Believer

Artist Karol Bak

In Classical Chinese medicine, we see the Ethereal Soul as the Hun, held in the Liver, and the Corporeal Soul, the Po, held in the Lungs. The Ethereal Soul holds our Akashic records, our Karma, and our life experiences, which are stored in the blood. It is Yang in nature, ascending, connected to the astral plane. The Corporeal Soul is Yin in nature, descending, and is connected to the body, and to the earthly experiences, including pain. This is important to understand, when it comes to healing the trinity of body, mind, and spirit, and important when it comes to healing, and manifesting anything. Here’s why.

One of the things western culture tends to avoid like the plague is pain. Feelings of any kind tend to be frowned upon, unless they are about rainbows and Skittles. But, pain? No. Don’t feel it, don’t look at it, and whatever you do, don’t TALK about it. ( Which explains the current pandemic of religious fanaticism, addictions and alcoholism). When we refuse to be present to our pain, to acknowledge it and to clear it by feeling it, free from fear of it, we are no longer fully embodied. Let me repeat that. WE ARE NO LONGER FULLY EMBODIED. We may embrace spiritual paths that invite us to bliss out, to move up into the astral plane as we meditate, or to deny the existence of pain. Or, religions that promise to ” save us” from feeling it, or that see the earthly as impure. Those beliefs  never resolve it. Some of those paths see the Earth plane as something to be transcended. Something inferior to other planes. One of the things I love the most about indigenous cultures is their deep love and reverence for the Earth as a soul, as a living being. Native people walk with an empathic connection to all living things, the trees, the animals, the stones, and to the Earth herself. We feel the heartbeat of Earth Mother. This earthly experience is seen as sacred, the air we breathe, the water we drink, sacred. Being incarnated into any physical form is seen as a beautiful thing. The Corporeal Soul is as important as the Ethereal Soul. It is not ” less than”. It is part of the beautiful marriage of Yin and Yang.

Pretty much everyone has experienced pain in their lifetime, in one form or another. When we have difficult life experiences in childhood, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, the only way we survive those things is to either compartmentalize them, or for the subconscious mind to protect us from them, through either amnesia or denial. These coping strategies, while saving us early on in life, impede our healing later on. Healing modalities that encourage somatic release of trauma through FEELING it and releasing it work very well. These can include acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbs, craniosacral therapy, EMDR, and stones. Talking about trauma does not clear trauma. The mind cannot heal trapped energy. We need something alchemical to do that. We need Soul healing. We need to approach both the Ethereal and the Corporeal Soul with great empathy and love. We want to bridge them, so that we feel completely safe wherever we find ourselves in the Cosmos, including here.

I love music, it inspires me. I was listening to the song ” Believer”, by Imagine Dragons. It’s about pain, and acknowledging how mastering it and clearing it transforms us. Some of the lyrics are: ” First things first, I’mma say all the words inside my head. I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh ooh.  Second things second, Don’t you tell me what you think that I could be. I’m the one at the sail, I’m the master of my sea, oh ooh. I’m the master of my sea. Oh ooh.    I was broken from a young age, singing from heartache from the pain, taking my message from the veins, Speaking my lesson from the brain. Seeing the beauty through the….. Pain!   You made me a, you made me a believer, believer.   Pain! You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer. ”  There’s such a powerful message in the rest of the lyrics. It’s one of my favorite anthems about surviving pain, and becoming who we were always meant to be. Some of the most powerful stories, books, movies, and music, are about surviving and moving through pain.

Uniting the Ethereal Soul with the Corporeal Soul is the journey home. Committing to be fully alive, and fully present to every moment takes courage, I know. Taking our power back from disturbed humans is a must. Allowing wounded people to keep us from our birthright is unacceptable. To manifest love, joy, health, and abundance, which are Earth plane realities, we must embrace the Earth plane, and the Corporeal Soul. Living being only partially alive because of old pain is unnecessary, because pain is not scary, even though we think it must be. The truth is, it’s just pain. Live as a warrior of the heart. FEEL. There’s a saying in 12-Step recovery, “You have to feel it to heal it”. Yes, we do. And in feeling it, we release it, and its power to limit us, and we find our freedom. Embracing the Corporeal Soul is our Soul retrieval. We deserve to be here, all the way. The universe celebrates with us, when we are, and we then manifest our dreams. Come home to Earth Mother and your body. Live. Strong, free, and unafraid. Take your power back. Become Believers. Blessings, Judith

(Note:  For further, more in-depth teachings on the Hun and the Po in Taoism and Classical Chinese medicine, Dr Jeffrey Yuen gave a lecture in 2000 called ” Three Spirits, Seven Souls”, transcripts of which may still be available for purchase. There may be DVD’s of his lectures available also. )

Another Fabulous Gem and Mineral Show

Citrine

Amethyst

Pyrite

Chrysocolla

We just came home from another fabulous Gem and Mineral show. We came home loaded with spectacular finds. Let me say I wanted some really big pieces, and, wow, I found them. We bought an 81 pound natural Citrine Point from Brazil, it’s a beautiful butterscotch color, fairly opaque still. These big sentinels are really powerful, and very hard to find. Also, a huge Amethyst that is 17″X16″, about 85 pounds, dark, dark purple. Gorgeous.

I bought two huge Pyrite Clusters, about 25 pounds each, with perfect cubes and terminations, from Peru. Also from Peru are big Spheres of Chrysocolla, hand cut and polished, crazy beautiful.

We bought sparkling clear Quartz Spheres from Brazil, one with Rutile. God knows where I’m going to put it all. Jewelry, more Labradorite, Quartz Vogel Wands, it’s all a blur. At least the big ones are situated.

In a week or two, the pieces I bought from the Denver show should start to arrive. Breathtaking and huge. I’m toast. Stopping for the night, I have a full day of readings tomorrow. I’ll start listing the new inventory as soon as I can. Blessings, Judith

The Monthly Forecast For September

Labor Day heralds the end of summer, and the transition into fall through Indian summer. We still have some warm days left, but up here in the mountains, the nights are growing cooler. September starts off with some lovely aspects on 9/4, with the Moon in Aquarius making a beautiful Trine aspect to Jupiter in Libra, an aspect of expansion, hope, and optimism. At the same time, the Moon Sextiles Saturn, the planet of patience and wisdom, balancing our temptation to take on too much. It also Sextiles Uranus, the planet of freedom and change. What a wonderful combination to start off the month with.

Mercury turns direct again on 9/5, finally! The Full Moon will be on 9/6, with the Sun in earthy, practical Virgo opposing the Moon in mystical Pisces. The Moon in Pisces will conjunct Neptune, a powerful aspect, since Neptune is the ruler of Pisces. Here we have an invitation to shed the mind, and embrace the magical within us. The Moon also Sextiles Pluto, the planet that rules the supernatural and the Void, alchemy and transmutation. If we can release our fears, ( Saturn Squares the Moon), we can create anything we can imagine. Go for it!

9/9 is another fabulous day, with the Sun in Virgo Trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Power, power, power. The Moon in late Aries will Conjunct Uranus, encouraging new beginnings, while it Trines both Mercury and Mars. Mercury rules the mind, communications, and the Throat Chakra, while Mars rules courage and motivation. What a great combination. 9/10 is also very good, with the Moon, now in Taurus, forming a Grand Trine with the Sun in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. This is phenomenal for intention work and manifesting. Neptune Sextiles the Moon at the same time, adding the mystical aspect. Wow.

Another home run day is 9/17, with the Moon in Leo making several good aspects. It forms a Grand Trine in the Fire signs, Trine to Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius. This blends excitement with wisdom and planning, with a Conjunction to Venus, the planet of charm and joy, thrown into the mix for added fun. Speaking of Venus, on 9/18 Venus at 28 degrees of Leo will Trine Uranus at 28 degrees of Aries. This is a love at first sight aspect. Fall in love with someone, maybe yourself. Be open to the possibilities in front of you.

The New Moon in Virgo will be on 9/20. The New Moon is always a time of setting our intentions. Light some Sage, light a candle, do some prayer work.

The Sun enters Libra on 9/22, the Autumnal Equinox. I love Fall, it’s my favorite season, it is the Metal Element in Chinese medicine, justice, fairness, and the truth. We could all use some of that right now. 9/28 is very powerful, with the Moon in Capricorn Conjunct to Pluto in Capricorn, and Trine to Mars in Virgo. Yowza. This is intense. If you need anything held in the subconscious mind blasted out of the way, this is the day to do it. The Moon Trines Venus, also in Virgo, at the same time, so throw love at whatever obstacle you encounter.

September shapes up to be a magical month. Fall is here, with the leaves beginning to turn, the days turning crisp, the gardens offering their final harvests, kids going back to school, and color everywhere, from the golden shafts of sunlight through the trees, to the last of the blossoming roses. Take some time to dance under the Full Moon. Sing. And love with everything in you. Blessings, Judith