The Role of the Observer: How to Grow and Evolve Through Your Lessons of Karma
by Jeff Poole
Editor’s Note: Jeff has joined our faculty for teaching Vedic Astrology Courses and will be offering a special class on Nakshatras. Details below.
Notice how when you align with the daily forecasts your life begins to take on the qualities of the greater mysteries of truth?
You see those truths in the world reflected in what’s happening each day. There’s a mental alignment to the planetary energies and psychology of the signs and a spiritual alignment with the observation of the deities ruling the Nakshatras. These are all written before those days occur, but each day observe their accuracy in your awareness.
There’s an evolutionary rhythm to each day which shows everything that’s happening that day. It’s not magic, it’s the science of Vedic Astrology which is the “Eye of the Veda.” Jyotisha is another name for it which is about “Shining the Light to see what is.” You have inner light which is called “Jyoti” it’s connected to your intuition. It operates when you cease judging things and just observe truth. Truth is what’s happening in every moment. Just accept that, it’s your truth.
The Jyeshta Nakshatra in Scorpio today is a clue to this observation. It shows you are the Elder. It’s called the “Sakshāt” which means the Observer. Your true role is to be fixed there. That’s truth.
So observe how today is a day of devotion to deep connection. When you feel the deep connection, you don’t need to fear emotions because they are just ripples on the surface caused by the storms brewing around you, but they’re not inside of you. So let them run their course and roil as they roll around you. The secret of connecting deeply is that they become like dust devils. You see them but you remain untouched.
The enlightened or awakened ones, the Elders, aren’t touched by those storms because they don’t get sucked into them. They’re witnessing them, and seeing how foolishly others get sucked in because they become those storms and they even think they are the storm. That is an illusion because you think you have something to protect. So watch how all that hubris and feelings of selfishness arise and then you become lost in that.
Better than that surface response is to witness that from your depths and feel the bliss that you are observing the phenomenon with wonder. When there is wonder there is no mind, so you’re the innocence of the observer. So, it’s when all the reasoning begins that you start to question why. At the deeper level, there is no why, there is only what’s happening. Questioning is the beginning of the mind. Then as the mind starts to act it mindlessly becomes everything that it sees.
This is why you want to cultivate connection to the depths because there you’re untouched. Since it’s there you are the source. This is where the control switch to everything resides, deep within. This is where you become the creator of your world, where you are the creator. This is the seat and home of the creator that’s deep in your heart. The creator is Love, the very substance of creation that you’re made up of. Love is not an emotion.
This depth and center is the home of nature, where all the laws of nature reside. It’s where the deities reside. Those deities are the personifications of the laws of nature. Some rule, some are the doers, which are called the Devas. They’re what do everything.
So when you’re relaxing there in the depths in the Self, you only need to think an intention and they’ll serve you in the highest way to bless you with whatever you desire, and you’ll observe you don’t do anything. Because you’re at home where all the laws of nature reside. After residing there more and more through your practices, the Devas will soon become attuned to your preferences and they’ll bring you things even before you feel the need for them. Because you’re aware of who you are and they’re impulses of you.
So in the depths everything is provided for, and it’s just exactly what you need. You do nothing and accomplish everything. This is the secret of the Elders. That everything has its time, and when it’s time, those things will happen. Since as the observant consciousness you notice that everything just happens and that You’re not the Doer.
In the Vedas there are tests for measuring the evolution of your consciousness, they’re found in the Puranas. They’re stories which shake your consciousness. Depending on your response of stability you observe your level of evolution.
The sign of Scorpio plays this type of game with your psychology, testing to see if you’re vulnerable. If you become that vulnerability then you weren’t deep. It’s like a fire drill. In a drill you test your emergency preparedness measures to see how you’re evolving and how you respond. Are you prepared for anything? If you’re fully alert, awake and aware, you become wise to this test, this game. That’s real wisdom that’s evolved, not to be blown off your center. To never lose your smile, come what may. To do that you have to connect deeply.
At the bottom of the Ocean is where all silence and stillness lies. So too at the depths of consciousness you are fixed, deep, and still. Your practices and principles to do those practices daily will connect you to that depth.
Then when you rise to the occasion, you can become like a cloud. You can float freely above everything and not leave any impressions. There above the fray you can serve everything freely because you’re not involved. Any rain that falls is happening under you. You’re not affected at all. You’re free. When you’re free inside you can laugh at the stories happening everywhere. It’s a big cinema of light and shadows. You are the screen on which they play. Untouched, unblemished, ever free and filled with light.