JULY 2015 MONTHLY FORECAST by Lena Stevens:
Lena is an internationally known teacher and shamanic practitioner. She apprenticed for 10 years with a Huichol Shaman from Mexico and has studied cross cultural shamanic healing from numerous traditions including the Amazon basin, Native American, Northern European and Siberian. Lena has taught and worked with individuals, groups, businesses and communities for the past 25 years, helping to bring shamanic nature based wisdom back into people's lives. One of her specialities is the woven song tradition of the Shipibo tribe in the Peruvian Amazon, the singing of Icaros or healing songs. The individual healing work with these energy patterns through song and other shamanic techniques has had a powerful impact on her clients. Lena is the co-author of the "Secrets of Shamanism, How to Tap the Spirit Power Within" and a contributor to "The Power Path". Along with husband and partner Jose, she is the co-founder and one of the primary instructors of Power Path Seminars and the School of Shamanism.JULY
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The theme for July is “GROWING PAINS”.
Positive Pole: Breakthrough, transformation, maturity, power, freedom, more access to higher centers.
Negative Pole: Martyrdom, impatience, resistance, breakdown, negative drama, entrapment in lower vibrations.
This month we have reached the time of adolescence in our own growth cycle and evolution. It is emotionally hormonal, reactive against old structures and perceived limitations, and extremely uncomfortable. We don’t know who we are anymore, can’t relate to our world, and tend to moodiness and resistance. And just like it was when you were 11 or 12 or 13 years old, the only way to the other side is through. To stay behind is not an option. Change is the only thing that we can truly count on. So it is not a question of whether or not we move through this cycle but HOW we move through it.
The Growing Pains and discomfort are connected to the false personality and its resistance to change. You may experience breakthrough, freedom and relief in one area of your life where sudden change occurs and then in another area you may fall into great resistance and suffering. One day you may hear a piece of news that sends you spiraling into the depths of depression depending on your ego attachments, and the next day the same situation may spur and inspire you to explore your creativity in a different way, supporting necessary change in your life. The key is to pay attention to what is showing up and how it is showing up and to stay out of negative reaction. Neutrality and acceptance around any situation will go a long way in moving you through the belches and glitches that threaten to derail your sense of well-being.
Being proactive with your growing pains will always produce more positive results while passivity and fear-based denial will only lead to anxiety, a lack of enthusiasm and possibly suffering. There is a difference between being neutrally accepting as opposed to being in fear-based passive denial. Being neutrally accepting is facing what is showing up without judgment, blame, guilt or shame. Then you can follow with taking a proactive step towards your own change and re-patterning, always being aware of the bigger picture and not taking anything personally.
There are aspects to this month that are bouncing us back into the same influences we were under during the eclipses in March/April of this year. If you recall, the theme for April was “up, down and sideways; expect the unexpected”. Some of this theme comes back around and will trigger any loose ends that were not dealt with at that time. Remember that the discomfort and any negative experience of this time are probably due to issues of the past and mainly unresolved and un-forgiven emotional debris. We have outgrown our container and are pushing up against limiting beliefs and our small, fear-based thought processes. The inner child is wounded and wants to be healed. But we must be disciplined and reward only a clear committed intention and not a whiny tantrum. Watch your reactions, as they can be explosive this month. Take a deep breath and think before you speak and act especially when you feel agitated, impatient or victimized. Remember to take responsibility for what is showing up in your life at this time. Step up to the challenge and trust spirit to take care of whatever you cannot see your way through.
There is tremendous opportunity this month to restructure your life based on healing your own inner child and adolescence and allowing for a new alignment of the masculine and feminine both for you personally and for the greater planetary community. The end result will be more personal power, a greater sense of freedom to live your life the way you want, and a deeper experience of self-love and confidence. There has never been a better time than now to move into a place of more trust in spirit and a deep inner knowing that all is as it should be. So embrace your growing pains and enjoy the ride.
How the month shows up
The opportunity this month is for great healing of the inner child, your own adolescence and the way you embody the masculine and the feminine. It is also a great opportunity to release old emotional baggage once and for all and to get your life on the right track. The first half of the month is more volatile and turbulent in terms of possible negative reactions triggered by old patterns and it be may be difficult to stay neutral. Watch Martyrdom and always look at what is happening “to you” as a reflection of what you are carrying inside. There is nothing that cannot be turned around, changed and put on a different track. You are not 2 years old any more and that inner child needs to grow up. It is time to face the growing pains and allow the child to mature.
The potential for personal growth this month is truly awesome and what will be required of you is trust. This is the time of the heart, the time for healing and the time to be in responsibility for your relationships, your karma and the consequences of your thoughts, feelings and actions. We are in a time where instant feedback will make it very clear as to whether or not you are getting the lessons, honoring your growing pains and on the right track. Don’t get trapped in the lower vibrations.
You will need to be careful this month around your relationships as there may be a tendency for over reacting when old patterns are triggered. Remember not to take things personally and yet to be responsible for your part. It is best not to engage in arguments, drama, blame and judgment. Relationships will certainly be subject to their own “growing pains” and if allowed to move in the right direction will end up maturing into a much better and more satisfying place.
The “growing pains” of relationship issues can be painful but there are rewards at the other end. It is best to observe any of your own negative reactions that may include feelings of rejection, unworthiness, frustration, anger, sadness, futility, invisibility, confusion, betrayal, or despair, and acknowledge their origins in the wounds of the inner child. Forgiveness also plays a big part in relationship dynamics and the healing process this month.
There is also an opportunity to rebalance and reset the relationship between the masculine and the feminine within yourself this month. This will support new relationship dynamics in your life so you can experience current and new relationships differently. Relationships create the container for lessons and personal growth and, just as in adolescence, your relationships will provide you with a rich environment for your own personal growth and spiritual maturity.
The environment this month can either be a distraction or a support as you navigate the minefield of your emotions and reactions. Your personal environment is a reflection of what is going on inside. If you have chaos in your environment, you have chaos inside. If your external environment is very tightly controlled, chances are you are very tightly controlled and have a need for control. If your environment is cluttered and messy, you probably lack discipline and good boundaries. If your environment is stark or nurturing or colorful or warm or cold or comfortable or uncomfortable, it is most likely some reflection of yourself.
It is a good month to observe your environment and make a commitment to align it better to how you wish to be personally supported and served. Your environment should be inspiring to you as much as possible and you should surround yourself with that which makes you happy. What have you been putting up with?
The other aspect of environment this month is the need for space, silence, beauty, reflection, wonder, awe, and time. Of course these aspects can always be found in nature, and as you navigate your growing pains this month it would be wise to bring some of them in as a support to yourself. Make sure to spend some time in nature, as nature is neutral and unconditional and usually very healing.
This month will produce growing pains on all levels and the body will be prone to manifesting them at the physical level through a variety of symptoms and conditions. Digestive issues, liver and kidney issues, weight gain and loss, and water balance will be some of the ways they will manifest.
There is a saying, “move the body, cure the soul” which is accurate for these times and reminds us that regular exercise and physical activity stimulates the circulation which in turn stimulates the movement of energy bringing everything that is out of balance back into balance. The body cannot be left behind therefore it is crucial that you love it, nurture it, discipline it, allow it to heal and give it what it needs.
Energy levels will be high and low this month so be prepared for feeling fantastic one day and like there is something dreadfully wrong the next. If you need to rest, rest. If you need to dance, dance. If you need to be quiet, be quiet. Massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy work will all be helpful this month, as they tend to work on more than just the physical body.
Many partnerships, projects, businesses and creative ideas will be subject to growing pains this month. The positive aspect will be movement and change, especially where there has been stagnation, adversity and confusion. The change can be sudden, clean and swift, providing relief and a solution to a problem, or it can be complex and mired in all sorts of dissention, doubt and martyrdom. We suggest the clean break and swift change, as it will lead to high centered experiences. The path of suffering only leads to entrapment in the lower vibrations and does not serve any business, partnership or creative project.
During change, reactions, feelings, disappointments, resentments or anger may come up. Remind yourself that you are not 2 years old anymore and deal with your responsibilities and your reactions from a place of maturity. This is your opportunity to turn things around, get rid of what is not working and step into your life in a more powerful way. This is also the area of life where you get to experience the consequences of your actions and behavior. And what you experience is the exact reflection of what you carry inside.
DATES AND TIME FRAMES
July 1: Full Moon is Wednesday, July 1, at 8:19 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). This full moon may bring about a feeling of being overwhelmed by all that is not “right” in your life and therefore a good time to take a break from it all to do something for yourself that is nurturing, loving and peaceful. You should use this moon to honor yourself with gratitude for all that you have accomplished in your life and to be in acceptance of whatever is showing up for you at this time.
This moon launches the month and will initiate the “growing pains” so it is best to start the month off in a place of honoring self, acceptance of what is, and neutrality around what others are going through. Be inspired by something today and make sure to be physically active as well. This will put your heart mind, and body in the right place.
July 1-7: This time frame we can call “digestion”. You may be digesting certain recent events or experiences, you may be digesting old emotional debris, you may be digesting the consequences of a recent choice, or you may be trying to digest some energy that is not yours and never has been yours. Your physical digestion will be a barometer you can follow as to whether or not you are being successful in this digestive assimilation process or not.
If you find yourself reacting negatively, irrationally or overly emotionally to something, chances are it has been triggered by an old pattern. Old patterns are old, and therefore the experiences they generate are not as easily assimilated and digested into your present life. The digestive aid will be eliminating your judgment and your attachment to how you think it ought to have all turned out. This is the time for you to embrace whatever is showing up in your life and however it is showing up. Work with what you have and don’t put too much on your plate if possible.
Even though there is a desire to move quickly through the lower vibrational states and into a higher centered experience, this may not be possible during this time. The sense of overwhelm experienced during the full moon may continue as you look at all the pieces of your life and try to digest where you have been, where you are now, and where you think you are going. Be patient. Chop wood, carry water.
July 8-15: This is a great time for breakthrough. New understandings, inspiring ideas, magical experiences are all possible at this time. It is a good time to anchor some higher centered points of reference that will help you keep your focus on the light when the going gets tough. You may experience an eccentric combination of being in emotional pain one moment and ecstatic the next. A deep cry for help can easily turn around and become a hysterical laughter about the absurdity of life. Humor is key to breakthrough and to accepting your growing pains as a path to more power and freedom.
Do something during this time that keeps you on track so you don’t fall into bad behavior, your usual addictions and old patterns. However if it does happen, forgive yourself quickly and move on.
July 15: New Moon is Wednesday July 15 at 7:25 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). This is a time of assessment and truth telling. This New Moon may also bring something completely unexpected into your life. Whatever it is, see it as a gift and allow it to anchor you into something new. Allow others to support you at this time with whatever it is that you need.
A New Moon is always an opportunity for a reset. If there is anything going on in your life that needs a reset, do it now.
July 16-22: You should be experiencing success, relief, a sense of freedom and a greater maturity in how you are navigating your life right now. Reflect on the challenges you have been through and see how the growing pains of your experiences have made you stronger and given you a greater sense of power. If you are feeling completely the opposite, be patient as you are still in the learning curve and not out of the tunnel yet.
There is an aspect to this month that is very similar to going through the birth canal. The old comfort zone of your known patterns has become small and constricted and you have outgrown your container. It is time to push yourself through the boundary of what you think your life is and into a new set of experiences and initiations. It is exciting and the “growing pains” are worth it.
July 23-31: This could be a time of confusion. Who am I? Where am I? Whose life is this? Where am I going? Nothing looks familiar. Nothing feels familiar. How did I get here?
This is where trust comes in. The most important things that need your attention and that you are creating for yourself for some reason will show up in a way that you cannot ignore. So do not worry that you have somehow lost control or cannot seem to grasp the organization of your life at this time. There is almost a relaxed quality to the times. Savor it and allow yourself to trust the support of spirit.
This time frame may have you experiencing yourself enthusiastically stretching into the growing pains that have now become familiar and more comfortable. You may surprise yourself by taking on something you never would have imagined doing before or making a choice that would have been uncharacteristic of you in the past.
July 31: The second full moon of the month is Friday July 31 at 4:43 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). Celebrate something new and do something awesome!