Evolve Asia interviews Yantara Jiro on his personal journey in the last decade through the Asian healing community and his global travels. By Sonia Ong
Tell us about yourself.
I am a visionary, inspirational leader, singer and explorer of Sound and Consciousness. My work is to inspire and spread the message of love and harmony through music and the power of sound; creating platforms for people to step into their powers by expressing their inner voice. I also specialises in coaching on how to utilise the Principles of Universe to manifest what you want and how to shift where you are to where you want to go.
How long have you been in business?
I have been in this field teaching for more than 10 years now.
Tell us how you chose or were chosen for your line of work and the difficulties and challenges you have faced along the way?
Since I was little, I was extremely curious about why i am here on earth because I had a strong sense of knowing that I do not originate from this planet. Having observed the people around me, heard stories and received education from schools over the years, it had placed a strong imprint upon my awareness questioning myself, "Will I have problems when I grow up like the adults around me?" "Why do people fall ill and why are there death? And when people die, why do they feel so sad?".
It came to me clearly when i was teenager that when I am in my thirties, i shall retire from personal problems and begin to enjoy my life emotionally free. And this conviction propelled me to explore the mysteries of life and understanding of the Universe.
The first difficulty faced in this business is about believing and trusting your work that it has a positive impact, influence and result to the people you serve. And while supporting others by providing a space for them to step into their own powers, it certainly is a journey for myself to keep refining what I do and to support myself with a consistent, discipline yet flexible learning practice.
The second difficulty encountered was the approval and acceptance from my mother. It took her sometime before understanding that what I was dealing with was not cult related. I believe that the nature of my work is to refine my mind, heart and mind and in the process should improve my lifestyle in all aspects. The first immediate impact and positive return will manifest within the family and thus it had gained the trust and respect from my family members.
The third difficulty is to trust that the Universe will provide all the physical resources you need even if you have only 3 participants in one meditation sitting. With constant personal training, meditation and the willingness to improve, upgrade and let go of the old, without needing to fit myself into what the society wants me to, success came within merely 6 months and everything steadily and firmly grew within the next 2 years with me teaching abroad a country after another with frequent long-term rewarding invitations.
How has your work evolved and where is it headed?
I started from hosting meditations to concurrently providing private consultations, and it grew to having healing workshops to weekly seminars. The content of my work revolves around developing the power of the mind through meditation but also strongly focuses on the power of sound. It has gone from toning to speaking "The Light Language", to singing and now using Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls and other acoustic healing instruments. I had gone from single weekly sessions to a full-year committed course, to sacred tours and now retreats.
My work is now also available through CDs, book, publications and videos. It is currently moving towards developing towards laying the foundation of what I have taught over the past 10 years and refining them into a complete system which may transcend into a centre sometime in future.
What are the latest trends, advances and developments in your brand of spirituality?
Not so clear with the phrase "Brand of Spirituality", spirituality to me means "Harmony in all aspects of life".
My work is also moving towards live performances which recently in June Summer Solstice played in the Forbidden City Beijing China for the Flower of Life Ceremony Fashion Show. The latest happening in what I am promoting and doing is introducing the Power of Sound Healing to people in Singapore and spreading the knowledge and skills on how to speak and use and Language of Vibration in people's spiritual practices.
Tell us about your understanding of the holism scene, how long it has been around and where it is headed in the near future
Before I started teaching in 2004, years before in my days of exploration, it was difficult to find like-minded people and spaces where we can gather and share freely without concerning people around us would think we are crazy. The holistic scene is evolving rapidly and will continue to do so just like any other industry. But because it is a small network and community, it will take some time before more unity consciousness as a whole in Singapore can be experienced.
The lightworkers in Singapore has been supporting and doing their work to spread the seeds of awakening for so many years and it is all thanks to them that in the near future we will be able to enjoy the vast availability of uplift programs people could attend and upgrade themselves.
In the near future, I foresee collaborators in Singapore of all kinds - organisers and facilitators coming together to share and co-create. It is certainly a wonderful and beautiful time.
What changes have you seen over the years in this business in terms of receptivity, enthusiasm and interest in your work?
There are many who too are interested in the nature work of Sound and seek to discover and practice further. Such interest usually gravitate towards the idea of carving a career in the field of spirituality.
What have you learnt on your travels and retreats abroad?
No matter where I go in whichever part of the world and methodology i use in my work, the subjects people ask are the same. It includes: Health, Wealth, Relationship, Property, Marriage, Communication, Career and Spirituality. Though most of the time the priority on the subject of Spirituality is low. The highest and most asked questions are often related to relationships, Health and Career (Wealth).
As such the application of my work which uses the Universal Laws to explain and resolve has shifted from using esoteric terms to psychological and scientific terms. Using references and examples from their daily activities are of the easiest and fastest response to resolving often a mental issue.
What are the differences between the UK, US and other Asian scenes and the Singapore scene?
In comparing to Asian scenes, the U.K, U.S. culture and people are generally more adventurous and ready to jump into exploring new avenues of self-development. The mindset of theirs are more open and see spirituality as a means to resolve something deeper and are not ashamed or shy to tell a friend about it. In Asian scenes, perhaps in our culture there is a program that indicates if you are attending meditation classes or seeking a private consultation, it is either you have mental issues or depression, or are dealing with negative energy entities in your life.
However now, international traveling is extremely convenient and affordable for many, it has helped made the line between the two much lesser distinct than before. Asians are generally more open now and are willing to mix it up with others which softens the boundary between different races and cultures.An opened heart certainly creates new bridges.
How big is Singapore's demand for retreats from what you understand?
There is a general healthy demand certainly. Singaporeans do enjoy being pampered, and should a retreat give an extra treat with a rewarding bonus in their spiritual and material life, it will certainly be a hit.
What do you think needs to be done to increase the holism market in Singapore?
We need to be able to communicate more openly, honour and respect each group and share within the allowance from each organisation. The unity of individual centres can draw a greater attraction and become a brighter and bigger light bulb where people can see, including others from abroad! Having the local media support by placing the holistic market in the radiant limelight as frequently as possible and adding a new dimension of well-being to Singapore!
What do you see your role as a member in the holism community?
To be an inspiration for others and in their own ways thereafter inspire others in their community.
What is your biggest wish for your work in the near future?
To meditate with as many people as possible in one single sitting for the pleasure and purpose of being and allowing.
How do you hope Singapore will evolve spiritually?
In ways that are so creative that is beyond imagination; Continue to strive to be eco-friendly, nature inspired and uplifting for the citizens here and tourists. To have successful, eventful gatherings and conferences that will serve as a catalyst for many to be inspired for their own growth and path in life no matter how big or small.
Yantara Jiro will be hosting the Stargates of Galaxies-Egypt Tour from 30 November to 16 December 2014. More details and latest updates here: http://yantarajiro.com/sacred-tours/egypt2014.html