safeer, both students at LDA; their mother, Shasha, has severe health problems and is often incapacitated. Charu was a student at LDA; her parents worked with KHEL to keep her in school after she graduated from LDA, but she failed her 10th grade final exams – the pressures of poverty don’t allow for the kind of studying necessary to pass a national exam based on two years of academics.

This is a family struggling to make enough money to get through another day, and still dedicated to educating their kids because they know it’s the only way out of poverty.

In 2001 Shashi’s father, Mahant, a fruit cart vendor, approached KHEL seeking medical help for Shashi. For many months, KHEL paid for Shashi’s medications and then for an angiogram. In 2003, his health deteriorated and he needed an angioplasty operation to survive. KHEL quickly raised Rs.25,000 (about $565).

Now, this charismatic and charming 8th grade boy needs a heart operation. Shashi is so hopeful and optimistic that we can save him; he walks to school every day to be with his friends and study hard so that when he’s well he can continue with his studies and eventually help his family have a better life. He turns pale and gasps for breath when he climbs the stairs at school, but he does it anyway. He recently told KHEL he wants to be a doctor when he grows up.

Raising funds is only the first challenge KHEL, Shashi and his family will face on the long road to making him well. Funding this surgery is the one thing that his optimism and courage can’t overcome – this, we must do for him. KHEL has raised $3,000 from one generous donor. Shashi needs a minimum of $4,500 more to have a chance to grow into a healthy young man with the bright future that he’s working so hard to have.

Please note:  All names have been changed in this report to protect the privacy and dignity of aid recipients. The surgery has been recommended by physicians at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medicine in New Delhi, India).  Neither Hym-la nor KHEL are responsible for the accuracy of the recommendation nor the results of the proposed surgery. Hym-la's and KHEL's sole interest is to raise money to help Shashi get the surgery recommended so he can life a full life.


 

 

Healing With The Mind

Vitarka badhane pratipaksa bhavanam
In the case of disturbance arising through troublesome thoughts such as of violence one should become intent on their respective opposites. (Trans: U. Arya)

Yoga Sutras, Book II, Sutra 33

 

Repeated thoughts held long enough become beliefs, and beliefs can overcome DNA and previous programming when applied properly.

In other words beliefs can overcome genetics and when we change our beliefs, we change our physical chemistry, we change our outcomes, and we change our lives.  

This is presently being proven by the western medical community in a new field called psychoneuroimmunology.  

But how do we change beliefs and adopt healthy positive attitudes that produce what we want in life?

Our discussion is broken down into three parts:

Part I:    The litmus test:  Is it true?  Learn to think the opposite thought
Part II:   The use of creative imagination
Part III:   The use of relaxation for programming

Part I:  The litmus test*: Is it true? Learn to think the opposite thought utilizing a resolve.

Step 1:  Recognize you have a choice in the way you think.

You must recognize that you can choose a thought that will take you to where you want to go or you can choose a thought that will keep you stuck where you are.  

You have that power.

Changing your vocabulary, changing your thoughts, changes your outcomes.  Shifting paradigms is most effective while in a deep relaxation (when alpha waves would be measured in the mind), and can be accomplished at other times although will take a little longer. (Part II describes four states of consciousness)

Step 2: Become aware of the excuses you tell yourself.

Excuses are explanations that you use to lie to yourself to keep you stuck and away from attaining what you want.

There are several excuses people use. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • It’s too difficult
  • I already did all this stuff
  • I’m at a new level now and find this kindergarten stuff
  • I’m afraid
  • It may work for others, but I doubt it will work for me
  • It’s impossible
  • It will take too long
  • It’s not in my nature
  • I can’t afford it
  • No one will help me
  • I’m too old
  • I’m too young
  • I’m too skinny  
  • I’m too fat
  • It’s too risky
  • It has never happened before
  • The rules won’t let me
  • My history has caught up with me and is blocking me from moving on
  • I doubt it will work
  • I’m not ready
  • I don’t have the energy
  • It’s too expensive
  • I don’t deserve it
  • I don’t know what I want
  • My disease won’t let me
  • I’m too far gone
  • I don’t know if this program is the one I want to do


There are other excuses that people use.  What’s your favorite?  What lies do you tell yourself to avoid life, responsibility, to having the health, the love, the money, etc. that you desire?

Excuses are used by people so they can stay stuck and sabotage themselves to get the following payoffs:

  • To avoid responsibility.
  • To play victim, whine and wallow in self-pity, “Oh poor me, look at what happened to me, no one really understands.”
  • To avoid challenge and just let things be the way they are.
  • To escape the present moment.
  • To blame another, the society, the economy, religion, politicians, parents, job, boss, etc.
  • To get to be right.
  • To manipulate others.


When we buy into these payoffs, we see the world as tough, unfair, nasty, war like, mean and dangerous. Holding this perspective, we think: “Life is a bitch.”

When we don’t buy into these payoffs, we see the world as a great opportunity, where set-backs are lessons to learn and to grow from.  Holding this perspective leads to the sense that “It’s a beautiful world.”

How do you see life?

Step 3:  What is a resolve?  

A resolve is a firm, determined, fixity of purpose, a 100% committed mental decision stated as truth in the present tense that makes your imagery (Part II) become solid in the material world.

Step 4: Do the litmus test: Is it true?  

How to make the shift in the mind to a new paradigm that gets you what you want.  Here are some sample dialogues to show how apply the test of whether something is absolutely true:

Example 1:  A person had a cancerous tumor removed and they’re afraid it may come back.

Dialogue: Do you think your cancer may come back? “Yes, I’m afraid it might come back.”

Are you 100% certain that it will come back?  “No, I am not 100% certain.”

What is the opposite thought?  “All cancer has been successfully destroyed and removed from my body permanently. Thank you God.”

Are you 100% certain that your cancer has been successfully destroyed and removed from your body permanently.”  “No, I am not 100% certain.”

Does it make sense to think a thought, “I’m worried cancer may come back” which may or may not be true but when you think it you sabotage yourself and remain stuck in fear and doubt, inviting the cancer to come back?

Or does it make more sense to think, “All cancer has been successfully destroyed and removed from my body permanently, thank you God,” which may or may not be true but when you think it you bring about the desired outcome, while generating a feel good space within yourself?

Since both thoughts are equally uncertain, which thought do you choose?  The one that sabotages you or the one that gets you what you want?

The shift to the opposite thought is an example of how the opposite thought is the resolve.

Example 2:  A person with an irregular heart beat develops a resolve that is different from the opposite thought, but the opposite thought is where the shift takes place that allows for the development of the resolve to support the shift in consciousness.

Dialogue:  Is it difficult to get your heart beat under control?  “Yes, it keeps getting out of control and it’s scary.”

“Are you 100% absolutely certain that is going to be difficult to get your heart beat under control? “No, I’m not sure. But, my history tells me it’s been difficult.”

What’s the opposite thought? “It’s easy to get my heart beat under control.”

Does it make sense to think a thought, “It’s difficult to get my heart beat under control“ which may or may not be true but when you think it you sabotage yourself and remain stuck in fear and worry?

Or does it make more sense to think “It’s easy to get my heart beat under control” which may or may not be true but when you think it increase the likelihood of the desired outcome, simultaneously generating a good feeling within yourself?

Both thoughts are equally uncertain; you have a choice of which to choose.

A wise choice would be the new thought, “I’m confident that it’s easy to my heart beat under control.”  

Now here is an example of a resolve that supports this shift in consciousness.   

“I surrender all to God.  My heart is healed.    My heart beats to the rhythm of love.  My heart beats normally and naturally all the time.  My heart is in perfect health.”

Now that you have made the shift in mind and you’ve created your resolve you must reinforce it daily by repeating it aloud as often as possible, especially when you find yourself caught in the trap of your excuses.

And at least once a day go into a deep relaxed meditative state and repeat it while viewing your picture of what you are 100% committed to manifesting.

PART II:    Using your imagination to create pictures


This part is about creating images to correspond and support your resolve, vocabulary and thoughts.  Words plus pictures are mechanisms that create physical changes.  We use pictures to enhance our words and our vocabulary.

Thoughts and pictures combined with feelings enhance the power of the process, although such visualization is not essential.

How to create a picture

Step 1:  Create a mental picture of the object or situation in the present as if it already exists in the material world.

Step 2:  Imagine yourself having, being or doing what you resolve.  Include as many details as possible.

Image for working with Cancer:  

See your immune system as sizzling hot water, strong, powerful and cancer as dirty weak little ice cubes being melted away by the hot water and being naturally eliminated from the body.  Imagine going to the doctor for your check up and having him/her tell you, “It's a miracle!  You have zero symptoms.  You are cancer-free!”

Or see your immune system as a ray gun, like in star trek, zapping and disintegrating your cancer tumor and it being eliminated from your body through natural processes.

Image for working with Irregular heartbeat:  

See your heart smiling as a clock with the second hand moving second by second in perfect rhythm beating 60 beats per minute.

Or see your heart being held in the hands of Infinite Energy with brilliant, dazzling, scintillating white light pulsating from the hands of the Infinite permeating every cell of your heart, soothing it, healing it, loving it unconditionally.

Part III:    Relaxation for programming


The mechanisms for change are imagination and resolve done in a relaxed state while at rest in a deeply relaxed (alpha wave) mind.  
There are four different kinds of brain-waves found for different activities:  

1.Beta – The waking state
2.Alpha – The relaxed state
3.Theta – The dream state
4.Delta – The sleep state

Being in a deeply relaxed state while using a resolve that supports your image is a highly effective programming process. There are several ways to enter into a deep state of relaxation.  Here is one example:

Focus your eyes upward towards the eyebrows. Counting backwards from 25 to 1, remembering with each descending number you are going deeper and deeper, reaching deeper levels of mind, deeper levels of relaxation, going deeper and deeper with each and every breath.  And when you reach the number one you will be totally and completely relaxed.  

An effective five step process to program one self is:
 

  1. Relax counting backward from 25 to 1.
  2. State your resolve.
  3. Create your picture.
  4. Support your picture by repeating your resolve while imagining the outcome.
  5. Throughout the day repeat your resolve aloud and recall your imagery as often as possible.


Let’s take a little deeper look at this five step process.

First, close your eyes focusing them upwards towards the eyebrows, towards the frontal lobe of the brain and count backwards from 25 to 1.
Second, make your resolve mentally and silently to yourself stating your resolve three times in the present tense. 
Third, create a picture that mirrors your resolve. 
Fourth, mentally imagine your resolve happening while in this relaxed state.  Be as detailed as you like.  While viewing your picture apply your resolve periodically to reinforce your imagery.  Stay in this state for about 10 to 20 minutes.

When finished tell yourself I am going to count from 1 to 5 and on the count of 5 I will be alert, wide awake, feeling fine and in perfect health, feeling better then before.

Now count from 1 to 5 and state upon opening your eyes, I am alert, wide awake, feeling fine and in perfect heath, feeling better than before.
Fifth, throughout the day repeat your resolve aloud and recall your imagery as often as possible.

It is really that simple.  

The secret to the process is practice at least once a day while deeply relaxed and then throughout the day repeat your resolve aloud remembering the picture that matches the resolve in order to continually reinforce the program, impressing it upon the mind.

Summary

Points to remember when moving from unwanted thoughts to wanted supportive positive thoughts in order you get what you intend:

Tell yourself the truth and own your payoffs.
Take responsibility for your thoughts rather than leaving it up to random thinking.
Do the litmus test on your excuse you tell yourself.  Ask is it true?
Ask yourself what would your life look like if got rid of all your excuses.  
.Create pictures that support your new language, your new vocabulary, your resolve.
Relax while doing your resolve, while picturing what mirrors your resolve.
Daily repeat your resolve throughout the day.
Maintain fixity of purpose with this process, be willing to be successful with this process and be willing to allow success in.
Have purpose in life and live your purpose.
Make your #1 priority in life your relationship to Source Energy and in serving others.
Learn to meditate in line with your religious or spiritual tendencies.
Practice, practice, practice the paradigm.
The paradigm shift is not based on your idea of I deserve what you want but on your wiliness to experience what you want and on your being willing to allow change.
Be willing to make the change and be willing to allow whatever you are committed to experience.

*This information (Litmus Test) was gleaned from my study of Dr. Wayne Dyer's work, although the applications were developed by my own experimentation.  

Please note that the information presented in this article is not intended as a medical prescription, scientific fact, or as a substitue for professional medical care, but rather as possibilities for self-experimentation. 

For further reading, I recommend the following sources:

“Excuses Be Gone” Dr. Wayne Dyer
“You the Healer” Jose Silva
“Creative Visualization” Shakti Gawain
“Yoga Sutras, Book II, Verse 33” Swami Veda Bharati
“Cancer Conqueror” Greg Anderson

About the Author Richard Parenti:  Swami Veda Bharati initiated Richard into the Himalayan Yoga Tradition. He has also studied with such notables as Walt Baptiste, Dr. Jeffery Bland, Dr. Larry Payne, Roy Eugene Davis, Dr. Rammurti S. Mishra, and Dr. Ralph Jeffery’s.  Richard is the spiritual guide of the Yoga Health Institute and is a published author, "Naked Before God," “Cancer, No Easy Choices” and "Who Am I".  He is an international lecturer, Yoga Health Coach, Certified Ayurveda Nutrition Practitioner, Certified First Line Therapist Life Style Educator© and member of the California Yoga Teachers Association.  He has taught Yoga for people with multiple sclerosis for the past four years and was awarded in 2008 by the MS Society of Northern California as having the ideal Yoga class for MS patients.  Richard's website is found at www.yoga-ehealth.com

 

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