By Marie (Shubhaa) McRee
Interviewed by Lori (Priya) Kenney
I am a devotee of Jesus Christ. I hadn’t understood how a Guru fit. When Gurudevi stood in front of me during the May Shaktipat Retreat, I knew. Her thumb on my third eye was a vast opening to Divine communion. There was no separation. I was an individual, but I experienced a state beyond the individual.
Meditation has always drawn me, but it has been somewhat elusive. During Shaktipat, I entered a deep place of meditation. Kundalini naturally straightened my posture as Gurudevi put her hand on me. My body was so still; I was immersed in a profound stillness. I was aware that I was in a body, but my awareness was beyond the body. The taste of that was absolutely incredible.
Even so, after we had received Shaktipat twice, I could feel myself contracting and fragmentation threatening. I did not want to lose this state of Grace. I went up to Swami Samvidaananda and asked to talk. The expansiveness of her words allowed my mind to rest in the experience of Shaktipat. Receiving Shaktipat synthesized Christian mysticism, yoga and all my experiences of the Divine. It went beyond any doctrine and was the unity of all that is Divine.
This is something I’ve been seeking a very long time. My relationship with Gurudevi goes back before 2006. I was simultaneously being drawn to the deep nature connection movement. In 2011, Gurudevi said I needed to make a choice. I had to choose between deepening my studies with her and continuing my nature mentoring focus; inside or outside.
A notice about Gurudevi’s December 2021 San Diego retreat called to me. It was partly due to some knee issues. But there was also something incomplete in having stepped away from her. Because of my decision to pursue nature connection in 2011, I asked Samvidaananda if it was alright to attend in La Jolla. She said, “All are welcome.”
The first night of the December retreat, I had a realization. My current yogic practice was not compatible with what Gurudevi was offering through Svaroopa® yoga. During the week, I experienced a tremendous place of fearless expansion. That retreat drew me to Shaktipat in May and brought me back into this yoga of bliss. It also gave me big appreciation for Gurudevi’s clear and practical advice. She guides us in flawlessly integrating yoga, family and spirituality.
After Shaktipat, I returned home to a lot of activity. I was aware of a lightness. It felt like I wasn’t carrying the karma I usually carry when I’m pushing my edge. Inside I found deep wisdom and clarity, accessible as needed. It felt like protection and guidance in every moment. Going within, I knew what to do on the outside. My gratitude is immense for this never-ending gift of Shaktipat. Offered by Gurudevi through the lineage of Svaroopa® yoga, this gift gave me an experience of my own Self.