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Every month’s New Moon signifies a beginning point in space and time in the spectrum of our lives. We get to make intentions, plant new seeds, and start afresh. No matter what spiritual background you come from, participating in this monthly exercise can help you connect to your soul’s purpose and plan steps to get closer to it. Give yourself permission to connect authentically with yourself this month. Since we live in a Universe that is constantly moving, each month the New Moon is at a different place in our Cosmos allowing us a chance to plant different intentions throughout the year. A new cycle begins in Taurus which is about being receptive to the abundance around us and co-creating what we want to cultivate in our lives.
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WORD FOR THE MONTH
Creation, rejuvenation, fertility, sexuality, abundance, prosperity, cultivation, self-love, and love.
Happy New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus! This is the first Eclipse of the year. Taurus is represented by the bull, the angry and strong volcanic explosions of love for life. There is going to be explosive energy of change all around us personally and collectively. This Eclipse will activate changes that have been awaiting on the horizon, whether we are ready for it, or not. With this Solar Eclipse New Moon conjunct the planet Uranus, we are to expect the unexpected for the next several months. Eclipses can shake things up, but it places us where we need to be, even if we at first doubt it. Uranus is known for bringing surprises, so grounding ourselves will help us navigate the chaos and help us to move forward in a calm way. Walk on grass, meditate with a favorite crystal, or spend some time in nature.
We are being called to dramatically consider what is holding us back from evolution and growth. This New Moon Eclipse energy can, and will, liberate us. Sometimes we need a breakdown before we can have a breakthrough. Sometimes breakthroughs come after long conscious effort. Regardless of how it works out for you, something is breaking through. Learn to work consciously with this energy, as it can lead to chaos or wild success.
Taurus is a sign of the Earth element, helping us to work with practical and tangible ways to achieve our goals. Any intuitive pushes you get in the next several weeks are great opportunities to anchor down your goals and really embody them into our daily lives. The Taurus New Moon is about grounding this energy so it can grow in fertile ground. What we tend to, will manifest. What are you taking the time to cultivate in your life?
At the same time of this New Moon is the beginning of Beltane on the Wheel of the Year. This pagan holiday celebrates the green force alive and awakened on Earth, thanks to the Sun and the fertile ground working together to produce value and worth. Awaken to the beauty and abundance of life all around us. Together, the Taurus New Moon and Beltane urges us to take notice of what arises around us as the Sun and Earth co-create as God and Goddess. We can tap into that energy and co-create as well. What is growing in your life right now?
As always, have thoughts of gratitude as opportunities come your way. With light and love,
Llewellyn’s 2022 Sabbats Almanac
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Aquarius by Yuhon
Every month’s New Moon is a perfect time for fresh beginnings, as the energy of the Universe opens up to receive new seeds to grow. All possibilities on the table for future planning. Everyone can benefit from a burst of energy and initiative that marks the start of the New Moon’s 28-day cycle. New Moons are full of opportunities for those who take advantage of personal reflection. Give yourself permission to connect authentically with yourself this month. A new cycle begins in Aquarius which is about giving up the status quo and creating new rules for ourselves and society.
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WORD FOR THE MONTH
Innovation, friendship, humanitarianism, beginnings, courage, awareness, intuition, and revolution.
Happy New Moon in Aquarius! This cycle is an opportunity to break out of our comfort zone and accept the wild unknown among us all. Aquarius energy is free-thinking, rebellious, and unconventional, so this Moon cycle will have us embracing our uniqueness and finding those with the same rarities. Living authentically has strong Aquarian vibes granting us the gift of being completely original in mind, body, and spirit. Aquarius gives us the courage and bravery to vibrate at our highest potential.
The Aquarius New Moon holds strong elemental air energy which will inspire new ways of thinking, ideas, perspectives, and a fresh mind. This also allows us to clear our mind, helping us to take a break from the endless chatter, if we seek it. Big aha moments can come through this cycle so pay attention to your thoughts and where they go to see the openings for newness come through. The Aquarian way to freedom is through the path of well-ordered thinking and living. To do this, radical change is needed within and around us.
Astrologers debate when we entered the Age of Aquarius, from the previous Age of Pisces, but irregardless, we are now making fast headway into activating the archetypes that go with our new age we find ourselves in. These include equality, social change, technological advances, and a move from individualism to community. This New Moon moves us quickly along these paths.
This New Moon also begins the Year of the Water Tiger in the Chinese zodiac. According to Chinese philosophy, in 2022 the energy of the Tiger will be about breaking away from the old and inviting in the new, while building foundations that are more aligned with who we are becoming. The Water Tiger energy provides us strength and bravery to overcome negative emotions as we all collectively embrace the uncertainty of our future together.
Due to Venus no longer retrograding, this is an excellent New Moon to express our feelings through art and poetry since talking them through is difficult with our divided society. Venus’ connection with the Aquarian New Moon wants us to live from our hearts and see how we’re all connected. Our current task is to change our worldview to that of unity instead of separation and division.
The planet Saturn is very close to this Aquarius New Moon so a reality check may be coming our way, but not without reward. If conflict arises anywhere in your life, heed the signs, and you will be pleasantly surprised. With rule-making Saturn greatly influencing the rule-breaking nature of this Aquarius New Moon, it’s the best time to examine the flaws in our personal beliefs and willingly revolutionize our habits. We are being called to stop listening outside ourselves and turn within to listen to our own instincts, intuition, and critical thinking to address our current situations.
As always, respect everyone as we all play a part within our human experience,
Society needs to evolve just as our DNA does.
Human brains are wired for categorization, thought by many to be an evolutionary advantage and a condition for rational thought. It is no surprise then that humans have classified the history of time on Earth into eras of clearly defined periods marked by some characteristic. Some eras are shorter while others span much longer time frames. A person can have eras of their own, viewing their own personal lifetime in various periods, such as being a teenager or married. Or we can view the categorization of something much larger like the timeline of the origins of our universe. In any case, what happens in the eras of any timescale defines the uniqueness of that time.
The usage of chronology for life makes sense since everything alive is evolving into something different from what it was in a prior state. In looking at the life span of the planet Earth, the home to all who are reading this, it is estimated to be 4.5-billion years old since it was birthed from a nebula of particles from our Sun during the Hadean era. Immediately after was the beginning of the Archean era, 4-billion years ago, when the Earth’s first continents were formed, then shortly after, our oceans. It was this blessing of water that created the first signs of life 3.5-billion years ago. Photosynthetic life eventually developed after falling in love with the energy of the sun and produced oxygen 2-billion years ago during the Paleoproterozoic Era. Water and oxygen together created the atmosphere 1-billion years ago during the Proterozoic era leading to complex multicellular life forming in the Cambrian era 580-million years ago.
As these complex multicellular life forms developed, events with sudden climatic changes such as an ice age, shifted the scale of physical evolution of all species of life existing at that time. Diverse hard-shelled animals first appeared 250-million years ago in the Mesozoic Era spawning the dinosaurs. When the dinosaurs became extinct, birds survived helping to develop the next set of life along with great change in the terrestrial vegetation leading up to the Cenozoic period about 65-million years ago. This time marked the proliferation of insects, and fish joining the birds in this process of proliferation. Periods of global heating and cooling over the next several million years created tectonic shifts in Earth’s continental plates and the development of land animals and their eventual migration around the globe marking the Pliocene Era 5-million years ago. Eventually animal migration allowed for the intermingling of species giving rise to a diverse set of mammals from horses to cats and homo habilis during the Pleistocene Era 2-million years ago. As homo erectus spread throughout the world 150,000 years ago, they contributed to the extinction of the large animals that they hunted. Since then, small scale climate shifts and continued migration evolved homo erectus into the humans we are today, homo sapiens. This gives our current Era of the last 11,700 years the name Holocene, dubbed “The Age of Man” as it plays spectator to most of humanity’s recorded history and the rise and fall of all its civilizations since then.
Anatomically, modern homo sapiens evolved within the last 150,000 years defining only 0.004% of Earth’s whole geographic history. While all organisms influence their environments to some degree, few have ever impacted Earth as much, or as fast, as our species has done during our short 0.004% stay. Modern humans are changing the world, ushering in a new era in geologic time, currently proposed to be called Anthropocene. This concept of a new era has been discussed and debated as the time in history where human influences became so great, that it changed the future of Earth and humanity all together. This is the first time that an era is credited to a particular species, the human.
But is this really something so dramatic? The impetus for leaps of growth in life on Earth usually include destruction then recovery. The changes currently being observed in our ecosystem are parallel with major events of past eras that developed the landscape we see today and the photosynthetic organisms that released oxygen into our atmosphere for us to breathe. The only distinction this time around is how quickly our impact has been and who is doing it. Humans have wandered the Earth for thousands of years but never has our capacity to alter the Earth’s ecosystem at a larger scale been more prominent than it is today.
When the Anthropocene Era began is under debate by scholars in various disciplines. To think about when our impact first began to alter the Earth’s ecosystem forever is surely not an easy feat to do. Geologists have been able to observe differences in rock to tell Earth’s story up to this point, but dissecting current time is harder to do since looking back is what Geologists are experts on, contemplating the present is not their specialty. From a philosophical perspective however, there was a beginning point when we became a driver instead of a passenger along the chronology of time.
Some theories based on atmospheric evidence suggest the era kicked off with the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century due to human population growth and the rise of carbon dioxide. This was a time when humans first began to play with chemical manufacturing, and the building of machines. Others connect the beginnings to earlier events, such as the rise of agriculture and the domesticating of animals with the Neolithic Revolution 12,000 years ago. This direct change from hunting and gathering resulted in societies being developed and the continued rise and falls of them since. Further, many believe that the very recent onset of our dependency on technology since the 1950s has fueled exponential growth to the point that some call it the “Great Acceleration.”
Then the Internet came, which revolutionized society like no other civilizations of the past. By building an interconnected framework around the globe, using satellites and computers to share data, we are moving energy in a coordinated manner around the Earth like never before, building our collective intelligence that can easily resemble a brain. Several trillion synapses are available in our brain for neuron communication, allowing for the processing of an enormous amount of information every minute. Our global system of communication is too processing data in amounts that are difficult to comprehend. For example, every minute email users send over 200 million messages. In the last 30 years, almost half of the world’s population used the internet connecting 2.5 billion people instantly like never before. This electronic infrastructure allows for the fundamental mathematical laws that nature follows to produce exponential growth. Perhaps we are living with the right conditions set up to allow for another boom of diversification.
Although I agree that today’s technology revolution has provided the catalyst to propel us into the next form of rapid growth and development of our species, I prefer to connect the beginning of the Anthropocene Era with the time homo sapiens’ consciousness expanded into a different form. It can be easily argued that all living things are conscious in some aspect, but many would agree that advanced consciousness like our own is unique. We broke through into a new level of consciousness that hadn’t existed before. This too has arguments about its beginnings, but my general feelings lead me to believe that consciousness began in the 6th century BC with the co-evolution of language and larger brain capacity that allowed humans to discover they had minds.
So when did the proper neuronal connections in our brains happen to allow us to become differently intelligent than other living things? From observing my own children I find that true advanced consciousness begins when a toddler realizes they are separate and distinct from their parents. Toddlers realize that their wants are not the same as their parents, and rebellion begins–leading to the term “terrible twos.” If you extend this idea to humanity, when did we rebel? When were we not happy with what the Earth provided for us to such an extent that we decided to take the wheel and drive? When did we become rational enough to have insights? When did humanity as a whole hit its toddler years?
Prior to our consciousness becoming so advanced we were a lowly species, dwelling on Earth in small proportions. Our lives were simple, our impact to our environment was slim. We weren’t burning fossil fuels or driving cars which made our air dirty. We weren’t polluting the oceans or dropping nuclear bombs. We certainly weren’t socially connected around the globe like we now are. The ability for us to destroy our own habitat was not possible, it was left up to the forces larger than us; the solar winds and the rock particles floating past us in the sky.
Relative to the age of Earth, in a very short period of time we have managed to push the extinction of species like the Zanzibar Leopard and West African Black Rhinoceros, culminating in large losses of tropical rain forests, and dramatic depletion of our ozone layer. To keep pace with our current lifestyle, we need places to bury garbage, chop down trees for paper, use water for new purposes such as doing laundry, breathe pollution from our cars, and destroy land and wildlife as our population increases. People are dying from not having food or water, and being killed over greed. Our love affair with plastic has damaged coral reefs disrupting the oceans’ own ecosystem. It’s estimated that we have affected about 80% of Earth’s surface all by our own doing. This number had recently doubled since the 1960s.
I believe that the Anthropocene Era encompasses more than humans impacting Earth; it’s also about us as humans affecting ourselves. Chemicals we use every day are altering what’s primal to us, leading to cancer becoming more prevalent. Parts of our genome simply cannot survive a situation where the environment suffers from the full overload of toxins we currently live in. Through cancer and disease our bodies are working out new genomic defects experimenting to see what survives. Unfortunately, we cannot evolve as fast as what we are exposing ourselves to via chemicals in the foods we eat and in the air we breathe. Evolution of living organisms takes thousands to millions of years to happen. We simply haven’t given our bodies enough time to adjust to the exponential changes we are introducing to our environment. Further, it is possible we are blocking any type of evolutionary progress we are making. With the rise of medication and prescription drugs, it’s possible that we are sustaining life and the passage of genes that are diseased, allowing nature to keep reproducing that which it is not supposed to.
The correlation between human society and environmental impact has a long history within our short human footprint. The rise and fall of so many civilizations proves that humans have yet gained the ability to evolve into a society that is sustainable. Many upon many have risen and fallen and the phoenix will continue to rise once again until we get it right. From a more current societal perspective, there is a revolution of sorts going on fueled by the new interconnection of the world and its embracement by the younger Millennial and Z generations. The gap between the ideals of past generations and these newer ones is very large. If the governments and societies of developed nations do not adapt to the change that the Millennials and Z’s require, it will collapse as a whole, just as pieces of it have already.
We are at the point of having a changed relationship with our home planet. It’s the beginning of what can be a short or very long “Age of Man.” Depending on how we approach this continued exponential period of growth, it will either be one of decline or one of growth into something fitter. Where will our newfound global awareness and intelligence take us? Research data clearly shows that the exponential growth is not letting up. If we continue to cut down forests, emit more pollution, push species to extinction, and pollute our oceans, something major is going to happen, if it hasn’t begun already. The Earth has survived many eras in the past through the regeneration of its surface as necessary. Humans on the other hand have not held billions of years of precedent like that.
Current aboriginal culture thriving today may be the ones that survive any future cataclysmic changes when they come, as they are the ones most closely living in alignment with the needs of the Earth, away from these perils of modernization. From whichever angle you look at our current situation, it’s hard to deny the culmination of ripe circumstances for change. It is perhaps time for the Anthropocene Era to begin the branching out of its diversification phase, or maybe extinction so that more fit life forms can thrive. When it comes to society and human consciousness, Darwinism still exists in its primal message. Only the fittest will survive; yet there is always life somewhere else to start as the catalyst for the new.
At our basis we are elements from the cosmos. When you bash together many different forms of molecules in any state, new forms develop as the current environment evolves. This theme of constant change is innate, sitting within the molecular dust that has made us into the physical beings we are today. Conditions always have to be just right for changes to begin.
This piece is one of 25 others in Thought Notebook Journal: Parallelism Of Cyclicality. Read the issue to learn more about our observations while studying the cyclical nature of our world.
A Conjugal Eclipse, from Another World, 1844, JJ Grandville
Every month’s New Moon is an opportunity to clear our space for healthy new influences to enter. It’s a monthly stopping-point to do an account of where we have been and consider where we wish to go. New Moons are full of opportunities for those who take advantage of personal reflection. Give yourself permission to connect authentically with yourself this month. A new cycle begins in Sagittarius which is about adjusting to major endings and new beginnings with open mindedness and adventure.
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WORD FOR THE MONTH
Curiosity, negotiation, perseverance, communication, optimism, belief systems, philosophy, and adventure.
Happy New Moon in Sagittarius! This Moon is a total solar eclipse where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun and as a result, the Moon darkens the Sun. As the Moon blocks out the light of the Sun, the darkness of a solar eclipse asks us to examine our shadows. This is an extension to the shadow work that began with the last New Moon in Scorpio where we were called to befriend our shadowy side. Consider what shadows have come up for your review since last month and use the power of this eclipse portal to obtain new information, or new truth, about them. This total solar eclipse creates a strong call for us to connect in and listen to what our internal voice is saying. We may find the veil lifted, helping us to discern our desires and fears from the truth.
This eclipse energy may produce unstable or unexpected change, but if we stay open-minded and flexible, what at first seem like challenges, can actually be opportunities to rid ourselves of negative, restrictive, and limiting things in our lives. Why? Because we have entered the Age of Aquarius, and have chosen to come here, at this time, and rid our lineages of any toxic patterns we inherited from our ancestors. Why? To save humanity and our planet. We have great purpose in our presence here on Earth, today. It is our duty, as astrologer Divine Harmony puts it -- “to be shaken from our well-established viewpoints that have been contaminated by biased points of view, and muster up the courage to expand our horizons and branch out into new ways of thinking.”
Since May 2020, we have been working our way through a Sagittarius-Gemini eclipse cycle, but this cycle is now coming to an end and will wrap up with this New Moon. Reaching the endpoint in an eclipse cycle is a significant moment as it represents arriving at a new destination. On a collective level the world experienced a change in our way of living. We may now start to see a pattern in how we were being guided and where we stand among it all. This New Moon total solar eclipse in Sagittarius is the last step on this journey we have been on together, as we open to a new chapter for humanity. Much that was unclear can now easily come clear for us. It is important to allow surrender at this moment, to the unknown future, and know we will continue to be guided in this next leg of our collective journey.
The next eclipse season (7 eclipses for about two years) will be along the Taurus-Scorpio axis. Gemini and Sagittarius brought to light the meaning of our experiences and released old beliefs (Sagittarius) that no longer serve life and open up to new ideas and ways of thinking (Gemini). Whereas Taurus and Scorpio will battle for the power behind them, putting the choice back into our hands, but not without a fight with incumbents to keep it. This will require many of us to undergo a rebirth of sorts, a transformation now that we know what's important to us, at the same time allowing us to really define our values around community and our relationship with Earth. As we move from one cycle to the next this New Moon, we are going to hit the ground running like a wild horse. Be ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Thankfully, we get to choose our adventure.
A quick word of wisdom from a wise teacher of mine, there is no Mother Earth, we are all Mother Earth. Take care of yourself and each other as we move into this new eclipse cycle.
With love and illumination,
Libra by Yuhon
Every month’s New Moon is a chance to search for inventive ways to make progress as the energy of the Universe opens up to receive new seeds to grow. Fresh starts are always highlighted and allow us to look at life with a new perspective. New Moons are full of opportunities for those who take advantage of personal reflection. Give yourself permission to connect authentically with yourself this month. A new cycle begins in Libra which is about the responsibility of reform and change.
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WORD FOR THE MONTH
Passion, initiative, courage, restlessness, fairness, inclusivity, order, and ingenuity.
Happy New Moon in Libra! This cycle has a strong tendency for some intense energy, so get ready for a ride! This air sign is the moral force in judicial systems, representing divine order and law. A set of scales helps to weigh the evidence, find balance, and seek the middle ground. Libra energy is about collaboration and seeing things from both sides. This is not about losing sight of our sense of self and compromising too much for the sake of others. If this people-pleasing attribute is true for you, emotions will get triggered during this moon cycle. Where have you been giving or receiving too much?
This can be a tense New Moon because there are four planets having their cosmic dance in Libra, bringing its element of air strongly into our awareness. This air element rules over our thoughts which can be fuel for inspiring ideas and new ways of thinking about things, or obsessive, uncontrolled thoughts. Regardless where we individually fall, the winds of change are upon us, guiding us to open our minds to NEW possibilities and opportunities. We all know that life will never be the same because of the pandemic, but this also means we have an open canvas on how we can move forward. What will that be for you?
This New Moon aligns with Mars creating abundant energy, initiative, and confidence to go after what we desire. A great time to move forward with our NEW ideas, but this energy must be used constructively, otherwise, there can be damaging consequences. A teacher of mine once said that we are all Suns; we can use our power and heat to scorch and burn, or to ignite other's light. We can either light each other's flames or burn the world. This is our choice. So consider if your light illuminates or burns? With Mars aligning with this Libra New Moon we are called to respect the strength and potency our inner fire emanates. This is our responsibility as mutual citizens on this planet. So the best option with this dynamic energy is to consciously apply ourselves to some form of positive activity. You have the potential to transform this highly charged energy into something constructive, productive, and full of passion. What is that for you? Steer clear of charged negativity which can burn down families, relationships, and communities.
This New Moon makes a difficult aspect to Uranus and can make us a bit tense and anxious because adjustments need to be made in our lives and in society, yet many want to stay comfortable in the status quo. Of course plunging into the unknown future is terrifying, but it's what humanity is being asked to do right now, and we are collectively doing this together. We must cater to flexibility as a result and learn how to ride the waves of life instead of drowning in its strength. We are in the Age of Aquarius and the way society is set up currently is not going to work with our future—the present societal division indicates this. These transitions can be tough—even if it's good medicine for us.
As a result, now is a good time to get rid of anything that knocks our scales out of balance. Explore habits, beliefs, or attitudes collected from childhood, and after, that no longer serve us and are weighing heavy evidence against balance in your life. Uranus has been asking us to break generational cycles of conditioning and we will continue to do this over the next several years. In this New Moon we are being led to look at wounds from our childhood and become aware of how they are manifesting in our current reality. This is tough to do, but the energy of this Libran cycle is here to assist us with the help of Uranus in retrograde. The rebalancing of our scales is in process.
Mercury is also retrograde in Libra, continuing the theme of reflection and pondering old habits, behaviors, and beliefs as we search for new ways to make progress in our lives and society. Rethink, release, reorganize, redo are all themes with Mercury retrograde this New Moon, forcing us to slow down so we can integrate the many lessons at play. Mercury in Libra is asking us to incorporate NEW ideas about justice, balance, and fairness between people and in society.
With love and illumination,
Last night I basked in the light of the Full Moon and requested clarity on the recent grief I was experiencing with the death of my favorite musician, DJ i_O, also known as Garrett Lockhart. I had a relationship with i_O through his music and his death hit me profoundly. I never met him, I was fairly new to his music, but there was something about his energy that lit up my spirit. I noticed this igniting whenever I heard his music or watched him virtually perform. We met at the very beginning of the pandemic, back in March 2020, and he kept my internal flame lit when chaos and change was occurring externally. He had no idea he had this effect on me, and so many others, during the stress 2020 had created for everyone. When he recently died, this ignited fire inside of me flickered with pain, a piece of me was extinguished. The past four days I reflected hard-core on why I felt this emptiness and pain inside of me, regarding a person I never personally knew. Thanks to the energy of last night’s Gemini Full Moon falling on my face, I was able to understand why I was so connected to him and why his energy lit up my spirit. Over the past several years, my thoughts, feelings, and beliefs began transmuting, and i_O’s entire persona churned my wheels of metamorphose faster and provided a sense of confirmation of what was changing for me.
— > Taught me to be authentic, to be myself and not to care what others think, because it doesn’t matter. What matters is being me and living in my own truth, and doing so is not selfish. That I must have confidence to step into myself, in its truest form, and be comfortable doing so, without fear of abandonment or rejection, which deflates my power. Instead, all humans have value and worth which gives us power.
— > Proved to me that living with passion for something is necessary. That our lives only have meaning in how it affects others lives and serving people is a big part of life’s purpose as we are all connected in its fabric. That being fulfilled in some way makes life worth living and without it we are challenged deeply with pain and suffering.
— > Reminded me that it’s okay to question everything, to think deeply about things, and to not be fine with what’s happening around us. That questioning the establishment is necessary and that status quo isn’t necessarily the right way. That it’s okay to not want to be conditioned and conformed. That it’s alright to want freedom from the illusions and call them for what they are, even if it’s not popular. Instead, finding and doing what makes me happy is uber important as a sense of rebellion against the falsehoods of what’s supposed to make us happy.
— > Restored my faith in humanity. That it’s okay to be an individual, yet part of a larger community. That I need to find my people and not try to fit into just any circle, but instead attract those that are too transmuting. They do exist, and more people are waking up and shedding old skin just like me. That there are people out there, on my vibration, that my spirit cannot wait to meet. In the meantime, I cannot be afraid to walk alone.
— > Showed me I can create a life of love amongst infinite possible ways to do it, and we don’t need to compete with each other while doing it. Starting with love for ourselves, then doing what we love, and subsequently this will spread love to others. That I must do what comes easy to me, a sense of effortless manifestation as a sign we are on the right track leading with love.
Thank you i_O for helping me gain the needed confidence in knowing I was already on the right path in my awakening. May your spirit live alive through these changes in myself and those others you have also transmuted. Even though he believed nothing mattered, he also believed everything we do affects others, and it is my hope that his death will evoke change in the people he impacted, which in turn will serve humanity well.
I love photos and their ability to capture a moment in time. Since we are bound by the laws of the space-time matrix, we are unable to go back, to review the day, and see a play by play. Unless we have a reality TV show, our lives are not videotaped for us to rewind and watch. Instead we have pictures, that help tell our story, present the environment, gather emotion, and capture that exact moment that is so unique, nothing will ever be exactly that same way again. I do think, however, that we take the power photos give us for granted.
Studies show that what we remember about our past really is only 37% true — the rest is made up. Its only how we perceived all the associated sensory information is what is true. This is done in order to understand it. On average, we humans are bombarded by 1,600 commercial messages a day, 80 we consciously notice, and only 12 provoke a positive or negative response. We filter stimuli around us to not induce overload in our brains. We never evolved to handle information at the capacity we experience it today… or at least not yet. This is called selective attention. What we hear, we process against our belief systems, which is called selective distortion. This is because as humans we have an urge to explain things, it’s a part of our physiology of our brain — this is how Greek mythology was born. We distort in order to understand. And because of selective retention, only a small fraction of any of the stimuli we process is actually retained. It is due to this selectiveness that perceiving is just as powerful as awareness. I call this percivision: the act of perceiving and gaining understanding into the nature of reality.
To make matters even more complicated, other studies have shown that we alter our memories, every time we recall them. In fact, our memory is an elaborate party of protein, enzymes, electrical and chemical signals between neurons in the brain. This scaffolding can be interfered with other processes going on in our brain, such as emotional and physical reactions to the world around us. Thus, making it possible to alter these paths, depending on what’s going on with us when it’s recalled. MRI scans done in these studies have determined that both the amygdala and hippocampus work together to create our false memories. The hippocampus is related to long-term memory formation whereas the amygdala deals with emotions and social situations. Memories of our reality can then be altered based on where are, who we are with, and how we are feeling at the time of recollection. Therefore, when we think about what our 5th grade teacher was like, or how our first date really went, what we recall may be incorrect. Almost makes reality a word that has no meaning, since it is possible we are unable to physiologically recall it 100%. This is one of many reasons why I am fan of pictures. Looking back at a snapshot of our lives, is the closest thing we have to reality, if it does exist.
In this photo, my niece and brother are surfing. I remember that I sat out and left my husband and daughter with them, since I kept wiping out. I simply just could not get on that board and surf. Or, maybe I saw a shark and got scared? Or, maybe I never got in the water and met up with them later? Who knows that my reality was that day. What this picture does prove about reality is that my brother and niece were surfing and they both were able to get on the boards! There is no evidence that I was able to.