Karma, enlightenment, family constellations and Vedic astrology. These terms are only a handful of the topics broached in Yildiz Sethi's search for a higher meaning.
'Stardust: The Traveller's Way" breaks down numerous spiritual belief systems in order to create a guide to spiritual development. The novel links social movements and current events to spiritual theories such as collective karma. It also introduces readers to a character called Surya who demonstrates the soul's journey through the universe on a path to enlightenment. While highlighting the importance of familial relationships, Sethi stresses that we are all co-creators.
Our actions and intentions have the power to develop a positive energy in the universe and ourselves. 'The journey towards enlightenment is viewed through the fine tuning and freeing of thoughts and emotions," Sethi said. We must be absorbed in the celebration of life."
The book provides multiple avenues for readers to choose their own next phase of personal development. It stresses that every thought or action has consequences and reflects one's inner state. Sethi believes that everyone and everything in the universe is linked. Experience is only gained through life experiences and many different lives.
'Every soul in the universe is connected," Sethi said. 'We are all stardust gaining more wisdom and experience with every new life."
Yildiz Sethi has always had a natural fascination for culture and religion. A pivotal point in her life connected her to Vedic astrology, which led her into psychotherapy and personal development. She works as a brief therapist in Queensland and runs monthly family constellation workshops in Sydney and Brisbane. Before her path to Vedic astrology, Sethi taught both chemistry and physics.
Stardust: The Traveller's Way
Author: Yildiz Sethi
Question: What inspired your career in Vedic astrologist?
Yildiz Sethi: I had been a Physics and Chemistry teacher for 15 years when I went on holiday and met two Vedic astrologers in one week. The readings blew me away and I went home with a course to start learning. I became so fascinated by karmic cycles starting with my own that I entered an intense period of study. Within a short time I realized that this was my calling. Even though I enjoyed teaching I left within 18 months to pursue my new direction as a Vedic astrologer.
I became a Vedic astrologer and then a psychotherapist in order to find the most effective ways of resolving karmic patterns. This led me into Hypnotherapy, NLP and Family Constellations.
Question: What is an Vedic astrologist?
Yildiz Sethi: A Vedic astrologer is someone who is schooled in the art and practice of interpreting cosmic patterns with the intention of assisting individuals in following their life path and fulfilling their potential.
Astrology is the study of the effects that planets and stars have on us on earth. We are all born at particular points in time when the planets are at particular points of alignment. Each combination forms the perfect conditions for each of us to be born into, giving us the personality and life we are to experience this time round in the cycle of life called reincarnation. The map of planets over the place and time of birth becomes the astrology chart. This is so for Western and Vedic astrology. Vedic astrology is ancient Indian astrology, which is often called Jyotish. Jyotish came out of the Indus valley in India up to 3000 years BC. The map of planets forming the chart is steeped with deep mystical symbolism and mythological knowledge that came out of the Vedic period of ancient Indian along with Yoga and Ayurveda. Knowledge that was channeled through the wise men and women of that time to help humanity to live well.
Yoga to keep the body toned and stretched and quieten the mind.
Ayurveda traditional Indian herbal and acupuncture medicine to maintain health.
Vedic astrology to shine a light on individual lives in practical and spiritual matters.
Indian Vedic astrology uses the Sidereal Fixed star system to fix the position of planets which is as accurate as using a modern telescope today. Western astrology uses the Tropical Moving star system, which is governed by the movement of the equinoxes. The Western system has moved away from the fixed star system by nearly 24 degrees since 2000 years ago. This means that the same date, time, place of birth drawn up in the two systems, Western and Vedic astrology will differ by nearly 23 degrees.
In short Vedic astrology is an accurate astrology that is an ancient Indian spiritual science with many tools and techniques to assist analysis of the chart to high degrees of accuracy. This is explored and explained more in my book.
Question: Why was it important for you to write Stardust: The Traveller's Way?
Yildiz Sethi: The book came to me in a dream. I had a picture of a character called Surya going though many lives in many different situations creating and living his or her karma. In each time, relationship forming a pivotal part of each human life experience. Relationships providing the opportunities for growth in the pursuit for love. A search for love that is at the root of all earthly desires on the wheel of reincarnation. There are several stories of lives lived in many different ways throughout the book.
The book is set out in a trilogy.
The wheel of time. Karma, reincarnation and Vedic astrology.
Relationships and Family Constellations.
The how of Moksha (enlightenment).
For a while now I have thought that for humanity to go into the next stage of consciousness for which many are ready, areas of knowledge should be viewed together rather than separately. Scientific, esoteric, psychological, ecology and healing to name a few. I particularly wanted to share with the reader how present day knowledge and skills may be used alongside ancient knowledge in helping each of us on the path of personal and spiritual development. I introduce the magic, mystery and healing power of Family Constellations as a psychotherapeutic tool for personal and ancestral healing. (This has nothing to do with astrology in spite of its name and the fact that I am an astrologer.) This is a methodology that is sweeping the world and has the capacity to revolutionize psychotherapy and personal development.
Question: What do you hope readers take from Stardust: The Traveller's Way?
Yildiz Sethi: I hope my readers will take a more unified view of the huge expanse of knowledge available and open up to what they don't know with curiosity. Perhaps begin to value the right brain, symbolic, creative, esoteric elements of the mind equally with the rational and analytical in enabling them to live more fulfilled and inspiring lives. I also hope that the reader will take a variety of ways that they can look after themselves effectively and lovingly.
Through an exploration of different aspects of knowledge and the self-help exercises, that are designed to encourage reflection and growth throughout the book, I hope that the reader may form their own perspectives of themselves in their world and connect to their own inner passions and desires.
I hope the readers may find ways of accepting and loving themselves and those around them more.
Question: Can you talk about how this book provides multiple avenues for readers to choose their own next phase of personal development?
Yildiz Sethi: Through the exploration of the cycle of reincarnation and the spiritual journey from the Vedic perspective, the reader may assess where they are by looking at their own lives, intentions and dreams.
Self-worth is explored in many aspects of the book and its effects on relationship, wealth and wellness. This is explored further psychologically and emotionally with several self-assessment exercises that are available throughout the book. In addition there are a range of therapeutic approaches that are explored in order to inform the reader of many avenues that may be followed. In the final trilogy of the book there are also a range of spiritual paths or techniques that may be followed according to the inclination of the reader in their celebration of life.
Interview by Brooke Hunter