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Keeping the Faith

It was a little tough believing in spring this year.  It’s been way below normal for a month and an half and it snowed on 17th April, long past the usual end of snow season here.

It can be even tougher to keep the faith when it comes to our personal lives.  Things go awry in ways or areas we’ve never had to deal with before and we don’t have a sense of natural progression to help us expect better days.

In reality, we’re always keeping the faith.

If we continually expect the worst, our faith is in that end of the spectrum.  If we always hope for the best, that’s where our faith is placed.  Most of us move around on the spectrum, depending on the issues and our experience in that area.

Can we choose where we place our faith?

Yes, although it sometimes takes some work.   That’s where understanding the basis for our faith helps.

Start with recognizing whether you’re an externalizer or an internalizer.  Is your faith in something outside yourself or do you have faith in your own abilities?

Externalizers believe in “the system” or in a higher power or in other people (yay, for family and friends).  Some externalizers believe that money will solve everything.

Internalizers look to their own abilities and strengths as the stuff they most rely on.

Again, most of us are a combination.

Once you understand where you’re placing your faith, you can ask yourself whether you’re limiting your toolbox (yes, Virginia, you need more than a hammer).   That’s related to doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

And, if you are, you can then decide where you can expand your faith options.  Are there people who would love to come through for you?  Are you leaving a part of yourself out of the solutions to life issues?  Have you been deluding yourself about what money or the system can do for you?

Once you understand what’s going on with your faith, you can make choices to keep the broader positive faith.

Keeping the Meaning Alive

Have you ever done something for someone that you were so excited about?  You thought of something you could spend your time or money or other resources on that would delight them, and you were delighted?  And then they didn’t even acknowledge what you’d done?

It’s a letdown, isn’t it?  It was much better in your imagination than in the real world.

Sometimes you’re just doing something altruistic, something that will make the world a better place, and it turns a little sour.  Maybe you’ve updated all the expired or about-to-expire meters on the block and the next guy who gets in his car is behaving like an a-hole, treating people like something to be wiped off his shoe.  He didn’t notice that he still has time on his meter that he didn’t pay for.

Kind of pulls the wind out of your sails, doesn’t it?  You don’t want thanks, you just want people to be happy that something good just happened to them.

We’ve all had the mismatch between what we imagined and how our imaginings played out in the bigger world.  And we all have to choose whether we’re going to live internally or in the big kids’ playground.

We have zero chance of having an impact if we never take our imaginings public, even anonymously.  But we can protect and tend our internal world, even when our external imaginings get stomped on by the bully in the playground.

Stay in touch with the enthusiasm you felt when generating your imaginings.  We can be innocent and vulnerable internally.  Our inner world doesn’t have to be impacted by the failings of the outer world.  Yes, we grow from our experiences, but, no, we don’t have to grow bitter or cynical or inactive as a result of our experiences.

Cultivate your inner bad-ass brilliant creative self, regardless of the outer world’s response.  And when you find the outer tribe that recognizes you for who you are, celebrate the connection.

2018: Eleven-ness

The numerology for each year gives us some guidelines for what sort of energies will be productive or a priority during that year.  But numerology is much deeper than using just one number; the many numbers that make up your chart, as well as the numbers of the country, state and city in which you live, all have an influence on how you’ll be able to interact with those energies.  It’s rather like trying to live your life guided by the sun sign astrology feature in the newspaper.

That said, for those who know their chart, understanding the universal energies drawn from the calendar give a context for the more personal energies of the year.  (And, of course, for those who don’t know their chart, guess who can familiarize you with yours?)

This year, 2018, sums to a visionary 11 year.   Yes, we usually reduce numbers to a single digit.  But when we have double digits, we have what are called Master numbers.  They’re the numbers that put us in touch with spiritual lessons or requirements.  11 is more about us and the Universe/Divine/Cosmos/God/Pick the designation that works for you, than it is about us and the world around us.  11 asks us to open up in new ways and at new depths, to be receptive to the very personal voice of the Divine.  Our actions, our words, our goals, can all become a channel for the Divine.  We become a Divine messenger.  In our relationship to the world around us, we become more aware of our true identity and more understanding and accepting of the identity of others.  Our imagination is vivid and fruitful, pointing us toward applications for our dreams.  If you’re seeking a new habit to cultivate, meditation or contemplation fits 11 energies well (if you’re already meditating, yay you!).

Depending on the numbers in your chart, and the depth and experience of your spiritual journey, you may find yourself caught in some of the 11 difficulties.  Those who are predisposed, withdraw from the demands of the human journey, neglecting their lives to get lost in their dreams.  Their spirituality is ungrounded, their ideals are removed from practical reality.  Others have the language of spirituality and vision, but the motivation is for personal power or material gain.  There’s no Divine content to their selfish aim for control.  Some of us are so intensely sensitive, and lack the necessary spiritual preparation, that we find our nerves frazzled, sometimes to the point of dysfunction.  Some will deny ideals altogether, pointing to the selective “realities” that have always been part of human habit.   Because we’re looking at 11 in the Universal Year position, you’ll see these patterns of misuse of the 11 energy in very public, as well as private, arenas.

If you find yourself falling into one of these patterns, step the 11 energy down to the relationship 2.  Focus on the beauty of meeting each other as different individuals.  The power structures here are totally horizontal; there are no hierarchies.  Each of us has our own Divine message to convey; each of our messages are integral to universal benefit.  And, if the message is to help someone else, rock and roll with developing that relationship.  Just don’t lose your sense of self in giving assistance; and definitely don’t make it about elevating yourself above whoever you’re helping.

The digits that make up 2018 will also play out in the background.  8 demands integrity, so yours will need to be impeccable.  We’ll watch all sorts of integrity issues come up for reckoning.  If your integrity is aligned with the Divine, you’ll find that 2018 can be a time of harvest, of successfully reaping what you’ve sown.   The individual consciousness of the 1, the self-awareness and responsibility, will continue to be on the table (we’ve seen it since 2010).  0 is the “God” number, the number out of time, the number of that which is unexpected and out of “normal” control.  These are the surprising synchronicities that offer confirmation or redirection.  It offers opportunities that are well-aligned with the 11.  If we’re all tuning in to the Cosmic channel, those “sledgehammer” moments that come when we’re not aligned with the Universe are less frequent.  It’s clear we’ve been in the soup with that, and will continue to be throughout this century.  Finally, the demands of the millennium – sensitivity to each other, learning to cooperate, learning to prioritize relationship – will unfold based on integrity, individuation and the unimaginable voice of the Divine.  Without restricting your receptivity, listen with an ear to those elements, as you develop your 11-ness, alongside the rest of humanity.

Those who appreciate Tarot correspondences, look to either XI Justice or XI Strength (depending on the method you use).  You will appreciate that VIII Justice/Strength will also be included as a supporting energy, along with I The Magician, 0 The Fool and II The High Priestess.

Use this context to thrive on the planet this year.

Bridging the Differences

Our posture and carriage say so much about who we are.

We tend to think of that as something that’s completely up to us.  All those folks who told us to stop slouching and stand up/sit up straight sure seemed to think so.

But we don’t live in a vacuum (yay, because, breathing!).  We’re surrounded by other people and their posture and carriage.

And furniture.  Don’t even get me started on the furniture (one size fits all?).

We influence each other’s posture, even when we’re not being excessively complimentary or emotionally abusive.

Just ask someone tall, especially a tall person surrounded by child-sized people.  What are their choices to get closer to eye level?

There’s hunching or stooping.  Lovely for interfering with full breathing or for circulation to that stuff up in the head like, oh, your eyes and ears and BRAIN!

There’s splaying legs wide.  Great for pulling the support right out from underneath you, so you’re propped up, with hips and knees that are going to let you down a whole lot sooner than normal.

Or ask someone surrounded by taller people.  How’s the neck feeling from constant craning?  Circulation issues again, stress on the spine, and a nervous system status of high alert.  Lots of fun.

Then there’s some version of ignoring real connection with others around us (which doesn’t necessarily require a height difference).  Head in the clouds, lost in thought.  Self-involved, only attending to objects or circumstances within “reach”.  Controlling everything so it’s convenient to our needs.

There’s no real answer to coping with the differences we each encounter daily.  Sure, if you’ve got platforms around to talk to your taller friends, rock and roll.  Likewise, good on ya, if you can get down on a knee to chat with the children (actually, good for you in lots of ways).  And, absolutely, find places and ways to meet each other eye to eye, where we are.

My real message is that our posture is going to take some attention, no matter who we are, if we want to continue relating to all the different people in our world.  And one of the simplest ways to do that is to spend 15 minutes a day lying on a firm surface, on your back with your knees bent and feet flat (those of you who are pregnant or who have back issues, check with your health care professional first).  It quickly and easily (with consistency – it’s not quite a magic bullet) realigns your spine and helps your nervous system recognize home base.  That’s why they call it “constructive rest”.

Of course, there’s more possible (and, yes, I can help with that), but don’t you deserve at least 15 minutes of healthy time out daily?  And, tell the truth, don’t you miss kindergarten nap-time, just a little?

Create Life with Love

“Responsibility without love makes us inconsiderate
Power without love makes us cruel
Belief without love makes us fanatics
Intelligence without love makes us dishonest.”
Lao Tse

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