Stream Turtles and Samskaras … by Alice B. Clagett *

Revised; originally published on 6 July 2013  

Dear Ones,

A video on noticing, rather than acting on samskaras when they pop up from the subconscious mind into conscious awareness. There’s a Summary after the video; text in green font is not in the video.

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones.

Today I’m over at the UCLA Botanical Gardens, and I’m looking at a little manmade stream here, with a lot of turtles in it. And I noticed, about the stream, first, the water’s pretty muddy. And then, these turtles are popping up into the Light, and sticking their noses out of the water. And then they just go on back under the water … they dive back down again. And you can’t see them very well if they do that.

And it reminded me of my subconscious thoughts … my ‘samskaras’, as they call them. in the “Aphorisms of Patanjali” …

Link: “How to Know God: The Aphorisms of Patanjali,” by Swami Prabhavananda, Christopher Isherwood, and Patanjali, 1981, available at www.amazon.com ..

Link: “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Raja Yoga – Ashtanga Yoga,” explanations by Swami Jnaneshvara and Abhyasa Ashram, http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras.htm ..

… that just pop right out … right out of my mind, sort of like the turtles in the stream … or popcorn. And sometimes they pop up so strongly that I act on them … and sometimes with very unfortunate consequences.

And then, without my even knowing why, they just sort of disappear back down into the turgid waters of my heart … [laughs, as two turtles sink down into the water] … very obligingly, in this case.

So I had a thought about that. I noticed I have two tendencies, when these thoughts come up ,,,

  • One is to shove them back down into the water … and make them angry, and hungry.
  • And the other thought is: To say that they’re somebody else’s turtle; not mine; to disown them.

So just now, when I was walking, I was thinking:  Maybe if I just make friends with them … notice them … this muddy water in my heart will eventually clear up, and become more like a pure mountain stream. That’s what I was thinking about the turtles.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Patanjali, samskaras, subconscious, turtles, advaita, How to Know God: The Aphorisms of Patanjali, Swami Prabhavananda, Christopher Isherwood, Swami Jnaneshvara, Abhyasa Ashram, yoga, My Favorites, heart clearing,

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