Is there something inherently magical in the particular sequencing of Ashtanga Yoga? Maybe — ⠀
Specific poses, flows and series undoubtedly effect our body-mind-spirit’s organs, systems and faculties in different ways. And the golden trinity of breath, movement and gaze proves experientially and scientifically to be a potent force for healing. And yet —⠀
Much of the magic of this work seems to lie in its commitment to consistency; in its daily rhythm that sets the tone for the days, weeks, years and decades of our lives...⠀
From Israel Regardie, a legend in the Occult and Western Magickal traditions: “It is the very rhythm itself which is responsible for the easy absorption of vitality from without, and the acceleration of divine power within...Look at the sun, the stars, and the planets. All move with incomparable grace...it is only mankind which has wandered, in its ignorance and self-complacency, far from the divine cycles of things...therefore, in attempting to attune ourselves once more to the intelligent spiritual power functioning through nature’s mechanism, we attempt, not blindly to copy, but intelligently to adopt her methods."
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eddiestern Exactly. We are micro-patterns interacting with a macro-universe. When people stop following the rhythms of nature, they get sick, lost, or lose focus and energy. Rtam, or the cosmic purpose, is the macro equivalent of dharma, the personal purpose - in yoga sutras patanjali says at the end of chapter 1 rtambhara tatra prajna in regards to the deepest levels of absorption: “there, the natural laws of the cosmos shine through (the field of the mind).” Repetition is a key to that inner state of effulgence. Thanks for that great quote from an awesome book.
the_nathanreal So where does the HGA [Holy Guardian Angel] come into it?
brianjames.medicinepath It’s fractal...the inhale/exhale unfolds into expansive and contacting movements, which unfold into beginning and end of practice, day by day, week by week, mirroring the birth and death cycles from the cell to the galaxy. Total act of magick. Channel cosmic energy into the middle pillar/holy mountain/sushumna and enjoy health, happiness and harmony. ✨ This book sounds great, thanks for the tip.