June energy forecast: The transition we’ve been waiting for – Part 2

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.

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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.

READ PART 1

MIND: Grace

Grace knows no limitations. Grace breaks down what it means to be worthy and unworthy. It is a gratuitous, paradigm-busting force. As Christ said in Matthew: “[God] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good [alike], and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

If this offends our sense of fairness, then here is our radical reorientation: all our old dogmas are useless. Grace is never earned, never withheld. Those are human games. Grace illuminating the Mind here is terribly good news. Terrible for the institutions we have internalized, and wonderful for our sense of freedom and peace. It suggests we don’t have to wait any longer to feel worthy or healed or whole. That was an identity loop.

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. We can also put down our dream and enter the Dreamtime itself. That means surrendering to God’s dream of us – and that’s a mighty dream, indeed. Talk about reorientation. No map necessary.

BODY: BAT

The Bat totem represents, again, rebirth. It has an initiatory, shamanic energy, exploring the shadows and the liminal space between day and night. In the Body position, it’s worth noting that the Bat occupies a unique evolutionary place: it is a mammal yet it has wings. This is another reiteration of the transition theme.

Yet rather than focusing on the neither-here-nor-there quality of transition, Bat represents a bridge between worlds. As reflected by the Buddha touching the Earth as his witness, we are not escaping the world but recommitting ourselves deeply to our home. Acting as the physical temple – the stable bridge between heaven and Earth – ennobles our bodies in a new way.

Consider this from the prophet Joel: “In the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.” The eschatological last days of revelation are upon us, and the final judgment is surely favorable. Our bodies have carried ancestral trauma; they have been crucified on the cross-purposes of duality. We have been embodied as agents of reconciliation.

Now, as spirit pours itself into flesh in the ritual of our rebirth, a new question arises: How much joy can our bodies contain? Not a giddy joy, but one that includes and transcends what the Roman poet Virgil called “the tears of things”. Gladness and grief, triumph and disaster, hope and beyond-hope, all reconciled in a single shout of baptismal joy: Hallelujah.

SPIRIT: Christ

On one level, Christ is the archetypal wounded healer. When he began his healing ministry, its ultimate aim was spiritual reorientation; that physical manifestations had a spiritual cause. Then he moved on to parables as a means of transmission beyond the rational, got-to-figure-it-out mind. The apostles were still bamboozled.

Finally, Christ modelled his life as the teaching. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. Christ’s appearance in the Spirit position reverses the burden of proof: healing follows reorientation, and illumination follows gratuitous Grace. We are sometimes encouraged to dream our world into being. However, what if we are the ones being dreamed into being?

Christ shows us that we can peer through the veil of separation consciousness, the only real wound to heal. We are the living temple housing great spirit on Earth. This month has a baptismal energy. Even if we are illuminated by spirit for just a moment – a transfiguration in our dreams, the recalling of an ancient memory – our lives will never be the same.

WILDCARD: Siddhartha

This position signifies an element that cannot be controlled or domesticated. Always, it is working in our favor but sometimes doesn’t feel like it. Wildcard can be a surprise, a shock or a game-changer. The appearance of Siddhartha brings us full circle.

This is not Siddhartha, the Buddha, rather the eponymous character is Hermann Hesse’s classic book. In this narrative, Siddhartha actually turned his back on the historical Buddha. Siddhartha exhausted both poles of the human experience: he tried the path of austerity, self-sacrifice and self-denial – and found it wanting. He tried the path of sensuality, materialism and indulgence – and found it soul destroying.

Siddhartha despaired and grew sick and tired of himself. He didn’t want another teacher or guru. Instead, the river and life led him exactly where he needed to go. In the Bodhisattva vow, one promises to be the vessel to carry others to the other shore: May I be a bridge, a boat, a ship, for all who wish to cross [the water]. Siddhartha becomes the ferryman.

As a Wildcard, Siddhartha suggests a bend in the river lies ahead but we cannot see where it heads. Perhaps we don’t even see it coming. Nonetheless, it represents a critical juncture that leaves behind all the old dualities: triumph and disaster, god and mammon, method and outcome, healing and wellness. If we immerse ourselves in the river’s baptismal energies, without seeking to alter its course, spirit will pour itself into flesh.

From here, it is not teaching or healing that helps us and others across the water, but our presence and fully embodying our lives. This transition, then, as if it wasn’t already clear, is a rebirth. Welcome home.

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