By Jai Kartar Kaur
Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Seeing God in All
Have you ever had a magic moment when you felt absolute ease and connection? In such a moment, there is a feeling of boundlessness, of being beyond time and space. An all-pervasive love and understanding dissolves any question. I refer to it as a state of being merged.
Why is it that some people can encounter tragedy upon tragedy and still have the ability and positive thinking to see life as a blessing? Why is it that some people can feel the pain of one of life’s hard lessons and carry that wound through the rest of their days, never to heal? Can we all know how to be happy? When we live in the face of economic, social, environmental and religious upheaval, how can we stay merged? How can we see God* in all things, even in the suffering in the world?
We have been taught that God is good, compassionate, merciful and loving. We can find it very difficult to perceive the divine in incidences that bare the hallmarks of destruction, loss or pain. With our limited human perspective, it can be very challenging to accept these dark aspects of reality. What happens if we look for God in all? What happens if we trust that truth is pervasive and at play in the darkest dramas of our lives and our human condition?
What if I am willing to be still when I don’t understand, when I feel pain, and when I feel separate? In meditation, in stillness, in prayer I invite God to come and dwell within me. What if I could perceive every tragedy that befell me as an opportunity to recreate my divine connection, to merge? Any act of merging is a significant and powerful force in the world. It contributes to the collective consciousness that is shared by all who dwell on the earthly plane.
Merging sheds light on the pathway that the soul is called to follow. Like anything that is practiced with regularity, the skill can be developed and refined. There is no wrong way to merge. The key is to begin. Create a time and space or use a moment that spontaneously arises. Humbly ask for guidance, let your heart guide you in the process, feel gratitude for each long deep breath, experience the stillness. It does not matter how you are guided to make the invitation, but that you do make the call to God. Just like any loving parent, God will come. Be very still and patient. Breathe into the space within you. When you are able to let go of your attachment and your fear, you will feel the connection.
It is easy to underestimate the art of being. We are so accustomed to doing. Yet, being merged can often have much more impact than our frenetic efforts of doing. When we act from the consciousness of being merged, our direction becomes clear. Thus, our actions aren’t futile or misguided. When we are merged, we are a part of the prosperous, universal flow. We are fulfilling our destiny.
The older I get, the more I am learning how to get out of my own way. That is really the same process as learning how to stay merged.
May you see God in all, especially in the mirror.
Sat nam; may truth be your identity.
The Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age
1. Understand through compassion; otherwise you might misunderstand the times.
2. Recognize that the other person is you.
3. When the time is on you, start and the pressure will be off.
4. There is a way through every block.
5. Vibrate the cosmos; the cosmos shall clear the path.
* My teacher, Yogi Bhajan, used the term God broadly. He said, “God is the Generator, Organizer and Destroyer. G – O –D.” I find it an inspirational quote, we may never find a word glorious or inclusive enough to define the uniting creative, infinite and all-pervasive force, so I use the term God in that context.