A New Moon, Chinese Lunar New Year Of The Rabbit And Moving Further Into The New Aquarian Age & Paradigm . . .

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A New Moon in Aquarius will happen on January 21,

right after Mercury returns direct on the 18th.

And then it will be a Chinese Lunar New Year of the Rabbit on January 22nd.

As the mental fog of Retrograde lifts and our inner skies clear up,

a heightened need for emotional freedom

might connect to more amplified emotional complexities.

Part of learning how to be human is getting out and interacting with others

because being in groups of people helps us understand our feelings.

Co-regulation breathes fresh air into the dirge of negative emotions like fear, anger and jealousy.

Shadow building is when we call in our fears from our subconscious into our waking lives.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s spirit echoes the callback that darkness cannot drive out darkness.

The Prophetic King understood that only the light of consciousness will illuminate the shadows.

Remember what we resist persists.

A hallmark greeting card of Aquarius

scripts an overwhelming need for the individual to march to the beat of their own drum

by not conforming to the cultural programing of society.

And yet, there is the New Age of Aquarius paradigm

of balancing our Diversity within Unity.

We need to be who we are as authentic selves.

But at the same time, we need to find a way to fit into the oneness of group consciousness.

It is an interesting synchronicity to consider the serpent lines symbolic of Aquarius . . .

Does their propensity to travel into multiple mental dimensional airwaves

naturally align with knowledge brought to us by Sky People?

Might this knowledge help us shapeshift into new forms of evolutionary Homo Luminousity?

Soul travel is akin to dimensional bleeding.

We are of the Earth, but not in it.

One way to access spirit guides is through drumming,

which changes our brain waves, like meditation does.

In the shamanic traditions, journeying is a form of meditation.

Polaris starseeds like me share the air of a strong, single-minded streak of Aquarians.

It is in our North Star, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Energetically, Rabbit is symbolic of good fortune and reflects the powers of the moon.

It will be a good year to develop our sensitivity and artistic expressions,

as well as ambition, fitness & virtue.

Are you contemplating starting a new project?

What are you envisioning for your new self?

Rabbits are associated with sexuality and fertility.

At it’s best, sex can be a passionate soul to soul intersection between lovebirds

in a romantic mind-body-spiritual dance step with one another.

But there are many ways other than physically having sex or childbirth

to play with these experiences in our lives.

For example, you can wear different colors, play music and sing

as forms to explore your sensuality,

as well as give birth to a new creative endeavor as a way to flirt with the fertility of life.

Also, these are all healthy ways to reclaim

and nurture a healthy relationship with your inner child.

May we leap and hop with Rabbit into the Faerie realm and other

magical adventures into rabbit holes of the underworld, middle or upper world.

Alternate realities are adventurous places for our minds and souls to travel.

Let us remember a callback to keep our feet on the ground and safely return to our hutch.

Staying grounded in this reality is just as important,

like the old spiritual mantra of walking with one foot in spirit, one foot in ground.

Dawn & dusk reflect the in between times where the veil

between the spirit and physical realms are thinner.

On February 2nd, it will be the Imbloc aka Groundhog Day.

Our ancestors honored the Imbolc because it was the approximate mid-point between the

Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring.

Energetically, Spring starts at this time, as the seeds underground start thinking about waking up.

Use the new year energies of the Winter slumber to meditate on what you would like to see

come out of hibernation and rebirth whence Spring arrives.

We’ll delve into that next time.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

New Podcasts Versions of Recent Material on Classroom Mothership Earth

Enjoy these recent podcast versions of Classroom Mothership Earth material below. Specifically, Overcoming Old Ghosts, Mindful Moments & Awakening To The Spirit Of Inner Peace and Remembering Grandmother’s Spirit were recently published articles in Edge of Humanity online magazine, as well as the powerful Mirror of the Mind Meditation, which you can also see on a video recording, as well as other mixed meditation demonstrations that are featured here on classroommothershipearth.com & https://classroommothershipearth.com/meditation/

Transformation Within During The Process Of Letting Go Without Revisited Classroom Mothership Earth

A Podcast Version Of An Article Written By The Author.
  1. Transformation Within During The Process Of Letting Go Without Revisited
  2. Overcoming Old Ghosts, Mindful Moments & Awakening To The Spirit Of Inner Peace
  3. Remembering Grandmother's Spirit
  4. Mirror Of The Mind Meditation
  5. A Gemini New Moon, Full Strawberry Supermoon & The Energetic Butterfly Effect

A Full Cold Moon, Winter Solstice and Looking Forward To A New Moon In Capricorn & Year Ahead After A Long December . . .

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A Full Cold Moon arrives on December 7, 2022.

Like all full moons, this one goes by many names.

This name traces its roots to the Mohawk Indigenous Peoples.

Here in Maine, the Western Abenaki name is Winter Maker Moon.

Our ancestors recognized this Full Moon and Winter Solstice signpost as

the coldest and darkest timeframe of the year.

The Winter Solstice, arrives on December 21st,

and signals the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

And then after that we begin to coax back the light.

It is a good time to venture yin-ward,

go into deeper meditation, introspection, contemplation, rest, sleep

and travel into your cave for inner exploration and self discovery.

Yin symbolizes the darker, more feminine energies, like the moon does.

The Blues doesn’t sing about sunshine and rainbows.

Darker emotions are a natural experiences- especially right now on the planet.

The old world, with its wars, dirty energy

and general shadowy conduct disorderly ways is a recipe for disaster.

Might as well surrender to what is and tend

to your inner garden in the seedlings of the present moment.

Rituals focusing on gratitude and letting go are good energy medicine.

In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the opposite.

It will be their Summer Solstice, where the light reaches its zenith,

and the amount of light in a day starts slowly waning thereafter.

Conversely, this is a time to be more of a social butterfly, festive

and outwardly expansive, as yang is more masculine, like the sun energetically.

On December 23, 2022, A New Moon in Capricorn adds to

the new energies of the forthcoming New Year of 2023

The energy of Capricorn might trigger a strong need for being useful to society.

Sometimes, it may lead us down a path of looking for justification in the outside world.

It can be enticing to underestimate what we want from ourselves and for ourselves.

Resentment can follow shyness when feeling ignored by others.

Rather than seeking approval from the outside, turn yin-ward and trust your inner values.

A gentle and kind inside-out approach will relax harmful self-doubts.

Working Capricorn in the positive awakens self-control.

Try not to get seduced by its shadow side by trying to control everything.

Between the Winter Solstice, New Moon and New Year’s Day,

there are lots of new energies in the air.

Keep in mind that the Moon based Chinese calendar new year will happen on January 22, 2023.

It will be the year of the Rabbit, according to Chinese Astrology.

More on that next time.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Overcoming Old Ghosts, Mindful Moments & Awakening To The Spirit Of Inner Peace

Check out my latest published writing in Edge of Humanity Magazine at the link below.

Also, underneath the link to the article, you will find contextual references to the allusions that are included in the article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adverse_childhood_experiences

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_Alien_(TV_series)

https://theapeiron.co.uk/the-dark-night-of-the-soul-understanding-amidst-the-absence-of-meaning-3494cb193bc2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._Scott_Peck

A Bell Of Mindfulness, New Moon In Virgo, Full Harvest Moon And An Autumn Equinox In The September Of Our Years

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Have you ever heard the expression Bell of Mindfulness? Although this writer didn’t invent the expression, he recognizes it in his common language with regularity.

Many moons ago, my first inspiration of this meditative expression arrived when reading, At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey From War to Peace, by an American Zen Buddhist Monk and Vietnam veteran named Claude Anshin Thomas.

Whatever your trauma, if you are a survivor and have put in the work, you know the journey from suffering to inner peace.

But when you work with that, it isn’t without its moments of struggling.

And if you are doing the work, you already know these journeys are not always linear and sometimes intersect and coexist with each other seemingly simultaneously.

Of course there is a tension of opposites, like when we were kids playing on the teeter totter.

Heaven and hell are inner states of consciousness that reflect back to us in the outer world.

Shamans called the current state of affairs a collective nightmare that we see playing out on the fiery Planet today.

Prophesies of a Golden Age are a co-creative New Dream. Remember that out of the ashes, the Phoenix Rises!

Truly, we all have what Taoists call the Chattering Monkey Mind, and this anxious mind can dominate our lives if we let it.

For example, chasing, clinging or indulging in darker thoughts (or any thoughts) are part of being human. It’s how we approach them that really matters.

Do we respond with mindful consultation with our Higher Self or do we react to the provocations of our lower self?

Do we resist and fight our shadowy thoughts or do we gently let them pass till an awakening of clearer thoughts emerge? We all have emotions and feelings that tend to accompany our thoughts. It is wise to take personal inventory of them through the light of loving compassion.

A New Moon in Virgo will happen on August 27, 2022. Feeling safe is connected to order, clarity and emotions right now. Perhaps there is a need to organize everything chaotic and disorganized.

Working Virgo energies in the positive tempers the self-critic with self-acceptance and finds self-expression of its soul purpose through service. In this way, you are more likely to take care of others if you are taking care of yourself. The inner critic is leveled by an internal state of acceptance. The situations are what they are. We might as well say yes to them on the inside, instead of meeting them with resistance (what we resists, persists!). From there, we can take corrective action if necessary.

Inner peace is a practical replacement for going to war with yourself (or others). It’s easier to replace with inner peace than it is to extinguish going to war. More inner peace replaces the likelihood of going to war.

Virgo stands on mutable ground to teach us that it is healthy to give consideration to being more tolerant and accepting about life’s imperfections. It is better to trust life and let it run its own way. Not everything must be according to our expectations or controlled. The Japanese spiritual tradition of Wabi Sabi reflects this way of being. Beauty exists in taking risks and making mistakes. It’s very Growth Mindset.

In many ways, we live in a Virgo world. It’s easy to get caught up in the do’s and don’t and should and should nots and consumed by fixing problems and perfectionism in the material realm. Chaos is especially hard on Virgo. But there is order in chaos and disorder is part of balance. Movement into the New Aquarian Age awakens possibilities that might be hidden or unseen to the predictable mindset or preoccupation with the headlines.

Energetically, Autumn is a good time of year to practice letting go. Tis a good mantra to Fall back on, if you’ll pardon the pun.

September’s Full Harvest Moon will peak on September 10, 2022. This Full Moon always happens closest to the Autumn Equinox on Thursday, September 22nd.

In Ojibwe, the Full Moon during this time of year is called the Falling Leaves Moon. Watch the leaves falling and observe their process of changing colors. Seasons change no matter what we are doing or not doing.

Furthermore, feminine and masculine energies are equal around the Fall Equinox. Meditation on balance of the yin and yang is in perfect equitable alignment with Nature at this time. Give this special consideration when you see people struggling with their identity issues, like sexuality and gender identifications. Appreciate the confusing times we are living in with open hearts and minds. In much the same way as race, disabilities, religion and ancestry, these are key Civil Rights issues to be mindful of in the here and now.

Reflections on the Harvest Moon, invites looking back at when our ancestors farmed the land before artificial light existed.

Back then, their work day depended on the natural cycles of the sun and the moon. They were more active and slept less during warmer weather and brighter days. Conversely, they were less active and slept more during shorter days, colder temperatures and darker nights.

This is the only Full Moon that rises at nearly the same time for multiple days, giving farmers several evenings of extra moonlight to finish their harvests before the arrival of fall frosts. Abundance is in the sky and on the ground. The harvest is in and yields its bounty.

Today, it is wise to pay attention and return to these natural rhythms and cycles. There is a time to do and a time to rest. Meaningful work is good for the soul. So is play.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

A Gemini New Moon, Full Strawberry Supermoon & The Energetic Butterfly Effect

A New Moon in Gemini will arrive on May 30th, 2022. These changes in latitudes and changes in attitudes are reminders about the spontaneity of life. May a sense of safety awaken from an awareness about your feelings and sharing them with others. Remember that our heads and hearts want to be in harmony with one another because we need them both to function effectively. Gemini are mutable twins with a lot of teaching energy around them. They are natural storytellers and journalists and have a perceptibility for allowing the light to illuminate the shadows. Being able to see both the light and the dark in a balanced way recognizes the equanimity of life. You can’t have the light without the dark or the masculine without the feminine. Given how difficult it is to differentiate between fact and fiction these days, this is an especially good trait in the times we are living in. Effective communication is a balancing act between speaking and listening. Some people have the gift of gab, while others are natural listeners. We need to develop both forms for healthy communication. Learning to control our minds helps tame the Chattering Monkey Mind. This helps us discern between impulsive hot thoughts versus intuitive or psychic hits. Thoughts that are repetitive and loud need to relax.

A Strawberry Supermoon on June 14 will be the second supermoon of 2022. Its name trances its ancestry from the Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others. This time marks the ripening of strawberries that are ready to be gathered, as June reflects great abundance and manifestation. Alternative European names for this Moon include the Honey Moon and the Mead Moon. June was traditionally the month of marriages, and is even named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. Following marriage comes the honeymoon, which is in spiritual synchronistic alignment with this sacred time. The Summer Solstice will happen on June 21st, marking peak sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere. After that, days will gradually start getting darker till light and dark are in alignment again on the Autumn Equinox in later September. In the Southern Hemisphere, it will be the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. And then days will gradually start getting lighter till the light and dark are in alignment again on the Spring Equinox. Like our brains, Planet Earth has two hemispheres that are not separate but are naturally desirously dancing together in harmony.

Artwork by Barbara Merlotti

Full Strawberry Moon yields a fruitful harvest for this sweet crop.

Light peaks on Summer Solstice.

Summertime begins and our spirits want to flock together like birds of a feather.

Float with Butterfly to lighten up your soul to the energy of joy while following your bliss.

External outer-directed energies are in full swing now.

When you are faced with the challenge of changing the latitudes

of your attitudes . . .

Remember to float with the

joy of Butterfly lighten-up the color of your soul

Where are you at right now in your growth?

Are you a caterpillar inching along?

Or are you a grub in hibernation — just waiting

for something new to break out of yourself?

Or are you ready to spread your new wings and fly into new places?

Flitting away from Spring, we feel the ripple effect of the

rising sunlight peaking on the Summer Solstice’s to illuminate our way . . .

A Full Strawberry Moon celebrates this sweet season for harvesting strawberries.

The light of masculine-yang is at its energetic peak on the Summer Solstice.

Time to break out, expand and drink in the festivities of summertime!

In the Southern Hemisphere, the dark nights of feminine-yin energies are climaxing.

Southern lights start slowly waxing.

Might as well float through the season with the joy of Butterfly!

Spread the spiritual seeds of love for all to enjoy . . .

Becoming a future self in the here and now.

We are creating ourselves anew.

Butterfly’s position in our ecosystem gets us to reflect;

on the their effect on our

Waking up to the realm of possibility . . .

Summer is a good time to nurture outward growth and

Become a bit of a social butterfly.

We all need to breathe through these trying times . . .

Breathe out the force of fear;

Breathe in the power of love.

Butterfly is opening up our hearts to smile!

Remember to be gentle on yourself and others . . .

Release judgments and prejudices –

Open up to the courage to examine their grip on your own identity.

We are all One, albeit colorful and diverse expressions of that oneness!

Butterflies are pollinators of transformational seeds of growth into our souls.

Commentary

In the theater of life, the one guaranteed constant is change. The great thing about observing the naturalistic environment of Nature is that we see evidence of transience in the changing of the seasons. Think about how crazy it would be to try to rush away winter before the seeds of spring were ready to wake up. The moon doesn’t feel resentful of the sun’s heat, the sun doesn’t get fired up about the moon’s control of the tides, nor does the Earth say to the humans that have plundered Her resources that we owe her.

Do you really think God is egocentric enough to be jealous or vengeful about our behavior? If Jesus, believed by many to be the Son of God, was able to release judgements and forgive his perpetrators while being executed, then surely Creator was more in touch with Their better angels, rather than reacting to the atrocities like the crucifixion without reserve. Meditation on being created in the image of the Universe reveals that, as spiritual beings having human experiences, we understand that we are part creature and part divine. Awakening to the realm of possibilities is about learning how to become freewill within the humanity of our actions, rather than be enslaved by a mechanistic worldview of probability and statistics programmed to worship the suffocating ways of materialism. The energy of Butterfly shows us the real possibility of transformation. But transformation goes through stages. What stage of change are you in right now? Our spirits tend to rise with the light, and it’s hard not to feel inebriated from drinking in the sunlight. After the spring thaw, the natural impetus to be outside and walk in the sun is good food for the soul. All creatures have an excitability to their energy. Outward movement is reflective of working toward energetic expansion. It’s a good time to branch out of comfort zones, and broaden our social networks.

Don’t get sucked in or seduced by the programmed fears that live inside of you or are pushed onto you by the outer world. You all know that we are living with a proliferation of toxicity and pollution. But getting consumed by it isn’t helpful to you, anyone else or the world we live in. Remember that inner peace isn’t about living in a protective bubble. It is about finding that inner calm amidst the turbulent storms in your orbit. A healthy self care routine, including meditation and a trusted professional are all helpful change agents. None of us can do it all on our own. Let go of your pride and control issues, and allow yourselves to be vulnerable in a healthy way. If you have a voice in your head that says, “that’s not me”- ask yourself, who is that voice that makes this convincing argument?

Higher Love is such a divine feeling. It’s not an elitist or hierarchical position of judgment against lower dimensional thinking. Rather, this direct experience of the sublime is a vibrational shift where inner peace, happiness as a way of life, joy lives inside your being, and following you bliss is your way of life. This is where we ride the thermals of our better angels, or our Higher Selves. You can always gage where you are at in our own map of consciousness by how you feel. Are you in a scared, timid, frightened nervous woodland creature place? Might as well picture a butterfly to fly into a sphere of light-hearted floatation. The time is now!

Take Care of Yourselves Everyone,

Ari

A New Moon In Taurus, Spring Eclipse Season, Full Flower Moon & The Energies of Swan

A New Moon in Taurus gazes o’er the fields on April 30th. The sentiments are amplified by a Solar Eclipse. Eclipses are invitations for spirited change agents in our soul lives. A passionate passing pyre of fiery Aries lit the torch of Spring Eclipse season. Taurus is like dipping your feet in the cold mountain water after a rigorous hike. Inner peace is found with our feet on the ground. But now the Bull is a grounding energetic reprieve, as is the graceful energy of Swan, above the water at least. And yet underneath, Swan’s legs are paddling away rather intensely. This captures the reflection of the powerful energies of the Eclipses. Use the Bull’s energies to keep your wits about you. Analysis paralysis is a foreign land to Taurus. Practicality is important but not without growth. In order to grow, we must leave our comfort zones. The time is ripe now to receive the bounty of water into your soul.

In mid-May, a Full Flower Moon, also a Lunar Eclipse, will occur on Monday, May 16, 2022. This Full Moon has many names, but this name is used by Algonquin and Ojibwe peoples. Like the abundance of flowers springing forth in the flora, the ephemeral energies of cross-pollination reflect in the fauna as well. Flower Power rises again in humanity. The 60s might be dust in the wind, but the winds of change are ringing loud and clear throughout the land of hope and dreams.

Can we be graceful with our apparent imperfections? Life is fleeting and transient, bitter and sweet for certain. Everything is sacred, and yet every moment can be looked upon as a lifetime of death and rebirth. The spirit of breath enters into the body and springs forth life and then exits outward in the dirge. This alchemy of mulching is the compost of life.

Artwork by Barbara Merlotti

May the grace of Swan gently guide you downstream toward a Full Flower Moon,

through the uncharted waters of Climate Change.

Might as well go with the flow as much as possible rather than fight against the current.

Transience reminds us that the only constant is change.

When the grand rapids of life come on like the flooding

emotional waters of overwhelm . . .

Picture a Swan to remember to paddle with the current,

rather than getting sucked into the undertow.

Are you fighting against your stressful situations?

Can you find a way to make friends with your stress by

floating on the water instead of hissing at yourself and others?

May we swim with the grace of Swan as we navigate flow of energies 

streaming into these into uncharted New Age streams of consciousness.

Climate Change is upon us . . .

Might as well go with the flow rather than trying to push against the current.

A Full Flower Moon awakens our senses to the fragrant floral abundance!

Cross pollinating across an awakening New World.

Paddling along with the grace of a Swan . . .

Might we become inspired?

Let us appreciate the beauty of everyday living;

Both indoors and outdoors.

Do you see the beauty within your own Being and

the world around you?

Paradoxically, try to see opportunities for transformation within your transgressions.

Might we dig deep enough to rise up to both the challenge and opportunity . . .

To become friends with whatever we do not like about ourselves.

Trying to lead a perfect life . . .

Is a receipt for unhappiness

What could you adjust inside yourself when perceiving something

outside of yourself as undesirable?

In this space, we open up to the

sacred realm of inner peace.

Transient distractions to sitting with what is –

Are conveniently inconvenient pathways away from the Now.

Otherwise, cosmetic changes only temporarily placate the little ego!

Commentary:

Many times, we do not have control over what happens to us in life. But what we do have control over the way we respond to what life throws at us. We always have the choice to resist the events that unfold in front of our eyes. Or we can choose to accept and even embrace what comes our way and roll with it in as gracefully as possible. Some folks really don’t learn to live until they realize that they are dying. Still others have lived on this planet for many years, and merely exist hardly more than robotic walking corpses, like zombies. Energy is energy – it’s what you do with it that counts.

I remember being at a funeral of a past student I worked closely with, many moons ago. At this tragic event, we were given the opportunity to stand up and say something about his life, and the connection we had with him. One of his family members was a fire and brimstone kind of Christian, and as he stood up on the pulpit, thumping away on the copy of his bible, he talked about Jesus living the perfect life. Is that so? I have heard stories that Jesus was a bit naughty as boy, and often used his powers to manipulate and control other children, and adults alike. I don’t know if that’s true, but what is clear is that he elevated his soul on the map of consciousness into a god-realized human being, and was a powerful role model that led by example. Like the rest of us, he incarnated as a child of God into a mortal. When he died, his soul left his body, and continued to evolve and be of service to a deeper and higher spiritual light team.

Happiness is a way of life, not without it’s negative experiences with emotions. But the kingdom is on the inside like the Christ understood internally and taught externally by living that example. But accessing the vibrational shift of inner peace is really about leaning in, accepting and even embracing our own imperfections, and the imperfections we notice around us. Our Japanese ancestors have called this inner perspective Wabi Sabi. Moreover, the legendary American professional football coach Vince Lombardi once asserted that practice doesn’t make perfect, but that perfect practice makes perfect. In the spirit of that, we might as well take the imperfect pieces of this process, and weave them into a greater perfect whole that transcends the sum of our imperfect parts. Even an ornery swan is still perfect within the context of an imperfect threatening hiss to the eye of a targeted human beholder.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Scuba Diving In Seas of A New Moon In Pisces, The Tides Of March, Whale Consciousness, A Full Worm Moon & The Arrival of Spring Equinox

We will experience a New Moon in Pisces on Wednesday March 2nd, 2022. This time reflects heightened sensitivities and perceptions of our surroundings. Be mindful of feelings of insecurity, being passive and following a wait and see approach to life. With Pisces, soul travel is as natural as escapism lurking in the shadows because upstream and downstream personalities are part of our identities. It is wise not to get lost in the undertow of tempting fate. Stay engaged in creative and spiritual blueprints, and flow with powerful Pisces imaginative processes.

Pisces has an understanding of consciousness itself. A positive self talk mantra worth examining is that we are aware that we are aware. In its deeper and higher truth, meditation should be a goal-less discipline. But that doesn’t mean that we avoid setting goals. It just means that we are becoming spiritual watchers in the waves of letting go of outcomes. The ebb and flow of life’s attachments are a real part of the human experience. As part of our multidimensional reality, we are luminous, formless, energetic identities that are alive within our physical bodies. The Kingdom of Heaven is what Christ Consciousness spoke of through in his human form, otherwise known as Jesus. Similarly, Buddhist Psychology says that we have a say in how we experience beyond the networks we are all programmed with. Our souls are reflections of Creator’s luminous image, and as such, we are creative beings with infinite imaginative faculties. Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. We can use our imaginations in meditation to become the change we want to see in the world, like Ghandi said. The prophecies of old were foreshadowing the New Aquarian Age we are transitioning into now.

A Full Worm Moon illuminates the sky on Friday, March 18, 2022. Like all Full Moons, this one goes by many traditional names, including the Eagle Moon by the Algonquin, the Goose Moon by the Cree, and the Sugar Moon by the Ojibwe Indigenous peoples. This moon marks the time of year when the sap of sugar maples starts to flow, and these trees are tapped in late winter to gather buckets of sap to transform into maple syrup. Traditional Full Moon names reflect the spirit of the season, such as when animals appear or reappear on the lands they inhabit. Humanity needs to realign with their spirited energies, as well as the spiritual energies of Nature. Mother Earth is a living organism. We are part of Her and She is part of us. We are all part of a cosmic connective web of consciousness.

Artwork by Barbara Merlotti

When a Whale of a tide rolls in and the shifting seas come crashing in

Take a deep breath and let it sink into your belly . . .

Hit the pause button, reset and

listen to your drumming heartbeat.

Tap into your inner oceans of empathy and compassion for others.

What does whale have to say to your heart?

Are you hearing the hearts of what others are saying to you?

A Full Worm Moon signals robin’s return.

Whale reminds us that our soul purpose evolves with the

shifting connective tides of our planetary consciousness.

Spring Equinox celebrates equal light and dark days in Nature.

We look forward to peak light on Summer Solstice in June.

Water symbolizes creativity.

Dive into the depths of the unchartered seas of your soul

to retrieve the creative powers of your human element.

With Whale, we dive into archives of our planetary consciousness . . .

Their energy breathes an air of discovery into waters of our soul purpose

During our swim here on Mother Earth.

Meditation on Whale invites us to hear the universal heartbeat of

Mother Earth’s oceanic sea of consciousness.

Spring Equinox blossoms a fleeting energetic balance of light and dark . . .

We move into a time when feminine yin begins to wane as masculine yang waxes on

Sunlight climbs to its summit on the Summer Solstice;

Arriving in later June in the Northern Hemisphere

The converse is true to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere –

It is their Autumn Equinox there. 

Light and dark energies are equal but their darkness grows in power;

Climaxing on their Winter Solstice . . .

Where darkest day of the year precipitates a slow resurrection of light.

A Full Worm Moon brings the arrival of the robin –

Signifying that Spring has sprung!

Our ancestors identified this Full Moon as the last of winter –

What better medicine to remedy March Madness!

Whales are dedicated to their family.

Their sonar is akin to an acute form of empathy.

In the sense that we can learn to listen in;

and hear subtle stirrings inside with relationship to self and others.

This process increases our sensitivity.

Drinking in deep and relaxed belly breathing.

Is what’s on tap for a clear walking meditation . . .

May we all be spring fed lakes that leave behind

Clean water for others to follow in our wake.

Commentary:

Equinoxes are a good time to reflect on getting in touch with our masculine and feminine energies that coexist within our own selves and our planet. In much the same way as our planet has hemispheres, so do our brains. We are living in a time where we need to wake up to balance by dismantling, healing and unifying the illusion of separation. The sun does not dominate the moon. Rather, they both do their part to sustain homeostasis. Nor does male need to subjugate female. Without the creative energy of feminine power, none of us would be here. Energetic equanimity will help us transition more gracefully into an era of a co-creative we consciousness. Instead of a divisive us and them mentality, we can move deeper into a time when we realize that we all need to work together as uniquely diverse expressions of divine oneness. We need to embrace the tension of opposites and relax into that in our modern world. Yin and Yang are always in flux and Nature reflects that to us. Spiritually, the energy of Whale represents an awakening of our soul purpose. March is a time of seasonal transition between the winter and spring. Ideally, we are more introspective and inward during the darker months of winter. But when spring arrives, our budding inner work may blossom outward in a more yang-oriented and external fashion.

Our ancestors told stories about whales carrying the consciousness of our planet, like a universal library. Some people have had the good fortune to swim with whales in their natural environment. I’ll never forget the first time I went whale watching on a school field trip in Cape Cod, Massachusettes. Growing up in Great Lakes region in the Mid-West, you had to travel far to experience such a thing. But with meditation, we can virtually light up the same centers in our brains, and perceive the tidings that whales bring into our sea of consciousness. Picture Whale and take the emotional plunge to bring back the depths of their teachings. 

Equinoxes are times of energetic balance on our planet. In that, we can see Nature’s outward reflection of where we are moving on the inside. Given that, we are given an opportunity to work with natural forces to nurture the energies going on in our being. Like the Yin and Yang, masculine and feminine energies are always in flux, yet paradoxically seeking homeostasis. Even when darkness abounds, there is light at the end of the tunnel, just as when the sun lights up a room, there are dark corners out of sight. Yet we know they are all there. God is everywhere, the alpha and the omega, light and dark, masculine and feminine. That is the image we were created in.

Psychic ability is a natural part of our human superpowers. Some say that empathy is the highest form of psychic ability. Given that we need to build a lot more empathy on our planet, we might as well meditate on the collective wisdom of whale to do that. Empathy is like anything else – some of us are born with more or less of it than others. For some, it has to be learned intellectually, and then from there might take root in the heart. For others, it is a natural, heart-centered place to be. Regardless, every moment of being human is an opportunity to remember empathy as a way of life. You don’t condone or excuse someone’s bad behavior with empathy. You just show them you care about their plight regardless of how they got there, and are coming from a place love, and trying to understand. Be forewarned that this exercise requires moving beyond judgments and assumptions.

Today’s invasion of the Ukraine, is yet another tragic and unjust example of the consequential imperialism of the military-industrial complex. Can you imagine waking up to tanks, bombs and missiles in your own backyard? Concentrate the spotlight of mindfulness from your own head and your heart. Beam this orb within and onto the outer world around you, and beyond to help free your own suffering as well as the suffering of others around the planet and the outer rims of the expanding Universe. Remembering to breathe is a simple way to come back down into your soul, and into the present moment. This is where empathy lives. And it is home.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Multidimensional Mental Health, Wellness and Everyday Happiness as a Way of Life

Artwork by Barbara Merlotti

“This moving away from comfort and security, this stepping out into unknown, uncharted, and shaky – that’s called ‘liberation’.” Pema Chodron

What I love about the above quote by this wise, Western woman meditation teacher is that it captures the timeless, universal application of spiritual awakening, and follows a path of conscious evolutionary living. How timely this quote is in the here and now in this reform school known as Earth. We are now officially in the early stages of the New Age and Paradigm of Aquarius. Regardless of your orientation, it’s impossible now not to feel it on some level. Some more than others are really embracing it. Many are clinging to the old world, the old ways, and wishing “things would just go back to normal.” But what does normal really mean? The truth is, there’s no going back, as living life in the rearview mirror prevents you from living in the present moment. Life is transient and change is inevitable. Nature reveals the changing tides through the reflections of the seasons.

Consider how art imitates reality. Do you remember the classic old cartoon, Looney Tunes? As violent as this TV show was, it was easier for a parent to explain to their child that a cartoon character that was blown to smithereens, and then magically came back to life wasn’t real because it was just a cartoon. As such, it was easier for a child to make this connection. Besides, unlike today, the repeated exposure to shows like these was limited, even if an adult wasn’t around to set the limit or offer any supervisory guidance. But TV, movies and video games are so realistic nowadays, not to mention readily accessible at the convenience of your fingertips. Given the pandemic of “fake news” out there, you all know how challenging it is to discern between fact and fiction.  It’s a sign of the times that we all need to do the work to find our own pillars of truth (with love). Are you going to pay purposeful attention to your fears and negative self talk or are you going to be mindful of truth that is in alignment with love?

For assistance in making the quantum leap from old thought forms into new ones, consider meditating on the image and mantra below:

Image and mantra courtesy of Acurda

Where biology has tuned its antenna, silica crystals, little dendrites, neural pathways and have been restructured in a way that the exact same seed creativity can now be expressed as light, compassion and love. By doing this you are not only changing all the structuring crystals in your pineal gland (Third Eye) and DNA but those of the collective consciousness of this planet. These high multidimensional thoughts create new crystals in the body, the biomineralization of a new human with simultaneously creating biomineralization harmonics to the planet reality.”

Accordingly, Sacred Geometrical Arcturian Positive Self Talk asserts that “The energy of contact allows you to feel that all doors to your inner source will open when you surrender and, like water, go with the flow. Let your strength lead you, and you will find your own way.”

For example, building an everyday positive self talk strategy is a good concrete replacement for negative self talk, like worry. When your worry is targeted toward someone you’re concerned about or even for the general plight of the planet, humanity or endangered species, simply call on these guides or allies in the spirit realm for help. Part of surrender, a leap of faith, and trust is to have an attitude of acceptance of physical and non-physical realities, and intuitively know they are interacting with one another.

Specifically, Arcturians, Archangels and Nature Spirits can all be seen as helping guides/spirits or allies in consciousness. From a shamanic perspective, this is a somewhat conservative, traditional, and foundational approach to spiritual evolutionary wellbeing because it’s been a time tested tradition for over 100,000 years and runnin’. Of course in conventional Establishment terms, this would be considered far out. But if you are open to it, all you have to do is be receptive to the benign, healing energies of the myriad of teachers in the spirit realm that are ready to assist you as needed. If you think of an invisible umbilical cord attached to your crown chakra that is connected to Father Sky, Heaven or the Cosmos, this can be an effective walking meditation to add to your multidimensional tool belt. Refer to the Chakra chart by scrolling further down in this blog entry for a pictorial context.

But what does it mean to be a multidimensional being? It just means that we recognize that there is a physical reality, as well as non-physical realities. The most simple way I can understand this is to picture a triangle consisting of a mind-body-spirit with a circle, or another triangle in the center that represents our soul. It appears to be a fact of life that the body eventually dies, and the mind eventually does too. But there is a growing body of metaphysical and scientific evidence that asserts that our spirits and souls live on. While we are living in this form, our soul can travel. For most of us, this experience happens when we are dreaming. For many, this understanding doesn’t happen until you are dying and getting ready to leave this Earth and return to Source. But it can also happen during various forms of visualization/meditation practices.

Image by Sherry Mosley

Here on the ground, and as a social worker in Public Schools, I get into more conversations with students (and adults) that are inspired to develop their spirituality, and are bringing up their queried stories to my attention on their own volition for further exploration. Indeed the veils between the physical realm and spirit realm are thinning more now than they have been historically. It can be challenging to discern what is spirit or what is physical, just like it is harder to differentiate between fantasy and reality these days, given the advancement in technology, and fluidity of personal boundaries in our connections with each other.

For example, one student I work with told me that she connects with her brother who lives in a faraway state through “astral projection”, and then asked me if I knew what that was. I reassured her that I did, and that some people are oriented in such a way that their soul can travel, but that all people can develop this skill through various forms of mediation. Of course we all do this when we dream. Another student told me that she has experiences where she sees and hears a beloved cat that died recently. Her animal dreams consist of a vibrant “animal heaven” state of consciousness with clouds, mountaintops, trees and rainbows. In dreams like these, the animal friends related that they had crossed over, and communicated that they are alive and well in an alternate reality where their spirits were living harmoniously. When students bring these issues up, we always process the mixed feelings that coexist, in the sense that there is enjoyment in reconnecting with a loved one that is physically gone, but that spiritual connections can be a bit spooky, uncomfortable or difficult to sort through. Part of our human experience includes sitting with the tension of opposites that naturally include entanglements with our attachments.

More importantly, people like me tend to find it helpful to have these experiences normalized. Moreover, folks typically feel empowered to learn about the common language that operationalizes their spiritual experiences, like clairsentience and clairaudience, or psychic abilities that perceive spirit. Part of developing good social skills is to know your audience, and recognize who is safe to share this information with, and who isn’t. Working on boundaries is part of learning how to be human, which of course is a life cycle process. It’s nice that kids can feel safe to talk with a trusted adult about such things. When we all get what we need from the ground up, we’re more likely to give that back from the top down. This is how we heal the illusion of polarity consciousness that we see playing out on the fields of life.

Additionally, many people that work in mental health are expanding their own perceptions of reality through their own personal growth. As helpers, it is dangerous to people when we don’t. While it’s easy to stay in our own boxes and hide behind their judgments, that leaves us susceptible to our own projections onto others, which can be damaging to relationships. Humans have been good at projecting our own experiences with reality onto others, while at the same time assuming that our projections are absolute gospel. While they might be true on some level, clinging to these prejudices are problematic because they block making fluid connections with each other, which is especially harmful when a helping professional does that. It is critical to “meet people where they are at.” Because we all have our humanity, that can be challenging for both support staff and teachers working in schools these days. But that is exactly what we are being asked to do. Meeting someone where they are at does not meant that we condone their unwanted behavior, like work avoidance, learned helplessness, victimhood, or not working to their full potential. It just means that you have empathy for what the person you are concerned about is capable of in this moment in time. And while your student or child might be being manipulative, they probably aren’t doing it on purpose or trying to ruin your day. But if they are, learning how to manipulate the environment is part of adolescent development. How many of us adults are still working out our own dharmic karma in this area?

Specifically, it’s like a kid who tries to come out to their caregiver that they identify as LGBTQ, and the adult responds in a way that is shaming, dismissive or generally non-supportive. Regardless of the age, if this is how the person sees themselves, it is hard to go wrong with a position of empathy and curiosity. For example, the parent could say, “wow, I can see this took a lot of courage for you to share this information with me. How do you feel about that?” Sadly but understandably, many adults struggle, hide behind their judgments, and then might proceed to project their own beliefs onto the child. While some parents wax on about a pro-LGBTQ identity, others do the opposite by citing religious convictions, and perhaps sending their child to a “conversion therapy”, which is thankfully illegal in Maine. The point is, try to be present with your child and keep a healthy conversation alive. Do you value raising a good whole person or a sexual identity that conforms to your expectations based on your own conditioning? Do you value allowing your child to be who they are or who you want them to be? Mixed messages, while a fact of life, are challenging to discern and navigate through.

Check out this short youth empowerment/Civil Rights oriented film about celebrating a Pride event in small town Nova Scotia:

Inspired by May being “Mental Health Month”, I remember a really good psychiatrist coworker who once pointed out in a mental health training that people affected by schizophrenia see things that “normal” people don’t. But it only becomes a problem when it drives the person crazy in a way that is characterized as “ego dystonic.” There’s an old saying that you have to get sick of being sick before you can heal and know liberation. Mother told me about experiences with depression that were so severe she encountered psychotic episodes. I believe Mother suicided to avoid going down that dark rabbit hole again, instead of confronting her inner demons that haunted her. Had she built up more resilience, I feel that she could have stayed alive longer without torturing herself. Mother is now part of my ‘spiritual light team’, and I can access her spirit whenever I ask for Her support.

Given the above nuance, what is really often going on here is that the concerned adult doesn’t like the mirror being held up in their face, and that can be a tough cracker to look at. That’s what happened in the early 60s, when many people were having spiritual awakenings, like Harvard Psychology Professors Timothy Leary and Ram Dass, before he was Ram Dass. To their credit, academics like them were trying to go beyond rat psychology, and understand consciousness. In this process of discovery, they humbly realized that they were out of the woods in their understanding about the nature of reality. Many people took LCD and other psychoactive drugs to expand their minds, and were thought to have lost their minds (of course plenty did). But they were having spiritual awakenings by opening up their ‘doors of perception’. People started waking up to portals into a multidimensional reality beyond a conventional worldview. Like author Joseph Campbell accurately understood, the difference between the mystic and the psychological crackup is that the mystic swims in the waters the crackup drowns in. It’s all about context, and how expansive your worldview is with the ability to pull back and stay grounded in this reality.

“Photo sensitive Transmissions from the New Earth” by Acurda

Furthermore, the mindful moment referenced above is an empowering strategy to feel connected in the present moment, and a simple way to co-create Heaven on Earth one step and one breath at a time. All you are really doing, or being rather, is keeping your power rather than giving it away to some external force. You have superpowers, but without the need to be identified with a superhero or savior complex. We are living in an age where we need to let go of our need to swoop in to rescue and save others. Everyone has equal access to their ‘spiritual light team’ if they so choose. That being said, it does take both the intention, and a commitment to it. The more you play around with your daily practice, the more your daily practice plays around with you. Funny the way that can turn into another form of mindfulness in your everyday doings. All you have to do is look at these beings as teachers in the spirit realm, by seeing them as silent mentors that we can link up with, like “in a zoom conversation.” And if you are feeling unsure, all you have to do is ask, “are you my teacher.” It’s your call who you let in, and you will know by how you feel.

The easiest way to open the doors to this perceptual experience is through your “third eye”, as indicated on the Chakra chart below. As you can see, this Chakra is typically associated with a dark blue or indigo color. This is the realm of intuition, forethought, and visualization. There are many ways to develop this Chakra. One simple strategy is to rub this area with your fingers side to side or in a circular motion. Or you can mindfully eat (ideally healthy) foods of this color, while chewing on how you are feeding your energy, if you’ll pardon the pun. For example, next time you eat a banana, think about nourishing your solar plexus chakra and grounding your self esteem. Also, you can also relax your gaze by slightly blurring your vision without crossing your eyes, as a way to play with your perception. These can be fun, yet practical ways to integrate what I like to call a walking meditation in your everyday doings. Besides, it’s harder to react to someone else’s facial expressions when you relax your gaze in this way.

Daily Chakra Meditation Audio Resource:

Finally, when we talk about Diversity within Unity, the Unity piece involves acknowledging our universal connection to one another, which allows us to feel less alone in the world. Nobody likes feeling lonely, not even hermits. Besides, as romantic as being a hermit might sound, they typically struggle with their own insecurities like the rest of us, and probably just have a harder time learning how to be human than your average bear. The Diversity piece honors our different expressions in form, as well as the unique blueprint of our souls. A shy person should not be seen as lesser than a social butterfly or vice versa. Besides, we all have both of these personality characteristics within our being. Some of the most family oriented, conscientious, kind and caring people I know aren’t necessarily the warm and fuzzy types, and can even come across as curt and rude towards others. We all have our unique blueprints and personality characteristics. Just imagine how boring our world would be if we were all nanotechnological, programmed cyborgs going  around in a singular, monochromatic lockstep with each other, like in the film The Stepford Wives.

Take care of yourselves everyone,

Ari

Transformation Within During The Process Of Letting Go Without Revisited Classroom Mothership Earth

A Podcast Version Of An Article Written By The Author.
  1. Transformation Within During The Process Of Letting Go Without Revisited
  2. Overcoming Old Ghosts, Mindful Moments & Awakening To The Spirit Of Inner Peace
  3. Remembering Grandmother's Spirit
  4. Mirror Of The Mind Meditation
  5. A Gemini New Moon, Full Strawberry Supermoon & The Energetic Butterfly Effect

Aries, Breaking The Ice, Frog Hopping Off Of The Lotus Flower And A Full Pink Moon

Images Created by Aunt Barbara Merlotti

April starts out as an Aries time of year, the first sign of the Western Zodiac. Energetically speaking, there is a feeling of a new year in the air. Yesterday’s New Moon reflects that. Moreover, “New moons, which occur every 29.531 days, are about release, dissolution and beginning anew. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is about breaking ground, blazing trails, taking risks and venturing into often uncharted territory.” Or as soul psychotherapist Deborah El’Elia puts it, Aries “is a fiery energy that can help us know what it is that we really want to create in our lives, as well as tap into the I Am Presence!”

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is springing, and a Full Pink Moon arrives on Monday, April 26th in most places around the planet. Many of our ancestors called this moon pink based on the vegatative spreading of the “moss pink” wildflower in North America. There are other descriptive names as well, including the Breaking Ice Moon by the Algonquin, which reflects the “increased mobility of the early spring season.” 

Frogs are waking up again, and are really making their presence known, especially the peepers and wood frogs. It’s not a coincidence that this month’s Full Moon is also named after Frog by some tribes. There is something cleansing and purifying about the mystical vibrations of Frog medicine. The stories about how their ribbet calls on April showers to bring May flowers makes sense energetically for a good spring cleaning for the soul. This is good medicine, and we really need that after a long Winter, as things have gotten pretty cold and dark there. If you think of the swampy bog areas where frogs thrive, we can visualize them hanging around lily pads. Amazingly, lotus flowers grow out of them, seemingly out of nowhere, and in spite of gnarly areas that aren’t typically perceived as beauty parlors. But what more primordial potential does a lotus flower spring from, if you’ll pardon the pun? As humans, are we not like that? Sometimes, if you want to calm your racing thoughts that are driving you crazy, try visualizing a frog, really getting in touch with its character, and assertively say to yourself, “stop!” Can you see why the Lotus Flower is such an inspirational mantra in Buddhist Psychology?

Additionally, April’s Full Moon will also be the first of two consecutive “Super Moons” in 2021. A supermoon appears slightly larger than other Full/New Moons because it occurs at the same time as its orbit is closest to the Earth. But if you want to see any Full Moon really look super, then watch any of them when they are rising or setting. May’s supermoon will also be a total lunar eclipse. 

When I reflect on Aquarius, the Vernal Equinox, Easter, and the Aries New Moon, I think about the resurrection of light, Christ Consciousness, and a New Year ahead. Remember that Aries is the first sign on the Western Zodiac. Moreover, the resurrection of this Christ Consciousness to our Planet appears to be a mystical connection to the prophecies of Indiginious People that posited that humanity was seeded by visitors from other worlds and dimensions, and would someday return. In much the way as it says in the Genesis section of the Bible, “Let us create man (humankind) in our image.” Have they ever really left? Keep in mind that Christ was an embodiment of this divine consciousness, and believed that we are all capable of this mystical vibration.

According to petemedium, from ‘A Land Down Under’, “With (US President) Biden comes Aquarius in its conception. From this month of April, we will start to see the gradual growing and establishing of, not just another liberal Presidency, but the first Presidency in this New Age.” As with any Karma, this administration has inherited what has been handed to it. Don’t expect the Establishment and the Billionaire Class to loosen its grip without resistance.

“Let the old be released now, the old ways and beliefs that keep us stuck. If you cannot believe in a new and better world, you are part of the problem. ‘They’ have won you over with their programming. They have convinced you that you are worthless if you do not get with the program. Who is ‘They’? It is the paradigm that keeps those who are entitled, entitled. They are not the enemy to be hated.”

Keep in mind that while the sunlight of yang is rising in the Northern Hemisphere, the dark nights of yin are rising in the Southern Hemisphere. Either way, the equal equinox dances of light and dark are becoming more dramatic with their oscillations again, as they break away from the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes on opposite sides of the planet. But wherever you are on the planet, the winds of the astrological Eclipse Season are blowing in, and “will unleash more exciting energies with eclipses on May 26 and June 10”, as spiritual guide, and professional astrologer Leo Knighton Tallerico reminds us.

From a multidimensional perspective, the spiritual awakening we are going through on the planet now is a transitional process from an old paradigm into a New Age. This quantum leap reflects “the doors of perception” being cleansed so that humanity has the eyes to “see things as they truly are.” The veils appear to be thinning more than usual because we are developing the spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear. The wisdom of the Tao teaches us that when we change the way we look at the world, the world literally changes the way that it looks. In that light, “people are waking up all over the country and planet! Old stories that lead to Dead Ends are ending. New stories are being opened, stories that show how Nature and the Universe are joined and are moving us forward in Evolution.”

Furthermore, when contemplating the sacred geometrical Arcturian wisdom of remembrance, consider the following positive self-talk mantra: “the energy of remembrance helps you reach your inner knowing, which is where your real strength is. We often think we are not capable of doing something or think we are not ready to do something. Realize that all strength is already inside you and that you only need to remember.”

If we are being present with the awareness of remembrance, it is clear to see that we are living in a time when we don’t need a middle man guru to tell us how to accelerate our youth in this reform school known as earth. Also, the spirit of Weasel inspires a lesson plan that amplifies the importance of receiving silent messages that come from the soul, which is akin to a higher vibrational mind to mind, or telepathic communication. Of course, we all know the background noise of anxiety driven thoughts, aka the Chattering Monkey Mind. Nothing against monkey’s, as they are our distant cousins. But as we learn to tame the “downstairs” part of our brains, the inner voice of our “upstairs” brain area, or prefrontal cortex can become more alive. We know this reality by learning how to tune into it, and discern the quiet wise mind from the distracting background noise of the reptilian brain, where the amygdala tends to get hijacked. Mindful attention to the energy of Weasel can help you with self regulation, and assist you from smoking out the smokescreen of everyday life. Meditation on Weasel can help you get in touch with your silent observer, which can help you relax your identification with your thoughts, and emotions. Once you are the observer, you realize you are not your thoughts or emotions, and that is a very freeing experience.

What’s more, while listening to a podcast recently, these lyrics resonated about why we humans forget to give each other unconditional love: “We miss small moments that are grand ones” because being human on the planet today is like “being on a hamster wheel.” The trick is that we need to get in touch with our inner child, and remember what it was like to be a soul before we became more adult like in our personality development. From that place, we are more equipped to come from a clean place of love.

Looking back at the internalized oppression that I felt growing up with a parent who struggled with depression, and addiction, I can identify with what it’s like for someone who identifies as LGBTQ or BIPOC, who perhaps feels like they can’t breathe. From this position of empathy, I can understand how my experiencial feeling has a connection to a heavy feeling of suffocation. 

However, because of the way I physically looked to others, I could blend in more easily than people in minority positions that are physically differently observable. From this perspective, I was more overtly readily accepted by the dominant, popular, and mainstream culture that we were all born into. Even if I could taste the fringes, I had the privilege of growing up with Middle Class values in an American Dream that probably seemed a bit more attainable to me, even if by a bit of long shot. But not everybody does or even knows what those values or that dream is. And whether you do or do not buy into these values or dreams, they can be hard on our hearts. This can be especially true for sensitive people, and regardless of whether or not you achieve them as goals or not. 

Furthermore, a hardened heart is probably more alarming, when you think about the invited karmic “lifetime to lifetime” dharma you are working out. Perhaps you have been wise to the ways of the world, learned how to play the game, and know how to win at it. But at the end of the day, it can be a sad story, and lonely old road if all you have to show for it is fool’s gold. You can’t take those possessions with you after you die.

More importantly, remember that most of who you are today is a formless, energetic being or a soul that lives in your body that is also made up of a mind and a spirit. Contemplate when you were a soul before you incarnated into a mortal and were born on this planet. Why would you have agreed to come here, and chosen the form that you have? From a place of victim consciousness, you might say that you had no choice, that it was luck of the draw. But if you are willing to shift your mindset, and take responsibility for the cards that you were dealt, that can be very empowering. Just use your imagination to entertain this possibility and see what happens. In my experience, it relaxes a sense of victimhood, and entitlement. This mindful practice can be quite empowering and liberating. It is an honor and a privilege to see that you have chosen to come here as a spiritual being to have a human experience, whatever that experience might look like. If you are in a position of privilege, you might as well do something with your privilege to help others who do not share your position. Acknowledging your privilege, and holding a position of non-judgmental curiosity, compassion, and empathy toward someone else’s plight is the least you could do. You don’t need to make yourself feel superior or carry a wound that suffers from guilt. Both sets of baggage will just drag you down.

Finally, manifesting abundance transcends how much money you bank, or equity you build. If you read between the lines of the book The Secret, you’ll see that truth. Remember that energy is energy. It’s what you do with it that counts. Abundance isn’t really about what materials or success you accumulate, what you do or get people to do for you. Rather, on a deeper, and more meaningful level, abundance is about how you make other people feel that moves them, and inspires them to awaken their own greatness. It might come from the repeated exposure to the yinful reception of silent blessings, as well as peaceful, benign thoughts directed outward toward others, like yang does. In that light, abundance is manifested in the power of love that shines through your Being. And like the energy that Master Jedi Yoda radiates, you just do that with the invisible, yet priceless gift of your presence, and without any expectation of outcome.

May the Frog be with you,

Ari