Uncommonly Low Practice telling the truth about what is really going on with you, without hesitation. Uncommonly Low Commentary [...]
Some of us are well aware of our pitfalls – our traps of thinking that trip us up over and over. Some of us have been working for years to try and rid ourselves of these traps. And yet, we keep getting caught in the same old, same old samskaras. So we commit to trying harder to rid ourselves of this darkness, believing that’s it through pushing ourselves that we will overcome.To be honest, I don’t think that works very well. Fortunately a wise teacher recently suggested a different approach.
Now, anyone reading the news understands that President Trump enjoys being at the center of attention. Well, the “Great American Eclipse” is certainly part of the script to “Make America Great,” and Trump may have been the man destined to make it happen. For starters, the Aug. 21 eclipse occurs conjunct the fixed star Regulus. As the lion’s heart of the constellation Leo, Regulus since ancient times has been associated with kings and kingship. A solar eclipse conjunct Regulus would have been an omen for the fall of the king. (And most certainly not news a court astrologer would want to have to deliver to his royal patron.) And, if that weren’t enough, the Great American Eclipse falls directly on the point that was rising over the horizon at the moment of President Trump’s birth (assuming the birth certificate released by the campaign is accurate).
When I realize what I’m doing is making me miserable – or it’s putting me at risk of a physical or emotional injury – I look deeper and ask myself, why am I doing that? Is there another way to get the benefits I desire without putting myself at risk, without making myself miserable? What do I need to let go of to make that happen?
The spiritual path should probably come with a warning label that would read something like this. "WARNING: Being a spiritual pilgrim often brings forward fears and the shadow aspects of yourself". Are you willing to explore these? How open and vulnerable are you willing to be?