The Scorpionic Journey of Descent and Re-emergence

Scorpio is the most intense, deep, and transformational sign of the zodiac. The power of this Scorpio New Moon is amplified by the close presence of Jupiter and Venus. Expansive Jupiter will be in Scorpio for about a year, giving us plenty of opportunities to explore the realms of sexuality, death and rebirth, psychological and emotional healing, and transformation. As Venus takes her annual dive into the Scorpionic underworld, we learn about the power of deep intimacy to heal the most profound wounds in our psyches. Like a snake shedding its old skin, you can trust the process of sloughing off what’s no longer needed so that you can grow into your next, more-evolved and more empowered form. That’s the purpose of trans-form-ation!

Let’s take a look at what’s being stirred up and processed in the Scorpionic stew. First we’ll consider what it means to have a New Moon and a new beginning with the energies of Scorpio. Then we’ll reflect on Venus in Scorpio and how that relates to the myth of Persephone. We’ll wrap it all up within Jupiter’s limitless embrace.

To harvest the potential of this new beginning, you need to understand the two sides of Scorpio: the less-evolved side and the more-evolved side. The less-evolved Scorpio can be expressed and experienced in the following ways: abuse of power and/or resources, domination, traumatization, sexual assault, secrets, deep psychological and emotional wounding, and fear of intimacy. The more-evolved Scorpio wisely and compassionately uses its tremendous power for healing and transformation. No longer afraid of intimacy, the more-evolved Scorpio is open to deep exchanges and interpenetration with trustworthy partners. Emotionally safe intimate experiences can heal old wounds and help both partners become more whole, more empowered, better resourced, and more highly conscious.

Here, at the Scorpio New Moon, the Universe asks you to choose: Which side of Scorpio do you wish to express? If you’re in need of healing and transformation, there are many paths, practices, and facilitators that can assist you. You might take a healing journey through psychotherapy, past-life regression, Voice Dialogue, Feeding Your Demons, or a somatic approach to trauma therapy. Transformational practices include shamanic journeying, Holotropic breathwork, working with plant medicine, Taoist  sexual practices, or trance dancing. Many of the Scorpionic resources available to us come from indigenous cultures, which tend to be wiser in the ways of initiation and altered states of consciousness.

Now let’s turn our attention to the transformation of Persephone, who’s story resonates with the themes of Venus in Scorpio. Persephone was an innocent young maiden who was abducted by Hades (aka Pluto), raped, and forced to live in the underworld. We can focus on her trauma and victimization, or we can look beneath the surface of the story and delve into the mystery of transformation. How was Persephone the maiden transformed into the powerful Queen of the Underworld?

In her passage from maiden to queen, parts of her had to die and fall away. She shed the naiveté, gullibility, and powerlessness of a child and became a strong, resilient and resourceful woman. She was initiated (albeit through the less-evolved Scorpio) into the realm of sexuality. Through the deep exchange of energies with Pluto, she became empowered. Each Spring she comes back up to the Earth and everything blooms again. She learned to trust the cycles of the seasons and gained the ability to draw wisdom from the unseen realms. Although Persephone went through dark and traumatic experiences, she rose up like the phoenix. 

Note: When drawing parallels between myth and our current reality it’s important not to get them confused. Rape is never ok. I would never wish sexual trauma or any form of trauma on anyone. The value of Persephone’s myth is in showing us how the journey of descent can lead to re-emergence and rebirth. If you have experienced sexual assault, I’m very sorry that happened to you. I hope you’ll reach out for support and find healers who can assist you. Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 or contact the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network.

The transformation from wounded victim to compassionate and powerful healer is supported by Venus in Scorpio. Some Venus in Scorpio roles are the sexual healer, intimacy coach, trauma therapist, or shaman. Deeply intimate, meaningful, and mysterious connections thrill the soul of Venus in Scorpio!

Now we turn our gaze to see enormous Jupiter expanding and deepening the Scorpio energies. Jupiter knows no limits, so it’s important to create balance even as you follow your passion and embrace your power. Find ways to play safely as you explore the uncharted depths. Honor your emotional boundaries. Ask for help when needed and share power lovingly.


Disrupting Patriarchy: Getting back to balance

 

The Libra New Moon is typically a sweet time for connecting with others in ways that are loving, peaceful and harmonious. But this is not a typical Libra New Moon, and the revolutionary times we live in call for some serious shaking up of the status quo. While the Sun, Moon, and Venus in Libra speak gently and ask, “Can’t everyone just get along?” Uranus and Eris in Aries shout from across the zodiac, “Wake up! There are some huge elephants in the room that must be confronted!”

I’m not saying that you can’t have loving, peaceful, and harmonious relationships during this new lunar cycle. I am saying that if you’ve been sweeping things under the rug or zipping your lips, now is the time to have the courage to confront what’s out of balance. It’s time to work through conflict to arrive at true peace, rather than trying to prop up a pretty-looking illusion of peace. It’s impossible to have true and lasting peace if there is an imbalance of power, if boundaries are being invaded, if justice has not been served, or if needs are disrespected. Lady Justice stands poised to take action with a balance (Libra) in one hand and a sword and lightning bolt (Aries and Uranus) in the other.

One of the biggest elephants in our collective living room is the deeply entrenched system of patriarchy. It’s impossible to have true and lasting peace within a system that puts power primarily in the hands of men (mostly white, heterosexual, Christian men). It would be just as impossible to have true and lasting peace if all the power were in the hands of women. This truth should be self-evident:  All men and women and non-binary identified people are created equal. But that truth has been trampled upon for thousands of years under patriarchy’s heavy boots.

The elephant of patriarchy does not represent every man. Not all men abuse power. Most of the men I know personally respect women’s equality and the civil rights of all people. But the system of patriarchy has left deep imprints and wounds in the psyches of people of all genders. Those who are privileged with power and resources often do not feel the pain of the imbalance, but patriarchy has harmed everyone, not just women. Those who lack the privilege of power and resources feel the imbalance most intensely so they are the ones who feel the greatest need to speak up and take action to bring things back into balance.

The recent news stories about the intimidating, abusive, and sexually predatory behavior of Harvey Weinstein seems to have cracked something open. This is not just a story about the abuse of power by Harvey Weinstein, or Bill Cosby, or Bill O’Reilly, or Donald Trump, or Roger Ailes. This is a story about the big fat patriarchy elephant that’s been in the room for a very long time. Knowing the astrology that’s affecting us, I believe this won’t be just one more time when men in power are exposed only to have the issue just slip quietly back underground. Something is cracking open. That’s what Uranus does…it sends a lightning bolt that cracks things apart. It catalyzes a breakdown so we can have a collective breakthrough.

What’s breaking through is our need to reintegrate the Divine Feminine into our lives. For many men, being cut off from the Divine Feminine has disconnected them from their own hearts, their intuition, their vulnerability, and their ability to give and receive nurturance. In the realm of sexuality, many men suffer from an intense longing for the sensuality, beauty, and sexual power of the Divine Feminine which they believe exists only, and forever, outside of themselves. Women then become sexualized objects to be captured, possessed, and put on display.

Reclaiming the Divine Feminine is just as important for women. The Divine Feminine is not only gentle, compassionate, and nurturing, She is also bursting with creative power, ready to birth a new way of living on this planet. She expresses a sweet love with the unconditional heart of the Divine Mother and a fierce love with the courageous heart of a lioness. She is rising up, now, as Eris in Aries. She says, “The reign of patriarchy must end, for the benefit of all beings”. She says, “Abuse of power, in sexual ways and all ways, must stop! Now!”

Rise up, my sisters, rise up! Speak out, my brothers, speak out!

Let’s bring things into true balance and create lasting peace and harmony in all our relations.


The Goddess Raises Her Voice

The Divine Feminine, which has been repressed and maligned for thousands of years under patriarchal domination, is now re-emerging. At this Gemini Full Moon, we can hear the voices of several goddess archetypes as they participate in a complex configuration called a Mystic Rectangle. The Goddess is raising her voice and we can hear Her message carried on the high tide of the Full Moon. Let’s consider what’s being expressed at each of the four points that mark out the corners of this Mystic Triangle, which are in the signs of Gemini, Sagittarius, Aries, and Libra.

(1) The Gemini Moon is curious and wants more and more information. In Gemini’s quest for understanding, it can sometimes be overly influenced by the ideas, beliefs, and opinions of others. When Gemini is functioning well, it helps you formulate your own ideas so you can find your own voice.

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(2) Illuminating the full face of this Gemini Moon is the Sun in Sagittarius. Sagittarius is clear about its direction and purpose, and is not shy about sharing its perspective on things, especially when joined by wise old Saturn, who can sometimes be a bit opinionated and overbearing. Teaming up with the Sun and Saturn is an interesting trio of goddesses: Juno, Lilith, and Hygeia.

Hygeia helps us maintain a sense of well-being, and in Sagittarius, our well-being is connected to being about our mission in life, seeking the Truth, and speaking our truth.

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While the patriarchal view casts Juno as the “good wife” and Lilith as the “nasty woman” who is untamed, fiercely independent, and freely expressive of her sexuality, I see this pairing of Juno and Lilith in a different light. As Juno and Lilith walk arm in arm, we can partner cooperatively and harmoniously with others (Juno) who share our mission AND we can maintain our autonomy, stay wild at heart, and have exciting adventures in our quest for Truth (Lilith).

(3) Now let’s look at the third point of this Mystic Rectangle, which is in the sign of volcano_lightning-nasaAries, the Warrior. Here’s where things get really fired up and the Goddess turns up the volume. Uranus, Eris, and Ceres join forces to say “No more!”. Uranus says, “No more status quo.” Then, it throws down unexpected lightning bolts to break up the old patriarchal paradigm and catalyze revolutionary change.

Eris is considered a “dark goddess” like Kali, Black Tara, and Sekhmet. These goddesses can be fierce and wrathful. They don’t take any shit. According to the patriarchal myth, Eris is another “nasty woman”, the Goddess of  Discord. As the story goes, Eris was upset because she wasn’t invited to a party. Feeling snubbed and rejected, she did something that ignited chaos and discord among the party-goers.

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Now, with Eris in the sign of Aries, you can bet she’s pissed off. But here’s a new take on Eris: she’s pissed at the patriarchy for rejecting and trampling on the Divine Feminine. She says, “No more abuse! No more abuse of women. No more abuse of Mother Nature. No more abuse PERIOD.”

Ceres (aka Demeter) is also angry. Her daughter, Persephone, was abducted and raped by Pluto, God of the underworld. Ceres screams, “No more rape of our daughters, our sisters, our mothers! No more rape of the Earth!”  Working together in fiery, passionate, and powerful Aries, Uranus, Eris, and Ceres create a formidable trio of activists.

(4) The fourth point of this Mystic Rectangle brings in the calming influence of Jupiter in Libra. Libra encourages us to seek balance and work toward the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Libra the Peacemaker and Aries the Activist are brought into dialogue by their participation in this Mystic Rectangle, so things won’t get too volatile and chaotic. Libra looks for the win-win. As Bob Marley says, “You can’t have peace without justice.”pallas_athene_fountain_vienna

What can we learn from the integration of all four points of this Full Moon Mystic Rectangle? On the collective level, we are witnessing the reemergence of the Divine Feminine. As she reclaims Her voice, she speaks as the Wise Woman who guides us along pathways to Universal Truth. As she raises her voice in anger at the abuses being perpetrated by the patriarchy, she draws a firm line in the sand. If this line is crossed, She’s ready to wield a sword of protection to stop abuse and end injustice.

On the personal level, the message is to know your truth and speak your truth. Use the power of anger in healthy ways…not to harm others but to set limits on those who would do harm to you. Anger is activating and gives us the courage to say, “No more!” No, you can’t invade my boundaries. No, you can’t disrespect me. No, I won’t give my power away to you. Sometimes we need a spark of anger to motivate us to take action, not just on our own behalf, but to stop injustice in the world and to prevent others from being hurt. In what ways are you being called to action? Take care that your anger doesn’t burn you up or burn you out, so you can maintain balance within yourself.


Choose Love

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Love’s Landscape, by Sajit Greene

“You can only see in one of two ways—with love or fear.” -A Course in Miracles

“Love is at the heart of all things. How you feel but reflects your decision to accept love or to reject it and choose fear. Both cannot be chosen. All feelings you label joyous or compassionate are of love. All feelings you label painful or angry are of fear…Lack of love is fear.” -A Course of Love

When I was first introduced to this idea that there are only two emotions, love or fear, I found it hard to believe. As a psychotherapist, I was immersed in a world of emotions, and there seemed to be quite a lot of them: love, fear, grief, loneliness, anger, happiness, longing, worry, guilt, shame, and on and on.

So how can there be just two emotions?

Look at it this way: As human beings, there are two basic operating systems to choose from. You can operate from the belief that you are separate (meaning you are separate from God/Higher Power and also essentially separate from everyone and everything), or you can operate from the knowledge that you exist in Union with God and all of creation. It is indeed frightening if you believe you are separate and ultimately alone in an uncertain world, housed within a vulnerable and temporary body. That’s why “separation consciousness” is also called “fear-based consciousness“. As you awaken to Unity Consciousness, you see with the eyes of love.

fear copyMost of us have been operating from separation and fear because that’s how we’ve been conditioned. Fear is the ego’s operating system. It is so deeply ingrained that we don’t even realize that the various forms of discomfort we feel are all rooted in a basic, unconscious fear. That’s why fear goes by so many other names.

Frustration, anxiety, irritation, anger, depression, hatred, judgment, attack, jealousy, guilt, blame, and shame are but different shades of fear. If you scratch the surface of any of these feelings, you will find fear at its foundation: Fear of being hurt, fear of loss, fear of not having enough, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, fear of failure, fear of death.

love or fear 3 edLove is the emotion that naturally flows from the awareness that we are eternally and seamlessly joined with All That Is. To awaken from the dream of separation is to know that you are safe in the arms of a loving Creator. You are loved, and you are LOVE itself! In Unity Consciousness, love is unconditional and it shows up as joy, peace, freedom, and spaciousness. Love is compassionate, forgiving, and creative. While fear rejects and resists, love accepts and embraces, without exception.

“Your beauty is the gathering of the atoms, the order in chaos, the silence in solitude, the grace of the cosmos. Our heart is the light of the world. We are one heart. We are one mind. One creative force gathering the atoms, establishing the order, blessing the silence, gracing the cosmos, manifesting the light of the heart. Here we live as one body, experiencing communion, the soul’s delight, rather than otherness. It is a seamless world, a tapestry where each thread is vibrant and strong. A canticle where each tone is pure and indivisible.” –A Course of Love

Now that you know that separation leads to fear and that to be in Union is to BE love and express love, which will you choose?

 

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Your Unique Self: Waking Up and Waking Down

“You are a unique expression of the self-same love that exists in all creation.”

-A Course of Love

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Remember when you were a kid and marveled at the beauty of snowflakes? Someone probably told you that every snowflake is unique. That’s true. And you are just like a snowflake…totally unique. While each snowflake is a unique crystalized form, all snowflakes are made of the same substance…water. When the snow melts and returns to liquid water, we see that, ultimately, there is no separation between one flake and the next. Snowflake_proportions_(1)

You are a unique crystalized form of Love. The Love that is God is like water: continuously flowing as one, undivided substance. The Light that is God is like the Sun…a magnificent, radiant light source that shines on and through each of our crystalized forms. God is One Source with many expressions.

I used to think that spiritual awakening, or becoming enlightened, was about realizing “No Self” and seeing that we’re all just a big blob of Oneness. But that’s only part of the picture. “Awakening” goes in two directions: waking up and waking down.

Snowflake_crystalWhen we wake up from the dream of separation, we “get” that our True Nature is something we all share. Imagine being a snowflake that melts into a stream of water and remembers it’s origin. Our True Nature, that which makes us One, is the Love and Light of God.

Once you wake up to Love and remember that you are seamlessly joined with All That Is, then the “waking down” process begins. As you “wake down”, you return to your Unique Self…your unique crystalized form. And now you have a whole new awareness of who and what you really are. You become a more spacious self that lets the Light and Love of God shine through without obstruction.

As you “wake down” you gradually emerge as the Divine Human you were meant to be…totally unique AND totally joined, in Union with God and all of Creation.

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How I Lost God and Found My Way (Part 4)

Listen to the story of how I met Jesus (Yeshua) in a vision, in 1987, which eventually led me back to God…with a whole new understanding of God.

 


Coming Out of the Closet: Can I get a witness?

coming out 6Here’s my secret: For the past 29 years, I’ve had a profound relationship with Jesus. I call him Yeshua. You can listen to the story of how I met him, here. Yeshua is my teacher, my healer, my elder spiritual brother, and my friend. He’s shown me a path to awakening that speaks to my heart and soul and blows my mind, every day. I am deeply grateful for what he has given me and shown me, on the path of Christ Consciousness (aka Unity Consciousness). My love is not only for Yeshua, but for those joined with him in the Christ Council, including Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary, and others of the Christ/Magdalene lineage. This is my lineage.

I wrestled with the decision to “come out” for about six months. I worried about how people would react…how you would react. I was afraid you’d judge me as a crazy fanatic, or that you’d think I was a born-again Christian, or that you’d be afraid I would try to evangelize you. Rest assured, I am not a fundamentalist nor an evangelical, and I’m not even a Christian. I don’t adhere to any religion and I don’t follow the bible. I’m a mystic, which means I have a personal, direct relationship with the Divine. The Yeshua that I know and love is the one who speaks through His contemporary teachings, including A Course in MiraclesA Course of Love, and The Way of Mastery.

As I was deciding whether or not to “come out”, I kept asking myself, “Why does it matter? Why is it important to come out publicly about my love of Yeshua?”

I uncovered three answers to that question:

  • When I acknowledge and affirm my relationship with Him, my heart opens to a greater breadth and depth. It expands my ability to love.
  • I need to stop holding back. When I hold back, I dim my light. Holding back is a strain, and it makes me feel like I’m squished inside a little box.
  • I want to stop holding out on you. I have such powerful wisdom to share, but it’s radical, and not everyone is ready for it. But if you want to wake up to your True Self and wake down, to fully embody your Divine Human Self, I invite you to join me in the Awakening Sanctuary.

I needed to “come out” in order to free myself…to free my authentic voice and speak from my inner knowing. Thank you for being my witness. My hope is that by freeing myself in front of you, it will also free something within you.

I hope you will unleash your authentic voice and speak from your inner knowing. What’s your secret passion? What truth have you been holding back? You are a unique expression of the Divine. No one else can be you. You are essential to the whole. Bring it!

Is there something you want to “come out” about, but you’re not ready to go public? Share it with me in an email. I will be honored to be your witness.

 


How Can I bring More Love to This?

Yoga,_double_exposure_by_Victor_TondeeI was twisted into some pretzel of a pose when my yoga teacher, Genevieve Oswald at Shree Yoga Taos, gently dropped this profound question into my mind:

“How can I bring more love to this?”

That question has continued to ring through me, gently and quietly, in moments both on and off the yoga mat. Whether I’m challenged by an asana that stretches my hamstrings or stretching myself to move through fears in my personal life, this simple question helps me be more present and compassionate with myself.

“How can I bring more love to this?”  

“Breathe,” my body whispers. “See how you might soften into this.”

“Be patient with yourself,” says the voice of Big Compassion. “I’m with you.”

“How can I bring more love to this?”  

Tears begin to flow. I can let go and feel the feelings I’ve been holding back.

“How can I bring more love to this?”  

It can be as simple as turning on my favorite music and instantly filling my space with sounds that open my heart.

These are some of the answers that have bubbled up, within me. The answers are always something I can do in that very moment.

Try it. Ask yourself, “How can I bring more love to this?”  

Let me know what answers you discover. Please leave a comment, so we can all benefit from your wise, loving inner voice.


5 Warning Signs that You Need Self-Compassion

  • pointing fingerYour Inner Critic is beating you up by saying all kinds of mean things about you.
  • Your Inner Judge accuses you of wrong-doing. The gavel comes down. Boom! Guilty as charged!
  • The Self-Hater is making you feel like sh-t.

Quick!  Take a large dose of Self-Compassion. No negative side effects. Repeat as often as needed.

Sometimes it’s obvious that you are in need of the warm embrace of self-compassion. The warning signs are like flashing neon lights in Times Square.  You feel really bad, and you know you need relief. At other times, the signals are more subtle. Or, maybe you are just so used to hearing those harsh inner voices that you don’t even think about them as calls for compassion. I’m noticing that the more inner work and healing I do, the more I’m able to sense a very faint signal of distress that’s at the very root of the ego: A basic sense of “not ok-ness”.

Consider these 5 warning signs, so you can be more aware of your need for compassion, whether the signals are loud and clear or faint and muffled:

1. Feeling “not enough”. “I’m not __________ (fill in the blank) enough.”  Not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not loving enough, not dedicated enough… The list could go on and on.

2. Should-ing on yourself. “I should be doing __________ (fill in the blank),” or “I shouldn’t be doing __________ (fill in the blank).”  In either case, the voice tells you there’s something wrong with your behavior.

3. Attacks on your body: Criticizing how you look, how your body feels, or how it’s functioning. “My body is too __________ (fill in the blank).”  Too fat, too skinny, too wrinkly, too stiff, too tired, too achey…

4. Guilt and shame: “I am a bad person because __________ (fill in the blank).” I hurt someone, or I was hurt by someone else, and I deserved it.

5. Awash in uncomfortable emotions: anxiety, sadness, loneliness, grief, fear, anger…heart in clouds

It may not be immediately obvious what thought or whose Inner Voice is making you feel badly. Sometimes it’s just a sense of feeling blue, heavy, tense, or off center. If you inquire into what’s behind the subtle feeling of “not ok-ness”, you may discover one of the 5 warning signs is being lit up. But even if you don’t dig down to see what’s underneath the feeling, you can still benefit from applying a good dose of Self-Compassion. Take another dose as often as needed.

Don’t know how to give yourself compassion or want some support?

Listen to this 18-minute guided meditation designed to help you practice Self-Compassion.

 

 

 


Big Compassion: The World’s Biggest Hug  

My heart feels tender as I turn a loving gaze upon some uncomfortable feelings. Anxiety. Guilt. Failure. Frustration. Oh, and did I mention anxiety? I’ve come a long way from the days when I suffered from serious depression and intense self-hatred. I’m on a pretty even keel, most days. But lately, I’m acutely aware that bits and pieces of some old patterns still remain, lingering in the shadows.

I’ve learned how to process my emotions with much more awareness, and I know the importance of being gentle with myself. I can manage my Inner Critic so she doesn’t torture me, and I’ve got a reliable set of stress-busters to call upon as needed. My spiritual practices uplift me, while time in nature keeps me grounded. These are some of the things help me stay balanced. Yet, the most powerful medicine has been the recognition of my True Nature. I’m no longer completely hooked by the idea that my body, my stories, and the feelings and thoughts that pass through me, define who I am.

Does this mean I never feel fearful, upset, or uncomfortable? No. The other day my car skidded out of control on a patch of ice. Was I scared? Yes. Even after I arrived home safely, I felt afraid. What about the next time I need to drive down my steep, windy, icy road? Should I hole up at home for the rest of the winter and avoid driving altogether?  Next in the parade of worries came the financial concerns: My insurance company balked at accepting my claim for damages to my vehicle.

Letting go of the train of thoughts skidding out of control in my head, I brought my attention down into my body. Here’s what I found: A contraction around my heart. An uncomfortable vibration in my nervous system. Then, I noticed a sense of a bigger space, in which the vibration was moving. A sense of a bigger space in which all that I typically think of as “me” was being held with compassion…Big Compassion.

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Seeing the distress of my personality-self through the eyes of this Big Compassion, all is accepted and allowed to be as it is. All is embraced within a larger energy field…a field of spacious awareness. All is permeated by a loving consciousness. Everything is ok. All is forgiven. It’s like a giant hug that has no arms…no boundaries or limits. That one who gives the hug with no arms, that’s my True Nature…my True Self.

I’ve discovered, in my own awakening process, that there is a natural flow of expansion and contraction. When I contract in fear or resistance, there is a temporary forgetting of who I really am. There is a condensing down that Icy Rio Hondo-1-4seems to solidify the small identity…the identity I think of  as “Sajit”…the identity tied to this body, this personality, and these fleeting emotions and thought streams. When contraction is happening, I know there is something that yet needs to be seen, and then seen-through. Contraction doesn’t mean something’s gone wrong. Contraction doesn’t call for self-flagellation. Contraction calls for the pause button.

Big Compassion is always there. When I’m able to remember to shift my attention and look through Compassion’s eyes, the contraction begins to unwind. I can relax into the safety of the arm-less hug. As I identify once more with my True Nature, expansion occurs, naturally.

It’s like breathing. It’s like the flow of the tides. BIG COMPASSION…TRUE SELF…contraction…small identity…suffering…BIG COMPASSION…TRUE SELF.

Don’t sweep your uncomfortable feelings under the proverbial rug. Don’t try to hide them from yourself and pretend they aren’t there. What they need is to be embraced with Big Compassion. Give yourself the world’s biggest hug!