Friday, January 9, 2015

Gird Up Your Loins

The night after I taught my New Year New You retreat in Salt Lake City, a little girl I know had a vision. She has given me permission to share it but asks that if you figure out who this little girl is that you do not ask her about her experience or mention it to her. She will bring it up if she wants to.
It was more like a Near Death Experience, but she didn’t die. She was feeling funny Sunday night and went to lie down. A few hours later she woke up sobbing. When I reached her, she tried to talk about it but became overwhelmed. She said that God had shown her too much and she couldn’t handle it.

I intuitively knew what was going on, even though I didn’t know all the details. Basically, she had a HUGE energetic/spiritual download, and her nervous system wasn’t strong enough to handle it.  She got a headache and felt sick. So I called for the man of the house to give her a priesthood blessing. It was beautiful. He rebuked all her sickness and pain and counselled her to basically stay close to her mother and her mother’s teachings. Though he didn’t say “do more yoga,” it felt implied.

After all her pain was rebuked, she threw up, said she felt amazing, then fell into a restful sleep.
The next day I got more out of her. She said that everyone is walking around with a veil on, but in her experience, she didn’t have one at all, and she saw a million things that she just wasn’t strong enough to handle. She said once we get stronger our veils can come off.  She described my veil as being “almost all off…like a quarter on.” 

The big thing she said she learned was that a veil is necessary. We need to get stronger in order to see things as they really are.  She currently has her veil back and is grateful for it, but my private opinion is that I don’t know how long it is going to last.

I spent several days pondering what she told me, wondering why she had this experience, and wondering what I could do to help her.

In the temple yesterday, I picked up one of the books of scripture that were lying around and pulled a hukam. A hukam is a Kundalini term for a random opening of the scriptures (or other spiritual text) with the intention of getting the answer you need in the moment. So I asked my question and it fell open to this:

“But the day soon cometh that ye shall see me, and know that I am; for the veil of darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified shall not abide the day.” (Doctrine and Covenenats 38:8)

This scripture basically explains what happens when the veil is removed when people are not prepared for it. Exactly the situation I was praying about. I love using the scriptures in this way. They contain unbelievable answers exactly for all of our needs. I read on, knowing there was some advice. Here it is:
“Wherefore, gird up your loins and be prepared. Behold, the kingdom is yours, and the enemy shall not overcome.” (verse 9)
I turned to the friend with me and asked. “What do you think ‘gird up your loins’ means?”

After a pause, she said, “The first thing that comes to mind is the Root Lock.”

Of course! I love finding yogic tidbits in the scriptures that have been there all along. Once you know what the Root Lock is, it is so obvious.  I recently made a video about the body locks (also called Bandhs). It is embedded below. The purpose of the locks is to seal or move energy in the body.  To pull the Root Lock, which is commonly used to end each Kundalini yoga exercise, one contracts the anus and sex organs (like stopping the flow of urination) and pulls the navel in toward the spine. By squeezing and holding, or systematically squeezing and releasing this lock, a person is not just strengthening their muscles. They are working with the lower chakras, which is where all the worldly, telestial problems originate. They are also moving the kundalini energy (your divine true self) to the heart center and to the upper chakras, which are the spiritual centers.

The heart and upper centers are where the energy is going to flow if one is purified, and then this energy blends with God at the crown chakra and then dumps the nectar back down through the body and it’s amazing and like a rebirth.  But the lower chakras have to be open for the kundalini to rise to the heart. The key to an open heart and a strong nervous system is strong lower chakras.

Some people who do a lot of spiritual work and not enough work on their physical body or their lower chakra issues, can have very open upper chakras yet their lower chakras are not as strong. This imbalance is often the cause of psychic events that they can't totally process --like the one my little friend had.

While it is good to do spiritual work and meditate and seek out the mysteries of God, if this spiritual practice it is not combined with a physical practice, the nervous system won’t be strong enough to deal. That’s why Kundalini Yoga Kriyas and Meditations are so physical. They physical body has to change to stand in the presence of God. There are myriad changes that take place during a yoga kriya or meditation or pranayam. But the lower chakras are our base. We need to start there. We live in a physical body and a physical world.

So the answer I got to my personal question was to teach her Mulbandh, and Sat Kriya (which uses Mulbandh) and have her do it every day.

Or it could have meant this:

But the scripture I found was in the D&C, which is modern scripture. No tunics in 1831. And even four thousand years ago, I don't think God was referring to clothing. As I have shared in my book, the ancient prophets and patriarchs knew even more than we do about the temple of the body and this yoga.

I just talked to another LDS Kundalini friend who is going to be putting together a series for teens and the inspiration she kept getting today was: Teach them Mul Bandh. Teach them Mul Bandh. Like a flashing red sign. It felt like a third or fourth witness.

My little friend and I realized that she had this experience because God wanted to show her the importance of being prepared (because He is about to give her more), but He also wanted her to share. This is why she gave me permission to write her story. The scripture I pulled in D&C 38 was for everyone. If you have ever wondered what gird up your loins means, now you have a very good explanation and a how-to. 

I encourage you to watch the video I made on the body locks and try the simple practice of pulling all the locks in succession each day. It’s easy. You can do it at your desk or in the car (if you can get your spine straight). No one will know you are doing it. It will massage all your internal organs and help you work out all your emotional baggage. 


  1. "Squeeze your nuts, boys!" Ha.

  2. I spent some time studying "veil" in the scriptures last week and found some awesome stuff too. 2 cor 3 was my favorite find. Thanks for this and tell the little girl thanks too!

  3. I did intense Russian ballet as a teenager for several years and the instructors had us pulling the locks often, although they described it differently. Interesting, thank you for sharing this. I love hookums, especially in the temple!

  4. Hi, I'm not really used to posting on blogs but I just feel like the story you posted is something that I was meant to read. I have been thinking and pondering and studying about veils. Veils we wear. I have really thought a lot about this everytime I leave the temple. I wonder what the purpose of them are,Why we wear them, Why men don't. Even in civil weddings and the culture and tradition behind it. I studied it in the scriptures and in 1 Cor 11:5-9 it explains a little but these scriptures are hard for me. It makes me feel less than a man in Heavenly father's eyes. The scripture seems disrespectful of women and I wonder why women would need to cover their faces. I know I definetly struggle with feeling I am of equal value as a women so maybe I'm just being too sensitive, but I truly am trying to understand and know truth about this. Do you have any insight on the subject?

    1. I have some insight. Lots of people have written good things on this subject so I don't want to try to reinvent what they have said, but it might be important to understand the two veils concept. And the idea that veils cover holy things. From a yogic perspective, Yogi Bhajan taught that woman are 16 times more powerful than men, because our auras are 16x more enmeshed to be able to expand to create another life. Our bodies are a veil in a sense. We are living goddesses. We veil ourselves as an acknowledgement of this.

  5. I can't stop thinking about this post! I read it a few days ago and I just can't get it out of my head.

  6. Nam Joti Kaur, thank you so much for your response. I am just starting to have a greater understanding of my worth as a women. I will continue to learn more about it .Your words gave me greater peace. I have actually never done khundalini yoga but I am bound and determined to try it! I think it is exactly what I need right now in my life:)