Featured picture above – The Inner Lion Awakens by Greg Calise
Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others.
Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval.
Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
One day in class, Little Spirit was asked to stand up in front of the class to recount what the teacher had taught the day before. Tentatively he stood up and started to recite what he learned when the teacher suddenly interrupted him with an emphatic,
Taken aback, Little Spirit stopped and then restarted. For a second time the teacher boomed,
Completely flustered and somewhat embarrassed, Little Spirit sat down, his face lit red with shame.
The next child rose to recite and had also just begun when the teacher shouted,
The little girl, however, ignored the teacher’s interruption and kept on with her recitation until she completed it. As she sat down, the teacher replied,
Little Spirit was annoyed.
”But you didn’t let me finish. You stopped me twice” he protested.
“Ah, Little Spirit!” replied the teacher, in a gentle voice, “It is not enough to know what we have done in class. You have to be sure. When I interrupted you, you could have ignored me and continued, just as your friend did. However, you allowed me to stop you and that means you are uncertain. If the world says, ‘No!’ it is your business to say ‘Yes!’ and be certain and confident about it. After all the world will say NO in many ways.
You can’t say that
You can’t write that.
Who do you think you are?
You are not good enough
You are too old
You are too young
You haven’t enough experience
You don’t have enough money
You cannot leave your job
You will never make a living from that
It cannot be done. It is impossible
Every ‘No!’ that you hear has the potential to erode your confidence little by little until you give up and stop being you altogether. So don’t let the world say ‘No!’ to you today. Be yourself. Trust yourself. Be determined to say, ‘Yes!’ Have the confidence to demonstrate what you know, your skills, regardless of what others may say or do. Your only obligation in your life is to be true to yourself.
Little Sprit learned a lesson in self-belief which he never forgot[i].
The story of Little Spirit portrays a simple truth – everyone is on a journey to develop, or strengthen, self-confidence and self-belief.
The prevailing mind-set of westernised culture tends to dismiss the interior dimension of life. It is an arena often deemed too subjective, neither quantifiable nor evidence based, therefore not consistent or reasonable. Consequently you are not taught to trust your inner voice and are encouraged to look outside of yourself for re-assurance as your inner spirit is not considered to be important.
The disempowered attitude of helpless causality – that the events have “just happened”, are random and that there is no inherent meaning to what occurs in your life, (after all, “They are just ‘events’”) – is the opposite attitude to all of the spiritual traditions. Metaphysically speaking, every move you make; every situation, circumstance, or event in your life; every imagination, emotion, word and action that you generate, is support by a corresponding cosmic or spiritual force. As such, everything which takes place in your life has the potential to invoke some aspect of your psyche – constructively or otherwise.
Creation first forms and comes into being on the inner planes of your consciousness, beginning with the most ordinary things – your imagination that fuels your emotions, your thoughts and ultimately your actions. The first step is to transform negativity whenever negativity arises in your mind and heart, and to keep your mind and heart positively focused and directed towards your Divine Light. This has been the message of the past two months cosmic activity, as you have experienced both the retrogradation of Mercury from Cardinal Water (Cancer) to Mutable Air (Gemini) and the re-igniting of the Cardinal Water dimension of your soul.
During this time you have had the opportunity to explore how your reality is created through the feeling state that underpins your thought process, each time you change your reactions; each time you chose the path of love and not fear or anger; each time you view the possibility that any challenge you are encountering is the last vestiges of an old thought form rearing its head asking for a greater healing; you open up a pathway that all those you touch in your life have access to[ii].
In a world that constant diminishes the power of your interior experiences and denies the personal spiritual meaning inherent within everything that occurs in your life – aside from stand out events like a bereavement, a divorce or a birth – doubt is like a wave in the sea, driven and tossed by the wind, constantly eroding the parameters of your emerging self.
Overcoming doubt maybe an ongoing process but the quality of your life experience is dependent upon your ability to see through your doubt and fear; to cultivate a deeper inner conviction or faith; and to keep feeding your inner flame or spirit. The ability to maintain positive thought, feeling-emotion and visualisation-imagination is what is meant by inner faith.
As I currently understand it, faith is a belief in the real power of your indwelling Light. Faith in yourself and your inmost being is the essence of what in astrology we call the sign of Leo, or Fixed Fire. Leo corresponds to the stage of your development wherein the spark of life becomes both strong and enduring. Reigniting your inner flame is periodically necessary, especially after a healing experience when you are often left seeking meaning, questioning your purpose and your confidence can be more vulnerable.
Once reignited, your inner fire (Leo) can not only give you a deeper sense of purpose, but it can sustain you through life’s vicissitudes. Without your fire (Leo), the fog of amnesia can obscure your connection to spirit; without inner purpose, your soul’s intention may struggle to find expression; without vision, you cannot create intention and therefore reality. Without Leo, there is no self-generated creative impulse; without Leo, you are not blessed with a unique vision of Self. Without Leo, there is no individual colour and the robotic monochrome of the system prevails.
When you connect to what gives you passion and purpose; when you truly understand what triggers your ego or sense of pride; then the dense emotional states such as fear, doubt and insecurity can be dispelled. As you develop a sense of self-belief, you can walk confidently, integrating without breaking stride all healing experiences as you become no longer dependent upon the external world as a gauge of how you are doing, as Little Spirit did. As you connect with your inner Leo, you add colour to the world.
As seen from our perspective here on the Earth, the alignment of the Sun and Moon points to an opportunity to replenish and renew, to set intentions and to gain insight into how well integrated in your life a specific archetypal theme is. On the 26th July 2014, the New Moon takes place within the tropical sign of Leo, or Fixed Fire. If you can locate where Leo falls in your chart, it will shows you in which arena of your life wherein you are actively developing an inner conviction and where you need to trust your inner voice.
Being in touch with your inner spark of divinity, your Leonine side, not only stokes the flames of your inner faith, it also enlivens your creative impulse. During this New Moon, you have the opportunity to plant a seed of fire for your creativity and vision, so hold a space, from the 22nd July, around what inspires you; what things give you purpose; or what forms of creativity you are passionate about, so that you can re-ignite your inner fire. Take the time to write a list containing all the things about life that you are passionate about – be they emotional, psychological or practical activities. Commit yourself to something that you love, regardless of how it may be perceived by those around you. The empowerment of your will and maintaining it in the presence of other people is essential to the essence of what Leo truly means.
If you need some encouragement to discover what arena in your life that this lunation is triggering, please click on the following link – https://db.tt/b7Nf0XUY. If not, then thank you for taking the time to reflect on this article.
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[i] Story adapted from a blog by Steve Goodier