About Shankari Humphrey

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Shankari Humphrey began practicing the Siddha Yoga teachings in 1979 in Oakland, California. She has been a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher since 1988. Shankari has served on staff in the Finance Department at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland and has also offered seva in the Music Department and as a member of the Steering Committee.

Shankari is a holistic health educator by profession and for the past fifteen years has worked as a manager for a wellness program. Shankari has a BA in business and economics from California State University and a MA in holistic health education from John F. Kennedy University in California. She lives in Richmond, California.

Launch Meditation Session III

Meditating on the Column of Light Within

Taught by Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher Shankari Humphrey

In Session III, “Meditating on the Column of Light Within,” participants will practice traveling to the madhya by focusing on the central energy channel within their being.

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During meditation I envisioned the “column of light within.” Then I experienced the column of light as balls of sparks in my sushumna. Fireworks were exploding and expanding everywhere—soundless, heatless, effervescent lights, becoming and containing the entire universe. I felt I was each tiny, brilliant spark, and the space between the sparks was infinite and glorious—all this existing and happening within me.
 
What a divine gift! And I can re-visit it anywhere, any time, by turning my attention back to the column of light within.
 

 a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

As I closed my eyes and focused on the breath, my stream of thought ceased quickly. As I eased into the mental posture described in the satsang, I became aware of a gentle hazy light, white, yellow, and reddish in color. I focused on this light and allowed my awareness to bathe in and “drink” the joy emanating from within, as my inner gaze became absorbed in the light.

Later, bluish swirls of irregular oval shapes appeared with a black patch emerging from inside of them. I followed these inner movements and the accompanying feelings of joy and contentment until the gong sounded, indicating the end of the session.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this bounteous series that gives the joyous experience of leading us toward the madhya.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

In Meditation Session III, my experience of the column of light was profound. As the meditation teacher softly led us into meditation, I focused inwardly and began to envision that within myself existed a column of light, the sushumna nadi.

Shortly, I saw a beautiful column appear. It wasn't a static rod, as I expected. The column appeared as a multitude of very thin strands of light that formed a full, vibrating columnar shape. As I felt the energy move upward, the light moved through the strands as well. Shimmering strands changed in varying hues of gold and soft white. I could also feel the pulsing energy of the column in the center of my being as the shakti moved upward, filling my sahasrara with a gentle force and creating a mild euphoria in my being. Then this column of light began to spread, like gentle fireworks, and sparks of light softly filled me within. There was nothing but golden light, as I felt my physical body melt away.

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA