In recent times I've been chatting to various folk who held, shall we say, interesting beliefs.
One of which is that of Astrology.
Now it seems to me, Astrology in any of its forms, be it modern/Western or the traditional, are by their nature, cruel, insofar as they limit people to particular boxes of qualities and characteristics.
I respond, typically, to these sorts of beliefs by asking: "Why limit yourself, to one box? Why not simply engage those qualities and characteristics that you need to achieve your goals, or those necessary to enjoy the quality of relationships you want?"1.
The general belief I hear repeated is that we're influenced by (subtext: we're victims to) the motion of the planets. In reply I ask, can we not choose to go our own way, make our own choices, enjoy our energy independent of those "influences". To which I generally receive, "yes, but they still influence", again inviting me to respond rhetorically with, "and we're free to ignore them, and go our own way."
I mean, being able to choose whatever characteristics or qualities that best serve us, is to me enormously freeing. I can't begin to understand how others must view their world, to be so helpless in the face of some dictatorial edict that says you can't be what, or whoever you want to be, because of some past bit of information about when and where we were born. Hell.
Others tell me how we're subservient to, or under the control of the "elites" who want to reduce the world population to 500 million, or some such. Among such folk I often hear mention of chem-trails, genetic modifications, alien abductions and ...
Now in all these belief-systems, the subtext is the same - we're victims to forces beyond ourselves.
Fortunately, the most successful physical theory in the entire history of the human race (quantum theory) can inject some sense into these sorts of discussions.
First of all, we now know that we're all instantly (nonlocally) interconnected, co-creating the reality we experience. We are not victims, but co-creators. If we are victims to forces beyond us, it is because we acquiesce to them.
My parting words to each of those who espoused such beliefs, was "Power to you! Not power to the planets, or the elites, gurus or anyone, but you. Take back your power, don't keep giving it away to the planets, elites, gurus - to whomever, or whatever".
We are being cruel to ourselves when we limit and narrow our energy and abilities. We are cruel to others when we do similarly, by confining them to one box or another.
It's not like any of this should be a surprise. We've been advised for thousands of years that (paraphrasing2) "if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, say unto that yonder mountain, nick off into the sea, it will indeed do just that". As the researchers at Princeton University's PEAR lab concluded after decades of research, "The enormous databases produced by PEAR provide clear evidence that human thought and emotion can produce measureable influences on physical reality." At this stage of our development they're very tiny mountains, but the principle is the same, it's just a matter of scale.
Or, as Henry Ford said, "whether think you can, or can't, you're right."
And so it goes — power to you, if you wish to claim it.
Update, 4th April, 2017
While reflecting on the above post I remembered stuff I'd forgotten - that there is a very pertinent question to ask of oneself: "who or what owns my life?"
Professor Sir Michael Marmot and researchers found that the number one determinant in a long and healthy life is "control over one's destiny", which is another way of saying, owning your own life, and that it is not owned or controlled by others3,4.
Now, to some extent we are "controlled" by the physical system within which we live, and by the local customs, laws and etiquette. And by our habits, which are beneficial, mostly - insofar as it would be a pain in the proverbial if every morning we had to relearn everything. Habits are highly efficient processes for getting through life.
But when we're told how and when to do our jobs without any autonomy, or any ability to creatively find solutions or betterment, that's when our health and wellbeing deteriorates, big-time: when dis-ease becomes disease.
When we blame "others", be it the elites, authorities, conspiracies, the influence of planets, or we are subservient to gurus and ghosts (e.g. spiritual higher-self) we're giving our power away to those external agencies. We're not living our own lives, replete with the autonomy to consciously and intuitively choose a different, or better way. As Dr Kelly Turner found, common to those who regain wellness after after having been diagnosed with terminal illnesses, was that they took control of their health. And equally as important, in order to take control of their health they trusted their intuition, often in the face of significant disapproval and condemnation from medical authorities5.
So for the sake of one's health and wellbeing, it behoves each of us to own our lives, to be in control of our individual (and collective) destinies.
As Marmot et al have found, it's literally a matter of life and death (insofar as those with very low autonomy will generally be in poor health, and die early).
- 1. As covered in more detail in "Tribalism, as old as the stars", our primary motivation in life isn't survival, it's to belong ... to some peer group, social group, family, tribe, football team, etc. We're social creatures, first and foremost, according to Rifkin. When someone says they're Taurus, or Sagittarius, they're speaking emotionally, of their comfort in belonging, to that group.
- 2. Bible, Matthew 17:20, King James Version
- 3. more information on Marmot's research is cited in "Factors in employee health, wellbeing and resilience".
- 4. Marmot found that wealthy, high-status people live longest, in part due to their ability to more easily access resources with which to live more easily, with lower distress; and the autonomy to choose their work environment (e.g. as CEO, and the like).
- 5. See "Radical Remissions From Cancer: 9 Key Factors".