Summer 2003

THE STARS

by Dale Michael Martin

Every summer, I take a few days and escape to the mountains of Northeastern New Mexico. Sometimes, these are working vacations where I team up with other yoga teachers to put on a yoga workshop/weekend and sometimes these are just relaxing days with no “work.” (see our announcement on page 2 for this workshop). There is something very mystical about this part of the world for me. The energies there require that I take a nap my first afternoon there to restore my equilibrium. One particular place is halfway between the towns of Clayton and Springer, New Mexico (which is a distance of 87 miles between them and nothing else but pasture land and as far as you can see). There is a contemporary farm house sitting alongside the highway. On some trips late at night that I have taken I have passed this lone house, and while looking up at the stars, I am enthralled at the beauty of that setting. I often fantasize about “retiring” to that farmstead in my later years. The cool nights in New Mexico often find me looking up into the lights from galaxies and worlds many light years away. The nights there are so dark, the air so fresh, and there’s no city lights to steal the brightness of the stars. I am a little boy once again. My heart opens again and I feel humbled and grateful to be a important part of all that lives. And I know that every star that shines in the sky lives with its own unique breath and vibration, and that, like me, it has its reason for existence. Living in the city has led me to realize that I miss those nights that I found so capturing in my youth.

When we look into the evening sky, we see literally thousands of stars and there are thousands more whose lights are so faint we cannot perceive them save with high powered telescopes. We see light, we see energy. When we focus upon a particular star, we can now measure its distance from the earth in terms of light years, tell how hot the star is by examining the color that it projects to the earth, and plot or place it in a particular galaxy in our earthly sky. Scientifically, we can tell all these things about a particular star. We have discovered planets in our solar system, not by seeing them, but by observing other planets gravitational effects when these mysterious planets approach them. This is how our planet Pluto was discovered in 1937. Astronomy is alive and well on planet earth and discovering new facts everyday. And yet we wonder, can the gravitational energy of planets and lights of the stars affect our earthly planet even though they’re millions of miles away?

Astronomers are not too pleased to concede the fact that their science was fathered by the ancient science of astrology, or to put it another way, the study of the affects of the planets and the stars upon the lives of human, plants, and animals that live on the earth. The ancients needed a way to track the travel of the planets through the constellations and also began studying the larger stars and their movement across the skies. Consequently, astrology gave birth to this system of record keeping or astronomy as we know it today.

As I was growing up, I had no interest in astronomy, especially, and only a very minor interest in astrology. I was, however, intrigued while listening one Sunday morning during the Christmas season as our priest, showing off his knowledge of the Bible, let slip that the Wise Men, or Magi, were really astrologers from the land of Persia. I immediately began to wonder how they knew when and where to show up when no one else knew. How was it , supposedly the greatest event in the history of mankind, the birth of Jesus Christ, and the only people who showed up were astrologers and the shepherds (who had to be told by the angels where to go).

I also watched and listened to my dad as he scheduled his fall planting of our wheat crop with the full moon. And I became intrigued as I learned about the tides of the ocean and how they were and are affected by the pull of the moon. I slowly began to realize that there must be something to this hocus-pocus.

And I remembered about the ancient cultures throughout the world that I learned about in my youth. I remembered that the priestly caste and scientists at the time had a system for following the stars through the constellations, for measuring the distance, and for having extremely accurate calendars that were quite remarkable for the lack of technology. Many times, their priest and/or scientist were one and the same. Most of these cultures had some form of astrology/astronomy: the Chinese, the Indians, the Aztecs and Mayans, the Egyptians, the Druids of England, the Chaldeans, the Persians, and the Native Americans, to just name a few. Surprisingly, there is even a tribe in the jungles of Africa that relates a story about a star in the sky, where up to just a few years ago, that was unknown until it was photographed by the Hubbell Telescope. What did these civilizations know that we don’t?

As we advance as a civilization, it is interesting to see that those ways of living in the past that were considered primitive are now being viewed differently by the scientific community. What were once myths are now being scrutinized and studied for validity. We have turned the corner from closedmindness to one of a more “we really don’t know attitude.”

I believe that astrology is one of those primitive attitudes that we need to reexamine. For those of us who study the stars and their relationship to our behaviors, we know that there is some factual basis to the scientific calculation of a birth chart. We also perceive that as science begins to understand the nature of our universe which seems to be taking a more spiritual bent ( and there have been many scientist who start out as atheist but are no longer) there seems to become more of a collusion of science and of mysticism, much like the days of old when priest/witchdoctor/scientist wore one of the same hats. Our modern day scientist is also our present day mystic. We look at pioneers like Albert Einstein who was both scientists and dreamer; Nikola Tesla, who’s sunset experience led to the invention of the first alternating current generator and his observation of the northern lights spawned the idea for the neon light. We look at the lives of both these individual and their mystical experiences that led both to a deeper connection and understanding of the Useen Forces as well as to the benefit to man. Our science is catching up with the science of old.

In the next several issues, I will be writing a column on the different astrological aspects that are encompassing our solar system. Astrology, as seen by the ancients, is a sacred science, a spiritual science. We, as astrologers know more in 5 minutes, by looking at your natal chart, than your therapist knows about you in 5 hours of counseling or your medical doctor knows before he runs those expensive tests. We hope you enjoy the series and learn from it. I know that I will. ‘ Namaste.’

MUSINGS AND MEDITATIONS

by Lois Seiwert

My cosmic imagination was stretched considerably by a short article in the newspaper recently. NEW TELESCOPES REVEAL INFINITE COSMIC VIOLENCE was the headline. It told of the incredible activity that we are now able to perceive happening within our galaxy and throughout the universe. Of course the first difficulty is finding a way to get the mind to think in a framework that seems to have no boundaries. We generally have trouble thinking without our boxes. To quote the news article - “New telescopes are revealing scenes of unimaginable force and ferocity beyond the apparently serene starry sky: exploding stars, radioactive jets, ravenous ‘black holes’, colliding galaxies, savage struggles for survival in stellar nurseries.” Stars, dust and gas swirl frantically around a black hole before being sucked into its maw and being transformed into nothing but potential energy - no matter is left. So the birth/death/potential cycle is as active in the macrocosms as it is in our soils and waters here on earth. Somewhere else I had read that the possible variance in several o f the atmospheric conditions for our planet is very small, perhaps a couple of degrees of temperature or air pressure. Outside of this balance of a number of different forces there would be no livable atmosphere here. My reaction to this information is “IS THAT AWESOME OR WHAT?” To begin to understand that there is incredible chaos an violence in this creation and also incredible balance and harmony of function brings me to a point of stunned silence and a quiet mind. The human experience is rich indeed but the picture is so much larger than anything we have yet put together with our scientific tools. The miracle of a tree grown from an acorn or a breath-taking rose bloom is often my call to honor the nature of life and the fact that we really have very little to do with making it happen. Then I remember that many of the daily things that I allow to stress my life are part of the larger process of which I only get glimpses now and then - and that all will be much better in each moment if I get myself out of the way and be joyful to be alive.

One of the God things in my life has been books. In them I have found answers, new directions, hope inspiring descriptions from other people’s experiences, new perspectives and possibilities and reminders of important truths just when I needed them. I continue to find myself more awestruck by the dance of events and gifts in life’s happenings as I travel my journey thru midlife, - hopefully to some joyful point of enlightenment and clarity. After a series of realizations this fall that helped me feel more connected to the life experience here on this planet (a real difficulty for me), I found a major piece of God’s work in a Reader’s Digest Condensed Non Fiction Volume. My husband collects them as a hedge against future retirement boredom and I was attracted to a story about a little girl that had become mute because of abuse and lack of affirmation in her life. The woman writing the story was her teacher - a professional for special needs children - and she told in great detail the difficulties involved in hanging tough and trying to get the child to once again act and speak in her own behalf and be willing to risk trying to get what she wanted and needed. Something clicked for me as we got to the successful ending part of the chronicle. I was crying and pounding on the table as “That’s the Depression!!!!” came out of my mouth from somewhere deep in my psyche. I understood emotionally a big part of what was causing heavy clouds in my life. I immediately empowered to begin to make more choices to ask directly for what I need and want and not be intimidated by what others might say or how they might judge me. And I felt lighter and more in the present activity instead of struggling with so much distraction. WOW!!!! AND this gift came in a Reader’s Digest Book just before some new healing modalities were to be made available that could utilize much more fully with my new attitude and clarity. I still - several months later - have a picture in my had of being on my knees in awe and thanksgiving at the incredible timing of events and my prayer is “Thank You God, and help me stay out of my own way so that Your Creation can happen for my joy and Yours.”

Two Minute Meditation - Where will I meet you today, God? And will I recognize your gift in the words of a conversation with a friend, the actions of a loving person, the chance article read in a magazine or newspaper, the question overheard from the exchanges at the next table or the assurance from an acquaintance that I am loved and affirmed? Will I find another piece of my life’s tapestry in my travels today? God is everywhere, all the time; if I can only open my eyes and heart and be quiet and observant enough to catch the gifts that are out there for me today. Inspire me to be loving and affirmative so that I may bring Your Gifts to others and be open to where and how You are in my life today!!!!

HOW TO SAVE MONEY AT WHITE DOVE

For those of you who don’t know it , and that will be most of our readers, we give a 10% discount for anyone who brings in a can or box of food at purchase time on any retail item in the store. We in turn donate it to a food bank or homeless shelter. We firmly feel that we are our brothers keeper and realize that action speaks louder than words. So please keep this in mind the next time you come in our store especially when you want to buy several items that you will need. A $.50 can of food can save you several dollars. We feel it’s a win-win-win situation for everyone - you save money on your purchase, we make a sale, and someone doesn’t go to bed hungry.

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

by George Carlin (from the net)

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight, and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are still alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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