reflections from the path
And the technology of using sound vibration (the Naad) to alter our consciousness is known as the Shabd Guru– or the ‘Sound Current Teacher’.
As yogis, our interest lies in surfing energy and in how we can yoke ourselves to greater cosmic tides and catch their waves so that we flow with life, and not against it. If we know the energetic codings of the days of the week, we can tailor our practices and our intentions to synchronise with them.
Kundalini Yoga offers an excellent ‘cover-all-bases’ approach to holistic self-maintenance: it also invites a space of deep devotion, stillness & bliss. In essence, yoga is a ritualised way of developing the tone of the vagus nerve & hence the nervous system. To reap the benefits of this it needs to be done daily.
The second chakra is the level of consciousness of the creative self; our ability to access the inner creative waters. It is our juiciness in life and our ability to feel. If the first chakra is our groundedness, or contraction on the earth, and our ability to meet our survival needs (or not), then the second chakra is about expansion. The second chakra puts out feelers into the environment and brings back information- ‘how do I feel?’ Water is our emotional identity: our connection to the river of feeling within us.
Another good image is the see-saw. Our experiences shift back and forth from one end of the see-saw to the other- the highs and lows. High energy- slump. Slump- high energy. The ideal we strive for is balance- the middle of the see-saw. We call this neutrality in Kundalini Yoga. This is sattva guna.
In summary? Clear out the crap in your heart- with compassion- so that the new comes in. Make space for the Great Mystery to enter in. Call it what you will. It’s just waiting for an invite. And It’s house-warming gift? Unconditional Love.
Without delving too deeply into any theology, yoga presupposes a Light that illuminates from beyond: the Ishvara- the Ground of Being. That Ground of Being is a mirror of earthly ‘ground’. It is a deep and richly nutritious soil that upholds us, feeds us, grows us and, of course, receives us when our time is done. Yoga helps us touch that Reality and develop an unshakeable faith in the magic that flows through all life-forms.
Self-discipline means showing up for your Self. Not for anyone else. Not for brownie points with your teacher. Not to be able to call yourself a ‘yogi’. Not for any other reason than you truly, madly, deeply want to examine this thing called Self from 360 degrees and to see what lies beyond it!
When we begin to sense and dwell in Soul Nature, we move into a sattvic (pure) state. This is the realm of the Neutral Mind . This is a space from where we can choose to act, and not react. Where we harness our power to be used as we choose. We decide how to spend our energy here. This is a potent place to be and is the result of the development of tapas.
Your power lies in choice. You can either ride the energy, or let it ride you. When we ride the energy through Presence, we are carried into a space of deep contentment and of connection to the vast source of All That Is.
And your state of being is just like this. A cluttered home, chaotic living space, unchecked thinking and a turbulent emotional life all add up to the pesticide-laden apple. You have to work triply hard to reach a space of peace and equilibrium with all that chaos going on. How can you access the nutrients of calm and balance when everything else is in chaos?
As yogis in training, we endeavour to bring awareness to all facets of our lives- how we speak, how we move, how we interact with others, how we think, how we sense, how we sleep & organise our homes, how we receive and how we release…and of course, how we fuel our bodies. Many pilgrims on the spiritual highway need no lecturing about how to eat, with many of us getting at least 11-a-day of our required daily vegetation. This article is not about food as nutrition, but about re-framing yoga as a source of nutrition.
Know that when you play with colour you are playing with pranic energy- a beautiful, mysterious medium that is liquid light. Get out the inner child- like with those Zen colouring books- & envelope yourself in this sacred, delicious mystery.
When seen this way, surely we have a duty to use the riches of the universe? Otherwise it would be like owning an orchard of apple trees but never touching a single one. That would be a total waste. The Great Mother keeps on giving. Why would it ever be wrong to take?