Rainbow Goddess Moon and Entertaining What’s Possible

Rainbow Goddess Taurus Full Moon

Rainbow Goddess Taurus Full Moon (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly

I’m still thinking about last week’s full moon in the sign of Venus-ruled Taurus. When I uploaded my full moon pictures, I saw that this one had a rainbow around the top of the moon. After years of taking pictures of the moon, I have never before seen this! It was as if Venus, just a handful of degrees from the Sun in Scorpio, at the time, was projecting her creative flair to help the moon reflect even more brilliance in her fullness.

We have been through such an intense time of change, in the past few months, especially. So many people I know are undergoing major life-changes. Some of these people have chosen their changes, others definitely did not. Regardless of what prompted the change, having skillful means for navigating life’s transitions can make all the difference. I love the quote I’ve been hearing a lot lately, that says, “Life isn’t happening to you. It’s happening for you.” That simple change in perspective opens us to new possibilities. And while we may not have a choice about exactly what has happened, we have a choice about how we will act in response.

I have been through a lot of life-changing times; we all have. One of the things that helps me the most is the gift of hindsight. Being able to look back at situations that felt like ‘the end of the world’ at the time, turned out to be simply, ‘the end of the world as I knew it’. And each of those transitional times opened my heart and life in ways that allowed me to take actions that I would never have considered, back when I was comfortable and my life was predictable.

My Sun (ego/heart of the self) and Mercury (communication/intellect) are in the Mutable Air sign of Gemini. However, my Ascendant, Venus, Moon, Pluto, and Saturn are all in Fixed signs. So while my heart and mind are all for changing things, keeping them fresh, and entertaining all kinds of creative possibilities, (especially mentally!) my body, sensibilities, emotions and sense of responsibility are wired for predictability and stability, at all costs. So, while I can easily counsel others on the value of making wise choices about the crossroads before them, I know what it is to come up against a lot of internal resistance to taking action until the parts of myself that have concerns are addressed.

We all have obstacles and legitimate concerns about how to move forward when staying put is no longer an option. As we look back at other turning points, we see that we did make it through. Things did work out. Oftentimes, in ways we could never have foreseen and better than we could have imagined. One of the best tools I have discovered for navigating life’s ups and downs is to take a few moments when relaxed, to close my eyes and imagine the situation about which I am concerned and really feel the internal resistance I am experiencing around this topic. When the feelings are strong, I imagine myself melting all of that resistance and let my body release it, as well. Then I flip the situation and see it in a way that feels ideal, to me. Dwelling for a little while in that heightened state of awareness and allowing it to seep into my being, helps to open the creative floodgates for new possibilities to actually occur.

If the moon can have a rainbow, so can you. Keep looking up. You just never know what you might see.

Love,

Jodi


When a Breakthrough Feels Like a Breakdown ~BIG Shifts Happen

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The BIG Shifts interview I did this week with my longtime friend and colleague Adela Rubio is now available for replay on BIG Shifts. I love talking transformation and the many gifts wound around those times of intense change that we all go through. Adela and I have both been through many game changing experiences, and have been inspired to craft much of the work we do in the world around this topic. So, this was one juicy, high-energy conversation.

In the interview, you will hear about one of the major big shifts I went through that peaked during the period from mid-2001 to the end of 2002. It started when I moved to Hawaii, a dream come true, and ended when my guy lost his job and we ended up back in California. Those eighteen months were some of the highest and lowest periods of my life. There were some amazing gifts that came out of that time, most of them not about what I gained but what I no longer needed to carry. Although, at the time it often felt a lot like a breakdown, it was actually a huge breakthrough. Even twelve years later, I am discovering more about what that powerful time was all about, not just for myself, but for all of us.

I share a couple of tips for navigating your own big shifts with ease and grace. Check out the interview and let me know if you found it helpful.

If you’d like to join the BIG Shifts Program, this 30 Day Program started on October 8th, so is already under way, but community access means you will still be able to see everything that has happened. Membership is free of charge and you will receive lots of great tips on navigating your own BIG Shifts and hearing from others on the Transformation Team who have so much good stuff to share.

Shift easy and (as I tell those in my hoop classes) don’t forget to breathe,
Jodi

P.S. Adela mentioned that I teach hoop dance, several times in the interview but we never got around to talking about it. My other site is called Goddess Hoop Dance. My journey to the hoop was another of my BIG Shifts. I’ll write more about that another day.


Getting Shifty With It

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This is a quote from my chat with Adela Rubio for the 30 Day BIG Shifts program. You can find the page with notes from our talk here. The chat will be available for you to hear at 1:00 PM PDT/4:00 PM EDT.

Currently, Mercury is retrograde and we just had an energetic whopper of an eclipse with this week’s Aries Full Moon on October 8th. In this on-going climate of global change, this is an excellent time for releasing anything that no longer serves the greater vision of your life. Whether we are aware of it or not. Whether we embrace change or run from it, nothing is as it was, even a year ago. To gracefully move through these kinds of changes is to become masters of letting go and shifting our perspective. As we stop and take a deeper look at the big shifts that happen in our lives, we see the hidden benefit, unrealized blessing and benevolent boost that allows us to break free of the patterns of the past so we can go where our hearts would take us, given half a chance.

One of the things I discussed with Adela was my struggle with being what Elaine Aron called a Highly Sensitive Person, in her book by that name. It took a long time to realize that my empathy and clairsentience was my ticket to deeper realms of experiencing life below the surface and understanding, first of all, that we are all energetically connected and secondly, what made other people tick, so I could assist them in navigating their own inner worlds of mystery, wisdom and wonder. Once I began to really use my empathy as a guide, it helped me know where to go, exactly the right person to speak with, when to leave, who to say yes to and when to say no. The more I embrace my empathy and allow it to inform me, the easier it is to know and let go. Our spiritual gifts and talents are here to serve not only those around us but to show us beyond a shadow of a doubt, what works for us and will move us most swiftly to the people and places that are perfect for where we are in our lives now.

I hope that if you are in the midst of big life changes you look into this wonderful program Adela is facilitating. She’s put together a powerful Transformation Team, each of whom has lots of experience to share and insightful offerings and tools for surfing times of change with ease and Grace.

The more shifty you get with adapting to change, the more easily you’ll flow and know.

Big Love to you in your BIG Shifts,
Jodi