Friday, October 17, 2014

In between the Eclipses

The irony of growth is that right before a leap forward, you can often feel a heaviness or restriction. If you can imagine energy trying to expand beyond the space it has previously been confined to, before it can bust out of those walls it has to breakdown or breakthrough them. 

As we find ourselves in the midst of two eclipses, you may be feeling like you are halfway between leaping free of something finally, yet full of frustration, anxiety, mood swings and heart palpitations as the old comes up to be released first - and it keeps coming, and coming and coming.  And this isn't just in the midst of any old eclipses - this is eclipses 2014 style.

We are picking up speed now in our new evolutionary cycle, and as much as you might look around and wonder if anything positive is actually going on with regards to our evolution, it's safe to say we are not in Kansas anymore. Our inner and outer worlds are spinning, picked up by the tornado that is this evolutionary process....where it will set us down and when is anyone's guess.

You may have experienced some restless nights and fatigue filled days lately as these latest energy waves are pushing us like never before to finally break free of yet more stuff - or more accurately at this point, finally break free of any remaining illusions that we even have stuff! In the process this energy is pushing our faces and bodies up against any remaining walls holding up our illusions.

This can feel like physical pressure coming up from within you and surrounding you, and you can often feel it around the chest area, literally like there is a tightness there. (Obviously see your health practitioner for any health concerns).  Our heart, our soul, our entire energy field is expanding, and we can feel it: we feel it physically and emotionally via the parts of us that are being pushed against, being called to expand, break, collapse and transform.

Your soul is saying "Woop, I am coming up and out!!!", meanwhile your mental and emotional defenses are on over-drive, saying "What the heck is she/he doing?????!!! Doesn't she/he know she is going to get herself/himself killed/persecuted/killed/abandoned/fill in the blanks?" Meanwhile the soul is on a roll now, high on high-vibrations, "I'm coming out and I'm talking all your fabulous, owned and disowned aspects with me, woooohoooo, freedom and expression here we come, yee-ha!" 

We have all outgrown our old versions of our selves. Hey, we've outgrown who we were last week, let alone old beliefs and wounds that have their roots in our childhood, in our ancestral DNA, in our collective stories and past lives. Our energy is expanding rapidly, wanting to head out into that big, open, limitless meadow where anything is possible, free of our restrictive stories.

Yet, in the process, we keep bumping up against these walls. They are thinner than they used to be, but strangely enough the frustration and emotion they trigger is tsunami-worthy, because we can see so clearly what lies beyond them! We know now that our beliefs are just tapes we choose to keep playing. We can press stop anytime. We know that our wounds are born from the way we choose to perceive something we experienced, but we can adjust our lens of perception anytime. We know that many of our emotional reactions are old habits and addictions that are holding on for dear life. We know that we no longer have to be defined by anything that doesn't feel good, or right or true for us. We are, at this stage, a little bit like the elephants who have long outgrown their tiny chains - but after so long being chained up we haven't quite realised just how free of our 'stuff' we can be if we choose it.

It is natural for all that isn't in alignment with who we really are to come flaring up for a last hurrah as we shift up and into who we really are. The challenge is this: not to get sucked up into all that dust, believing that the existence of this dust must be evidence that nothing is changing, or that clearly you really are identified by that dust. The dust is a good sign. It's a sign that you just smashed a big hole in some wall, or even demolished one fully. The dust is an opportunity to turn to those suffocating thoughts and emotions that have come up and say: Hey, I don't choose you anymore...thank you for leaving now.

May many of your walls come down at this time.

May you blow the dust away with your breath. I mean that literally, just stop, inhale, exhale, let it go.

Breathe freedom in and out of your heart and chest. Feel that area opening and expanding.

Repeat if you resonate: I am free now on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, cellular, DNA, ancestral and etheric, across all time, space and dimensions. Thank you.

(c) Dana Mrkich 2014


Friday, October 10, 2014

Post Eclipse Message

If you felt impacted by the big healing lunar eclipse this week then you should start feeling yourself coming out the other side of that tunnel any second now, if you haven't already. 

The Eclipse asked us to let go of old wounds, and it is interesting how the more we let go, the more whole we feel (eventually). The emptier we become, the fuller we allow ourselves to be. 

I hope you're all feeling good, and for those who aren't sending you prayers for whatever you most need at this time x

(c) Dana Mrkich 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Relentless releasing

When strong astro influences come along we can feel like crawling underneath a blanket and never coming out. Lunar Eclipses especially, when they hit your chart, can feel like a pressure cooker of intense emotional energy bubbling up within you, pulsing and expanding until you feel you are about to explode - and you may well have experienced some volatile explosions lately as this eclipse is part of a Grand Fire Trine - not to mention on top of 'don't label me/don't box me/don't restrict me/i need freedom!' Uranus! 

These releases can feel relentless and 'too much', but ultimately we are being called to shed so much of what has been covering and clouding our eyes, minds and hearts. We are being called to see ourselves as we really are: free of old wounds and outdated beliefs, and to let go of these wounds and beliefs once and for all. As part of that process, our wounds and beliefs will flare up big time, becoming magnified, for the purpose of us addressing them and clearing them once and for all. 

This is happening personally and collectively, globally and politically. Our awakening process is not something you do in your spare time after work, it is 24/7, and it is happening in one way or another to all on this planet at this time. It is playing out as activism, it is playing out as resistance, it is playing out as chaos and violence, it is playing out as greater calls for peace and justice. It is playing out in billions of ways, some difficult and some fabulous, but know that it is happening and that's a good, long-awaited thing. 

How are you all feeling?

(c) Dana Mrkich 2014

 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Lunar Eclipse lighting our fire

Holy Moly, this Lunar Eclipse in Aries that's happening on Tues night/Wed morning has been packing a punch for days already, especially if you have any major points or planets ranging in the 12-18 degree vicinity in your natal chart.

Lunar Eclipses are often about inner shifts, realizations and things coming to light that were previously unknown. This Eclipse is conjunct Uranus so this could play out with something really unexpected coming out of left field knocking you sideways. Or, it might just give you a little wobble and you'll find yourself happily surprised to see how far you've come now that things no longer rock you out of your centre quite like they used to.

Uranus also triggers our freedom-needing, rebellious side that wants to break free from any shackles or situations that have made us feel tied, bound or restricted. We need to watch our emotional responses right now because not only is all this happening in impulsive Aries, but it is a Grand Fire Trine to boot! Mars is in Sag, and Jupiter is in Leo, just adding some pep and fuel to a fire that is already crackling with electricity!  You might feel like someone has lit that fire underneath you, prodding you to confront unmet potentials within you, and triggering you to question your life and how you're living it. If you're feeling this, you're probably not feeling it in a dreamy, watery kind of way, but in an urgent, "I need to take action now, get out of my way!!!" kind of way.

With Uranus involved - and the Grand Fire Trine - we have to be particularly conscious not to project any fury and frustration outward at the nearest innocent bystander, or run away from home/our family/job/relationship in the heat of the moment - and there will be plenty of heat/inner fire/explosiveness/anger/frustration/irritability/volatility/passion stirred with all this fire energy.

We want to take a breath, and use this influence to check in with where we are out of balance - or feel out of balance. Where are we neglecting our needs/dreams/desires/fire/creativity/potential, and what can we do about it? How do we want to best express this energy and passion and fire that is awakening from within us? Do we need to shift our perspective? Do we need to discuss a change of schedule with our boss or partner in order to get more time to do what we feel we need/want to do?

None of this is easy. This eclipse and the trine is on my Chiron so for me it's been feeling like someone going back and forth over any remaining old wounds/old beliefs saying: "Do you feel that? Do ya? Do ya? What are you going to do about it?" It's been very challenging to 'just breathe', (and I can't say I've mastered that having quite the emotional releases lately) but at the same time sometimes it feels good to let the inner dragon roar and have a wail and express ones needs clearly!

The question for all of us now is: how to use and express this energy in a positive way rather than a destructive way be that destructive toward self or others. On a global/political level there is mucho projection going on right now particularly of the fiery kind, and if my personal projections have reminded me of anything it is this: while it temporarily feels good to unleash ones pent up emotion by hurling it outside of ones self, ultimately the source of that emotion continues to reside within us until we have addressed it.

Unhealed inner anger is generating so much outer conflict and violence, which in turn is triggering the community's anger, and the vicious cycle goes round and round. It is a natural human response to feel angry at what is inhumane, and yet to stay in anger is to perpetuate a cycling loop that is surely at its expiration date. Anger can definitely be a motivating energy, but we want to be motivated toward good actions rather than fuel the bad. When you feel anger coming up, flip it round and feel it as passion. Ask yourself okay, what is this feeling reminding me? What reality/behaviour would I prefer to be witnessing/experiencing right now instead of what is? What can I personally do about it? If I can't do anything personally right now, what thoughts/prayers/visions/love can I direct to the situation?

This Fire Trine Lunar Eclipse is powerful and in many ways I'm loving it and am grateful for it - in other ways it is most definitely a time to watch your temper, remind yourself to breathe before flying off the handle or taking any impulsive actions (especially with Mercury Retrograde making things a bit pear-shaped when it comes to communication), and bottom line: look within for the true source of whatever it is you are feeling. If fire is erupting from you, excellent - find out what emotion/dream/wound/desire/need within you is seeking attention, expression or balance.

How are you all feeling?

(c) Dana Mrkich 2014

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Sunlit Zone

To help us understand the current collective energies, I was shown an image in my mind's eye.  Pictures tell a thousand words as they say so I searched online until I found the closest match:




I found the above pic and thought bingo! Not only is it a visual match, but the words and meaning are perfect.  This image shows the five zones of ocean water, depicting the different layers according to how much sunlight each layer receives.  The top layer is the Sunlit Zone which gets the most sunlight. The Twilight Zone gets very little sunlight, while the Dark Zone at the bottom of the ocean receives no sunlight although there is some light from the creatures that swim there - and many surprisingly do!. The Abyss is the very bottom - no light, and a lot of water pressure. The Trenches refer to the cracks in the Earth's crust - trenches and canyons. Despite the total lack of light, life including starfish can be found there.
 
This very basic description of the different layers of the ocean, feels to most adequately describe the strong, contrasting energetic layers playing out globally and personally right now.  Just as all of these layers exist in the ocean, so too they exist on the world stage, and within us. They exist as non-visible, non-physical vibrational waves around us. They exist on the levels of our thoughts and emotions. 

In each moment, we choose which layer of the waves to swim in. We make our choice via every thought we think. We make our choice via the daily decisions we make: the relationships we engage in, the news sources we reach and watch, the activities we participate in, the foods we eat, the work we do, the environment we spend our time in and so on.

Just as we choose which layer of the waves to spend most of our time in, that wave layer influences us the more time we spend there. This is common logic: Spend time with happy people, you're going to feel happy. Spend time with fearful people you're going to feel more fearful. If your current overall vibration is a match to that frequency layer, then that layer will heighten, intensify and expand whatever emotional story/belief/vibration you are holding. If your overall vibration isn't in alignment with a particular frequency layer, you will find it very hard to be in that particular layer and will swim like a fish up or down to some other layer where you feel more comfortable.

Right now, all these layers within us, and on the collective stage, are being lit up like a Christmas tree. Every layer is wanting our attention, and has an almost magnetic pull, drawing 'like' energies toward it.  Down in the Dark Zone and the Abyss, fear is triggering fear, violence is triggering violence, and ancient wounds are triggering ancient wounds. In those zones it feels like the end of the world is here swirling around in a whirlpool of chaos, control and madness. 

On the other end of the spectrum, up in the Sunlit zone, there is a feeling of something new emerging. There is a deeper richness and more emotional connection in relationships - be they family, friends, partners, colleagues or people you barely know or don't even know. There is a deeper sense of connection with your own self. At the same time that there is a lot of density playing out on the world stage, there is simultaneously an increased feeling of lightness and consciousness being experienced all over the world that is undeniable. 

The majority of people feel to be in the Twilight Zone most of the time. We divide our time between feeling good and feeling bad. We have hope then we sink into fear. We strive for the light, then get pulled down into the murky depths by some inner doubt or external event. 

It seems that the darker and denser the layer, the more power it seemingly has to determine the collective focus and conversation. Yet, we can't possibly have come here to get sucked into that vortex. Nor have we come here to live in the yo-yo roller-coaster of the Twilight Zone.  For life to continue and not just continue but to evolve and thrive, we need to lift our game and swim on up to the Sunlit Zone. This isn't an indulgence to feel guilty about when so many are suffering. It is our sacred duty and responsibility to live in the Sunlit Zone whenever possible.

Now, I am the first to say that I love scuba-diving into the Abyss to collect energetic information. Just like the Ocean, there is value to be found there.  Our shadow, and all that we have swept under the carpets, is in these bottom layers. There is so much strength and healing gained from exploring these layers, yet it naturally brings up our fears. The chaos we are seeing globally is in part our collective shadow being revealed. 

A scuba diver gets their deep water gear on, explores a canyon, then heads up to the surface. The archeological excavations you encounter on deep sea dives are profound, but - for humanity anyway - it is not a place to live or swim in for too long.  It is unsustainable. Just as plants grow toward the light, so too humanity's growth is geared to heading toward the light. As much as many fear we are heading into a dark future, it is not possible at this stage of our evolution. We are seeing the darkness and violence clearer because of our light. We are experiencing our feelings more intensely, because of the light. We are experiencing uncomfortable emotional responses to the discord because of our light. The 'darkness' is thick like tar, and loud, and so it feels like it is the majority energy on the planet. However, it is not. The light that exists on this planet, and within us all, is now the predominant energy and it will prevail. In the meantime it will also continue to expose and reveal all that lies in the bottom shadow layers, and thus continue to challenge us with how confronting that looks and feels.

If we have one fault, it is our tendency to so easily get sucked down into the bottom layers and live from those spaces as if they are our 'real' and ruling reality. This not only does not serve us, but we do not serve those layers by living down there.  I am not advocating to stick our heads in the sand. If anything, being in the Twilight Zone and Dark Zone of focusing so much on the 'darkness' and the 'fear' (consciously speaking, not referring to our beautiful ocean), is akin to sticking our heads in the sand. We cannot see clearly from those layers where fear, doubt, worry, violence, chaos and control rule the roost. From the Sunlit Zone we can see and listen clearly, we can act ethically and powerfully.

From this space, we can smile at someone who looks different, or dresses differently, or has different lifestyle choices, instead of hurling abuse. We can switch off from news that 'feels' like blatant disinformation or fear-mongering. We can do as much good as we can, in any way we can, when we can.

Think from the Sunlit Zone. Act from the Sunlit Zone. Visualise from the Sunlit Zone. 

Onward!

Love Dana

(c) Dana Mrkich 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Equinox: honouring birth and death



September 23 is always a special day for our family. It’s the anniversary of my mum’s passing, and my partner Christian’s birthday. People sometimes ask is it strange to have those two things on the same day. I always say no, it more feels like a poignant reminder of the cycle of life.  People are being born every day, and people leave this Earth every day. Experiencing the death of someone close to you often makes you have a stronger connection to life and living, as you truly realise that your time here is not forever. So this annual honouring of a birth and a death is really a simultaneous honouring and celebration of life.
            Quite fittingly, it co-incides with the Equinox when day and night are equal in length. I like this energetic influence, adding to the reminder that on this see-saw of life we can find a harmony and balance when we look at the value of all things rather than putting them in categories of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.  The Equinox asks us to respect both sides of the see-saw: winter has a purpose, grief can be cleansing and transformational.
Equinox and all of Nature also teaches us that life keeps moving, all the time. Equinox only lasts 24 hours before the days start getting longer (or shorter depending on which hemisphere you’re in).  We are shown that nothing lasts forever so appreciate what you have while you have it. We are also shown that no matter how bad things look or feel, ‘this too shall pass’. Spring always follows winter, and the sun always rises even after the darkest of nights.
Our mum had a big heart, and now in the non-physical I know she has even bigger wings, ready to help anyone who asks just as she did in life. One of her greatest wishes was to make her healings ‘bigger, bigger’, and so most years on this day I say to everyone who needs it: if you need a mum hug, or some healing vibes from someone who had a knack of never judging anyone, ask for Miki upstairs. She’s the one with all the jingly jewellery, giggling away.

© Dana Mrkich 2014