Below are five Yogic Sutras of the Aquarian Age given to us by Yogi Bhajan. A sutra is a ‘knot.’ It is a complex spiritual concept reduced to one sentence and later expanded upon by a spiritual teacher. Sutras allowed sacred teachings to be protected from harm (by appearing harmless to conquerors) and were brief enough to be remembered by students in ancient times.”
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
We can only truly see ourselves reflected in another person. If we admire qualities in another, we are only seeing those same qualities in ourselves. These qualities may not yet be developed or expressed. On the flip side, if we see qualities that we dislike in another—again, we are only seeing ourselves—perhaps a disowned part called the shadow.
The more we identify with our ego, the more judgmental we will be toward others and the more we will project our own personality traits onto others. We are being called to take full responsibility for our experiences and to live the Truth—we are ALL ONE.
Reflection: Just for one day, own everything (good and bad) that you see in another person.
2. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
The way that we perceive time is an illusion. There is no past and no future—only the present—Now. Time is only consciousness moving.
This expansion of consciousness is pressurizing you to change, grow, and evolve on your soul’s journey. It is foolish to hold back this process with procrastination. In truth, we all know within our deepest selves what changes need to be made.
Worry and stress about ‘what if’ scenarios will only lead to more suffering and paralysis. This is the mind’s play and you’ll end up like a dog chasing its tail.
Reflection: The Universe is change. Change is constant so why not embrace it? It is time for you to make changes in your life. Take the first step, no matter how small, and you will feel the pressure immediately start to ease up. This will give you the momentum to keep changing and growing.
3. Vibrate the Cosmos; the Cosmos shall clear the path.
All of the Universe is a vibration of energy. We are either vibrating in harmony or disharmony with the Universe. We vibrate frequency through our thoughts, words, actions, emotions, and feelings. What we put out to the Universe we receive back, much like a boom-a-rang.
When life seems to be continually placing blocks along your path and nothing seems to be moving, it may be showing that you are not vibrating in harmony with the Universe. To vibrate with the Universe is to vibrate the higher frequencies of love, compassion, and kindness.
One of the best ways to be in the flow of the Cosmos is through yoga, meditation, and chanting mantra—sacred sounds that attune you to the Universe.
Reflection: Are you in the creative flow of the Universe today? Do you feel that something isn’t moving in your life? Shift the frequency of your thoughts to be more aligned with the Universe. Bring in the higher frequency energy and then watch your path clear!
4. There is a way through every block.
It is guaranteed that challenges come into your life for your spiritual growth and healing. No one is exempt! In fact, the day you have no challenges is the day you are dead. Every challenge, no matter how great or small, has a solution or a way through. This solution, however, doesn’t come from the rational or logical mind. A pros and cons list will not work.
The solution will come bubbling to the surface through your intuition. How do you know the difference between intuition and thoughts from the mind? Intuition is neutral in energy; there is no judgment, no ‘shoulds,’ and no fear. Intuition is the creative energy. It is like a small soft voice in your ear.
Reflection: As you face a challenge in your life, take a moment and remember that there is a way through every block. Breathe long and deep for a few minutes and wait for the answer to come. Start acting from your intuition and trust that you will be guided to the next best step for you!
5. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
We are being called to move out of the motto, “What’s in it for me?” and into this motto, “How can my actions benefit the whole?”
Compassion is learning and acting from the heart. If we choose to go into judgment or look away from the suffering of our fellow human beings, we are misunderstanding the times. It is only the ego and mind that keep us separate from one another and in denial of the truth.
We are ONE human tribe on planet Earth, all of us brothers and sisters connected by ONE spirit. We are here on this planet to serve, uplift and help one another.
Reflection: Keep your heart open today as you approach people and challenges. Resist the urge to go into the mind and ego to become separate. Remember to look into the eyes of others to see the same light that lives in us all.
Life is like a puzzle. When all the pieces come together and everything makes sense, you will finally learn personal truth. There are only a few key pieces to the puzzle, but they are quite significant and life-changing. The most important piece to the puzzle is a positive mental attitude. This is what you believe about yourself, others, and life. Your life will be so much better when you keep your thoughts on the positive side. Although your beliefs, thoughts, and emotions impact your health and physical being tremendously, the other critical pieces are: a healthy diet, exercise, and sleep. What goes into the body should be nourishing and nutritious to keep the body functioning. You must move your body around to keep the positive energy flowing and of course rest to reenergize. The last piece to the puzzle is mindful meditation. Meditation helps you to quiet your mind, deal with your thoughts, and to become more “aware” of your inner most being. Meditation connects your inner power with the Creator/universe/God. This is when you listen to receive guidance, clarity, and direction for life.
Positive thinking is when we have faith and trust in the guiding hand of the universe. Faith is belief not based on proof. Confidence, self-assurance, and certainty is having faith. Faith is when we allow everything to unfold exactly the way it should. It’s not about everything turning out the way we want it to. It’s about accepting things no matter how it turns out. When there is absence of fear and doubt, and when we let go of resistance and control, we can learn to trust and have faith.
Words have power. Be careful when you speak or write the word ‘trying.’ The definition I am referring to is: “make an effort to do something: to attempt to accomplish or complete something” (from Merriam-Webster.com). When you truly want to accomplish something, you have to eliminate the word ‘trying’ because the universe delivers exactly what you state. You will continue to try or attempt to instead of actually achieve the goal. Be aware of the words you use. You will get quicker and better results when you are more specific and direct with the universe. And of course, always use the powerful words ‘I am.’ See the following examples:
- I am trying to follow biblical principles. ► I am following biblical principles.
- I am trying to practice humility in my daily life. ► I am practicing humility in my daily life.
Believe in yourself; believe you are beautiful inside and out; believe you are good enough; believe all good things are happening for you; believe the universe is working to give you what you want; believe you are capable of achieving greatness in your wonderful life; believe there is goodness in everyone.
When you are feeling good and are having a nice day, you are attracting positive energy. When you are angry or in a bad mood, you will get more negativity. You can simply change your day by changing your attitude. The key to controlling your life is being aware of your thoughts and the words you are using. Something very important to remember is the universe does not recognize words such as don’t, not, never, no, etc., so these words get dropped from the meaning. When you think or say, “I don’t want to be sad,” the universe translates this into: “I want to be sad.” Instead say, “I want to be happy.” The universe is ready and waiting to give you what you want. So who or what are you attracting right now?
I am all about being grateful. Recently, I was challenged by a dear friend, Beverly Austin, for five days to list five things I am thankful for. Here is my list of 25 (in no specific order) to fulfill this challenge. Of course, my list is endless, because every day there is always something new to be grateful for.
- I am very grateful to know you and all the people who have crossed my path.
- I am very grateful for family, especially my parents, siblings, children, niece, and grandson.
- I am very grateful for my darling little Oscar and all the animals in this world.
- I am very grateful for nature.
- I am very grateful for my job.
- I am very grateful for my home.
- I am very grateful for technology.
- I am very grateful for all inspirational leaders.
- I am very grateful for music.
- I am very grateful for the sun, the moon, and the stars.
- I am very grateful to have the desire to help people.
- I am very grateful for my artistic abilities.
- I am very grateful for my intuition.
- I am very grateful for guidance from a higher divine power.
- I am very grateful for the universe.
- I am very grateful for little nudges to wake me up.
- I am very grateful to be conscious and in the present moment.
- I am very grateful for my accomplishments.
- I am very grateful for change.
- I am very grateful for encouragement from other people.
- I am very grateful for good health.
- I am very grateful for Oprah Winfrey. She has truly inspired me.
- I am very grateful for vacations, the beach, the ocean, the sand, and the breeze.
- I am very grateful for love, patience, and compassion.
- I am very grateful for time for myself.