Astrology

6/30/2010     Wednesday

Art and medicine are favored today.  Be creative and see the doctor if you need to.  A particular form of intuitive awareness is present in every activity, combined with enthusiastic forward action.  Pay close attention to where you are going; you may run into an obstacle.  Something hidden or beneath the surface could suddenly loom large, and this situation will stop you cold.  It seems insignificant, but it must be respected. No running stoplights! You are so enthusiastic about the future but you don’t wish to deal with forms, plans, and things that take time.  Stop, wait and do what needs to be done.  You’ll be glad you did later.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

6/29/2010     Tuesday

Oh ho!  Love or friends?  You want to have both, but parcel yourself out.  Do not mix romance with friendship.  It doesn’t work today.  Your intuition is highly developed, and your thinking is tinged with emotion.   A sixth sense is at work here.  You know what to do but you can’t explain it. Act on what you know to be true and you won’t make a mistake.  Think up reasons later. A good friend or family member can tell you something in confidence that helps you understand the past.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Don’t Wait to be Swept Away

Gyaltrul Rinpoche

An excerpt from the Mindfulness workshop given by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1999

The mistake that we make with almost any spiritual practice is waiting for it to affect us.  We’re waiting for the “feeling” when Dharma is supposed to sweep us away like a Calgon bath or something, and that’s not the way it’s ever going to happen.  You may have wonderful, sweeping experiences, but you’ll do that in your bathtub too.  It’s just normal.

The kinds of practices that we are taught to do on the Vajrayana path, such as prostrations, are quite different and unique for us and for our culture.  At first, a Westerner feels very strange performing prostrations.  We feel goofy and foolish and think, “Wait a minute! I don’t even know if I like her yet.  I mean, just because she’s on the big chair…” But that’s exactly why we do the prostrations, because she’s on the big chair.  The big chair is there because the big chair is the throne of Dharma.  It’s not my throne.  It’s not Alyce Zeoli’s throne.  It’s not Ahkön Lhamo’s throne.  It is the throne of Dharma. When we perform the prostrations that we do, it is actually meant to be a connection between body, speech, and mind.  These three are utilized together.  The physical is doing something, the speech is doing something, and hopefully the mind is doing something.  These three aspects of ourselves performing at the same time makes a sense of connection.  It is a ritual that anchors something that is subtle, very spiritual: you can’t taste it, you can’t own it, you can’t pick it up.  It anchors it into the physical.  When the body performs the prostrations, you literally go into a different space.  That event involving body, speech and mind takes you into a different space, if all three are engaged.

There are many mannerisms associated with Dharma, and as Westerners we think, “Well, I don’t get that whole crouching over thing.  It just looks like a hunchback to me.”  As Westerners, we’re taught to walk straight, almost military-like and prideful.  But, actually, it is the constant mindfulness when you are in the presence of the Lama that creates an exchange of some sort.  It’s not that you have to be unnatural all the time.  If there is an exchange of some sort, simply that subtle tendency of doing that very little bow with mindfulness – and that’s the trick – puts the Lama’s speech in a place where you can hear it more directly.  It actually establishes the connection between you and the teacher, almost like a tube or a direct tunnel going between yourself and the teacher.   If you were in a room full of people and your Root Guru was talking and other people were talking and you were listening to everybody at the same time and to all in the same way, there would be no blessing there.  The reason why there would be no blessing is because the main point of practicing Guru Yoga is to get us past the point of pridefulness and past the point of lack of discrimination that makes us not know whether something is extraordinary or simply ordinary.  Eventually, we will come to see the non-duality of the nature of the Lama and one’s own nature.  At that point one actually takes refuge in that nature, which is one’s own nature every bit as much as it is the Lama’s nature.  Until then, this training is actually mind training, and, once again, Westerners have a hard time with that.  We keep trying to slip it off, because we’re naturally uncomfortable with it.  It doesn’t look like the rest of our culture, and we truly don’t understand.

We try to take our clues from the Lama, and this is where we all go wrong because some Lamas, like Gyaltrul Rinpoche, are funky, humble guys, and other Lamas come in like they’re your best friend.  And then other Lamas come in, and they have a very fine and royal, genteel appearance.  There are so many different Lamas.  The trick is not to take your clue from the Lama, but to take your clue from the Dharma: from the teachings about the nature of the Lama.  Whatever the appearance is, you need to form the habitual tendency and mindfulness of elevating that in preparation for the recognition of and awakening to your own Buddhanature.  The reason why we’re asleep, why we’re not able to awaken, as the Buddha is awake, is primarily because the mind is so thickened through the mixture of non-virtue and virtue.  It’s literally coarsened to where the loudest thing is what we hear, and the loudest thing is our ego.  The loudest voice is our demand, our desire, how we feel, whether our feet hurt or not.  That’s the loudest voice.  The mind is simply not able to distinguish through the obscuration of being constantly involved in clinging to self-nature as inherently real.  So the practice of Guru Yoga is for you, not for the teacher.  Actually, I have found it to be very inconvenient.  To get across the room when people are trying to prostrate is very difficult.  I really do come from Brooklyn, and I really don’t care about that stuff.  The only reason why I teach it the way I do, with such a fervent energy, is because I know how it works, and I know the power of that kind of practice.

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Astrology

6/28/2010     Monday

A sentimental mood begins the day.  You feel nostalgic and remembrance of the past is highlighted.  David Garrick said, “Let others hail the rising sun:  I bow to that whose course is run.”  Honor those who deserve it, and be grateful for their influence on your life.  Then a change occurs and you’re ready to go again!  Friends or others provide a new scenario. Get together with your group and prepare for action!  Something new is in the air.  You are split between the past and the future.  Remember the past, and head toward the future.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

6/27/2010     Sunday

Congratulations!  You just completed a trying time.  Take it easy today.  Have a nice meal.  Watch a movie.  You feel sentimental.  Call your parents, children or old friends.  You express yourself well, and it’s a good time to compose or write things.  An activity with a sympathetic person helps you move out of a persistent sense of having to go it alone.  Someone saying, “I’m with you” changes everything.  You may be the one who offers this solace to others.  Pay special attention to people who reach out to you.  A friendly welcome can change someone’s life today.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Keeping Love Alive

From a series of tweets by @ahkonlhamo

Love. It is CRAZY! We won’t open up our hearts.  Then when we do, we guard the feast jealously. We grieve when adversity appears.

If we try to kill it, it is US that dies. We ARE love. Starving heart does foolish things- grows fangs, hardens, says, “AH! Screw you!”

But still we LOVE! Don’t put the LOVE to bed. Have courage. Even if beloved is as angry as a deranged wildcat. Step back. Wait. Love differently.

Without Love we dry up and are gone. Gone. Not gone beyond, either. Just gone. If only we could remember what this costs us!

To have a heart full of LOVE and a belly full of NOTHING is a kind of death. Don’t go there. If you have, don’t stay there. Love is LIFE!

© Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Astrology

6/26/2010     Saturday

You’re moving away from a stressful time, and that feels good.  One last obstacle remains to be overcome today.  An outside force appears to either block or else withhold something you hope for, but this situation can be resolved through negotiation.   If each side gives a bit a favorable resolution is at hand.  You are really tempted to become emotional and act like a baby, but be aware that the other side isn’t moved by your feelings.  Today everybody is acting weird.   And it’s possible for hurtful words to be exchanged.  Keep your head and remember Edward Young’s words, “Be wise today; tis madness to deter.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

6/25/2010     Friday

Emotionally driven thinking is a temptation today, and this could be disturbing. You are prone to emotional upsets and you’re not entirely sure where they are coming from.  The speed of change has moved things through your system rapidly, and emotions stored in your body may be ” flushing out” during the course of the day.  If you become upset, do your best to keep going.  Look for a partner in situations where you are attempting to go it alone.  One person’s comments today can swing things over to the positive. You may be the one who offers the words that help others.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

6/24/2010     Thursday

Love and fun put in an appearance today thanks to a good choice you made late yesterday.  You could wake up grumpy but things improve during the course of the day.  Women, children and home life are enjoyable and amusing today.  Someone loves you and thinks you’re wonderful, and that awareness helps you skate through the day in a happy mood.  Shakespeare said, “My crown is in my heart, not on my head…my crown is called content.”  Be happy!  Your attitude permeates everything you do today and helps others too.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

6/23/2010     Wednesday

Plan long term goals today, and take reality into consideration.   This is an exciting and unstable time, and you feel you are in new territory…you are!  Old solutions that you’ve relied on in the past are useless now, but the good part is that you are able to think clearly and well.  New things are gained and some old comforts are relinquished.  Give them up gracefully.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “For everything you have missed, you have gained something else:  and for everything you gain, you lose something.”  Keep your eye on what you gain, not on what you lose, and you will be fine.

The daily astrology post affects everyone.  Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently.  Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life.  Look to see where the dynamic affects you!