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Paul Hawkwood has been following the Siddha Yoga path for twenty-nine years. From 1982 to 1992, Paul and his wife Achala Woollacott hosted a Siddha Yoga meditation center in their home in Eugene, Oregon. Currently, Paul offers seva as a writer and editor in the SYDA Foundation. He also serves on the leadership team for the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Eugene and as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher in Sadhana Retreats in the United States and Europe.

Paul has a bachelor’s degree in religion and English from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and a master’s degree in composition and rhetoric from Eastern Washington University. Paul recently retired after teaching English at Linn-Benton Community College for thirty years. He lives in Eugene with his wife, Achala Woollacott.

Participate in Meditation Session IX
Meditation Sessions 2019 via Audio Stream

The Mantra, the Bestower of Divine Protection

Taught by Paul Hawkwood

This meditation session will support you in deepening your practice of Siddha Yoga meditation and your study of Gurumayi’s Message for 2019. Participants will learn about the grace-filled nature of the mantra, and practice absorption in the Self by meditating with the So’ham mantra.

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Soon after participating in the meditation session, I received some unfavorable news. Remembering the teaching in this meditation session, I decided to participate in it again.
 
I was surprised to see how in the middle of things I considered to be challenging, I was able to sit for meditation and experience quietude within myself.
 

Willemstad, Curacao

When I participated in Session IX I felt it was the culmination of all the sessions, so I decided to go back and participate in each session once again.

There had been some sessions I enjoyed more than others, but when I went back and participated again in each session, I realized that the sessions I had previously not connected to as well now revealed their beauty and strength. And now I love all of them! Each of the sessions is truly a precious gem. The more I participate in the sessions, the more I learn and the deeper my practice becomes.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for these amazing meditation sessions.
 

Maryland, United States

Today I experienced what it feels like to bring the mind back to its source.
 
At the beginning of the meditation session my mind was jumping everywhere. By the end of the session my mind had come back “home,” where it belongs, and I was enveloped in a sweet, warm peacefulness.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your immense grace.
 

Mexico City, Mexico

The Meditation Sessions this year have been so inspiring. I've participated often during each month, journaled, and taken the teachings to heart. I come to the end of the year looking forward to conducting my own review of all the sessions. I am so grateful for a better understanding and experience of the grace of the mind.
 

Geelong, Australia

I have enjoyed each and every one of these meditation sessions. I have listened to all of them more than once, and some as many as 20 or more times in a month. Sometimes before the next meditation session was audio streamed, I would go back and listen to the earlier ones.
 
Participating in these sessions has made me feel close to Gurumayi and to all those who are on this path. 
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for these amazing sessions.
 

Maryland, United States

As I repeated Hamsa and entered meditation, the words "I am" appeared before me. The words seemed to spread out into the universe, carrying blessings. My inner being danced with the recognition that I am essentially Shakti herself.
 
Recalling this experience fills me with happiness and gratitude. I felt I experienced the cumulative power of my study of Gurumayi’s Message for this year.
 

Maryland, United States

I was eagerly anticipating this ninth meditation session, just as each month I had been eagerly awaiting each new session since the beginning of the year. This culminating session and the previous eight have been a great gift to me. Each month I listened to the teacher’s presentation many times and meditated with their instructions almost every day. Like a baby that is born after nine months of nurturing incubation, I feel that my mind has been fine-tuned and has emerged refreshed and peaceful. My breath is now my best friend and the mantra, hamsa, my companion. I am deeply grateful, and will continue to participate in these meditation sessions until the end of the year.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this incredible experience.
 

California, United States

As I participated in this session, I had the distinct experience of being embraced by the protective energy of so’ham. A day later, this experience is still with me. And what is even more remarkable is that I feel this protective energy growing!
 
 Thank you, Gurumayi, for these meditation sessions!
 

Connecticut, United States