From me to you
Sat Naam and greetings from The Netherlands!
I hope that you are staying safe and enjoying the change of seasons, wherever you live.
As was predicted, we are living through a period of massive polarization in the world. The social media-created echo chambers seem to lock us into ever more narrow positions rather than open us to greater diversity of thinking. This is emblematic of seemingly everything these days – the promise for greater connectivity comes hand-in-hand with the potential to be used to create its opposite.
We strive as yogis not to eliminate polarization (as that would be impossible!), but to consciously work with it. Part of remaining open, authentic and flexible is being able to accept (maybe even embrace) everything – other people, other opinions, and other beliefs. We must drop the old judgements that we are right and therefore if you think differently you must be wrong. The new world is much more nuanced and complex than that. We have to consciously strive against that part of human nature that wants to over-simplify the world down into a pair of polarities, and then choose “the right one.”
What feels more aligned today, and where we hope practicing Kundalini Yoga can bring us, is choosing for ourselves not based on right and wrong, but on alignment with our own identity. Dropping the judgement and the right vs wrong thinking allows us to view differences with much more compassion. It can be “I am right and you are also right!” instead of “one of us is right and one of us is wrong.”
Saibhung: self-existence leading to inner security and self love
KRI’s theme this month is Saibhung – the quality of self-existence, or self-illumination. It manifests itself as a sense of inner security, a quality of self-love, self-security, and a sense of completeness and autonomy. It represents a state of congruity and integration of the many parts of our personality and our existence. We also call that self- consistency. We perceive ourselves accurately. We love ourselves. And we see that each action and thought is qualified through the consciousness of that self before and as we agree to it. No condition of the environment can shake that security. We deliver to ourselves, and to others, trustworthiness and confidence. To attain saibhung, we need a real experience of our true self and a sustained relationship with it. Yoga creates that secure base.
Even as every part of our communities and world feel like they are being pulled further and further apart (individualism vs. group consciousness, hierarchies vs. distributed systems, Oneness vs. diversity, etc.), I hope and pray that you will join us at KRI this month in meditating on the quality of saibhung. The more we can anchor into our own infinite self-identity, the more will we be able to hold all sides of these polarities at the same time. Elevating ourselves will allow us to stay in the sometimes uncomfortable posture of NOT choosing this versus that, but using both in the right times and the right ways.
Regardless of anyone’s belief system, political leanings, race, gender, or any other finite dimension of the human existence, KRI is a home to everyone who wants to learn and practice Kundalini Yoga as Yogi Bhajan taught it. It is still important to recognize and work with all of those finite differences – but always with the openness and compassion of the infinite spark of consciousness that is common to us all.
Deepening your practice this month
As we always have, KRI has a lot of opportunities for you to be inspired and supported in your Kundalini Yoga practice. We are very excited about the launch next month of our new book – “Mastery of the True Self.” And we have some great new online workshops this month: The Power of Breath & Your Creative Potential with Kia Miller, The Ten Light Bodies of Consciousness: Numerology with Nirvair, and The Power of the Navel: Adjustment, Alignment & Activation with Pavanjeet. And of course, we encourage anyone looking to really deepen their experience and practice to take a Level One or Level Two teacher training program. There are hundreds of great programs around the world – check out this directory and find one that works for you!
Please let us know any other ways we can support you in your teaching and practicing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up and have a blessed, fantastic month!