Churn | Burn | Affirm(CBA)
Moving and retiring the life-force inwards and upwards using Kriya yoga, and Self-Inquiry practices that energize and purify consciousness
Process of identifying and healing the latent tendencies and vasanas that cause suffering in life
When the Churning and Burning practices begin to support the sadhaka in every aspect of his spiritual and material life, it becomes Affirming
The ISIP practices of Churning, Burning and Affirming (CBA) are a highly effective way of realizing our higher dimensions of existence as permanent bliss and joy, while at the same time dissolving vasanas and hidden tendencies that create obstacles in our material and spiritual life. The following will explain how these ISIP practices accomplish this.
Burning is a process specifically designed for dealing with vasanas (habitual patterns), and techniques employed to dissolve them through Self-healing
Without burning the seeds of vasanas the veil covering the SELF cannot be lifted. Any attempts to know the SELF without the process of burning will only be intellectual or at best temporary because the old issues will keep resurfacing again and again till they are not dealt through practical burning methods. There are many ways “burning” is initiated which is to be learnt through ones Guru or teacher. Below is one such process given as an example.
ISIP Self-Healing (Burning) Process:
When something “triggers” you, and you begin feeling the agitation or restlessness in your body growing – feel it, sit with it, embrace it – accept it. Refrain from ‘projecting’ onto anyone, and most importantly, observe the normal tendency of the mind to want to defend itself, or attack, or judge the other person. And do not fall into the mind’s trap of judging yourself. Observe all these normal tendencies of the mind and reverse your attention back to your own Self. Feel the agitation or restlessness that is taking place in your body… and accept it. Acceptance will soon become Allowance and Allowance will purify the mind.
Talk to yourself as the agitation arises within you:
“I love this, I accept this totally as this is my own Self. This restlessness, this agitation, is ME.”
“This is ME! Somehow I have lost contact with you, my beloved.”
“You have been shouting and screaming for attention and love. I am now here to accept you, to embrace you, to love you.”
And then BE WITH THE FEELING that arises within your chest, within your Heart. It can feel almost like a sinking feeling, or there can be other sensations at that time. Just BE with it.
TRUST the process and you will get to know that this is a part of you that you have been evading for a long, long time.
Now a very beautiful thing happens when you start to burn — automatically Churning starts to happen. The energy from the Burning naturally rises. Automatically, you will move to the higher dimensions of existence — into the depths of the Self — as you “Churn and Burn.” This is where the vasana is getting burnt, and where you are getting deeply healed from the toxicity created by old habitual patterns.
So, with Burning, you are not trying to escape anything, rather, you are meeting life head on — as it is — while at the same time you are moving on to the higher dimensions of existence, increasing your faith, your certitude in the Self, your joy and happiness.
As you continue the practice of Burning, you will begin to dive deeper and deeper into the Self, and eventually settle into your Spiritual Heart where joy, bliss and peace fill your Beingness.
It is important to highlight here that refraining from habitual tendencies is not the same as suppression. The process of Churning and Burning, as laid down in the protocol, brings about enough clarity that repeating the same tendency or pattern is seen as counter-productive to our spiritual growth and abidance in Self. It strengthens our will power (sankalpa shakti) and the intellectual faculty within us. Suppression happens when we feel forced upon to do something against our will hence refraining through conscious choice is an act of freedom.
As we begin to employ the ISIP techniques in our day-to-day life, the higher intellect within us strengthens and becomes our guiding light. The “inner voice” of our purified intellect suggests which kind of patterns are not conducive to our spiritual growth and need to be rolled back, and which patterns need to be encouraged.
Of course, that does not mean we deny ourselves the pleasures of the world. Anything in moderation is fine. But we must be careful not to indulge in those pleasures that can create bondage and suffering going ahead.
A cautionary note:
I have seen that most sadhakas “over-burn”— that is, they go through the process of burning over and over again by replaying the story and the associated physical sensation triggered by the story. They begin to love the “aliveness” such sorrow brings. They begin to feed on such negative emotions creating an addictive loop. This creates a sort of obsession that drains and frustrates them, and invites more and more suffering into their lives.