9. mystical musing: Expand into Paradox

(inspired by the New Moon of late September 2016 with the Sun, Moon and Jupiter together in Libra)

Whatever begins now will influence not only the next “moonth” (until the New Moon), but also the full year ahead as Jupiter journeys through Libra. 

Libra calls for balance between self and other, inner and outer, above and below. Jupiter brings forth expansion and optimism to all our endeavors. The paradox, when held consciously, can lead us into Freedom. But, as we get to know both sides, we experience the relationship between apparent contradictions.  

How do we hold the paradoxes? How do we tend to our own needs, while being present for one another? How do we make space for authentic revelation, transformation and awakening? How do we move forward when so much seems to be falling into chaos? 

To start, this time is not about figuring things out and knowing with certainty which path to take, but rather being in the chaos and allowing for the reorganization. Things will never be the same, and holding onto the way things used to be will only create more stress. 

Take a deep soul dive into the Great Mysterium Terrible et Fascinans - the inner landscape of shadow and the light of truth. We cannot turn backward to a gold-plated past. We are moving into something entirely new.  

The path forward is through deep relationship - learning to be with self and other (including all of nature) in open, honest ways. Be willing to let go of self-righteousness, yet carry a strong sense of integrity in all your relationships.

Throw out the old rulebooks and guidebooks and self-help books. Nothing and no one can save you, but yourself. Nobody else holds your map - no matter how good their map may look, it’s not yours. Look for growth opportunities in the challenges. Gather information from the inside and draw your own map. Plan a route. Set forth. And be open to last minute changes. 

“The Journey” (by Mary Oliver)
“…But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world, determined to do the only thing you could do - determined to save the only life you could save.”

Ultimately, it’s all for the highest good, my friends. Even the heart-wrenching, heart-breaking moments. When you think all is lost, it is not. There is a glimmer of hope, a heart that keeps beating. Look for it. Feel for it. Trust it. 

* The Guided Meditation for this week takes you on The Journey. It is inspired by a Mary Oliver poem that calls us all forth into the wild night of our deepest truth. Blessings on your journey. To access this meditation, as well as past and future meditations, become a patron!

“The Journey” (by Mary Oliver)
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began
though the voices around you
kept shouting their bad advice—
though the whole house began to tremble
and you feel the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.