MID-SPRING ALERT: Guess Who’s Coming to Blow YOUR House Down?
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“From the point of view of duality, emptiness evokes terror. From the view of liberated-being, emptiness evokes delight.” Ngak’chang Rinpoche For More: THE WISDOM OF DZOGCHEN
Yes, it’s true. Pluto has just begun his annual five-month retrograde cycle and is coming to blow your house down. Well, maybe not literally (at least, in most cases). Then, what house am I speaking about? The house that ego built.
The energies of Pluto rule the process of transformation and regeneration through cycles of death and rebirth—like the seasons in nature or the wheel of karma. And, when Pluto appears to be moving backwards (RX), the pendulum of this powerfully intense energy swings deeply into our beings. This means that any parts of our ego structure or identity that no longer serve our evolution—be they limited beliefs about who we think we are and what we think is possible for us or habitual emotional default patterns of reaction—will be coming under the wrecking ball in a demolition derby of epic proportions.
Let us not forget that Pluto is transiting in structure-ruling Capricorn, governed by Saturn, the Karmic Teacher. AND to amp up things as much as possible, Uranus, the Trickster Planet of Awakening in combustible Aries, will be forming his first challenging square to Pluto RX on June 24th.
You can bet that this will accelerate our awareness that the inner “home” of the little self/ego identity is becoming too constricted to maintain healthy operational standards with what Life is throwing at us. And, if we don’t start dismantling whatever is keeping us from expansion, rest assured that our circumstances will give us the impetus we need. In fact, I’m sure this has already started for many of you—I know it certainly has for me.
Resistance is futile but, if we choose to look at external events pushing at us as a form of spiritual resistance training, this can be a period of internal strengthening and major Soul growth. And isn’t that one of the purposes of the Earth Game after all?
The big question to consider is: What type of inner house for our identity shall we construct on the ashes of what has fallen away? Here’s one of my absolute favorite quotes from Alan Watts that speaks to this:
“When a cat falls out of a tree, it lets go of itself, becomes completely relaxed, and lands lightly on the ground. If the cat made up its mind that it didn’t want to fall, it would become tense and rigid and would just be a bag of broken bones upon landing.
In the same way, it is the philosophy of the Tao that we are all falling out of a tree, at every moment of our lives. As a matter of fact, the moment we were born we were kicked off a precipice and we are falling—and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
So, instead of living in a state of constant tension and clinging to all sorts of things that are actually falling with us because the whole world is impermanent, be like a cat. Don’t resist it.”
Going forward, the best possible way to BE is through developing enough flexibility in the Flow so that we can bend without breaking—like a cat, indeed. And, if we can remember to smile simultaneously—what have we got to lose? The winds of change will continue to accelerate, and we can choose to enjoy the ride . . . or not. Isn’t free will the cat’s meow?
When Pluto stations direct in the early Fall, and the pendulum of change swings outward into manifestation in a big way, (aided by Saturn and the North Node of destiny moving into intense Scorpio), we’ll be light enough on our feet, if we’ve jettisoned our outmoded layers of ego baggage, to be ready to deal with whatever comes our way.
In closing, I like to think of the ego as a translucent tool that the Soul uses to function in the earth plane—so translucent that the Higher Self’s light and energy can shine through as our motivating force. Then, the only template we need to permeate reality with the stamp of our unique personality is the multi-faceted and multi-dimensional Soul qualities and core tone that are the most authentic expression of our Being. YAY!
The most important lesson now is to realize that the byzantine structures of ego armor we’ve built up—in the illusion that they’re a protection from harm—have mostly just kept us from being fully present and alive. From the Soul’s timeless perspective, it’s clear that there’s really nothing to defend against. Holding this view allows us to experience real freedom and liberation from the bondage of the little self/ego. Hallelujah. Thank you, Pluto/Shiva/Kali!
Wishing us all a delectable demolition of all that is keeping us separate from our True Nature: pure Being, Consciousness and Bliss.
J O A N
The Height of Atlantis Joan Pancoe
“Welcome and attend them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.” RUMI
PS Please mark your calendars for my final workshop until next Fall:
ATTUNEMENT OF THE EIGHT BODIES FOR 2012 AND BEYOND
Now more than ever before, galactic energies are bombarding the Earth with high frequency energies to herald in the next Great Age in the evolution of consciousness. However, if we’re psychically sensitive, these energies can also be hard on our nervous systems and very destabilizing.
In this introductory workshop, we’ll learn grounding techniques to acclimate to these new energies as well as how to reconnect, clear and attune ourselves with the eight bodies through timeless Taoist, Tantric, Buddhist and psychic practices.
In the Taoist tradition, there are eight bodies of consciousness operating at increasingly higher levels of vibrational frequency. To the degree that we can merge our own consciousness with these frequencies=== to this degree can we experience being in Heaven all the time.
The eight bodies are the:
1) Physical body
2) Energy body (aka etheric, chi body)
3) Emotional body
4) Mental body
5) Psychic body (aka Soul)
6) Causal body (aka Cosmic)
7) Galactic body (aka body of Individuality)
8) Void (aka body of the Tao)
This evening will give you a foundation-level understanding of the eight bodies as well as a series of pragmatic spiritual practices which, if done regularly, provide a stable and grounded way of Being that is in peace, equanimity and at-one-ment with the Tao, the Flow of Life.
WHERE: The META Center NY
214 W. 29th St. 16th floor
WHEN: Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 7-9 PM
$35 pre-registered/$40 at the door
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If you can’t attend, but feel the need for some help in dealing with “the quickening” of energies now, there’s no better time to implement a daily mind/body/spirit practice that feeds your Soul. If you’d like to learn what keeps me sane (haha), serene, internally stable and grounded, please check out:
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