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The New Me

The Old Me is going to be inhabiting my body for a few more weeks because, sadly, My New Spiritual Training Ground had to cancel its weekend seminar for lack of interest. Too bad, because I’m anxious to dive in. Are there really so few seekers in Costa Rica? Here’s what I seek and what they offer:

Yoga_ring_sat_yoga_institute"The ancient science of Sat Yoga comprises a form of Self-inquiry, of meditation, and the practice of inner deconstruction of the many layers of the false self in order to achieve Liberation in life. As part of this work, we encourage the sustenance of a healthy lifestyle in accord with strict ethical parameters, in order to strengthen and protect our practice. And we teach a variety of different preliminary techniques in order to prepare the body and mind to be able to receive and contain the higher energies that we learn to attune to in our meditative practice. These techniques have been part of the Yogic path for many centuries and are of proven value.

The ultimate aim of Sat Yoga practice is the falling away of the ego and the complete realization of the One Self. This attainment is actually the beginning of the spiritual life, not its end point. Since we are already That, no techniques are necessary for this achievement. It is simply matter of removing the blinders, the veils of ignorance that occlude the pristine sublime nature of our timeless reality. By learning to silence the chattering mind, to be fully present with an open heart, willing to accept the Great Mystery that is our Being, to live in boundless openness and playfulness, the grace of the Supreme Loving Presence comes to permeate our field of energy and consciousness. We become the natural embodiments of the supernatural Essence that all along we had been seeking. We are That. Live the highest truth now, surrender the ego to the Presence that encompasses you, unite with the infinite loving power, and all blessings shall be delivered unto you. This is the true practice of Sat Yoga."

Who wouldn’t want to achieve Liberation in life? To remove the blinders that occlude the pristine sublime nature of our timeless reality? To live in boundless openness and playfulness? OK, in some ways, I’m already living some of the boundless playful thing. But I suspect, nay KNOW, there are deeper levels to go. Definitely ready for all blessings to be delivered unto me. Like an income. And weight-loss.

Just kidding. I know those are shallow blessings. I mean, I’ll take them. But suddenly I’m wanting more. Remember when I said, "You know that feeling there is something else going on, but you don’t know what it is?"*, that feeling is back lately and pretty strong. Maybe because my mom is here. Yeah, I’ll blame it on her. Because, you know, that’s always worked so well in the past.

Whatever the cause – and I’m really not big on reasons and blame, what a waste of time trying to figure all that out is – there’s something going on inside me. I’ve been feeling this way for the past few months. It’s ready to surface big time, like in the
first Alien movie. I feel certain I will find out "what" via Sat Yoga. I’m ready to deconstruct the many layers of the false self (unless it hurts) because they’re in the way of the "what."

And what does all this have to do with Costa Rica? If I wasn’t living
here, unfettered by the mind-numbing pressures of work, phones ringing,
society and constant shopping, I wouldn’t be so aware of the what
wanting out.

Yeah, pretty profound, eh? Stick around, there’s more where that came from. Somewhere.

*I remembered where I heard that line when it struck me so hard: Diner. Great movie.


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7 comments to The New Me

  • Tim

    Sorry kiddo… you are on your own!
    “The ancient science of Sat Yoga comprises a form of Self-inquiry, of meditation, and the practice of inner deconstruction of the many layers of the false self in order to achieve Liberation in life.”
    I have spend over 6 decades building those layers. Why on earth would I want them deconstructed! As for Liberation in life… huh? I just got married and said a fond farewell to Liberation.
    “As part of this work, we encourage the sustenance of a healthy lifestyle in accord… ”
    I suppose this would affect my smoking and drinking habits?
    “And we teach a variety of different preliminary techniques in order to prepare the body and mind to be able to receive and contain the higher energies…”
    HUH? I came to Costa Rica to get rid of my A Type higher energies!
    “The ultimate aim of Sat Yoga practice is the falling away of the ego and the complete realization of the One Self.”
    I like my ego! I spent years developing my ego to the point that I can now offend complete strangers.
    “It is simply matter of removing the blinders, the veils of ignorance that occlude the pristine sublime nature of our timeless reality.”
    If I remove my blinders, I am going to see a lot of stuff I do not WANT to see, like my fat neighbor’s plumber’s crack when he is in his garden. No Thanks!
    “By learning to silence the chattering mind…”
    It is not MY chattering mind that is at issue. It is my chattering wife! Even as I speak, she is on TWO phones at the same time. Now if this course offers THAT alternative… I might reconsider!
    As for Supreme being etc, I already have a handle on that. In fact, as I approach my declining years, I am reestablish that relation as a sort of “cover-my-butt thing.
    Anyway… I will not be able to join you at this function though you will be foremost in my thoughts! :)
    Oh… and tell these folks when you see them that the exists no such word as “deconstruction”… at least in our native tongue. Lots of alternatives though.
    Best
    Tim

  • I had to look up deconstruction – sounds like it’s a new-age word invented for the cause. YOU are very funny!!! All excellent points. I wonder if I’ll miss my ego? Can I reconstruct it???? What are the chances I’ll actually deconstruct ANY of it? We shall see… if my posts start getting really boring and OM-like, come feed me some potatoe chips and frosted flakes.

  • Uh, oh. I just re-read that part about “As part of this work, we encourage the sustenance of a healthy lifestyle in accord with strict ethical parameters”… Does this mean being a vegetarian? Or REALLY giving up chips? Oh man. This is going to be painful.

  • Paul M.

    It’s okay Sally…
    If you stick with the potatoe chips, you can also have roaste quayle, and then claim you are sticking an ‘e’ on everything, juste to make it fancye, and so you won’t get in trouble with the politicoes.
    ¡Pura Codorniz!
    Pablitoe
    ==

  • Sounds like it’s time to take a break and come to the beach!!
    Are you waking up with in a cold sweat yet about the “no income” part? Been there. I may be onto something now with my new little venture to the beach and my telephoto! It’s fun. Come join me.

  • Deep stuff here. The ego….the mind….interesting.
    I’m also here to ask you to consider representing your country next week in our BlogBlast For Peace initiative. Details are on my blog or you may click this link. There is no one from Costa Rica yet. Thanks for your time.
    How To Get Your Peace Globe

  • Paul, if it’s fancye, will it still be healthye?
    So, Teri, I AM coming to the beach!!! You are prophetic…
    Sorry, Mimi, is it to late? I’ve been so swamped and just now getting to these replies… I will visit the link. Peace!