I hope you are feeling a big burst of energy from this full Moon! When you last wrote, it sounded like you were definitely feeling the effects of your dieta.
At dinner tonight Stephanie and I spoke about the full Moon. I went over the the wall calendar and saw that the Full Moon, which will be in less than three hours from now, falls in the eastern standard time zone at 12:12 a.m. on December 12. I know you love to see patterns in numbers, and so I thought you would for sure like this one. It feels to me a like a good moment to enter a period of reflection and contemplation before we start the next decade.
It’s funny Angelique, I have been very aware of 2020 coming for quite a while. All the preparations for Padrinho Sebastião’s Centenário are for 2020. But for some reason it was not until just the other day that I heard someone mention that it’s the new decade. Somehow, I just had not been looking forward to that. And so now as I write this, it does seem particularly important to consecrate in some manner this passage, to set an intention for the next decade.
I suppose this will continue into the year. We do have that big conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Maybe the destiny for the decade will be determined by what unfolds with that conjunction.
I have a little story about Mercury retrograde that I wanted to share with you. We were having a lot of trouble with our internet and WiFi at home throughout the Mercury Retrograde, and the tech guy finally came out today and discovered that we had a bad “access point” in the living room, and that was causing us to frequently lose signal. Nothing so interesting about that.
What was interesting to me was the process I had to go through with the tech guy to get him to see what was going on. It reminded me a lot of the lesson that Everybody Sees, but many don’t know, and so even though they see, they do not know. This applies to signals we receive from the divine. For those who know that they exist, the signs are obvious, the flash of light, the hawk at a particular moment, so many signs we receive. But if we do not believe that a divine power exists or that divine guides communicate with us, we see the hawk, we see the light, but we remain without knowing. We are only able to see what we believe.
And so with this tech issue, and some guidance I was receiving, I had a really material example of this. I was talking to the tech guy on the phone. He was telling me that the problem was with the Comcast Cable Modem, and that we would need to take that device down to Comcast’s office and ask them to replace it. I considered this theory, but it did not make sense to me. This is because there were many times that the internet would go out in the kitchen, but continue working in the office. Other times it would not work anywhere in the house.
Another interesting sign is that when it was working in the study and not the kitchen, resetting the power to the black boxes in the study did not fix it, but when it was out throughout the house, it did.
I explained exactly what was happening to the tech guy, and tried to really spell it out, so he could see that it did not make sense that if it were the comcast box that we would sometimes have service in the study and not the kitchen, but he could not hear me. So I switched to another tack, and said well it was all just too confusing for me so please just come fix it.
So anyway, he contacted Dani and met her at the apartment when we were out of town over the weekend. He told her that the Comcast Modem needed to be replaced. Dani called me. I said that it seems that he will not be able to see that it’s not the Comcast Modem until we get him a new one. And it also may be that he’s right, and it is the Comcast Modem. I didn’t really care what it was, I just wanted it to work.
So Dani went and got the new Modem from Comcast. The tech guy came over to hook it back into the system. Two hours later he was still here. Three hours after he arrived he was pulling the access point out of the attic in the living room. Turns out that the hardware was bad.
So yes we did actually have a somewhat out of date modem from Comcast, and yes sometimes it would lock and we’d have to reset it. But the issue causing our TV not to work was the access point. Our tech friend was not capable of seeing as long as he was attached to the belief that it was the Cable Modem box.
I remember something Yawá told me about the way he was taught to look at things. Always with the mind of a child he would say. If you think you know something, you can’t see anything new. He said, I’m just an old man and I don’t know much. All I have is my good name. And 102 years of experiencing dating back to the times before the first rubber tappers came into contact with his tribe. He knew the value of an open mind.
But he also was capable of seeing divine signs in everything. So this kind of vision really requires a kind of balance between being attached to our views, and having the credence we need to see things.
I’ve also been working with something that Stephanie sent to me. It was about the Dalai Lama’s unequivocal response to sexual misconduct by high ranking monks. Someone was talking about having compassion for them. He slammed his fist on the table and said they need to be exposed and brought to justice. Compassion does not require us to ignore the evil people do.
That’s kind of an extreme example, but we’ve been seeing it in terms of boundaries. Having compassion for people does not require that we let them walk all over us. It’s kind of like the notion of having a warm heart and a cold nose when it comes to money.
There’s a lot of stuff for me to think about coming. I’m looking forward to having such a good start to the New Year.
By the way, my toe nail is really starting to need another coat. It’s grown out about 3/16 of an inch.
Peace Love Forgiveness