The Secret of Consciousness
In 1977, one of the first books to be published about Kundalini Yoga was “The Experience of Consciousness,” a small collection of lectures and meditations by Yogi Bhajan.
The book is almost impossible to find today, yet it explains the nature of consciousness in a most memorable way. Upon re-reading it, I discovered the secret of consciousness.
The secret is: Listen.
“For any practitioner of consciousness who wants to elevate their consciousness, the first act is to listen.” – Yogi Bhajan
Do you listen when you talk? Or do you talk to hear your own voice?
Do you listen when you chant mantra? Or do you chant to make a sound?
We hear but we do not listen. It has been said that prayer is when you talk to God and meditation is when you listen to God.
To paraphrase Guru Nanak who first revealed the Mul Mantra used in Kundalini Yoga, “By deeply listening, all the secrets of the universe are revealed.”
We are so excited when our children first learn to talk. Better we should celebrate when they first learn to listen.
Conscious communication, it has been said, requires both the ability to talk and listen at the same time. It is a skill that can be developed through meditation, and in the book “The Experience of Consciousness,” Yogi Bhajan gave such a practice.
The meditation is called Tantric Kriya:
Sit in easy pose and turn the palms upward 4 inches (10 cm) out from the diaphragm.
Interlace your fingers so the point upwards 45 degrees with the left hand closest to the chest. The thumbs pointing outward from the body. Let the hands and fingers be relaxed. See the mudra below.
Chant WAHE GURU (wah-hay goo-roo) 12 times on one breath, one repetition of Wahe Guru per second. The inhale between the chanting should take about 4 seconds, so your breath rate is 4 times per minute.
Listen deeply to the sound of your own voice as you chant.
Begin with a 11-minute practice and gradually increase to 31-minutes.
Yogi Bhajan said, “As an experiment, repeat this cycle 12 times (144 Wahe Guru’s on one breath!). Be aware at which point your voice becomes feeble, ineffective, whatever the reason. For example, on the ninth repetition your voice becomes a whisper. Note the time this occurs. This indicates the frequency of your constant equity in higher consciousness. As you practice this meditation over time, notice your progress.”
As you practice listening deeply to the sound of your own voice, it will change your conscious and your communication.
Want to experience a new level of Conscious Communication?
The Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 2 course “Conscious Communication” begins this April with Mehtab in Austin, Texas and again in late summer in Sweden.