Archive for September, 2008
More on Mercury Retrograde till October 15:
What is this time good for? Plenty!!
It can be a wonderful time for a leisurely trip, even just the next town over. Do a little research during this time on something you are really interested in. Reflect on your life and what would make you really happy. There will be opportunities to reconnect with old friends and finding things you have lost……….people, places, things.
Now is the time to finish up old projects, clean out your closets of the mind/home/office etc. Often, through doing this, something new will come in because you freed up stuck energy, so get busy.
This period is ruled by Libra, the great balancer…….Seeking balance and harmony will be easier during this time, peaceful communication is favored now; caution against shallowness and over-thinking of options; creativity and all forms of artistic expression are favored; relax and enjoy your life; Review your past and see if you want something different in the future; Renew!
Happy Retrograding!No comments
All problems come to you for a purpose,
to teach you a specific lesson.
When you fear problems you lose
an opportunity to learn the lesson.
When you look at them without fear,
you grow through the lesson they teach.
Welcome problems as a gift –
a gift which makes life constantly stimulating,
constantly fresh and filled
with ever-unfolding challenges.
A very wise Canadian Astrologer, Rose Marcus, talks about the coming (November) Pluto into Capricorn until 2024 and some of the things you might want to know about that. These are the times for change and waking up. Follow your heart and do the best that you can in all things. -Sue
Can you weather a storm successfully? If not, is there something you could do in order to improve your odds? If you had to go without, could you find enough sustenance and shelter within a short distance or comfortable reach? Are you comfortably safe or is there something more that you need to do to ensure your present levels stay intact? Do you have expectations that someone or something else is responsible for your wellbeing? What can you do to be more in control and complete? Do you have enough support around you and can you give it back equally? Can you afford to contribute, can you afford not to? In stripping down to barest of essentials, what is it that is necessary for your life to not only survive, but to thrive?
Accountability is absolutely key; there is no margin for hedging when it comes to the proper use and honoring of all resources. Our world is about to become much smaller, and the next major lesson will be in learning how absolutely connected and inter-dependent we are. We cannot afford to create more physical, material, social, and spiritual wastelands; we can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the fact that the pollution is not only being recycled back, it is the cause of the crippling and severe destruction taking place within bodies, minds, and souls.
It is also absolutely necessary to face reality for what it truly is, to turn priority attention toward the actual workability of the potentials held within the current critical time frame, and to embrace realistic goals and solutions that will perpetuate long term life, benefit, and continuity. Deadlines are approaching and they cannot be ignored or put off. Today’s results are the vital determinant for where we go from here. Halfway measures or half-hearted efforts will not cover enough ground in the current race against the clock.
We may be well into our 11th hour, but note that time has not yet run out. Consider the Now as the most important wake-up call of your life. As the sign attributed to alchemy, the Pluto in Capricorn years can bring about a golden renaissance for the collective and for the individual alike.
This article is an excerpt from the book, Insights into Evolutionary Astrology, (as yet to be published) by Rose Marcus
When I opened my email this early morning I found a long letter from Carolyn Myss about some of the chaos we are all experiencing individually and globally. I’ve attached several paragraphs that I thought might shed some light for us all.
After all these years of teaching, some things still baffle and challenge me again and again, among them is, What exactly is this business of consciousness about that we are in if not to become conscious? When anything becomes habit, in particular your life, what becomes of the challenge of becoming conscious? How is that task supposed to be accomplished? Of what are you supposed to become conscious? (Please don’t tell me your wounded history). Ideally, our task is to become conscious of how we direct the power of our spirit into acts of creation during the course of our life. More or less, that sums it up. An illuminated soul is one who is on to the game, who really understands what Buddha meant by seeing clearly through the world of physical illusion and not being controlled by that world. Jesus would say, Be in the world but not of the world; Same truth, different words. What we are meant to become conscious of is how well we live in accordance to these high cosmic truths while in physical form.
The common thread in every experience of Divine chaos is one of truth; specifically, a person has fallen out of alignment with his or her core truths. Divine chaos is a course corrector, a way of bringing down the systems that distraction built in order that they can be replaced with systems or structures designed with conscious thought. That’s the ideal, of course, and ideals are rarely achieved; thus, we are visited by Divine chaos again and again. It is not easy, this business of becoming a conscious human being, but what’s your other option?
As I now look at America and the Divine chaos sweeping across the land, I am not surprised in the least at the situation this nation is in. Divine chaos is a course corrector, a force that demands truth be returned to the system where it has grown dim. And truth has grown dim in America. We have tampered with this nation’s Sacred Contract; most specifically, its commitment to freedom, justice, and liberty. And now we stand on the brink of losing this great democracy and we are kidding ourselves if we turn the other way and think such a thing cannot happen. It can. History is replete with examples of nations that have risen to great positions of power and wealth and then fallen, precisely because they came to believe that such a fall could not happen to them. No nation is immune from the lessons of history; not Rome, not Greece, not the great English empire, not any nation. We must never take for granted that America will always be free and wealthy because that’s the way it has always been; and because that’s the way we want it to be. Consciousness demands that we see clearly the problems that have brought the chaos into our lives and that we examine these problems in order to find the wisest solutions lest we find ourselves in such a predicament again; a predicament of believing a government could run itself honorably.
Always remember that chaos is about truth; find the truth and align yourself to that one single force and the chaos will settle around you. That is always the case, though it may take time. Divine chaos is always a messenger of truth.
I love this prayer and I’m sending it to you in the hopes that you’ll enjoy it as well.
Give me a candle of the Spirit, O God, as I go down into the deeps of my being. Show me the hidden things, the creatures of my dreams, the storehouse of forgotten memories and hurts. Take me down to the spring of my life, and tell me my nature and my name. Give me freedom to grow, so that I may become that self, the seed of which you planted in me at my making. Out of the deeps I cry to you, O God
From Prayer At Night by Jim Cotter
Whatever you hold in your heart with great fervor is what you’ll become.
If you love someone, you’ll be transformed into them.
If you hate someone, you’ll soon acquire the qualities you despise in them.
Hold God in your heart and you’ll become like God.
-Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga Ashram
Well then, what are we all waiting for? What are we all doing? I especially notice this now as so many people are polarized with the coming elections. If you want to have a fair, equal, peaceful and joy filled life without poverty, war, disease, sorrow etc……hold that in your heart for us all…..and so will I.1 comment
Prayer is not a verbal, mechanical ceremonial act.
Prayer is a spontaneous, effortless flow
performed constantly through
your mental, emotional and physical actions.
True prayer is not only expressed in words,
it emanates through your entire being.
Such prayer bridges the gap between
the individual self and the universal self.
-Amrit DesaiNo comments
Fall begins today, one of the best times of the year, albeit too brief.
Today we will look at what beckons the next 3 months. It is indeed a time of concern for all.
This starts an auspicious time with some pretty good aspects to help it along. Many forks in the road for people and institutions. Which way to go?
Now is the time to renew old friendships and honor old promises. This is a practical Fall, take care of business, roll up your sleeves and dig in on all those old projects around the house, around the neighborhood, around your community and especially around this country.
At times there will be unexpected happenings, even revolutionary energies to emerge, so expect the unexpected and roll with the punches. The whole world is being affected to grow, heal and change…..and that means you too.
There is an aspect that shows lots of detail-oriented work, lots of worry, and lots of responsibility that is ultimately stabilizing in practical ways. Take heart, work hard and reap whatever rewards/harvests of the past.
You will see many people rise to the occasion and overcome old addictions/desires and move into a higher forms of living.
Social reform is highly favored this Fall, so pick a humanitarian organization and pitch in to help.
Spiritual reform is also awakening people at their deepest core now and I don’t mean religion, but the deep inner yearning of your own soul for home.
Overall, the next 3 months are a time of radical transcendence toward the fulfillment of some cultural ideal. We shall discover new ways to touch and be touched, and old elements of being will give up their life so that new forms and ways can come forth. Decisions can be made quickly, which should be followed by discussion, research, and an updating of the vision.
It is an intensely social time of new ideals, new relationships, and new perspective offering a more balanced way of seeing, relating, or doing. The Moon puts a focus on our primal innocence that does the right thing instinctively without manipulation or thought of ulterior rewards. This is a time to embrace relationships of a higher sort, and refrain from acting in any way when it’s not the right time or you’re with the wrong people.
Joy will come forth, but it may have a tinge of melancholy. Still, moderation and restraint will be rewarded, so forge bonds with those with whom you can have discussions about ways to apply the truths of life so that your understanding and perspective can become more well rounded than it’s been up to now.
-portions of this article were taken from R. Wilkinson on the EquinoxNo comments
September 24th begins another Mercury Retrograde cycle. Usually this is a time to finish old projects and thoroughly clean out anything left undone, like closets in your house and in your mind.
Things slow down during retrogrades, so take advantage of this time to rest up a little.
Now is the time to pay attention to details of any old plans. Do you need to revise something started in the past to make it work better? Revise, renew, listen for new insights and expect things from the past to appear.
If you neglected something that would add to your own personal power, like asking for a raise, writing that book, cleaning out old relationship issues; you will have an opportunity to clear many of these issues.
Now is the time for past imbalances in every area of your life to come forth seeking healing. So, have you made some judgment that could stand a review now? Do you hold others accountable but not yourself?
During this time you will have ample opportunity to release old patterns that don’t work for you anymore. That said, if you don’t work on it, it will work on you. It’s about evolution and unity, look to your life, grow, evolve, acknowledge your unity with all on the planet.
We will see some people becoming frustrated, acting out old juvenile patterns and much fear. We will also see people rising to hard circumstances and beating the odds through creativity, flexibility and tapping great resevoirs of inner strength.
Watch for unusual opportunities to come out of this, so you will need to be very open to change especially the 2nd week of October.
One astrologer calls this a “Point of choice and change that will be a little crazy”. Caution against obsessive-compulsive actions as they will disrupt positive change.
This is a good time to dot your I’s and cross your T’s, get practical, organized and ready to zoom into what will make you strong, secure, happy etc.
“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur Clarke had a huge influence over my thinking when I was growing up. My Father was an avid reader and one of his favorites was Clarke. Definitely ahead of his time.No comments
“Conquered passions, like slain tigers, can no longer turn and rend you. Be hopeful, then, not despairing. With each morning’s awakening try to live through the day in harmony with the Higher Self. “Try” is the battle-cry taught by the Teachers to each pupil. Naught else is expected of you. One who does his best does all that can be asked. There is a moment when even a Buddha ceases to be a sinning mortal and takes his first step toward Buddhahood. . . . It should be the aim of each and all of us to strive with all the intensity of our natures to follow and imitate [the masters].”
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, one of the most remarkable beings in history.
Several years ago, I think it was my 50th birthday, I wrote this little piece. Found it recently and it made me giggle, so thought I’d share it with you.
I didn’t want to get old……puckered lips…..puckered eyebrows……..parchment skin. What is that?
Weathered, oh how nice to call it that……. sort of. I don’t want to be weathered. I want to be new again, like I feel inside……here, inside I am still quite young. You just don’t see it.
But I live here. Here inside, I am 25.
So many wonderful astrology sites on line. This astrologer, Miller, talks about how today’s full moon will be affecting each sign:
Aries-A shocking secret that someone tried to conceal from you may now suddenly come to your attention. That would occur on or near the full moon, September 15, plus or minus four days. The matter may involve your home, a roommate, or parent, so keep your antenna up. Whatever you hear could shock you. Alternatively, someone you know may be in a hospital, nursing home, or other confined area, and you may be needed to provide your good cheer.
Taurus-The personal rockiness you may have felt as the month started, near September 3, will again strike at the full moon, September 12 and 15. Uranus will oppose the Sun and three days later will conjoin the full moon in Pisces on September 15, a jarring aspect. This time, a friend appears to be creating your angst.
Gemini-The full moon on September 15 will also bring a career drama to a startling conclusion. All full moons are operative for more than a day, so you may hear news sometime in the three or four days that follow. Whatever surfaces will come as a complete shock, but you’ll instantly see that the sooner you deal with the reality of this situation, the better. You may sever a tie at this time, but you seem not to mind – this episode seems to be the last straw.
Cancer-Just when you think you’ve unraveled all your dilemmas, more out-of-the-blue news may come up to rattle you on September 12, due to Uranus opposed to the Sun. You won’t have the whole picture until the full moon, September 15, when you may again become concerned about a relative, this time female, or a person based at a distance. You may need to travel to see a family member, such as an aunt or uncle, sibling, cousin, or in-law or parent. A full moon is always felt for four days, so news may come anytime from September 15-19.
Leo-You will have two other tough financial days to get through before you can exhale: September 12 and the full moon, September 15. At these points, events will come at you rapidly, and a financial situation that you may not have noticed will now reach full boil. You’ll need to find quick solutions for urgent and unexpected questions. This would not be the week to negotiate the financials of a divorce, to have talks with your banker for a loan, to discuss compensation for a new job, or to conduct talks on the purchase or sale of a house. Keep out of sight for now.
Virgo-Something seems to be festering, and when an unexpected comment or situation arises on Friday, September 12, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a crisis. By the full moon in Pisces, September 15 (operative for four days), you will have to decide quickly whether to separate temporarily, fix things for the future, or end things without looking back. Truly, this will be a defining moment. To make matters more complicated, not only is a partner involved with the situation, but also so is a friend.
Libra-Uranus will oppose the full moon on Monday, September 15. This time your focus will be on a co-worker or underling who will act very erratically or shock you in some way with their behavior. When trying to imagine who this could be, include people you hire at home – a nanny or a cleaning person, for example. Alternatively, a project may start to go wrong at the last minute.
Scorpio-September 15 will be a stressful point of the month for just about everyone, so do your best, and as said, even good developments require important adjustments. Fortunately, all the rogue planets will be in Pisces and Virgo, signs that blend well with yours. This indicates you will find a way to cope and actually benefit from whatever the cosmos decides to bring you.
Sagittarius-Your home, property, or family will need your full attention from September 12 through the full moon, September 15, in Pisces. (Note that all full moons have an area of influence that extends four days beyond the date the full moon appears, so be watchful of all home and family-related matters until September 18.) Uranus, the planet of unpredictable events, will first challenge the Sun on Friday and then conjoin the full moon on Monday. These are jarring aspects, and not easy ones to take. There’s very little you can do to prepare, as this situation will be one you won’t see coming or could even imagine arising.
Capricorn-You appear to be very focused on family this month, so you may need to see your sister, brother, cousin, aunt, uncle, or an in-law. Admittedly, September 15 will bring a tense full moon that will also prove to be quite emotional. It may be impossible not to feel the harsh aspects that will be at play for everyone at that time. Thankfully this full moon will fall in compatible Pisces and in fine angle to your Capricorn Sun – so whatever comes up, you will be able to solve and even possibly benefit from in the end.
Aquarius-Whatever occurs has you thinking about it all weekend. You’ll not have all the information until the full moon arrives, Monday, September 15. This time Uranus will align with the full moon and your nerves will again feel stretched out. The moon often points to the domestic condition, so it’s possible something is going on within the home or family that has made you upset. You need to watch your health all month, as the aspect on September 3 and 12-18 will be emotional and draining. As I said earlier, things WILL improve.
Pisces-The time near the full moon in Pisces, September 15, is to potentially be your hardest of the month. Keep your guard up as early as September 13, when Uranus in Pisces will oppose the Sun in Virgo. That will be your first indication that a partner, competitor, or detractor is about to act up in a very erratic, unpredictable way. This is a powerful aspect known to cause sudden separations or breaks or to leave a permanent emotional scar with all that is said. If you feel your partner is important to you, you may want to be careful about what you say near September 13-15. A relationship can be repaired if that is what you want, so take a few days to cool down and think first about what you’d like to do. You won’t have full information until Monday, September 15, the full moon in Pisces (operative for an extra four days beyond this point). While on Friday you will have experienced Uranus opposition the Sun, now you will have volatile Uranus conjoin the full moon. No doubt about it, someone will be very unpredictable and difficult. Your need for freedom – even rebellion – will be very strong at this time.No comments
Far between sundown’s finish an’ midnight’s broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An’ for each an’ ev’ry underdog soldier in the night
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
In the city’s melted furnace, unexpectedly we watched
With faces hidden while the walls were tightening
As the echo of the wedding bells before the blowin’ rain
Dissolved into the bells of the lightning
Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned an’ forsaked
Tolling for the outcast, burnin’ constantly at stake
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Through the mad mystic hammering of the wild ripping hail
The sky cracked its poems in naked wonder
That the clinging of the church bells blew far into the breeze
Leaving only bells of lightning and its thunder
Striking for the gentle, striking for the kind
Striking for the guardians and protectors of the mind
An’ the unpawned painter behind beyond his rightful time
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Through the wild cathedral evening the rain unraveled tales
For the disrobed faceless forms of no position
Tolling for the tongues with no place to bring their thoughts
All down in taken-for-granted situations
Tolling for the deaf an’ blind, tolling for the mute
Tolling for the mistreated, mateless mother, the mistitled prostitute
For the misdemeanor outlaw, chased an’ cheated by pursuit
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Even though a cloud’s white curtain in a far-off corner flashed
An’ the hypnotic splattered mist was slowly lifting
Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless, seeking trail
For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale
An’ for each unharmful, gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Starry-eyed an’ laughing as I recall when we were caught
Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
As we listened one last time an’ we watched with one last look
Spellbound an’ swallowed ’til the tolling ended
Tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an’ worse
An’ for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Copyright ©1964; renewed 1992 Special Rider Music
Bob Dylan – “Chimes of Freedom”No comments
I shall sing to Yahweh all my life, make music for my God…………….Psalm 104:33
A small, wooden flute, an empty, hollow reed, rests in her silent hand.
It awaits the breath of one who creates song through its open form.
My often-empty life rests in the hand of God;
like the hollowed flute, it yearns for the melody which only Breath can give.
The small, wooden flute and I, we need the one who breathes,
we await one who makes melody.
And the one whose touch creates, awaits our empty, ordinary forms,
so that the song-starved world may be fed with golden melodies.
-Joyce RuppNo comments
A great astro teacher/philosopher/activist has again hit it on the head in how Jupiter conjunct Pluto at the Galactic Center has been affecting us since 2007 and will continue on for 12 more years. Read your Sun sign and Rising sign, if you don’t know it ask me and I’ll get it for you. Get ready and go for the gold! Sue
Aries – Prepare for new developments professionally, which could involve traveling, teaching, writing or publishing. Get your view and motive in shape to welcome the new freedom, mobility, understanding, and powerful turning points to come. Trust feelings that help you put it all together.
Taurus – Take a broader look at your magnetism and why you attract what you do or don’t. You’ve been getting exactly what you desired, and this begins a long period of letting go of obsolete things to make space in your life for a new adventure and power. Feelings lead to understanding.
Gemini – Many challenges from unexpected quarters. This brings in public recognition and new relationships with people far away from wherever you’ve been, or in an academic setting. Just try not to get too fragmented or scattered as you attract learned, intense people.
Cancer – You’re preparing for new openings in the world of work and relationships, and already seeing greater truths, futures, and need for a wider point of view about what you do and how you do it. Show humor in the workplace. Don’t let excesses undermine your health.
Leo – This opens new doors of creativity and can help you get to the core of your spontaneity (or why it’s not there). If you have children, they’re about to take off in a big way! Eliminate excess baggage, or desires that only obstruct your freedom. Take command of your magnetism.
Virgo – Prepare to move, or at the very least expect a lot more activity in your home, such as a study group, publishing project, or maybe even people from far away or another culture coming for frequent visits. This frees you from an old relational pressure.
Libra – This opens a new view, as well as radical new awarenesses via your neighbors or siblings. Your work will take on a new intensity, and your health is going through long term changes. Maintain optimism, try foreign remedies, and learn all you can about elimination and regeneration.
Scorpio – Expect financial offers that could transform your life, but make sure everything is above board. Take a broader view of how to use your assets, try distant investments, or those with a long term payoff. If you have children, this concludes an old way of understanding them.
Sagittarius – This ends one adventure, and begins an even more intense one! You’re going to be on the move again, but be alert to the seeds of things to come. Get your home in shape so you can have a greater mobility, and if appropriate, get more education, since it will open doors.
Capricorn – This should bring long term rewards and protection from everything but your own excesses or self-destructive judgments. Your view is opening up to wider things, and you’ll be attracting some fairly intense friends in the future. Just make sure they’re honest with a sense of humor.
Aquarius – This ends a couple of old friendships, and brings in a couple more. Get a wider set of ambitions, and if possible, join a study group that can help you understand mysteries. Your values and resources are undergoing long term transformations. Magnetism and vision are high.
Pisces – This ends and begins a whole new public life or profession. You’ve got some flowers to push up and out to others, and this starts a long term regenerative phase that despite the blockages and challenges, helps you open to new ideas, new views, new truths, and new life adventures.No comments
Deepak Chopra has written a very interesting article on the archetypes at play with the candidates. If you have done any Jungian Shadow Work you will find this quite interesting. Sue
Obama and the Palin Effect
by Deepak Chopra
Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.
She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and turning negativity into a cause for pride. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of “the other.” For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.) I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin’s message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision.
Look at what she stands for:
Small town values — a nostaligic return to simpler times disguises a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism.
Ignorance of world affairs — a repudiation of the need to repair America’s image abroad.
Family values — a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don’t need to be needed.
Rigid stands on guns and abortion — a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree.
Patriotism — the usual fallback in a failed war.
”Reform” — an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn’t fit your ideology.
Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from “us” pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. The radical right marches under the banners of “I’m all right, Jack,” and “Why change? Everything’s OK as it is.” The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness.
Obama’s call for higher ideals in politics can’t be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow — we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict. The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise1 comment
The inability or rather unwillingness of the human mind to let go of the past is beautifully illustrated in the story of two Zen monks, Tanzan and Ekido, who were walking along a country road that had become extremely muddy after heavy rains. Near a village, they came upon a young woman who was trying to cross the road, but the mud was so deep it would have ruined the silk kimono she was wearing. Tanzan at once picked her up and carried her to the other side.
The monks walked on in silence. Five hours later, as they were approaching the lodging temple, Ekido couldn’t restrain himself any longer. “Why did you carry that girl across the road?” he asked. “We monks are not supposed to do things like that.”
“I put down the girl hours ago,” said Tanzan, “Are you still carrying her?”
Now imagine what life would be like for someone who lived like Ekido all the time, unable or unwilling to let go internally of situations, accumulating more and more “stuff” inside, and you get a sense of what life is like for the majority of people on our planet. What a heavy burden of past they carry around with them in their minds.
The past lives in you as memories, but memories in themselves are not a problem. We learn from our past. It is only when memories of the past take you over completely that they turn into a burden.
Because of the human tendency to perpetuate old emotional, almost everyone carries in their energy field an accumulation of old emotional pain, which I call the “pain body”.
Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth
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2) How current actions influence your next life. (This involves the problems that others are going through and how we choose to help or not which involves the lessons of discrimination and detachment – so we don’t take on other’s karmas)
3) Unrealized acts. (pandemic, affecting everyone in diverse ways such as Katrina and Banda Aceh, etc.)
To quote astrologer Wilkinson: Regarding karma, there is no point in our reality when we’re done with karma, since every thing we do this lifetime, even enlightened altruistic works, generates more karma. True, it’s good karma, and enables us to be placed into situations where we can do better things in the future, but it’s all karma. Every cause has an effect, whether in this life or another. Any manifestation on any level brings its results, whether direct or indirect, whether we perceive them or not.
There is no karmic storm that confronts us, individually or collectively, that we cannot transcend, rising above the suffering while staying connected to the heart of compassion. There is no seeming impossibility where we cannot find a lovingly wise way to deal with. There are no circumstances that can force us to yield to despair, discouragement, or the illusion of powerlessness. This is our true power, where we learn “response-ability.”
We do not have to participate in the generic suffering. All we need do is keep our heads when others are losing theirs. And remember to laugh, dancing with the divine play, not taking any of it all that seriously.
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Making morality just another name for villainy. The poets, it seems, knew all about it. It sometimes takes the rest of us longer to figure it out.
Shakespeare, for instance, said of Iago, the one whose interests seemed above reproach but whose heart was double, “A man can smile and smile and be a villain.” And T.S. Eliot wrote once: “To do the right thing for the wrong reason is the worst treason.”
Point: However moral an action may look, it’s the intention behind it that determines its total value. Sr. Joan Chittister, OSBNo comments
This morning I’d like to share a poem with you that was written by one of my teachers. Whenever I read it life slips into place and I remember who I really am.
We are woven together into a whole. Somewhat unconscious at first, we move along the face of eternity looking for an image of ourselves, to know ourselves. A foot print.
What motivates us? How does the universe enfold itself into an individual? How does holiness unfold itself into human form? We look inward through the undulating patterns of light and sound and outward into the reflection of self in the multiform drama of life. We are a deep mystery.
Illumination only deepens the mystery. Enlightenment gives us truth, but no language. For lack of a language by which we can articulate the encrypted nuances of the fabric of self, we simply claim that we walk this earth as holiness, finding its way home.
At first, we want to know why we suffer. Then we realize that suffering is our way of realizing that there is more to our humanity than this painful smallness. In a sense, it is God’s fault. We will not rest until we actualize the God-quality within us.
The quest for wealth, power, safety and security are temporary distractions from self. They do not satisfy the need to love and be loved. They do not solve the fear. Only love answers all, awakening the sleeping places, the remembrance of home.
The lurking shadows are not demons or enemies. They are emissaries of our forgotten virtues and noble selves seeking their creator, seeking wholeness, union, promises of the One. Love is the source of all truth. Truth reveals itself through the ruthless surrender to love. We must be fearless.
Our great deeds do not make us great or safe. They reveal. They are testament to an innate truth. Claiming our greatness is not fame. Fame is the reminder. It is an image on a mirror; a reflection. Look through the glass, through the darkness, face to face. Truth.
Not the truth that struts in our righteous postures and addictions to our fine thoughts. Rather, the truth that weaves itself through our tragedies and triumphs, that whispers to us in the soft folds of our heart.
When all is said and done, we will reflect upon our sojourn and say: “Eternity walked here.”
-Robert WatermanNo comments
The Three Truths In Human Life
The following are three Truths in human life. These truths apply equally to all of us, regardless of time, space, cultural, gender, age, or historical distinctions. For years I’ve tried to think of another human truth that affects everyone on Earth, without success. If any of you can come up with a fourth truth not derived from one of these three, it’ll be a great launch pad for an interesting discussion. And in the spirit of eternal jocularity, or the Divine Play that the Vedic scholars call “Lela,” I’ll even entertain entertaining suggestions. These have been put various ways, they’re all pretty simple and straightforward, and they have nothing to do with religion or local belief systems.
1. All forms pass away.
So don’t get too uptight at the changes. Don’t get too attached to suffering the difficulties, and don’t get too attached to the enjoyment of pleasures. Both the problems and the enjoyments will pass, so chill out and don’t take any of it too personally. Live life to the fullest while not getting stuck by clinging to habits in thought, feeling, or action that lead to suffering.
2. The Golden Rule works.
Also known as, “What goes around, comes around.” Even though we may not see the larger workings of the eternal law of cause and effect, it’s there if you take a wide enough point of view. A logical corollary of this truth is that as one acts, feels, thinks, and aspires, one creates the tendencies for these to manifest in the future. We just usually have such short attention spans that we don’t see the bigger picture of the cause-and-effect cycles of our lives. Still, the Law works in mysterious ways whether we perceive it or not, and if this second Truth actually works for all of us, then it is easy to see that a third Truth is…
3. Love is the way.
Since Truth number one is inevitable, and Truth number two is an expression of a “law” governing the field of sensory manifestation, then this third Truth is the only sane way to live. It is not that all things are likeable. However, if one greets all experiences with as much love as is possible, eventually one can look back and realize that regardless of circumstances, you have had nothing but loving experiences. And if “what goes around comes around,” then love is the only sane way to live, since anything else will bring passages at one time and another where we choose to love or suffer.
And contrary to popular religious and cultural superstition, I do not believe that love and suffering go together. That’s just weird, and somewhat sado-masochistic. We can learn how to be loving in the face of suffering, and to paraphrase Ram Dass, we must learn how to break the link between pain and suffering. Life can be pretty painful, but we do not have to suffer.
There’s nothing here on Earth that warrants us being in a non-loving state. Not all things are likeable, but we must choose to learn to love without the usual conditions. It’s that easy, and that difficult. But since only the body, feelings, and brain die, it’s not like there’s any other game in town. And to quote some very popular guys, “The love you take is equal to the love you make.”
By Robert WilkinsonNo comments