Monday, March 28, 2016

Everything Changes

One thing that I have learned from Jesus is that one of the principles of success and happiness is to follow life and the living. The whole universe is built around this. This means do not follow the dead and dying. By this I am not saying ignore elderly people or ancestors. I believe it means to not get to caught up in ideas or structures or businesses that are becoming ineffective and obsolete. There needs to be new ideas and adventures and understandings that will refresh your life.







I once held onto a business for so long after it was dead that the financial drain was almost bankrupting. But I couldn't let it go. There are plenty of examples of crumbling structures that people are still clinging too, but they won't last long. The only way to make them last is force, and that will not work for long either and it will destroy not only the structure but many people too.

Jesus said, "Let the dead bury their dead." I believe this is what he was talking about.

Some things aren't "dead" in the sense that they are no longer useful, but for me I get the sense of completion. A friend Andy and I used to do a podcast together and one day we just took a break and never came back to it. We tried a couple times but it didn't feel right. It is done. We did good work. It was fun and full of goodness and light but we both feel it is done and we're going in different directions.  Sometimes that happens in other kinds of relationships. I have finally realized it's ok. Everything changes. College ends. Friends part and change. Jobs change. Marriages sometimes need to be completed.

I used to write a blog about birth. Once the book came out (my first book, The Gift of Giving Life) I was just done with it. My collaborators may have felt abandoned, but it wasn't mine anymore. So I left it to them. Some of them kept that blog going for a while, because they weren't done. They were still in the phase of life that they were really interested in literal birth. I got more into rebirth and meditation. And so I started this blog.

I know my birth book is still doing good work, but I have moved on. And if you have been reading this blog for long you may have sensed that I am done here as well. Teaching kundalini yoga and training teachers is likely to always be something I do... but blogging about every insight as I figure out how to incorporate all this truth into one great whole... that is done. I still have insights, but I don't need to or can't share them anymore. Each person has to do this themselves. It was so exciting for a while and I know it will still be exciting for others when they find it for the first time. But I am now excited about some other creative projects and creating something new. Expansion. Creativity. Love. Beauty.

I was afraid to let go at first... of the known... but I can't ignore it any longer. Sometimes a leap of faith is the only available mode of transportation.

So, I have started a new blog. It is a fresh clean slate. It's such an amazing feeling to start fresh. I don't know how much I will post there, because I am working on an offline project (a novel), but it is a place for me to share and live and connect as an artist. Creation is a spiritual act, and I feel passionate about sharing that message.

If you are interested in taking kundalini yoga classes from me or learning from me I am still offering classes and private mentoring as well as creativity classes. You can find out about offerings by reading my newsletters or on my website www.treeoflifekundaliniyoga.com. Or if you want a private healing session visit treeoflifehypnosis.net. If you want to be friends, you can find me on FB or send a smoke signal and maybe I'll see it from my yogi cave/art studio.

If you are struggling to let go of the past, I encourage you to just pray and then leap. Look after. The universe supports every worthy plan with a whole network of unseen hands.

Sat Nam.
Through the Grace of God,

Nam Joti Kaur


Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Vending Machine

A lovely human named Gordon B. Hinkley once said something like: "The way that some people pray you would think they were ordering groceries..." He was a sweet heart. He was encouraging more gratitude and meditation and less demanding. We demand and demand, don't we? Because the mind is always seeing lack. God continues to bless us, but it's amazing how much more we can get by not asking. Buddha taught this to his monks. Taught them never to beg for food and they would never go hungry.



Think about it. When someone asks your for something, you may give, but you are already contracting. Thinking of how you might go a different route next time to avoid them. But if they don't ask, you want to give. I know this is true with my child. When we go to the store and she asks for everything. I may begrudgingly say yes once or twice. But if she doesn't ask for anything, and is just helpful, I want to give her what I know she likes and would make her happy.

The only difference with God and us is that he doesn't every totally write us off.  He gives and gives even though we demand and demand and continue to see lack in what we have. (I'd have stopped giving by now.) But when we don't ask, as Buddha taught, we get so much more. We always get more than we deserve. But for those who have planted the feeling of Wahe Guru in them, God can actually show up and Deliver instantly, like a vending machine. It can be quite funny sometimes. But it's not any kind of normal vending machine. No formal request was made, just a thought, or a plan or an unspoken wish that hadn't even finished forming.

Here is an example. I get a a text from my friend Alison a few weeks before Easter. It says something like this:

I was meditating today during the Sacrament and thinking about the eater dresses I was going to make for my daughters and designing the pattern in my head (I know silly earthly stuff but it was what was on my mind) and I was wondering if i should draft the pattern myself or buy it. I decided drafting it would take too long so I'd just buy one. Right after the meeting a woman came up to me and handed me a pattern that was exactly what I had been thinking about. She said "I thought you needed this." It was so crazy. Like God is a vending machine or something.

A few years ago I realized that that night was the night of a concert I had wanted to go to but had forgotten to buy tickets. Oh well, I thought. Must not be meant to go. An hour later a friend called and said the had 4 tickets to that concert and couldn't go and wanted to know if I could use them. Free. We used 3 and gave the 4th away to a family at the event looking for another ticket.

One day on a road trip I was thinking about a piece of art I hoped to someday buy from a gifted artist friend. She called me 5 minutes later and said she wanted to give me that very piece of art. Free. She was tired of looking at it and the hotel hadn't bought them and she knew I loved it.

I am betting that these types of things have happened to you at least once in your life. But what if they started to happen every day. Several times a day.

That's what has been happening to me... and some other people I know since beginning on my journey of Long Ek Ong Kaars and creative recovery. If I shared everything that has happened you wouldn't believe it. There are too many things. Big and small, and sadly I probably don't even know all of the miracles because so many have been behind the scenes. But I wake up chanting Wahe Guru. It's so much a part of me. Even for the aches or struggles or uncertainty, I chant Wahe Guru!

One of students said her husband thinks this meditation stuff is a little weird but he is supportive but non participative. One night at the dinner table their 6-year-old son was pushing boundaries. He was told not to do it again. Well he is six. So he did it again. Out of the blue her husband shouted: "Wahe Guru Ji!" The six-year-old and everyone at the table just stared. Then she said: "The was awesome!"

That's a good story. Wahe Guru for six-year-olds who show us our unhealed parts of ourselves and what we can work on as parents.

There is so much to be grateful for.  Especially for Jesus Christ and his INFINITE atonement. At-one-ment. So that we can also at-one with God and receive all the blessings they are wanting to give us. All that they have.






Friday, March 11, 2016

Dispelling Myths about Calling and Election



Sat Nam. This post is not about politics. As I learned a few years ago, being "elect" doesn't mean you are more special than any of God's other children. It just means that God recognized that you are one of those A+ students He could count on to help out all the others in the class. And if you recognize this and do help out, it often results in God falling in love with you and giving you untold bonuses. 


In Mormon (and other Christian) doctrine there is this thing that should be talked about more called Calling and Election Made Sure. To have one's calling and election made sure might be the equivalent in other religions or cultures to what some call "enlightenment." It is also called "sanctification" or receiving the "more sure word of prophecy." Here is how Bruce R. McConkey would sum it up.

To have one's calling and election made sure is to be sealed up unto eternal life; it is to have the unconditional guarantee of exaltation in the highest heaven of the celestial world; it is to receive the assurance of godhood; it is, in effect, to have the day of judgment advanced, so that an inheritance of all the glory and honor of the Father's kingdom is assured prior to the day when the faithful actually enter into the divine presence to sit with Christ in his throne, even as he is "set down" with his "Father in his throne." (Rev 3:21.)
So, for all those people who think that you need to die to advance or get exalted, they are wrong! Isn't that wonderful. You can be a Queen/ King,  Priest/Priestess now. For all those people who think that this doesn't happen very often, that's also not true. It's happening a lot lately! And some people don't even realize that this is what has happened to them. That's why I am writing this post.

How does one get sanctification? It's not a checklist. Some people think it is, but the way you get your calling and election made sure is by fulfilling YOUR contract with the Father, and keeping the basic commandments along the way.

Each person's contract is unique. You may know yours and it may be simple. Maybe it is to give birth to a saint. Maybe it is to write a book. Maybe it is to teach Kundalini Yoga to Mormons. You may not have figured it out yet, but you will always get nudges and guidance if you are seeking for them. Father never gives up and never stops calling you, no matter how long you ignore or wander, so don't worry. You can always begin to listen.

There is an ordinance in the temple that is associated with C&E, but it is a couple's ordinance, and it is not required to have your C&E made sure. God can just tell you that you have it, and that is all you need, like he did to Joseph Smith in the Doctrine and Covenants. He just told him in a revelation.

It can happen in an imagery journey, in a vision or dream, a visit from Jesus, a blessing, or some other unique way. Many people don't know exactly what it was that happened to them at the time, but they usually know that something happened, and hopefully you put it together later.

When Christ visited the Americas after his resurrection, there were a lot of people with their crowns already who didn't realize it. The same is happening now. God needs a lot of Kings and Queens and Priests and Priestesses to help with the great work that is happening on the earth now. Many people don't realize it but they have their crown already. And when they realize this, I hope they stop worrying about whether they will make it back and realize they already have and use the energy for something else! Like joy!

The thing I have learned in private conversations with lots of people is that C&E is not what most people think. It doesn't mean you are perfect or will be made perfect. You're still human. You'd be surprised if you could see everyone who has had this blessing.  They may be overweight. They may swear occasionally, they may get impatient with their kids. It doesn't mean one is without sin. It means Christ is written in one's heart and God knows that they aren't going anywhere. They will constantly turn again and again back to Christ. Every day. Every day. And they will constantly be growing and learning.

And for those who think that certain criteria have to be met before C&E can happen, I will tell you that things don't always work the way some people have written about them. Mostly the people who have written about C&E have been men, and in my experience, God has different feelings about women. For example, most of the writings out there will tell you that you have to have the temple sealing ordinance to have your C&E made sure. It's not true. At least not for women. I know single women who have had theirs. Remember, time is not linear. So if God wants to work it out now, the lack of some ordinance for a worthy woman won't matter, because in His view--the perpetual Now--it has already happened.

So if you want this blessing, pray for it and ask for it. But know that it might involve you going deeper than you planned. A few years ago a friend of mine learned about Calling and Election and thought that she totally met all the criteria so she went home and prayed for this blessing, and assumed it would be granted immediately. Ha! She went through a few years of restructuring as God knocked out all her walls and made her rebuild her foundation using lots of tools that were previously out of her box.  It's not something you get just for doing the regular Sunday school checklist. It comes from deep deep work.





So if you have done the deep work and you think maybe it has happened to you, I invite you to do your own research and learn more. I will tell you that one of the pre-requisites for this blessings is the power and ability to subdue all foes. When I am talking about foes I am not simply talking about the devil. He is not public enemy #1.  He gets way more credit/blame than He deserves. The biggest enemy is the subconscious thought forms that allow that darkness in. Fear, is the biggest one. Also, unforgiveness. Hatred. Anger. Pride.

A regular practice of meditation will give you that power. It doesn't mean you won't encounter these emotions any more or the darkness that they may invite. It means you have the power to get out of the ticket and you make the choice to sooner than later.


After C&E made sure, Jesus may come to you personally, but if you have expectations about how this should be, you gotta let those go. Jesus coming in an imagery journey or a vision during meditation may be way more powerful than Him coming in the flesh. In fact, lots of people who have had both experiences agree that it often is more real and powerful in the imagery state. And up close and personal association with Jesus doesn't have to be a thing for holidays and temple visits. If we stop and practice awareness one might notice He is there all the time. Also, Jesus coming to a person, doesn't mean that they have had their C&E. He comes to all kinds of people who are in different states of spiritual development. Remember Saul? But if he does come, be sure to ask him about all this.

I submit this with much love and peace and pray you have great understanding as you ponder these things. Please forgive any errors.

Through the Grace of God, Sat Nam.