Could wishing be counterproductive?
A few years ago, someone earnestly explained that making wishes would simply draw attention to the fact that whatever I’d wished for was something I didn’t have–and that saying “I want” is an even more negative expression. Much more empowering to use affirmations, he said. Speak as if you were already reaping the benefits of having whatever it was. Since then, I’ve been more careful about saying things like “I wish this would happen,” “I hope this works,” “I really want this,” and so on.
…or is childhood’s impulse right on track?
When I read Jan Spiller’s New Moon Astrology. I began to wonder. Ms. Spiller’s book encourages us to use the natural power of the new moon as a tool for manifesting our desires. She offers page after page of sample wishes, most of which begin with the words “I want.”
Likely it’s my background as a writer (and reader) that’s instilled a belief in the power of words that runs too deeply for me to take this issue lightly. Ultimately, I know it’s up to me to decide what truth looks like for me. And yet I’m curious:
Do you wish? Want? Hope? Or do you stay firmly in the present, using affirmations?
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Last night, after listening to an astrology podcast, I went to astro.com for a look at what the sky has cooking for me. Transiting Pluto is just beginning a sweep of every one of my personal and social planets (my Mars, Venus, Sun, Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter and Moon are crammed into an arc of just 32°). It means slow-moving Pluto is poised to be In My Face for decades to come.
What does that mean?
Clare Martin, author of Mapping the Psyche, says, “Symbolically, Pluto describes a forced initiation which appears to come out of nowhere but changes our lives forever. It is where we are taken over by forces we never believed we were going to get involved with.”
Dana Gerhardt adds, “Pluto operates like a good parent or a wise spiritual master. He doesn’t engineer our suffering; our own confusion does that. It’s not the transit, but our resistance to it that creates the pain. We’re attached to something disempowering; it holds us back. … That dysfunctional mindset must be shattered if we’re going to grow. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, ‘We can’t solve our problems using the same mind that created them.'”
To resist or surrender? Is it even a choice?
Personally, I intend to surrender rather than resist. I’m getting better at it, thanks to all the practice I’ve had this past year or so, but it’s still tempting to go unconscious and metaphorically stick my fingers in my ears singing “la, la, la, I can’t hear you!!”
And when that happens, Pluto sends a friend to “help me” find those less-frequently cleaned spots. What a swell guy.
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Is your car equipped with autopilot? Turns out mine isn’t, in spite of all those times it’s gotten me to my destination while I was enjoying some lost time. (You know what I’m talking about, I’m sure. You’re not drunk or anything; it’s just that you don’t remember much about how you got from A to B.)
Today, I was driving home from my writing chapter’s monthly meeting. I carefully positioned myself in the lane I’d need to nab my freeway exit…and then realized, half a mile or so later, that I’d not taken the turn.
What could have been so compelling as to draw my attention right at the moment I needed to take action? I have no conscious idea.
Dreamworld is calling, and I’ll bet I’m not the only one all too willing to follow. I’m staying off the roads for now.
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