Yoga Nidra and the Holy Trinity

Written by on November 5, 2019 in Conscious Living, Meditation with 0 Comments

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History is replete with different forms of sacred  trinities. How many different forms of the trinity can you think of? Off hand a few that come to mind are: body, mind, and spirit; earth, wind, and fire; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva; Shiva, Shakti, and Ganesh; Buddha, Sangha, Dharma; peanut butter, jelly, and bread . . . the list is eternal.

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Ganesh. Photo by Scott Moore

The concept of the Trinity speaks to understanding our True Nature. A singular object is in isolation, adding a second creates a binary, but when you can understand or experience these in what I call their Both/And Nature, your eyes open up to experience a truer, more expanded concept and consciousness of an object. I believe this is what is meant by the 3rd eye. In fact, by expanding beyond the singularity or duality of your own nature brings you into the full knowing of your truest Self.

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We come from Source, that which is everything. We are born as into a human experience and our conscious is one of simple singularity—everything that exists in this form of consciousness is what can see or feel and that’s all I know. An infant experiences the entire world as simply an extension of herself. Natural differentiation happens between 6–18 months old and suddenly a duality is created. Now, the consciousness experiences a “this” and “that” which exist as two separate things. Many of us will live the rest of our lives in this sense of duality.

The Hindu god Ganesh is a perfect example of a trinity: He is the product of a form and consciousness, half spirit, half physical being, and exists as something new entirely. Many people celebrate Ganesh for his hybrid nature which lends itself to great compassion, understanding, and direction.

Both/And Nature and the Trinity

But many practices such as yoga, meditation, and Yoga Nidra, a specialized form of guided meditation, expand your consciousness beyond a binary and help you to come to know yourself as part of a larger Singularity, Source, built as the Both/And consciousness of any binary. Through a lifetime of practice you might come back to experience yourself as Singularity, but not in any innocent way but rather one of wisdom and expansiveness. This is what it means to open to the sacred trinity within you to reveal your True Nature.


Exploring the Trinity with Yoga Nidra

My favorite way to explore, and even better to experience, this unity of the Trinity, and allow it to open our consciousness into a unity of all things, is through Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a form of relaxing guided meditation, or guided awareness, where the practitioner is lead through deepening layers of awareness to come to know themselves as Awareness itself. One does this through practicing recognizing then letting go of objects of the ego, like the body, energy, mind, thoughts, etc.

 

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The objective of Yoga Nidra is to open to a felt sense of Awareness, Oneness, or your True Self. One of the techniques to acquire this felt sense of one’s True Self is to explore the trinity of your True Self. Often an Awareness technique that a facilitator might employ in a Yoga Nidra practice is to lead practitioners to pay deep and profound attention to as singularity, then the duality, and then to open to our Awareness, our True Nature, by inviting the holding of those two elements together to make a third, complete, and unified wholeness. The way I teach this in a Yoga Nidra practice is to invite practitioners to relax as they pay attention, for example, to their left hand and only their left hand. This creates a singularity in their consciousness. Next, I’ll have them pay attention to their right and and only their right hand. Now this alerts to the consciousness that there’s a duality, a right and left hand. I’ll toggle their Awareness between these two before then inviting them to feel and experience both hands simultaneously. The part of one’s consciousness that must open up to do this is the expanded part of one’s consciousness, that which is larger than a duality. Thus the trinity is what opens you up to experience your True Self.

This isn’t an intellectual exercise. It’s a practice and an experience. Click here for a free Yoga Nidra recording.

I invite you to explore your own True Nature by experiencing a felt sense of Awareness through Yoga Nidra. It’s easy and still profound. Beginners and experts alike can practice and get phenomenal results. Experiencing the sacred trinity within yourself brings about wholeness and healing. You will enter into a profound and relaxing Yoga Nidra practice which is specific to this concept of the trinity and which will take you into deeper relaxation as the portal into understanding some of the mysteries of the cosmos through the trinity.

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Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US (New York, Salt Lake City, LA) and abroad and currently lives in Southern France. When he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, or traveling to teach, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program

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