As we enter a completely new phase of modern civilization, Vedic Astrology as well as western Astrology gives more & more a backdrop of information to develop ourselves during the course of the next 5 years … it’s time to start formatting how we want our individual & collective lives to be. What the Mayan Calendar foresaw for 2012 wasn’t the end of the world or its destruction but the completion /new beginning of the relationship of humankind to our planet … something beyond the immediacy of our day to day lives. As I begin to explore the future with all of you who don’t have an astrological point of view, I’ll do my best to reveal it in a systematic way so that we might share the energy of the Light that can help us soar on the winds of change.
Archive for December, 2009
In 1976, Kathleen Wright was about to turn 30. Omigod… “DON’T TRUST ANYONE OVER 30” was the rallying cry of the youth of the West against the ESTABLISHMENT, i.e., anyone over 30. As millions of questing young people traveled the globe in search of enlightenment, I was starting a business career, keeping one foot in the Establishment and one foot in the NEW AGE. To this day, I have never traveled to Asia or the Indian sub-continent but the path that I’ve been traveling between age 30 and age 60 was meant to be formed by the study of two of the Vedic Sciences, YOGA (specifically IYENGAR Yoga) and ASTROLOGY (Jyotish, the science of Light). As I had grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was already living in the burgeoning community of the newly formed CALIFORNIA YOGA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, a group of returnees from the Indian experiment in ashram living and the spiritual practices that went along with that. In translating that to the modern California lifestyle, yoga studios began opening in San Francisco and Oakland that were, many of them, based on B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings at his Institute in Pune, India, and these young people would continue making pilgrimages to study with him for the next 30 years, bringing back their experience and knowledge to the rest of us. Eventually, those same young people founded the YOGA JOURNAL magazine and yoga went on to become translated into the modern American lifestyle in a way that no one would have ever imagined back in the early 70′s. I would pursue a business career until 1990 when I would quit to study the science of astrology (sister science to yoga) and hang out my shingle as a professional astrologer, having passed my 7-hour certification exam with the American Federation of Astrologers. Unbeknownst to me, astrology as a profession would take a backseat to teaching yoga before long. By 1993 I would be teaching yoga classes full time and by 1998, I would open the Very Near Yoga Studio in Wilmington, Delaware…far from my beloved California and the blue Pacific.
When the VERY NEAR YOGA STUDIO opened in September of 1998, it was the creation of a reality that had been a “floating yoga studio: I-95 Delaware” for the previous 5 years. Now, what a different world we all inhabit, that of high technology internet, virtual reality, and the turning upside down of all spatial relationships. And yet, the centuries-old tradition of expanding beyond that duality that we all subscribe to called the “here and now” is still and forever the goal. YOGA has blossomed into a western world phenom that is more holistically linking us to the UNITY which is the goal of yoga and certainly going beyond the body. But … we’re still “babes in toyland” when it comes to really delving into the realm of consciousness expansion.
Just look, or rather gaze at the beauty of the background of these words and imagine the falling away of all the concrete thought forms that inhibit the true nature of your experience … no words, no time frame and nothing but space, but with tremendous energy within it. WOW … wonder of wonders!