The other day I ran into my old buddy, Larry Baker, at Stonesteps Beach. The conversation turned to our mutual friend, Fred Lewis, who owns a retreat center, “Ashtanga Lanka” in Sri Lanka. The last time I saw Fred was in Mt. Shasta last summer. I suggested we do a two week “End of the World Retreat” at his place to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar. When I got home from the beach I checked my latest email correspondence with Fred and came across one with an attachment of some information regarding the Mayan Calendar from babajohn1111.wordpress.com. According to babajohn the Mayan calendar is not really a calendar per se, but a measurement of the evolution of consciousness depicted by a pyramid with 9 steps. This calendar began 16 billion years ago and comes to an end on December 21st, 2012. The ninth and final stage of development began on March 9th, 2011 and will end on the Winter Solstice this year. The theme of the ninth and final level is Unity/Co-Creation. Each level lasts a shorter amount of time, illustrating the speeding up of the evolutionary process. During the Planetary Wave from 1755-1999, dramatic changes in consciousness happened every 20 years. The Galactic Wave from 1999-2011 ushered in a great change in consciousness every year. In the current Unity Wave we can expect great changes every 18 days! Hold onto your Mula Bandha ‘cause it’s gonna be a wild ride!
So what will happen on December 21st 2012? The whole point is that we are now in a position in which we can act as co-creators of our destiny--whatever outcome awaits us, is largely dependent on our inspired and loving efforts. Will it be the beginning of the much anticipated and much pooh-poohed “Golden Age” of Universal Love? I much prefer to look at it this way. Just recently, in my own life, I’ve been having many experiences involving the opportunity to work together with others on some kind of amazing project. What is really interesting is that we all seem more open to surrendering our egos and points of view in the desire to put Yoga out there in the world as the perfect discipline to deal with the current acceleration of the evolutionary process. For those who have been practicing for a while, this is the time we’ve been training for, and helping others prepare for.
Last Saturday I taught a workshop at the “Soul of Yoga”. The owner, Tom Kelley, was all fired up with the idea to create some kind of Yoga Festival in Encinitas to celebrate our town as the “yoga capital of the world”. Also on Saturday, we hosted Naren Schreiner for a performance of classical Indian and devotional music. It was a very special evening as Naren led kirtan, sang some bhajans solo, and played a few traditional ragas, accompanied by his friend Janzel on tabla. He also introduced us to what he calls the “Yoga of Music”, and told stories about his Sat Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, and his musical guru, Pt. Ajoy Chakrabaty. Naren has some great gifts and knowledge to offer to the yoga community through his art and work, which he calls “Sangita.”
Teacher training starts Saturday—40 students from all over the globe will descend on the Ashtanga Yoga Center for the next two weeks of intensive (10 hours per day) training to learn how to teach the First Series. It should be interesting in the current phase of accelerated learning.