Monday, January 27, 2020

Serving the Soul - Guest Post from Dr. Siri Atma Singh Khalsa

Sat Nam! One of my favorite teachers in the world just wrote this article and I'm sharing it with you as a guest post with his permission.  I also recently interviewed him on my Yogic Integrated Living Show on YouTube. You can watch interview 1 and 2 here. Be prepared to be changed just by listening.  Or by reading the below. Dr. Siri Atma is full of wisdom. Not only is he a medical doctor, he is a lifetime yogi and seeker of truth. He was Yogi Bhajan's personal physician the last years of his life and Yogi Bhajan taught him things he didn't tell anyone else.  He also has an upcoming workshop I'll post more about below his post. Enjoy!

Serving the Soul
A guest post by Dr. Siri Atma Singh Khalsa

 The soul is a flat disc of consolidated energy about the size of a dime. This disc of energy contains our entire being, our God-created self. When we exist as a soul without a physical body, we are capable of simultaneously thinking, he aring several divine songs (the music of the spheres), and holding multiple conversations with other souls and angels. Your soul body contains everything you love about yourself, everything that makes you unique. There’s no difference between your soul-self and your true identity and personality.

Our human existence and experience is given so our soul can learn to accept the will of God. Our karma is to go through the duality of life until we feel safe enough to let the ego (self-will) go, and let the Universal Soul, Parmatma, take care of us. Our job is to bring our vibration into harmony with the Infinite by following the voice of our soul.

You can learn to vibrate with the Infinite by merging into the group energy in yoga class, morning sadhana or White Tantric Yoga. You can tune in by teaching Kundalini Yoga and merging into the subtle energy of Yogi Bhajan and the Golden Chain. You can merge with your spouse in marriage; in the process of harmonizing with your partner’s soul you will learn to vibrate with the Universal Soul.

We practice Kundalini Yoga to become self-sensory and refine our life’s purpose every moment of every day in conjunction with our soul. In his poetry Guru Nanak refers to himself as a slave. A slave to what? To his soul. If you tune into your soul and act according to your conscience you can create a continuous flow of truth.

The experience of going to a Kundalini Yoga class is interesting. You may feel a resistance to being there. You may remember how great you feel after doing yoga and feel excited to be there. However, when you leave class your first reaction may be to do something that is not in keeping with the vibration you just created. Why is that? Because when your spiritual path comes into focus, you get a glimpse of another reality. You sense the possibility of being able to change and vibrate with your soul. Then doubt creeps in. ‘Is this real? Will anyone understand what I’m going through? Will my friends think I’m crazy?’ With God’s grace you decide to continue on your spiritual path, and invest the energy to overcome  your doubts.

The soul’s voice is the voice of the Infinite, Parmatma. It suggests that this would be a good idea for you to do, or this would be a good thing for you to avoid. The voice of the soul is your conscience, and when you tune into it the Infinite Computer calculates what is best for you instead of your finite self, your ego. What really matters is how well the voice of your soul penetrates your life.

The soul speaks to us only of right and wrong. It does not speak in time and space. When it says, ‘It would be good for you to do this,’ you get a sense or a knowing that it is something you are to do for a certain period of time. You get this sense and your mind wonders why this is so. And your soul says, ‘Because it’s the right thing to do.’

Do you recognize the subtle suggestions of your soul or your ego threatening you to take action to avoid a terrible consequence? The way to tell the difference between the soul and the ego is that your soul is suggestive and your ego instills fear.

If we don’t follow the voice of our soul, we go through life doing things just to please others. Once we start taking actions to serve our self — our compassionate self, not the passionate self — we start to see the soul within. The only thing that truly satisfies us is obeying the voice of the soul; it creates a state of bliss — anand.

We do Kundalini Yoga to control the mind so that we not only hear the voice of the soul but have the courage to follow its suggestions. Ignoring your soul’s instruction takes you to your fate; acting on it delivers you to your destiny. You are on parallel tracks of fate and destiny your whole life, and at each stage in your spiritual growth the test is of greater magnitude until you are free of ego. Yogi Bhajan taught me that ego is an illness of the soul. It causes us to act out of survival mode instead of group consciousness. The remedy is sacrifice and service; actions that are truly anti-ego in nature.
A spiritual teacher is concerned about the relationship between your soul and ego. He wants to free you from the grip of ego which keeps you separated from the Infinite. The job of a spiritual teacher is to help you overcome the trap of ego which makes you act on selfish personal concerns.

As a physician I took care of Yogi Bhajan’s physical body during the last years of his life. One evening I told him my concerns for his well-being if he didn’t follow my medical recommendations. He was very gracious. I can still hear his words, “Now we know the probability, let’s see what God wants.”

It was the most profound statement he ever made to me. It taught me to always, despite the probability, go with the truth of my soul and wait and see the outcome. No matter what the probability, if your soul says go right, go right. If your soul says go left, go left and see where God takes you.
The next day when Yogi Bhajan was fine despite my warning, he looked me in the eye, and without saying a word I could hear him say as clear as a bell, “I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do in this life. I’m not worried about my body; I’m worried about your soul. My soul is set. What about yours?”

Siri Atma Singh Khalsa, MD, author of Waves of Healing and Kundalini Yoga for Intuition & Destiny, is an engaging speaker in the field of yoga, healing and medicine.
Artwork by Hari Jiwan Kaur Khalsa

Dr. Siri Atma has an upcoming workshop on February 22, 2020 in Ojai and if you are not local you can participate via livestream. Please join him for this inspiring event. Click here to get more info and tickets!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Fasting Revisited - Join Me For a Group Miracle

Yesterday I felt inspired to re-read some of my old blog posts about fasting. Wow. I am shocked by what I shared and experienced and how I transformed back in 2015.  (If you want to read those, just scroll down on the left side to the years and they fasting journal starts in February. And there are some Love Lessons that begin in July.)

I forgot how much I used to blog and what amazing things I used to share. Sometimes going back and reading your own journal is all you need to remind you of what you need to know or what to do. For today I wanted to share that I am feeling the special instruction from my Soul to do another mono-fast. Soon.

Fasting is a spiritual discipline, which means it's an exercise in commitment. And Commitment is the first step in the Seven Steps of Happiness. And Isaiah 58 lists so many other blessings and benefits of the fast. Here are just a few:
  • to loose the bands of wickedness, 
  • to undo the heavy burdens, 
  • to let the oppressed go free, 
  •  break every yoke 
  • thy light [shall] break forth as the morning, 
  • thine health shall spring forth speedily:  
  • Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. 
  • then shall thy light rise in obscurity, 
  • thy darkness be as the noonday:
  •  the Lord shall guide thee continually,  
  •  satisfy thy soul in drought...  

If you read my old posts from 2015 you will see it wasn't easy some days but there were so many unexpected healings and benefits. Including a closeness to God and Jesus and the angels they send to me. So... If you want any of those benefits listed above or some you don't fully know yet but your heart is beating YES, I invite you to join me.

I'll be doing a 7 day Kitcheree mono-fast but you can choose how you will fast. I'm going to begin as soon as possible because that's how I operate. I think and then I do. But you can begin any time in the next 40ish days. So between now and the end of January if you'd like to join in for a week or a day or three days, decide what you will do and commit to it. Then post in the comments. And I'd love to hear your experience so come back and comment again or message me.

You can fast for whatever you want, and group energy and prayer will be with you. It would also be great to have a group thought or intention we'd like to zap the world with. If may suggest one, I like Peace on Earth and good will toward men and women. It starts with each of us. I'm looking forward to drawing closer to Christ at this time when I so long for him.

I also hope to feel closer to each of you, my fellow humans on this journey with me.


Monday, December 16, 2019

How NOT To Liquify Your Internal Organs and Other Soul Guidelines

Two months ago I wrapped up (for the most part) the monumental undertaking that was Level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher training in Idaho. AND I finished and submitted my graduate thesis two weeks later. And then I crashed and burned.
Grad thesis and cake.

Me with our two lead trainers Dharam Dev and Siri Marka at the graduation ceremony.

This is what people don't know about people who sometimes achieve the alchemical state called Radiation: We can radiate like the sun, but the sun doesn't feel its own warmth. The center of the sun is cold and dark. Okay maybe not factually. I am not scientifically certain about the center of the sun. But imagine it is. That's the idea. Lonely. Cold. Dark. Even though we are transforming and shedding light on others. It's a rare and magical thing to radiate, and also not sustainable for very long, as you can guess why. So I crashed. Or maybe it was just spiritual blowback after such a high from all the good vibes of the training and associating with other wonderful trainers. Who cares why.  The point is, I needed repairs.

So I sunk into "the below" which feels like hell but really, truly, it's Heaven South. It looks like burn-out or like a dark night of the soul, but really you are just being worked on by angels. Obsolete desires are being transmuted as your will is reconstructed.

All I could do at this time was read novels and lay in the hammock. I also ate some cake. I tried to feel better and reached out for others to make me better now but mostly all attempts to feel better made me feel worse so I just kept reading a novel.

Then slowly I felt the burn-out burning away and the breakdown to breakthrough---slowly. Or it felt really slow. I have this thing about time. People born ahead of the time often have a patience issue. But that is another story.

My thoughts all this last year have been turned to writing and how I want to spend more time doing it. My poetry manuscript is finished and been submitted for publication around the world and I've been finishing my novel (enjoying this immensely) and a few months ago I had two non-fiction book proposals come to me that I realize need to get out.

So, upon finishing Level 1 and crashing, the thought of doing another Level 1 next year felt unaligned. As soon as I decided to postpone it a year and spend the year writing, I felt good.

I have been feeling my way along by what feels better and what feels worse. As I feel better and better I realize my soul has been speaking to me. I'm a writer. My soul knows it. Kundalini Yoga is not the purpose of my life, it is an amazing tool to help me achieve my purpose without so much suffering.  Just today I was randomly thinking about Elvis, and then about all artists and how much artists suffer.  People born ahead of their time often suffer because of being in a world not as sensitive as them, and many people born ahead of the time are artists. I wondered if suffering was a requirement for artists. As I was thinking this, I heard the voice of my Soul say, "That's why I gave you Yoga, so you don't have to suffer so much."

That gave me a lot of happiness and gratitude. I still feel bad for Poe and Hemmingway and the others, but I can't do much for them now. I can help myself and not live out their lives of mental illness and poverty.

If you are wondering, the voice of the Soul is no different than the voice of God.

What I have learned is that when you ignore the Soul and its guidance, it's basically self-betrayal. And if you think about someone who betrays you. You don't feel very good about them. Whether you know it or not, this self-loathing or self-attacking that you do subconsciously after self-betrayal can be deadly. If you keep it up, it will liquifying all the internal organs. I believe self-attack is the emotional root of all autoimmune disorders.

Curing soul betrayal is the simplest and most difficult thing in the world. You just have to listen to the Soul and walk back to where you got off track and then keep listening to the Soul and keep on track. Maybe slowly, but eventually you'll find you are living a life that feels like a flow of bliss. I'm not exaggerating. There are still dishes to do and the grumpy teenagers in your life, but woah. Living one's personal legend is way better than pretending you don't have one and hating yourself for it.

This week I did a hukum in the scriptures and I opened to Revelations 2:4 and was shocked.

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first alove.

I felt that my Soul, through John, was talking to me about my first love, writing. Of course I know he's talking about Jesus Christ here, but I was doing a hukum and art was on my mind. The following scripture was:

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy acandlestick out of his place, except thou brepent. 
So... repentance--it feels great! Instead of stealing time for my writing, I have gone back to my first love wholeheartedly and carved out a writing schedule that feels good. I turn OFF the phone. And I shut off the internet. That's how books get written.  I love this. And I finally know how to teach repentance.

And this has helped me love teaching and seeing clients even more. I think for a few weeks I had this all-or-nothing mentality. But it doesn't have to be that way. As long as I make art, I can do whatever I want after. And I find that I still really love teaching yoga and gathering people and helping my hypnotherapy clients with all their transformation. It's still a thrill.

Back to the all-or-nothing thought. As I went hammock sitting and reading and listening to all kinds of thoughts flying around, my Soul began to nudge me to evaluate a lot of them. I realized that I had tons of unhelpful beliefs about God and art and money. So I'm getting an update on that program. I still don't know how it will look when the update is complete.

I realize that my life may not look any different on the outside right now to other people, but I feel like it has had (and still undergoing) a complete overhaul. It feels physically impossible for me to do anything that my Soul doesn't want me to do. If I even try I just get stuck and angry. So I am doing a lot of things that bring me joy. But I am also having to totally surrender, because some things don't make sense and not bring me joy in the immediate moment. And surrender puts me on that fine line between relief and crazy nerve-wracking angst. I trust, though, that it will turn out better than I can even imagine.
Did I mention my daughter also did the teacher training. She is the youngest certified teacher in the world.
I am so happy she and others like her are the future. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Conscious Communication

Sat Nam. Maybe you are like me and you always wish for harmonious communication, even though your actions may not result in it, you wish you know what to do to have it.
Communication is my joy and my pain. I love the thrill of writing and combining just the right words together so that they create a little spark. And I love reading writers whose words do that for me. But I also love talking, behind heard, and listening and understanding. When these things are working just right and I have a wonderful dialog with someone--it's pure magic. If it's with my husband, it's a huge aphrodisiac. If it's with my daughter or a friend, there is a huge bond that seems to form. If it happens with a stranger, it feels like the angels are dancing around me that day.
When it's not working, it feels like the rug has been pulled out from under me and I have no place to stand. It's awful.
There are so many great things I have learned about communication, but many of them are just tricks. The best things I have learned and will continue to study until I master them are from the yogic teachings brought to us by Yogi Bhajan.
Did you know that you communicate from different chakras? Have you ever wondered how it influences your communication to speak from your root chakra? Or from your heart and navel combined? Or that you can speak (or sing) from your aura? Also, did you know that you can send your communication to others' specific chakras. Like aiming. Point and aim, for different effect.
They say if you think you are enlightened, go visit your family. This was the first all family reunion and the first family event where I was not totally triggered. It was fun. Wahe Guru!  
How well do you think you communicate? The holidays are coming up and you can use so many interactions as your barometer. Are you being heard? Are you missing things others are trying to say? Is your marriage what you want it to be? How are your prayers? If it feels like you have a lot to learn, you are right! We all do! But that's not a bad thing, unless you don't know where to go to get the knowledge and experience.
Because I believe it's so important and the foundation of success in so many areas, its the first Level 2 Module I am hosting as a Kudnalini Yoga Teacher Trainer. I am brining in some amazing teachers to help me share this with you and we look forward to this so much.
If you want to learn more about the art of Conscious Communication, there is a 60-Hour Kundalini Yoga training on this topic coming in just a few months in Ojai California. Do you want to empower or hear your relationships, your work life, your prayers and more?
I hope you will make a trip of it and come, from wherever you are. We already have people joining from around the country and you will probably make life long friends. Ask me if you need help. There is a way through every block.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Social Mercy

[My first draft of this post was about 20 pages long. I condensed it to two by adapting a short version from the preface to a poetry manuscript that I just finished for grad school. Consider this post a very basic introduction to Social Mercy. I'm writing on an e-book that expands the concept, and a program that includes practical life integration. To be notified about updates, join my email list.]

For that last two years I have been on an alchemical, poetic journey, which was so life-affirming and also, I must admit, life challenging. The Great Work is not for the faint of heart. The reality of transmuting the poison of life into art, means that one has poison lying around. Several times during the writing of Handshaking Instructions I thought I might be going mad. Looking back now, I see that I was, and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity. For one cannot choose to descend into madness, one can only live one’s life, and hope they are so lucky as to slip on a banana peel.

What madness gave me would be unjust to sum up in a sentence. So here’s the lead up on it. Ana Unalov defines madness simply as an attempt to express unbearable pain. But first, madness begins with surprise or shock, when our guiding meaning or “ruling principle” as Jung calls it, crumbles. Losing the meaning we live in, personally or socially, could be triggered by a number of possible things—the failure of precautions, a mass shooting, loss of faith in industry or government, loss of belief in the stability of nature or of health, personal or collective tragedy (Unalov 7-24).

This breakup of reliable patterns causes disorientation, fear, and enormous pain. For many, the instinct is to look for the person or persons to blame. We tend to deposit the evil outside of ourselves and try to kill it there, in our neighbor, in another group or religion or country. Who is responsible for the world going to rot? Some blame the white supremacists, the president, the oil and gas industry, drugs, young people, organized religion, etc. We recruit others to our cause and if they will not, they must be part of the evil. 

I saw this in graduate school on some of the social justice panels, and it drove me crazy. I could see the flaw in thinking but hadn’t yet confronted my own flawed thinking. But that was just a matter of time. For those committed to a journey of consciousness, madness can become a terrifying and enlightening look at one’s own incapacity. It is terrifying because one must realize they are complicit in all the evils they abhor.

For me this looked like 18 months of stewing over other people’s flawed thinking and trying to write a poem or an essay titled “Social Mercy.” I said it was about Christ Consciousness, but its core was a reaction to the people I felt were wrong. The piece never came together, until one day I realized that I was engaged in the exact same thinking: that someone else’s behavior was the problem.

I didn’t need to write about social mercy, I needed to become social mercy. This meant I first had to accept my own lack of capacity—to love as Christ did, among other things. Only by giving all parts of me a seat at the table and honoring them as they were, was I able to allow them to transform. I mention this in two sentences, but this came only after a dark night of the soul. The follow up is that I can now accept the same lack of capacity in others with compassion rather than judgment. But of course, this work is ongoing. It takes daily forgiving, which is one aspect of mercy. 

In her book Love Without End, Glenda Green quotes Jesus:

“Practice forgiveness every day. It liberates the soul from bondage, and beyond that, forgiveness is an action which your mind can never understand. Your mind’s sole intent is to balance the books. In issues of morality it only wants to get even. Therefore, practice forgiveness everyday if only in trivial matters. This is an excellent way of tempering the mind and empowering the heart.” (Green 208)

But forgiveness is only one part of mercy. Justice requires debts be paid, and so mercy also is the capacity to pay the debt for another. When the debt is not quantifiable, like unkindness, abuse, or fatherlessness—the capacity needed is also difficult to quantify. A good place to start, however, is by increasing ones capacity in consciousness, kindness, deep listening, and seeing and then un-seeing another’s faults.

“Social Mercy” did not become a poem. It became my soul’s ambition, which may not mend everything ruptured in the world, but maybe social mercy plus good art and poetry can. In the non-magical world, big problems require big solutions and not surprisingly, create other big problems. What I learned from alchemy is that you are thinking magically when you are thinking small. What is the smallest possible action I can take that will have an impact? Sometimes pulling a single thread can unravel an entire web. The trick is knowing which thread. For me, one powerful action is writing and reading and sharing poetry. Though poems themselves don’t resolve life’s uncertainties, they can serve as a necessary reminder that we are not alone. They can translate some of the chaos into beauty and meaning, can help us see our humanity and live alongside each other. When I am writing my poem, I am doing no harm in the world. When I share one I love, I know it can transform people. Sometimes for a day, and sometimes a line can echo through years, like the repeating line in Adam Zagajewski's "Try to Praise the Mutilated World."    

That's all I will share for now. I look forward to putting all my thoughts and tools for integration into one place to share soon. Start with forgiving--yourself first if needed. And please forgive me for any imperfections in this writing and in myself as I attempt to live what I write and "fail a little better" each day. 
I love you. 

Translated by Clare Cavanaugh

Try to praise the mutilated world.

Remember June's long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You've seen the refugees going nowhere,
you've heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth's scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the gray feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

It's Time For Me To Start Blogging Again

I took a break from regular blogging three years ago so that I could do some other writing, and just because I felt done. Well, guess what, it's almost time for me to start blogging again. It can feel it coming, and it feels good. I feel clear that intuitive blogging is my seva (selfless service) and it also feels like it will be my joy again. Wahe guru!

Me in Ireland, looking over Killimore Castle. 

Why almost, and not today? Well, right now I am finishing my poetry manuscript and my graduate thesis. When that is sent off, I will be ready. Oh what fun it has been these three years and what I have learned.

I feel almost like a whole new person since that other time when I was blogging sometimes 2-3x week. I have reincarnated into my own life several times over the last three years and I would like to think I have much more to share and that I also have become a better writer.

So if you want to know when I post a new blog, subscribe or do whatever you do to get the notices. I sometimes post them on FB but not always, but you are welcome to post links there in your groups or wherever if you feel inspired to share any of my words. Who knows what they will be.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

What To Do About Jesus In the New Age

I want to share what I have learned from being in a new age spiritual community and also being a member of an organized religion in a cultural climate where God has become the G-word and Jesus is often associated with Piscean era patriarchy and fanaticism. The truth is, as we all know, lumping people into categories is easy but highly inaccurate. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and also a kundalini yoga and meditation teacher in my community. For centuries these kinds of worlds had little crossover, but essentially, people in both were seeking the same thing. More light. More truth.

It’s not surprising the worlds are coming together in this new age with the world becoming so small and information so available. But there are still growing pains, especially for those who have a Jesus background and aren’t sure how to make the transition without throwing Him aside.

Communication is the trickiest thing in the world because most of us don’t really listen to what other people are saying but to what we think they are saying. I won’t go into all that right now. It’s a whole thousand hour course if it wants to be. It’s the course of our lives.

Here’s the gist of a pain point I hear a lot, from different sides. When people talk about great teachers like Mohammad and Buddha and Ghandi and they lump Jesus Christ in there as “one of the great teachers” a lot of Christians feel uncomfortable, at best. And from the other side—a lot of new age spiritual people like Jesus—they like him a lot—but feel like they have to like him secretly, or make sure to mention all the other cool guys out there too so no one feels left out or uncomfortable, or because they don’t want to be mistaken for some kind of person people can put into a neat little category.  

When you write about Christ-centered Kundalini Yoga, you get a lot of people confessing their secret love of Jesus to you. Some of them are turban wearing Sikhs. Some people were once raised religious in childhood and left it because of some pain, but they miss Jesus. Some grew up with no of religion but they have found Jesus or Mary or angels popping in all over in their lives, and they ask me a lot of questions about my experience with Him.

Some, like my husband, love Jesus and have thought of him as the savior, but have also studied world religions and seen so much amazing light in all and they don’t want to commit the Piscean error of tossing everything out that doesn’t fit the Christian mold.

He grappled with this a lot. Like me, he reads the Koran, the Bhagivad Gita, The Hebrew Bible, Buddhist texts, The Book of Mormon and just about any spiritual texts that we can get our hands on.

I personally have never had a hard time incorporating what I read to expand and deepen my faith in Christ. I have a special gift for it. But I realize that it is difficult for many people, so it has been interesting to watch his progression.

What he came to after studying all many religious is that all of them point to Christ, and none of these other great prophets ever claimed to be the Messiah or Christ. Buddha said that he was not the savior but that one would come and you would know him by his hands and his feet. Mohammad never claimed to be the savior. Muslim doctrine acknowledges that Jesus Christ was the son of God.

What we need to remember is religion has been through thousands of years under Piscean influence and also, there wasn’t much interaction between east and west during that time. Different religions have served different purposes in their particular place and culture and have prepared that part of the world for this future time—now—the Aquarian Age, where we are preparing to usher in the Age of Peace (1000 years of peace according to the yogis, and Christ’s 2nd coming and millennial reign according to the Church of Jesus Christ.)

So, just to reiterate what my husband realized it is that yes all those men and women were fabulous and none of them will be sad or jealous if we acknowledge Jesus Christ for being who he said he was and doing what he came to do, which they never claimed to be here for.

So if you want to know if Jesus matters, or if all these great teachers are saviors of men too in their own way—I would say: They are so awesome. But none of them ever said they were the one or that they were the way. I believe that the way, which Christ speaks of, is the way he did it—he achieved oneness with this Father and triumphed over death through prayer, study, fasting, years of deep meditation, cleansing and purification ordinances, things they called “the mysteries” (which we are learning now were actually secretly taught meditations and temple rites), and many other ways of being that we can emulate.

So can you be a Buddhist or a Muslim or a Sikh and follow Christ? I say Yes, why not? If you have questions that aren’t answered yet, just keep patiently searching and seeking.

My favorite commandment from Christ is this: “Follow me, and do the things ye have seen me do.”

If you are no religion do you need to go get baptized somewhere? That’s up to you and the power greater than yourself that I call God, but you just call whatever you feel comfortable. That power will guide you.

As a side note, I personally believe the word God incorporates the divine father and mother together so it is always both the woman and man. But everyone has their own relationships with the divine how they can. We don’t have the relationships we wish we had. We have the relationships we CAN with the knowledge and experience and skill and baggage we have at the time.  This is true for all our other work and our relationships as well. The spectrum of progression is vast and I have to trust that everyone is on their own path and journey and that God has them. Is holding us all exactly as we are, patiently loving us.  

Remember to be curious, calm, compassionate and content.

In Peace,

Nam Joti Kaur.