November has arrived, and days are becoming darker
in the Northern hemisphere.
We are moving closer to the Winter Solstice,
our darkest day of the year.
But following that, we begin coaxing back the light.
When the shades of Mercury in Retrograde are drawn,
it can fog the left brain, and leave you feeling cloudy.
Here in Maine, November is traditionally the gloomiest month of the year.
Given the thinning veils between spirit and material realms,
and the end of daylight savings time, there are many natural feelings
associated with the dark energies around death, dying, and darkness in general.
Of course, we have been taught to fear the dark in our modern world.
In fact, religions have demonized the dark –
even at times enslaved, and burned people at the stake out of fear.
Just look at how we glorify our attachments to our bodies,
and fear the extinction of them.
But our souls, like the yin and the yang have both sunlight and dark nights.
Every soul has masculine and feminine energies living within it.
You do not have to be seduced by your fears or your dark side.
If you are, then you will become consumed by them,
and attract more of the same.
The opposite is true if you focus on the positive,
and look for the silver lining.
The key dynamic to embrace your oneness with everything,
and celebrate the diversity that makes you unique.
How do you see yourself right now?
Do you see yourselves as separate from others?
Are you becoming the change you want to see in the world?
In my experience, Winter has been a hard time for me,
as the date of January 25, marks the tragic date of my mom’s
death by suicide many moons ago – 25 years to be exact.
Sadly, it is getting harder for people to live on the planet,
and more people are ending their lives.
I feel their pain, and I get their plight, as most empaths do.
The trick is not to cut yourself off from the gift to feel, nor
take the pains of others personally, and also to know discernment with
relation to boundaries.
But according to the Chinese Lunar New Year,
January 25 signals the Year of the Rat.
The social science geek in me appreciates the connection between Rat, and
rat psychology – a derivative of behaviorism, a form of the
science of psychology.
We have been conditioned to buy into a material world that
peddles a dangerous game of rewards and punishments.
Many people that don’t fit into that paradigm,
feel left out, lost and alone.
But the spiritual power of Rat invites meditation onto another possibility.
Do you remember the story about when the Buddha welcomed
the arrival of all the animals to his teachings,
and the first one of 12 to show up was the rat?
At the precipice of a New Age and Paradigm,
the time is now to redefine our idea of success.
We need to become more shrewd in our doings, and awaken strategies to
more effectively tame our nervous woodland creature energy.
Mindfulness is a way out of our suffering that allows us to breathe
in the power of now as it awakens in the present moment.
Meditation trains us to leave the depression of the
past alone, and calm the anxiety of the future.
It is not a cure, but it is a skill that can be developed,
and improve with practice.
The Beaver Full Moon rises in the skies on November 12.
Given their industry, and creative exit strategies,
the energies of Beaver can help you spring the traps in your consciousness.
Remember that consciousness is behind everything,
even the most advanced human brains,
and other intelligences at play.
So you might as well forget about outwitting Nature, or getting caught up
in the manipulations of the egoic mind’s behavioral traps.
The Universe is not out to get you, nor is it an enemy that needs to
be beaten up, subjugated or killed.
At the end of the day, we all need to build new neurons, neighborhoods,
and make friends with our own inner space.
When we do that, alternative energy is cultivated in a way
that is based on the Universal pillars of Love and Truth.
Till we tweet again,