With globalization, there comes more occasions in mingling of people from all over the world. Usually at this time, a sensitive issue of racist can some times come to mind, such as “white supremacy” or “black prejudice” etc. This is an issue particularly of United States. I remember reading a book on unnamed heroes in America history, which compiling many stories of ordinary people who fought the good courses for the development of this country. One of the stories is about a black American grew up from a poor family and later moved to France by coincidence following a circus group. He later helped fight in the world war and gained great honor. Still he never felt quite at home here in United States as he was in France where true spirit of equality transpires, and people do not take a black people with any connotation of inferiority.
The sense of differentiation may be particularly emphasized in United States’ unconscious past, but in essence we are born into certain nationality and color skin for the purpose of evolutionary lessons. I consider religious belief /spiritual teaching is one great emotional support of unconditional love. Heart Sutra reminds us what is the essence of life. It is vital to understand that every one of us is here on the Earth for our evolutionary lessons. We may have different circumstances, different strength and weakness, different challenges in life, just as the saying goes that one man’s meat is another man’s poison. But all life experience is for us to learn spiritual lessons – Dr. Brian Weiss described it as “the importance of this school we called earth”. His life’s work testifies the existence of reincarnation.
To move on in our evolutionary journey, it is paramount not to point fingers to others for the problems we have, thus not falling in the trap of victimization. In doing so, we take our own responsibility to make change ourselves. If we do not evolve, we have to repeat the same lesson again and again through out life cycles. The change is upon us. Sometimes we work very hard and may be disappointed by seemly not making much difference, but it is at those moments our spirit is being heighten for progress. It is like a black belt practitioner, you have to overcome certain amount of obstacles to rise to a new status. Little by little, with our effort, the quantity can eventually create quality leap, leading to improvement in our circumstances, as we triumph over our inner blockages.
The founder of Evolutionary Astrology, Jeff Green talked about several ways to expand consciousness. One of them is through partnership/relationship. We often have the most serious battles and conflict with the people who matter most to us. If we process and understand our relationships correctly, we will see that the faults we find in our partners, and the points of controversy in our relationships, are very often reflections of what we need to heal in ourselves. Carl Jung said, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”
Evolutionary astrology is a great tool to help understand our unique journey. United States has Libra on the First House. Quoting from Alan Oken’s Book Houses of Horoscope, “A Libra Ascendant gives the need for a great many social contacts. It indicates an individual who tends to see himself through the eyes and reactions of others. In this respect, Libra rising must take care not to compromise this own sense of individuality through a co-dependent need for constant cooperation from the people in his immediate circle.” United State’s 7th house has Aries on the cusp. This sign/cusp combination can make one so obsessed with ‘the other’ that one’s own identity becomes lost. There is also the tendency to make the other person into one’s perfect ideal of a partner, thereby losing sight of the other person’s true nature. Thus the 7th House speaks to us about our ‘shadow self’ – the part of our own nature (1st House) that is reflected in the ‘open warfare’ we have with others. That is why Carl Jung said, “We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.”
Buddha teaches us that “do not hope or pray not to encounter hindrances, without hindrances, present knowledge will not be challenged or broadened.” We need to become better person before we can become better partners. With that in mind, let’s keep up our work to evolve mentally and spiritually.