By Deva Kaur
The yogis spent thousands of years fine-tuning a practical system that can help us learn to use our amazing mind-computers to access our intuition. Using intuition, the choices we make can lead to real happiness in life. In the same way we use a computer to connect to the internet, we can clear the mind of its chatter and connect to the Infinite, the God within.
We have an electronic mouse to easily direct our computer on the internet, but we don't usually have the training to use our breath and meditation to direct the mind. So instead of being able to access our inner guidance, we often find the landscape of our mind clogged with volumes of thoughts and feelings.
Just to take care of our needs as humans, we work a lot in the world and often lose ourselves in that external reality. However, real fulfillment never comes from the outside, because the external world is so fleeting, it never lasts. The world can truly make sense to us only when we are at peace with who we are at this moment.
To gradually manifest that reality, sit calmly each day and clear your mental clutter, making room for a stillness through which the Universe can serve and guide you. Your intuition is always there, especially when you are calm. Almost everyone has had the experience of remembering (after the fact) that, on some level, they knew what they ‘should have’ done well ahead of time.
By the time you speak three sentences, the average person can easily understand where you are coming from and what your basic reality is, so we might as well be real. You are you, and if you can work to understand and accept yourself, then you are on the path of connecting to your inner wisdom instead of your doubts. Sounds simple, but it takes a huge effort in this fast-paced world to carve out time just ‘to Be.’
At any given time, we are either growing or falling apart. Surprisingly, both choices take the same amount of energy, creating habits that either build you or deplete you. You can choose the life of drama and emotions or you can use the science of the soul to become so crystal clear that you can experience your essence in each moment.
With our free will we have a choice to either fight with the Universe’s plan, or to align and flow with it. I find when I access and deeply listen to my own current state, my emotions dissolve, because I get out of my head and into my heart to feel what I really need at that moment.
Then, when I deeply listen to someone else, it feels like a deep form of unity and kindness.
Choosing to meditate daily is the way I clear my subconscious mind and expand my inner horizons. When I go through the process of committing myself to doing a new meditation daily, my first thought is, “How will I fit 62 more minutes of anything into my already incredibly busy day?" Amazingly, my experience has always been that after I meditate, I feel so clear, present, and productive and find I have more time than I did before.
I find that the more I meditate, the more kind I become to myself as I align more and more with my soul. Otherwise, it is leftover unresolved inner conflict and emotions that drain me, and put me into a state of doubt. I have watched myself get angry sometimes, when I get stuck in my judgments, and lose my internal balance. But when I deeply listen with all my senses, the knowledge I need comes to me.
If I become real with myself, totally in the moment, feeling all my sensations as we all did when we were first born, then my intuition can compute any answer I might need within seconds. This is the way of the future on the planet, as we continue to transition during the next few years, into a much more conscious Age.
In Kundalini Yoga, when we chant Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, we bow to the Infinite, Creative Teacher that can be found subtly within and without. Advice can come from your intuition, which is your inner teacher, or from an outer source that you consider sacred. It takes awareness to recognize such advice, especially if you have not quieted your mind.
When we bow to our inner wisdom or to wisdom that comes to us somehow from the outside, there are several stages we necessarily go through to surrender our intellect to the Truth of our soul.
First, we must recognize the essential truth of the idea or advice that is coming to us. Then we must have the humility to accept this advice. Then we must have the courage to decide to act on It, as well as the vitality and energy to manifest it.
Many of the effective and powerful mantras Yogi Bhajan taught in Kundalini Yoga come from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, which contains the spoken words of Guru Ram Das and many other enlightened beings. Similar to Sanskrit, these uplifting mantras have slightly different energies that we can use for healing, prosperity, victory, etc. Chanting them allows us to gradually lighten and clear our subconscious debris, because reciting them causes the tongue to strike the upper palate in particular patterns and rhythms, which in turn adjusts our brain chemistry through the secretions of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
The result is supreme calmness, which allows us to see beyond our personal bias and background to the Oneness of everything. One simple exercise that Yogi Bhajan shared with us is that, when you bow your forehead to the ground, if you recite the Mul Mantra once in your mind, it marks just the right amount of time for the cerebral spinal fluid and oxygen to nourish the brain to bring you into an elevated state.
My own lifetime of experimentation has proven to me that peace only comes when I obey the inner voice of my soul. How do I know which voice comes from my soul or core? When I purify myself and clear the windshield of my mind, I can listen with all my senses to recognize the truth.
I highly recommend the Meditation to Hear the Inner Voice, which is yet another amazing gift delivered by Yogi Bhajan. It takes you deep into the sound of your own voice, training you to become the selfless center of your Universe. One of the most exalting meditative experiences of my life, this meditation allowed me to go deep within through the sound of my own voice.
Doing this meditation can be challenging, so you might want to start with 11 minutes. With regular practice, this meditation will help you to find the internal stillness, so that your intuition can clearly speak to you and guide your way on.
Deva Kaur Khalsa, Is a member of the Kundalini Research lnstitute's Teacher Training Executive Committee. She and her husband, Deva Singh, have served the Kundalini Yoga community in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for more than 40 years. She is co-owner of the Yoga Source in Coral Springs, Florida. www.MyYogaSource.com.