“Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive: it was scary. It seemed unfriendly but the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior raised herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I go very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even convinced by me but if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.” ~Pema Chodon
We all have fear. Instead of running from it, run into her and see what she has to stay to you. It will be a challenging process but you have many tools and tricks from the Kundalini Yoga tradition to guide you.
Rely on you breath as your guiding force to slow down your mind and tune you into your soul. Slow down your breathing and face your fear with courage. You might be surprised at what you will find behind all your fears. Try the One Minute Breath. Sit in easy pose with the spine straight, hands in gyan mudra. Inhale slowly and deeply. Suspend the inhalation. Release and slowly exhale until your breath has emptied out. Suspend the breath out. Ideally the breath is inhaled for 20 seconds, held in the body for 20 second and exhaled for 20 seconds for a total of one minute. For beginners, start with 8-10 seconds for each part and increase slowly as your body gives you the okay.
You can also practice this meditation from Meditation as Medicine from Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa to face and release your fears.
MEDITATION — FOR THE RELEASE OF SUBCONSCIOUS FEARS
To begin: Sit in easy pose with a straight spine, chin slightly locked with eyes 1/1oth open focusing at the third-eye point with elbows bent so each hand is at your ear level just in front of you. Your palms will be facing forward, flat open with your fingers pointing up. Keep your arms relaxed and resting close to the body. Extend your tongue out at its length. Lightly rest the top teeth across the tongue. Inhale through the mouth in a long, gentle breath, so that you can feel the breath along the sides of your tongue.On the inhalation, mentally repeat the sound, “Go.” Exhale through your nose and mentally repeat the sound, “Bind” . The mantra “Gobind” means to sustain and protect thyself and has been broken into two parts in this meditation. Go is the sustaining factor that surrounds the essence, and Bind is the essence, the nucleus, the seed of the self, the inner point or center. Continue for 3-11 minutes.
To End: Inhale deeply, bring your tongue back into your mouth. Exhale and stretch your hands and arms toward the sky.
Comments: Sometimes at a very early age, fear becomes a part of our subconscious. As adults, we may show this unconscious fear as fear of loss, separation, abandonment, or feelings of helplessness. Sometimes it shows itself in feelings of not really being sure of ourselves. This meditation will help release subconscious fears and will give you a secure sense of yourself.
There are also a couple mantras you can listen to, chant and have on repeat on your Ipod at home to release your fears and stand in your power.
Chattra Chakkra Vartee will drip the fears away as your heart begins to open and expand in its radiance. This mantra is taken from the last four lines of Guru Gobind Singh’s Jaap Sahib. One of my favorite versions is by Sarah Hawker from her Long Time Sun album.
Another mantra is the 33rd Pauri of Japji-Akhan Jor which describes a perspective on life and suffering that can overcome all fear. A nice slow version of this mantra is chanted by Saravatar from her album Shakti Lila.
Now go on out there you Kundalini Warriors and face your fears. You have all the tools you will ever need.