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  • Weekly Astrological Forecast for September 21 through September 27, 2020

    September 21 through September 27, 2020

    The Sun will move into Libra on Tuesday, setting the stage for a month of loving, balanced and nurturing energy. Partnerships grow stronger and those still looking for true love will have an open window from the Universe to meet their soul mates! In fact, Monday's Scorpio Moon is the perfect time to set your intentions for the month ahead, as its karmic nature can open doors that have been closed to you for years, so on the eve of the Sun's move into Libra, take some time to meditate, write down your wishes or dreams and then turn them over to the Universe for manifestation! Thursday and Friday will be our most productive days of the week, so don't worry if you can't seem to get anything done until then, as you'll make up for lost time in an instant! The Moon inspires us as it travels through Aquarius on Saturday and Sunday, spurring us to investigate new places, people, activities and creative ideas! Take advantage of this innovative cycle, as once Mercury moves into Scorpio on Sunday, our thoughts will turn inward to focus on more spiritual matters for the next few weeks.

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  • Simplicity

    
An excerpt from The Power of Daily Practice 
by Eric Maisel, PhD

    Are you trying to finish your novel? Do you want to build your own business? The impact of having a consistent practice focused on your life goals cannot be underestimated. Prolific author and creativity coach Dr. Eric Maisel has been working with artists and creative people for more than thirty years. His new book, The Power of Daily Practice: How Creative and Performing Artists (and Everyone Else) Can Finally Meet Their Goals (New World Library, September 8, 2020) is a thorough and holistic approach to meeting the goals and challenges of creating an authentic and effective daily practice.

    We hope you enjoy this excerpt from the book.


    In my experience, the simpler the practice, the more powerful it is and the more likely you are to maintain it over time. One reason that it ought to be kept simple is that if there is even a whiff of difficulty or complexity attached, it becomes really hard to crack through everyday resistance and get to your practice.

    You wake up in the morning. Maybe you’re going to write, and maybe you’re not going to write. On one side of the ledger is your desire to write. On the other side are all of your bad feelings about your current book manuscript. Those bad feelings produce a heaviness that as likely as not will prevent you from writing. If, however, you have a simple daily practice in place that begins with a super-simple mantra, like “I write every day,” you’ve increased your chances of writing on that day, even as heavy as you feel.

    If you feel heavy and you also have to face a complicated practice with lots of demands (A thousand words every day, damn it!) and lots of moving parts (Is the temperature sixty-eight degrees? Is the light coming in from the east? Has the rooster next door crowed three times?), that emotional heaviness combined with practice heaviness is a recipe for a writing day skipped.

    Simplicity is both a cognitive sort of thing and a felt sort of thing. As a cognition, it might be a thought such as “I’m off to my practice” or “Time to practice” or “Here I go!” As a felt sort of thing, it is the same body lightness that comes when you anticipate something being easy. It’s like a sigh and a smile rather than a groan and a frown. It’s like a pillow rather than a rock. Picture something being really easy. Feel the ease in your body?

    You might combine these two ideas, of simplicity and of ease, into the following ceremonial mantra: “I’m light, and I’m off to practice.” Imagine how lovely it would be if every day you were able to say, “I’m light, and I’m off to practice.” Can you remember the childlike simplicity of running out the door to play? There was nothing in the world easier. Be as easy as you can be and keep your daily practice as simple as is humanly possible.

    Remember that we’re talking about your practice itself and not the content of your practice. The content of your practice may be very complicated. Maybe you’re working on a hard problem in physics or in the app you’re creating. Your practice can still be blissfully simple. Even if the song you’re writing is challenging, your practice can still be simple. Even if the mathematical problem you’re trying to solve is knotty, your practice can still be simple. Keep this important distinction in mind.

    Robert, a workshop participant, shared his experience:

    I got very excited about the idea of a life purpose practice where every day I would look at my list of life purpose choices and decide which one or two I was absolutely going to get to on that day. If I’d kept it that simple, it would have been a beautiful thing! But for some reason I had to overlay it with all sorts of demands: that I prioritize my life purpose choices, that I tackle at least one from my top three choices every day, that I spend an equal amount of time on each life purpose choice so as not to shortchange any, and fifteen other demands.

    It started to feel like the worst kind of job imaginable! I had to chuck that whole way of looking at my practice out the window and return to the beautifully simple starting place: looking at my list each morning and making a choice or two. Period. That made all the difference! It turned a chore into a light thing.

    Sandy explained how it worked for her:

    I had a hard time defining my practice. I wanted to write, I wanted to paint, I had health issues I knew needed addressing, I was craving a spiritual practice or maybe something like a meaning-making practice...I couldn’t make up my mind what my practice was “really about.” So, of course, I never started it, and I never engaged with it.

    It wasn’t working trying to decide what was most important. Each thing was important in its own way. I was about to throw in the towel, and then I had an inspiration. I decided that I would take “simple” to mean just showing up. I would just go to my designated daily practice space in the spare bedroom and do whatever needed doing on that day. I would just go there and stay put for an hour.

    That kind of made for a magical change. One day I would work on my nonfiction book. Another day I would research alternative health treatments. Another day I would sketch. I realized that it didn’t matter what I did — each thing had its own importance and its own resonance. My practice simplified itself to “I show up for an hour.” And during the next two months I got a lot written, I created a new health regimen, and I made a lot of meaning, one hour at a time.

    Food for Thought

    What does a simple practice look like to you?
    Is it your nature to make things more complicated than they need to be? If so, what might you do to rein in that impulse when it comes to creating your daily practice?
    Explain in your own words how a practice might be kept simple even if the content of the practice is difficult or complicated.


    Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than fifty books on creativity and personal growth, including The Power of Daily Practice. Widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach, he writes the Rethinking Mental Health blog for Psychology Today and facilitates creativity and deep writing workshops around the world. He lives in Walnut Creek, California. Find out more about his work at EricMaisel.com.

    Excerpted from the book The Power of Daily Practice. Copyright ©2020 by Bridgit Dengel Gaspard. Printed with permission from New World Library.

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  • Double Vision: Recurring Dream That Her House is Haunted

    I have recurring dreams about my current home. I am always alone and am aware of an evil entity in the house. The house itself proves to be haunted. I never see the entity but I know it is there in the shadows. I can't leave the house in my dreams. What does this mean?

    Susyn:

    Upsetting dreams about a house usually indicate problems in one's personal life. The house you live in is probably not haunted, but there is something or someone haunting you that you can't seem to shake. The fact that you can't leave your house in the dream implies that whatever is bothering you has quite a strong hold on you.

    You mention that you never see the entity but know it is there in the shadows. Shadows represent the subconscious. That you are having this dream repeatedly suggests that there is an issue in your life that needs to be addressed. That you are always alone in these dreams implies that it is something within you that needs to be resolved so you can release it. Until you confront this problem, these dreams will continue.

    First you must determine if this evil entity represents an actual person, an event from childhood, or a deeply buried fear that you carry. If it is a person, they will typically show up in the dream; since this is an entity, you will have to do more research.

    I recommend you do some journaling to get more information about this dream. First write out the dream as you remember it, and then note what was happening at the times you had it. If you see a pattern in this information, you may discover what is triggering it. As you describe the dream, be sure to list your reactions within the dream. Did you feel scared? Worried? Angry? Our emotions are rich with insights, so pay close attention to them.

    Next, consider how things are in your life currently. What fears are you carrying? How are your finances, your personal relationships and your health? Do you have spiritual practices you use to maintain your connection with a higher power? If everything is in order in these areas of your life, it's time to do some historical investigation.

    Depending on how long you have been having these dreams, this could indicate troubles from childhood or even a past life that have suddenly risen up for your attention. You may want to try a guided meditation to see if you can recall what this entity looks like. Once you have it in your mind, you may discover it looks like someone from your past that you have some issues with.

    If there was an evil spirit in your home, you would have experienced trouble not only during your dreams but in your waking experience as well. To identify the source of these dreams, you will therefore have to look within. Once you discover what's causing these upsetting dreams, you will be able to work through the issues behind them and eventually eliminate them for good.

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    Mata:

    The most obvious interpretation of these dreams is a literal one: There is a metaphysical being close to you and your instincts or spirit guides are trying to make you aware of its presence. Unless you are highly psychic, your dreams may be the only way your inner being can communicate something like this to you.

    If you dream that your house is haunted because there is a metaphysical entity nearby, it's important not to make assumptions about the nature of the entity. While evil beings do exist, most hauntings are caused by beings who are much like the living people we know and love. The way to determine an entity's nature is by evaluating how the entity feels to you. You say you sense something evil in this case; I encourage you to always trust your intuitive senses.

    All of this being said, I don't feel that this dream is trying to tell you that your house is literally haunted: I'm just saying that when dreams like this occur, it is wise to rule out a literal interpretation, for when there is a metaphysical being trying to communicate with us or having some sort of influence on us, it's common for this information to come to us via our dreams.

    My sense is that these dreams are symbolic, and that YOU are the one who is haunted. This is not by some spirit or entity but by your own past. We are all profoundly impacted by the traumatic events that happened to us in the past both in this life and in other lifetimes, so much so that many people are haunted by those events.

    To begin exploring this idea, ask yourself some questions: Do you have any phobias? Do you have any major issues you're currently struggling with or actively working on healing? Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? If you answered yes to any of of these questions, it's most likely that these dreams are trying to make you more aware of how the past is influencing you today.

    The fastest way to get some real answers about what is going on is to see a hypnotherapist. You should choose someone who is experienced in both regression and spirit releasement therapy so that they are sure to be able to handle whatever comes up. This therapist will guide you into a deep trance where communication with your higher self is possible, and then ask what these dreams are about.

    If there is an entity involved, it can then be released. If instead, you have some event from long ago that is still haunting you and affecting how you feel, it can be healed and cleared much as you would release an unhappy ghost so that you can enjoy a more peaceful, blessed existence.

    Astrea:

    Many times in life we hear, "You will always have what you NEED, but not necessarily what you WANT." Your spirit must have needed to experience the feeling of leaving your human body, and the suggestion in the next chapter of Sylvia Brown's book was all it took to get you there.

    Even though you hadn't read it yet, your SOUL recognized the title of that chapter as something it had been seeking, and your soul, knowing that you had that reference to read after your experience, got with it and out you went!

    While I don't usually recommend her books, Sylvia Brown has a wide reaching and powerful effect on lots of people. A Gemini like you would be able to relate easily to her writing and put it to good use. Synchronicity - you gotta love it!

    I like your description of "getting caught." That's exactly what it feels like, isn't it? One minute you're free and hovering above the room, and the next minute, ZAP! back down into your corporeal form you go!

    As a little kid, I loved that "feeling of return." With practice, most of the time we can control that event, but sometimes, when our physical ears hear a distracting noise or something else occurs to knock us back into reality, back we go. With practice you will be able to control your return better.

    I find it interesting that you were visiting your mother-in-law and not someone in your own genetic family. Evidently, you and your husband got married for reasons that are even deeper than love. His family's interest in "psychic stuff" will nurture your children in such matters and help them to grow into their own abilities.

    You'll never have to be concerned that when your daughter visits them, she'll be discouraged from exploring her own psychic life and power. My parents encouraged me to develop my psychic senses in a time when it wasn't nice to even discuss such things in public. Heck, it's STILL not considered a great topic at the dinner table in some families!

    Your kids will get to talk about it ALL and ask questions and read and study. This is going to give them such an edge in life! Talk with your husband about how you want to present this to your kiddos, so that you are united in your approach and ready to tell them their experiences are all natural and okay.

    A word or two of warning: Geminis often have difficulty staying grounded in REAL LIFE. Don't get so strung out on your ASTRAL life that you neglect what you're doing here on Earth.

    You are at the beginning of a long journey to learn where your power really lies. Try to be patient with this process and take your time.

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