Been reading a lot of one of the masters of American literature, James Baldwin and have been thinking thoughts about this full moon. The Sacred Fire of Love exists within all Living Beings and the best way to understand that truth is to fully live in the moment. Giving yourself space to explore the infinite space of a moment is a rigorous discipline.
However, it’s hard to do that with the onslaught of headlines these days especially if you care about social justice and equality. With all of our advances, history seems to repeat itself over and over again. How does one cope?
Baldwin acknowledges that love is the answer. Bitterness is an entrapment into the predicament of injustice. Accept the reality of the situation and create movement outside of its path. This will lead you to hope. Hope will lead you to freedom.
As individuals, we have an infinite capacity for love. Begin with love of self. See where it leads.
Happy Full Moon. Dream.
Hello Dear Readership!
The official New Year begins for me on the New Moon which was technically yesterday. I have to tell you that the last week before the New Moon was so wrought with challenges and excitements that I am utterly exhausted! The mantra, “Never, ever, give up!” helps me examine the meaning that I have created in this life and it is always good.
I have chosen “Love” as my touchstone word for this year of moons. I rejoice in the presence of this symbol for my intention in the coming months. I think that I will need it. While I have gone into nature and acknowledged the love that I feel for “All My Relations”, I continue to astound at the vitriol and violence that is present in our waking dream. It has caused me to reassess the shamanic philosophy that I once held dear that I may anticipate outcomes if I exercise acute awareness. Of course, I don’t want to adopt any hubris that I am unable to make mistakes. In fact, I know through experience that there will be moments of humiliation on my path. These episodes help me keep my sense of humor and stay humble.
New philosophical thoughts emerge that ask me to confront the “chaos theory” of misdirected (and sometimes violent) intentions due to: (1) the lack of social justice directives for our needy human relations on Earth; and (2) the prevalence and persistent pervasiveness of fear-generating propaganda. I am now open to the idea that random collisions are within probability. While this is frightening, I promise to send out love as a barrier of protection. I promise to exercise courtesy, thoughtfulness, and graciousness. I promise to enhance my state of awareness so that I may erect proper boundaries. I promise to move forward each and every day to help teach the symbolic language of my ancestors, to elevate the “feminine” principle, “Everything is Born of Woman”, and to help my human relations learn the power of Balance on their Paths With Heart.
At present, I will be writing to you on a weekly basis as I did last year. As always, I have plans for new ideas but they are in flux and unfolding. Thank you for all of your support!
Lately I’ve been reflecting on what a life of Balance would mean to me.
I feel privileged that I get to help “take care” of my loved ones. Taking care means nurturing them with food, love, and intimate conversation.
Lately I’ve been thinking about what it means to “Be”. I am distracted by my loved ones because I am taking care of them. I enjoy the wide, open times when I am listening.
I am nourished when I take care of my loved ones. I am nourished when I “Be”.
I am planting seeds for the Future. My desire is the future of well-being and Balance.
This coming weekend will be the eighth full moon, She Who Heals. We have now completed the second full rotation around the Medicine Wheel. In the final rotation of this year we begin an inward journey. We have spent a good deal of time learning about the truth of our interconnectedness with all of life. Our next rotation will be devoted to how we capture the power of our center–our interior being.
I am going to ask you to spend time during the full moon cycle, August 9-11, to go deep into the silence, in whatever way is comfortable for you. I want you to see yourself as a being made from love, radiating love and health. Before you do that, however, reflect on what these symbolic words mean to you–love and health. What do they look like? feel like? Spend time basking in the energy of this power that emanates from within.
I’ve been posting a lot about love lately. It’s on my mind because many of my students are falling in love, confronting their preconceived notions about love and marriage, and just plain wondering how our deepest ideas about romantic love became institutional constructions.The best expert about the construction of our notion of romantic love comes from the myth/symbol master Joseph Campbell. But several of my students told me this past week that my long relationship with my partner gives them hope.
There is nothing comparable to the experience of two people (on the Beauty Path) trying to carve out a considerate and compromised life together. It is hard and easy. It is confining and freeing. It is joyful and sad. It is a test of endurance. It is one of the most difficult roads of communication. It is an unfathomable ocean.
If this path is taken, an intelligent woman needs someone who is her friend, matches her intellectual capability and curiosity, makes her laugh, and appreciates her in all ways. I say choose well in romantic love.