Kundalini Yoga Training
to the Zone
Meditation and Intuition
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
concept of surrender is fundamental to all religions and a goal
of all spiritual paths. The idea is that we release control, get
our mind trips out of the way and let the universe take charge.
Surrender recognizes that our limited perceptions of what we think
we want and need and how to satisfy our desires are limited, and
that cosmic forces are more intelligent and efficient in producing
Recognizing a force greater than ourselves, our optimal strategy
is to cooperate with It and learn how to participate as a co-creator
in the give and receive process. Actually being a co-creator is
a good deal. This means that we can consciously participate in
our own destiny, if we can master the art of working with universal
energies. Herein lies our challenge.
The Goal of Kundalini Yoga
goal of Kundalini yoga and all spiritual technologies is to create
a conscious connection with the Divine. Yoga means union. The
union is between our physical reality and god-consciousness, universal
energies and our soul. The practice of Kundalini yoga removes
our blocks and resistances, raises our energy to higher frequencies
and opens our awareness to expanded realities. If we train ourselves
to focus our attention on our goal of union, we can facilitate
our transformation. The goal of this lesson is to set out guidelines
on how we can train ourselves to pay
attention to and hold the experience of the infinite in our consciousness.
and Feminine Talents
development is dominated by learning how to be in control, take
action, initiate and be responsible for our lives. These masculine
talents are critical pieces of our maturation process. Basically
we learn what we have to do to get what we want. An infant cries
to get fed. As a young child we learn to ask for what we want.
If our direct requests are not fulfilled, we learn to manipulate
others and situations to get our needs satisfied. Later we learn
to earn a living and integrate the concept of exchange into our
the process of learning the masculine talents of asking, earning
and exchanging value to get our needs met, the feminine skills
are often neglected, undervalued and misunderstood. In a male-dominated
world, the feminine concept of surrender is often misinterpreted
as giving up and giving in. This is because we feel like victims
of unknown forces beyond our comprehension and known forces beyond
our control. The result is a sense of resignation, powerlessness
and even hopelessness.
the ultimate feminine skill, requires letting go of control at
a very deep level, mentally, emotionally and physically. Authentic
surrender releases us from our limited thoughts and produces an
openness, which facilitates our connection with universal forces.
Inauthentic surrender creates more, instead of less, resistance.
we cultivate only the masculine "action" talents necessary
to live on planet Earth and do not cultivate the feminine "being"
talents, our actions are sabotaged by an ego-dominated mind and
a needy, helpless subconscious. Negative and counterproductive
interpretations of feminine concepts (trusting, letting go, relaxing)
are the natural result of not cultivating a relationship with
our Soul, God or universal energies and not having a direct experience
of Spirit or the Divine. Without a personal experience of what
we are surrendering to, surrender is impossible. There is a void
in our psyche, which by default is filled by fear. Fear prevents
us from trusting, letting go and surrendering.
a male-dominated mindset pervades our being, it will also determine
how we carry out our spiritual practice. It is legitimate to do
yoga and meditate to achieve certain results. Specific meditations
and kriyas produce specific effects. However, we must avoid turning
our practice into a bargaining tool. If we do a particular meditation
to buy results, our prayers become begging sessions to a bigger
than life daddy version of God. If we observe our mind and our
thoughts, we can monitor our conscious and hidden intentions.
altering our attitude and our attention, we can shift our relationship
with universal forces from plea bargains to participatory co-creation.
It is actually pretty simple. To cultivate this shift in consciousness,
it is important to understand the masculine and feminine aspects
of spiritual practices and how to appropriately integrate and
talents include attention, focus, action and discipline. The masculine
is about doing and keeping up. Doing our daily Sadhana and Kundalini Yoga
is the masculine aspect of our practice. The principle masculine
goal is to focus our mind on the infinite.
talents are relaxing, letting go, listening and surrendering.
Between each exercise we relax, allow the energy to circulate
and feel the sensations in our body. We are simply present to
what IS. The principle feminine goal is to cultivate an ongoing
relationship with the infinite in our body.
ascent up the chakras opens our experience of the infinite. This
is the masculine path. The descent down the chakras, which brings
spirit into physical form, is the feminine path.
main purpose of raising the Kundalini and moving our energy from
the lower to the higher chakras is to give us an experience of
the infinite. The goal is to expand our awareness so that we have
a conscious experience of "what is, was and always will be,"
often referred to as God. This awareness is awakened in the upper
chakras by activating the pituitary and the pineal glands. The
possibility of experiencing the infinite is always there in each
one of us. It never goes away. We can resist this experience by
being preoccupied with and attached to the thoughts in our minds.
Endless mental chatter blocks our conscious connection with the
infinite. However, whenever we turn our senses inward, the infinite
experience is available.
experience of the infinite has several basic manifestations.
SOUND The most basic is the unstruck sound, the silent
sound of infinity. If we turn our listening inside, we hear
it. This is the Word.
"In the beginning was the Word."
SPACE If we turn our sight inward, we see an infinite
space. Simply close your eyes and look.
LIGHT If we concentrate at the third eye, we see a light
that can even fill our entire head, whole space and being.
SMELL Some people even smell the fragrances of the universe.
course, all of these have many variations on a theme. But the
basic experiences are simple and repeatable. The goal of all spiritual
paths is to connect with one or more of these infinite experiences
and keep returning to them. As we increase our attention, our
awareness expands and we experience deeper and deeper levels of
connection with universal energies and their numerous manifestations.
is of critical importance to avoid the pitfall of consciously
searching for intriguing lights, sounds, visions, etc. Our goal
is to be a conscious, but passive, observer. The goal is not entertainment.
The goal is connection and peace. The simpler the better. Don't
try to get fancy or get attached to different colors or visuals.
We are in the masculine mode if we are trying to make something
happen. We have to train ourselves to distinguish between searching
for and trying to control (masculine) and
simply being with what IS (feminine). We want an experience that
we can return to, relax into, be comforted by and trust. The rest
is a diversion and distracts us from our goal of cultivating a
relationship with universal forces that we can merge with and
Cultivating the Zone
propose to call our experience of the infinite the Zone. The most
commonly used term, God, conjures up images of a big daddy. Our
mind gets hooked on pleasing and pleading to a paternal caretaker.
The Zone is a neutral place where we can go, be alone with ourselves
and with the universe. This more neutral concept activates less
preconceived ideas that interfere with our pure experience.
do we do get into the Zone? How do we stop our minds' manipulation
control trips? Stopping the mind comes at very advanced stages
of meditation. In fact, Yogi Bhajan says that the mind always
produces 1000 thoughts per wink of the eye. Stopping that is out
of my league. I like to approach the task from the perspective
of changing channels. Kundalini Yoga and meditation help us change
Stop Searching and Doing
spiritual teacher Gangaji uses the following dictum to help people
to tune into the infinite:
"Stop searching for
whatever you think you have to do to get whatever you think you
like to use "Stop DOING whatever you think you have to do
to get whatever you think you want."
it. When I actually took a few moments to stop whatever I was
doing to try to get what I thought I wanted, I could hear the
infinite sound. I realized that my mind was habitually in a perpetual
scan (maybe even scam) mode -- a state of searching and trying
to make something happen. This means that my mind is trying to
be in charge and not allowing space for the universe to act, respond
or at least cooperate. Energetically this translates into not
trusting the universe. It also reveals a deep level of neediness.
When we are always trying to get something by making something
happen, we are acting out of a sense of neediness that was imprinted
in our psyche in pre-verbal years. We are re-enacting our childhood
programming where we learned that if we do not take care of ourselves
we will not get our needs met.
I asked my yoga class to "STOP doing whatever they thought
doing to get what they thought they wanted," the whole room
became silent. This dictum short-circuits the mind. For a moment
the mind stops because it does not know what to do. At this moment,
the infinite channel is available to us. For a second, we seize
a glimpse of the infinite. This dictum also helps us identify
what our minds are doing and why they are doing it. Once identified,
we can choose to focus our mind in other ways. We can actually
interact with universal energies in a receptive, accepting and
Keep It Simple
and surrendering to the Zone is actually a simple process.
a Kundalini Yoga set or exercise. Stop after each exercise and listen, look
or sense inward. Turn your attention to the sensations in your
body. Continue until you can hear the infinite sound, see and
be in your inner space, see a light at your third eye or in any
other way perceive a sound, sight or sensation that is always
there when you turn your attention to it. Keep doing this. Over
time you will have a place to go to that feels secure, comfortable
and peaceful. Ideally we want to always be conscious of this place,
feeling or sound.
aware of "What you are searching for or doing that you think
is going to get you what you think you want." What we need
to do here is create an attitude shift. First we must identify
what our mind is doing. What is the intention of our mind? Are
we trying to do something to get something? This does not mean
that we will stop doing things. This means that we shift our intention
and focus while we are in action and in meditation. When we make
this internal shift, we operate without the mental resistance
or control trips. We can train ourselves to listen to the cosmic
sound or relax into the cosmic zone while we are carrying out
our daily activities.
Our attitude and our projection automatically changes. Energetically
we join the universe instead of pushing against it.
is appropriate to have goals. It is not appropriate to be obsessive
about what we think we want or what we think will makes us happy
or successful. One clear statement, written or oral, is enough
to communicate with the universe. Repetition and compulsive attention
on what we want projects neediness and separates us from the universal
flow through control trips. Our thoughts get in the way. We need
to listen, not to talk. Specific requests also limit our options.
The possibilities available to us are infinitely greater than
our minds can conceive.
we do have requests and prayers we can state our intention before
our meditation. But we must shift our attention to our energetic
experience during the meditation. We should use the concentration
power of our mind to focus on infinite experiences. While doing
any chanting meditation, chant to the sound, the space or the
light. Don't try to control what will happen. Do your best to
be with what is happening in the moment. Join the sound or the
space. Merge with it. Integrate your actions, voice and sensations
into the cosmic presence. Hold this experience in your body.
mental attention and physical sensation awareness, we participate
with the universe as co-creators. We collaborate. When our attention
is on infinite experiences, as we perceive them in our own awareness,
our energy integrates with universal energies. When our attention
is inward instead of outside ourselves, we attract through our
magnetism. This is a more efficient and productive way of getting
what we want and need.
has very practical applications in our daily life. When you feel
frustrated, need answers, can't seem to figure things out, instead
of resorting to more mental activity fueled by out of control
emotions, STOP, CONNECT, and SURRENDER TO THE ZONE. Insights,
help and peace are on their way. Your trusty intuition is ready
to assist, if you open the space for it to communicate with you.
like to remember the dictum of Yogi Bhajan, "There is a pathway
through every problem." We access the pathways by letting
go. We are in the habit of holding on very tightly. To really
let go, we must practice releasing the grip of both our minds
and our bodies.
we really stop talking to ourselves, our intuition becomes available.
Listening opens up our intuition. If we actually listen, we can
hear our inner voice. Unfortunately listening is a lost art. If
we really listened to other people, we would have more sincere
and intimate relationships. If we actually listened to ourselves,
we wouldn't need to ask for so much advice. If we listened to
the infinite sound, we would know God.
common question concerns what to do when we get intuitive messages
during our meditations. Generally simply take note, let the thoughts
pass and stay connected. Sometimes we get information that we
do not want to forget. Instead of trying to remember the information,
I take notes. (I have written a lot of books this way.) Then I
go back to my space.
like to go to sleep listening to the cosmic sound. At the end
of the day it feels good to surrender to the infinite, let go
and let God take care of me.
is one of the most comforting and pleasurable experiences available
to humans. We are freed from the chains of our minds. We join
the cosmic flow. We are truly happy. We experience the embrace
of universal love.
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.