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STRANGE FAITH

I’ve been noticing during readings with people how we try to do almost everything with our rational brains, when sometimes this is an overuse and misplacement of this capacity. It’s very useful! But it is overused. What happens if and when we try to use another type of ‘reasoning’ to move through our days, our lives? 

Are we ever asking the question - is this decision or situation really in need of my ‘rational’ thought?

What are we actually calling ‘rational’? 

Are we conflating ‘rational’ with ‘self-critical’ or with ‘harsh’? 

Have I exhausted rational thought in this area? Where has it led me? 

Perhaps it would be valuable to try out another kind of navigation from time to time, especially when you feel stuck or at a dead end. We forget that there are even other ways to be! But as soon as you name any of your thinking as habitual, you make room for a new way, because you see it as a type of thinking at all.

Sometimes writing feels hard. Because my self-critical ‘reasoning’ brain tells me I have nothing to offer, or I’m too tired or busy or can’t do it well enough, etc. But the beauty of any regular practice, is that it provides a constant for noticing what is different and what is the same. (I highly recommend practicing a constant of some kind as a way to deepen your understanding of yourself and life.)

This week writing horoscopes felt impossible. And then I realized I needed to let another part of my brain, or life, take over. I needed to connect to the energies of the signs again themselves, and just let it happen on the other side of rationality. I’m not sure exactly what that means but I’m sharing it because I think it’s worth exploring. 

So often getting ‘desperate’ is something we avoid, but it can be such an important place to be. It’s the place where you give up and think things are hopeless and that is exactly when you inadvertently create a new space for a new way. This is a part of the learning process! (This is something I continue to learn and re-learn.) But! We have to practice at least the smallest bit of faith during that desperation that a new way can come. Just enough to try to remember that desperation can lead us somewhere, and in fact it is often a part of the path to anywhere.

I’m with you in whatever strange faith we can muster right now.


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - Who supports you?
Meditation - lavender
Assignment - Spend time writing or contemplating how you can allow more support into your life.

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question -  What places in your life do you seek false security?
Meditation - peach
Assignment - Meditate and write on what is true security, what is truly secure.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What is your own unique offering?
Meditation - orange
Assignment - Pull back from your connections for a moment and contemplate what is your own offering, what no one else can contribute except for you. Find more ways to offer that.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - How much of your life revolves around a plan?
Meditation - lemon yellow
Assignment - Abandon the plan and sit under a tree. Abandon the plan and remember who you used to be before you started participating in and making plans. Give that person permission to live here and now.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - What if your creative expression depends on all the times in life when you don’t feel creative?
Meditation - violet
Assignment - Write about what it would feel like and look like to not be creative, to not create. See what you discover.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - Who would you be and what would you do if all the problems were resolved?
Meditation - royal blue
Assignment - If you know how to swim, and how to dive, dive into some water this week. If you don’t, find another physical way to dive into your very own life.


LIBRA | September 23-October 23

Question - When do you feel the most vibrant and at ease?
Meditation - fuchsia
Assignment - Just letting what you already did be enough for right now, minding your own business, giving yourself permission to shine just for existing, by yourself.


SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - When and how do you separate yourself from people or pull away
Meditation - silver
Assignment - Contemplate what it would look like to separate from people, in whatever ways you do, just a little less. Especially when you are feeling isolated, reach out.


SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - How conscious are you of the agenda you carry as you go through your day?
Meditation - purple
Assignment - Watch the birds. What are they doing? What do they care about? What are they communicating? What can you learn from them?


CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - When do you regret playing it safe?
Meditation - gold
Assignment - Write down three risks you want to take while it’s still 2018. Then take them.


AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - Where and what do you have faith in, that you don’t typically call faith?Meditation - turquoise
Assignment - Meditate on your connection to strangers all across the world, human and other than human. Let your heart fill with this connection, even if your brain can’t get there.

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What evidence is life providing you that it is taking care of you?
Meditation - spring green
Assignment - Spend time surrounded by green, looking at trees or anything else that is green. Immerse yourself.