I have decided that between now and December 21, 2012 (and if the Gods allow – afterward!) I am going to feature unique writing on these phenomenal times, both my own and by others. Philosophers, clairvoyants, astrologers, spiritualists … so many have written so much. The topic is endlessly fascinating to me, and I hope my dear readers will find it to be equally so.
So let me begin with a post from one of my favorite astrological sites, The AstroDispatch. You can sign up for their daily blog written by some of the most brilliant astrological writers at www.astrodispatch.com and know that I have the permission of the site’s owner, Elsa, to post here provided I give credit back as appropriate. You can also get wonderful charts done for prices in the neighborhood of $10 and I have taken advantage of Elsa’s expertise for me and my children on several occasions. Her transit charts are incredibly useful – you’ll see this all on her site.
November 16th, 2012 @ 4:03 am by Dianne Eppler Adams
As we approach the end of the Mayan Calendar next month, stories of what will happen are being spread fast and furiously, raising fears for some and hopes for others. I believe that for every ending, there is a new beginning. What is important now is not what is ending.
Instead, our sights are best set on what is arising. To move through this profound time, we need to be clear about the role of “the past” in our lives. Rather than letting the past imprison us, we can use the past as a launch pad to move into an ever-changing future. Let me explain.
As I look around, I am aware of the many ways people cling to the past, afraid of what might happen. Many are stuck in jobs or relationships that no longer support who they are, but are afraid to see greater happiness.
As a society, for example, we cling to old polluting sources of energy when the environment desperately needs us to develop clean, renewable sources of energy. Clearly, the past – call it tradition or the way things have been – exerts a heavy influence on our choices.
While traveling recently in Israel, I was struck by how it is so deeply invested in the past. Traditions, stories of the past, and rules formulated in the mists of time within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam exert so much influence that it is difficult to see how peace will ever take root.
Like it or not, humanity is in a profound time of upheaval and change symbolized by the end of the Mayan Calendar and the seven exact challenges between Uranus and Pluto (2012-2015).
Holding on to the past, especially in these times, is a prescription for suffering. But does that mean we should pay no attention to the past? No.
I see the past as immensely important. As George Santayana said, “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” I see the past as a launch pad if we have consciously learned from our experiences – successes and failures – and grown more awake and aware as a result.
By the same token, if we cling to an identity that was true in the past, we may be resisting the opportunity to evolve into someone wiser and more evolved. Of particular harm is when we cling to past suffering or past limitations, letting them continue to define us.
One of my favorite truisms is: the past does not write the future. We cannot become all we are meant to be and enjoy life while we are tethered to pain from the past.
The good news is, rather than allowing the past to be a prison, we can choose to use the past as a launch pad that propels us toward the new possibilities that naturally come with change. We can use the wisdom gained from the past to enjoy the present moment and thus step more confidently into the future.
As I look back on my life (one of the gifts of age), even during difficult times I know I was being urged by life to become wiser, more evolved, and more loving.
What do you see when you look back? If you only see suffering, you are still a prisoner of the past. If you have found the jewel in past turmoil, you have used the past as a launch pad. You always have the choice.