I had to share this shining gem of a practice – Butterfly Kriya – found at the back of the Level 2 Mind And Meditation guide. It’s a fun one to do – only takes 11 minutes (62 if you’re ambitious) – and I felt very relaxed, open, balanced and clear after practicing it.
In kundalini yoga, our hands, specifically our fingers, are linked with the brain. It’s why the different mudras and hand gestures we use in our practice are so transformative and can completely change our state of mind and being. So in Butterfly Kriya, we clap our hands together in a steady hypnotic rhythm to clear out the old dust motes floating – mostly unseen – in our subconscious mind. Try it – it’s a very satisfying movement, and the silent ‘har’ embodied in each clap, that syllable of divine creativity, begins to take precedence over the white noise created by those subconscious motes.
Here’s what Yogi Bhajan had to say about the kriya:
‘This is not something super spiritual, it’s just a purely physical exercise… Move it this way, it will create the sound Har. And in that sound you keep on correlating and correlating and correlating and mentally coordinating the sound with it. Synchronize mind, attention, action and perception. You will reach an experience where you will see all that garbage start floating through the subconscious.
‘Once you can develop that release, then you have something to clean. If subconscious only releases to you through dreams and through nightmares and through the daydream and the imagination and the speculation and through the projection, you don’t have a chance in your life to be you. Who are you saying you belong to? You belong to nobody. You belong to your daydreams; you belong to your night dreams; you belong to your fears; you belong to your thoughts, emotions and feelings. You have never belonged to you, because you is above all.
‘You is not a criteria which is negotiable. You is Dharma. You is the God. You is the truth. Everything that is, is in you. But there is something above this: ultimate experience, ultimate reality, ultimate truth, ultimate light. You can see it, that light, you can see through the gaze of your mind and you can see your soul. That is how you get it together, through your mental strength. That is how you find God, through your mental strength. That is how you find experience, through your mental strength. Is that understandable?
‘You have any questions? We did it for 11 minutes. Did you feel any rhythm between your physical and your mental activity? Can you do it for 62 minutes at home? Yes or no?’
Extracted from KRI Level 2 Mind and Meditation Study Guide p81
Sat nam x