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Patanjali's 8-Limb Path of Yoga

Be Your Own Alchemist

I am a modern day Alchemist
. . . transforming energy within for any purpose I choose . . . but it took a while to gain this skill (and I'm not done learning it).

Life is Energy!  Life is Shakti (power)! 
And we are energy
- our bodies, thoughts, emotions and life-Spirit -
everything about us is energy.

In the classical 8-Limb path of yoga (as outlined by Patanjali a couple thousand years ago) there is a practice that can assist us in moderating our energy . . .

Brahmacharya - Energy Moderation

The practice of Brahmacharya means bringing Conscious Awareness into how we spend our time . . .
what activities we choose to do with our limited time and energy. . . and who we choose to experience them with. 

This has dramatic results!

With Conscious Awareness of our choices, we begin to acknowledge and honor our freedom to choose and also accept the responsibility for our choices. 
We actually take back our Power! 
Or perhaps finally claim it for the first time!  

You have the Power to choose what you think!
You have the Power to choose how you speak!
You have the Power to choose the emotional energy you carry!
You have the Power to choose what goes into and out of your body!

All the choices are yours!
All the Power is yours!

So, back to that Alchemy part .  .  .
Brahmacharyais about moderating energy, making conscious choices about what we want in life and how we take on the responsibility of manifesting what we want.  If I want to lose weight, for example, I must take responsibility for changing my actions in order to receive that result.  If I want to sleep better in order to have more energy in the morning, I must make the changes necessary to ensure that happens. 
I am not a victim of myself.  I am not a victim of life.  I am not a victim. 

Now I enjoy taking this awesomeness one step further . . .
true alchemy happens when any energy I can find within myself . . . perhaps even anger . . . becomes simply raw energy with which I can transform into another form.  I harness energy within and channel it into energy expressions I consciously choose.  I feel anger (old habits - samskaras) . . . I choose love (conscious awareness).  I then accept the responsibility to change my thoughts to loving thoughts . . . which drastically changes my emotions to loving emotions . . . which supports me in expressing loving actions towards myself and others! 
Yippee!  Energy Alchemy!

emPOWER & enJOY,

shae


Less Is More

Less Is More . . .
What a Liberating Realization!

"Less Is More"is a phrase I frequently use with my clients. 
So often it is less effort, less pushing, less 'fixing' that needs to happen.  Frequently the answer is within more allowing, more being and more awareness.   

And yet so much of the time we feel a constant underlying anxiety of "Not Enough" . . . either we don't have enough or we think that we are not enough (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc)
. . . either way we feel a lack in some capacity.

In studying Patanjali's Classical Yoga I find it helpful to lump two of the Yamas (Moral Restraints) together because they both seem to stem from this anxiety of lack:

Asteya - Non-Stealing
Aparigraha - Non-Hoarding

On the surface level it seems easy to categorize these two practices.  Okay, don't steal from others and don't hoard things.  Moving on . . .

But I have found from further exploration that by following these two behaviors to their root, that within myself I feel a hollow lacking, a feeling of unworthiness . . . of simply not being enough.  And from this feeling of desperation and longing to be whole, one might be inclined to hoard or to steal, or to do many unhealthy behaviors (we each have our own personal list). 

If one believes that the Universe has a limited amount of something - money, love, food, i-pads, you name it - then one's anxiety level increases.  If one believes in unlimited abundance and that all you desperately seek can be found from an inexhaustible Source Within, then your anxiety level
GREATLY reduces!

What you seek is Within. 
Unlimited Joy!  Unlimited Abundance!  Unlimited Peace! 

Joy ~ Peace ~ Love . . . these are States of Being

Look Within . . . YOU ARE ENOUGH!


With great love,

shae




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