My Kundalini has not yet awakened and I will be taking Shaktipat for the first time. I have been reading the posts and have got a lot of information. But a few questions still remain. While the Shaktipat is being given, how much does life change from the normal?
This of course will depend upon your practice of the safeties and the strength of the Shaktipat for your individual system. Life CAN be normal. There are practices to be done in conjunction with the Shaktipat so time to be able to do this is valuable.
There are aspects that are dependent upon you and how willing you are to go into the Shaktipat and meditate and pray and to follow the instructions that will be given. I ask that it be given to people in accordance with what they can hold and process at the time it is given. Much of it requires that you are to be able to work and live and raise a family while this occurs. So expect that my friend but I cannot guarantee that will occur at first.
Will I be able to work during the period or do I need to take time off?
That will once again depend upon you and your circumstances. How much time and how severe a focus are you going to exert? I would try to be as normal as possible in functioning with in life's normal parameters. Kundalini doesn't go away so it is best to feel and process the activation and awakening in the context of the normal life.
What other aspects of regular life need to be changed to get the full effects of the Shaktipat?
1) A sincere and regular daily practice of all of the safeties is paramount.
2) Following the instructions as given is also very important.
3) Opening and surrendering is very important.
4) Fasting if you can safely do so three days before the first day of the Shaktipat with the third day falling on the first day of the Shaktipat can be helpful.
5) Bare feet on bare ground or bare perineum on bare ground can be helpful in the weeks before the Shaktipat.
6) A consistent purposeful intended unity with all of life and all of creation is helpful.
7) A willingness to let go of the self defined existence and allow God and Shakti to come to the inner and outer expression of how one lives life is very beneficial.
8) Meditation and praying five or more times a day in the three weeks prior to the Shaktipat is helpful. Consistency is important with this.
9) Being consistently helpful and kind and considerate towards others even if "you" are under duress is helpful.
10) A constant relevance of Kundalini in the waking life i.e. a constant thinking and thought process around the Kundalini and how it filters into and manifests into the living of life is very helpful -this must be constant.
11) Sexual repression for the three weeks prior to the Shaktipat and to include the seven days of it is helpful.
12) An attitude of love for all of life's little wonders. An acknowledgement of them and an honoring of them. From the whisper of the wind to the sound of a cricket to the gentle buzzing of bees to the laughter of children and the sight of a beautiful sunrise and sunset. The feeling of cool water on and in the body and the feeling of hot water as it warms the body. The radiations of the Sun as it is felt and the beauty of Sunshine as it lights up a day. The comfort of darkness and the sounds of the night. The sense of gratefulness for all things and a surrendering to God and Shakti as they give from this richness into and upon you.
13) Surrender of your self. How "you" wish to direct your life. Surrender of your ego and how it wishes to rule your life. Surrender of your love and your family ties, friendships and romantic love. Surrender of your physical, social and mental and emotional and psychological processes and spiritual processes and how they are manifested and understood by you. Surrender them into the trust of your inner and outer teacher. This would be Shakti. And Shiva. Sacred Female and Sacred Male. God. Surrender these qualities as best you can.
Some surrendering parameters are as follows:
"I will ask that you surrender any and all guidance’s that pertain to:
your life - And how you live it.(i.e. mental processes, emotional processes, physical processes, sexual processes, psychological processes, social processes, spiritual processes etc.
your family- And how you feel and relate to them.
your love - emotional, mental, and physical - And how you relate to it.
your spiritual questing - And your directions within it.
Surrender everything. All of these areas will become engulfed by the Kundalini."
This requires faith and trust and love and complete obedience to the guidance’s that are given. You must not go half way but the full way into these surrenderings. Really feel it and really be sincere as you experience this release of individual responsibility and ego driven direction.
This is the first leap of faith. There are others.
You may come into areas that are completely beyond your understandings and experiences and you will need to be absolutely and definitely able to give up your natural desire for self direction. This is what you must do.
This leads to the training of the ego and giving up its control over your life. Which in turn frees you into your expression of the Kundalini.
These options will best enhance a Shaktipat.
Also how long do the effects of Shaktipat last (in terms of behavioral changes)?
The rest of your life.
Yet we go slowly here. No rushing. So if you are able to hold a small seed of the Shakti then this is what will be given and this is what will be processed by you for a time. This is customized to each and every individual and so as it is for you and your system it may not be for another and their system. We are individual and come with individual Karma to the Kundalini experience. The changes as given are best given in small doses that you can continue to work and live as you have been doing. It is still needed that a person be able to drive a car for example. Shakti is an intelligent energy and spiritual consciousness and it will determine what you can have and hold my friend.
blessings - chrism
Shakti is an intelligent energy and spiritual consciousness and it will determine what you can have and hold.