One of the most influential spiritual books I have read is the trilogy by Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue Books 1, 2 and 3. I recently picked up Book 3 after 12 years. It is astonishing that much of what I have been discovering for myself through life experiences and numerous trainings since I read my first book in 1995 is staring back at me in black and white. It is one thing to grasp a concept intellectually, and yet another to feel the truth in it in every cell of your body. It moves theory or concept into physical reality.
Book 3 states: “Power comes from inner strength. Inner strength does not come from raw power… Power without inner strength is an illusion. Inner strength without unity is a lie … For it is in unity that inner strength exists, and in the separation that it dissipates, leaving one feeling weak, and powerless and hence, struggling for power.”
Everyday I am reminded of the power that comes from cultivating inner strength. When feeling a lack of power, we try to manipulate or prove to others how right and good we are. But when we stand in our inner strength power simply exists in our way of being. In this place we can truly be for others, listen, learn, experience, grow and teach.
We gain access to power from a place of integrity. Anything else is about control or trying to overpower. Overpowering results in resistance in our relationships and our physical body. If you try too hard while practicing yoga there is so much tension in the pose and in your body. But if you move from your inner strength, power is simply generated and actually comes with ease.
I just returned from teaching at the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado and there were many yoga disciplines shared and points of view about the practices. But at the end of the day the question is: Do we come together from a place of inner knowing/strength (therefore power) to make each other and the planet a better place than when we arrived? Or do we stand in our separate belief systems and debate over who is right? This is where the practice off the mat is vital. This is where the possibility of peace and joy resides amongst our own individual hearts and, therefore, in nations.
The idea that inner strength and power come from unity is a direct correlation to what yoga is about. But unity only happens when one has awareness and consciousness to see how they are being when in unity with others and self. All of which are practices of yoga, meditation, and self-inquiry.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to share yoga with so many people. At the end of the day all of us are using yoga as a tool for creating unity and community. As Conversations With God Book 3 states, “I know that you all are seeking to evolve, to grow spiritually, to return to the Oneness. You are seeking to experience yourself as the grandest version of the greatest vision you ever had about Who You Are. You are seeking this individually, and as a race.” This is perhaps why we all come together to practice and share the blessing of what inspires us, what has enriched our lives, what generates vitality and love, and simply keeps perpetuating more and more abundance!
I am filled with love for each and every one of you!
Courtesy of Bala Vinyasa Yoga.