Winter’s Darkness Allows for the Light



Who am I? On the brink of a year beginning a new Era in history, have you asked yourself? Where are you on your path to discover purpose and meaning for your own personal existence within the Whole of creation?


Who do you dream of being? What do you stand for?


These questions form essential starting points for growth in a global time of evolution, action, transformation and shifts to co-create resiliency within our ecosphere, our home.


Yoga – a system that integrates various tools and “limbs”, emphasizes the limb of “Svadhyaya”, or self study. In this limb, the yoga sutras guide us to use our mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical awareness to focus on our underlying beliefs: these drive our unconscious and continue to sabotage our conscious choices when they go unattended.


Think about your thinking. Give attention to the creative self – activating conscious choice by cultivating awareness of unconscious habits. In studies by anthropologist Jean Houston, the common feature among some of the world’s most productive and extraordinarily creative people is the practice of curiousity and attention on their own thinking. Svadhyaya!


If you are human, you share this capacity for creative awareness. It begins with your attention to your own thinking and your perceptions, beliefs and underlying driving forces which attract your experiences and pre-program your interpretation of the world around you.


What am I? Eastern (or yogic) philosophical explanations for human creation teach that humans are an experience of life force through an individual Soul body. Each soul is a piece of a whole, of a Universal Consciousness = OM or GOD. A human soul is made of energy (light, the most subtle vibration or fast moving material particles), and it coexists with what we call mind or intellect (with many facets of thought and psyche, emotion or personality) and body or physical, biological, chemical matter.


Who am I?

In my experience, this answer requires the integration of soul, mind and body and is a unique answer for each human part of the living universe. It is not static. It is multiple parts, as one single whole person. Consider a noetic perspective on the perennial question and the nature of human soul here.


As for your svadhyaya….Here are some questions to consider as you walk, breathe, chant, dance, create, meditate, create asanas, or write in your journal:


1. What beliefs do I carry?

– Thinking makes it so. If I am open to creation, the realm of pure potential and possibility lives in me, and limiting beliefs or “blocks” to creation fall away. Life occurs differently. I transform.


2. What unresolved conflicts do I hold?

– In svadhyaya, we are guided to uncover and hold up those unresolved conflicts, or “samskaras” in our unconscious selves and consider them with consciousness.


3. What attachments and aversions drive my actions?

– Am I opposed or resistant to ways of being, behaviours, judgements? Do I promote a limited future or a lack of explosive joy and love by my attachment (holding on in mind and body) to past perceived pain, justifications or blame – either toward myself or others?


As you consider yourself and thus more fully engage your Yoga this month, on your path for evolution in this new year, perhaps this sutra might come fully alive in You:


“Recognize That the Other Person Is You”




About shannoncowan

Love growing food, natural settings, water, community Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Doula (DONA), PhD Biology (2001), Mother and Wife
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