Kundalini Yoga Training
The Path of Manifestation
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© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
practices have traditionally focused on raising energy from lower
to higher frequencies and from the lower to the higher chakras.
Many spiritual disciplines concentrate only on the upper chakras
and totally ignore (or try to ignore) the lower chakras. Some
spiritual paths still condemn the body and the lower chakras,
which they consider as bad. I knew one woman who would practice
only third eye meditations. She even refused to do yoga or any
practice that got her in touch with her body. She also lost her
husband (He lost interest in her.)
spiritual paths today at least give lip service to using their
techniques to help us deal with the challenges of our stressful
technological world. However, the fundamental basis of the teachings
often remains the same-renunciation and escapism from material
reality. It is not surprising then that devoted practice produces
the same results as it did when the goal of spirituality was to
renounce the physical body and worldly pursuits. In fact, if we
start losing interest in this world and our participation in it,
the technology is working.
personally found this out over twenty years ago when I first started
practicing Kundalini Yoga and meditation for six to seven hours
everyday. I was definitely succeeding in raising my energy. The
problem was that I was so ungrounded and out of my body that people
had to look up to the ceiling to talk to me. I couldn't figure
out why I just wanted to hide. The basic problem was that my personal
practice was incomplete. I was raising my energy, but I was not
bringing it back down.
used to do all the prosperity meditations that Yogi Bhajan taught,
with no results in my personal life. During one meeting with Yogi
Bhajan over 15 years ago, he thanked me personally for all the
wealth that I had brought to the 3HO organization. At the time
I could barely support myself. This was a wake up call for me.
I knew I had to figure out how to bring prosperity to myself as
well. The answer is not a quick-do-this-meditation-for-forty-days
fix. I am still discovering that the answer is simple and complex
at the same time.
simple answer is that in order to manifest we have to be present
in your bodies and connected to the Earth. We have to BE HERE
NOW. To attract and receive, we have to be home when the postman
arrives. It takes careful, vigilant practice to cultivate an awareness
of Self. We have to train ourselves to be present to the feelings
and sensations in our bodies. We have to learn to be comfortable
being uncomfortable with what we feel. We have to process the
mental stories that come up, so our emotions become pure expressions
of our soul instead of mental trauma dramas. We have to cultivate
a strong navel center so we can take effective and timely action.
We have to cultivate a powerful base chakra so we have the ability
to stay present. We have to be comfortable and free in our second
chakra so we can simultaneously contain (consciously hold) and
expand our creative energy.
Many yogic practices
focus on the ascent of energy. In Lesson
#8 we covered the Locks or the Bhandas which help facilitate
raising our energy up our spine. The ascent is an important part
of every spiritual path. Learning the Bhandas also helps us contain,
focus and monitor our internal energy. Actually all yogic and
meditation practices raise our vibrational frequency. The question
is what do we do with the energy. If we are not conscious of our
bodies and the energy in our bodies, the energy will dissipate.
We feel good for a while, but soon afterwards we need another
session to revitalize ourselves again. We contribute good energy
to the world and share good vibes, but we are unable to manifest
for ourselves unless we can remain conscious of our own presence.
the ascent is a necessary first step, but not the whole story.
The goal of the ascent is to experience universal oneness. When
the crown chakra is open our perspective on life changes. While
we are experiencing life as a human being, we need to bring the
universal perspective back into our daily lives. Alone the "up
and out of the body" approach to spirituality incorporates
implications which actually limit our spiritual development and
certainly our ability to lead productive and prosperous lives.
PATH OF LIBERATION
The human spiritual
journey involves both raising our energy to higher frequencies
and integrating this higher vibration into our bodies, perceptions,
thoughts and daily activities. The ascent up the chakras is the
path of enlightenment. The decent from the crown chakra down to
the base of the spine is the path of manifestation. Together the
ascent and the descent comprise the path of liberation.
translated, in our quest to be liberated, accepting and honoring
our humanness is as important as merging in Divine consciousness.
The descent requires that we care for our bodies, embrace our
feelings, earn a right livelihood, learn to live by natural laws
and be at one with Mother Nature.
of us were former (past life times) sadus, yogis, saints, priests
and nuns who have mastered the ascent. This lifetime we are trying
to figure out how to master the descent. We are living in the
material world in order to become masters of it. We have to learn
how to support ourselves with our own creativity. We have to learn
now to gracefully and meaningfully interact in relationships.
We have to learn to honor our humanness.
do so we must honor our bodies and activate the highest expression
of our first three chakras. We have to learn to be comfortable
in the world, in our bodies and with each other. We have to bring
Heaven to Earth. We have to master the spiritualization of matter,
starting with ourselves.
ASCENT AND THE DESCENT
ascent helps us discover our identity as a divine Soul and experience
the Light of Universal Truth. Once we are conscious of reality
beyond duality, we can use this awareness to clean up our act,
to release destructive behaviors and to replace sabotaging beliefs
and thoughts with universal wisdom. The descent is the cleansing
process--obviously not the most popular phase of our spiritual
development! However, dealing with our dark (underdeveloped) side
is the only way to become self-empowered and liberated. The ascent
is supposed to give us the experience of our soul identity, so
we don't take our wounds so seriously. A soul perspective greatly
facilitates the release of survival programming and neurotic baggage.
descent unleashes our ability to manifest from our higher self.
The activation of the first chakra creates an energetic foundation
that connects us to our bodies, the Earth, and physical sensations.
A balanced first chakra gives us a sense of belonging and security
in the physical plane and makes it possible for us to receive
and manifest. Grounded in our first chakra, we are able to use
our special gifts to support ourselves and to make our unique
contribution to the world. The alignment of the second chakra
allows us to tap our personal creativity. An activated third chakra
gives us the stamina, motivation and commitment to take appropriate
complete path of liberation requires us to live in this world
as householders, to have relationships, to gainfully support ourselves,
to honor Mother Earth and to participate in the creation of a
sustainable world. To do the above we have to be grounded in our
bodies and connected to physical and material reality. When we
practice both the ascent and the descent, we can enjoy our bodies,
stay present in the moment and enjoy life on Planet Earth. And
as Yogi Bhajan points out, the path of Kundalini yoga is one of
the few paths that does not require celibacy.
of the Kundalini yoga kriyas taught by Yogi Bhajan in the1970's
involved clearing and strengthening the first three chakras. A
major theme of my first Kundalini Yoga manual, based on Yogi Bhajan's
to a Heart-Centered World, is how to create the foundation
in the lower triangle so that we can open our hearts and keep
them open. Yogi Bhajan teaches that it is impossible to stay in
the heart without being in the lower 3 chakras.
is a question of both attention and technique. It is important
to practice asanas that activate and balance the lower 3 chakras.
However, as I learned in my own practice, simply doing the exercises
is not enough. One must be mindful of the sensations in one's
body. Training the mind to be present to the breath and movement
of energy in one's body is of equal importance.
exercises below are for the first three chakras. After doing each
exercise, spend an equal amount of time simply training your mind
to be present to the area or point of each chakra, both in the
front of your body and along your spine. Allow yourself to experience
what is happening without any judgment or intention of making
something happen. There is much to discover if you gently let
yourself BE HERE NOW. And there is much to gain if you are home
to receive what is yours.
tighten the muscles at the anus and the perineum and then release.
lesson on the locks. (#8)
in easy pose with the hands holding the ankles. Lightly
pull on the hands as you inhale pressing the spine forward
and exhale as you release the spine backward. The head
does not move. Concentrate on massaging the base of the
spine to the ground.
on the knees in easy pose, rotate the lower body, moving
from the navel point. Gradually allow the whole abdominal
area to relax and release. Stay conscious of the breath
as it helps create the movement.
- hands under the hips, first raise the right leg up to 90°
on the inhale and release it down on the exhale. One minute with
the right leg and one minute with the left leg. Relax. Then raise
both legs together. Inhale up. Exhale down.
Sitting in easy pose or any other comfortable position.
AND WHITE LIGHT
feeling the presence of both white and gold light. They have very
different effects. Then write to the list and let us know what
the difference is. This is fun. I wouldn't want to take away your
experience. This could be one of the most important piece of information
WARRIOR MEDITATION FOR PROSPERITY
Yogi Bhajan has
given us the following meditation for prosperity in the New Millennium,
and to help in dealing with the intensity of the energy, and the
challenges posed to us during the transition to the Aquarian Age.
Make sure you pump your navel
point to stay in your body. The goal is to imprint the vibration
of the mantra into your physical body and aura. Do this meditation
for 11 minutes everyday for a whole year and let us know what
You can chant this mantra in a monotone or you can chant it to
music. The following musical version is available from Yoga
Spirit - Gurunam
prefer chanting to a CD because it is very energizing.
meditation has 40 sounds. It effects the 5 tattvas (air, water,
fire, earth, and ether), the 7 chakras and the arch line. This
mantra can penetrate into anything and help avoid misfortune.
It has the power to break through any resistance or obstacles.
It is sacred but it is not secret. If you chant this mantra you
can be successful during these challenging times.
in either Easy or Lotus Pose, whichever you find the most comfortable.
HAR, HAR, HAR
- repeat before each of the following mantras. Pump the navel
center (below the navel) with each Har. Use the tip of
the tongue. Chant in a monotone, enunciating clearly each syllable
or chant to a tape.
- Go bin day--Sustainer
- Mu kun day--Liberator
- Oo dar ay--Enlightener
- A par ay--Infinite
- Har e ung--Destroyer
- Kar e ung--Creator
- Nir na may--Nameless
- A ka may--Desireless
one mudra and do for 40 or 90 days for 11 minutes (See
touching Jupiter finger( index)- to remove all obstacles
touching Saturn finger (middle)- for inner purity
touching Sun finger (ring)-for health, prosperity and friendship.
All the resources that you need will come to you.
touching Mercury finger (little)- for clear communication
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.