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Dear Kindred Spirits,
I’m sorry for the gap in blog posts. Are you wondering what planet the blog posts disappeared to? Pluto, the planet of change and transformation, gobbled them up. This planet brings chaos — a strange disorderly order — that shakes things up to see if we can dance the jitterbug on a moving floor.
Life threw three curve balls in May and it’s been a challenge juggling everything. My husband was diagnosed with a metabolic blood disorder several months ago and he collapsed in May. Thankfully, he is now on the road to recovery, and he is gradually regaining his energy and vitality.
At the same time, the owners of the house we are living in are pressuring us to move, so they can move back in. The timing is the worst with my husband’s health at risk. Can you imagine moving when your better half has an empty tank?
Also in May, I lost a dear aunt, my favorite aunt on my father’s side of the family, to terminal cancer. Three curve balls – death, illness, and a move – are aligning in an unusual pattern. I’ve consulted with the I Ching (Book of Changes) frequently to understand the inner workings of this time period. In the face of a move, the puzzling words appeared in the sweet Taoist book, Spirit Tokens of the Ling Qi Jing:
“If you move now, there will be cause for regret. Retreat and protect your purity…There is hidden potential here, capable of all things, but now is not the time to act; it is the time to withdraw, protecting and nurturing your vital energies… Wu Wei is appropriate now.”
Change often signifies movement, but to navigate change effectively, ironically stillness is advocated. Stillness is the anchor in a swiftly moving stream.
Here’s what Elizabeth Reninger, published poet and Buddhist, says in an article on the Taoist principle of Wu Wei:
“A better way to think of it, however, is as a paradoxical “Action of non-action.” Wu wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world. It is a kind of “going with the flow” that is characterized by great ease and awake-ness, in which – without even trying – we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise.”
I’ve been dog-tired lately in need of rest. My energy is gradually picking up and I hope to return to blogging on a regular basis soon. I’m going to start back slowly. My husband and I may have to move in a matter of weeks, which will put a wrench in my writing plans. If the posts are erratic from this point, bear with me, more blog posts will follow.
I miss stoking the creative fires, watching the writing embers glow, and sharing with you the adventures I encounter on the psychic path. I miss your wise comments and the circle of sharing.
I hope you’ll join in with me soon. Any comments on how to cultivate stillness in the midst of great change?