Meditation is the foundation of all self development and conscious evolution
If you want to create any real and lasting changes in your life it is necessary to learn how to control your mind.
Meditation is not only good for relaxing, de-stressing and helping you to be more present. It is the most efficient tool for self development and being able to live the life you aspire for.
Meditation helps you to transform yourself, as a systematic training meditation increases self awareness and creates freedom from all unconscious mental patterns and blindspots that make us repeat mistakes and fall back into old habits.
Meditation makes you focus on what is essential in life, ultimately taking you beyond the mind into the realm of pure consciousness, exploring the deeper nature of your being and the answers to existential questions such as “who am I?” and “What is the meaning of life?”
The perseverant practice of meditation creates access to states of cosmic ecstasy, Samadhi, and the revelation of the Supreme Self, Atman.
“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day – unless you’re too busy, then you should meditate for 1 hour”
- Learn the laws of the mind, including the law of resonance, the principle of superimposition, the principle of limit and the principle of rhythm for attaining continuity of consciousness.
- Combine theory and practice, including yoga, concentration exercises, trataka, laya yoga meditation and a curriculum that you can follow up to three years.
- Appreciate systematic training, using techniques with measurable results and a focus on a step by step approach, acknowledging the basic fact that results in meditation requires perseverent training
- Learn about obstacles in meditation, it’s not enough to start meditating, you also need to understand the pitfalls that make you want to quit, in the beginning stages but also advanced obstacles that block serious long term meditation practicioners.
- Use meditation as a tool for Self development, it’s the fastest way to become who you want to be and to eliminate all limitations and everything which stops you from being you.
Who this course is for
1. People interested in the “deeper things” in life
People who are interested in life purpose & answering existential questions such as “Who am I, What was I born for, What do I live for, Where do I come from, What will happen to me after I die?”
2. Serious spiritual seekers
People who wish to accelerate their spiritual growth & development, to learn the most efficient techniques & methods revealed by ancient secret lineages, and to reach the highest spiritual accomplishment.
3. Growth-oriented people
People who are interested in learning methods to improve health & well-being, boost creativity & mental efficiency, and to realize their full potential
Most of our students come because they are looking for genuine knowledge & methods on how to achieve a certain purpose or transformation.
Somewhere along the way, they found out that “yoga” and “meditation” could help them achieve this.
The results speak for themselves, which is why many of our students and teachers have been practicing for 20+ years and continue to transform through the practice!
The Monkey Mind
In the ancient times the uncontrolled mind was called “the monkey mind” because it jumps all over the place and behaves instinctually. It doesn’t sit still and it frequently doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how much you try to will it.
Learning to control the mind was once considered a basic skill, like learning how to tidy up your home so it doesn’t look chaotic. Today many people have chaotic minds, which is the unsuspected cause of the majority of problems in life.
Mental agitation is one of the biggest causes of stress, confusion, indecisiveness, unhappiness, inner turmoil, lack of ability to connect with others and inefficiency in everything we do or try to learn.
Eliminating mental agitation is not the end goal of meditation, it is the starting point.
Don’t stop meditating when you succeed to silence your mind and enjoy the state of inner peace and relaxation that appears. This is like opening a door and enjoying the fact that it’s open, but never entering the new space.
The deeper purpose of meditation is to awaken the consciousness and our capacity for self awareness, to discover who we are beyond the mind and beyond all limitations.
You take a shower, you brush your teeth, you tidy up your home on a regular basis. But how often do you clean your mind?
When the mind is in good shape, it’s crystal clear, silent and focused. You only notice it when you need to use it, it doesn’t have a constant background noise going on, you never need to “fight yourself”, it doesn’t bring up disturbing thoughts that you can’t do anything about.
That constant noise and unwanted thoughts are like the smell of a house you haven’t cleaned lately. It’s your computer breaking down, because you keep downloading stuff, you never delete any files and you never close any browser tabs.
Your mind is a super computer, but eventually it gets overloaded. Eventually you can’t relax anywhere because there’s stuff everywhere.
When you’ve reached this point, you start to show serious symptoms. Symptoms like feeling disconnected, overwhelmed, confused, unfocused, unhappy, stressed, lacking energy, lacking a sense of purpose, wasting time, lashing out, feeling incapable, emotional distress, mental agitation, depression can often be traced back to this source. You didn’t clean your mind.
It doesn’t happen by itself, the “built in” automatic processing of the subconsciousness while you sleep is not enough, you have to make a conscious effort.
Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”
He replied, “Nothing!”
Then he continued, “However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, and fear of old age and death.”
How it works
Step 1: Class
In the first year, classes are 2 hours consisting of 2 components – theory and practice.
Theory (approx. 60 minutes) is presented on various subjects – in the first year we will learn the basic mechanisms of the mind, mental concentration and purification techniques, Patanjali’s 8 stages for obtaining success in meditation.
Practice (approx. 60 minutes) consists of 3 phases:
1. Initial awareness & warming-up exercises
The practice begins with an initial phase of awareness and warming up, which activates the beneficial subtle energies (both psychic and mental) that exist within the being.
These exercises also “warm up” and moderately stretch the muscles, increasing flexibility and gently preparing the body to perform the various postures of ASANAS successfully.
2. YOGA techniques.
Practice can include asanas, pranayama, concentration exercises, meditation, and other techniques taught in the course.
At the end of each technique we conclude with an Awareness stage of 1-2 minutes, in which we observe the effects of each technique as attentively and profoundly as possible.
This allows us to gradually develop the awareness of deeper and deeper levels of our being – including the so-called “Chakras”, Prana (the vital life force), and other phenomena – which for most people remains undetectable due to an under-developed awareness which cannot perceive such subtle structures.
3. The complete yogic relaxation
The complete yogic relaxation is used to finalize every practice, involves first an active, conscious relaxation of the entire being, then a “expansion of consciousness”.
The simultaneous awareness and relaxation crystallizes the effects of the practice within the being, allowing us to take the effects of the practice into daily life.
Step 2: Personal Practice
We encourage you to choose the techniques & methods that are most useful & valuable for you.
It is better to have a consistent daily practice than to practice only from time to time. Through the course you are building a “self development toolbox”, knowing the precise effects from each technique and inner attitude you learn in class.
After a while you will have a wealth of knowledge and techniques, more than you can practice in a day.
Some techniques are best for improving mental concentration, others for deepening relaxation and others for strengthening the back and making you able to sit in meditation painfree.
We encourage you to choose techniques for your daily practice based on the specific results and transformation you wish to obtain, but also to choose what you enjoy the most, which will generate enthusiasm to practice more.
You are welcome to ask your teacher for advice on how to design a daily training that suits you and your current life situation.
Step 3: Transformation
Effects of the techniques presented in the Esoteric Meditation Course include:
- Freedom from mental agitation, less mental noise and thoughts that repeat themselves 117 times per day.
- More energy, your brain consumes a lot of energy. As soon as you start being able to turn the mind off when it’s not needed, all of that energy can be put to good use.
- Consciously choosing your life, the ability to control your mind makes it possible to go in the direction you want to go and to act consciously instead of reacting unconsciously
- Increased happiness, the sun is always shining above the clouds and meditation removes the thought clouds on your inner sky. Meditation brings spontaneous moments of ecstatic happiness springing from deep within.
- Emotional intimacy, an overactive mind prevents you from feeling yourself and being fully present.. Meditation brings you closer to yourself and into a state of pure being, from where you can also connect profoundly with others.
- Less stress, stress can be described as having a tense and contracted consciousness, with no space to move, meditation creates relaxation and expansion and what seemed like big issues will appear something very small within the space of your consciousness.
- Increased efficiency in action, more clarity and less wasted time plus no contradictory tendencies that pull you in different directions equals full power ahead.
- Freedom from inner limitations, meditation helps you to let go of limiting beliefs and “can’t” and allows you to see opportunities you couldn’t see before.
- Understanding yourself better, increased self awareness brings the light of understanding, which also increses tolerance, forgiveness and compassion for yourself and others.
- Ability to act despite fear, fear can paralyse or cause panic. Fear causes us to narrow our focus and activates the flight or flight tendency, which is useful in front of a tiger, but not so much in most non life-threatening situations. With a more centered, calm and expanded consciousness, you gain the capacity to rise above your instinctual reactions.
- Access to the supramental, a gradual awakening of “buddhi”, the intuitive mind
Other benefits our students report:
- Improved social & intimate relationships – from deepening understanding of ourselves, there is an increased empathy, compassion, and understanding for others
- Increased efficiency in using mental & creative energies (better focus & mental clarity)
- Elimination of inner tensions & blockages – physically, and also mentally/emotionally
- Increased levels of energy and positive inner states (happiness, joy, enthusiasm)
- Deeper levels of relaxation in daily life
- Improved quality of sleep
Other practical information:
In the first year, classes are 2 hours consisting of approx. 60 minutes of practice, and approx. 60 minutes of theory.
There are 46-48 classes in a year – 1 per week. Classes pause in August and resume in September each year
Year 1 courses are open for enrollment until the Laya Yoga initiation (usually in April). After this exceptional initiation is given, the course closes to newcomers.
Those who are interested in joining the courses after April will then have to wait until the next Year 1 courses are open in September..
Do you have previous experience with meditation?
All students must start in Year 1 – skipping years is not possible, as the later years build upon the foundation set in earlier years.
Even if you have experience with meditation we highly recommend keeping an open attitude towards learning everything from the beginning and remind you of the ancient proverb that “realizing that you don’t know anything is the first step towards real knowledge”. We are confident that you will soon discover that there are many valuable things in the course which could be a revelation even if you have practiced meditation for many years.
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Common start up for all courses in 14 - 20 September
Monday 19.45 - 21.45 (Sahajananda - English)
*All classes are open till march 2021.
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“Silence is the deep language of the heart. The soul in its depth is Silence. The peace of the mind is Silence. Atman (The Supreme Self) is Silence. When the conscious orientation of the being starts to be prevalently directed to the Self (Atman), silence becomes naturally euphoric”
“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking. Why are you so afraid of silence? Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void, a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear”
“The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then, you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn’t belong to the soul.”