Here in the final throes of Saturn’s transit through the sign of the seer (moving into Sagittarius on the 23rd of December – he’ll revisit Scorpio though next year into the Ides of March), we’re seeing some final injections of Scorpionic poison into mass consciousness. We are also approaching one of the most powerful midpoints of the year, Winter Solstice. It is a time of great transformation for the collective on Earth.
We are in the eye of a great storm, which is either as ferocious or benevolent as we choose to view it. Stormy weather can wreak havoc on electric appliances and automobiles, and sometimes seems to lower our immunity. It can also be incredibly purifying to the atmosphere and to our minds.
One essential key to wellness is to pay attention to what comes up rather than suppressing it, whether it’s physical, emotional, mental or spiritual. We should not ignore the signals our bodies and minds are sending us, whether they seem good or bad. If world news is important enough, we’ll hear about it in no uncertain terms. We don’t have to watch that or spend time in a city slum to get the impression the world’s gone to hell in a handbasket, that we are under attack, subjected to all manner of pollutants, mind control, and injustice. But what does that make us – constant victims of a hopeless world? We need to ask ourselves why we’re so ready to point our fingers out there and sulk in this perpetual cop-out, and why it’s much less terrifying than the actual turmoil – or the marvelous inspiration in our souls.
Immunity starts in the mind. Immune boosters are fine, but let’s trace to the cause of our many susceptibilities. We think we need confidence and reassurance – can’t get enough of it. Almost everybody’s out there trying to get something from the other not paying a bit of attention to your needs. Therefore, our misguided and sorrowful sense of need is like a bottomless pit, and that plays out differently according to various personalities and conditionings. What most of us really need is to trust in our innate sense of what is wrong or right in any given moment, and then to act on that without delay.
As Marianne Williamson has said:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
So all too often we give our power away to the darkness. How we use our power is a choice, and it is coming up right now, larger than life.
The anonymous adage “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional” is an important one to remember. Pain only hurts. We should not necessarily avoid it, nor should we feel defeated by it. A sickness or a wound or a worry comes along, sometimes minor and sometimes major, and we so often cave in under its pressure. During illness we usually don’t know whether to stop in our tracks or push forward, and that is because we are not paying attention.
Sickness and discomfort itself is not the problem – the problem is how we identify with it, give all our power away to it, until we have lost ourselves in it, become slaves to it, temporarily as individuals, almost irrevocably as a species. Sickness, depression, and many of our discomforts are natural responses to a sick environment. Furthermore, our bodies are the barometers of what is taking place within our psyches.
Many years ago I lay in my bed, physically disabled and utterly traumatized by my existence on earth overall. Like the rape of Persephone, a piece of the underworld had opened up and swallowed me down. Seven years of battle with entities, illness and most of all myself reshaped my view and understanding of the entire Universe, and for that I give thanks today. That is because my Inner Eye became opened through this extraordinary ordeal, and it is this Inner Eye that can be still and see clearly even within a storm.
Humanity was never meant to get sick in winter, nor were we originally designed as such feeble creatures, at the mercy of every storm both real and imaginary that life throws our way. This so often happens because we’ve been so cut off from nature and its cycles that we literally go against the flow in our lives. Bears don’t over think this, they go into their caves and everything shuts down until it’s time to come out into the world again.
A few ideas for giving expression to deep feelings, dreams, and sensations, whether they are painful, disturbing, or even overly joyful:
- draw or paint a mandala that includes symbols for your personal recovery – these could be animals, geometric shapes, runes, or whatever
- go to a secluded spot in nature and talk aloud about your concerns
- scream into a pillow or punch into a punching bag
- sit quietly for awhile and listen to what that troublesome emotion or sensation is trying to convey
The willingness to experience our own unique pain and discomfort cannot be understated as an essential aspect of developing our immunity to our own personal hang-ups first and foremost, and the world’s sickness at large secondarily. Ironically, often when we give our pain the attention it seeks, it begins to subside. Then, true transformation begins.