Many blessings to all of you this summer. It has been 28 days since my return from Summer Solstice, and I now finally feel ready to write about it! It was a deep and transformative experience, and I find that it really does take 40 days to process and integrate the experience. When I first returned, I was sleeping a lot to process all of the great changes. I am grateful to be doing a 40 day kriya and meditation, which is helping me to keep the transformation process moving forward, and to anchor me in a daily practice that serves my soul.
For me, Solstice is getting better and better each year. It is one of the most challenging physical environments to be in, and at the same time, it is one of the most supportive environments of all. The theme of this year's Solstice Sadhanas is "Ether". This manifested as extreme dryness, as well as the usual hot, dusty, and windy elements. It always takes me about 36 hours to adjust to the altitude, dryness and heat of Ram Das Puri. So, I take it easy when I arrive and focus on the basics like hydration, food, sleep and setting up.
The supportive nature of Solstice comes from the community of people, the Guru, the structure, the service, the practice of yoga and meditation, and the sound current everywhere. Even the challenges of nature are subdued in the morning and evening when it is cool and the sun is lower in the sky. Seeing the beautiful mountains in the distance, little bunnies running by, the sounds of bugs, and the starry clear skies are all part of the experience.
Only about 24 hours into my arrival at Ram Das Puri, I taught a Celestial Communication class, "Embodying the Teachings". It was the first day of classes at Summer Solstice, and all of these beautiful souls showed up to experience this uplifting form of meditation together. The focus was on becoming an embodiment of the teachings and the sound current through movement. Everyone kept up with the Celestial Communication, sometimes with the wind and dust blowing in our tent. There were lots of smiles and some tears as the mantras and movement affected everyone. It is an incredible experience to me how these simple and pure actions of singing and moving with sacred sound can touch the soul, speak to the soul, and let the soul shine out radiantly to the world.
My wonderful husband took pictures of the class, which you can see in the slideshow below. I love all of these moments of stillness in the movement captured. I love all of the gentle facial expressions too. It's easy for me to see the innocence and nobility of the soul in this practice. And, it is so special for me to look back on these photos and remember the class on this beautiful day.
I also joined my friend, a great teacher and musician, Sat Purkh Kaur, for her class on the morning of Peace Prayer Day. She invited me to share Celestial Communication at the beginning and end of her class, with her playing her beautiful songs. This was a wonderful experience as well.
There is so much more to share about the Summer Solstice experience, that I will write a Part II. Stay tuned! And, if you will be in the Los Angeles area, please join me for my next Celestial Communication workshop on Sunday, July 29th, 1:30-4:30 pm at Yoga West Los Angeles
All love and blessings,
I am excited to be a part of the 3HO Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration
for my 13th year! I went to Summer Solstice in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico for the first time in 1999. I skipped year 2000, moved to Espanola, New Mexico in September 2000, and have been attending the Summer Solstice celebration ever since. It is a magical, earthy, and transformative experience. Now that I live in Los Angeles, it is particularly rejuvenating to be in the clean air, with pure water, and peaceful surroundings.
I am delighted that 3HO invited me to share a letter with our community about my Solstice experience, and my plans for this year. I will be teaching a Celestial Communication class!Sat Nam, dear sisters and brothers,
I am preparing mentally, physically and spiritually for my journey to Summer Solstice, as I am sure many of you are too. It is a time that I look forward to be with my spiritual family, to devote to my being, to replenish myself, and to clarify my intentions for the following year. At this time in 2012, with the many shifts occurring, I feel the calling to be at my thirteenth Summer Solstice to be the strongest.
The Age of Aquarius is an age of consciousness, community, intuition, meditation, inner strength, and service - all of which we have a chance to practice and live at Solstice. As my husband Sat Sang says, all of the practices of Solstice together are a kriya - the cold showers, early morning sadhana, the diet, karma yoga, yoga and meditation classes, White Tantric Yoga, Gurdwara, and even the rustic living on the sacred land. All of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan are represented, and even if we are not able to participate in all of the parts, as a group we are doing this entire kriya together.
This year I look forward to sharing with you the class, "Embodying the Teachings through Celestial Communication," on Friday, June 15th, 3:45-5:15 pm at the Earth tent. This class is inspired by the Yogi Bhajan teaching that in order to have an impact on another being, we must express our communication through our body. We also affect our own soul with this sacred body language, communicating through our innocence back to our authentic self. It is not enough in this age to think, or even speak enlightened words, but now is the time to move with these words, and to embody these words with our presence, and to bring our body, mind, and spirit into harmonious alignment with the vibration of truth, the shabd guru. The technology of Celestial Communication is creative, relaxing, and incredibly healing. Yogi Bhajan spoke of this method of meditation becoming more and more important in the times to come. I have created new Celestial Communications for this class to divine songs by our beloved 3HO musicians to connect us with the element of Ether. Whether you are brand new to this technology, or an experienced teacher, please join us for this experience!
On Peace Prayer Day, there is another special event that I would like to invite you to. I have joined with Ravi Kaur, who for many, many years has created the exciting bhangra dances (and I am happy to have been one of her dancers!) for Peace Prayer Day at Summer Solstice. The vision for the dance this year is that peace begins within each of us. Ravi Kaur and the bhangra dancers will once again perform a joyful bhangra dance, and then the children of Solstice will join the dancers for the song "Man in the Mirror," to look at ourselves and the changes we can make within to create peace on Earth. There is still time for children attending Peace Prayer Day to join in this dance! Please watch the demonstration video and learn the dance so that you can join us on stage during Peace Prayer Day. The more children, the merrier! And for everyone else, please join us to see this inspiring dance with the children on Peace Prayer Day.
There will be so many special moments at Summer Solstice, I cannot wait to see you there!
All love and blessings,Adarsh Kaur
Sat Nam, Celestial Friends!
There is a Spirit Voyage 40 Day Global Sadhana beginning today
, Sunday, May 13th, on Mother's Day. This Sadhana is called "Elevating Ourselves, Blessing Our Children". Gurmukh Kaur and Snatam Kaur lead three powerful meditations for this 40 day sadhana. The third meditation is a Celestial Communication! I love that Spirit Voyage included a CC during this 40-day sadhana.
The Celestial Communication is to "Gobinde Mukande", a powerful mantra for removing blocks and fears. It brings patience, protection and peace. The movements for this CC are based on the original created by Hari Kirn Kaur. Snatam Kaur has updated the CC along with her version of "Gobinde Mukande" with both the Gurmukhi mantra and English lyrics.
I actually love doing this Celestial Communication! It is very freeing and for me, the English lyrics and the children's voices on the "Feeling Good Today"
recording really open my heart. I teach this one from time to time in my classes.
This is a great opportunity to try out a new Celestial Communication, learn one for the first time, or to do for 40 days! Practice it and see how it heals you, relaxes you, and brings you success. I would love to hear your experience.
Many blessings for a beautiful Mother's Day,
My teacher, Yogi Bhajan, loved Celestial Communication. In honor of his birthday tomorrow, I am posting a lecture he gave about Celestial Communication in 1995. He gave us this gift of Celestial Communication so that we could uplift ourselves, clear our blocks, and overcome our neurosis. He gave us this technology so that we could understand the power of the Word, the Shabd Guru, not just mentally, but also in our bodies. He gave us this technology so that we could easily heal ourselves and become great and prosperous. I am so grateful.
Enjoy this lecture, and Yogi Bhajan's birthday tomorrow!
Yogi Bhajan, 01/01/95
Celestial Communication is for when you can't take care of your neurosis by any known method. There is no power greater than the power of the Word, and when the Word is performed through the body, the entire being is purified and relaxed.
If you are Christian, you are a Jew, you are a Moslem, you are a Hindu, you are a Sikh, you are a Buddhist, you are nobody, you are everybody -- science is science. Living in the 20th century and seeing people talking to themselves on the road, making a telephone call, drinking a cup of coffee, reading the newspaper, driving the car, and mostly being who they are -- and not being who they are -- something has to be given to mankind to excel, to come out of it without much cost. And that is what we have done.
We have transformed our songs to the strength of the communication of the Celestial Communication Technique, which is ours, which is our gift to the world through us and through our children to follow. It relaxes the brain through the nerve connections of the tips of the fingers, which are the main active parts and ingredients in this being. When the fingers move with the prana to communicate with music, this cantaloupe becomes the human brain and then tension of the neuro-pattern is restored into relaxed patterns of its own originality.
It's a very fantastic release. We practiced Celestial Communication at Khalsa Women’s Training Camp, and this time every woman who went home to the city from the camp could not adjust at home. I understood. I never said that to you, but I knew that when the angels will reach and meet the mortal, it will be impossible to adjust. And I wanted to see that without doing a thing how much we can do and we did it. And we did a wonderful job.
Every human has the capacity of creative self and no person is weak or condemned in the eyes of God. Something, which I actually do not like, is when in my presence people put down other people. Reacting to people is not what you need. Directing people in their essence, and making them understand is a very simple known fact.
Physical relaxation is not as important as the neuro-system relaxation. That is why the Celestial Communication system will work wonders with all people from all religions and from all places. It is a methodology which will give everyone a tremendous amount of relief in their inner being.
Creativity, when combined with physical movement, psychological concentration, and meditation, is very helpful. It balances the human energy and it gives strength to the Radiant Body. This brings prosperity and success. People who against all odds can smile, who against all provocation can peacefully talk, and against all obnoxiousness can beautifully behave, are bound to be very successful. There is no such thing as defeat for them.
The neuro-chemicals in the brain have the capacity to relate and interrelate the strength of these people's own existence. To be temperamental, to call “wolf” all the time, be emotional, be neurotic, be critical, be a slanderer, be a gossip-spreader, and all those kinds of multi-qualities, is very self-destructive. The time has come when we should voluntarily get ourselves out of it. The most beautiful act you can do to yourself is, don't listen to the garbage. Friends bring gifts to each other. They do not bring their own garbage and lay it on floor of the house of a friend. But you are somehow such unfortunates that you have no sensitivity to even understand that your mental garbage is worse than the physical garbage. For physical garbage, a truck will come weekly and take it away. For mental garbage, it is $120 an hour sitting with a psychiatrist and trying to get rid of it. And it still doesn't go.
Let us see how we can project an infinite reality in our own activity. Let us practice Celestial Communication together. Fortunately we have a videotape, and you can all sit before it and correct yourself. We are trying to transform as many musical songs as we have into the very play we want to go through to express. It's like a time capsule: songs and music are like time capsules for coming generations to follow, to read, sing and enjoy.
Let us come to the nitty gritty. Let us come to the root of tension and that is the brain. In ancient time, they used to have the rosary or the mala to go through the japa to reach a point of relaxation. Modern man came out with biofeedback to listen to that electrical sound system. So, we thought, let us get to the point where every human being by their own right can put a tape into the VCR, and on the screen comes these women doing the Celestial Communication Technique. A person, not even fully aware, can just copy the motions. It will do more good than you can even realize, in just a few minutes time.
© 1995 YB Teachings, LLC
I'd like to share with you this new Celestial Communication video that Yogamint
produced with me. It is very simple, very powerful, and deeply affects the heart. The mantra used is "Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru", which is for protection, healing and miracles.
To practice this meditation, I recommend setting an intention for yourself, of something you would like to heal in your heart - it could be something you need to forgive, heartbreak, a longing, sadness or grief. Set the intention and then practice the 3 minute meditation with the video. I also recommend using the 11 minute (Flores) or the 31 minute version (Heart of Healing) of the song for a truly deep and healing experience!
Please let me know how it goes. I would love to hear from you.
Sat Nam, Celestial Friends,
I am so excited to share with you my first interview with Spirit Voyage! In the article, "What is Communication?"
, I share about the benefits of Celestial Communication, how to create your own, and my personal experience with this incredible technology.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
What is your experience with celestial communication?
My experience with Celestial Communication is that it brings me balance, energy, creativity, and most of all, joy. When I am not sure what to do, or I am feeling troubled, I do Celestial Communication. When I feel stuck, need energy to complete a project, or need to get back into the "flow" and experience prosperity, I do Celestial Communication. Sometimes I will feel better in three to eleven minutes, and sometimes I will keep going for thirty-one or sixty-two minutes. I experience a complete 180 degree turn around from practicing Celestial Communication. My sense of self, my connection to the Divine, the divine within me, and the divine in all things, is completely restored. I feel relaxed and happy : )
Sharing and teaching Celestial Communication is one of the best experiences of my life. I love to see others experience the benefits of Celestial Communication. And, I love to see the joy in their faces and their radiance shine...
If you are looking for some incredible music to create your own Celestial Communications, or would like to find the music from one of my Celestial Communication classes or videos, check out the Celestial Shop
Sat Nam. Yesterday I truly enjoyed teaching a workshop at LYFE Yoga
Center in Hermosa Beach, CA. Many, many thanks to Viriam Kaur
who invited me. The South Bay community is lovely ~ so many celestially communicating yogis and yoginis : )
Viriam Kaur filmed a short video of the Mool Mantra Celestial Communication. This movement was created and choreographed by Hari Kirn Kaur, one of the original two Celestial Communication (CC) creators. If you didn't think CC could be aerobic, try this one! It is always a favorite.
For all of the yoginis and yogis who attended the workshop, here is a playlist from the workshop:
" from Meditations for the Aquarian Age, Volume 1
by Nirinjan Kaur and Guru Prem Singh
"I Am What I Am
" from Livelight
"Namo Namo" from Universal Prayer
by Satkirin Kaur Khalsa (during yoga set)
"Har Singh Nar Singh" from Adhara
by Nirinjan Kaur (during yoga set)
"Too Mera Pita" from Too Mera Pita
by Matamandir Singh (relaxation)
" from Mool Mantra & Wahe Guru
by Simran Kaur and Kirtan Singh
" by Gurudass Singh & Gurudass Kaur. Originally found on CD of the same name, also can be found on Deeply Relax and Meditate,
compiled by Shakta Kaur.
" from Meditations for the Aquarian Age, Volume 1
by Nirinjan Kaur and Guru Prem Singh.
"Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru
" from Naad, the Blessing
by Sangeet Kaur Khalsa.
Many blessings to all,
When teaching Celestial Communication, Yogi Bhajan said that it is great to practice it with others, a leader and follower(s), to achieve the mirror effect. This could also be done by watching a video or by practicing Celestial Communication in a mirror and seeing your own reflection. But, Yogi Bhajan said, when you don't have any of these things, sit or stand in front of a tree and do Celestial Communication.
In the photos below (taken by my lovely husband, Sat Sang), I am Celestialing with a tree at the Huntington Gardens. Try it sometime - it is great fun!
Many blessings, Adarsh Kaur
This is the second article
in a three part series that I am writing for Yogamint. This article is really about what to do when you have met someone you think might be right for you as a life partner, but how do you decide if it will really work forever? This article is inspired by my own experienced, and what worked for me.
Here is the beginning of my article...Once you meet a potential partner, what happens next? It’s just as important to keep working on yourself when you are in a relationship as it is when you are hoping to find the “perfect match.” Especially for women, there is a tendency to focus all of your energy on your partner. However, it is of utmost importance to keep focused on yourself and all the important things in your life. This is a critical time, and you will need all of your resources to to handle the emotional ups and downs of courtship. By staying clear on your needs as well as your partner's, you will be able to use your intuition and discernment to protect yourself from anyone who is not worthy of your love. Learn to trust your instincts before becoming emotionally or physically intimate.
to read on...
In your experience, what do you recommend to couples trying to make a decision about marriage, or life partnership?
Sat Nam, my celestial friends. Here is a video I'd like to share with you. My friend Hari Kaur created this Celestial Communication to a beautiful song, "Ajai Alai - Let there be peace" by Mata Mandir Singh. I have practiced this Celestial Communication many times with my friend Hari Kaur, and we have even led this one together at the Summer Solstice in New Mexico, with a thousand people moving like angels in unison.
Practicing this mediation always brings me much joy and peace, and I hope it brings this to you as well.
Many blessings, Adarsh Kaur