Don’t just make resolutions this new year; change your life instead!

new years resolutionThere’s something about the turning of the new year that gives us the feeling that we want to start over, and the making of resolutions as the new year begins is a time honored tradition that goes back to Babylonian times.  In those days the New Year was celebrated near the Spring Equinox in March.  This tradition continued into the Roman period but the New Year was changed to January 1 by Julius Ceasar to honor Janus, the god who looks both forward and backward.

When the ancient Babylonians made New Year resolutions, they were actually promises to the gods and they were taken very seriously.  Today we make the promises to ourselves, and our success depends upon how committed we are to improving our life. To many people, the New Year’s resolution is a bit of a joke; it was Mark Twain who said “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

This year, don’t be one of the New Year Resolution Statistics. instead of making resolutions take a good and thorough look at your life.  Write down all of the things that you want to change, and take an honest look at the blocks that are keeping you from moving forward.

It’s not enough to write down your resolutions on January 1st – it’s important to continually remind yourself and reaffirm those intentions throughout the year.  Keep your list handy and read it daily so that you will remember what is important and refocus your attention in that direction.

I have a special to help you get started – every year I offer 30 minute Visioncrafting sessions for $35 to members […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:19:02+00:00 January 2nd, 2009|Inspiration, Visioncrafting|Comments Off on Don’t just make resolutions this new year; change your life instead!

Trust the Planets! Update

tornadophoto taken by Eric Nguyen.

Back in early 2007 I did a reading for a woman whose husband of many years had just left her.  She called me because she wanted some help in figuring out a way to try to get him back. I told her that while I may not be able to help her to get her husband back, we would be able to glean more information about what was going on behind the scenes that caused this to happen.  When we did her reading her transits showed lots of Jupiter events and Uranus influences, indicating liberation and freedom rather than despair and sadness.

In October of that year we did a follow-up session, which I wrote about (rather obliquely) n an article I called “Trust the Planets.” We have done a couple of other sessions since then, and my client told me that she printed out the article and put it right on her desk where she could be constantly reminded that sometimes endings are really new beginnings.

We’ve done a few other follow-up sessions since then to look at the unfolding planetary cycles to see how they might affect the legalities of the divorce and impact on the children, and each time it has been clear that the planets had the wisest advice.  After our most recent session I was so happy to receive this letter.

I am writing to say thank you — your readings have helped me get through an extremely difficult period

When my husband of 27 years walked out unexpectedly, I sought your guidance. My first question was how can you help me bring […]

By | 2008-12-20T19:55:24+00:00 December 20th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Trust the Planets! Update

Inspiration for Times of Change

From this month:

[T]ere is a lovely of the 59th hexagram of the I Ching, Huan or Dissolution, which I think illuminates the lessons we’ve been experiencing in this Wheel of Fortune year:

“Crisis means opportunity, but only when all of like mind can be organized behind one compelling visionary ideal.

“This is particularly true during disorganized times, when energies and resources are scattered. Great energy and generosity are needed to seize the moment, and rally behind the common cause.

“At such times, remember, if you are not part of the cause, you will become one of the effects.”

The reorganization of scattered energy is a useful image for Pluto in Capricorn.  Capricorn is about building forms that hold and channel energy which has become scattered into a structure that is serviceable and practical.  The illusions of the past are scattered in the wind, and we organize to build new forms that will better serve us now.

The link in Beth’s post offers other useful Pluto in Capricorn advice:

Nothing survives forever, not even rocks, not even the most rigid of structures.  The erosion of that which has been solid is not necessarily bad: it can mean that something new is being created.  The image is of ice floes, hardened in winter, dispersing in the warmth of spring; when the ice melts, a mighty river emerges.Rigidity in the hearts of men tends to breed a separateness which can only be thawed by a greater force: typically, some strong spiritual stirring.  The thawing of cold hearts brings good fortune.

The first thing to dissolve […]

By | 2008-12-16T20:05:47+00:00 December 16th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Inspiration for Times of Change

Pluto: “The Seeds of What Could Be”

has a great article about Pluto in Capricorn today.  I particularly love this section:

Pluto is how we confront the seeds of what is and could be, and learn the willingness to do what it takes to get to the core patterns so that a better seed can sprout in our lives. If we consciously embrace a determined focus utilizing Pluto’s power of “Economy of Energy” we can find our greatest realizations of who we are, who we could be, and how we could become a “sprouter of Divine Seeds” in the lives of all we touch.

Pluto in Capricorn can lead us into purified structures of becoming, seed forms of transformational power that can change how we organize and author the forms in our lives forever. If you are glimpsing seeds of taking responsibility and moved to embrace new disciplines, of claiming Divine power based in Truths you’ve been living forever, then you’re on to the secret Pluto holds for all of us.

Pluto is powerful, but its influence is not to be feared. Whatever Pluto removes from our lives is stuff we no longer need – Pluto teaches surrender and transformation to that which is for our highest good.

By | 2008-12-14T20:10:11+00:00 December 14th, 2008|Inspiration|Comments Off on Pluto: “The Seeds of What Could Be”

Happiness is Contagious! Spread It Around

happy friendsI have long believed, and now teach, that happiness and joy are habits that can be learned.  Depression often runs in families, but it is my belief that this is because of belief systems and habits of reaction that are passed down from one generation to the next.  A new scientific study shows that happiness “spreads among people removed up to three degrees from each other.”

Sadness also spreads in a network, but not as quickly, the researchers found. Each happy friend increases your own chance of being happy by 9 percent, whereas each unhappy friend decreases it by 7 percent. This reflects the total effect of all social contacts.

When framing the question differently, the study found that you are 15 percent more likely to be happy if a direct connection is happy, 10 percent if the friend of a friend is happy, and 6 percent if it’s a friend of a friend of a friend.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, used data from the Framingham Heart Study to recreate a network of 4,739. Fowler and co-author Dr. Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School charted friends, spouses and siblings in the network, and used their self-reported happiness ratings from 1983 to 2003.

So how does happiness spread?  Like a virus, or like fairy dust?  I propose that happiness spreads because when we are with happy people who make us feel good, we let go of our habits of unhappiness and our negative beliefs.  It’s interesting that happy co-workers do not have the same effect as happy friends or friends of friends – perhaps because we are more easily able to separate ourselves from them as being intrinsically different.  And the […]

By | 2018-06-11T12:35:42+00:00 December 7th, 2008|Inspiration, Psychology|Comments Off on Happiness is Contagious! Spread It Around
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