By Narinder Kaur
Within the Information Age thousands of seekers are finding themselves at a crossroads that no longer has four directions. There are now hundreds of ways to turn. We are blessed with the technology of the Internet to connect with our global community. The human race is one. It’s a challenge and it’s fun!
However, within this bountiful reality, many people are still finding themselves on new paths that are not the right fit for them. They turn around, try another route, re-trace their steps back to the crossroads, mired in the same thing they were looking to leave behind. They tire out and hopelessness threatens to set in; their coping mechanisms don’t seem to shift. They are forever at the crossroads, standing there holding their habits, looking for the next thing that glitters, the next thing that brings them hope.
Online we see we are offered hundreds of hopeful options. From retreats, to healthy diets, self-help books, and many styles of meditation. There are hundreds of YouTube videos on the law-of-attraction alone. We can choose from a plethora of Yoga classes, styles, and studios. We can choose from many schools of meditation.
Sometimes, we find we are seeking shelter in places that bring up more questions. So we seek out answers from Tarot readers, astrologers, palm readers, psychics. It’s as though we are constantly looking for assurance. These are wonderful blessings to enrich our lives. They give us useful tools and times of respite. They are useless if we merely collect them; they are useful if we use them. The spiritual marketplace is vast but many seekers may find they are window shopping without ever bringing the treasure home. Seeking implies deficiency.
In reality, the answer is that the journey ultimately leads you to be where you already are. There is the assurance.
We are looking for a way to feel safe. We are looking for the way to feel calm in the midst of the rattling paradigm shift. We are looking for the way out of our past trauma. We are looking for emotional security. We are looking for hope for the future generations in the face of a political climate that feels like a dead end. We are looking for the golden light that promises us we are on the right path. We are looking for new ways of communication that feel good in our bodies. We are looking for a break from the stories of suffering. We are looking to be free of the mental chaos. We are looking for our own unique destiny that gives our life a purpose.
How do we make it Home with so much searching? Pick a direction. Shake off the baggage and find you are already there. Where are you?
What is your guiding word? Name it. Name the vibration you feel is Home. Attach your Life-giving breath to that word.
When he filters everything through the vibration and the breath of the word “Grace” he knows where he is. Every action, every response, every choice, every meal, every encounter, every prayer is through Grace.
When she filters everything through the vibration and the breath of the word “Surrender” she knows where she is. Every action, every response, every choice, every meal, every encounter, every prayer is through Surrender.
When they filter everything through the vibration and the breath of the words “Cherdi Kala” they know where they are. Every action, every response, every choice, every meal, every encounter, every prayer is through Cherdi Kala.
These guiding words unload the ‘doing’ and leave just the ‘being’ by pointing to a direction that is already within.
Pick a direction. Shake off the baggage and find you are already there.
The Kriya for Natural Adjustment (Reaching Me in Me p. 33) is excellent for this. It allows an opportunity to amend our subtle body systems by breaking loose the locks of pain fastened to our body. We shake off the baggage. The Kriya ends by chanting Akal. We let things go, we unpack, we settle in, we are Home.
What is the guiding word for your Home? When you feel lost, what is the first sign you are lost? And, what is the guiding word that you know will lead you to where you already are? You are already there.
Narinder Kaur Khalsa lives in Atlanta with her husband Brahamjot Singh. She is an artist, a Kundalini Yoga teacher, and a Home Funeral Guide. www.mytwocrows.com