Truth or Dare?

Truth or Dare?

For all anyone knows, nothing is. Everything has to be taken on trust; truth is only that which is taken to be true. It’s the currency of living. There may be nothing behind it, but it doesn’t make any difference so long as it is honoured. One acts on assumptions. What do you assume?

The Player, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard

Reading information online seems to trigger an unconscious supposition that it comes from an authoritative source and is, therefore, more valid. This is a large part of why there is so much misinformation shared today. Especially this week, beware of your sources and question motives – including your own. Whenever possible, take time to step back and reflect before taking action. This is a time where deception, whether deliberate or not, is rife and we should practice patience and discernment.

If you’ve been following me for a few years, you will remember that this has been an ongoing theme in our current era. Because it’s so destabilising to know – or at least unconsciously sense – that what is going on in so many arenas is absolutely not what it appears to be, we can find our balance again by noticing where we place expectations and what those are. What were we hoping for? Why is that important to us? And what is the emotional root of this desire?

It also helps to remember that there is a higher truth, and meditate on this. When/if there is a feeling of anxiety, frustration or disappointment, notice these are connected only to temporary aspects of life. Whatever makes us feel insecure is signalling that we aren’t sufficiently grounded in our highest truth.

Last month, a young woman went missing in Hawaii. When she was discovered she said: “I wanted to go back the way I’d come but my gut was leading me another way – and I have a very strong gut instinct.” She wound up going deeper and deeper into the rainforest.

The irony of this is hard to escape: she got lost and went deeper into the jungle by following her supposedly strong gut instinct. In principle, gut instinct is going to lead us out of harm’s way, but anxiety and fear will override our instincts and lead us to make poor choices. We have to question our assumptions about everything – including our own capacity to discern right from wrong. 

Things were so chaotic for me in the past couple of weeks I wasn’t able to keep up my usual rhythm, and each time I sat down to write, something eventful would pull me away. I’m looking for a new apartment, and the search is time-consuming. So, when I thought I had finally found a place I was so relieved and impatient to settle the deal I ended up getting scammed out of the down payment because I hadn’t listened to my intuition. So the search begins all over again, but from a wiser (and tender) place.

A new lunar cycle starts today with the new moon in Gemini. Take your cues from Gemini at this moment and skip lightly through your life, regardless of what is happening now – it won’t last! Changes that we have decided on in April and May are going to be triggered throughout the summer by the upcoming lunar cycles. The results will be seen in September and October, so continue to refine your plans and work towards the outcomes you’d like to see as of then.

For the rest of the year until the exact conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in January, each new moon configuration will be relating to this energy of profound change and upheaval. Continuing with the theme of unpredictability, the best solution to going forward is to keep an open mind and have a sense that what you thought you could rely on previously might no longer be reliable. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing necessarily, as change can often bring very positive results and can stimulate us to think about challenges in new and creative ways.

Mars is conjunct the North Node which is energising your sense of direction and purpose. Don’t look for lasting commitment now, things are shifting. Think of each choice as a step forward not as the ultimate destination. We are changing for the long run so there’s no need to have all the answers now. Recognising that your life and society are changing at the same time leads to a lot of moving parts. It’s all part of the process of massive change we have been undergoing over these past few years and continues dramatically in 2020. Enjoy the ride!

Any feeling of not having accomplished enough or not advancing quickly enough will just have you more stressed, and should be recognised as a form of self-sabotage. Every life unfolds in a different rhythm and in different cycles, so avoid comparing with others.

There’s an incredible amount of division spreading amongst us these days. Unlike at any time in my memory, peoples’ actions are being measured, judged, and evaluated through the lens of an ever-changing morality. Tolerance has waned to the extent that even in the world of yoga people are attacking each other and assuming bad faith rather than ignorance. Social media has reduced complex human beings to a one-dimensional icon to which total strangers react as if they could understand every aspect of an individual’s life and experience.

As the month of June rolls onward, confusion will dissipate and truths will be revealed in a way we can fully digest and perhaps recognise where we have been deceived, or have been deceiving ourselves or others. This will involve our personal lives as well as our collective experience. It might help to pull back from social media or the news cycle and take a break from the onslaught of ideas and noise.

“Snacks and walks in nature are all you need to be happy.” ~ Metta

I look forward to returning to my usual writing pattern soon, and developing more courses over the summer. In the meantime, I wish you a lot of grace and good humour in whatever changes you’re going through. And Metta sends you a big, goofy smile, too.

With much love and light,

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