How we perceive the passage of time depends on how define the word time. Consider this. Scientists define time as something that is mathematical and linear, at least before quantum physics began to shake up that definition. When someone asked A. Einstein what is time, he replied, “what a clock reads.” Philosophers and spiritual seekers believe that time is subjective depending on the nature of our experience. Ram Dass writes, “time is the relationship between moments of consciousness”.
Biologists see time passing as a link between the rhythm of internal processes to the regular rhythms of the outside world such as mating seasons, and the cycle of growth/death of most vegetation. Corporate Executives and politicians see time as something to control as Golda Meir exclaimed, “I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. Everyone has their own way to relate to time.
Astrology views time as a cyclical experience rather than the linear view most others have.
The effects of time on the body has been well documented. Aging is easy to see. When we look closely, minute daily changes steadily progress to larger, physical changes. Small lines become deep wrinkles. Slight aches become crippling joints. Body postures once limber and upright, become hunched, rounded, and appear to carry tremendous weight on the back. All of this becomes visible over the course of time.
Although things like poor diet, lack of exercise, substance abuse, and ignorance can contribute to this apparent deterioration, time also plays a part. Our awareness of time passing becomes translated into the body. If we believe that we are supposed to age , deteriorate, and get sick as we get older, then that is exactly what will happen. In Japan, many insurance companies are paying out large sums of money to the widows of overworked business men. They call it hurry sickness or kashori and it shows up as sudden death in the workplace. Our perception of not enough time certainly adds to this modern day illness. And that’s exactly the point. It’s our perception of time that holds the key to releasing the stress we feel. Sometimes time goes very slowly, as if one minute or even a few seconds feels like years. Have you ever had a car accident? Perhaps spun out on the road in bad weather? The consciousness slows down and you can sometimes witness the loss of control of the car as if it were happening in slow motion. Other times, time passes very quickly. Vacations, weddings, happy occasions tend to ‘speed’ up time so that 1 week can fly by as if it were one hour.
The key to time management is to learn to recognize cycles, phases, and patterns rather than months, days and hours. To develop the ability to flow with the passing time rather than to fight the clock. There is a certain rhythm in the world that supercedes any manmade time telling device and this rhythm remains constant, stable, and secure and is not subject to the whims of man who we know makes mistakes.
It’s time for another Yoga Nidra experience. Who knows what will happen this time? Surely, not I. Nevertheless, it’s important to continue the research. Scientific documentation seems to be important to a lot of people, as if that were the absolute truth of any matter. Those on a yoga journey are learning (or rather unlearning) different perspectives.
I’ve been teaching yoga and yoga therapy for a long time now and it’s interesting to note that insomnia is an increasingly common complaint. Sleep disorders abound.
Many people self-medicate in order to get a good nights sleep. Some people die from the medicating substance, whether it be pharmaceutical, organic, or cooked up in your kitchen by the resident witch/healer.
What needs to be looked at more closely is that all of these cures/methods for inducing sleep are relying on an external something (pill/tea/etc.) to put us to sleep. Nothing is inherently wrong (or right) with that approach. Sometimes we need help. But, here’s an article from Dr. Mercola’s newsletter that certainly deserves some thinking time. If you do not want to read the whole thing at least scroll thru it and read the headlines, please.
On August 29 I’ll be facilitating another Yoga Nidra experience in SoCa. I’ve been de-stressing the American population for a long time, or trying to. I’m learning that SoCa has it’s own unique list of stressor’s, quite different from those on the East Coast…. This past weekend a 6’ bookcase filled with china & glassward toppled over right next to me! Other people were there too and it was ‘decided’ that it must have been an earthquake. Yikes!
Stress is everywhere.
If you’ve experienced a yoga nidra before, this one is guaranteed to be different. It’s built into the ‘system’. After all, every moment in time/space is utterly unique and changing at the same time. Trust that you always get what you need but not necessarily what you want.
Nevertheless, healing happens with yoga nidra practices.
I’ve put together a teacher-training for those who would like to learn more about this pratyahara experience. Find me if you’re interested.
I’ll be happy to bring this training to your group/studio.
Contact me and we’ll talk about how to do that.
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Pulitzer Prize for poetry
I’ve been listening to a lot of speech’s recently.
Today, I listened to someone speak about speech’s and speechwriting. In 1989 & again in 1998 I spent some time working as a speechwriter. It was part of my job as Assistant to the female President of a hugely successful NJ real estate company. I learned a lot about a lot, and I’m grateful for that job experience. During that time, I was also learning how to deliver speech’s myself.
There is No Substitute for good communication skills, regardless of gender, education, intellect, socio/economic class, religion, or anything else. And yet, it has obviously not been a priority in our culture….. either for the masses, public officials, and don’t even get me started on the level of communication skills within our established medical/legal communities!! For this reason alone I applaud Barack Obama, regardless of whatever he does or does not do.
As a graduate of NLP, I feel a certain responsibility to practice conscious, effective, and clear communications as often as possible and to teach/train others to improve their communication skills with others. In my yoga classes I have often guided the students thru what is called Co-Listening. I learned & practiced many variations of this technique at Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. (1994 – 2008.) The combination of NLP techniques with yoga philosophy & practices is quite effective when skillfully applied…..at least in my experience.
This century has challenged us to learn how to communicate thru technological mediums. The internet has indeed changed everything and some are being left behind. However, for those out here in the blogosphere with me, it’s vital that we all remember that these are just words on a screen. There is no substitute for human-to-human contact. Sounds, smell, touch, sight, movement, gesture, are also parts of the whole of communication.
We are all, as individuals, responsible for what we say & what we hear. When you ask a question and do not get the response you anticipate, ask again, differently. If you have an emotional response to something you’ve heard….seek clarification to make sure that what you heard was what the speaker intended to say. Defense mechanisms have deep roots and we are all responsible for pruning back what no longer works. (I feel a rant coming on here so that’s a good time to sign off.)
Mercury is still retrograde and will remain so until January 31. A good time to re-consider how to improve your communication skills.
Have a nice day.
I’ve returned to my homebase recently after spending a lunar cycle on the West Coast. My Pluto line ran right through the locality I spent most of the time in.
For the last 3 days of my trip I was able to travel to a Sun/Jupiter paran to experience some relief from those intensive Pluto vibrations.
Understanding your personal Astro-Cartography can be very helpful when traveling. My preparations were successful and effective.
My plane landed at the same time as another one in the area was crashing into a nearby river….give or take a few hours…. both of us were flying under Mercury Retrograde with saturn/moon conjunction forming. Good Fortune was present for All. Ommmmm.
How blessed I am to have this retrograde period. It will give me time to process my journey and convert all that I learned into my teaching for this new DAY
Mercury Retrograde periods can be very productive times for cleaning up the lose ends of projects that are not yet complete. This particular Mercury Retrograde period began at 8 Aquarius. If you have planets in Aquarius you need to do a little more research than this blog. But, for now here’s some input from An Astrological Mandala, a book on the Sabian Symbols by Dane Rudyhar, a master for sure.
BEAUTIFULLY GOWNED WAX FIGURES ON DISPLAY
…..a time to consider the “fixed symbols upon which a culture is based, with mental archetypes.
…a stage of vision
….new forms are revealed to the consciousness “
Wow. That seems pretty interesting me considering the state of world affairs these days.
Oh well. More coming as soon as I re-acclimate to the local time/space conditions of the East Coast.
May all beings be peaceful.
As I write this, Chiron is in active conjunction with the North Node at 18+ degrees of Aquarius. As many of you know, I have been actively watching Chiron’s travels for a while. For me, this conjunction with Rahu (the vedic term for: North Node of the Moon) is a good opportunity to sweep and de-clutter the path in preparation for the ‘new earth’. Wherever Chiron goes, healing occurs………………………or not.
The north node is a place and not an object in the sky. It is a symbolic moment in time/space that has no physical substance to it like the moon or mars. Think of it as a line bi-secting the earth & moon ecliptics.
Many astrologers have decided that the nodal fields of activity are our relationships with other people, present day company and also past company as in both childhood and past lives. Karmic experiences are highly likely for those with a belief system that supports this notion. (In India where Vedic Astrology began, karma and past-lives are an integral part of their belief system. Hindu’s Buddhists, and the followers of Guru’s all share a deep respect for the laws of karma and extend this respect to their honoring of all beings.)
Nodal contacts can bring new people into our lives for new relationships and/or create so much separation between us in existing relationships that we finally (?)break apart. Because the north node always occurs with a south node it can be a little confusing to know which has more ‘juice’ at any moment. A gifted astrologer can really help here, seek one out. The rule of thumb is that the NN will lead you towards future karma or dharma, whilst the SN reflects to you more of your past karma. Since Now is the only moment that really counts the challenge is to balance the two energies and find common ground. When a planet highlights a node, as is the case today, it makes it easier to find the particular relationships in your life which are operating on a karmic level, and which aren’t. (ie. the grocery clerk who winked today, or a phone call from an old friend) Look around.
Aquarian energy will be the common denominator for awhile. (The NN will remains in Aquarius for about 18 months and then it moves on to Capricorn. It is about halfway into it’s cycle. ) Also note that the nodes revolve around planet earth in the opposite direction from the planets/asteroids. Think of this conjunction like you would preview a ‘movie trailer’ with a release date of 2009 – 2010. (More on this to come.))
Some keywords for Aquarius are: friendship, terrorists, eccentrics, genius, intuitive, future-oriented, difficulty with intimacy, objectivity, out-of-the-box, humanitarian. One might wonder why the word terrorists is on that list and that’s a good question. I will leave it for another day and I encourage you to meditate on it for the greater good of all beings. Om shanti.
The 19th degree of the Sabian Symbols (always round up) says:
A forest fire is being subdued by the use of water, chemicals and sheer muscular energy.
The keynote reads: the skill and courage necessary to bring under control the destructive potential fo carelessness of karmic “visitations”.
Oh! I left a word off the keyword list above………Aquarius is also the sign of aliens and extra-terrestrials. Hmmm.
Time for bed.
Links tomorrow if I have the time.
May all beings be peaceful.
Each zodiac sign has a core truth that only time spent in a human body can accomplish. Few of us display the virtues of our sun sign at birth. In reality, it takes at least a Saturn cycle of experience (approx. 28 years) to connect with and live from the essence of our Sun sign. Before that, most of us are operating from our moon sign and moving thru the world with habitual and unconscious response patterns. As we approach our first Saturn Return we begin to understand what the essence of our Sun sign is all about and we begin to make a conscious transition from habitual patterns (moon) to conscious living.
One thing that I find most interesting about natal-chart astrology is that you can’t tell by looking at a chart the level of consciousness of the individual. Jeffrey Green in his wonderful book on Pluto- The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul writes about four states of evolutionary conditioning that are not revealed by the chart.
The first state is what he describes as the “dimly evolved” state and encompasses about 3% of the population. It is quite doubtful that we as yoga therapists will come in contact with these individuals as many of them are severly mentally deficient.
The second state he calls the herd state and about 75% of the population falls into this category. He describes these individuals as those who comply with the social/cultural norms of the day. They rarely question their beliefs and are happy to follow mainstream thinking and behavioral patterns.
The third state which holds about 20% of our population ( and growing by my observation) he labels the individuated state. These people question the beliefs and norms of society and look to develop their individuality. Many of them are drawn to yoga and the other spiritual practices which teach from the inside out. Self-discovery is their chosen methodology for learning.
The fourth state of about 3% of human beings is the spiritual state where one lives from a universal state of consciousness. These individuals have moved beyond the individualized state and and attempt to align themselves with the timeless, universal state of being. Jesus, Buddah, Mohammed are the primary examples of what is possible in this state.
In order to support our clients/students it is important to recognize which evolutionary state they are operating from and work from there. Those in the herd state will require patient understanding and acceptance before they can move to the third, individualized state. When working with others it is always important to meet them where they are before you attempt to move them. Yoga & yoga therapy supports experiential learning so rather than using dialogue to explain the different states it is much more effective to design experiences that will help them discover for themselves a more enlightened way of being.