Powering Your Equinox Projects with the Sun

The northern autumnal equinox is less than a week away. As a result “equinox cracks” are opening in Earth’s magnetic field, allowing solar wind to penetrate our planet’s magnetosphere.
Source: SpaceWeather

I find it interesting that the Equinox, considered by Pagans to be a pause in time, a bit of a bubble, is also a time when Terra gets cracks in her magnetic field.

Use the power of the solar wind to power you in using the pause in time to best effect.

(1) Choose a project toward the top of your priority list to work on and bring to completion, or at least a significant milestone. A project could be one of self improvement or spiritual growth, or it could be a more material project.

(2) The energy of the Equinox lasts about 3 days; this year, the moment of Equinox is 1:54am UTC on 9/23 (6:54pm 9/22 Pacific), so the “bubble” would be 36 hours before to 36 hours after. So this would be when you would want to devote energy to your chosen project. Clear your schedule so you can focus.

(3) Do modified sun salutations at sunrise, noon, and sunset during the period.

(4) Set your intention to complete (or reach a significant milestone on) this project, regardless of any completion issues you might have.

(5) Do the thing!

I would love to hear how you do with this!

Posted in Astrology, Autumn, Events, Healing, Mysticism, Personal growth, Practice, Ritual, Shamanism, solar storms, Tools

Boundaries and Protection

Spirit seems to be of the opinion that protection and boundaries are becoming steadily more important, and that this autumn will be an especially good time to focus on those tools. The timing, from a Shamanic point of view isn’t all that surprising – as the shadows grow long, we become more introspective, quieter, more selective as to who we let in. So it’s time for a refresher on how to make that work.

The idea of psychic protection has a lot more to do with appropriate boundaries than one might think. In order to be energetically protected, we need three things:

  1. We need to be grounded. When you are fully in your body, it is much harder for someone to sneak up on you, energetically or physically, and you can avoid being broadsided by issues. When grounded, it is also easier to hold your space, which means people will respect your boundaries. And you will think more clearly, which means you will be more aware of your boundaries.
  2. We need to know what our boundaries are. If you don’t know what your boundaries are, how can you express them or hold them? See item #1.
  3. We need to honor our own boundaries. If you aren’t sure you have a right to your boundaries, you’re not going to be able to hold them. If you waffle about your boundaries, you’re not going to voice them, and you’re not likely to give them enough oomph to do anything. Honoring one’s own boundaries means holding them sacrosanct.

Think for a moment about the last time your boundaries were violated, even a little. How did that feel in your body? What were the actual physical sensations? Where did you feel them? There’s a reasonably good chance you can’t answer that question easily. When we deal with boundary violations, without a decent amount of training, we bail. Our body may stay where it is, but our energy takes off. This actually makes it easier for people to violate your boundaries. On the other hand, practices like grounding and body awareness, done regularly (read: daily), start to counteract that reaction, and enable you to be more aware and proactive. You could even start with some general de-stressing practices.

Want more?

On October 14th, I’ll be offering a quick-and-dirty workshop on boundaries and protection at Pagan Pride in Long Beach. I will also be teaching a more in-depth class over five evenings this fall at La Luna Healing in Newhall.

Posted in Autumn, Classes, Events, Practice, Shamanism, Stress, Tools

Transcending the Lower-Dimensional Self

This idea of transcending the lower-dimensional self is something of a misnomer — you have already evolved into a higher vibration. It is merely that you have chosen to hold onto the illusion that was your reality in the lower vibration, and you are therefore unaware of your shift. But you may be noticing that things don’t work the way they used to, that they have become somewhat non-linear.

One of the ways you hold onto the illusion is by still allowing yourself to buy into the survival thought patterns of your lower-dimensional self. What this means is that you have gotten mired in lack, fear, and separation. This is no longer the operating pattern under which you should be operating. You have the power to manifest whatever you want, wherever you focus your energy, in as much as your personal paradigm (or limitations of how big a miracle you are ready to accept in your life) will allow. If you continue to cling to the notion that nothing of value is achieved without hard work, for example, hard work shall you have. If you continue to believe that only other people get “lucky breaks,” that is exactly what you will experience.

Your higher-dimensional self knows that you are connected to everything. It has access to all of the wisdom of the Universe. It sees the benefit in every situation and embraces the learning process. It sees the lower-dimensional self for what it is and is able to experience it without being ruled by it.

You can bring your consciousness into that higher dimensional space and release your dependence on linear thought, on lack and on fear. This allows you to experience a radical shift in perspective, where you can bring joy and excitement to the learning process, where you can see through the day-to-day illusions we have built up around us, and where you can evolve at a faster, higher pace.

Daily practice is essential to achieve a personal shift. Consider it as important as daily personal hygiene and elimination. One maintains the physical body, the other the Spirit. A good template for Daily Practice looks something like this:

  • Get rid of the garbage (in your head, between yourself and others, and in your physical space)
  • Set your intention for the day
  • Check in with Source
  • Get quiet
  • Listen
  • … and then you can start your day

It is a good idea to do your Daily Practice at the same time every day, and the beginning of the day, before you have had a chance to get thrown off balance, is the optimal time. It has the added benefit of starting your day with discipline, and it sets the tone for the entire day.

This is a composite of two blog posts in my deep newsletter archives (read: not published on the web anymore), once from 2001 and one from 2002. It seemed like it was time to say it again.

Posted in Meditation, Mysticism, Practice, Shamanism, Shift, Tools

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