Remembering John F. Kennedy
The 50th anniversary of that tragic and fateful day in Dallas has yet again brought into focus the controversy about what is probably the biggest mystery of our times: Who killed JFK?
Why is it that we often seem to focus more on people's deaths than on what they stood for, what they accomplished or tried to accomplish, or the effect they had on us? It's easy to fall right back into all those theories of who was behind JFK's assassination, since most people believe that the "magic bullet/lone gunman" is ridiculous and the government has been lying all these years. But I'd rather focus on his legacy and how it is better to carry that legacy into the future than to stay stuck in the past. Bad enough that someone killed him; but his assassins also killed the dream, the vision of a better world and a better future, with which he inspired us. Or perhaps they only postponed it, by putting a nation into shock and whisking that "better future" off the table to be replaced by a different one of their choosing? Perhaps the endless rehashing of all the conspiracy theories actually keeps us distracted and prevents us from re-igniting that flame of hope and creating that better world?
To me, JFK brought us hope, something that has been sorely missing from our culture in the last few decades. He emphasized our strengths as human beings and as a nation (rather than our weaknesses and fears, which are emphasized now), and he challenged us to reach inside and be BETTER, because he believed we could. He made us believe it, too. He was taking steps to help create a better world for everyone, not just the wealthy, not just the USA, but everyone. He showed us that a better world should and could be created, and that we had the power and ability to do it.
JFK had special meaning for me. My mother died in the fall of 1962. During the following year, when I needed it the most, President Kennedy gave me hope for the future. He inspired me to believe that life has meaning, if we will only rise to the occasion, evoke the best in ourselves, and move forward together with Love, generosity, and the intent to create a better life for ourselves and everyone. He gave me hope and a sense of purpose, when life was looking pretty bleak. And for that, I will always be grateful to him, and he will always have a special place in my heart!
A year later, the unthinkable happened, plunging much of the nation into a long-term "existential moment." In the next few years, the world continued to turn topsy-turvy, as a tsunami of revolutionary, transformational energy swept in, and the first wave of the establishment vs. the individual cycle gained increasing momentum. Although that transformational wave receded in the mid-70s after the assassinations of more people of vision, and it was followed by significant backlash, many important seeds were planted at that time, including the seed of the idea of a better world for everyone. Some of those seeds have sprouted and borne fruit; others have not bloomed yet.
We are now in the throes of the second wave of that great transformational cycle of Uranus and Pluto, characterized this time by the increasing economic chasm between the 1% and the 99%. The establishment may appear to be even more deeply entrenched, but that feeling of being poised on the brink of great change is back, and the dissatisfaction with the status quo is more widespread. For many of us, these energies of ripeness and possibility feel familiar. During this new time of great upheaval, when many of us deplore what we have become as a nation, perhaps we can turn again to that hope for the future and JFK's vision of a world with prosperity for all.
I believe JFK is still very much with us in spirit, urging us to remember who we are; to remember our power, our abilities, and our ingenuity; and to take up that torch of freedom and prosperity for all again, and really bring it into fruition this time. The only question is whether we are up to the challenge, and I believe we are.
Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude
It's Thanksgiving time here in the United States, and families across the country are getting ready for the big event. Grocery carts across the nation are stuffed with turkeys, hams, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pies. And out-of-towners are bracing for lots of traffic and long lines at airports on Wednesday, "the most traveled day of the year." Most of us engage in some type of ritual to recognize and give thanks for our many blessings, in keeping with the holiday theme. We also eat too much good food, hang out with family and friends, watch football on TV, eat turkey sandwiches for the rest of the weekend, and then get back to our normal lives and gear up for the shopping frenzy known as the holiday season.
This Thanksgiving is likely to be much like many others, although we all will be at the effect of some fairly volatile energies from the skies, including the ongoing solar flares, the comet ISON reaching its closest point to the sun on that day, and the sun's activities related to reversing its magnetic poles. We are also continuing to experience the transformational Uranus/Pluto square that is squeezing us all like a tube of toothpaste to release everything that is no longer aligned or supportive or nurturing. This includes all of those unresolved, unexpressed issues and emotions related to family. Forewarned is forearmed: Thanksgiving may be punctuated by emotional outbursts! Be sure to pack your sense of humor!
These are times when it behooves us to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, an attitude that becomes part of our daily lives rather than something we remember once a year. Nothing could be more appropriate in these chaotic, stressful times of Shift. But what does that mean, exactly?
Gratitude is appreciation and thankfulness for what we have. Just as the holiday media machine is gearing up to generate as much frenzied desire as possible for what we don't have (and, therefore, need to run out and buy), gratitude will remind us to take stock and appreciate all that we have already: the love in our lives, our family and friends, our health, our homes, our jobs, our possessions, our skills and abilities, and our freedoms. Gratitude reminds us to stop taking these things for granted and to value what we have; to stop yearning after what we are being told we want, and to want what we actually have.
The cult of desire, the obsession with acquisition, and the attitudes of "gotta have it" and "never enough" have been carefully fed to us and cultivated by those who benefit the most from our excessive spending on things we don't really need and may not be able to afford. These attitudes keep us in a state of perennial dissatisfaction and, for many, perpetual debt. They teach us to equate "love" and "self-worth" with "things," and they encourage us to repeatedly try to fill those hurt and empty parts inside ourselves with "stuff," even though we know, deep down, that doesn't work. As long as we are looking for our value and worth outside of ourselves, we will never heal, and thus, the frenzied acquisition cycle will be maintained.
Gratitude returns us to our center and brings us back to basics. It teaches us the difference between "wants" and "needs." It reminds us of what we have, what is and is not really important in our lives, and what we truly value. It shows us that the glass is really half-full, rather than half-empty, and helps us focus on the true wealth we enjoy, regardless of our economic status. It nudges us toward true healing and wholeness, and relieves us of the media- and culture-induced feeling that we need to buy into the earn-spend-debt scenario in order to find meaning in our lives. Gratitude shows us our many blessings and urges us to count and appreciate them. And when we do that—count and appreciate our blessings in gratitude—the Universe responds by giving us even more reasons to feel gratitude! Now that's a scenario I can embrace!
For this Thanksgiving, and the entire holiday season, I wish you all an unending supply of love and joy, and a renewed sense of gratitude!
All content © 2013, E.B. Dye
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The planets were particularly busy in November, and we are still feeling the effects of two eclipses and the fourth exact square of Uranus and Pluto.
Several planets also changed direction, which will change how we experience their energies for many months to come: Jupiter turned retrograde on November 6; and Mercury, Neptune, and the comet Chiron finished their retrograde periods and went direct. The solar flares continued, and Comet ISON reaches its closest point to the sun on November 28.
In December, Uranus turns direct on December 17, and Venus will begin its retrograde period on December 21, the day of the Winter Solstice.
It appears that hidden truths will continue to be revealed, and we will be encouraged to examine what we believe about value and worth, in all senses of those words, just in time for the holiday season.
If you are interested in finding out more, there are many great astrological websites that provide lots of free information.
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|I am an Intuitive Coach, Public Speaker, Author, Reconnective Healing® practitioner, and Practical Mystic. A Near-Death Experience (NDE) in 1985 expanded my psychic abilities and created a link with some very loving—and humorous—Guardians of humanity and the ancient wisdom, who gave me a huge amount of information about life and the evolution of mankind. I bring this knowledge and connection to my clients and audiences, along with over 30 years’ accumulated wisdom and understanding of metaphysics, life on earth, and Who We Really Are.
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