Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Kundalini World Tour (KWT)

It's finally happening. I am going on a trip. A long one. I guess you can call it my Kundalini World Tour. I will be spreading the joy of Kundalini Yoga and also exploring this great big world with my daughter. It is the best home school curriculum a person can want.

I am donating my car this Friday. (Goodbye Reepicheep.) Then I set sail September 1st in a rental car. I have no official sponsors yet, except God. But He's a good one.

What possessed me to do this?


I guess I also feel like it may be my last chance for a while. Pretty soon I might be married with 4 kids, who knows. I just know it feels like take-off-time so I am jumping on.

I don't know all my destinations yet, but I'll be in and around Utah for about 10 days to see people and teach a Therapeutic Imagery Certification in Park City.  Then we go to the United Kingdom. From there, I will travel where the spirit moves me, and I'll come back when I am called back. Wherever back is.

Camping in Joshua Tree at Sat Nam Fest.  
I'll be teaching a few classes on the road to help pay for my travels. These may be streamed. I will also find a way to do podcasts, too, because it turns out people love them as much as we love doing them. When I pass back through the U.S. I should have books to sign. Yay!

I just Googled, "how to pack for an around the world trip." It wasn't very helpful. I am not your average round the worlder.  For one thing, Iam I going to put all these books? Can I really only pack 2 turbans? I don't plan on staying in hostels but with people I know. I guess we will see how it turns out.

If you want me to come visit you, let me know. Maybe it will happen. If you have advice on packing, let me know.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Moving Planets Around (My Astro Download Part 4)

Part 1, 2, 3

I have been talking about the constellations, planets, natal chart, moons and how these things all affect individuals and groups. Now I am going to talk about the other side of things. This is the part about agency.

The truth is that we as humans are connected to the cosmos and therefore we can influence the cosmos and not just the other way around. Let me remind you that the temple is a microcosm of the cosmos and that our bodies are temples, and therefore also a microcosm of the cosmos. This becomes quite clear in Kabbalistic Astrology when you learn that each sign of the zodiac is also associated with an organ in the body. So each of us has a little bit of each sign within us. This is how we can relate to other signs. But it is also how we can understand and learn what exactly exists in the galaxy, and how we can understand its internal energies and inner depths. Woah! Again not surprising, the key to understanding the universe is within us."The Kingdom of God is within you..."

In Part 2 I wrote about how you can change your destiny by doing spiritual work. Some things are written in the stars, so to speak, but you can change them through your actions.  The Zohar is full of examples and stories of people who were going about their business and then performed a good deed and later they were seen bypassing death (such as just missing a poisonous snake or a ledge collapsing just after they moved off it.) These are examples of a person bypassing what is written in the stars. There are a million stories like this. It's true a good deed can change everything. But how? If the starts decree how can it change if God is unchangable?

Because we change the stars. This involves a long discussion of physics which I will skip for brevity and give you the cliff notes. I read a quote from a rabbi recently who said if it is paradoxical, it is probably true because this is kind of how God works. So here is the great paradox of physics. Is it mechanistic or is it random? Is it a particle or a wave? The short answer is,  it depends on how you look at it. Observing changes the observed. Indeed, the power to observe our own thinking is the only thing that sets us higher than animals. Observation is essential to spiritual work.

This is a picture of Jupiter and two of her moons. I took this picture with my camera in 2009
by placing my camera lens up to the eye piece of one of the largest telescopes
in the world at Mt. Wilson.  It was amazing.  
 So here is the great paradox of the universe. The stars and planets move on their orbits mechanistically, yes. On the one hand, everything is predictable. They are like a big clock for times and seasons. And time is important. Einstein said that nothing can break the light speed barrier without disturbing the time-space continuum, which he believed would upset everything so much that it just wasn't possible. He couldn't conceive of it.

However, quantum physics has proven that this can indeed happen and it likely happens all the time. If you put pressure on a system, the particles (or planets lets just say) will move and behave differently. Then when you take the pressure off, those particles go back to where they were before, faster than light speed.

Which  means that they time travel.

There are no instruments yet that can detect that they ever moved. Yet they did. In fact, everything changed.

If this is too unscientific for you, here is a study that I think I have quoted before:

In a Princeton University study, participants projected their intentions at a machine that generates random numbers, with the goal of influencing the machine to generate a predictable pattern of numbers. The results were astounding: In the majority of the 256,000 trials of the experiment, the participants were able to influence the machine. The Princeton study also included some other fascinating details:

  • The results were better when the subjects bonded with the machines––similar to how people bond with their cars––before trying to exert influence.
  • The study involved not only individuals but also pairs. Among all the subjects, couples in love were the most able to influence the machines.
  • The most astonishing of the results is that subjects were able to influence the machines after the machines had already run, suggesting that the power of the mind is not limited by ordinary constraints of time and space.

My friend Sheridan told me a story that illustrates her understanding of this concept. She was looking for something and felt sure it was in a certain cupboard. She opened the cupboard and it wasn't there. She thought to herself. "I should have prayed first, and it would have been in this cupboard."

This is how God gets so much done. He's not subject to time. He's got a telephone book that is way bigger inside and it can take him whenever he wants. And we can too.

But let's go back to the stars and planets. Did anyone start doing the Meditation to Increase your IQ that I recently posted? It's only 11 minutes. You can do it with me in this video here:

It's amazing! You are moving planets around! Not only does it increase your intelligence, but it is practice being a creator and playing with time. I challege everyone to add this 11 mintues into your Sadhana every day for 120 days. That's all you need to increase your intelligence. What's 120 days of your life? You can avoid a lot of challenges just by be being more intelligent. It is also good for depression and inner anger.

Maybe you also remember the effect that the Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction had on certain U.S. presidents? This meditation can give you the power to override. To create peace on earth. This meditation gives you the power to go beyond what is written in the stars. I personally love to do it to the sound of the gong because that gong is the sound of creation and it was what outer space sounds like.

A friend just sent me this amazing find from the book of Job, Chapter 38.
31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? 
Read it in context if you wish. It's all about how God is great. Wahe Guru.

So the point is that the actions of man can change things, for better or worse. Sometimes the group actions of humans influence things so dramatically that the cosmos do unexpected things. And if humans below care to observe, they may learn what's coming, and how to prevent it or speed it up.

That's all for now.

Sat Nam.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Release Date - Drum Roll Please

We interrupt your regular programming to bring you this public service announcement.

If you have been following the book saga, you know that I have run into one delay after another, but I am happy to tell you everything is going very smoothly now and I now have an official release date. I have decided that if the book is not ready and in print and available to order by October 4 then I am going to start releasing it a chapter at a time on my blog or via my newsletter. Because the world can't wait for the written portion of this book. Maybe you can find the yoga kriya and meditation instructions elsewhere, but the written part needs to be out there. So take that opposition. I haven't decide if I will do it on my blog or my newsletter, so make sure you are subscribed. There is a link on the right side of this page.

FYI I chose October 4th by inspiration but here are some cool things about that date this year:

It happens to fall on General Conference Saturday, and Yom Kippur, which is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews. It is the Day of Atonement and sets the tone for the whole next year. It is kind of like a new years day for Jewish people.

Another random fact about Oct 4th is that more people have birthdays on October 4 than any other day of the year.

Sat Nam.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Observing the Heavens (Astro Download Part 3)

I was at a lunch recently with someone from my church and astronomy came up. I said I was very interested in the stars, especially because of the recent signs in the heavens (such as the blood moon and meteor shower, etc) and what that means for us. He dismissed my comment saying "there have always been signs in the heavens." It was clear that the conversation was over, so I didn't press it. But what I wanted to say was, yes, there have always been signs, but those signs were for those people at that time. These signs are for us. And I hope to understand them.

To review, the word temple comes from the latin templum. According the Dr. Hugh Nibley, the word templum "designates a building specially designed for interpreting signs in the heavens--a sort of observatory where one gets one's bearings on the universe. The root tem- in Greek and Latin denotes a 'cutting' or intersection of two lines at right angles, 'the point where the cardo and decumanus cross,' hence where the four regions come together." Matthew B Brown synthesizes that "A temple is thus a central point from which one can determine the relationship between the motions of the heavens and the four quarters of the earth." (Brown, Gate of Heaven)

The temple is also a microcosm of the cosmos. Hugh Nibley, the above quoted really deep LDS scholar wrote a whole book all about this called Temple and Cosmos. I might have to do more of the meditation to raise my intelligence in order to read more than a few paragraphs of Hugh Nibley, but I'm just letting you know it's there in case you are interested.

There are also some interesting cosmic symbols on the Salt Lake Temple. My friend has a book that explains some of these symbols and the meanings that the prophets ascribed to them. Here are just a few I copied down. These are direct quotes but I have taken them out of of a table and only included a few of them:

  • Cloud stones- (below cap stones on east)  rays shining through clouds = restoration of the gospel 
  • Star stones - (most windows and doors) glory of God
  • Saturn stones - (inside towers) planetary powers - eternal increase
  • Earth Stones - (first water table)
  • Moon Stones - (second water table)
  • Sun Stones - (third water table) 52 rays - 52 weeks of the year.
  • Constellation Stone - Big Dipper - (West center tower) Lost may find way by aid of priesthood
The cosmos are obviously a huge important link that ancient prophets knew about and Joseph Smith and his early associates knew about--enough to put them on the temple--but since then most people have ignored this fundamental meaning of the temple.

The original architectural renderings of the SLC temple by Truman O. Angel.

Some say the Saturn stones were dropped, others say that they become circles with one ring around them.

I find the above reference to Saturn stones especially interesting. I have discussed the importance of natal charts, but the astrological movement of the planets through the constellations each month and each day is also important. It effects each of us and the world at large from day to day, and even hour by hour. I will attempt discuss this in as much detail as I can in more blog posts to follow.

Astrology is useful only if one has an understanding of its internal, spiritual structure and it's influence on the individual. Because there is no aspect or concept withing the human body that does not have it's counterpart in the interrelated yet independent worlds and universes. In order to do this we also need an understanding of astronomy: why the universe is structured the way it is and why celestial bodies behave the way they do, relative to where they are at the moment. This will involve some physics, but I will write it so that hopefully a 12-year old can understand it as well as a physicist (I have one handy to fact check).

But before we dive into all that, let me begin by telling a story. It is a mystery . Or it was. I am about to clear it up for you. It is known as the presidential doom mystery. For more than 150 years, there has been a doom factor for presidents elected in a zero year. It all started with William Henry Harrison who was elected in 1840. He died of pneumonia in 1841. Twenty years later in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected. He was assassinated in 1865. James A. Garfield was elected in 1880. Garfield was assassinated in 1901.  Warren Harding was elected in 1920 and died in office in 1923. In 1940 Franklin Roosevelt won his third term and died in office in his fourth term in 1945. In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected and assassinated in 1963. (I'll stop there for good reasons I'll explain another time.)

Some of these presidents even studied the pattern in an effort to break it. But the real reason for this doom factor was not the zero year, but a planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that happened at the time of the president's rise to the Oval Office, an astral event that occurs every 20 years. (Jupiter has about a 12 year orbit around the sun and Saturn has about a 30 year orbit. So about every 19.85 years they pass closes to each other. Their magnetic fields, which are extremely large, create an effect that have proven historically to have quite an affect. That affect depends on the person's chart, or on that nation's chart. It is not a bad omen per se, but it did spell bad news for these presidents, but it was more about the United State's natal chart and it's destiny than about these predients....but that's for another post.

(Nations have charts too. Imagine that. Nations are born.) I believe if you look at the history of other nations you will find other interesting patterns.

Hmm.... This makes me think of Saturn stones which represent "Planetary forces." What is that west tower trying to tell us about Saturn? Or about the planetary forces?

But aren't these things all mechanistic, you ask? Don't the planets just move on their orbits and not change? How can this affect us? These are questions I had.

Here is a simple beginning of an explanation. The constellations present constant forces in the universe, which makes sense if you understand that they represent the roles of Christ. The planets present changing forces. Think of it this way: constellations are like the face of the clock (with 12 numbers) and the planets (which move clockwise) are like the hands on the clock. Not only do they reckon time with miraculous accuracy (read a mind blowing article on that there by LDS astronomer), but the constellations carry the force, and the planets modulate it. All these forces are exerted on us, who are each made up of our own energies and receptivities, weaknesses and strengths, based on our natal chart.

But, I must emphasize again that though the stars impel, they do not compel. The degree of our awakeness, our mind power, and our deeds become factors in how the planets affect us, and how we affect the planets.

In the next post I will talk about how we personally and as group (humans) affect the cosmos. This will include some physics and some metaphysics. Buckle up.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Let's Clear Up Some Things About God's Timing

I become so bored of people talking about God's timing. It's true that here on earth there is a time to reap and a time to sow and all that. But when it comes to God and his answers to your prayers, etc, there is no time difference. You ask in faith and in the right way and God answers your prayers--in the best way possible and immediately. He doesn't pause to think about it. He doesn't wait 20 years. There is no time delay. It's immediate. The only thing that makes it seem like it is not immediate is the human mind.

Sure there are those scriptures in Abraham about the reckoning of time on the planet Kolob (where God reportedly lives) and how one day there is about 1000 years here. While it may be true that time is reckoned differently on that planet, it is also true that God is not subject to time. All things are present before him and he knows them all. (Moses 1:6) In a way that our minds have difficulty understanding, he can see past present and future all as one.

It is we who must expand our consciousness to realize that we have already been given every blessing. We just have to alter our mental state to connect with it (know it) and bring into physical manifestation. How long that takes depends on us and our willingness to do the spiritual work.

Timing is a tricky thing. Even for Joseph Smith--it took him a long time to realize and accept that building Zion in Missouri wasn't going to happen in his life time. Was he just wrong about God's timing? I don't think so. I think the early Saints just went a different direction. They couldn't or wouldn't do the spiritual work to be a Zion society. But it doesn't change the fact that Zion is already built on that spot. (Joseph could see it.) We just have to manifest it into our physical reality by connecting with it first in our consciousness.

I can tell you one thing though, it isn't going to happen by complaining about God's timing, or doing nothing and waiting around.

As one of my teachers, Guru Singh says, you can walk along the shore pretending you are swimming for as long as you want. Maybe you will never jump in till you are 80 years old. But when you finally do jump in the water, it will feel like you could have done it all along. But it will also feel like the right time. The scriptures say God's timing is perfect. And it is, because He makes it seem perfect for you when you do.

So, do whatever. Just keep pretending or jump in. But don't let me hear you using God's timing as an excuse.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Astro Download Part 2

Read part 1 here. 

I'm just going to jump in assuming that you have read the previous posts.

A typical natal chart looks something like this. Ignore the ad (I don't endorse that yellow jar-headed guy.):

It's a blueprint of the exact position of all the constellations and planets at the moment of your birth from the exact latitude and longitude of your birth. That's pretty cool if you ask me. It involves some pretty complex math so be grateful for apps and software that can do it for you. 

It usually comes with a short had explanation that looks sort of like this.

The most important things in there for now are the Ascendant (also known as your Rising sign), and the Moon. We covered the sun sign yesterday. It is determined by your month of birth--only in the Hebrew calendar, which is a Lunar-Solar Calendar. So everything on the above table is correct except the sun sign. In the above picture, the sun sign is not shown because it is scrolled up top, but it says it is Libra. But in actuallity for that date of that year, it happened to fall on the Hebrew calendar under Scorpio instead of Libra. 

Your rising sign (Ascendant) is determined by what constellation the sun was in at the moment of your birth. In this chart it is in cancer. Your moon is determined by what constellation the moon was in at the moment of your birth. In this chart it is in Scorpio.

Your sun sign as we discussed gives you a lot of general personality traits about a person as well as their weaknesses and challenges.

The Rising Sign is important because it indicates the tools that the universe has given you to deal with your sun sign, though it can also affect your personality in negative ways and comes with warnings if you don't use your tools.

Your moon sign is your reactive system. It indicates how a person will react to things. 

So for example, if you are a Taurus with Cancer rising, you will have the emotional, nurturing nature of cancer to help you be more caring, as well as Cancer's legendary intuition to help you face reality. If you have Aires rising, the fire of Aires can help Taurus get out and take more risks. 

If you are Taurus with Taurus rising, basically the universe is not giving you any tools. Ha! But don't despair. There are other tools within the chart. That's for a more advanced course. 

There are certain combinations of signs that can be very favorable and others that seem to clash and that person will usually have a very difficult life and a very intense personality. For example, a Scorpio moon is a very difficult moon to have because Scropio is so intense and complex. It is a water sign but its internal energy is fire--two opposite elements. Scorpios are mighty warriors, and intuitive, but they can also be very critical and not give second chances. Famous Scorpios include Biblical King David. 

As I learn more about each sign from a spiritually based standpoint, I am learning so much. I used to dabble in astrology and I could tell people who were certain signs (Geminis are easy to spot, for instance.) But now I can spot most of the signs quickly and I have an understanding of what motivates this person, what they came here for, and how I can help them, and how I should talk to them. This helps me as a teacher because I am here to elevate people. 

Which brings me to the good stuff. The above natal chart is actually mine. Or used to be. I always thought I was a Libra, which I fancied. But it turns out I was a Scropio with a Cancer Rising and a Scorpio Moon. That is a lot of the water element, and one of the most intense moons. 

But as I wrote in an earlier post, Yogi Bhajan said we could rewrite our natal chart and change our destiny through Kundalini Yoga. I never got how this exactly could happen until I got into Jewish Astrology, which goes back to Abraham. But in truth LDS scholars and astronomers like John Pratt know that the Zodiac was fist given to Enoch, but let's start with Abraham because his story is most interesting.

Abram was a master of both astrology and astronomy. He knew the stars planets and how they were formed and he understood their internal energy. He also knew his own chart and knew that having children was not in his destiny, nor Sarai's. But God said to him, Abram, "go outside" and count the stars, and such will be the number of your seed. (I paraphrase.) By "go outside" God is not just inviting him to step out of his house/tent. He is inviting him to go outside of human consciousness and expand it to the reality where you can influence the stars.

And then he told him, from this day forward you shall be known as Abraham. And Sarai got a name change to Sarah. The name change basically created a rebirth and a new identity. God also invited him to go outside and look at the stars because as of that moment, Abraham had to make new natal charts for both he and Sarah.

 Name changes are used many times throughout the scriptures to rewrite a person's destiny. Here is a table I found online that shows some of the name changes in the Bible.
GideonrenamedJerub-Baalthe men of Ophrah
Barnabasalso known asJosephThe Apostles
Josephalso known asBarnabasThe Apostles
EliakimrenamedJehoiakimPharoah Neco
Estheralso known asHadassahPersian/Hebrew
Paulalso known asSaulLatin/Hebrew
Ben-Onialso known asBenjaminhis father Jacob
Hadassahalso known asEstherHebrew/Persian
Saulalso known asPaulHebrew/Latin
Levialso known asMatthewHebrew/Greek
Matthewalso known asLeviGreek/Hebrew
Jedediahalso known asSolomonGod
PashhurcalledTerror on Every SideGod
Solomonalso known asJedediahGod
“the woman”namedEveAdam
Johnalso known asMark
Markalso known asJohn
Of course, just going to the courthouse and changing your name is not going to do it. Courts on earth mean nothing to God. And just applying for a spiritual name doesn't guarantee anything either. A new name has to be earned through spiritual upleveling.

When I put all this together, I realized what has happened in my own life. I never felt that I wanted a Kundalini Spiritual name in 7 years of practice, but last year I suddenly felt that it was time. God told me I needed to be someone new and to go ahead and get one. So I requested a spiritual name and it came a few days later. I loved it and started using it immediately, but only recently do I realize just how important that was.

I went back and looked at the date stamp on that email and made a new natal chart. I still don't understand it all, but the good news is that I went from having one of the least favorable moons to having a very favorable moon in Libra. My Sun Sign now is Cancer, which is one of the most intuitive signs. The intuition of a Cancer is legendary. My rising sign is now Scorpio, which makes sense that since I had so much Scorpio before I'd have the corrected Scorpio now as my tool kit. The corrected Scorpio, by the way, is compared to an eagle, who sees everything, but flies high above it and doesn't get involved in drama. They are also very intuitive. So that is a double bonus.

I looked back in my journal to see what I was doing the day I received my spiritual name and I found that I had just started a new journal the day after I got my name. The entry said:

Had dreams last night. I woke before my alarm feeling very refreshed despite a late bedtime. The feeling was that something wonderful has happened in me. I'm not sure what. The angels definitely worked on me last night....

Looking back, I see that since that date in June I have a whole new life. "Charmed" is not the right word for it, but it is amazingly better than before and much different than most people I know. My friend Robyn says I live like the apostles of old. Ha! Well, I still have to take out my own garbage and put gas in my car and I am not impervious to heat or hunger or cold or headaches (yet), but I don't worry or fear. I am full of love and most days, I walk with grace.

seven-ish years ago
A few months after my name change. Can you see the difference? It's in the eyes.
They used to look inward. Now they look outward and are full of light! Amazing. 

I don't think that getting a name change is part of everyone's destiny. Some people just need to be corrected under the sign they are. But just so you know--if your life has been really intense, you can elevate yourself through meditation and loving your neighbor, and get a totally different life. You can create a destiny where there was none.

That's all for now. More to come. Sat Nam.

Post Script:

Some people want to know if the new name people get a part of religious ceremonies could be a kind of rebirth. My answer is that I can't speak for everyone. It is possible, but that name has different purposes and and it is not something you go by from then on. Abraham was told "from now on you shall be known as..."Of course, there could be way more here for some people, but not for all. I'm leaving it to you to do your own investigation and praying about it.

The other question is about marriage. Marriage sometimes includes a name change for women, and sometimes for men too. It definitely involves a title change, but whether this corresponds with spiritual upleveling is something to be examined.

Sat Nam.