Sunday 29 September 2019

Why Teach Mindfulness or Transformation Meditation?

From Mindfulness to Knowingness from 

the Himalayan Masters

Meditation is now on the lips and minds of every intelligent person. The scientific results are in that everyone can greatly benefit from meditation practice: school children, university students, corporate executives, professionals, politicians, health care professionals, exercise and yoga teachers, and as well as seniors who want to enjoy their golden years in peacefulness and harmony. But where do you start if you want to develop your own meditation practice so that you are fully established in the meditative awareness and feel confident enough to teach meditation to others? If you want to get your feet wet, or if you want to embark on a journey to unfold this highest knowledge and enlightenment, to be able to teach meditation in many different settings and individually, our home-study format to teach meditation is for you.

You will receive in this home study course all the basic tenants of Mindfulness Meditation. This includes the observation of the breath and awareness of the present moment. However, we don’t stop there. After practicing relaxation and breathing techniques, which we give you many in writing and easy listening from our audio recordings, you will be led to a deeper meditation.

Transformation Meditation provides direct, personal knowledge and experience of the space of highest meditation that usually hides within. You can teach Mindfulness Meditation as you would teach or facilitate any other subject, but with this added direct,  personal knowledge, and experience that Transformation Meditation provides you will be living meditation. This direct experience will enable you to be a much more effective meditation teacher.

Through Transformation Meditation you will quickly move from Mindfulness Meditation to Knowingness Meditation. From the awareness of the present moment, which may be filled with thoughts, images, and sounds, to the direction of the Knower, or the one who is watching and knowing all the thoughts, physical sensations, and experiences. From the direct perception of the Knower you will never doubt you know the Knower. This Knowingness will now always be shining within you and all of those who come in your presence will want to know how to have the great sense of peacefulness and bliss that you have. Now, through these teachings and this direct connection with the state of peace, calmness, and blissfulness as it unfolds in you, teaching will become easy as you are now living in the very meditative state of highest awareness.

I encourage you to start with our Transformation Meditation Teacher Training Home-Study Course. It is just twenty hours of study so anyone, even a busy professional, can do it. It is very economically priced and affordable for you to get started teaching and earning a living from teaching  a beginner and intermediate courses. Our program also includes a live online session with an advanced meditation yogi who will speak to you directly from the Himalayas of India.

With this easy to follow course curriculum, along with all the handout you can give to your students which include the guided techniques, as well as the audio instruction for the practices, you will have the great, initiative, motivation, dynamism and inspiration to speak about  and teach this to others. You will then, very quickly become a more experienced meditation teacher. You will receive all the lesson plans and teaching tools to run five sessions of classes and five intermediate classes. You will also receive the marketing strategies and knowledge about the places where you can teach. This will greatly reduce your preparation time so you can start right away. Then to extend your studies, we provide more advanced courses so you can use to develop yourself and have the inspiration and higher knowledge to advance your teaching as your classes progress.

First you need to experience the bliss of meditation. This can be accomplished with twenty hours of coursework and practice.  Then you will be inspired to live the meditative awareness and speak about it. We have many more resources available to advance your knowledge base. Our more advanced home-study courses include: The Essence of the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Stillness of Breath: breathing techniques, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: as it pertains to meditation, and our Live Online Meditation Teacher Training  modules, where you meet weekly online with an experienced teacher who has lived with a meditation master in the Himalayas of India for many years. Please read about Mukta and our course authors in “About our teachers and authors” to find out about their accomplishments and work. Also please see the reviews from our hundreds of graduates worldwide, to hear directly from others around the world what they have gained and enjoyed from our courses. Their comments are remarkable as uplifting! Looking forward to working with you soon and assisting you in completing your Home-Study Teacher Training Course and receiving your certificate of achievemen

Thursday 26 September 2019

Life Coaching and Teaching Mindfulness and Meditation

It is a time now when many people are becoming aware that they would like more from the experience of their life than just waking up, going to work, taking care of their families, going to sleep and then getting up the next day and continuing in the same fashion. Perhaps they are seeking a new relationship, or wanting to start a family, or trying to develop a better career. However, they also may see the dead end in optioning their goals, as after the goal is attained, then what? Perhaps your client is overcoming a debilitating illness or injury, or dealing will a loved one who is aging or ill and wants to find a better way to cope.  We see people of all social economic groups that are uneasy or unhappy regardless of how much money they have or how big their family is, and how satisfying their job is, and even how healthy they are.  One’s career may be very rewarding but there are still difficult and stressful things that one has to overcome in their life. Family and health issues may sometimes seem to come out of nowhere and appear to be insurmountable as they can be so difficult and stressful to handle.

When one begins to meditate, the first step is to become aware of your own mind with thoughts, as well as your body with feelings and how they limit you from the satisfaction of life. As you become mindful of your changing thoughts and feelings, you can begin to see how the mind is controlling your experience of life.  Your mind has become the master as you are affected by all your thoughts and feelings, rather than you being the master of the mind and remaining free from your thinking.  So while coaching someone, whether it is for job satisfaction, family or relationship issues, or financial concerns, the awareness and mastery of one’s thinking becomes essential. When you are unaware of the mind, you are a victim of your own mind. If the thoughts are positive then you feel all right, or, you are happy. If the thoughts are negative then you are unhappy and you suffer. However, changing all of one’s thoughts is an arduous and impossible task as thoughts keep coming uninvited. Therefore, changing all of your thoughts is not the solution.

The solution is another method that is essential to create a happy and satisfied life. Finding the right relationships and job satisfaction is wonderful, but without meditation you will never feel fully fulfilled since conflict will still arise. This is why with meditation training, you will not only have the easiness and self-reflection to really find out what you truly desire in life, but you will be contented with yourself. The process of Transformation and Knowingness Meditation shifts the attention from the mind and your thoughts, to Pure Knowingness.  Then you know yourself  as the Knower or watcher of the mind and not just as a mind with thoughts. The Knower is forever free from all the changing thoughts in the mind. With meditation practice you will rest in this awareness. Then the life will flow like a river towards the source. You are now in the current of life rather than trying to swim upstream. With this awareness all of the obstacles to living a happy life can be overcome.  As a life coach if you unfold this awareness yourself through your meditation practice, then many clients will be attracted to you. They will observe that you live in freedom which is also what their heart truly desires.  Knowing this state of freedom or pure awareness, you will have the greatest method to help your clients or students to unfold into their highest life potential. You will guide them to know that they are free from the changing thoughts, free from the dramas of the worldly experience, and that the happiness and bliss that they are seeking through so many different means, is inherently already there. They now practice, through your guidance, knowing the Knower, which is forever pure and free. Then the life flows in the current of peace, joy, fulfillment, and love and the purpose of life is realized.

Friday 12 February 2016

I am that Which is Eternity

I Am That Which is Eternity

I have thought my whole life through
That I am born as this one called you.
Now I'm told I was never born
How can that be my new dawn?

The body seems so true and real
The senses are the feeling's meal.
To be the one before birth had come
The one who sleeps and is never spun.
This seems to the mind impossible and false
Yet when I close my eyes what is that source?

Why don't I say that is me?
No thought, no sense, just pure and free.
That space is the Me before birth and after death
So why not remain forever and make that stretch?

Then all is clear and all is free
I am that which is Eternity.

Monday 16 July 2012

Two New Enlightening Poems, by Shree

Ever-Present Self-Effulgent You Are

Ever-present Self-effulgent you are
Mind cannot know this, close nor far.
You try to think and make it true
But the thoughts can never lead to You.
They come they go
Sometimes fast sometimes show.
They form your personality
But thoughts have no truth or reality.

In deep sleep you are still there
Even though your thoughts are nowhere.
So how then can you remain free from thinking?
When the mind’s job is to keep on linking?
The waking state forms with all events,
In deeps sleep dissolve all its contents.
When you know the ever-present Being
That Being is Self-effulgent and it’s all you are seeing.
When the forever free remains
You know this and never have any pains.
The thinker you are, not the changing mind’s state
The thinker or Knower is your pure Self-effulgent fate.

June 19, 2012

The Waking State is but a Dream:
All is One Self–Pure Being

When you dream where did you go?
You are lying in bed so how do you know?
The same you is the dreamer the one who was awake
Now you are sleeping but who is at stake?
You create all figures, forms and scenes
They come from you so they are the same Being’s.

The Pure Consciousness that you forever are
Creates the show like an engineer creates a car.
In your dream many characters appear but you alone are
In the waking state you are your own movie’s star.

If everyone was the same
And met your preferential game,
Then the movie of life
Would not be joy, with struggle and strife.
All would be the same
And not this truly intriguing game.

So the Pure Consciousness that we all are
Creates this puppet show for our own enjoyment.
All is one Self without the personality flaw,
We enjoy all the characters that we have created
From the same source it is never belated.
No need to change anyone only your own mind
Seeing your own Self everywhere forever, your kind.

Himalayas, July1,  2012

Wednesday 28 December 2011

Two Enlightening Poems

Breaking out of the Egg of Creation

Like a chicken in an egg ready to be hatched
Wanting to be released into space, unattached.
The waking state keeps me covered, a shell in place
Like an egg shell, mind covers freedom and space.
The Pure Self illuminates the mind and then
The mind thinks it is self-luminous and a friend.
That power of the Self now penetrates the mind
This makes me believe it is real, not sublime.

I am wanting to make this break
From this human emotional quake.
The ego is stuck on the illusory wheel
“I am born and someday I will die.”
As long as I remain fixed to this identity
I remain bound from Self’s serenity.
Not knowing the truth that I am I, alone
Never born and never becoming a stone.

Pure Self alone all this is
No separation or karmic biz.
The Self illuminates mind and ego’s needs
But that Self is needless and forever frees.
The Self forever the same can break out
Of mind’s pride and endless doubt.
The knowledge of Self who we truly are
Breaks me free from the body's car.
The illusory ego is then broken
I am free to fly and this can be spoken.
The emanation of the Being is forever, needless, and free
We already are this, so live in total freedom, just be!

Dec. 15, 2011
Himalayas, India

Under the Umbrella of Shyam

We are under the umbrella of Shyam
The blue/black space of eternal calm.
The purity of all is there
No need to shield in despair.
Just like the air becomes still
Or wild and without care.
The space of Shyam remains forever
Moving or still, most highly clever.

The purity alone is, but can be hidden
Behind the cloud of the mind it’s sitting.
As the sun dissolves the clouds into sky space
Fire of knowledge dissolves mind without a trace.
When the clouds of thoughts are cleared away
What remains is You, so now let that stay.
Pure, free, forever you already are
Just abide by it, it's never far.

Nov. 10, 2011
Himalayas, India

Saturday 17 December 2011

The Truth about Meditation and Samaadhi

When we speak about what meditation is and is not, we can start with a definition of the word “meditate.” Webster says that to meditate is, “to think deeply or focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”

This definition is a start, but to practice it one would need to know more. Also, with just this information many misconceptions about what meditation really is can arise. Therefore, my working definition will be: “Meditation is a state of higher awareness, awareness of your true Self which is pure, free and forever.”  If we use Webster’s definition then we would think that meditation is only a focusing technique. However, the state of meditative awareness can occur spontaneously, such as, by being in the company of a long time meditator, by listening to a talk on meditation, or just by closing your eyes and watching. Therefore, we need to expand the definition and to do this first we will explore what meditation is not.

In the Transformation Meditation Teachers Training Manual the basic misconceptions of meditation practice are discussed along with the true meaning of what meditation is.

Misconception 1: The state of yoga or union with the Self is achieved when the thoughts in the mind are controlled.

Thoughts do not need to be controlled. Your mind is a field of thoughts and they appear without your invitation. When you come to know that your thoughts are waves of perception that you, as the Self, use to perceive the world, then your thoughts are not problems that have to be controlled. They appear from the Source, or Pure Consciousness, and you can observe them as they return back to that same Source. When you follow these thoughts back to the Source, or experience the space between your thoughts, you are united with the Self. When ice is heated, it turns to water and then steam, which dissolves back into space. H20 can appear in different forms, such as clouds, ocean waves, ocean foam, ice, steam, etc., but it is the same substance. In the same way, your thoughts can be seen as energy in a more solid form appearing as words, and then as more subtle perceptions, or waves, which you can observe as they dissolve back into the Pure Consciousness field of your awareness. Just as we know the ocean is all water even though we may perceive waves, spray or foam, we can also know that thoughts are all Pure Consciousness.

Now that this is cleared up, we can continue on with the discussion of the truth about meditation. The question will arise: “If you do not control your thoughts in meditation then what do you do?” The answer is that you just close your eyes and watch the space in front of your closed eyes. The instruction is to watch as it is; in this watching that you become aware that you are the watcher or witness of all the changing thoughts. Therefore, you can de-identifying with the thoughts and remain the Knower of your thoughts. You become aware that you are not your thoughts, as you are the one who is knowing or watching your thoughts.

The techniques of meditation, such as using a mantra or watching the breath, are just preliminary methods to allow you to begin to watch rather than to drift off with all the changing thoughts. When you follow all of your thoughts that is called day dreaming and not meditation. It becomes meditation when you, as the watcher or Knower of your mind, direct the attention back to the mantra that you are repeating, or when you direct the attention to watching your breath.  By doing this you are remaining the watcher or Knower and de-identitifying with the changing thoughts. You become aware that you are the watcher, or subject, and the thoughts are what you are watching or knowing, as the object.  If you, for some time, follow the thoughts then that is fine as you cannot control your mind. Thoughts just come from nowhere, like your hair grows without your control and thoughts come and go without your control. When you go to sleep at night, you lie down on your bed, tuck yourself in and wait for sleep to come. In the same way when you meditate you close your eyes, watch the space in front of your closed eyes, repeat the mantra or watch the breath, and become aware of the Knower of the thoughts and breath. Then meditation occurs by itself. Remember and practice the definition I gave about meditation, “A state or higher awareness.”

Patanjali in his great work on the yoga sutras, says in his
Yog Darshan, III: 2,

Tatra pratyya-aikataanataa dhyaanam

Dhyaan, or meditation, occurs when the attention of the mind flows in conscious continuity and opens up to the awareness of its own knowingness. ( From: The Sootras of Patanjali Yog Darshan: Concise Rendition, by Robert William Eaton)

To remain in the awareness of your own knowingness, means to remember the Knower. The space behind your thoughts, or the space when all the thoughts dissolve back into that space, is what remains when you allow your thought to just pass by. You remain as You, the Knower, or Pure Knowingness, and that You is pure, free, and forever.  That is meditation!

Samaadhi is not the type of transcendence whereby you no longer exist and you are unconscious, as it often sounds like when it is described as transcendence. Samaadhi is when the buddhi (dhi), or intellect, is sam, or even.  The Sage Patanjali says in Yog Darshan, III:3,

Tad-ayv-aarth-maatra-nirbhaasam swaroop-shoonyam-iv samaadhi

In that same dhyaan, or meditation, when only the essential purity of the focus of meditation shines in the meditator’s mind, as if the mind’s dualistic nature has dissolved and become absorbed into the pure space of the Self. That is samaadhi, the state of indivisibility or oneness in the meditator.

When in the state of samaadhi there is no longer the dualistic vision of you as a Knower, and a space that is being known. There is only You, the Knower, or the purity of space. When the intellect is absorbed back into the space from where it arose, just like a cloud dissolves into the blue sky and now there is no cloud, in the same way the wave of perception or thought is dissolved into You, the pure Knower-space or Pure Knowingness itself. Samaadhi is the Eternal Being. In samaadhi there is no desire or craving for anything as you are completely fulfilled and free just by being left alone with your true Self. Nothing else is needed.  All the clouds of the mental thoughts, feelings and forms have now dissolved back into the Source or clear space. That space is now You, the Pure Knowingness and all is peaceful and free. Samaadhi is your true state or true nature as it is always there behind all of the thoughts and experiences. The space of your purity gets covered by the mind, therefore, when the mind is absorbed in that space, what remains is the true You, pure, free and forever.

Shree the Director of Transformation Meditation Online Institute. She is available for individual Self Realization sessions on Skype to help you to become aware of the identification with your mind and thoughts and to guide you to the knowledge of your true Self, forever one and blissful. It has been said that even a few sessions of Self Realization Counseling will break your chain of suffering and can give you more than you would get in many years of traditional psychotherapy. Listen to Shree's, Free 5 Minute Doubt Free Mediation MP3, Click Here

Friday 16 December 2011

Breaking out of the Egg of Creation

Breaking out of the Egg of Creation
by Shree

Himalayas, India, Dec. 15, 2011,

Like a chicken in an egg ready to be hatched
Wanting to be released into space, unattached.
The waking state keep me covered, a shell in place
Like an egg shell, mind covers freedom and space.
The Pure Self illuminates the mind and then
The mind thinks it is self-luminous and a friend.
That power of the Self now penetrates the mind
This makes me believe it is real, not sublime.

I am wanting to make this break
From this human emotional quake.
The ego is stuck on the illusory wheel
“I am born and someday I will die.”
As long as I remain fixed to this identity
I remain bound from Self’s serenity.
Not knowing the truth that I am I, alone
Never born and never becoming a stone.

Pure Self alone all this is
No separation or karmic biz.
The Self illuminates mind and ego’s needs
But that Self is needless and forever frees.
This Self forever the same can break out
Of the mind’s limited pride and endless doubt.
This Self is who we truly always are
Knowing this I break from this body car.
The illusory ego is now broken
I am free to fly and this can be spoken.
The emanation of the Being is forever, needless, and free
We already are this, so live in total freedom, just be!