Walking our paths in this lifetime can sometimes feel like a roller coaster. Stuck in duality, we are forced to experience sadness so that we can know joy, pain so that we can know and understand pleasure, separation so that we long for connection and appreciate it when we experience it.
As we are struggling with the difficult times, it’s easy to lose track of the bigger picture. The mind wants to label every experience and add judgments and conclusions to what we are going through. It is exactly these times that we are called to remember who we really are.
Being stuck in this duality, being a Soul inside of a body, we might start to give in to feeling small. But our lives are a miracle! We are ALL part of the Infinite, co-creating together. We invite you to practice a meditation that allows you to experience your Original Self and share your experiences with us. This powerful meditation is perfect when the mind wants to take over and you need to come back to center.
Experiencing the Original You
This meditation can be found in the Kundalini Yoga manual Self Knowledge.
1. Sit in easy pose. Interlace your fingers and turn the mudra so that the palms face outward. Extend your arms straight out in front of you with no bend in the elbows. This is called reverse elbow lock. Stay steady and do not raise or lower your arms once you are in position. The eyes are focused at the tip of the nose. Try to breathe only one breath per minute. Inhale for 20 seconds, hold for 20 seconds and exhale for 20 seconds. Continue this long, slow, deep breath for 3 minutes. If you have problems with your stomach and digestion, your elbows may hurt or be uncomfortable.
2. Remain in position with the eyes focused at the tip on the nose. Continuously inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth with the force of cannon fire for 3 minutes. The extent to which you can heal yourself now will be in direct proportion to the strength of your breath.
3. Remain in position. Inhale, hold your breath, and pump your navel. When you can no longer hold your breath, exhale. Immediately inhale and again pump your navel. Continue at your own breath rhythm, pumping your navel as vigorously as you can for 3 minutes. To finish: Inhale, hold the breath for 15 seconds, stretch your arms out as far as possible, putting pressure on your joined fingers. Exhale through the mouth like cannon fire. Repeat this sequence two more times. If this set is practiced for 120 days, you’ll gain great vitality, personal excellence, and a new concept of what you are. It works on the celestial concept of the third layer of the human mind.
“Awakening the Law of Intelligence in the Original Self: If you are in a demanding situation where you have to come up with a solution, control your breath by inhaling 20 seconds, holding 20 seconds, and exhaling 20 seconds. The answer you need will come to you. I want to give you that depth and that strength which is yours…the original you.” Yogi Bhajan
To fully circulate the energy you have created, extend your Jupiter finger straight up and lock down the other three fingers with your thumb. Circle your hands in outward circles as fast as possible. This movement has to be so vigorous that the entire spine moves. 2 1/2 Minutes. Inhale and relax.
We would love to hear how you feel while practicing this meditation! Please let us know in the comments below.
For those of you who would like to go even deeper, Self Knowledge also offers a powerful 10 day meditation series for “Unshackling The Infinite Mind”. It is said that this meditation “is a secret from the realms of the most sacred knowledge that exists to serve humanity. It prepares the spiritual nerve channels and allows the Kundalini to rise.” Each meditation focuses on the Sushmuna, the Ida or the Pingala, and requires chanting for 1.5 hours on days 4-10. Try it – it’s incredible!!
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