Saturday, March 7, 2020

HO’OPONOPONO and THE MASTERY of FORGIVENESS by Chris Gruner

Ho’Oponopono – like Buddhism, and like Authentic Christianity – is centered around the mastery of forgiveness.


Initially, one learns the benefits of forgiveness by applying Ho’Oponopono in relation to those we have a clear sense of having injured, including ourselves.  As the practice deepens though, we begin to apply it to all those toward whom we harbor grievances, the people we think hurt us. And finally we use it to take total responsibility for having organized our own experience exactly as it has been – our karmic harvest.  

This unequivocal embrace of forgiveness, which arises out of the realization that there is nothing to forgive, is the ultimate ground of liberation – what the Bodhisattva comes back to share again and again until all beings are Awake!

Ho’Oponopono – is a Hawaiian word which means “to correct or make right, to come to balance”. In traditional Hawaiian culture, this also refers to a process of setting things right by bringing a person, or ohana (one’s extended family), into proper, healthy balance.  Each individual within the ohana strives to stay in balance, in service to the larger goal of maintaining collective health and unity with all others in the extended family unit.

Much like Buddhism, Ho’Oponopono invites the practitioner to accept 100% responsibility for all of one’s personal experience as well as for our part in co-creating our collective experience.
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Working at the level of taking 100% (total) responsibility for all of your experience, now try experimenting with Ho’Oponopono in this way….

Bring to mind an individual against whom you are holding a grievance.  Contemplate for a moment how you want to blame that person for hurting you in some way. Then apply Ho’Oponopono as follows.  

I’m sorry for asking you to be in my life in a way that provoked my anger toward you.”

Please forgive me for generating an experience that was so painful for both of us.”

I love you because I realize now that you are actually a part of me.”

Thank-you for being in my life story in exactly the way I asked you to be.”
  
The Pay Off of this practice is that once you settle into routinely working with Ho’Oponopono you will find that you are able to extricate yourself from both guilt and grievance almost instantly! With each passing day you will find your life is less and less about resentment and fear as it becomes more and more about love and appreciation!

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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Joy of Chaos

The Joy of Chaos - January 14, 2020 - Shumani


The long anticipated Saturn-Pluto conjunction has happened - exact at 22 degrees, 46 minutes Capricorn on January 12, 2020 at 8:22a Pacific time - just after a lunar eclipse.  This slow moving conjunction is in orb from December 2018 to Jan 2021.  “In Orb” means “in Effect.”  For conjunctions of slow moving planets it is usually considered to be a maximum of 10 degree separation.

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction occurs every 31 to 38 years and was in the full phase (opposition) on September 11, 2001 (in orb August 2000 to May 2003).

Saturn is all about Structure and Limits - establishment and social norms.  Pluto says “Evolve or Die.”  Pluto is about “the Underworld,” Raw Power and “Plutocracy.”

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is a profound power structure Deep Reset.  This one occurs in conjunction with Mercury, Ceres and the Sun.  The “Shadow Government” becomes lit up.  Mercury quickens communication and Ceres grounds the shock of revelation in nurturing Earth-Mother compassion.  This Saturn-Pluto conjunction is also significant because of the upcoming U.S. Pluto return and Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions.

Jupiter catches up with Saturn on Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere) 2020 half a degree into Aquarius (in orb March 2020 to March 2021), just after a total Solar Eclipse at 24 degrees Sagittarius.  This Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction initiates a series in air signs which represents a long term shift in the Socio-Political story we tell ourselves - a cultural reset on the 20 year cycle establishing a much less materialistic undercurrent for about 200 years.  It’s a come as you are party.  Bring your personal vision to enliven the collective vision.

Jupiter-Saturn into Aquarius 2020 and Pluto into Aquarius 2015 inaugurates the Age of Aquarius but that’s another subject.

Pluto on it’s roughly 246 year orbit comes back to it’s 1776 position in 2022.  The first U.S. Pluto return is in orb from about 2014 to 2030.

A Pluto theme is Use and Abuse of Power.  The Industrial Revolution was powered by coal, then oil, brought up from the Underworld - and unconscious abuse of power in that mining ancient sunlight makes possible extreme domination of the biosphere.

As a group, we humanimals have become detrivores dependent on increasing release of long-cycle carbon into the short term carbon cycle.  This a potentially (and apparently) suicidal path with side effects like fracking permanently polluting aquifers that we’re increasingly dependent on as another side effect of carbon releases and machine-world acceleration.

Our survival (especially in the U.S.) depends on becoming conscious of the dead end underlying the false sense of abundance.  To face our shadow, accept limits and learn to self-regulate is to step off the suicidal path back onto the endless, timeless beauty way.

Meanwhile, the USA is getting a much needed humbling.  Maybe, like the Phoenix (a Pluto symbol), it will rise renewed from the ashes of it’s arrogance.

On the surface the feeling/tone is fear of a global plutonic takeover (corporations become the government).  How we deal with the deep frustration of so many dissatisfied souls excluded from the beneficiary side of state capitalism’s ruthless equation will determine much.  This consolidation of economic power defines modern Slavery.  The chains feel heavy but are easily removed when we reclaim our responsibility for dreaming the world into being.

As Chiron enters Aries, a new 50 year dance around the Zodiac begins - an opportunity for the wounded healer in us all to work with healing through understanding rather than reacting from the wound.

The urgency of acute symptoms distracts us from chronic neglect of unassimilated parts of ourselves.  Let us balance Logos with Eros.  The Chirotic process of evolving culture involves us all!

--Shumani