According to Tantric Numerology, I will be entering a "9 cycle" as of January.
A 9 cycle is a time to tie up lose ends. It's not a good idea to begin new projects in a 9 cycle... they rarely come to fruition. If we think of our lives are having many seasons, the 9 cycle is like right before the last frost of winter. It's not a good time to plant seeds.
The 9 cycle is also a time for extreme gratitude. Like, TRUE gratitude. Not oh-wow-thank-you-for-this-million-dollars gratitude. More like, oh-wow-I-just-totaled-my-car gratitude. Or oh-wow-my-neighbor-just-threw-a-pot-of-hot-rice-into-my-window gratitude.
The 9 cycle is about mastery. Masters know that "all things come from God." The totaled car and the broken window are no different. The 9-cycler would be wise to scream "Wahe Guru" (yay God!) as calamity is afoot, because life will keep giving us the same lesson so long as we keep rejecting the blossoming of our consciousness. When we can feel gratitude for EVERYTHING (not just the easy stuff), we will begin to let go of the past, and let God create our future. That is the journey of a 9 cycle.
Do I sound excited? Truth be told, the 9 cycle freaks me out a little. There I said it.
I mean, I was born in September (9 month), so I life with this energy as part of my daily existence. Let me tell you: it's not for wimps. I am so GRATEFUL to have so many uplifting tools in my tool-belt, that have successfully pulled me out of the haze time and time again.
9 is about mystery (i.e. confusion, doubt, scattered energy) over mastery (i.e. gratitude, completion, focus).
P.S. Oh - I'll be in a 9 cycle because my birthday (month + day) + the year = 9
August 11 birthday = 8 +12 = 2
2+0+1+4 = 7
2+7 = 9!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This is in December's issue of Yoga Journal! Thank you Shannon Sexton for your beautiful review!
The Cosmic Gift | Sirgun Kaur
Singer-songwriter and Kundalini Yoga teacher Sirgun Kaur's first solo kirtan album, The Cosmic Gift, inspires the spirits with its soaring chants. The album features a mix of English lyrics, kirtan mantras, and shabads (Sikh hymns) with a rich instrumental accompaniment that includes violin, acoustic guitar and drums.
There's something deeply moving about Kaur's strong yet tender voice in songs like "Amen"—a glorious, original hymn that features yogic lyrics and a swelling female chorus—and "Mera Man Lochai"—a shabad that sounds like a gentle love song.
Some chants and hymns are hundreds of years old, and along with Kaur's thoughtful English lyrics, they express the love and longing for the divine. The songs are imbued with purity of heart that's so alluring you may want to keep this album on repeat for days and weeks to come.
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