PICK OF THE DAY:
Oh, I love, love, love this quote from Abraham, so I’m putting it first, instead of saving it to the end of the post like I usually do. This is such a good one to keep in mind when we start feeling overwhelmed by all the things going on in the world and think we can’t make much of a difference…..
“One who is connected to the Energy Stream is more powerful than a million who are not. And two who are harmoniously focused and connected to the Energy Stream brings about a co-creative endeavor that cannot be matched by anything else in all of the Universe.”—Abraham
Abraham’s message reminds me of one of my other favorite quotes, which I read years ago and liked so much that I used it in a section of my vision writing workbook….
“The electromagnetic power of the heart has been scientifically measured to be 5,000 times greater than that of the brain. Considering that our world is ‘controlled’ by a small handful of people who presumably are using mostly the head (brain) to do the controlling, people that are truly in their heart have a 5,000 to 1 advantage in terms of transformational power…..HeartMath research also has indicated that when intention is placed into a field of heart-coherency, its manifestational power is exponentially increased.”—from an article by Rev. Simeon Nartoomid,(firstname.lastname@example.org)
TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – This video on the power of love seems to fit nicely with the pick of the day….
# 2 – And speaking of love, don’t forget that loving yourself is really the place to start because you can’t give what you don’t have yourself….
More powerful than any superfood or antioxidant, self-love is one of the best things you can do to insure health and well-being….
# 3 – 10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn by Martha Beck, as featured in the Huffington Post….
In the past 10 years, I’ve realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I’m most grateful to have unlearned:
1. Problems are bad. You spent your school years solving arbitrary problems imposed by boring authority figures. You learned that problems — comment se dit? — suck. But people without real problems go mad and invent things like base jumping and wedding planning. Real problems are wonderful, each carrying the seeds of its own solution. Job burnout? It’s steering you toward your perfect career. An awful relationship? It’s teaching you what love means. Confusing tax forms? They’re suggesting you hire an accountant, so you can focus on more interesting tasks, such as flossing. Finding the solution to each problem is what gives life its gusto.
2. It’s important to stay happy. Solving a knotty problem can help us be happy, but we don’t have to be happy to feel good. If that sounds crazy, try this: Focus on something that makes you miserable. Then think, “I must stay happy!” Stressful, isn’t it? Now say, “It’s okay to be as sad as I need to be.” This kind of permission to feel as we feel — not continuous happiness — is the foundation of well-being.
3. I’m irreparably damaged by my past. Painful events leave scars, true, but it turns out they’re largely erasable. Jill Bolte Taylor, the neuroanatomist who had a stroke that obliterated her memory, described the event as losing “37 years of emotional baggage.” Taylor rebuilt her own brain, minus the drama. Now it appears we can all effect a similar shift, without having to endure a brain hemorrhage. The very thing you’re doing at this moment — questioning habitual thoughts — is enough to begin off-loading old patterns. For example, take an issue that’s been worrying you (“I’ve got to work harder!”) and think of three reasons that belief may be wrong. Your brain will begin to let it go. Taylor found this thought-loss euphoric. You will, too.
4. Working hard leads to success. Baby mammals, including humans, learn by playing, which is why “the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.” Boys who’d spent years strategizing for fun gained instinctive skills to handle real-world situations. So play as you did in childhood, with all-out absorption. Watch for ways your childhood playing skills can solve a problem (see #1). Play, not work, is the key to success. While we’re on the subject…
5. Success is the opposite of failure. Fact: From quitting smoking to skiing, we succeed to the degree we try, fail, and learn. Studies show that people who worry about mistakes shut down, but those who are relaxed about doing badly soon learn to do well. Success is built on failure.
6. It matters what people think of me. “But if I fail,” you may protest, “people will think badly of me!” This dreaded fate causes despair, suicide, homicide. I realized this when I read blatant lies about myself on the Internet. When I bewailed this to a friend, she said, “Wow, you have some painful fantasies about other people’s fantasies about you.” Yup, my anguish came from my hypothesis that other people’s hypothetical hypotheses about me mattered. Ridiculous! Right now, imagine what you’d do if it absolutely didn’t matter what people thought of you. Got it? Good. Never go back.
7. We should think rationally about our decisions. Your rational capacities are far newer and more error-prone than your deeper, “animal” brain. Often complex problems are best solved by thinking like an animal. Consider a choice you have to make — anything from which movie to see to which house to buy. Instead of weighing pros and cons intellectually, notice your physical response to each option. Pay attention to when your body tenses or relaxes. And speaking of bodies…
8. The pretty girls get all the good stuff. Oh, God. So not true. I unlearned this after years of coaching beautiful clients. Yes, these lovelies get preferential treatment in most life scenarios, but there’s a catch: While everyone’s looking at them, virtually no one sees them. Almost every gorgeous client had a husband who’d married her breasts and jawline without ever noticing her soul.
9. If all my wishes came true right now, life would be perfect. Check it out: People who have what you want are all over rehab clinics, divorce courts, and jails. That’s because good fortune has side effects, just like medications advertised on TV. Basically, any external thing we depend on to make us feel good has the power to make us feel bad. Weirdly, when you’ve stopped depending on tangible rewards, they often materialize. To attract something you want, become as joyful as you think that thing would make you. The joy, not the thing, is the point.
10. Loss is terrible. Ten years ago I still feared loss enough to abandon myself in order to keep things stable. I’d smile when I was sad, pretend to like people who appalled me. What I now know is that losses aren’t cataclysmic if they teach the heart and soul their natural cycle of breaking and healing. A real tragedy? That’s the loss of the heart and soul themselves. If you’ve abandoned yourself in the effort to keep anyone or anything else, unlearn that pattern. Live your truth, losses be damned. Just like that, your heart and soul will return home. –Martha Beck
# 4 – The definition of real beauty?
# 5 – We are in the midst of a very powerful and transformative period, astrologically and evolutionarily (is that a word?!) speaking. Let’s make the most of it!
Here’s a Cliff Note’s version of what’s up from Tami Brunk at astrologyforearthrenewal.com….
November begins with a bang, with Uranus and Pluto in their 4thexact square on Friday November 1 (yesterday), and the Solar Hybrid Eclipse (Super New Moon) in Scorpio Sunday morning, November 3. These major events occur while Mercury is Retrograde in Scorpio. Let it go. Let it all go. What are you applying your focus and energy on that is wanting to change or be released-but you’re terrified to let it go? Let it go.
Every “beat” of the Drum that is this major Pluto Uranus Cycle (there will be 7 exact squares between 2012 and 2015) shakes off another layer of the crumbling modern era, revealing glimpses of our emerging new culture. Don’t waste another moment trying to hold back the tide of change. Allow what needs to fall away to be shaken off and released.
FEEL down deep into your life and present moment to see what is emerging that is new, that stirs your passion, that turns you on. Focus your attention on the beauty, the preciousness of the life you have. The heart-centered connections with the life around you, the relationships that nourish your spirit. Listen to the calling of your soul, of the feminine aspect of your life that is wanting to spring forward and absorb your focus and your attention.
Neptune and Chiron in Pisces both station direct in the middle of November. We have been doing a lot of deep dreaming and vision incubating in the past months and by the middle of November we can begin to take clear action in the world from the greater wholeness and spiritual attunement that we feel. We can begin to move in our daily lives and interactions from a place of great presence and connection to our higher wisdom.
Jupiter stations Retrograde at 20′ 31″ degrees Cancer, and will not station direct until March of 2014. We are integrating the learning around the Cancer Mysteries that we’ve been gaining since June of this year. Where do we wish to live? Are we at “home” in our lives, our place, our relationships? This is a time of deep inner focus on our creations-projects and aspects of ourselves, our communities, our lives that we have been nurturing since June. March will begin the more “external” phase of this cycle, where we begin to bring our creations more into middle world expression.
Want more on what’s going on, cosmically-speaking? Here’s an excerpt from an article at mooncircles.com by Simone Butler on the Scorpio new moon that adds further insight into the current astrological forces at play….
Sunday’s New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse (November 3, 4:50 a.m. PST) is amazingly potent, given its close proximity to decisive Saturn and supportive aspects to regenerative Pluto, Mars and Chiron. Lunar energies take prominence when the Moon eclipses the Sun, bringing emotions, fears and desires to the surface. We’re shedding our old skins to reveal a more authentic version of ourselves, and should begin to see the results after Mercury turns direct on Nov. 10. By the end of the year, whatever house of your chart contains 11-13 degrees Scorpio will be altered in some way. And if the eclipse aspects your natal planets, an even more significant shift could be at hand.
Adding to the intensity, on November 1 Uranus and Pluto (Scorpio’s ruler) make the fourth of seven exact squares. This brings an explosive, life-changing element into the mix. Because Pluto and Scorpio rule the dark side of life, many of us are feeling out of sorts as our shadow selves seek expression and healing. Finding emotional balance could require a fierce expression of anger or other ‘dark’ emotion. Look beneath the surface, invite your primal feelings to arise and let ‘em rip (preferably in private!). You’ll be clearing your slate for magical, abundant new beginnings.
Read the full article here: http://mooncircles.com/scorpio-new-moon-honoring-darkness/
BTW, we’ve all heard about creating a vision board, right? Well, I was just reading where Mark Waldman leads people through the C.R.A.P. Board process, where you identify the top Conflicts, Resistance, Anxiety and Problems you believe are holding you back. Interesting idea, and I like the title of the process…makes me laugh. Plus, with Mercury being retrograde, the upcoming Scorpio new moon and solar eclipse, and us gaining an extra hour tomorrow, it might be the ideal time to reflect on what would be on our own crap boards. :-0