The Main Theme for July 2018 is “Mature Responsibility in Unpredictable Times”
It is time. It is time to take a hard look at where we give our power away, blame others, procrastinate what we know needs to be done, avoid responsibility and hope it will all just go away or that someone will do it for us. It is time to take responsibility for our health and well-being, emotional maturity and what we create. It is time to start believing in our own power to change what we can and to adapt to what we can’t. It is also time to face our own addiction to suffering, our insecurities and flawed belief systems that hold us back, and to do something permanent about them as much as we can.
This is an intense month as we have two eclipses followed by a third in August making the bookended time for change, breakthrough, and extreme behavior almost a month instead of the usual two weeks. The unpredictability of the times is related to how we manage this intensity and how we act or react to the internal pressure we feel to make something happen either for ourselves or for others. To say that you can expect a lot of “acting out” is an understatement. And, this is where our maturity and responsible behavior comes in.
We may need to give up our need to know everything and certainly our control over the outcomes. We may need to embrace whatever emotional lessons are coming our way, clean up old karmic debts, and set up some new rules, boundaries and intentions for ourselves. We will definitely need to step back often to refocus on the big picture and to forgive small and petty thoughts and judgments in ourselves and in others. And, we will need to remind ourselves often to be mature, responsible and flexible in the face of chaos, reactivity and bad behavior.
It is an explosive time with an aggressive attitude full of triggers that can either be used for tremendous growth, movement, initiation and progress, or it can spiral down into something nasty. We strongly suggest that you pay attention to this opportunity and use the energy to engage your own passion and to push forward to create something you want. If your desires are clear and coming from the heart and your motivation is from a place of integrity, you will be able to use the month to your advantage even though it may feel challenging at times. However, you will need to stay out of drama and not engage in arguments, negativity and reactionary behavior. And you will need to set good boundaries around your positivity and stay balanced.
Those who face their fears and their deepest wounds and take action towards change will be rewarded. Those who stick their head in the sand in denial and hold on to what is familiar may suffer. The choice is yours. The good news is that help is available in many forms. Use your allies, your prayers, and your connection to nature and spirit and acknowledge all the support you have. And, most of all, notice and place your attention on what is working instead of obsessing about what is not.
The creative inspired feminine brings us hope, beauty, connection and healing. Healing often comes through service to others and expressing your own emotional vulnerability. Asking for help is not a weakness but rather shows strength and maturity so ask for help when you need it and allow others to be empowered through their service to you. Be kind and nurturing and stay present with your process whatever it may be and avoid procrastinating what you can do today.
The potent energy generated this month can also be harnessed for finding and feeding your passion and channeling that passion into what you love. This could be a passion for something new or a rekindling of one from the past. Feed your creativity and imagination instead of your fears. Work with color, shapes, sound, ideas, collaboration, exciting projects and lots of gratitude. Anything is possible if you take action. Action moves us forward. Fear and procrastination hold us back.
How the month shows up:
We may have to face up to some old fears and tell the truth about some deep emotional issues. The trick is not to get stuck there especially in blame, despair, or feeling victimized. There is great freedom in vulnerability and powerful personal growth when you take responsibility for your own life. No one is going to do it for you. You can certainly get support, but the actual choices and actions are yours alone.
We have a tremendous opportunity this month to reach a new level of maturity. Just as adults can wisely see more of a bigger picture than a child can, so you will be able to step out of your own myopic narrow focus to view a larger landscape of reality and a bigger picture of your life. This may take courage and giving up the comfort level of keeping yourself small, but the rewards are great.
Pay attention to how you may be focusing on what does not work instead of feeding the positive unfolding in your life. It is helpful to acknowledge what is not working but only to mark it as a turning point. Once acknowledged, a choice to focus on the positive and taking action towards what you wish to empower instead, will bring you much more of what you want.
It is also important not to resist the choices and actions of others. If you find yourself being projected upon or negatively affected, use good boundaries. You don’t always have to agree but you can accept. This is where you have a choice as to how you engage and how you use your own aggression and will to move towards something positive when others may be caught in a negative spin.
HEALTH AND THE PHYSICAL BODY
This may be the most powerful area of growth this month as our own well-being (in body, mind and emotion) is often where we give our power away and expect someone else to save us, fix us, and keep us healthy. Asking for help and support is different from giving your power away. Asking for help is acknowledging your vulnerability and taking responsibility for getting support when you need it without expecting someone else to do the work. Many of us tend to be very undisciplined when it comes to the practices we know will keep us healthy and balanced.
We can blame the environment, our genetics, our dysfunctional childhood, and all the factors that produce stress in our lives, but the bottom line and the position of power is to take responsibility for being co-creators of our reality. The point of growth this month is a new understanding of how our emotions work and how they are connected to our physical nature as well as our thoughts and beliefs. Work on clearing emotional issues and the rest will follow.
The predominant “feeling” that will lead to where you need to work is “dissatisfaction”. To the extent that you are dissatisfied in your life, you have work to do in the emotional realm. Dissatisfaction often has its roots in disappointment that has its roots in unrealized or unfulfilled expectations. It is easy to point to something outside of yourself to blame. This leaves you no power to do something about it. It is more powerful to take responsibility, acknowledge your part, and without judgment decide to change it.
Being empowered by your own sense of responsibility and maturity and taking action is a sure way to get out of the low energy state that accompanies depression and feeling victimized.
BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS PROJECTS
This can be a powerful month for business and projects. What is needed is the ability to be flexible, think outside the box and come up with solutions that are unconventional and out of the ordinary. Taking a hard look at responsibility and avoiding procrastination when action is needed is key this month to productivity and balance. Staying neutral and holding a balanced position of non-judgment is also helpful this month. Because of the unpredictability and instability of the times, one day things could look really grim with great fluctuations in economy, productivity, negative influences and problems, and on another day the sky clears and everything is better than fine.
Keep your eye on the bigger picture and stay on track no matter what. Accept help from unexpected places and be open to new ideas and ways of doing things. This is also a good month to take a risk on an untested investment that you have a good intuition about. It is also a positive window to start a new project that is a bid for power for you.
Regarding partnerships with others, try something new or introduce something different in the way you organize, communicate or delegate. Change is always supported during eclipse times and will create openings for improvement as long as you continue to nurture and pay attention to details. Spend a bit of extra time and energy in giving personal attention to others that are important to you.
This month we look at our adaptability to the environment around what we cannot change, and our maturity and responsibility to change what we can. The attention to environmental issues may gain new ground as unpredictable weather patterns and intense extremes bring focus to what is out of balance. Instead of “waiting for it to be over or different”, take responsibility and adapt in new and creative ways to present circumstances. Maturity is staying out of judgment and blame. Maturity is focusing on solutions instead of feeding the problem with negativity. Maturity is being willing to cooperate with others for a greater good rather than pointing fingers from a victimized place.
How can you serve your environment? How can you better take care of your own back yard? These should be the questions of the month taken seriously as a responsible person would. Practice gratitude for what you do have and how your environment does serve you. Gratitude goes a long way and will help to eliminate any resistance you may be feeling.
DATES AND TIME FRAMES
July 1-7: This is a week of preparation for the intensity and unpredictability of this month. Use the time to reflect on what you want to improve and pay attention or what is being triggered as it may give you some clues as to where your work is in emotional, physical or mental areas. Be careful not to judge events and triggers as the end all of negativity as these are more often than not reminders of where we need to focus.
Preparation should include taking care of anything you have procrastinated and taking a good hard look at your environment, your health, your habits, your relationships and your intentions from a place of mature responsibility rather than resistance. Make a practical list with the intention of moving forward and taking action. Do not dwell on past mishaps, avoidance or “wrong” actions. It will not serve you. Be present, accepting, flexible and responsible.
July 8-15: We may be tested this week in our resolve and neutrality. It is important not to take anything personally and not to be distracted with other people’s drama unless you are intimately involved or somehow responsible. This is a good window of time to revisit your boundaries and to set strong ones against anything that is not yours and will not serve you. You may need to take good breaks from being with others where you can reset your balance and grounding.
This is also a good time frame for taking action towards what you want to manifest, initiate or move aggressively towards. Make sure your actions are from the heart and with integrity and that your intentions are clear and your motivations clean. Purpose should always be an action directed towards what you want and not in reaction against something negative. That will only serve to hook you like Velcro and you will find yourself spiraling into negativity and crisis where it will be difficult to differentiate what is yours.
Resolve to stay away from arguments and out of conflict. It is OK to say no to invitations to engage where you feel no resonance.
July 12: New Moon with a partial solar eclipse (the first one of three) is Thursday, July 12 at 8:48 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). This new moon initiates a period of time of intensity, change, breakthrough, and opportunity to step up your game on many levels. More on this will be sent as a moon update from the Power Path.
July 16-23: The intensity and unpredictability during this time frame is marked by reactionary behavior in yourself and others. Be aware of it personally, and protect yourself from that reaction in others. This is the window of opportunity that can push us all to step up to our own mature responsibility. Think before you speak, act or react and remind yourself that all is not always as it seems. What may look to be devastating today may be an opening for improvement tomorrow.
Never has there been a better time to practice kindness, acceptance and neutrality. You may need to forgive something or someone from the past starting with yourself. This is a powerful window for deep emotional healing as well. Be prepared to dive into some deeper layers of old patterns that have kept you small. Have the courage to take an emotional risk to break through and heal those patterns as painful as it may be. You won’t regret the results.
July 24-31: We are deep in the window of potential change. New power comes with maturity and responsibility. This is a time frame where you can focus on what your new bids for power are. This is also a time frame where your emotional vulnerability plays into your personal power. Be willing to ask for and accept support when you need it. Work with the energy of the eclipses, the energy of aggression and action and the energy of intensity instead of being in resistance. Harness the power for your own positive expression and creativity, and use it wisely to step up to your next level of maturity and responsibility.
This can either be a very confusing and uncomfortable time or it can be greatly expansive and wonderful, giving you permission for change, improvement and a new expression of yourself. Remind yourself to focus on beauty, to be inspired and to have some fun.
July 27: Full moon with a total lunar eclipse is Friday, July 27 at 2:21 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). This is a powerful moon for change, eccentricity, expansion, new ideas, dreams and intentions.
Have a wonderful month!
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” ~ Wired, February, 1996
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