With Cindy Lindsay Rael
Beyond belief you can know the nature and workings of the energies of creation and God/Divine Mother. This knowing allows you to move beyond Bhakti to a Shakti engagement in Spirituality. By engaging the processes of observation, reflection and experimentation you can move through the stages of the illusion. With your knowing of the divine truth and energies you can co create a better world.
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Being a Creator
It is one thing to be a responder to the rules; it is another to work with those rules to create something the rules themselves have not yet created.
Sri Kaleshwar often talked about the difference between Bhakti and Shakti approaches to spirituality. I think this is a primary aspect of that difference. To be able, not just to honor God, but to use the properties of God’s energy to create a heaven on earth.
Sir Kaleshwar once said that the avadhuts and saints were co-creating with the Mother. I think that is a similar statement; to be able to use our understanding of those energies to create with those energies. For those avadhuts and saints, the point is to know Her well enough to be recognized by Her and co-create with Her. She is the underlying truth. She is the omnipresent energy of everything that is the truth I am speaking about today. If we are to know Her or God, we have to know the true energy of everything. That is God. That energy is HER.
If God and Mother are that energy, we too are that energy. We are particles of HER. We must find Her in us. We must know the truth of our own souls.
That is the point of knowing. To go beyond belief to a knowing that guides our ability to become our soul nature and to use that power to create for good.
The Siddhis are the operating principle of this underlying energy of God. We often talk about them as the Asta Siddhis or 8 powers held by Durga. There are many more Siddhis than this. But these are the primary ones to know. In the Sri Chakra creation story, we can see the siddhis as powers of the creation. The Sri Charka is the diagram of the Mother, her heart, her womb, her creation ability.
The Sri Chakra creation story says: “From the Sri Chakra’s energy, the Brahma Kundalini was born. From the Brahma Kundalini energy, the siddhic powers came. From the siddhis, the human souls, the human creation, came. The siddhis command on the five elements. Everything in Creation is made up of the five elements.”
So, we can see that the understanding of the Siddhic powers here as the nature of the energy of God/ Mother—the Brahma Kundalini. They are the powers of that energy to create. From these powers of creation everything in form comes forward. The human souls, human creation and five elements. And those same Siddhic powers can be used to command on the elements and nature.
In a rather long teaching conversation in London, Kaleshwar asked the students there how to make a statue bleed, or how to get the ghee straight from the cow. In the long conversation that ensued, students offered everything from mantra processes to womb chakra as answers. The answer Sri Kaleshwar was looking for, and that he finally had to give the assembled crowd, was the Asta Siddhis stage of energy. Through the Siddhic powers, the 5 elements could be put in one cup.
Sri Kaleshwar also said the Siddhic powers would come naturally over time to a good meditator. This is because meditation and engaging the silence opens and activates the nada bindu through which the Siddhis flow. Meditation is a way of knowing because it opens the nada bindu in us and connects to the nada bindu in everything through which the Siddhis flow.
The Map of Getting to Knowing and the Creation Power
Sri Kaleshwar gave a map as to how the progress of our observation and knowing can develop. Along with that knowing, the Siddhic powers can also develop. He called it the stages of illusion.
In the first stage, we are simply doing. We are meditating, chanting, doing mantra practices. We do not really know what we are doing, how it is affecting us, or what its outcomes may be. We are doing from a belief that the doing will do something. So, we begin with this belief state.
In the second stage, through observation and repetition, we begin to feel and recognize the symptoms of the energy to which this ‘doing’ is connecting us. We begin to feel and pay attention to the energy through our experience of it.
In the third stage of the illusion, we begin to see the repeatable patterns of that energy. We begin to know how to create that in a reliable, repeatable fashion. This is the real beginning of knowing.
In the fourth stage of the illusion (which Sri Kaleshwar talked about later) we begin to know how to use that energy to be co-creators with the Mother.
All this depends on observation, repetition, experimentation, and experience. It is just as in scientific method but expressed here as spiritual method.
What We Need to Do
So how do we get to that? Well obviously, we get there in meditation and observation of those states of consciousness. But also, Sri Kaleshwar offered other ways as well.
We have to implement into the illusion the divine energy we have received and charged. We have to experiment with that. We must take the energy into the illusion and get the reflection back from the nature.
But what does that mean? It means to experiment with it, to see how it works, to come to know how it works. In this way, we move ourselves from the first stage of the illusion to the second, third and fourth stages. It requires our experience and use of the energy and our observation and recalibration from that observation. We must know what blocks we have to access or use the energy. We must work to eliminate those blocks and try again. We must, through experimentation, find the repeatable patterns of the energy and its uses. We have to implement it and shift and change with respect to that energy.
So many of Kaleshwar’s students have been given such amazing blessings. We have charged so many powerful channels and systems of mantra and yantra. But how many of us really know what we have?
We do not know what we have until we try to use it. We have to do the work of moving through those stages of the illusion.
I know that when Sir Kaleshwar was still in the body, that things moved so quickly that if you did not charge a mantra or system immediately after learning it, he was on to the next thing. I am not sure any of us really had the time to reflect or implement fully on each one.
But we do have that time now. Perhaps this time is meant for that. We need to implement, experiment and reflect. We need to know what we have and who we are.
In a discussion of her progress, a student once told me she had charged a certain mantra, but nothing had gotten better in her life. She was very disillusioned in the process and mantra because of this. In fact, it just seemed to bring up more problems in her life.
But I think this reaction misses the point. The charge is from the process, but the change is up to us. Charging gives us an access point, a channel of connection. But we have to use that energy, that channel. We have to change to meet its power. It will bring to us exactly what needs to be changed to embody it. So yes, it can make our lives difficult. But that is because our lives must change to meet that energy. But we must do the changing. We have to attend to our blocks that are brought forward.
We have to try to use the energy. We have to implement and see the reflection. Then we must change and implement again based on that reflection. The knowing comes from repeating it, using it, understanding how to use it, and understanding how it affects. In this way, we move through the stages of illusion. Further, we can use the energy to create. We can create that better life, that deeper soul knowing. We can create the possibilities of our own healing and the healing of others.
So, this is my point about knowing. We can believe with great beauty and love. We can be Bhakti. But to be Shakti we must engage the process of knowing. We must experiment, observe, reflect, and find and use the repeatable nature of the divine energy. That is the truth.
This is the nature of the Shiddi Purusha who uses processes to create miracles. We must at least strive for this; to know, to use, to deeply understand.
But beyond this, there is more. Beyond knowing comes being. This is the Avadhut stage; becoming one with the energy of truth. For the truth is an infinite process of enlightenment. But that is a topic for another time.
Cindy Lindsay Rael
has been an energy healer and teacher for 25 years. She has studied with Sri Kaleshwar since 2001. She is a graduate of Kaleshwar's Soul University in India and is a certified teacher of the ancient mantra and yantra systems. Prior to her work in the Vedic tradition, she studied, conducted healing, and taught in the Inca traditions of Peru. Cindy also earned a PhD. in Psychology and was a university professor and consultant.
Cindy conducts both distance and in-person healing sessions and teachings. To read more on her approach to Sai Shakti Healing see www.divinesoulhealer.com. In addition, Cindy offers Divine Baby Blessings to pregnant mothers and works with many issues of the Holy Womb (www.wombhealing.com).