We have been doing a meditation this month that simply states, "I Am, I Am." I usually teach a different Kriya & meditation in each class. However, I have taught this meditation several times in the past few weeks. Why? Because I want you to get the message. And I want all of you to experience this profound meditation within our powerful group energy.
We all tell ourselves, "I am fat/skinny, tall/short, ugly, stupid, etc.". This is not true, this is not your identity, it is not who you are. We are all WAY TOO HARD on ourselves. Why are you putting labels on yourself? Could you imagine one of your close friends saying those things to you? Probably not. So why do you say them to yourself? The more you say it, or even THINK it, you start to believe it. As many of you know, repetition (japa) creates new thought patterns (and therefore your habits) in your mind.
So, please, STOP!
Instead, let's connect the finite (physical body) and Infinite (subtle body) identities. The first "I AM" that emphasizes the "I" is the personal, the finite sense of self. The second "I AM" that emphasizes the "AM" is the impersonal and transcendent sense of the Self.
When you immediately say the second part of the mantra, "I AM" the thought becomes "I AM What I AM". To be what you are - your true self, identity, soul, YOUR SAT NAM.
So here is what I would like you to do for the next 8 weeks:
Wake up everyday and say, "I AM WHO I AM, THAT IS THAT". You can even sing it! Guru Singh & Seal (yes, THAT Seal) have a great version that I love singing along with. Check it out here - Guru Singh, 'Game of Chants'. Sing it in the shower, in your car. Sing it from the roof tops. Encourage your children to sing along with you - they will LOVE it!
Put a note or make a beautiful sign saying "I AM WHO I AM, THAT IS THAT" and post it on your fridge and/or bathroom mirror (or anywhere you will surely see it). Look at your note/sign everyday, and SAY IT EVERYDAY - AT LEAST once a day.
By doing this, you are replacing your negative thought patterns with new ones. You are, in essence, rewiring your brain. Yes, you CAN do this. You don't have to be a doctor or scientist to do so.
For those of you who are already doing "Meditation Into Being" (details below) every morning/day, please continue to do it. For those who aren’t, please join us. Let's all do this meditation together until Yogi Bhajan's birthday on August 26th.
Now get going, YOU! : )
With sincere gratitude & love,
Meditation Into Being: I Am, I Am
Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh (neck lock).
Fix the eyelids at 1/10th open. The eyes look straight ahead through the eyelids.
Keep the spine straight. Place the right hand in Gyan Mudra (the index finger tip on the tip of the thumb), resting on the right knee, palms face up. Raise the left hand in front of the Heart Center. The palm is flat and faces toward the chest. The fingers point to the right.
Start with the left hand 6” from the chest. Chant out loud I AM as you draw the hand closer to the chest to a distance of about 4 “.
Then chant I AM as you extend the palm straight away from the front of the chest to a distance of about 12”.
Then take a short breath through the nose as you draw the hand back to the original position of 6” from the chest. Create a steady rhythm with the mantra and the breath.
Continue for 11-31 minutes.
To End: Inhale deeply. Suspend the breath for 5-10 seconds, then exhale and relax completely.
The version of "I Am" I have been using in our classes is absolutely beautiful. Nirinjan has such a soft, simple voice. Yet her songs & melodies are so powerful. A well known actor has publically said he would take Nirinjan's "Adhara" CD with him on a desert island (only 5 CD's allowed!).
To learn more about this gifted soul, please have a look at her website - Nirinjan Kaur.
You may purchase/download Nirinjan's version of "I Am" here: 'Meditation for Transformation: Restoring Your Personal Power.
About This Meditation:
This meditation helps you build your true identity by reminding yourself that you are beyond any finite identification. The hand and the breath move in rhythm and strengthen your ability to maintain a sense of self as your awareness expands.
Sources: 'The Women's Book of Meditation: Discovering the Power of a Peaceful Mind' by Hari Kaur Khalsa
(c) The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan