By Doreen Willover
interviewed by Matrikaa Gast
My introduction to the practices of Gurudevi’s Svaroopa® yoga and meditation was gradual. I first experienced classes and private yoga therapy at Downingtown Yoga (DYMC). Then my teacher nudged me to take Meditation 101.
My next step was attending Gurudevi’s Swami Sunday satsangs. Like a baby, I was being spoon fed. Eventually, I heard about the extraordinary gift that Gurudevi can bestow: Shaktipat.
I learned about Shaktipat right before the 2020 pandemic shutdown. I wanted my first Shaktipat to be in person, so I had to wait until fall 2021. I was so happy to be at Lokananda with all the shakti of a group of experienced yogis. They all had received Shaktipat from Gurudevi multiple times. In the meditation hall, I was the lone newcomer, awash in their energy!
When Gurudevi laid her hand on my head, I felt pulled from my tailbone up through my neck toward her hand. During the retreat, several meditations followed. The first was full of a trillion white lights. One was a full-on light show. Since then, when I attend Gurudevi’s Wednesday evening or Swami Sunday satsangs, I still have extraordinarily deep meditations. Every time I meditate now, I feel full and bright afterward.
At the beginning of 2022, I noticed how profoundly life has changed for me. I feel at ease with everyone around me. I no longer have a sense of anyone getting under my skin. I respect their differences and love them even more. This state has led me to never being disappointed with anything. I am at ease and peace with all my surroundings. At ease and peace with everyone, I feel wonderful. I find that loving yourself makes the love that you have so much easier to give.
Receiving Shaktipat from Gurudevi has led to this transformation. I also know that participating in her 2021 Year-Long Programme (YLP) prepared me for being open to Shaktipat. In a YLP video, she gave us the practice of repeating “I exist.” Not only did I say these simple words; I would go to bed thinking about them. This practice, and Gurudevi’s other YLP practices, touched me deeply. It was as though I’d been in a closet and had chucked out useless stuff. Then I emerged as my Self.
Last fall, I treated myself to a cross-country road trip. I visited National Parks: Badlands, Glacier, Yellowstone. I was on my own, tapping into me. I have learned and can feel this profound inner depth from Gurudevi’s words. She puts words to what I am feeling. Wherever I am, I am home because my own Self is home.