by Robert Wilkinson
I'm back. I've read every comment these past few weeks, and appreciate those who reached out to each other for whatever reason in our gentle community. There were a few annoying comments, but I decided not to break my sabbatical since I have in fact been dealing with the dead and dying for over 2 months solid, trying to do various meditations to assist them through the bardo to whatever degree is/was possible. Many things are under consideration as we move through the troubled waters of late August.
The literal and metaphoric cross currents have been very strong lately. The Mutable T driven by Mars that recently ended brought some fairly significant gear grinding. Now we approach the Critical Degree T-square I explored last week that will end some things forever while bringing many into a new world of existence, self awareness, and potentiality. Start saying goodbye to whatever, since this one opens new ways of doing our Being.
Venus cutting the sextile-trine to the very close Saturn opposition Uranus helps us get clear about our needs and shows us the way to forms of self-organization. Anyone with planets between 20-28 of Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, or Pisces can use this time to make progress despite headwinds. With Mercury effectively opposed Uranus through early October, be discriminating about what fits where in the bigger picture, keynote the important points, find practical applications for innovative ideas, and transform theories into accomplishments.
This can help us surrender to achieve spiritual victory, conform to whatever is the responsible thing to do, open to the flow of subtle natural energies, and see how any given thing is dependent on something that created its form of expression. Great for inner strength, self discipline, experiencing the "transcendence of Spirit over body and environment," and through a "lightness of understanding," we can know "inexhaustible soul resources." I personally have experienced a measure of all of these in the immediate past.
Besides these metaphysical perceptions, there were also "real world" realizations that came to me over the past week plus. I was reminded that where I was raised on the Florida Atlantic coast they did "pave paradise and put up a parking lot." With everything else that's happened and hasn't, I'm extremely grateful I had the permission and good sense to leave the family home and make my life on my own terms 40 years ago. Other recent lessons include:
Learning how to transmute negativity in an environment is a worthy work, but it can leave you exhausted. Then it's time to sit still and get/be quiet.
A gentle wave is a wonderful thing, while a violent wave can hurt you in unexpected ways.
Be diplomatic with an argumentative person, but don't expect them to be different than they are. Some people are just contrary, if occasionally agreeable or funny. In this regard intermittent reinforcement is not the same as having a virtuous character.
Tai Chi and Chi Gong are great for remembering the body electric and opening vibratory channels you forgot how to feel a long time ago. And it's never too late to start!
No matter how much you lower the temp through air conditioning, a combination of heat and extremely high humidity can make you sick if you're not accustomed to it.
Usually the solution to problems comes through creative imagination, not griping about what's wrong in an echo chamber. And to get others to understand, it must be phrased in the right way and pitched at exactly the right time.
Homeopathic remedies for life long allergies really do work (Thank you Jan Jensen!)
Surrender to the love you feel when with loved ones, since you just don't know if this is the last time you'll see each other in this world. And sometimes the loved ones you meet for the first time in this life will instantly be closer to you than those you've known for decades.
There are more, but for now this will have to do. I'll get back to answering some questions in the near future while continuing to set some overdue site changes into motion, including offering many more goods and services than before now.
For people in Southern California, in a few weeks I'll be back in LA to give talks and do personal counseling sessions. An added blessing is that I am privileged to participate in the Amitabha and Medicine Buddha Empowerment initiations with the Dalai Lama in Long Beach. I hope to see some of you there, as well as at my talks!
Now you know my Summer. I'll close by reminding you all to hang in there these next few weeks, since the waves may become frictional and occasionally extreme.
For those trying to give birth to a new life, personality, career, job, relationship, or any other new way of experiencing your Being, remember that in any pregnancy the water must break before the contractions begin that will result in a form emerging from within you. Just keep breathing, riding the waves of intensifying and subsiding contractions until you see the form of what you've delivered. Then smile, since a whole new life begins!
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson