Sungalaa | September 2021
'21 Stages of meditation'
15.09.21 – 22.09.21
With Sohan Kaur & Jiwan Shakti Kaur
Sungalaa invites you to the Level 3 KRI International program of Advanced Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training:
“Meditation is your first habit. Every human should meditate to keep the mind clean. Meditation is nothing but cleansing the mind through a process. You will take a bath so that you may not stink, but if you don’t take a bath and you put on cologne, you will stink differently. Meditation is the cleansing of the mind so that mind can tell you who you are” – Yogi Bhajan.
Pelion Homes Retreat Centre. Agios Georgios Nilias is a beautiful and green traditional village on the slopes of the Western Pelion, 22 km from Volos, between the Pagasitikos Gulf and the Aegean Sea, at a distance of 20′-30 ‘from the nearest beaches and near the village of Milies.
Meet THE TEACHERS
Further techniques Sohan uses are based on the insights of Dr. Milton H. Erickson, Roy Hunter, and Dr. Bruce Eimer.
Of a Greek father, Austrian mother, raised in Germany, living in Italy, Sohan manages to bring everyone closer with a great spirit of union and understanding, beyond any cultural barrier.
A wonderful journey into the depth of your Self in the tradition of Kundalini Yoga.
OPEN TO ALL.
Yogi Bhajan describes three journeys, each comprised of seven stages, taking you step by step into a deeper level of awakening and realization. We will move through the rudimentary skills of meditation to the deeper levels of awareness and integration and finally into identity, projection and merger in the infinite pulse of creation.
- First Journey: The Crystallised Self
- Second Journey: The Expressive Self
- Third Journey: The Transcendent Self
The course is open to all, also to practitioners of other traditions.
For the KRI Level 3 program, 21 Stages of Meditation is part of the intensive group meditation requirement.
First Journey: The Crystallized Self.
The focus of the first journey is to recognise, experience and crystallise the Self. The blocks are encountered in the first four stages: upset, boredom, irritation and frustration. The first ascent starts when we have a sense of our Self, separate from all the commotions, emotions and sensory impulses; we begin to focus and recognise a still point, a nucleus within, which is the Self.
It is this crystallised sense of Self that is needed in order for consciousness to work.
Second Journey: The Expressive Self
In this second journey, the initial challenge is to develop a sensitivity to the Self, as we engage in relationships and participate in life. When we take the seed of our Self and our identity and project it into the world, it expands. In this second journey, we cultivate the meditative skill to merge with our projection yet still be able to distil our Self from the various roles we play; in this way, this second journey prepares us to maintain our integrity in action and ultimately to find the stillness within every action.
Third Journey: The Transcendent Self
We recognise all that we are as the formless presence of the infinite, transcendent Self. By forging an elevated identity with our infinite Self within our finite self, we become spontaneous, creative and flexible. We excel in this infinite game of the soul. Love, compassion and kindness become the core of our experience: We become the nothing within the centre of all that is. Mystery is now mastery. The sacred space opens up to intuitive presence, which serves innocence, loves life, blesses all, and praises the Infinite, the all within All. You become you, nothing more, nothing less – a realised human beings.
WHY 21 STAGES OF MEDITATION?
The real question is why do we practice in the first place?
By articulating and describing each of the 21 Stages of Meditation, we have attempted to put into words the states of consciousness that are traversed by those who use the power of meditation to enhance their lives through the pursuit of happiness and peace of mind.
The meditations that guide us through the stages on the journey to realisation are designed to follow the natural structure and qualities of each stage. The experiences of one stage support the progress in the next stage. You can explore any of the stages on your own as an individual practice. The benefit of each meditation stands on its own; but the added benefit of practicing an entire journey comes from the intensity of the practice when done in sequence, within a concentrated period of time and in a community of practitioners.
The goal is clear: happiness.
The nature of meditation is well-defined: Refine the mind and elevate your awareness.
The path is open: Deepen your meditation through each of the 21 Stages of Meditation in order to reach that intangible quality we call realisation.
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Our chefs will work their magic in creating a variety of farm-to-table Mediterranean dishes with a twist. Nutritious but delicious. Using ingredients from the farm and locally sourced ingredients.