Third eye Schmird eye, what gives? We’ve seen the jeweled dots worn between the eyebrows we even hear reference to the third eye in modern music but do we really get what its all about? Do we know how to use it? As I dug deep to answer these questions, I discovered some powerful stuff I want to share with you. Let’s start with the truth about frontal lobotomies. What!? Yes, this barbaric surgery that cuts off access to the brain’s frontal lobe. Psychiatric patients who were “hard to control” would be given frontal lobotomies as a “cure”. What happened after surgery was they became intensely habituated doing the same thing over and over everyday and freaking out if anything changed. Doctors thought the surgery was safe because the frontal lobe is an area of the brain with very little activity. It has been an enigma to neuroscientists for years. Why is this big section of brain behind the forehead so void of activity? Well, as it turns out the ancients knew the answer. The frontal lobe – third eye center – is the blank movie screen onto which we project our inner visions such that they can imprint in our tissue and call forth our future experiences. Put more simply, the third eye is where we activate our imagination and come up with the brilliant ideas that make our life interesting and evolving. This certainly explains the change in lobotomized patients.
So how do we use this third eye center? We use it by being aware that we are inner-movie producers and the more intentional, clear and positive we are in our inner-movie script writing, the more joy, success, connection, and peace we will experience. We are always creating this way. No one gets away with it. Its just that we tend to create by default. That is, we react to what is around us and think only about what is and what was. With these movies of the past replaying in our frontal lobe, we create sameness or stuckness in our lives. It is only when we spend more time playing the movie of what would be wonderful that we feel the joy of forward motion, the power of intentionally directing our experience. This is the schiggima-riggima of the third eye. Even our modern song writers are getting this. In their song “Make Believe”, the Burned sing these words, “We create the world we want to see outside, that’s the way we play the game of life, so make believe in miracles my friends.”
Today in class Amber spoke about maintaining alignment while moving from one side Vashistasana to the other. She mentioned that in keeping strength and integrity through the movement we would be saving ourselves extra work that comes from falling in and out of alignment. When we are moving from right and left, or changing postures in the flow, we find ourselves in the delicate displacement of transition.
Transition- movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change.
Regardless of whether transition happens on our mat, or in our daily lives, change is generally uncertain, exciting, and often scary. When we feel we are missing stability it is easy for the mind to panic, and our bodies react in a variety of ways. Sometimes we tense up or fall, often we choose to compromise our free flowing out of fear. In rollerskating transition means to switch from skating forward to backwards, and is totally terrifying until done often enough to become reflexive. Once we eliminate doubt, the move becomes a lighthearted dance instead of crash to the ground. The trick with transitioning on skates is to turn the gaze first to the direction we want to go, and the body will naturally follow. The same principles apply in life. If we focus on where we came from, we will have a hard time navigating the new direction in which we wish to move. Often setting our sights on the horizon and stepping forward takes a leap of faith. Letting go and floating in transition can be exhilarating, and it takes trust to make the most of uncertainty. Remaining unattached to a fixed position (whether it be a pose, a job, a home, or another person) creates endless space for new potential. Not having a steady anchor may seem unsettling at first, but a ship is not meant to live in port all of the time. What’s important is that we have the supplies we need to make a meaningful move. In yoga it is about maintaining strength and alignment to carry us through, in the outer world it is very much the same. When opportunities arise we want to be ready to make strong decisions about the future, with clarity and ease. Feeling calm and centered is the key. Treat yourself right, especially in times of change. Eat well, rest your body and mind, laugh and spend time with the people that inspire you. Life is one continuous transition, enjoy the ride.
Jennifer talks about the inception of Wisdom Flow Yoga. JLynn describes how she loved the graceful transitions between poses that bring dance and feminine flow to the practice but also how the science of optimal alignment is what makes the practice therapeutic and sustainable. Watch the interview to get a sense of Jennifer’s playful approach to this life-enhancing practice.
Amber Lee teaches Wisdom Flow Yoga at the Hotel Wailea on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday mornings. She also teaches Hot Yoga in Kihei. In this interview at the Hotel Wailea, Amber talks about her classes and her relationship with yoga. Listen in and get a taste of her wisdom and sweetness. If you’d like to contact Amber about her classes, go to the Maui Classes page and click on her name to open a new message window. Amer’s address will appear in the to: field.
Isn’t it good to know that the person guiding you believes in your goodness, innate intelligence, and wants only to remind you of your power and glory? This is the true motivation of all Wisdom Flow Yoga teachers. We have all experienced the rush or self-re-membering that well-guided yoga classes deliver and we want to share that with you.
Here Manuka Wiggin tells us about her introduction to yoga and what she aspires to share with her students.
Our Wisdom Flow Yoga teachers were asked to talk about what yoga means to them and why they want to teach. In these interviews conducted at the Hotel Wailea, you get a view of the yoga studio where we teach and a taste of the philosophy of each teacher. You will notice the waterfall behind us as we speak and its loud sound. We all were lapel microphones when we teach so you can hear our instructions over the soothing white noise of the falling water. We also add music to the mix so you are taken into a swirl of energy that can lift you out of fear and worry and put you back in the seat of hope, determination, and readiness.
We hope to see you in class someday soon. Please see our class schedule to find a time that will work for you.