Okay, I am going to refrain from going off on a rant about The Secret, the Law of Attraction and so on. You know by now how I feel about those half-truths. The part of them that speaks truth is powerful, but that just adds to the seduction of the disingenuous parts that can be so corrosive and damaging.
Although sometimes we need only ask and the Universe instantly delivers, Julia wisely reminds us that, “More often what we are talking about seems to be a conscious partnership in which we work along slowly and gradually, clearing away the wreckage of our negative patterning, clarifying the vision of what it is we want, learning to accept small pieces of that vision from whatever source and then, one day, presto! The vision seems to suddenly be in place.
“In other words, pray to catch the bus, then run as fast you can.”
If we are going to get anywhere, though, we have to believe that we are allowed to catch the bus. Recovering that level of faith and trust is tricky for us as we continue to understand what “recovering our inner artist” actually means.
It is the recovery of the belief that our hopes and aspirations are not doomed from the start; that there is actually a Divine Source that has deep (infinite!) pockets and actually cares – in fact, wants us to succeed. Yes, us, personally, in our own tiny universe.
And we can begin to clear up guilt about having too much by knowing that everyone has infinite, unlimited access: our thriving causes no depriving. It is the recognition that receiving the Goddess’ blessings is actually an act of devotion. Cooperating with Her plan to manifest goodness through our living, we can turn away from our habits of self-sabotage and fear.
In the current economic difficulties, specifically the transit of Pluto in Capricorn, I have been giving a lot of thought to how we define money, wealth, and security. I believe that we are seeing the utter transformation of those concepts. While the crisis may ease for a while, we are undergoing a Plutonic revolution, which will end in March, 2023. By that time, we can expect our most fundamental institutions – financial, governmental, and religious – to be nearly unrecognizable as we know them today.
Much of our basic understanding of prosperity and abundance, for instance, is rooted in Adam Smith’s mechanistic model, “The Wealth of Nations,” published in 1776. At the time, it was cutting edge, reflecting a world of rebellion against monarchy, intent on democratic liberty, and on the threshold of the Industrial Revolution. It frames the creation and distribution of wealth through a lens of Manifest Destiny, scarcity, competition, and factory-like mechanisms.
But now, whether we like it or not, we are forced to question those premises. From astrologers to economic policy-makers, voices about as disparate as you can get, the evidence is irrefutable that the scarcity/competition model is no longer sustainable.
As creatives and artists, we are on the leading edge of understanding this. We are, I believe, being invited to demonstrate and participate in the real wealth and support that is available: that which comes directly from the Giver of Good. But She does not respond all that well, in my experience, to us sitting around with good intentions, or even begging on our knees. The Goddess seems to prefer that we go for it with all our faith, and run as fast as we can.
More about how we do this tomorrow.