At Wise As Stories, we like to begin each month with writing our horoscope for the month ahead. This is part of a tongue-in-cheek series we call "create your own destiny". No, we are not pretending to be psychics nor is this a new-age manifestation exercise ... rather it's a practical endeavour to clear the mind and create a sense of possibility for the month ahead. Where that takes us is something we will no doubt find over time. Intrigued? Join our movement and write your own horoscope.
August 2021 will be about creating from the inside-out!
New month. New Possibilities.
Did you know that many wisdom traditions believe that everything that happens to us on the outside, had it's genesis on the inside - that is they first started as thoughts, impressions or aspirations in our minds?
This is a very powerful idea that speaks to the creative potential of our minds and conversely, the importance of cultivating awareness of all that is going on there and consciously planting the right sort of seeds.
This month may very well be the perfect time to hone in on this idea as you will no doubt find yourself outwardly restricted by lockdown measures imposed to manage the latest wave of COVID.
So take the time over August to explore and shape your inner world so that the reality you are seeking outside, starts taking shape inside.
And yes, as per our blog cover image, don't forget to add in the rainbows and sunshine!
Address the three realms of existence
Our human live seems to be lived across three realms or planes of existence - the material, the emotional and the spiritual. All three realms come together to shape the 'relative reality' that we experience every day. When embarking on a creative process, it is therefore important to work through all three aspects separately and specifically.
The material realm
The material realm talks to the biological needs of our human body such as food, clothing, shelter, security and sex - the things that we need to survive as individuals and a species.
In many ways this is the most straightforward of all aspects to work with but also the most difficult to keep in moderation.
In our heavily populated world, it is no longer sustainable nor ethical to chase never ending growth and mass consumption. This is driving our planet and indeed the very climate we need to survive into crisis. In spite of propaganda being pedaled by rich billionaires, it's important to understand that there is no Planet B.
Now more than ever we need to re-imagine what makes for a good life.
There is no getting away from the material real so may as well face into it as responsibly as we can. The question to work through here is what do you need to survive as a human being?
Take the time this month to really think through this. Draw and write things out if it helps to shape and clarify your thoughts. Remember to focus on the necessities and not be drawn into the realm of excessive wants and desires.
Be inspired by the trail-blazers; those who have embraced things like downsizing, a minimalist lifestyle, a plant-based diet and de-leveraging. This has not only improved their well-being on a material level but also had unexpected benefits at an emotional and spiritual level.
The sad reality for some in this life is that they will never have the luxury or maybe the blessing or consciousness to go beyond the material. All their life's efforts and energy will be entirely invested in the material realm, focused on survival.
If there is one goal that you set yourself this month, make it to move beyond this; address the material and then rise above it.
The emotional realm
The emotional realm is everything that plays out in our minds. It can also be thought of as the mental realm and speaks to the needs we have as a human being for love, care and connection. We are social creatures after all and a large part of our wellbeing comes from feeling involved and connected to our communities, whatever shape and form they may take.
The sad irony of our times is that in spite of all the digital technologies that provide us with near ubiquitous connectivity, the sense of isolation and loneliness in our societies is only continuing to increase.
Mental health issues is a silent pandemic that is playing out right now. No one saw it coming and no one seems to have a comprehensive plan to deal with it. Individuals have no choice but to take charge of their own mental well-being.
Take the time this month to examine your mind and see what is really going on there.
Be honest about how you spend your time and how that impacts your wellbeing. Do more of things that have a positive impact and commit to avoid those that don't.
Sounds simple? That's because it is.
Write down your resolves and keep going back to it to remind yourself of the commitments you made to yourself to protect and enhance your own mental health.
Critically, continue to spend the time you do on cultivating self awareness, care and love. Be your own best friend.
The 'spiritual' realm
The 'spiritual' realm is where we deal with the more existential questions of life. What is this life? Is what meet the eye all there is to it? Or is there more?
We've all had different experiences of life and will no doubt answer the question differently.
Where most people would agree though is that we are more than just biological beings who's sole focus is survival.
Some would say there is an ethical dimensional to life, others would say philosophical, some would talk about the spiritual and there are yet others who believe in a religious dimension.
Whatever we call it, it's clear that if we want to do more than survive, there are deeper questions we need to examine about our lives and the choices we make. So take some time this as you sip your morning tea, coffee or smoothie to think through all this and become very deliberate about how you live.
As Socrates, the father of western philosophy said,
The unexamined life is not worth living.