May, 2014
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Sat Nam Fest with my daughter, Joshua Tree, CA
Greetings!
We've passed the New Moon in Taurus (last Tuesday) and are now in the waxing phase of the moon as She moves towards Her fullness on May 14th. Take a moment to notice what may be coming to fruition for you in this moon cycle!  

After teaching Kundalini this morning, I'll be heading to the airport and flying to Bali to teach yoga at a retreat for 8 days - Wahe Guru!  While there, 
I will have the opportunity to check out two beautiful retreat centres. One of my dreams is to offer a Kundalini Yoga Retreat in a beautiful tropical country, maybe this will be it!  Anyone interested?!

In this newsletter I continue to share the teachings on the Expressive Self that we've been exploring in class. Currently we are at Elevation and Graceful Enlightenment, and I look forward to completing the last few classes of this series on my return, Tuesday May 20th. In the meantime, enjoy some wonderful substitute teachers for the Kundalini classes on May 8th, 13th, and 15th.
Blossoming Cactus at Sat Nam Fest, CA

Yoga Gems

The 21 Stages of Meditation
In Kundalini Yoga class, we have been going through the 21 Stages of Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. We are nearing the end of The Expressive Self which comprises the second 7-week journey of the 21 stages. Here are some notes of the last 3 stages of The Expressive Self (quotes from "The 21 Stages of Meditation" by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa):
Stage 5: Elevation
At this stage of Elevation change becomes much easier, and the ups and downs of life are much more smooth. Your perspectives change, old limitations and beliefs drop away, it is easier to let go of things, and you drop things that are not yours to carry.
We see through our "conscious scope" and the "neutral mind".  It is easy to see the play of the Universe and understand that the positives and negatives all have their divine place. 
We are not detached, but rather nonattached. We are mindful not only of what we see, but also the unseen.
We recognize and forgive our flaws, understanding that they are potent lessons, gifts, and talents that help us regain our authentic voice.  "When we are elevated we grow more comfortable with the unbounded creativity of existence and the delight of life - good and bad - than with the burden and weight of trying to control everything."  
Practicing elevating yourself and elevating others every day. When we are in elevated consciousness, our presence uplifts.
Stage 6: Graceful Enlightenment

How gracefully we handle the polarities that life is filled with can be a measure of our Enlightenment.
In this stage our heart is wide open and our meditative capacity balances the impulses and energies of life in both body and mind. We are graceful because of an internal balance of our thoughts and feelings.
"We open our sensitivity to all; we feel all and welcome all." Enlightenment lightens the load of each person we meet, work with, serve, and teach.  
"Graceful Enlightenment is a stage of sensitivity and responsibility." When we rise to the perspective of an enlightened being, there is a natural impulse to lighten the load of others. "When we become sovereign over the Self, we feel responsible to all because we are connected to all."
Enlightenment is a stage of dynamic evolution, there is no end point and no beginning, it can not be grasped, it is a rhythm and a way of living.
 
Stage 7: Express and Be YourSelf
In this stage you recognize your Self without any gap or doubt.
"At this stage your meditation awakens your presence and its power to create. Instead of running around trying to make the universe respond to you, You become still and let the universe serve you."
We master how to authentically express our Self in action, and when we stay aligned to our expressive Self in action, we are endlessly creative.
"When we attain this stage, nothing is gained or lost; we are original in who we are in every role we play. Our seen and Unseen; our known and Unkown act seamlessly together."
"We are extremely sensitive to our words and our thoughts. We are personally impersonal in all areas of life and we can step back from our own patterns that don't express ourself and we embody our consciousness creatively and consciously in all our obligations, relationships, and environments." 
"We align our actions to our destiny and no longer settle for the push and pull of fate alone." 

For more information on the 21 Stages of Meditation in previous Newsletters, click here and scroll down to "Archives of Past Yoga Newsletters".


Mantra Meditation
Aadays Tisai Aadays,
Aad Aneel Anaad Anaahat,
Jug-Jug Ayko Vays.


This mantra strengthens the Radiant Body and the Arcline; it is a salutation to the Infinite. This was the meditation used in class for the stage of Elevation.

Chant this mantra for 11 minutes while sitting in a comfortable seated meditation position.
Mudra: Cross the first two fingers and keep them pointing straight up, hold the last two fingers down in your palm with your thumbs.  Palms are facing forward to the sides of and slightly forward of your chest, elbows and shoulders are completely relaxed down.
Focus you eyes down and past the tip of your nose.
Pull your navel centre in as you chant each word, as if you are projecting and speaking from your navel. 


Click here for a version of this mantra on YouTube, sung by Snatam Kaur, to chant along with. 
  


Extended Meditation Class for the 2nd Journey: The Expressive Self
I am offering a special 2-hour class ($15.00/person, 8 people max) in my home in Fernwood for those who wish to experience and deepen into the fuller length meditation sequence which culminates the seven-week journey of The Expressive Self.  We will engage in a beautiful Laya Yoga Meditation Series to clear the channels and raise Kundalini. This class will be Tuesday evening May 27th, 6:30-8:30pm, with time after for tea. Please email me if you would like to attend; there are currently 4 spaces available.
 
Joshua Tree National Park, CA


Questions
Recently someone asked me, "What does Kundalini Awakening feel like?". Great question!  First of all, Kundalini energy is constantly awake and running in all of us. It is the energy of Awareness, the energy of Consciousness. The degree to which it can flow depends, in part, on the stamina, health, and general condition of our body temple.  Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, and harmonizes the chakras so the amount and flow of Kundalini energy can be optimized.  Generally, it is a gradual process.

As we practice the Kriyas, Mantras, and Pranayamas, we are slowly waking up the dormant aspects of Kundalini and encouraging this energy to flow smoothly through our Shushumna channel and all our Nadis. As more and more of this energy is accessed and awakened, the changes you experience may be quite subtle. Your mind becomes more clear, you are more often in a state of Joy, you connect more easily with the Neutral Mind, your creative energy  flows more effortlessly, you feel in alignment with your Self and with the Universe, and you feel both deeply grounded and present in your body and connected to the Infinite.  You see the unseen and know the unknown, the paradoxes in life make sense. You transcend duality, yet are still very much able to live in duality as part of the human experience.


Occasionally there can be more dramatic Kundalini Awakenings. This is when we receive a powerful surge of Kundalini energy that our body-Self is not completely prepared for. In these instances, great care must be taken to fully integrate the energies. Some symptoms of dramatic Kundalini awakenings are emotional lability, erratic sleeping and eating cycles (often sleeping and eating much less), increased anxiety, increased sensitivity to external stimuli (smells, sounds, lights), unusual perspective shifts, and a temporary loss of identity and sense of who you are. In these cases it is often suggested to pause your meditation and yoga practice until you stabilize. Keep your life simple, less stimulated, and engage in day to day grounding activities (eating, being in nature, cleaning, working, and being in company with supportive friends and family). It is best not to engage in sexual play because of the powerful energies that can grow more erratic before they are stabalized.



Yoga Classes
I teach the following drop-in on-going yoga classes at Hemma
(everyone and all levels welcome)
Kundalini Yoga
Tuesdays 9:00-10:15am &
Thursdays 4:45-6:00pm

(beautiful substitute teachers on May 8th, 13th, & 15th)


Counselling and Transpersonal Psychotherapy
Counselling and transpersonal psychotherapy sessions are available in my home office, by Skype, or telephone. I help anchor spiritual experiences and awakening, cut through harmful habits, and guide the passage through major life transitions. For more information please see www.dawnrabey.com
Have a beautiful day, and Sat Nam!

Dawn Rabey, PhD, Transpersonal Psychotherapist
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Yoga Teacher (E-RTY200, RYT500)
www.dawnrabey.com ~ DawnRabey@live.ca ~ 250-661-8679

 
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