I met this turtle in the world of spirits.
He was very nice as he quickly floated by surfing the cosmic plasma waves.
Turtles are fast.
Turtles are slow.
I am a turtle.
My first devotional artwork inspired by the Egyptian god Set.
The hieroglyphs say “it is great the phallus of Set” I used the book of the dead translation by E.A. Wallis Budge
I was going to write out my own version of “the lettuce thing”…but the link below to the Tumblr post that inspired me to create this piece is so well written I had to share… because if you have not figured it out yet, I am a terrible writer. So by the magic of copy and paste here is “the lettuce thing” you will never be the same again. Link at the end is of the original post.
Alright, so. Get ready for weirdness, because Egyptian mythology has a lot of that.
One of the most prominent and foundational myths of ancient Egypt is how the god Osiris was killed and dismembered by his brother Set (in some accounts, after an affair with Set’s sister-wife, Nepthys, who then gave birth to Anubis), put back together by his sister-wife Isis, then made the god of the afterlife. When she was piecing her husband back together, she found all but one of the fourteen chunks of him that had been scattered across Egypt by an enraged Set. That chunk would be his penis. But never fear, for Isis is the goddess of fertility, so she made her husband a new one out of wood (thus explaining why embalmers would make false ones for the actual dead). So completed, she rode him and became impregnated with a son, Horus (the Falcon, not to be confused with Horus the Elder, the Hawk, who was these four’s presumably-long-suffering brother). Osiris then went off to be ruler of the dead somewhere in the vicinity of the stars we call Orion, leaving the question of who was to rule the land of the living – his elder brother and semi-justified murderer Set, or his legitimate yet posthumous son Horus?
This brings us to The Contendings of Horus and Set, which is ostensibly an epic battle of order vs chaos, but mostly involves a lot of letter-writing and whinging back and forth between the gods because some liked Horus (who was the last king’s son and generally a guy who liked order and not usually killer [except that one time when Isis got too involved and actually wounded Set herself which Horus was not about for some reason and so decapitated her] ) and some liked Set (who was powerful and experienced and had good relations with foreign powers [being that he was the god in charge of them] and had proven himself to be a great protector to Ra against Actual Evil God Apophis and his night demons and whatnot). There were a lot of pointless squabbles between the two involving weird god things like who could hippopotamus better or build ships out of stone (spoiler alert: Set actually built his ship from the top of a goddamn mountain and managed to make it float long enough to get halfway down the river, Horus just made his from pine when no one was looking and just plastered the thing to look like stone. Who was the better dude in that one? You decide.). One time Horus got his eye ripped out and Set lost his testicles – an incident which involved what is probably the oldest recorded pick-up line in history: “How lovely your backside is. How broad your thighs.“ Smooth, uncle Set. Smooth.
Anyway, after eighty years of this the supreme god version of Ra got tired of their shenanigans and told them to lay off for at least one night, for all of their sakes. Set looks at Horus and goes, “Yeah let’s do this thing. Party, my house, tonight.” Horus looks at Set and thinks, “Seems legit.”
So they go party at Set’s house. Just them and the servants and lots of honey and beer and the single bed made up all nice just for them. Halfway through the night, Set rolls over and puts his dick between Horus’ thighs. (Er, depending on the time period you’re reading the myth from, this act is either consensual or not. It mostly depends on how vilified Set is by whichever cult’s in power at the time. In any case, Horus is awake and unrestrained for this.) Horus catches the semen in his hands, and when he gets home in the morning shows his mother. Who promptly freaks out, cuts his hands off to toss into the Nile, fashions him new hands of clay, and then jacks her son off into a pot.
I could not make this up.
This is where The Lettuce Thing comes in. The lettuce species that the ancient Egyptians had was a long, hard stalk that secreted a white, milky substance when cracked and squeezed. So you can see where they would get the idea that it was a phallic aphrodisiac. Well, it so happens that when Isis went to Set’s house, she found out from his gardener that Set loved eating lettuce every day. You know where this is going. Now, I’d like to point out that she didn’t just randomly overhear this and got a wicked idea. No. No, she went and asked outright what Set’s favourite food was, because she was gonna give Set a taste of his own (or well, her son’s) medicine no matter what.
Fast forward to the next court session, and Set – being the asshole that we know and love – decides to announce to the room at large that he should get the throne, because he totally tops. Well, being that ancient Egypt was a highly patriarchal society it – like most ancient cultures – looked down on the receivers in male-male relationships. But while everyone’s boo-hissing at Horus, he just calmly requests a Magical Pregnancy Test for both his and Set’s semen. They do it, and Set’s shows up somewhere in the river (wherever Horus’ old hands are), which perplexes Set and somehow doesn’t phase anyone else. Then they test Set, and lo and behold Horus’ seed reacts from within him!
In very old versions of the myth, this is where the god Thoth is born from Set’s forehead. In others, it’s Thoth performing the test and so the semen emerges in the form of golden disc, which Thoth promptly takes and puts on his own head as a crown. *shrug* Egyptian mythology is a weird case where a jillion different cults formed, then came together, then fought/reformed/vilified/reconciled/destroyed/assimilated one another over millennia, so the origins and motives are a bit wonky. Thoth is one of those deities that had been worshiped before writing was even a thing [although writing became his Thing], and so has many conflicting origin stories – mostly he just seems to appear at some point due to the power of his own voice. I like to think that, since he is also a master of Time, that Thoth may have actually created Himself in that instance, but his presence got spread out through time – back far enough into the beginning that he could trick the moon into giving up five extra non-month days each year, so that Nut could birth his parent-grandparents without repercussion.
But I’m getting ahead (behind?) myself. The point is, now all the gods think their Powerful Guy Set is a big fat bottom, which ~a king shouldn’t be~ and Set is all butthurt about his trick backfiring on him. He sulks off to the river, where he issues the stone boat challenge mentioned earlier but then his boat sinks and he rips up part of Horus’ and realizes that it’s just disguised wood, and it looks like the shenanigans will continue until someone gets the bright idea to just fucking write to the dead king about what his wishes were (apparently it’s Thoth who suggests this, which is why I buy the myth that this is when he was born, since why did no one else – even Isis who resurrected the guy – think of that? Finally, a god of Sense!). Osiris sends them a letter back to the effect of “What the fuck do you think my wishes are. If my son isn’t instated, my next gift basket will be an army of zombies, I swear to myself.”
The council is convinced.
Set’s put in chains and brought before them by a gloating Isis, but he cedes with as much grace as he has left. In most versions of the myth, he’s set free and reinstated as Ra’s bodyguard to thunder away happily in the desert, and in a few later ones (basically after Lower Egypt takes over Upper Egypt) he’s punished somehow, like being taken to the north and bound there by his other wife (in something rather similar to Loki’s fate with Sigyn). In some, he and Horus reconcile and even bless pharaohs together, tying their lotus and reed together around the living king as a symbol of unity and strength between Upper and Lower Egypt.
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I loved this book for many reasons.
First off because I love anything that involves space… especially traveling through space.
The book also made me feel super smart. Throughout the whole story Mark Watney is constantly challenged with new obstacles he must over come to stay alive. Using science, engineering, math, and lots of trial and error he manages to keep his ass alive. All of the technical stuff was written in such a brilliant way that anyone could follow and understand. I read a few reviews where people complained about “too much technical jargon”…but we do not care what they think. Perhaps they should stick to Twilight and the Hunger Games.
Soooooo here are some of my favorite quotes from the book!
One thing I have in abundance here are bags. They’re not much different from kitchen trash bags, though I’m sure they cost $50,000 because of NASA.
Henceforth, rover experimental missions will be “Sirius” missions. Get it? Dogs? Well if you don’t, fuck you.
Also, please tell them that each and everyone of their mothers is a prostitute. -Watney
PS: Their sisters, too.
It was funny, suspenseful, technical, and insightful. I truly believe we will colonize other planets in the future. I hope I get to see it in my lifetime. Maybe even live out my last years on a base on Mars.
I watched the movie after finishing the book and enjoyed it also. The book was still much better…the movie failed to truly capture Marks humor, his will to live and how much time he spent thinking plotting and planning. I was also disappointed that they ignored the fact that Venkat is Hindu in the book and made him “half Baptist”. They completely fail for leaving out the boobs joke: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)
I give the book 5 stars ☆☆☆☆☆
I give the movie 4 stars ☆☆☆☆
Be Well ~ the Mermaid From Space
I just finished reading “Initiation” by Elisabeth Haich and it is a wonderful book! Elisabeth retells her past life memories of being initiated into an ancient Egyptian mystery school, while at the same time revealing through out the book profound Occult knowledge.
Over all I loved this book. My only complaint would be the lack of information. And by lack of information I mean that she is not telling the whole story. In the primary past life she revisits through out the story, she is the daughter and wife of pharaoh while working towards Initiation in to the priesthood. That being said I believe that her experiences are true…but I am not buying the whole story. I think she intentionally omitted parts of the story to perhaps protect herself or the reader. She never says aliens are not real…she never says anything about them…but she does emphasize herself, her father, and others of the royal family… the “ruling race’ as the “the Sons of God”. She describes them as thin, big headed, and consciously evolved. And predicted Egypt’s eventual decline and fall from grace at the hands of the greedy “Sons of Men.” SO it could be said that there are subtle references to the possibility of an ancient alien interaction…or that I’m just reading way too far into it because I am extremely biased and love aliens and think they are every where. It is also possible she left out the dirty details of Ancient Egyptian life/culture/experience as to not to distract from the Occult knowledge that is being passed on in this book. To me it is better than the story itself…and there is a good chance that is exactly they way Elisabeth Hiach intended it to be. For she readily admits in the beginning of the book that she did not really want to write it but was pressured by her students. I personally am so glad she did! I got sooo much out of this book. And I wont spoil it, but the ending is so good that I was unsure if I was not also in the pyramids being initiated….here are some of my favorites bits of wisdom from the book I had to share…
“Initiation means becoming conscious. You are now conscious to a degree corresponding to the resistance of your nerves and body. When a person becomes conscious to a higher spiritual degree, he automatically guides higher, stronger, more penetrating powers into his body. For this reason , he must also raise the levels of resistance of his nerves and body. To achieve the supreme, divinely creative degree of consciousness, while at the same time increasing the resistance of the nerves to the supreme degree in order to be able to endure this divine condition without harm to the body-that’s what initiation means. Initiation also entails omnipotence and omniscience.”
This quote from the book immediately jumped out at me because I am a Kundalini Yoga Instructor and this resonates with what I was taught in teacher training…part of the reason for doing kriyas (a sequence of asanas and meditations) is to strengthen the nervous system and the glands. A strong body is more able to better conduct and send energy.
“All concentration begins with the intellectual phase. You direct your thoughts to the object of your concentration and consider what this object actually is. In this stage you are using your intellect because you want to clarify your thoughts and seek a completely satisfactory definition expressing fully and clearly the object of your concentration. As soon as you have found such a definition, your intellectual work is done, for you know now what this thing is. You don’t need to reflect on it anymore, for when you know what something is, you don’t cogitate about it anymore. Thinking is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge. When we know everything-like God- we will have no further need for thinking. God is omniscient. He Himself is knowledge, and his knowledge is as perfect as a circle. What should he think about when he knows everything! Only the person who is obliged to expand his knowledge needs to think. This work of expanding knowledge consists of thinking.
When your knowledge concerning the object of your concentration is complete, you make the transition from thinking to feeling. This is the second phase of concentration. Your consciousness projects outwardly through your nervous system all the characteristics of the object of your concentration, impressing them on your organs of sense; so you have the sensation of experiencing them. With every nerve and every drop of your blood you feel the object of your concentration and what it is like. When you have thoroughly experienced the object of your concentration in terms of thinking and feeling, you go on to the third phase, spiritual concentration. This means that in your consciousness you become identical with the object of concentration. You are no longer thinking about it, or feeling what and how it is, you are it! We call this a state of being. In this state you don’t need to think about this thing anymore, nor to feel it, because you have become it yourself. In this condition, all your thoughts, all your feelings, all your words, all your deeds become manifestations of the object of your concentration.
A person doesn’t think about what he is; nor does he feel it; simply because he is what he is!
He doesn’t need to speak about it; everything he thinks, says and does is the expression of what he is, the manifestation of his own being!”
Love, Love, Love! “All your deeds become manifestations of the object of your concentration” …that definitely put many things in perspective for me lol. Here is some more wisdom of Ptahhotep on the nature of duality in our world…
“You can achieve knowledge only through comparing the two sides, positive and negative, which have become separated from each other. As long as these two sides are together, resting in each other, you can’t perceive or recognize anything.
Observe the visible world. It is only recognizable because it has separated itself from the unity in which the Nothing and the Everything are still at rest within each other. In other words, it has separated itself from the absolute unity we call God. The things in the world around us are only recognizable because the positive appears separately from the negative and we can compare the two together. There can be no perception unless unity is split into two halves-one of them manifested and the other, it’s reflection and complementary half, unmanifested—so that both become recognizable through comparison!
Nothing can ever be manifested and made recognizable, unless its opposite-its complementary half-is simultaneously present unmanifested! When something positive is manifested, the negative remains unmanifested, and vice versa, When something negative is manifested, the positive is unmanifested. Whenever the one appears, its complimentary half must always be present even though in an unmanifested state. The two are bound together for all time and eternity.
And so you see the separation is really one in appearance only, because the two complementary halves, even when they are separated and have fallen out of the all-unity can never get away from each other. Inseparable divine unity therefore manifests itself always and everywhere; for even in this seeming separation, it continues to be active everywhere as the ever-present attractive force between positive and negative.”
And last but not least here are very detailed instructions on how to make a telepathic link with another…
“Establishing psychic contact with another person. You will find that you get better results with these exercises after sundown. That is because the sun’s rays have a stimulating effect on those nerve centers and glands which serve the physical manifestations of the spirit and thus tie the consciousness to the material plane. The sun’s rays have a contrary effect on spiritual manifestation. After sunset, this effect ceases, the consciousness can free itself from certain nerve centres and withdraw into a spiritual plane. Living creatures go to sleep. Going to sleep means that the consciousness withdraws from the body into the spirit. And since most people are not able consciously to reach the deeper levels of the spirit, they lose consciousness-they fall asleep. With practice one can develop the resistance of his nerves to such a degree that he can remain conscious even at the deepest level. In this way the nerve centers and brain centers which are at rest during the daytime become active, receiving and conducting the vibrations of the spirit, the self. In this way you can establish contact with someone at a distance, that is telepathic contact. It is better for a beginner to practice after sunset so that he doesn’t have the effect of the sunshine working against him. Later on one develops the ability to make a telepathic contact any time.
In this exercise, just as in every exercise in concentration, you begin by fixing your entire attention on one single thought. Concentrate your thoughts completely on the person with whom you want to establish contact, allowing your imagination to help along. With your eyes closed, you imagine the person you want to reach, seeing him with your inward eye, his body, his face, his eyes, and imagining you are he and he is you, until you actually get the feeling that his hands are your hands and your body his, until you achieve complete identity with the person you are trying to reach. When you have reached this point, think the thought you want to transmit clearly and concentratedly. Think it with intent awareness that you are the person concerned and that this person in you is thinking this thought.
This exercise has three phases: first you practice in the presence of the person whom you want to reach telepathically, and during your practice the person concerned tries to receive your thought.
Later you repeat the same exercise at a distance and at a time agreed upon in advance, with both of you knowing that the other is going to concentrate on him.
Finally you transmit a message through telepathic contact without your partner knowing in advanced. These three phases make up the positive half of telepathic exercises. In this work you are the one who wants to send a message. The negative half of the exercise consists in your developing the ability to receive and understand telepathic messages. This exercise too consists of three phases. At first you make yourself receptive and “empty” in the presence of the person from who you want to receive a message, then alone at a time agreed upon in advance such that you know who is going to concentrate on you and when. Finally you must be able to receive any telepathic message with out knowing in advance who is going to concentrate on you and when.”
As you can see this is an experience rich book that takes one on a wild journey while handing out esoteric occult knowledge. I took many more notes on this book that I may share in the future. And I definitely will check out other books written By Elizabeth Haich in the future. I leave you with my favorite quote from the book that really hit home with me as an artist. Be well space friends and stay salty! ~ the Mermaid From Space.
“Talent without diligence and diligence without talent is not art.”
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-Wisdom: good judgment, the ability to perceive people and situations correctly, deliberate about and decide on the correct response.
-Piety: correct observance of ritual and social traditions; the maintenance of agreements, both personal and societal, that we humans have with the Gods and Spirits. Keeping the Old Ways, through ceremony and duty.
-Vision: the ability to broaden one’s perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present and future.
-Courage: the ability to act appropriately in the fate of adversity.
-Integrity: Honor; being true to one’s self and to others, involving oath-keeping, honesty, fairness, respect, and self confidence.
-Perseverance: Drive; the motivation to pursue goals even when that pursuit become difficult.
-Hospitality: Acting as both a gracious host and appreciative guest, involving benevolence, friendliness, humor, and the honoring of a gift for a gift.
-Moderation: Cultivating one’s appetites so that one is neither a slave to them nor driven to ill health (mental or physical) through excess or deficiency.
-Fertility: Bounty of the mind, body and spirit involving creativity and industry, an appreciation of the physical and sensual, nurturing these qualities in others.
From “Our Own Druidry” copyright 2009 Ar nDraiocht Fein
Chapter 2 What is Yoga?
All info from Chapter 2 of The Aquarian Teacher, KRI International Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Level One Instructor Textbook.
An adventure in consciousness
-Yoga is essentially a relationship
-Yoga is the union of the individuals unit consciousness with the Infinite Consciousness.
-Yoga comes from the word “yoke” …”to join together”, “to unite.
A technology of awareness
-Yoga is a technology of awareness.
-The techniques of Kundalini Yoga form the owners manual for human consciousness.
-Knowledge becomes wisdom when you experience it in your own heart and Being, when it becomes your personal experience.
`Yoga is greatly needed today….each person must deeply understand why he is a human being and what it means to be a human being.
-If you discover a truth and act on the path of that truth, and if you can find bliss, success, and fulfillment in yourself as a result, then no power on Earth can make you veer from that truth or do wrong.
Discipline and true wisdom
-Knowledge becomes wisdom when it becomes your personal experience.
-Anything which can hold and support you is based in real wisdom.
-A guru can give you knowledge and techniques, but he can not give you wisdom.
-Acquiring wisdom depends on your own practice and discipline.
The threefold structure of the human being
-You have a threefold structure: body, mind, and soul.
-The physical or gross body is the first facet you must master and understanding as a human being. It is your vehicle to travel through this life.
-The physical vehicle is a functional system. It receives, processes, and accomplishes ongoing tasks. Every functional system, regardless of its composition, needs cleaning, needs care, needs tuning regularly.
-The balance of the physical vehicle affects the rest of your capacity and experience.
-The physical body is the basic temple in which you can deposit the treasure of happiness in life.
-When you are young you can play mischief with the physical body. But in old age the body has you paying for playing. You cannot escape this fact. The body does not forgive your actions. It only records the results of the actions.
-In Kundalini Yoga, you study the human body in the light of yoga therapy…you must understand how you can make the best use of it. You must be able to keep it on the level of consciousness that you choose, so that it can serve you better and better, without a lot of trouble.
-The mind is the second facet in our human life.
-If the horizon of the mind in thought, understanding, tolerance, and patience is limited, and if the mind is not so beautifully functional that it can see the unseen, and understand the consequences of each action, then it is practically impossible to live a happy life.
-As you think so you are. The mind guides your actions and emotions. If you do not have a good road map, you do not know where you are going.
-All of your experience is filtered through the creativity and appraisal of your mind.
-Happy and Unhappy belong to your mind, not the world.
-When you say “I am a God-conscious person.” It only means that you realize your mental capacity and ability. That is the real meaning. Everything you receive and have is through the capacity and creativity of your mind.
-We always say “When I pray, God will come” Have you ever understood what prayer is? You create a vibratory effect, which goes into the infinite creativity around your psyche. It is only in your mind, which has the power to concentrate and work with that beauty.
-G-O-D: Generating principle, Organizing principle, Destroying principle.
-God is the generating principle within you and which pervades creation.
-It is infinity to infinity in relationship to the total creativity.
-When you become a god-conscious individual, you have the power of mental infinity.
-Remember you have three aspects. You have the lower self, the gross or physical self: you have the central self, which is known as the existing self; and you have the higher self, which is a powerful sophisticated, and delicate self.
-When you give the mind the regular experience of the infinite horizon, you maintain it at the level of a basic human being.
The Soul & Spirit
-The third facet in the human being is the soul, the spirit. As no lamp can burn without a combustible fuel, so no life can exist without a relationship to the spirit in it.
-Spirit has many meanings, tones, and facets. If there is a central thread in it, it is the general flow of the cosmic energy.
-You have to understand your relationship to that Infinite energy.
-”religion” that term comes from the Latin religio , it means “too look back at your origin.” And what is your origin? Spirit! And what is your End? Spirit! SO what are you fighting about? What is the great debate? When you experience your origin as a reality, you are happy.
-Be constant under all circumstances and relate to one thing-you are a part of infinity and always lean on that power-the you’ll never be unhappy.
-All these churches, temples, and synagogues, all the places of worship, were meant to create group consciousness.
-Spiritual awakening starts with individual consciousness, then progresses to group consciousness.
-When group consciousness is established, and you care for others, then you progress to Universal Consciousness.
-Religious places were designed so that all the people who believe in some way could join together to praise the lord and feel elevated.
-Take care of the spiritual facet of your life by joining with others to experience and elevate yourself, the group, and the universe.
-When a person does not develop the strength of the individual consciousness, he connot attain the final experience of the universal consciousness.
-The development of group consciousness into the experience of infinity is the bridge to universal consciousness. It releases the unlimited self and fulfills the spiritual longing.
Growth with Yoga
-Kundalini means awareness.
-Awareness is the active interaction of you as a finite individual identity with you as an infinite potential identity.
-This dormant energy of awareness is in you. Kundalini Yoga is the supreme technology to awaken that awareness and take you into your original Self.
-Infinity is your basic origin and identity.
-Your mind must be developed, artistic, and self-controlled. It must gain a neutrality that lets you encounter and enjoy the constant change that is life. You must mature the mind and your attitude to ride on those waves of life and enjoy it. After all, what is life? It is a wave.
-The light must follow the night as night must follow the day. Sunshine must follow the clouds, and clouds must follow the sunshine. This constant change is the natural design of nature.
-The real beauty of experience and life is based on this constant variation of light and dark, up and down.
Life is like a Wave
-This life is nothing but a vibration.
-It is a path that vibrates up and down like a wave.
-Desire a mind which is neutral, which understands the wave, and which gives you intelligence and grace.
-That neutral and sophisticated quality of mind has to be developedt, trained, created, experienced, tooled, and fitted into all the grooves of habits and action. Once you accomplish this, any success in life is possible.
-An important part of Kundalini Yoga is to develop the neutral mind and its capacity for intelligence, endurance, and integrity.
Unintentional and Intentional Sickness
-Unintentional sickness is the main pain in our modern society. Result of not knowing…lack of knowledge…e.g. Not know how to eat, digest, live, take care of body, and glads etc..
-Intentional sickness is when we know our actions or lack of action will lead to sickness, but we continue to do it.
Yoga & Good Health
-Kundalini Yoga teaches you how to gain a strong immune system, vital glands, a strong nervous system, good circulation, and an awareness of the impact of your habits.
-This foundation gives you energy and lets you deal with the mental and spiritual facets of your life.
Calming the Mind
-Through meditation, you can calm the mind and develop your intuition to recognize what is real and important to you.
-Life has its own innate organization, which you can sense with intuition and itelligence.
-Kundalini Yoga develops your relationship to your mental potential. You learn to use the clarity of the neutral, intuitive, comprehensive mind. You sharpen the intellect and do not use it to create self doubt or insecurity. You act with grace and commitment from your heart.
Getting Out of Insecurity
-Each student of yoga must confront the mental attitude of insecurity and doubt.
-There are two mental styles we can use to go through life…one style, we act as if everybody were saints until proven thieves…In the other style we act as if everybody were thieves until proven saints.
-The roots of the insecurity often run deep into the core of the elemental personality of a person’s consciousness. Meditation, Kundalini Yoga, and White Tantric Yoga all work to disentangle the threads of insecurity from the layers of the subconscious. When these are removed you can deal with things as they actually are rather than as your fears portray them.
-The past is only the experience you have in your subconscious mind.
-In Kundalini Yoga, we fry this subconscious mind; we make toast out of it and eat it.
-A technical know how approach to the subconscious mind : If you do not clean it out, it sits behind your conscious mind and does mischief. It sits in the back and can spoil the image of human life by repeating experiences which are already in the past, but which are recorded in that subconscious mind. The subconscious mind must be taken care of and trained with kundalini yoga to be an aid in life.
The Game of Self-Belittlement
-We often hold a feeling that we are very limited and inadequate. This is our self-Belittlement.
-There are three primary ways we play it: to get sympathy from people; to get recognized; and sometimes we play it so real that we actually feel it and are fooled by it.
-You must transcend and transform your subconscious habit of self-belittlement if you are to expand and experience that your mind has an infinite horizon.
-It is at that horizon of infinity that we all meet as human beings.
-There are no two people alike. They are different physically, mentally, and historically. They share only one real similarity: The inflow of infinity can be equalized to the output of infinity.
-Through that mechanism, which is in the basic structure of our inner nature, we can reach the state of infinity, bliss, liberation, of jivan mukht. . Use any of the hundreds of words for that experience of infinity lived. You can call it anything, it doesn’t matter. But it is real, accessible, and an important part of the fulfillment of our human nature and experience.
A technology of human consciousness
-Kundalini Yoga is the technology of human consciousness.
-You have the opportunity to know, test, and grow with these sacred teachings.
-The only impediment is the mental sickness that we cannot commit and be constant at anything.
-If you over come that limitation, become a steady student, and do sadhana with regularity, the results are certain! With regular practice the benefits accumulate so that you can direct yourself and have a deeper experience. You can enjoy life more and you can extend your life’s vitality.
-As a student, simply do your best.
-I pass on this knowledge freely and I exchange it with you as a brotherhood or family. It is meant to be shared. As God, Guru Ram Das, and my teachers have given this awareness and knowledge to me, I am a postman who delivers it to you to share with others. If you are willing to get into that kind of sharing, that kind of love, that kind of existence, you are welcome. Otherwise, we are happy, and wherever you are, there is no problem, and we stand ready to share and serve.
3HO: to Serve and Grow
-In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It gos right to the heart. No words can replace that experience.
Kundalini Yoga is a Science
-That is where Kundalini yoga fits in: you will learn to ride your energy, to experience it and penetrate any given situation to attain a balance.
-What is Kundalini actually? It is your creative potential. You experience it when the energy of the glandular system combines with the energy of the nervous system to create such a sensitivity that the totality of the brain receives signals and integrates them. Then you become totally and wholly aware, and your creative potential becomes available to you.
The Altitude & Attitude of Kundalini Yoga
-Longitude and Latitude are given to everybody. Altitude and attitude are given by Kundalini Yoga. When the spiral rises to penetrate through all the chakras, the man knows he is Brahm. That is why they say Kundalini Yoga is dangerous. It’s dangerous because it takes away from man the ability to be exploited by another man. Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga : Awakening the Soul
-You must generate the pressure of the prana and mix it with the apana. Thus, when the two join together, you generate heat at the pranic center. With this heat of the prana, you put pressure or charge on the kundalini, the soul nerve, which is coiled in three and a half circles on muladhara. This will awaken it so that it may pierce through the imaginary chakras and pass ultimately through jalandhara bandh-the Neck Lock-the final blockage in the spine before the energy reaches the head.
Yoga-Joinig the Two Energies
–Prana: is the life force of the atom
–Apana: is elimination, or the eliminating force.
-These two forces in us-positive and negative-which are governed by ida and pingala-left and right.
-When we join these two energies under the power and science of Kundalini Yoga, we mix the prana with the apana and, under pressure, bring the Kundalini up.
-When it passes through the central nerve, or sushmuna, it reaches the higher chakras or lotuses, and thus one can know his total surroundings and he is a blessed being.
-After one inhales the prana deep down to the navel center, and pulls the apana with the Root Lock up to the Navel Center, prana and apana mix there. This is known as the Nabhi Chakra at the fourth vertebra. Heat is felt during the kundalini awakening, and that heat is the filament of the sushmuna, or central spinal channel, being lit by the joining of the prana and apana.
-The hardest job is to keep it up, to keep the channels clean and clear.
The Three Gateways
-The pathway of energy from the rectum to the vocal cord is known as the Silver Cord. From the neck to the top of the head is the passage. From the Third Eye to the pineal gland is the Golden Cord.
-To make energy rise in these cords and passage, you must apply hydraulic locks. You must put a pressure.
-Your spine is a staircase of energy.
-First, mulbandh brings apana to the navel, or fourth vertebra, the central seat of kundalini. Second the diaphragm lock takes it to the neck. Third, the Neck Lock takes it up the rest of the way.
Kundalini: The Nerve of the Soul
-Kundalini is known as the nerve of the Soul.
-This is to be awakened; your soul is to be awakened.
-In the practical reality, these chakras are imaginary and nothing else. This kundalini is just a kundalini and nothing else. It is not very important. These pranas and apanas are just there. Everything is set in us. We lack nothing. We use these terms simply to make the process clear so that we can get on with it. It is very simple.
The Pranic Center
-You cannot breathe by your will. It is the God within you which breathes. Without that, you don’t breathe.
-Under the eighth vertebra there is a cavity. We call it the pranic center. In that pranic center, we breathe pranic energy, up to the tip of the tongue and on to the ida and pingala-which adjusts the temperature of the body.
-This pranic energy is the life of the atom.
-We store it in the eighth vertebra down.
-We know certain actions through which we inhale this pranic energy to awaken our pranic center. The pranic center supplies the pranic energy to the pranic nerve. The pranic nerve supplies the pranic energy to the muscles, which are responsible for the beat of the heart and of the diaphragm. We call it the “U” muscle, because it is shaped like the letter U. this “U” muscle is responsible for all this life current in you that is automatic and beyond your control.
-Do you know what Yogis do? They create pranic energy reservoirs in that cavity and thus live on that reserve. They make that cavity active with certain exercises and thus they know how to control the pranic energy or prana vayu, the life current.
Circulating the Energy
-Apana eliminates everything. It has a connection with the muladhara chakra. That is where that kundalini power lies. When the pranic energy is in you, then you can circulate it through your whole body. You can feel it and make people feel it.
-In that circulation, we time it to go with the Spinal cord. Then we make it hit the muladhara. Thus we pierce through that knot, or blockage to the kundalini power. The moment we do it, she has no option but to come up. The moment she comes up, you stand blessed. Then you will see; the computer will work. That’s all.
Understanding the Power
-two precautions: You must practice neck lock. Pull the neck straight in, keeping the spine and neck absolutely straight, with no bend in the neck. If you do not apply this lock in meditation, you do not naturally regulate the shifts in subtle and physical circulation.
Second, when you do yoga, remember you are playing with the energy which is the lifeforce of the atom.
-When the Kundalini, the nerve of the soul, is awakened, this car of yours will be driven by the soul, not by the negative ego.
Kundalini Yoga Leverage, Legacy, & Lineage
Leverage: the power to change, to make a difference in our lives.
Legacy: a complete integrity in its own structure, beyond any individual.
Lineage: a history and line of transmission, brought to us and from which we launch and share with others.
-Even in the scriptures it is said that Kundalini Yoga is the fastest way to create the transformation, the lightening and the enlightenment that each individual is seeking. It is the fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body mind and the soul.
-With Hatha Yoga, for example, you might work with an emphasis on bodily form. Yet there are those who cannot take on those forms because of a physical limitation. But Kundalini Yoga gives you the leverage, the extra dimension that lets you reach around that limitation. It taps not only the pranic energy of the breath, body and the mind, but the Z-energy, the deep Kundalini energy that cuts across time and space through a doorway of timelessness.
-With full concentration, if you are good in shape, if your mind has equanimity that can join into the process, then in a mere 40 to 90 days you can transform yourself using Kundalini Yoga. The gift and the special bounty of the practice of Kundalini Yoga is the ability to rapidly encounter your own ego and to clear out its attachments so that you can revel in the light of the soul.
-KY is also a legacy. A legacy means it comes as an inheritance, as something already existing, and passed on to you. The legacy comes direct from Infinity, direct from God, direct from the soul. It has been delivered by the Golden Chain-through Guru Ram Das, and Yogi Bhajan, to you. Kundalini Yoga is the force of the soul.
-It is a product of the infinite, though we view it and experience it in our own finite ways.
-You can look at any one kriya in Kundalini Yoga, and you can find that there is a sequence, a stimulation of chakras. There is an elegant intertwining of the tattvas. There is also a clear and scientific focus on the stimulation of particular glands and meridians.
-In Kundalini Yoga, there’s nothing for the ego to reconstruct. There’s lots for the ego to enjoy, to represent, and to communicate. To be a great teacher of Kundalini Yoga, accept this as a legacy, you accept this as a hug of the infinite, as a kind of love, as an opportunity that has come to your soul to experience, to give to others, and to pass on.
-It’s something to pass on as complete as it was given to you.
-The lineage: remember as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga that it also has a lineage. It is a practice that has been experienced and given through enlightened souls for many thousands of years.
-It requires a mastery of both the inner dimension of the Self, and the outer expression in the universe.
-Each of us links to this lineage through a Golden Chain. Just as a torch passes on fire to the next fire, so when we tune in with the Adi Mantra, we link with this long lineage and you become just as a faucet of water, a great source to quench the thirst of the soul of the people.
-Kundalini Yoga is not a commercial enterprise – Kundalini Yoga is actually a transmission. It has a lineage of transmission, and you, as a teacher of that, are beholden to the integrity of it and to its long history. It is good for you to understand that history and look to the future as you serve each individual now.
-When you pass the tradition on with authenticity and with accuracy, each person can continue to pass it on, to experience it in his or her own way and give it to the future.
-You need to practice relentlessly the qualities of humility, patience, discipline, and service.
-As a lineage, we have certain ethics and a certain look, a certain radiance, a certain Adi Moorat, a certain embodiment of Infinity, and people who truly practice Kundalini Yoga are often recognized by that light.
-THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND KUNDALINI YOGA IS THAT IT GIVES US THE POWER AND THE LEVERAGE, HAS LEGACY TO IT, AND IS PART OF A LONG LINEAGE THAT IS USING THESE TECHNIQUES FOR THE OPENING OF THE AQUARIAN AGE, AND FOR THE FUTURE PEACE AND EXPANSION OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS.
-At the root of Kundalini Yoga is the experience of Shabd Guru.
–Kundalini , when it awakens, is often called Shabd Brahm, which means that the words are the vibratory creative aspect of the Infinite Soul in experience.
-We see the emanation of that when we vibrate the Mul Mantra. Guru Nanak spoke the Mul Mantra: Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Karta Purkh Nirbho Nirvair Akal Moorit, Ajonee Saibhung Gurprasad Jap! Aad Sach Jugad Sach Haibhee Sach Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach. This mantra is at the very root of all creativity. This mantra expresses the character, the depth, and the understanding that we can see in Kundalini Yoga.
–Ek Ong Kar. KY has a oneness, a completeness and connectedness between each exercise, throughout each kriya.
It comes as a complete package, a revelation all at once.
-Sat Nam. It has a reality, a seed. Every time you do one kriya, it has it’s own truth and dimension to it, and it creates a reality, a vibration which has consequences and will be honored unto Infinity.
-Karta Purkh. It is a discipline, which is already being done by the larger being. It is already creativity of that which is timelessly creative. It is not a construct made by you and me. Our doing is a form of participation. It is an act of collaborative intelligence between me and the Infinite itself.
-Nirbho Nirvair: Neither is there any revenge, nor blame, nor competition in the sense of trying to overcome some other teacher or some other teaching. It’s an act of humility and grace, because you are given this opportunity.
–Akal Moorat: means that in the floodlight brilliance of the kundalini, you take on and accept your own image from the perspective of the infinite. That is why we cover our heads as we accept, through the seventh chakra, the pranic flow of the subtle energies that kundalini releases. As a teacher, when we teach, all though there is no limitation from the finite perspective, there is an opportunity to create an image, a bana, a structure, a certain impression with all of our senses. That is Akal Moorat.
-Ajoonee: Since Kundalini Yoga is unborn, it doesn’t come from any one particular time, and it’s not subject to the laws of those times.
–Saibhung: This is it’s own integrity. It has its own inner completeness. It’s one of the reasons you do each set-which you’ve been fortunate to receive through Yogi Bhajan’s clarity-you don’t try to alter it or make it up. Each Kriya is complete in itself, autonomous. Each kriya dosen,t rely on anything else. In it’s own form, it is under the constant blessing and guidance of the infinite: Gurpasad
-Jap: you repeat it again and again, Kundalini Yoga never gets old. The more you do it, the more polish makes the gem shine
-Aad Sach Jugad Sach Haibhee Sach Nanak Hosee Bhee Sach: It gives you the experience of constant truth of your own reality and soul.
-The Mul Mantra is very much the essence of the qualities, the nature, the character, and the depth of Kundalini Yoga. As a teacher of that, practice the Mul Mantra; remember the character you are sharing with others. You never reduce it. You always exalt it, and it will exalt you. Always bow to its beauty; it will bow to you. Always support each person who comes to you, by sharing directly and fearlessly the clarity and the power of the leverage of Kundalini Yoga. The entire Universe will help you, and leverage you to experience your own soul in service to others.
-This Yoga tradition is the road of Raj Yoga. It is a direct link and path to the supreme consciousness in us. It is not a detour through all the fascinations of the subconscious and the temptations of ego. WE ACCEPT ALL OF THE CREATION AROUND US AND ALL OF THE CREATION WITHIN US.
-Even one kriya in Kundalini Yoga will put you through all the stages of movement, breathing, concentrating, and linking. In that moment when your energy is elevated and love is possible, reach out like an open lotus to the inner Sun.
All Notes taken from Chapter 2 of The Aquarian Teacher, KRI International Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Level One Instructor Textbook.