The foundation of this eminently practical course is a core yogic teaching, succinctly stated in the Bhagavad Gītā: “Established in Yoga, perform action.” The actions we’re concerned with here are knowing and creating. We’ll learn to develop our natural capacity for intuitive insight, discovery, prediction, and illumination, as well as our ability to marshal and express creative energy with friction-free ease.
Intuition and creativity are at the heart of every successful human endeavour, from ordinary choices to ground-breaking decisions, from mundane problem-solving to life-changing innovations, from everyday insights to monumental revelations, from useful ideas to breakthrough inventions to world-class art. And they are especially important in times of uncertainty and unpredictability. When we function from the deepest levels of awareness we’re guided by subtle GPS-like impulses; when we’re not so attuned we go astray. The course aims to help us gain, secure, and stabilize that access.
Intuition and creativity favor the quiet mind, and quiet mind is a chief aim of deep yogic practice, per Patanjali’s famous definition: Yogash chitta vritti nirodhah (Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind). This is not just aspirational; it’s practical and applicable. The course features yogic methods for securing the stillness from which intuition and creativity fluidly flow. It also includes methods for stimulating and directing intuition and creativity for specific purposes; overcoming obstacles to knowing and creating, and balancing intuition and creativity with rationality and discipline. In that context, we’ll learn to employ the yogic attribute of viveka to discern the difference between the deep mind’s authentic gifts and imposters fed by fear or wishful thinking.
Philip Goldberg has been studying the worldÕs spiritual traditions for more than 45 years. He is the author or co-author of some 25 books published in more than a dozen languages. His book American Veda was named by Huffington Post and Library Journal as one of the Top 10 Religion Books of 2010; it was followed in 2018 by the popular biography The Life of Yogananda. His most recent book is the timely Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times. He blogs on Spirituality & Health and Elephant Journal, cohosts the Spirit Matters podcast, and leads American Veda Tours to India.