I must have been too involved in my own personal world lately to be aware of reports of an event that was of extreme importance to me. That is, until I went into my local Target and saw a tee shirt declaring “Woodstock 1969”. I did some math and realized that was 40 years ago. I may have forgotten how many years in the past it was, but I could never forget the event. I was there.
There’s a whole lot that’s being said about 2012 these days. A lot was said about the different 11:11 events that occurred in the 90’s. And, of course for those old enough (and with enough memory retrieval brain cells still working), there was the Harmonic Convergence of 1987. For those of you who do remember this time, be aware that the true significance of the Harmonic Convergence was that it marked the beginning of a new threshold of consciousness that would end on Dec. 21, 2012. “Time” and “Newsweek” magazine both had front cover stories on it a few weeks before the event occurred. From an esoteric perspective, this time represented the opening of a vibrational gateway that would culminate in the solstice of 2012.
But who can remember such trivia? The Harmonic Convergence was over 20 years ago. We’re always on to bigger and better things. Still, I’d like to ask you to step into the time travel machine with me and travel even further back—almost another 20 years, to a time of peace, love, and a lot of music—to an event collectively known as Woodstock.
For those of you who know me, I’ve been involved in these different events that are said to mark specific epochs of human consciousness for quite a while. I was down in Mexico, at the Tule Tree during the Harmonic Convergence—the place where the Mayan prophecies designated as the center of activity for that event. And a lot happened during that journey which I won’t detail now. There is one thing, however, that I’d like to bring to your attention.
From my perspective, as one who has observed, studied, and taken part in many different vibratory transformational experiences, the event of Woodstock was probably the first, major, positive life-affirming event of the last century. To me, as one of those who attended those “3 Days of Peace and Music”, it was an experience of extraordinary frequency shifting on both a personal and a planetary level.
I have no doubt that prior to Woodstock, there were positive events worldwide—probably the ends of either of the wars in Japan or Europe were like that. Of course, these celebratory events were a counter-balance to the tremendous and horrific experiences that preceded them. They didn’t last non-stop for 3 complete days of unconditional kindness and compassion, initially triggered by extraordinary sonic activation from one of the great spiritual masters of our time. With regard to WWII, victory in Japan had been heralded by two earth-shattering explosions that altered human history, as we know it. Most would agree that this was not a development for the betterment of anyone. I’m not quite old enough to remember or have experienced anything in the first half of the last century, but this is what I suspect.
Woodstock on the other hand was something else. An event of such positivity and grandeur that a half a million people took part in it, living it, loving it and cherishing it. And, it didn’t occur as a vibrational counter balance to much that was occurring on the planet at the time. Yes, there was war (there always seems to be) and more, but nothing truly major. It wasn’t as if it had rained for 40 days and 40 nights and then suddenly the water stopped and we were celebrating. This was something else.
I have lots of stories of Woodstock, but if there’s one thing I remember more than anything else—it’s returning afterwards to my home in New Jersey and for the next several weeks being in a state of extraordinary high elation because I understood that it was indeed possible for a very large group of humans to be in a state of unconditional love—at least for 3 days, accompanied by lots of music, enormous amounts of different substances and some other force of nature that defined the event.
Yes, Woodstock was a time of vibrational repatterning and evolutionary activation. Above and beyond anything else (and sure, Hendrix did a wonderful version of “The Star Spangled Banner” and the Who playing “Tommy” in the middle of the night was a stand out), in the days that I attended Woodstock, there was an overwhelming atmosphere of love—unconditional love. What many call compassion. Total strangers would help each other out. We all addressed each other as “brother” and “sister” and amazingly, we treated each other that way.
In the beginning, I had ended up hopping in my car with a bunch of old high school buddies from my hometown and on a whim, driving to upstate New York for this festival. I had on me, my tickets (never taken—the concert became free the exact moment I was handing them to the ticket taker. I immediately took them back, realizing their value as memorabilia, and then of course lost them in the ensuing years), my wallet, my car keys and that was it. I was dressed in jeans, a tee-shirt and some shoes. No food, no tent. Nothing to survive 3 days outdoors. Yet, due to the kindness of strangers, I not only survived—I flourished in this atmosphere of music and love. Indeed, I got by with a little help from my friends and amazing as it may seem, everyone I encountered at Woodstock was a friend!
It’s hard to imagine what half a million people—enough to make a good size city—resonating together in a consciousness from the heart would be like. Yes, there were a lot of people. And yes, that created discomfort at points—portable toilets were at a minimum and trying to make a telephone call was close to impossible—but there was nothing that was unworkable in comparison to the feeling of being in the extraordinary field of love and compassion created by 500,000 people generating kindness and love.
Some months ago, I was down in Yogaville, a spiritual community created by Swami Satchadananda, with my wife Andi. We were teaching together there. As an honoring, we were asked to present to the whole community on Saturday night. I began by saying: “Almost 40 years ago, I attended an event in which a white bearded elderly man lead a group of people in chanting together. That man was Swami Satchadananda and that event was Woodstock. I’m still trying to catch up and re-create it.” And this is true.
Forget about all the psycho-tropics and other substances that were circulating through the crowds at Woodstock. They were secondary to all that was happening. Do you have any idea what a mind altering experience it was to be with 500,000 people resonating together in sacred sound? This experience was truly one that shifted the frequencies of all of us.
Many of you may be aware of much of my work with events of Global Sound Healing—such as World Sound Healing Day—in which people throughout the planet get together to project an intentionalized sound for planetary peace and healing—a process I’ve termed “Global Harmonization”. Science now seems to be validating the measurable effects of these sounds to influence the consciousness of the planet.
I know the power of sound. I know the power of self-created sacred sound such as that which was being directed by Swami Satchadananda at Woodstock. It has amazing ability—it’s an extraordinary energy—a monumental positive force that has the potential of changing the world.
At Woodstock, there were half a million people chanting together at the beginning of this event. I have no doubt that this contributed to the success of the event. I also have no doubt that through this sound and what followed, Woodstock was a major frequency shifting occurrence—the first of a series of positive vibrational changes leading up to 2012.
In other concerts and the like that tried to duplicate the Woodstock experience, the energy became less and less love-filled, leading to the tragic violence of the Altamonte Festival four months later. Please note that none of these other events of huge crowds that gathered to hear music began with chanting together—setting a field of Light & Love through Sound—this only occurred at Woodstock. This was part of its magic and part of its spiritual essence as the opening of a gateway of consciousness—a blueprint for the possibilities of what could be.
We may not have been aware that that is what we were doing at Woodstock, but it was. It was probably 3 weeks after I returned from this event that I finally realized that the group energy of compassion I had experienced for a brief time at the festival in upstate New York was not meant to be in this world—at least for a while. It still created for me and a half a million other people, the model—the paradigm–of what could be. Woodstock created a matrix for a quantum leap in our evolution—it was proof that for 3 days people could resonate together in a unified field of collective consciousness of peace and harmony.
I still have great hope. Perhaps, that’s what 2012 is all about. Perhaps, the group energy of compassion initiated at Woodstock in 1969 will finally manifest on a global level and this time, it will be here for good.
In the interim, as we wait for this event of 2012 with all sorts of speculation from it being the End of Days to it being the Beginning of a New World, let me present you with a factoid that few realize. As noted earlier on in this writing, the Mayan tradition as well as many other indigenous traditions, believed that the Harmonic Convergence was the beginning of a vibratory shift—one that would lead to 2012. This 1987 event happened over August 16th and 17th. These were the same dates in August of Woodstock back in 1969.
For those of you into synchronicity and time/space resonance, it’s something to think about.
Blessings of Love & Light through Sound,