A Life Of

Learning, Relating and Gratitude

With Linesh Sheth

 

About Avinash Sharma


I have known Avinash Sharma since his childhood, as he happens to be my daughter's son. I remember, right from early childhood we have liked each other. I saw future in him whereas he saw a teacher and a guide in me. He saw my reflection in his mother Nisha, who followed the teachings of the Humanist Movement practically in daily life. So he also saw his mother as a reference.

Avinash says, the period until he did his matriculation was governed by his drives and instincts, not necessarily by what is good for his life. In that, he generally followed the trend that was prevailing among youth of his age. He was no longer told by tradition and values about what he should do, nor he was knowing what basically he wishes to do. Largely he followed what other people do or what other people wished him to do. There was no independent thinking of his own.

It was during his college days of pursuing graduation, he increasingly became conscious that the life needs to have a direction. He felt that external pursuit of goals are necessary in life, but balance in life is created only when internally he begins to understand how to transform himself from being static to dynamic, from being stagnant to moving towards energy.

It was at the point that he came in touch with me seriously. I introduced him to various methods of SOIL (School of Internal Literacy) in increasing the energy, circulating it, directing and focusing it where one wants.

Avinash, by nature, is honest truthful, grasping and implementing man. He liked the sensation that these practices created in terms of feeling and movement of breath, in experiencing the energy flow and consequent sensation of blood flow in the parts he concentrated upon. He liked the Soil's approach of the system of moving from complexity of energy flow to the simplicity of its realization. More or less, these methods found their practical application in daily life, during discussions at family level, during work, and during association with his friends.

Avinash recalls the core understanding of Soil which said, mental states are governed by the balance or imbalance of energy flow, not merely by process of thinking. Remembering this, he was able to overcome his low periods of life, which are common with most young people, by boosting and balancing his energy through breathing, stretching and visualizing the bright future. Avinash learnt well the Principles of Energization, Principles of Breathing, Principles of Energy Loss(Entropy and ageing), Principles of Image and its influence on daily life. All these principles are mentioned here as a separate text.

Avinash says he was largely influenced by the tenets let down by Silo that said, "Image precedes action". Therefore as large or small is one's image, so is the size of his action. He learnt the whole characteristic of the imaging system as illustrated practically by Silo in his book "Guided Experiences". He learnt from me the tenets of images which are mentioned in a separate page here.

Avinash basically is studious and intelligent. With great perseverance and attention he completed his CFA. He is also a sports person, deeply interested in playing football, interested in cricket, gymnasium and fitness. Therefore discipline, regularity and adherence to what is of value in life, family or in work, go together with him as a character.

Avinash is a deeply thinking man. He is quiet, tolerant and contemplative. He says, basically he is convinced that acquiring skill to master the images, mastering the whole system of visualization as also exercises to move, circulate and focus energy are the basis of personal development.

He understands that meaning of life lies in learning from experiencing and in giving to the society the essence of what he has gained. He considers this as a humanist approach to life.

Avinash says, it was very interesting experience to learn that energy can be increased in the body and mind, it can be transferred to any organ, it can be balanced focused and it can be expanded through breathing, stretching and visualization.

In this moment he uses these techniques during his daily train travel, during his work and in those moments he feels low, in order to regain his normalcy. However he is keen to set apart exclusive daily sessions to work on images, visualization and energization. He is conscious in creating an attitude to spread goodness harmony and development to others.

Talking about a particular aspect of his character building, he told me that he is gradually able to form an image of what he is and what he is not. That image of what he wants to be, guides him to reject and not to associate with anything that does not tally with that image he has built for himself. That is his guide, his internal reference, for what is valid for him to adopt and accept in life.

Living constantly with Avinash has been a great pleasure. He has great respect for my wife Lina with whom he unfailingly participates in what is encouraging in life.


PRINCIPLES OF BREATHING

  • The air in the atmosphere becomes our breath when it touches our body. Then it is no longer air, it becomes our living agent, a cause for Life in us to survive.

  • We can think of breath as a substance or as 'someone' we are lovingly related to. However If we treat it as a substance, it becomes just our living agent for survival.

    If we treat it as 'someone' we are vitally related to, it transforms into a healing agent that completely changes our way of living.

    The way we think changes quality of the way we breathe. If we think breath is a substance, we become a consumer of breath or if we think breath is what we are closely related to, we become a lover of life who smiles as he breathes.

  • Our body is not a lump of flesh and bones. It is a great web of networks. And our breath is a virtual substance that carries oxygen to all these networks of organs, muscles, bones and nerves in the body.

  • Oxygen produces energy in the body networks. Energy in use is called kinetic energy Energy that is stored for future use is called potential energy.

  • Oxygenation of an area in the body creates Energization in that region and in that network.

  • Normal breathing gives us just enough energy for body to survive and mind to overcome routine difficulties of life. That quantity of energy is not enough for body and mind to excel in life without causing undue stress.

    For one to excel, he needs not only far more energy but also its balance and rhythm. If the brain becomes the focus of balance and rhythm of energy, it greatly affects one's mental capabilities.

  • The entire atmosphere around us contains huge abundance of energy in form of oxygen which one can draw in through disciplined breathing or remain at ordinary level through normal breathing patterns.

  • Newton’s hypothesis states as follows: “Every particle of matter in the universe attracts every other particle with a force that varies directly as the product of the masses and inversely as the square of the distance”.

    If we breathe in deeply and consciously as if we are attracting energy, order and balance from the universe, they will eventually become integral part of our character as we repeat the practice daily.

  • There are particular ways by which breath can be directed, focused, spread, circulated, rotated as ascending or descending spirals, expanded or contracted, centered or concentrated. Each of these aspects is achieved by following a particular way of breathing. Each way of breathing has a varying effects on the body and its organs.

  • Energization is directly proportional to frequency, volume, attention and staying period of breath in an area of the body.

    Frequency refers to number of times we breathe, volume refers to fullness of breath and attention refers to single pointedness of mind with which we breathe.

  • Breath follows the posture the body takes. We can direct the flow of breath, or the flow of the energy, at any region we want by modulating our posture.

  • Energy flows where attention goes.

  • Blood flows where energy goes.

  • Strength flows where blood goes.

  • Robustness flows where strength.

  • The way we always think about breath, changes the quality of our breathing. A casual or isolated way of thinking, at best, produces only mild changes. .It does not bring about lasting changes in life.

    To produce a change that really matters in life, thoughts have to be uniform and are to repeated regularly to create a conducive mental environment.

    Such repetitive thoughts create a very helpful thought pattern. And it is not so much our thought but the patterns of our thought that make a psychological difference to our life.

  • Our breathing patterns produces an energy patterns within our body and brain.

    The energy patterns make energetic difference to the way we live. The change of energy pattern into the body :

  • However, the change of energy pattern into the body :

    ● produces change in metabolism

    ● creates resistance to diseases.

    ● strengthens the organ at which energy is directed.

    ● changes our exuberance in daily life.


Linesh Sheth
lineshsheth@gmail.com
Director
School of Internal Literacy
Mumbai 400054
02/07/2014


PRINCIPLES OF ENERGIZATION
Revised on 14.06.2015

  • Breath is virtual substance that carries oxygen.

  • Oxygen produces energy in the body. Energy in use is called kinetic energy.Energy that is stored to be used is called potential energy.

  • Oxygenation of an area in the body creates Energization in that region.

  • Energy flows from what you are connected to seamlessly. Abundance and strength of your connecting source determines the quantity and quality of energy you will receive .

  • Flow of energy through breath follows your visualization. If you visualize that you are breathing in for improving your health, your breath will circulate in the body to improve your health.

    If you visualize that your breath carries energy flow from the earth, and allow it to move beyond your brain to merge with the cosmos, you will feel a big change in volume of your breath and your energy level.

  • Breath can be directed, spread, circulated, expanded, contracted, centred & concentrated.

  • A very important feature of breath manoeuvre is that it can be spiraled. Spiraling gives a new dimension to the breath.

  • A specially important feature of breathing is that it can be associated with a thought, feeling, images, visualizations and prayers both while breathing in and breathing out as a way of affirmation.

  • For example, breathing in you visualize and ask for fulfillment what you need, breathing out, you visualize receiving what you asked. Breathing in, you resolve, breathing out you fulfill your resolution. Breathing in, you pray and visualize for someone's well being, breathing out, you visualize your prayers are being answered.

  • Energization is directly proportional to frequency, volume, attention and staying period of breath in an area of the body.

    • Frequency refers to number of times we breathe,

    • volume refers to fullness of breath and

    • attention refers to single pointedness of mind.

  • Breath follows the contour of the posture body takes. It means, We can direct the flow of breath, or the flow of the energy, at any region we want by modulating the contour of our posture.

  • The contour of the posture can be circular, elliptical, orbital, cross winding, straight, bent or shaped in a particular way.The breath will follow the contour as you direct it. If the contour is dynamic or rhythmically moving, the breath will follow the path of the movement of contour.

  • Since breath is another name for life force, and energy, you will energize or enliven the organ or a body region where you will direct the breath by maneuvering your posture. Know that flow of energy follows the breath

  • This forms a great understanding about energization.

  • Energy flows where attention goes.

  • Blood flows where energy goes.

  • Strength flows where blood goes.

  • Robustness is built where strength is accumulated.

  • A casual or isolated thought, at best, produces a mild action.It does not bring about lasting changes in life.

  • To produce a change that really matters in life, thoughts have to be uniform and are to repeated regularly to create a conducive mental environment. You can repeat the thoughts with every breath.

    Such repetitive thoughts create a very helpful thought pattern. And it is the thinking patterns we consciously create that makes psychological difference to our life.

  • Our breathing pattern makes energetic difference to the way we live.

  • However, the change of energy pattern into the body :

    ● produces change in metabolism

    ● creates resistance to diseases.

    ● strengthens the organ at which energy is directed.

    ● changes our exuberance in daily life.


Linesh Sheth
lineshsheth@gmail.com
Director
School of Internal Literacy
Mumbai 400054
02/07/2014