Many people discover Kundalini Yoga as a tool to find themselves, awaken their dormant potential and connect with their highest self. There are many mystical things written about the power of Kundalini Yoga, but it is simply a practice that helps one become more aware of what is truly going on internally and externally. The practice of Kundalini yoga is letting go of the masks of who we think we are and allowing our true nature to unfold.
Being aware of everything in your internal and external world is no easy task. The more aware one becomes, the tougher the road, as inconvenient truths will reveal themselves. As hard as it may be, there is no other reality that we should strive for than the Truth. It is a humbling endeavor, but it is real.
Externally, we can all have some level of a facade or a mask. Life isn’t always as it seems. Some people can go on to live double lives, where they show a good face publicly and then they are a totally different person at home. When there is a disconnect from our external and internal realities, we can be more concerned with our public image rather than taking responsibility for our own stuff. When we don’t take responsibility, the unresolved issues or unconscious pieces to ourselves will find their way out and negatively affect those around us.
Not only can one show a mask to the external world, but we can also do it internally. We hide the truth from ourselves. If you really think about it, we should really be the last person we lie to, but we do it anyways to preserve our sense of reality. We become blinded by the limits to our own perception.
It is surprising how much we can hide from ourselves. The mask can be so strong that we don’t even realize it is there. There can be good logical reasons we hide information from ourselves as we may not be ready to know something, the information could potentially damage us our sense of self, or we want to have total control over our life, etc.
Running from pain is only human, but there must be a point where we take responsibility and sort it out. This will help us move through things much quicker. The external world has a way of pointing out the internal issues we are avoiding anyways, so you can’t run very far. When we bring awareness to issues internally, the external world sorts itself out.
If this is a subject you would like to look at, here is a good meditation for Breaking the Mask. It can be found in the Transformation Mastering the Self Vol 1 manual. This meditation is also helpful if you have been circling an issue for some time or having trouble connecting with a difficult emotion. In addition to your practice, it can also be helpful to journal and give a description to your experiences to bring them into consciousness.
Break the Mask Meditation Instructions:
Hold Lotus Mudra with the thumbs touching and pinky fingers touching, all other fingers are spread out. Eyes are 1/10th open. The meditation uses the mantra: “Har Ji, Har, Har, Har, Har, Har Ji”
Part 1) Mentally chant the mantra while breathing the following segmented breath: Inhale the lungs 1/3 full and hold the breath for 15 seconds. Inhale the lungs 2/3 full and hold for 15 seconds. Inhale the lungs to capacity and hold for 15 seconds. Exhale and then repeat the sequence. Continue for 15 minutes.
Part 2) Continue holding the mudra and begin chanting aloud with the mantra for 11 minutes.
Part 3) Continue to hold the mudra and repeat Part 1 (mentally chanting and breathing sequence) for 5 minutes.