Kundalini Yoga Training
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
The practice of Kundalini yoga will open you up to lots of new
experiences. You may feel tingling in your body. You may have
experiences related to cleansing of your physical body and subconscious
mind. Your awareness will expand and you will be aware of more
thoughts, insights, feelings and sensations.
get letters asking my opinion about what someone has experienced.
I do not give my opinion or interpretation of what someone else
has experienced. My advice is to be with your experiences. They
are yours for that moment and they will change. KY is about self
discovery. Enjoy and savor your own journey.
generic answer to "What's happening?" is one or more
of the following --
(1) movement of energy,
(2) energetic alignments and adjustments,
(3) releasing of old programs and clearing of the subconscious
(4) physical and emotional cleansing,
(5) expansion of conscious awareness of your true identity and
(6) establishing connection with the divine.
Stay Tuned In and Listen
general advice is to be present to what you are experiencing without
analysis. Many people write that they had this wonderful experience
and then when they tried to process it in their mind, it went
away. They were so disappointed. You will notice that as soon
as you try to figure out what is happening the experience disappears.
Notice that when you stay in your body your experiences last longer.
You want to savor these precious moments. Insights come later.
many spiritual writings tell us, "Understanding is the booby
truth is that everyone knows what they need to do, receives answers
to their own questions and is internally guided. Practicing KY
opens us up to this awareness. Yogi Bhajan used to tell us, "Go
sit in your bedroom and be your own counselor." If we listen
to our own intuition, it is easy to tune in enough to receive
answers to your own questions. This is what I do. I ask and then
I wait until the answers come through. They always do. Could be
during meditation, could be while I am walking, driving or sleeping.
could come sooner or later. But the answers are there if I pay
most important job is to stay present. Answers will come if you
stay tuned and listen. Healing will happen as you release your
resistance to change. Gifts will appear as you align with your
soul. The energy will teach you. The experience will awaken you.
Enjoy your unfoldment. Kundalini yoga allows you to savor your
life and live to the fullest. What a gift!
Up to Experiences
are a few more comments on experiences.
(1) Everyone has his or her own experiences. The
more we acknowledge and appreciate our own experiences, the more
we develop our own sensory awareness system. Sensory awareness
is what KY is all about. One of the principal goals of this training
is to guide you in expanding your awareness.
(2) Change and variety are the norm in meditation. Our
individual experiences vary according to our current stage of
growth, what we are going through at a particular time, our moods,
the stars, who else is in the house, if we are meditating in a
group, and on and on. There are so many factors that influence
us at each point in time, which eventually leads us to realize
that the best thing to do is to tune into the moment and be present
to ourselves, our feelings and our reactions. There are so many
ways we get reminded to "Be Here Now." In the now, the infinite
is available to us.
(3) What we experience can range from pain and anguish to joy
and bliss. There is a myth that meditation is the mindless
experience of bliss. Well, eventually we hope to have these experiences.
Sometimes we do. Most of the time we don't. A lot of students
wonder what is the matter with them when they don't automatically
pop into a state of ecstasy. Nothing is the matter. It takes time
to clear our subconscious and conscious minds of garbage accumulated
for eons of time and added to daily. I always laugh when I read
meditation exercises that start out with "first clear your mind."
Actually I used to get mad when I read these words. If I knew
how to clear my mind I wouldn't even need this silly book! Tell
me how please! The lessons in this course are devoted to teaching
What needs to be cleansed, must be released. As one student
shared in her experience of chanting Kirtan Kriya (SA TA NA MA
Meditation) for 120 days, we may have to consciously remember
and reencounter our fears and past traumas. (This meditation will
be explained in Lesson #15.) The good news is that as we process
our negative emotions with the cleansing power of a divine mantra,
they get cleared out. We can free ourselves by going through the
pain. Better 120 days of 31 minutes of anguish, than a deep ennui
controlling your whole life.
(5) We also become aware of how our subconscious fears create
our reality. This is why we need meditation and mantras. Mantras
penetrate to the subconscious mind and clear the programs that
we cannot consciously access. If we could, our naive affirmations
would work. How many of us have repeated some form of "I attract
the perfect partner into my life", and then actually met our Romeo
or Juliet? Or repeated prosperity affirmations and won the lottery?
Life is not that simple. Life is a complex, rich and elegant game
and hard work. Fortunately if we have the effective tools like
Kundalini Yoga and meditation, life can also be fun, rewarding
(6) The possibilities of what we can experience are infinite.
One time a friend had a very powerful and blissful experience
during meditation. He was so pleased. He went to Yogi Bhajan and
recounted the whole thing, expecting to receive some positive
response. Yogi Bhajan simply looked at him and said, "Son, there's
more." Even when our experiences are pleasurable and "far out,"
there is still more to experience. There is always more. Our experiences
are always changing. Don't try to repeat the same experience.
Just be with the current one and enjoy it while it lasts.
The gift of infinity is that there are no boundaries. The
more we free ourselves of expectations and stop trying to recreate
the same thing, the more we open ourselves up to unlimited inner
and outer possibilities.
(8) Tuning into different qualities of energy is fun and useful.
In a previous lesson I asked you to experiment with white and
gold light. One person from Germany explained his experience,
which from my experience corresponds very accurately to the nature
of gold and white light. This is an example where I will say no
more. I don't want to spoil your fun and delight as you cultivate
your own internal knowing.
(9) Visualization is manipulation. Feeling is knowing.
We may have visions, but they are spontaneous, not contrived by
our minds. The less we try to control reality, the more we can
tune into reality.
(10) One way to measure the effectiveness of your meditation
practice is the changes and quality of your life. Can you
sleep better? Are you happier? Are you less afraid? If so, you
are making progress. One student reports that he got a job and
can now support his family. His meditation is working for him.
(11) Someone mentioned in a letter that her sensitivity to
soul connections is starting to open up. When she talked to
me on the phone an awareness of knowing me before was very strong.
This is also a result of meditation. We get beyond our mind chatter
about our daily routines and tune into how we are connected to
each other. Many of us were probably in monasteries together in
past lifetimes. I know that everyone I work and play with I have
met and interacted with before.
We are connected to each other on so many levels. When we
start to do KY, we become aware of these connections. Many of
them are non-verbal. It is exhilarating to experience these feelings
and awarenesses. Healing is taking place. And many things are
being communicated at the soul level. The more we allow these
experiences into our consciousness, the richer and more fulfilling
our lives become.
(13) Be present to and get into what you are experiencing.
The vastness and the richness are gifts from the universe. Bring
them into your body and they will be yours for this precious moment
on Planet Earth.
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.