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Aham Bramasmi

By Paige Bradley-Pecoul

WED OCT 14, 2020

Hello friends!

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind you that you are the creative hub of your existence. Your thoughts, words, and actions create your experience of the world. While this is a tremendous responsibility, accepting it is the pathway to freedom and liberation, what the yogis call “moksha”.

There are many terms for this creative power we all yield. The yogic expression “Aham Brahmasmi” is one I like to repeat. It means, loosely, “I am the creative hub of my existence.” It means, literally, “I am Brahman”, with Brahman understood as the ultimate reality underlying all phenomena.

Our experience of Life is coming from us, not at us.

Yes, there is an outside world, and events that happen in that world affect us. However, our experience of life is within our control because it comes from within. Enoch Dasa Giri used to tell this story:

“Two children are playing and a dog walks into the room. One child runs and hides in the closet, and the other tries to jump on it’s back and ride it like a pony. How many dogs walked into the room?”

The answer? Two. One in the mind of each child.

Past experiences create patterns of belief and action. If we do not stop periodically to examine these beliefs and patterns, they become unconscious drivers of our thoughts and actions. Our thoughts and actions become repetitive. These repetitive thoughts and actions are called samskaras. Think of them like grooves on a record. If deep enough, the needle gets stuck. We will hear the same sounds over and over and think it is the whole song.

If, one the other hand, we embrace practices that break the pattern of habitual thoughts, such as yoga and meditation, we can start to see that these habitual thoughts lead to habitual actions, which lead to habitual results. We can then become empowered creators of new thoughts, which will lead to new actions, which will lead to new results. Our lives, and our experience of Life can change.

Would you like to break out of thinking habitual thoughts?Some ways to start:

  • Pay attention to what you pay attention to, then, pay attention to something new.
  • Notice what you are thinking. Have you thought this before? Is there a familiar quality or tone to your thoughts?
  • Catch yourself in a re-action (acting again), and examine it. What’s driving it?
  • Journal. Get some stuff out, and be conscious about what comes in.
  • Meditate. Start with just sitting in silence more often.

Breathe new life into the space created between your thoughts and get busy creating your life anew.

Shanti, P.