Spanda: Secret of Life

Spanda

Life’s Little Secret

What is Spanda

Spanda is one of the foundational teachings from the ancient tantric philosophies – to be clear I am referring to the yoga traditions not the modern westernized term for sexual practices. Spanda refers to the pulse of the universe, the essence of life’s natural cycle and rhythm that is always occurring. What that really means is that everything in life is either moving toward expansion or contraction. For example, A seed that drops from a flower at the end of its life lands on the ground in a contracted state of pure potential. If that seed makes its way into the dirt, receives enough water and sunlight it will move towards its expansion. The seed will begin to grow roots downward, and eventually flowers upward. The Seed represents limitless potential, while the flower is the manifestation of that potential. At the end of its life the flower drops several seeds on to the earth and the cycle of potential begins yet again. The teaching is a reminder that all phases of the seeds life are natural and inevitable. Even in its death it leaves behind potential.

SEEING SPANDA IN OUR LIFE  

At first this teaching can be something nice to think about, however when you really observe your life you will begin to notice that it exists everywhere. Knowing that there is always a cycle of potential and manifestation perhaps we could be less surprised and shaken when the projects, relationships, and circumstances of our life die and come back to the pure state of potential. The issue most of us face emotionally is that we believe everything that is happening now will continue to happen forever. This causes us tremendous suffering on both sides. Do you agree? Have you ever taken for granted the good things in your life? Have you lost something or someone special and spent far too long not moving forward? Yes we all have, and this is where the teaching becomes helpful, reminding us of the nature pulse of the universe, that sometimes we are the seed, eager to attain what we need in order to dig our roots into the earth and grow tall into our fullest manifestation. The eagerness is great, but it usually turns into impatience, forcefulness or a retraction into the protective state of being where we give up far too soon wishing there was a short cut. On the other side there are aspects of our life where we are the flower, manifested and full of beauty. We all love this part of of the process because it feels like everything is going the way we want it to. The potential downfall is either taking for granted the beauty of our life, or simply lacking the clarity to see what we have created, or who we have become. Look at your life, where is your potential, can you embrace the process, step into it and let it unfold with every step? Look at what you have already created, can you see it clearly without the lease of insecurity and self doubt and find gratitude for who you have become and what you have built? 

Where can I practice with teachers who talk about spanda?

Chromatic Yoga Teacher’s around the world are teaching about Spanda in their classes, find one near you at www.ChromaticYoga.com  

Embrace your potential

Most of our life is spent realizing our potential. To truly love life we must enjoy both the expansion and the contraction. This requires the ability to see the direction of your your actions. If you know where you are going and that you will get there, than you can relax right where you are now.

The Joy of Spanda

At first the teaching of spanda was hard for me to embrace. I was annoyed at it in the beginning but I could see with great clarity that it was a teaching rooted in truth not belief. It took some time to stop resisting the truth, as I wanted to believe that if I practiced enough yoga and self awareness I could life a life that is always in that sweet spot of expansion. The essence of what I was wanting was to feel the joy and freedom that I felt in the expanded states of life, and over time I realized that I could feel that regardless of the phase of spanda that my life was in. This is not about avoiding sadness, pain or the challenges of life, its simply about having perspective and recognizing that life is a gift – ALL of it.

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The Transformation Equation

 

 

A.C.T

Deep inside every one of us exists a desire to be the best we can be during this short time that we have here in this life. It may be covered up by insecurities, shame, guilt, or the business of our day to day lives. You owe it to yourself to live a life that feels amazing and has a positive impact on everyone around you. Reading this means you are already stepping in the right direction, only those called toward a path of self-awareness would get excited enough at the word “transformation”. Most would be terrified of the word and back away entirely. Acknowledge your courage and continue seeking the tools that support your growth.  

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AwARENESS + CONSCIOUS ACTION = TRANSFORMATION

    Step 1. Awareness

    Awareness is required before action if you want your efforts to produce positive outcomes. Action without awareness will still be productive but as we know it often causes burn out and unfavorable results. Awareness can only be built through routine exercises of self-inquiry and observation. Self-inquiry is focused contemplation, asking yourself the questions to better understand your patterns of behavior. Most people are terrified of self-awareness simply because they don’t want to see all the aspects of themselves that they do not like. While it is true that you will see the darkness of who you are, you will also grow to see your amazing light that permeates every cell of your body. You cannot see your inner magnificence without cleaning off the lense that you see your self through, which means you’ll have to be willing to see aspects of yourself that you are not proud of. No matter how much we each deny it we all want to be the best we can be and that requires facing our internal challenges, cleaning our lense of perception and inquiring about who we are and why. Self-inquiry takes tremendous courage but as a result, we become self-aware, grateful for the person that we are, relaxed in our being, confident, filled with love to give, able to receive, more productive, less burnt out, more joyful and so on. 

    Step 2: Conscious action

    Action in alignment with awareness leads to profound results. Conscious Action requires awareness in every step, re-evaluation, and clear communication with anyone you are carrying out the actions with. Awareness produces a clarity inside of who you are and what you want to create with the time you have in this body. However, without Conscious Action, you can never grow into your potential. Potential is a trajectory, a path that you walk not a destination. Your potential could simply be to become a kind-hearted, loving human being, or it might be bigger than that: one who pulls others around them into their potential. Your potential will always grow as you take steps toward it – stay in tune through self-inquiry, and Consciously take action in alignment with it. 

    Result: Transformation

    Transformation is the inevitable result of your awareness and actions. The choice to transform your current life for the person you are becoming is one that very few people take in this life. Transformation can not happen without Awareness because without seeing your own magnificence you can never expand upon it. If all you see is your self-doubt and insecurities, and you spend your energy hiding them from the majority of people you connect with you will never have the energy to move forward. Do you choose to hide or do you choose to get courageous, see and share yourself, and expand into the person you are becoming? Watch the video below to see more about how to make use of the transformation equation and build the courage to step into your magnificence potential, you deserve it. 

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