Anger, what Anger? The Joy & Appreciation of Esoteric Yoga

Not so long ago I was having an Esoteric Yoga session when we were asked to be aware of how we were feeling that morning.

As I lay there I thought,That’s easy, I feel angry this morning”. I had felt this way since I woke up but couldn’t work out why, and looking back, I can see a pattern of how I magnify these thoughts by trying to figure it out.

As I lay on my mat with my blanket covering me, my head gently supported on a pillow, and starting to really allow myself to connect with my body, what suddenly came to me were the words “Anger – what Anger? I feel lovely.” This made me smile deeply inside and really struck a chord with me, as I knew this was how I truly felt. The anger had been something that was not part of me, something I thought I felt, from my head, but in truth when I allowed myself the time and the space to stop and truly connect to my body, I could actually feel how lovely I was.

It was amazing to observe all the things that came up in this Esoteric Yoga session – little things like how I would go into comparison with everyone else. Even though it was an online programme and I was lying in a room on my own, I still compared myself to others somewhere in the country or on the opposite side of the globe – judging myself in how I moved or when I moved – and then critiquing myself, thinking others would judge me if they saw me, when all along, none of this was actually true. I was being held in absolute love and truly supported to honour and feel what was true and right for me, and was able to give myself as much time and space as I needed to move.

There came an amazing moment (actually there were lots, but this one still stands out) when it was presented to us that, how you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else. At this moment tears rolled down my face as I realised I was being hard on myself and that the judgment, critique and hardness I often hold myself in, is how I am with everyone else. I knew this through and through, but it was just such a blessing to feel this in my body with tenderness and grace, and not beating myself up and claiming I did not want to be this way. This brought humbleness and allowed me to feel how I had been treating people who I cared about so much, myself included, and realising I had done this for years.

As I worked through the Esoteric Yoga session, allowing myself a deeper connection to my body and self, I let go of all these thoughts that were not me. What I was left with was the stillness and joy as I could feel the truth of who I really am. There was no anger, no judgment, no hardness, blame or comparison, just a feeling of absolute deep contentment, joy, connection and space; I could appreciate and feel how lovely, sweet, tender and pure I am.

Inspired by and in appreciation of Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine, Vicky Geary and the modality of Esoteric Yoga.

By Gyl Rae, Scotland

Further Reading:
What is Esoteric Yoga?

735 thoughts on “Anger, what Anger? The Joy & Appreciation of Esoteric Yoga

  1. Yes Gyl, what a great realisation to have and live; “how you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else”. This is so true and allows us a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. When we are loving and nurturing with us, this is naturally the quality we bring to others.

  2. It just goes to show that when we stop and connect deeply with ourselves – as Esoteric Yoga provides the space for us to do – we find love is our deepest and most foundational aspect. The rest is surface dressing – albeit all too real at times – but to be acknowledged and moved on from just the same.

  3. What a telling observation, that how we are with others is simply a magnification and reflection of how we are with ourselves. It certainly makes you sit up and take notice of whenever the tendency to blame others kicks in. Seen in this light, just how relevant can blame be?

  4. I had a similar realisation with a recent Esoteric Yoga Course. I was feeling pretty miserable with myself during the day, feeling sorry for myself and when I sat up in the yoga course and began to check in with my body, I felt lovely. There was an ease and a deeper stillness that I definitely had not connected to during the day and it was there immediately I had re-connected. It’s got me wondering why I have given my mind and my thoughts so much power over the years, when really our bodies say it all, with honesty, truth and grace. I can say with certainty that my mind has never offered me this ever. How important is it that we appreciate our bodies and their constant communication?

  5. Beautiful sharing Gyl, this line “how you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else” really stood out for me today, it has been a deepening understanding of the responsibility I have to bring love into everything aspect of my life, knowing that this is reflected out to others.

  6. “As I worked through the Esoteric Yoga session, allowing myself a deeper connection to my body and self, I let go of all these thoughts that were not me.” – how powerful is that, giving yourself the time and space to deeply connect with your body and innermost and from that have a marker to let go of all that does not feel true. Our thoughts can seem so convincing but bringing a deeper awareness to them and the quality they are in helps us discern if they are helping or hindering.

  7. It is the quality of relationship we have with ourselves first that we meet the world with, and Esoteric Yoga offers a true way to reconnect and deepen that which is innate in us all to know us by the stillness, love and tenderness that we are first and that way we can also appreciate it in others first.

  8. OMG what a super powerful stop-you-in-your-tracks moment “There came an amazing moment (actually there were lots, but this one still stands out) when it was presented to us that, “how you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else”. Absolute gold!

  9. This morning I was attending the first session of an online program of six Esoteric Yoga classes for women where we have the opportunity to explore our relationship with stillness, without having images of what stillness is. I guess it was for the first time I lay down on my mat without expectations on myself and wow this opens up a new world as “how you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else” Esoteric Yoga, I just love it!

  10. This is simple yet truly profound “how you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else”, when we choose to deeply love and honour ourselves there is a flow-on effect that all relationships are blessed by.

  11. It is amazing to feel how through our connection to our bodies, we can return to being the love we truly and naturally are, first and foremost. It is empowering to realise that it is only through our separation to our love, that comparison, anger and frustration exist. For in stillness our love is known, and it is here that we can live who we truly are, through our every day.

  12. When we allow ourselves to deeply connect with our body and feel our true delicateness within we realise that the emotions we take on in reaction are not really part of who we are. Esoteric Yoga is a beautiful modality that deeply supports us to return to connecting to the natural joy of feeling and being ourselves.

  13. More and more I am feeling the truth of what true love actually is. It is impossible to love another unless we are in the absolute love for ourselves first and when we feel the absolute love sometimes with the support of Esoteric Yoga, an incredible modality brought through Serge Benhayon, we cannot but feel the absolute love for everyone and everything.

  14. Finding my connection again, which was because of the way Esoteric Yoga is presented, has brought me to the deep awareness of my body and this is truly amazing seeing I was so lost with a body that was completely numb.

  15. Through participation in Esoteric Yoga sessions, I have been able to feel the truth of these words. For example: If we are not aware of the tenderness that is within the body and how this feels in our daily movements,, how can we reflect and share this with another,
    “how you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else”

  16. The Esoteric Yoga gives us much to appreciate and when we feel the stillness in our body it feels very natural, and gives us a great marker to live by.

  17. Esoteric Yoga allows us the opportunity to stop and feel how our body is, and the space to reconnect, and at the same time feel into why our body is feeling that way and the choices we made to result in that feeling.

  18. One of the brilliant things about Esoteric Yoga is how many things simply fall away in a session, like emotions, thoughts and behaviours, and how this supports the true essence of who we are to emerge. On the surface it looks like very little is happening, but boy is there actually a lot happening! There are so many realisations and awarenesses taking place, and a reconnection to our inner essence – it’s like being given a chance to meet ourselves again and get to know who we are. The body is extraordinary, and when connected to it continually offers the truth.

  19. “…The anger had been something that was not part of me, something I thought I felt, from my head, but in truth when I allowed myself the time and the space to stop and truly connect to my body, I could actually feel how lovely I was…” From what you share, and from my experience with Esoteric Yoga, it is quite clear that we can incorrectly identify ourselves by an emotion we experience or live in a way that it is constantly there if we don’t deal with any of our issues. Through reconnecting to our natural essence, exquisite stillness and some call it ‘love’ we can clearly see and feel how an emotion is actually an imposition and the complete opposite of who we naturally are.

  20. This really goes to show how we can feed our emotions – OR connect to the body and the inner rhythm of stillness where there is no place for the hightened emotion we thought was so real.

  21. When we connect with ourselves we feel nothing but beauty. So, everything that stands upon it, that is not of the same quality, is not true. With our beauty, there is not struggle. Instead, our created state of being requires from us an enormous constant effort to promote as our truth.

  22. A beautiful sharing of what is possible when we connect to our essence Gyl. It is so simple and yet we are the masters of complication!

  23. It’s almost as if we find basking in our misery fun and also as though it’s a right of passage. Stubborn as we are, we dig our heals in but then there are moments like this where you shake your head and say to yourself ‘what am I doing??’

  24. It’s really true how if we feel an emotion and hang onto it, it wears us down easily and can potentially turn a very lovely day into a difficult one.

  25. I never stop being amazed at the information my body gives me when I connect and ‘listen’ to it. Oh, what would be like if we were all taught this from the earliest age?

  26. Thank you Gyl, lovely to read again. There are literally miracles after miracles within any one Esoteric Yoga session, to me these are grand opportunities to heal all that we believe to be true, and instead simply surrender to the pure truth of ourselves.

  27. Lovely to revisit this blog and feel the truth that is presented here. We are not our emotions and nor is anyone else theirs. How great it is when we can support each other to be who we truly are by being who we truly are.

  28. I have often had a similar experience with Esoteric Yoga sessions. I get to the first layer which may be a reaction or emotion, but if I keep feeling this is a wafer thin layer, under which is a delicious solid feeling of the real me. This has shown me that it is futile to get stuck on that surface layer, as it is nothing compared to what is always inside of us.

    1. So true Fiona, a beautiful reminder that we are so much more under these layers of emotions and drama. They act as a barrier that stops us connecting and expressing from our essence. Esoteric Yoga is amazing in supporting us to let go of these layers and connect to the gold underneath that is in all of us.

  29. ‘How you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else’… Life and the world around us merely reflects back to us exactly like a mirror what we have put out in the past, a fact that we are all here to not only learn but honour and appreciate.

  30. Beautiful Gyl, it is exquisite when we allow ourselves to feel how gorgeous we are. What you’ve shared confirms how powerful it is to connect to our body.

  31. A big revelation here Gyl! Especially your realisation that how we are with ourselves is how we are with all!

  32. “how you are with yourself is how you are with everyone else”. This clearly defines how we can enjoy loving relationships with others just by comitting to develop a true relationship with self first with a foundation of self love and appreciation for who we are.

  33. “When I allowed myself the time and the space to stop and truly connect to my body, I could actually feel how lovely I was.” Beautiful Gyl, I love what you have shared here, highlighting that when we connect to our body we connect to the truth of who we are in our essence, it is only when we disconnect from our body and go into our head that we lose the awareness of our inner wisdom and the natural joy we have in holding a true quality to our presence.

  34. Amazing how the mind can fool us into thinking we are a certain way, even when the body is communicating a completely different feeling and connection to our being – wonder what else the mind is lying about.

  35. Great point that we magnify whatever emotion we are in by thinking about it and trying to figure it out in our minds, instead of just observing that it’s there. When we try to work out our emotions from the state of being in them, we wrap ourselves even more tightly in them. When we observe them from the sidelines, they are much clearer and we can feel that they are not us, and let them go.

  36. Thank you Gyl. I have been identifying with my emotions as long as I’ve been indulging in them and it’s a recipe for staying stuck where I am. It is lovely to be reminded that we can connect back to our true essence at any time.

  37. What a massive realization Gyl. A great one to pin on the wall. It made me think of how when we express, even if it’s what we would call loving, if we have not the love in our body to offer we cannot but help give this lack of love in our expression. How we are with others begins with how we are with our own livingness.

  38. Thank you Gyl I am inspired by the realisations that your session with Esoteric yoga gave you, the body has so much to share if we are open to listen and receive, I appreciate these words today ” As I lay there I thought, “That’s easy, I feel angry this morning”. I had felt this way since I woke up but couldn’t work out why, and looking back, I can see a pattern of how I magnify these thoughts by trying to figure it out.”

  39. Amazing how we hold onto something that is not even true and create an issue. Simply allowing ourselves to observe what is going on opens up space for what is at the deeper level to come to the surface. Esoteric Yoga divinely supports us in that.

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