Finding meaning in Sagittarius

Being a Sagittarius I should be thrilled the sun is now in my sign (of both my sun and ascendant)..but it feels more like a challenge right now.

Jupiter is a strong planet and it often demands a lot of strength and determination.

What I have learned about living and being this fire sign is that it always has helped me take the lead when called to do so.  My moon is is Aries as well, so I’ve often got a full flow of fire energy available.

Except currently, the fire feels like it’s not roaring but crackling very quietly, like the embers after a full blaze has gone awry.

So, I’m sitting with that.  Years of Reiki practice and my counseling background have allowed me to witness without acting..so that patience and perseverance I’ve had to cultivate.  It’s useful to me right now.

Turning an ember over, as if in a daydream in front of a camp fire, I’m wondering what will be started next.  Despite knowing how to build and work a fire, my ability to predict it’s transformation into what it wants to become isn’t clear.  As an archer, I know how important it is to have a target to aim for.  I don’t have that in sight.

So for now, I find myself simply doing archery practice without a defined goal.  Just strengthening my muscles so they can be taught when the time comes to be thrust into flight.  I go back over to the embers of my fire as well, making sure it’s stoked for what it wants to catch ablaze when that time should come.

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The spiritual meaning of colors

Colors are one of the most beautiful and also one of the most under-appreciated aspects of the physical realm. We are surrounded by colors, but how often do we notice the numerous subtleties in the myriad shades.

Spiritually, color can impart both information – as in aura colors, and energy – as in healing. The aura is the spiritual energy field surrounding living beings which is “visible” to the psychically sensitive.

This short article presents the meanings generally associated with the most common colors. Use these meanings as a starting point in your own explorations. We are each unique individuals and colors may hold different meanings for us than for others, just as a piece of music inspires different feelings in different people.

Use colors to promote those qualities you wish to emphasize. Use them in your surroundings for qualities you wish to emphasize permanently. Wear clothes of appropriate colors to promote those qualities in a particular situation. You can also use colors simply by visualizing them, whether to promote their qualities or to exploit their healing energy for yourself or others.

Red

Red symbolizes energy, passion, strength, courage, physical activity, creativity, warmth, and security. It is also associated with aggression. In healing, use red to bring warmth and burn out disease. Red is a powerful color and should be used in moderation. In the aura red signifies materialism, materialistic ambition, a focus on sensual pleasures and a quick temper.

Orange

Orange symbolizes the individual’s relationship to the external world, the needs and wants of the physical body and the ways in which these are satisfied, the world of work. In healing orange may increase immunity and sexual energy. In the aura orange signifies thoughtfulness and creativity.

Yellow

Yellow symbolizes intellect, creativity, happiness and the power of persuasion. It is also associated with cowardice. In healing use yellow to promote clarity of thought. In the aura yellow signifies intellectual development, for either material or spiritual ends.

Green

Green symbolizes money, luck, prosperity, vitality and fertility. It is also associated with envy. Green is the color of healing; it is beneficial in all healing situations. In the aura green signifies balance, peace and often indicates ability as a healer.

Blue

Blue is the color of spirituality, intuition, inspiration and inner peace. It is also associated with sadness and depression (the “blues”). In healing blue is used for cooling and calming, both physically and mentally. In the aura blue indicates serenity, contentment and spiritual development.

Indigo

Indigo is associated with psychic ability. In healing, use indigo for relaxation, reassurance and promoting psychism. In the aura indigo signifies a seeker, often of spiritual truth.

Purple

Purple is associated with power, both earthly and spiritual. In healing, purple is used for mental disorders and also for becoming one with Spirit. In the aura purple signifies higher spiritual development.

White

White is associated with truth, purity, cleansing, healing and protection. It is a good general healing color for the removal of pain and suffering. In the aura it signifies a high level of attainment, a higher level soul incarnate to help others.

Gold

Gold represents understanding and luck. Remember though that nothing comes from nothing, It is the most powerful healing color, but so powerful that many are not able to stand it initially and must be conditioned to it via other colors. In the aura it represents service to others.

Pink

Pink represents unconditional love, love requiring nothing in return. It is also the color of friendship and conviviality. In the aura it signifies balance between the spiritual and the material.

Brown

Brown is the color of the earth and represents practicality, material success, concentration and study. In the aura it indicates “down to earth-ness” and common sense.

Black

Black is the absence of color. It represents the unconscious and mystery. Its visualization can help promote deep meditation. Black also stands for evil (eg black magic). In the aura it signifies some kind of blockage or something being hidden.

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Creating meaningful art

What is meaningful art?  Why do we need it?  I’ve heard it said that the creation of art is what truly makes us human.

I suppose it’s subjective to the observer and creator.  But I’d have to put my opinion in and say it is a work that sparks deep appreciation for the talent, training and production that has gone into it’s manifestation.

Over this last week, I’ve seen several films, The Descendents and People vs. The State of Illusion that are both deeply provocative and meaningful, worthy of being shown.

Last night, I went to see a performance at Seattle’s Comedy/Variety show, The Moisture Festival.  Pure, unadulterated art with performances by artists that were 150% present for the audience.  3 hours flew by and I’ve never been so absorbed in a live show before.

And then I contrast that to some of the other movies and shows that fellow actors and musicians I know have put together and I’ve witnessed this past week.

It’s not that they aren’t talented, but the magic that makes something meaningful is lacking.  It’s like having days of a feast of art and then comparing it to Top Ramen.  Just no comparison.  But like everything in life, perhaps it’s a means to an end…that eventually, through all their projects, they’ll create a masterpiece.

Tonight, the Reiki Soundscape presents itself yet again.  An organic musical experience infused with healing energy.  Over the years there have been great Scapes, and there have been those that have cobbled by.  All were learning experiences, but each one had the intention of being meaningful for the participants.

As 2012 unfolds, there will be more Soundscapes, more opportunities to strive for the creation of an experience that transforms both creator and receiver.

What gives art meaning to you?  What shows, films, concerts or works of art have transformed you?  I feel in addition to doing traditional healing work in the world to raise the vibration, the caliber of art also needs to be raised.  Comments and suggestions welcome!

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Dealing with loss

Every day we lose a day of life.  I’m not being negative, just realistic.  And some days, we lose a lot more, faith in a ‘system’…we might get fired,we run out of money, we have to move, our relationship ends, a friend dies.

How each person copes with loss is quite different.  I met a friend’s co-worker, Rob, who looked at loss as a refreshing new way of seeing the world.  Instead of bemoaning that ‘oh the world is a mess and coming a part’, he looked at it as another opportunity for things to arise.

I think that’s a positive way to put a spin on the inevitable.  I can’t also think it’s a bit of denial, but that’s my counseling spin.

I’m not always so positive, and often, loss for me feels really deep and hurts my heart and the only way I know how to ‘give space’ for it, is just that…give space, give time, and if necessary, do some art to help the process.

A client of mine recently passed on into the next world.  I knew this was going to happen for some time, and worked through a lot to let go of him and my attachment to his own process.

It’s doubly challenging currently living in a city (LA) that embraces everything worth living:  art, culture, life, youth, beingness.

So how to work through this?  Well, for one, I have a lot to live for and want to achieve.  It’s a motivation.  Motivation is energy that expands.  I allow that expansion to being to take shape.

And, I also acknowledge what has now passed on.  An amazing person who contributed much to the world and who suffered immeasurably until the end.

My client asked me as he was ‘leaving’, ‘What is the meaning of life?’, and we both had to laugh, because it’s such an eternal question that I’m not sure ever gets answered truthfully.

My hope is that when we do go to the next world, we get a bit of that insight, and realize that on this plane, it’s just a question, and the statement is only words attempting to give answers to that which is unknown.

But even that question, ‘what is the meaning of life?’ brings me back to my own world.  Does it have meaning?  Yes.  Do I feel I am fulfilling that meaning?  Yes.  So that’s a good start in dealing with this loss.

Having meaning is actually a ‘gain’, because it’s a way of filling our wells, giving us hope and dreams, and not to be cliché, giving us the stuff that life is made of.

And so it is.  And so it shall be.  Sending light into the beyond for my client’s journey toward finding his own meaning and making peace where there was none.

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