what you get" - In AHAM's Consciousness-Transforming Trainings,
which are all based on Consciousness speaking to Consciousness, or "Heart
to Heart" communication - and not just the trainer expressing his/her
personal concepts, opinions or point of view - the statement is often
made, "Take what you get," and "Don't try to take what
you don't get."
This means that
even if it is not seen immediately, you will eventually get it that
what has been shared or revealed is in fact the Highest Truth, and is
just what you needed to know, hear, or learn at the time. This is the
usual outcome with 99% of those attending AHAM's programs.
(See: Gunas) - (Sanskrit) In Vedanta,
this is inertia; darkness; ignorance; ego; one of the three primal qualities
- described as the color black.
(Tapasya) - (Sanskrit) Tapas literally means "heat."
In meditation, or in whatever form, method or system of one's spiritual
practice, it is any conscious or intentional directing or focusing of
energy generated in the using of that method. It is the concentration
of energy by effort or with force to achieve a predetermined higher
results, or state. It is steadfastness in one's determination to achieve
a spiritual goal or higher spiritual state.
Tapasya means effort.
It is austerity of the personal will. It is choosing or applying ascetic
force to life. It is the concentration of one's will to control the
mind and vital forces of the body to change them for expressing a higher
intention or spiritual purpose, or to bring down the higher state of
consciousness, or bring into manifestation any higher spiritual purpose.
the Truth - means to only think and speak truthfully. It means
don't mislead, or verbally agree and imply that something is one way
when you think or feel it is otherwise. It is "mean what you say,
and say what you mean." It is living your life with genuine Integrity.
(See: "Mean what you say, and say what you mean.").
- are conditioned patterns of behavior held in the mind. These
are inclinations to think and act in a certain predetermined way or
habitual manner based on conditioned patterns, i.e., habits of thought
and action recorded in the mind from your past.
Thinking - Thought is mentation, the mental process or activity
of thinking; it takes the form of persons, places and things, or ideas,
plans, conceptions or opinions, all of which are occurring in the Mind
and being projected into the appearance of solidity in Time And Space
by this mental activity.
Thought is the
intellectual, scientific and/or philosophical ideas associated with
a particular field of study or endeavor, or situation, place, time or
Thinking is the
process of utilizing the mind to form matter into particular thought
forms, such as persons, places, things, situations, Ideas
It is the mental ability to intellectualize, to analyze and reason.
the baby out with the bath water" - is an expression that
means, to remain conscious and alert to what you are involved in dissolving,
changing, altering or transforming in your world. Don't overlook what
is essential and what is not; or don't carelessly get these mixed up
and inadvertently throw out what is actually beneficial to you.
- Commonly time is the second, minute or hour as indicated
by a clock. Functionally, it is the method of measuring the period,
or duration, of movement required or taken for an object to travel between
two points in space. It is a limited period during which an action,
process, or condition exists or takes place.
Time is also known
as a dimension that enables two identical events occurring at the same
point in space to be distinguished or measured by the interval between
It is conceived
as a force capable of acting on people and objects. It is a moment or
period in which something takes place, is chosen as appropriate for
something to take place. It is a period required, allocated, or taken
to complete an activity; or it's a free period that is not allocated
for a particular purpose. It is a designated or customary moment or
period in which something is done or occurs. It is a period during which
somebody is alive, especially the most active or productive period in
somebody's life; or a moment in which some important event such as a
birth or death is expected to happen.
In Truth, it is
a concept created by the mind, and held in consciousness by the mind;
it is not real, it exists only in our imagination and by our agreement.
Belief in the existing reality of time, and identification with time,
is the cause of suffering. We always live only in the One Reality of
the present moment, which is Now.
and Space - These are both Concepts;
nevertheless, as concepts they are unlimited, being infinite expressions
of the mind. They are limited to existing only in the mind in which
they appear to exist. They give expression and extension to consciousness
as it appears in and as matter, as manifested things or forms such as
the physical body.
These two are merely
aspects of the one universal force of Consciousness,
They, in their mutually intertwined interaction, include and express
their combined reciprocal activity with the manifestation of physical
forms, and as the mind acting upon itself.
- In AHAM, a trainer is a fully qualified instructor of one
or more AHAM programs, courses or phases in our Conscious Curriculum.
AHAM Trainers have themselves gone though a series of
AHAM training programs for the intent and purpose of being a trainer.
Before they finally completed Trainer's Training, they assisted seasoned
Trainers in several of the same or similar programs as the one they
are qualified to teach or instruct.
AHAM Trainers demonstrate
their dedication, determination and ability in living AHAM's Conscious
Teaching in their lives, and in guiding others to do likewise. Most
trainers were or are AHAM Buddies;
some have also been AHAM Sponsors
before attending Trainer's Training. They demonstrate their
ability to easily live in the Spiritual Heart,
which is felt by students in the trainings, processes or other functions
they lead, or when "hanging out" with them at the AHAM Center
and just being in their presence.
- In AHAM's Conscious Teaching, an AHAM Training is a consciously
developed and delivered program designed to bring about transformation
in the lives of students or participants, by uncovering and intentionally
assisting the student in removing his/her conditioned mind-patterns
that keep him identified with the body-mind, and to Awaken him/her to
the Self, so as to naturally abide therein.
also provide simple, easy, light and fun principles, processes and instruction
to those needing these, to live capable, skilled and proficient lives
in the world, and yet not of the world. AHAM's Trainers are on Purpose,
and themselves most capable in developing all students to be likewise
capable, skilled or proficient in this teaching.
- is to go beyond or rise above the physical or present expression
of oneself, or a situation. It is to go beyond the limit or range of
to go beyond something either in quality or achievement, to exist above
and apart from the material world.
- is an alteration in the substance of, or the inner nature
or condition of, rather than in the form of. It is more like transubstantiation,
i.e., changing a base metal, like lead, into gold. Transformation is
not just change; change is only an alteration in the form of one's being,
rather than in one's basic inner essence, personality or character.
It is a radical
change in consciousness, bringing about an advancement or forward movement
in the nature, quality or basic character of the one undergoing it.
It means that the Higher Consciousness or nature of the being is brought
into the Body-Mind
and vital life of the person and takes over in place of the lower consciousness.
In a manner of speaking, it is a significant change for the better of
the direction, purpose, intention, experience and/or manner of expression
in one's life.
In AHAM, it is
a complete and radical change in the substance of rather than the form
of the being, bringing about an assured, strong and permanent forward
movement into a higher state of Consciousness;
or in the nature of one's spiritual evolution or true Self-awakening.
is the sole purpose of all phases of AHAM's Conscious Curriculum,
but especially the Self-Inquiry Series, AHAM's Living
Meditation Training, Conscious Communications and Relationships, and
the Happiness-Now Series.
of the mind - The mind is a silent saboteur. Or, as Sri Bhagavan
Ramana often said, "The mind is a treacherous friend. It will pretend
to be your friend but will throw you down at the first opportunity,
or when you are least expecting it." Thus, the warning is given
to "watch out for the tricks of the mind," which make you
think you are on the right course, or making headway, when in fact you
may be off course or going entirely in the wrong direction. The best
defense against this is to have a Conscious Teacher
who is Self-realized, as your spiritual guide; and always listen to
him/her. An unrealized, sincere teacher may be helpful in various matters,
but is also subject to being deluded by the same insidious tricks of
the mind. Therefore, his or her opinion is to be countermanded or ruled
out by the advice of a Conscious Teacher.
nature - The Pure
or primitive state of a thing, its essential quality or characteristic,
its basic disposition, temperament or condition. For example, the nature
of water is wetness, the nature of fire is heat, and the nature of ice
- is that which is genuine and consistent with reality, actuality,
certainty, not false or erroneous. It is reliable, precise, accurate,
authentic, legitimate. It is that which is real, faithful, sincere,
Truth is that which
cannot be added to or subtracted from; that which you can only experience.
If you put the truth into a container in which you hold a lie, the truth
becomes a lie. The truth, when made into a belief, is a lie. If you
go around telling the truth as what you believe, you are lying. The
difficult or insidious part about it is that the truth is so easy to
vs. fact - There is a subtle, yet sometimes obvious difference
between truth and fact. Basically, facts can and do often change; but
truth, as such, does not change. Actual truth, in the real sense of
the word, is always true; it never changes.
For example, prior
to 1900 you could not cross the Atlantic Ocean in a single day. That
was just not possible. After the Wright brothers famous flight at Kitty
Hawk, NC in 1903, it later became possible in 1907 to be done nonstop
in an airplane. The main point being, it was not the truth that you
couldn't cross the Atlantic in a day, even prior to 1903 or '07. It
was only a fact. If it had been the truth, then we could not cross the
Atlantic in a day, even now. Facts change, but truth does not change.
Jesus said, "You
will know the truth (of your own nature, or real Self), and the truth
will make you free." (John 8:32)
- We avoid doing things in our lives by "trying"
to do them, instead of just doing them; so we leave them undone. When
you say you will "try" to do something, you really mean that
you are not taking responsibility for doing it. You are not looking,
seeing, knowing and choosing to do it. In actual life, you either do
it, or you don't. You don't "try." [LMT]
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