Sat Nam Goddesses,
In recovery, there is a suggested practice derived from Emmett Fox where we are supposed to try not to complain for 30 days and instead think about our Higher Power anytime we are aggravated or upset. Kundalini teachings have a similar 40-day practice where you resist complaining, and also a lifetime practice where we continually hook our mind on a vibration of the Divine on a parallel plane—as it “thinks.”
This fiery Harvest Moon will be ripe for creating karma via complaining, sarcasm, eye rolling and all those little things we do let the steam out of an aggravating situation. We think these reactions are not that bad since we are not punching anyone. Sometimes we even sweep these actions under the rug by calling them “being human.”
That might have been okay in past lives, but here is a secret of Kundalini: yogis figured out that complaining creates dullness in your aura, a constant stream of low-grade karma that corrodes your connection to Spirit and other Souls over time, and diminishes the container of your life to effortlessly receive blessings and what you need to complete your mission and elevate to the Realm of Dharma. That is why there is yearning, devotion and even urgency for yogis to keep pulling the mental fluctuations back to the Naam.
If connecting your pulse and mind to rhythm of Sat Nam Sat Nam Sat Nam (or other mantras like Wahe Guru, Ek Ong Kar, etc.) feels too foreign to you, try vibrations in English like “Victory, Victory, Victory,” or “I am Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful,” or “I am, I am,” (a favorite of mine because after a while it turns into I Yam I Yam…). Or you could make it specific—like when I feel short-tempered with my children I start mentally repeating, “I am a devoted mother, I am devoted mother…” bringing coolness, grace, and light to the atmosphere of my mind and my life.
Maybe you didn’t know you had permission to guide your mind in this way, until now. Maybe there were systems in place that kept you from knowing this was an option. There is a reality show I watch called “Southern Charm.” One of the cast members is an aristocratic woman that lives in a mansion in Charleston (“Miss Pat”). She said something one time in her genteel manner, “My mother always told me if you don’t have something nice to say, be quiet and think of England.” This stuck with me, and it made me wonder, are aristocrats and fancy people just vibrating their fanciness all day long? Is that how they maintain their illusion of power? And when I’m super paranoid it reminds me of how magical mantras were kept hidden in this lineage to those not born to a certain caste.
Do not underestimate the power of restraining yourself and anchoring your mind to a sacred vibration—the power of sound current to shape our reality is heightened in the Aquarian Age and also in this year which has a Tantric Numerology vibration of “11”—the consciousness of Sound Current. So…if you have never done this before, this is an excellent time to start and create your own human revolution.
If none of this has you interested in chanting a mental tune all day long, what if I told you it makes you more beautiful? I did a class a few months ago on Banda Singh whose one lifetime brought together elements of two lifetimes of Guru Gobind Singh (the ascetic turned warrior). His life is plenty inspirational to the kundalini yogi. But the story I want to tell you about is of a woman in a kingdom he conquered. She was the daughter of the overthrown king, and she asked her father to marry Banda Singh. It was a highly unusual request, but one that was ultimately granted. By all accounts, the princess was okay looking—not a stunner.
However, when she married Banda Singh she started vibrating Wahe Guru all day long and tried to keep remembering to do so even as she slept. She moved from her beautiful kingdom to the soldier camp with her husband and cooked for the troops and life became super rugged compared to her pampered upbringing. When she became immersed, literally 30 trillion cells, 8 chakras, 10 bodies all vibrating this one mantra, something happened. Everyone marveled at how she had transformed into this radiant and beautiful being. How did she become so? Vibrating the naam. (Of course, there was a lot going on at the time, torture at the hands of the oppressors, and it was the final years of Guru Gobind Singh’s life so the story of her radiance is often a footnote to the bigger stories that were going on…)
But for us modern Goddesses, this is a nice piece of information. You don’t need expensive face treatments and spa getaways and saunas. (Although those are awesome.) Just start chanting, all day. And remember to remember the vibration, when you forget.
Happy Equinox, Happy Full Moon. I hope to see some of you tomorrow at my Fall Equinox workshop with Jon Old-Rowe—we will practice among a crystal matrix, feature plant anointing, enjoy a nice vinyasa flow followed by mantra immersion, gong bath, and yummy food! 3 p.m. Tickets available here.
As for the actual method of working, like all fundamental things, it is simplicity itself. All that you have to do is this: Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will presently disappear. – Emmett Fox
The Destroyer of sorrow is Your Name, Lord; the Destroyer of sorrow is Your Name. From the Pen of Guru Arjan, in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib
P.S. Banda Singh’s wife’s name…just so you know…was Sheel Kaur. 😉