Yoga as a play or movie

Yoga as a play or movie

NOTE: This 'Yoga as a play or movie' is about the formation of a new archetype of the 'hero' or heroine'... as the conscious 'hero' or conscious 'heroine'.   Although this role is relatively new to the modern west the conscious 'hero' or conscious 'heroine' is an ancient archetype that has yet to be fully developed in and portrayed in modern western art.  But since more and more individuals in the west are becoming more and more awake and aware it's time it was developed more fully as an example of what is going on in the culture and what the possibilities are for those that are striving for such.


 If spiritual practice and Self Mastery were a play or movie its theme would be... 'being knows best'.   It might come across as perplexing to some people but to others it would be an instant 'classic'... a 'must see'.   It might star an enigmatic and paradoxical individual - perhaps a practicing urban yogi - who confounds those around them with 'understanding' while going about his (or her) business with purpose while seemingly detached from any personal concerns... practicing his (or her) 'practice' or 'trade', so to speak, in the midst of ordinary life.  In addition, he (or she) might be associated with a loose knit circle of like minded purposeful individuals (yogis) who are also... 'in the know'... so to speak.

They are 'in the know' because they 'see' through the world... to 'that' which 'knows'.   Thus they 'know better'.

 He (or she) or 'they' would be a source of endless speculation (and unconscious inspiration) to those they deal with in the 'square' world (so to speak) on a regular basis and a total mystery to others who just happen to come into contact with them... as a plot line, so to speak.   In other words, he (or she) or 'they'  would be a lot like someone you might possibly know as such individuals do exist and are becoming more common than the world is ready to recognize yet.   So it would be a play or movie that would be a little bit ahead of its time... but a timely one at that.

 The title for this film or series would be... 'Esoteric'... and the individuals starring in it would be referred to as 'The Circle'... as it would be a perfect symbol of the endless source of their awareness as well as their common purpose... IE awareness of being in the midst of ordinary life.  And this awareness of being would be seen - from their standpoint - as a form of 'paying forward' to the increasingly chaotic world around them... by what they 'do'... as well as by what they 'don't do'.

 In other words, they would be an 'island of sanity'... lifting those around them... and perhaps even inspiring some to their own 'awareness of being, thus performing the ultimate service to society.

And thus the 'circle' would widen...

 Such independent individuals in the 21st century might have the following characteristics:

* Comfortable with being undefined... see it as the ultimate advantage in life.

Aware... and they are aware they are aware...

Adaptable and flexible... adaptable to whatever their personal destiny has thrown at them and flexible in body and mind.

* Focused... on whatever is in front of them... because they see the world from "both sides now"... it's a paradox.

* Exhibit Self imposed discipline... even when so called "work" is hard to find... because the 'artist' in them is always busy.

* A good citi-zen... because they are 'paying forward' by paying attention... 

* Appreciates Quality... see's it as a reminder of the Infinite nature of reality and inspiration for such... Quality is seen as a reflection of their inner values and a reminder of their inner direction in life.

* Grateful to and respectful of spiritual traditions... but may not necessarily be a part of any tradition.

* Detached and engaged... detached from personal attachments but engaged in life... confident that their efforts will eventually be rewarded when it's motivated by awareness.

* Understands... as in... 'understands' both sides of the paradoxical 'personal-impersonal' dilemma of life... unconflicted by so called 'dilemmas'.   IE: they have 'A life'.

* Practical... exhibits common sense... see's it as a benefit of awareness.   Common sense is seen as 'that which is obvious' in light of awareness.

* Has a developing individual will... and diminishing willfulness.   And this will is focused on 'doing what they came here to do'.

* Independent... in mind and spirit... not subject to manipulation... because they see 'through' it.  IE: they are nobodys fool.

* Creative problem solver... isn't defeated by 'problems'.  Comfortable with creative 'workarounds' and adaptations.

* Creative expression... as a spontaneous expression of their appreciation of 'Quality'... and it has the 'qualities' of Quality.   Creativity is seen as inspiration that's 'paying forward' to ones 'Self'... and to 'others'... as well as paying Respects to 'that' which is greater than the 'individual'.

 But... when the need arises in phenomenal life they are:

 * Rational (another aspect of common sense).   They see this use of rationality as an 'Art' to be practiced and a benefit of awareness... as this logical rationality is merely a practical part of a multilayered existence... and not the 'heart' of it.   And this rationality is not incompatible with their emotionality... or their awareness... or their creativity... it's simply a useful tool for navigating through phenomenal life and for accomplishing what they came here to do with minimal distractions... IE it serves their 'purpose'.   It's an expression of an 'economy' of awareness by not wasting awareness on distractions when it's most needed.   'Economy of awareness' is 'efficient'... because they don't waste what they value.  So efficiency of awareness is an expression of their value of awareness... it's an expression of a 'focused' mind... when needed.   So they are focused and rational when needed and open to creativity when creativity is called for... or when the inspiration arises.   IE:  they are flexible.

Intuitive and discerning... because they are informed by that which is outside of time... and capable of acting on it.


* They make good use of 'time'... because they are not held back by the past... or the future.   They are moving forward through life in the moment... IE the 'moving moment'.

* Comfortable with their 'humanity'... see their humanity as a vehicle for experiencing... not a burden to be endured.   Has no 'problem' with 'it'.  IE: they don't make a habit of complaining about it.

Appreciates experience... because experience is intimately tied to awareness.  No awareness... no experience.   No experience... no existence.   

The 'personal' is not their 'purpose'... because their 'purpose' has a 'trans-personal' source.

So the 'person' knows its 'place' in relation to the individual... and the individual knows its place in relation to the unknowable... IE the Sacred.

In other words...  It's not all about 'them'.

   Such an individual is an asset to any society... as well as to it's 'Self'.   May we all be so fortunate.


Robert McCoy is a yoga practitioner who spent several decades in technology... primarily as an integrated circuit layout designer for Intel, working on microprocessors, including their first 64 bit chip (otherwise known as the Merced Project) as well as the original chip behind Google's Web TV.

See also this authors article on spirituality and Tesla titled... Who Needs the Higgs

as well as the authors article about A Yoga in Space