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Relate to Your Own Essence

Originally taught on June 2, 1980

"This is a little initiation in which we can relate very politely to our own essence and we will do it only three times, so I hope you will participate well. Just realize how much this little thing which we have done for a minute and a half can change you. Maya will not go with you. Your spirit and soul shall. Realize in the land of God, the hand of God works." -Yogi Bhajan

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine.

Mudra: Place your hands in Gyan Mudra, thumb tip touching the tip of the Jupiter (index) finger, keeping the other fingers perfectly straight. Cross your hands just above the wrists (it doesn't matter which hand is on top). Hold the mudra comfortably close to your chest with the inside arm touching the body.

Breath: Inhale deeply and exhale completely, then rhythmically pump the navel to "eight points of Haree, three times." Pump the navel as you mentally vibrate:

Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Har
Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Har 
Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Haree, Har

In other words, with the breath held out, you pump the navel twenty-four times, once each time you vibrate "Haree" or "Har" of the mantra. (This takes about 30 seconds.) Inhale and repeat this breath two more times. This is to be practiced for three breaths only. It will take about a minute and a half.

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan

This meditation can be found in Praana Praanee Praanayam, available through KRI.