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Practice Your Peace: Tools for All Ages

By Shakta Khalsa

How can I, as one human, help our world? Can I create a vibrational frequency of peace myself that radiates outward and affects our entire world? Is that even possible?

Our world and our mind are made of the same stuff—energy. Yogi Bhajan talked about how everything is vibrational frequency, or energy.

"The total sum of this life and this Earth, of this planet, this cosmos, and this space is nothing but energy. This life is constructed so that the energy of existence is transferred into matter. That matter can also be transferred into energy. Some how that essential energy creat­ed matter and that matter sustains us through the energy!" –The Mind: It’s Projections and Multiple Facets

Science is now beginning to be able to document non­physical forces. From Gregg Braden's book, The lsaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy, comes this interesting experiment:

"In a report from the International Society of the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, scientists documented the nonphysical force of emotion actually changing the physical molecule of DNA. The study reported  that 'Individuals trained in generating focused feelings of deep love were able to intentionally cause a change in the conformation [shape] of the DNA."'

Since the changes in our world that began with the events of September 11, I have found myself over and over again coming into a projective state of prayer, but not the kind of prayer that is asking or begging.

What I am calling prayer is a state of consciously creating reality with my vibratory energy. Anytime I forget, I again become aware that I have the power to choose an energy projection of truth and peace prevailing on Earth.

I have also noted that often this uplifted energy is "caught" by others who perhaps just needed a reminder. So the way I see it, when enough of us are using 100% of our vibratory energy at each moment to create a vibration of peace, changes that we would normally think of as miracles become everyday realities.

Working with children has been a life path for me, and through that path I have found children to be, as Yogi Bhajan puts it, "super-sensitive, full-fledged people with high potency antennae which records every vibration within their vicinity, completely and very deeply."

So with that in mind, I have included ways to share these tools with children. Feel free to improvise and adapt them for your personal use. After each exercise, allow a space for your child to talk about what he or she experience.

This is very subtle and sensitive work. To stay present, it may be helpful to be aware of your breath, especially at the beginning of the practice.

Exercise 1:

I let myself sink into a state of feeling for all who are suffering, and that feeling extends out to the entire world. I allow the pain. I sit with it and let it be as it is, in trust, simply because it is part of All That ls.

After some time, I find the pain has subtly transformed into something else: a compassionate healing, an accepting of the higher wisdom in this, as in all actions.

Adapted for Children:

Let's close our eyes and allow whatever we feel, even if it is sad, or angry, or fearful to come in. If pictures come to you, things that you've seen on TV, explosions, people crying, whatever it is, just let it be. It cannot hurt you to let it be. Give yourself permission to feel, and just watch what happens if you don't block your feelings.

Exercise 2:  

I extend my prayer field, my energy field, out in front of me and all around me, envisioning and creating a world in which events of pain and suffering, are resolved in the highest manner. l don't use my rational mind to think of strategies that would resolve it, but instead create a space—an emptiness that contains all possibilities in which the Unknown can fully work.

I trust humanity. I visualize us at our best, with full awareness of the consequences of our actions, using this challenge as an opportunity to propel our world into a new way of being. This does not mean that those who are considered perpetrators are not called to account, but I see this happening in the miraculous ways of the Unknown, rather than by ways that can hurt innocents and create more retaliation.

Adapted for Children:

Instead of trying to think about all the problems and solutions that are being talked about in our world right now, let us do something really different. Let's imagine a big emptiness that stretches out in front of us, and all around us, and goes into the future. That big emptiness is a space in which anything is possible. Magical things, miraculous thing, things no one ever thought about, can all happen in this wonderful emptiness that we are allowing to be there.

Exercise 3:

I have the courage to go into the consciousness of a terrorist, feel the pain that was translated into hatred and inflicted pain on others. I feel it pass through me, and I allow it as part of All That Is. Remember, when you accept what is, it cannot stay the same. Your acceptance of it creates a kind of "vibrational hug" around it, and it melts. I have a sense that these beings are brought into the fold of humanity through the transformation that happens through this compassionate act.

Adapted for Children:

It takes courage to go into a place inside you where you allow yourself to feel the pain that is inside a person you don't like, or who has hurt you in some way. Think of anyone who is like that for you. Allow them into your heart. By accepting a person as they are, even a person who you know as an enemy, that person cannot stay the same. The hate melts, and what is left is just a human being in so much pain.

Exercise 4:

I trust that the Unknown, the All That Is, that we call God, will unfold the events of the future that will match the vibratory frequency that I, and many others together, are holding and projecting—a sacred space where peace and truth prevail. In this deep space of trust and knowing, I feel the ecstasy that is my birthright, and I extend that birthright out to all of humanity.

Adapted for Children:

Without even thinking, we trust that we will have another breath, and another, and another, right? Now let's have that same kind of trust that something good is happening, something that is connecting us with everyone else on our planet. Feel the peace in your heart and connect it up with everyone else—people you know and don't know, and grow that peace so it stretches all around the world.

Since the 1970s, Shakta Khalsa has had the great blessing to combine her two big loves–children and yoga–into what eventually became her life’s work; Radiant Child® Yoga.

She is a trained yoga professional at the highest level, designated by Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500, and was named one of the top five Kundalini Yoga teachers in the world by Yoga Journal magazine. Additionally, she was the lead keynote speaker at the first National Kid’s Yoga Conference in 2014, and is a creative partner in the upcoming Yoga Dog TV show.

Shakta is an AMS certified Montessori teacher, and the author of five well-known Yogabooks, CDs and DVDs. Her latest book, The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow Your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to do the Same, is scheduled for release in summer of 2016, (Llewellyn Worldwide)

She lives in the Northern Virginia area with her husband of many years, Kartar who is a lead teacher in RCFY 200 hour training, and enjoys life with him, their son, Ram Das, and their many animal companions. Visit her website at: