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3 Myths About Spirituality That Prevent Us From Enjoying Life

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When it comes to spirituality, we’re all on our own journeys, whether you’re interested in the subject or not! However, what many of us forget is that “being spiritual” isn’t a full-time job or a lifestyle, it’s just us. We all have souls within us, are made up of consciousness, and are fundamentally connected to everyone and everything. Spirituality isn’t a choice, it’s inherent and is what makes up the very core of our being.

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Nevertheless, spirituality can still be something you’re interested in and choose to research. There’s so much information available it can be difficult to decipher what the truth is, or what your truth is. Whether you’re interested in a specific religion or New Age concepts, many people convince themselves that they have to change in order to become more spiritual.

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Though transformation and growth are wonderful, you don’t necessarily need to radically change your life in order to connect with the Divine, the universe, your Higher Self, or whatever you choose to call it. There’s no “one path toward enlightenment” or set of rules you need to follow in order to “become spiritual”; you’re already a spiritual being, you’re just in the process of remembering that!

Yes, of course there are practices that may help you along your spiritual journey; however, we all express and experience our spirituality differently. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the study of spirituality (at least I know this has happened to me) that we convince ourselves we need to buy certain things and practice specific rituals in order to further progress our spirituality.

Here are three myths about spirituality that may be preventing you from living your life.

1. Spirituality Is a Belief System

To many people, especially those who choose to follow a religion, spirituality becomes an overarching belief system that completely governs their decisions and lifestyles. People typically accept this belief system as a result of social conditioning from friends and family who also share that religion. Even when people switch religions, it’s typically because they’ve accepted a new ideology that then becomes their beliefs.

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Spirituality is so much more than simply blindly believing old books and testaments; it’s about getting to know yourself as a soul and as a human being. It’s about understanding how to further connect with yourself and the true essence of your divinity. You don’t need to believe it; you can feel it.

Even when you look at prominent religious figures, this remains true. Jesus Christ encouraged others to look within and access the same “powers” he was able to manifest. Monks and gurus suggest meditation, yoga, self reflection, and gazing inwards. You don’t need to abide by a set of rules and adopt extremely specific beliefs in order to be spiritual.

In addition, many people look up to monks, enlightened beings, and other prominent “higher ups” in various religious communities, seeking answers through them rather than through the Self. People may also search for meaning in religious texts rather than through life and our inner selves, which is ultimately what we’re here to do.

It’s not just religion that creates constricting beliefs, it’s the New Age spirituality movement as well. Within the New Age community, many people who feel that they’re on the path toward enlightenment may use spirituality to create division between themselves and those they feel are “less spiritual” than them. This type of belief system only creates division amongst us, further perpetuating the illusion of separatism.

You don’t need to hide your emotions and become detached and aloof, nor do you need to spend all of your money on crystals and a yoga membership. Don’t get me wrong — I am a crystal lover and devoted yogi myself, but I’m just emphasizing that you don’t need to adopt every belief and practice in order to get more in touch with your spirituality.

2. Spirituality Is a Full-Time Job or a “Chore”

There are tons of different practices that we preach to help you become more in touch with your Higher Self: use crystals, meditate, yoga, breath work, journal, see channellers and energetic healers, seek enlightenment, practice detachment, and so much more. Though I see value in all of these for myself and my spiritual journey, that doesn’t mean that all of these modalities are meant to be practiced by all.

Spirituality is an individual journey that ultimately will not be expressed by all equally and in the same fashion. Some people will seek enlightenment, others will channel and communicate with their Higher Selves, and others may not even understand anything that I’m talking about in this article; but, none of this makes us more or less “spiritual” than one another.

Sometimes, the best way to practice our spirituality is to simply be with ourselves. You don’t need to spend piles of money on astrology readings and reiki; you can simply silence your mind and be you in the present moment. Ultimately, if your long list of spiritual practices is stressing you out, then perhaps just living your Dharma and surrendering is the best decision.

If spirituality starts to feel like a chore to you and you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed with all of your “spiritual tasks” you’re forcing yourself to do, take a break! Ultimately, you can never take a break from spirituality because we are all spiritual beings, and you can always find ways to practice and express your spirituality in other ways.

For example, I used to get genuinely upset with myself if I didn’t have enough time to meditate. Then, I discovered that I could reach the same level of consciousness or contentment when driving, cooking, or doing other tasks. Meditation doesn’t need to be done in complete silence or in the dark; it can be practiced anywhere and any time! I abandoned my strict regimen of meditation and started to incorporate it in other ways, because that’s what was serving me best at the time.

Keep in mind that if meditation starts to feel like a chore, that could mean you shouldn’t put so much pressure on yourself, but that could also suggest that you really do need these spiritual practices in your life. Sometimes the things we dread or dislike the most are the things our souls are really encouraging us to look at. The fact of the matter is that you are the only person who can truly understand what your soul resonates with and what’s best for you.

Being Spiritual Means Being Happy 24/7

Another common belief within the New Age community and those interested in spirituality is that in order to be spiritual, we need to be happy 100% of the time. We’re often encouraged to only seek the light, abandon the dark, and suppress our emotions.

The reality of life is that we live in a dualistic world and we were incarnated as humans who (for the most part) are tackling a wide range of emotions. These emotions clearly exist for a reason. Why would anger and sadness exist if they didn’t serve some sort of higher purpose?

Sometimes people confuse practicing detachment with suppressing emotions and acting like robots. True detachment involves working through your emotions fully so you can completely let them go, which often means you will have to face darkness head on.

Plus, when you begin to raise your vibration and experience greater levels of empathy and connection, you may find that you’re more susceptible to other people’s energies. At the same time, you’re improving your ability to understand your own emotions and how to process them correctly rather than suppressing them, so that could actually be a very difficult process in and of itself! Though this process is extremely beneficial for our souls and is often necessary to endure along our spiritual journeys, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be enjoyable.

Self-realization can be a painful process, and that’s perfectly okay. However, if you’ve been interested in spirituality for a while and this doesn’t necessarily resonate with you, that’s cool too! Some people have a lot of darkness to face, others don’t. What’s important is that we all respect and support each other on our journeys and recognize that not everyone’s paths will look the same.

To be clear, this article is not meant to put down any religion or spiritual practice! I believe that everything in creation has a purpose and that everything serves us. I truly recognize the value in religion and I attribute Hinduism and Buddhism for inspiring me to get more in touch with my own spiritual nature, and I definitely engage in many of the aforementioned practices.

My hope is that this article serves as a reminder that you are on your own spiritual journey. You are always going down the correct path because it’s yours; your soul chose it for you and you are living it. Don’t beat yourself up for what you have or haven’t done, and learn to live in the present moment; perhaps then you’ll find that you’re becoming more aligned with your Higher Self.

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New Moon In Capricorn: Power Struggles, Intensity & Renewal

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We are having a New Moon in Capricorn on January 13th throughout most of the world and on the night of the 12th in Central to Western North America. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Leo on January 28th/29th.

Capricorn season began on the December 21st solstice, just over three weeks prior to this lunation, and will end on January 19th/20th when Aquarius season begins. However, this New Moon will carry some of the Capricorn energies into the earlier part of Aquarius season.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Capricorn is associated with structure, ambitions, achieving goals, mastery, business, career, social status, responsibilities, duty, authority, governance, and hard work. It is cautious, worldly, conservative, and pragmatic. As an Earth sign, it has the qualities of practicality, reliability, solidity and being grounded. This element is very much orientated around the physical and material world. Negatively, Capricorn energy can be too serious, cynical, cold, controlling, and unrelenting.

New Moon Conjunct Pluto

This New Moon is aligned with Pluto which is also in Capricorn. This energy can be strong willed, focused, calculated, strategic, secretive, transformational, probing, deep, regenerating, sexual, cleansing, purging, and evolutionary. It can also be destructive, heavy, controlling, intense, subversive, obsessive, compulsive, jealous, power seeking, authoritarian, abusive, violent, manipulative, and dark.

Pluto rules investments, taboos, transmutation, hidden matters, repressed feelings, shadows, psychoanalysis, and the underworld. It is associated with power struggles, conspiracies, viruses, death, fears as well as fearlessness. This Plutonian energy will be strongly felt during the New Moon and in the two days following it, but it will still affect the entire Lunar Cycle.

Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will be there until 2024. Collectively, this is a period of major changes affecting government, financial structures, and business in a big way. This has been more obvious in recent years as Saturn, the Lunar South Node, and Jupiter have all joined Pluto in the same sign. This will continue to be a big theme over the remaining years of Pluto in Capricorn and beyond. We also recently had a Great Conjunction in Aquarius on December 21st which also reflects changes affecting society in a big way over a long period.

This Lunar Cycle can really trigger the collective impact of this energy especially considering the current landscape. To learn more about all of this, I recommend reading my Pluto in Capricorn article from 2017 here and my more recent Great Conjunction article here.

Mars Conjunct Uranus In Taurus Square Jupiter & Saturn in Aquarius

The action oriented Mars recently changed signs into Taurus on January 6th/7th and has since been approaching Uranus, the planet of surprises and rebellion, in the same sign. They are both applying squares to Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius which are still in close proximity with each other.

During this New Moon, from January 12th-14th, Mars is in a square with Saturn which is the first exact aspect made between these four planets. Our actions can be faced with obstacles, delays, resistance, or limitations. Conflicts around boundaries or restrictions can play out. Doing tasks may require extra patience and caution.

As this is finishing, Jupiter will be going into an exact square with Uranus from January 14th to the 19th. This energy can be freedom seeking, rebellious, scattered, idealistic, or even risk taking. It could be good for exploring, learning, education, or expansiveness around things that are new to us, unconventional, technological, scientific, progressive, or metaphysical.

Mars then makes its exact conjunction with Uranus from the 19th to the 21st while it is finishing its square Jupiter. It can really crank up the energies mentioned above and this energy can also be impulsive, erratic, experimental, disruptive, surprising, irritable, and quick tempered.

From the 21st until the 24th, Mars will then be in exact square with Jupiter. We may feel like doing things in a big way but it’s important to be cautious around what we do because we can more easily apply ourselves in a way that is overextending, overestimating, or overlooking of important things. Conflicts around beliefs, opinions, judgements, and principles can play out.

During the later part of this period, the Sun will be in a conjunction with Saturn from the 23rd to 24th. This can have a serious tone, and perhaps the need to be realistic, cautious, orderly, disciplined, committed, or responsible, may come up. Following this, the Sun will be making aspects to Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars in the last week of January and into the first few days of February which can trigger some of the energies mentioned earlier in this section.

The combination of all of these planets in close proximity to aspects with each other throughout January can be good for applying ourselves in new ways that are congruent with changes that are happening personally or collectively. However, it can also be a time of anger, impulsiveness, and rebelliousness towards obstacles, restrictions, opinions, beliefs, authority figures, as well as other recent or upcoming developments, circumstances, or changes.

Venus Square Chiron &  Trine Uranus, Mercury Entering pre-Retrograde Shadow

Venus in Capricorn is in a square with Chiron in Aries at the time of this New Moon and in the day leading up to it.  This can bring up wounds, blockages, negative patterns, or can reflect themes around healing, holistic perception, or perhaps solutions when it comes to love, our social life, friends, pleasures, values, or monetary issues.

Venus is also in a trine with Uranus in Taurus which is strongest in the day and half following this New Moon. It can bring a new, stimulating, unusual, exciting, inspiring, liberating, unexpected, or unique energy around our relations with others.  This can also reflect surprises, positive changes, or freeing type of developments around financial matters. In some cases it can be good for exploring new ways of making money that can be innovative, online, metaphysical, or technologically oriented.

On January 15th, Mercury in Aquarius will be entering the shadow period of its retrograde that will be beginning on January 30th/31st and last until February 20th/21st. It can increasingly start to feel like it’s retrograde during these weeks leading up to it as delays, technological/mechanical problems, mistakes, miscommunications, misunderstandings, or other complications can be more probable than in the previous six weeks.

Certain developments, interactions, connections, or issues that occur at this time can be connected to how this retrograde will affect us in February through its adjusting and perceptive changing qualities. There can be something we are not seeing clearly that needs to unfold throughout the upcoming retrograde and post-retrograde process. I will be writing a separate article on this, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What changes do you need to make when it comes to your ambitions, career, structures, or business matters? What can you do to make your profession more congruent with a changing world? What are you fighting for and what can you do to be more calculated, effective, and persuasive? What kind of strategies can you employ to help you achieve your goals? Do you need to be more innovative when it comes to making money? What area of your life is calling for some sort of purging, cleansing, empowerment, and/or transformation?

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. The exact moment it will occur is 5:00am Universal Time on January 13th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating, and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas and beliefs that form our world. We have to practice these things if we truly want to change. At Collective Evolution and CETV, this is a big part of our mission.

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Who Are You Really? The Impactful Video That Could Change Your Life

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This short and sweet film reminds us of who we are at the core: the person we were before being made to believe that growing up meant giving up your creativity and your authenticity; the person we were before losing touch with nature and our true Self. We can get so caught up with the business of life that we forget the joy of it, and go about our days unconsciously, with no idea how much self-awareness we have lost. For some of us living in the corporate world, or doing any job we are unsatisfied with, we might not even realize we are living out our days on auto-pilot. Choices are presented to us and we make decisions automatically, robotically even, without putting much thought into the act — without putting much of ourselves into the choosing.

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.”

– unknown

So how do you find out who you really are and what you really want out of life? The answer is simple: Give yourself a day to be completely present.

Evaluate how you feel when you wake up, when you go to work, when you are at work, how you communicate with others, etc. What are you really feeling? If you feel complacent or disengaged, it might be time to reexamine your current position at work (or in life) so that you are sure you are getting the most out of what you are given, which sometimes might just go right over your head.

The beautiful thing about life is that it is ever-changing; it moves with or without us and we have a choice about whether to live actively or passively — to engage in everything life has to offer or to fall into the background of someone else’s life.

So what do you choose?

As a side note, we have a powerful course inside our membership area called CETV that helps to bring presence and self awareness to your everyday life through a simple set of tools. It’s called Profound Realization and you can check it out here.

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” 

– Jim Rohn

So here it is: “I am Nature” by Alex Eslam, written by Die Rabauken.

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These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating, and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas and beliefs that form our world. We have to practice these things if we truly want to change. At Collective Evolution and CETV, this is a big part of our mission.

Amongst 100's of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective changemaker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

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Full Moon In Cancer: Contesting Thoughts & Feelings

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We are having a Full Moon in Cancer on December 29th in the Americas and on the 30th elsewhere. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 29th for the majority of the world except for the countries furthest East. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse In Sagittarius on December 14th/15th.

This Full Moon follows two back to back eclipses which will be affecting the period from this past November until this upcoming spring as part of the backdrop to all the other astrological energies happening. We also recently had a Grand Conjunction in Aquarius which will affect the next 20 years but especially this upcoming year as a time of seeding things pertaining to that energy. I recommend reading those articles here if you haven’t already. I also recently did a podcast here on Collective-Evolution talking about it as well.

The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may also start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Cancer and the Sun in Capricorn. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Cancer side and others expressing the Capricorn side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Full Moon In Cancer Opposite Sun and Mercury In Capricorn

The Sun entered Capricorn on the December 21st Solstice as it always does as per the Tropical Zodiac. This is the sign of ambition, achieving, duties, career, productivity, and discipline. It is responsible, cautious, prudent, practical, orderly, masterful, worldly, business oriented, realistic, and a social climber. Capricorn can also be cold, narrow minded, controlling, pessimistic, cynical, and overly concerned with status.

The Full Moon will be highlighting its home sign of Cancer and will be bringing its themes into the equation while in opposition to the Sun in Capricorn. Cancer is the sign of family, domestic needs, security, emotional sensitivity, nurturing, and nostalgia. It is caring, personal, motherly, empathic, vulnerable, instinctual, intuitive and protective. Cancer can also be moody, clingy, insecure, as well as overly subjective.

Mercury is also involved in this configuration as it is in Capricorn near the Sun and will be opposing the Cancerian Moon. This can bring a theme of thoughts vs feelings or mental needs vs emotional needs. We may experience this conflict within ourselves and/or through our relations. If you experience this, the key will be to follow gut feelings.

Venus Square Neptune and Conjunct Lunar South Node

At the time of this Full Moon, Venus in Sagittarius is in a tight square with Neptune. Venus ruled areas such as friendships, love, pleasures, values, money, aesthetics, can be met with Neptune expressions such as confusion, lack of boundaries, illusions, delusion, fantasy, escapism, intoxication, or elusiveness. However, in some cases, this energy can also be highly romantic, creative, and bring a spiritual element into our interactions.

Venus is approaching the Lunar South Node as it will be exactly aligned on December 31st. We may need to release or change something pertaining to Venus ruled areas as mentioned above. Perhaps there are aspects of our social life, relations, how we spend money, or what we do for fun, that needs to be let go. It could also be tied into Sagittarian expressions/themes such as excessiveness, judgement, travel, foreign countries, idealism, beliefs, or opinions.

Mars Approaching End Of Post Retrograde Shadow, Changes Signs While In Hard Aspect

Mars has been in its home sign of Aries since late June due to it being retrograde from September 9th until November 13th. This has been an extended stay here as it is generally in a sign for two months. Its recent retrograde and following it has been a period of recalibrating how we assert ourselves, boundaries, individual needs, and perhaps even how we project our identity, in the areas of our lives that have been affected by it.

We have been in the final phase of this process since mid-November and will conclude on January 2nd/3rd.  At this point we should have had experiences to help us see what we need to be doing differently and how we should focus our efforts, yet more could still unfold in the week following this Full Moon.

Mars will be switching from Aries into Taurus on January 6th/7th and will be moving into a hard square with Saturn. There will be a shift in energy at this time which could bring about frustrations, restrictions, blocks, or obstacles then and over the following days. It would be best to approach things thoroughly, cautiously, patiently, and with practicality.

Things To Consider

In what ways do you need to balance career and ambitions with the needs of your personal life? Are your emotional attachments getting in the way of your productivity? Is your work getting in the way of your personal connections with others? Do you feel emotionally fulfilled, if not, what do you need to change? Do you have domestic responsibilities that you need to attend to? How can you approach your ambitions or career with greater care for others? What can you do to feel more secure?

What do you need to change or let go of when it comes to your social dynamics, friendships, love life, values, style, or finances? In what areas of your life have you been making more progress in over the last six weeks in comparison to the months prior to that? What is that showing you in how you should apply yourself going forward?

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 at 3:28am Universal Time on December 30th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Dive Deeper

These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating, and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas and beliefs that form our world. We have to practice these things if we truly want to change. At Collective Evolution and CETV, this is a big part of our mission.

Amongst 100's of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective changemaker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

Join CETV, engage with these courses and more here!

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