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What made the experience of listening to The Self in Full Bloom the most enjoyable?
Mukti is a spiritual teacher who has a well-rounded background of vital learning tools which include yoga, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine where she learned the yin-yang metaphor for life. She illustrates the masculine and feminine, the give and take, yin-yang of awakening, which really benefited me.
My early childhood experiences included bullying and beatings to elicit my obedience. Until I was able to break free of some of those dysfunctional patterns (like leaving the family religion) many of my life’s endeavors were harsh and demanding. In my search for healing, I engaged some practitioners of energetic healing modalities. Some of them helped but others brought the very opposite results. Mukti gently and lovingly “encouraged” and “soothed” me to relax into my body. As teacher, she used vital tools which included knowledge of how to move me out of the active mind and into accessing my heart and my lower belly on the journey to awakening. By degrees, she explained the two-step practice of meditation and self-inquiry which actually complement each other during the process of self-discovery. Meditation became much easier for me once I got past the unhelpful pattern of working hard to stop thought, and instead, offering the mind freedom to explore where the mind figured it needed to be. She used valuable illustrations such as comparing the over-stimulated mind to a horse stuffed into a tiny stall by force. Instead, she suggests setting the horse free into a spacious pasture to let it “do” whatever it needed during meditation. Surprisingly, such freedom enabled a naturally calming environment within the self, which I found soothing and yet at the same time, vitalizing — again, her yin-yang training became evident.
Mukti insists there is an aspect of you that is not at odds with itself. That part of your nature which expresses harmoniously all the facets of what you are doesn’t want anything from you. It sees no need to fix you. It sees no need to correct anything in you. It doesn’t need you to manage, it doesn’t need you to track, there is nothing for you to do, other than simply receive this invitation to simply “be — let down and let be.” How utterly soothing is that?
I’m finally learning what being grounded feels like, after being admonished by healers, “You’re not grounded!” — but without demonstrating or explaining what it was to actually “be” grounded. Mukti’s gentle, nurturing, loving, soothing words led me into my heart and my lower belly, to my ground of being, to where my own divine nature provided the experience and proved to me who I AM, who I BE, where I felt the invitation to “come and drink life’s water free” as coming from a place of love, — not from religion, not from scripture — from pure love from within the depths of my Self.
“The Self in Full Bloom” gives listeners the opportunity to discover directly the ground of being and to live in alignment with life. On that basis, I recommend the audible version of this work to anyone who wants to feel closer to their own divine nature.
What other book might you compare The Self in Full Bloom to and why?
Her husband Adyashanti's works are comparable.
What does Mukti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her voice is wonderful for the meditations in her audible books. I could close my eyes and watch what was happening behind my eyelids.
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