The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy
Welcoming All That Is: Nonduality, Yoga Nidra, and the Play of
Opposites in Psychotherapy
by Richard C. Miller
"Yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric Yoga practice that reflects the
perspective of Awareness both as the inherent ground of our essential beingness
and the container, agent, agency of our healing into the understanding that this
After discussing the origin of Yoga Nidra and his first experiences with it
beginning in 1970, Miller discusses Yoga Nidra and psychotherapy:
"Through its straighforward process of attending to naturally occurring
experiences of opposites of sensation, emotion, thought, belief, imagery, and
identity, it awakens the discriminating insight that every experinece, when
fully allowed, is both an expression of as well as a pointer to our underlying
nondual Nature. Further, Yoga Nidra affirms that when we abide as That,
integration and healing unfold spontaneously, conflict and suffering cease
naturally, and freedom is recognized to be our innate disposition."
There are two phases in Yoga Nidra when applied to psychotherapy. There
is a constructive phase in which the client becomes a
psychological whole capable of processing a life of experiences. It is an
integrative phase. The second phase is deconstructive and Yoga Nidra is
most useful in this phase, where "the accent is on transcending separative
ego-identity and realizing one's inherent spiritual identity as impersonal
Yoga Nidra is a 12-step process (variously adapted to suit the needs
of the client or student) that deconstructs identification at seven levels:
physical body, feeling, senses, emotion, mind, joy and bliss, and the body of
the ego-I identity.
"When clients recognize their underlying nature as spacious nonjudging,
compassionate, and loving Presence, causeless equanimity emerges. The perfume
that arises from this profound insight lingers even as residues of separation
remain. With repeated insight, these residues become transparently permeable to
the underlying fragrance of Awareness."
This chapter is richly supplemented with descriptions of client experiences
that illustrate the principles set forth. Here is a fragment:
"Nicky is lying on the floor with eyes closed encountering sensations of
shame and a lack of energy that she experiences daily in her body. I support her
in experiencing her feelings without trying to think about or understand them.
After a few minutes, I ask her to find sensations that represent their
opposites. She remembers a time when she is five years old. She is playing
outside, her body full of radiant energy and sparkling vitality. I suggest that
she embody these feelings without trying to think about or understand them.
After a few minutes I invite Nicky to rotate her attention back and forth
between feeling these opposing experiences."
Miller concludes with a statement that, except for the mention of Yoga
Nidra, could be a concluding statement for the entire book:
"Self-inquiry deconstructs ego-identity and its miragelike reality, opening
the ground for latent nondual Presence to spontaneously flood into the
foreground. In this moment clients reclaim their real freedom as unchanging,
nondual Presence that is both immanent and transcendent in every moment of life.
This is the fulfillment of Yoga Nidra and the completion of
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The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy,
edited by John. L. Prendergast, Peter Fenner, and Sheila Krystal.
"I NEED your help...!"
from the Guru Ratings list
I have mostly become ...a leaf in the wind ...! , a ship
rudder, ...a soul, ...without guide, ...with NO one in
I have been mostly living in ...NOW, which has meant
no plan, no goal, ...and no responsibility!
things have changed, few things have been ...Lost! I have
simply watched them
pass by ...! ...without making much effort!
My pain, suffering, noise,
...have mostly ceased!
...but, it has not been ...Free! ...and, I haven't
my Mind, ...I can still Think!
...and, when I think
then I realize that I DO have a `real' family to
feed, ...one that loves me
dearly and one that depends heavily one
...the family includes two
members of ...less than 6 years of Age!
and, ...I do realize that living
without plan, goal, agenda,
responsibility, ...living without bother,
...mostly `not thinking' is
NOT a proven method to `ensure' worldly success
My question is, ...WHAT do I Do ...?
would you, ...Do?
For past 8 months, I have performed my job mainly
being `pushed' and `pulled' by this and that rather than
personal `drive', `motivation', `agenda', `plan' and
It is somewhat of a miracle that I still have my job.
But, from a
super start, award winning, highest rated employee, I have
a point where people have started raising doubts on ...why I
rated so High, why did I get this big role and `responsibility'
...why did I win those awards?
...so, my question is ...what Do I Do
and, yes, I think, ...I still have a ...Choice!
But, the real
question is to `find a good balance'.
How do I do that ...?
Thanks for letting me talk something ...grossly 'practical'
Your help, understanding, openness, ...and
compassion is greatly
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It matters not what you do. But do it 1000%, lose
yourself in it.
Whatever you resist will persist.
putting my exec. hat on for a minute:
Follow your passion dudes, if
you need to make a
change go for it, confidence equals competence and
are simply the result of fears overcome.
I was a banker when I got into
metaphysics. One day I tossed my speech aside and told
about self observation and told them to forget
about selling and start
listening. I got called into
the VPs office, instead of getting fired I
accolades. Six months later I started my first dotcomm
after that I became head of consiousness
project in LA that paid triple the
salary. Then I
retired to write and study at the age of 35, then I
my head and returned to the corporate world to
be my weird self and get human
Be weird man, be yourself, let you light shine, dream
dreamer, the passion is in there somewhere.
Not that I don't have struggles,
the biggest is
boredom. Use your mind too though, don't quit until
found something else - something BETTER! Or you
may need to resolve some
issues you are resisting
where you are and then the movement will
Re: goal setting - forget about it, the people
run this planet did long ago. The key imagining is
simply to get in
touch with your deepest darkest
desires and don't lie about it. I've got a
law and he keeps complaining about rich people and
stupid and evil they are and how he isn't
willing to sacrifice his more blah,
blah, blah... In
fact he is simply afraid of his power, afraid of
weakness, afraid of failure and it is actually easier
egotistical to say "I could but I won't".
Actually this is just one small
part of my
brother-in-law he is actually a pretty cool dude and
has a good
life. I just like to rant.
...and why do I spend so much time online?
hmmm - i
guess it is part of my becoming human project, so
for your sharing. I'ld forgotten how much
pain and suffering there is among
One last thing - we need the pain too! It is the only
Higher Self can get our attention. First SHe
whispers in our ear, but we
can't hear, then SHe rings
a bell, but still we doze, then SHe gives us a
eventually SHe might have to resort to hitting us with
a car. SHe
doesn't care about the car it is no more
real to SHe than a fly so why
not.... seems nasty to
us but no big deal from another i.e. immortal
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>But, the real question is to `find a good balance'.
do I do that ...?
>Any idea ...?
By continuing to be open
to those "forces" around, like your wife and
daughter and Aditya. Only your
intelligence is required to balance needs
harmoniously. Tolle on the park
bench is not the only model. Kabir
continued to support himself by weaving
and then hanging out in the market
to sell his weavings, long after his
disciples asked him to stop, that they
would take care of him and he should
be doing more important things, etc.
>Thanks for letting me talk
something ...grossly 'practical' and
with practical. It makes an interesting contrast with your
Do you really need the advice you are seeking or are you just
we can come up with?
I *have* noticed that your offerings
are now more than they used to be, ie
not just on the morning commute any
more. So this side of life is taking
more precedence. So, there may be a
problem. Or . . . You can cut down on
work, still have some job that is
sufficient to do the support thing, just
less high-powered. The guru trade is
a tough one, not much room to make a
lot of money, except if you get lucky or
sell out in some way. Keeping the
day job is not necessarily selling