COVID-19 and International Issues

COVID-19 and International Issues


On April 12, 2020, Yogi Akal held his first Emergency Leadership Summit.

During this first summit, Yogi Akal addressed the current global pandemic as well as other pertinent international issues that today’s world leaders and influencers are dealing with.

Throughout the summit, he also provided strategies and techniques for global leaders of impact and influence to manage their unparalleled levels of stress.

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Key Points

  1. COVID-19 is not war.
    This is a health emergency, not a war. Avoid military metaphors and martial language. Twenty-first century problems cannot be solved with twentieth century thinking.
  2. Arms stockpiles are being neglected, which can lead to tragedy.
    Unsupervised weapons are a great danger. Understaffing, distraction and manipulation due to sickness and the threat of COVID-19 can lead to vulnerabilities and/or deadly accidents.
  3. Decompress quickly.
    For leaders, any tension or feelings of overwhelm and fatigue can and must be managed quickly and naturally.
  4. The virus moves in waves.
    The virus will decline over the next few months and then increase again.


Welcome to the Emergency Leadership Summit series.

For several months now, I’ve been inundated with questions from leaders around the world, in particular around this pandemic. I have been pressed for advice regarding the opportunities and challenges of these times. I am responding both as an experienced global strategist, and as a Yogi with a lifetime of dealing with the impossible and still maintaining a clear and centered mind.

What’s Happening In The World?

The twentieth century will be remembered as the century of war, the last epoch of immature conflict. In the last century, there were at minimum 150 armed conflicts taking place on this planet at any given time. Of course, these included but were not limited to world wars. On every continent, everywhere on this globe, wherever you are now, there was an armed conflict, terrorism or a war.

Now we’re in a new century. The twenty-first century will be known as the century of science. Science will solve every problem that we can imagine over the next 100 to 150 years. So where does that leave us? Having dealt with the primitive issues of survival, we will educate ourselves as human beings in the fullest sense. We will expand our understanding of ourselves and our solar system. We will expect our leaders to better communicate–with each other and with regard to new explorations. We will explore beyond the surface of our planet, deep within the earth and under the sea as well as high above. This will create more complexity, all of it very exciting and interesting but with its own new set of challenges. The human nervous system must be stronger in order to deal with this complexity. The virus protection within each person must be adjusted and upgraded over the next thirty or forty years.

Viruses will continue to come from our expanded use of artificial intelligence, from our growing exploration of space, and from the shifts we will experience in climate, manmade and otherwise. Because of all this, the human race is developing a greater sensitivity that is unsettling for some and can make the unprepared vulnerable. We can already see how this accelerated collective process can be positive or negative.

Politically, as we move forward, there will be fewer large states. Instead, there will be many small states that work together and form practical alliances. This appears to be a very complex concept today but will form a much more sophisticated and peaceful future.

The Health Care Emergency

We’ll have to deal with the COVID-19 virus over and over again. It is very likely that cases of the virus will decline over the next few months and then increase again. Science may solve the problem short term, perhaps with a vaccine, but then another virus will come in a wave, a different kind. And it’s not a punishment. It’s an evolution of the new way we understand the waves of our planet. We need to learn more about the magnetic fields above and around Earth and the gases coming up from the oceans. It is a mistake to address this pandemic emergency in military language–we are dealing with a virus wave, not a war. It is a health care crisis that requires twenty-first century innovation and global cooperation.

When the corona virus returns, we will have another version of it. But this time we may be smarter, more prepared, and in a much better position to navigate the situation as a unified health care effort.

Hidden Danger

I want to make it clear that along with the health urgency in front of us, we must deal with the leftovers of war, the arms that are still on the planet from the last century. While attention is drawn to the pandemic, we have a personnel shortage and a lack of focus around existing and very dangerous armaments from the preceding decades. Nuclear stockpiles and other arms, weapons, ships, etc. may not be properly supervised or managed. The most dangerous thing today is the lack of attention paid to these nuclear, chemical, and other arms stockpiles. A natural disaster may exacerbate this scenario and create an unintended and terrible tragedy.

One World

In the past, we dealt with and survived emergencies and natural disasters in our many little places around the world. What’s different now is that humanity is one world for the first time in history. I’m not speaking about one government. I mean one world in the most obvious and practical sense.

Historically, many civilizations before us were much more powerful than anything we may experience today. But they were organized into tribes inhabiting their specific area of the planet, and they have come and gone. Any movement modeled on that kind of limitation will also not last.

Today, we travel, use the Internet, and constantly intermingle with each other. We are now one planet for the first time in history and thus we have a new ecosystem. That ecosystem is mirrored within us. The outside world is a complex thing, and because of that complexity, the internal ecosystem has to adjust. It takes a little while for that to happen, although not the hundreds or thousands of years it would have taken in the past.

The process of change and awakening is now very accelerated, unfolding in decades or even immediately as a global shift, and the human internal ecosystem is attempting to upgrade and to integrate the world’s complexity within a very short period. That’s why there’s this tension, susceptibility, and vulnerability but also the potential for sudden and culture-changing breakthroughs.


It’s easy to be distracted during a global emergency, by the circumstances themselves or the sense of overwhelm and fear that may surround the perceived situation. People around you will still jockey for power, because that never stops, even in an emergency, but do not be distracted. Focus, focus, focus.

Everything you do now should be effective and stand up to critique in a year or a hundred years from now. As a general rule, never say or do anything unless you know the consequences and can handle the consequences of the consequences, today, tomorrow, and in the distant future. Otherwise it’s a gamble, and a gamble is never wise. Be wise. Wisdom is impactful and remembered.

Merging With A Problem

You have within you something very special, something that cannot be repeated by anybody else and that’s called purification. Everything that you do, no matter what you do, has a certain frequency and once communication starts, that frequency is established. Some people will react one way. some people will react another way, but there is a state of purification. It’s the most difficult state of communication, of governance, of leadership, of love, of energy. It’s not a romance, it’s not a dream. There’s nothing charming there. There’s no fear or phobia, which is the same as love really in many ways. It is a purification where your ego merges with the solution or the problem. But if you cannot put the ego in the direction of the circumstance, then it will work against you.

It’s very simple. Once things decline because your ego is not in the right place, you can’t stop it. It’s an ultimate sensitivity that people will feel. It will work against you and distance you from people. You know how to play this game. You are all in a position of being able to work with people at the highest levels. So my invitation to you now is to always remember the wisdom that you carry.

I wanted to get this out to you as quickly as I could because I know that you are in many ways showing tremendous courage and grit in the midst of a very difficult situation and something very unique. But I would also remind you that the more you learn to handle this type of thing, the stronger you will be. Because when this situation has gone, there will be another one. And then another one, and then another one.

A leader eats disaster for breakfast, catastrophe for lunch, unbelievable, phenomenal terror in the evening and then spits it out and starts all over again. It’s part of your work. So we’re not going to reduce your stress, because adrenaline is part of what you do. But I’m going to ask you to breathe carefully so you’re not overheated in the process, which will make you vulnerable, make you less sensitive and put you in a position where you are thinking with only part of your brain.


Communication is juice. It’s chemical in the brain. The way you communicate can change that chemical juice inside of you by addressing people with wisdom. Now, that may seem poetic in some ways, but there’s a very practical rhythm to it. When you speak with a rhythm, when you have a persistent and consistent rhythm, you’ll communicate using this chemical juice from your brain in a way that people can relate to easily. There’s a tone, there’s a message and there’s a rhythm and if you can practice that when you are speaking, you will notice that it is more effective.

Some people relate more easily to the visual and visual words, like I see your point of view, some more auditory in terms of, well, I understand what you’re saying and some more kinesthetic. They want to feel, what’s your feeling? But in any case, when you address with wisdom, you will be remembered. And that is the key to leadership now.

Internally Decompress

Now let me speak a little bit about what you can do internally.

I’m speaking to you as a Yogi. So while it is true that I have a lot of experience in working with leaders and understanding various perspectives in the world, I’m also a Yogi, so I’m going to give you a very effective Yoga technique that you really should use when you are dealing with the amount of stress that brings you past adrenaline. That’s when the adrenaline that makes you think you have energy actually turns off your brain – it just turns off – you know that feeling. You may get overheated, you may be overwhelmed, you may simply not know what to do or worse, become reactive.

There are three kinds of communication, active, reactive, and creative. Each one of them has a pro and con. One of them brings hysteria. Another one brings mystery and another one brings solutions. But it can create chaos at the same time. So each one needs to be managed in a neutral way. What you can do to prevent yourself from overheating mentally, emotionally, physically, and also work the natural curative systems within you.

Cooling And Protecting Yourself

It’s very simple. Breathe through the mouth at the back of the tongue, at the back of the throat, all the way in the back, feeling it on the back of your tongue. It’s like a wind is going through the back of your tongue, and then exhale through the nose.

Now you can do this in a very exaggerated way or you can do subtly, in a meeting and no one will know you are inhaling to the back of the mouth, the back at the tongue. That wind is coming over the back of the tongue and then coming back through the nose. I can tell you now, this is a very powerful and simple breath that can change the whole structure of your cellular system over time. It can also give you an immediate result. Use it to protect yourself.

Emergency Leadership Summit

Over the years, leaders have asked to spend time with me in order to reverse their stress and create the bravest vision for themselves personally and those they serve. During this time of crisis, I am offering this to a select group, for now using the safety of video and the power of the Internet.

My goal is to give you some suggestions and overview, all from my particular and unique perspective as a Yogi, global strategist, futurist, and leadership specialist.

Watch this short video to learn more about visual, auditory and kinesthetic communication styles.