What an interesting time we’re living in! Together, we are experiencing brand new terrain. It’s natural to feel at least a little uneasy when facing the unknown. But the reality is, life is ALWAYS uncertain. There are no guarantees. So perhaps we’re all coming to terms with the truth. Our human lives are fragile. Yet, we trick ourselves into thinking that life will somehow stay the same and last forever. Coronavirus is bringing to light what is real and important. It’s showing us who and what matters most when everything else is stripped away. My hope is that you’re reflecting, with gratitude on those important people and things you still have access to.
You can choose to look at this unique situation from many different angles. From the eyes of fear, it’s terrifying to see people sick, dying and losing their jobs. From the eyes of hope, this is an opportunity to come together, learn and grow. From the eyes of love, you feel compassion for everyone who is suffering and look for ways you can contribute to the solution. It’s important to keep an open mind to all perspectives while remaining neutral. No one is right. No one has all the answers. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they know. This is not the time to criticize or judge. More than ever, you need to practice patience, empathy and trust with yourself and others.
Almost everyone in America has been given permission to slow down. Most of us have an excuse to take somewhat of a break. If this includes you, perhaps this is something you’ve been asking for on a subconscious level. Think about it. Have you been secretly wishing for more vacation, self-care, or time at home? In the West, we push ourselves to extreme levels for the sake of success and money. If you’ve been feeling burnout over the past few months or years, maybe this is exactly what you need. I believe you decided to come to the planet to experience this. How can you embrace it? Coronavirus aside, what do YOU need most right now? Remember: There is no right or wrong answer here.
May our thoughts and prayers go out to those who need them most right now.Let us not forget the people who are working harder than ever like healthcare workers, janitors, truck drivers, and parents taking care of their children. My heart goes out to business owners, schoolteachers and staff, anyone in the service industry, people who’ve lost their jobs, the sick and the elderly. It’s easy to get consumed by how the pandemic is affecting you. But did you know when you pray for others, you also benefit by receiving the energy of the blessing? Unplug from social media, turn off the TV and take time to send healing thoughts to humans who are suffering. It really does make a difference. By upgrading your frequency, you elevate the frequency of the planet.
Soon, this will all be over. You will never be in this same situation as the person you are now. What do you want to do with what you’ve been given? How do you want to be? Will you be a bright light in the darkness, or a dark cloud on an already gray day? This is your chance to wake up. Do not fall asleep on your life. Use this to become more aware of who you are and your role on the planet. We are moving into the Aquarian Age and we need you to be fully conscious of how you’re showing up. Take this opportunity seriously. You’ll be more than happy you did.
“Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.”
How do you begin to understand the times we’re living in? This is a nearly impossible task. You could do years of intense research, traveling down the deepest rabbit hole, and you still might not have all the facts. There are a million different ways to look at the same situation. No one actually knows what’s going on in the world and why we’re here to experience it.
By now, you’ve learned you have very little control over what’s happening to you. Yet, you have a relationship with everything you’re experiencing. So, how do you navigate this strange terrain? As Yogi Bhajan puts it, “Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.” This is the 4th Sutra of The Aquarian Age. These words of wisdom are essential for getting through this challenging period with grace.
Every person is coping with life in a unique way. We all have our individual stories, affairs, traumas and expectations. There are many factors that determine your particular perspective and how you deal with it. Because you only really know you, it may be difficult to understand another person’s point of view, especially if it’s drastically different from your own. This can cause unnecessary pain and conflict if you forget the 4th Sutra.
It never helps to judge or criticize something you don’t understand. Even if you strongly disagree with someone or something, the best thing you can do is have compassion. That doesn’t mean you don’t form your own opinions or fight for what you believe. Rather, put yourself in their shoes before you say or do something negative. Ultimately, this approach will make you smarter, happier and a much better leader.
As you scroll through Instagram or watch the local news, be sure to remember this sutra, “Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times”. Remember that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. The world really needs you to practice your compassion muscle. Walk away, turn it off or unfollow if you can’t let it go. These times call for us to wake up and step it up. Let’s make humanity proud.
“When the time is on, start, and the pressure will be off.”
Last week, we took a little detour from the Sutras for the Aquarian Age. Today, I’d like to jump back in. Since time is speeding up, and this global pandemic is only proof that we are in fact entering into a New Age, these sutras are more important than ever. Remember, the mindsets and daily activities you choose NOW are becoming habits for later. By applying these simple principles to your life, you’ll come out on the other side of this situation more elevated than you were before…
“When the time is on, start, and the pressure will be off” is the third sutra Yogi Bhajan gave us. I love this one because it offers a solution for dealing with pressure. You may feel pressure from your relationships, your career, and society, but you probably feel it mostly from yourself. This pressure can create a lot of anxiety if you try to ignore it. I’m guilty for numbing out and pretending the pressure isn’t there. Problem is, this only makes it worse. To relieve the pressure, you must START.
“Start where?” you might ask. Well, only you know the answer to that question. Have you been feeling pressure to begin a project, leave your job, make a phone call, or do something creative? What do you keep putting off? That thing that is always in the back of your mind is what’s causing pressure. It’s that little voice inside of you that won’t go away. Once you sit down and take action, even if it’s just one tiny step in the right direction, you’ll begin to relieve that build up of pressure.
This isn’t meant to be overwhelming. You don’t need to get it all done or figure everything out in one day. All you need to do is start. Determine that one major thing that’s been on your heart. Where are you sensing the most pressure? Now, what’s ONE action step you can take TODAY to get started? Get quiet, use your intuition, and allow the first thought to come to you. You already have the answer.
“There is a way through every block.”
In my last newsletter, I discussed the first of the five Sutras of The Aquarian Age written by Yogi Bhajan. These sutras are guiding principles used to elevate your consciousness and live a fulfilled life. Today, we’ll dive into the second sutra that states: “There is a way through every block”.
In times of self-doubt, it’s extremely important to remember that there is a way through every block. There is more information at our fingertips (literally) than ever before. Your smartphone has the ability to research anything you could possibly think of. Yet, most of us still hold on to limiting beliefs like “I can’t” or “I don’t know how”. This sutra reminds you of your own inner power to figure anything out.
Blocks arise in many different forms. They can look like relationship, career, health or other personal problems. When facing adversity, it’s easy to cling onto victim mentality. It can feel like life is happening to you instead of for you. Rather than giving up or giving in, remind yourself of this sutra. A simple affirmation like, “I CAN get through this!” will guide you towards the best solution for the situation.
You get to choose and change your beliefs. Simply decide that there is a way through every block, and there will be. This is an attitude that you can try on and take home. Empower your life by making this sutra part of your mindset. You’ll quickly find yourself living with greater confidence and ease.
We all have subconscious thought patterns that limit us from our greatest potential. Thoughts like “I’m not good enough” or “I can’t” are ingrained in us at a young age. Even though we don’t consciously think these thoughts, they impact every aspect of our lives.
You may wonder why you aren’t achieving your goals or why you’re experiencing plateaus in your health, career or relationships. Even though you have the best of intentions, something doesn’t work out or you end up self-sabotaging. Somewhere along the way, you picked up a belief that is preventing you from getting where you want to go.
The fastest and easiest way to clean your subconscious mind is through Kundalini Yoga and meditation. Your mind is like a dirty windshield full of 1,000s of thoughts that prevent you from seeing clearly. Through the science and technology of kundalini yoga, you’re able to get past what you are not to experience who and what you really are.
Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness that began somewhere between 1,000 and 500 BC. It was originally a secret system known only amongst a few yogis. Yogi Bhajan who was a Master of Kundalini Yoga by the age of 16, brought the teachings to the West in 1969. Now, you can find classes all over the United States.
Kundalini Yoga is unique in that it focuses more on mental flexibility than physical flexibility. Rather than doing a flow, you do kriyas. Kriyas are a specific and complete set of actions that produce a certain result. They were passed down to us through Yogi Bhajan from the great yoga masters and are not to be changed. However, you can do exercises for less but never more than the time listed.
In a Kundalini Yoga Class, you can expect to do breathwork, meditation and kriyas (yoga sets) while listening to and sometimes chanting mantras. The mantras carry an ancient and healing sound current designed to target your subconscious mind. This sacred combination works to replace unhealthy thought patterns with better, healthier thoughts. In class, old thoughts and feelings may come up. That’s because you are processing and clearing away the blocked energy. Most students report feeling more energized, relaxed and clear-headed after class.
Scientifically, Kundalini Yoga works with your endocrine glands which produce hormones to help your body function. The glands work with the nervous system, the endocrine system, the chakra system, other glands and the organs. The Pituitary Gland is known as the ‘Master Gland’ because it controls the entire glandular system which includes the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pancreas and reproductive glands. The Pituitary Gland secretes hormones that affect growth, blood pressure, protein synthesis, digestion, etc. Through the practice of Kundalini Yoga, you train your glands to secrete properly for optimal health and energy.
Kundalini yoga is a spiritual but not a religious practice. A lot of Kundalini practitioners choose to wear white clothing. This is because white contains all colors and is known to expand your aura about 1.5 feet. Some teachers and students cover their heads. The reason is when the kundalini energy rises to the crown chakra, you can sometimes get headaches or spaced out. A head covering helps you to focus. Kundalini yoga is a healing technology that is available to anyone interested in experiences that establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind and soul.
You could read for hours about what Kundalini Yoga is and how it works, but this is a practice that must be experienced. It’s unlike any other yoga or fitness program I’ve found. Once you start to tune into the kundalini energy that has been dormant inside of you for your whole life, you won’t want to turn back. For me, it was like waking up from a dark dream and realizing a new reality filled with so much love and light. It's not that all my problems have disappeared, I simply don't consider them problems any longer because I see them from a different perspective.
I’ve never been more passionate about something in my entire life. The science and technology of Kundalini Yoga has healed me. My vision is to guide as many people as possible in healing themselves. That's why I'll continue to share these teachings with you. Stay tuned for quick yoga and meditations coming to your inbox soon.
“We are at a crucial change of the time—a change of an Age. The basic sensitivity of people to their own psyche and to each other is shifting. Now we must all experience and know our mind so we can choose to act in an elevated and effective way. Nothing less will be acceptable in this Age of Awareness.”
Since the World Wide Web first became public in 1991, humans have had access to more information than ever before. Speed up to today when almost everyone is attached to a tiny computer at all times. Needless to say, the past 30 years have been dramatically different compared to the 30 years before that. Time continues to speed up as do our electronic devices. It’s hard to keep up with the latest technology that we now rely on for alarm clocks, navigation and constant communication.
How do we explain these drastic and fast-paced changes? Moreover, how do we thrive in an ever changing world that demands our constant attention? With so much information available, we need to learn how to use the data instead of letting the data use us. Humans need to get back to trusting their intuition more than artificial intelligence. We need to develop new ways of coping and connecting in the New Age.
We are officially on the cusp of the Aquarian Age. The Piscean Age was governed by the patriarchy, machines and organized religion. The new Aquarian Age is dominated by energy, awareness and information. Everyone can sense this shift in society, consciousness and how we perceive the world and each other. In the last Age we faced challenges like tuberculosis and smallpox. As we progress into the New Age, we’ll continue to confront spiritual ailments, depression and stress-related psychological illnesses that are now rising at a rapid rate.
It is up to us to build the foundation of the New Age. I feel called to participate in leading us from darkness to light. The best way I know how to do that is through a science and technology called Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan delivered the ancient and timeless teachings of Kundalini Yoga to the West in 1969. It is the fastest working yoga because it gives you the power to transform through a legacy of love and a lineage of enlightened souls called the Golden Chain. Though I could go on for pages explaining what Kundalini Yoga is, it’s something that must be experienced. And in a world teeming with information, what we need most are experiences that establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind and soul.
All this brings me to my new and improved newsletter: Wednesday Awakening with Greta. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know between 2015 and 2017 I sent an email every single Wednesday called “Wake up Wednesday with Greta”. Sadly, I stopped after a job change that left me with very little free time. I’m thrilled to announce I’m back and better than ever. As we enter into a fresh decade, I’m ready to show up and share my passion for natural health, self-healing and inner happiness. It’s clear that my role on this planet is to guide people in awakening to their truest and highest potential.
I’m grateful you’re here and along for the ride. You can expect 2 emails from me each month. In them, you’ll continue to learn about Kundalini Yoga and the Aquarian Age. You’ll get simple meditation techniques, yoga sets, breathwork exercises and natural health tips. I’ll share what’s inspiring me and helping me live my best life. Consider this a resource for becoming more aware, awake and alive during this expansive shift. Please feel free to reach out to me with any thoughts or requests. We’re in this together.
Have a beautiful and blessed day,