I began the study of Vedic Astrology many years ago when I was exploring consciousness through periods of long daily meditations. In my spare time, I became fascinated with “Jyotish” as a tool for self-understanding. But it wasn’t until I found a qualified teacher that I began my formal study of Vedic Astrology.
As my skills as a Jyotishi have grown, I’ve become convinced that Vedic Astrology the most effective system for life-guidance. Every field of human life can be analyzed and understood in detail by this ancient predictive science. It examines our strengths, our challenges and when they will show up in our lives.
But being an effective Jyotishi or Vedic Astrologer is not just about the technical ability to analyze a birth chart. What is equally important is the wisdom gained from the experiences that have defined my life. To that end, I would like to tell you a little about myself.
I have had a life-long interest in personal and collective transformation. My desire to enliven the highest potential of human life was inspired by my early exposure to the Vedic wisdom of India. I began meditating and doing yoga in my early twenties. In 1975, I became a certified meditation and yoga instructor and for the last 43 years have taught meditation, yoga, and the Vedic Sciences in different countries around the world.
My desire for spiritual awakening has been further informed by many other techniques and processes for physical, psychological, energetic and spiritual healing, some of which have evolved here in the West.
Over time, I recognized a tendency among spiritual seekers to “transcend” the more painful aspects of our emotional lives. This contributes to a marked lack of integration. Rather than turn away from our wounds, I found it far more beneficial to compassionately accept and embrace them as the foundation for transformation. When left unprocessed, these painful identifications impede our Self-realization and perpetuate the illusion that we are inherently limited. This awareness motivated me to explore different avenues of emotional healing and learn various body-centered therapeutic modalities such as Hakomi and Integrated Body Psychotherapy.
Over time, I became aware of the strong, intimate connection that exists between the body and the mind. An issue that seemed to originate mentally or emotionally had a strong physiological component that either caused or complicated it. In addition to exploring the realm of mind and emotions, I studied the role of the physiology as a key factor in supporting the development of our highest potential.
I investigated many avenues for maintaining and promoting optimum health but none has impacted me more than Ayurveda, the ancient Indian “science of life.” I studied its methods for re-establishing the connection between mind, body and spirit, and now use these principles of diet and lifestyle in my practice. I was greatly honored to help renowned Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Sunil V. Joshi write a book on the subject entitled, Ayurveda and Panchakarma: The Science of Healing and Rejuvenation.
Another area is my formal education, a BA in Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration. I use this knowledge, particularly in the areas of human resource and strategic management in my practice. Strategic assessment, typically applied to corporations, helps them understand how to be competitive in placing their products and services in the market. I use this same strategic assessment to help my clients find a more exact expression of their gifts and talents.
This perspective caused me to integrate Coaching into my practice, leading to a certification in Professional Coaching, (CPC). The principles of Vedic Coaching are complimentary with the life guidance I offer through Vedic Astrology. I have been trained and certified as a Professional Coach by the internationally renowned Coach Training World®, approved by the International Coaching Federation (IFC).
Another area offered is the importance of relationships in greater Self-awareness. With changing gender roles, we find ourselves on shaky ground and have trouble navigating the demands of modern relationships. My wife, Brii, has been one of my greatest teachers. We have learned the importance of communication and conflict resolution. This perspective allows us to consciously manage our differences while celebrating the dreams and aspirations we hold so dear. Most importantly, we honor the reflection the other gives both positive and challenging as a gift from Spirit that enables us to walk the path of Love.
My greatest spiritual inspiration has been Mata Amritananda Mayi, known as Amma. She is the benchmark of Divine Love and Compassion in my life. Her tireless service to humanity through her “Embracing The World” projects, has helped me understand that to be complete, my spirituality must embrace the needs of others. For more information on Amma, please go to www.Amma.org, and for more information on her numerous charitable endeavors, go to www.embracingtheworld.org. Amma says that where there is ego, there is no Love and where there is Love, there is no ego. This guiding principle informs my work with clients and directs the healing that leads them to wholeness.