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VS. Play Through Pain
This week, I was acutely reminded that taking care of my body, especially during stressful times, is paramount to all else.
I grew up hearing, "Play through pain." How about you? Any other "tough it out" mantras that are in your programming? This isn't a sustainable or healthy mindset. Compromising your physical health by "just pushing through" can bring one injury that leads to another—that can take years to reverse.
But in the last decade, I've learned to listen to my body better, rest when needed, and feed it what it needs to stay strong and vibrant.
Both in the 3rd Insight of the Celestine Prophesy and in the Way of the Peaceful Warrior, we learn that food truly IS our medicine, and eating what makes you vibrant is very important.
What triggered this awareness for me this week was the 6 very long and physically enduring days of building our bath house between the yurts, ending with a day of finishing our "punch list" by myself, wielding the 8lb. nail gun while up on a ladder, leaning over the wall, while holding up the last of the siding.
I could NOT have done that at the beginning of this summer. I was not in shape, and my upper body strength and endurance was non-existent. But all summer, I've been eating clean, as you know I've cut out the temptations, and I've been doing the farm chores day in and day out—whether that's turning the compost pile or flipping pallets—each day it's different, and each day it's challenging--but over time, it's made me strong.
In fact, I hadn't even noticed my body changing, BUT my clothes feel looser and when I stepped on the scale a few days ago (I hadn't seen it in months and had to deep clean after the bathroom build, and there it was!), I was 12lbs. lighter than my last logged weight in May.
Don't get me wrong, my body HURTS after this weekend—some of it in a good way, some not so much (hands are NOT happy after that nail gun day), but I listened to my body all weekend, and didn't do what didn't feel right, and did do what did feel right.
So, listen to your body, let go of outdated programs like "play through pain," and start cutting out things that lower your vibration, and if you don't know what those are, meditate on it, ask your guides or higher power, muscle test, or get a session with me and let's figure that out.
Fear can be a wonderful servant, but a terrible master...
This week we're unpacking a topic with notable author and lecturer Dan Millman, where he debunks fear and why it's more than just an abstract emotion, but a visceral sensation that is quite literally part of the human experience we are all going through today.
He begins with a question: "How do you know when you're afraid?"
Your tells when you're afraid: Affected breathing pattern, level of tension, ability to act and move...
There are some people who are unable to experience fear, and they don't generally live long lives (I know, crazy, right?). For both man and animals (insects and even sea creatures combined), fear serves as a warning to avoid a situation. Fear helps us prepare well; to rise to an occasion. But what happens when fear becomes our master? We begin to automatically avoid any situation that makes us uncomfortable or produces anxiety, whether it's trying something new, or diving off the three-meter board, or speaking to a group, then our world grows smaller and smaller and smaller...
When do we listen to our fear and when do we cut through it? The answer is pretty straightforward: When our fear is objective—if it involves an action that could bring physical injury—then we can heed its guidance to prepare well (such as a gymnast on the balance beam) or even to avoid a situation (when someone is approaching us at night on a dark street and we get a bad feeling and decide to cross the street or go into a store). But when the fear is subjective—we're afraid of feeling embarrassed or of looking foolish--cut through it and do it anyway! Face your fear and charge through it!
Remember: Courage is not the absence of fear, it's the conquering of it. In fact, we can only demonstrate courage while feeling afraid.
Before Dan closed his talk, he told a fun little parable about the subject of fear, and it went:
Long ago, in Tibet, a ceremony was held every hundred years. Buddhist students, Tibetan priests and the Dalai Lama would line up and begin the ceremony by saying:
This is the Room of one thousand demons—a ceremony that occurs only once every hundred years. To help you decide whether to enter the room, here is what the ceremony involves: You open the door and walk in—the room is not very big.
Once you enter, the door will close behind you. There is no doorknob on the inside of the door. To reach the exit, you'll have to walk all the way through the room, find the door on the other side, open the door (which is unlocked), and simply exit—then you will be enlightened.
But be aware: The thousand demons will take the form of your worst fears as soon as you enter the room. If you have a fear of heights, it will appear as if you are standing on the narrow ledge of a tall building. If you have a fear of spiders, you'll be surrounded by them. Whatever your fears, they will seem very real.
No one can rescue you. If you enter the room, you must leave it on your own. Some people, paralyzed by fright, never leave; they die. If you wish to return home, that's fine. You are not obliged to enter the room. You can wait until you are incarnated again, perhaps in a hundred years, and to try again.
If you decide to enter, I offer two hints: First, as soon as you enter the room, remember that what they show you is only a reflection of your mind—it's an illusion. Few people can remember this basic fact. The second hint has helped some to exit the room and became enlightened—so once you enter the room, no matter what you see, no matter what you feel, no matter what you hear, no matter what you think, keep your feet moving. If you keep moving, you'll eventually get to the other side, find the door, and emerge into the sunlight.
Keep your feet moving and you will emerge into the sunlight and, perhaps, this is the best advice for facing your fears.
Huge thanks to Dan Millman for inspiring this week's Sage!
As above, so below...
The heavens are opening a mighty Piscean portal for us right now, an opportunity to clear out the old and welcome the new. This is a double transit—Neptune and Saturn are in Pisces together from March of 2023 to February of 2026. If you have Pisces in your chart, it's been an even more intense spring and summer for you already. We're all connected though, so even if you don't, you'll be wanting to use this time wisely.
Neptune has been in Pisces for a while—since 2011 actually. But this is significant, because the last time Neptune was in Pisces was just before the Civil War. He is the Great Blue Dreamer, the pipeline to pure essence, and in Pisces, he heralds the time of BIG cycles coming to an end. Pisces is his native sign, and so it feels natural to have him here, it's an easy end.
But Saturn entered in March, and he is the reality gatekeeper, building your reality ring by ring—the "I'm here, you're there" boundaries and building blocks of identity and persona. He builds like an architect of the world around you, asking you why? Are your rings for defense? Protection? Identity? Entitlement? This is a time of recognizing boundaries, and In Pisces, he brings an emotional flow to this building. But he cautions against building walls around your emotional self. Instead, focus on clearing them, letting go of emotional triggers and auto-programs that no longer serve you.
The last time he and his brother planet Saturn were in Pisces together was from 1847 to 1849. This was a time of great exploration, scientific and political shifts and upheaval, unpredictability and opportunity. Sound familiar?
For us now, this is time to dream the biggest dreams possible before the cycle starts all over again. We have 2 years to do this, so use this energy wisely. What is it you seek for yourself? For humanity? We will see more of the above (upheaval and the world on its axis, and opportunity for growth and change) in these coming years.
Sister Moon was also in Pisces this week, through her full, blue, super moon phase midweek. She brought a deep emotional clearing and release from Tuesday to Thursday (and it's still moving), and she brought us back to center for this Piscean phase. If you haven't set your intentions for this yet, I urge you to. Check out this ritual, you have until Sept 9 to lock in the energy. We did it on Wednesday here on Shambhala and it was profound.
During this 2+ year cycle, our Sun enters Pisces twice, and next year, she has a Solar Eclipse in the middle of it. The release we will have during this phase will be profound, coming out of winter's reflection to clear out the old and again, wipe the slate clean for what's new as we enter Aries. So this winter, begin to really focus deeply on your intentions, repeat them day in and day out. Harness the power of the Full Moon each month, and focus on what you want to see during that time. Meditate on global peace, environmental care, old patriarchal paradigms falling, new ways of thinking and doing arising. Together we can make change. Together we can heal the polarity.
A lot of this knowledge comes to me from my annual reading with Star Sister Marcia, whose astrology gift is one of depth and profound wisdom. I love her monthly readings and Facebook page, so start there. She unpacked how what's going on in the heavens relates to my destiny, how it intertwines with Shambhala and my mission, how it's connected to my lifelong love of all things nature and Mother Earth, and likewise connected to my Gatekeeper Spirit Guide Merlin—the Merlin Asteroid conversation we had was hair-on-end accurate and enlightening.
Remember, sweet one, we are all in this together. Reach out to your elders, teach your young, stand up to the BS, and be intentional with your words and heart. Together we will ride this out, and together we will come out of the other end. How that looks is up to you, but without the Western pressure—because it always is just exactly how it's meant to be.
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” — Albert Einstein
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