Allowing Our Moon’s Magnetics to Pull You toward Stillness

In the early 1980s, I remember feeling bewildered that I had energy during one-half of each month and wanted to do nothing the other half of each month. This confusion was before I had consciousness around the permeable flow of the Moon’s rhythms in nature and within me.

Now that I understand the shifting rhythms, I work with them consciously. I have just had my Personal Dark Moon with its luscious pull to be quiet and still. It is a majical time that filters, warms and nurtures. Dark Moons rest my body, Soul, and Spirit.

Everyone has his or her unique patterning between the Personal and the Collective Lunar Cycles.  My Personal New Moon occurs about one week before the Collective New Moon. With this patterning, I have three days of magnetic pull to stillness and then an energetic uplift with my Personal New Moon. A few days after this, I go down and in again with the Collective Dark Moon, and then a fuller, energetic resurgence with the Collective New Moon. During the last ten days of the Collective Lunar Cycle, for me,  the needle on the energy spectrum trends toward low.

Flowing with this pattern allows my body rest and more rest, with the reflective peace that comes with stillness. These are abundantly rich times, and I resurface in both the Personal and Collective New Moons with new insights, and fresh starts.

The reflection that broke through the surface during this recent Personal Dark Moon relates to the heavy tension that gets stored in my body when I focus on the unexplainable chaos in our world now. In the United States, we have someone in power appearing to break all rules, yet keeps going. We have police shooting people to death, without charges brought against them and we have a former, revered comedian on trial for sexual assault, with legions of women in the background echoing similar assault, and the trial results in a hung jury.  In the world, we have audacious events of mass deaths by unfathomable acts of terror. Who can explain this topsy-turvy world?

For those of us working with the collective consciousness shift to higher dimensions, we understand that these bizarre outer circumstances represent the dismantling of the old order.  We get that. Living through it is another matter, as hardly anyone anticipated the dismantling would be so disgraceful, shocking, offensive, extreme.

The impact on our collective psyche is serious. People who are not aware of the quantum dimensional shift are having a tough time. People who are aware of this quantum shift are also having a tough time. Stress levels tip the balance scales with somber effect.

I have felt this stress as it shows up in clenched muscle tension that stifles life flow. This physical contraction hurts, and as a sovereign being, I must shift this. We all have anchors that bring us to center. One of my main anchors involves synchronizing physical energy levels with Moon flow.

Because I stopped, rested, and listened during my most recent Personal Dark Moon, I heard a plan that come through my inner caretaker.  During the Collective Dark Moon this week, I am taking a news cleanse.  I am not reading news online. I already do not watch the news on TV, and this week, I am giving up the hours I spend every day reading news online.  Our New Moon occurs Friday evening, June 23, 10:32 PM, EDT.  I will discern then whether I want to return to spending precious, potentially creative, moments reading news online.

Before the November election, I stopped listening to NPR news and have not returned to that practice. My system cannot take it.  My system has been on overload with all the online news I consumed,  and in this collective Dark Moon, I release that practice, too. I will have more time for creativity, more time for connecting with others, more time for tending to my inner life, as is optimal during a dark Moon phase.

It is rough out there. We must keep to kindness and supreme self-care. Do you feel the magnetic pull to stillness when it knocks on your psyche? Are you allowing it to help you stop, rest and listen to your inner wisdom? Please share in the comments section. If you would like assistance determining the pattern between your Personal and Collective Lunar Cycles, let me know.

 

3-Question Worksheet for Slowing Down, Now!

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Why Slow Down Now?

November 27, 2016 — Dark, dark of Moon, with New Moon on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 7:19 AM, EST

Energy is naturally low in a dark Moon and the closer we get to the end of the lunar cycle and the beginning of the next, the stronger the gravitational pull to slow stillness.

Void Moon, Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 4:49 PM EST to Monday, November 28, 2016, 3:46 PM EST

Void Moon indicates free floating energy, nothing much takes shape or what is formed often has to be reformed, redone. Void Moons are prime times for introspection, reflection, rest, listening.

We are winding down the 2016 Solar Cycle. Many people celebrate the New Year with the Winter Solstice and we are weeks away from that Natural Time marker.  A slowdown in the Solar Cycle might not impact our physical energy as much as a slowdown in the Lunar Cycle, however, as we look to nature in the Northern Hemisphere, we see barren earth, bare trees and people bundling up, staying indoors more. The focus shifts to internal as we approach stillpoint of the Winter Solstice. We are, most likely, becoming quieter, more reflective.

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These Natural Time markers invite slowing down now. In addition, many of us are standing with those at Standing Rock.  Many of us are standing with our brothers and sisters of all races and all spiritual and sexual and gender orientations. It is a gift to ourselves, and to all brothers and sisters, when we align with nature and slow down, too. When we stop, be still and listen, in alignment with Natural Cycles, we can know next steps. Wisdom, support and direction come through listening through the stillness.

Comfort and renewal also come through slowing down, letting go and listening. If stillness and slowing down are not yet a delight and remain a challenge, here is a 3-question worksheet for exploring your relationship with slowing down and stillness. This is not a test and there are no wrong answers, simply a personal exploration of something that you might want more options over, to slow down, be still.

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Sacred Timing

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When our Moon empties out at the end of a cycle, there is no light in the night sky. Correspondingly, during dark Moon times, our own light turns inward, in sync with a gravitational pull to slow down and be still.  This inward pull to stillness, to being with our deep selves, occurs twice each month. Once with the Collective Lunar Cycle, and once with the Personal Lunar cycle.

Both cycles, the personal and the collective, have the same rhythmic pattern; it is the start days that vary. The Collective Lunar Cycle starts with the New Moon, and the Personal Lunar Cycle starts with the phase of the Moon in which you are born. The Dark Moon, this inward pull to quiet receptivity, occurs three days before the New Moon in both the personal and collective cycles.

A Dark Moon in the collective cycle is occurring as I post this blog article.  The New Moon occurs Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time. This means that the Collective Dark Moon starts Thursday, October 27, 2016, in the afternoon in US Eastern time zone.  The inward pull toward quiet refection begins on Thursday and continues through the weekend, until the New Moon.  Within a day after the New Moon, we start to feel the upward energy surge again.

Not everyone feels this timing. It can start with a nudge, a pull toward stillness, reflection, rest, quiet. If you sense any of this, please open the invitation. The more we align with natural, cyclic timing, the more the experience becomes familiar to us. Like all new skill sets, when we pay attention, we open receptor pathways of the original blueprints that our bodies are timers.

The Personal Lunar Cycle is the other cycle with this rhythmic pattern of slowing down, release and renewal. I just had my Personal Dark Moon; It started late Friday, October 21, 2016, continued through Saturday, all day Sunday and ended with my Personal New Moon, Monday morning, October 24, 2016 in the 8 o’clock hour.

I anticipate the personal dark Moon phase as a sacred holiday. This is a time when I honour the whole of my life in synchronized flow with our living Universe. For us, on Earth, flow means the Moon is involved.

I have been aligning with this sacred timing since 1993.  For 95% of this time, I have planned and scheduled around this pivotal timing. I have minimized commitments, laid low, and observed sensate release and regeneration typical of cyclic endings and beginnings.

Seven years ago, I took a nursing job on a per diem basis, even though I worked fulltime. I choose to forego benefits like paid time off so that  I could control my schedule and not have to work on low energy Personal Dark Moon days.  There is predictive value in knowing this rhythm, and I used it for self-care and well-being, and to optimize the potent receptivity (intuition, inner knowing, coming to center) inherent during Dark Moon times.

This past Personal Lunar Cycle, though, I was under deadline for a high-pressured, freelance writing assignment and I had to work through the low energy time. Eliminating distractions, cancelling social plans and staying focused on the writing task, I did muster the stamina to complete the task. It took all that I had, energetically and emotionally.

The carrot at the end of the stick was that I knew the Moon was void of course all day on Monday, enhancing my ability to rest post project. My schedule was clear and I gave myself a do-nothing day. It was calm, sweet, comfortable, quiet, relaxing and restorative.

On Tuesday, I was aware of still needing a little slower down time and I eased into the day with that awareness, of being kind with myself.

I have been through enough of these Personal Lunar Cycle turnings to know that if I do not stop and be still during this precious, sacred time, a depression, an irritability, an out of sorts experience shows up.  It is the beast in nature; if we do not feed the beast what it needs, in this case rest and quiet, it roars in ugliness.

I did not get the stillness that I needed during my Personal Dark Moon, however, I knew enough to not continue forward before taking deep rest. I was a little off schedule, however, I still gave myself the self-care and stillness that I needed.

Our bodies need these rest and reset times daily, twice within the Lunar Cycle, one Personal, one Collective, and yearly, right before our birthday, with our Solar Return.

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I want to shout from the rooftop, I want to play the trumpet and bang the cymbals, I want to sing an operatic High C to let people know about these natural cycle turnings, these pivot times of stop and restart. Coming to zero point with nature’s timing is an exquisite, sacred experience.

Much of what I read these days is that answers to our challenges are found through self-love. Listening to, and heeding, the needs of our precious human bodies, is to me, ultimate expression of self-love. In Sacred Heart living, listening for what the body needs is high priority.

For those new to this sacred timing, I am in the process of developing online training for recognizing and honouring these sacred cycle alignments. I anticipate these products to be ready on or before Spring, 2017.

Those who have taken my personal lunar cycle classes know this timing and I welcome your sharing on the value of this timing in your life. Please add your comments in the comments section below!

Superior Self-Care

The 5th Dimension does not support a linear experience of time. This means that plotting and planning, one step in front of the other, one piece of the puzzle in alignment with the next, are not viable options right now. The 5D experience is neither rational, nor logical, yet things come together in amazing and synchronous ways. With 5D, we consciously choose, based on authentic needs and desires specific to each moment. This means that we need to get out of our head and feel our way through life. Does this work for me now? What do I need and want now? What is my choice now? Questions like these help us discern our way within the holographic experience of 5D living.

One experience that cannot be delayed in life in 5D is superior self-care. For optimal functioning, best results, we have to take full and authentic care of ourselves. This means that we pay attention to what we are feeling, needing and wanting. Patterns of low self-esteem and feelings of undeserving get in the way of superior self-care. There is no room in 5D living for low self-esteem or feelings of not being good enough.

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Low self-esteem, feelings of being unworthy are imprints of past conditioning and they are not based on the truth of us; rather they are based on adaptations that we had to make in 3D living. 5D supports another experience of living that knows Self as worthy, good enough and deserving of superior self-care.

A practice of superior self-care is vital to functioning in 5D.Thinking about the future clogs present fulfillment and thinking about the past blocks present momentum. We know this, yet how do we live present moment awareness when we have to function in jobs and families and social commitments that still seem to be operating in the duality, the good/bad consciousness of 3D?

Conscious breathing within each moment is one of the best ways to stay in the moment. Awareness of our sensate experience within each moment also supports presence. What am I feeling, what are the energies around me now, are they supportive and resonant or not? How do your keep your energy full and fluid enough to keep that question current?

Our bodies, according to many people who write about the 5th Dimension, are becoming more light filled and less dense. Our dreams are even changing. What we eat, how we sleep, how we tend to legitimate emotional needs of quiet and silence, of connection with others who are resonant with our energies, how we stay sparked and alive with interest and curiosity, how we move our bodies, how we engage with nature are all components of superior self-care and the challenge is to meet all of these needs thoroughly and with love.

Ignoring hunger, ignoring the discomfort of a craving, ignoring constant audio stimulation that blocks sweet silence, resisting periods of doing nothing by staying busy, overworking, over- or under-engaging in social connection, inertia of body movement are all detriments to superior self-care. This is not about being perfect; it is about being authentic and listening to your heart, soul and body through each moment, each day.

Sometimes, one is required to stay engaged with others when a little alone time or silence is what one needs, such as in the case of parenting. Or being on deadline with an important work project. Or having to overwork to pay the rent. The demand to meet these commitments is real. Conscious breathing helps. So does learning relaxation techniques and using them, in the moment. Looking out the window at the sky can help. Smiling helps. Self-talk can help; saying something like, “I have to do this now and I do this with as much grace and ease as I can muster and I know that everything changes. One day, my circumstances will be different.”

I have heard it said that the 6th Dimension is the realm of majic. If we can be present with our selves in 5D living, through conscious presence of how we are feeling in each moment, through feelings of worthiness and positive self-regard that automatically result in superior self-care, through an experience of Body as Timer, time as fluid and internal rather than mechanical and external, through the release of duality and hierarchy, we open to multidimensional living. We engage with the living Field of energy that surrounds us, inside and out, and we create majic, without concern of past or future. We release the pressure valve and sense and feel into the moment. From there we can be informed of better, truer choices that help us find our way, with humour and joy, through the demand commitments of our life. There is only this moment and this moment is alive with information and release of pressure. Breathe, Be, Sense, Feel Now.

Why Tolerance for Being Alone Is Necessary for Good Living

Aligning with natural cycles as a direct, physical experience requires living in ebb and flow, much as our Moon does. There are times of great activity and energy, such as at Full Moon times, and there are quieter times of repose, rest and stillness, such as at Dark of the Moon and Void of Course Moon times.

Until recently, I was not consciously aware that there is a generational divide, a large group of young people who might feel challenged acquiescing to the slower, low energy times. The term “low energy times” is not a pejorative. Resting and stillness are part of the productivity and creativity cycle and low energy times are cycle phases that naturally occur in life, nature and the human body.

An essay that I encountered recently spells out, in historical detail, the evolution of our comfort levels with resting, stillness, time alone, time in nature and doing nothing. While the essay is a literary read, it offers informative perspective on our current wildly wired time.

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As a natural time consultant, I share experiences aligning with natural cycles, including the challenges and benefits. Through deep listening, shared reflection and intuitive coaching, and decades of lived experience, I assist others who wish to align with natural cycles.

My adaptation to living in alignment with natural cycles comes from my own unique constitution, and that is different for everyone. I am someone who loves silence, time in nature, and doing nothing. I was born before wireless communication was universal, as it is now. I remember Saturday afternoons, growing up, when I felt very bored. Daydreaming was my go to activity.

People born in more recent times still get bored, however, their antidote to boredom includes frequent texting to friends and folks who might not be friends. In addition, there are a gazillion television or youtube channels to distract, or gaming. As someone who invites the experience of doing nothing, I am up against mind-boggling competition!

There is a slight turn in the wind, though. Do a google search for “doctors prescribing time in nature” and a wide array of articles pop up. Spending time alone in nature or engaged in solitary activities like taking a nap, or daydreaming while sipping a cup of tea are indulgences from an earlier time, however, they are actually timeless examples of good medicine.

Being alone is easy for some and challenging for others, no matter the generation into which they are born. True connection feeds the soul, promotes health and a sense of well-being. Being comfortable being alone, with times of silence and stillness, ground the relationship with one’s self. Healthy relationship with one’s self opens the door to all other good relationships.

Please share your joys and challenges being alone in the comments section. I would love to hear from you!

The Power of a Fresh Start

Up from down; feet on the ground, a vibrant new beginning coursing through me. This was the direct experience I had with this recent New Moon.

I feel the energy of the ebb and flow of natural cycles within my body as an inescapable experience. My personal dark moon phase comes about a week before the collective dark moon phase. With this pattern, there is a slow down, then reenergizing followed soon by another downward pull and then a breakthrough new beginning.

While this pattern of cycling occurs each lunar month, some months the pull to rest is stronger than others. The extent to which I am pulled to stillness seems to be determined by the proximity of the New Moon’s sign and degree to a prominent placement within my natal chart. With no direct connection, there is still a pull to rest. When there is a direct connection the pull to rest during the dark collective moon is potent to the power of 10!

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In this most recent cycle, there was a compelling call to rest; the New Moon was conjunct the descendant angle of my birth chart. This is an area of connection with others, and I seemed to be pulled into deep stillness during this past dark Moon. Yes, it has been -3 degrees Fahrenheit where I live, always a time for indoor comfort, however, with this dark Moon, my experience was rest, rest and more rest in the three days leading up to the New Moon.

Then, the morning following the New Moon, about 12 hours after it became exact, I bounced out of bed with a strong, visceral experience of New Beginning, energy palpable for a fresh start.

I love these experiences of acknowledging my body’s rhythms in connection with nature’s rhythms. While it is hard to resist the conditioned habit to keep going, I have learned over the years that I am better off aligning with this gravitational pull. When I don’t align with it, I place undue stress on my physicality. I have learned to acquiesce to rest when the pull to rest is strong. This is how I understand self-care.

New beginnings come in many ways; for instance, each time we do laundry, or change our sheets, or sweep the floor or take out the trash, we are refreshing our space to begin again. Aligning our restarts in coordination with planetary cycles helps us renew ourselves and our focus. It is a forgiving experience, to accept a restart.

While it may seem that I am doing nothing during low energy times, my body, psyche, and soul, are releasing and realigning for the begin again moment. This is the cycle of life and death and while actual death does not occur at the end of every day, or lunar month or seasonal shift, an energetic one does. When we allow that release to happen through honouring the pull to be still, quiet, reflective, even, perhaps, non-active, we allow the full cycle of beginning, middle and ending to operate unrestricted within our direct experience.

In addition to the gravitational pull of cyclic living, something else is calling us to slow down, be still and rest. Other people who write about the shift in frequency to the 5th dimension address the body’s need to accommodate the new frequencies and new light in this new time. It seems that we have to allow the time and space for our bodies to adjust to these higher vibrational shifts and that can come through a need to lie down and rest.

These calls to rest are not predictable like a lunar cycle rhythm is, however, they do seem to be occurring now. It feels crucial to rest when we are called to rest. Labels like slacker and lazy and procrastinator can be examined in light of direct physical experience. What does your body, your physicality, soul and Spirit need? If it is rest and times of doing nothing, consider trusting the request and your body and the sacred timing of materializing what you want to create and the full process of doing so. Consider that doing nothing may actually be part of the productivity cycle. Nature lives like this.

Work and family responsibilities may impinge on your ability to make a full stop. In those times, you can get creative in how you minimize commitments and maximize rest. Self talk has value, for instance, telling your body that you recognize it needs sleep, or rest or to do nothing, acknowledge that you hear that need and that you will meet this need as soon as you can. Consider, too,  asking for help or offering help when someone near you needs to be still.

This blog is about changing relationship with time; it is about recognizing the body as timer. When the mind tempts to overrun the wisdom of the body, give it a rest!

For readers new to this blog, the Personal Lunar Cycle is determined by the phase of the Moon in which one is born, and the Collective Lunar Cycle starts with each New Moon and continues through the eight lunar phases. Finding one’s rhythm between the Personal and Collective Lunar Cycles gives insight on how to work with ebbs and flows of energy levels in conscious awareness and respect. Individual consultations are available for those interested in working with these natural cycles.

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