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ENERGY REPORT NOVEMBER 2012 November comes in with a fairly clear dance of symbols representing the collective fear explored this year as Stubbornness. Though not shaking the fear of change (stubbornness), these symbols do appear to be telling a story of a collective move away from that fear, by focusing on the Positive Pole (determination), and leaving the Negative Pole (Obstinance) to be emphasized by fewer in the population. As we described in our previous report, Stubbornness is showing up as a defense of one’s beliefs, philosophies, and stances, because these feel threatened. When the Negative Pole is at work, these beliefs, philosophies, and stances are entrenched, with no room for change, updating, adjustment, healing, etc., but when the Positive Pole is at work, there is still a concern about threat, but these beliefs, philosophies, and stances are held, not entrenched. There comes to be some flexibility, some room for negotiation, some sense that there is more to be considered beyond the cherished beliefs, philosophies, and stances. This Determination was exemplified by responses to the weather system named “Sandy.” Those who were entrenched in certain beliefs found they were thrown into a scenario that encouraged them to loosen these beliefs, making room for alternatives that were discovered to have never been a threat in the first place. Determination allows one to cling to the fight against change, but it allows in the reality of it. Obstinance clings to the fight against change, and does so against all indications that change is very real. If beliefs might be represented by a pillow, Determination tucks the pillow under his arm and moves forward, while Obstinance buries his face in it. As mentioned in our previous report, another way to understand these Poles is that Determination tends to have to work around other people, while Obstinacy forces others to work around oneself. The United States’ election is another symbolic exploration of Stubbornness, and where the country is (and relevant parts of the world are) in terms of feeling threatened by change. More Obstinacy will tend to be amplified in this arena, because Politics is all about beliefs, philosophies, and stances. In this election, we are seeing a sharp divide between those in Obstinance, and those in Determination, but most will be dealing with the threat of change. An aside: Though neither pole of any Chief Negative Feature is “good,” we can say that the Positive Pole is “positive” because it is often the way out of the fear. Most of November is likely to feel to many as if it is “out of their hands,” and in the hands of others to some degree that is uncomfortable, to say the least, so we expect that many will not only feel as if November is like an out-of-control tumble down a hillside (which can be fun, or terrifying), but many will also slide into Impatience and Martyrdom on the other side of the November 7th Nexus. We mentioned in our previous report that a great deal of introspection and extrospection was in order for November not to feel as if it were a drive off of a cliff, and we see that few found a balance between those extremes. This means that, even for those who did find that balance, “the world” may still seem out of sync and chaotic for a while. For those who wish to bring a quality of centering to their days, their bodies, emotions, choices, perspectives, etc., it may mean making an active effort to JUST STOP. By this, we mean that you may have to sit yourselves down, stop your body, your mind, your emotions, and call upon a stillness, a meditative state. For those who are resistant to stillness, give yourself 5 true seconds of stillness, and then release yourself. Double that within the hour. Add 5 more when you can, so that you are still for 15 seconds, and so on. Do this until you can sustain a valid state of stillness for, at least, 30 seconds. The next day, start with those 30 seconds. Then add 30 more, and so on, until you can sustain a valid state of stillness for 5 minutes. Continue to build upon this at your pace, and the stillness will become as natural as the hurricane of thoughts, emotions, and actions that might normally manage or affect your days. “Valid stillness” here is meant to describe a state of permission for everything you feel, think, and do, but as an observer of those feelings, thoughts, and actions. Eventually, this state of “observer” can carry over into your days so that you can call upon that stillness, that state of observation and clarity, that allows you to move with change. We point out the aim of stillness to be toward observation because this year is one that is fairly permeated with the Mode of Passion. In the same way that Observation Mode can “slide” to access any other Mode, so can any Mode “slide” to access Observation. This is true of any Assimilative Overleaf. The Assimilative Overleaf is accessible to each Axis. With Passion permeating this year, it can be easy for many to lose their sense of self in events and experiences, or to become overly-identified with those events and experiences. Observation can help to honor the negative pole of the spectrum of Passion (identification), while helping to bring some inclusion of the positive pole (self-actualization). Helpful thoughts over NOVEMBER might be: TRUE CHANGE IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE Over the course of November, it can be helpful to remember that change really only happens in perspective. The constancy of change in the world around you, in the Physical Plane, is of such a constancy, that it is cycling over and over and over again in the forms of lifetimes, civilizations, weather, geography, and by extension, through politics, spiritualities, mythologies. It is true that these change, but this is not where the True Change occurs. True Change comes only in perspective. True Change is in the capacity to see another facet, another side, another part of the whole that is a constant, or to see it in a new way. The same Sun can come over your horizon for most of your life without your noticing, but one day, it is different. It changes. Not because it changed, but because your perspective did. Its beauty disappears in the same way. True Change can only be described by Soul Age in our system, and Soul Age comes only with a change in perspective, gained from experience within a constant sea and cycle of change. To resist or deny change is to deny your perspective, to deny evolution, to deny experience. There are going to be those who do not want to change, and do not want to see change, and only your perspective can free you to experience and create True Change. There are going to be times when you wish things would not change, or that those changes are terrifying, or painful, and it will be your perspective that frees you. True Change brings about True Possibilities, True Potential, which are based within a clear picture of the tools, resources, and paths necessary and available to you for making a change that you desire. That clarity, that observer, that stillness, the essence of who you are, allows for you to make the best use of those tools and resources, and to allow room for all of the changes, desired or unwanted, along the way. DATES OF INTEREST NOVEMBER 7th - NEXUS (convergence) - the storm that resulted from the divergent Nexus on the 25th of October helped to move those who were tired of the Negative Pole of Obstinance over to more of a “positive” state of Determination, and this second “great storm” of the collective psyches may do the same, but on a greater scale, and in more convergent terms, as the United States’ election unfolds. We cannot predict results, and we can see many, but in nearly all of them, there is a “storm” that, eventually, brings about True Change, a paradigm shift that is collective again.