Honoring the Solstice

As we approach the winter solstice and the much hyped 21st of December as the end-date of the Mayan calendar, there can be some uncertainty, plenty of exaggeration and a slight amount of anxiety surrounding this mysterious time.  Yet a marvelous opportunity has opened before us for upliftment, inspiration and transformation through this sacred window of time.

Eastside Yoga is honoring this window of time with two unique events, this Thursday evening at 9pm Lonne will lead a one hour chant of the Gayatri mantra as a powerful tool to prepare the body and mind for the solstice.  On Friday evening at 7.30pm, Craig offers a teaching full of Gnostic wisdom surrounding the deeper aspects of the solstice, culminating in a Gnostic blessing.

From many hours of personal study and research on 2012 and cycles of time, it seems that the ancient cultures of the World shared a common mythology and astrological knowledge that our solar system moves in a grand cycle of time lasting thousands of years. It’s the same principal as how the Earth rotates and orbits the sun, our very solar system orbits and cycles across the galaxy.  Somehow the ancients had accurate knowledge of these cycles of time, the sages of India refer to these ages as Yugas.   The so-called “end-date‘ of the Mayan calendar , from what I have gathered is also the beginning of a new cycle, one that prophecies our consciousness becoming more uplifted and enlightened.  Although this happens as a part of a very long cycle of time, there are gateways along the cycle that are sacred, each solstice is one of these gateways.

When I talked to Craig Williams about this, he gave me a beautiful quote on the solstice

“Beyond the media sensations and fabrications of the myth of 2012 lays a timeless cosmic secret which reverberates in the heart, mind and blood of the human body. Every year at the Winter Solstice doorways open into deep realms of Being within the Earth and the human body. We can access powerful streams of Solar gnosis at this time if we are able to calm our minds and turn our attention away from the chaos of the external world and journey into our inner universe where the Sun Shines eternally day and night.  “

For those uncertain to the validity of an influence of the planetary movements on our lives I found a quote by Swami Kriyananda that gives a hint to the significance of these solar alignments….

“In the evolution of our planet Earth, the movements of all the other planets in our solar system have a magnetizing effect upon the Earth.  That movement, combined with the Earth’s turning and a general movement of energy in our solar system, acts as a generator, radiating energy and magnetism into the World.”

Take a moment to reflect on the massive amount of energy that is generated by the planets and the sun and the potential that energy has to affect us all at the moment of alignment.

Take a moment to reflect that the ancient cultures of the World recognized and held sacred astrological alignments such as the solstice and equinox as a gateway for self enlightenment.

The message I am attempting to convey is simple; don’t worry about the calamities of the 21st! Instead, focus on your inner practices, keep your intentions and meditations positive, chant mantras if you know how and envision a better World for all.

In peace

Steven

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