I am feeling in every cell of my body Pluto stationing and getting ready to turn direct. As a 23 degree Capricorn, Pluto has been all up in my business since 2008, but acutely so since the end of 2019. Whether you are a Capricorn or not, Pluto is having an impact on your journey – as its work this time around is about global transformation. Pluto represents the journey of death and rebirth. And boy have we been experiencing a lot of death – and not just because of the pandemic!
As I’m not an astrologer and don’t even know enough to get myself in trouble, the focus of my sharing today is on all that we have been through, especially since January/February 2020 when Pluto and Capricorn became strange bedfellows.
- A violent election (in the US) followed by an insurrection.
- A global pandemic.
These two alone are enough to stir our memories of all that we have been through in the last almost two years (or what feels like a lifetime). We can make no bones about it, the past two years have ushered in an overwhelming amount of:
Think on this: How many deaths have you witnessed or heard of in the past 2 years? How many people who you thought to be friends are friends no longer? How much of your family members are still standing by your side? How much of what you once called normal have you had to release? What in your social life, work life, family rituals have you had to let go? What did you once think to be true but may no longer be true? How have your routines changed? Where is your safety?
Related to safety: how much energy have you had to expend keeping yourself and your loved ones safe?
We are living in a mad world and the Pluto plunge is giving us an opportunity to REALLY SEE how truly mad the world has become. Day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute we are forced to see the conflict, hatred, division, and death.
It is exhausting!
I asked a friend this morning, “Is this what the fall of Rome felt like?” He responded, “likely.” I said I thought this was worse. WAAAAAAYYYYYY worse! Who else but those in power knew Rome was falling? We, all, on the other hand, are forced to watch every single symptom and cause of this death……..it seems……to the bitter end.
It is exhausting!
And to use a word that is soon to lose its meaning through overuse: triggering!
I was reminded of all of this in working with a client yesterday as they expressed how TIRED they were – for no other reason than all that has transpired over the past two years – death, violence, division, separation.
My client’s words reflected the very same questions I have asked myself and have been fielding from friends, loved ones, students, clients, etc.
WE ARE ALL SOOOOOO TIRED.
And for good reason. The world around us is dying and if we’re not in the middle of the dying, we are front and center watching it all happen.
My invitation for all of us today is to:
- Acknowledge our exhaustion.
- Give ourselves credit for all we have TRULY been through in the past 2 years.
- Give ourselves double credit for all we’ve had to do just to survive, and a pat on the back for doing just that:
- Breathe a heavy sigh for all we’ve lost and will continue to lose.
- Allow ourselves to be fully present to our grief – the pain, the sorrow, the anger, the denial and bargaining, the trauma, and the deep weight of grief.
- Take a moment to acknowledge gratitude for those who are still with us and who have been sources of love and support for us as together we move through the violence of a dying work with our eyes open to the new that is on the other side of this death.
We are in this together!
We are living through the time of the Great Upheaval. Everything in our world that was built on the foundation and for the purpose of fear, power, oppression, and control is in some form of collapse. Governance, education, healthcare, the capitalistic-corporate culture, the industrial model, etc. etc. etc. Everywhere we look, we see systems on the verge of collapse.
As is true for all experiences of loss, there have been several responses to this collapse:
Denial. Bargaining. Depression. Rage. Sorrow. Acceptance.
Denial: “Everything is fine. Nothing’s wrong with the current system. Let’s just continue with things as they always have been.”
Bargaining: “If people just had the work-ethic of my generation, all would be well. If younger people would just get off their devices…”
Depression: “I had to close my business because no one would work.”
Rage: “It’s ‘their’ fault that the world is like this. Let’s wage a war/protest against ‘them.’”
Sorrow: “I’m deeply sorrowful for the changes I see happening in our world.”
Acceptance: “I see and understand all these external symptoms as signs of impending death and I am hopeful for the new world that will come forth out of these long-needed changes.”
The world in which we have been living and the systems that have created this world are not and have never been sustainable. We have created for ourselves a feudalistic system in which the many are slaving away for the benefit of the few. Corporations and their shareholders are reaping the benefits of their employees work while hoarding wealth for themselves. Educational systems are geared toward churning out obedient workers for the system while ignoring the growing needs in our culture for innovation and creativity and the specific educational needs of those primed for the future and not for the past. Post-secondary education has turned into a capitalistic/money-making corporate scheme. Healthcare flounders because it is no longer geared toward the care of the patient. Instead, healthcare has become about profits and the wealth of stockholders.
These are just a few examples of how the upheaval is presenting itself in the systems in need of change.
Other examples of this upheaval are evident in those who were born to help bring about the change and who are here to plant the seeds and nurture the growth of the new world. Let me offer a few examples as I have witnessed them as both a mother and an advocate to the generations who are bringing forth this change:
- Young adults refusing to work in environments where their needs for respect, a living wage, work/life balance, etc. are not being met.
- Young adults finding innovative and create ways to make a living (entrepreneurial ship, online businesses, social media, making a living through their creative abilities, etc.)
- Technology: our young people intuitively know how to work with emerging and the ever-increasing advances in technology. They have harnessed this ability and daily come up with new ways to use technology for the greater good of our world.
- Global Awareness: The younger generations think globally and locally, with an eye to how our local actions impact the larger world.
- Acceptance of Diversity: The younger generations are far more accepting of diversity and are finding increasing ways to honor and celebrate this.
- Education: Children and young adults rebelling against an educational system that doesn’t work for them. Young adults refusing to invest in a university education because that model no longer guarantees good work with adequate pay, more importantly, the current model of higher ed has not changed to meet the needs of a changing world.
- Connectivity: Our young people are more connected than we ever thought of being. Thanks to technology, they are able to communicate with the world, have found their tribes, and are working together to bring forth change.
These are only a few examples, but ones that are likely to spark judgment and condemnation from those benefitting from the status quo.
This judgement is another face of grief. If we judge the young ones for their “strange behavior,” then we can condemn them and continue in our comfort with the status quo while ignoring a world on the verge of collapse.”
As is true of any death, it is appropriate to grieve, but we can only remain in denial for so long. Eventually the truth comes to bear. Death is the only outcome of a system beyond repair. When we open our eyes to the symptoms of that death and look toward the possibility of new life on the other side of this death, we find comfort and hope. I, for one, am beyond excited for what the youth among us will do to bring forth the new world after the current one is gone. The good news is that they are already doing. We must simply open our eyes and release our temptation to judge, then we shall see it clearly.
What are you seeing as signs of a new world coming into form?
There is a quote that has been attributed to Buddhism that I have found to be uncompromisingly true:
“What you resist will persist.”
In my own journey of self-actualization and in the 25 years I have accompanied and guided others through theirs, I have witnessed the proof of this. To this statement, I would further add:
“What you resist, avoid, ignore, suppress, repress, deny, try to escape, etc. will persist.”
As much as we might try, we cannot run from our demons. That which we do not acknowledge and work on healing will find its way out sideways in non-loving and compulsive behaviors either toward ourselves or others. That which we do not heal as a culture/world is doomed to repeat itself. In this repetition, the oppressed becomes the oppressor; the abused becomes the abuser; and we end up marrying our unhealed wounds. We cannot escape this truth and we don’t need to look very far to see the proof of it. Most often, the proof is as close as looking in the mirror.
At the center of the process of human development is the healing of our wounds. By no effort of our own, that which is unhealed within us will make itself known for the purpose of being acknowledged and healed. When we ignore those wounds, or refuse to do the work of healing them, they don’t go away. Instead, they become magnified and compounded, making our journey even more difficult. Our compulsions become addictions. Our guilt-driven conditioning becomes a cycle of self-loathing which we feed through a wide variety of means. The places where we have felt rejected become a co-dependent drive to find someone (usually unhealthy) to love.
Ignoring, suppressing, repressing, denying our wounds only causes further harm. As long as we are bypassing our pain, we are its prisoner. We will never be free as human beings until we heal our wounds.
One of the great challenges to healing these wounds, however, are all the systems/programs/self-proclaimed teachers/conditioning that encourage distractions or denial over the gritty work of transformation. “Get over it and move on.” “Let it go.” “Offer it up.” “Just keep busy:” “Think positive thoughts.” “Just be grateful.” “It could be worse.” are all platitudes driven into us by systems that have failed to do their own healing and who are then projecting their unhealed wounds onto their followers. Anything or anyone that tells us to ignore/deny/suppress/avoid our pain is detrimental to our emotional, mental, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing; and is thwarting our path to true freedom.
While complete freedom can never be fully attained, our Soul compels us to continually seek it out. Confronting and transforming our wounds, and the conditioning that created them in the first place, is the only sure path to that freedom. Anything that tells us otherwise is a lie.
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We are living in a truly upside-down world. Everywhere I look I see division and heartbreak. People hating people. People hating the planet. People hating themselves.
When did our world become a world of hate? Or perhaps it’s always been this way and only now, with the advent of the internet with its instant global information, are we seeing the underbelly of humanity as it has always been. Are we doomed forever to be a species that places division and separation above all other human traits? The very real fear, is that if we continue with all this hatred, we will soon find that we have destroyed ourselves. Who will be left to tell the story of a species that destroyed itself and the world through all their hatred?
I’m not convinced, however, that destruction is our only fate. I have seen the good in humanity and believe that we can do better. We can do soooooooooo much better.
While fear causes us to divide, humanity is also capable of great love. Everyday we are witness to this love – in the face of a parent as they hold their newborn child; in the hand of a caregiver reaching out to bind another’s wound, in the arms of a husband holding his beloved in their death, in the voice of the advocate who speaks out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.
I believe that Love is our natural state, whereas division and hatred are unnatural. The challenge is that for so many, fear was the environment in which they were raised, so division is what they learned. The key to healing humanity (and therefore our planet), is to heal the traumas that have caused us to divide. When we do this, there is quite naturally, more room for Love.
Healing these traumas and the fear that has caused us to divide is no easy task, but it can be done. I have done it myself, have guided hundreds to do this for themselves and have seen others find their own path to this healing. The resources available to support us in this healing are abundant – we need simply seek them out and we will find them.
The desire for healing and for creating more room for our natural state of Love is written in our DNA. We need simply pay attention to the restlessness, frustration, impatience, and longing that plague us and allow it to lead us. The Love that is our natural state will never steer us wrong. Where is it leading us? Back to our most natural and original selves. Back to Love.
Where is Love leading you?
I find myself at a loss for how to begin this post. For years, it seems, we have been in the death throes of an empire in collapse. Just when we think we can breathe and it seems as if there is a light breaking on the horizon, another hammer falls. As we begin to believe compassion has gained a leg up, that leg is torn out from beneath us. Texas’ successful ban on abortion and the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to take action against the ban is the most recent in a long line of seeming victories for patriarchal oppression. Voter suppression is another of those patriarchal “victories.”
Between the events of our nation and the personal attacks against compassion I have witnessed on social media, it has been a discouraging time for many. Those of a compassionate heart see and understand the dire need facing the oppressed in our culture. Today, the oppressed include all people of color, women, the jobless, the underemployed, the poor, homeless, mentally ill, cognitively diverse, sexually and gender-diverse people, the planet itself – essentially anyone/anything not benefitting from the current system. We see the need. We feel the need. We are likely experiencing some level of that need ourselves. And, we want to see significant societal and systemic change to remedy these needs.
On the other side of the need, however, are those who benefit from a system of oppression, or see their own need as somehow the fault of the oppressed (in psychological terms, this is called transference). These folks are fighting to maintain their privilege. Many are fighting dirty. When the compassionate come face to face with this violence, it feels like an attack, because it is.
These are challenging times as we find ourselves, literally, as a nation at war with itself. When we really think about it and cast a wide net, we could also say that we are a world at war with itself. The likely question is, “Who will win,” but the deeper question is how can we be a vehicle for change in a way that brings benefit to all? This is the question compassion would ask of us, but the hard reality is that to bring compassion and balance into our world, those benefitting from a system of oppression will have to let something go. Hence, the violence behind their fight to maintain power and control.
We must not lose hope, however, as the other hard reality is that the current system simply cannot sustain itself. By its own hand, the system will fall……and falling it is. The increasing violence against the oppressed is itself a symptom of the system’s impending collapse. The harder the patriarchy clings to its control, the more swiftly it will slip through its fingers. This is the nature of control. On the surface it may look as if things are getting worse for the oppressed but, it is the death throes we are witnessing.
As we witness the death of an imperialistic system, we are invited to discern our role. We cannot stop the death, neither should we try. We can, however, be a source of support for each other, for those who may be called to activism, and for those who are suffering in the increasing violence brought about by this death. Like every good death we all have a role to play. Most importantly, we must take care of ourselves, because if we are not caring for ourselves, we are no good as a source of support for others as together we witness the end of the patriarchal system of oppression and the hopeful birth of something new.