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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.
I 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.
My 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 mind,
(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
My 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
As many spiritual writings tell us, "Understanding is the booby prize."
The 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.
It could come sooner or later. But the answers are there if I pay attention.
Your 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!
Opening Up to Experiences
Here 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 you how.
(4) 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
(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 naïve 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 and empowering.
(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.
(7) 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.
(12) 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.
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