Morality is taking a big hit from this year’s astrology, so I think it’s important to focus this post on the antidote to immorality. Although I will briefly touch on past and upcoming events in this article, I’m going to focus mostly on an important deeper message: selflessness is the antidote to immorality. Selflessness is actually just an identification with oneness, or “separatelessness.” In this article, I’m going to go pretty deep and get a bit abstract at times, in order to explain how morality, law, and social order revolve around selflessness. I’ll also show why the current astrology and the rising “cult of self” make selflessness so vital to everyone’s well-being at this historic juncture.
A Pretty Quick Review
Admittedly, I could be devoting much more of this post to covering how all the predictions I’ve made so far this year have played out, but I want to use my limited time to cover deeper material, so let’s whip fairly quickly through our review anyway…
First, let’s cover what should count as a mistake from my last prediction. In my last post, I said I’d be shocked if a stock market plunge didn’t happen this year, and I gave three astrological windows for that plunge: 1) right now; 2) this June/early July; and 3) this coming late September/October. But, I also said that I believed we would see a stock market plunge in that first window, which was from about April 22 to May 7 or so. Even though we’re not quite through that window yet, and the present window was only one of three windows I gave for the plunge, the truth is that I expected the volatility of the last two weeks’ astrology to shake the stock market—and it didn’t (at least not yet). So, unless the market drops significantly early next week, I’ll chalk this one up as a predictive error on my part.
To be clear, though, that error doesn’t signify that no stock market plunge whatsoever is slated for some time this year. Rather, it probably means that the eventual stock market plunge of this year could be even bigger, either around June or around October (I will cover both of those months below).
Also, the astrology that I thought would precipitate a stock market dive can also have many other effects, some of which did occur, and will still be occurring around now. The terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, for example, occurred on Easter Sunday, one day before the volatile Monday that I described in such detail in my last blog post (more of that same type of astrology is operative into next week, and also early this summer and early this coming fall as well, by the way). But, this astrology is probably playing out mostly through America’s drama around Trump and the Mueller Report. In other words, the current astrology is influencing these times, even if I’ve been partly wrong in interpreting specifically how that astrology will play out in world events.
Another mistake I made in February’s post was in predicting that Trump would be able to tout his summit with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam as a success. Even though I doubted that the summit would genuinely have been a success (because of Kim’s problematic astrology from mid-April to mid-August), I did think that Trump’s Jupiter transits would give him the image-boost of an apparent success with Kim. I was just wrong there.
Most of my other big predictions in this year’s posts have been about Robert Mueller and his investigative report, as many of you know. On that topic, my predictions pretty closely matched what actually happened, with Mueller dropping his report in March (although a week or two after I expected, admittedly) and Barr stifling and minimizing Mueller’s work immediately thereafter, giving Trump the “favorable winds” that I described in my February article. The big peak of Mueller’s astrology that I addressed in February’s article occurred precisely when Michael Cohen testified to congress and when (as was just recently reported) Bill Barr met with Mueller and may have ordered Mueller to finish his investigation (March 5). In that article, I mentioned that Mueller had intense astrology a few days either side of March 9).
Michael Cohen’s March 6th congressional testimony now looks like a big part of how Mueller’s and the Trump’s astrological “peaks” played out—with Cohen producing evidence of a crime that Trump is alleged to have committed, and with Cohen testifying that Roger Stone told Trump about WikiLeaks data leaks before they occurred. Both Trump’s and Mueller’s astrology peaked within a few days of March 9th. When I mentioned those peaks in February, Paul Manafort was scheduled to be sentenced in early March, so I suggested that Mueller’s peak would somehow partly play out during Manafort’s sentencing proceedings, but those proceedings were delayed. Meanwhile, Michael Cohen’s testimony was postponed to March 6, giving Mueller a substitute venue for playing out his peaking astrology.
A few other predictions I’ve mentioned in articles and on Facebook posts this year were:
1) if Kim Jong-un resurfaced problematically in the second half of April, then he’d also likely be centerstage in June and July as well. He tested another missile on April 18 and then had an ominous meeting with Putin last week, so this may indicate that Kim will be returning to centerstage this summer.
2) Jared Kushner would have serious trouble at the end of April and/or beginning of May. He was cited in the Mueller Report in several damning ways and was featured in the media in late April for those and other damning recent reports. He probably has more trouble ahead, especially at the end of the year.
3) Elliot Broidy would make a cameo in the political theater by mid-February. He was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine on February 12, for the lead article, “How Trump’s Swamp Works Now.” If you don’t know who he is, you’re probably better off not delving into this one.
What Lies Before Us
Before diving into the main content of this article, I’ll just take another moment to outline the next few months. First, as I’ve said in prior articles (like this one), this year will largely be characterized by deception and lies. But, I should also add immorality to that list. In fact, I think the level of deception and immorality that we’ll see this year will be almost unprecedented and will go down in history as such (this is largely what’s prompting my focus on loftier behavior in this article).
Second, as I’ve said (on Facebook), Mueller will be heavily in the fray in June, and even as early as late May. This now appears to be what indeed will happen, with Congress recently inviting Mueller to testify by May 23. As May rolls into June, Mueller, Trump, and probably even Atty. Gen. Bill Barr (who I now think is late Sagittarius rising), all have very challenging astrology—which probably means that they are all deeply ensnared in the spin cycle of political dirty laundry that will be awhirl at that time. From an astrological standpoint, June is shaping up to be such a difficult month that it may be better if we simply avert our eyes at that point (as I’ll further explain below).
Third, as I said above, if there’s no stock market plunge by next week, then we’re still likely to see one this summer and/or this fall, concurrent with (or even triggered by) the heated peaks in the Trump saga. Finally, as I’ve also mentioned in prior articles and posts, this year will put an internal strain on the people and fabric of the United States like we haven’t seen since the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era.
Not at all coincidentally, the only other time in American history when Saturn and Ketu were conjunct in Sagittarius was right after all 11 of the Confederate states had been readmitted into the Union (a few years after the Civil War). Despite their total surrender in that ugly war over slavery, those states immediately began to flagrantly and systematically violate the new rights, liberties, and legal protections that African-Americans had just won with the South’s defeat. Then, as now, morality and the rule of law took a serious blow, as many selfish Southerners ignored the newly adopted legal principles that ought to have guided their behavior. That caused a constitutional crisis and fueled major tensions between Americans, as some sought to ground the new freedom and rights for African Americans while others fought to undermine those rights. America was heavily grating on itself back then.
History as a way of repeating itself, because the astrology behind history is cyclical.
Making America Grate Again
I’m writing about oneness and compassion in this post, because the current astrology is beginning to make America grate again. I believe we’re now at a juncture where it’s important that everyone on the planet do something to help the world survive the coming discordant challenges and attacks on morality. While these challenges may not feel dire for each of us personally, they are nevertheless dire for the planet as a whole. So, there’s no good reason for not contributing to the solution right now.
Let me outline more clearly what I think the main problems are nowadays, so it will be clear how the solution I outline below is meant to address those problems. Overall, as I wrote about in this post, I think we are at a critical crossroads where people are being forced to choose between two diametrically opposed orientations: selfishness and selflessness. It’s ultimately that simple, I believe. That is, current world events are pushing people to identify more completely with an attitude of either selfishness or selflessness. I will refer to this choice as “the di-pole sifting process” in this article.
The di-pole sifting process is being caused this year by the Saturn-Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius. This is especially true for Americans, because Sagittarius is America’s ascendant. The energy of a Saturn-Ketu conjunction is emotionally discordant and grating (particularly when it is also tightly combined with the influence of Mars, as it has been recently and will be again in June and later this fall). This is why Americans are increasingly grating on each other—and will continue to do so throughout this year (think of how much internal frustration there must’ve been when, after losing the Civil War, the South refused to abide by the new constitutional amendments that were a part of the bargain in the South’s surrender in that war).
This year, everyone, and not just Americans, will feel the influence of the Saturn-Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius, as Sag stands for universalizable principles (like ethics and the rule of law), which are embodied in numerous ways worldwide. Whenever malefic planets team up to influence Sagittarius, as all the malefics are doing now, ethics and righteous principles are seriously challenged. Morality and law are thus taking a big hit this whole year (and still will next year, but to a much lesser degree, I believe), and everyone on the planet cannot help but be somehow involved.
Here’s where the di-pole sifting process enters the picture. Saturn and Ketu make us either: 1) internalize or 2) let go of (whether willingly or unwillingly) the things they influence. So, when Saturn and Ketu are conjunct in Sagittarius, these two celestials are forcing us either to: a) examine and internalize the noble principles that should be guiding our lives, or b) give up those principles, typically for fear of the pain we would face in trying to uphold them (and this fear is often unconscious).
Thus, the Saturn-Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius this year is creating circumstances that force conscious people (like you readers) to commit more fully to the noble and universalizable principles that should be guiding our lives (I define “universalizable” below). Meanwhile, the same conjunction is making unconscious and brutish people so uncomfortable and desperate that they’ll easily drop all their inhibitions about forsaking such principles. This is what more and more people are doing; they are simply abandoning the principles that should be constraining and guiding their actions. As I’ll explain below, abandoning those principles stems from selfishness, while committing to those principles stems from selflessness. This is the distinction that underlies the di-pole sifting process I’m describing.
I believe that, in no small way, each of our fates depends upon being on the right side of this distinction.
Why Oneness, Selflessness and Compassion Are the Antidotes We Need
I. Why Antidotes Are Needed Now
As I mentioned in the article, “The Veiled Consequences of the Midterm Elections,” the law of karma is based upon how closely we act in accordance with our true nature. Acting with love, empathy, innocence, honesty and integrity expresses aspects of our true nature. So, to act without any of these qualities is just an attempt to postpone being who you really are. Accordingly, painful karma, or “bad karma,” is the natural mechanism that steers us back toward our true inner nature whenever we’ve acted like someone we’re not. Pleasant karma, on the other hand is the natural mechanism to reinforce our decisions to express our true nature. Karma thereby steers us toward a principled life of good behavior in order to help us reclaim the bounty of our true identity.
So, to avoid painful or dangerous karma, people should just not abandon expressions of love, empathy, innocence, honesty, and integrity. But lately, we’re witnessing a mad rush toward the total abandonment of these noble principles by countless people. It’s as if someone had announced the discovery of gold in the forbidden wasteland of immorality and lawlessness, triggering a wild gold rush of prospectors to that taboo terrain. Yet, the wild frontier of immorality and lawlessness offers nothing but fool’s gold, which is of no value. What’s worse is that, in this analogy, the fool’s gold is also radioactive, so those prospectors will inevitably be harmed by the aim of their pursuit.
That’s why I’m talking about “antidotes” in this article. Immoral choices are dangerous choices. The karmic danger of bad choices is like the danger of ignoring a boomerang you just threw. Your own bad actions will eventually come back to hurt you.
The astrology of 2019 is pushing many people to believe that morality is worthless. Those people will launch a lot of boomerangs this year. Unfortunately, however, the public that apathetically acquiesces to boomerang launching must itself also share in the responsibility for, and thus the effects of, those boomerangs. Some boomerangs are big enough to do a lot of structural damage, too. In America, as elsewhere, the legal structures that ensure the freedom and safety of the people could even be in jeopardy as a result.
II. How Selflessness Relates to Universalizable Rules and Principles
As I said above, Sagittarius represents universalizable principles like the rule of law. A “universalizable” principle is any principle that you wouldn’t want everyone to be allowed to break or ignore (Immanuel Kant brilliantly covered this notion in his work). These are principles like the rules against killing, stealing, fraud, etc. We wouldn’t want everyone to be allowed to kill or steal or cheat, because the resulting world would be far worse than the world that universally prohibits those behaviors. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the most benefic and expansive planet, so Sagittarius represents noble principles that can be extended to everyone.
Universalizable principles differ from principles like “always say thank you” or “don’t cry over spilled milk” because society is not guaranteed to collapse if people don’t express gratitude or if they lament the past. The world will be fine if everyone is allowed to violate these principles, so we can’t justify universalizing them (hence, they’re not “universalizable” principles). Conversely, human life would devolve to a hellish existence if everyone was allowed to break the rules against killing, stealing and fraud, etc. (or, more probably, human life would eventually just return to enforcing such rules). Universalizable rules exist whenever their absence would be unacceptable to virtually everyone (I say “virtually” to exclude cases where a tyrant approves of self-dealing laws that are objectionable to almost everyone else).
The present astrology is offering us a choice to commit to universalizable principles like the rule of law right. As I’ll explain next, the importance of that commitment extends far beyond the mere realm of governance. This choice is actually part of a larger choice to promote the spiritual upliftment of everyone—through selflessness and oneness.
III. Selflessness and Oneness: How They Relate to Rules and High Principles
What does choosing to support the rule of law have to do with selflessness and oneness? Let me share my view on that question…
I believe that the concept of selflessness is generally misunderstood. Selflessness is usually understood to be a diminishment of self. That is, by being selfless, one loses oneself, or at least an important part of oneself. Each person’s sense of self is sacred to that person, so “selflessness” seems to imply the loss of that treasured identity.
But, this is exactly the opposite of what selflessness actually is. Selflessness is not a loss of identity. Selflessness is rather the choice to identify with oneness, meaning that truly selfless people are enjoying the grandeur of identifying with everyone (and even more broadly, with every living being). This is in no way a diminished identity. To the contrary, opting for selfishness over the grandeur of oneness is what drastically diminishes one’s identity.
To be selfless, then, is simply to be mindful of your connectedness to everyone.
I’m trying to coin the term, “separatelessness,” in this article because the word “selflessness” is so easy to misunderstand. Separatelessness implies the loss of feeling separate from others. “Separatelessness” therefore implies that someone has enhanced their sense of self to include a sense of kinship with others. While this prospect may be frightening for highly selfish people, the rest of the population generally warms to the idea of feeling connected with others (humans are highly social animals, after all). So, I’m going to use the terms, “selfless/selflessness)” and “separateless/ separatelessness” interchangeably in this article.
It should now be clear how selflessness relates to unity; selflessness is separatelessness, and feeling a lack of separation from others is the same as feeling unity with others. That’s why I said that selflessness is identification with oneness.
Yet, there is a sense in which the oneness of selflessness requires us to give up our sense of self. This relinquishment of self arises whenever our sense of oneness compels us to defer to something greater than our egoic identity. As I’ll explain next, when we defer to something beyond our egoic identity out of our sense of oneness, we’re being selfless.
Your “egoic identity” is simply your identification with your connection to your body, so this identity is a channel for identifying with whatever you experience from being the particular incarnation you are. Things like gender and racial identity, social and financial status, physical and intellectual self-image, etc., are all part of your egoic identity. Even your emotional moods are a function of your egoic identity, because they fall beyond the scope of the love, innocence, and peace that is your true nature.
While we all must deal with all the above factors on a daily basis, these have almost nothing to do with our true inner nature. Thus, abiding in our true nature will often require that we defer to something besides our egoic identity, and more specifically, that we defer to everything that reflects or promotes our true identity, or our true nature.
As I said earlier, our true nature is love, empathy, innocence, honesty and integrity (among other lofty qualities). We also share these qualities equally with all other people, so our true nature is equality with others too. When we think and act from an awareness of this equality, we are acting from oneness and thus being selfless.
So, selflessness only implies the subordination of your egoic self, not of your entire self. But this kind of subordination should now seem sensible—since subordinating your egoic identity really just amounts to deferring to your true identity. It’s okay to make use of your egoic identity at times (say, by putting your status or your racial identity to some good use), provided you remain mindful that your egoic identity is not your true nature. But, identifying with your gender should not promote anger, identifying with your status should not promote arrogance or humiliation, etc., because you can only have such reactions if you’ve lost touch with your true nature.
To summarize, then, deferring to the identity beyond your egoic identity is selflessness. But, this deference should extend much farther than you might initially imagine. There are hidden kinds of selfless deference to which we routinely submit, and these also count as different types of selflessness. Here’s a short list that reveals just how much the social order relies on selflessness:
1) Deferring to the truth. When you acknowledge the need to adjust your behavior to comport with the truth, rather than distorting the facts to suit your own whim, you’re being selfless.
2) Deferring to the law. When you obey the law out of your sense of equality with others (or because you understand that things would be bad for us all if everyone disobeyed those laws), you’re being selfless.
3) Deferring to ethical restrictions. When you follow ethical obligations out of your sense of equality with others (or because you understand that things would be bad for us all if everyone disobeyed those obligations), you’re being selfless.
4) Deferring to the rules of language. Language only works as a system of communication if people use language to express truth. When you defer to the rules language and convey truth, and do not knowingly convey falsity, you’re being selfless.
5) Deferring to universalizable principles. When you defer to any universalizable principle (like the rule of law) out of your sense of equality with others (or because you understand that things would be bad for us all if everyone disregarded those principles), you’re being selfless.
This last one, deferring to universalizable principles, is special type of deference that selflessness requires. Selflessness requires us to defer to universalizable principles because selflessness requires us to think from, or identify with, everyone’s perspective. That is a perspective of oneness, or unity, so selflessness doesn’t allow us to behave in ways that we wouldn’t want everyone to be allowed to behave.
A good rule of thumb for determining if something violates a universalizable rule is to apply the age-old question, “What if everyone did that?” If you cannot envision a palatable world wherein everyone did the action in question, then there is almost certainly a universalizable rule against doing that action (obvious exceptions being cases where it wouldn’t be possible for everyone to do such actions, like merging onto a particular segment of freeway all at once).
The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is universalizable because you surely couldn’t stomach a world in which everyone was allowed to do to you what they wouldn’t want done to themselves. In fact, if you look deeply into most of our laws, you will see the Golden Rule lying hidden at their core. This is not true for most social norms, which is why social norms are rarely seen as enforceable rules for everyone. You might not want people ever to thank you for anything, but you probably should still thank others, nevertheless.
IV. The Selfishness and Infantile Dependency of Lying, Cheating and Stealing
What’s interesting about lying, stealing, and cheating is that these behaviors require that most everyone else is not also doing the same thing—that is, if lying, stealing or cheating is to be effective. If everyone lied, lying wouldn’t work; if everyone stole, you could easily lose more than you stole; if everyone cheated, no one would even bother making the rules that cheaters want to break. Liars, cheaters and thieves therefore selfishly employ a double-standard and are dependent on others to act with integrity. That is, they do not want to be prohibited from bad behaviors, but they need others to be prohibited from those behaviors, even so. They want there to be a universalizable rule against doing what they are doing, and yet they don’t want to follow that rule themselves.
Selflessness sees the well-being of everyone as equally important, because it identifies with everyone equally. So, those who use a double standard to apply universalizable principles are simply failing to acknowledge the equality of everyone. This just amounts to avoiding selflessness in favor of selfishness.
But, a universalizable rule is a type of principle that applies uniformly, where it applies at all. So, what liars, cheaters and thieves really want is that other people restrain themselves, as if they all were beholden to a rule that didn’t really exist. Liars, cheaters and thieves are thus dependent on the benefits of the system that everyone else works to generate. These social outliers feel bizarrely entitled to a special advantage over others, a privilege that they expect other people to deny to themselves. It’s as if they see everyone else as parents and depend on the fruits of those parents’ labor, while exempting themselves from that same labor nonetheless.
This should make the selfishness behind lying, cheating, and stealing extremely clear. It’s a bizarre selfishness that expects unfettered freedoms while effectively enslaving virtually everyone else to the restraints of universalizable rules. No wonder, then, that well-behaved people feel indignant when others lie, cheat, and steal. It feels like a betrayal, in that everyone else is doing the work to follow the rules and set up the banquet, while their kinsmen watch mischievously nearby and consume all the best food.
At its worst, Saturn is selfish, and Ketu is always a bit bizarre. So, the lowest expression of the current Saturn-Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius (the sign of universalizable rules) is to promote this kind of bizarre selfishness in selfishly-oriented people.
V. The Selfishness of Double-Standards
Notice that applying rules and laws with a double standard is similarly selfish. Again, universalizable principles apply to everyone, if they apply to anyone. This means that we are all supposed to defer to those rules or laws and subordinate our egoic self-interest for the well-being of everyone. Selflessness sees the well-being of everyone as equally important, because it identifies with everyone equally. So, those who use a double standard to apply universalizable principles are simply failing to acknowledge the equality of everyone. This just amounts to choosing selfishness over selflessness.
So, when you see people applying rules with a double standard, remember that you’re just seeing selfishness in action.
Yet, even if selfishness is a common human trait, is not a neutral trait; it can be very dangerous when it is embraced without conscience.
VI. The Cult of Self: The Dangers of Committing to Selfishness
When key people don’t care about facts, or don’t attempt to adhere to the rules of reasoning, or don’t have any deference toward the truth, there’s little hope that they’ll reach the right conclusions or decisions. When such people are in power, this clearly can be dangerous.
Upholding the standards for ethical conduct means judging the facts soberly and reasoning about them, so as to align your behavior accordingly to the truth. Someone who never checks themselves (i.e. never selflessly defers to the truth) or never backs down in the face of criticism or contradiction, can’t be in pursuit of truth. They are just in pursuit of egoic victory, egoic satisfaction, or egoic preservation. Many people in power are increasingly orphaning the truth—or treating truth like a field-goal kicker who only comes off the sidelines when he’s needed for a strategic moment. Those who see truth as inimical to their identity or survival are engaged in a type of selfishness. Many people are exhibiting this type of selfishness lately.
Narcissism is just a full commitment to selfishness. I think we’ve reached a time in which the general public has become highly desensitized to narcissism. As more narcissists come to notice and enjoy the freedom of this desensitization, some narcissists will feel emboldened to publicly embrace their narcissism (Hitler felt so emboldened, to take an extreme historical example). This kind of validation will embolden narcissists to attempt behaviors that they would never have dared to attempt before, or that would have backfired the moment they were attempted. Since some of these behaviors will take aim directly at the rule-structures that are designed to impede selfishness and narcissism, those rule-structures are in danger this year, and the general public that has acquiesced to those behaviors will be partly karmically responsible for any dismantling of those rule-structures. American is on the brink of a constitutional crisis, and the people are partly to blame for the attack on the structure that makes them safe and free.
When narcissists glorify selfishness, and people then celebrate and follow the narcissists, this creates a cult of selfishness, which I’ll call, “the cult of self.” Membership in the cult of self is free and easy, since every human being has an egoic identity that’s already primed and itching to join. And once that egoic identity tastes its freedom from the constraints of ethics and laws, the cult membership feels so intoxicating and empowering that members would do almost anything for the cult out of loyalty.
VII. Your Selflessness Really Is the Answer
We—you and I—are the general public, so we cannot safely acquiesce to this broadening licensing of narcissism around us. The question, however, is what to do about the selfishness and narcissism surrounding us.
For starters, refusing to acquiesce to narcissism at least means not voting for narcissists in any elections. But, that’s more along the lines of an act of resistance. While resistance is sometimes necessary, resistance does not make use of the inner power that each of us can proactively channel toward some positive goal. Resistance is merely deflection, and each of us can be far more effective if we claim and channel the power and goodness inside us.
Love is the highest expression of that power. Love is soft, but it is not weak. Love is harmless, but it is not vulnerable. Love is pure, but it is not naïve. Love is patient, but it is not passive. Love is tolerant, but it is not unprincipled. In fact, there is never a situation for which love is not the best, strongest, and most efficient response.
Love takes countless familiar forms. Love of the present is joy. Love of the future is optimism. Love of truth is honesty. Love of clarity is wisdom. And our love of others is our innocence, generosity, service, and compassion. If you want to express your power, then express all of these qualities whenever you can, and do so wholeheartedly and unashamedly.
There will never be a moment that calls for anything but love or oneness.
Selflessness leads to love, because the awareness of unity leads to love. Selflessness is separatelessness, and you will always love what is not separate from the true you. Selflessness also compels us to defer to universalizable rules and principles out of consideration for the good of all, and it even compels us to defer to the truth itself. Selflessness is just the mindfulness that, while our egoic conditions can seem important, they must often be subjugated to the importance of our true condition, which is equality and oneness with all people and all living things. By upholding the truth of that oneness, we become identified with that oneness. This is a central goal of all spirituality.
In their highest expressions, Saturn and Ketu each signify selflessness. At its best, Saturn is serviceful and committed, while Ketu, at its best, is self-transcending and mystical. So, despite all the discord they’re triggering this year, Saturn and Ketu are actually offering aspirant of selflessness a golden opportunity to excel in leaps and bounds.
VIII. Compassion as a Route to Selflessness
One of the most significant offshoots of selflessness is compassion. Given what I’ve just said above, this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. If you identify with the consciousness that pervades everyone, and your own bodily identity is no more significant to you than anyone else’s, then you will naturally care about others as much as you care about yourself. But, since selflessness feels so fulfilling, you will also have the overall feeling that you need very little for your fulfillment, which will leave you free to focus on fulfilling the needs of others. This is compassion in action. When you see this behavior in someone, you are usually seeing either an underlying identification with oneness, or the spiritually/ethically propelled aspiration for such an identification.
Why would it be important to specifically cultivate compassion, you might ask, if compassion is a natural offshoot of selflessness? You might wonder why we don’t just shoot for selflessness, since compassion comes with it. The answer is that we aren’t born knowing what selflessness feels like, so it’s difficult to know if we’re actually being fully selfless when we’re acting selfless. On the other hand, compassion is an expression of love, and we all know what love feels like.
So, it’s easier to find selflessness through the side door of compassion.
If we can act compassionately, and can thereby feel a love and oneness with others, then we will have wrested loose our egoic identification from our grip and replaced it with selflessness by default. Or at least, we will have done some of the work to get there.
There is another enormous benefit to compassion, which is particularly relevant to these times. Identifying with compassion makes us operate with innocence towards others. An innocent attitude, in turn, shields us from generating new negative karma. That is to say, when we do something with innocence, we do not generate negative karma, or at least we avoid generating any significant negative karma. At times like these, when the global astrology is more likely to propel us into negative behavior, this innocence offers the best protection available.
So, be innocent, be compassionate, and be as selfless as you can be!
2019 is a year of bi-pole sifting, and selflessness is all you need to be on the right side of this sifting process. Saturn and Ketu will actually help you embrace that selflessness more fully and quickly, so please make use of their powerful influence! Selfish people may tear away at principles like honesty and the rule of law this year, but your selflessness will reinforce all the lofty principles that make life beautiful, satisfying and worth living.
Remember that selflessness means oneness, and oneness means love. So, embrace selflessness, and you’ll quickly settle into the love and beauty that is your true nature and your birthright! Be bold. Be fearless. Be selfless!
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12 thoughts on “Saturn and Ketu Are Making America Grate Again: Why Selflessness, Oneness and Compassion Are the Antidote to This Moment”
FYI: Asian stock markets fell today on news that Trump announced (by tweet!) that he intends to escalate the trade war with China by raising tariffs even higher. Already US oil prices have reacted by moving lower.
Ah! Thanks for the heads up!
And thank you for the beautiful heads up you just gave us all.
First of all, THIS is brilliant:
“Liars, cheaters and thieves therefore selfishly employ a double-standard and are dependent on others to act with integrity. That is, they do not want to be prohibited from bad behaviors, but they need others to be prohibited from those behaviors, even so. They want there to be a universalizable rule against doing what they are doing, and yet they don’t want to follow that rule themselves.”
That’s some seriously effective insight right there! THANK you!
Second, the whole post: Bravo and again thank you.
Third, this alignment with Goodness is precisely what I’m bringing into organizational change. And how interesting it is that I have already averted my eyes and am devoting myself to kindness, compassion and so forth for myself as well as for others. I always need reminders to go deeper with kindness for me, so I am tremendously grateful for your post on so many levels.
Love, and Jai Ma!
So good to know that you’re already embodying the solution to these times!
And, yes, I really meant that averting our eyes right now may be important to staying on track, so bravo to you, too!
What a fantastic post, Vishwan ~ you have really articulated all of this beautifully ~ thank you for your selflessness and separatelessness reaching out ~ May all beings be happy! on lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu!
It’s always my pleasure, as I love writing about astrology!
” In America, as elsewhere, the legal structures that ensure the freedom and safety of the people could even be in jeopardy as a result.”
There is a commotion in India over some allegations of sexual harrassment on the Chief Justice.
Also the central government and collegium of judges are on collision path again, over appointment of new judges.
Thanks for sharing that news! Yes, the discord is worldwide!
Thank you for this great post.
Always my pleasure!