Ralph Waldo Emerson deemed the “Intuitive Faculties” as the mysterious powers of the mind and/or body. In Curriculum AUM, the phrase “faculty” refers to the "felt sense" resources that make up our field of awareness. Sentient phenomena like reason, memory, feelings, faith and perception are difficult to define but nonetheless are the backbones of Intuition. All of the 22 Faculties in Curriculum AUM are organized by the following governing template: A.tmatypes, A.natomical Assessments, U.nits, U.nconscious Utilities, M.ovement, M.editation, M.andala, M.eta-Map.
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“Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.”
-Bhagavad-Gita 2.12Life pushes our buttons and how we choose to respond shapes how our story unfolds. Knowing who (within) holds the lens may be a first step in understanding our reactions to any given situation. Luckily, we need only tap into the Wisdom Seat of our Essential Self to make authentic decisions that reveal our true nature. Created by Curriculum AUM, Atmatype is a hybrid word, combining “Atman” (Hindu for the individual soul in reflection of Brahman) with “archetype” (a Jungian psychology phrase depicting the facets of the subconscious personality that re-appear again and again as universal characteristics). Atmatypes allegorize things like thoughts, moods, emotions and actions in order to highlight the re-occurring themes in humankind. Each one maintains a distinct voice & style and reflects aspects of our character that may be recognizable within our neighbors near and far. According to Curriculum AUM, there are 19 Atmatypes in the Essential Self to reflect the similar patterns of the lunar and solar cycles which harmonize every 19 years: The Secular Self, The Observologist, The Wounded, The Philosopher, The Seeker, The Warrior, The Practitioner, The Artist, The Renunciate, The Diviner, The Agent, The Liaison, The Channel, The Healer, The Shaman, The Awakened, The Enlightened, The Teacher and The Student. There are also 3 Brahmatypes: The Coach, The Muse and The Prophet, who serve as the Wisdom Seat for the realization of the Essential Self. The Brahmatypes embody the L.aw O.f V.astness E.xpressing (Love) to elucidate lessons of I.lluminating T.ruth manifesting I.n t.ime. Ultimately, the connection between the Atmatypes and the Brahmatypes asserts a profound influence on how we write our life story. Just like any good relationship, communication plays an instrumental role in building intimacy and trust. The Mind + Body Dialogue section of Curriculum AUM focuses on strengthening rapport between the Wisdom Seat and the Essential Self.
“There are over 70 trillion cells in a human body. And each and every of the cells functions separately in the body. If we expand them, they would reach beyond the scope of the universe.”
- Rev. Sun Myung MoonTo understand the psychology of being human, Curriculum AUM examines gestures, stances, ambulation and overall postural alignment as a philosophy of movement. Exploring what our body has to say is anything but new age. Discussions about the nature of the Mind + Body organism date as far back as The Classical Period. Our body tells our story and to fully appreciate what it's like to be awake and alive requires a vigorous investigation of the biographical and biological aspects of form. Organized in 22 Faculties, each of the Atmatypes (aspects of the mind) partner with a corresponding Anatomical Assessment (aspects of the body) to initiate an on-going conversation and sanction a series of locations for the Mind + Body Dialogue to take place. To honor all the parts within the whole, each Anatomical Assessment is visualized by a model of points and represented by a main marker point(s) which acts like a state capital for the region. Focus begins with the infrastructural framework ascending from the feet to the crown of the head, down the spine in to the organs, spiraling inward to the intrinsic musculature and outward to the fascial networks, moving full bodied with the breath to the chakras, heart and beyond. For example, in the Core and Inner Stories (F1-12), we take a bottom up approach to align the foundational elements in the bones. We proceed in a modular system of exercises to invoke a safe environment for inner work as if custom-designing a bamboo scaffold to protect the renovation process. We begin with microcosms of the hands and feet to set the intention of wholeness in a process based in incremental immersion. One- by- one we re-configure the architecture of the legs, hips, ribs, shoulders, arms, neck and skull in order to purify the vessel in preparation for more visceral energies to follow. Each of the 22 anatomical assessments function like a tool kit and include a tag phrase slogan like "Enliven the Hand” s to set the overall goal for the Mind + Body Dialogue, a mobilization exercise called a "Purposeful Fidget" to cultivate Mind + Body Awareness, Fitness and Healing. Ranging from the silly to the serious, Anatomical Assessments are an experiential exploration of the human body in a profound and personal course of study; we call this AUM on the go!
“All learning has an emotional base.” - Plato
In the spirit of A.pplied N.eo Y.ogic A.wareness, good decision making depends on sensory, verbal and nonverbal learning but most importantly, it requires real life practice. Each of the 22 Faculty Units highlights the necessary framework for the development of sentient skills to cope with life’s challenges. Sentient skills are a form of social intelligence that enriches our ability to feel and perceive subjective experiences based on attitudinal discretion. Chapters of study in a course called Life, Units are the conceptual building blocks for an I.ntuitive A.lignment M.ethod designed to expand consciousness and cultivate wisdom, compassion and grace. Following the guidelines of person-centered therapy, each unit includes themes of unconditional positive regard, genuineness and rapport building. The units are progressive by design and cover the following topics: Acknowledging, Witnessing, Defining, Conceptualizing, Clarifying, Patterning, Shaping, Shifting, Sensing, Transitioning, Interfacing, Synchronizing, Calibrating, Releasing, Realizing, Essentializing, Empathizing, Surrendering, Processing, Harmonizing and Authenticating. Each unit creates an interior classroom for the experiential art of Life as a parable; each day a new lesson. To spark insight, each Unit poses a Sutranym and Polarity Pair for continued discussion, study and exploration. A Sutranym is a Sutra (Pointer to Truth) embedded with acronyms to layer meaning and depth. It functions as the keynote slogan of each unit. Whereas Polarity Pairs promote the research of opposites for the purpose of discerning midpoints within a full spectrum of options. In the words of one of the greatest electric guitarists in music history, Jimi Hendrix: “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” Curriculum AUM agrees, and each Unit considers speaking, listening and good communication skills as instrumental players in the promotion of keen judgment and overall resilience. What if peace, patience and presence expressed action-oriented states of being? Dig (D.oing I.T G.ood) in and study the Units to find out more...
“The soul always remains unpolluted, like age-long buried gold. All one has to do is wash off the dirt and spiritual rays will shine forth through one’s joy.”
- Paramahansa YoganandaThe word “unconscious” takes on different meanings depending on domain. In Freudian terms, the unconscious mind is the underground storehouse for repressed emotions, memories and desires. Cognitive Behaviorists and Neuro-Linguistic practitioners, however, define it as a highly adaptive resource and function of human orientation. From both perspectives, the unconscious mind represents a mysterious realm of influence, also known as the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is the behind the scenes magician who governs and facilitates the most miraculous creation of all time -the human being/doing. Unconscious Utilities strengthen our ability to interact with the subtle realm in ways we can observe and measure. For example, long before the advent of bio-feedback mechanisms and neuro-imaging techniques, Yogis and Buddhist Monks used meditation as a vehicle to explore the unconscious mind in order to expand conscious awareness. Illuminating the dance of form and formlessness, Unconscious Utilities are the chariot of A.ttention/I.ntention to shed light on our timeless potential for change and healing. Freud proclaimed that “dreams are the royal road to the unconscious”. We agree, but choose to shape this royal road as a series of pathways to be traveled in an awakened state. Employed as micro-adjustments, the Unconscious Utilities create a network of choices to optimize natural assets. Like the particles to the waves and the details to the themes, Unconscious Utilities bring us closer to a translation of mental concepts into action-oriented precepts. Like a hardwired hook up, The Unconscious Utilities (also known as blueprinting techniques) are a secure and stable connection to a powerful source of energy called “soul-force”. As the fundamental building blocks of decision making, these sensory soothsayers make the essence of things more tangible. More practically, they function like the maintenance crew to clear road blocks, sweep away the dust and keep things operating smoothly in the body. There are three Unconscious Utilities in each Faculty accompanied by a Toner exercise to provide an investigative platform for the Curriculum Aum course work. Each Toner piggybacks of the Purposeful Fidget exercise to pattern pathways for embodiment though the cultivation of Mind + Body awareness.
"I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired." - Martha Graham Our bodies provide an ideal forum for experiential learning. To unlock the meaning of existence -- explore what it feels like to be alive. Investigate substance. Witness the breath. Listen to the sounds of movement. Touch the surface and stir the depths to gather evidence in support of the 70 trillion cells at work in any given moment. At the threshold of human evolution, is the understanding that the body itself is a vehicle for the expression of grace. Encoded in the palms of our hands is the wisdom to sculpt perfection. This is a journey to discover and reveal the magic and beauty of the human form. The movement component of Curriculum AUM consists of over 500 uniquely codified exercises organized in dynamic routines. Better known as Signature Classes: Mods, Anya, Soft, Firm, Core and Lila provide a learning lab for the development of breath and muscle control through the cultivation of our 66 mindfulness techniques. As a method for wholeness, all of our choreography acknowledges the total person, Mind, Body, Spirit & Soul. Integrated exercises inspired by Yoga, Pilates, Reiki, Dance and Thai Massage are hand selected and time tested by the Studio Anya Teaching Community. We make sure that every move has a purpose. Activating core strength, increasing flexibility and inspiring overall feelings of peace and well-being are but a few of our vigorous standards. We consider mindful movement to be sacred medicine for the Soul. Curriculum Aum offers countless techniques to enter the inner world -- yielding results in the outer world that are both immediate and far reaching. Our signature classes set the stage for the practice of A.pplied N.eo Y.ogic A.wareness as the primary defense against the decline of vitality. As a philosophy of movement, Curriculum AUM offers a variety of ways to get in shape from the inside out while acquiring the necessary tools for positive change and healing. Be up and doing! Learn AUM by practicing AUM and discover the J.ewel O.f Y.oga as the perfection desired