Day #29 Dealing with Transitional Stages of Change! Moving within Organized Chaos!

Yeah, all right.  So there is freaking out just a little bit now.  It’s Day #29.  If you haven’t figured it out by now… I’m moving.  ‘Cats out of the bag’ as of right now.  Where in the world did that expression come from and why does it stick?   Anyway, there’s the big reveal—I’m moving.  Those last two words are pretty funny actually because right this minute, nothing is moving—it’s all just sitting here in boxes and bags and plastic containers.

I’m normally one of those “there’s a place for everything” kind of persons.  And last night I walked in circles around piles of containers and boxes looking for the one that contains the light bulbs!  I tried not to let it get on my nerves and reminded myself that transitions are like this—temporarily organized chaos!

Riddle me this, says the uncertain part of me.  Am I doing the right thing?  I have moments where I’m riddled with doubt and then along comes his friend, fear, and their cousin, apprehension.  We’re NOT going there with them; this will all be over soon! Besides, I have more than an equal amount of certainty that this IS the correct ‘move’.  So, what’s the issue?  It has more to do with that Venusian thing of what meets the eye–brown boxes are not exactly eye pleasingly beautiful home decor! 

I now realize how much energy I draw from my surroundings!  If everything is clean and organized and arranged in an eye-pleasing way with color, shape and balance, when the eyes meet the environment the mind, body and spirit feel soothed—or something.  Maybe soothed isn’t the right word exactly.  I find myself looking out the windows more lately and while I do this often anyway, I realize that I look away from the boxes to seek feelings of harmony by looking out at nature.  At least the trees, flowers and rocks have not changed!

Yeah, I know it’s temporary, but that’s not all that’s going on.  I’m blogging in order to try and figure it out—that’s how I work through things if you haven’t already noticed!   

I think it has to do with loose ends – too many of those but with just over a week to go, those can’t be tied up and just have to dangle.  I have to “let be what is” and be in my own is-ness.  And that can feel like letting more of this ‘stuff’ go and just floating away!  I’ve released so many things over the past 29 Days.  I’ve come across items that I didn’t even know were here and let go of other things by the truck load!  All I can say is that I will have a huge tax donation deduction this year!

It’s just being unsettled I suppose—I’m not here, nor am I there.  And ‘there’ has a certain unknown quality to it.  I have not been in the space yet where I will be living and I find that completely… well, I have to trust and hope and bring sage and sweetgrass to burn,  not knowing who was in that space before me.  That’s how they do it in the cities now—you rent a space without being in it and then wait for the previous person to move out.  Such is life in a rental community! 

I will, however, be aquainted with at least some of my neighbors—my daughters and grandchildren!  Yay!  And that’s the joyful part of all this!  No more worries about fog or snow getting up and down the mountain and no more missing their school plays and performances!  The pluses outweigh the minuses.  Besides, last winter up here was pretty rough all alone—many an eve I longed for a nice warm, cozy (dry!) apartment that’s easy to clean and easy to heat. 

All I’m saying is that this is an interesting place that I’m at emotionally and psychologically—neither here nor there.  I want to push time forward instead of waiting this last week. I’m ready to go NOW but have to wait for my family’s help.  The move-out date was selected weeks ago and everybody arranged their work and travel schedule to accommodate that. 

Thankfully there are clients calling for readings and this, for me, is just like looking out the window—I get to unplug from my own life and surroundings and help someone else.  It’s an escape for me in some ways. 

 I am looking at my two angel statue yard decorations sitting nearby.  I have them in a strong medal carrier ready for the journey.  One is child-like and posed reading a book, sitting on a pedestal; and I have to admit she’s my favorite.  The other angel is a larger standup version, holding a bunny rabbit in her arms.  Emotionally, I sort of feel like these angels… like I, too, am sitting in a medal cage waiting for moving day to be released from bondage! 

In my new place I will have an upstairs balcony apartment with a view of trees–it will be my tree house!  And since it’s going to be like a dorm room in amongst so many others that look like those old historic Brownstone’s of the Eastern cities, I’m calling the whole darn apartment rental campus “Hogwarts” (after the Harry Potter School of Wizardry).  The Brownstones where I’m moving are actually white and not brown, but it’s the architecture and the campus that’s similar to those of the Eastern cities.

I know happiness and boundaries are within the self and not the environ and this is what I am actually being reminded of here in these last 8 or 9 days–let’s call it a week; that sounds much better!

Part of my spirit is here, some of it is going over the switchbacks down the mountain yet another part is emotionally and mentally unloading boxes into the new place!  I’m everywhere!  And at the same time I am saying goodbye to this house and property that has sheltered my soul for 9 years—maybe there are too many days left to say goodbye!  No, I’m not sad about it especially when I remember how wet and cold this house was last winter despite my best efforts to keep a fire going! 

Hogwarts School of Wizardry resembles historic brownstone apartments

No more wondering if the firewood person is going to show up before I run out; no more worrying if the fuel oil is getting too low; no more pulling weeds, trimming bushes and mowing the lawn, no more shoveling snow to get out of the driveway, no more this or no more that.  That’s the known; but I have the unknown before me. 

My rent will nearly double and I’m not used to being around humans in a rental community; there’ll be an exchange of birds, bunnies and the like for humans.  Lots of them!  I will be less country and back to being “citified” again.  I’ve already had a few encounters with city duck-mentality!  (not pleasant)   Will it be a challenge to make these adjustments?

Yeah, I think too much and besides I’ve got clients calling and other tasks here needing my attention so I should end this. 

But before I do, I know there are others out there in cyber world ( like me) who are also in the midst of a transition.  I’ve been in this state numerous times in my life—after all, I’m 64 years old and ‘been there, done that’ is a phrase I’ve used a lot.  I’ve moved a number of times in my life and so I’m no stranger to it; but it’s been a while and I’d forgotten this feeling of being neither here any longer and not there yet. 

It’s quite like floating in the ethers—no gravity, nothing to ground in to but one’s own is-ness.  This is how death will be when the time comes; my own body will be like these boxes and containers.  Yeah, okay young readers will think that’s morbid, so no more talk about that. 

For those who may, like me, be in between this or that and not here anymore really but not there either—in other words, in transition… for you and for me, let me toss the coins and ask the i-ching for a word or sentence or two to help us while we’re in this phase.

Well, we received Kua 57.  It is called “The Gentle” or “Gently Penetrating”.  It is ‘The Sun’, doubled and is also called ‘two winds’—the first wind disperses negativity and the second wind changes attitudes.  The guidance is to take small steps toward the completion of small goals and be patient and persevering.  The message of this Kua is also about taking “the middle way” or the “middle path” and remaining gentle and free.

“Gentleness is flexible and free and not burdened by the maintenance cost of keeping a high-profile.”  That line makes me laugh a little bit considering an email that I received this morning which was really a spam advertisement.  If you are in my type of profession you know how you receive trick emails which at first seem as if someone would like you to be a guest on a radio show only to find it is gimmick to sell you a thousand dollars’ worth of radio time! 

I thought about it for a moment actually now that my living expenses will be higher—but that’s just not who I am.  It’s strange though because my natal chart indicates that my soul’s purpose is to work or earn a living in the public domain (10th house) by bringing Peace and Spirit in a grounded way onto the Earth.  Well, that’s a whole other blog now isn’t it?  Anyway, each time I consider doing a big public attention-getting blitz of some type, the end result is turning from it totally. 

Well, according to this Kua 57 I probably shouldn’t even publish this blog entry—it reads this way:  “This is not the best time to make sweeping changes or to announce future plans.”  I was tormenting myself about how to create a new class (in astrology) last night and then I thought about tarot classes and totally revamping my current psychic class, doing a better job with at least the sign up page.  Yeah, on and on it went and so I get it—let go of the idea of sweeping change right now.  Just get through this move first, silly!

ADVICE FOR HANDLING A TRANSITION:  During any transition the focus should be on adaptability as one remains tuned in to subtle and shifting  energy currents of change.  Keep a steady pace and make a routine as best as you can—do things that do not involve the mind too much.

HOLD THE VISION AND BE WILLING TO WAIT.  Don’t be overly confident or doubtful either.

Stay on the path of least resistance for now and merge with the meandering course of the Tao in any way that it shows up right now! 

One final word from the i-ching:  in order to see the bigger picture when we are in transition we must periodically create some distance between the self and the forest.  Only then is it possible to see the trees and where we stand in relationship to them. 

Let “Is-ness” be the only “business”!

Feel better?  C’mon we can do this!  Its only death and rebirth after all. 

BESIDES, we simply go where we’re sent!  Right?

Daily Divnation 9-2-11 Getting to the Bottom Line in Life and Drinking from the I CHING Kua 48 WELL to taste the Tao!

I’ve had to duck out of blogging lately and tonight I still feel like ducking. BUT my brother, who was (I just found out) a secret reader of my daily blog (I had no idea) emailed me  asking where the blogs were for the past few days.  He wrote to me encouraging me to keep on blogging about the I-CHING.  He wrote that he enjoys the “short shot at a time”  (his words) and added that reading my blog “makes all feel good in my judgment” (his words again). 

I’m honored to know that my brother likes my blog and so even though I feel like ducking again tonight—this one’s for you brother!!

Well, well, today’s message is from the I CHING Kua 48 called “The Well” (Ching).

Going to the bottom of “the well”… getting to the bottom of things; seeking truth; returning to the source. Those are the core archetype keyword associations. Looking at the picture, I’d have to add these words: going deep, being vulnerable, seeking the “naked” truth.

That pretty much describes my current dilemma on a physical level; but then nothing is purely physical is it? It’s always also metaphysical too (Meta meaning beyond; so metaphysical meaning beyond the physical).

With Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Neptune with Chiron ALL RETROGRADE, there ‘is’ this sense of going deep, going down or going back to re-visit, re-call re-evaluate, re-do, re-live and re-view. That’s what retrograde energy is about and with all the major outer planets retrograde, it’s a theme. Let’s just isolate one for the moment. Let’s look at Jupiter.

Jupiter is in the sign of Taurus now, retrograde. What are the archetypes of Jupiter and Taurus about? I can give you a feel for some possibilities, but it depends on which house your transiting Jupiter in Taurus happens to be in right now, what aspects it is making and how it relates to your natal Jupiter.

Yet, we could say Jupiter is about intuition and beliefs and sometimes also the “vehicle” or transportation and Taurus is about survival (to the point of choosing to live or not) issues of all types—monetary/financial matters as well as the ability to maintain a physical body. Taurus is about survival. Jupiter is about beliefs.

I wouldn’t be surprised if many are looking at their past and relating it to their current belief about how they are going to survive and if they believe they can or not.

That sounds dire, but doesn’t have to be—like I said, it all depends on each individual astrological chart.

This Kua 48 is about seeking truth, wisdom and insight—the kind that is “bottom line” kind of stuff. As soon as I saw the image on the card, I thought of “Scorpio” actually. That’s the energy of getting to the bottom and of course Scorpio is ruled by Pluto. (And you can call Pluto a planet or a ball of ice but its effects are still the same by the way.)

I’d say that the reason for RETROGRADE energy in the psyche (Mind) that is mirrored by the planets (which are archetypes of the psyche both collectively and individually) is for that famous Plutonic purpose. Going deep into the psyche (even to the dark places) for the purposes of seeking bottom line truth, wisdom, insight and knowledge.

Personally, I think we are fed or nourished by the water from the depth of our souls–our souls can nourish us, quench our thirst and sometimes events of life or circumstances send us down into those depths whether we like it or not!

I’ve been there for the past few days myself and surely I’d not have chosen this visit; yet there I found myself anyway. Metaphysically one thing was happening but physically, the ‘part of me’ that wanted to keep breathing and believed I could if I got some help, drove me to the hospital. So physical and metaphysical is like which comes first the chicken or the egg? It doesn’t matter really. What matters is that the process keeps working and we keep evolving and sometimes that evolution means we have to dive into the well just like the image above. Then we go to the “Source” and remember what we need to by revisiting and reliving and then hopefully resolving. I have two more days of antibiotics left; meanwhile that little exercise helped me shift yet again, seeing life differently still.

Sometimes, we go down to the very foundations of life—breathing is pretty much the bottom line of that very foundation on a physical level. Breath. Breathing—this is the foundation which is the same for every human. Of course we don’t think of these things until we have one of those bottom line experiences—like when we can’t seem to breathe. Yet, we are surrounded by it everywhere—air is an inexhaustible source external to the physical body—we must only draw in a sufficient amount. It can’t hurt anyone to reflect upon these basic truths! (at least once in a while)

The bottom line message is to bypass external influences and plunge in to the pool of deep wisdom; your soul. The journey toward self-knowledge requires that we willingly enter the darkness of uncertainty for insight can only come to you by living your own experience. Turning to The Source within, diving within one’s own core sustains and refreshes and nourishes.

Personally, I am amazed that the way is provided to go deeper even when I think I cannot possibly do so. Not being able to breathe (at least not very well) was the catalyst to do all that “re” work from all those outer planets and…

Jupiter in Taurus led me to the door to the room that contained the book of ‘me’ wherein I entered and wrote in my own book of life what I believed (Jupiter) about my survival (Taurus).

There is nothing like ‘not being able to breathe’ –it causes one to know one’s self to the point of drinking from the source of clarity within the depth of the soul!

Yet, strangely I was calm and collected and hopefully this feeling of wanting to duck out will pass… I’m in a recuperation and rejuvenation phase.

May all of your ‘drinks from THE WELL’ be easy-breezy, gentle, refreshing and replenishing!

May you enjoy a taste the TAO!

PS–

pardon if this post sounds like a bit of a mess…

I’m taking some medicine that creates what Luna (in the Harry Potter movies) calls…

 Wrackspurts.

Luna says,

 “They’re invisible. They float in through your ears and make your brain go fuzzy.”