When the time is on you, start and the pressure will be off.

This is the second of Yogi Bhajan’s Sutras for the Aquarian Age that includes the curious term “the time.” How is “the time” different from just plain time? Whereas time more generally is an unfolding of what is, “the time” refers to the world and its relationship to that force. It manifests as society, or maya, the grand illusion.

In the first mention of “the time,” Yogi Bhajan suggests that as yogis, we must come into relation to society. In this second mention, he describes what happens when we begin consciously engaging in that relationship.

His use of the preposition “on” is no accident. When “the time” is on a person, he or she is overwhelmed. He called the disease “cold depression” and described two categories of symptoms that would be seen as the Age of Aquarius approaches.

First, there is the overload. With natural disasters, war, political intrigues, and sexually provocative images assailing the senses, people naturally feel shell-shocked. This leads to the second stage, catatonia. If people rely on sources outside themselves to deal with the informational, emotional overload, their physicality begins to shut down.  Yogi Bhajan described a day when people would sit in their cars and stare blankly, not going, even when the light turns green. That day is here!

Thus the sutra provides a solution. Start! By getting oneself out of a worrisome headspace, the gravitation of inactivity ceases its pull. That kind of mental activity can start as helpful, but notice that it switches gears at some point, acquiring a kind of undertow.

The difference is whether or the thinker is being authentic. Certainly, there are bills to be paid, appointments that must be kept, and news that must be heard. But when drawn away from the authentic self, the result is always the same: fear.

There is one meditation Yogi Bhajan gave that addresses all these concerns directly. In my favorite Kundalini Yoga book, it is described as the meditation for the “Producer” aspect of The Mind. By engaging a mantra for courage and humility and actively moving the arms with precision, this meditation creates results: better time management, a keen and flexible ability to focus, and a general sense of well-being, like whatever is on your to do list has already been done. In other words, it stops the source of worry at its source.

So start! Let the pressure of “the time” go and moving confidently forward, aligned in your authenticity. For musical accompaniment, try Sada Sat Kaur’s recording of the mantra Har Har Har Har Gobinde!

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