The Current Energies in March 2015

Written by Sherrie Locke on 8 Tzi, March 2015

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How have you been faring in these current energies?

For me, it has been one thing after another, some seeming to pertain to me (*you know it’s all of it) but most seemingly totally related to others. Moms and close relationships have pretty much been key for all of us. Have you noticed yourself getting agitated when people you love don’t take care of themselves?

Personally, this has been a theme throughout my life. As I watch (and sometimes suggest) how things can be improved, suddenly the stress “flips” and funnels right back, making one learn the lesson (ad nauseam) of practice what you preach…or teach.

I’m pretty holistic (some of you who know me are laughing right now, since you know I am the allopathic antithesis point), being a person who only uses Western allopathic medicine for necessary surgical procedures or broken bones.

In this matter you have noticed how people have totally chosen one side of the equation or the other. I have seen recently that there is more attention to food and supplementation. Even allopathic doctors are chiming in on this more than ever.

On another note, we may all be a bit tired or even exhausted from the last three years, so get your rest now while you can. Know your limits but push them a bit everyday. Do set healthy boundaries.

Have you noticed how clearing things out makes room for the new? If so, I bet you are still looking at what else can be let go of.

The Current Lunar Phase and Major Upcoming Square

We are currently entering the portion of the lunar phase to “let go.” Let go of what-ifs and procrastination of all kinds, let go of addictions to people, places and things. Stay centered in your heart.

The next exact Pluto/Uranus square happens on Monday/Tuesday, March 16/17 depending on where you are on the globe. We are thoroughly feeling and sitting in the energy as I write this article. After the exact square, the energy will start to ease up somewhat and the tune will change after we enter this next eclipse cycle, which begins with this next New Super Moon with a Solar Eclipse and the Equinox! Wow, fasten your seat belts!

I will post an article on this event in the next day or so.

Peace and Love,

~S.L. 2015

Esoteric versus Exoteric Psychic Readings

Written by Sherrie Locke on 10 Vulture, January 2014

There is a gaping chasm between “Esoteric” and “Exoteric” psychic and Tarot readings and readers, even between modes of divination and Tarot decks. If you don’t already know the difference I will explain here.

Psychic readings may be esoteric or exoteric. This applies to Tarot card readings as well as all other kinds of psychic readings.

Esoteric means something that is meant for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest. Exoteric means something intended for or likely to be understood by the general public.

So now that you have the definitions, this is how it works in the world of psychic readers. Most are “exoteric” readers who may have even developed skills as a mind reader or have become an expert in body language (tell me what good that will do you).

You might get “what you want to hear” or not, but these people are reading from their own base of the collective consciousness (for God’s sake!). They will likely ask you for your full name, birth date and possibly even your mother’s first name. I have even come across Tarot and psychic readers who make you fill out an application! They are not doing psychic readings, they are just giving their opinion. And not likely even good counseling.

I worked with an engineer from Bulgaria for a few years. His question/response when we were considering taking on a patient, a client or another team member, would be “how big is their swimming pool?” This translates into what do they look like (physically) and what type of environment do they live in? Who and what do they attract? Are they successful in their chosen field? What do their clients look like before and after?

You won’t always have time to do this type of investigation, but I will tell you that you can take one look at a person and tell how they are running energy. And if they are wearing a floral print dress with a three-foot-wide ass, I would say they are not doing very well. And you should run the other way or become subject to their opinions, racism or religious beliefs all piled up in a story that vaguely resembles your life.

They almost always advertise.

Think twice, and be mindful. If a healer is running energy properly and is an open channel, you are not likely to see a lot of physical ailments or too many things out of whack. I’m just sayin.

Esoteric Psychic Readers

On the flip side, there are a few really good “esoteric” readers around, they are no longer all in secret. Though many of them have been trained in those types of environments as well as in jungles and in indigenous cultures from around the world, they are mostly known as shamans and diviners and are held in very special esteem and localized to their respective “areas” or tribes.

Esoteric versus exoteric psychic readings, what's the difference?

They can read you like yesterday’s newspaper in a glance, know who you are, where you came from, what brought you here and likely your mother’s first name, which tribe you are from and your intention even when it is not clear to you (though they would never tell you).
An esoteric psychic or tarot reader may appear in your life from a call you have put out to the Universe, or be mentioned to you at some critical juncture. Take heed and seek this line of information. It will likely be more valuable to you on your path than you may even know, sometimes for years to come. I have had this experience.

A good reader will want no information from you at the beginning. *I always tell new clients when they want to give me info, “Please don’t. I don’t want to know anything about you before the reading.” Nothing. The less the better.

When the reading begins (in sacred space, see my post about Sacred Space) first the aura appears. Then the connection held in that sacred space will flow like a river. The reader, shaman or healer is then in tune with your higher self, actually in oneness, with the source of the consciousness that is your true self. Then real communication begins and the soul pours forth what the being sitting in it needs to hear, be it words, music, energy or myriad other frequencies that we are then able to open ourselves to and be transformed by. How great is that?

So the purpose of an esoteric psychic or tarot reading is to find out what your SOUL wants for your current incarnation at this juncture, who certain people are in this life and what purpose in your life they serve. Sometimes that is tied in with a past life or many of them, though I find that in “this” time/space/dimension on Earth it is more about what we are preparing ourselves for or becoming that is the important information, rather than where we have been (with the exception of the dynamics of your ancestry, which can be very potent at this time in the history of planet Earth, just look at the “Idle No More” movement.)

For more about this topic, see Esoteric and Exoteric Psychic Readings.

If you are ready to give up on, “does he like me?’” and “is this relationship…blah blah blah,” you might want to ask your Self what it might like to know and then put the call out to the Universe, and the right person will show up in your path for you to access the information that is rightfully yours.

Note: this can also be done through discipline, meditation and years of introspective study, but hey, these days who has all that time, right? The time has come that the sages and diviners who were hidden away and protected by their clans and tribes are now out in the world and are accessible for those who seek their highest manifestation in this incarnation.

SL 2014

On Being Mindful

Written by Sherrie Locke on 5 Akabal, March 2014

I was planning to post a different article today, but this one seems timely. Being mindful is part of being and staying “awake” as they say. Every action creates an equal and opposite reaction, or like attracts like, and so on…there are myriad metaphors from all sides of the equation. Today we’ll discuss being mindful of your surroundings and the impact you have on the surroundings around you.

In order to hold a 5D construct, we need to be mindful of the energy of the space we are holding, both your own and the space we inhabit on a daily basis. I have provided information in previous blogs regarding space clearing and will post one soon on holding space and also one on closing space, but for now let us focus on this particular subject, Being Mindful.

When you go to the time and trouble of setting and holding sacred space, it enhances the positive energy in the entire area. Same goes with the theory that if you have a sacred space, a vibratory wavelength set up you might want to be mindful of inviting or hosting contrary energies. I will explain:

If you are holding space for a certain intention, or projects or a business, or a home, don’t you want to invite only those energies that are compatible into that space?  Well, of course! And if you were protecting your space, would you want to go pick up anyone off the street and bring him or her home to partake of the family meal? Well, some of you will, of course, say yes.

However, at this time we are talking about bringing into a space what you wish to create. In this case, the way like attracts like. When you are anchoring energies for the positive evolution of something, anything, don’t you want to shield it from anything that might disrupt it’s positive and fruitful growth?

Case in point, I live near what is referred to as the Sedona of Central America, Lots of very specialized healers and therapists and the sort. Also scads of tourists in the high season, most here to do ceremony, a healing quest, or further their education in some modality, of which many are available. All that is great.

Across the lake and not a far boat ride is another town with a bit more of a reputation as a party town. So why is there still the mixing and lack of mindfulness not only from the tourist types but also with the locals, do tell.

Don’t get me wrong, a nice private party or a music venue on any given day is a wonderful outlet for everyone, but please, if you plan to start a rave, a drumming circle, or blast techno (which I have nothing against in reasonable hours) please be mindful of first, your neighbors, then the community (the indigenous first!) and even of how you are affecting the area. If you will be mindful of this, it will save you future challenges with people of your community, please work together!

Enter the Toltec

Sherrie Locke, written on 5 Kat, January 2014

For many of you who know me personally, you know that I am a very private person, preferring to work in the background or as the support system for friends and clients. Many times I have chosen to live life “under a rock” or in the outback, always on the “Universal Relocation Program” (which I will discuss in a future post).

In my life I have been initiated into many traditions. I found out later that my invitations for these initiations came due to the fact that whichever elder I ran into was interested enough in me to “look into” what I am.

Shortly thereafter I would receive an invitation to accept (or not) the inner initiations of that tribe or culture. Thus I have reached this juncture with an extremely diverse set of skills and knowledge.

On many occasions I have also had the opportunity to share knowledge I have learned from other cultures and to make correlations that have deepened my understanding of each culture and the interconnectedness of it all. This knowledge has allowed me to experience what I term the “golden thread” that connects us all together.

Sometimes names, words or phrases used are different. Within each ceremony, each tradition, lies a commonality, a base, a union, an understanding of who we are and what we want for this planet and the generations to come. So there is a similar “tone” going on. I call it The Prime Directive. All this diversity makes for an interesting life.

It was around 2007 that I came into contact with the Toltec tradition. The ball game changed dramatically at that point. I had been working with an engineer in Florida on a tech project when one night, very late (we used to work until sunrise), he asked me if I knew anything about the Toltec teachings. I said “No, nothing really, other than some references from the Carlos Casteneda books I read many years ago.” I really knew nothing about it.

Charley told me a fascinating story of his life and how he came into contact with a wonderful teacher (which, I now know, was a funny statement) Cheyenne Maloney. The reason I say its a funny statement is that Cheyenne really doesn’t like or use the word “teacher,” so we lovingly call her our Fuda. (It’s a word we made up for our “fearless leader,” who prefers not to label things in general.)

This began a new chapter in my life, a move to Florida and a subsequent relocation to Guatemala. All due to the amazing effects of walking the Toltec path, which is not an easy one and certainly not for everyone.

I will elaborate on the Toltec belief system and adjustment of the human assemblage point in a future blog.

General Smudging Guidelines

Written by Sherrie Locke on 2 Ix, February 2014

In most Native American and other indigenous traditions, a clearing or a cleansing is performed as the opening for all ceremony or ritual practice, whether is it a personal ritual or a group ceremony.

Many traditional ceremonies use local plants and herbs. We will begin with a most basic smudging: a ceremony or ritual performed to either clear oneself and aura or to clear a space such as ones home to evacuate stale or negative energy stored in the space or auric field.

You will need three items.

1. White sage (Salvia Officinalis) or a white sage smudge stick (you can purchase these in the incense section at Wholefoods.) For the non-metaphysical properties of sage, see http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Salvia+officinalis.)

2. A fire source (I find the sacred “Bic” works well). I was with an elder at a remote sacred site a very long time ago, and he asked me if I had a light. I looked at him and said, “A light? Like a flashlight?” He said, “No, I was asking if you carry the sacred flame.” I said. “Well, I don’t think I have had that initiation grandfather.” He stood up and proclaimed, “I am the keeper of the sacred flame!” Then he reached in his pocket and pulled out a red Bic lighter, scratched it to life and held it to the sky.

He sat back on the earth, held the lighter in his open palm, looked me in the eyes and said, “My dear Sherrie, you never know when you will need to build a sacred fire, so always carry the sacred flame. This is traditional.” Then he gave me the red Bic lighter. Moral to the story: always be prepared.

3. A fireproof dish, bowl or a pan of some kind so you don’t set the house on fire. This is, of course, not necessary if you are working outside on the earth.

If working with loose sage, you will use the pan to burn the sage in. If you use metal, be sure you consider the heat factor and use an oven mitt or something.

If using a smudge stick, you will be using the pan to hold underneath the smudge stick so that if it pops or gets really hot you can catch the ashes and embers. Trust me you will need this. (Traditionally we use an abalone shell for a smudge bowl and a wing or feather to fan the smoke from the bowl or from a smudge stick. We are well trained in cleaning the aura, place or the like, we can feel it. The wing and the spirit of the bird help us go directly to the “thickness” and remove it like a surgeon.

Practice makes perfect. The tool is only as powerful as the practitioner. These are rules we go by in general. A smudge may be beneficially performed by a novice, but it might not be as powerful as a ceremony performed by a traditional shaman or properly trained practitioner who is tuned in, intentional and heart centered.

I feel it is important to do personal smudging frequently, especially after interacting with others, to re-center yourself in your own energies and clear any negativity. It is required prior to most traditional ceremony. Like we say, leave your shit outside the lodge.

Health and holistic practitioners can benefit greatly by doing smoke cleanses but may need to devote a considerable amount of time to this and also to cleaning the space they have been working in at the end of the day. Note that sage is an antiseptic, so it can also be used in treatment rooms or where people have been ill, not only to clear residual emotional debris but also to clear airborne germs and pathogens.

I must also note that in this day and age many places will not let you burn anything. I have run into this myriad times, especially in California. There are other types of cleansings that can be prepared and used in this situation, which I will address in a future post. We are solely focusing on smoke cleansing or smudging.

Smudging Basics
Basically it works like this. Take a few deep breaths and relax. If you plan to cleanse a room or a house, walk through it first and look at the places that gather energy so you have an idea what to focus on. Set your intention (to clear you and/or the space).

How to Do a Personal Smudging
Always smudge yourself before you smudge another person or start a house clearing or blessing. For a personal smudge: light the sage, get it burning and then blow out the flames. Start at the bottom (feet) and let the smoke kiss your body, bathe in it, thank it for taking away what you do not need, for clearing and letting go of any negativity. It’s that simple.

How to Smudge a Room or House
For a space or house clearing smudge, begin and end at a designated point (you work that out). If you are smudging a house, you might want to start at the front door, move in a steady fashion, clockwise or counterclockwise (your preference or belief system but choose one and stick with it), going in that general direction through each room until you get back to your starting point.

Be sure to watch how the smoke rises in different areas, it will tell you where the negativity hangs out. You might want to spend a bit more time and smoke on those areas. Don’t forget closets, drawers and cabinets. You can expedite this by opening them all on your first walk through, then go back after you have completed the whole project and put everything back the way it was, only now it’s clean and de-cootied. I always open a door or window afterward to let anything out that needs to go out.

Other Notes on Smudging
If you are using a smudge stick, put it out under running water. After it dries you can reuse it, but if you crush it out it will continue to smolder and be a fire hazard.

If you are using loose sage, carry a bag of it around with your bowl so you can add to the fire rather than having it all go up at once.

Go forth and clean that space!

I will post a more advanced cleansing ceremony at a later time, this is intended for newbies and getting used to doing the cleaning rituals.

Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin!

Preparing Space for Divination or Healing

By Sherrie Locke, 8 Kej, February 2014

I am a stickler for “preparing space,” it is the single most important aspect of doing a good reading, a good and productive healing session or anything “meta”-physical. It is the key to things going well or according to the intended plan.

The first thing to do is make sure the space, area or site you are working on or with is cleaned. This means smudging the space, setting an intention, opening a work space, holding that space, and when you are finished, closing that held space and giving thanks to those plants and beings who help in the whole operation.

I have witnessed many a healer/reader with no sense of “boundaries” or space and who are often not even clear on the intention. This will not do! Not only must the facilitator be conscious of these parameters, but they must also be clear with the client so that the intentions for the sessions match.
This is the beginning of a successful interaction for all parties.
The next thing to do is be conscious of your level of understanding and knowledge, first of the intended modality you plan to use, and then and most important, is the knowledge and understanding of the place or location you are working in.

I am also a stickler about not bringing in a tradition that has nothing to do with the area, region or culture on which whose land you stand. So be conscious and reverent, because the spirits of that very place are helping you by interacting with all that is being done there.

As I have said many times before, you are can’t fight a Sumerian demon with a few Christian prayers and by throwing some white light at it (or holy water for that matter). You will wind up dead, only to come back and figure it out next go around. Possibly with collateral damage.

So be aware of your limits and realms of knowledge. If you think something is out of your league, then it probably is and you should call for assistance or just step away. Or keep the session within your realm of expertise. Believe me, I have had to clean these things up many times for others (another specialty in my “tool kit”). That is, if there were any survivors to counsel and they could make it to me.

There are many ways to create space and to hold that space, I will elaborate in a future category of “Working Rituals.” In the meantime, be mindful, conscious and intentional in all you do, for this will serve you well and your interactions even better!

My Psychic Transformation: A Switch Flipped

One summer on our usual visit to grandma’s house, my cousins and I had been playing in the “forbidden” Fountain Creek (pronounced “crick” in parts of the States) behind her house. We were not allowed to do that due to the risk of flash flooding in the summer rainy season, but we did it anyway, confident that we would be the winners in any potential disaster because the three of us, John, Jeff and I “knew everything” and if it was dangerous, we would know by checking our FM. If it was safe that day, we just “knew.” We always checked the vibe, but usually the only looming scary thing was being caught by grandma, who knew all along exactly where the three of us were. We collected gems, stones and investigated everything, “native” style.

Somewhere that summer, I was bitten by a tick and contracted Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Needless to say I was down for the count and a medical (allopathic) doctor was called.

I was about seven or eight years old. I went down, and my aunts, mom and grandmother put a bed in the middle of the living room and sat with me in a circle for days. I had a fever of 104 degrees plus, so they put ice packs on me and sat and crocheted or watched a program on TV, while I was delirious with fever. I saw every relative that ever was in the tribe…they came and spoke to me while I could barely hear my aunts saying something like, “I wonder who she is talking to now? You think it’s…?”

They all glowed, the people I saw while in this state. I could see the connection between them all and their interactions, both verbal and non-verbal. There were beings all around me with my mom, aunts and grandmother, everyone in perfect harmony. I was not afraid, but I was higher than a kite. The doctor had given me some powerful drugs.

After several days I came back to life, almost literally, and was able to answer certain questions I was asked about my travels, interactions with long gone relatives and what I saw from the “other side.” Everyone in the family kept saying, “Welcome back.”
There was a distinct after effect of this episode: I could not turn it off! I kept waiting for it to fade away or return to being random but no, no way, it was full on, auras on everything, even things. People on whom I turned my attention would glow.

I thought wow, this must be what they are talking about when people take drugs (lots of them) or something. I thought the drugs the doctor gave me had altered me in some way. Now I know my neurotransmitters had shifted because of the fever and the biological shift, never to return to their previous state.

After that, new fun began in earnest.

Honoring Your Lineage and Your Ancestors

By Sherrie Locke, Written on 10 Vulture, January 2014.

Vulture is a day to honor your ancestors, so I find it fitting that I wrote this blog on 10 Vulture without having looked in advance.

Your lineage is your heritage. You are not just living your life for yourself, you are living your life as an extension of where you came from (region) and the ongoing expression of your very DNA lineage. So embrace it in all its richness, diversity, and all its good and bad, for it is a part of who you are and also a clue to the direction you may choose to take your life. All it has offered, all you are proud of, all you are ashamed of, it is all a key to what makes you “tick.”

In this day and age most people, unless raised in an ethnic or indigenous family, don’t think much about our dead relatives. But they have so much to do with our lives, our struggle, our victories. These victories are not simply shared by the living. They are the evolution of the clan, the tribe. Get to know yours, for there is a wealth of understanding (Binah) available to you in your search of your true self.

Sometimes we may not know our lineage, what with adoptions, relocations and in some cases a lack of interest or even suppression of the truth and the like. Some say we have lost our roots, but I say, the “feeling” is in you, the seed lies in the area of your interest.

What the Hopi Elders Say

The Hopi elders have stated that there is a rainbow tribe, that many are born in a different “skin” in this life, and that not all First Nation people are red, not all white people white…the heart is the color of the direction of the driving force. Thus there are “apples” (red on the outside and white on the inside) and “coconuts” (brown on the outside and white on the inside). You get it…and other “acceptable terms” that are used for descriptions.

Grandfather David (a Hopi Elder with whom I spent some time with at New Buffalo when he was 106 years old) told me during lodge at Native American Church that you cannot judge a man by the color of his skin or even his doctrine, that you must look into his Heart, for there lies his connection to the “good red road.” He said, “Many will come, saying they know the way, but the only ‘way’ is through the heart. The red road begins here (pointing to his chest), and if your heart is pure, all knowledge will come to you, the right teacher will appear, and you will know you are on the way, ‘the sacred way’.”

I have had such blessings bestowed on me in this life so far, many of those blessings being the treasure of spending time with beloved elders. I continue to hold space for them.

MUTAKUYE OYASIN! HO!

My Psychic Experiences in Childhood

Sherrie Locke, 11 Tzi,  February 2014

Growing up in an extended clan of “unusual” people, I had no idea how lucky I was until I started to get a bit older.  Everyone on my Tewa Native American side of the family was very psychic, with their own “flavor.”

People like Grandma Tafoya, my great grandfather Juan Torres (another story altogether) and all my aunts and uncles.  My aunts were called tia Lorenza or tia Cordelia, with the exception of the youngest, whom we called aunt Shirley.

Aunt Shirley is an oil painter, and my uncle Johnny  was also an Incredible artist.  A piece of his art is in the White House.  As I mentioned previously, I spent every summer of my life in Colorado Springs, Colorado with my extended matriarchal clan. So as soon as we arrived, I was already asking when we would have a trip up into Cheyenne Canyon with my cousins. I hounded them relentlessly until they caved in. I have lots of cousins, and we all got together when uncle Johnny’s tribe came down from Denver with ten kids and, what with my other aunts and uncles and their kids, it was quite a tribe. Very early on there were three of us that stuck together like glue. We had a powerful psychic connection. They were the two younger boys of my aunt Lorenza.

Aunt Lorenza Perry was the first woman barber in Colorado. She was tough, extremely knowledgeable and the one that took all us kids into the “outback” of the Rocky Mountains, since we were all big enough to walk.  John, Jeff and I were the three musketeers, the explorers, the ones who had all the scary stories to tell (some we got from our older cousins), and we sought out all the local legends and then went to find where it happened, so we went to “haunted” anything we could find.  And after we got cars…watch out!

We had learned from elders how to do “clearings” on that kind of thing, so we enjoyed freeing spirits to go to the “other side” and did it frequently.  Between mountain climbing, spelunking in forbidden areas and of course (as well taught to us by aunt Lorenza)  prospecting, we have a bond that has lasted all these years and still know what’s happening with each other.

To this day, when we are in “the springs,” we get together to check and power up our FM (psychic powers) and place offerings in that canyon and in the garden of the gods for all it has given us in our lives. When I go back there, we still look at the clouds and the signs in the sky.

My Early Training in Astrology and Yoga

Sherrie Locke, 11 Tzi,  February 2014

I’ll start at home in Dallas, Texas. During the school year, my mom and I were always “tuned” in on a daily basis and practiced telepathy. My mom has had a diversified range of metaphysical interests all her life too, so I guess that’s where I got it.

One of my favorite games when I was small was “Amazing Kreskin,” a psychic testing and development game (I’m not kidding, you can’t make this stuff up.) That’s all I wanted to play, so I could get better and better at it.  I have always been like that, thus the later indulgences in paranormal organizations and psychic research organizations. I love to be tested and use my skills in a research environment!

Back to mom…so when she attended classes (and she chose well), they were good ones.

Astrology Class
When I was very young, my mother, who was a pretty good superficial astrologer at the time, decided she wanted to learn more, so she attended a series of classes with the very famous Rosicrucian astrologer A. Leroy Simmons in Dallas, Texas.  I used to stare at his incredible aura when he was teaching the group, his light was so bright, I had never seen anything like it

Since I was always with my mom, I attended the advanced astrology courses with her, either staring at the teacher watching his aura morph, or many times falling asleep on a couple of chairs or even under the table, while this man wrote endlessly on a chalk board and answered question after question.

It was cool in the fact that in a couple of years study (it was an ongoing course), mom got to use my chart and the family charts for all the research, so not only did I learn things I was interested in about the family (which we discussed at length at home), but I also got the added bonus of my chart being a subject of interest because I have an unusual chart, which was used as class material and which we also discussed at length at home.  I also had the opportunity to see the energy around people I had not been previously exposed to, people with a passion for metaphysics and, as I learned later, were likely into other disciplines too.

It’s amazing that years later I still retain so much of the teaching of that incredible soul A. LeRoy Simmons, and as a matter of fact it forged a powerful bond with Nevada Hudson (matriarch of the psychic fairs and president of the Fort Worth and North Texas Astrological Society) and my mom and I, since we all knew him and studied with this great master. My mother was invited to attend further advanced studies at the Rosicrucian headquarters in California, but my father was having none of it.

That started my interest in the teachings of elders other than my first nation elders. (I was maybe five or six to about age eight.)

Yoga
I attended my mom’s first yoga class with her at age eight. It was a class with Kumar of India in Dallas, Texas. He later became a Dallas icon and only left this Earth last year in 2013 after teaching yoga well into his nineties and opening one of the first vegetarian cafes in an area of Dallas known as Oak Lawn, “The Cosmic Cup.”

How this pertains to my psychic development is simple: the very first question I asked him when we met the first time was, “What is the proper breathing they are referring to in Hindu texts?” I think he was a bit stunned, and I suddenly became the yoga kid that got to do all the fun “flags” and other postures due to the fact I was in dance academy and was familiar with postures and routines.

I wanted to know about the breathing so I could access altered states of consciousness.

And yes, he told me.