Choosing Wisely in a New Atmosphere
From our Winter 2015/2016 issue. Be the first to read the next issue of Positive Life in print – Subscribe.
By Andrew Smith.
“Keep your heart clear
And you will
Never be bound.
A single disturbed thought
Creates ten thousand distractions.”
? Daigu Ryokan (1758-1831)
2015 has been a profound year. Your values tested, your dreams challenged, your sense of reality questioned, your beliefs re-evaluated, your hopes reborn, your heart enriched and reignited, nothing has been left untouched. Nothing. Every structure in your life have been torn down; nay the structures of our entire social infrastructure have been challenged – work, politics, finances, communication, social, religious, spiritual and most importantly, our friendships and intimate relationships. A frenzy of letting go swept through your consciousness ultimately affording you a space to create a new matrix to house your life, at all levels of your life.
Yet, as 2015 wanes and another solar year dawns, a relative calmness descends upon the Earth Plane as the intensity of planetary activity dulls down, leaving you in a space to reflect and bathe within a gentle and restorative tide of cosmic energies.
December is marked by a strong impetus to retreat, to be still and to simplify. The karios is ripe to start planning what you need to fill the space left by the massive deconstruction you have gone through.
There is no need for action, yet, especially considering the state of your physical energy after a long hard, but profound, year.
As the Sun moves across the fourth and final spiritual gateway of 2015 and ingresses into Capricorn on the 22nd December, and as the Light is re-born on the 25th December, you are reminded that at the very core of YOUR being; within the fabric of YOUR cellular structure, you are literally housing the Divine; you are literally creation. Creation first forms and comes into being on the inner planes of your consciousness, beginning with the most ordinary things – a thought, that stimulates your imagination, fuels your emotions and ultimately your actions. Those thoughts are initially INVISIBLE – they cannot neither be seen nor plucked from a tree. The source of your material world therefore lies in the invisible realm of energy, which is exactly the stage that Mercury is preparing for when he retrogrades on the 5th January.
Between the 28th December and the 5th January, as Mercury approaches his furthest distances from Sol, our Star, you can clearly see how each thought you have and every word you speak has an impact in the cosmos. In terms of spiritual process this is a phenomenal time to reflect and meditate, as your consciousness is more likely to be quieter and more receptive to HEARING your inner voice. This is not an easy feat as your mind is active all day long, thousands of thoughts passing through you on a daily basis like a meandering river winding across a floodplain. Most of these thoughts are scattered, undifferentiated and noisy. Since your thoughts are the energy that you act upon and given that energy follows the attention you give something, it is important to examine those thoughts. How many of them are negative? “There will probably be NO place to park”; “With my luck it will never work out”; “I’ve not prepared enough”; “If only I had more time”… The list is endless. Moreover, are your thoughts influenced by some external factor – like your parents; your culture; your gender; your age; your education? Do those thoughts originate from a positive and conscious place? What purpose are they serving you? Do they match with your personal philosophy, or are they deeply etched into your soul?
As your Mind (mercury) becomes more reflective (retrograde) and sensitive to your inner voice (Fixed Air), it would be useful to pause and reflect upon the nature of the persistent thoughts that underlie your actions. Are they YOUR thoughts or are they someone else’s? Perhaps you can start with the negative thought forms such as I’m not good enough; I’m not worthy; I’m too busy; I should/I could/I ought to. Those thoughts create their own reality and since we reside within a world that will eagerly support those lower vibrational entities, it is not hard to see how virulent those negating concepts are within each of us. Those thoughts are encouraged because they keep you trapped and keep you conformed within a consensus reality.
Given that you perceive with your mind, you don’t see with your eyes, by freeing your mind, choosing wisely who you read, listen to and being mindful of the intention underlying what you speak, you take the first step in creating a more conscious reality. Imagine what your world would be like if you stripped away the layers of external thought forms that influence your reality and focused only on what you truly think and believe!
During this Aquarian start to 2016, hold fast to your dreams and listen to your inner voice, as they are the seedlings of your reality. Access the courage and strength that surges through your veins, after all you know what the right thing to do is and let this moment be the ground from which all of your future actions and intentions manifest.
In summary, I would love you to take the time to reflect on some of the following questions as 2016 dawns:
What ideals have moulded and shaped your mind?
Who has moulded and shaped your mind?
What are the underlying scripts that have shaped and influenced your thoughts?
What idea or ideal do you want to infuse into your very being?
Highlights of Winter’s Cosmic Activity
- 1 Dec-9 Jan Saturn rises ahead of the Sun
- 11 Dec Sagitarrian New Moon
- 5 Jan Mercury retrogrades in Aquarius
- 14 Jan Replenishing your mind as Sol and Mercury conjoin
- 16 Jan Capricorn New Moon
- 25 Jan Mercury Direct
- 8 Feb Aquarian New Moon
Andrew’s private practise is in Blackrock, South Dublin. Email him on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on consultations, workshops or classes. Join him on Facebook for daily updates.