Success and the Spirit: You Always Know


“Today we are going to educate ourselves about “cross-reference.” Do you know what cross-reference is? Two things you always know: you always know what is right and you always know why you are not doing what is right. When you know what is right and when you know that you cannot do what is right, at that time, if you have a cross-reference, you can hold yourself together. It is a temporary holding of the energy.”


-Yogi Bhajan  from Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance


Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. When we practice Kundalini Yoga, it means that we can’t hide behind excuses anymore. Human beings are sensitive and intuitive. We are created to know what to do in every moment. The only reason we don’t do it is because of ourselves.

Sometimes, we value the external judgments of other people more than we value the quiet voice within. Other people’s opinions or other people’s plans take precedence in our minds over what the soul is trying to say to us. How many times have each of us ignored that voice? Only to realize later, “I KNEW it. I knew I shouldn’t have done this. Or that I should have done that.” Each person knows for himself or herself what is right. We can support each other in following that inner-knowing. But we can’t be the voice of conscience for another person.

Then there are moments when you KNOW, but you can’t do. You can’t follow through on what that voice is telling you. That is the time to hold yourself steady. If you can’t do what you know is right, at least wait. Do a meditation. Re-commit to your sadhana. Use your practice to create an inner-dialogue.  Get to the root of why you are blocking yourself, and work it out.

Self-honesty comes from understanding what keeps you from doing what YOU know needs to be done. In that self-honesty, you develop an authentic relationship between you and you. The authentic relationship between your conscience and your mind has a lot of gifts in it. There is no person born who can escape the effects of karma. But when you dialogue with yourself in your own meditation, you can rise above. That is what cross-reference gives you.

Nobody was ever born to be a victim. We often blame others because we cannot face ourselves. We cannot face our own weakness that kept us from acting correctly in the first place.  To be successful, we need a system of cross-reference so that we can act on what we know is right. Through developing the capacity to trust ourselves, the voice of our conscience can prevail in our lives. Following and obeying that voice helps cultivate a life of balance and abundance.


Editor’s Note: Success and the Spirit: An Aquarian Path to Abundance contains the wisdom and teachings of Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and was edited by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa.

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