Hello Richard, and thank you for being our Aquarian student of the month. The idealist always looking to the future, fiercely independent and free-thinking, liberal and progressive yet strongly opinionated, emotionally detached, yet loving friendship. Humanitarian and altruistic, creative and imaginative as thinkers, visionaries and leaders… Does all that make you the Rebel with a Cause?!
Am not sure am a ‘Rebel with a Cause,’ as yet! But I definitely have my goals in life, be it spiritual, humanitarian, business, family, health and otherwise. And through a process of reading, people I associate with and general thinking, I tend to feel if we are going to set goals, we may as well make them big!
But seriously, it is quite a description. Would you say you are a typical Aquarian? Do you see these qualities coming through in different areas of your life?
I am still yet to study all the star signs, (just in the middle now!). However I do feel myself nodding in agreement with what I read and hear about Aquarians. Lots of examples in my life do seem to fit the mould of a typical Aquarian.
With that sense of independence and freedom, and being known for thinking ‘outside the box’, does it make it difficult to be part of a class, school, or other group?
In a certain way, yes. But am working on becoming more consistent and ‘grounded’ with this. And do see how ‘internal happiness’ can be created with being part of a group, as much as the perceived ‘happiness’ of having freedom, which I have tended to be more associated with in my life.
There must be advantages that outweigh these difficulties. What has being part of this yoga school given you?
For sure there are advantages. Massive ones. Having been a strong believer for many years that the greatest challenge to face in life, is the’ battle of the self’, the school provides many teachings and practices to help win this battle. In fact it has made me aware of many ‘challenges’ that I had not even contemplated. The list just keeps growing, which is great!
And in terms of groups, the Yoga School is a great one to be in! I’m enjoying being part of a ‘class, school or group,’ as it were. It has become important to my life. It has really helped deal with the challenges that life continues to present.
It’s a blessing to be around such a wonderful group of people that are within the school. Such a great ‘circle of influence’, certainly helps make the process easier in overcoming this ‘small’ challenge of ‘independence and freedom’ we spoke of.
As the wonderful shakti Oprah Winfrey says,”surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher. Life is already filled with those who want to bring you down.’
I know that on occasions life has got in the way and you are currently having your second or third bash at the third year of the yoga course – I’m sure it’s not just stubbornness or loyalty, so what is it that keeps drawing you back?
Second attempt! Although I have made it to fourth year Tantra so some great positive steps forward for consistency is being created! But over the last two and a half years I have spent a lot of time out of the country, embracing my independence, so I allowed this to be a distraction.
With both courses having their own individual teachings, they both add value to my spiritual and personal growth. For sure, sometimes I’m ‘challenged’ by the teachings but then I also know there are going to be some great learnings provided too, so am keen not to miss them.
It’s like one those great TV series that have been made. There maybe some episodes that are not as good as others, but it’s still engaging enough that I don’t want to miss one and thus this brings me back for a re-run of year 3!
Is there something in particular you feel you had to learn, or an attitude you had to master?
I very much enjoy learning and mastering the state of a Vira, for what it means in life and in love.
Being an air sign with a love for understanding the ‘big picture’, have yoga and tantra helped you to cultivate this, or forced you to completely re-think what you thought you knew?
Many aspects I had never really given attention to in such depth before the courses. So the ‘big picture’ has been cultivated and greatly enhanced as a result. The courses continue to help me refine and give greater clarity to my thoughts and beliefs.. And just at the beginning!
But certainly many questions have been raised that I had not consciously voiced before. And greater coherence has been given to feelings that I had, but had not consciously expressed or given focus to. The timing of when I came across the course fitted perfectly for where I was in life. In a practical sense it has certainly taught me to appreciate the journey more, as I try to understand the ‘big picture’.
Your spiritual life is obviously important to you – you have spent time in India with teachers there, as well as doing the courses here with us, but you also have a busy work life; How easy do you find it to combine these two worlds? Do they conflict or complement each other?
For me they complement each other. I enjoy the contrasting worlds of business and spirituality and the challenges that arise.
For me there are many qualities that are taught in these two worlds. To name but a few. Determination, patience and persistence was initially developed and needed to be a success in the business world. Empathy, love and understanding of myself and others, has been more developed within the spiritual world. Of course these qualities are not mutually exclusive and are present, developed and valid in both. These qualities, and more, can certainly complement the ‘two worlds’. Although the inner journey has become more of a priority to me, both helping me towards my goals of life and to contributing to the world we live in.
And finally, when a friend heard I was interviewing an Aquarian and saw that amazing list of qualities, she thought out loud “Mmmmm, I wonder what they’re like as lovers?” Can you shed any light on the matter!?
Great question! However can’t reveal everything us Aquarians hold dear in this interview. Some things are better experienced. But I hope she has the pleasure of an Aquarian lover. The joys will all be revealed then!
Thank you, I’ll pass that on! So, thank you for doing this interview. Any last words of wisdom to leave us with? One thought that has been with you today…
Keep smiling. Whether you feel you want to or not. It’s hard not to feel good when smiling!