Adventures in Awareness Issue #1 - 2016
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver, Pulitzer-winning American poet (10 Sep 1935- )
A New Year, A Fresh Perspective
Poet Mary Oliver’s words have been on my mind and heart for the last several weeks, especially with the start of a new year: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
As I’m contemplating what I want to bring forward in my work and life this year, I am experiencing a paradox within myself. On the one hand, I notice I have a lot of energy running throughout my being, like a horse chomping at the bit as it awaits the starting bell so that the race can begin. Running concurrently with those feelings is what I can only refer to as ‘lack of ambition’; I have all this energy at my disposal, yet at the same time I have no apparent horizon in sight. Such an unusual juxtaposition and, at times, a dilemma to say the least.
My responses to this paradox range from fearing that I’ve lost my zest for life and work to having complete faith that my horizon will reveal itself when the timing is right. The latter is where I land most often and, as a result, I’m developing a greater capacity for patience with myself and with my creative process.
I know without a doubt that my fear is completely ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’ because my engagement with my family, clients, and friends is consistently joyous and more frequent than ever. Intuitively it feels as though I’m learning to trust myself at a deeper level than ever before and to relax more consistently into the space of not yet knowing what’s ahead. I’m excited and intrigued by the possibilities!
For this New Moon, I plan to do a ritual or ceremony to ‘reset’ myself in whatever way will align more fully with my life’s purpose “to inspire values-driven life balance, ignite passion, and spark aliveness so that all can thrive in a fully lived life”. In the centered quiet on the other side of this, I plan to listen to my heart for whatever words, images, ideas, etc. may be presenting themselves for consideration. And from there I plan to ‘test drive’ whatever emerges to see where it leads me. Wow, talk about an adventure; I sense it’s going to be a tasty experience of utmost possibility.
I leave you with this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: “The purpose of life…is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
CONTINUING THIS ADVENTURE INTO AWARENESS
In what ways will you ‘taste experience to the utmost’ during 2016?
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 - Nov 11th 9:47 AM [Pacific Time] ~ Jan 9th 5:32 PM [Pacific Time] ~ remember that New Moons are times to determine what intentions you want to set in motion next for yourself.
The Power Path ~ An excellent time to focus on RESET. If you have not already done so, this is also a good time to focus on your intentions for the year or revisit the ones you anchored over the New Year for refinements and changes. You may be surprised at how quickly some of them may manifest if you are really clear about what you want and it comes from essence and your heart. Due to the influences right at this time, you may feel some energy around intention at a standstill. It is simply at a still point gathering power from love, beauty, essence connection, community, prayer, joy, gratitude and awe. You can always help it along by feeding it this positive fuel.
Madeline Gerwick, Business Astrologer, Polaris Business Guides ~ Most of this month is for catching up, rethinking, finding our mistakes, redoing, re-planning, repairing, reviewing, etc.
Cosmic*Intelligence*Agency ~ The Capricorn new moon is the first new moon of the year. This is a great time to take responsibility of creating and designing your life. This new moon window is good for creating new structures, organizations and systems designed to last and support the generations to come. Create a plan, write out your goals and work with empowerment in a structured way. Set intentions for the coming year and activate it in a ceremony.
Dec 13-Jan 9 is the “Rhythmic Moon [Month] of Equality” according to the Galactic Calendar - its energies are Organize-Balance-Equality; its Totem Animal is Lizard. “This is the time of the purifying. Let’s not forget why we are here. This is the moment of realignment. For all who look this is very clear…” ~ Narayan
January Theme - “Reset”
The Power Path - Lena & Jose Stevens: We have been through a time of transition, change, scatter, chaos, and unexpected challenges as well as powerful opportunities for creativity, improvement and personal growth. The general influences of this year will continue to support our evolution enabling us to shift our experience of life to a different energetic platform, one of a higher vibration and expression of essence.
Ongoing ENERGY SOUP:
Mercury Retrograde - Jan 5- 25 2016 - Mercury rules all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Mercury also rules all formal contracts and agreements, as well as important documents such as book manuscripts or term papers, agreements, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, and so forth…When a planet retrogrades, astrologically it is in a resting or sleeping state. Therefore, while Mercury naps, the activities that it governs don’t have the benefit of a well-functioning, wide-awake planet to supervise them. Expect a certain degree of pandemonium to ensue! This is a time to check and double-check anything related to communications.
Saturn-Neptune Squares – Jun 17 2016; and Sep 10 2016 - Stephanie Austin, EcoAstrology - This Saturn–Neptune square is part of a larger synodic cycle of 36 years. Squares mark important turning points; these are waning squares, considered by Dane Rudhyar ‘a crisis in consciousness,’ where we must re-orient ourselves and release forms which no longer support our growth…Saturn–Neptune squares challenge us to manifest from our essence rather than our ego, and to follow our intuition and inner guidance rather than external authority and convention. We are summoned to spiritual maturity, which entails letting go of martyrdom and victim mentality, blame and guilt, addictions and illusions. By making more time and space in our lives to connect with our higher self, we are able to see where we have been in denial, where we have abdicated our power, and how we can instead live with both integrity and vision, pragmatism and faith. As we engage more with nature, meditation, and the wisdom of our heart, we see through the fears and beliefs that block us from embodying our truth…
Some ways to work with this ongoing Saturn-Neptune square:
- Simplify. Less can be more—more time, less hassle.
- Prioritize. A powerful mantra: What is most important in this moment?
- Set realistic goals. Make reminders of what is most important to you.
- Listen to your body. Aches, pains, illness are are messages that we need to make a change.
- Pay attention to your dreams. Both day and night dreams provide valuable pointers.
- Give yourself daily soul time. Meditate, do art, play music, dance, journal, walk, etc.
- Be completely honest. Tell the truth always, with compassion for all concerned.
- “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” (Anne Herbert)
- Be in gratitude. Thankfulness opens the heart and the way for more blessings to come.
- And most importantly: “Practice responding to every emotion or thought of fear, anger, resistance, shame, judgement, excitement, or whatever with one word–“interesting”, asking yourselves; “What am I believing that is making me feel this way, is it true?
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