Sunday, November 20, 2005

Strawberry Fields—But Not Forever

If you're feeling lately like "nothing is real," just keep the Beatles' advice in mind: it's "nothing to get hung about." We're just Embracing the Higher Ways, as Karen Bishop explains in her latest energy alert:

"Transitioning, transitioning, transitioning is where we currently are...and it seems that every being on this planet is in some kind of transitioning space. And this is all due to the enormous progress we have made. We are being catapulted forward seemingly whether we like it or not.
"This forward movement into even more higher realms is also causing releasing in many ways. Our bodies are feeling and adjusting and aligning...this can cause muscle twitching, jumping, and I have had the experience of jerking out of or into my body several times while trying to go to sleep at night. Our muscles and joints may ache more than ever before and we may feel we need lots of deep sleep as well.
"And the 'spinning' can continue. Remember, we are using our Merkabah or light bodies to bring us to the higher realms, and this creates the spinning. Today, I am just plain spinning within myself. I can literally feel crown chakra energy pouring into my head, causing sinus pressure, and creating a dizzy reality. But knowing that this is simply support to a higher way of being and vibrating, seems to make things so much more pleasant and fun.
"This intense transitioning energy can also cause feelings of not knowing what is real. It may feel as though nothing is real, that there is nothing to hold onto, and we are floating in a seeming no-man's-land of limbo like in-between reality and awareness. More and more it is becoming evident that the 3D reality was simply an illusion. And what is more real than ever before is the New reality...the higher vibrating reality of the higher realms and higher ways. These seem to feel oh so much more comfortable as they match so much more closely who we have now become. We can connect with them very easily is a lateral up or down.
"This transitioning time is setting us up for the January energy that I have been speaking of for awhile now. We are moving into position. Come January, we will be anchoring in much more securely to an entirely new situation for many of us in many arenas of our lives."

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Spiritual 2x4s

The symbol for Mercury retrograde (a capital R with an extended right tail through which a line is drawn to make an x) resembles the symbol for prescription, Rx. It's certainly a potent moment to revisit and reexamine what might be ailing us, mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually.

I received an e-mail today that caused me to rethink a car crash I had more than 18 months ago, when I was mentally gearing up to leave Ojai and return to northern California. At the moment of impact, I felt my life was over; that my spiritual freedom had just been revoked by the destruction of my vehicle. Although the car was very old and had no collision insurance, I managed to get it repaired and am still driving it. And I've been back in northern CA for over a year.

But perhaps this wasn't my "intended" destination.

Violette had been exploring moving to Ashland for awhile, and I assumed she was now there. She writes,

"My intentions were finally to head west. Most information coming to me suggested trying to settle in Ashland was not in my best interest. Therefore I thought a nomadic existence as a free spirit would be more interesting, doing my teaching whereever there was interest.

"However, the Universe had other ideas and hit me over the head with a spiritual 2X4. While driving home one night my brakes failed, just as I saw a stopped vehicle some 200 feet ahead of me. I was unable to go to the right or left of it because of a river to the right and an oncoming vehicle to the left. My car was totaled, an older car (on which) I no longer could afford to pay the cost of collision insurance, only maintaining maximum liability and medical.

"I grieved my perceived loss of control of freedom without my wheels for about 2 weeks. Finally coming to the conclusion that being a free spirit was not incumbent on a car, I accepted the invitation of my oldest, married granddaughter in Costa Rica to come live with them...

"We think we know what we want to proposes and God disposes (and God smiles)."

Now as I commend Violette on her resilience, courage and insight, I wonder where else I might be geographically. I've felt like a world citizen for a number of years, quite willing to serve nomadically with a proper means of transport, such as a camper van. As it is, my trusty old Toyota Corolla has carried me across the country and back, and then some. At one point Mexico seemed to be beckoning, although I do not speak Spanish and do not feel called there.

The "where", of course, matters far less than the "how". How we choose to live and serve is what makes the difference in the end. But Violette's story, so similar to my own, has given me a thoughtful bone to gnaw this late autumn day. I invite you to ponder your position, too. Are you where you need to be, metaphorically as well as literally?

Enjoy this Mercury Rx. It is all about communication, inner and outer. Blessings.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Winged Messenger Goes Retro

It's that time again: another Mercury retrograde, when we all chant, a la Aretha Franklin, "Re-re-re-re..." as in, revise, rethink, review, renew, remind, remember, re-imagine, and most of all: relax! Mercury, the fast-moving planet of communication, goes retrograde (appears to travel backwards in the sky) on an almost seasonal basis, so it's wise to learn to relate to retrogrades rather than fear them.

This one began today in Sag, and will conclude in Scorpio on December 3rd (the signs refer to where Mercury is at the time of retrograde, NOT to the the current sun sign, which IS Scorpio, just to confound you further).

Astrologer Tara Greene adds a little color to this retrograde with her analysis of its Sabian symbols (metaphoric descriptions for each degree of the zodiacal wheel).

Tara writes, "The Sabian symbol for the degree where Mercury retrogrades is, 'The lamp of physical enlightenment at the left temple.' This concerns itself with the link between left and right brain, the intuitive, creative, psychic side and the logical, ordered side. We need to tune into and balance both sides of our brains. Mercury is dual natured, a hermaphrodite, representing the union of both halves of the brain. I picked up a synchronistic pun, on Temple, of course. You don't need to go into any building to pray to get in touch with God. It's all right there in your consciousness. It is all in your head. And that's a good thing too.

"The symbol is elaborated: 'This refers to the process of deconditioning a consciousness that has become a prisoner of intellectual concepts with their total reliance on quantitative values, objectivity and conformity to the official patterns of our culture. Listen to the wisdom of your body.'

"I'd interpret this as: turn off your TVs, your cell phones, the media lies and hype, you are a prisoner already."

During the retrograde it's a good idea to double- and triple-check appointments and flight times, leave extra time to get somewhere, and delay purchasing electronic equipment if possible. Communication snafus and computer glitches are common now. (I once thought I needed a new computer; my Mac was crashing daily for no apparent reason. Then Mercury went direct and the problem went away. Seriously.)

Once Mercury goes direct on December 3rd, it's akin to an "all-clear" signal--almost. Tara says that the Sabian symbol on Dec. 3rd will be, "'Thanks to an X-ray, a man's life is saved.' This symbol pertains to seeing with X-ray like vision; beneath the surface of things. Like the news or your own body. Put on your X-ray specs. Jupiter is also in Scorpio now, amplifying that Scorpionic X-ray vision all around. Communications will start to move forward again, BUT...

"Communications won't be entirely 'back to normal' again until Mercury hits the degree it left when it began to retrograde, on December 21st. Just in time for the Winter Solstice."

It's a wild flume ride, as we're still in the integration phase from 11:11:11, too. So the energy is unpredicatable and wonderful, wacky and way-out, and the best path is the one of least resistance. Go with the flow, allow yourself time to wander and wonder in natural, peaceful surroundings, simply be the Love that you are, with yourself as much as with anyone else.

Happy evolving, fellow starseeds!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Giving Thanks Through Service

We're in the midst of the 11:11 portal, an 11-day opportunity to open our hearts and whole beings to Grace and Love as never before. Appropriately, Rootlight has released a wonderful message on the Spiritual Art of Thanksgiving, that says, in part,

"Service and gratitude deliver you to God's door...It doesn't matter how much you study, how much you read, how much you know, and how powerful you think you are, you shall never have the grace to penetrate the heart of God if you do not serve others and venerate the WORD that is God. Service brings humility, and humility leads to the perfection of love."

Happy Thanksgiving to you, everywhere, every day of the year. Blessings!

Friday, November 04, 2005

"We are the ones we've been waiting for..."

I remember the first time I read the following Hopi message, six years ago. A feeling of joy, recognition and strength coursed through my being. The words only become more potent with time, as we step fully into the river of NOW:

The Hopi Elders Speak

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour, and there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The Elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

The Elders
Arizona Hopi Nation
Message delivered December 1999, on the eve of the new millennium