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rays1This is a message for all who genuinely feel a higher calling and a deeper sense of purpose is needed at this time in their lives.  From a soul-level perspective, we are all here to express our gifts and abilities in a unique manner that is exactly tailored to our skill-set and deepest longings.  We are here to be of service during these tremendous times of change, and in order to be effective, we must fully realize the magnitude of the transition we are currently going through.  To successfully navigate this transition, we must cultivate and re-establish our connection to our Inner Being — our Source — for this is where Knowledge lies within us.

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What is called for us at this time is a willingness and a desire to be of greater service, to fully step into our roles here, whatever they may be.  This desire comes from the depths of our being, and many of us are feeling this calling now. This is a process that requires greater integrity, self-awareness and compassion. For many of our relationships, outer circumstances, and life experiences may drastically change as this process unfolds.   Ultimately, being really honest with ourselves is required, especially concerning our associates, activities, priorities, and goals.  It is important to understand that opportunities to actualize our higher calling are not available forever — we must be ready, willing, and able to answer the call when the time comes.

The following message is titled The Rays of Initiation and was brought forth through Marshall Vian Summers.  In 1982, he began receiving a series of profound revelations in the deserts of the American Southwest.  For more than 25 years, these revelations have continued, growing ever wider in scope, meaning, and their implications.  These messages are known as a New Message from God, and I believe they are extremely important at this time.  What I admire most about these messages is their directness and piercing honesty, going beyond all rosy and romanticized notions of enlightenment and ‘fast-track’ spiritual advancement.

Please consider checking out more of these Messages or the Steps to Knowledge if you feel compelled to.  Thank you for letting me share!

With Love,

Eliot

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The Rays of Initiation

As revealed to God’s Messenger
Marshall Vian Summers
on July 23, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado

 

The Power and the Presence watches over you

And all people in the world

Waiting for those

Who are ready

Waiting for those

Who are ready to awaken

From their deep sleep

Of desire and disappointment

Watching over the world

Waiting for those minds

That seek freedom.

Not just an outer freedom

But an inner freedom

Waiting for the moment

Of readiness

In the individual.

 

People think

That the Angelic Presence is always there

To abide with them

But this is not accurate.

Indeed

The Presence is waiting

For those who are ready

To respond

To a greater calling

And a greater purpose

In life.

It is those individuals

That will garner the attention

Of the Angelic Assembly.

 

People pray

For many things

But the Angelic Assembly is waiting

For the real calling

From the individual—

A calling usually born of despair

And frustration

Or disappointment in the world

Seeking for something

More real

More authentic

More permanent and

More essential

To their true nature

And purpose

For being in this world

At this time.

 

Great Rays are shined upon those

Who can respond and

Who are ready to receive

Something marvelous

And significant.

 

Great Rays of light and power

Are directed at those

Who are beginning to receive

The preparation

For their greater purpose

And calling in life.

 

You cannot call upon this yourself

Consciously.

It must be born of something

Within you

That is very deep

And very primary

To your life and purpose here.

 

You cannot in your mind

Pray for the Great Rays

To shine upon you

To initiate you

For your mind cannot call upon this.

It must come

From a deeper place

Within you,

But your mind can prepare you

By recognizing

The greater need of your life

And the fact that

You are not living the life you are meant to live

And that you are circumscribed

By many things

Of little value

And future possibilities.

 

You prepare by recognizing the truth

About your life

In a moment of great clarity and sobriety.

You take stock of where you are.

You recognize

That you are lost in the world

Following the prescriptions of your culture

And of those people

Who influence you so strongly.

 

Here you pray not merely for relief from suffering.

You pray for the truth

To be revealed to you—

Not just the truth of your circumstances

But the truth of your life.

You pray for your life

Your real life

To be given to you.

 

This is the calling

That comes from deep within you

Not merely something that the mind wants

For the moment

Not for relief from suffering only

Not just to have a nicer life

Or a prettier set of circumstances

Or to fulfill your ambitions and desires.

 

This comes from the deeper place within you

From Knowledge within you.

This is what speaks to the Angelic Assembly.

This is the result of a deeper experience of yourself

A deeper reckoning within yourself

A deeper honesty.

 

If you are truly ready to respond

Ready to evaluate and change

The circumstances of your life

If necessary

Then the Great Rays will shine upon you

As if a beacon or a spotlight

Has been directed at you very specifically

Not to the people around you

Not even to the person sitting next to you

Not to your husband or your wife or your children

But to you.

This begins then

A process of deeper reckoning and evaluation

A process in many stages of initiation

A process that begins a great turning point for your life.

 

For in truth

You do not know who you are

Or why you are here

Or what you are sent to accomplish

Or whom you are here to meet

What you are here to avoid

What you are here to accomplish

What are the great hazards of your life

Beyond your understanding

What are the great possibilities for your life

Beyond your understanding.

 

You have a relationship with the Angelic Assembly

That watches over this world

And everyone in it.

This is intrinsic to who you are

And why you are here

What you are sent to accomplish

Whom you must meet

Where you must go.

It is a greater journey of your life

Waiting to be discovered and undertaken.

 

Your beliefs

Your ideology

Your religious views

Your spiritual aspirations

Well, more often than not

They merely stand in the way

Of this deeper recognition

Which is not something of this world.

Or anything in this world

But represents your life beyond the world—

Where you have come from

And where you will return to

And the relationships

That are primary to your existence

And to your participation in the world at this time.

 

The Great Rays are powerful.

They reach deep within you

Bypassing your intellect

And all of your beliefs

And ideas

And expectations

And grievances

And so forth

As if they are shining upon a part of you

That you have barely experienced in life

And are barely acquainted with—

Something ancient

Something you might have experienced momentarily here and there

Something unchanging

The changeless part of yourself.

 

This is communication without words.

It is the power of initiation

Generated from the Angelic Host and Assembly

Directed now at an individual

Who has reached the point of readiness

Not only internally

But readiness

where something on the outside

Must be done

For should they miss this point

In their development

And in their life

They could miss their calling entirely.

 

Here timing is critical

For you only have so much time to delay.

You only have so much time

To be lost in the world

Before your opportunity is bypassed

And it is too late for you to respond.

You do not know when this is

But the Angelic Presence knows

Knowledge within you knows.

 

As you approach this critical time in your life

You will feel ever more anxious

About your outer circumstances

Ever more drawn

To something more mysterious

More questioning about your values

And involvements with others

More uncomfortable and dissatisfied with your circumstances

Even if they are pleasurable

Even if they are seemingly beneficial.

 

You become more restless.

You may try to fulfill this restlessness

With more possessions

More activities

More recreation

Even more spirituality

But you are reaching a time of readiness.

It is happening at a deeper level

Byond the realm and the reach of the intellect.

The Presence is watching you

Carefully now

To see how you will respond.

Will you deny your experience?

Will you resist your experience?

Will you try to lose yourself again in romance

Or some other kind of pursuit in the world

Even some kind of edifying pursuit

Like some great social cause

Or political campaign?

Yet this is about something very different.

 

At this time

It is so important

To be responsive to yourself

To practice inner listening

To listen for something deeper

Without coming to conclusions

To orient yourself in this way

For if the Great Rays are directed at you

It will so upset your life

And change you.

It is like being struck by lightning.

 

This experience can be profoundly internal

But it can also be generated

By the arrival of certain people

Who are here

To call you out of your past

And to be a part of your preparation

For a future greater life.

 

In either case

It will begin a process

Of profound change and self-evaluation

So strong now

That you cannot simply deny it

Or think it is something else

For it will seem to overtake you

And you have to yield to it.

 

The Angelic Presence watches you

To see if you can do this

If you can receive initiation

And go through the long

And inexplicable process

That this will require.

You cannot control this process.

You can only keep yourself focused upon it

And that will require

All the self-discipline

And compassion towards yourself

that you can muster.

 

People can fail

At this juncture

With great consequence.

It has to do

With the presence

Of certain other people

In your life

Who will play a significant role

In your greater work and purpose here.

It may be time

For you to meet them.

They may be calling for you.

The time of your rendezvous is approaching

And you must be able to respond.

 

You do not have these opportunities

At all times.

Do not tell yourself

That initiation can happen

At any time

Whenever you feel so inclined

For this is really not true at all.

You have certain opportunities in life

Given the proximity

Of those people

Who will be essential for your success

And given your own development

And degree of self-honesty.

 

For you to be called in this way

You must be prepared

To accept this experience

And undergo the process of preparation

Which is very deep and internal.

You must be able

To respond to those

Who come into your life

Who initiate you

And be a part

Of this great turning point.

 

This is beyond

Your personal plans

And evaluation

Of your life

Entirely.

You may think

Or feel

That you are meant

For something greater

And perhaps

This feeling has been with you

For a very long time

But we are speaking

Of something

Of a far greater potency

And magnitude.

 

If the Great Rays are directed at you

If it is a time of great change

If your time has come

The time for which you have prepared unknowingly

If that time has come

You must be ready to receive

And you must be prepared

To go through

A period of great confusion

And uncertainty.

 

In the world today

God’s New Messenger is here

Bringing a New Message from God

To the world.

If you are to meet him

And for this meeting

To be truly efficacious

You must be prepared in this way

Or you will think

He is just another person

Making great claims.

You will evaluate him

On a personal level

The way you evaluate people

At this present time.

You will not see.

You will not know.

You will not realize

That this is the greatest encounter

You will probably have

In your entire life.

If you miss it

It is missed.

 

God wills for you

To awaken

To your greater purpose

And to receive

The great blessing

From the Angelic Assembly

The Great Rays

But that does not mean

That you will make this rendezvous.

That does not mean

That you can hear

And see

And know

In the critical moment

Where recognition must occur.

That does not mean

Your success is assured.

That does not mean

That you are ready

Willing

And able.

 

If you have a destiny

With the Messenger

You must be preparing for that

Setting aside

That which cannot go forward

Embracing that

Which is crucial

To your success

Building your sense of integrity

Self-honesty

Evaluating your life

To see

What is truly genuine

And has destiny

And what does not

Facing loss

Giving things up

If necessary

Stepping away

From people

When necessary

Stepping away

From your former investments

In people

Places

And things

If necessary.

 

When this life is over

And you return

To your Spiritual Family

They will only have

One question

For you

And that is

Whether you made

Your sacred rendezvous

In life

And gave your gifts

To the world

And in that moment

You will know

With absolute clarity

Whether you did

Or did not.

There is no punishment here

But the weight of failure

Is great.

It means

You will have to try again

And go through

The whole process

All over again.

That should be incentive enough

To encourage most people

To proceed.

 

When you pray to God

Do not pray for little things

Little advantages

Dispensations.

Pray that Knowledge

Will become strong

Within you.

Pray that you will have

The forbearance

And the self-discipline

To hold back

Your fearful

And reactive tendencies.

Pray that those

With whom

You are meant to become engaged

Can find you in the world.

Pray that you will be ready for them

When they arrive

That you will realize

You are making an engagement

Now

Of greater importance

Without trying to

Fully understand

 

What it means

Or what it will require.

 

People who are called

Are called out

Of their former circumstances

And prepared

For a different kind of life.

Everyone has a greater purpose

For being in the world

At this time

But not many people are ready

To receive their calling.

They are not ready

To receive the Great Rays.

 

The future of the world

Depends upon

Enough people

Receiving their calling

And making their contribution

To a world facing

Great and perilous change

A world facing

A Greater Community of life in the universe

A world facing

Economic decline

Environmental destruction

A changing climate

A world at risk

Of collapsing from within

And facing intervention from without.

This is the world

You have come to serve.

It is no accident

You are here

At this time.

 

The Blessing is with you

But you are not with the Blessing.

The calling is waiting for you

But you are busy doing other things

Preoccupied at every moment.

The Angelic Assembly

Watches over you

But your eyes are cast down

To the ground.

You pray for peace

And happiness

And beneficial circumstances

Without realizing

That you are really here

For something else.

You pray to the heavens

That your state of Separation will be satisfactory

And fulfilling

Which can never be the case.

 

The Angelic Assembly is waiting for you

To realize that

Without your greater purpose

And calling

Your life

Is but a troubled dream.

You cannot find fulfillment here

No matter what you do

For you are here

For a greater purpose

And the need of your soul

Is to have this purpose

Realized

And expressed

In the world.

 

If you were not a Greater Being

With a greater origin

And a greater destiny

This would not be the case.

You would just be

An intelligent creature

Living on the surface

Of the world

Trying to be safe

And secure

Trying to be happy

With what you have

And always wanting more.

 

But you are a Greater Being

With a greater origin

And a greater destiny

And the calling is waiting for you

To come to that point of recognition

And readiness.

That sends a signal

To the Angelic Presence

That you are truly ready

And that the process

Must begin.

 

If you cannot generate

This recognition

Within yourself

Then it will be generated

For you

Because your life has reached

The critical point

Where the calling

Must occur

If it is to ever occur in this life.

And that can be extremely disruptive

And the chance of failure will be greater here.

For there is no assurance

You will understand

The meaning of

What is happening.

There is no assurance

That you will follow

What you must follow

And step away

From what you must

Step away from.

 

In a universe of intelligent life

Of countless races of beings

The Great Rays

Are being cast upon those

Who can respond

And who must respond.

It is a Great Plan

For a universe

So far beyond

What you can even imagine.

You cannot conceive of it.

It will make you realize

That your former ideas

Were either hopelessly false

Or greatly inadequate

To address

The real situation in your life.

That is why

You must have humility

And receive correction

Without abusing yourself.

You must allow your life

To be reshaped by Knowledge

Without trying

To reshape it yourself.

It is such a different

Way of being.

It is such a different relationship

With yourself

And others.

It is the beginning

Of a greater life

For you.

 

May God shine upon you

And call you

Out of your troubled dreams

Out of the shadows

Of the past

Out of the misery

Of the present.

 

Pray for this

But in the meantime

Prepare yourself

By being truly honest

About your situation

Your engagements

Your involvements

And your commitments.

 

You cannot be passive

Regarding this great calling.

You must build the foundation.

You must make the effort.

You must have the courage.

You must take the risks

For this will make you strong

And powerful

In the world

And show you

Where the strength

Of your integrity

And courage

Resides.

 

This day

Hear these words

For they come

From the Source of all life.

Prepare for the Messenger in the world

For it is very likely

That you have a destiny

With him.

Understand

You are living

At a Time of Revelation

And that has a great deal to do

With what has happened

In your life

And your deeper inclinations

For the future.

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Full Moon In Libra: Approaching Changes

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We are having a 2nd Full Moon in Libra on April 19th; however, it will appear fullest on the night of the 18th in the American continents. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began on April 5th with a New Moon in Aries.

This Full Moon happens with the Sun opposing the Moon right at the tail end of Aries and Libra, at the 29th degree, less than a day before we begin Taurus season. The energies of a sign tend to be more heightened at these points. Also, with it being a 2nd consecutive Full Moon in the same sign, it is an ‘Astrological Blue Moon,’ which is something that occurs once every 3 years. This also amplifies the energies of this polarity of signs over an extended period.

During this Full Moon, we can experience either a push-pull or collaboration between the Sun in Aries and Moon in Libra. The energies of it gradually build up and become more noticeable on the day of and days surrounding the Full Moon. It is also part of the backdrop of the other astrological influences/reflections over the following two weeks.

Aries is a fire sign ruled by Mars. It is about action, moving forward, pioneering, independence, self-identity, self-orientation, and leadership. It is bold, courageous, and instinctual, yet it can also be aggressive, impulsive, impatient, selfish, and hot-tempered.

Libra is an Air sign ruled by Venus. It is about relating, relationships, partnerships, codependency, consideration, harmony, balance, fairness, art, creativity, and beauty. It is sociable, diplomatic, and intellectual, yet it can also be indecisive, passive aggressive, vain, and even judgemental.

Full Moon Quincunx Venus, Opposing Sun/Uranus Conjunction

Venus is the ruler of Libra and is in a quincunx aspect with this Full Moon. This could indicate frustrations, challenges between emotional needs, relationship considerations, balance, fairness, or equality with values, finances, or other aspects of our relationships. The solution to this may require adjustments, which may seem complicated.

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Venus is about to change signs just like the Sun and Moon. It is currently near the end of Pisces, which is also the end of the entire zodiac. All of this combined with Uranus being tied into this Full Moon could indicate some sort of change or transition regarding some of the themes mentioned in this article.

The Sun is moving close to Uranus in Taurus with the Moon in opposition to it. This could reflect surprises, instability, and disruptive or separative circumstances. Individual needs connected to freedom, liberation, new experiences, excitement, independence, authenticity, innovation, or rebellion may be at odds with other considerations or relationships.

Jupiter is also in a separating aspect with the Sun and Moon. This could emphasize some of what is mentioned above, but could also bring in themes connected to beliefs, opinions, travel, education, media, and marketing. Considering that Jupiter recently began its retrograde, many people may experience a shift or revisitation around these things as well.

Mars Square Neptune, Mercury and Venus in Aries Conjunct Chiron

Mars, the ruler of Aries, is in Gemini moving towards a square with Neptune in Pisces, which is strongest from April 25th-28th. At best, this energy can be good for asserting ourselves in a spiritual, inspired, imaginative, or creative way. This can also be good for activities that involve water.

However, it can feel harder to take on mundane duties and we can lack direction or even have less energy for physical assertion. We can also feel lazy, scattered, or overwhelmed. Certain efforts might end up not working out due to insufficient execution, lack of attention, or by other means.

Mercury entered Aries a few days before this Full Moon, where it will stay until May 6th. This follows an extended stay in Pisces due to the previous retrograde. We can be more mentally sharp, quick, bold, and courageous in comparison to the last few months, which were a time of heightened absent mindedness, confusion, and less focus.

During the day of this Full Moon and the days surrounding it, Mercury is in a conjunction Chiron. Thoughts and communications could be connected to Chiron themes of healing, wounds, blockages, inadequacies, innovation, bridging, or perhaps some sort of holistic orientation. Venus will also enter Aries and join Chiron from April 21st-24th. Similar themes could play out in our relationships or regarding values, finances, or beauty.

Saturn and Pluto Going Retrograde Near The South Node

Around the time of the previous New Moon, Pluto was aligned with the South Node, and it has been slowing down to go retrograde on April 24th. This could be bringing themes of purging, transforming, and perhaps endings into this Moon cycle. It is also possible that past issues or behaviours could have resurfaced. Themes connected to fears, power, control, manipulation, shadows, sex, or perhaps even death could also come up.

Saturn is also now getting closer to the South Node as it slows down to go retrograde on April 29th. This could extend and accentuate some of the same themes mentioned above such as endings, changes, or obstacles associated with the past.

It can also bring up themes connected to responsibilities, commitments, boundaries, structures, career obligations, barriers, and limitations. This energy will be strong over the coming 2-3 weeks, especially during the days surrounding April 29th. It will also be strong in the early Summer and then early Fall when it concludes.

Things To Consider During This Period

What do you need to do to balance your relationship needs with your individual ones? Are there any adjustments that you need to make? What do you need to do to feel more liberated? What considerations do you need to make before making any changes?

What areas of your life are calling for endings and what aspects of your past do you need to let go of? Do you need to shift your commitments and responsibilities? Are there any unusual solutions coming up that could help you overcome obstacles or facilitate some sort of healing?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following, when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on the night of April 19th at 11:12am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Embodied Spirituality: The Truth Shall Set You Free

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    There are truths, despite what our president would want us to believe. Subjective and objective domains for truth are largely distinct, and discerning the difference informs a spirituality that honors more than just our convenient worldviews.

  • Reflect On:

    The key is learning how to appropriately identify subjective versus objective truths. When we mix up these domains, we end up not living in alignment with the truth, which is not only anti-spiritual but leads to the demise of the Earth as well.

For myself, spirituality means aligning with what is true, or most likely true. This means looking at what is true through the lens of my unique experience and self-reflection (subjectively) and what is true in the world (objectively).

Living in accord with what’s true means I have to confront lots of things that are tough to stomach and that I’d prefer weren’t true. I practice resiliency by enduring this discovery process. It takes courage, humility, sensitivity, insight, intellectual rigor, emotional intelligence, and flexibility—in essence, all of me.

Why does it require all of me to be honest?

Because we humans have evolved to stick to our beliefs, even though many of them are false. We, in fact, experience a dopamine rush (a feel-good neurotransmitter in our brains) when we affirm our beliefs, even if they are wrong. So, confronting false beliefs about myself and the world means I have to endure some degree of feeling badly, some emotional turmoil, cognitive dissonance, and reorientation of my world. When I challenge many of my false beliefs, I encounter nothing short of transformation on all levels. Sounds like a bona fide spiritual path to me.

The Power of (False) Belief

This being human is a guesthouse,
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

—Rumi

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When we don’t align with what’s true about ourselves, interpersonally, and in the world, we develop false beliefs. And we like to assert these false beliefs. Using evidence and acknowledging reality can help us let go of our false beliefs. We receive this information subjectively through self-reflection and what others share with us (which we also need to sort through for false projections). We receive true information about objective reality by direct observation and through evidence.

Ascertaining inconvenient truths means we have to let go of our self-administered dopamine addiction (by lying to ourselves and others when wrong) and experience feeling badly temporarily. We have to accept new visitors to the guesthouse of our psyche if we want to be more honest. If we can’t do this, we cut ourselves short of our potential.

We can’t be as loving and kind when we’re deluded about what’s true, subjectively and objectively. If I can’t accept that I am more self-serving than I think I am, I will continue to unconsciously put myself first at the expense of others. If I can’t acknowledge that smoking cigarettes, synthetic chemicals in perfumes, or spraying RoundUp is harmful, I am more likely to condone their use, which causes harm.

To change belief structures includes a collapse of our sense of self, trust, safety, belonging, and our perceived survival. This is also why many cling so dearly to their beliefs; even war can seem like a better option than to adjust ourselves to reality. Reality seems pretty powerful this way! If we adopt reality as our guru, we have a powerful teacher on our side to wake us up. So, a willingness to embody our humanness can be a path to greater compassion and peace. Embodied spirituality means being fully human—accepting and working skillfully with all our thoughts, emotions, physical issues, and relationships.

When we don’t embody our spirituality, we don’t take as good care of the Earth, which is the extension of our own bodies. In the age of environmental collapse, an earthy and embodied relationship to life that apprehends what is true helps us heal what’s ill. Like missing a medical diagnosis, how can we treat what what we can’t bear to admit and accurately diagnose? Honesty is therefore the first step to healing and embodying our lives.

Being Human is Very Spiritual

We, in fact, need nothing more than everyday honest living for spirituality to put us on a path of massive transformation.The more we can let go of spiritual loftiness and encounter our ordinary humanness, the more resilient and honest we become. Ironically, it is precisely this difficult growth that has given rise to many spiritual and religious paths that abandon the ordinary, grounded world of embodied living, as complex as it is. These spiritual paths thrive on what is highly likely untrue. They try to escape the pain of everyday living by denying what’s painful, which is called spiritual bypassing. With skillfulness, wisdom, and support we can navigate what’s honestly human while not bypassing.

Learning to welcome and tolerate all manner of emotions and inconvenient truths to our guesthouse allows us to align with reality, especially welcoming what makes us feel badly. It’s important to align both with the good and the ugly because when we ignore the ugly and painful, it goes unhealed and untended. Our precious biosphere suffering under the weight of our pollution is a prime example. What we don’t want to look at, we can’t address. Turning our heads and hearts away from it creates more pain and ugliness.

The New Age dictum, “What you put your attention on grows,” fails to acknowledge the importance of embracing what’s ugly and painful. A wiser, more embodied version might go: “The negative things you put your attention on allow you to see reality and address it before it takes over beyond the point of repair.” Look at the plastic pollution issue or climate change as examples. Acknowledging both sides of the coin is more important than choosing only the bright side of life in order to remain happy, which is short-lived when we’re in denial of the dark side. Wanting to remain happy at the expense of not seeing reality (except when we need a recharge break from honestly facing it) is fear in disguise that ultimately comes back to bite us. It also bites us in the moment because this denial cuts us off from our deeper hearts—our compassion and empathy—which are stirred by painful realities.

We can’t know everything, of course. Nor can we be right all the time. But we can be aligned enough with everyday reality (what matters at the end of the day) to make a difference and eliminate unnecessary suffering. We just have to be willing to be selfless enough to stop avoiding necessary pain to the degree we do.

Science & Critical Thinking

Scientific consensus is the primary arbiter of what’s objectively true in the world; what we subjectively experience is not as good a measure of what’s objectively true. “I like apples” is a subjective truth. No one can disprove this; it’s a personal truth. It is not the purview of science to disprove a subjective experience. Yet, if I claim that everyone likes apples just because I experience their yumminess, this is imposing a personal truth onto external reality. And, it’s not true—we know not everyone likes apples, and nothing is wrong with them for not liking them. It is the purview of science to demonstrate that not everyone likes apples, and simple common sense will do in a pinch.

Of course, there is bad science, like the junk (dishonest) science produced by many corporations such as Big Pharma and Bayer-Monsanto with regard to GMOs. So, when I say science, I mean good, peer-reviewed (and not conflict-of-interest and corporate-funded), consensus science. And yes, many scientific truths are always in flux, but many scientific discoveries do not change because they have stood the test of many challenges. Think about the law of gravity and the laws of thermodynamics. Many who want to protect their sense of self and ego deem all science to be manipulative, dishonest, and just another belief system. This is just not true. If it were, the device on which you are reading this article would not function because it’s constructed as a result of the collaboration of many scientific laws that have not been debunked and instead stood the test of time.

Consider another example: If I experience a vision during a medicine journey or receive a message in a dream one night that has personal meaning to me, I might conclude it’s true for everyone, or true in the world. Let’s say a blue dragon with white polka-dots tells me that aliens are communicating to humanity by way of trees. Well, before I know if this is true or not, I’d have to investigate its veracity. I don’t deem it true simply because I had a subjective experience that conveyed it was. This way, I can tentatively receive this bit of intuitive knowledge and seek to determine if it’s true. Intuition tips me off to what is possible, not necessarily what is true.

Confounding subjective and objective truth is one of the biggest faux pas we make, especially in spiritual circles.

Science shows us what’s most likely true beyond our own intuition, beliefs, and biases. Even with science’s errors and its dishonest publishing politics, good scientific consensus is still the best tool we have for determining what’s true about the natural world, not our subjective experiences. We have to be skillful and aware not to automatically deem our subjective experiences as objective truths. This helps us align with reality, keep an appropriately open mind, and helps everyone get along better because we’re not feuding over what’s objectively true.

“What’s True for Me”

When everyone feels entitled to their opinion—”what’s true for me”—we end up with lots of personal beliefs and memes that aren’t true. “Personal truth” or “what’s true for me” is a subjective truth. Your like of apples doesn’t mean anything about the external world, such as my opinion of apples. If I don’t trust politicians or my landlord, this doesn’t mean they are untrustworthy. I need objective evidence to prove or verify my distrust. Or I can just own this hunch and honestly call it so, while knowing it might not be true. This discernment between subjective and objective truth helps prevent assumptions and dogmas. This also sounds pretty spiritual to me.

If someone sheds distressing light on a politicianI like or my best friend, I’m likely to become defensive because my sense of self and orientation in the world, as well as my emotional security, are invested in these beliefs. If my belief structures are challenged, all of what that belief system keeps in place becomes shaky. And this is just too scary for most of us, so much so that we defend against it or attack and assault others because of it. We often make the mistake of imposing “what’s true for me” onto what’s true for everyone or what’s true in the world.

“What’s true for me”  beliefs can’t automatically be extended to external reality unless we have evidence beyond our own subjective perception to deem them so. If I believe the world is flat and this is “what’s true for me,” that doesn’t fly. This is to make a subjective truth objectively factual. This is what leads to conflict and living in fantasy. Just look at religious and many New Age beliefs as examples. They are not different from our personal beliefs about the nature of reality that are also false and cause us to act in egoic, violent ways.

What’s True “Out There”

Good science to determine the mostly likely and factual objective knowledge offers us the opportunity to dismantle our egos and illusions. Science and critical thinking show us that many of our “what’s true for me” opinions about the world are wrong. Notice I am not talking about personal feelings and preferences, but rather our statements of fact about the world.

Objective truths implicitly challenge us to change, to transform ourselves. It takes spiritual-emotional courage to accept these facts, which builds resiliency the more we practice aligning with what is both subjectively and objectively true. The sun appears to go down over the horizon; the Earth appears flat. Via science, we know these subjective observations are not true. Using my intuition to make such conclusions is a wrong use of this faculty. If my intuition tells me there is more to the story, then I can investigate it for other evidence. This, in fact, is how many scientific discoveries occur. Intuition and science are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they are allies as long as we don’t assume what’s subjectively true to be objectively true, and vice versa.

Many people dismiss science precisely because its conclusions fly in the face of what they’d prefer to believe. This results in intellectual dishonesty and spiritual delusion. Our emotional bents and grudges—especially those resulting from our hurt and wounds that have generated anger, fear, pain and thus, bias—prevent us from being intellectually honest, unless we recognize the dynamic by which we deceive ourselves and we set about to be more honest. This requires enduring the discomfort of being humbled and sacrificing a temporary dopamine rush for the truth.

To be able to accept truth therefore requires that we deal with our emotional baggage and triggers, because this is the primary driver for our intellectual dishonesty and spiritual laziness. Many of us would fall apart if we discovered that parts of our worldview are untrue. That could result in a spiritual emergency, akin to a healing crisis, which ultimately improves us and makes us more effective in the world.

Warriorship

This is why spiritual warriorship—aligning myself with what is most likely objectively and subjectively true—requires I be emotionally and intellectually rigorous and courageous. It means that I listen to scientific consensus and not discard it because I’d like to believe something else. It means that I listen to the opinions of others and gain perspective on myself (while also honestly and humbly sorting out projections and displacements of other people’s biases). It means that I genuinely and honestly consider interpersonal facts about which I might have an incorrect opinion. And it means that I notice the whispers inside me that tell me when I am being dishonest or hiding from the truth, with white lies tolerated now and again.

Many spiritual paths involve giving over one’s will and beliefs to a guru. Yet, that guru can be corrupt and deluded and conflate subjective and objective truths. For example, feeling “one with all” in meditation doesn’t mean that we are all one in a black or white way—without appropriate boundaries, individual needs, and different tolerances and sensibilities. In this sense, aligning ourselves with what is most likely true, subjectively and objectively, is a robust spiritual path—because, much like a guru, it forces us to align with truth and withstand the breakdown of some part of our existing paradigm. This is death and rebirth work, for sure. Again, this sounds pretty spiritual to me.

Detachment from reality by remaining stuck in one’s self-centered and deluded beliefs doesn’t help the planet or help us show up for one another. Consider our government’s failure to acknowledge the widespread harm of key pesticides, or the neurotoxic chemicals in perfumes and scented products, despite the scientific evidence and the fact that many of these products are banned in the EU and other, more sensible places than America. This creates crimes of global proportion because of the actions (and inactions) and resulting injury that a denial of the facts causes. Or consider a smaller-scale example. If someone doesn’t appreciate you, despite evidence to the contrary they choose not to see, they will treat you poorly and create unnecessary suffering for you and themselves.

Embodied Spirituality

To live an embodied spirituality—where we are in alignment with reality and what’s as true as we can glean— means we have to give up many of our fantasies and wishful thinking. It means we have to tend intimately to our emotional lives and the hidden aches and wounds that hide us from the truth. We find these hidden places when we descend into and become more conscious of our bodies (this is a key aspect of the “body” part of “embodied spirituality”). We have to practice critical thinking to align with external reality, what’s known as “intellectual honesty.” Emotional and intellectual honesty are the pillars that produce spiritual honesty.

When we practice emotional healing, good thinking, and care for the greater good, we inhabit our bodies more fully. Belonging to ourselves this way connects us to the body of the Earth, so we can treat it with the same integrity with which we treat ourselves . This way, spirituality begins with our (extra)ordinary humanness and self-healing and extends to the ordinary, extraordinary world around us in the same vein of integrity.

It’s easy to live in a fantasy world, believing what’s convenient, what feeds our biases, puffs up our superiority, denies what makes us uncomfortable, and propels our hate. These convenient, false beliefs also protect our core wounds and our need to belong in the world at any cost. The problem is that believing in what’s untrue damages the world because it guides our actions and inaction.

Science and everyday evidence are beautiful because they bypass our bias and opinion; they don’t care what we believe or what injures our ego. They’re impartial. Sounds like the work of a good guru to me. When we get humility, courage, honesty, good thinking, and passion all working in harmony and assuming their appropriate roles for truth-discerning, we get integration, which begets integrity. These psycho-spiritual capacities are the cornerstone of an embodied spirituality, which is simply to be an exquisitely integrated and aware human being who genuinely cares about oneself and the world . . . enough to be willing to suffer disillusionment to align with and serve it.

When we align our subjective and objective truths, we live in more harmony, not only with ourselves but with every other precious, living thing. What better path could we take than to strive for an embodied, earthy life in the age of environmental collapse? For, the collapse of the natural world may indeed be due to our collective, personal collapse of integrity—the abandonment of our own embodiment.

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Jack Adam Weber, L.Ac., M.A., is a Chinese medicine physician, having graduated valedictorian of his class in 2000. He has authored hundreds of articles, thousands of poems, and several books. Weber is an activist for embodied spirituality and writes extensively on the subjects of holistic medicine, emotional depth work, and mind-body integration, all the while challenging his readers to think and act outside the box. His latest creation is the Nourish Practice, a deeply restorative, embodied meditation practice as well as an educational guide for healing the wounds of childhood. His work can be found at jackadamweber.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter, where he can also be contacted for medical consultations and life-coaching.

 

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New Moon In Aries: Purging The Past

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We are having a New Moon in Aries on April 5th, 2019 which is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month. This cycle will peak with a 2nd Full Moon in Libra on April 19th.

This New Moon occurs just over a week after Mercury ended its recent retrograde in Pisces. The weeks following a retrograde are called the ‘post-shadow’ period. This is when we gradually have more clarity around certain themes that have come up over the previous month (or longer) as things generally play out more smoothly and/or we can move forward with a refreshed perspective around certain issues. This concluding period of the retrograde will last until April 16th.

Aries season began on March 20th/21st; however, this New Moon helps to kickstart it even more so. Aries is the sign of self-orientation and independence.  As a Fire sign ruled by Mars, it is associated with assertiveness, courage, directness, and leading. It can also be hot tempered, combative, inconsiderate, restless, overly forceful, aggressive, and impatient.

Generally this time of year people can feel more active in comparison to previous months. It can also be a time of taking action in new ways especially considering that Mercury is moving forward now. However, throughout this Aries season we still have Mercury and Venus in Pisces along with Neptune, so things can still be a bit muddled and lack direction even though we may try to push forward in certain areas of our lives.

New Moon Square Saturn, South Node, Pluto with Mars Sextile Chiron

In the days leading up to this New Moon, Pluto began its conjunction with the South Node (along with Saturn close by) in Capricorn, which is all in a hard aspect with this New Moon. Both planets are also slowing down to go retrograde later in the month. Issues connected to the past can come up that can trigger deep feelings, worries, fears, intensity, or even anger in some cases. We could face obstacles or perhaps issues around power in relation to this.

Ultimately, this is a time in which we may need to end, purge, or transform something that is no longer serving us. Perhaps we may be faced with some sort of death, either literally, metaphorically, or regarding some aspect of ourselves. This can be a time of needing to get real or dig deep in regards to some of our issues.

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Mercury is in a harmonious aspect with the planets/points mentioned above (Saturn, the Nodes, and Pluto), which can help us with this energy. Thoughts and communications can be constructive, deep, unveiling, and empowering. Considering issues of the past to help us move forward into the future can be a theme.

Mars, the ruler of this New Moon, is in a sextile with Chiron, which can support taking action toward any type of healing, empowering, or asserting ourselves in an unorthodox, bridging, or holistic way. This may or may not be applied to the themes mentioned above but can be helpful regardless.

New Moon and Mercury Aspecting Jupiter, Venus Conjunct Neptune

The New Moon is in a trine with Jupiter while Mercury is moving towards a square with Jupiter following the aspects mentioned above and its conjunction with Neptune. Jupiter is also going retrograde on April 10th.

In the midst of all the heavy Saturn-Pluto energy, this lunar cycle still has potential for growth and expansiveness. This can be in the form of education, travel, or other explorative pursuits. Considering all of the Pisces-Neptune energy still present, it can also be connected to spiritual beliefs and philosophies. Developments around media and marketing can also be strong this month. However, considering the retrograde, this can also reflect an adjustment or shifts around some of these Jupiter related areas.

Venus in Pisces is moving towards a conjunction with Neptune. Social and romantic interactions can have a magical, spiritual, imaginative, compassionate, or selfless theme. We can experience increased sensitivity or sense of oneness with others; however, there is also the potential for confusion, delusion, or deception in our relationships. This can also be a time of heightened creativity and sense of beauty. Fun and pleasure can be oriented around relaxation.

Making Intentions and Things To Consider

What realizations have you had in recent weeks and how you should move forward based on those? What do you need to adjust when it comes to your beliefs and perspectives? What aspects of your life connected to the past need to be purged or transformed? What do you need to do to be more aligned with your individual needs while still expressing compassion in your relationships?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time; however, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. It will be occurring at 8:50am Universal Time on April 5th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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