Letting Go Of The Need To Control Relax! The World Is Not The Enemy

20 oct

As I explain in my book I co-wrote with Robert Thurman, Love Your Enemies, one of the reasons we judge ourselves harshly is our belief that we ought to have far greater control over outcomes in life than we do. We tend to label as “enemy” what we cannot control, whether externally—people or situations—or internally, namely our thoughts and emotions. Only when we begin to question the assumption that what lies outside our control is our adversary can we stop making enemies of others and ourselves.

The key to exploding the myth of control is recognizing the truths of interconnection and impermanence. The Buddha taught that nothing exists independently of the causes and conditions that bring it about. If certain conversations, interactions, and events had not occurred, you would not be sitting here at this moment reading these words. As parts of a greater whole, we do not orchestrate the grand motion of the universe. We have a measure of control over our own behavior on a good day, but beyond that our powers are pretty limited. To a self-preoccupied eye, we are fundamentally isolated and alone, seeking connection only out of a futile reach for control. But to an eye attuned to interdependence, everything exists in a web or network of relationships.

And because of conditionality, nothing is rigid, impermeable, or fixed. We can let go of our divisive strategies, contrivances, and obsessive efforts to control and recognize how fluid life is. Seasons change. Things move. People transform. Situations shift. We live in a world where no matter what, that’s going to be the reality. Every aspect of life—including healing—has its own rhythm, its own flow, and its own movement, and we cannot dictate the rate of that change. We can respond to this truth with resistance or with wisdom. Perceiving ourselves as part of an immense reality of change connects us to all of life. Once we dispel the illusion of being separate and static, we work with change instead of against it, and we no longer feel the need to brandish a closed fist at the world.

There are many things we can know, and many things we cannot. It is in the place between the known and the unknown that we find these essential truths. We can’t know how something will end, or whether someone will recover from an illness, or when or how we will die, but we can know that we all will die. We can’t know what thought will arise next in our minds, but we can know it will be impermanent, evanescent. We can’t know if a relationship will last, but we

can’t know what thought will arise next in our minds, but we can know it will be impermanent, evanescent. We can’t know if a relationship will last, but we can know that vengefulness brings suffering and loving kindness brings happiness. We can’t know the result of an action, but we can know that our actions have consequences, because we are all interconnected.

We can’t even know what the next breath will feel like, but we know that our life hangs upon this delicate movement of air. We can’t necessarily know the outcome of a job interview, but we can know that everything in this universe that has the nature to arise also has the nature to pass away. We can’t know what will happen tomorrow, but we can know that one thing leads to the next.

We may not comprehend why there is so much suffering in this world, why some people behave so badly toward others; but we can know, as the Buddha said, that hatred will never cease by hatred—it will only cease by love. We can’t know what the future holds; but we can know where happiness, strength, and wisdom are to be found. We can feel the rhythm of these truths underneath the ordinary flow of events as surely as we can feel the rhythm of the surf when we’re sitting on the shore. Even in this world of constant change and uncertainty that we cannot control, we can be free of enmity and fear.

Sharon Salzberg is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is The Kindness Handbook (Sounds True, 2008). She is also the author of The Force of Kindness (Sounds True, 2005), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (Riverhead, 2002) and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala, 2002). For more information about Sharon, please visit her website.

 

Carl Honoré y la Lentitud como Método.

18 oct

Carl Honoré

Periodista, orador y embajador del Slow Movement

Carl-Honore | Tiching

Le encantaba el risotto y no le gustaba nada el brócoli “sobrecocido”. Gran enamorado de los deportes, en especial del hockey sobre hielo. Le hubiera gustado tener más flexibilidad de agenda durante la escolarización, ya que recuerda que a menudo en el último minuto de una asignatura surgía un debate interesante que se veía interrumpido por la rigidez del horario escolar. Actualmente es un prestigioso escritor y orador que predica el menos es más y critica el actual culto a la velocidad. Su última gran obra se titula La Lentitud como Método.

¿En qué consiste el International Slow Movement?
Yo lo definiría como una revolución cultural ya que vivimos en un mundo en que todos los aspectos han sido contagiados por el virus de la prisa. Se trata de privilegiar la calidad frente a la cantidad, de ir a la velocidad adecuada en cada momento.

¿En qué se traduce esta obsesión por la velocidad a nivel educativo?
La consecuencia de este cambio cultural a nivel educativo consiste en que la niñez se ha convertido en una carrera hacia la perfección. Todos los que estamos relacionados con los niños, tenemos mucha presión para crear un niño alfa. Personalmente creo que la paternidad se ha convertido en un cruce entre un deporte competitivo y la creación de un nuevo producto.

¿Y a nivel académico?
Muchas escuelas han pasado a ser casi una línea de montaje donde los niños están sometidos a cada vez más presión académica. Los exámenes han pasado a ser más importantes que el aprendizaje en sí mismo.

¿Cree que son los profesores quienes imponen esta presión?
A mi juicio los profesores suelen ser víctimas de un sistema que les empuja hacia un enfoque que no comparten. La presión viene de todos los ámbitos, una buena parte de ella proviene directamente de los padres, pero también de la sociedad en general.

Usted defiende que estamos sobrecargando de tareas a los estudiantes,  ¿qué deberes se les deberían encomendar para hacer en casa?

Muchos estudios demuestran que los deberes no tienen mucho valor hasta los once años. Por lo que deberían hacerse proyectos capaces de provocar búsquedas, descubrimientos en casa junto a los padres, como cocinar para aprender matemáticas. Antes de los once años, se les debe dar el tiempo necesario para jugar, para ser niños, para explorar el mundo a su propio ritmo e incluso para aburrirse.

¿Aburrirse?… pero si es la peor pesadilla para los niños
Tenemos mucho miedo al aburrimiento, es el pecado magistral del siglo XXI. Pero debemos entender que puede ser un fenómeno muy útil, un trampolín hacia el descubrimiento.

¿Qué papel deben jugar los padres en los deberes de sus hijos?
Tienen que involucrarse de una forma muy ligera, guiar pero no empujar. Hay momentos obviamente que se debe imponer un poco de disciplina, pero en general, creo que muchos padres caen en la trampa de hacer los deberes de sus hijos en vez de asesorar y guiar.

¿Qué opina acerca de las actividades extraescolares?
A mi me parecen fantásticas porque es un elemento integral de la niñez. Pero nuevamente caemos en la trampa de hacer demasiadas actividades y esto significa tener que ir más rápido y hacer las cosas de manera superficial. Les debemos dar la oportunidad de experimentarlo todo, pero dejándoles la posibilidad de elegir y facilitándoles el tiempo necesario para descansar y procesar lo que han vivido.

En el TED dijo que los estudiantes de las Universidades tienen mejores CV y notas pero menos calidad. ¿Qué se está haciendo mal desde las escuelas?

En las escuelas y en el hogar estamos tratando a los niños como si fueran productos y no personas. Estamos tan enfocados a lo medible que no damos importancia a aspectos tan sencillos como puede ser la relación con los demás. Estamos enseñando a ir en línea recta, a tomar atajos, ya que estamos en un sistema que premia a los que llegan más rápido.

Inútil para el mundo real…
Es interesante observar que en muchos países los estudiantes están dejando su primer año de carrera en tiempo récord, porque han pasado volando por su niñez. No han tenido tiempo para meditar, para ubicar su propio camino y para conocerse. Al llegar a la Universidad encuentran su espacio y muchos se despiertan y se dan cuenta que no quieren hacer lo que están haciendo.

¿Cómo lo podemos mejorar a nivel educativo?
Yo creo que tiene que haber mucha más flexibilidad, debemos abrir espacios a un abanico de sistemas educativos y dar más libertad al colegio y a los profesores. Actualmente, tenemos sistemas muy uniformizados, pero cada niño, aula o escuela tiene necesidades diferentes,  por lo que un sistema único impuesto por el ministerio de educación no es recomendable.

¿Qué país tiene un modelo educativo ejemplar y en qué se diferencia de los demás?
El finlandés, por ejemplo. Los colegios y profesores tienen mucha libertad. Se les forma muy bien y tienen mucho prestigio social. En muchos sistemas educativos hay una falta de confianza que provoca que los profesores gasten mucho tiempo justificando lo que hacen.

¿Qué debemos hacer en este sentido?

Tenemos que invertir en los profesores, tener más variedad en la oferta educativa y poner menos énfasis en la medición, dejando espacio a aspectos más importantes y menos medibles. También es importante enseñar a fracasar y a aprender  de los errores.

¿Qué importancia cree que tienen las nuevas tecnologías como Tiching en el proceso de aprendizaje?
Creo que por un lado pueden ser negativas si los niños están constantemente conectados, ya que nunca van a poder aprender el arte de pensar. Todos tenemos que buscar un nuevo equilibrio para aprovechar estos productos sin exceso. Lo positivo es que les dan acceso a una gran cantidad de información y esto puede ser fantástico para el aprendizaje si se maneja inteligentemente. Es importante evitar sacrificarlo todo en favor de la tecnología.

Are The Foods You Eat Making You Sick? 3 Ways To Reboot Your Health

16 oct

Most people I talk to are downright confused and frustrated about what to eat and why. Is whole grain the staff of life, or can it damage the brain or the gut? Is wheat a particularly scary bogeyman or not? Is eating an egg really as bad as smoking a cigarette? What about meat? Dairy? Fish? Soy? My intention is to give you the information you need to decide which of these foods are right for you.

Before I tell you who I am and why I’ve spent three years researching and writing my new book, The Plant-Plus Diet Solution, let me tell you who I’m not. I’m not a physician, nutritionist, or chef. I have no supplements to sell, nor any ax to grind. I’m a regular person who got a diagnosis of hypertension at about the same time my husband, Gordon, discovered that he had plaque in his arteries, putting him at risk for heart attack and stroke. We decided to see if changing our diet might help.

That was the beginning of several years of concentrated diet sleuthing. First we tried a low-fat, high-carb, mostly vegan diet. After 14 months of sticking resolutely to that heart-approved program, unfortunately, we continued to lose ground. My hypertension worsened, and while some of Gordon’s cardiac indicators improved, others got worse. To add insult to injury, we both gained weight. While many other people, including President Bill Clinton, thrive on a high-carb, low-fat diet—and there is solid research to support it for people with heart disease—for us it wasn’t the hoped-for panacea.

It was frustrating to try so hard, and to believe in a diet with such evangelistic fervor, only to lose ground. So, using my Harvard Medical School doctorate in cell biology to good advantage, I dove into the literature on nutrition and got better acquainted with some of the disastrous national policies that shaped our health, and our approach to heart disease, over the past half century.

The Low-Fat Wrong Turn

Ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower was diagnosed with heart disease in 1961 and put on a low-fat diet, lowering dietary fat while increasing carbohydrates became nutritional dogma in spite of some mighty sketchy research. Yes, the rates of heart disease have gone down, but the experts don’t think that diet was involved. Less smoking, better emergency medicine, more long-term care, fewer cases of rheumatic fever, and healthier moms who bore higher-birth-weight babies are the likely causes of the decrease in heart disease over the past 60 years.

Ironically the very dietary changes that were put in place specifically to reduce the incidence of heart disease, which still claims the lives of one in four Americans, ignited an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, metabolic derangement, and Alzheimer’s disease instead.

In 1960 the United States was 16th in life expectancy compared to 191 other countries worldwide. The most recent data I could find, for the year 2012, was published in The World Factbook compiled by the CIA. The United States ranked 51st in life expectancy, behind Bosnia and Herzegovina, barely nosing out Guam.

We’re at a turning point where children now being born in the United States are the first generation whose life span is on track to be shorter than that of their parents. They are slated to live, on average, an alarmingly short 69 years. One single medical recommendation—to eat low-fat foods—spawned a high-carb feeding frenzy that may be the single most expensive mistake, in terms of both human suffering and economics, ever made in the name of evidence-based medicine.

3 things have to happen to reverse the health trends that are fast eroding both quality of life and our economy, both personally and as a nation:

1. Minimize refined carbs. It’s time to call off our national love affair with what some nutritionists call “crap carbs,” high-glycemic-index carbohydrates, devoid of fiber, which come from refined grains and sugar that send your blood

lucose soaring. As you’ll read about in my book, these carbs are a major culprit in the health epidemic. Even whole grains can turn into sugar more quickly than some people’s metabolism can handle.

2. Eat a carb-reasonable amount of low-glycemic-index good carbs— the kind found in high-fiber whole vegetables and fruits. The most basic practical consideration that governs how to eat for your metabolic type is simple: Given the environment in which we live, does the combination of our genetics, our gut microbes, and the food we eat (plus other factors that have yet to be discovered) lead us to be (1) exquisitely insulin sensitive, (2) moderately insulin sensitive, or (3) insulin resistant? Simple blood tests can tell you. The more insulin resistant you are, the fewer carbs you can eat without deranging your metabolism and setting yourself up for chronic disease.

3. Personalize your diet for your unique physiology. Beyond eating a diet composed largely of vegetables and fruits, some people will thrive on whole grains and legumes. Other people less so. Some people can eat gluten, whereas others cannot. Certain folks can eat more fats than others, and fats of differing composition. Some people do well with dairy, and others not so much. And while meat is what I call a Plus food for many of us, it’s less suitable for others.

Why Is the Plant-Plus Diet a Solution?

What’s true for us in terms of our personal health and the health of our economy is also true for our planet. It’s in crisis. I’m not an alarmist, but it’s ostrich-like to dispute the facts. Earth truly is at a tipping point. Global warming, increasing pollution, and agricultural practices that deplete the soil, poison the water, and kill our beneficial bacterial allies (and eventually us) are hard to ignore. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. Our elders, who are succumbing to an epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease, are like canaries in the mine. So are the increased number of autistic children. Are you overweight? Diabetic? Depressed? Anxious? You’re a canary in the mine as well.

Something has gone terribly wrong with our national health and well-being, and it’s high time for the tide to turn. The Plant-Plus Diet—a scientific, metabolically personalized, whole-foods approach to health—is also a solution to some of these pressing problems. If we as consumers refuse to eat junk foods, genetically modified foods, pesticide-riddled produce, and products made from factory-farmed animals, we’ll be healthier and so will our precious children. Furthermore, eating the Plant-Plus way— personalized for your own unique metabolism—is empowering. It’s a step you can take to ensure that you, your children, your children’s children, and the Earth herself endure and prosper for the good of us all.

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is one of the leading experts on stress, spirituality, and the mind/body connection. She has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and is the co-founder and former director of the Mind/body Clinical Programs at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

 

 

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El Padre Nuestro y las Glándulas Endocrinas. (Video)

14 oct

Which of The 4 Stages of Life Are You In? Understanding Your Life Purpose

12 oct

In my book Inner Voice: Unlock Your Purpose and Passion, I outline the principles and strategies I developed to help you identify your true life purpose, develop your passion, and create a peaceful, joyful, fulfilling and successful life. One of the more important discoveries I’ve made is that our lives can be divided into four distinct phases. It’s a concept first articulated by Carl Jung (the Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology) and later discussed by countless spiritual writers over the years. Jung’s writing explains it using complex sentences with words and phrases like “false presupposition” and “hitherto.” I’m going to do it simply.

The phases are naturally sequential in a way that’s related to our level of maturity and understanding of life in general, once we grow past early childhood and enter our teen years. Although it makes sense that we would move through each phase in order, much like how we progress through grades in school, completing a phase without going back, that’s not how it happens. We move in and out of the phases, and sometimes we are in more than one phase at the same time. When we understand the phases, we can better understand what motivates our actions. And when we understand what motivates our actions, we can make better choices.

The 4 phases of life are:

1. Athlete: This is also known as the vanity phase. It’s when our focus is on ourselves and we are mostly concerned with our physical bodies and how we look. Want proof? Watch teenagers walk by a mirror; they can’t do it without checking their reflection. Sometimes they’re admiring, sometimes they’re critical, but they look at themselves every chance they get. And no matter what happens, their primary concern is how it impacts them. You may know some older people—adults and even senior citizens—who are this way as well. The athlete phase is an immature, self-centered mind-set that some of us never grow beyond.
2. Warrior: As we move into our adult years and assume greater responsibilities, we enter the warrior phase of life. This is the time when we want to conquer the world. We want to win—to be the best and have the best. We act as warriors act, and we do what warriors do. We’re always prepared for battle, even when it doesn’t matter and isn’t necessary.

3. Statesperson: As we gain maturity, we evolve into the statesperson phase. As warriors, we looked out for ourselves. As a statesperson, we shift from “What’s in it for me?” to “How can I make a difference and serve others?” We no longer emphasize money, power, and possessions as we once did. Certainly we accept and enjoy those things, but we know there’s far more to life than that. We learn that giving is the best way to receive and that the time has come for us to take action to leave this world a better place than we found it.
4. Spirit: This is when we come to the ultimate realization that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, not the other way around. We understand that we are more than our bodies, more than our possessions, more than our friends and families, more than our worldly achievements. We recognize our truest essence, our highest selves.

Do you recognize yourself in one or more of those descriptions? I do. I moved into the warrior phase when I was a young husband and father at the age of 20. I was determined to get and keep my life on track, to take care of my family, to prove to the world that I was a winner. I stayed in that phase pretty much exclusively for more than three decades; then I was introduced to the statesperson phase. I’d like to say I began growing into it naturally, but the truth is that I was hammered into it by what I call a life crushing. I talk about this in the video below:

 

A life crushing is what it says: something that crushes us. Someone (a relationship) crushes us, a devastating accident occurs, or we crush ourselves. Life crushings are always personal and relative. They might be the end of a marriage, the death of someone we love, an illness, a serious business or financial blow—the list is endless. It’s important to recognize that what may crush one person is barely a blip on the radar screen to someone else and what may have crushed you years ago won’t bother you at all today. And although it took a life crushing for me to begin evolving into the statesperson phase, the process happens differently for everyone, so don’t think you have to experience something awful to achieve this level of personal growth.

Every day, I feel as if I move more into statesperson, but I haven’t completely shed the warrior. I’m not sure most of us ever completely move beyond the warrior phase. Even when we understand it and are committed to evolving, there will still be emotions and events that will trigger our warrior behavior. And as far as the spirit phase goes, I’m not sure I’ll ever make it to that phase. Those who have reached that level include the likes of Gandhi and Mother Teresa, and I don’t believe they had finished learning how to be better spiritual beings either.

You’ll have to do your own evaluation, but at least at this point, I don’t believe reaching the spirit phase is the purpose for my life. I don’t think the creator meant for this to be the goal for all of us, because we all have different purposes. As in all endeavors, there has to be a chief cook, there has to be someone to clean up after the chief cook, and someone needs to be the server. Just as we can’t all be the chief cook, it’s my experience that we’re not all meant to reach the spirit phase permanently. Even so, I believe we should regularly pause to evaluate which phase we’re in and consider what we need to do to continue our personal and spiritual development, even as we move back and forth among the phases.

3 keys for an entrepeneur just starting out…

10 oct

I recently spoke at a large event in Las Vegas. After the event I met a young man named Matt Clark. Matt has built two multi-million dollar companies from scratch and he is not even thirty yet. I was so impressed with his success at such a young age I wanted to sit down and talk with him. I was not financially free until my 40’s and that was with the teachings of rich dad. Had business changed at all from my day as a start-up?

You too can be successful!

Matt attended one of the top entrepreneur colleges. When I was young there was no such thing. The university taught Matt about customer service, brand-building, operations, finance, accounting, marketing, etc. But Matt said that’s not really where he learned the most. The best education he received was by actually going out there and just doing it. Matt’s best teacher was experience. That hasn’t changed since my day. Nothing teaches better than going out there and just doing it.

I asked Matt what advise he would give to an entrepreneur just starting out. He said that after building and starting two multi-million dollar companies and talking with lots of very successful entrepreneurs along the way, there are three fundamentals that, if any entrepreneur implements into his or her business, will increase the likelihood of creating a fun, profitable business immeasurably:

  1. High Margins
  2. Recurring Revenue
  3. Measurement

High Margins

For a successful business, not one in which you’re scraping by, you should shoot for a 500% or more markup on the products or services you sell. Matt struggled for many, many months operating a business with only 30-40% profit margin. It wasn’t until he started selling his own brand of private-labeled products with a 600% margin, that he really began to experience the level of profitability a small business needs to survive.

Recurring Revenue

Matt’s second fundamental is recurring revenue. This is one of those business mindsets that become more and more powerful with time. Recurring revenue can be a subscription model business or a business that that sells an add-on product. Matt uses the example of the Keurig coffee brewer and the little K-cups you HAVE to buy each and every time you want to use the machine.

If you implement a recurring revenue component right now into your business, you’re only going to get those same people re-billing next month – nice, but that’s not the big payoff. But, if you keep it up, continually adding more and more recurring customers each and every month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years down the road, you’ll have more than your company is making now on AUTO-PAY.

Matt is right. The recurring model does not make you an overnight success but if you keep at it, it can be very profitable. I’ve found the key to recurring revenue is quality. You are only as good as your last customer experience. Rich Dad just started our Insiders subscription model. I know that if I do not deliver quality lessons and insights ever week the Insiders members will stop paying. My team’s job and my job is to keep delivering quality.

Measurement

Lastly, measurement is a MUST for any business of any size. For any business, online or offline, if you’re spending money on advertising, your business will never experience the gigantic leaps in growth a profitable advertising campaign can produce if you are not measuring.

What Matt calls measuring I call feedback. Feedback comes through results, through listening to customers and through the numbers you get when you measure. Being in business is not a hobby where you do what makes you feel good. You need to get the numbers, know how to read the numbers and adjust based on what the numbers are telling you.

I asked Matt about the importance of your businesses’ mission. He looked at me with a smirk and said, “that’s a given.” I knew I liked this kid.

Robert Kiyosaki

 

Luna llena en Aries y eclipse lunar este 8 de octubre del 2014

8 oct

El 8 de octubre: Luna Llena y Eclipse Total de Luna. La “Luna de Sangre”

 

Esta Luna Llena en Aries, es decir en el ángulo Aries-Libra, o dicho de otra manera el ángulo, TU y YO o dicho aún de otra manera, el balance entre lo masculino y lo femenino dentro de <img>uno mismo , un tema fundamental en las relaciones personales. Este eclipse es el segundo de una serie de cuatro eclipses llamados Luna Roja o Sangrienta. Se verá en ciertas partes de USA y Hawai en las tempranas horas de la mañana, antes del amanecer. Para el Sur Este del planeta, Australia, Nueva Zelandia, la parte Este de Asia se verá después de la puesta del sol. En Sudamérica se verá un Eclipse parcial antes del amanecer del día 8. Será exacto para España y centro Europa a las 12:50.
Este eclipse define en particular los juegos de poder entre dos personas, ya sean marido y mujer, socio-socia, novio-novia, etc. Esto está definido por el hecho que la Luna a 15º Aries 05′ se encontrará para este eclipse, en conjunción a Urano a 14º Aries 29′, quien como ya sabemos está en cuadratura a Plutón, en este momento a 11º Capricornio 03′. El Sol a 15º Libra 05′ para este eclipse, que por supuesto está oponiendo la Luna para una luna llena, se encuentra también en cuadratura a Plutón y opuesto a Urano. Venus es parte de esta ecuación por encontrarse en Libra al lado del Sol.
Las relaciones humanas es el tema de este Eclipse y la situación en Siria e Irak con Isis y las fuerzas del Coalición y también con los kurdos en el borde con Turquía, una descripción bastante elocuente del tema y del poder de la actual cuadratura Urano-Plutón y de la combinación con este eclipse lunar.
Muchas guerras han comenzado para eclipses, que desde la antigüedad son considerados como una influencia oscura, negativa, y además se manifiestan en ciclos. El Nombre en sí: Eclipse viene del griego y significa, “abandono”, caída u oscurecimiento de un cuerpo celeste. Algo deja de ser visto o de Ser por unos instantes. Algo entra en un tramo oscuro, o en la sombra de otro cuerpo. Como lo muestra este diagrama, en un eclipse lunar total, como éste, la Luna (nuestras emociones) pasan por la sombra de la Tierra, o umbra. Simbólicamente, algo en nuestro interior entra en la sombra de nuestra consciencia, en las oscuridades de la psiquis, para que podamos llevar luz a esas zonas, observar qué se esconde en lo profundo de nuestras emociones, que no nos permite evolucionar. Un momento para que podamos recapacitar (ayudados por Mercurio retrógrado) sobre qué necesita transformarse en nuestro interior, para poder progresar, evolucionar, concluir situaciones que nos afligen y movernos al nuevo capítulo de nuestras vidas. Qué ciclo está concluyendo y cuál comienza. Un eclipse en signos cardinales como éste, llama a la acción, a la superación, a la conclusión de algo, a un nuevo comienzo.


Los eclipses ocurren cuando las lunaciones se forman cerca del los Nodos Lunares, esos puntos imaginarios pero relevantes donde el plano de la Luna cruza la eclíptica, o línea que marca el paso de la Tierra alrededor del Sol ( o del Sol alrededor de la Tierra, visto desde aquí). En la carta astral el Nodo Norte (o Rahu o Cabeza del Dragón) marca las cualidades que estamos tratando de desarrollar en esta vida y el Nodo sur (o Ketu o cola del Dragón), describe, cuales son aquellas de las que estamos tratando de alejarnos, patrones que necesitamos transformar.
En este eclipse del Miércoles 8 de Octubre que ocurre en Libra con el Sol junto al Nodo Norte y a Venus (regente de Libra) y con Pallas en oposición a Eris, el tema del reclamar más libertad dentro de la relación parece emanar de él. Por tanto la lección de que la libertad no es algo que reclamas a otro, sino algo al que todos tenemos derecho es elocuente. Si tienes que reclamárselo a otro, es por que tú mismo has entregado tu propia libertad a ese otro. Todos venimos a esta vida a desarrollar nuestro propio destino y es nuestra absoluta obligación hacerlo. Si no puedes desarrollar tus propios talentos, tu propias decisiones, por depender de la aprobación de otro, este es quizás es tema de la oscuridad que necesita luz. Por qué le otorgamos al otro, nuestro poder de decisión, nuestra autoestima, nuestra auto-aprobación?
Este eclipse cardinal nos hará sentir más fuertes y decididos que nunca, con más coraje para confrontar lo que la vida nos trae y reclamar libertad de acción, necesidad de liberarnos mental y emocionalmente. Si todavía arrastras una relación que ya no funciona o una dependencia ya sea emocional o económica que te hace sentir atado/a, usa las energías de este eclipse para RE-capacitar y RE-valorar “por qué” o mejor dicho “para qué” estás en esta situación. En la mayoría de los casos, la dependencia es de una parte de nuestra propia psiquis que desconocemos, que se mantiene en la oscuridad y que nosotros proyectamos sobre nuestra pareja o socio. La Luna a su vez, se encuentra al lado de Urano y Eris, combinación que grita: Libertad!!!! Esta última es la “expulsada”, la que se deja fuera, “Malíficent” en el cuento de la Bella Durmiente, su nombre significa “discordia” y parecida a Lilith que fué expulsada del Edén por no querer obedecer ciegamente a Adam.
La buena noticia es que la Luna junto a Urano forman un Gran Trígono a Marte en Sagitario y a Júpiter en Leo, aunque puede ser una combinación explosiva por un exceso de Ego, puede al mismo tiempo hacernos sentir, bastante más optimistas y traer oportunidades de expandirnos y viajar o progresar en lo que sea que hacemos, lo que ayudará en el proceso de liberación. Recuerda que Liberación no necesariamente significa Divorcio, la verdadera liberación ocurre a nivel mental, cuando uno se anima a Ser, quien realmente Es y no quien los demás quieren o esperan que sea. Aunque no es una tarea fácil, es nuestra más absoluta obligación, como también lo es, vivir nuestros aspectos femeninos y masculinos de nuestra psiquis de una forma balanceada y que mejor oportunidad que el Sol y Venus en Libra para hacerlo?
El hombre debe hacer paz con su parte femenina para no exigir a su mujer que sea lo qué él quiere que ella sea y la mujer debe asumir y expresar su parte masculina para no esperar del hombre algo que él no es.

Cristina Liard

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