“The truth of your being is openness. It needs no practice, technique or manipulation to realize. Who you are is free, now! Who you are will not become free or liberated at some point in the future; who you are is liberated, now! Stop all doing and be still. Let the fire of stillness burn everything and reveal That which is openness.” Adyashanti in The Impact of Awakening
I taught kundalini yoga for five years, ending just this past December. Kundalini came along at a time in my life when I was exploring different spiritual practices and it provided a supportive community I’d never experienced before. It very much facilitated the deepening of my spiritual knowledge and improved my physical health. Both of which play out on the level of mind and matter. There were some “spiritual experiences ” sprinkled throughout that time and moments of complete bliss. I was there for self-realization. Everything else was a nice bonus and I thought I was really “getting it” on the path to enlightenment.
If you’ve ever practiced the tradition, you know it’s full of different kriyas (yoga sets) and meditations. There’s a lot of movement, chanting, and some very obscure combinations of postures. I felt at times that it was all just made up by Yogi Bhajan and sold to the West. That could be true but it’s not for me to pick apart and debate. Kundalini yoga has its place in life and I’m grateful for it.
However, even as I was teaching, there was something in me saying, “It’s simpler than this.” I felt that so much of it was completely unnecessary. The parts that resonated the most with me were still, quite meditations. And as I started studying the teachings of Adyashanti, it became abundantly clear that these inclinations were true. What I realized was that anytime you feel there is a need for something, anything, in order to feel your essence, Spirit or Truth, you are fooling yourself. You need nothing to be what you already are…free.