Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Tigers & Sheep

Today mighty Jupiter moves retrograde in Taurus. Jupiter the planet of wisdom, knowledge, abundance, belief, new beginnings...

...sounds exciting, liberating and it feels like a welcome relief!

There can be no denying that the past few weeks and months have been hard going. Walking through treacle would be an understatement; brains like custard would perhaps be a little closer! The feeling of lethargy, exhaustion and struggle so many of us seem to be facing on so many different levels is undeniably strong.

The biggest question perhaps is why. Why are we going through the mill at the moment? What cosmic force is at play that is pushing each of us so very hard? In many ways we already know the answer, we know that it is simply the right time to be facing our demons and clearing out our inner closets. It is the right time to be digging deep to the resources that lie within to realise the power of our intentions, beliefs and gifts.

When the going gets tough, many a tough soul would get going! Yet this does not seem to be an option for many on the spiritual path. The path towards re-awakening is a challenging one, with every step forwards we become a little more aware, a little more awake, and a little more conscious. We cannot undo this, we cannot forget what we have seen, felt or experienced. We cannot simply take a step back and return to how things used to be. Therefore as we become more and more awake, everything becomes more and more real, more and more heartfelt.

For many of us, this has been a time of great worry or concern connected to our physical well-being, a time of worry about a lack of resources and a time of some fairly major health challenges! It can become all too easy to focus on the challenges and on the lack, on those things we perhaps can’t have, don’t have or once had and lost. Yet focusing on lack attracts more lack (the rule of attraction!), so we need to be thankful for those things that we do have, however small or seemingly meaningless.

It is time now to explore our full potential and to realise just how much we do have in life. It is time to celebrate the abundance in our lives and to feel blessed by this. Despite surface appearances, this is a time of great change leading towards deep enrichment and the attainment of joy; therefore we need to focus on the positive to create an ever growing flow of positivity and abundance in our lives.

We need to tune into and focus on our inner resources of strength and self-belief in order to bring our dreams alive and to see just how much abundance we have. The more we can focus on this, the richer we become emotionally, spiritually, physically and psychologically, and the more content we can be in life. The more we can feel the power and the intention here, the more we can connect with it, giving it more power and more presence in our lives.

There can be no denying that this is a time to go within, to tend to our inner landscapes, to go into those dark spaces within in order to face and let go of our fears. It is time now to find our inner strength, to connect to our higher selves and to truly follow destiny.

The key to all of this comes in the way of balance. It is a time to be truly centred, and from that space we can tap into that vast inner well of love, compassion and strength. We have now reached a crossroads, a turning point, and each of us has a choice. That choice is between stepping onto the path less travelled, the one that calls to us on a deep level, the one that truly takes us into unknown territory.

The other choice is to stay exactly as we are, to ignore those inner calls and to stand firm on the spot. There can be no judgement as to which choice is made, neither is an easy option, neither is ‘wrong’. It does seem clear though that we need to make this choice now and stop procrastinating! Once that choice is made we can then re-focus our energies in one clear direction...

This is a time to face our fears and inadequacies, it is a time to not be afraid to let the world see the core of who we are, and it is a time to realise that we are all here for a reason. Not everyone is a spiritual warrior or pioneer, there are many gatekeepers, watchers and others amongst us all with different roles to play. Being a spiritual warrior sounds cool, but it is perhaps the hardest path, the loneliest, the most challenging.

Stepping into the unknown is in many ways the only true way of growing, it helps us to embrace our full potential and encourages us to take giant leaps forwards. However, the unknown is scary, and we need to have faith and self-belief to trust that we will be taken care of. There are, sadly no guarantees, but when in a place of trust and Truth, we can face challenges easier and we can see solutions from a clearer perspective. When in a place of trust and Truth we can go with the flow allowing each of us to make the most of the opportunities that life presents us.

There is a strong sense that now is the time to truly connect to whatever makes our hearts sing. It is time to move beyond fear, beyond doubt and beyond confusion to a place of knowing and inner belief. In theory, this sounds amazing, but in practice it can be somewhat harder to take on board and apply to reality! Life happens, stuff happens and we can easily lose clarity and find ourselves lost in the mists of confusion and discombobulation.

If we panic that we are lost, we can completely lose our way and become disorientated, yet if we can take a deep breath and use our intuition to guide us forwards, we can find our way back once again. Our inner landscape truly is the key; it is that place where we can connect with our cores and truly feel a part of the Universal whole.

Ok, so after all of this, we may still end up falling flat on our faces, but just the act of trying shows that we have evolved and we have declared to the Universe that we are no longer happy to be a sheep, but we are definitely tigers in the making...