Inspiration

Sunday poetry: What to remember when waking


The Sun has just moved into Gemini – we can shift into new shapes now and adjust to find new ways of living that better fit our souls.

What to Remember When Waking

In that first hardly noticed moment
in which you wake,
coming back to this life
from the othermore secret, movable
and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.


What you can plan
is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly
will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.


To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden
as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.


You are not a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.


Now, looking through the slanting light
of the morning window
toward the mountain presence
of everything that can be,
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?
Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the waiting desk?


~ David Whyte

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By |2018-07-15T09:54:27-04:00May 21st, 2017|Inspiration|4 Comments

Sunday inspiration: The dance of Uranus and pluto

This message also appeared in the April Planetary Illuminations report.  If you are not yet a subscriber you can sign up in the sidebar on this page. 

The dance of Uranus and Pluto is one of the most powerful planetary cycles in terms of creating cataclysmic and transformative change.  The brilliant astrological historian  about the Uranus/Pluto cycle:

Uranus and Pluto do not automatically signify forward change. They bend the bars and blow holes in the walls, leaving us to respond to the acute options presented. … [W]e humans tend to avoid exploiting many of our big opportunities when they’re offered. We drag our feet and resist change until our arms are twisted behind our backs and the pain excludes other alternatives. We’re very accustomed to this behaviour. The outcome is that change-potential accumulates until the dam bursts … Blessings and cruelties unite in their hammer action….

Because as humans we do tend to resist change, the powerful changes that result from this dance of Uranus (revolution) and Pluto (death and regeneration) often take years to make themselves known.  We are seeing this play out on the global stage and sometimes it can be difficult to maintain our equilibrium which I wrote about here.

But as I always tell my clients – the planets are always doing something! It’s rather futile to moan about and wait for planetary cycles to be over – that will never happen.  The only constant in life is change, as they say, and we must learn to see that hidden in every disaster is a nugget of possibility and magic!

It’s also important to remember that weaving through every challenging planetary cycle are harmonious […]

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By |2017-04-02T09:12:36-04:00April 2nd, 2017|Inspiration|1 Comment

Sunday Inspiration: The Kingdom of Memory

The Moon aligns with Neptune in Pisces today – a double dose of mystical energy to open the portals of consciousness and allow us to peer beyond the veil.  A conjunction of Mercury (the mind) to Uranus (awakening) assists us on the mental level so expand our awareness into multidimensional thinking.

These influences allow us to venture into the Kingdom of Memory – the place in our present where our past resides as beautifully stated by John O’Donohoe, the brilliant Irish mystic:

As we journey onwards in life, more and more spaces within us fill with absence. We begin to have more and more friends among the dead. Every person suffers the absence of their past.

It is utterly astonishing how the force and fiber of each day unravel into the vacant air of yesterday. You look behind you and you see nothing of your days here. Our vanished days increase our experience of absence. Yet our past does not deconstruct as if it never was.

Memory is the place where our vanished days secretly gather. Memory rescues experience from total disappearance. The kingdom of memory is full of the ruins of presence. It is astonishing how faithful experience actually is; how it never vanishes completely. Experience leaves deep traces in us. It is surprising that years after something has happened to you the needle of thought can hit some groove in the mind and the music of a long vanished event can rise in your soul as fresh and vital as the evening it happened.

Except from Eternal Echoes. 

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By |2017-03-26T10:51:44-04:00March 26th, 2017|Inspiration|2 Comments

Finding a spiritual connection in politically turbulent times

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. —Gautama Buddha

Like many of you I am finding myself struggling to find balance between engagement in the world and the current political situation and the need of the soul to seek peace and equanimity in a rapidly changing world.  No matter what your political persuasion, it’s clear that the anger and rage in the world is rising to a feverish pitch, and the journey of Mars through Aries last month triggered an already burning flame into a raging fire.

Political involvement keeps me wound up and upset, angry and frustrated.  My inner being seeks the peace and comfort of stillness and solitude (my Jupiter is in the twelfth house of transcendence and I find the greatest meaning (Jupiter) in experiences of merging into Spirit consciousness).  And yet throughout history, great sages have remained rooted in the world, seeking positive change for humanity.

When I lived in an ashram back in the 1970s, we were encouraged to withdraw from “The World.”  The mundane business of politics and finance and business is a big distraction from spiritual focus.  But it occurs to me now, with the vantage point of age, that this kind of focus on our own spiritual growth and experience is, really, selfish in nature.  Surely the wisdom and clarity that we gain from progressing on the spiritual path can be used in aiding others and helping to create a more harmonious and peaceful world?

Somehow though we must accomplish this without becoming lost in a morass of rage and despair.  The only way that I can imagine this to occur is when we trust […]

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By |2017-03-19T08:15:27-04:00March 19th, 2017|Inspiration, Politics|14 Comments

Looking backward to look ahead

happy new yearThe Romans celebrated the first day of the year as a festival to Janus, their god of gates, doors, beginnings and endings. They named the month of January after him, and portrayed him with two faces: one looking back and one looking forward. Janus presided over transition from past to future, the passage from childhood to adulthood and into old age. One of his faces was often portrayed clean-shaven with the other bearded.

Gates and doors are both portals from one experience to another. We enter through a gate and leave a part of ourselves behind; we enter the world of the unknown when we transition from one phase to another. Sometimes we seek change, sometimes we embrace it. Other times we fight it – holding on to the past for dear life. However we approach change it is, of course, inevitable. No matter how hard we wish for the day to remain, the night will come – followed by the next day of new beginnings.

For many, the first day of a new year is a day like any other, and to think otherwise is just a trick of the calendar. But a magical life is filled with symbols and meaning, and the passage through the doorway into a new year can be filled with the magic of transformation.

I love the African concept of “Sankofa,” which literally means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” The word “Sankofa” comes from the Sankofa bird which flies forward while looking backwards. Sankofa teaches that we must look backwards to look forwards, reclaiming and preserving the past as tools for the future. In this way we can pass through the gateways without losing any part […]

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By |2018-11-19T21:17:51-04:00January 1st, 2017|Inspiration|5 Comments
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