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THINK, ACT OUT OF YOUR BOX WITH COURAGE~ THE MESSAGE OF FEBRUARY’S NEW MOON & DR. BACH’S MIMULUS

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Depending on where you’re living, this Sunday (February 9th) closes out with or on Monday, comes in with a New Moon in Aquarius.  As I’ve written previously, the energy of new moons is always about beginnings and new operating instructions for our individual soul’s evolution; and, this one is particularly pushy in its message.  Aquarius, the sign whose psychological energy encourages us to shift our lens with the goal of embracing a wider scope of collaboration with the greater collective, insists that the time is now for each of us to act.  Uranus, the water bearer’s planetary ruler that delights in shock and disruption, is all about challenging the status quo, reformation through change, and in general loves thrusting us forward to be the thorn in the side of mind-sets that find comfort in routine.  

Not everyone will feel this energy so intensely, but for those who have Aquarius, Uranus or the 11th house emphasized in their birth charts, the  focus of the Aquarian/Uranian message is especially for you.  Where are you being asked to innovate, reform or act as an agent of change in your own life?  Again, as if to make the point, this New Moon is positioned in a close square to the Moon’s Nodes, those points in our charts that carry our karmic and evolutional story.  When these points are activated by transit as they are now, the call to action isn’t so much about our Karmic story in past lives, but more about our evolution in the present life.  This Aquarian moon squares the South Node in Taurus, asking us  through its planetary ruler Venus, to revise our values, to let go of the material in exchange for the greater value of love.  Opposite the South Node, the North Node which symbolizes the healing medicine in any chart, lies in Scorpio. 

While the energy of this New Moon is helpful in encouraging us to revise our South Node Taurean script, working with the energy of the North Node always takes conscious effort; it takes effort to disconnect from that which feels so familiar in the South Node energy.   Scorpio with its relentless planetary ruler Pluto encourages us to dig deep, to face that which we fear, to bring those shadowy, icky things up from our unconscious into our conscious so that we can acknowledge them which is critical in our evolution toward authenticity…no easy task!

 Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedy, Mimulus can be one of the tools to help you in this challenge.  As one of the three original flower remedies which he discovered in 1928, Mimulus is all about the challenge of facing our fears.  As one of Bach’s Twelve Healers, Mimulus can and does operate on multiple levels, meeting us where the positive energy is most needed for the circumstance.  From the mundane perspective, Mimulus is the remedy for those temporary situations that give us heart palpitations– public speaking, flying, going to the dentist and even phobias such as agoraphobia, acrophobia, muscophobia (fear of mice!); in other words we know the source of our anxiety.     

At the deeper levels, emotions with which we have a history, especially those that create a recurring theme of timidity within our psyche and behavior as well as  evolutionary challenges at the soul level, Mimulus gives us unwavering courage to stay the course, to meet the dragons of our fears head on so that we can claim our power; courage to think and act out of the box…courage to be an agent of CHANGE.  

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 DR. EDWARD BACH’S MIMULUS

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation

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THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR HENRY II & THOMAS BECKET~JANUARY 30, 1164

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By January 30 1164, King Henry II of England  had evidently had enough of the ecclesiastical hierarchy protecting its own in criminal matters.  In an effort to curb the power of the Church’s courts, Henry laid down a document of sixteen articles known as the Constitutions of Clarendon.  Initially Henry’s Archbishop, Thomas Beckett and the bishops of the realm reluctantly agreed to observe the guidelines of Henry’s document including the article stating that if a member of the church committed a crime, they would be tried in the state court in addition to an ecclesiastical court.  This was particularly relevant to the exposure of priests charged with serious felonies having to answer to a secular court and punishment.

 So restrictive were Henry’s articles through the eyes of the clergy, particularly in matters of such crimes as well as  property and excommunication, that although Becket agreed to the articles as we might say today, ‘in principle’, he refused to sign the order.   On October 8, 1164 Henry ordered Becket to appear before a great council at Northampton Castle to answer charges of ‘contempt of royal authority and malfeasance in the Chancellor’s office’ of which Becket was convicted.

 Becket bolted, fleeing to the continent where he was protected by King Louis VII of France.  For six years Henry attempted to bring his archbishop to heel through various power plays of repercussion countered by Becket’s threats of excommunication against the king, bishops and the kingdom.    Finally in 1170 Pope Alexander III brokered a diplomatic compromise that allowed Becket to return from England; however, the peace between Archbishop and King did not last and on December 29, 1170 Becket was assassinated by four of Henry’s knights who misunderstood (or did they?) the King’s cry, “Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest!”

 A selection of the articles making up the Constitutions of Clarendon is as follows, noting that article three was particularly grievous to Becket and his fellow clergymen.

 1. If a controversy arises between laymen, or between laymen and clerks, or between clerks concerning patronage and presentation of churches, it shall be treated or concluded in the court of the lord king.

3. Clerks charged and accused of any matter, summoned by the king’s justice, shall come into his court to answer there to whatever it shall seem to the king’s court should be answered there; and in the church court to what it seems should be answered there; however the king’s justice shall send into the court of holy Church for the purpose of seeing how the matter shall be treated there. And if the clerk be convicted or confess, the church ought not to protect him further.

4. It is not permitted the archbishops, bishops, and priests of the kingdom to leave the kingdom without the lord king’s permission. And if they do leave they are to give security, if the lord king pleases, that they will seek no evil or damage to king or kingdom in going, in making their stay, or in returning.

6. Laymen ought not to be accused save by dependable and lawful accusers and witnesses in the presence of the bishop, yet so that the archdeacon lose not his right or anything which he ought to have thence. And if there should be those who are deemed culpable, but whom no one wishes or dares to accuse, the sheriff, upon the bishop’s request, shall cause twelve lawful men of the neighborhood or the vill to take oath before the bishop that they will show the truth of the matter according to their conscience.

8. As to appeals which may arise, they should pass from the archdeacon to the bishop, and from the bishop to the archbishop. And if the archbishop fail in furnishing justice, the matter should come to the lord king at the last, that at his command the litigation be concluded in the archbishop’s court; and so because it should not pass further without the lord king’s consent.

14. Chattels which have been forfeited to the king are not to be held in churches or cemeteries against the king’s justice, because they belong to the king whether they be found inside churches or outside.

 

Window Depicting Assassination of Thomas Becket~Canterbury Cathedral

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Walnut-Edward Bach’s Flower Remedy for the Winds of Change Globally, Personally and Spiritually

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Very recently a Facebook ‘friend’ of mine lamented her resistance to change which got me wondering,  how many of us can really come clean with such a freely offered revelation concerning a facet of ourselves?  This said, I applaud her honesty and at the same time as someone who thrives on change I can appreciate how difficult it must be for those  who aren’t so comfortable,  to manage the chaos that seems to be all around us on so many levels.

 In prior postings I’ve written about the planetary energies reflected by the global upheavals politically, economically, socially and even in the weather.  For example, living in Wisconsin and the Chicago area my entire life I never thought I’d see a winter with the virtual absence of snow while the East coast and Mid-Atlantic states, even the South, are being battered by Mother Nature and yet here we are!  Such is one aspect of change…climate change in this case, which unfortunately has been dismissed by far too many resistant politicians when we had the opportunity to take serious proactive steps…now we are paying for it. 

 Closer to home so to speak, the concept of change on the personal level and spiritual level is terrifying for so many.  My experience over the years as a practitioner, educator and teacher in the mind/body/spirit arena is that the culprit here is fear of the unknown.  “Better the devil you know than the one you don’t,” as the saying goes.  However equally, the devil we know can take us right down the road of self-destruction, whether it be the result of a bad relationship, job or other life choices.

 From an astrological perspective, the psychological energies of the planets and their zodiacal signs of our natal chart are constantly disposed to change.  While the ‘essence’ of our birth chart remains our foundation blueprint, these planetary energies continue to move around the zodiac, offering us ‘windows’ of opportunity to shift the lens of perception about ourselves and  how we relate to society and culture against the backdrop of our Soul’s agenda this lifetime.  Not an easy task!

When Dr. Edward Bach discovered the final 19 flower remedies to complete his famous 38 Bach remedies, Walnut was among them.  He identified this group as I’ve written previously, as possessing a ‘higher spirituality’ functioning at a higher vibration than those remedies already discovered.

 Walnut IS the remedy for change and as such, it can be called upon for an assortment of applications.  Classically this remedy helps us to, in the words of the well-known author Dr. Leo Buscaglia, “cut the toxic ties that bind.”  It helps us to get our foot over the threshold, to let go of those things, behaviors and relationships that no longer serve us well…the ongoing theme by the way of the current planetary energies.  It  also protects the solar plexus against assimilating toxic energy from others and the environment…ever wonder why we have ‘gut reactions’?

 Spiritually, when we can let go of outmoded beliefs that may be too rigid or too entrenched for the times, we have the opportunity to step back and see perhaps, a bigger picture that’s inclusionary and collaborative through differences rather than exclusionary and controlling. 

 All of these considerations are a tall order, no matter the platform, for the ‘old guard’ and our own egos never want to acquiesce to a shift in power.  This said, there’s a caveat in mind/body/spirit philosophy… “that which you resist the most, is that which you need to let go of.”  Before you’re brought to your knees in resistance, reach for Dr. Bach’s Walnut…you’ll feel better in the morning!

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Dr. Edward Bach’s ‘Walnut’ flower remedy

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation

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NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN-IGNITE YOUR PASSION, KINDLE YOUR INNER SPARK

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Today’s New Moon lands in Capricorn, the sign of Sea-Goat; a perfect placement for the beginning of a new year!  Capricorn’s evolutionary goal in this life is to attain internal approval through  public roles that reflect personal values, interests and even quirks, no matter what.  I say ‘perfect’ as the energy behind new moons are always about endings and new beginnings, so with this strong energy of Capricorn at your back what could be better to rocket you onto new horizons?  As always, the circumstances within which such opportunities have  potential depend on where Capricorn is in your birth chart and by transit.  Secondly, new beginnings require that you participate…the Universe provides the opportunities and potential but as evolutionary astrology is about ‘free will’, it’s up to us to step through the door and show up!

For many of us, making choices is more easily said than done.  Nevertheless, as I’ve noted in prior postings, particularly relating to Dr. Bach’s flower remedies, ‘help is on the way.’  Such help for you may be found in a newly released Kindle book, IGNITE YOUR PASSION, KINDLE YOUR INNER SPARK.  ‘Ignite Your Passion’ is an anthology of 24 contributing authors(myself included), from various backgrounds and professions who’ve written on the subject of finding their own passion and how you can do the same.

Between now and Monday, January 14th, the download version is FREE (possessing an E-Reader is not necessary; simply download the ‘free’ Kindle app to your computer or smartphone, then download the book from the link here)after which time the E-book version will remain available on Amazon with the soft bound edition due for release in March. As I write this post, ‘Ignite’ is currently ranked as the #1 Kindle download in the category of Creativity and #2 in Self-Esteem; the over-all ranking is currently #1214. 

In order to give you a taste of what you might find(and discover about yourself!)  my interview with co-author, April Williams of CyberLife Tutors regarding my contribution follows.  In the spirit of Capricorn’s New Moon energy, I wish you much success in whatever new path you choose to travel!

CyberLife Tutors: You are a co-author of “Ignite Your Passion Kindle Your Internal Spark. “What is it that you are passionate about?
Gaye Mack: Throughout my younger and later adult years, my life has been influenced by a variety of passions. Some have been transitory; others have firmly remained as I’ve grown older. If I were to identify the one ‘umbrella’ passion it would be exploration of those things that exist beyond our five senses and how we’re affected by them as spirit in body. The pathways of my explorations have been varied; interest in cultures around the world, their spiritual and ancient healing traditions, experiencing them first hand and, always writing, writing, writing.

CyberLife Tutors: Why did you contribute this specific story to “Ignite Your Passion Kindle Your Internal Spark?”
Gaye Mack: If I’ve learned nothing else (but that’s not to say I always ‘listen to my own lectures’ as a friend of mine is fond of quoting), it’s the importance of trusting our gut, intuition, whatever term is comfortable for you. Listening to our soul’s wisdom is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves this lifetime on our evolutionary path and it’s not easy because our ego always wants to be in charge. I felt it was important to share my own experience with this lesson and the rocky road I traveled to ‘get it’ (and still am!) in my own life.

CyberLife Tutors: Is this your first published book? If not, what other books have you published?
Gaye Mack: No. As I mention in my story, Polair Publishing- London, has published my books, Igniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies (available in Kindle & softbound editions) and Making Complementary Therapies Work for You (which has been translated into German). I’m also a contributing author along with Donald Neale Walsh, Irvin Laszlo and other spiritual pioneers, to The View~Mind Over Matter, Heart Over Mind from Conan Doyle to Conversations with God.”

CyberLife Tutors: What else would you to share with our readers?
Gaye Mack: Currently I have two 12th century historical mysteries represented by my literary agent, Peter Miller of Global Lion Intellectual Property Management with the goal of obtaining a contract with one of the traditional houses, as I work on the third book in this series. I’m also working on a sequel toIgniting Soul Fire, Spiritual Dimensions of the Bach Flower Remedies, which looks at the connection between Dr. Edward Bach’s Twelve Healers and the evolutionary karmic story in our astrological birth chart.

CyberLife Tutors: You have a special offer for our readers?

Gaye Mack: As an active practitioner and teacher in the Bach flower remedies, I do see people privately for evaluation sessions regarding the flower remedies. For those who are also interested in astrology as well, sessions may include some integration with this tradition; it’s always up to the client. For more complete information on my Bach work, its best to look at my website or blog.

CyberLife Tutors: How can our readers contact you?
Gaye Mack: Find me on my website, blog, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Email me at gayemack at gayemack.com

 

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WHEN THE DARK AGES AND GLOOM OF WINTER ARE UPON US, A REVISIT OF DR. BACH’S MUSTARD FLOWER REMEDY IS CALLED FOR

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In reviewing my various posts, I see that just little over  a year ago  I wrote about Dr. Bach’s Mustard flower remedy to help with the winter gloom normally referred to as ‘seasonal affective disorder’ or, SADS.  So many people suffer from the lack of sunshine during winter, especially in Northern climes,  that temporary depression is more common than not. 

Many years ago I had the opportunity to experience Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.  I traveled to the furthest place north, up to the ‘Butt of Lewis’ where I looked out at the sea and thought, ‘this is the end of the earth…in the words of the medieval map makers, “Here Be Dragons”.  In those days there was no such thing as satellite discs or internet in every crofters’ cottage, not to mention that the cottages were often miles apart from one another.   Even though I was there in June(when the sun shines as if it were high noon at two o’clock in the morning!) I distinctly wondered about what had to be wide-spread depression during the winter months of howling winds, massive snow and endless darkness…and this was in the 1980’s…imagine what it was 200 years ago!  Fortunately today, technology has come to the Hebrides, but nevertheless the mood swings that accompany lack of sunlight can affect us all.  For this reason I thought it appropriate to re-post my piece on Dr. Bach’s Mustard from a year ago as his remedies, like the change of seasons, are timeless.

If Colonel Mustard did the dastardly dead in the library with a pistol, he’s clearly not your man to help with seasonal gloom.   As I look out my office window at the December rain that’s  pouring down, I’m reminded there’s an emotional fog that can come with the onset of the winter season or suddenly appears for no reason at all.  This fog can settle over any one of us, especially for those in the more northern areas of the country.   For some, this ‘funk’ arrives like clockwork throughout the months that I call ‘the dark ages’ when sunlight takes a holiday replaced by grey days that are endless.  For others, they’re fine one moment and in the next, they feel like they’ve suddenly fallen into a black hole.  When this happens, there’s relief to be found (besides taking vitamin D), in Dr. Bach’s flower remedy Mustard.

Mustard was not one of Bach’s Twelve Healers and therefore wasn’t one of the Soul Type remedies that I’ve been writing about in previous posts.  And, it wasn’t one of the ‘Seven Helpers’ which were next in the line of discovery.  However, it is one of the final 19 remedies which Bach discovered between 1934-35.  He described these remedies as being more ‘spiritualized’, functioning at a ‘higher vibration’ than the earlier 19 and that they functioned on a ‘different plane’. 

How and why these or for that matter any of Dr. Bach’s 38 remedies work, we don’t know as yet in a way that is understood by the bio-medical model.  But, at the end of the day, this isn’t really the issue.  More importantly, when there’s a resonance between a remedy’s vibrational energy, life force, prana or Qi (whatever word you want to use) and the individual, there’s a shifting of perception and mood.  With Mustard it’s as if the remedy ‘lifts’ the gloom up and out of wherever it has settled within the person’s energy fields and emotional experience. 

The key to identifying a ‘Mustard state’ is that there’s no one specific event or happening that throws you into the sense that you have a black cloud hanging over you.  It can simply be that you  are routinely sensitive to the lack of sunlight or that you occasionally experience a sudden onset of feeling low-spirited.  If you happen to be someone who experiences these moments or seasons of depressive gloom, Mustard is the remedy.

For clients who often experience a negative Mustard state, I recommend making a ‘personal formula bottle’.  This will help the 20ml ‘stock bottle’ you buy in the stores go a lot further, nor will the fact that the remedy is diluted in 1 oz of water, affect its power in any way.   On my website, look at the sub-link, What if you feel you need more than one remedy?  There you will find directions for making a personal formula bottle for one or a combination of remedies.

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DR. EDWARD BACH’S MUSTARD

Photography©Dr. Edward Bach Foundation

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