Being a good ancestor
This is a momentous week for us and our new community, Shambhala. Named after the 11th Insight—because you know we live our life by these!—Shambhala is entering into the activity phase (finally!). 3 of our founders planted 80 young sapling trees (pine, oak, elderberry, persimmon and more!) and in each tree, we planted a black truffle seed, along with our intentions for a fruitful, abundant, amazing future for all who come and live here.
I saw a quote this past month that said, "I don't see it as planting an orchard, I see it as being a good ancestor." And I resonate with that truly, because these trees won't be in their full glory for 10-20 years, and they will be the legacy for the next generation—not mine.
But this week is not just about trees. After 6 months of patience, perseverance, and hard work, we are finally building our yurts—two sturdy, efficient, pop-up homes that have been sitting in their boxes, waiting for our deck to be completed and the weather to be just right. As you read this, we are building! It takes a village, and we have imported ours for this big event. They've driven in, flown in, and taken time out of their lives to help us build.
That's what community is all about. Doing things together, supporting each other, trading time for time, and learning, together.
This is our foundation for Shambhala. We believe that humans are meant to be tribal, not disconnected in suburban or urban separation and chaos. But connected to each other, and the land. This is how we rebuild our world and make it a better place.
Sending love from Shambhala this week ❤
The Pisces Convergence
Two days ago, on March 16 at around 5:30 PM GMT, the planets Mercury, Neptune and Saturn meet in the constellation Pisces and the neighboring constellation Aquarius. This conjunction occurred between Neptune's solar conjunction on March 15 and Mercury's solar conjunction on March 17, so the planets are currently lost in the sun's glare.
As you may know, we strongly believe that cosmic movements affect human dispositions. Each planetary change or transit brings significant changes in every person's life.
While this is an opportunity to search within and cultivate a connection with your higher self, there may be an undeniable sense of confusion in the air... For more reference on these feelings of ambiguity, check your birth chart to find out which house Neptune lives in. This is the area of life where you're more likely to dream, fantasize and wear rose-colored glasses. With Saturn moving to open-hearted Pisces, we are being encouraged to honor our boundaries, both spiritually and in terms with our current reality.
Mercury and the sun joined forces with Neptune on March 15-16, so if you're suddenly feeling lethargic, distracted, or simply sleepier than usual, now you know why. These planetary movements affect the way we act, feel, talk, think and are. Depending on the constellations, planets, and signs in your birth chart can you more or less determine how affected you can become—either positive, negative, or a mix of both.
But, keep in mind, that each moment we are in, whether it is supported by movements in the universe or not, is a moment that is made to be experienced, lived and learned from. The effects are just merely side-effects of the journey and are not meant to be the main factors of the journey's experience. At the end of the day, it is what you make of the circumstance. You are given the controls to your panel of emotions, feelings, reactions, etc. Always choose again, and choose wisely.
It all works out in the end. I'm sure you've heard of this before, and you either believe it, or you don't. It can depend on a few factors, like the person that's telling you this and the mood that you're in — glass half full or empty. You might've been burnt before by things that didn't work out the way you wanted it to, or have seen other people's lives go south. You might've thought, "I don't want to keep my hopes up," or "I'm just being realistic." Our lives consist of chapters, and just like stories, some chapters are more bad than good, or good than bad.
A breakup, friendship turning sour, financial setback, or illness are circumstances that can force us to be pessimistic, to curl in on ourselves and see the glass half empty, or completely drained out. But, remember, that's just a chapter in your life book, not the whole story.
Every fall, mishap and setback is followed by restoration.
There's this wonderfully relevant saying by philosopher and statesman, Lord Francis Bacon, and it goes, "In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." A phoenix becomes a force to be reckoned with after it has risen from the ashes. We are innately able-bodied and tenacious beings, forged with the elements that make up the universe and created to withstand the most testing of times.
Life is about contrast. How will we know what's good, great, and amazing if we don't know what's bad and terrible. Sometimes, we're put in situations that test us to highlight the fortunate things that have or are about to happen in our lives.
The romance, breakthroughs, financial fluidity, business successes, best decisions, and other glorious stuff? That may happen too, and when they finally happen, will you be prepared for it? Remember those bad chapters? They're what will prepare you for the great ones.
To help you prepare for the best, here are some important things to keep in mind:
Prepare your body - you want to be able to handle it, physically.
Prepare your mind - you're going to need to prepare for it, mentally.
Assemble your people - you will need the support.
Remove clutter and overhaul your life - make room for what you want the most.
Get your hopes up - your life will rise to meet them.
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