Three different self awarenesses to converse with God

People may wonder about conversing with God as a commonly known topic and this is not needed to be taken up. Often individuals remember God in their own physical awareness of the self.

JWH assumes the awareness of the physical body as the self. Using this awareness, two way conversation with the invisible friend(God) is engaged.

But we are going to use three specific awarenesses of self to converse with God as per Raja yoga meditation. These are videhi, ashariri, and nirakari. I am using Sanskrit words without introducing English equivalents since I dont have English equivalents for all the three.

As per Raja yoga meditation, self is a soul, a point source of energy, which is non-physical and causes consciousness phenomenon. Based on this idea of the self, we can have the above mentioned awarenesses.

Videhi awareness
Videhi awareness is about having awareness of the self as a point being present in the physical body. In this awareness, there is understanding of point being controlling the physical body. The point being sits closer to the pituitary, pineal, and hypothalamus glands. There is awareness of the self being distinct from the body.

In Videhi awareness, we can converse with the invisible friend, who is the supreme soul, God.

I am the master of this body. I a soul, control my body. I am a child of the invisible God. I say I love you Father. He also sees me as a point being, a soul. He responds, sweet child. We continue our conversation while I am in videhi awareness.

Ashariri awareness
Ashariri awareness is about having awareness of my angelic body, which is also known as subtle body. Angelic body is a form of light that corresponds to physical body. Every organ of the physical body has an angelic version in the angelic body.

I see my angelic body outside my physical body. I a soul sit in the angelic body at the center of the forehead, near angelic pituitary gland. I visualize my angelic body moving far away into the space. There I find my invisible friend. I engage with him in two way conversation.

I will post a separate post on experiencing angelic body using popular rope technique.

Nirakari awareness
Nirakari awareness is about having awareness of the self as a point being outside the physical body. In this awareness, there is only the awareness of the self as a point being. No awareness of physical body or the angelic body.

Nirakari awareness requires more concentration of the mind/intellect on self being a point being.

I see myself as a point being outside the body. I visualise the invisible friend as a point being. And then come into two way conversation with him.

I am yet to explore the differences these awarenesses make in the practice of JWH approach.

Suitability of Rajayoga’s concept of God for stepping out of self induced pause

Persons with Type-I PD have to step out of self induced pause for their recovery using Method-1 described in an earlier blogpost.

The method requires working with an  invisible, trusted and loving friend with whom a patient can laugh and be utterly honest with his secret thoughts. This friend is located outside of oneself.

The nature of friendship is informal, loving, caring, mutual respect, trust and approachability. Like the relationship of two best friends.

For instance, a patient could ask the invisible friend to palpably hold him  or her or manifest as some sort of feeling or sensation either inside or on the periphery of the patient’s body. The expectation is to feel as if the friend is giving physical comfort or gentle stimulation to some part of the body that wanted support  or maybe feel that the same loving energy that is present in the friend that could manifest inside the patient: a feeling inside.

Rajayoga offers such an invisible friend in its concept of God.

There are many different ideas on God. Some are anthropomorphic and some are non-anthropomorphic. Anthropomorphic God has human physical appearance, whereas non-anthopomorphic God has non human physical appearance. Non-anthropomorphic God can be energy, universal / super consciousness, some thing both or universe.

In an earlier blog post, as per Rajayoga, I introduced that my self is a soul which is an infinitesimal point of non-material energy.

Like a soul is a point source of energy, God is also a soul, but the supreme one as per Rajayoga. So God is the supreme soul, which is also an infinitesimal point source of non-material energy that manifests as consciousness. It is conscient being with its own qualities such as peace, love, and bliss.

For a personal relation, it is referred to He/Him. He is abundant with infinite qualities. He has only positive qualities. He does not have negative qualities like anger, pride, etc.

God is incorporeal, and does not take birth as other souls. He lives up above the visible sky.

Our relationship with God is personal. One can experience any relationship with Him and with equality. He can be your mother, father, brother, friend, etc.

Two methods for automatically stepping out of self induced pause

Self induced pause is a   very special situation.The person has commanded himself  to behave as someone he is not. He does not feel pain, or fear, or may be emotion, or   may be his body. He may have created an entirely separate persona.

There are two methods for automatically stepping out of self induced pause.

Both methods are given in one place for comparison purpose.Method-1 avoids blocker personality and is a revolutionary improvement over Method-2, which has obstacles in practice due to Blocker personality. The awareness of Method-2 allows the possibilities to realise and erase scripts of behaviours that cause Self induced pause.

Method-1

This method is new and taken from JWH’s book Recovery from Parkinson’s. It has two exercises in a sequence.

Exercise-1
The person should treat all thoughts and spoken words throughout the day as if they were part  of a silent two-way conversation with a friend: a deceased beloved friend or relative, a “higher power,” some saint or sage, or even a beloved, deceased pet. 

The friend  had to be someone you could laugh with, someone who loved you in an easy-going, honest manner. It could not be a stern  or spiritually ‘superior’ critic.

The thoughts need to become conversation. This chatty duologue would stimulate the striatum, the brain area that exhibits increased activation while thinking of a God with whom you could converse.

Exercise-2
This exercise begins when,  in response to the first exercise, the constant communicant began to seem real and trustworthy enough. This sense of a real relationship took some people years to attain.

Once attained, a person could do the second exercise: regularly ask the communicant to feel more physically present.

For example, a patient could ask the invisible friend to palpably hold him or her, or manifest as some sort of feeling or sensation either inside or on the periphery of the patient’s body. The expectation is to feel as  if the friend is giving physical comfort or gentle stimulation to some part of the body that wanted support, or maybe feel that the same loving energy that is present in the friend could manifest inside the patient: a feeling inside.

If a person had some part of the body that was particularly vulnerable or that he really didnt like to be touched by others, he might ask his constant friend to “help me feel your presence” or “… your loving energy” in that body part.

This might stimulate the thalamus, the brain area that exhibits increased activation if your God is something subtly energetic that you can feel or resonate with.

Method-2

This method is old and taken from JWH’s book Stuck on Pause. It is a 3 step process.

First step:A person has to feel safe. This means not just using positive words, but actually using the part of the brain that is activated when one feels. Safety is a feeling, not a thought.

Second step:A person may have to relearn how to behave biologically correctly in response to fear, anger, or other stresses. He will have to practice this until it becomes second nature.

Third step: The person has destroyed the   instructions he planted in his own mind, commanding himself to behave as  if he feels no pain or fear.

Why do we need Rajayoga for PD?

Self induced pause is the reason for Type-I PD as per JWH’s research. One of the therapies to step out of the self induced pause is based on engaging a relationship with an invisible force. That is where Rajayoga comes handy with its concept of God as invisible, infinitesimal, point source of non materialistic energy. It/He is understood to be loveful, blissful, and blissful being.

Rajayoga is a meditation discipline. Its unlike other yogas which are mainly physical exercises. It is also different from other meditation disciplines which are also mostly based on focus on breathing, and mindfulness.

Rajayoga is useful to stay peaceful, blissful and loveful. These qualities help release dopamine and then reduce PD symptoms.

Rajayoga is about Self realisation, God realisation and connecting the self to God. Self realisation is a way to realise and stabilise the self in its original qualities: Love, Peace, and Bliss.

God realisation is about realising and experiencing His positive qualities. By the way, as per Rajayoga, God is infinite in His qualities though He is a point source of energy. He does not have any negative qualities.

I will introduce you to meditation practices for self realisation, and God realisation.

Overview of my approach

My approach to Parkinson’s recovery has three parts.

  1. Medical Qigong exercises that Howard Shifke’s Recipe for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) recovery
  2. Dr. Janice Walton Hadlock’s (JWH) approach to PD recovery
  3. Rajayoga meditation

First two parts are two different approaches for PD recovery. However, I consider, JWH’s approach can be integrated as a part of Shifke’s approach. This is my personal opinion which is the basis of  my explorations of PD cure. I will adopt JWH approach with Rajayoga meditation.

First I review below JWH’s approach to PD recovery since it can be practised alone. Later on, I will review Shifke’s approach.

According to JWH’s hypothesis, idiopathic  Parkinson’s Disease (PD) (not drug-or toxin induced Parkinisonism ) is  caused by the long term use of  a specific pattern in the electrical currents that flow in the connective tissue just under the skin. This particular electrical pattern is only supposed to run when a person is in near-death shock or coma. When this pattern of currents is turned off using therapies, PD ceases. 

JWH found four reasons that people get stuck in the specific electrical patterns that are associated with near death shock or coma(hence forth referred to as pause). Accordingly she classifies PD into 4 types.

Type-I: self induced pause
Type-II: being stuck in normal, biological dissociation from a foot or ankle injury
Type-III: self induced dissociation from an injury
Type-IV: being stuck in normal biological pause

Type-I PD: self induced pause
Self-induced pause is usually set in motion via a self command, often given in childhood, to “feel no pain,” “be spiritual: rise above pain,”  “I am not a part  of this painful world”  or some similar instruction commanding that one distance oneself from physical or emotional pain or trauma. The command was not a casual remark. It is often memorable for the  intensity and determination that was evoked. It was often performed while staring into a mirror.

Type-I PD is the most common among the people with PD. About 95% of people with PD has Type-I PD. About 90% of people with PD have both Type I and Type 2 PD. In this blog, we focus on Type-I PD. For the remaining types, please refer to the books: Recovery from Parkinson’s (2019) and Stuck on Pause (2017). These books discuss in detail the therapies for the four types of PD. The therapies might work for people with PD who have not taken anti Parkinson’s medications.

Recovery from Type-I PD usually takes longer. The time frame for the recovery varies from a few days to many years.

The length of time is related to the degree to which a person has developed a steady habit of a fear – or anxiety based internal monologue and/or cultivating a habit of imagining himself to be apart from the rest of humanity, or even alone in the universe. In general, the more a person has embraced wary and/or judgemental thinking, the longer it might take him o r her to recover.

The recovery method for Type-I PD has two exercises. These are thought / mental / meditational exercises for automatically stepping out of self induced pause. 

Exercise-1
The person should treat all thoughts and spoken words throughout the day as if they were part  of a silent two-way conversation with a friend: a deceased beloved friend or relative, a “higher power,” some saint or sage, or even a beloved, deceased pet. 

The friend  had to be someone you could laugh with, someone who loved you in an easy-going, honest manner. It could not be a stern  or spiritually ‘superior’ critic.

The thoughts need to become conversation. This chatty duologue would stimulate the striatum, the brain area that exhibits increased activation while thinking of a God with whom you could converse.

Exercise-2
This exercise begins when,  in response to the first exercise, the constant communicant began to seem real and trustworthy enough. This sense of a real relationship took some people years to attain.

Once attained, a person could do the second exercise: regularly ask the communicant to feel more physically present.

For example, a patient could ask the invisible friend to palpably hold him or her, or manifest as some sort of feeling or sensation either inside or on the periphery of the patient’s body. The expectation is to feel as  if the friend is giving physical comfort or gentle stimulation to some part of the body that wanted support, or maybe feel that the same loving energy that   is present in the friend could manifest inside the patient: a feeling inside.

This might stimulate the thalamus, the brain area that exhibits increased activation if your God is something subtly energetic that you can feel or resonate with.

Since Rajayoga meditation is a conversation with invisible God, I will adopt its techniques for Exercises 1 and 2, and share my experiences in this blog.

There are visualisation techniques to mechanically turn off self induced pause. Reader is advised to refer to the book, Stuck on Pause. I will take these for a review subsequently.

How to face COVID-19 without any fears using Rajayoga?

COVID-19 is spreading all over the world. It also brings with it the fears of death, and uncertainties of finances, job, logistics, health, etc.

Fear aggravates Parkinsons symptoms. SO it is necessary to have some tools of thinking to overcome these fears and uncertainties.

Rajayoga(RY) has an alternate perspective to the self. This is in contrast to the perspective of Western science’s view of the self. As per the latter, the self is body. When body ceases, so also the self. Fear is mainly due to the possibility of the failure of the desire of the self to continue.

RY offers the view of the self as an infinitesimal point source of energy. The point source of energy is indestructible and responsible for consciousness phenomenon. The point is referred to as soul.

So, who am I? I am a driver (soul) in a car (body). I am independent from body.

The independent qualities of a soul are peace, love, and bliss. But I forget to experience these qualities, when I occupy the body, and come into awareness of the self as a body.

Now when I switch my awareness to my true form: an infinitesimal point source, I shall experience my original qualities.

My true form is independent of the physical situations that I am going through.

Basically RY meditation is a practice internalising these concepts. I need to switch my awareness to point consciousness from body consciousness to overcome fears and uncertainities.

Below is a youtube video showing a sample practice of these ideas.

Alternative to Western medicine view on PD

Western medicine views Parkinson’s disease(PD) is due to decay of dopamine chemical producing cells in a certain part of the bran. The claim is there is a progressive decay of the brain cells in that part. Hence, PD is progressively degenerative, and incurable.

For Parkinsons patient such a view is a declaration of life sentence to death. It offers despair, frustration, misery, etc.

Come to the view offered by the Chinese medicine.

PD is due to blockages or disturbances of Qi (pronounced as chee) energy flows in the energy channels (also called meridians) in the body. The blockages and disturbances can be removed. When that happens, you are free from PD.

Disease is a disorder in soul, mind and body

Western medicine focuses on body alone, with a functional view of understanding it for treating the diseases. This approach fails to treat chronic diseases.

So, we need an wholistic view on disease. The view on disease is based on the integration of soul, mind and body.

There are many views on soul, and its relation to the mind. I will share the view of soul and mind from Rajayoga meditation subsequently.

The wholistic view of disease gives a clue that recovey from PD requires fixing certain disorders in soul, mind, and body.

Why do we need to understand about soul?

Dont you want to not aggravate your PD symptoms? Certainly we want to keep PD symptoms not to raise higher.

This is possible when you can stay: Peaceful, Loveful and Blissful.

So how can we experience the above?

The answer is in understanding and realising that you are an infinitesimal point source of energy in your body.

Particle in Quantum mechanics is a carrier of forces responsible for matter. It is not a thing.

So also a Soul is a similar particle which is a carrier of forces responsible for consciousness.

The thinking being is a soul, a carrier of forces. It vibrates. When you practice these ideas, you can experience peace, love and bliss.

These ideas need a practice. The practice is called meditation.

I suggest you use the following video which displays a point for practising the ideas on soul. Please ignore the title of the video.

See the centrally displayed point in the video to be your self. While doing it, repeat and experience the following thoughts. Give a gap of 10 seconds or more in between reading the following sentences.

I am an infinitesimal point source of energy. I am that being of light. I am that peaceful point being. I am that peaceful point of light. I am that eternal being. I am an eternally peaceful point being. I am that peaceful soul which is a point of energy.

The above is a commentary for experiencing peace. I will separately post similar commentaries for staying loveful, and blissful.