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Yogic Philosophy - Is Yoga Considered A Religion?

 



Some Christians and Jews in the West are worried about Yoga's status as an Eastern religion. 

They are concerned that by doing Yoga, they would be jeopardizing their religious beliefs. 



Is their apprehension justified?

Is Yoga considered a religion? 


The short answer to both concerns is that, rather than eroding their personal faith, Yoga has the potential to strengthen it. 

I'll provide a somewhat more extensive explanation after that. 



Let me start with Christian fundamentalism's extreme perspective, which considers Yoga as a harmful import from the East that should be avoided at all costs. 


  • Yoga is sometimes mixed together with New Age doctrines, which are considered as a threat to Christianity. 
  • True, yoga has always been linked to India's three major religious and cultural traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. 
  • As a result, numerous Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain principles are interwoven into Yoga's teachings. 
  • The concepts of karma and rebirth, as well as the belief that there are numerous deities in addition to the one ultimate Reality, are the most conspicuous instances, which are typically a stumbling block for Westerners. 
  • To begin with, there have been Yoga gurus who have denied the concepts of karma and reincarnation, and Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain deities may be contrasted to Christian and Jewish angels. 


You do not need to believe in karma or reincarnation to practice Yoga. 


  • You don't have to believe in anything other than the potential of self-transformation, that you can transcend your existing worldview and experience, and, more importantly, that you can transcend your own egocentric way of being. 
  • The premise that you have not yet reached your full potential as a human being is at the core of all types of Yoga. 


Yoga, in particular, aims to connect you to your spiritual core, your deepest essence, and that which or who you actually are. 


  • The many schools of Yoga depict this nature in different ways. 
  • You are free to let your unique experience and realization influence your thinking rather than being forced to believe in any of the established answers. 
  • Yoga has been connected with different philosophical and religious systems throughout the millennia, none of which can be considered to describe Yoga itself. 
  • Yoga, after all, is first and foremost a practical spiritual practice based on personal exploration and verification. 
  • In other words, any theory or intellectual framework is seen as secondary to direct personal experience or spiritual enlightenment. 


As a result, Yoga may and has been practiced by individuals who hold a broad range of views and beliefs. 


  • Some Yoga students believe in a personal God who created the cosmos, while others choose a metaphysics that views the world as illusory and the ultimate Reality as solitary and formless. 
  • Others, such as Theravada Buddhism's yogins, refuse to speculate on metaphysical issues. 
  • As a result, some Yoga practitioners are religious while others are not. 
  • Yoga, on the other hand, is only a tool for delving into the depths of our human nature, for delving into the secrets of the body and mind.




An Exercise In Self-Introspection



1. Consider how you feel about Yoga's original objective of freedom. 


2. Consider if and to what extent you want to use Yoga to change yourself. 


  • Make a note of everything you do to facilitate yogic/spiritual development in your situation. 
  • Then write a list of everything you do that keeps you from making significant changes. 


3. As we progress along the yogic path, great masters' insights may be a significant source of inspiration for us. 


  • Our shared inheritance is the Yoga tradition, a live record against which we may test and analyze our discoveries. 
  • What aspects of Yoga have proven to be especially beneficial to you? 


4. "Freedom is not a method, but a manner of being in the world without being of it," a subtle issue is presented in this statement. 


  • This means that human existence may be lived from the "perspective" of awareness, or, to put it another way, pure Awareness. 
  • According to a variety of traditions, one may stay as the transcendental Witness, which is the Self (dtman). 
  • As a result, the body/mind is no longer identified. 
  • This alludes to the condition of jivan-mukti, or physical emancipation. 


5. Teachers build various frameworks and use philosophical language to transmit their ideas to a particular audience while expounding essential truths founded in personal awareness. 


  • As you read through this Study Guide and The Yoga Tradition, keep in mind whether or not the teachings are context or culture-bound. 
  • In each lecture we look at, try to perceive the dynamics of various parts of yoga practice, as well as the intricacies of spirituality involved. 


6. "All roads lead to the same objective," we frequently hear, but is freedom, the purpose of Yoga, the same in every case? 


  • Or do Buddhist nirvana, Vedantic moksha, Patanjali's kaivalya, and the Bhagavad-brahma-nirvdna Gita's all refer to different realizations? 
  • There is enough evidence to suggest that these names aren't just linguistic variances. 
  • When one contrasts the notion of liberation in theistic schools to that of atheistic systems like Classical Samkhya, this reality becomes clear. 



The seventeenth-century instructor Shrinivasa Dasa, for example, offers the following extremely important statements in his Yatindra-Mata-Dipikd (8. 1 6): 


There are two types of liberation seekers: 


  1. those who seek kaivalya 
  2. and those who want moksha. 

The awareness of one's inner Self as separate from Nature is referred to as kaivalya, and it is reached via the Yoga of knowledge. 

This realization... is without the Lord's realization. 



In contrast to kaivalya, moksha is claimed to be attained via passionate devotion to God (bhakti) or unconditional self-offering (prapatti). 


  • A close examination of the scriptures of various religions reveals even more distinctions in the notions of liberation. 
  • As a result, it seems that certain historians of religion's assertion of the transcendental unity of all faiths is a theological oversimplification. 
  • At the same time, these disparate ideas of emancipation do have a common denominator, namely the realization of a degree of existence that transcends the usual space-time continuum. 
  • However, we must not lose sight of the equally important differences. 



According to the facts, there are genuine distinctions in the condition of liberty, as seen by members of various schools. 


Sages and philosophers may choose to dispute whether these subtleties represent degrees of realization fullness. 


  • What are your own views and sentiments on this crucial theological point? 
  • Do you think there's just one ultimate Reality? 
  • If that's the case, do all sages comprehend the transcendental Singularity in the same manner, and are all discrepancies in their explanations only language differences? 
  • Or do you believe that all such theories are pointless and unworkable?





Yogic Philosophy - The Yoga Of Science

 



Yoga And Science



Rather than the observable primary reality of existence, the goal of science is search for the truth. 


And, finally, without its translation into the domain of actual life, this search, in my opinion, remains unfinished. 

If not the world, science—that is, scientific knowledge—must undoubtedly change the scientist. 

In the abstract, knowledge is simply a titillation of the mind, a little stimulation of a part of our entire humanness. 




Knowledge must find expression in the body in order to be fulfilled. 




More than that, it must use the force of its truth to transform the body. 

And truth, not knowledge, is the source of all power. 

Manipulative power, such as political leverage or overwhelming influence, is linked with knowledge. 



Truth's intrinsic power, on the other hand, is transformational in the most profound sense. 


It has the ability to reshape a person in the light of truth. 



What is the truth? 

Shouldn't we be talking about truths? 

 


Truth must be unique in order to be true. 

Always.

A plurality of truths is a logical paradox. 




The practice of speaking about many truths originated from the loss of truth and its replacement with a plethora of facts. However, facts are not the same as truth. 





Only knowledge (prajna) is freeing because it bears the truth (ritambhara). 



Without conceptual blinders, truth is reality. 

To the extent that science's path is illuminated by the ideal of truth, it may lead the scientist, step by step, to the discovery of truth—not just factual truth, but the sort of truth that sees everything in context and maintains that context. 


When considering the broader context of human existence, it is necessary to examine humanity's evolutionary potential, as well as its potential spiritual destiny. 

As a result, science may serve as a stepping stone to Yoga's "evolutionary science," i.e., a spiritual discipline that allows us to realize our entire potential. 


If mastered, yoga's concentration and meditation methods reveal the mind's transcendental potential, allowing us to experience truth at the greatest level, as "ultimate Truth" (paramartha-satya). 



Recommended Reading - Unity of Nature (New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1980), by C. F. von Weizsacker. 






East and West Spiritual Technologies, And Evolution 



Modern civilization is moving in the direction of external freedom. 


Free expression of opinion, affiliation, the ability to form personal connections on one's own terms, and the ability to follow a profession based on one's own qualities are all necessary for a productive and happy existence. 

But, in the end, outward freedom is egocentric, and interior freedom should not be overlooked as a spiritual equivalent. 





The defeat of desire, wrath, greed, attachment, pride, and laziness leads to inner liberation. 




The only way to achieve this freedom and give meaning to all forms of external freedom is for reason and love to come together in a happy marriage. 



1. Our modern technology is the result of humanity's desire for self-transcendence. 


  • Modern science and technology, on the other hand, are limited to the realm of relative liberty and happiness. 


2. The East's psychospiritual technique (i.e., Yoga) is aimed squarely at self-transcendence and inner growth. 


  • Answers to our most basic human problems require both wisdom and practical understanding of contemporary science and technology. 
  • The great Yogas of India are known for their wisdom. 

3. When we acknowledge their worth in regard to their respective areas of application, the two traditions, Eastern technology and Western scientific materialism, are complimentary. 





Reality and Reality Models 



1. The ultimate Reality is unfathomable to the human mind. 


  • As a result, adepts develop models to communicate their spiritual realizations to others. 
  • This is a crucial point: all teachings are simply expressions of the Truth, not the Truth itself. 
  • We must view them as models that may aid us in our quest to get a better understanding of life. 


2. Through the euphoric condition, it is possible to perceive things immediately, without the need of the senses (samadhi). 


3. Epistemology is the study of knowledge and the methods of cognition that are legitimate. 


  • One or more of these methods is recognized by India's different philosophical traditions. 
  • Only sensory perception is permitted by materialist schools, such as the Carvakas. 


4. The following three tools of legitimate knowledge (pramana) are recognized by several schools of lndian thought: sense perception (pratyaksha), inference (anumana), and revealed knowledge (shabda) Some of these instruments are given special attention at each school. 


  • Shabda—or apta-vacana—is the testimony of adepts who are able to give witness to the ultimate Reality via direct realization. 
  • As a result, it is often regarded as the most reliable source of spiritual information. 
  • The process of establishing a proper logical link between two things is known as inference. 
  • The process of seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, or smelling is known as perception. 


5. Ontology, or being theory, is concerned with the broad categories of being. 


  • Most schools of Yoga emphasize ontology, relying on the paradigm provided by the Samkhya tradition, which has twenty-five categories, or tattvas, the twenty-fifth of which is the Spirit (purusha). 


6. Verticalism is a kind of worldview that stresses a "Reality" above and beyond the realm of senses and intellect. 


  • Much of Indian Yoga has been influenced by a verticalist or "ascending" tendency. 
  • This has often resulted in a simultaneous retreat from the "lower" reality of the material world, as in the case of Classical Yoga. 
  • "In, up, and out" (internalization, ascension, and withdrawal/transcendence) summarizes the verticalist viewpoint. 


7. Tantra philosophy provides an alternative to the ascending/verticalist paradigm. 


  • Tantra views Nature and Spirit as inextricably linked, and strives for completeness by integrating all levels, from the coarse physical world to the profound center of Being, Spirit. 
  • The intellectual foundations of Tantra forms the basis of advancement in the physical realm. 


8. Symbolism abounds in most of the world's mystical/spiritual literature. 


  • An understanding and study of pervasive intelligence expressed in existence should be our approach to  symbolism in general and the symbolic language used in Yoga literature.





Does Mindfulness Really Work? A Scientific Enquiry.

 


The process of paying nonjudgmental attention to the current moment has been termed as mindfulness.

The awareness of breathing is commonly employed as an attentional anchor to manage ruminative thought in the early stages of mindfulness training; however mindfulness involves much more than just noticing the breath.


It is based on Buddhist practice and has been the subject of empirical research, with over scientific publications on mindfulness released in the last decade. The evidence for its use in the treatment of depression and anxiety is the strongest.

The impact sizes of mindfulness in these two illnesses have often been reported in the moderate-strong to strong range in meta-analyses. However, because some of the studies included in these meta-analyses failed to account for the placebo effect, it's not unexpected that meta-analyses with stricter inclusion criteria yield lower results.

A recent meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and other mindfulness-based interventions—each with an active control—found small to moderate effect sizes in the treatment of depression or anxiety after eight weeks of mindfulness training, with a reduction in effect size after three to six months.


Although the findings are less impressive, they are equivalent to those that would be expected from antidepressant therapy in a primary care population without the side effects.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the American Psychiatric Association both recommend mindfulness-based cognitive treatment for individuals with recurrent depression, based on these findings.

Other psychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders, eating disorders, chemical and non-chemical addiction disorders, and sleep disorders, may benefit from mindfulness-based therapies, according to some data.

Despite the fact that mindfulness has recently been added to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' practice guidelines as a non-first-line treatment for adults with binge eating disorder, there is arguably insufficient evidence from well-designed randomized trials to support its use for conditions other than depression and anxiety.


Mindfulness may potentially have a role in the treatment of somatic illnesses such as psoriasis, cancer, HIV infection, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, hypertension, lung disease, diabetes mellitus, and chronic pain, according to growing evidence.

Randomized trials show that mindfulness-based therapies, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive therapy, are minimally to moderately effective in the treatment of chronic pain, with potential applications in the treatment of pain-related diseases like fibromyalgia.

However, it's unclear if mindfulness improves patients' capacity to manage with pain or lessens the frequency and severity of pain.

There is inadequate high-quality data to support mindfulness for treating somatic diseases, except for chronic pain and particular pain syndromes.



Questions that remain unanswered


As previously stated, different methodological issues restrict the overall quality of the data on mindfulness's efficacy.

A type of "popularity impact" may impact results in particular. Because mindfulness is becoming more popular, participants' perceptions of getting a "fashionable" or "proven" psychotherapy practice may affect outcomes.

Because it's very hard to blind patients from the knowledge that they're employing mindfulness techniques, this is a challenging confounding variable to control for.

We also need more clarity on whether positive outcomes last for years rather than months, whether mindfulness interventions have any negative side effects, and the validity of the traditional view among contemplative traditions that long-term improvements in health and wellbeing require daily mindfulness practice over many years, rather than just attending a retreat.


In addition, data is needed to identify whether mindfulness in general or specific interventional procedures are more useful for a particular condition.

Numerous interventions have been developed, with significant variation in factors such as total participant-facilitator contact hours, including whether one-on-one contact is provided, quantity and duration of guided mindfulness exercises, use of non-mindfulness psychotherapeutic techniques such as psychoeducation or group discussion, inclusion of a full day silent retreat, and emphasis on self-practitioner interaction.

Mindfulness is defined and operationalized differently in different interventions. Recent research, for example, has concentrated on second-generation mindfulness therapies like the eight-week Meditation Awareness Training, which are founded on the notion that mindfulness is a psycho-spiritual rather than just psychological skill.

It's challenging to extrapolate findings across the whole spectrum of treatments due to significant differences in design and pedagogic approach.


Mindfulness appears to be beneficial in improving perceptual distance from stressful psychological and physical stimuli and in causing functional neuro-plastic changes in the brain, according to emerging evidence.

However, mindfulness's "fashionable" reputation among the public and the scientific community may have obscured the need to investigate crucial methodological and practical difficulties related to its efficacy.


You may also want to read more about Mindfulness Meditation and Healing here.



Shamanism and Biomagnetic fields

 



The SQUID (superconducting quantum information device) 

Magnetometer (biomagnetic field mapping device) is a highly sensitive technology that can map biomagnetic fields created by physiological processes in the body. J. E. Zimmerman, a former Ford Motor Company scientist, was the driving force behind its growth. SQUID was the first practical electronic device to track interaction between matter's energy waves, and it is now regarded as one of the best magnetic flux detectors. Special rooms shielding environmental energies have been designed in combination with SQUID technologies in order to study highly subtle magnetic fields in the brain and other parts of the body.

Konstantin Korotkov, a physics professor at Russia's St. Petersburg State Technical University, came up with another invention. Korotkov, a bioelectrography specialist, created a computerized device that allows for what he calls "Gas Discharge Visualization" (GDV).

GDV, which is based on Kirlian imaging, allows for the study of human energy fields and can aid in the observation of energy transitions in a number of circumstances, including as treatments are performed.

Polycontrast Interference Photography is another new technique with a lot of potential for diagnosing physical and psychiatric illnesses (PIP). It consists of a digital camera and patented software that measures the energy released as two waveforms collide, and it was invented by British researcher Harry Oldfield. The photonic discharge that results creates an image that reveals areas of illness and fitness. 

Chakras, meridians, and physiologic states, as well as the effects of human intention and a variety of environmental factors, are all readily discernible. 

In the United States, Oldfield worked with physician Brian Dailey, and in India, he worked with Thornton Streeter, Director of The Centre for Biofield Sciences. In one study, the crown chakra of a delusional individual was found to be distinctly broken. PIP mapped the changes in a seasoned meditator's consciousness as he went from normal waking consciousness to deep meditation and back to normal waking consciousness in another profile. PIP observations, including GDV experiments, are classified as speculative because it's unclear what energies are being tracked.

The science of metabolic function at the cellular level is also known as bioenergetics. Scientists at prestigious universities are showing the importance of energetic flow and transformation of illness and recovery as a result of this research.

The Institute of Bioenergetics at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, for example, is developing “a multidisciplinary approach to studying cellular metabolism and cellular connectivity with the aim of treating or curing severe diseases.” The field of cellular signaling (how cells communicate) is now progressing from the study of physical processes—for example, a hormone docking with a cellular receptor, which sets off a chain of events—to studying energetic signaling, of which the physical cascade's first source is energetic in nature.

In the laboratory of John McMichael, immunologist, virologist, and curator of Beech Tree Labs and The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery, another field of investigation is underway. Decades of laboratory and preclinical research have shown the promise of a class of formulations that use low amounts of naturally occurring molecules—proteins and DNA, for example—to address a broad variety of diseases.

The dosages are much higher than in homoeopathy, but much smaller than in most modern pharmaceuticals.

Scientific evidence indicating the receptors are affected and which genes are up- or down-regulated (turned on or off) suggests that this platform could lead to a new understanding of how the body functions.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that McMichael's groundbreaking breakthrough for curing depression didn't work by the biopathways common with modern antidepressants since it showed effectiveness in confirmed animal tests. These results led to the hypothesis that the agent works by a process of energetic contact that instructs the body to rebalance itself. McMichael himself believes there may be an energetic network made up of receptors in cells or the extracellular matrix that aids in the restoration of homeodynamics (a more descriptive term for homeostasis), the body's normal balance. As a result, he now concentrates his focus on sub-molecular processes.

Nonlocal healing, in which an individual's or a group's well-focused purpose can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of anyone thousands of miles away, is often on the cutting edge of bioenergetics. Although this process is often classified as mystical or religious, the cause of nonlocal healing is generally thought to be energy-based, whether it is focused by dowsing, praying, or other methods. Physician Larry Dossey and research scientist Marilyn Mandala Schlitz of the Institute of Noetic Sciences are among those who have studied this mechanism of healing scientifically. They have found positive yet contradictory findings, as is typical when studying putative energies. The common denominator of how the different approaches to nonlocal healing concentrate energy is often considered to be intentionality, or the deliberate application of meaning. The scientific mapping of intent is still a long way off.

If healing rituals and hardwired technologies—which get to the heart of the human condition—are energy effects that necessitate looking at the whole being as well as environmental factors, both the quantum physicist's "unified field" and the mystic's "everything is one" insight point to a shared universe. This takes us closer to the aspects of the human condition that are universal, regardless of color, gender, or creed. Although there has been a lot of literature on the energetics of living environments, it hasn't been presented in the light of Western European philosophical ideas and traditions for the most part. This is beginning to change. For decades, science has been catching up to what the Toltecs have been telling about the universe and the healing methods TCM has been providing. The healing therapies of bioenergetics—often referred to as "energy medicine"—appears to be very complex, have strong historical origins, and constitute an emerging multidisciplinary field of modern science.

New models, new factors for investigation, and new tools for healing and wellness will continue to sprout whether energy is in any sense a determinant for biological behavior and reactions. These revelations, on the other hand, do not throw a completely new net of knowledge over the science community. They are predicated on prior experience. According to Oschman, “the new hypotheses should not cause us to forget our sophisticated understandings of genetics, biochemistry, or molecular biology.”

“Instead, they refine our understanding of living systems and healing at deeper structural and functional levels.”

Magnetic electrical input and other forms of energy-based signals are continuously received and emitted by the human body. The body has an array of energy-detection apparatuses, from drawing in the Sun's energy and turning it to Vitamin D, to hearing impacting brain areas, to photon-detection receptors in the retina. Chemical reactions are triggered by the presence of electricity. Furthermore, the modern discipline of electromyography, which tracks electrical currents behind muscle contraction, has over a century of study behind it, demonstrating that this form of action happens spontaneously within the body.

“We are in a time of radical transition in the healthcare system,” says Oschman, a recognized pioneer in the area of biophysics. In this phase, Energy Medicine plays a critical role. The explanation for this is that traditional Western medicine is the first medicinal practice in existence to have largely overlooked the concept of energy. Nearly all complementary and holistic therapies that the population is enthusiastically turning toward have energetic concepts.” “‘In every society and in every medical practice before ours, healing was done by transferring energy,” Oschman continues, quoting Albert Szent-Györgyi (who received a Nobel Prize in for his synthesis of vitamin C).

“Nothing occurs in nature without an energy exchange,” says physicist Milo Wolff. Communication or the development of some sort of information requires an energetic transition. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is a natural law.”


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Shamanism and Energy

 



The Toltec worldview, a type of shamanism in which the energy body plays a central role. Based on this core theme, I've discovered that these ancient teachings reveal underlying mechanisms of consciousness and cognition, including how we shape meaning, and give us the ability to intentionally cultivate ever-expanding worldviews over the course of 35 years. These teachings aren't isolated from the rest of the world. They are, beyond a doubt, a natural extension of existing fields such as philosophy and research. They have the potential to have an effect on other fields and to greatly expand the boundaries of agreed expertise.

Others have written about Toltec beliefs and rituals as well, bringing what was once obscure to the forefront of mystical literature. Toltec literature has grown in popularity worldwide since Carlos Castaneda's first novel, The Teachings of Don Juan, was written in the late 1960s. Victor Sanchez, Florinda Donner, Taisha Abelar, Miguel Ruiz, Susan Gregg, and other Toltec practitioners have since contributed to a growing body of practice.

Though Castaneda and his books became well-known, his work in presenting an emic account of Toltec teachings (from the perspective of a participant rather than an outside, "objective" observer) won him a doctorate in anthropology from UCLA. Carlos Castaneda's doctorate has not been revoked, despite claims to the contrary. When assessing Castaneda's work, the emic format must be taken into account. The substance of his books has been accused of being intuited or even invented by him.

However, if we apply an emic criterion to his work and see it as coming from within the Toltec shamanic culture rather than the more traditional watching and documenting from a distance from the event under investigation, the expression of his instruction is completely compatible with that body of teachings. His books should then be interpreted as the conclusion of a learning project in which one must put the lessons into practice. As a result, rather than intuiting his books as is customary, he used directions from his teacher, don Juan Matus, for "dreaming."

He greatly expanded conversation and action into new areas of human capacity by doing so. Castaneda's books are a good part of having understood and enacted the method in this light, a true reflection of emic anthropology.

Shamanism for the Age of Science, on the other hand, is not a "Toltec" book in the sense that it does not provide rituals based exclusively on that experience. It instead focuses on facets of the energy body that are important to all, not just those of esoteric interests. It distils the nature of what Toltec shamans learned about the fundamental framework of the human energy body—particularly when it applies to person and collective learning—and examines it and its impact on consciousness via a modern lens. References to don Juan's teachings, the central character of Castaneda's novels, are intended to maintain the lineage's continuity. When Castaneda codified a formerly oral culture, a new mold was cast, undermining the evolution sequence; only time can tell what consequences this had. Since the Toltec strain of shamanism is based on discovering the energy body rather than instilling a fixed theory, it always takes unexpected turns. “There is no official version of Toltec knowledge,” don Juan said, “and the passing of time necessitates new ways of reading and elucidating it.”

Shamanism has always been articulated in words that are important to the people it represents, as one of the oldest traditions in philosophy, regeneration, education, and other means of speech related to the people it serves. Since we live in a scientific age, the depiction of shamanism offers an incentive for shamanism and science to engage in more than a passing conversation.


Gerald Piel, the father of Scientific American and author of The Age of Science, eloquently portrays a world where committed men and women have mapped facets of life that were once confined to the realms of mystics and alchemists. Our understanding of subjects like light, space, time, genes, and geology, to name a few, has been transformed dramatically thanks to the efforts of dedicated scientists.

However, the realms of science and shamanism remain diametrically opposed, with those in each camp scratching their heads as they observe the other. Philosophical propositions that occur only as mental objects are challenging, if not impossible, to research scientifically. The foundation of what might be called speculation is not observational, not based on experiment and observation, the bedrock of science.




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Shamanism Complements Science

  



A New Partnership

When precise conditions for measurement, such as the energy body and its processes, are given, shamanism emerges.


These objects are on the cusp of science, since they can be researched with the same meticulousness that has gone into other fields of research. Chemistry, for example, is a fundamental component of science, while intent—focused energy— is a foundational component in shamanism.

Scientists are starting to look at intent in ways like remote healing and how an experimenter may affect an experiment, and shamans can come to see chemical behavior and reactions as refined embodiments of intent. In contrast, shamans' observations of the authoritative energetic systems in human anatomy and cosmology provide scientists with an ability to explore previously unexplored scientific territory.

Things seem to be moving in this direction. We are at a stage in our history where the realms of science and ancient ways of consciousness study are mixing, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama's book The Universe in a Single Atom demonstrates. In this regard, there is a clear compatibility between science and shamanism, as both are tools for understanding more about how we work and the environment we live in.

Shamanism complements science by offering a contemporary, cross-cultural background, and science augments shamanism by unveiling new paths of exploration.

Whether or not this partnership takes place would have no bearing on either party's success. If it does not, it would be a waste of time and neither party learned from the other. Science also has an endless number of possibilities to discover, and shamanism will continue to exist whether or not it is approved by scientific authority. In this vein, I combine shamanism and science because I've discovered that the two together offer a solid stepping-stone to enhanced knowledge of human nature and abilities.



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Shamanism As a State of Consciousness

 



Bioenergetics, a quickly expanding research field that nicely blends with developments in understanding cognition, or how we come to know and understand, is mentioned as part of this strategy. To further explain how the energy body governs consciousness, this is laced with physics and neuroscience considerations. 


One of the greatest puzzles of all time is how to define consciousness.

We don't need to describe consciousness to use it to become more conscious, however. We do need the resources offered by background and procedures that are specifically designed to promote the creation and use of consciousness.

Psychology was known as a theory of mental existence in the eighteenth century, and it took the first steps toward being a discipline in the nineteenth century, according to Blackmore. Bringing some of the many aspects of psychology to bear on the riddle of consciousness gives one another avenue to at least experiment with it and perhaps draw more value from applying it to the spirit body, particularly provided that shamanism has been dubbed "America's oldest psychology." This also refers to the different forms of shamanism that can be seen all over the world, since it is indeed one of the most prevalent influences. As a result, both shamanism and science have cross-cultural significance and are important in today's world.


As time passed, Toltec perception investigators continued their work and delivered a sophisticated constellation of knowledge about the energy body, including concrete, consistent sources that detail the energy body as an empirical, observable aspect of our anatomy. These viewpoints also have a unified view, allowing for an accounting of the wisdom acquired in the different philosophical traditions that research the universe as energy.

The energy body, by its very essence, encompasses all aspects of human activity. As a result of Toltec considerations, we should reexamine classic literature from other religions, such as the perennial philosophies of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. Shamanic origins run the gamut from animism and pantheism to monotheism in these sects of mysticism. Shamanic research also looks at time-honored metaphysical questions like ethics, free will, and the ontological state of being.




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Shamanism and The Physical Body's Energy

  


This study of the human experience is unique because of the breadth of this perspective and the possibilities it highlights.


It's worth looking at. In some ways, this is strange, because Toltec lore claims that what became the highly refined worldview of today began to coalesce 5,000 to 7,000 years ago in the center of what is now a third-world nation, Mexico. Around the same time, the teachings of the Toltecs do not exist in a vacuum. Many disciplines, traditions, and people have added to our understanding of the energy body, from medical medicine to homoeopathy to ancient Taoism.

I've discovered that failing to recognize our personal energy body is akin to trying to walk down the street without using our muscles. There is so much more than being human that is yet to be discovered. The development of understanding of our greater capacity leads to a radical shift in how we see the environment and, as a result, shifts in behavior. This improved interaction with our environment allows for more learning, and new ways to learn. Learning is dependent on how much you use the skills you have at your hands, as well as using those resources to begin with. You may have a lot of insight but no experience in that situation. Similarly, you can have a lot of training that goes to waste because you lack the ability to submit and incorporate it.

BOOKS are a dominant medium of expression for knowledge, education, and entertainment in our time. They are consciousness representations created by energy bodies, with the book style representing the type of energy being portrayed. Much like energy bodies, you can say a book is a book by looking at its structure, and you can tell the contents have been formed in such a way as to express some kind of wisdom. Books, like energy bodies, express realities and distortions based on the craftsmanship that goes into their development. Books, like energy bodies, embody and create worlds large and small and for good or bad by concentrating thinking, emotion, and action.

And, just like energy bodies, no single book, or even a series of books, can provide everything that is learned about any given topic. However, books, like energy bodies, have the ability to bind you to infinity.

This book is the result of combining Toltec theory with a number of science and academic disciplines, exposing the structure and functions of the energy body while also providing a basis for a better understanding of perception and personal development. What is learned is not negated by these modern views on creativity, intellect, and memory. They increase understanding in the same way as new ideas, habits, and innovations are stimulated by disruptive technology. The overriding principle of this project is that what happens within the energy body is the primary determinant of all we see, experience, think, or interpret. While the power, resilience, and importance of the ancient Toltec tradition inform this debate, the additional references to current fields of inquiry reinforce and lead the basic concept into modern meaning.

The scope of this project necessitates a scientific rendering that accurately reflects the mechanics of the energy body and related science. This approach has a reason since it is necessary to present the rationale of how the energy body functions and how to help it reach its full potential. It won't stop you from waking your energy body if you don't understand the complex specifics. The first step is to get a grasp of the situation, and to do so, you just need to be aware of your choices.

The options are essentially the same as those that arise from studying the myriad structures that make up the human body. You'll notice that the dynamics of the nervous system and the energy body, for example, mirror each other.

Historical and contemporary studies collide, exposing more than previously believed while expanding the possibilities. The fact that energy body processes can be linked to a variety of fields backs up the idea that experience is determined by factors within the energy body. In the other hand, these fields of research stem from the energy body, which focuses and generates awareness. Each essay serves as a stepping stone toward a greater understanding of our natural heritage, as well as how to cultivate proficiency in the care and maintenance of your energy body.

The intricacies of projecting, the interplay of learning and creativity, the foundation of fundamentalism, the importance of altered states of consciousness, and how to groom present-centeredness are just a few of the topics discussed herein using this technique. 




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Shamanism, Logic and Lessons in Truth

 



This one, among others, is an important part of the overall project. When it comes to interacting with energy bodies, all forces, both internal and external, are crucial. Each segment can be seen as a part of learning and using your energy body in this way. When you grow consciousness, you can refer to a bit or a chunk of your experience at any given time. There is no set order in which things must happen; there is no set order in which things must happen first or last. The intertwining string of infinity, on the other hand, connects each of the shamanism's segments.

We've developed a sound, a leading signal that will lead us down a clear path to our destination. It is, though, a blueprint that reflects and determines what is to come. We examine an area where science and metaphysics collide, where a change in our perception of reality is taking place, and which provides insight to further the validity of the energy body's presence and effect.

The book "Anatomy of the Energy Body" goes on to describe the parts of our expanded selves as well as their visual capacity. It also gives an explanation of how thoughts construct the bits and pieces of everyday life's reality, as well as how emotions tie this tapestry together. These reference points, when applied to a person, a collective, or a community, may either direct us to freedom or mercilessly constrain us. “The Formation of Truth” provides insights into how models of reality are dynamically formed, encapsulating our understanding of the universe and thereby providing us a world to view, to help you understand and command this mechanism. This demonstrates how truth emerges from infinity in this way. “Expanding the Boundaries” describes energy body mechanisms in such a manner that it can be used to explore states of consciousness outside of group consensus, thus expanding the zone of agreed reality.

It's possible that your convictions will be tested along the way. Suspension of belief is central to the scientific process, Eastern mysticism, in which the universe is seen as an illusion, and Western Toltec thought, in which the reality (any world) is seen as one of several real possibilities. The soul of objectivity is this perceptual transition.

You can think of and even create new orders of truth by learning to control your convictions. This renews and invigorates your life in and of itself, which is why “Stockroom of a Thousand Mirrors” delves further into truth construction.

In “Closing in on Fundamentalism,” we look at some of the stifling impact of our views of truth on learning.

Fundamentalist actions can affect everyone, and this can not be forgotten. Whether or not you believe in the nature of free will, you will discover that the creation of truth is indeed an involved phase in nature. “Building a Creative Life” then offers viewpoints to help you boost your energy and actively shape your reality, as well as get a better understanding of the levels of development you can expect and their inherent obstacles to increased consciousness.

“Living the Unfolding Moment” examines the ultimate outcome of energy body growth. It's about life's immediacy, where personal consciousness collides with infinity.

We are largely unaware of this relation, despite the fact that it exists. Living in the present moment is a condition of being, a state of satisfaction, awareness, and grace, and it represents quintessential human intellect—ontological intelligence. The distinction between academic and ontological understanding can be seen in the ability to speak about and intellectually understand a talent vs the ability to do, observe, and practice that skill. All of the classic mysticisms, in my opinion, approach being and, as a result, reflect on the natural human condition. What differs between them is how they go about getting this to light.

By now, you should have a good sense of the sound of this novel. “Energy Management Skills,” on the other hand, gives you more opportunities to explore your energy body. You may or may not share aspects of the subsequent interactions with others, and they may or may not be entirely contextual. In any case, this prepares you to make sense of them in a broader context, enhancing your attention, allowing you to explore your creativity, and speeding up your learning. We aim to examine the core components of learning—memory, intellect, objectivity, and self-guidance—and concludes with a learning posture that will hold you alert no matter what time, location, or situation you find yourself in. After all, it's all about learning when it comes to awakening your spirit body.

The Goal and the Way

When all is said and done, the aim of this essayis to give you the context and tools you need to improve your awareness skills so that you can revitalize your life on a regular basis, contributing immeasurably to what that entails for both individuals and communities. This is accomplished by imagination and learning, with meaning serving as a navigational guide. Seeking the energized moment of an energized truth is the key to truly understanding this quest; it means fully awakening, to be. This is the position where you can reach infinity.



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Shamanism in a Universe of Energy

 



There have been times in the history of human growth that community consciousness grew and the world became a better place.


The whole universe was turned upside down. These moments have also spanned decades, if not generations, as new ways of seeing the world—viewing it as circular rather than flat, or spinning around the Sun rather than the other way around—have increasingly progressed from concept to widespread recognition to accepted reality.

Reality is "simply" a matter of experience, of putting together an enormous amount of data into a cohesive structure that both awakens and restricts our understanding of the universe. Our perspective on life, like a compass reading, establishes the boundaries of what is considered conceivable. A flight through an ocean to remote places is not feasible for anyone who believes the earth is flat, since it would mean definite death. There isn't even an effort. A worldview that includes the precise passage of celestial bodies, on the other hand, provides for safe navigation through seas and oceans, as well as travel to the moon and back. Daring souls welcome the opportunity to reach above what others claim is impossible in light of new experiences. As a result, others are more likely to join in.

We are living in a watershed period in human history, where the whole earth, including ourselves, is now seen as made of electricity. A quantum physicist will undoubtedly tell you this, and will be able to back it up with all of the necessary statistics and figures. A healer who uses the laying-on of hands, an acupuncturist, or a homoeopath can both say you the same thing, though in somewhat different ways depending on their experience. A typical biologist or medical doctor who is now on the cutting edge of his or her field may still see the world in these words.

The implications of this paradigm change are unfathomable at this time. It will usher in new psychological, health, ecological, industry, and technological paradigms. All fields of human endeavor will be transformed, as a complete reassessment of realities and possibilities will be required. The ramifications of this new worldview alone for health and recovery are enormous. A review of the different facets of the improvements that will emerge from the realization that we—and the world—are made up primarily of energy is, however, beyond the scope of this essay.

Instead, it focuses on the energy body's anatomy and psychological mechanics. This applies to any situation or way of life and it sets the stage for comprehending shifts in reality on any scale.

The energy body paradigm proposed here serves as a unifying umbrella for all bioenergetic modalities and innovations, as well as a way of addressing personal and group circumstances, such as those related to imagination, fitness, and consciousness. The energy body, as part of our natural nature, not only binds us to our everyday environment, but also defines the full spectrum of our experiences and behaviour. As a result of a significant reorientation of conditions within the energy body, a fundamental change in perceiving truth occurs. This essay's focus on healing demonstrates the inquiry's realistic bottom-line potential.




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