This summer Yuan Miao is back in California, conducting a series of workshops and retreats in both English and Chinese through June, July and August.
For much of the last few months, she was travelling and teaching in Taiwan and mainland China. She held a series of informal talks and intensive weekend workshops entitled: The Source of Wisdom. Each weekend in the series focused on a specific topic, including: The Wisdom of Joy, The Wisdom of Love, The Wisdom of Life, and The Wisdom of Health.
The profound messages being taught have been covered both by Taiwanese television and a national magazine which interviewed Miao about women’s issues and the teachings. Please read below for a taste of these teachings.
from The Source of Wisdom Teachings:
In a recent interview for a Taiwanese magazine, Miao discussed four levels of consciousness: body, emotions, mind and our Divine home. She emphasized emotional obstacles and the impermanence of relationships as primary causes of suffering and ill health. We can benefit greatly by using the practices mentioned below; they will help elevate all aspects of our consciousness and lead us to our Divine “home.”
At the body level, Yoga of Joy effectively supports the health of our cells, blood and qi. Yoga of Joy transforms the cellular memory patterning in our bodies, caused by negative emotions, unconscious habits and actions, which are often the byproducts of our intimate relationships. By balancing our yin and yang energy through Yoga of Joy, we create internal “wholeness” and stabilization; we more readily release unhealthy attachments or “neediness” for some “thing” or someone external. With stable energy, we create healthier relationships in all arenas of life. Whether we are single or in relationship, Yoga of Joy helps maintain and improve the physical health of our body, while building our “immunity” to the turbulent influence of emotions.
At the emotional level, we can release “melodrama” and consciously practice “no drama yoga.” Miao suggests directness and honesty with ourselves by asking: “What do I need?” and “What do I want?” What we want is often the cause of our suffering and can create emotional melodramas of judgment, envy, jealousy, and greed. Distinguishing between what we “need” and what we “want,” can liberate us from the turmoil of “wanting.” Rather than pursue our “wants,” we can consciously choose to devote more time to our inner growth and transformation.
For our mind, we can practice guru yoga, which powerfully unites us with Divine energy. Under the guidance of a realized master with whom we have affinity, we solidify our connection to the Divine. Yantras, mantras and visualization are all tools of guru yoga. The guru lights the road ahead to ensure our car progresses in the right direction, however our higher self remains the “driver.” People are often scared or apprehensive of control by a “guru” due to confusion about the distinction between “control” and “surrender.” We must know in our hearts, that the aim of the guru is not to “control” us or mold us in their image, but to help us surrender to our own Divine nature and self-empowerment. The guru merely lights the way to prajna paramita or ultimate wisdom.
The foundation for activating these practices is the strength of our vow. Big vow, big umbrella of protection by the Divine. Small vow, small umbrella. The vow forms the unshakeable roots of our “life tree.” If we dedicate ourselves to nurturing our roots, we can grow mightily and will possess the energy needed to handle the unpredictable opportunities and challenges of life. The Divine does not need our vow, the vow is for our life, our purpose, our dharma. It protects and leads us to empowerment in the way that we need. With strong faith in our vow, we remain steadfastly connected to the Source of wisdom.
These three yogas, Yoga of Joy for our body, “no drama yoga” for our emotions and guru yoga for our mind, together with our “big” vow, returns us to our Divine home of infinite joy, fearlessness, abundance, wisdom and compassion.
May all of you reach your Divine Home!!!
—The New Century Foundation Board of Directors