A Higher Connection
Those of us seeking a more elevated existence will often get a glimpse of life at a higher vibration, but struggle to maintain this connection on a day-to-day-basis. Our ego or human side is constantly running interference, and its voice can easily drown out the voice of our spirit, leaving us frustrated, angry and even depressed.
In the December 2013 issue of Elevated Existence Magazine, spiritual teacher and bestselling author Ram Dass explains how he embarked on a spiritual journey to not only discover higher consciousness, but to also uncover the key to sustaining the elevated vibration of love. One of his secrets is incorporating daily spiritual practices into our lives, such as yoga, meditation or chanting, to reconnect us with our true selves.
“The spiritual journey is not about acquiring something outside yourself. Rather, you are penetrating deep layers and veils to return to the deepest truth of your own being,” he says in the cover story.
Elevated Existence is honoring Ram Dass with the 2013 Elevated Existence Spiritual Service Award, in recognition of his many years spent teaching and uplifting the consciousness of others and the world. Despite a stroke in 1997, which left him partially paralyzed, wheelchair-bound, and struggling with expressive aphasia, that limits his ability to speak, Ram Dass continues to spread his message of love today, taking people on the important trip from the mind to the heart.
“We are all souls, and what we have to learn in this incarnation is to rid ourselves of separateness,” he says. “Each individual soul has God within it, and all the love, light, joy and peace that comes from melding with God.”
One example of a spiritual practice to help us connect to a higher place of existence is Kundalini Yoga, which is known as the yoga of awareness. In the December 2013 issue, we explore the practice and what it entails. Kundalini Yoga is much different than the other styles of yoga, and is viewed by many as an accelerated path to higher consciousness.
“With Kundalini Yoga, you go beyond the realm of the mind and into an angelic or higher realm,” Karena Virginia, a Kundalini Yoga instructor teaching class throughout the U.S., including New York and Los Angeles, explains in this issue. “Kundalini energy rising eliminates blockages in the spine and opens all of the energy pathways in the body. The goal is to elevate our consciousness. It clears the subconscious mind and elevates our potential to reach pure consciousness.”
We all choose different paths on the road to a higher connection, but the path we take is not what really matters — what matters is that we make the connection. I hope this issue helps you connect.
Wishing you a very elevated holiday season and new year!