Guru Warms Up in Preparation for March Fireworks Next Year

Guru Warms Up in Preparation for March Fireworks Next Year

The ever-resourceful planet, Jupiter, has scooted along and now begins a five-month transit of Scorpio which culminates in March next year with some major spiritual fireworks that will likely also impact world events. Called Guru in Vedic astrology [Jyotish], this planet represents many of the very best qualities that we all strive and hope for—health, understanding, good luck, prosperity, dharma (doing what is right for a given situation) and wisdom.

To understand the meaning of the time, you need to consider both the planet and its location. So, what about Scorpio? Called, Vrishchika in Jyotish (what a mouthful!), its symbol, the scorpion, indicates some potential for trouble here. But, this sign leads a dual life as it also indicates healers and doctors, inner growth, transformation, inheritance and the occult. Scorpio can serve as a bridge from a narrow and exclusive focus on worldly pursuits to a broader perspective which brings in higher values such as care for the greater community.

The trick to this all hinges on how Guru and Vrishchika play together. Are they friends … or enemies … or simply strangers passing in the night? Although the sign itself is stressful for just about everybody and everything, the sign’s lords (owners) like Guru (in some ways) so the next handful of months can truly become a time for positive change. It really depends upon you.

The key choice you need to make? Whatever you do and wherever the winds take you, bring in a sense of the Guru energy. That is, do what you have to do and want to do but aim to ask yourself regularly: how does this fit into the greater scheme of things?

If you can activate the Guru qualities of wisdom (seeing how all the parts fit together) and healing (caring for both yourself and your charges but also the greater community and other folks too—in whatever small or large way you can), then the rest of this year and into next spring should go pretty well for you.

Fix What's on Top — the First Step in Spiritual Qigong

Fix What's on Top — the First Step in Spiritual Qigong

The whole sphere and orbit of Neidan yoga circles about standard practices of energy medicine—especially traditional Chinese approaches such as acupuncture, medical qigong and Daoist alchemy. Other important sources of guidance include Ayurveda, shamanic work, and modern tools such as body-centered and object relations psychotherapy, cranial osteopathy and visceral manipulation. Rounding out the lineup, we have the time-honored traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and Hindu Yoga, both of which have incredibly rich insights and techniques for inner and outer transformation.

When a client shows up at the clinic door, the first thing to address is “what’s up?” That is: “what do you want some help with?” Health and fortune along with the sun and weather simply come and go so what’s important now may not be so later. Nevertheless, it IS important now. In medicine, we call this an acute condition. Acute simply means the situation is on top—it needs attention now. So, the symptoms a client reports as the problem or goal may or may not be the real cause of the situation. The first goal in treatment therefore aims to patch up whatever needs fixing while at the same time seeking to better understand the deeper more relevant reasons for the situation. Although there are many situations where what’s wrong can be clearly identified and appropriate therapy commenced straight-away—say, the patient has a sprained ankle—it just ain’t so for the deeper work of living and growing spiritually.

Spiritual Practice as Energy Medicine

Spiritual Practice as Energy Medicine

Without a doubt, when viewed with a dispassionate and clear eye, serious advance on the spiritual path inexorably drags one into a prolonged dance with forces much greater than simple everyday human existence. Mind-blowing to say the least, this would be completely intolerable to head and heart if not for a saving grace: we are all—each and every one of us—made of the same fundamental building blocks—brick and mortar—as all else whether it be nature itself or peaceful and wrathful deities or some advanced alien race or whatever else mind and dream can conjure up. In short, although all that a person values may be transient and subject to negotiation, the bedrock of sādhana (sincere, focused and consistent spiritual practice) stands firm enough for true spiritual transformation to occur.

Interested in Spiritual Awareness? You Should Practice Qigong!

Interested in Spiritual Awareness? You Should Practice Qigong!

Good day, Folks. Happy late summer and early fall to you!

Every yogic or mystical tradition has its own armory of techniques and practices but at bottom there are really only a few tools needed for genuine progress along the spiritual path. Of these, you are most likely already covering the bases (if in doubt, you can check the Level 1 Foundations page accessible via the Neidan Yoga menu item).

However, although all approaches make use of energy in some format, not all acknowledge or explain how to use energy in its most basic form as qi. You can think of energy as a spectrum — like a rainbow. At the upper levels, it is similar to what the yogis call prana. At even subtler levels it is energy that mingles with the mind so thought itself can direct this force. But all this cool stuff does no one any good at all until she or he is advanced along the path. 

To get advanced, you have to work with energy in the form of biological electricity in and just around the body. This is what the Daoists have referred to as qi for thousands of years. By far, the Daoists have the clearest, cleanest and most effective approach to developing this energy from beginning levels up through intermediate level skills and even further on. Once you're at an intermediate level though, you can jump ship back to your favorite tradition (Hindu yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, etc.) as all yoga systems are great at explaining advanced practice (with some personal tutoring from a guru or mentor).

Bottom line? Learn and practice qigong. Start anywhere but then work towards learning more refined skills as taught by genuine Daoist teachers. Bagua Zhang circle walking to an intermediate level plus learning to sense and direct qi with your hands is sufficient to prepare you for success with advanced meditation. It's the truth. 

The Path to Light - Yoga model

The Path to Light - Yoga model

Introduction to the yoga model for developing higher consciousness. Ultimately, yoga and meditation stand as the most complete medicine for all aspects of life. A discussion of integrative energy medicine including yoga, Jyotish astrology, eastern medicines (Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, etc) and western medicines (conventional and more holistic approaches such as integrative functional medicine). Each of these represents a specialization for treading part of the spiritual path. Success in yoga, and in life, requires facility with all these tools for growth and well-being. For further information, you can check out our websites at: https://jyotishandyoga.com and https://inspiredvedicastrology.com.

The spiritual practice of yoga seeks to enhance awareness of our connection with others and Life itself. To do so, yogis have to master a field of energetic processes traditionally known as the tattvas (elements). There are a number of tattvas. The most commonly known are: earth, water, fire, air and ether.

Jyotish provides an extraordinarily useful map to these processes and how they interact with each other and the world and its inhabitants. By learning some key ideas from Jyotish, a yogi can gain greater leverage for the spiritual practices that constitute yoga such as pranayama, kriya yoga and meditation.

This series of videos introduces basic yogic and Jyotish ideas needed for spiritual practice and also explains how and what to practice. The discussion starts from the very beginning of the path so no prior knowledge of either Jyotish or yoga is needed although it certainly helps.

SUN IN TAURUS - TIME TO PLANT SEEDS

SUN IN TAURUS - TIME TO PLANT SEEDS

KEY FOR GENERAL SUCCESS

Surya (Sun) passes through Vrishabha (Taurus) for the next several weeks so now's a good time to take some first steps towards a new goal or project. Taurus represents fertility both literally and metaphorically and the Sun also links to a higher level of spiritual energy at this time. 

KEY FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

A key to spiritual growth hinges upon developing a clearer sense of who you are and what your deepest values are. Boundaries rule at this time. For instance, stand up for your rights--both with others and with yourself! Bring strong focus toward grounding into your real sense of who you are and what you are on about. Be proud of yourself and your goals. And, be generous and courteous--no matter what. Sticking to your guns and highest values pays off well now.

Surya Exalted in Mesha

Surya Exalted in Mesha

For another few weeks, Surya (the Sun) continues its transit of Mesha (Aries) rashi (constellation). Each graha (planet) enjoys visiting some places more than others. And, in fact, Surya enjoys the stellar expanse of Mesha more than any other location for this kingly ruler of our solar system is exalted in Mesha and so acts in the best ways possible. Health, luck, dignity and practical wisdom all increase during this time. Since, Surya also represents the over soul for all beings in our part of the cosmos, his blessings and bounty get shared with all. So, soak it up and make the best of this time. What you initiate now has especial power and righteousness and can lead to greater fortune and wisdom for you and those in your family and community.

Workshop on Qigong and Yoga

Workshop on Qigong and Yoga

A workshop suitable for everyone interested in qigong, yoga or other energy practices. A hands-on workshop that is a mix of qigong and yoga practice. Topics include basic qigong theory and techniques, adding qigong to a yoga practice and more advanced qigong skills such as the microcosmic orbit. Held on Sunday, Feb 5, from 1 - 4 pm at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter. 

LOCATION

KULA YOGA SHALA
400 TONEY PENNA DRIVE
JUPITER, FL 33458

Qigong Classes

Qigong Classes

QIGONG

Monday evenings from 7 - 8:15 pm starting November 14 
Join Greg Curtiss, a healing therapist, for a night of gentle movements alternating with some periods of stillness. These movements aim to integrate body movement, breath and thought leading to improved health. Greg has a background in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and qigong and has been helping clients for over 16 years. 7:00—8:15 pm. Love Offering.

LOCATION

UNITY CHURCH IN THE GARDEN
550 BUSH ROAD
JUPITER, FL 33458