Astrological Forecast Fall/Winter 2022 by Eric D. Linter | SPIRIT OF CHANGE

Astrological Forecast Fall/Winter 2022

August 23, 2022

Eric D. Linter

Astrology

“ …deriving their powers from the consent of the governed…”  The Declaration of Independence

As we reach the latter stages of the year, momentous changes are under way. The pesky “upset the apple cart” square between Saturn and Uranus, a fixture during chaotic 2021, is realigning and gaining strength. Saturn represents the powers that be, conservatism and respect for the past. Uranus rules progressive thinking, advances in technology and the notion that we humans are one family, all in this life together. Saturn is regressive and at times repressive while Uranus is evolutionary and loves freedom. Historically, eras when these two planets test each other often bring tumult and leaps in the collective consciousness.

Faced with the uncertainties of climate change, overpopulation and a lack of political leadership due to rampant greed, corruption, ineptitude and denial, millions question authority in countries around the globe. Many more people are simply too busy trying to survive day-to-day to consider the political fray. Under the Saturn/Uranus square, with its one step forward, two steps back pacing, progress comes in halting steps.

Our own nation is in the throes of its first Pluto return, when the outermost planet returns to the degree it occupied on July 4, 1776. In 2022 there are three exact return dates, a once in two-hundred-and-fifty year event. These returns take several years to play out. They herald the collapse of some empires and the rebirth of others.

No doubt we are at a crossroads. Pluto is always about the use of power, who holds it and what purposes are served. The November midterm elections are crucial to the fate of our country. That morning’s powerful full Moon/lunar eclipse underscores the need for participation. At the end of the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin opined, “It’s a republic, if you can keep it.” A republic may no longer be sufficient. Hopefully in this election cycle our country will finally live up to its ideal of a more perfect union and become a more functional democracy.

September 2022

We’re off to a jaunty start as the month begins. Optimism is writ large in the stars as Mars is sextile Jupiter the morning of Thursday, the 1st. Under Friday’s Mercury/Jupiter opposition trains, automobiles and flights are filled with countless holiday weekend travelers. Pay attention on Saturday, the 3rd when the waxing Moon tangles with Mars and the Sun. Morning stress levels can be intense. Unrest eases by late afternoon. Sunday evening is a holiday bright spot. It’s an excellent time for a party or date with a special someone.

Time passes quickly during the back to school and work week. Tuesday, the 6th and Wednesday feel bright and busy. Even as the Moon waxes full, Mercury slows and turns retrograde on Friday, the 9th. Now in Libra, the Messenger of the Gods stays retrograde until October 2nd. Much of the retrograde period sees Mercury at odds with Jupiter. With the midterm elections a mere two months away, a flood of political news and shifting opinions is likely. Carefully scrutinize the source of your information. Be on the lookout for ulterior motives and hidden agendas. TV content is called “programming” for good reason. Mercury retrograde can actually be good for critical thinking, second looks and drawing knowledge from past events and personal experience.

The full Harvest Moon is exact in Pisces at 5:59 in the morning on Saturday, the 10th. Empathy, compassion and humanitarian impulses are stimulated. From Taurus, Uranus functions as a beacon of possibility. Tune out angry, strident voices. The path forward is kind and inclusionary, as well as open-minded. Dream of a better world.

After a quieter few days the Sun is at odds with confusing Neptune on Friday, the 16th. The conjunct Moon and Venus square Mars that same day. Dissatisfaction can be great, although the true cause may not be obvious. Some may seek to exploit differences between the sexes. Debates may be lively over the weekend. Many questions are answered by the night of Sunday, the 18th. Monday, the 19th has enormous romantic and social potential.

The fall equinox is Thursday, the 22nd. The Sun enters Libra that night. The hours of daylight and darkness are in balance and autumn begins. Stay on top of weather reports on Friday, the 23rd. A fresh activity cycle begins with the Libra new Moon the evening of Sunday, the 25th. Political passions are inflated as the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus oppose Neptune and Jupiter. Seekers of truth and fair play feel encouraged. We must give respect if we are going to receive it. Set your intentions for the coming weeks. Monday the 26th is both eye-opening and pleasurable. The last week of the month feels busy and productive.

October 2022

Personal initiative is strong the morning of the 1st. Running errands or doing household chores goes more smoothly and enjoyably with many hands pitching in. Distractions multiply Saturday afternoon, and the battle to focus continues into Sunday when Mercury resumes forward motion. Partners may demand attention at inconvenient moments. The first quarter Capricorn Moon adds to Sunday evening turbulence. Be understanding and patient. Let certain obligations ride, and spend quality time with family and friends.

Goals are within reach as the Moon waxes during the week of the 3rd. The weekend of the 8th and 9th is high energy. Pluto resumes forward motion Saturday evening. The direction change ratchets up the public will to redirect our nation’s course. Resistance is also likely to rise. In a democracy it’s supposed to be about the numbers. The whole idea is majority rules. The Moon enters Aries on Sunday at midday. The current activity cycle reaches its zenith with the full Hunter’s Moon on Sunday afternoon, the 9th. Venus is close to the Libra Sun, giving peace, love and understanding a fighting chance. An air sign grand trine composed of the Sun, Mars and Saturn encourages reasonable discussions.

Mercury returns to Libra the evening of Monday, the 10th. Holding some people to their word becomes more challenging as mixed trends move in. Stick to the tried and true as the Sun aligns with Saturn on Tuesday, the 11th. Mars’ midweek square to Neptune stirs fears and controversies. Disinformation is a serious threat. Weather conditions may also be problematic. The working week ends on a positive note. As Venus aligns with Saturn early Friday morning, alliances are solid.

Energized Monday, the 17th features a motivational last quarter Moon. The Sun’s evening trine to Mars helps many people power through the day’s challenges. Venus forms another trine to the Red Planet the following day, sustaining friendly vibes, happiness and passionate affections. Relationships require care on Wednesday, the 19th when both the Sun and Venus are at odds with Pluto. Jealousy can be an unpleasant factor. The Sun’s Saturday afternoon conjunction with Venus puts many hearts in an excellent place. This is a great day to make peace and share love.

Sunday, the 23rd brings a sea change. The Sun and Venus enter Scorpio, and Saturn resumes forward motion. The stakes seem to be growing higher. It is impossible to ignore the karmic implications of words and deeds. The stage is now set for autumn eclipse season. As is often the case, there will be two this fall. Tuesday, the 25th brings the Scorpio new Moon, a solar eclipse. Revelations are the order of the day. Secrets are outed, leaders may fall. Pay close attention to inner guidance. As with all eclipse weeks, unexpected events are more than likely to impact plans. As the new activity cycle is now under way, be ready to invent, improvise and change course.

Retrograde Jupiter slips back into Pisces on Friday, the 28th, stirring hearts and imaginations. The shift also evokes deeper concern for others. The first half of Halloween feels celebratory. The Moon’s late morning entry into Aquarius initiates more stressful energies. Pay attention if you plan to be out tonight.

November 2022

A massive, tense fixed sign configuration dominates the early November skies. Five planets plus the fateful lunar nodes are involved. Flexibility is one key to managing the dynamic energies. Tenacity is another. The trick is knowing when to bend, when to stand firm, and when to forge ahead. There may be no perfect option available on Tuesday, the 1st. Consider adopting an “if in doubt, wait” approach. Roadblocks begin to clear tomorrow afternoon, and by Thursday, the 3rd substantial progress is made. Teamwork is facilitated. There could be surprising economic news on or around Saturday, the 5th as Venus opposes unpredictable Uranus. Some social ties are strained, others break apart. An unexpected expense could also arise.

The week of the 7th is filled with grave challenges. Election Day, Tuesday, the 8th, features the full Beaver Moon in Taurus, a lunar eclipse. The eclipsed Moon is exactly conjunct the erratic but sometimes ingenious Uranus. The Scorpio Sun, Venus and Mercury are conjunct. All five opposing planets are at odds with Saturn, the karmic scorekeeper. The cosmic energies are formidable. Use them wisely for transformational growth, breaking free of confining situations and living a more ethical, fulfilling life.

Participation in these midterms is likely to be massive, a clear response to last summer’s Supreme Court rulings. Efforts to undermine the will of voters are also probable as the Moon symbolizes public sentiment. Not everyone will be pleased with the results. By Thursday, the 10th Mercury is in a testing square with Saturn. Friday, the 11th sees the Sun also square to the Ringed Planet. Proceed slowly and deliberately. Respect rules and regulations. Protestors will likely face draconian treatment by the powers that be.

Silver linings are more apparent over the weekend. Some controversies are resolved. Hopes are on the rise as Mercury, Venus and the Sun harmonize with Neptune from Saturday, the 12th through Monday, the 14th. Venus’ trine to Jupiter makes Monday night spectacularly enjoyable. Friday, the 18th brings headaches as well as hard won gains. Mars’ square to Neptune during Saturday morning can be a harbinger of treacherous weather. Dress appropriately and use safeguards if you’re using tools or machinery.

The busiest of the holiday travel weeks actually kicks off early this year. On Sunday, the 20th a solar trine to Jupiter is a cosmic green light signal. Optimism is reinforced on Monday, the 21st as Venus and Mercury link up in philosophical Sagittarius. The Sun enters Sagittarius early on Tuesday, the 22nd. Plans may be in flux but the very next day, Wednesday, the 23rd brings a frisky and enlightening new Moon. The Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury are all conjunct in freedom-loving Sagittarius. The planetary stellium’s trine to retrograde Jupiter and Neptune in late Pisces foretells many wonderful reunions during the coming weeks.

After all the celestial fireworks, the final week of November is relatively quiet. Take advantage of muscular trends on Sunday, the 27th and Monday, the 28th. These can be fruitful days. Maintain a steady pace on Tuesday, the 29th and make course adjustments on the 30th.

December 2022

Thursday the 1st is a long and winding road. From a post-midnight opposition between Venus and Mars until Venus sextiles Saturn towards day’s end, numerous aspects keep the emotional landscape varied. If you’re busy with work or holiday planning, be on guard against oversights and misplaced items. Clarity and momentum take an uptick just before midnight, and energy levels stay high through the first half of the weekend. Sunday is relatively calm.

The waxing Taurus Moon unites with Uranus at midday on Monday, the 2nd. Life takes surprising turns. Hopes compete with fears that night, but building lunar energy pulls us on towards Wednesday night’s full Moon in Gemini. The volatile full Cold Moon, exact an hour before midnight, is exactly conjunct Mars. A war of words could erupt. Think carefully before speaking. A testing angle from Neptune increases the chances of a miscalculation. Be kind and quick to forgive.

Holiday preparations and parties are in full swing during the middle of the month. Check the weather forecasts on and around Wednesday, the 14th when the Sun is at odds with Neptune. Saturday, the 17th is a fine time for gatherings and meeting people. The diminishing energy of the waning lunar cycle runs counter to building anticipation for the holidays. At the winter solstice, Wednesday, the 21st, the Sun’s entry into Capricorn and shortest day of the year, the Sun forms an enlivening square to Jupiter. A torch of hope is lit. Expectations are enormous. Solstice observances are also graced by Venus’ magical trine to Uranus.

On Friday, the 23rd the Capricorn new Moon launches a new activity cycle. Saturday, the 24th sees wonderful auspices for travel and socializing. Holiday traditions are taken to heart. Sunday, the 25th brings an Aquarius Moon that is well-aligned with Jupiter and Mars. Stories and camaraderie are shared in equal measure. Be careful if you are out late that night. Mercury’s retrograde on the 29th is likely to bring touching reunions and realizations. A family secret could be revealed.

January 2023

Happy New Year! Harmony between the Taurus Moon and Capricorn Sun bodes well for a very comfortable New Year’s Day. The Moon’s proximity to her north node and Uranus are perfect for envisioning the future as you would like it to be. Divine inspiration is also available. Spirits remain high as the Moon waxes during the first week of the year. Count your blessings as Venus aligns with Jupiter on Wednesday, the 4th. The Sun’s trine to Uranus buoys progressives the following day, an excellent time for planning. The Cancer full Wolf Moon on Friday evening of the 6th is an eye-opening experience. Tribes gather and we draw on the past to prepare for what lies ahead. Discuss options and rework plans over the weekend of the 7th and 8th.

Mars, retrograde in Gemini since late October, resumes forward motion the afternoon of January 12th. A stalled project could suddenly take on new life. Some partners require special care around Tuesday, the 14th. Breezy Venus in Aquarius is testing Uranus, highlighting the reality that relationships have their seasons and require periodic renewal. Giving others space makes sense and with the Sun overtaking Pluto on Thursday, the 16th, finding a healthy balance of give and take is necessary.

On Friday, the 20th, the Sun enters visionary Aquarius. The Aquarius new Moon the afternoon of the 21st reinforces commitments to the welfare of friends and extended family groups. Where fair play and loyalty are missing, it could be time to sever ties. Uranus resumes forward motion on Sunday evening, the 22nd. More financial instability and earth changes are to be expected.

Thoughts of the future are particularly detailed and expansive due to a solar sextile with confidence-building Jupiter on the 24th. As Venus arrives in Pisces the night of Thursday, the 26th be aware that feelings grow more tender. Over the weekend of the 28th and 29th a dynamic angle between the Sun and Mars fosters a brisk pace. Saturday night is a good one for socializing.

February 2023

While the comforts of home, family, friends and familiar faces are notable the first days of the month, the forces of change are building. The Sun’s square to Uranus the night of Friday, the 3rd underscores the fragility of life. Happy or sad, a waxing Moon adds to the intensity of feelings. Relationship challenges are sparked on Saturday, the 4th. Worries culminate with the full Snow Moon in Leo the afternoon of Sunday, the 5th. Some souls need to be the center of attention but excessive amounts of ego can stand in the way of friendship. Being up front about insecurities alleviates anxieties.

A mellower week follows. As Valentine’s Day nears, the heart-stirring worlds of the creative arts, spiritual wisdom and love are illuminated. The 14th is a fantastic day for sending as well as receiving cards and gifts that express affection. Venus’ approach to Neptune culminates with a conjunction the morning of Wednesday, the 15th. A Sun/Saturn conjunction quickly follows on the 16th. It’s time for a reality check. Either commit fully and dive deeper in or move on. Halfway measures will not do.

Forgiveness is a powerful undercurrent on Friday, the 17th. Send messages of loving concern. Make travel arrangements. Optimistic trends continue into Saturday, the 18th. The Sun enters Pisces Saturday evening. The weekend is the ideal time to mend fences with estranged friends and associates. Concentrate on tying up other loose ends as the Moon reaches the end of her cycle.

The Pisces new Moon of Monday, the 20th heralds a new activity phase and the coming of spring. With the Sun and Moon still close to Saturn, winter may seem to linger interminably in many parts of the world. Venus enters Aries the same day, breaking through some of winter’s doldrums. Be on the lookout for schedule disruptions on Tuesday, the 21st. Even the most carefully planned events are subject to unexpected changes. Much like slowly melting winter snowpacks, the last days of the month are quiet. Expectations are increasing. Venus’ pending conjunction with Jupiter boosts confidence as well as joie de vivre as March nears. Believe in the power of love!

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Eric Linter offers a complete range of astrological services including readings and classes. Contact him at stars@ericlinter.comor by telephone at 508-541-4115. Read his Daily Forecasts on the Spirit of Change homepage at spiritofchange.org.

Meet Eric at the NATURAL LIVING EXPO in Marlboro, MA, November 12, 2022 at 10:30am for his workshop “Our Astrological Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?”

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Musings: Expect Your Body To Heal And It Can by Carol Bedrosian, Spirit of Change

Musings: Expect Your Body To Heal And It Can

What the science is telling us is that we can just as easily choose to believe we can heal ourselves, as believe that we can’t.

February 22, 2022
Carol Bedrosian, | Spirit of Change

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“It’s not just disease that starts in the mind; everything starts in the mind,” says visionary leader and author Marianne Williamson in Heal, a film about the power of the mind to heal the body. “We have more faith in the power of cancer to kill us than the possibility of our body to heal itself,” she notes.

Unfortunately, she is right. Even though both facts are true — cancer can kill us and our bodies can heal themselves — humans are only just now beginning to realize they have a choice about that second fact: a belief in healing matters. The placebo effect, highlighting the powerful influence belief has on healing outcome, has already been documented in thousands of experiments from Harvard Medical School to the National Institutes of Health. What the science is telling us is that we can just as easily choose to believe we can heal ourselves, as believe that we can’t. Why not choose healing?! The secret is in how to get started.

People can make this decision with varying degrees of commitment and belief. Back in the early 1980s when I got my first full-time job with full medical, dental, and vision benefits, I soon realized I had nothing to use my benefits on because I was young and in robust health. I felt cheated! When I eventually developed a need for root canals, I actually felt vindicated by getting to use the benefits.

A few years later when I left the job and my medical benefits were about to expire unless I opted-in to continue, I had already discovered the effectiveness of acupuncture, herbs and alternative medicine. I remember receiving the insurance form in the mail and declaring, “Well, I’m not going to need this anymore!” And I tossed the envelope in the trash without a second thought. I began publishing Spirit of Change the very next year.

Thirty-five years of professional research and personal experience now confirm to me that humans are endowed with powerful, healing tools that we can learn to use on ourselves and others. The most powerful of these is the belief the body can heal itself. Once you decide this is true, it makes no difference what treatment method you choose — energy medicine, remote healing, acupuncture, herbs, prayer, yoga, or even surgery, chemotherapy or pharmaceuticals, if necessary. When you apply the treatment tool and expect your body to heal, it can.

This is not to say that all pain or disease will be eliminated. We will all die of something one day, and undoubtedly some illnesses serve an important purpose to redirect the course of our lives. But humans have the potential to alleviate huge amounts of pain and suffering from life on Earth when people are skilled in self-healing, and the body’s healing power becomes common knowledge.

I have come to believe that learning how to develop and manipulate this healing power is really just the warm-up gig for realizing our power to create every aspect of our lives on Earth. Because we are so motivated to heal when something is uncomfortable, healing projects are actually gifts that propel us to practice our powers of manifestation daily, and even passionately. Once a person discovers the power to heal is real, the shift to a new understanding of how we are creating our world and our state of well-being every second of every day with our thoughts, beliefs and actions is not far behind.

Studies show that meditation, compassion and loving thoughts release healing chemicals like oxytocin and dopamine into the body. This lowers stress and boosts overall immunity. Likewise, experiencing stress and indulging hateful or negative thoughts releases harmful chemicals like cortisol into the body, which prime the body to fight or flee. This defensive posture degrades the immune system, increases blood pressure and causes other physical imbalances. You can choose to spend time daily in meditation and add to your healing reserves. Each of us chooses our own thoughts and actions, and in this way contributes to either health or disease in the body.

In addition to our healing powers of belief and manifestation, humans are gifted with a unique superpower of love. Love has the power to instantly unite humans as one so they act transcendently for the purposes of greater good and transformation. It is also the force that connects each person individually to the body’s healing intelligence. Nothing feels better than sharing in the love of those around us because love is humanity’s secret healing ingredient that never runs out, and only increases. Forget about the supplements; the best and quickest way to boost your immune system is to flood yourself with love. Allow yourself to think of every person, animal, place and thing you love and bask in that warmth and tingly glow. Celebrate yourself and the light you shine. Loving and healing go hand in hand.

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Carol Bedrosian is the publisher of Spirit of Change Magazine. www.spiritofchange.org

Think Outside The Crate | Spirit of Change

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Think Outside The Crate

Wendy Marks

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When I was growing up there was always a pet in my home. My mom‘s dog, Junior, from her pre-marriage days, was of unknown ancestry (but we always guessed chow and something with really long fur). He looked like a tiny orange lion with a black tongue.

Junior was an ever-present part of the landscape of my childhood. My baby portraits always included Junior. I used to pretend he was a lion and would pry open his jaws and stick my head in his mouth; when he had had enough, he would crawl under the couch.

Junior was an integral part of several families, passed among different members of our clan over the course of his 18-year life, and he always brought joy with him. He understood the word “bath” in eight languages and managed to hide effectively whenever it was mentioned.

There is also the story that Junior saved me from being kidnapped by barking frantically when my mother left me in the baby carriage to quickly go into a store. She looked up to see someone running away with the carriage, with me in it. I’m not sure whether they wanted the carriage or me (it was a really nice carriage), but Junior’s barking saved my life — at least that’s the story.

Pets Help Us In So Many Ways…

Animals are a reason to get out of bed, even on the worst mornings. I know from experience that somebody jumping on my bladder, then walking up to death-stare into my eyes repeatedly is bound to get me out of bed to feed them and change their litter. They begin and end my day. They make me laugh, annoy me, act goofy, knock things over and steal small items (my pearl earring), and so on. Pets provide a structure to the day because they are dependent upon us. Even if I’m away I often find myself waking up thinking, Oh I’ve got to get up and feed the cats.

Pets increase your physical activity and contact with nature. Having a dog to walk requires going out, even in subzero weather, and making sure that your dog’s needs are taken care of. Even if you wouldn’t normally go out, knowing that your dog needs to get out will get you out, too. Taking your dog to the beach or a park and walking or running with them feels nothing like forced exercise — it’s pleasurable.

Pets are amazing companions. You can complain to them about anything and they will pretty much sit and listen. They will often stay in the same room with you just to be social. Having a dog or a cat sit on your lap and look at you with blissful eyes is a wonderful experience. Pets give back so much more emotionally than any effort it takes to care for them.

Pets reduce anxiety and stress. There have been many studies about this. My favorite one found that the sound of purring lowers blood pressure. Petting an animal provides both parties with a rewarding experience. Everybody feels loved.

Pets can help you meet new people. If you have a friendly dog, people are going to stop and say, “Hello,” and pat the dog’s head. My friend who walks her cat gets into some great conversations. There are lots of social groups that evolve around animals, such as dog training and dog play groups. These activities keep us grounded and focused, and can give our day purpose and a sense of accomplishment.

“But I Don’t Have Room For A Dog…”

Here’s what I’d say: “Think outside the crate.” Besides dogs and cats, there are lots of other animals that are fun to have. When my child was younger, we had Kiwi Herman, a guinea pig. I never thought I could love a guinea pig, but whenever the refrigerator door opened, she sang and chirped; it was really a cheerful experience! Plus, her maintenance was extremely low effort.

I even had a pet rat. That’s a long story, but rats are fantastic pets for some people. They are quite smart, they love peanut butter, and they can be good companions that take up very little space. My rat’s exercise circuit was completely contained in the bathroom. That was in great part due to the fact that I had two cats who thought he’d make a delicious snack.

I’m personally not a big fan of fish, but some people really enjoy them. I’ve even met some snakes that I thought were pretty cool, and I have a friend who has chickens for pets.

Think about the space you have, even in a tiny apartment; you can have an animal like a guinea pig or a pet rat.

If you absolutely cannot have an animal you can volunteer at a pet shelter, or foster animals. Even visiting petting farms or animal sanctuaries can be rewarding and comforting.

I think one of the most amazing things about pets is that they create a space for the giving and receiving of unconditional love. Isn’t that the best gift of all?

Wendy Marks is a Medical Intuitive and Rehabilitation Counselor with thirty years of practice in traditional and complementary health therapies. Sign up here for Wendy’s email blog. 

Eric D. Linter: Astrological Forecast for Spring/Summer 2021 | Spirit of Change

Astrological Forecast for Spring/Summer 2021

Eric D. Linter | Spirit of Change

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“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start
where you are and change the ending.” — James Sherman


Spring, the season of bright hopes is near. The planets overhead hold the promise of a new paradigm. Our forecast begins with Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter joined together in visionary Aquarius. This is the sign of people power, community and friendship. Looking out for one’s fellow men and women is a fashionable necessity. The path ahead is not without challenges. Saturn spends much of 2021 in a testing square with eccentric Uranus. Cautious Saturn favors tradition and known quantities. Uranus, on the other hand, is wildly adventurous, a rule breaker open to experimentation. Both our day-to-day personal experiences as well as collective progress may feel like a case of two steps forward and one step back.

Because Uranus is also associated with freedom and naturally leans towards progressive thinking, reformers and inventors can at times appear to have seized control. It was discovered in 1781, the era of the American Revolution and birth of the Industrial Age. The promise of humankind’s inventive spirit seemed limitless. First water and then steam power were harnessed to conquer Mother Nature and boost productivity. Two-hundred-and-forty years later many folks question whether we have in fact been misguided by our technological prowess. Mankind’s balance with the natural world has been lost. Faces glued to mobile phones, people are often oblivious to the person sitting right next to them while the fragility of Earth is too often an afterthought. These quality-of-life issues need to be addressed if we hope to improve our prospects on this planet. We’ll have numerous chances to speak up and act in 2021.

March

Momentum is notable on the first day of the new month. The Libra Moon, a beacon of good manners and refined tastes, is agreeably aligned with Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter. We know what to do and when to do it. Partnerships thrive and teamwork is super productive. Positive trends continue. A midweek sextile between Venus and Uranus fosters affection. On Thursday, the 4th mental Mercury forms an optimistic conjunction with Jupiter. Both travel and communications go well.

On Friday, the 5th the last quarter Sagittarius Moon could bring forth emotionally charged issues. The Aquarius Moon activates a tense square between Saturn and Uranus. Take changes in stride. Many folks are confronted with difficult choices. An Aquarian stellium lights the way through storms and, by the end of the working week, renews faith in humankind. Exercise the potential of positive thinking and look for silver linings.

Before dawn on Saturday, the 13th the final new moon of the zodiacal year showcases a brilliant stellium in Pisces. Composed of the Sun, Moon, Venus and Neptune, magic is afoot. All that begins during the coming two weeks is infused with both heart and vision. Women’s causes are well-served, as are creative and humanitarian endeavors. At times it will be better to follow your passion than listen to your rational mind. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday.


Mercury arrives in Pisces the evening of Monday, the 15th. Minds become more impressionable and fanciful. The Sun and Venus form empowering sextiles to dogged Pluto during the mid-week period. Tenacity and cooperation pay dividends on the 16th and 18th, when the supportive aspects reach peak intensity.

s the ensuing weekend gets under way the Sun enters Aries before dawn on Saturday the 20th. This is the Spring Equinox, when the hours of daylight and darkness are in balance. On the threshold of the new season the future calls. Many folks feel impelled to be on their way, eager to meet new challenges. The waxing Moon reaches her first quarter stage on Sunday. The morning hours may feel slightly off kilter but things smooth out and move briskly the second half of the day.

Numerous challenges arise on Tuesday, the 23rd and Wednesday, the 24th. Flexibility and patience are helpful. The approaching conjunction of the Aries Sun and Venus, exact early Friday morning of the 26th, proves love is a guiding light. The waxing Moon crescendos to fullness on Sunday, the 28th. Full in Libra, the Moon is in opposition to the Sun and Venus. The Moon is also part of a grand trine along with Saturn and Mars. The energies are a fabulous harbinger of healing and less fearful times.

April

Minutes after midnight on Thursday, the 1st, the Moon enters adventure-loving Sagittarius. Intelligent jests and jokes are recommended this April Fool’s Day. Aside from the silliness, the stars give a solid green light for important business, meetings and other commitments. The skies are relatively quiet during the first weekend of April, although some strain is felt around Sunday morning’s early last quarter Moon in Capricorn. Easter celebrations grow sweeter as the day progresses.

Tuesday, the 6th is a standout day for fun. Venus and the Aries Sun are conjunct, while also harmonizing with Mars. The Aquarius Moon joins the party late in the day, setting the stage for enjoyable get togethers. Don’t forget to wear your mask and practice social distancing. Later in the week Mars forms a difficult square with Neptune. Exact the afternoon of Friday, the 9th, the aspect raises risk factors. Be conscious of the weather, potentially spoiled food and other toxic substances. Gas and water leaks, as well as simple oversights are also more likely. Improved trends dominate low key Saturday, the 10th.

The Aries new moon is exact Sunday night, the 11th. A new achievement cycle begins, but with Venus, the Sun and Moon in testing angles with Pluto, careful planning and cooperation are necessities. Follow common sense rules and regulations. Make sure partners are informed and agree with your plans. Good progress is made through Thursday, the 15th but if anything is amiss, it will likely come to light on Friday, the 16th when the Sun squares Pluto. The active stars of Saturday, the 17th mirror a beehive of activity down here on Earth. Springtime energy is definitely in the air. The upbeat atmosphere is a plus for chores, traveling, studying and assorted adventures. Even Mercury’s late afternoon square with Pluto can be put to good use, doing research or negotiating contracts.

The Sun enters Taurus on Monday afternoon, the 19th. The pace of life eases. Sleep may be elusive that night as the Leo Moon reaches her first quarter phase. A stressful Tuesday follows. Minimize frustrations by toning down expectations. Breathe, stay calm and pace yourself.

Earth Day, April 22nd, is exciting. Appropriately, the Moon is in the earth sign Virgo. Lunar aspects are inspiring. Venus forms a conjunction with Uranus, an omen of universal peace and harmony. Even a love at first sight meeting is possible. Plant a tree and fall in love! What could be better?

Mercury overtakes Uranus during the early morning hours of Saturday, the 24th. Social, spiritual and technological boundaries may be redrawn. Talk with friends. Sobering news arrives late Saturday night. Under the cover of the waxing Moon a Sunday evening Mercury/Venus conjunction reminds us of our blessings. Late on Monday, the 26th the Moon is full. This is the Scorpio full Moon, at which time India celebrates the sacred Wesak festival and the spirit of Buddha is said to return to Earth’s plane. Uranus is the closest planet to the Sun, indicating this is a particularly favorable time for enlightening experiences. Less spiritually oriented souls may be in for a wakeup call.

The days following the full Moon are comparatively mellow but the month ends dramatically. On Friday, the 30th the Sun conjuncts Uranus. Sudden changes of fortune or circumstance may catch unsuspecting souls off guard. What topples now is meant to go. In time it will be apparent that the emerging new reality is preferable to what has been lost.

May

We’re off to a sweet start as May arrives with an uninterrupted series of agreeable aspects. May Day harmony is a highlight. This day truly is a feel-good story. Maypole dancers are inspired! On Sunday, May 2nd more good vibes come flooding in as Mercury trines Pluto and Venus sextiles Neptune. Investigators and shoppers find what they’re looking for. People see eye-to-eye. Lovers and dreamers dream true.

Monday, the 3rd ushers in more challenging energies. The Taurus Sun and Aquarius Moon both set off the square between Saturn and Uranus, creating a tense, unstable atmosphere. People who thrive on certainty find the going particularly tough. If ever there was a time to practice a “live and let live” philosophy, this is it. Respect what is. Many laws and regulations exist for good reason. Rules that don’t make sense are likely to be broken today.

Mellower trends hold sway as the Moon wanes. On Saturday, the 8th it’s smart to avoid overdoing in any way. Venus enters Gemini late that night, a good placement for people who enjoy socializing. Mother’s Day, the 9th, has its ups and downs. The first half of the day holds a number of potentially uneasy moments. Defer to Mom and you can’t go wrong. Moods improve during the afternoon hours. The waning Moon and Mars give Monday, the 10th an energy boost but it’s also a good night for turning in early.

The Taurus new Moon launches the next activity cycle on Tuesday, the 11th. With Mars and Uranus in a favorable sextile, progress promises to be swift during the coming weeks. Wednesday, the 12th is quietly fruitful. Jupiter enters Pisces Wednesday evening, a fine omen for those born under the Sign of the Fishes. Monday, the 17th and Wednesday, the 19th can be notably productive but a new strategy may be called for on the 19th under the waxing first quarter Moon. Seek input from a more experienced co-worker.

The Sun enters Gemini the afternoon of Thursday, the 20th. The bright, breezy vibrancy of the Twins is a welcome energy. Adding to the exuberance, the Sun forms a square with Jupiter on Friday morning, the 21st. Some souls drink fully of life, others look to expand their knowledge or set out on a grand voyage. Because Mercury is nearing a square with confusing Neptune, it may be wise to tone down expectations. At a minimum double check appointments and itineraries. We are also moving into spring eclipse season. Things begun the week of an eclipse rarely proceed as planned. Saturn turns retrograde on the 23rd, which is sure to slow or delay some projects.


The Sagittarius Moon is full and eclipsed the morning of Wednesday the 26th. Close by her own south node, it’s an excellent time to let go of outworn ideas. Embrace moments of self-discovery. Venus tests Neptune the following afternoon. For some souls this is a time of heartache and disappointment. Others find renewed inspiration through faith and love. Friday, the 28th holds one of the month’s better social evenings. Mercury aligns with Venus, giving words extra sweetness. With the Winged Messenger stationary and about to go retrograde, unexpected reconnections sparkle over the holiday weekend.

Mercury’s retrograde begins Saturday evening. Be ready to change your thinking as new facts will almost certainly be made known during the coming weeks. Mars’ trine to Neptune is May’s last major planetary alignment. You alone have the power to make your dreams come true.

June

Confidence grows as June begins. The morning of Wednesday, the 2nd Venus settles into sensitive Cancer. Loyalties and affections are deeply felt. Thursday, the 3rd is a decisive day. The Gemini Sun trines Saturn. The stabilizing pairing reaffirms good choices and underscores the benefits of experience. The day is busy and highly productive. Venus’ evening trine to Jupiter is good reason to celebrate. Things take a turn as the weekend approaches.

On Saturday, the 5th Mercury tests Neptune while Mars opposes Pluto. Morning hopefulness gives way to feelings of confusion and desperation after noon. Emotional maturity and poise are needed. If in doubt, put a hold on important decisions and negotiations. The evening’s void-of-course Aries Moon provides a timely opportunity to disentangle from a tough situation. Relax and decompress Saturday night. Several quiet days follow.

The new Moon in Gemini ushers in a fresh activity cycle during the early morning of Thursday, the 10th. This is also a solar eclipse event. Once again, we are in a delicate time of revelations. Plans are apt to change. On Sunday, the 13th a solar square to Neptune adds new wrinkles and possible confusion. Saturn squares Uranus the following evening, lending Monday a fly-by-the-seat-of your-pants vibe. Be ready to adjust and improvise. The middle of the month is comparatively tranquil but the stars spice up June’s second half.

Sunday, the 20th is very active. The Sun enters Cancer and summer begins. This is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Jupiter turns retrograde in early Pisces, leading to a reevaluation of laws and beliefs and for some folks, a crisis of faith. Instincts are powerful, offering strength and confidence. Hearts are infused with empathy and compassion as Venus trines Neptune the following day. During Tuesday evening of the 22nd Mercury resumes forward motion. The direction change helps clarify a variety of issues, but some facts may remain questionable.

Full Moon fever hits early. Wednesday, the 23rd sees great expectations as well as overwrought feelings. The full Moon in Capricorn is exact during the early afternoon of Thursday, the 24th. Jupiter helps most folks strike a healthy balance between work and play. The month closes under mellow skies.

July

Easy does it on Thursday, the 1st. Proceed with care. Both Mars opposing Saturn and a last quarter Aries Moon inflate stress levels. Saturday’s astrological omens are worrisome. Mars is square Uranus, an explosive combination that calls for extreme caution while traveling or using machinery. Slow down! Mixed trends continue on Sunday, the 4th. Independence Day celebrations may grow raucous in some locales. Our country is still searching for a renewed sense of identity and purpose. Progress is apparent in certain areas but nagging mistrust of government authority also lingers.

The week of the 5th is an up and down ride. The Sun forms an exhilarating sextile to Uranus on Monday, the 5th, putting sparkle in everyday events. Multiple challenges require attention on Tuesday. With Venus igniting the Saturn/Uranus square, this is a time to be attentive to loved ones, as is Thursday, the 8th. Friday night’s new Moon in Cancer ushers in another activity cycle.

There’s relatively smooth sailing from the 10th through the 16th but the Sun’s opposition to Pluto on Saturday, the 17th could bring a major shift in priorities. This first quarter Moon day is a good time to re-evaluate goals. Look within rather than pointing fingers. The evening of Wednesday, the 21st brings a more practical focus as Venus enters Virgo. Love is caring for others under this placement.

The Sun arrives in spirited Leo the morning of Thursday, the 22nd. Summer heat is on. So, too, is an indulgent, party-like atmosphere as Venus opposes Jupiter and the Moon grows full. The high-flying Aquarius Moon is full the night of Friday, the 23rd. Heed the callings of your heart but if you socialize, do so with appropriate caution. Bodies of water and places of natural beauty are attractive destinations. Moonlight dancing by the water is wonderful! Mixed trends make communications challenging the weekend of the 24th and 25th. Keep in close touch with playmates.

Be tactful on Thursday, the 29th. Passions rise as Mars opposes Jupiter. Don’t overstate what is obvious, and watch your temper. The last quarter Moon in Taurus sets off a dramatic fixed sign T-square on Saturday, the 31st. You definitely have more to gain using sweetness under this rather tense alignment.

August

Effective communicators are usually also great listeners. Remain open-minded on Sunday, the 1st. Decisive awareness and endings are likely as the Sun and Mercury oppose Saturn. Some commitments deepen but with a week of unpredictable twists and turns in store, it may be wise to keep your options open. The Sun’s square to Uranus caps off the tumultuous work week on Friday, the 6th. Review recent events and rethink plans on Saturday. Calmer trends arrive with the Leo new Moon of Sunday, the 8th. It’s time to get proactive.

Monday and Tuesday strategy sessions become increasingly ambitious and culminate with a deal-sealing trine between Venus and Pluto during the evening of Wednesday, the 11th. Second opinions are helpful and the strength of partnerships is obvious. Strategies may need to be fine-tuned around the time of the first quarter Moon, exact on Sunday, the 15th.

The week of the 16th races by. The Moon is waxing. Wednesday’s powerful Mercury/Mars conjunction is trine Uranus. On Thursday, the 19th the Sun opposes Jupiter. Big ideas make great things possible. The Aquarius Moon is full during the early morning hours of Sunday, the 22nd. With Jupiter close by the Moon, life is good.

Dream big but don’t be gullible on Tuesday, the 24th when Mercury opposes Neptune. Second thoughts are timely the morning of Thursday, the 26th. Do your research and acquire needed information as Mercury aligns with Pluto. The forecast period ends under quiet skies. Savor these mellow late summer days but be respectful of the forces of Mother Nature. Keep safety in mind. Stay on top of weather forecasts and have appropriate gear on hand.

Eric Linter offers a complete range of astrological services including readings and classes. Contact him at stars@ericlinter.com or by telephone at 508-541-4115. Read his Daily Forecasts on the Spirit of Change homepage at spiritofchange.org.

Tarot For Wisdom And Wellness | Spirit of Change

Tarot For Wisdom And Wellness | Spirit of Change

The images and ideas depicted on the tarot deck reflect timeless patterns of human thought and behavior that transcend cultures, religions, value systems and beliefs.

 September 5, 2017 JOSEPHINE HARDMAN, MA, PHD

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The subconscious mind communicates primarily through images. When we dream, we receive visual messages from deep within ourselves, from the places we can’t access when we are awake. But what if we could speak to our subconscious minds in return? What if we could transform this kind of communication into a two-way street?

With its primordial and universal imagery, the tarot deck can allow us to do just that: to intentionally and deliberately communicate with the subconscious parts of ourselves. This includes the parts that have been programmed by past events, memories, and experiences, which we often must rewire and reprogram with new ideas, beliefs, and affirmations in order to release old patterns and behaviors. Because the tarot expresses itself through mysterious and evocative images, our subconscious aspects resonate with the tarot’s imagery more powerfully and directly than our conscious minds.

Tarot master Alejandro Jodorowsky explains in The Way of Tarot that the true tarotist must eliminate the illusion of reading the future, thereby transforming the tarot into a psychological tool for self-knowledge. Using the cards for fortune-telling is a sort of parlor trick, and one that doesn’t do justice to tarot’s complexity and healing potential. The cards in any deck — the classic Rider Waite Smith, the Thoth, the Marseille, or a modern iteration such as the Wild Unknown Tarot or the Linestrider Tarot — can help us embark on a profound journey of self-discovery, personal and professional expansion, and healing in specific areas of our lives. The images and ideas depicted on the tarot deck reflect timeless patterns of human thought and behavior, passing down to us the great universal lessons that transcend individual cultures, religions, value systems, and beliefs.

The tarot’s Major Arcana — a set of 22 cards from The Fool (0) to The World (21) — presents us with an organized journey through archetypal figures imbued with unique energies. When we work with a deck and select a card intuitively, that card mirrors back to us where we currently stand and which strategy, choice, or idea would best serve us at any given moment. By absorbing, gazing at, meditating on, and working with a particular card, we can effectively send a message to our subconscious minds to activate, heal, increase, or decrease the primordial energy represented by that card.

Working with The Empress, for instance, opens us up to a nurturing female energy pregnant with creativity and receptivity. On the other hand, The Emperor can help us invoke the courage we need to stick with our convictions, to set healthy boundaries, and to better organize our lives. Through approaches including contemplation, intentional questioning, journaling, and visualization, each Major Arcana card can help us heal a different aspect of ourselves. Exploring all 22 cards as they relate to our own lives is therefore a productive and profound way to heal ourselves and return to wholeness.

Healing With The Major Arcana: A Brief Guide

All tarot cards are neutral. Some may ask us to work with our own shadow parts more directly than others, but the purpose is always to bring more light into our lives, to release what doesn’t serve us, and to become deliberate creators of our own realities.

As always when doing spiritual work, the first step is to set a clear intention for healing. We must use the tarot ethically and responsibly by only asking questions about ourselves, never attempting to control or pry into other people’s lives. Intentional questioning means asking focused questions, such as, “What do I need to know right now to return to my center?” or, “What kind of energy would be most helpful for me to release?” If we come from a place of honest self-exploration and alignment, the tarot deck will always respond accurately and provide us with the card that perfectly matches our vibration and answers our inquiry.

Below is a guide for working with the Major Arcana, outlining each card’s uses and healing purposes. You will add your own ideas and interpretations to each card as you work with them one-on-one. Tarot interpretation is fluid, flexible, and subjective, so this is simply a good place to start. I recommend working with the Rider Waite Smith deck if this is your first time, since its symbols are fairly accessible and it has been used as the basis for so many modern decks. As a caveat: there are no “positive” or “negative” cards. All tarot cards are neutral. Some may ask us to work with our own shadow parts more directly than others, but the purpose is always to bring more light into our lives, to release what doesn’t serve us, and to become deliberate creators of our own realities.

The following guide will walk you through the 22 Major Arcana cards in their upright positions. Individual readers must determine if they will incorporate reversed cards into their readings. In my personal and professional tarot work, I include upside-down cards because they add an extra layer of depth and insight to any spread. Generally, I read reversed cards as indicating an imbalance with the card’s upright energy.

For instance, if the High Priestess represents a strong sense of intuition and inner knowing in its upright position, a reversed High Priestess can suggest a resistance to developing one’s intuition or an excessive reliance on external knowing (i.e. other people’s opinions or ideas) in making decisions. Reversed cards usually indicate (1) resistance to the card’s upright energy, (2) a stagnation of that energy, or (3) an unhealthy excess of that energy. There are, of course, additional ways of reading upside-down cards. The reader’s intuition and skill must determine which of these categories apply to a particular card. Case Study #3 below demonstrates how to perform a reading of a reversed card.

The personal work I suggest with the following one-card readings is focused on the Major Arcana and its universal and archetypal themes. The cards in the Minor Arcana are more suitable for exploring day-to-day situations, and for assisting us as we navigate our daily experiences in the third dimension. When we work exclusively with the Major Arcana, we are able to access and heal the primordial core of the governing patterns and conflicts in our lives.

The purpose behind working with individual cards rather than multi-card layouts is to invoke the primary and unique energy of each Major Arcanum to heal a particular aspect of ourselves. Because the tarot is universal, we all contain the essential energies depicted in the 22 Major cards. Conflict, resistance, confusion, and suffering arise when those essential energies within us are in a state of imbalance (deficient, suppressed, excessive, and so on).

It’s important to work with the cards individually to heal as many parts of ourselves as we possibly can. When we add a second or third card to a spread, the cards’ individual energies begin to meld as they both amplify and dilute each other. In a multi-card spread, the High Priestess is no longer simply the High Priestess in her individual essence; she becomes the High Priestess + The Lovers, or the High Priestess + The Lovers + The Moon reversed. In other words, additional cards read in conjunction with the High Priestess transform its individual meaning into a collective one. The purpose of the exercise outlined throughout this article is to access and correct (wherever necessary) the undiluted, unique, primary energy of each Major Arcanum as it manifests in our own lives.

Individual Card Descriptions

0 THE FOOL helps us take a leap of faith, begin a new project or endeavor, and release any shame, guilt, or feeling of not being good enough.

1 THE MAGICIAN heals us of inadequacy and helps us release any fears that we can’t manifest what we most desire. Assists us in focusing our intentions so we can materialize our dreams.

2 THE HIGH PRIESTESS helps men and women connect to divine feminine energy. Stimulates and develops intuition, wisdom, and internal knowing.

3 THE EMPRESS helps us release resistance and become receptive to abundance. It blesses creative and artistic endeavors and helps us flow with the natural cycles of life.

4 THE EMPEROR helps men and women connect to masculine, active energy. It brings order out of chaos, awakens our inner strength and determination, and bolsters us so we may become the CEOs of our own lives.

5 THE HIEROPHANT helps us develop our capacity to hear divine guidance more clearly. It heals any remnants of negative patterns inherited through organized religion, culture, family, or formal education.

6 THE LOVERS teaches us how to fall in love with ourselves, and heals us of subconscious patterns of poor decision-making. It can repair and strengthen romantic relationships, inspiring greater transparency and clear communication between partners.

7 THE CHARIOT invokes courage and helps us put our higher self in charge of our physical bodies and experiences. It heals addictions and karmic issues.

8 STRENGTH helps us confront our inner shadows and purifies the subconscious mind. Strength assists us when we are afraid of making the right choice or taking the next step in any endeavor.

9 THE HERMIT shows us how to use our own light and wisdom to help others, and guides us on the path towards enlightenment.

10 THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE helps us with life transitions (i.e. switching careers, the physical death of a loved one, moving into a new phase of life). It provides focus and strength to finish what we start.

11 JUSTICE heals any sense of personal or global injustice. It helps us to accept and release past trauma and to let go of any tendency to play the victim.

12 THE HANGED MAN teaches us to let go and surrender, particularly when we’ve already done everything we can possibly do. It helps us achieve inner peace in the midst of difficulty.

13 DEATH helps us release fears of major changes and transformations, and assists us in moving along with the flow of life without resistance.

14 TEMPERANCE helps us to balance opposite or contradictory aspects of ourselves. It brings sanity, grounding, and new possibilities.

15 THE DEVIL helps us confront and dispel fear, and become aware of the areas in our lives where we are giving away our power. It heals us of the temptation to identify with ego illusions or blame others.

16 THE TOWER helps us to overthrow existing conditions in any unfulfilling or stuck area of our lives. It brings revolution and helps us build something new.

17 THE STAR is the best card to release stress and purify our physical and energetic systems. The Star helps us get back into alignment.

18 THE MOON helps us explore our subconscious aspects and achieve a deeper level of self-discovery and self-understanding. It brings self-limiting patterns to light so we may address them.

19 THE SUN brings total regeneration and returns us to a state of childlike simplicity and contentment. It dispels any sense of restlessness or dissatisfaction with life.

20 JUDGMENT teaches us that only we can judge or condemn ourselves; no one else holds that power. Judgment functions as a spiritual wake-up call, compelling us to practice forgiveness of self and others.

21 THE WORLD brings dynamic balance and helps us complete unfinished projects, recognizing our own achievements and celebrating who we are and where we are on our journey, without comparing ourselves to others. Brings closure to unresolved situations.

Case Study #1 — Career

THE CHARIOT

In this scenario, the querent or seeker (whoever is asking the tarot for guidance) is a 40-year-old woman considering a career change after many years with the same company. She feels hopeful and excited to leave a job that no longer challenges her, but she’s also nervous about the transition and wondering if she will be successful. To become receptive to the tarot’s messages for her, the querent finds a quiet place where she will not be interrupted, sits comfortably, and takes 10-20 deep breaths, focusing on exhaling any potential resistance within her. She visualizes her heart chakra opening at the center of her chest, preparing to receive the wisdom and guidance the cards will offer. These preliminary steps are crucially important, since our ego mind will often try to interfere with the process of receiving intuitive messages. This is especially true if the messages we receive are necessary for us but not exactly what we wish to hear (for instance, that it’s time to leave a long-term relationship or job). After centering herself and becoming as open as possible, the querent asks the Major Arcana: “How can I heal my feelings of anxiety about the unknown and move confidently through this transition?” She shuffles her deck of Major Arcana and pulls The Chariot.

This card sends a clear message to the querent about self-esteem, confidence, and willpower. The Chariot is a card of movement and action, of taking the reins of our own destinies with determination. The querent is being advised to work through her self-esteem issues and to become an active participant in her own life. Perhaps she entered her previous career due to family pressures or financial obligations, but this time she is being called to make a choice from her heart: what does she truly want for herself? How can she integrate her true passion with profitable work that will pay the bills? This card — with its imposing charioteer standing beneath a canopy of stars — reminds the querent of the importance of putting her higher self in charge of her experiences on the earthly plane. The querent must work towards a dynamic balance between actively driving forth movement and progress in her life and surrendering to her higher, spiritual self to ensure that her action steps are aligned with her soul’s mission. Since The Chariot also helps us resolve issues of addiction and past karma, the querent is being called to heal any compulsive tendencies to control and/or worry about past, present, and future situations. She must learn to trust that the universe will provide her with whatever she needs whenever she needs it.

Case Study #2 — Family

THE HANGED MAN

The querent is a 60-year-old man trying to support his adult daughter through a number of health issues. His daughter is contemplating her options, including switching medical providers and undergoing a fairly invasive surgery. The querent is naturally worried and trying to counsel his daughter as best he can. To become receptive and release resistance before working with the cards he meditates for a few minutes, sitting quietly with eyes closed to consciously pull his energy away from the world and back into himself. 10-15 minutes is ideal, but 5 minutes will do in a pinch. Like the querent, we all have energy cords (I often imagine them as tentacles) attached to people, things, and situations in the external world. By releasing those attachments at least for a few moments, we can become more fully present and focused. After a 10-minute meditation, the querent asks the tarot cards: “What can I do to help my daughter make the right decisions?” He shuffles the Major Arcana and draws The Hanged Man.

The querent’s desperation and desire to help are natural and understandable, but the card strongly suggests that he must let go and surrender to higher power in this situation. The Hanged Man is a clear indication that he’s already done everything that is in his power to do; it is now advisable for him to allow his daughter to make her own choices. He must retreat, in a sense, and become a stable and grounding force not only for his daughter but also for himself. If he is tempted to lecture or convince his daughter to have the surgery (or not), he must practice the art of sitting on his hands and supporting her through her own decision-making process.
The Hanged Man suggests to the querent that he must become a sounding board for his daughter and keep his strong opinions to himself, at least until after he has listened to her own reasoning. The querent could tell her he trusts her judgment and will support her choices. The lesson here is about letting go of resistance, control, and any tendency to play savior in other people’s lives. The querent must acknowledge his limitations: even though he feels he must save and heal his daughter, he must begin to accept the limits of his power. In addition, the querent is being called to cultivate inner peace and stillness even in the midst of difficulty and pain. He owes that to himself, and he will set a great example for everyone else in his life.

Case Study #3 — Relationship

THE STAR (REVERSED)

The querent is a 19-year-old woman who is currently dating a fellow college student (a 20-year-old man). She is attracted to this young man and feels they could have a solid relationship, but the man doesn’t want to commit. The woman decides to journal about the issue, writing about how she feels, what she’s currently getting out of this relationship, and what she wants to get out of a fulfilling relationship. The writing process helps her explore her confusing thoughts and feelings, and also leads to her formulating an insightful question for the tarot deck: “Is this the best relationship for me at this time?” (Note that asking “What can I do to get so-and-so to commit?” or “How does so-and-so feel about me?” would veer into unethical territory, since we can’t use the tarot to read other people’s minds or control their behavior.) The querent shuffles the Major Arcana and pulls The Star, reversed.

Immediately, the card’s upside down position indicates to the querent that her current relationship is not in clear alignment with who she really is and what she needs in this moment. The Star in its upright position is a card of total self-realization and connection to Source. The woman’s unabashed nakedness on the card represents her freedom and self-confidence; she doesn’t feel the need to hide any aspect of herself. Since The Star is reversed, the card suggests to the querent that she is not being her true self in this relationship. She feels she must hide in order to be liked or accepted. Moreover, this is a significant source of stress and will likely take an emotional and/or physical toll on her. In order to get the card’s energy back to its upright position, the querent must meditate honestly on her needs and desires and make the healthiest choice. The clear water on the card indicates to the querent that she must be transparent with herself and her boyfriend, and that her life will begin flowing more effortlessly if she takes the necessary steps to release anything that doesn’t serve her.

Reading the cards for ourselves is an insightful and fairly accessible way to begin healing patterns, habits, and beliefs that no longer serve us. However, if we’re dealing with major issues or a high degree of resistance, scheduling a multi-card reading with a seasoned reader is highly recommended. An experienced tarotist is not only an interpreter of cards; he or she can take on the role of spiritual advisor, therapist, wise counselor, and sounding board. Receiving input and guidance from a professional frequently makes the difference when we fail to make headway on our own illumination.

Further Recommendations
For the self-taught tarotist who wishes to continue exploring the tarot, I recommend the following books:
Kim Huggens, Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards, Llewellyn Publications, 2010
Rachel Pollack, 78 Degrees of Wisdom, Thorsons, 1997
Paul Fenton-Smith, Tarot Masterclass, Allen Unwin, 2008
Barbara Moore, Your Tarot Your Way: Learn to Read with Any Deck, Llewellyn Publications, 2016
Benebell Wen, Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth, North Atlantic Books, 2015 (for intermediate to advanced tarotists)

Josephine Hardman holds a PhD in English Literature and certifications in Reiki, Angel therapy, and Akashic Records. She is an intuitive tarot reader and the proprietess of Purefield Massachusetts, a heart-centered spiritual business in Shelburne Falls, MA, dedicated to helping people wake up to their true power, develop clarity and wisdom, and unleash greater abundance in all areas of their lives. Visit www.purefieldwebmass.com.

See also:
Three Tips To Boost Your Intuition
How To Be An Evidential Medium

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20 Incredible Plants And Fungi That Boost Mood, Decrease Anxiety, Prevent Disease And Filter Your Air | Spirit of Change


20 Incredible Plants And Fungi That Boost Mood, Decrease Anxiety, Prevent Disease And Filter Your Air

 March 9, 2017 JOHN SUMMERLY, PREVENT DISEASE

City dwellers today spend an average 90 percent of their time indoors, but naturalists say that ‘bringing the outdoors inside’ can offer some of the benefits that are lost by retreating indoors. These twenty plants and fungi are capable of transforming how you think, breathe and feel.

1. ROSE
Associated with the feeling of love, roses are associated with far more than a beautiful scent. In distilled forms, roses have been included in cosmetics, medicines and therapeutic treatments for centuries. A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology says that people who gaze at roses feel more comfortable and happy in general in their lives. Roses are also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and natural antioxidants.

2. RHODIOLA
Rhodiola rosea (Golden Root, Roseroot, Aaron’s Rod) is effective for improving mood and alleviating depression. Its effects are potentially mediated by changes in serotonin and dopamine levels. Used for centuries in Asia and Scandinavia, Rhodiola is still relatively new to the Western market, but its popularity is growing, in large part because it is incredibly versatile — and relatively inexpensive.

3. ROSEMARY
Used in rituals and spell crafting to promote love, long life, and happiness. Sniff the essential oil to clear your conscious mind and improve your memory. Rosemary was traditionally burned in Greek temples as an offering to the goddesses and gods. Rosemary oil, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and is used to rid a place of negativity. Rosemary is most commonly known as a symbol of remembrance and is an aid to strengthen and fortify the memory. Rosemary is also associated with; friendship, passion; increasing mental powers; preventing nightmares and sleep.

4. PEACE LILY
Peace lilies remove moisture from the air, acting as organic air purifiers. If you breathe fresh, you feel fresh. According to the University of Minnesota Extension while all plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as part of the photosynthesis process, peace lilies also absorb airborne pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Peace lilies effectively remove benzene, a byproduct of inks, oils, paints, plastics, rubber, dyes, detergents, gasoline, pharmaceutical, tobacco smoke and synthetic fibers. In addition peace lilies absorb trichloroethylene, which are generally derived from metal degreasing and dry cleaning industries; also printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes and adhesives.

5. MACA
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is an annual plant native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia. It is highly beneficial for reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance, as well as being a superlatively effective adaptagen for everyday living. Maca contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body, in addition to being incredibly mineral dense and nutritious. The effects of Maca are due to the root’s unique nutritional profile, which provides optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system. It may even alleviate medication-induced sexual dysfunction caused by pharmaceutical antidepressants.

6. ORCHIDS
Orchids help to improve air quality, relieve stress and improve focus. Perhaps, this is the reason why Feng Shui practitioners love to use orchids for increasing positive energy in homes. Decorating your home with orchids can help you relax and reduce stress, which, in addition to improving your mood, can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses.

7. ASHWAGANDHA
Ashwangandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the premier restorative herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is known to help stabilize mood and support optimal physical and emotional well-being. It is also known to improve memory, focus and endurance. It is believed to reduce the effects of stress on the body. The berries and leaves of ashwangandha are locally applied to tumors, tubercular glands, carbuncles, and ulcers.

8. LAVENDER
Lavender is a common herb used in aromatherapy for mental health and mood. Lavender is a part of aromatherapy for headaches and depression. Lavender is a part of several scented products like perfumes soaps, shampoos and sachets. The plant is usually extracted into an oil and used in aromatherapy for mood, stress and anxiety. Lavender should be used with the recommendation of a physician, because it can interact with other medications. In one German study, a specially formulated lavender pill was shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) as effectively as lorazepam (brand name: Ativan), an anti-anxiety medication in the same class as Valium.

9. SCHIZANDRA
Schizandra (Schisandra chinensis) is a deciduous woody vine native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East. Its berries are used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. They are most often used in dried form, and boiled to make a tea. Medicinally it is used as a tonic and restorative adaptogen with notable clinically documented liver protecting effects. It supports the immune system, relieves anxiety, increases energy, and it can improve mental clarity. It’s sometimes called the “five flavors berry,” because it tastes sour, bitter, sweet, salty and acrid all at once.

10. EUCALYPTUS
Used to heal (purify) a room or house of negative energy, especially when people have been engaged in verbal, emotional or physical combat. It will naturally carry the essence or energy for cleansing and healing whatever is congesting your energy pathways to success. Eucalyptus oil is great for cleaning out residual energy.

11. GERANIUMS
Belonging to the category of the most beautiful flowers, geranium plant is said to promote the peace of mind due to its mild scent similar as that of roses. Geraniums are non-sensitizing and the therapeutic properties of it include being an antidepressant, an antiseptic and wound-healing. Geranium oil is known as one of the best oils for such diverse dermatological problems as oily or congested skin, eczema, and dermatitis.

12. CORDYCEPS
Considered the “ginseng of mushrooms”, Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) are known to have a truly awesome effect on endurance and stamina. Research has shown that Cordyceps are highly effective in treating respiratory ailments, enhancing aerobic performance, increasing sex drive, strengthening the immune system, as well as having anti-stress properties. Researchers have also noted that a polysaccharide isolated from Cordyceps has a hypoglycemic effect and may be beneficial for people with insulin resistance.

13. ENGLISH IVY
English Ivy naturally purifies your air while needing very little care even thriving in low light. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates used ivy to prevent intoxication, reduce swelling, and as an anesthetic.

14. BOSTON FERN
Boston Ferns have the capacity to remove approximately 1900 toxins per hour from the air. It is considered to be one of the best air filtering plants for your home. They act as humidifiers and can help to restore moisture in the air so they are perfect for those who suffer from dry skin and other cold weather problems. They can also help to eliminate traces of formaldehyde and they look beautiful hanging from baskets all around the home. Remember to keep your Boston Fern in direct sunlight and mist the leaves with water regularly.

15. PANAX GINSENG (ASIAN GINSENG)
Panax ginseng roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants. It is perhaps one of the most studied medicinal herbs in the world — and might be one of the most widely used. It is a proven anti-inflammatory, can regulate blood sugar and can even inhibit some characteristics associated with cancer. It’s used most commonly to promote a sense of well-being  and endurance, an anti-depressant,  for memory  and calmness, for energy (it’s one of the ingredients in most energy drinks).

16. BASIL
Basil has been found in many studies to be equivalent to many modern painkillers. It is also know to protect from radiation poisoning. Within the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to alleviate stress, headaches, colds, digestive problems and inflammation. Recent studies have also shown that it’s also a powerful antioxidant and may even be able to reduce blood glucose levels and cholesterol.

17. ASTRAGALUS
Astragalus has a history of use as a herbal medicine and is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Either alone or in combination with other herbs, has potential benefits for the immune system, heart, and liver, and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer. Found to help restore compromised immune response due to excessive stress and toxicity from the environment.

18. HE SHOU WU
He Shou Wu (Fallopia multiflora) is also known as polygonum multiflorum, and is predominantly referred to as such in Pubmed. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic to slow down the aging process. It is a restorative herb, calming to the nervous system, and has also been shown to promote hair growth, alleviate insomnia, and may aid with learning and memory.

19. REISHI MUSHROOM
Traditional Chinese medicine uses reishi to “calm the spirit.” Reishi, (literally “supernatural” mushrooms) have been used for more than 2,000 years, making them perhaps the oldest mushroom to be used medicinally. They can be helpful to reduce anxiety, alleviate insomnia, combat fatigue, and lower blood pressure. Their ability to increase energy, immune response, mental clarity, libido, and over-all homeostasis of the body make them a truly worthwhile investment of time and money.

20. PEONY
The lovely peony does not just decorate wedding corsages, but when eaten can also alleviate you from depression. Peony is one of the oldest flowers, with 4000 thousands years of history. Peony has strong sedative, calming and anti-convulsive properties. It is often used for neurological disorders, strained nervous conditions or nightmares, and high blood pressure. Peony contains an antibacterial compound, paeonol, which makes it a valuable anti-inflammation and anti-fungal ingredient for treating wounds, skin irritations and inflammations.

This article was republished from Prevent Disease.

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10 Tools to Absolutely Transform What You Experience in Life Every Day | Spirit of Change

10 Tools to Absolutely Transform What You Experience in Life Every Day

 February 16, 2021 JUDY LUCA ~ Spirit of Change

Seedling reaching for sunlight

Could a doctor perform surgery with a hammer or a carpenter build a home with a scalpel? Of course not; they would be very unsuccessful in their jobs if they had the wrong tools. They each use very different tools, and they each have many tools to choose from in their tool chest. The right tools will make all the difference in life.

To experience the life of your dreams, fill your tool chest with powerful tools. There are many tools that can assist you on your road to transformation. It’s a good idea for you to have a large variety of tools to work with too. Different tools will work better at different times and in different situations. You may find you prefer some tools over others. It’s important to find out what works best for you.

Here are 10 tools that can transform what experience on this journey we call life.

1. MEDITATION is a wonderful tool. It can relieve stress, quiet the mind, relax the body, focus attention, and center you, so you can make better decisions. It puts you in touch with the spiritual reality of life. Many people find a deeper connection to source, a deeper connection to themselves, to their inner knowing and the world around them.

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her: meditating can literally change your brain. She found thickening in four regions of the brain.

“1. The primary difference, we found in the posterior cingulate, which is involved in mind wandering, and self-relevance.

2. The left hippocampus, which assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation.

3.  The temporo parietal junction, or TPJ, which is associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion.

4. An area of the brain stem called the Pons, where a lot of regulatory neurotransmitters are produced.

The amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain that is associated with anxiety, fear and stress in general, got smaller in the group that went through the mindfulness-based stress reduction program. The change in the amygdala was also correlated to a reduction in stress levels.”

Meditation literally changes your brain and it can change your life. If you don’t meditate regularly you may want to begin. There are many ways to meditate. I began by staring at the flame on a candle. I also listened to guided meditations. Some find mediating to music or sounds of nature helpful. When you begin, choose a time and place that you can practice daily. You can meditate any time or place you want, but committing to the same time and place daily will help you establish your practice. I meditate before I even get out of bed every morning. This allows me to capture those precious moments before thoughts of the day come into mind. Try different approaches and see what works for you.

In the beginning of your meditation practice you may only be able to meditate 5-10 minutes, and that is fine. Like exercise, it takes practice, consistency and dedication to improve your ability and see the desired results. Stay with it and you will find it get easier so you will be able to stay with it longer. 20-30 minutes daily can make a big difference in what you experience in life. Be gentle with yourself but be persistent. Write your thoughts after you meditate as often as you can. Meditation often opens people up to receive new insights. Words and inspiration often flow easily when you are centered from meditation.

2. AFFIRMATIONS can be another valuable tool. Make a list of positive statements about you and your life. List the qualities you value and want to embrace. Write statements about the life you wish to experience. Make them personal, short, and always state them in the present tense. Write them 10-20 times. The written word has power, and writing them helps you feel them in your energy system. The universe tunes into what you feel, so fully embrace them as who you are. Say them out loud as many times a day as you can. This also helps you embody them. Record them so you can play them back to you as you drive or are occupied in other activities. If you can’t feel them, rewrite them so you can feel them. Often the ones you can’t feel will uncover a hidden limiting belief you have about yourself. This can give you the opportunity to examine it and develop new empowering beliefs.

Remember the truth of who you are. You are a glorious manifestation of the most high. Your nature is the nature of source. You are made in the image and likeness of God which means you are love, you are light, you are joy, peace, intelligence, creativity and wholeness. Once you have the affirmations that you desire, place them everywhere so you can see them often. They serve to remind you of the essence of your being.

3. TRANSFORMATIONAL VOCABULARY is a technology developed by Tony Robbins to employ habitual vocabulary (the words you consistently use) to amplify or lower the intensity of your emotional states. By changing the words you use you can lessen or magnify the impact they have on you. For instance, instead of saying “I’m fine,” say “I’m amazing.” Instead of saying “I failed,” say “I learned.” Change “I’m angry” to “I’m disappointed.” Defuse the negative things you say consistently with words that don’t hold as much of an emotional charge. When you take the emotional charge out of the words that generate negative states, you lessen that state. In the same way, when you change the words that generate positive states, you can amplify the positive state.

Pay attention to the words you use consistently. Consciously change the words you use to break the habit you may have of downplaying your worth or exaggerating the negativity you may experience. Transformational vocabulary can help you interrupt negative habits so you can break them and develop new empowering habits.

4. INCANTATIONS are positive statements that also include a physical quality to them by using your breath, gestures, facial expressions and movement. Incantations have the capacity to quickly raise your vibration. Incantations are similar to affirmations but they add a physical quality and action to enhance the impact. Write statements of virtues or beliefs that you want to experience in the present tense. Embrace the message with total conviction and see them as already accomplished. Declare them out loud to the universe with certainty and passion. As you say them speak loudly, use your body, use gestures, and declare them with emotional intensity. Use all your senses and really feel the statements completely throughout your body. Take them into your being and own them!

Repeat these incantations consistently allowing your new beliefs and emotions to become embedded deep into your subconscious. Set aside a time to devote to creating your incantations and then make them part of your daily ritual.

5. VISUALIZATION is another great tool to bring into your life the things you wish to experience. Think of something you wish to experience — a better self-image, a healthier body, a new home or car, a vacation, a deeper relationship. It doesn’t matter what it is; visualization can work for everything.

My daughter was doing some door-to-door campaigning years ago for a cause close to her heart. Since the group always did their work in the evenings, she found herself getting mercilessly attacked by mosquitoes. She used visualization to surround herself in a pink bubble to protect her from the mosquitoes and it did. To this day she does not get bothered by mosquitoes.

I have used it in obtaining parking, which in Boston can be tricky, but everyone knows my great luck with getting spaces. One time my daughter was searching for a spot while we were on the phone and she magically found one in a place where she never has any luck. She said, “You don’t even have to be here mom; I just have to be talking to you to get a good parking spot.”

Years ago I led a visualization group with people in the group from all over the country. We would write about something we wished to experience as if it we were writing in our journal, and as if it had already happened. Several years later I went one of the group members’ wedding. I was delighted to see him so happy, and I noticed that his wife was exactly as described in our visualization group.

I often say my husband is my greatest manifestation. I used visualization to see the kind of man and marriage I wanted. I wrote down the details of the man he would be, the woman I would be, the relationship we would have, the wedding and honeymoon we would have, the feelings we would have for our marriage. I wrote it all down, envisioned it all and saw it as complete. I knew it would come to be at exactly the right time, and it did. I found the man I dreamed of, had the wedding and honeymoon of my dreams and live in the marriage I have always wanted.

You can use visualization for anything. Use all your senses, picture your desired outcome in your mind’s eye with as much detail as you can. See it as happening right now. Imagine what it will look like, sound like, and imagine how you will feel when you attain whatever it is you want. See it as if it is already accomplished. Know with certainty it is the truth of your experience. Have complete faith that the universe is providing you with all that you need to see it complete. Know doors will open, new opportunities will appear and the right people will come into your life. First you see it in the invisible, then it will appear in the visible. “Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.”

6. GRATITUDE is another tool to bring your life to higher place. No matter what is going on in your life, there is always something to be grateful for. You can be grateful for just being alive, be grateful for your sight, your hearing, your ability to breathe, and even the ability to read this is something to be grateful for. The more you are grateful for all that you have, the more will come into your life. You can’t trick the universe though; you can’t bring more into your life saying you are grateful, but not really meaning it. You must really feel it deep within your heart. You must embrace a complete sense of gratitude and thanksgiving for all the gifts in your life. Nothing is too small to be appreciated and grateful for. What you appreciate, appreciates!

Start a gratitude journal. Begin each day or end each day by writing something in the journal that you truly are grateful for. Practice the three blessings; every evening I give thanks for three things that went well that day. Remember, the written word has power, and nothing is too small. It can be as simple as a beautiful flower you saw, a kind word that you received or shared, a good parking spot, or it can be something huge like a new life changing opportunity. The universe does not see size; it only senses what you are feeling, so embody gratitude with all that you are. You can even use gratitude for things that may not be in your experience yet. If you want something new in your life, give thanks for its manifestation. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and your imagination. See it as done, give thanks for its completion, and it will magically appear in your life.

7. RELEASE. Whatever you want to experience in your life, you must have faith and let it go. You can affirm, do incantations, visualize, give thanks, but unless you release it and let it go, it will not manifest and become part of your reality. This is the tool that so many people forget. Your job is to declare what it is you want to experience and then let the universe do its job. You don’t have to know how it will appear; you just have to embrace it as already done, be open to the guidance you will receive to bring it into your life, and watch the magic happen. Just as we don’t know how the seed actually sprouts and becomes the mighty oak, we don’t know how our dream will come to be. Our job is to surrender and let the universe make it happen. We have to plant the seed, water it by using the tools we have, then just pay attention to the signs and directions the universe gives us. This requires being still so we can hear the voice from within directing us, but once we declare what it is we want to experience, synchronicity appears, doors magically open, and it will be done.

It’s important to remember some things may take time, but if you worry about how long it takes you are not releasing it to the universe. Imagine a seed beginning to come through the soil, its tiny head reaching for the sun. If you step on it at this fragile time you will kill it. It’s the same way with your desire. If you doubt or if you worry about it not manifesting, you have stepped on the seedling. Anytime you feel doubt, worry or anxiety about what you want to experience creeping in, quickly remember the seedling and use any tools you can to see your desire as complete. Then release it to the universe and let it go! It is done to you as you believe, so don’t believe a little; believe with all that you are.

8. BE PRESENT. Today is all that we know we have. Living in the past can make one live with regret, guilt, anger, shame, sadness or fear. If we live in the past we lose the opportunity to make the most of today. It’s important to learn from the past, retain the lessons and let any negative emotion go. You are where you are today because of your past. Today leads you to what you will experience tomorrow.

Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present. What you do today will lead you to where you are meant to be tomorrow. Living in the precious moment of now assures you of a brighter tomorrow. Living in the NOW shows the universe that you appreciate where you are and what you have. It shows that you have faith and trust in the process of life.

9. BE CREATIVE. One of my favorite quotes is by Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” There is something unique, something special, and something creative that only you can express. There is a gift inside you that you have to share with the world. It is one of the reasons you came here.

Get in touch with the things that make you come alive. Do more of the things that speak to your soul. You don’t have to know exactly how things will manifest from doing more of what you love but just do them anyway. You may be surprised at what comes into your life as you surrender to your heart’s deepest desire. Let your creativity flow and manifest in any way that moves your soul, makes your heart smile, and makes you come alive. Your life is the universe/God’s (whatever name you use) gift to you ,and what you do with your life is your gift back to the universe.

10. EXERCISE is another great tool. Changing your physiology will shift your energy and vibration, which will shift what you experience in life. There are many forms of healthy, fun exercise: yoga, walking, jogging, Pilates, biking, barre, Zumba, and dance, just to name a few. Choose the exercise that works for you. It is important for the body, the mind and the soul to move the body. Yoga is one of my favorites. I first learned to meditate through yoga and I learned how to breathe correctly through yoga. Moving your body and breathing correctly contribute to your overall health.

When I was young, I discovered that I had allergies to medications, so my doctor told me I had better stay healthy because I would run out of options. I attribute my health to meditation and yoga. I have tried and enjoyed other forms of exercise as well. Develop an exercise program that works for you and makes you feel alive, energizes you, is something you enjoy and can stay with. Your body will thank you.

One last suggestion…See the good in all things. Everything that has ever happened to you is happening for you, not to you. Everything is for the highest good, everything is happening to help you become more of who you are meant to be. It may not seem clear to you at times, but trust that there is good in all things. I know it can be difficult to see the good in things sometimes, but have faith and trust that something good will come from everything even if you can’t see it at the time. Everything that has ever happened to you and everything that is to come in the future is always leading you to uncover more of the glorious manifestation of the divine that is you! 

The carpenter needs a hammer to build a home and a doctor needs a scalpel to perform an operation. We all need the right tools in life — tools to help us learn and grow and tools to help us be more of who we are meant to be. Use these tools to reach your full potential and express the unique and perfect expression of life that is you!

Judy Luca is an author with over 20 books published and a life coach based in the Boston area. To see her books visit her author page on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/author/judyluca.

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A Letter From Covid-19 To Humans By Kristin Flyntz | Spirit of Change

A Letter From Covid-19 To Humans

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Stop. Just stop.
It is no longer a request. It is a mandate.
We will help you.
We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt
We will stop
the planes
the trains
the schools
the malls
the meetings
the frenetic, frenzied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing our
single and shared beating heart,
the way we breathe together, in unison.
Our obligation is to each other,
As it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten.
We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions,
to bring you this long-breaking news:
We are not well.
None of us; all of us are suffering.
Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth
did not give you pause.
Nor the typhoons in Africa, China, Japan.
Nor the fevered climates in Japan and India.
You have not been listening.
It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold your lives.
But the foundation is giving way,
buckling under the weight of your needs and desires.
We will help you.
We will bring the firestorms to your body
We will bring the fever to your body
We will bring the burning, searing, and flooding to your lungs
that you might hear:
We are not well.

Despite what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy.
We are Messenger. We are Ally. We are a balancing force.
We are asking you:
To stop, to be still, to listen;
To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all;
To be with your ignorance, to find your humility, to relinquish your thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart;
To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, smoky, smoggy, rainy? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy?
To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition: how does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy?
To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean, murky, polluted? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy?

Many are afraid now.
Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you. Instead, let it speak to you—in your stillness,
listen for its wisdom.
What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of personal inconvenience and illness?
As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about quality of your own health, what might the quality of your health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you?

Stop.
Notice if you are resisting.
Notice what you are resisting.
Ask why.

Stop. Just stop.
Be still.
Listen.
Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well.
We will help you, if you listen.

~ Kristin Flyntz

See also:
Coronavirus Energetic And Holistic Treatments At Home
What You Aren’t Hearing About Coronavirus

Dr. Joseph Mercola: Scientific American Warns: 5G Is Unsafe | Spirit of Change

Scientific American Warns: 5G Is Unsafe

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According to the telecom industry, 5G, the “5th Generation” wireless network, is required to give people the wireless freedom they crave and need. Described by HP as “blazingly fast,” 5G, which is 70 times faster than its predecessor, 4G, “will replace cable internet for good,” allowing you to download a two-hour high-definition movie in three seconds flat.1
5G is also being touted as necessary to enable the development and proliferation of self-driving cars and other future technologies. However, as noted in a May 2019 Forbes article,2 robocar designers are not, in fact, relying on 5G for their development, and the cars themselves do not actually need that kind of bandwidth to perform the required functions.
While “blazingly fast” 5G might sound attractive to many who have grown up in the internet era, there are significant health and environmental concerns relating to 5G radiation that are not being properly addressed, which may have profound implications both in the short and long term.


If increased internet speed and reliability are the end goal, then fiber optic connections would be a far better (and safer) way forward. Indeed, we need more wired connections and fewer wireless ones as it is. With 5G, microwave radiation exposures will so massively increase, there’s no doubt in my mind that mankind will eventually end up regretting its shortsightedness.

Remember that no one has problems with the faster speeds of 5G, no one. What any serious student of health has concerns with is that the data are being distributed wirelessly, when in most cases the data could be distributed easier and less expensively over fiber optic cables.

No Safety Studies Have Been Done


Unlike the 4G technology currently in use, which relies on 90-foot cell towers with about a dozen antenna ports on each, the 5G system uses “small cell” facilities or bases, each with about 100 antenna ports.3
These cell bases will be mounted to already existing infrastructure such as utility poles. Ultimately, many if not most homeowners can expect to end up with a 5G cell base mounted right outside or very near their home.
As noted by a Federal Communications Commission representative during a February 6, 2019, senate commerce hearing (above), no 5G safety studies have been conducted or funded by the agency or the telecom industry, and none is planned.4,5
In short, there’s no telling exactly what might happen to our ecology and the people being exposed to this novel wireless technology 24/7, once it’s deployed. As noted by Dr. Cindy Russell,6 executive director of Physicians for Safe Technology, in her August 2018 paper in the journal Environmental Research:7


“Like other common toxic exposures, the effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF EMR) will be problematic if not impossible to sort out epidemiologically as there no longer remains an unexposed control group. 


This is especially important considering these effects are likely magnified by synergistic toxic exposures and other common health risk behaviors. Effects can also be non-linear. 


Because this is the first generation to have cradle-to-grave life span exposure to this level of man-made microwave (RF EMR) radiofrequencies, it will be years or decades before the true health consequences are known. Precaution in the roll out of this new technology is strongly indicated.”

There’s No Safe Way To Implement 5G

Similarly, in an article8 on the Environmental Health Trust’s website, Ronald Powell, Ph.D., a retired Harvard scientist of applied physics, notes “there is NO SAFE WAY to implement 5G in our communities; rather, there are only ‘bad ways’ and ‘worse ways,’” and rather than argue about who should have control over its deployment, we should focus on preventing its employment altogether.
Indeed, mounting research9,10 suggest the proliferation of 5G for the sake of faster wireless internet could be a public health disaster, so if 5G does end up “replacing cable internet for good,” humanity may be in for a devastating shock in coming decades, if not sooner.
While it may take years to fully ascertain the full effects of 5G, there are early warning signs. People have reported mass die-offs of bees around 5G towers in California,11 for example, and residents in Gateshead in the U.K. started reported insomnia, chronic nosebleeds and stillbirths after the installation of streetlamps that emit 5G radiation in 2016.12

‘No Reason To Believe 5G Is Safe,’ Scientific American Says

In an October 17, 2019, article,13 Scientific American warns “We have no reason to believe 5G is safe,” and that “contrary to what some people say, there could be health risks.” The article, written by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., director for the Center for Family and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, notes:14


“The telecommunications industry and their experts have accused many scientists who have researched the effects of cell phone radiation of ‘fear mongering’ over the advent of wireless technology’s 5G. 


Since much of our research is publicly-funded, we believe it is our ethical responsibility to inform the public about what the peer-reviewed scientific literature tells us about the health risks from wireless radiation.”

Moskowitz points out that the FCC has recently announced15 its intention to reaffirm and maintain current radio frequency radiation (RFR) exposure limits, which were originally adopted in the late 1990s. However, there are significant problems with this.
Current RFR limits are based on studies from the 1980s looking at the behavioral effects of microwave radiation on rats, “and were designed to protect us from short-term heating risks due to RFR exposure,” Moskowitz writes.16
These limits are already outdated for our current levels of exposure, so they’re surely bound to be completely inadequate for 5G. Since the 1980s, more than 500 studies17 have identified harmful health or biological effects at RFR intensities far below those needed to produce heating, yet the FCC is ignoring these clearly established facts. As noted by Moskowitz:18


“The FCC’s RFR exposure limits regulate the intensity of exposure, taking into account the frequency of the carrier waves, but ignore the signaling properties of the RFR. Along with the patterning and duration of exposures, certain characteristics of the signal (e.g., pulsing, polarization) increase the biologic and health impacts of the exposure. 


New exposure limits are needed which account for these differential effects. Moreover, these limits should be based on a biological effect, not a change in a laboratory rat’s behavior.”

What Science Says About 5G

A 2-page fact sheet19 on 5G can be downloaded from the Environmental Health Trust’s website. There, you can also access a long list of published scientific studies showing cause for concern.20 Remember, 5G will result in an exponential increase in RFR exposure, and there are already thousands of studies demonstrating biological effects from low-intensity electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
More than 1,800 studies summarized in the BioInitiative Report21 (2007 and 2012) show immune system effects, neurological effects, cognitive effects and much more. For example, cumulative daily EMF exposure from cellphones and Wi-Fi is associated with cancer,22,23 altered brain development in children and reproductive damage in both sexes.
Prenatal exposure to magnetic fields can nearly triple a pregnant woman’s risk of miscarriage.24 Several other studies have come to similar conclusions.25,26,27,28,29 In men, studies show EMF radiation from cellphones and laptops reduces sperm motility and viability,30,31 and increases sperm DNA fragmentation.32
In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified cellphones as a Group 2B “possible carcinogen” based on the available evidence,33 and two recent studies (one by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP)34 and one by the Ramazzini Institute in Italy35) have reconfirmed its carcinogenic potential.
The NTP study found heart tumors (malignant schwannomas) in male rats, “similar to acoustic neuromas, a benign tumor in people involving the nerve that connects the ear to the brain, which some studies have linked to cellphone use.”
Many studies have been published since 2011, and RFR is currently listed36 as one of the “high priority” items to be reassessed by the IARC within the next five years. Based on the expanded evidence base, the IARC could potentially end up upgrading the carcinogenic classification of RFR.

What Makes 5G Different?

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Considering how many are already struggling with electromagnetic hypersensitivity, saturating cities and suburban areas with 5G will undoubtedly add many more to this once-rare affliction, and could easily make life unbearable for those who are already struggling at current exposure levels.
A significant problem with 5G technology is that it relies primarily on the bandwidth of the millimeter wave or MMW, which operates between 30 gigahertz (GHz) and 300GHz.37 The MMW is known to penetrate 1 to 2 millimeters of human tissue38,39 and has been linked to a number of potential health problems, including:40,41,42,43

  • Pain44 (MMW is actually what’s used in crowd control weapons by the U.S. Department of Defense, as it has the ability to cause a severe burning sensation45)
  • Suppressed immune function46
  • Impacted heart rate variability — an indicator of stress — in rats47,48 and heart rate changes (arrhythmias) in frogs49
  • Cancer50
  • Cellular stress and increase in harmful free radicals51
  • Genetic damage52
  • Reproductive problems53,54,55
  • Neurological disorders56
  • Eye problems such as lens opacity in rats (which is linked to the production of cataracts57) and eye damage in rabbits58,59
  • Depressed growth and increased antibiotic resistance in bacteria60

We’re Flying Blind, But Warning Signs Abound

Again, 5G is so new that we simply do not have the same volume of research demonstrating its specific health effects as we do for earlier generations of RF radiation. The fact that the issues above have already been identified should be a giant red flag.
Certainly, there’s absolutely nothing to suggest that 5G is going to produce LESS harm than current technologies in use, and there are thousands of studies showing harmful effects from that. What’s more, 5G will be used in addition to our current technologies; it’s not replacing them all. As noted by Moskowitz:61


“Since 5G is a new technology, there is no research on health effects, so we are ‘flying blind’ to quote a U.S. senator. However, we have considerable evidence about the harmful effects of 2G and 3G. Little is known the effects of exposure to 4G, a 10-year-old technology, because governments have been remiss in funding this research …


5G will … accompany 4G for the near future and possibly over the long term. If there are synergistic effects from simultaneous exposures to multiple types of RFR, our overall risk of harm from RFR may increase substantially. 


Cancer is not the only risk as there is considerable evidence that RFR causes neurological disorders and reproductive harm, likely due to oxidative stress.”

Indeed, research62 by Martin Pall, Ph.D., details how excessive oxidative stress triggered by microwave exposure from wireless technologies can lead to reproductive harm and neurological disorders such as anxiety, depression, autism and Alzheimer’s.
You can learn more about the exact mechanisms in my 2017 interview with Pall, featured in “The Harmful Effects of EMFs Explained.” Pall is also interviewed by Sharyl Attkisson in the Full Measure special, “5G Whiz,”63 above, in which he points out that the health effects of 5G are going to be far more significant than what we’re already seeing with 2G through 4G.
If you think we’re not seeing health effects from these previous generations of tech, think again. Do you feel anxious? Have trouble sleeping? Do you feel tired “all the time”? Do you have frequent headaches? Have trouble concentrating?
All of these are effects of EMF exposure and telltale signs indicating that you’re being affected. Matters will only get worse from there, unless you take steps to lower your exposure.

Many Experts Have Expressed Concern

Over the years, many hundreds of experts have expressed concern about where we are going, technologically. Since 2004, the International Association of Firefighters have officially opposed cell towers on fire stations, as research showed firefighters suffered neurological damage from them, including memory problems, intermittent confusion and feelings of weakness.64
In 2015, more than 230 scientists in 41 countries engaged in the study of biological and health effects of nonionizing EMFs signed an international appeal65 to the United Nations, calling for protection from nonionizing EMF exposure due to evidence of health effects even at low levels.
In a 2016 letter to the FCC, Dr. Yael Stein of the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, who has studied 5G MMW technology and its interaction with the human body, pointed out that:66


“The use of sub-terahertz (millimeter wave) communications technology (cellphones, Wi-Fi, antennas) could cause humans to percept physical pain via nociceptors.


Potentially, if G5 Wi-Fi is spread in the public domain we may expect more of the health effects currently seen with RF/ microwave frequencies including many more cases of hypersensitivity (EHS), as well as many new complaints of physical pain and a yet unknown variety of neurologic disturbances.”

Stein also warned that “It will be possible to show a causal relationship between 5G technology and these specific health effects,” and that “affected individuals may be eligible for compensation.” For these reasons, Stein urged the FCC and U.S. Senate committees to vote against 5G.
A year later, in 2017, more than 180 doctors and scientists from 35 countries signed a petition67 to enact a moratorium on the rollout of 5G due to the potential risks to wildlife and human health. Despite all of that, U.S. leaders are forging ahead with 5G without a second thought to what it might do to the population and the environment.

Our Children Are At Significant Risk

The American Academy of Pediatrics68,69,70 has also been calling for federal action to protect children from EMF exposures, citing research showing that living near mobile phone base stations is associated with an increased risk for headaches, memory problems, dizziness, depression and sleep disturbances.
Indeed, preliminary results from the largest long-term study71,72,73 of brain development and youth health in the U.S. — the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study74 — reveals the brains of the most prolific users of smartphones, tablets and video games look different compared to those who use electronic devices less frequently.
Children who use electronic devices for seven hours or more each day have premature thinning of the brain cortex, the outer brain layer that processes information from the five physical senses (taste, touch, sight, smell and sound).
As little as two hours of screen time per day may impact cognition, resulting in lower scores on thinking and language tests. 5G installations will only magnify these and other health risks.
For a list of potential health effects associated with EMF exposure, see “Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist Reveals the Hidden Dangers of Electric Fields,” which features my interview with Oram Miller.

5G Threatens Weather Prediction

Interestingly, aside from potential health ramifications, a global 5G network will also threaten our ability to predict weather which, in addition to putting civilians at risk will also jeopardize the Navy.75
According to a recent paper76 in the journal Nature, widespread 5G coverage will prevent satellites from detecting changes in water vapor, which is how meteorologists predict weather changes and storms.
In a recent letter to the FCC, democratic Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden, Ore., and Maria Cantwell, Wash., urge the agency to rein in the expansion of wireless communications in the 24 GHz band for this reason.77

Protect Yourself And Your Family From Excessive EMF

There’s no doubt in my mind that microwave radiation from wireless technologies is a significant health hazard that needs to be addressed if you’re concerned about your health. Unfortunately, the rollout of 5G will make remedial action all the more difficult, which is why we all need to get involved and do what we can to prevent it in the first place.
If you’re a Georgia resident, you can sign Change.org’s “Stop 5G” petitionBath and North East Somerset also have a “Stop 5G” petition going on. Other petitions can be found now and then by searching online.
Apart from making your sentiments known to lawmakers, here are several suggestions that will help reduce your EMF exposure and help mitigate damage from unavoidable exposures. For even more do’s and don’ts, see the infographics by the Environmental Health Trust below.

  • Identify major sources of EMF, such as your cellphone, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, Bluetooth headsets and other Bluetooth-equipped items, wireless mice, keyboards, smart thermostats, baby monitors, smart meters and the microwave in your kitchen. Ideally, address each source and determine how you can best limit their use.

    Barring a life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cellphone, or a wireless device of any type. Children are far more vulnerable to cellphone radiation than adults due to having thinner skull bones, and developing immune systems and brains.

    Research78 also demonstrates that infants under the age of 1 do not effectively learn language from videos, and do not transfer what they learn from the iPad to the real world, so it’s a mistake to think electronic devices provide valuable educational experiences.

  • Connect your desktop computer to the internet via a wired Ethernet connection and be sure to put your desktop in airplane mode. Also avoid wireless keyboards, trackballs, mice, game systems, printers and portable house phones. Opt for the wired versions.
  • If you must use Wi-Fi, shut it off when not in use, especially at night when you are sleeping. Ideally, work toward hardwiring your house so you can eliminate Wi-Fi altogether. If you have a notebook without any Ethernet ports, a USB Ethernet adapter will allow you to connect to the internet with a wired connection.
  • Avoid using wireless chargers for your cellphone, as they too will increase EMFs throughout your home. Wireless charging is also far less energy efficient than using a dongle attached to a power plug, as it draws continuous power (and emits EMF) whether you’re using it or not.

    According to Venkat Srinivasan, director of Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science, keeping your cellphone or tablet fully charged at all times will also reduce the life of the battery, which will necessitate the purchase of a brand-new phone.79

    As a lithium ion battery charges and discharges, ions pass between a positive electrode and a negative electrode. The higher the battery is charged the faster the ions degrade, so it’s better to cycle between 45 percent and 55 percent.

  • Shut off the electricity to your bedroom at night. This typically works to reduce electrical fields from the wires in your wall unless there is an adjoining room next to your bedroom. If that is the case you will need to use a meter to determine if you also need to turn off power in the adjacent room.
  • Use a battery-powered alarm clock, ideally one without any light. I use a talking clock for the visually impaired.80
  • If you still use a microwave oven, consider replacing it with a steam convection oven, which will heat your food as quickly and far more safely.
  • Avoid using “smart” appliances and thermostats that depend on wireless signaling. This would include all new “smart” TVs. They are called smart because they emit a Wi-Fi signal and, unlike your computer, you cannot shut the Wi-Fi signal off. Consider using a large computer monitor as your TV instead, as they don’t emit Wi-Fi.
  • Refuse a smart meter on your home as long as you can, or add a shield to an existing smart meter, some of which have been shown to reduce radiation by 98 to 99 percent.81
  • Consider moving your baby’s bed into your room instead of using a wireless baby monitor. Alternatively, use a hard-wired monitor.
  • Replace CFL bulbs with incandescent bulbs. Ideally remove all fluorescent lights from your house. Not only do they emit unhealthy light, but more importantly, they will actually transfer current to your body just being close to the bulbs.
  • Avoid carrying your cellphone on your body unless in airplane mode and never sleep with it in your bedroom unless it is in airplane mode. Even in airplane mode it can emit signals, which is why I put my phone in a Faraday bag.82
  • When using your cellphone, use the speaker phone and hold the phone at least 3 feet away from you. Seek to radically decrease your time on the cellphone. Instead, use VoIP software phones that you can use while connected to the internet via a wired connection.
  • Avoid using your cellphone and other electronic devices at least an hour (preferably several) before bed, as the blue light from the screen and EMFs both inhibit melatonin production.83,84 If you must use your phone make sure you have the blue light filters activated and have it in dark mode. Research clearly shows that heavy computer and cellphone users are more prone to insomnia.85 For example, one 2008 study86 revealed that people exposed to radiation from their mobile phones for three hours before bedtime had more trouble falling asleep and staying in a deep sleep.
  • The effects of EMFs are reduced by calcium-channel blockers, so make sure you’re getting enough magnesium. Most people are deficient in magnesium, which will worsen the impact of EMFs. As noted by Pall in a previous interview:

“It is clear that when you’re deficient in magnesium, you get excessive activity of the VGCCs. You also get excessive calcium influx through the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, caused by magnesium deficiency, which is also problematic, so it’s important to allay that deficiency.” 

  • Pall has also published a paper87 suggesting that raising your level of Nrf2 may help ameliorate EMF damage. One simple way to activate Nrf2 is to consume Nrf2-boosting food compounds. One of the best ways to activate the Nrf2 pathway is with molecular hydrogen tablets that can be taken at a dose of two to three tablets dissolved in 12 to 16 ounces of water, once a day.88

    Exercise, calorie restriction (such as intermittent fasting) and activating the nitric oxide signaling pathway (one way of doing that is the Nitric Oxide Dump exercise) will also raise Nrf2.

 

See all references


See also:

EHS, ADA, FCC And 5G — Time For A Reboot

The 5G War—Technology Versus Humanity

Holotropic Frontiers In Inner Power | Spirit of Change

“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants,
and the other is getting it.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Holotropic Frontiers In Inner Power

The culture-changing shift from power over to power with to power within
has already begun.

By Tav Sparks 
Published:

The first of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths states that all life is, or contains suffering. No kidding. Here is a principle on which we can all agree. The second truth says that that suffering is caused by unfulfilled desire or craving. Stated informally, the Taoist Lao Tzu offered that the Great Way is easy if we are not addicted to our preferences, to our personal desires. Almost all spiritual systems — as well as many modern psychotherapies — agree that one of our most basic and powerful human drives is the search for true happiness, freedom, and empowerment.

Most systems propose, in one metaphor or another, that one of the core causes of our suffering is that we are deeply mistaken about how to go about finding this lasting, authentic happiness. We all wish to confront this looming tragedy of disempowerment that has for millennia gripped planetary civilizations. As Morpheus told his disciple in the movie The Matrix, before he “unplugged” him from his imprisonment in the Matrix: “You’ve been living in a dream world, Neo.” What seemed to make this movie series so wildly popular was that it struck a universal, or archetypal, chord.

It sounded a note that so many of us either consciously or unconsciously feel — most of us for our entire lives. This is that we have been misled by the current world dream. Because of this, we are unable to find our way to freedom. The glamour that binds us is daily rewoven. It is a spell of global magnitude. It is consciously or unconsciously reinforced by systems of thought, where the primary directive seems to be to prepare each new generation to be continually slotted into some subservient role in the global cultural dream experiment.

What fuels this so-called dream experiment? At least part of it seems to be the result of a wild, unchecked exercise in greed and power. This exercise is itself the result of a deep longing for happiness that has gone horribly awry. The dream experiment is what world teachers have been referring to in all spiritual systems in one way or the other. Some say that this world is nothing but an illusion — that it is false altogether — and that the purpose of life is to free ourselves from it completely. This proposes a great mystery for which, it seems, there can be no one answer. We might encourage a seeker to find out for herself, through her own authentic power within, the answer to this and other cosmic riddles.

Others say we need to awaken from the dream of Maya — to get free by recognizing that Maya is a great delusion or illusion. We also hear and read that this world as we see it is only an appearance of limitation and falsehood. We are assured that — perhaps freed from the bonds of linear time — we have the ability to experience it in a glorious perfection of which, at this point, we can only dream. And once having awakened, we can then be moved to serve others — to do what we can to help them be free of suffering as well.

Still others say that we live in a desire-fueled shadow play, a program, a matrix, a fixed, limited operating system, or a “dark city,” as the modern film classic of this name suggests, fed by this addiction to power and greed. The result of this collective hypnosis is that we are blinded by the light of false promises that we are guaranteed can be fulfilled in our frantic pursuit of various addiction-dreams in the external world. Here is one of the most cruel of these false promises: If we just work hard enough, we can wrest from life, from the resources of the planet, and from other human beings, whatever we feel we want or need to bring us lasting happiness.

Two Possible Tragedies

The main problem with this fantasy was addressed in a quote by Oscar Wilde, and most teachers of spirituality would agree. “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” In the case of the former, if we don’t get what we want, we will be unhappy because of the pain of our continued wanting, our grasping, and the emptiness we feel when we don’t receive the fulfillment of our desires.

The other sorrow is getting what we want. And why would this cause us suffering? Because if we have it, we will always be afraid we will lose it — something which inevitably occurs in our pursuit of happiness. Or else we will become addicted to it and crave acquiring more and more. In either case, we suffer.

This is exactly the situation that we face on the planet today. There seems to be a great dream woven by the relentless pursuit of countless threads of egoic and material greed and obsession. As we said, there is a global culture now, more and more enmeshed and fueled by cyberspace — a formidable, shadow-generated experiment in electronic dream weaving. On the one hand, we have at our fingertips a whole array of information, knowledge, and opportunities to pursue the eventual reality of planetary transformation. So many of us would long to play a part in a drama which sees us each undertake what some Sufis call moving “toward the One: the perfection of love, harmony, and beauty.”

Sufficient means for everyone to live in health and safety are gifts all humanity deserves. It seems to be all possible, here and now. Perhaps one day we will utilize world resources toward these goals. Yet instead, most of those in power seem driven to successfully manipulate other members of the world human community toward their own ends, so that power and wealth are increasingly acquired by fewer and fewer individuals and consortiums. And one of the ways they do this is through an insidious manipulation of the electronic dream machine.

We are taught to go get it, to fight for it, to be radiantly healthy, cool, and beautiful. We are schooled to acquire more and more of whatever it is we think we need, even though what we think we need is changing almost hourly due to the cyber-fuelled advertising barrage promising the newest happiness craze. This fantasy is being beamed at us relentlessly through a thousand forms of an instantaneously available and ubiquitous multimedia. The message: that it is possible for us all to get it all. We become stultified and stupefied by cyberspace, even as we may walk through a grove of sacred trees.

Yet we are forever overlooking one major flaw in this trajectory. If we are pursuing our dreams in the external world — the ones we are promised that we deserve — we have to realize that so are the rest of the seven billion people on the planet. Therefore, it is inevitable that we will be in constant competition with a number of these people throughout our lives. Sometimes we will succeed, and sometimes we will fail.

Then, at the end of our lives, as we look back on our Earth adventures, if we have come anywhere close to experiencing the fulfillments of our desires half the time, then we can consider this to be about as successful as we could expect. A certain statistical percentage on a graph on some website: for all our struggles, do we really want to be satisfied with this return on the investment of our dreams and ambitions? Ought this be the final reward — the result of a lifetime of want, craving, and a pervasive sense of lack — of never enough?

Breaking Through

The good news bears repeating: there is a way to find a true lasting freedom, independent of outside circumstances. Within us all along has been a force more powerful than any the outside world can offer. This unlimited power goes by such a diminutive, unassuming name that it is easy to overlook it in our frenzied search outside ourselves for happiness. But the search, though sometimes difficult, is just not that complicated. As you may have guessed by now, this unlimited power is none other than the inner healer, the power within.

Many true spiritual paths in one way or the other lead us to our inner selves and the power latent there. Yet even though it is the promise of virtually every form of therapy, many of these psychotherapeutic and transformational systems can often be misguided as well. Instead of recognizing the inner healer and supporting us to discover the true resources of a power within, they often direct us, consciously or unconsciously, to rely instead on them — to look outward to the therapists who become their priests and priestesses.

Most of us, at some point in our lives, will recognize and confront the need for a download of some kind of true personal power. Without power, it is impossible to reach a level of worthwhile fulfillment, be it for any kind of outer or inner riches. In this search for power, and if we are fortunate, or some might say blessed, three things may happen. First, we may become disillusioned with the ability of any outside person, system, or circumstance to know what is best for us, or be able to provide whatever that panacea may be. Second, we may then arrive at a disconcerting existential crisis. In this crisis, we can have the experience, based on whatever operating system of the false self we are using, or constricted lens through which we see ourselves, that these limited tools of the ego, for all intents and purposes, are simply powerless to fix us.

The third event that may occur is a milestone, a true breakthrough. This one can happen either spontaneously, or through some deep experiential method like Holotropic Breathwork, meditation, psychedelics, shamanic practices, a spiritual emergency, and the like. The transformation seems, at least in part, to be a flowering of what philosopher Macy has called the culture-changing shift from “power over” to “power with.”

Yet the dynamic of power with is still just one essential, important element on the trajectory toward the fulfillment of any exploration of true power. Of course, it is not far-fetched to propose that a cornerstone of any new transformational millennium will be the evolution from power over to power with. But, perhaps, even at that point of great shift, there is a further, deeper horizon of power that must be embraced for there to be a culmination of the true human dream experiment. We have, in the manner of a mantra, referred to it already. This further horizon is what we are calling a radical, full-bodied, mental and emotional turning inward to the treasure of power always, already within.

Through this gift, we are able to get in touch with and to activate a previously untapped dimension deep within ourselves. This inner resource can then become a constant catalyzing agent for true empowerment, with the absolute potential to lead us to our evolutionary fulfillment as human beings in this planetary cycle. We now have very real means to embrace freedom, power, and wholeness in our lives, one moment at a time. This is the basis of a holotropic paradigm.

Excerpted and adapted with permission from The Power Within: Becoming, Being, and the Holotropic Paradigm by Tav Sparks, Muswell Hill Press, 2017.

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