Pathwork and Meditation

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Part 1


1.1 atha yoganusananam

With prayers for divine blessings, now begins an exposition of the sacred art of yoga.

One interpretation is to take this as a detailed explanation of how to practice the discipline of yoga. That following this ‘spiritual science’ man can transcend the Karmic Wheel of birth, death and rebirth. Another understanding  is f the concept of ‘now’. This view resonates with me, now is the only reality we exist in, this breath and being present in the moment. The practice of yoga moves us towards a state of balance, a balanced mind leads to yogic consciousness, allowing us to be present in the moment.

1.2 yoga-citta-vritti-nirodha

Yoga is the cessation of the movements in the consciousness.

First was Tao, the way, from which yin and yang sprung. Tao was the perfect balance of energy which allowed the expression of these perfect polarities. These interdependent opposites are in constant motion. This play between them creates everything, both within us and without us. Through the practice of yoga, we are able to cultivate a balanced yin and yang patterns, qi flows freely and properly within the body and according to the season. Following this pattern our consciousness which is housed within the heart is able to be nourished and held within its centre. The emperor Shen is ruling over the kingdom (temple of the body) and consciousness remains without fluctuations. We experience Joy, the emotion of the heart and unconditional love.




Then the seer abides in his/her own true nature.

Yoga means to yoke and bring together all our various parts. At times it can mean bringing together opposing forces, your yin and yang aspects, such as the shadow and the ego. Integration of the of opposite aspects grants us more qi. This surge of qi can lead to epiphanies, internal shifts and the possibility to transcend judgements. Dropping our judgements allows us to move through our internal labyrinth leading us to the greater whole. Through the practice of yoga the veil that separates us from our world view, falls away. We are the universe within, a macrocosmic orbit, circulating within the macrocosm. Yoga allows us to reconnect with the rhythms of the universe, making us one again.

1.4 Vrtt-sarupyam-itaratra

At other times the seer identifies with the fluctuation of the mind and forgets his/her true essence.

Yin and yang are in a constant state of dynamic balance. The transformational relationship is not a static one. One changes into the other. Such as day changes into night and the seasons shift, both within and without us, yang shifts into yin and yin into yang. This is the way. Disharmony of qi will result if we do not live in accordance to this shifting and that in turn leads to imbalance. This imbalance leads to disharmony and this will resonate within our minds. The veil rises,  again separating us from ‘Tao’.  We lose our connection with the whole,  becoming isolated mirco universes circulating within the cosmic soup.

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Maat Feather Meditation

Maat Feather Meditation


To lighten and align your heart chakra, try this exercise for seven days….

Lie down in a quiet and sacred space where you can remain undisturbed through this exercise. Place a white feather upon your heart, close your eyes, focusing on your breath. Relax your body, going deeper and deeper into relaxation until you reach a relaxed and meditative state.

Breath in and out slowly as you become one with the feather. Relax and let go of the stress and pressures of the world. Release all the tension in your body and especially your womb. As you go deeper into your relaxed and meditative state become aware of any pain you may be holding in your body. Now, release the pain your body holds, from this life, and your previous lives.

Allow your body to float, and drift and connect with the divine Spirit, creating unity with the sacred source.

Feel you becoming one with the feather. Move deeper and deeper into your quiet and safe space. Now bring your consciousness towards your heart. Feel the weight of your heart. Does it weigh heavy against the day? Are there words you spoke which are held here still? Feel the weight of it, its heaviness or lightness, which ever may be the case. Take as much time as you need to feel it completely. Own the weight within it. Then, as your breath out, release the weight with your breath. Let it go, breath in lightness and breath out heaviness. Take as much time as you need, until you feel your heart becoming lighter and lighter still. Think again about your feather, laying gently over your heart, its lightness and become one with it. Once you have become one with the feather, imagine your heart and feather moving towards one another until they become one, and your heart has the weight of the feather.

Feel peace and calm flow into you as your inner balance is restored and renewed.


In Shadow and Light


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