Well here we are approaching the end of August with the total eclipse of the sun coming on Monday 21 August 2017. Lots of change is looming and with five planets in retrograde, Mercury among them, I've had some interesting experiences both frustrating and magical in the last few days. If there was any doubt that certain things are simply "meant to be", that doubt has yet again been mitigated. If one is meant to have a certain experience, the energies will conspire to provide that lesson, and if you are not karmically destined to have a certain experience, no matter what the circumstances, Divine intervention may step in to block it.
After seeing a patient in Chester, I returned to my car and was about to back out of the parking space, except there was a large pickup truck to my right, blocking my view. Backing out of this space, places you right on Chester Pike where cars are going about 40 mph or more. Because I couldn't see, and knowing I was backing into traffic, I was obviously going slowly trying to inch my way out to where I could see. Suddenly, all the lights on my dashboard flashed on and the car stalled. Cars whizzed by behind me which would have taken my trunk out into the middle of Chester Pike! At first, I thought, "oh no, here's mercury retrograde wrecking havoc with my car." But it wasn't until I told a friend about it later that I realized I was spared from what would have been a tragic accident, and that someone or something had to have intervened. There was nothing wrong with the car; no problem restarting it, and no problems since. Seemingly out of nowhere, a man appeared to the left of me and I asked if he would be kind enough to guide me out of the space because I couldn't see. He gladly helped me and I was safe and sound and back on my way. When the car started right up again, I was simply grateful, but I didn't immediately see or appreciate the deeper meaning that occurred. Have you ever had an experience where you know that Divine intervention came in to move you toward something that you needed to experience, or protect you from something you were not meant to experience? I've had it happen many times....in spite of my resistance!
When things run their karmic course, the energies conspire to remove you from a situation that no longer serves to provide a lesson. When they haven't, it can seem like no matter what we do, the only choice is to surrender, feel the discomfort and subsequently, the lesson (which is usually in hindsight) and move through it with as much grace as possible. We don't usually move and grow when things are going great, when we are content, or simply maintaining the status quo. As I think back during this Mercury retrograde period of time, (where we are invited to review the past), I am remembering all of the discomfort that at the time was a drag, yet it propelled me to move into deeper and wider awareness, and more aligned with my true purpose and Self. Another thing that happened last week was a situation where a conflict reached intolerable levels despite all efforts to cultivate understanding and an amicable solution. Despite best efforts, I was pushing against a force that was pushing against me where I had to make a decision to keep wasting my energy in futile pursuit, or save my energy so I could open a door to something new and in alignment with me now. The energy was conspiring to push me out despite the rationalizations I was using to stay. I finally closed to door (on my birthday) and almost immediately, something new came in to support, uplift, and remind me, that when we remain in our personal Truth, it is not only for our good, but the highest good for all involved. And, lesson OVER! These days especially, we must be ever mindful of wasting our time and energy in toxic situations that serve no purpose other than to undermine and aggravate rather than nourish and heal. This can be applied to many situations in life. When we are meant to let something go, the messages are always there, and sometimes must become so strong that we are literally pushed out of situations where we are no longer meant to be for our own highest good.
In what areas of your life might you need to go deep to take inventory and let go to allow Divinity to show you a new way? It does always know better than we do, doesn't it? It is certainly a time of dismantling the old so we can all do something new. And the best place to start is with ourSelves. It is very easy to look outside of ourselves and call out what is wrong, point the finger and place blame, but the true work is within and where we can elicit the change we are all seeking for ourselves and for the planet. Be safe during Mercury Retrograde!
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Dr. of Metaphysics, Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and Founder & CEO of the Kalyana Centre in Narberth, PA