The conversation on 7 qualities of soul in the following video is in Hindi. But there are subtitles in English to follow the conversation. Also a summary of the conversation is spoken in English at the end of the video.
Many people do not have a spiritual understanding that they are a soul which is an infinitesimal source of non physical energy. However, they understand themselves to be physical beings. As a result, they experience fears, tensions, pressures, anxieties, and other negative feelings and emotions. These affect PD symptoms. These are also the causes of psychosomatic illnesses or disorders. By the way, 80-90% of illnesses and diseases are due to psychosomatic reasons
Spiritual understanding of the self as a soul, which is a infinitesimal source of energy is the beginning to experience the following seven innate qualities of the self. These innate qualities are self-forms(swa-rups) and are:
- Love (prem swarup)
- Peace (shanti swarup)
- Bliss (aanand swarup)
- Happiness (sukh swarup)
- Purity (pavitrata swarup )
- Gyan/Knowledge (gyan swarup)
- Power/energy (shakti swarup)
According to Rajayoga, these qualities are innate to a soul independent of physical, social economic or whatever situations. You may wonder or reject your innate qualities are possible independent of situations because of your current situation or past experience/history. Suffering or negativity is due to body consciousness.
These innate qualities are suppressed by body consciousness. When you realise that you are a soul, and stabilise your awareness as a soul, you move away from the body consciousness. Then these qualities naturally emerge from your being.You don’t have to directly deal with body consciousness to experience the innate qualities.
Love, peace, bliss, happiness, and purity are big topics for a discussion. I will not get into a discussion on their definitions. We will deal with the spiritual version of these.
Coming to a few clarifications. Gyan swarup is being an embodiment of true beliefs. One true belief is you are a soul, a point source of energy. There are other beliefs on God, Cosmology, time, history, etc. These are covered in an introductory course on Rajayoga meditation which is taught by Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Organisation.
Shakti swarup is being a source of non-physical energy.
It is important that we reemerge our original qualities/forms to relieve PD symptoms. When we reemerge these qualities, we vibrate at different levels of frequencies. These frequencies affect particles, atoms, cells in the body; and also outside universe.
I shared in an earlier post, my experience on the effect of meditation on internal tremors.
To start with, you stabilise your awareness in soul consciousness and then practice an innate virtue. The following affirmations are for stabilising in soul consciousness. You understand and visualise them while affirming them.
- I am a soul, a point source of energy, distinct from the body.
- I, a soul, a point of light, am sitting at the centre of the forehead.
- I, a soul, am a guest in the body.
- I, a soul, am a driver of the vehicle, this body.
Next, you can experience an innate quality using affirmations. For instance, to experience love, you can use the following affirmations:
- I, a soul, am loveful
- I, a soul, am love
- I, a soul, am an embodiment of love
I plan to post meditation commentaries to experience these innate forms, Watch out for these.
I share below how I am using the concept of felt sense for healing along with JWH’s method to step out of pause. I am in very early stage of this practice. I will update on the results of this practice subsequently.
Peter Levine in his book “Waking the Tiger: Healing the Trauma”, focuses on felt sense, a concept introduced by psychologist Eugene Gendlin. He (Gendlin) describes it as a bodily awareness of a situation or person or event. It is an internal aura that encompasses everything you feel and know about the given subject at a given time—encompasses it and communicates it to you all at once rather than detail by detail. It is not a mental experience but a physical one.
A felt sense for a PD symptom is the physical awareness of the symptom in its manifestation. While the felt sense is experienced, you may find it changing. Go along with the flow. Avoid judging the awareness. Face it as it is. You will be also switching between videhi, ashariri, and nirakari awarenesses of the self, while experiencing the felt sense.
You can refer the felt sense to the invisible friend. As you experience it, you can sense your subtle body. You can visualise the subtle body being energised by the vibrations/energies of the invisible friend. And then, you can visualise the energies flowing from the subtle body into particles, atoms, molecules, tissues, organs of the body to bring healing by bringing order.
Conversations and relationship with invisible friend are a basis of the method for stepping out of pause as per JWH’s approach to Type-1 PD.
The seven day course has a video for each day. Each video is for 25-30 minutes. Please watch a video a day in the sequence. At the end of the course, it will be clearer how to get connected with the invisible friend.
Day 1: Intro to meditation
Day 2: Who am I?
Day 3: Where do my thoughts come from
Day 4: The source of love and truth
Day 5: Connecting with the divine
Day 6: Steps of meditation
Day 7: Benefits of meditation
JWH’s concepts of PD recovery are stuck on pause, and self induced pause. Both the concepts are relative to the ideas of sympathetic and parasympathetic modes. All these concepts are rooted in the idea of the self as a physical body.
Parasympathetic mode is also possible when self awareness is rooted in point being. That is, self is seen as a point source of energy, distinct from the body, with the awareness of its eternity, and original qualities like peace, love, joy, bliss, and happiness independent of its physical situation.
I believe in cyclic time. There is not anything new in what we are going through from a big picture of the scheme of things. We have gone through it countless times. What is happening is divine. The present moment is divine. No cribs. It will repeat periodically. I am detached from it. Such detachment defeats fear and thereby reducing negative emotions/energies.
Joni Mitchell’s song The circle game comes closer to this philosophy. You can search for the song on youtube.
I had internal tremors two years ago when my body was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. When I started Qigong exercises of Howard Shifke 20 months back, these tremors stopped completely.
For the last 5-6 months, there has been tendency for internal tremors. But these were not manifested.
I never had external tremors until recently. Two months ago, when I was sitting in meditation, I could feel the physical tremors in my right leg. These tremors were fluctuating with the fluctuating state of my meditation. When my meditation stage was turning to be good, the tremors completely stopped. When the meditation stage was lowering, the tremors were creeping. I could wilfully control my meditation state by more concentration of the mind. Thereby I could control my tremors.
There was no fear because of the external tremors appearing. I could see the impact of quiet mind on the tremors.
After that event of seeing the connection between the mind and tremors, I experienced less of physical tremors. Whenever these appear, I could control them by focusing the mind on a meditation technique.
The meditation technique that I use is: visualising myself as a point being. I am a tiny point of light. I am peaceful, loveful, and blissful being. I use these thoughts with internal focus to experience their form and feelings.
It would be good to be familiar with the idea of soul consciousness to stay peaceful, and to overcome fear, anxiety, stress and strain.
The self awareness as a bodily being is body consciousness. Believing, understanding, viewing, sensing and feeling of the self as a bodily being is rooted in our actions based on body consciousness. The scientific understanding of the self is based on the view of the self as bodily being. It includes subjects like physiology, biology, chemistry, physics, neurology, and psychology of the body.
JWH discusses 4 neurological modes: 1. sympathetic, 2. parasympathetic, 3. sleep and 4. pause. Because people are unfamiliar with body consciousness as the self awareness, these modes are understood implicitly without any reference to it. Without it, the sympathetic and pause modes are not possible. PD is due to pause mode or its variants.
Alternative to body consciousness is soul consciousness. Here, soul is understood to be an infinitesimal point source of non-physical energy. The awareness of the self as a soul separate from the body is soul consciousness. Besides, soul consciousness also includes the awareness of soul’s qualities/attributes: eternal, peace, bliss, love, dimensionless, and energy source.
In soul consciousness awareness, the self feels secure, and safe since it has an understanding of its eternity and it being the master of the body which is a temporary vehicle that its driving.
The author strongly believes that soul consciousness can be used to come out of sympathetic and pause modes. It is all about flipping the awareness of self from body to soul.
One can practice soul consciousness for deeper experience of it, in a dedicated meditation session.
One can also practice soul consciousness while performing actions. For instance, a practice of soul consciousness can be: I, this soul, am making a deal with this one. I, a soul, am doing business.