This morning again, I took a walk in the Ellanor Lawrence park close to our house. This is where I dropped our little pumpkin last Wednesday as it was showing signs of decay. I checked to make sure Mother Nature was doing her work, and She is. Our pumpkin is indeed moving on to a new life, one seed at a time.
These days, I have been reflecting on the idea of bridging opposites and becoming whole, or possibly One. These two words were echoed by a plaque on a bench in the park. Perhaps these nine verbs are key ingredients for becoming whole?
Run, meditate, stroll
Pause to nourish your soul.
Share, hope, love, laugh … become whole.
Connecting to nature, and to what is larger than us, is certainly beneficial so as to ‘go beyond’ our limited selves and our narrow view. Yet, while this is all good advice, my idea of becoming whole has lately centered around the prospect (and the practice) of uniting, or bridging, opposites. We experience quite a few of these opposites in our lives and they may vary from person to person.
My practice of bridging relates to the conscious and the unconscious, to what lies beneath the surface level and may influence the way we breathe more than we think.
Here are a few words from psychologist Carl Jung:
Until you make the unconscious conscious,
It will direct your life,
And you will call it fate.
I see a clear connection between the unconscious and the feminine, on one side, and the conscious and the masculine on the other. These two energies work according to different modus operandi, one being more subtle, gentle, possibly working in the background; the other being in the open and possibly more brash, assertive and adventurous.
Think for yourself about a time when you use one versus the other, and another time when you might be using both–a delicate balance, which is not always conscious.
A tarot card that resonates when it comes to feminine energy is that of the Moon. In the Rider-Waite deck, the Moon card shows a crawfish swimming upstream in a river, aiming for a summit in the distance. Knowing the crawfish cannot go backward, it may tell us something important about evolution–our own and that of humanity.
While I do not have any specific advice for bringing those two energies together, besides a strong and regular practice of going within, and of questioning “life” as we experience it, I have been doing for some time a meditation aimed at just that. Bringing opposites together and making them work hand in hand.
It requires quieting the mind, visualization and possibly naming of the feminine and naming of the masculine as they appear. Names do not always come forth, yet an image usually does. The other day, I could see and feel a red round shape to the right and a blue one to the left. An initial mental rocket, breaking through a ‘cloud of softness,’ came between these two wings and formed a butterfly. Incidentally, in a creative session, I drew what looked like a butterfly. This is how some of our inner functions work to unite what may seem at odd in the first place. Knowing a butterfly cannot fly, or even take off, with one wing.
We are all butterflies, aren’t we?
Similarly, I believe it is important for us that we make full use of both energies and that we do not favor one over the other. Given, of course, the context we find ourselves in, which may require more of one energy.
Why am I sharing this?
In the first place, so that we can reflect and know better who we are, and how we function.
Second because I believe that a gentle blend of these feminine and masculine energies is what will carry us forward in the times that are ahead of us. We have entered the Age of Aquarius, the pourer of divine Water, and water is in essence a sign of the feminine. It flows, as opposed to the rays of the sun, that shine and possibly burn. Hence a clear contrast with what humanity experienced for some 2,000 years and a fresh focus on relationships and cooperation in the decades to come.
If I needed a confirmation for what I was devoting my time to, it came in the form of an article written by my friend Lisa Rising Berry on May 16th and entitled, It is Time to Make the Unconscious Conscious. You will find a short excerpt further down. She clearly indicates that it is time for us to “be prepared.” Prepared to receive these new energies that are being sent to Earth and that emanate from the Divine Mother. Or whatever divine feminine ‘container’ we could imagine.
Hence the importance of “being whole,” of being “balanced within,” in order to receive.
“This topic is very near and dear to my heart because we are currently in the energy that requires the unconscious mind to change. I have been speaking about this time period since I started writing articles in 2014. I was able to see this time coming and I would tell people that they needed to prepare. “But a body have you prepared for me” – HEB 10:5-7; Psalm 40:6-7. I know most don’t want to hear quotes from the Bible; however, this one is applicable to this period of time we are in. It is the current energy that we are in that our bodies need to be prepared for. The ME in the verse is the energy we are in and the question you need to ask is did you prepare your body to house this energy?” To be even more specific, it is the Body, Speech and Mind that need to be prepared. The Body is in reference to the physical body, which is connected to the brain, the duality of our experiences here. The Speech is how we create and reprogram the unconscious or subconscious mind. The Mind is the heart, which is singularity and contains our true nature of mind that we are trying to access. The heart is the seat of the soul and houses both the consciousness and subconscious mind. What determines if our Mind is conscious or unconscious is the vibratory rate of the combination of our Body, Speech and Mind.”