By Fred Hess
Interviewed by Marlene (Matrikaa) Gast, Yogaratna
Over New Year’s weekend at the Ashram, I immersed in my fifth Shaktipat Retreat with Gurudevi. In the first session, Gurudevi gave Shaktipat by touch to us assembled in Lokananda. She also gave Shaktipat by will to all attending online as well as in person. From Gurudevi’s hands-on Shaktipat, I felt warmth in my low back. I got even more in Gurudevi’s second session as she gave Shaktipat by will again. I felt successive flows of warmth shooting up my spine.
In my first Shaktipat Retreat, some years ago, I felt somewhat discombobulated afterward. But with every Shaktipat Retreat since, my meditations have progressively deepened. Back home now, I meditate in the morning with Gurudevi’s online Meditation Club. Afterward, I am at ease with my thoughts. My steady state endures throughout the day. I meditate again later in the day as well. And I have no concern about thoughts disturbing my inner focus.
Each day, I go into meditation deeper and faster, sitting for the whole hour. My meditations are golden and beautiful. In morning Meditation Club, I surface only when Gurudevi sounds the gong to signal our closing. My deep meditations support me in daily life. I can do things in a spiritual way.
Attending Shaktipat with my wife and our longtime friend, new to meditation, was a plus. My friend works in a helping profession. I’ve always recognized his spiritual capacity. It was great to see him fulfilled, smiling and happy after our retreat. Being with loved ones was beautiful!
I am ready to keep going with this practice, and look forward to Gurudevi’s next Shaktipat Retreat. I know that Gurudevi’s gift of Kundalini awakening will open us to inner greatness once again. Speaking from my heart, I would like to see more of the world receive Gurudevi’s gift of Shaktipat.