vastu-sāmye citta-bhedāt tayor vibhaktaḥ panthāḥ
Each individual person perceives the same object in a different way, according to their own state of mind and projections. Everything is empty from its own side and appears according to how you see it. (PYS IV.15)
This focus of the month talks about the notion that we create our own reality. Once you can accept this your perception of reality changes and the events in your life will change. I love this because it empowers an individual to consciously accept events in their life of which there was little or no control and to also make decisions with more awareness. As a result, through the challenges of mastering your ‘monkey’ mind we become enlightened. Humans are amazing beings which have the capacity to live consciously, it is only when we become awakened to this capability, and become clear about our intentions that we can begin to create our dreams. Yoga definitely helps with this process.
Here is an excerpt from what Gabriel Bozic has written for the Jivamukti Focus of The Month.
This concept of shunyata, or emptiness, is incredibly liberating and empowering. It is only then that we can stop playing the blame game, that we can liberate ourselves from feeling like victims. Responsibility and freedom are two sides of the same coin—you can’t have one without the other. We are the ones who give the meaning to people, objects and situations. Knowing this we will do our best to project goodness and magnificence and extend love into the one world we share. It is what His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls “enlightened self-interest.”
Yet could it be that our own power frightens us more than being powerless does? Is the fear of our own enlightened mind and actions preventing us from creating a more joyous, peaceful and healthy world to live in? To indulge this fear is to give our power away, to dishonor the gift of life. Enlightenment is the only remedy to the world’s despair. Shifting our perception from unconscious to conscious, from unenlightened to enlightened, is what will change the world, what will change our current highly self-destructive way of living on this planet. Through the Yoga practices our perceptions are refined: we learn to calm the fluctuations of the mind so that we can see objects, people and situations without the judgments, prejudices and conditioning that come from our past thoughts, words and actions. When we stop identifying with our thoughts and feelings, the fluctuations of the mind, or citta vrittis, we can experience clarity of mind, enlightenment.