Beyond Help

The summit of Mt. Everest is so narrow and so perilous that it must be made without any assistance. A sherpa cannot hold your hand as you put one foot in front of the other, or catch you if you begin to stumble.

We reach a point where we are beyond help. This can be seen as scary, empowering, or both.

If we want to go far enough, our practice must incorporate this understanding, otherwise we will be ill prepared during the final stretch.

One sign we are reaching this rarified altitude is the internal prohibition from the wanton asking of questions (to others).

You must learn to be the answer to the question. Otherwise, dependency and attachment.

Today's Full Moon

A long-time friend and evolutionary astrologer, Ulrich Bold from ulrichbold.com, shared this with me about today's Full Moon. Ever so slightly edited. 

Today is a very special day, astrologically speaking.

Today's full moon in the sign of Aries brings to polarisation what was seeded two weeks ago during the new moon in Libra. Aries-Libra is the astrological axis of "I-you."

On the one side, one's need to be independent acting on one's impulses of self, while on the other side, simultaneously feeling the need for social balance with other(s)—not only as a mirror for self-recognition, but for remembering the lesson that "giving is receiving." Yet, often this paradox goes through extremes (Libra), up the the extent of "I need to be needed" and all forms of psychological "alter ego."

Thereby, today's full moon in Aries with the sun in Libra, reveal also a deeper issue—one that was planted into consciousness in the beginning of April of this year, when there was the new moon on the sign of Aries.

Thus for each of us those seeds from half a year ago, come to full blossom/recognition today, often by high emotional tension and/or polarisation in the "I-you" experience.

Simultaneously, a most important astrological shift occurs today in the sky. The planetary rulers of Aries and Libra — Mars and Venus — conjunct each other in the sign of Virgo (19°), as if Venus were sitting on Mars' lap. Thereby, they symbolize the beginning of a completely new cycle from today on.

For over the last year and a half, Venus in the sky was "behind" Mars, in a "balsamic phase," or as I call it, in a "Buddha phase."

That means old, unresolved dynamics from the past (including past lives) were put out of the archives of our subconscious and back into our face, in order to resolve them peacefully. Buddha phase because one shall not re-act to the stimuli in old subconscious ways, but remain peacefully centered like a Buddha, i.e., allowing the rain clouds to come, to rain and to pass—while one remains present, non-attached, and non-judgemental. Thereby resolving old patterns, especially "I-you" relationship patterns and how we validate ourselves and the world.

Unfortunately, during such balsamic or "Buddha" phase, we tend to re-act in the old patterns subconsciously known from the past that wants to be released in that phase. But no sweats, if we didn't master it all the way. "He who has no mistakes shall throw the first rock."

Today, while Venus is with Mars, we can simply smile and shine away the old, the errors in our mind, and thus in others — it's called compassion and forgiveness — and in doing so, embrace the holy moment of a new, thus innocent beginning in our peaceful mind of the new Venus-Mars-cycle, which stands for:

a) how we relate to and value our heart, its gifts and longings;

b) how we behold those closest to us but also other people; and

c) our relationships, be it with our intimate partner and friends, be it with our customers, clients, students, or strangers. The more we embrace our Divine Source within, the more we light each of our relationships in this world of duality and become what each of us has always been—a Son of God.

Shutting Down

We take it as a given that a business, especially one in it for the long haul, will close for renovation from time-to-time, or drastically scale back its operation while such work is performed.

Similarly with us, especially those walking a path of self-realization, where the constant presence of dispassion pulls you to keep shedding layers and layers of the false—false identities, false aspects of self, false beliefs, and false notions of reality.

In a way, the spiritual path is a path of deep and abiding internal renovation and of constantly improving that which is in disrepair, unsightly, or outmoded.

That process comes and goes in waves, depending on the level of acceleration you desire. Some waves will be large and catastrophic, some will be smaller and fun to jump over, others still will be more formidable requiring skilled navigation. And there will be periods of rest while you integrate new learnings and behavior.

Especially with larger and more detailed renovations, you will have to shut down and put a sign on the door indicating you are not available. This means time alone, of limited activity, and quite possibly uncomfortable feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially in cultures that do not support or understand such movements.

If you could somehow see what was going on inside of yourself, you'd give yourself a break and understand that nothing needs to change and that it is okay and necessary to say no more than you say yes during this time. All the furniture is being rearranged, there is a crew of painters in another room, and new plumbing is being installed on multiple floors. If you were to let the general public in, they would interfere with the work (prolonging it) or, possibly, cause damage. Plus, your full and undivided attention is required. 

We think we need to be of service. It is a noble thought. And we can accomplish noble service in the unrealized state. But the truly noblest and most effortless service comes in the fully self-realized state. Therefore, let your first and primary obligation be the service of yourself to achieve the highest and noblest of all goals.