By Sandy (Mukti) Carter, interviewed by Margie (Maitreyi) Wilsman
In February 2020, feeling emotionally depleted, Mukti enrolled in the last in-person Healing Retreat before Covid lockdown. She had no idea about what to expect from the retreat. She only knew she needed Guru’s Grace grounding her so she could make some tough life decisions.
Mukti describes, “Through meditation, asana classes, yoga therapy, vichara sessions, and philosophy talks, the Healing Retreat tapped into my Self — Consciousness Itself. I was able to allow Kundalini to take care of me with her healing work.
“My meditations changed and deepened. At first my mind was still busy during meditation. So I got up early to meditate before the program started. In meditation I became consciously aware of thoughts and the mantra, at a much deeper level. This experience was a first for me.”
“On the last morning, I experienced the void as velvety darkness, without any sound, just dead silence. Previously, my experiences of the void were black with a light noisiness. This time, however, it was like curtains parted, and I went into the void. The minute I became aware of the usual ringing in my ears, it disappeared.”
“My usual experience of Kundalini is awareness of heat and of that energetic inner column of support called stambha. This energy arising makes my whole torso lift and feel at ease. At this retreat I felt more: the vibration of Kundalini, coming up through my body.”
At the end of Healing Retreats, every participant receives home practice, which Gurudevi has individually customized. For the past eight months, Mukti has done her practice daily. “It supported my life at home in a big way,” she shares. “Every day, I felt the practice coming from Grace. I felt it as a loving action supporting me individually on my spiritual path.”
In the retreat’s vichara sessions (guided self-inquiry), Mukti saw that her pain originates in the mind. Suffering comes from the mind and is thus self-induced. She’d done some vichara intermittently years ago. Now she recognizes that in not continuing with it, she was avoiding vichara. She did not want to deal with her mind. So after the retreat she continued doing vichara, enjoying greatly beneficial changes.
Mukti concludes, “There are no words to express the depth of my gratitude for all that Gurudevi provides and does for us as a community and individually. I will enroll in another Healing Retreat. If I had the flexibility in my work schedule and resources, I would do every healing retreat that’s offered!”