Today, I offer another perspective on compassion, awareness, and living. Perhaps it will inspire each of us to look a little deeper, to travel a little lighter, and to pause a moment before reacting to those in pain with a pain of our own. Maybe we will feel brave enough to even look at our own shadow compassionately - to sit with her/him and to allow that part of ourselves to speak so that we may move from the shadow to the Light.
Love Letter to the World
In the face of complaints, look that person in the eye and imagine what it might have been like to be raised to see only what is wrong.
In the face of selfishness, wonder what it might be like to walk the world with a feeling of lack, of depletion.
In the face of insults, consider where this person first learned that it’s okay to abuse others.
In the face of disconnection, think about what causes it, and ask if your response will widen the river between the two of you.
In the face of laziness, recognize the fear of living big dreams.
In the face of extremism or fundamentalism, see the clinging, as well as the terror-filled silence that would arise for that person if they risked letting go.
In the face of controlling behavior, understand the chaos that must have bred it.
In the face of “always needing to be right,” see how often this person was once made wrong.
In the face of arrogance or bravado, hold gently that still, small piece that says “I’m not enough.”
In the face of drama or attention-seeking, see the person who wishes so much to be seen.
In the face of accusation, imagine what it might be like to live life with suspicion.
In the face of judgment or comparisons, step into the opportunity the world has just provided you for practicing love and acceptance.
In the face of passive-aggressiveness, recognize the child that wasn’t taught a safe way to express their truth.
In the face of anger, see the pain of isolation from others.
Most importantly: In the face of ferocious hatred, believe in the possibility that there exists the potential for equally as big, intense, lovely and fiery ferocious love.
~ Kate Swoboda
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on Love, Belonging and Joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the Infinite Power of our Light. ~ Brene Brown
This New Moon Eclipse, with a little help from Saturn, empowers us to end what no longer nurtures or supports our soul journey. Release and forgive your story and its author (s). We are not stuck. We are being provided the opportunity to live more authentically. To fully utilize the energies of the eclipse timeframe - Put your ego aside. It fears being perceived as wrong so seeks to make others feel wrong instead. Be self-aware. Speak the truth to yourself. Embrace your Light and shadow. We are all relearning who we really are. Do not judge yourself or your external progress. Have patience. Real and lasting change is an inside out job.
Put your past into perspective to clarify your gifts and challenges. Let down your defenses. Be real, soft, and allow a different perspective. Share of yourself. Listen to others. Accept and give love. It fortifies us so that we can weather any fear or frustration. The rest of this year offers us opportunities to rebirth ourselves and to grow into an even greater Soul Potential. Trust and allow yourself to be guided by the Light of Transformation.
Blessings on the Journey,
Welcome to the Eclipse Zone! Needless to say, we have been and will be in a period of heightened activity for the next weeks. The purpose of an eclipse is to change our lives for the better. Eclipses affect everyone. They let us know what we have been/ are resisting. We are reminded that without change there would be no growth. This lunar eclipse leads each of us to an understanding of what is not working in our lives so that our choices can be more informed.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aries on Oct 18th was rather intense. It set the tone for the final Mercury Retrograde of 2013 by activating our emotional centers. Lunar eclipses can bring our insecurities front and center. Be aware of this in your interactions as we are still working with its influence for the next weeks. During this time, we may bump up against each other’s tender places. Be mindful of projecting the worse onto others or over-reacting because they came into contact with a bruise that already existed.
Both the lunar eclipse and the current Mercury Retrograde (Oct 21 – Nov 10) reflect back to us our values, motives, and ethics. I think that the recent government shutdown brilliantly, if unintentionally, highlights what I am talking about. We are asked individually and collectively to look at what we value. It will give us a clue to what motivates our behaviors. The current retrograde cycle provides each of us the opportunity to slow down a bit so that we can review and clarify. We have the opportunity to grow beyond the way we have been taught to think – to individually and collectively transform how we relate to others and the world. This is the lesson that the Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio brings. He/She asks: Do we react to others/the world from the lens of fear or do we respond to the world from an understanding of the self? What do we win when we take an ego stance? What is the cost to us and to our relationships?
In a few days, we celebrate Halloween - Samhain. Traditionally, humanity celebrates the harvest and honors those that have passed over. The season asks us to look at what behaviors and beliefs have passed on and require release. What have we allowed to eclipse our Good? What have we lost sight of? We stand on the threshold of a new way of living and Being. It is a perfect time to name and honor the Good in your life. It will fuel the journey, nourish your Soul, and usher the Light.
We greet the New Moon Solar Eclipse on Nov 3rd. Part II of Traversing the Eclipse Zone will post on Nov 1st.
Until then…. travel Lightly, my friends
“All I have is Now…..and Now is Here….” This video is a powerful & timely gift for our Souls. Sit for a few minutes and feel the message. You have the time & you deserve it. Share it with others. Spread the Love!
In Love & Light, my friends!
Here is the beautiful reality: When we do release work – we are making a conscious vow to become more Awake to the unhealed parts of our Selves. Releasing a thought form/belief/behavior activates a subtle shift in our Consciousness. The Universe responds to that shift and immediately sends us aide in the form of events that help us to respond differently to the circumstances that bring up our old patterns. This is not to set us back but to help us to leap forward. We forget in our quest to grow that transformation and healing is a process. It took time for those habits/beliefs to form and become a part of our psyche. If those patterns were ripped away suddenly – we would experience a healing crisis of epic proportions. Ouch! Our Universe is both compassionate and intelligent. Trust that All is in Divine Order. Know that your highest growth is being supported in ways that cannot yet be seen. Love yourself through your fear and resistance. Every seed is planted in the dark of Mother Earth. Nurture your seeds/intentions with faith and right action. And, they will rise to the Light..
May the Rain of Blessings Fall Gently Upon the Garden of Your Dreams
“Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the Treasure of their true Selves.” ~ Carol Pearson
This last week may have proven to be a bit intense at times due to the planetary oppositions and squares. The energy remains a wee bit erratic and volatile so be self-aware. Guard against making decisions without all of the information, not listening, and engaging in power struggles with others. The Best Use of these cosmic power surges over the next days is to face our own shadow –the place where our wounds and fears reside. Issues of self-worth; boundaries; dependence and independence; and how we see/relate to the world are in the spotlight. The tendency is to focus upon the seeming flaws of others when they rub against our differences. We may feel good temporarily but it serves no purpose. The people that we have been having issues with, been avoiding, or are generally rubbing us the wrong way are serving us now by providing us the impetus to look within and see what healing is required in our own hearts, minds, & spirits. It is not about the other. It is about us. Now is the time to look into the “world within ourselves” and heal, forgive, and love what we have hidden or denied. It is underneath those wounds that we will find our Treasure. We are both the golden treasure and the vessel (Heart) that holds it.
To clear your energy and to hold more Love: Stand with your face to the Sun. It is a reminder of our origin – pure Light. Breathe in its rays. Imagine rays of Love spreading throughout your body from the crown to the heart and out into your energy field. Feel your heart expand. Ground yourself in this Light and go about your day. Do this as often as needed. You will find yourself more steady and in flow. Blessings All! You are Much Loved! ~ Diana~
The Grand Water Trine is auspicious & it’s presence will carry us for the next few weeks. The Trine helps us to bridge the thinking mind with the Wisdom of the Heart. We are expanding. The next weeks are an amazing time of heart healing, self-exploration, continued opening, and renewal. Wisdom and grace may come from the most unlikely places and in the most unlikely times, if our hearts are open. We may do a lot of processing in our dreams. The timing is right for journaling, meditating in nature, and mending fences. Working with the energies of the Divine Feminine, water, and the moon for healing are enhanced. You are very much loved!
As we approach the Full Moon on the 23rd and the Mercury Retrograde on the 26th, we are asked to look at what makes us feel at Home. Firstly, are we at home with ourselves, loving of our uniqueness, respectful of our mind, body, & spirit needs? Over the next days/weeks - we are guided to Look Within. This is so that we can free our “will” and break through the patterns that keep us in limbo. Create some quiet time for you. Venture softly into the inner sanctuary of Self. Earth is rebalancing herself. We are encouraged to do the same. Ask the Light (your guides, angels, etc..) to proceed you and to illuminate the way as you go within. Ask that the Light to direct you to those areas, structures, or habits that are ready to be retired and healed. Retire the Inner Judge. Observe yourself softly. Forgive and release all that negates you. Allow yourself the space, the time, and the compassion to breathe and let go. Be there for you. Lastly, go sit in the sun to recharge your spirit. Reclaim your joy. All is well – truly it is, my friends.
The first weeks of June ask us to look within so that we understand what our patterns and habits are. Do these patterns support us or negate our potential? Venus entered Cancer today and will work with us until Jun 27th. In Cancer, she teaches us emotional self-worth, honesty with self, and her energy brings issues of “where we feel safe” to the forefront. Many of us feel safe in the stories we tell ourselves. It is likely that the stories were created when we were unclear or that they are not even our own creations. Rather, they were inherited and repeated often enough in word or deeds – so that they became our stories. It is very important that we own ourselves. To accomplish that, we must first know ourselves. The Universe asks that we still our minds enough so that we may discern what motivates us to act, to freeze up/shut down, or even to lash out at others. True safety comes with understanding change is life. Our highest growth requires a space where we can compassionately view ourselves and nourish our spirits. Venus speaks to us of being at home – grounded in our bodies and at peace in our thoughts. Now, more than ever, this practice is needed. Collectively we have been inundated with energies that have stirred up fear. Consciously and unconsciously, each of us has participated in it. We are asked not to feed fear or to engage in blame. This is not to deny what is imbalanced in the world but rather to increase our awareness of the energy that we are contributing. When we are compassionate towards ourselves – our world view changes. That compassion then extends into the world as healing, equality, selflessness, empathy, goodwill, and grace.
During this time, each of us is feeling the need to move beyond stuckness or constraint. We may also find that issues relating to our values, beliefs, and expectations of ourselves and others rise to the surface over the next several weeks. Look at them honesty. What are you/we resisting? What are you/we clinging too? Why? Now is a perfect time to de-clutter our emotional and mental closets. It may help us to understand and execute the principal of this practice by physically cleaning a room. As we discard objects that are no longer needed – it helps to name a belief/habit that no longer serves so that it can be released too. After you have completed cleaning the room and releasing the beliefs, – open the windows, bless the space with sage/incense, and commit to what honors you. To move beyond stuckness, we must clear a space for new energy. As we do this, we are better supported by the Universe in bringing structure to our heart’s desires and goals.
You are very much Loved!
The Angels via Diana