By Savitree Kaur
“Somewhere in life you need to be you, not what your religion wants, not what your society wants, not what your country wants, not what your neighbors want. No, you have to be you. Then, serve all with a big smile on your face.”
-Yogi Bhajan 9/23/02
If you are not your name or what you look like; if you are not your work or family title; if you are not your pedigree; if you are not where you live, what you wear, what you own, who you know, or even what you think and feel; then who really are you?
Underneath the material identities is something more real. To go beyond the labels and into the essence of who you truly are can be an experience of vulnerability—especially when you have difficulty accepting that you are enough.
This realization begins to melt away the material attachments and external identities that you hold on to—that you have for so long believed would make you more worthy, yet were never quite enough. This letting go can be scary. When you allow yourself to do so, however, connection to your true essence is a joyful one that promises that you are, and everything will be, okay. Just be who you really are.
In a book called The Greatest Power by Demi, a boy emperor said to his people, “To know the greatest power in the world is to know the greatest peace,” and he gave the children one year to show him what the greatest power is. Some brought weapons, others money, others technology, others beauty. And one girl presented a lotus seed. She became his prime minister.
When we break open a seed, there is nothing inside; just pure, empty space. Yet, this space is filled with pure potentiality—the intelligence to transform “nothing” into creation (manifestation), life, abundance.
When you close your eyes and allow your mind to sit in stillness, or in a mantra, you go into that space of pure intelligence, and in that space, you find who you really are: your greatest power, your authentic Self. In your authentic Self, you have personality and life; but one that comes from pure essence rather than from the ego. You have desire, yet you are unattached. You are strong, yet vulnerable. And you are filled with joy, despite the wounds.
Your ability to tap into this empty space gives you power to come into your authentic identity—one that is uniquely beautiful, and one that is enough. And from it, you serve yourself and ultimately this world in the way that you were meant to live and serve: happily, healthfully, and whole.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
"There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Do Sat Kriya for 90, 120 or 1000 days. It will take you there.
Savitree Kaur, E-RYT and KRI certified, is co-founder of Urban Yoga Chicago, a Kundalini Yoga, meditation and wellness center in South Evanston, IL, where they offer Kundalini Yoga classes, individual sessions, meditation courses for adults and children, and Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training featuring lead trainer Gurudass Kaur. Savitree’s strength is in helping individuals customize their meditation practice to serve their highest goals. She is also mom to two beautiful teenaged children. For more, see SavitreeKaur.com, UrbanYogaChicago.org and BlissfulAreWe.com.