Some tips about the secret…


After finishing the chapters on the five Yamas from John McAfee’s book, “The Secret of the Yamas,” the above link is a continuation of my readings.  Getting to the core of this self-discipline Yama practice that Shri Patanjali layed out for us so long ago begins with McAfee’s summation.  A quote from this chapter:

“…It is an illusion to believe that fundamental change requires time, that we must work diligently toward a goal and gradually become better, wiser, happier, and more spiritual.  Such an approach uses the present moment as a tool to obtain future fulfillment; the present is used for planning, dreaming, working toward a result.  Consequently, our lives are lived in the future and we are in constant relationship to the past; and the field of life – the present moment – is missed entirely…”



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  1. Suppression of the ego seams like logistical advise to someone who is trying to live by the yamas daily. Releasing yourself from the ego is very difficult during modern times due to our “responsibility and social expectations” but when achieved I trust it to be a moment of ecstasy. The closes thing i could say I’v experienced to a lose of ego is moments while during psychedelic experiences. This is commonly referred to as ego death by mythologists and psychonauts, yet of course I question the authenticity of how a natural to a drug induced lose of ego stacks up.

  2. Listening to the secret of the yamas, it discussed how we have made it so that we are living for the future in relation to the past and use the present for planning,the present then is missed. I have really been thinking about this concept and feeling this a lot in my life especially while in college. While here- in our present, it is mainly for our future, we do what we have to do to try to get a good grade, not just for that assignment but for the whole class overall and then accumulitavely. We are constantly asked about our future and working towards something we are unclear of. I feel like this creates anxiety and the feeling that you’re not allowed to slow down and enjoy where you are in life. How do we make it so that we allow ourselves to feel present?

    Relationships were also discussed in that all of life is relationships- how we relate to things shows the truth of ourselves. This to me is very beautiful and powerful because it reminded me of a saying my mother always said to me growing up “it’s nice to be important but it’s important to be nice”. These two concepts relate because they’re both about the importance of being kind to people because if you are not it shows that you may not be a very good person within. If we relate to things in a positive manner than it shows our positive truths, I wish to have positive and kind relationships hoping that I have a positive and kind truth others can feel.

  3. The idea of working slowly towards our goal eliminates the present moment, by dwelling in the future.

    This chapter of the secret yamas discusses the root of ignorance and finding the truth of ourselves. We relate with people, places, and things; we reflect on our friends and parents. We are driven by the past, desire, inspiration, and passion. Having fundamental change requires time in order to fulfill a dream or goal. Things are not given, it is earned. It takes years to work on goals or maybe more but the idea of goals pushes people to move forward. Our ideas, thoughts, and actions are past on through education, communities, and people. There is no original thought or idea. Our actions are reactions from our memories, and it is recreated within our words.

    We formulate these stories about ourselves and then we carry it as if it were baggage. All of our identity is based on our conditioning and our collection of memories. When we actually go into ourselves and try to find an identity without dipping into our memory, we are unable to even come up with our names. We only identify with our name because we were addressed by it in the past. All we can come up with is the point of our mere presence. By continuing to create this identity, we think that we are becoming more sophisticated and complex. In reality, we are just separating ourselves from the rest. We are creating a deeper disconnect. Once we realize that, we are enabled to have deeper relationships and connections. This is even present in today’s conflicts. We are told that certain groups of people are dangerous. We are supposed to look at their differences and find fear in that. At the end of the day, we really are just the same; our differences are products of our conditioning.

  4. This excerpt reminded me of the saying “happiness is a mood not a destination”. I think we are constantly taught to seek and to go get things however I think it is important to remember that obtaining materialistic things for instance will not make us happy, going to a party because everyone is going and you have fear of missing out for instance will not make us happy. I believe that good things come often when we are not expecting it. However I also think that we should not be passive that we should actively live our lives and be good to ourselves and to others so that goodness can continue to circulate and that when we do this it can come back to us when we least expect it. I think we can have goals in life however it will be even more rewarding, to invest in where we are presently and absorbing the experiences and checking in as opposed to thinking you will only be happy until you have x,y, or z.

  5. “We are driven by fear.” That is the quote of this blog. This is such a true statement. People are driven by fear. The fear to not be successful, the fear not to have money, the fear not to be loved. No one genuinely enjoys being afraid. Not only this but, ego also plays a factor in this blog. It’s an interesting thing to look at. The topic is extremely intriguing. At the end of the day you must check your ego so it doesn’t consume you and you must be ready to face your fears.

  6. The concept of planning and waiting in the present day is fascinating to me. Uncapping our ignorance to our own ability and being proactive in our everyday lives could change how efficient and happy we are. Getting over the fear of our decisions can free our minds and allow us to really flourish in our endeavors. Think about how much we’re waiting for in life: planning to start an essay, dreaming of owning a house, waiting to apply for a job. We could do so much more in our lives if we didn’t let fear stop us and allow waiting to be the safety net our mind needs to fully accept our decisions.

    Being a college student, I connect to this concept of waiting and letting fear get the better of me. Life after college is unknown. There’s a fear of my success after I move on to the professional world and where I’ll fit in. I could be proactive in getting past my fear and diving head first into my work, maintaining my sense of confidence while approaching an unknown path. I have aspirations, of course, but it is solely up to me to be able to make my decisions boldly and wholeheartedly.

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