Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My Spiritual Name

For many years I have practiced yoga with people who have both a given name and a spiritual name. In truth, I think all names are given and all are spiritual, which is why I resisted getting a spiritual name for a long time. In the Kundalini Yoga technology one's spiritual name is given to you by someone at 3HO foundation. It used to be Yogi Bhajan who meditated on you and gave you a spiritual name, but before he died, he taught Narinjin Kaur how to bestow these spiritual names.

The names are all in gurumukhi, like most of the mantras, and some of them sound pretty strange if you are not used to those sounds. And so I always thought, why get a weird sounding name when I have a beautiful name that is also spiritual. Felice means happy.

But a few weeks ago I suddenly felt this spiritual nudge to apply for one. And then I was reading Sacred Contracts and it mentioned the many many examples of God changing a person's name when they had reached a certain place of awareness about their path or had reached a certain level of fulfillment of thier sacred contract. I.e. Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Isreal. Saul to Paul. Sarai to Sarah.

And since I had been through a pretty major rebirth and whatnot I figured, it wouldn't hurt anything. I didn't have to tell it anyone if I didn't want to, but somehow I knew I would love it.

The name came in a few days and I have already grown into it. The idea of a spiritual name, and any name really, is that it is a seed mantra--it is a sound current that plants a seed in your subconscious, which will then grow. So the more you say it or it is said to you, the more it works in you.

The name I have been blessed to live as is: Nam Joti Kaur, the Princess/Lioness who shines with the Light of God's divine Name.

Nam means God's name. Joti is Light. Kaur is a kind of middle name that all women receive that means Princess/Lioness of God who walks with grace and strength throughout her life. Yogi Bhajan taught that every woman has the potential to attain this divine state and encourages all to manifest it.

So there you have it. You may call me either one. I will respond to both, but will probably start using Nam Joti as my blog name. 

Sat nam.


  1. Abraham was originally Abram, i believe... His gandson, i'm pretty certain (Jacob), was renamed Israel.

    1. Oops. You are totally right. I was thinking about it this morning and was sure I got something wrong. Yep. I'll change it. Thanks!

  2. Aloha! Found you through a mutual friend on fb. :) Nice to meet you! I'll be back, but thought I'd leave a note to say hi. I can tell we'd have pretty interesting conversations in person, so it'll be fun to get to know you better here. Especially if I ever get around to blogging how much I've learned this past year about energy, footzoning, healing, and the spirit. The Healing Codes by Alex Loyd was a fantastic resource for me in bridging the (not-really-there-but-I-thought-there-was-a) gap between our LDS beliefs and energy work.