As Self Falls Away When Self Falls Away – Richard Miller

Published on Mar 7, 2016

There are distinct phases that arise as our belief of being a separate ego-I-self falls away, and when it has fallen away. As self falls away, three subtle but distinct aspects of identification with being a separate ego-I-self are be revealed, which need to be understood and, in turn, set free. Then, the realization of what lies beyond all sense of self, mind and separation can be recognized, and its fragrance integrated into all aspects of daily life.

Richard Miller Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Richard Miller is a clinical psychologist, researcher, yogic scholar, and contemporary spiritual teacher in the tradition of non-dual self inquiry and meditation. Richard is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and a senior advisor to the Baumann Institute. Richard serves as a consultant researching the secular form of non-dual meditation that he’s developed (Integrative Restoration – iRest). Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency and Well-Being, and The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, Richard leads retreats worldwide.

Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga by Richard Miller (Author)

One of the most enjoyable parts of a yoga class comes when we rest in savasana the corpse pose and realize deep serenity, a sense of effortless joy, and a glimpse into our true nature as unqualified presence. How is this so Master teacher Richard Miller explains that this experience is a manifestation of yoga nidra, the meditative state of mind-body union at the heart of all yoga practice. A powerful integration of book and CD audio learning, Yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric yoga path that leads to inner freedom. The rough accessible language appropriate for any level of practice, Miller takes us step by step through the traditional techniques of relaxation and meditation to help us move toward the realization of unqualified presence the ultimate aim of yoga a goal unreachable through posture practice alone. Through his expert guidance, students will experience: Deep relaxation for relief from


Joseph Campbell: Your Were Never Born And You Will Never Die

By Joseph Campbell: “The idea of the reincarnating principle is thus of two orders:

first, the reincarnating principle that puts on bodies and puts them off as the Moon puts on and puts off its light body; and the other is that principle of sheer light that never dies, the light that is incarnate and immanent in all.

“Now one of the aims of all of the high-culture religions on the Oriental side of the line is to realize one’s own identity with that solar light.

“Once, when I was teaching a lecture hall full of teenage boys, I was struggling to find a metaphor that would make sense of this idea. I looked up for inspiration, and there it was. I asked the boys to look up at the lights on the ceiling. Each bulb carries the light. We can think of this totality as many bulbs; this is the lunar world of multiple entities. On the other hand, we can focus on the one light that emanates from all the bulbs. This is the solar consciousness. What are we focusing on, the light or the lights? Which way of looking at things is correct? If one bulb breaks, we take it out and put in another one––is it the bulb that’s important or is it the light? Then I said to the boys, ‘Now I look down here and I see all your heads like bulbs and within them is consciousness. What’s important: this particular head or the consciousness that’s in it?’

“If we are interested in the bulb, in the head, we are affirming the individual. In Japanese the world of individuals is called the ‘ji-hōkai,’ or ‘individual universe,’ and the world of the one light is called the ‘ri-hōkai,’ or ‘one universe.’ These are simply two different ways of talking about the same thing. The goal of religions in the east is to get you to shift your focus from the phenomenal to the transcendent. So that you identify yourself not with the bulb, the head, the body, but with the consciousness, and when you have identified yourself with the consciousness, you have identified yourself with solar existence, what Kant called the noumenal world, and you were never born and will never die.”

Joseph Campbell, Myths of Light, p.14
(courtesy of the Joseph Campbell Foundation)
Source: Joseph Campbell

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