The Liberation Initiatives

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The Liberation Initiatives describe the collection of efforts in our community to evolve beyond the hierarchical and fear-based limitations of the Piscean Era. The intense upheaval of 2020 exposed the many societal constructs that no longer serve our individual and collective humanity. INlighten Community has confronted two issues most prominently in this era thus far: racism and guru culture.

The Liberation Initiatives describe the collection of efforts in our community to evolve beyond the hierarchical and fear-based limitations of the Piscean Era. The intense upheaval of 2020 exposed the many societal constructs that no longer serve our individual and collective humanity. INlighten Community has confronted two issues most prominently in this era thus far: racism and guru culture.

Our kundalini yoga community was shattered when our once-revered leader, known as Yogi Bhajan or the Siri Singh Sahib, was exposed for decades of corruption, sexual predation, violence, and fraud. Shortly after these initial revelations, while the world was shut inside their homes from Covid-19, we watched a uniformed, sworn police officer murder George Floyd by cruelly depriving him of his breath for nearly nine minutes. These twin events, while comprised of significant distinctions, both reflect the dysfunction in our culture of twisted power dynamics and violence brought on by the false understanding of avidya and the blanket of confusion of the mind described in Patanjali’s yoga sutras.

From a yogic perspective, our ultimate goal is to liberate ourselves beyond the false boundaries of maya. How do we begin to address these issues? We can not experience or claim true liberation without spending a significant commitment of time and heart excavating the unseen and unacknowledged biases and victimization we hold. This process requires that we engage in the “anti” work before we move into the true liberation described in the sutras as “non.”

Racism | Anti-Racism | Non-Racism

Guru | Anti-Guru | Non-Guru