‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
I have to say- this Kosha is a really important one. I find it so interesting and a really rich and relevant topic for the current day.
I teach this from all sorts of different angles but the message is the same…. There is a deep well of intellect within us which it would be a shame to dismiss. In fact when we access it, we can gain all manner of insight and strength.
This layer has 2 main aspects to it.
-The first is that it feeds the processing aspect of the mind with information it believes to be true. The mind percieves but the actual knowledge comes from Vijnanamaya Kosha. The thinking mind processes the range of sensory information it’s collecting - and we match up with what we believe to be true to complete the picture.
-The second strand is the things that we know without thinking. Our deeper layers of intuition. This aspect is fascinating to me as we can all relate to having a strong sense of knowing or believing something which has not been through the thinking process.
‘In my heart of hearts….i know that the right thing to do is….’
Where does this expression come from? From sensations that most of us can relate to. Possibly a type of intellect apart form the academic kind.
Heart Math is a wonderful website which researches matters of the heart. In particular they have published a study titled: ‘Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: The Surprising Role of the Heart’(1)
The study suggests that the evidence is that the heart is involved in preempting things that have not yet happened.
On one level it seems a little out there to think that our heart can guide us with clarity into the unknown, but on an experiential level it’s not that wild at all. In fact in many cultures and civilisations the Heart has held great importance in being human.
Not surprisingly, In Yoga the heart is also the home of Sankalpa (Positive Intention/ Heartfelt Vow).
When setting an intention we invite our selves to notice and surrender to the deeper layers of intuition that sit within the heart. If you haven’t set a sankalpa before read the guidelines below, or enjoy this as part of the video linked to this post.
The Mudras for this sequence:
Fearless Heart (Abhaya Hrdaya)
Lotus (Padma Mudra)
To Reflect Upon:
Awareness of your SANKALPA….Internally pose the question: ‘What is it that moves me as a human being?’ ‘Intuitively- What is it that really matters to me and calls me into action in this moment?’ The answer that arrives may come in any form, a sentence, a feeling, a visualisation. See your intention unfold in this moment. Welcome it now.
If you suspect the answer came from your logical thinking mind scrap it and drop your awareness back into your heart. Don’t worry if it doesn’t become clear straight away- just asking is an excellent start to tuning into Vijnanamaya Kosha.
(1) Rollin McCraty, Ph.D.1, Mike Atkinson1, and Raymond Trevor Bradley, Ph.D