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Uniting Within, Uniting Without

Greetings, Luminous One!

Here we are closing in on the end of a very tumultuous year after an extremely tumultuous month of October. I hope you're holding up!

Months ago I decided November's theme should be Unity, which certainly seems an appropriate goal for our current moment.

It seems that every time I think we can't have an issue that could possibly divide us even more, a new one comes along to push us to rail against one another...

Social media has given everyone a voice and, boy, can they get used to create division!

On the other hand, I've seen plenty of recent social media posts echoing this sentiment: why, oh why, can't we just get along?

Going back decades in the New Age movement, Unity Consciousness was THE main rallying cry; if we could only emphasize our commonalities rather than our differences, a new world bonded through love might just emerge.

In the 1960's and '70's, many groups followed in the footsteps of earlier utopian societies in seeking to establish a more evolved way of living. If a small, dedicated group could achieve it, then perhaps the world could eventually get there.

As many of you know, I was fortunate to spend some time at the revolutionary Findhorn Foundation in its heyday, which not only demonstrated the ability for human beings to come together in Unity, but also included the wisdom of the natural world in its philosophy.

Findhorn: back to the garden, early 1970's
Community in front of new Unity Hall circa 1976

Co-Founder Eileen Caddy's vision was this:

"The role of Findhorn is to help humanity turn within and be part of the solution to the chaos and confusion in the world."

At the time, my rosy-eyed perception was that their experiment had succeeded in every way. The community members positively glowed with an inner light, appearing more balanced, vulnerable and open-hearted than any people I had ever met.

They felt like a new breed of humanity.

Even when I later learned that there were some internal struggles going on, it didn't daunt my admiration because what was unique about Findhorn was their manner of dealing with issues in a loving and respectful way, always led by guidance.

And humans being humans, there's bound to be some friction. At least they were attempting a new paradigm of living for the highest good, hand-in-hand with Source.

Although Findhorn recently closed its doors (partly due to some serious vandalism), on the whole, it had worked, and for a very long time.

Thinking back to Eileen's statement, what continues to strike me are the crucial words: "turn within." Was that the secret sauce to Findhorn's success over decades?

I think so. It is precisely that "turning within" that is the key to opening the door to Unity on a grander scale.

I've written my belief about this before, but I think it bears repeating: there can be no Unity Consciousness for the whole until there is Unity Consciousness within each person.

The truth is that many of us are still fractured on the inside, with disowned parts of ourselves circulating in our fields, sometimes causing havoc because they're not fully integrated into a whole sense of Self.

This isn't anyone's fault, it's just the common state for most of humanity unless a person has done extensive work to integrate themselves. (Parts Therapy and Internal Family Systems are a few avenues for such consolidation.)

Beyond our individual mental/emotional health, there's also the world to consider, for there is a view - and I don't discount it - that the outer world is merely a reflection of the internal worlds of all of us. Chaos and confusion within = chaos and confusion without.

Bravely "turning within" to identify and confront the gaps, confusions and arguments between internal personalities is the first step to wholeness. Often, once the disowned selves are recognized and accepted, they will quickly fall back into place, although the older, more entrenched ones can take a bit more time.

And what is the magical healing element to pull off this grand reconnection?

Love, of course, especially in the forms of compassion and acceptance... all qualities we have worked with over the years. It worked at Findhorn and it can work for us now.

As we learn to embrace and unite ourselves, we move into a peaceful state which in turn creates a field of peace around us. (Try using the Infinity Wave to gather your disparate selves into a cohesive whole!)

And all of this couldn't be more timely because even as I write this, the astrology has been set up to support this crucial inner work, according to astrologer Mark Borax:

"On Nov 4., Saturn goes direct in the first degree of Pisces. Saturn is the voice of Authority... that voice that originates in the soul. According to Rudolf Steiner, after you died in your last life, you advanced through a series of counsels with each of your planetary guides, until you came to Saturn, where you established reasons why you'd come back again. Then you came back into this life. When your life veers away from those prenatal vows, Saturn puts up roadblocks. When you align with those vows Saturn lifts the gates. Deep inside you is an ocean of love that sources your journey from spirit to flesh and back again. Saturn turning direct in Pisces opens a deep channel for you to remember who you are. When you remember who you are on that level, your purpose becomes synonymous with your nature. You're here to live the love that you are in your own unique way which requires tapping the Piscean Sea of Incarnation and drawing mystic power out of the spiritual planes into your daily life."

So, friends, I believe we have our marching orders this month: we're set up for Unification, for gathering ourselves within so that by the time we convene for our annual celebration of Thanksgiving here in the USA, we're feeling more whole and complete than ever before...

...and that will be our contribution to reweaving the world.

Infinite blessings,

- Hope

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