People usually associate the idea of gymnastics with keeping their body in good shape and developing muscles, when for good health and energy it is principally the nervous system that needs to be supported, strengthened and stimulated. Athletes can have very strong muscles, but if their nervous system is weak and exhausted they will not be able to lift even a bottle of water.
Observe yourself, and ask yourself why some days you can be active from morning to night and walk for ten kilometres without tiring, and other days you have to drag yourself around: you still have the same muscles, but you have less nervous energy.
Performing these movements with faith and conviction will create an inner harmony
So, in our gymnastic exercises, it is our nervous system that we seek to strengthen first, since even our muscle function depends on it. And what strengthens and nourishes the nervous system? The awareness, faith and commitment with which we set about the task in hand.
When we do the exercises together, I certainly sense your presence behind me, but I do not always sense a conscious presence. If, from now on, you try to perform all these movements with the conviction that you are carrying out something good and beautiful, it will have a positive effect on your whole day.
You will have created an inner harmony, which will also be reflected in your behaviour towards those around you: your family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and everyone you happen to come into contact with.
To release its power exercise needs to be accompanied by thoughts and feelings
In addition to gymnastics, our Teaching offers other practices. These include prayer, meditation, singing, surya yoga (the yoga of the sun), hrani yoga (the yoga of nutrition), breathing exercises and the paneurhythmy dance. For each of these I have explained to you how to direct your thoughts to obtain the best results.
Of itself a practice is not so important; it is only a tool. A repeated word or gesture will only release its power if we provide it with content by adding a thought and even a feeling. You have inner resources you are not aware of, and you must learn to exploit them by being present with everything you do.
Often, when you are tired, it is not because you have worked too hard, but because you are not going about things the right way. When, eventually, you no longer think of our gymnastic exercises only as physical effort, but also as a psychological and spiritual activity, you will sense waves of pure energy flowing towards you from the whole universe.
To be continued…
Learn or practice the exercises
If you wish to learn or practice the exercises you can purchase the book Bringing Symbols to Life (including a DVD), from which this series is taken, at Prosveta, or download to Kindle via this link on Amazon. You can also watch the video for free on YouTube.
The Master demonstrates the gymnastics.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Bringing Symbols to Life – The Gymnastic Exercises
Chapter 1 The treasures hidden in very simple exercises