Faith and Trust – Part Deux
Adventures in Awareness Issue #14
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” - Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor (26 Apr 121AD-17 Mar 180AD)
Faith and Trust - Part Deux
Miracles Happen Even in Modern Times!
Almost immediately after writing my last post on Faith and Trust, I had a visceral experience of it. My husband and I left home to drive to attend an event in Canada feeling quite uneasy due to a weather warning about severe winds gusting up to 60 MPH. Knowing it was coming, I did something I’ve done for years whenever we have rough weather, which is to connect with our trees. My prayer to them was that if they had to lie down or drop branches during the storm, to please do so in ways that caused the least damage to our home and property.
About an hour into our drive, a neighbor called to say that trees had come down on our garage and yard in the storm, causing us to turn around and head home. When we got to our driveway, our hearts sank as we looked at the garage roof and saw why our neighbors had called. The garage roof was almost invisible under leafy and very large maple branches. Incredibly, when we started digging into the branches and massive debris, we realized several miracles had happened.
1: There were two branches that had fallen spear-like into the ground almost flush to the side of our garage. Amazingly they then had fallen against the roof eaves gently enough that they didn’t even dent the gutters. The bulk of these branches’ leafiness was what was covering the garage roof, making it appear as though these tree-sized branches were directly on the roof itself.
2: In our back yard, there were four more massive branches down, the very largest of which had fallen PARALLEL to our back fence, lying almost flush against the fence.
3: About seven other, smaller branches had fallen both inside and outside the back fence. Miraculously again, although the branches were leaning on the fence, there was not enough force or weight to damage the fence itself.
4. In all, we had about 10-12 large maple branches come down throughout our yard, none of which caused any more damage than making a depression in the ground where they landed.
Needless to say, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the lack of damage even though we’ll be a couple more days in cleaning up the debris. We feel so very blessed and lucky.
As I marveled at what had happened, I stood in the midst of our trees, sending waves of love from my heart and thanking them for answering my prayer. It reinforces for me the power of Faith and Trust in myself, in the power of Love, and in my connection to all that is - plant, animal, Earth, each other. What a visceral, amazing, and powerful experience!
CONTINUING THIS ADVENTURE INTO AWARENESS
What would take your Faith and Trust to an even deeper level? What are you waiting for?
I invite you to consider this question and, as you do, notice what new awareness emerges from within you. And please remember to have FUN on that awareness adventure into the question, okay?
THE ENERGY SOUP REPORT:
Since we’re all inextricably interconnected to each other, our planet, and our universe, here are some of the energies we’re all swimming in together right now:
New Moon - Sep 12th/13th 11:41 PM [Pacific Daylight Time] + Partial Solar Eclipse 11:55 AM PDT ~ Remember that New Moons are times to reflect and go within for further clarity. Eclipses are extra powerful new moons, marking significant endings and beginnings.
The Power Path ~ This new moon is the opening act of the play called “now or never” or “what are you waiting for?” You may feel a desperate desire to get on with your life but without the understanding of what that means or how to go about it. Be careful with impatience and being irritated by what you perceive to be standing in your way. This is a great time of change but if you try and micromanage it from the position of ego attachment, you will be missing the gifts. So sit back, be clear, and have Spirit do the rest. There is really nothing you have to do except recommit to your own faith and trust in your clear intentions and desires. Ask spirit for help and commit to stepping up and showing up and being willing to change what’s needed. This is a good day to anchor something of a spiritual practice and to honor your inner life.
Stephanie Austin, EcoAstology ~ A solar eclipse in Virgo summons us to the higher octave of that sign: to evolve from criticism to discernment, from distraction to focus, from fragmentation to integration. We are in a profound, evolutionary shift. Whatever is no longer in resonance with our highest good is falling away or falling apart. The sooner we let go of the old, the faster we move into the new. Some of us are feeling unusually tired, introverted, and/or un-grounded. Many are going through big changes at home or work. Almost everyone is dealing with a major release of old patterns and beliefs. We are learning how to create Heaven on Earth, as we remember who and what we really are — spiritual beings having a human experience.
Madeline Gerwick, Business Astrologer, Polaris Business Guides ~ This Solar Eclipse and the Total Lunar Eclipse on September 27th both have a primary meaning associated with a high level of stress. A person impacted by this eclipse may experience a taxing of their strength. Events can occur that require expending large amounts of effort. Illnesses or accidents can also occur. Worry and obsessive thinking are also part of this.
Aug 23-Sep 19 is the “Lunar Moon [Month] of Challenge” according to the Galactic Calendar - its energies are Polarize-Stabilize-Challenge, its Totem Animal is Scorpion: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~Anaïs Nin
September Theme - “Faith & Trust”
The Power Path - Lena & Jose Stevens: There will be other influences and other themes including Expansion, Creativity, Destruction and Change that will manifest as a result of working with Faith and Trust as guiding principles.
We are truly expanding the boundaries of our creativity, perception, and understanding, and moving ourselves into the unknown. The container of our lives needs to be bigger to accommodate this evolution and we cannot hold ourselves back with our fears, limited thinking and need for control.
This month may at times feel out of control and you may witness others losing control of their rational thoughts and actions. The world may not make sense and chaos may set in. You may feel at a loss as to what to do and where to put your energy. The best-laid plans may go haywire as spirit shows you in no uncertain terms that there is another agenda for you to follow. The rational controlling mind will have trouble with this, but the higher mind of intuition and inspiration will be delighted by the opportunity to take charge.
At the end of the day, all you will have to really rely on is FAITH and TRUST…
Opportunities this month
To build your FAITH and TRUST in what you don’t yet know intellectually but can feel is right intuitively
To move beyond old fears and attachments which have kept you small
To expand your sense of self, self-worth, personal power and creativity
To increase your comfort level with chaos and the “don’t know mind”
To become more flexible and really good with CHANGE
To have fun with the spontaneity of the creative process and be delighted with the results
Challenges this month
Getting stuck in fear and negative thinking
Feeling small, worthless, powerless and lost
Blaming others (Martyrdom) for your own inability to let go of your attachments
Being undisciplined about the organization of your spiritual life
Succumbing to your addictions and bad habits as a way to escape having to deal with your life
Ongoing ‘Energy Soup’
Uranus Retrograde - Jul 26-Dec 25 - Stephanie Austin, EcoAstrology - Uranus highlights where we need to break old patterns and make a radical shift; use its retrograde phase to explore alternatives. Where do you need to be more independent and innovative? Where do you need to take a leap of faith? Uranus reminds us that in order for things to change, we have to change.
Mercury Retrograde - Sep 17 - Oct 9 - Cosmic*Intelligence*Agency - Mercury symbolizes all the facets of life experience that enables you to communicate, process, receive and assimilate information. It reflects a naturally proactive busy-ness and therefore symbolically indicates the manner in which you rationally think and exchange information with the world around you, so you can make sense of the world! This is a reminder that it’s time to slow down, double-check, relax, and breathe.
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