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The Power Of Not Knowing!

hillarypikephotoThroughout my journey around the world the last six months, I have come to terms with the fact that I just don’t know all that I thought I knew. I have no idea what is going to happen past this very moment, so I have stopped trying to pretend that I do. I have transitioned from a place of trying to constantly be the ultimate creator of my reality to seeing that I am a child of the Divine and that I do not really have control over what is divinely planned for me. I do not always know and understand all of the answers that I receive but I trust that the divine is with me every step of the way no matter what. I have returned to a beginner’s mindset, empty and ready to be filled with Uni-versal knowledge. When you come from the space of feeling that you already know all of the answers, you are full and not really open to receive anything new and you limit your growth.

I am currently in the yoga capital of the world – Rishikesh, India, on the Ganges River at the foothills of the Himalayas. I am participating in a 300 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training and spending three of the last six months in India has certainly been life changing. I found from the moment I arrived in India, that I no longer felt like talking about my spiritual beliefs. For once, I wanted to be quiet and deeply listen to what others had to say and felt with no desire to express my own opinion. I also practiced deep listening to the divine during my meditations. This time spent in inner silence has left me like an empty container, ready to be filled with new thoughts, new ideas and even more love. It feels so nice to be the student again.

In my yoga teacher training theory class we had a discussion on what yoga really is. We were told that we do not have to accept anything as our truth; we can test it and see if it works for us. I feel the following definition resonates deeply with me and brings deeper layers of love and truth into my practice.

Yoga is how we merge our individual spirit with the Uni-versal spirit. On the deepest level our souls already are one with the Uni-versal spirit and Yoga is the effort that we make to feel that oneness. Yoga is not only what happens in class when you sit on a mat. Yoga is a way of life; it is being present moment by moment. Yoga is for everybody and is not just for creating more flexibility in the body, but more so for trying to become flexible in the mind. Flexibility in the mind allows you to open and expand your awareness. The ultimate goal of yoga is reprogramming so we can let go of the lies we were told and rediscover our truth!

Spending 300 hours practicing Hatha yoga has really expanded my awareness. I feel the most powerful part though has just been being in India. You really have to surrender to the nature of India while you are here as everything is so unpredictable. The power and internet will often randomly go off and just when you think you make one plan, next thing you know you are off on another plan and you don’t see why until afterwards. Not knowing has allowed me to stay in presence as the experiencer. I am here having an experience and I am a child of the divine, so I do not have to know every step before it is laid out in front of me. As long as I keep my faith in the divine I know that I am always brought to exactly where I am supposed to be.

Rishikesh is on the Ganges River and sometimes at night we go sit on the river and meditate. The Ganges River is so massive and powerful because the motion of the current just keeps flowing. I feel it whispering to me softly….let go, let go, let go. The more I sit by this river and expand my awareness, I feel my truth expand in my heart.

Traveling also helps you reprogram as everything is new and different. You have to become accustomed to a new way of being as you dive into another culture. We are convinced that we do things “right” in our culture, but then you travel and see that others are convinced that they are the ones who really have it “right.” Who really does? I believe everyone is right in their own way and if we only see OUR own way the whole time, we don’t really expand our perspective on life. Putting yourself in a situation where you are experiencing new things and seeing new perspectives is how you become like a child again, filled with enthusiasm and wonder for the unknowing. You ask questions more freely to satisfy your endless curiosity and life seems so fresh and new because you realize that there is still so much that you don’t know or understand. You see that it is in the not knowing that you really know. There is so much innocence in the beginner’s mind and it truly leads to life with more inner peace.

My dear friend used to always use an analogy of my dog to further demonstrate this point. She would say that your dog thinks she knows best and everything that is going on, but you ultimately know that you are the one who is more aware of what will happen and how she will be taken care of than she does. The same concept applies to our relationship with the divine. The more we surrender to the fact that our minds do not know all that they think they know, the more we open up to possibility. When we flow like the river holding onto nothing, we are presented with so many options and we are actually open to see what the divine has in store for us! And what actually shows up is often much better than what our minds ever thought possible.

Love,

Hillary

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Hillary Pike is a 500 hour certified Kundalini and Hatha Yoga Instructor and Meditation Guide. Her mission is to provide you with techniques that will help you expand your awareness and remember your Grace. Hillary is hosting Awaken Love Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica this November. For information on her events or for Inner Bliss Guidance visit: www.beingrace.com
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  • forester

    Well one more thing you DONT know is about dogs. You didn’t ask your dog what he/she knows and not knows or believes. But for example if there is an earthquake to come you dog will know it while you will just believe that tomorrow’s gonna go how YOU planned. It is dogs who will know that there is a person under the crashed building, it is dogs who will step forward and protect a person with their life, it is dogs who will wake you up if the fire starts. Your dog also knows a lot more about smells and the world wround and plain and simple she/he doesn’t define life the way you are. Stop putting down someone just because they are different from you. Dogs have helped people to survive for many many years and have gotten a lot of ungratefulness and pain in return. Show some respect to the world and being around you.

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      Namaste Forrester, Thank you for this important reminder. I honor the power in all animals and all beings on this planet. Animals have much more awareness than humans on many levels. I have had many powerful experiences with animals on my recent travels. I do have a dog and I love her so much. I always listen to her and ask her what she wants. When I first got her I would not get her fixed because I did not want to make the decision for her if she wanted to have babies or not. It is very important to honor the wisdom and intuition of all beings and I appreciate you writing. The metaphor I used was simply saying that sometimes the one who is taking care of us is aware of where our support will come from when we are not. Just when we as humans cannot see our next steps, the divine can and knows all along that we will be supported. Wishing you love and light.

  • Erika

    Perfect message, and so well put
    . Thank you.

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      Thank you Erika. You are loved and supported more than you know. Namaste~

  • ValBeth

    I am looking forward to letting go today and let the Divine lead and I follow. This is hard for me but it’s only hard. I can do this.

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      It all comes from your love, step into your heart and trust how loved you truly are. Ask to be shown your next step even if it is just what street you should walk down, I always love to start with the little things. Sending you much love.

  • Rachael

    As I start to pack my bags for the Tony Robbins conference this weekend I am overwhelmed with amazing divine energy and a desire to release myself even more. This truly helps me to connect with the divine and lights a fire under my desires to journey further this weekend. Namaste Hillary

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      I am so excited for you and can feel that you are going to attract many miracles this weekend at the Tony Robbin’s event! Let go and let the divine show you all it has in store for you. Namaste Rachael!

  • Jan dismukes

    Beautifully written and said Hillary!!! Thank you for having the courage to share yourself and your process so openly with us! I know that takes a lot of courage and I deeply commend you for it from the bottom of my heart.
    I completely understand what you were saying about Dogs and see the analogy you are making there. They are such wonderful teachers to us and their intuitive nature is is one of the most magical things to watch on the planet, but in regards to caretaking, we may understand more in regards to the people they should be around or watching over them to make sure they don’t eat something nasty from the ground or run across the street at the wrong time or get into poisonous things in the cleaning cabinet. We are just guides for them to keep them safe and make sure they have the most happy, joyful life, no matter what the circumstances are, just like God does for us:). Your dear friend is very wise, as are you!!!
    Thank you for always posting things that inspire me!!! I absolutely can’t wait until your retreat in November!!!!!!

    In love,
    Jan

    • Rachael

      Thank you Jan for such a beautiful response to Hillary’s blog. It is so hard to see through the worldly illusions and to trust always that divine is guiding us every step we take.

      Namaste

      • Hillary Pike Yoga

        Namaste Rachael. It can feel hard, I know this all too well. That feeling of it being hard can also be resistance and it takes bravery to live in faith but when you meet the inner resistance with love, it lessons. Love to you beautiful!

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      Thank you Jan. you have been such a huge inspiration in my life and I am so thankful for you. Thank you for all your love and divine wisdom, it has blessed my life in so many ways. “We are just guides for them to keep them safe and make sure they have
      the most happy, joyful life, no matter what the circumstances are, just
      like God does for us:)” Yes and I have full faith in the Divine’s plan for you. http://www.beingrace.com

  • http://www.danubelle.com/ laleh

    I recently learned that with the signs that universe sends me. I use to think that when universe guides you, you have to push it to get where your suppose to go. If you see a sign, and if you keep getting reminded it means you have to figure out what to do with it, and having not going anywhere with them for a long time I finally realized the other day when I was watching The Movie Serendipity;
    Not knowing doesn’t mean that we have to look for signs to figure it out. We have to let the universe comes to us. If I want to figure out what to do with these signs I just need to let it be, go with the flow and they guid me to the right direction. Pushing to find out, to make plans based on what i see doesn’t work.

    Just like in the movie, they had the signs but the minute they started pushing to get something out of that sign or get together they would hit a wall, and when they let it go, the signs led them to the right direction without them even knowing.

    I don’t know what I need to do with these signs and which direction I should push myself to go, but I trust the universe now and I know these signs will get louder and louder when it is the right time to the point that I do not need to think what they are or push anything and I will just see it clearly in front of me.

    Not knowing allows you to go with the flow.
    Great post!!
    Thank you
    Love
    Danubelle
    http://www.danubelle.com

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      “Just like in the movie, they had the signs but the minute they started
      pushing to get something out of that sign or get together they would hit
      a wall, and when they let it go, the signs led them to the right
      direction without them even knowing.” – wow! That is so true. I feel it is all about trusting the wisdom of the heart in the moment. Thank you for your beautiful writing. When you are present you do see what to do clearly in front of you. Blessings to you Danubelle! http://www.beingrace.com

  • Priya Agency

    Namaste Hillary,

    Thank you for surrendering to the divine so beautifully. It is an empowering strength that you are passing along to countless others. It is beautiful to watch your journey and read all about your learnings.

    It is certainly scary and hard for us to realize that we aren’t right because we are raised and told that we do in fact know what is right. To reprogram the mind and soul to listen to the divine with learners ears is something that more and more of society are becoming driven to experience.

    I too have a direct connection with nature and the divine. I feel divines energy whispering in my soul and throughout my body to further my current mentality and to give even more into his loving arms.

    With a little help from you I know this will be accomplished.

    Thank you for listening to the whispers of divine.

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      Thank YOU for listening to the whispers of the divine!! Learner’s and beginners ears hear the truth of love. Sat Nam to you!

  • http://www.youthwellnessnetwork.ca/ Michael Eisen

    Thank you so much for posting such a powerful blog Hillary! This resonates so deeply with me as it is something I have learned on a deep level recently! My mind tends to want to feel like it knows the truth but it is only when I surrender my mind and allow my heart and spirit to lead that I find the real truth. I believe our desire to be right and to “know” what is really going on is directly correlated to our discomfort with the unknown. We try to convince ourselves that we have control over everything with our minds and create such elaborate stories that seem so believable to keep ourselves in that space just to avoid the discomfort that comes with not knowing. This can play out for us in all areas of our lives if we are not aware enough to stop the cycle. Your blog holds a very powerful message for us all to recognize that when we stop trying to “know” and understand everything and just trust and have faith that something bigger than us, call it the divine or the uni-verse or whatever you want to call it, has a higher level of “knowing” than our minds can. Even if at times it seems hard to trust, when we open ourselves up to divine guidance, life tends to flow with more ease and grace!

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      Thank you for this beautiful comment Michael! I feel life is a constant surrender to love and the divine. “I believe our desire to be right and to “know” what is really going on
      is directly correlated to our discomfort with the unknown” – I love this, many people do feel uncomfortable with the unknown but there is so much magic in it! Sending you much love!

  • FordFitnesswear

    I absolutely can relate to the dog analogy. I work daily on releasing control and understand I am supposed to … but sometimes we need an analogy to truly get what to do. Thanks for sharing it!!

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      You are welcome! Thank you! When you come to think of it, we don’t have that much control anyways ;) our mind just likes to think that we do! haha laughter helps in the letting go process. http://www.beingrace.com

  • Lisa Besaw

    Hi Hillary. You write your feelings so well. It’s beautiful; and your post captured so many thoughts and feelings that I am currently experiencing. Starting yoga and having a strong desire for learning from a spiritual perspective, is changing my life!

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      Hi Lisa! I am so glad to hear that, it is a blessed path of rediscovering all the love that you are. Wishing you much laughter and moments of joy. I am hosting my first yoga retreat in Costa Rica in Nov. http://www.beingrace.com

  • Guest

    This is absolutely incredible! SO OPEN! One of the most powerful memories I have is when I heard a voice inside me telling me to let go, let go, let go. Ever since then I feel my perception has been shifted, and that I could really be OK with just BEING and not knowing everything before it happens. You are such a beautiful child of God, a dear, dear friend, and such a wise spiritually enlightened individual. I appreciate your words and wisdom so much and feel such Grace and fluidity in your message. I am so thankful to see you writing on here and really feel your words will create a shift within anyone who reads your posts. Thank you, thank you thank you! Can’t wait for the next one~

    • Hillary Pike Yoga

      Thank you! Yes that moment when you hear let go, let go, let go is so powerful. I am so glad you had this experience. I can feel how open and filled with love you are. Big blessings to you!

  • disqus_FvHKcvFtux

    This is absolutely incredible! SO OPEN! One of the most powerful memories I have is when I heard a voice inside me telling me to let go, let go, let go. Ever since then I feel my perception has been shifted, and that I could really be OK with just BEING and not knowing everything before it happens. You are such a beautiful child of God, a dear, dear friend, and such a wise spiritually enlightened individual. I appreciate your words and wisdom so much and feel such Grace and fluidity in your message. I am so thankful to see you writing on here and really feel your words will create a shift within anyone who reads your posts. Thank you, thank you thank you! Can’t wait for the next one~

    Theresa

  • http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/ Sarah Noel

    I love the message to remain OPEN. You’re right… when we THINK we know everything, have all the answers, know what we should be doing, we’re “full.” I love that analogy and how you put it. We truly are FULL… of our own egos, our own ideas, our own assumptions. There’s no room for the Universal Spirit to enter us and guide us… to even greater things than we can imagine. Lovely reminder! Keep our hearts and minds open and remember that we never know it all. :)

    In Peace and Love,
    Sarah
    http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/2013/07/our-entitled-controlling-egos.html

  • lizilynx

    Thank you, Hillary, for sharing so much about so many of the lessons you are learning on your trip and in your life :) My own journey has been to try and align my inner child with the ‘adult’ deeper truth of who I am – I discovered that as long as I stay in curiosity, which is part of the essence of my inner child, I feel these two ‘different’ parts of myself come into alignment. Relief and peace always follow.

    I also appreciate your comment below about bringing love to the resistance – another essential truth that yoga, among other things in my life, has taught me time and time again. When I’m introducing my mind/body to a new yoga pose, my body always resists; I have a ‘conversation’ with my body as I move from one part of getting into the new pose to another (I always have to start slowly, step by step with a new pose), reassuring my body that even though it’s never been in this position before, I’m going to keep it safe; in the end, by the time I’ve finally achieved the actual pose and hold it, my body always is amazed and thanks me for this new journey ‘we’ just took together. A real moment by moment experience – and a lesson in trust and harmony between my mind and my body. Namaste :o)

  • kbshannon

    Trust is a big one for me. Not my long suit by far, as can be seen in this blog post. http://kbshannon.com/trust-part-1-2/

  • Nikki

    So amazing Hillary!!!!! You give me so much faith. You are the most talented & inspiring person in the world. I love you.

  • thelindseyoneill

    Gorgeous, Hilary. Thanks so much for this lovely reminder to slow down and re-embrace beginners mind. I find it truly is something to re-welcome into our lives each and every day.