Open Palms

 Photo by Forever Conscious

Photo by Forever Conscious

Your body floats above heaven, where fire does not burn. In this moment you are weightless. Each layer of the past lifted like a fine silk. The violet flame casts its gentle glow upon you. Everything softens. From where you are now you rest in a place of truth, seeing clearly. What has passed is past. You are letting go. Shedding old skin. You have worked away a great deal to see it this way.

To be free. 

As your palms open ashes cascade in the wind. Your eyes look onward and everywhere. 

Like the snake shedding its skin, we are being asked to let go and renew our tender selves through truth. This letting go can bear anguish, confusion and disorientation, while at the same time, deliver us to the root of what needs to be healed. 

When a layer of ourselves has been out grown change starts to happen. The old skin sloughs off by way of new skin emerging from underneath. The butterfly is born from the dissolved remains of a caterpillar. The Phoenix rises from the ash. 

Life / Death / Life

Cycles are at play and when we approach a new level of awareness from within it can seem as if everything is out of place. We can feel discouraged by grief and exhilarated by the unknown. 

Something new is pushing its way through.

Truth casts a startling reflection. It becomes a mirror for what we have been unable or unwilling to see before. And we might not know what to do with it. As it stares at us we stare back at it. Half in shock, half in wonder. How could this be? Until slowly we see. As we recognize the delicacy of this finely tuned recognition, we also see how far we have come. Indeed, to see ourselves anew. How far we’ve come to be this real, this close, and intimate with who we are.

As much as it holds great power to shift our experience, truth can be overwhelming. It teachings unveil a path not yet traveled. It creates an opening while simultaneously destroying the constructs that were built for understanding our previous reality.

It is at this time that our circumstances ask us to surrender. Giving way into being with what is. We engage with loss. We face the death that is inherent to life. We let go into a wave of rebirth. We move forward towards the faint light of a new beginning. We no longer resist, but allow ourselves the embrace of the unknown. Cradled and swathed in a body made from tears. We tend. We nurture. We love. We come home to ourselves. We are new again.

 

Fierce One

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FIERCE ONE⠀
Akashic Reading for the Aries Full Moon Oct. 5, 2017


Like the element of fire, anger has a motivating quality that can promise a bounty of transformation. Our duty to its promise is that we live by truth.⠀


When unconscious drives are at play there is an extra layer to transmuting our emotions into states of resolve. At times we would like to believe that we are ok, doing our thing our way, but true healing happens collectively. That means right now we are all being asked to process (Fear, Power, Rage) on a scale that requires tremendous care, patience and responsibility.

But how can one human heart carry such a wound? How can we stand present, purposeful and resilient in the face of terrible grief?

Being able to come back to a state of presence is of monumental value when we are triggered. When we see ourselves as agents of creation we become capable of directing our attention to facilitate change. We can offer kindness. We defend what is life affirming. We become the fierce one. When we feel overwhelmed we can still make a choice to hold onto what is ultimately true. Those we love, who inspire us, who walk with wisdom, grace and integrity. With time and experience, we become those people.

Life presents us with realities that break our spirit. Despair, grief, rage, the unsavory often provide a wake up call. In the yogic tradition anger (Rudra) is a gateway to liberation (Moksha) and peace (Shanti). Fire destroys and transforms. It burns up the illusion of ego. At times this process brings us to our knees so that we can see what is truly there for us. To practice this means to stay with and embody the teachings. Heart, Mind, Soul.

Compassion is an embodied practice revealing a staunch perspective into the nature of our human heart. It offers us space. It allows us to see beyond illusion. It grants us the wisdom when we listen. 

 

Topsy Turvy

When we take the time to simply be in the moment, without rejecting our fears or omitting difficulty, we grow our capacity for tumultuous times. ⠀

Even when there is doubt or confusion we can come to see through the lesser truths with great clarity. We can navigate the external variables of change with more precision and sharpen the needle of our internal compass. ⠀

Life is at times an uncomfortable journey. Obstacles and self-doubt present an invitation to grow and to learn what self-confidence and balance feel like when operating between our inner and outer world. ⠀

What drives your action? How do you move through experiences that touch and test the tender parts of you? Are you staying present for what's happening? What is motivating your interaction - fear or self-love?⠀

Take the time to remember what you wanted - the part of you that wanted to come into this world. The part of you that continues to birth herself anew. The part of you that grows through conflict. The part of you that understands.⠀

Steep in the deep waters that churn while learning how to nurture yourself - it is a delicate unfolding. Walk through your mind, notice the quality of thought, acknowledge the chatter, choose space, allow what is essential to reach you. Walk with the grace that holds you.⠀

Your soul has taken many steps to be here now. Every breath offers us a renewed sense of our choices. We have access to understanding any time we make the journey home inside ourselves. Practice going to and dwelling in the place of your most authentic self. Be honest. See yourself as you are. Be kind. Receive her.⠀

How do you choose to arrive at the threshold of your truth? What daily practices bring you back to the precipice of wonder and rediscovery within yourself? Notice: what keeps you from following your inner guidance? 

Try not to deny any part of yourself while remaining open to others. Let them show you who they are. This is how we grow and become wise. We listen. We center. We observe. We connect. We learn how to stay with the process. We learn how to love again despite our wounds.


Even amidst uncertainty we can find and choose clarity. Come back to the where there is ease and you will gain your perspective. Navigate the power of yourself to know what is true. When we are honest with ourselves about what we want we can cross over any terrain of doubt with unwavering presence. ⠀


A Phoenix Rising

 Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

 

Lightning flashes down through the center turning you into a mound of feathers.⠀
Like the Phoenix, you rise out of your own ashes. A force of insight. New and found.⠀
This momentum carries you into the next phase. You are transformed. You are witness. You are broken open, again.

You are the guardian to your own unfolding⠀


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With this eclipse season there is a lot of energy opening and closing. A thousand cycles per day exchanging preference with perspective. There are choices to be made. Everything is available yet nothing is given. You must choose. The action you take will state everything.

In a small window of time you are being asked to look directly inside yourself and align with the highest directives of your heart. As you move forward you want to feel connected to what is true for you. This is a time of re-evaluating your priorities and sitting with what Is.

Letting go of past hopes is, right now, a steady means for maturing the movement towards your aspirations, those that call to you from inside. There is urgency around this phase of growth and a regenerative quality to this expansion. All of it pressurized by the solar eclipse.

The future is opening a portal on the past unveiling a gateway for you. A new direction is being offered. All you have to do is choose it. Move ahead with the least amount of attachment to the outcome. Notice tendencies that arise around old suffering. Patterns like these can keep you feeling stuck, in pain and disempowered simply because they are no longer relevant.

Amidst this transition come important questions around what it means to be in relationship with what you want. The invitation here is to feel your own radical self-acceptance. This is a time of alignment. The future you are building is always a reflection of the choices you are making now. You are piercing through illusion and holding ground for something more withstanding.

Be gentle with yourself. Create the space to see yourself. Hold what is dear. Contemplate the directions available. Honor all the feelings. Tether yourself to a daily practice. Commit to your deepest heart.