The letters from students continue to pour in. For most of them, John Friend has only barely touched their lives through the lineage of their local teachers. What the students care most about is that their teachers keep offering the high quality classes they are used to, the preservation of their local communities, and to continue to use the method to create a better quality of life.
About a month ago it was Chinese New Year and I spoke about the water dragon in my classes. For some time now, I have also believed that one of things that would happen in 2012 is that old structures of society would begin to break down because they could not be carried forward in this “new world” we are creating. Wouldn’t you know it? The first thing on water dragon’s agenda was Anusara® Inc. Like a tsunami, the intensity of the dragon, combined with water, leveled our hierarchical system. Now we all stand together in the horizontal model that the Rajanka tradition, the philosophy that speaks to my heart, states. A collective of voices and talents.
Back in September I was doing my Brand Thyself session with Jess and working on a new bio. She kept saying, “speak from your own experience, you don’t need to validate or justify it with your teachers anymore.” She reminded me that after being a student of yoga for more than 15 years, and teaching for over 10, that I have my own credibility as a student and a teacher on the path. This wisdom has really helped me the last few months and I think it will help us all right now.
Now is the time for each of us to step deeper inside ourselves and stand upon our own experiences. It does not mean we have to separate ourselves from Anusara, many of the teachers who resigned stated that they will continue to teach the method. But I do believe it is an opportunity to look at the places where we are not speaking from our own experience and truth or simply taking our teacher’s word for it. It’s time for radical authenticity. To be guided from within, to speak and act from your heart, and to live the yoga. We can stand together in our individual freedom.
Each of us can examine our lives, whether you teach yoga or not, and move toward deeper intimacy. Each time I speak my truth, even if it leaves me feeling vulnerable, I am living from my heart. This is what the new era will require. Right now we are just in basic training.
There is a saying in China, you can never see the head and the tail of a water dragon at the same time. We have no idea where this is going, we just have to stay open and present, continue to practice, and flow with it.