Are We Living in the Kali Yuga?

Orignally Published on UpliftConnect.com on November 1, 2016 By Jacob Devaney

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Ancient Wisdom on the Cycle of Time

It isn’t hard to recognize that even though we live on a planet that surrounds us with beauty, that there is a lot of darkness happening within humanity. The ancient Sanskrit teachings understood that civilization goes through distinct cycles of creation and destruction. Native traditions have similar stories to describe different ages of humanity as well. It can be easy to lose hope sometimes, but there many possibilities for spiritual growth and awakening during this time. Let’s look at the bigger picture knowing that the warm glow of dawn always follows the coldest, darkest moments of the night.

What is a Yuga?

The ancients understood time as a circle, not linear, and the circle of ages are known as the yugas. Like the four seasons in our year, there are four yugas in the full cycle (Mahayuga). Each cycle has distinct themes and spiritual lessons for humanity. Below are the four yugas in order from beginning to end. It is important to note that the first yuga is the longest with each one getting successively shorter (4:3:2:1) until the cycle starts again.

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The ancients understood time as a circle.
  • Satya Yuga: First we see the time of truth and perfection, which thankfully lasts four tenths of the cycle. These humans are honest, youthful, vigorous, and virtuous. Everyone is happy, and religions live as one. Disease in non-existent, as is fear. Those living through this part of the cycle are gifted with abundance through the land, along with great weather.
  • Treta Yuga: The second Yuga lasts for three tenths of the cycle. Unfortunately, this is where human virtue begins to fall away. Leaders gain more dominance, causing wars to rise. As if to reflect the state of humanity, the weather also moves to more extremes. It is unsurprising that people’s health begins to lessen in this part of the cycle.
  • Dvapara Yuga: The third Yuga lasts for two tenths of the cycle. During this time, people become more sluggish and slow, many aren’t as strong as their ancestors, and the number of diseases increases. Becoming discontent with their lives, humans fight each other. This could possibly be because maturity decreases, with some people still possessing characteristics of youth in old age.
  • Kali Yuga: The final age lasts only one tenth of the cycle, however, that is certainly long enough as it is the age of darkness and ignorance. People slide further down the path of dishonesty, with virtue being of little value. Passions become uncontrollable as unrestrained sexual indulgences and manipulations run through society. Liars and hypocrites rise. Important knowledge is lost and scriptures become less and less common. The human diet is now ‘dirty’, and people are not even close to being as powerful as their ancestors in the Satya Yuga. Likewise, the once pristine environment is now polluted. Water and food become scarce, as do family bonds.

What Should We Do?

It could be that we are currently in the Kali Yuga stage of the cycle. If that is true, what can we do to move back into the the first, much more pleasant phase?

The Vedic Scriptures, of course, recommend meditation, yoga, and various spiritual practices as the natural antidote to the strife of the Kali Yuga. And while some scholars have attempted to tie dates of these cycles to the calendar, yet few agree on when the Kali Yuga will end. For this reason, we must not fall into fatalism (thinking that we are all doomed and there’s nothing we can do about it) or hopelessness, but instead must strengthen our personal practice and act as a light in dark times for those around us that are lost. To find peace in peaceful times is no accomplishment, to find peace in the most unpeaceful times is true spiritual attainment!

This is one of many stories that illustrate what each of us observe when we pay close attention to nature. Life goes in natural cycles of gestation, birth, growth, decay, death, and rebirth. We see it in the plants, the seasons, in the rise and fall of nations, as well as in our own personal lives. When something is pure, it can be maintained as pure but cannot become more pure, it can only become less pure. In that same regard, when things are polluted or corrupted, they can be returned to purity. The Kali Yuga is as good a time for spiritual discipline and evolution as any.

Something pure can be maintained but cannot become more pure, it can only become less pure.

A Universal Story

The ancient Greeks called these four ages of human civilization the Age of Gold, Silver, Bronze, and the Age of Iron. The Phoenix always rises from the ashes of its predecessor. The Hopi tribe believe that a cycle when humans head and heart are disconnected (Fourth World of Separation) is followed by an era when they are in harmony (Fifth World of Peace). The Lakota believe that the birth of a White Buffalo in 1994 signified a time of great healing and unification around the world. The Pan-American prophecy of the Eagle and Condor speaks of the re-uniting of the tribes through sacred wisdom and power. For as much darkness as one might see in the world, there are endless stories of rebirth to explore. These are roadmaps for us from the darkness into the light.

A Parable

Once a king asked his wise men to give him something that would make him happy when he is sad, and sad when he is happy. The wise men spent days thinking about it in silence and watching the clouds go by. On the fourth day, they wrote on a piece of paper and handed it to the king. When the king read it, he thanked them. What did it say?

This, too, shall pass.”

The Phoenix always rises from the ashes of its predecessor.

The Big Picture

Whether you take this information as literal or metaphorical, you can gain much value from considering it. Destruction is part of creation, we live in a world of endless cycles. Sometimes things have to fall apart in order to come back together stronger than before.

If we are actually living in the Kali Yuga now, then any and all behaviour that is wholesome, honest, generous, virtuous, happy, authentic, is emulating behaviors that bring us closer to the Satya Yuga. Satya Yuga is the next phase in the cycle, a golden age of abundance. Knowing that the Kali Yuga can end abruptly at any moment, observe what is happening around you, grow your compassion, and learn what you can from this precious time!

 

How I Manifested an Electric Car

2019-ioniq-hybrid-ext-13-symphony-air-silverAround a year ago I purchased a vehicle because I got my puppy, Amber.  After that I realized I made a bad mistake and should have purchased a hybrid.  But in any case I decided that I wanted to redeem myself by getting an electric car.

So what I did was just started looking at electric cars and focusing on them only.  Pretty soon I was seeing them all over the place.  I was only familiar with a few cars.  Tesla of course and the Leaf and some other cars that are either too expensive or I refuse to buy from the corrupt companies.

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So fast forward to October 2018 and my friend gave me an Electric Car magazine.  I started to study it and look at all of the prices and rebates etc.  I found a car that was a great price, all electric and it looked really  sporty.  The car I was interested in was the Hyundai Ioniq.  I started looking on line and they only had them in Southern California.  So I called one car dealer and they didn’t have it in stock.

I had just come back from a trip where I stayed in Santa Clarita so I clicked on the Santa Clarita link and I ended up at Parkway Hyundai in Valencia.

I sent them a message on line and right away I received a call from Manny and he was ready to assist me.  I also received a call from Danny too (yes their names rhyme).  I told them what car I wanted and they answered all of my questions and ensured me they could take care of me.  They said it was a car in high demand but they took care of me in such an amazing way.  I was going to Southern California at the end of the month so we set up the appointment to drive the car and we sealed the deal.

I was telling Danny how so many people want electric cars but are difficult to find.  I mentioned that they should specialize in electric and hybrid cars.  So what did Danny do?  He had a conversation with his district manager.  His manager agreed and is going to give them 10 electric vehicles.  That is so phenomenal.  So if you cannot find Hyundai Ioniq Electric in Northern California then make the short drive to Parkway Hyundai.  I sure am glad I did.  Actually they had it delivered to me.

I was so happy to finally have my electric car.  It was a real blessing.  And the car is so amazing.  I mean really it’s just an amazing vehicle. It has some serious pick up!!  I mean like amazing how fast it goes and it’s quiet.  I love it.  I highly recommend the Hyundai Ioniq and don’t be afraid to drive to get the car you want.

We won’t discuss the first time that I charged it.  We really won’t.  But now I have it all figured out.  If I can do it, so can you.  And I’m not a techie person.  But you will get the assistance you need. I promise.  So just start dreaming about it.

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Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor.  She is passionate about Green living and following her dreams.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and doggie, Amber.

 

What Is My Intention

What the heck is the purpose of this Blog anyway?  It may seem a bit scattered.  You see after working for so many years, I just had a lot of stored nervous energy that I had to get out of me.  So I was a bit wild and now I”m slowly starting to settle down.

Let’s see Singer: Check, Dancer: Check, Blogger:Check, Youtube Channel: Check… Need I go on?  I have decided that I was simply trying to do too much by myself.  I also am a Mama to a teenager and a puppy.  So I actually learned that I was over training and took some much needed time off from dancing and singing.

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I decided that I had to give something up because it was just too much work.  So now I can make a conscious effort and decide with intention how I would like my life to flow.  And where is my intention?

With this Blog my intention is to share things that are eco friendly, affordable, healing in some way, things that are positive and things that allow me to express myself in a creative way.

Obviously I feel like this information is important stuff or I wouldn’t waste my time.  I  am a Libra which means that Lady Justice is alive and well in my blood.  I’ve always looked out for those that are less fortunate.  Those that have been victimized.  I’ve put myself in dangerous positions to help victims.  I don’t want to do that anymore but I feel like the information I am sharing will save our planet and that is my intention.  Our planet is just getting a little too hot.  So we need to cool it off a little bit.

I support Fair trade, sustainable and green living.  We can have a prosperous economy and still thrive.  There are many things we can purchase that are great for the planet and that are good for the economy as well.

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    Vote with your dollars and support the businesses that are doing the right thing.

So the more we can implement the things I am describing here, the more we can help Mother Earth.  So if you can start sharing this information with your friends.  Or telling people about my Website.  I just need a little help from my friends.

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Remember that the light will always overcome the darkness.  So keep that light within you and spread it everywhere.  There are many people suffering.  So let’s not add to it.  Be patient and kind with strangers.  Just smile, breathe and relax.  That’s all you have to do dear and please share this Blog.  Thank you and you are now my official favorite Earth Angel.

May only good come to you and remember as you do good, so you will receive good.  It just starts the cycle of giving and receiving.  So you would be giving me a tremendous gift along with Mother Earth and share this with your friends and family.  If I remind you of a friend, share it with them.

Thank you and Namaste,

Valerie

PS  there are lots of really good things coming very soon.  Things just take time but with consistent work towards your goal, you will hit the mark.  If it’s on your heart to donate to support my Blog, I would be forever grateful.  In case you don’t know I am donating to support The Ocean Clean Up and also Plog in the North Bay Area of California.  Also keeping this Blog going is very much appreciated. You can donate here.

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Sing Like Nobody is Watching

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Recently I did a performance and many people were telling me that they admired my courage to sing in front of people.  I told them that I just decided that I was going to be brave and not worry about what other people think.

I read a really good book which I highly recommend for anyone that wants to pursue their dreams or goals.  The main thing I got from this book was that you have to do what makes you happy and forget about what everyone else thinks or says.  Also if someone criticizes you, then tell them to come and do a better job.  So that attitude really resonated with me.  The name of that book is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  

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Just to be clear that I am a student.  I am not a professional.  My preparation to sing this song began about 11 months prior when I first started listening to this song by Lindsey Stirling called Shatter Me and I just really fell in  love with that song.  I listened to that song over and over on a road trip.

I wasn’t sure I would be able to sing that song because it seemed like a difficult song to me.  I spoke to my voice teacher and she said, “Let’s do it in G Minor.”  So I got the music and we started working on it in December 2017.  It was very brutal at first.  Just painful to listen to.  But I just kept working on it.

After a while I asked my music teacher if maybe someone could accompany me on the violin.  So she was able to find an advanced student to accompany me.  (Please note that she did not want to be videotaped.  We had to actually edit her out because she did not want to have her images on the web.  But Rebekah is beautiful and an amazing violinist.)  The first time we rehearsed together was brutal.  Imagine trying to sing with someone banging drums right in your ear.  I couldn’t believe how thrown off I was.  My music teacher said it’s completely normal.  When the violin accompanies me, I was listening to her play and my timing was off and it was way more difficult than I thought.  It’s like I am distracting her by singing and she was distracting me by playing the violin.  The thing is we had to be in sync with our timing.

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In any event this is the results of the preparation.  I watched numerous George Michael Videos.  I became a bit obsessed with him (which is a completely different story.) In any case this is the result.  Thanks for watching and any kind words are appreciated.  Also remember I am a student.  Think of your kid that’s been singing for a couple of years.  T

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach. She has a passion for singing, dancing and following her heart. She encourages everyone to do the same.  Please subscribe to her Youtube channel and Follow Enlighten Your Lives to support everyone’s dreams.  Namaste

How I started Meditating

buddha-buddhism-statue-religion-46177.jpegMeditation is something that I started doing during yoga during Savasana or corpse pose.    I am not going to say that it is particularly easy.  And sometimes it’s down right difficult.  It’s not something that I always feel like doing but, afterwards, I am always glad that I did.  It’s kind of like when you first start working out.  How at first it really sucks and you’re not really enjoying it.  But then something happens one day and you can’t do it and then all of a sudden you’re disappointed because  you weren’t able to work out.

That’s kind of how meditation is for me.  I did it for a long time before I ever started to enjoy any benefits.  I did it because I knew that I should be doing it.  But to be honest, I wasn’t really feeling the benefits until I committed to a regular practice of meditation.  I committed to 3 days a week of meditation.  Three days a week was because of course I was much too busy to do it everyday.  But I could commit to 3 days a week and that was after years of doing it not regularly.  I just knew that I wanted to become more spiritual, so I committed to 3 days.  That was after 12 years of faking meditation.  You know just doing it randomly and being mad because I wasn’t getting the many benefits.

So after I committed to 3 days per week, I have to say that my experience was actually quite magical.  It’s really hard to describe my experience but I just started to feel really calm, strong and super positive.  Things just really stopped bothering me and I started to just have shit really start going right.  I just felt that I was being super blessed.  If I wanted something, it would just magically appear.  I needed a videographer, and I found his card in a coffee shop (thanks Kristian).  I needed help with my Blog and someone gave me an awesome Web Designer’s info.

Now obviously there are so many different ways of meditating but I recommend doing a guided meditation and sticking with the same one for a while.  Do it at least 21 times.  But give it a good chance.  And it’s not magic but it could be.  But you have to give it a chance.  Remember you don’t just brush your teeth one time and think you never have to do it again.  You don’t just eat one time and think, “OK I don’t need to do that again.”  And obviously you can’t just work out one time and think,”That’s it I don’t like exercising so I won’t do that again.”  No you have to do it over and over. (sorry to be the bearer of bad news on this one.)

Meditation is the same way.  You have to give it a chance and do it over and over.  In this short video, Maggie, my beautiful niece does a short meditation that will give you a little bit of peace.   Please relaxing sunwatch here.

Here are 20 reasons to start meditation.

Happy Meditating and don’t get mad at me when you start feeling peaceful, relaxed and shit starts going right for you.

Valerie is a Health and wellness coach that lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  When she’s not dancing, she’s singing.  You can check out her moves here.  Please subscribe to my youtube channel so you don’t miss out.  Thank you!!

Talking about Subliminal Vision Boards

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I recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with the co- creator of Subliminal Vision Boards.  I wasn’t too sure exactly what those were.  I met the Co-Creator of Subliminal Vision Boards, Jennifer Casolary where other like minded people come together, Facebook.

The typical vision boards involve getting poster board, magazines and cutting out pictures and gluing the pictures onto the poster board.  The pictures are supposed to help you manifest your goals.old fashioned vision board

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Jennifer explained to me that she was living a mediocre life with her fiancé outside of Las Vegas and she decided to create a vision board. Her experience of creating a traditional vision boards involved the purchase of  poster board and a trip to Barnes and Noble to buy some magazines.  To her disappointment she left Barnes and Noble disappointed because she couldn’t find any magazines with images that she wanted on her vision board.

Jennifer’s father had passed away two days before her birthday.  He had a Mantra which was to Live Fully, Live and Enjoy Life.  She didn’t feel as though she was living fully  enjoying her life.

One day she was scrolling through Facebook and her friend had done a Vision board and the idea came to her to do a Subliminal Vision Board App.  She began to work on her vision and it took 3 years to develop the Android version of the App and another year for the IOS version.  The Subliminal Vision Board takes Vision Boards to a whole other level. It utilizes google Images and is Multi Sensory.  You have the portability of your phone so you can take it with you where ever you go.  It also has the ability to be used on multiple devises.

subliminal dreams   Example of a Subliminal Vision Board.  The possibilities are endless.

Prior to writing this article I was not familiar with the Subliminal Vision Board App but I did Download it to my phone.  I watched the tutorial video which was easy to understand and I made my First Subliminal Vision Board in no time.  You can make as many vision boards as you want and you can also add music, sound frequencies.  I found it to be very amazing.  There is a Take 5 feature, where each image and text that is placed on the vision board is flashed at a speed that your Subconscious Mind picks up. This allows you to reprogram the negative deep seeded limiting beliefs into positive empowering ones instead. The app also has a Notification Set Up feature where you set up a time every day to dedicate 5 minutes to focus on what is desired. This feature keeps you accountable to your goals and keeps them in the fore front. Also you can record your own voice and there are ancient powerful Solfeggio Frequencies that can heal your mind and your body.  The  other thing I thought was amazing is that .25cents of each purchase of the Subliminal Vision Board app goes to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

My first Vision Board involved relaxation and winding down.  I need to relax in the evening so I can make sure to shut it down.  I have the tendency to keep going and going and going.  Well needless to say I did sleep very well that first night after watching it.  You can watch it for 5 minutes or longer if you choose.

I asked Jennifer how her life had changed since developing this amazing App.  She said she now lives in North Carolina close to her family and is getting ready to move to the beach (which is a dream come true) and quit her job so she can focus 100% of her time on the App.  She also met Tony Robbins and was able to give him her business card at one of his amazing conferences.  She also feels that she is living a full life that would make her father proud.

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Jennifer recommends when you first make your vision board a good place to start is to ask yourself what do you want to heal and what do you want to manifest.

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All in all I give this a 5 Star rating as the cost is only $4.99, it has so many benefits and a donation to St. Jude’s Hospital.  I want to thank Jennifer for being such a visionary and for helping so many people live fulfilling lives.  Do me a favor and let me know how you like the App.  You can check it out here:  Subliminal vision Boards.  

Valerie is a Health and wellness Coach, Yogini and Healthy Living advocate.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter.  Please contact Valerie here.

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