Podcast #3: Touring with The Grateful Dead, Awakening Kundalini Energy, and Channeling Grace

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Kai Shanti

“Channeling God’s Love”

Up until around the 20th century, initiation into mystical traditions that involved the awakening of inner energy was reserved only for a few select devotees of a guru after they had contributed countless hours of service and practice in the presence of that guru. 

But according to my guest today, Kai Shanti, the opportunity to gain access to the direct experiences described in all of the world’s great mystical traditions has recently been opened up to a much wider audience. 

It all has to do with an energy called ‘kundalini’ and an initiation called ‘shaktipat.’ Kundalini is the force or power associated with the divine feminine, which upon awakening begins its ascent from the base of the spine all the way up to the crown of the head where it culminates in full enlightenment of the individual. Along the way, a person can expect to experience all sorts of unusual things — spontaneous yoga poses, automatic breathing, involuntary forming of hand gestures (mudras), the sound of buzzing of bees in the third eye, and much more.  

When Kai had her own experience of awakening the kundalini through her guru, following a rather chaotic period of her life as a hippie in California married to one of the rock stars from The Grateful Dead, hardly anyone had heard of Kundalini and yoga was still a new phenomenon. Nowadays, a far greater number of people have heard of kundalini and people are having spontaneous awakenings all across the planet as we reach a new level of world consciousness.  

Today, Kai is a gifted teacher and a healer. She is the founder of Angel of Light Meditation where she conducts public gatherings and private sessions through various methods — especially channeling, allowing herself to be taken over by spirit for the purpose of communication, sometimes in different tongues, in order to help other people. 

Show Highlights

  • How life teaches us that happiness cannot be found through external circumstances, even our greatest dreams

  • Who the two major teachers and spiritual lineages were that came to the West

  • What kundalini and shaktipat are

  • Why people all around the world are spontaneously awakening

  • How to find your inner voice and discover your truest potential within yourself 

  • What it means to be free, and why most people don’t experience freedom

  • How channeling works

  • How to pick a spiritual practice that resonates with you

Resources and People Mentioned in Podcast

Yogi Bajan

Baba Muktananda

Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas

Dyanyoga Centers

Siddha Yoga

Gopi Krishna

Alan Steinfeld (New Realities)

Relevant Books

Podcast #2: Simplified and Demystified Meditation, Living Without Goals, and Enlightenment

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Teja Anand

Lifelong Meditation and Awakening Guide

The question, “How do I meditate in order to awaken to a fuller experience of life?” is one that gets asked by thousands of seekers around the planet every single day.

Yet, according to my podcast guest today, Teja Anand, author of Watching Your Life: Meditation Simplified and Demystified, meditation is not really something that you can do, it’s actually more of a non-doing. Paradoxically, in order to reach our “goals” in meditation, we can only “get there” by having no goals at all.

According to Teja, that’s because as people we already are in our natural enlightened state, and thus you cannot try to be something that you already are. It’s only because of our identification with the mind, including all our thoughts and feelings, that we feel separate from our natural state.

In today’s podcast, Teja shares some of his own experiences of enlightenment in order to help our podcast listeners shift towards an identification with our more authentic self, which is simply awareness and being. He said,

“Awareness can’t do anything but just be the witness. So when you ask the question, ‘who are you really?’ ‘who is ‘I’ that owns this mind, this body?’ it’s that thing that is just sitting still looking, watching, noticing. So when we say go beyond the ego, it would be simply shifting your perception from believing you are the things that you have to the you that has them.”

Show Highlights

  • How the purpose of meditation extends beyond mere health benefits

  • How meditation helps reveal to us our true nature

  • What changes you could experience as a result of committing to meditation practice

  • How meditation is not a doing, but a non-doing

  • What meditation methods you can implement, including…

    • Meditation on an object (concentration approach)

    • Meditation on no object (awareness approach)

  • How meditation is like tennis

  • How to surrender and let go of the need for all practices whatsoever

  • Why to consider living without goals, even in our Western goal-driven hemisphere

  • How to implement tools of spiritual inquiry, including the question “who (or what) am I”

  • Why the main form of spirituality in India is Bhakti, or devotion

  • A story about 3 people living in New York City who sought enlightenment

  • A personal account of awakening (very interesting story!)

Resources and People Mentioned in Podcast

Meher Baba

Swami Satchidananda (“The Woodstock Guru”)

Ramana Maharshi

The Work of Byron Katie

Integral Yoga Institute

Relevant Books

Connect with Teja

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