May 2000 - Cosmic Energy

This month of May is a good time to reflect on intention, purpose, and creation. It is spring; the world is coming into leaf and flower. In ancient times, the beginning of May was the celebration of birth, growth, fertility, and love. The meditation for this month is clearly to be done outside, sitting under a tree, feeling oneself as part of the great cosmos. As you breathe in and breathe out, the rhythm of that breath connects you with the rhythm of all that is, the stars, the sky, the earth, the trees, the animals, people, beings of light, energies of rock, water, fire, earth, and air.

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When you turn off your computer now, take a moment to breathe in, breathe out, and experience that connection with the great universe.

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It is a good time to feel within you your intention, your vision. As many people are aware there is a conjunction of the planets this month, seven planets together, on May 3, in Taurus. That energy has been growing and will continue to be present throughout the month. This coming together of the planets reflects an intense energy. Conjunction means a coming together, a joining. And so in that way it is as though there is a council of the planets occurring in the heavens. They meet in an earth sign, to bring attention to the earth, to its needs, to experiencing the beauty of life on this earth as well as the pain and sorrow that inevitably accompanies the joy.

It is a good month to pay attention to one‘s body, one‘s home, one‘s garden, family, friends, community. It‘s a good month to pay attention to one‘s resources, inner and outer, to take inventory, and reflect on your place in the world, this material world. In meditation this month it is possible to experience more deeply that there is no division between spirit and matter, soul and body, the material world and the world of light.

All those planets coming together in an earth sign, Taurus, reflect the macrocosm and the microcosm, the presence of cosmic, creative energy of light vibrating in every cell of physical matter. As you take time to be still in nature this month, or just to close your eyes for a few moments, to breathe in and breathe out, you can feel that cosmic energy vibrating in your being. You can direct it towards the manifestation of a vision or you can simply experience it, and trust that vibrant creative energy will work through you and in you as it needs to. Each unique being is a manifestation of the cosmic energy.

Many astrologers have predicted upheaval and instability as a result of this concentration of planets in Taurus. There is certainly that possibility. Concentration of energy need not mean upheaval and instability in one‘s individual life if one is fluid, flexible and open in one‘s mind to transformation. It‘s a good month to examine where you are rigid, where you are fixated. It‘s a good time for movement - dance, yoga, tennis, walking, whatever feels good to the body and mind, whatever loosens the knots, shakes out the stagnant energy, increases flexibility.

For those who do not believe in astrology, think of this conjunction simply as a metaphor, a reflection. It is an actual physical fact that all these planets are lining up together. Any joining brings greater energy. And yet, any joining can bring conflict. People know that from their experiences in groups. As they come together to work on things, there is more energy. As they come together to work on things, there is more potential for conflict. Therefore, it is your choice this month. In this coming together of the planets in the sky, there is intense energy. One can focus that intense energy, allow it to flow through one, or one can feel overwhelmed by it and go deeper into conflict and rigidity and fixation. Groups may experience upheavals, conflicts and coming apart, or they may experience a greater focus, a renewed sense of direction and purpose.

The council of the planets, whether one takes it actually or metaphorically, is a time of great choice. How do you choose to participate in this great council? What do you bring to it? What words of wisdom do you hear as you listen to the universe around you, as you experience in your heart that vital, living, creative energy?

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May all beings be happy, peaceful and free of suffering.

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