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The Many Paths of Yoga

Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning union or communion. The purpose of practicing yoga is to achieve oneness with the Supreme Universal Spirit.

Yogis view the universe as an emanation of God’s love, and they see His essence in all things. Through the serious practice of yoga, they learn to realize the divine source within themselves, transcend the material world, and become one with the Divine Power.

Yoga encompasses many paths.

Karma Yoga the path of action – involves attaining enlightenment and unity through selfless service to others without any expectation of reward. 

Bhakti Yoga the emotional path – requires total absorption in a personal deity and is marked by intense love and devotion, and deep prayer and meditation.

The intellectual path is called jnana yoga, which emphasizes the study of sacred scripture and ancient wisdom.

Hatha yoga is concerned with physical self-discipline through the diligent practice of asanas, or postures. This form of yoga has become very popular in the West over the last few decades.

These postures were developed over thousands of years to exercise the muscles, nerves, and glands. They tone the body, increase flexibility, help to eliminate toxins, stimulate the release of hormones, and promote mental, physical, and spiritual balance.

People who consistently practice these postures report greater levels of energy and vitality, lightness of body, mental clarity, and a heightened sense of well-being. With persistence, they develop discipline of both mind and body, deeper spiritual awareness, and a sense of unity with the Divine.

Raja yoga literally means “king yoga” and is considered the supreme path, for it seeks both mental and spiritual discipline. Raja yogis struggle to purify and perfect their minds, bodies, and spirits through constant practice of yogic principles, including all the paths of yoga mentioned above. Yogis who succeed are regarded as saints. They are recognized by their profound love for humanity, their wisdom, their power to relieve suffering, and the feelings of peace and serenity which they bring to others.

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Dawn Pisturino, RN
March 2, 2007; September 26, 2022
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Our UFO Experiences

Illustration from History.com. Learn more here: Black Triangle UFOs

My husband is a dedicated Star Trek and Star Wars fan, so I didn’t think much about it when he told me he saw a UFO over our house one night. He described it as triangular with lights, like the above photo, and told me how disappointed he was that the craft didn’t try to beam him up, like Scotty in Star Trek. I told him he was probably too heavy a load. The whole incident turned into a private joke, and we didn’t talk about it much after that conversation.

I didn’t really believe in UFOs then, and I’m not even sure about it now. After all, we only live about a three or four hour drive south of Area 51, and I assumed that any strange things we saw in the sky originated from there. We’ve occasionally seen small objects in the sky that suddenly shot up straight into the air and disappeared. But this always seems to happen around sunset, so maybe it’s the angle of the sun as it goes down that gives us that impression. (I’m trying to be a realist here.)

We’ve watched numerous documentaries about aliens and UFOs, including the recent Skinwalker Ranch series on History Vault. Some sound rational and logical, while others just seem like a lot of hype. If I ever saw one of the mushroom creatures described in Whitley Strieber’s book, Communion, I think I would die on the spot of a heart attack.

The one credible story I’ve seen was the movie, Fire in the Sky. Made in 1993, the movie was based on Travis Walton’s book, The Walton Experience. In it, he tells the story of his abduction by an alien spacecraft on November 5, 1975 in Snowflake, Arizona while logging with his co-workers in the White Mountains. He disappeared for days, and when he returned, people didn’t know how to react to his story. He and his co-workers underwent lie detector tests and passed.

When I worked in Flagstaff, Arizona, I met people who know Travis Walton. They told me he is a down-to-earth, straight up guy who wouldn’t lie about something like that. Snowflake is a small, tightly-knit Mormon town where everybody knows each other, so I believe what they told me. Since then, I have watched several interviews with Mr. Walton, and he comes across as an honest guy.

But, it wasn’t until I had my own strange experience that I began to believe.

A few years ago, my husband was working odd hours and left for work at 02:30 in the morning. I was standing on the front porch saying good-bye to him, and all of a sudden, I saw two red lights hovering above the barbed wire fence across the road. We live in a rural area, and there’s nothing across the road except miles and miles of BLM land. There is no road on the other side of the fence. I took a closer look. The two red lights were fairly close together and looked like the tail lights on an old classic car. As I watched, one went out, and then the other. This all happened very quickly, but as I thought about it, I realized there was no sound and no body attached to the lights. The lights were hovering above the horizon, several feet above the fence, so they could not belong to any kind of vehicle sitting on the other side of the fence. It seemed to me that whatever had been hovering there was invisible except for the lights. And when they went out, all I saw in the distance were stars and the lights of houses, all miles away on the main highway.

My first impulse was to blame it on a drone. I couldn’t explain it otherwise. However, I have never seen anything written about invisible drones. And the pictures I’ve seen do not match what I saw.

So, I’m stumped. What could it have been? And since then, when I asked my husband to describe in detail what he saw, he told me that the triangle-shaped craft was hovering over our house. My daughter and I were asleep, and he had just gotten home from work. It was the middle of the night, and the craft took off as soon as he got home.

Were my daughter and I going to be abducted and my husband’s sudden appearance changed their minds? That idea continues to haunt me to this day.

Or, were they after the cat?

Please share your thoughts!

Dawn Pisturino

September 30, 2021

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