I have heard Buddhist monks say, "Keep your eye on your own rice bowl", meaning always reflect within no matter what. It's a profound, simple, and ancient wisdom that can be found in various phrasing throughout the world.
The New Moon is an excellent time for inner reflections and contemplations - which, mind you, is vastly different than miring, wallowing, and ruminating until you're isolated, depressed, or anxiety-stricken. It's a disciplined process to gain self-awareness that should be engaged short periods of time daily, r when contemplation of challenges warrants the technique.
Let this small dose of wisdom from The Book of Changes (I-Ching) inspire our thoughts toward useful Consciousness development and self-awareness.
The passage describes that this is a time for “The Creative”, the higher power of the Universe, to bestow some form of blessing upon us – whether we’ve been working hard to achieve something, or our lives are in need of some change, or our Spirit, Mind, Body system (our own Self) is out of alignment and needs to be re-aligned. This opportunity is at its best when we are open to receive whatever it may be, unexpectedly awaiting our inspired-next-step, and mentally-emotionally patient for the moment of knowing that rises up from within saying, “This is how, and the time is now.”
And, that is really the point. We tend to sense new energies coming toward us or fee the need to make a serious change in ourselves or our lives. Then we get frantic – physically or mentally – trying to “figure it all out”. We never slow down to observe. “Waiting patiently” is not sitting around twiddling your thumbs and just being idle. “Waiting patiently”, from what I have learned through the I-Ching, is about being quiet and observant, holding your emotions and thoughts in balance from within so that you continue your own self-development and tend your daily needs without despair or overexcitement. With this quiet observance, suddenly that neon-flashing-sign you asked for about what direction, or what step, and – sometimes – how-to is no longer overlooked. When we slow down to observe instead of rush around to search, we see the answer we need.
This passage also talks about being receptive. In our hearts & minds, we tend to get so full of emotions, questions, desires, fears, etc. that we leave no room to receive whatever it is for which we have asked or strived. Our doubts and insecurities, our fantasies and goals, all fill up the space within that makes it impossible for our lives to actually handle reflecting the thing we want. All of these thoughts and emotions and memories and beliefs have their place in life and can serve to help us develop our Consciousness along the way. However, we have such a tendency to attach and hold on to ideas and things that we forget to clear our minds and hearts, make space for what we value in life and in ourselves, and let our experiences make space for new experiences and fulfillment of our desires. In being receptive, we learn how to be open to receiving what we would like by receiving the instructions on how to do it or achieve it or le it in.
It’s like going on a treasure hunt. We can imagine what the treasure will be, but if we hang on to the idea too tight, we won’t see the value in what it actually is. We can follow clues, one to the next, taking forever if we just haphazardly search. Or, we can be observant, check our vague map, look for landmarks, notice patterns, and resolve difficulties and challenges, enjoying the process as much as the idea of the treasure we imagine we shall find. And we can wait patiently for weather to clear, solutions and resolutions to emerge, inner guidance and gut-feelings to illuminate the patterns of clues, and for landmarks to reveal themselves naturally.
So, I invite you to consider yourself an adventurer! In this season of change and the new energies dancing toward you, feel free to acknowledge your thoughts and feeling, feel free to be grateful for these plentiful emotions and thoughts and memories and desires, and – please – feel free to NOT let them make your decisions for you or push you to words and actions you are uncertain will actually serve your path (especially if you feel your path itself is not clear or you have any other confusion fears, despair, or insecurity). I encourage you to observe – just watch, not to look or search. I encourage you to wait patiently, going about your business while ever receptive to the “oh… that’s it” signals. And, I encourage you to clear your heart and mind daily so that the space within can receive fully and manifest whatever you want and need in your experience.
Everything happens inside first – then it is experienced in life. You can’t control others, but you can control yourself, your life, and be free to choose how you participate with others. It’s all connected; so, focus on your within and your experiences so your basic goodness will expand out steadily.
Enjoy your dance with the new energies at-hand! Enjoy the excitement and awe that comes with open curiosity! And enjoy making space for blessings to be with you!
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