“Don Juan had always said to me that our great enemy is the fact that we never believe what is happening to us… when we finally realize what is going on it is usually too late to turn back. He contended that it is always the intellect that fools us, because it receives the message first, but rather than giving it credence and acting on it immediately, it dallies with it instead.”
Carlos Castaneda

The Second Ring of Power

Yoga Sutra – Chapter 1 Sutra 20

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“For others Faith precedes firmness, remembrance, integration and insight”
Translation by Paul Harvey

This sutra describes a kind of positive feedback loop which is rooted in and nourishes faith:

  • Faith leads to resolve, a focused quality of energy.
  • Resolve acts as marker, it highlights the things that need to be done – right action.
  • Right actions leads to attention.
  • Attention to insight.
  • Insight nourishes faith.

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There is another, less functional feedback loop that feeds on and breeds doubt:

  • Doubt leads to heaviness and lethargy, a dispersed quality of energy.
  • Heaviness breeds forgetfulness (of remembering of wrong things).
  • Forgetfulness leads to distraction.
  • Distraction to confusion.
  • Confusion increases doubt.

YS1-20-DoubtDoubt is the fire that consumes wisdom.

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