By Doug Wilson
Over the past decade a vast change in our global society has been taking shape. Modern life’s unpredictability and inescapable pressure of an information overload has created an often terrifying uncertainty of where we are heading.
While we’ve taken colossal leaps in scientific discoveries and technological advancement during the last century that have been tremendous for aspects like communication, medical research, education and entertainment, these have also played a part in creating our social epidemics like anxiety, depression and loneliness. We are walking down a path of unprecedented human driven environmental destruction in pursuit of what’s new and shiny. Is it all part of the change?
I first noticed a shift in my conscious awareness while working as an Enterprise IT architect for one of Europe’s largest investment banks. We were building cutting edge computer technology to ensure the digital imprints of global finance, and money kept growing. While my career was important to me, as it provided my livelihood and financial security, I reached a point where it seemed like a futile endeavor to exploit people as disposal resources to meet the out of control demands of a technology boom and the desire to make the machines faster.
There was no end goal or heart felt satisfaction in completing the work. I battled with it for years and constantly questioned myself. What was my role in the world? I was sure there was more to life other than having to endure extreme levels of stress, fatigue, depression and feelings of being out of control. The only way I coped was through my dependence with drugs and alcohol. I was on course for a total meltdown that I never saw coming until I was diagnosed with a serious illness in 2013.
While undergoing rehabilitation from a brain tumor I discovered Kundalini Yoga and was fascinated to learn of a cosmic shift in consciousness related to the dawning of a new age for humanity—a time to be ruled by awareness, information and energy. I studied these concepts and applied them to my daily life through a dedicated practice of Kundalini Yoga which brought perspective to the changes I’d been grappling to understand within myself.
The dualistic internal struggle that had caused me to feel withdrawn from myself and society was challenged by a desire for the truth, something I have since learned is a continual and lifelong commitment. At first the realization of my own dishonesty was quite shocking, but meeting the challenges of facing up to myself head on has led to a greatly improved state of health and wellbeing. It’s helped me develop a strong personal foundation as a human being that's more in touch with intuition, instinct and wisdom.
This emerging time known as the Aquarian Age goes beyond philosophical concepts. As earth travels in its year long orbit of the sun the gravitational pull from the moon results in a slow wobbling effect of the rotational axis that draws a large circle in space. This takes us through astrological periods lasting approximately 2,166 years. Each time the north pole transitions to a new sign in the zodiac it brings a new energy and new set of challenges for humanity.
The Piscean Age that we have just left was a period liable to change. Nothing concrete was formed and much of human history was erased which allowed people to hide information and exploit others. In the modern world our actions are traceable—from digital currency to our behaviors shown through social media. As individuals we are now accountable for our actions and their subsequent consequences which highlights our need to be practical, truthful and realistic.
"You must understand that in the Age of Aquarius, each one shall be the leader of his own spirit. Each one will be the pivot of her life." Yogi Bhajan
A peaceful Aquarian utopia is a nice idea, but it's not a guarantee. The physical stamina and mental fortitude required to deal with these changes comes from not only taking care of our physical health but how we merge that with our mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
As individuals we have the opportunity to take control of our conscious awareness and become part of a unified and cooperative coexistence where even more phenomenal human achievements are possible, but we need to do the work. This is why I dedicate time to the science, technology and practice of Kundalini Yoga.
Kundalini Running founder Doug Wilson overcame a life-threatening brain tumor in 2013 and used yoga and meditation to support his rehabilitation. In just over twelve months, after suffering extensive cranial nerve damage, meningitis and leaving the hospital in a wheelchair, he became the first person to run 7 competitive marathons on the 7 continents in under 7 days.
Doug now teaches these valuable techniques for maintaining health, wellbeing and coping with stress in the modern world. His scientific knowledge of yoga is backed up by practical, real world experiences that make his classes and workshops informative while opening the body, mind and spirit.