June energy forecast: The transition we’ve been waiting for – Part 1

by | May 31, 2019

Theme of the month: Baptism, rebirth

The Quote: There is a saying: If you chase after God long enough, eventually God chases after you. If we are no longer pursuing our worthiness, we make space for miracles. The ghosts of guilt, regret and shame can retreat like Mara’s demons from the newly awakened Buddha.

The Spread: This month’s spread is designed to inspire and illuminate all levels of our being as we enter a ground-shifting transition.

Theme of the month: Baptism, rebirth

The Quote: There is a saying: If you chase after God long enough, eventually God chases after you. If we are no longer pursuing our worthiness, we make space for miracles. The ghosts of guilt, regret and shame can retreat like Mara’s demons from the newly awakened Buddha.

The Spread: This month’s spread is designed to inspire and illuminate all levels of our being as we enter a ground-shifting transition.

TRANSITION: Shakyamuni

Gautama Buddha sits beneath the Bodhi tree having made a vow to remain until he reaches enlightenment. The bywords for this posture in the Transition position are implacability and impeccability. The demon Mara sends seductresses and warriors to put the Buddha-to-be off his path, but he cannot be tempted or frightened.

Here we are talking about the temptations that have assailed us in recent times, leading to this very transition. One of those temptations may have been to personalize any tension or conflict; to mistake the interior attachments and aversions for an exterior source. Nothing happens by chance. Those demons had to be faced and exposed, loosening the grip of maya or illusion. These were the necessary preconditions for this transition.

The symbolism suggests recent times may have been eventful, heavy even – a full immersion – but the real freight we were carrying was subservience to the lesser gods of memory, culture and society. The Buddha broke the mould and launched a new era. So too is this transition about breaking: but not breaking free, for that only legitimizes the old world. Rather, breaking the shell of our old existence so there is no place left but the new world.

The Bodhi tree represents the axis mundi – the world pillar that connects Heaven and Earth. Our implacability and impeccability have been rigorously tested and cultivated, so we can remain aligned. Now we can walk forward into the unknown without a clinging need to know. What follows is sure to be enlightening.

INFLUENCES: Hope

In a dualistic worldview, Hope is inextricably tied to disappointment. Victories are transitory only. There is another kind of hope, however: a naked openness to life without any objective. It is from this place of transcendent Hope that we can, as Kipling wrote, “treat triumph and disaster as the same two imposters”.

In the Influences position, this means we have suffered hope and defeat, hope and victory, triumph and disaster … and we are tired of the whole game of maya. We are ready for something that is real. We don’t need to put down our defenses or grievances against life as much as release ourselves from the imprisoning enclosure of hope itself.

Even if we are tired, the exhaustion is an illusion, too. It has all been building to this moment and this transition. How can it be any other way? Hope in this position is about rebirth and a new experience of surrender – surrender as stable state of being. After the weird and wild month of May, it all starts to make a little more sense.

LEVERAGE: Hummingbird

There’s an old story about the street smarts of Hummingbird. After being challenged to a race to the sun, Hummingbird hoodwinks proud Eagle by hitchhiking a ride in one of its feathery folds. As great Eagle tires as he nears the sun, seemingly fragile Hummingbird races out from its hiding place and steals the victory.

As leverage, Hummingbird tells us not to be fooled by appearances. Eagle can carry the bigger picture, but a trip to the closest star can exhaust even the most visionary of us. That’s where Hummingbird urges a lighter way of travelling. This bird is capable of covering vast distances despite its size. It also has a blink-and-you-miss-it style of rapid, sudden movement. One second, Hummingbird is there; the next, over there; then there; then gone.

In other words, we are being encouraged to put down the burdens of our overarching vision in favor of one moment at a time, so we can appreciate the sweet nectar of life. Lest this sound like a spiritual platitude, Hummingbird reminds us that this is actually the smart move, too. Because with this lighter momentum, we find more vitality and our perspectives are exposed to quantum-like shifts. Relieved of our burden, we can let life flow opportunistically in our favor. And like Hummingbird, it can all happen without apparent effort – and in the blink of an eye.

FORGIVENESS: Map

True forgiveness is radical. Map in this position refers to the long journey, the pilgrimage of our lives. It suggests that the topography and waymarkers provided by the map, our overarching vision, may have been useful but across this transition there is another form of navigation.

Like Eagle approaching the sun, it’s time to give up the dream, so it can be reborn in another form. Now it is only attachment to the path itself that is blocking the path. This transition or bridge represents a critical juncture. It’s time to put the Map in our back pocket and walk in faith. But who will support us?

When Mara claimed that the seat of enlightenment belonged to him, his soldiers declared they were his witness. They cried to Gautama Siddhartha: who will speak for you? He then touched the Earth, who testified on his behalf, and the Buddha was born. The Earth is our witness, too. Nature provides the map if we learn to read the signs of destiny, without the onerous need to cross-check against our old tools. This is radical reorientation.

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