We come to day four of our 30-day Christian yoga program. Today we are going to share an intention at the heart of Christian Yoga taken from the Lord’s prayer.

If you were to take only this instruction and live it whole-heartedly then this would fulfil the invocation “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

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There is no Christian Yoga program without the commitment to the daily practice of “Thy will be done.” Later in this program I will share with you the yoga posture and practice I use to invite this way of being in the world.

Your Will Be Done

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The core of any Christian Yoga program of practice and teaching is the invitation to be available to what I refer to as Divine Intention or “Thy will.”

Those yoga practitioners who follow yoga styles (devoid of any Yoga path) have their intention driven from the personal will to attain a greater degree of fitness and flexibility.

The focus is on this personal desire.

A major focus in the Western world is the focus on setting and attaining goals.  The mantra of the motivational Christian speaker Zig Ziglar was “You must have goals.”

The focus of “goal setting” is all about fulfilling your personal desires driven from the never ending wanting of the ego which is your separate sense of the personal self.

These goals are usually driven from one or more of the primary human needs which include lack of security, need for love, need for control, and need for the separation.

This drive for goal setting keeps you locked in time with a focus on the future.

In your mind whether it be conscious or unconscious there is the desire to get somewhere and the unsettling drive from the feeling of never enough.

This is the focus of the Western world view supported by advertising.

While much might be achieved by world standards the cost is often heavy by way of ill health and broken relationship.

There isn’t much magic experienced. There is all too much “doing” and loss of the magic of “Being” connected to the flow of Infinite Fulfilment where your life becomes more of a “happening.”

Goal setting is always about the wanting of the personal self rather than the flow from the Universal SELF or true self.

The Issue of Surrender

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Do not think that if you surrender to God you will be a loser. – Radhanath Swami

For many the word surrender is an anathema. It means “giving up.” It means being a “loser” and not being a “winner.”

In living “Thy will be done” you address the four key issues that are the focus of most peoples lives and which are the cause of most unnecessary suffering.

These are the issues of

  • The need for safety.
  • The need for control.
  • The need for Love.
  • The need for separation.

The invitation to living the “Thy will be done” life addresses all of the above.

The only real safety, control and Love is living in alignment with the purpose of the Universe as it intends to express through you.

As a Christian Yoga teacher, you have to be willing to address those issues of separation, control, safety, and love within yourself.  This is an ongoing opening and surrender to the unknown.

When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. – Eckhart Tolle

For the Christian Yoga teacher faith is not adherence to a given religion but to the living experience of surrender to the unknown whereby you allow the will of the Divine to move through you.

This does not mean you do not attend at religious services, but the focus is on being a servant of Divine Intention. The focus is not on concepts but on being a living channel of Grace.

Belief is where you are in charge. Belief is where religion authority is in charge. It is where you are in control and this gives you a sense of safety. At least there is the feeling that you belong to the right group.

It is where you are living “My will be done on earth so I might get to Heaven.”

The Christian Yoga teacher needs to address the issue of belief versus faith.

Most belief is a fixed idea devoid of direct experience. You only need belief when you do not KNOW.

By its very nature belief keeps you locked into time and into the past which also locks you out of the experience of Heaven which is Timeless.

Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time ~ Meister Eckhart – Christian Mystic – 1260-1328

The Master Jesus addresses this issue of surrender when he says that you must give up all that you have in order to follow him.

Most people assume that he is inviting you to live in poverty when in fact he is inviting the deeper experience of giving up all that you are desirous of driven from your attachment to the separate sense of the personal self.

That includes especially your belief in the separate sense of the personal self or false self (Thomas Merton – Christian mystic).

The Buddha shared the same invitation when he spoke about detachment.

Detachment is not to be confused with detachment from feeling. Detachment is another word for “surrender” or allowing the will of Divine Intention to move through you.

The most important aspect of this surrender is giving up the thinker. “Give no thought” (Day 2).

It takes courage to teach this invitation. It takes tremendous courage to KNOW that this is the way to Heaven.

Better bring your own redemption when you come. To the barricades of Heaven where I’m from – Barricades of Heaven – Jackson Browne

The As In Heaven Experience

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Thy Will be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven – Matthew 6:10

The central prayer prayed by Christians around the world is the Lord’s prayer.

In my experience when people pray this prayer it feels like it’s a race to get to the end of it as quickly as possible.

One of the central invitations from this prayer is the line “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

This is the invitation of Yoga which is the union of matter (Earth) and Spirit (Heaven).

Fundamentalist Christians totally ignore this invitation.

Their focus is on the end days when the earth will end, and they become the chosen few.

Judgement Day never happens in Heaven because Heaven is outside of time and duality.

A God with a Judgement Day agenda is God made in your own image and not the reality of the revelatory experience that is KNOWING “God is Love.”

This is not just a fundamentalist Christian view.

A similar view exists within the teachings of the Krishna Consciousness movement where matter is considered something that you are focused on moving beyond.

Heaven on Earth is expressed through the body temple that is your body temple.

The Yoga postures and asanas are not primarily about flexibility and fitness but about fitness for the invitation to the KNOWING of Love. This is the higher into the lower experience.

When the higher flows into the lower the lower is transformed by the higher – Meister Eckhart – Christian mystic)

This is LOVE as the creative force of the Universe of which you are a part but never apart from. You might believe in God, but you bring Heaven on Earth by way of KNOWING.

Thy Will be Done

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Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ― Meister Eckhart – Christian Mystic (1260-1328)

The litmus test of belief in God (rather than the belief ABOUT God) is the willingness to have the Will of the Divine move and express through you.  Otherwise, there is only cerebral assent to the idea of the Divine.

To be teacher of Christian Yoga your primary focus is on becoming a servant of Divine Intention. You make the commitment to move from the will to personal power to the Will to Love.

You may not be sure what that movement entails but you are prepared to have faith in the way in which it is intended to be expressed through you.

The Master Jesus refers to this movement when he says

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. – Matthew 6:6

When you live with the focus “Thy will be done,” you are prepared to live from uncertainty.  You have no real idea about how your life will unfold.

When you pray you aren’t involved in telling Divine Intention what it needs to do for you.

When you engage in prayer your intention is to become a channel of Grace. Your intention is to serve the purpose of Love as it is intended to move through you to bless you and for the highest good of all.

Your work as a Christian Yogi is to get out of the way.  Your work is to stop trying to save your personal sense of self and have faith in the unknown but not the UNKNOWABLE.

As your life unfolds beyond identification with the personal you begin to live the “Impersonal Life” (Joseph Brenner). Your faith in the way “Thy Will be done” unfolds within you will grow.

You will be rewarded openly in ways that you could not at first have foreseen. You stop trying to save you life by way of control and safety and you open to the experience that the Universe has your back.

Awakening the Heart

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Nothing glows brighter than the heart awakened to the unseen light of love that lives within it. – Guy Finley – Spiritual Teacher

Your movement into the “Thy Will be Done” experience is the beginning of magic and miracle. It is the beginning of awakening the heart.

As the mystic Rumi states, “The heart is the bridge to everything.” Notice that it is not your personal overthinking mind that is the bridge to everything.

The personal overthinking mind keeps you locked into the limitation of time.

This keeps you locked into the idea that you have to do everything.  This is the meaning of the Biblical phrase

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; – Genesis 3:19

If you do not realise your connection to Divine intention by way of direct personal experience its all sweat and stress until that time you die. There is another way. It is the Way of I AM.

Learning to be still and KNOW (Day 2) you get to live in alignment with the way the Will of Love is to move through you and manifest through you.

There is a paradox to be experience here.  The less you are focused on doing your life the more there will unfold in your life.

The Universe recognizes your willingness to be a channel for its purpose. It then rewards you openly.

There is more for you to do in the world, but the doing is a movement of Love in action.

The movement is flow. The movement is not achievement but creativity and manifestation for the highest good of all. You become what is called a “happening.”

In Chinese philosophy this is the experience of Wu Wie which translates as “Doing through non-doing.”

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning. ― Lao Tzu

We have lost the understanding and magic that is living a life of doing by way of non-doing which is also to say living a life from Being rather than having.

Look at the state of the world. We have got ourselves into the do-do. We as a collective called humanity have lost real LIFE balance which is the dance of Being and doing.

We are the dance called “Human” and “Being” but we have forgotten that aspect of the dance which is “Being.”

When the English playwright William Shakespeare asks the essential spiritual question, “To be or not to be?” our answer is “Not to be.”  Our answer is to do more because we are assured we are never quite enough.

Most all our “doing” comes from a foundational belief fostered by religion that we are born in sin and there is no goodness in us.

This is because we have not been taught how to understood the real meaning of this word “sin.” (Day 8)

Christian Yoga Program Unfolds

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Life on the Mat. I roll it out and step inside a world of self-discovery, mine. – Andrew Pacholyk, Lead Us To A Place: Your Spiritual Journey Through Life’s Seasons

This Christian Yoga Program unfolds daily. (As from early November 2021).  It takes time to write each day’s reflection, choose images, edit, and post to this blog.

The program changes as it is being written. This Christian Yoga program is intended to be a 30-Day program, but I am finding that it can be introduced by way of three 10-day programs combined.

For those who are interested the structure the first ten days is shared below.

I have the idea that I will include a blog post related to a yoga practice that you can use to explore this invitation I call The Way of I AM.

Christian Yoga Program – First 10 Days

  • Day 1 – The Key Intention.
  • Day 2 – Be Still and KNOW.
  • Day 3 – Give No Thought.
  • Day 4 – Thy Will Be Done.
  • Day 5 – Enter the Closet (Practice)
  • Day 6 – I AM the Way – Part I
  • Day 7 – I AM the Way – Part II
  • Day 8 – Sin No More.
  • Day 9 – Believe in Me.
  • Day 10 – Be as a Little Child (Practice)

This is the 10-day Christian Yoga program that forms the first part of a longer 30-day program.

I hope that you find value in this invitation to living in alignment with the Will of Divine Intention. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to comment.