This visit happened after I had been doing TM for 18 years and the sidhis for 13, so there was enough experience with spiritual practice to avoid trying to recreate it, or chasing it in any way. I do recall finding myself at my parents’ home in the DC area and sharing it with them through a mixture of rapture and tears. They didn’t call the men in the white coats and were pretty understanding, considering.
Prior to this visit I had wanted to relocate West, being in tech and all. But the only way to do that was catch the eye of a company in the San Francisco Bay Area and have them move my household. Having a family I wasn’t going to wing it. One of my good friends and my supervisor at the time had landed just such a position with Cisco, and moved away. A few months later, I bought a book on the communication protocol that moves the Internet, TCP/IP. Details aside, I sent a cover letter and resume to every company in the index, about 85 of them as I recall, and one hired me, and we relocated to the Bay Area. So that was a big practical step.
I also naturally wound down the sidhis practice. After The Visit I was evolving through so much so quickly that the sidhis were no longer useful. Even after quitting the practice, the sidhis continued to rapidly evolve by themselves. One of the more useful techniques that has stayed with me for years, was the ability to look within the body. The energy seen in various colors can also be applied geographically to regions, countries and planets, though that development came about quite recently with the advent of Brahman.
All of these abilities are explored purely for their useful value and not ever as any kind of idle pursuit or manipulation. They often serve as an outer confirmation of inner development, the Cosmic version of putting one’s money where one’s mouth is. Feet on the street. 🙂
So life continued without any particular emphasis on spiritual development. Family and career took front and center. I have noticed over time that a certain invincibility has taken hold, that no matter how challenged I am, things always come through. I have continued my practice of TM, even now, as it does exactly as Maharishi described and blows the dust off after sleep and then after an active day. The excavation continues even in Brahman, making for smoother personal transitions and continuing to clear the atmosphere.
I did see Guru Dev again while running in a remote canyon in Northern California, only this time He was wrapped in green vines looking like Shiva. Now He remains a constant companion, though in a later post I’ll cover some more ground between then and now.