Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shaken not stirred: Coming out of the Eclipses

SHAKEN NOT STIRRED: Even though the recent Solar and Lunar Eclipses were only 2 days in the calendar, we are still within the effect period.

Eclipses can have a direct impact on your life in the 2 weeks - and in some cases 1 month - prior to occurring, and after occurrence. It's kind of like when a wave comes rushing in from the ocean. Yes there is the moment of crashing onto the shore, but just as relevant is the lead up as the wave builds, and then the gravitational pull as the tide captures everything in its way and draws it into the ocean.

So over the last month you may have had some big things happen, be they external changes or inner shifts, or breakdowns or breakthroughs. A lot of people are going through major identity crises/transformations, and feeling a need to overhaul their life in some way.

Now, generally speaking, this is a natural result of the overall evolutionary process we are in right now. Old ways of being are dismantling, and new parts of ourselves are emerging, just like a snake shedding its skin and wriggling out as a new version of itself. But then astrological alignments come along, like an eclipse season, and essentially speed things up, clarifying and crystallizing things, making you highly aware that situation xyz can't go on any longer, or that dream abc needs to get moving forward.

Confusion can also reign, because as one thing, relationship, job or part of your identity is being washed out, the new thing/relationship/job/identity doesn't usually arrive the next day! So lots of us are going through void periods where there is a sense of who the hell am I anymore, and where am I going, and what do I want to be doing, and do I even resonate with this thing or that thing anymore?

During void times, it is usually wise not to make any sudden decisions. Void times are a time to reflect, rest, take a step back, do things to help you get clear and centred (meditation, journalling, going for a walk, going to the beach, get off the topic and go do something fun), and from that space allow your next steps to come to you.

The New Moon in Aries next Thursday marks a new period, so if you are still feeling like you are in the eclipse's washing machine spin and rinse process, things should feel lighter or clearer from then.

How are you all feeling?

(c) Dana Mrkich 2016

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra

Today we have a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra. Libra is about balance and harmony, so if you have any major emotional events, interactions or epiphanies today, know that it is about bringing yourself, your energy, your inner or outer world into a greater place of balance in some way.

Now, Mercury in Aries and the Sun in Aries are opposite the Full Moon today, and Aries is all about the Self, where Libra is all about the Other. Aries likes to make sure
me, myself and I are taken care of, while Libra's focus is on you, we, us and relationship.

We all have a tendency to lean more toward either an Aries or Libran approach to life, and so it is important for things to come along now and again to give us a nudge in the other direction. If you are overly focused on others, a bit of Aries Self/Me influence can be just what the doctor ordered. If your life is too self-involved, expanding your focus to those around you is the medicine you might need.

With Mercury being in Aries opposite the Full Moon Eclipse, communication could be the catalyst. You may find yourself standing up for yourself or your needs, putting your foot down, or realising how often you put the needs of others ahead of your own. You might find a relationship unexpectedly eclipse out of your life around now. If so, it is because one or both of you needed a new direction in order to experience the balance the Soul is seeking.

Some people might get a realisation today that they need to look after themselves with greater independence, more assertiveness or stronger boundaries, while others may realise that they have been neglecting others in the pursuit of self-interests.

How are you feeling today? Any Eclipse happenings in your life?

(c) Dana Mrkich 2016

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom Seeds #5: Love trumps Trump


This week I wanted to talk about the rise of Donald Trump in the US Presidential Election.

I’m not an American but our country as with so many other countries around the world, is influenced so heavily by the US, and by the leadership of the US. And so while an American might say it’s none of my business to comment on American politics, the fact is that American politics shapes our politics. The decisions of the US President, influence our government, which in turn affects our people, our environment, and our country.

And ultimately we live in one world. We all affect the world around us, and so when any one of us affects hundreds of millions of people, there is a ripple effect outward, and so in that case especially, a leader has a responsibility to be conscious of the kind of ripple effect he or she is sending out.

A lot of us are really saddened, sickened and shocked by the platform that Donald Trump seems to be riding on which is racism, sexism, inciting hatred, violence and fear. Even more bewildering is the amount of people following him, and the intensity of the energy they are responding with and expressing outward. It is really important to acknowledge that Trump could not be riding on a wave this big, without the huge number of people being that wave, carrying him forward.

This is not one lone, crazy man shouting at an empty forest.

This is an energy that is attracting millions of supporters. It is an energy, that has found a man to represent it. And so we have to ask ourselves: what is this all about?

What is this energy, and what meaning does energy like this have in a world that is supposedly meant to be evolving?

What has this energy done so far? It has ignited passion like nothing before it. Any division in the country in the Bush years feels like a schoolyard fight compared to this which has the potential to explode no matter the outcome. On the one hand Trump stands for everything we are evolving upward from, representing a very old, dense energy fighting to maintain control. This energy loves to feed on fear. This energy loves to dominate and have power over others.

Trumps rise has less to do with the man himself, and everything to do with the energy he is allowing to use him as a representative. This energy is responding to what it sees as threatening to its existence and that is the rise of consciousness, the rise of awake, aware humans, the rise of people doing good in the world who have had enough of the corruption and injustice running the world so far.

The energy of consciousness has done a lot to awaken people over the last few years, but isn’t it interesting how nothing awakens you faster than feeling like you are about to lose something. I can ask our 4 year old son repeatedly to please take some toys back to his room. On occasion, he might choose to ignore me, or say no, or say yes but not do it. If I say, ok, I’m going to give these toys away tomorrow, woah, watch him swing into action! The loungeroom is tidy in seconds! What a miracle!

And likewise, as destructive as the Trump movement appears to be, there is this other side to his ripple affect which is millions of people who are otherwise not particularly politically motivated standing up to say no way is this going to happen! And whether this means they are voting for the first time, or sending out love, or getting stronger and clearer than ever before within themselves about the kind of country and world they want to live in, and hand down to their children, it has certainly lit a fire underneath a lot of butts!

I think a lot of people are realising that our entire political system is corrupt and no longer working for us. This is true of nearly all the old world systems and structures. New ones are being thought of, worked on, created and implemented right now, and it is my heartfelt belief that we will end up living in a new world if only because the old one is no longer sustainable. We can’t keep blowing each other up and destroying the place and expect to have a surviving humanity and thriving planet.

So as you witness this crazy show, in your moments of thinking oh my god this world is going to turn into a nightmare, remember this: the talk we are seeing, the hatred, the calls for violence, have been simmering away for a long time.

These times were always going to be about revelations: lifting up the carpets and seeing the truth as it is. That includes the truths inside us, the truths in others, the truths in the systems running our planet, the greater truths of who we really are and where we really came from, and why we are here. The lifting up of carpets was always going to be a dusty, messy, ugly process, as well as being one teaching us about our own vulnerabilities, confronting us with choices, calling us to take a stand and choose the path that is aligned with our heart and soul. Not our ego.

We hear a lot that our evolution is about moving into a time of oneness and unity, but the stage before that is an intensification of our duality because in that place of oneness we can’t house the concept of ‘the other’. There is no ‘the other’. We recognise we are all of the same one energy. We can’t house lower dense energy because the very nature of lower dense energy - resentment, hatred, denial for example - can’t exist in a vibration based on unity and love. And so these things within us have to be highlighted in order to either be transformed or released. We have experienced this personally in our own lives, and we are seeing it now play out on the world stage.

Trump’s energy may be louder, but the numbers of those who are awake, aware and guided by love are stronger. Our strength lies in continuing to grow our light from within by all we think, say and do. Turning consciousness into a tangible, living, expression of itself, rather than being an ethereal concept. Our weakness lies in the fact that the more aggressive energy on this planet has always tended to win, to rule, to dominate. And when our innate energy is not aggressive we may have experienced ‘our light’ as taking a passive, ineffective, powerless role. But who says light has to be passive, ineffective or powerless?

You can express and embody that light in any way you choose. You can ask within that you be helped and guided to shine it in the most powerful, effective and positively passionate way possible.

Ultimately, this is not a gigantic tug of war between ‘us’ and ‘them’. It is a vivid display of the extremes of our lowest natures, fighting against our emerging higher natures. We all have some of both, to smaller and larger degrees. If nothing else, whenever you feel agitated by the state of affairs, say to yourself:

I choose love, I choose love, I choose love.

This will get you back into your clear centre, from where you can be who you are in the most effective, powerful way possible.

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(c) Dana Mrkich 2016

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces

The Wednesday Wisdom Seeds are taking a break this week as we talk about today's New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces!

Solar Eclipses come along to trigger and accelerate "destined" events. Okay, yes, we create our own reality through our daily choices, actions, thoughts and vibe, but our Soul came into this life with an overall plan, with specific and general goals to experience, achieve and accomplish.

We have a good amount of free reign regarding how we go about doing what we set out to do, but from time to time astrological alignments pop up to give us a little boost in the right direction. Life events are unexpectedly accelerated or broken apart, life paths are altered or adjusted.

It's like your Soul in partnership with the Universe says okay, your drive to Wyoming has been really lovely but you really want to be in New York right now so let's get you there via the quickest route.

The quickest route can be mind-blowingly amazing, and it can be devestating and heart-breaking. It will always be a significant life turning point, with a sense of "destiny" about it.

That is, whatever happens around an Eclipse is by divine design.

This knowing can help us pass more easefully through the more difficult eclipses, and give us the courage and confidence we need to keep up with any exciting and happy life changes.

The degree to which you experience the effects of today's Eclipse depends on where 18 degrees Pisces is in your natal chart and whether there is an important point or planet there being highlighted.

Solar Eclipses have a timeline of 3, 6 and 9 months so if you have something significant occur this week, you may like to circle the 9th of June, Sep and Dec as weeks when important related happenings might occur.

How has this Eclipse been for you so far?

(c) Dana Mrkich 2016

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Royal Commission: Truth and Healing

Thinking of the survivors and their families who have been in the courtroom this week, and watching overseas, while the Australian Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church cross-examines George Pell in Rome.

Pell's responses clearly show what those responses were, and still are from those adamant to stay in a dense, old energy way of being. We are living in times when truth is coming out from under the carpet, shedding light on what was, correcting a mythical history to one that is more accurate even if uglier.

Lives that have been hurt, ruined or ended by that ugliness, can be vindicated, validated, acknowledged and stood up for, if not by the perpetrators then by a global community who stand beside the innocents. This doesn't fix a lifetime of the effects of abuse, it can't change what happened, but it can hopefully contribute to the creation of more healing services, offer some soothing and support, and assist in changing what has gone on for too long so that future generations of children are safe.

Some wounds can't be healed, but it is healing to have a society see those wounds without turning our heads, without saying 'don't be silly, that couldn't of happened', and instead saying "we see these wounds, we will look at them with our eyes open, we will hear the painful details, and we will do everything possible to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Society owes a lot to the brave souls who expose truth, on this topic and all others. So much of the old world system has been set up to make truth-tellers sound crazy, and it is a good, good time to be alive when a new system comes aboard, and when society awakens and not only accepts but demands the truth come out.

To everyone involved with bringing truth to light at the ‪#‎CARoyalComm‬, thank you for what you are doing. I stand with you.

(c) Dana Mrkich 2016

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom Seeds #4: Cave time is good for your soul

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Last week we talked about hiding from other people or from the world in general. This week we are going to look at it from another angle. Today’s Wednesday Wisdom Seeds is about the Restorative Cave, the healthy need to retreat, and give ourselves permission to take a step back, or to take time out.

In our society there is a lot of focus on action, on achieving and on doing.  Those qualities are great, but when we don’t balance them out with rest, with reflection on where we are going and why, or take time to touch base with how we’re feeling and whether or not we’re being true to ourselves, we end up feeling burned out, drained or heading toward a destination that we don’t actually like.

We are bombarded by stimulation all the time now, which has gone into crazy over-drive thanks to social media. We are getting constant messages that we should be doing more, making more, earning more, having more, giving more, posting more.  These messages can make you feel that unless you are going at full speed all the time, and are constantly plugged in, and have every area of life perfectly sorted, then you are not doing enough and are somehow failing or missing out on something.

Saying no to other people, or to the world in general, can make you feel like you are letting others down, or losing an opportunity, but sometimes it is the healthiest thing you can do for yourself.

When you say no to something that feels too much right now, or something that just doesn’t feel right, you are actually saying YES to yourself.

Cave time means different things to different people.  It could be a daily habit of 10 minutes meditation, or switching off your phone and computer by 9.30 at night and reading a book before bed or taking some time to journal. Sometimes you can be in the cave for months during major life changes where you have just ended a relationship, or are changing careers or are needing to attend to a health situation.  These sorts of life events can trigger major identity transformations, and cave time is needed to process whatever has ended, and provide a safe space to basically be in retreat until you are ready for the new, or even as you slowly build the new.

Over the last year I’ve had a lot of cave time as I shifted gears in lots of ways. I let go of my one on one sessions as my whole body told me it was time. I’ve been very focused on what feels the most nourishing to me be it wholefoods, earlier bed times, or switching off from social media for days at a time. My health and our journey of trying to conceive our second baby has been a greater priority than making sure I did 3.8 posts a day. 

Pockets of daily cave time and extended periods of ‘going slower than usual’ or ‘doing less than usual’ time mean you need to be okay with giving yourself that time, without feeling bad or guilty.

Cave time nourishes you, it refuels you, it helps you re-balance, find peace and recover your energy. This is especially true for those of you who are sensitive to external energies, and find yourself picking up stuff from other people.

So I want to hear from you:

What are some of the healthy things you do to retreat, take time out and say no to the world while you say yes to yourself?

Are you craving some cave time?

Do any of you find it hard to switch off and allow cave time?

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(c) Dana Mrkich 2016

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