By Robin (Nityaa) Blankenship
Interviewed by Margie (Maitreyi) Wilsman
In my first Shaktipat Retreat with Gurudevi in 2013, I had an intense experience. I was changed. The retreat made a strong sensory impression on me. I was in a room with 40 or 50 other people. The energy was high. I could feel Gurudevi’s energy as she walked around from person to person. I could sense her getting closer to me. I had physical kriyas, body movements and different breathing patterns. When Gurudevi waved her peacock feathers at me, I could smell the distinct scent of the special oil on them.
There was also a physical sensation when she put her thumb on my forehead. With her touch, I felt an energy go straight down within me. The energy then traveled up my spine and through my arms and hands, and my fingers extended out. It was extraordinary. It felt like a faucet had turned on at the base of my spine.
This experience stayed with me. Afterwards, I remained focused in that area of my body at the base of my spine. The opening remained as a physical space to soften into. That physical awareness brought me inside to my Self.
When I returned home, everything was the same except that I had changed. The sensory experiences made it tangible to me and imprinted the experience in my mind. Recalling those sensory impressions brings me back to the experience again and again.
In an online Shaktipat Retreat with Gurudevi, she gave Shaktipat to the whole group of us at one time. Preparation for the retreat included receiving instructions on how to prepare our room at home. We online yogis also got recipe ideas for Ashram-style meals. I cleaned my yoga room. I set up my blankets and puja (meditation altar). I brought in more pictures of the Gurus. I sealed the room with incense and mantra repetition.
I discovered that Shaktipat can be transmitted online through Zoom! A wonderful benefit is that it brought the shakti into my home. I could feel it build up in my yoga room and into my whole house.