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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Neptune: Living in Dreamland

Neptune: Living in Dreamland

When we awake from the dream of separateness and the addiction to the drama of the story-line of our lives, we awake to the idea that we’re all mystics living in a dream-world we create. Our perceived story—our ego, that small self with all its ambitions, aspirations, victories and defeats, is living a drama that sucks us in. It seduces us into believing that our daily rituals in the “marketplace of life” are all there is.

At the mountaintop level of observation, “liberation” is found by unsnarling this small ego from its sticky co-dependent relationship to others, self, and work. Beyond the Ten Commandments, “opinions” get confused with ego righteousness…so perhaps it is in the recognition of our addiction to drama that we become free—for isn’t it here that we accept our powerlessness, our limitations, and the messiness of the human condition?

I’ve come to feel that it’s here in this recognizing and releasing of our addictions, especially to drama (Neptune) that we make ourselves more available to Spirit. Here is the highest octave of Neptune’s expression: a non-dualistic spirituality. We catch a glimpse of Oneness. It’s a vantage point that doesn’t use words such as good/bad, win/lose and even higher vs. lower. Unfortunately, the mountaintop view may be the highest Truth, but it’s not so accessible in daily life here in the valley below. Perhaps too often we have lost trust in our path up the mountain, and suffered too many falls.

We know that the Soul wants to grow and deepen, and accepts all situations as rich spiritual lessons, or gifts in disguise. Yet the ego doesn’t easily accept that we live in a meaningful universe where accidents and coincidences are actually synchronistic lessons---situations through which we are stimulated to greater awakening. When things become too painful the ego often dismisses difficulties as being random or evil events, other people’s faults. It’s then that we risk missing the underlying message or meaning an event may have for us. It may be as deceptively simple as increasing our compassion.

Neptune is the planet of divine love and compassion, and also the planet of illusion and disillusion. We can get lost in it, just as we can drown in the ocean. Neptune is the trickster or magician as well, as it seems to require from us that we release and let go even those things, people and situations that we hold dear. Eventually we must release our own lives.

In releasing attachments to our personal stories and by reframing the story of our life from the point of view of the Self rather than the ego, we liberate ourselves from pettiness. It seems like a good idea. And as Andy Rooney might say: “I think I’ll give it a try.”
Elizabeth Spring

1 comment:

ebes said...

Hi Elizabeth - wonderful post as usual. You did a reading for me some months ago and I've been following your blog ever since. Thanks for the reminder to wake up and tell a different story.