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Finding Guidance in the New Year

 By Bachan Adi Kaur

"Through meditation, you can calm the mind and develop your intuition to recognize what is real and important to you. Without knowledge, are you going to close your eyes and just start walking? Where will you go? You have to know your direction and monitor yourself each step of the way. Your inner compass must tell you your location in relation to your goal. Life has its own innate organization, which you can sense with intuition and intelligence."
-Aquarian Teacher Training Manual Level 1

As 2020 dawns, the new year brings a clean slate, a chance to review where we've been and where we want to go, and a chance to change directions if we so choose. It's an exciting time for many, ripe with possibilities! 

Many people embark upon New Year's resolutions, attempting to better themselves by losing weight, getting healthier, quitting bad habits, maybe finding a new job or relationship. Unfortunately, many of those initiatives fall flat by February. 


I believe it's because those goals aren't aligned with our higher selves, our divinity. "Wishing" to be thinner or richer or stop smoking isn't going to get the job done. You need to connect to your truth. Who are you? Who do you really want to be?

Being overweight can be a reflection of fear. We put weight on to protect ourselves from potentially toxic situations or because we think we are unworthy of love. Smoking or other addictions can be an attempt to punish ourselves for perceived flaws, or an attempt to fill a void. We tend to stay in unsatisfying relationships and jobs because we secretly think we don't deserve more.

To heal these "outside" issues, we must first look inside to get to our root of the problem. One of the greatest gifts of practicing Kundalini Yoga is it helps us tap into our own truth so we can heal what needs to be healed or release anything that no longer serves us. All kriyas and meditations help us on our path to divinity, but many specifically help us connect to ajna, our third eye—our intuition.

"Man without intuition is a man in the dark. You may have a candle; but if it’s not lit, it doesn’t mean a thing. I understand there are millions and millions of therapies and paths and religions and realities and individuals. But there is only one individual that is you. There cannot be any other. It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do; nothing outside of you shall solve your problem."
-Yogi Bhajan

The Complete Adi Mantra for Individual Meditation is a great place to start tapping into your higher self. 

Before beginning a Kundalini Yoga set, we chant the Adi Mantra (Ong Namo, Guroo Dayv Namo) to become centered and to connect to the Golden Chain of teachers who've come before us. But it's not a source of guidance in itself. 

"The complete individual form of the Adi Mantra immerses you in awareness and guidance for your personal situation. It establishes a guiding beam between you in your immediate state and your higher consciousness that is true through all states."
The Aquarian Teacher Manual

Yogi Bhajan said, "Use this mantra in its complete form anytime you have a lack of faith or any similar thing."

Luckily, we don't have to wait for January 1st to recommit to our daily Kundalini practice. We can always start today with our 40, 90, 120 or 1,000 day practice. It is said it takes 40 days to break a habit, 90 days to commit to a new habit, 120 days to confirm the new habit and 1,000 days to master it. As you do the daily practice, you'll tap into your own intuition—your own guidance to help you through whatever challenges you are facing.

Bachan Adi Kaur is currently in the midst of the life-changing Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program with Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa and Nirbhe Kaur at the Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Center in Yardley, PA.

The Complete Adi Mantra for Individual Meditation

Posture: Sit comfortably in easy pose with a light neck lock.

Mudra: Place your hands in front of heart center, palms up, with the sides of your hands touching. Touch your index or Jupiter finger to your thumb to form Gyan Mudra, the mudra of wisdom.

Eyes: Focus your eyes on the tip of your nose.

Breath and Mantra: Chant the entire mantra three to five times on one breath. 

Ong Namo, Guroo Dayv Namo

Guroo Davy Namo, Guroo Dayvaa

The sound "Dayv" is chanted a minor third higher than the other sounds and the sound "Dayvaa" is held slightly longer on the "aa" sound.

Listen to the mantra pronunciation here under Kundalini Yoga Mantra Pronunciations #17.

Time: Chant for 11 to 31 minutes. 

This meditation can be found in the Aquarian Teacher Training Manual Level 1 Yoga Manual.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan