Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again.



One of my favorite astrologers, the lovely Rob Breszny, says:

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Writing in *Earthwatch* magazine, Anne Marcotty Morris rhapsodized about her trek into Brazil's rain forest. The jungle is a fecund place, she said: "Several barbed seeds that had attached themselves to me on our walk into the forest had sprouted by the time we walked out." These fast-growing seeds happen to be an apt metaphor for the state of your psyche, Aquarius. You're a hotbed of lush fertility. Given that fact, I advise you to be very discriminating about which influences you give your attention to. Whether they're good or bad, empowering or corrosive, they will grow fast.

But - isn't that always true? Whatever we cultivate thrives, right? (By "we" I mean everyone, not just Aquarians.) One of my great teachers used to say that energy follows attention. Another way to say it: What goes around comes around. Joseph Campbell said: Follow your bliss. Isn't that more or less the same idea? The Golden Rule says it in a slightly different way. Dark and creepy begets more dark and creepy. Beauty begets beauty. Peace begets peace.



Of course there are fertile phases and fallow times, too, so I see what he's trying to convey. What he's saying is, right now more than ever, be the person you want to be. Dive head first into that which brings out the best, steer clear of the rest.

Last week was difficult. I engaged in a tremendous amount of flopping around. Consternation, worry, and regret kept tapping me on the shoulder, not only while I was awake but in my dreams, too. For a couple of days, it felt like there was no way out of that state of mind. I have no doubt that some barbed and poisonous seeds sprouted. They did not take root, however, thank God. The moon turned, the weather changed - who knows why - but things shifted.

With the image of my current state of fertility in mind, I'll be doubling and redoubling my efforts to cultivate buoyancy, cheerfulness, compassion, patience, and an open heart. Because that's who I want to be today, tomorrow and for the rest of this precious existence. Thanks for the reminder, Rob!


Ginger Rogers is so pretty. I love her bleached hair, high heels and great dress. But when Fred Astaire is dancing, I don't even see her. I am always completely fixed on him, on his dancing. Has anyone ever been so graceful?

28 comments:

Andrea said...

First, as a fellow Aquarian, thank you for your message today. You hit on several of my favorite "thoughts" - ones I come back to often. "What goes around comes around" is my all-time favorite credo I try to live by. Also, "follow your bliss" and of course, the golden rule. I needed a little push this morning to organize the little seeds that seem to have sprouted amongst my thoughts. It's high time to figure exactly what my bliss is and then go after it.

Thank you!

Reya Mellicker said...

You're welcome and ME, TOO!! Yes.

Merle Sneed said...

Energy follows attention! I love it. Thanks for the dance clip, too.
As a boy, many an afternoon was spent watching the old black and whites. Of course, they went so old then.

Janelle said...

ah SUCH PERFECTION...when i was little they ran a series of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire..i watched every single one of 'em....so bloody excellent...! thanks for posting..and good to hear about your new leaf! xxx j

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Great energy with Rogers & Astaire! Thanks for your thoughts... I find particular importance in these words from you... "cultivate buoyancy, cheerfulness, compassion, patience, and an open heart" will become my mantra because, like you, "that's who I want to be today, tomorrow and for the rest of this precious existence."
Thank you Reya!

mum said...

gorgeous. Fred and Ginger = perfect break. (the flags on the fence look like they're smiling.)

cheers to you.

Lynne said...

My dad was an Aquarian and I can certainly see these points. At times I think he was overpowered by fast growing corrosive kinds of seeds.

Love the photo! It's like the leaf towards the center of the photo has a window in it ...

Come see the new crop of baby bears!

ellen abbott said...

All good thoughts to keep in mind even for those of us who aren't aquarians.

willow said...

A "hotbed of lush fertility". I love that. We do have fertile and fallow as well. It's all part of the pattern.

That dance scene from "Swing Time" is one of my favorite "happy" movie scenes.

lakeviewer said...

Reya, fellow Aquarian, I knew something connected me to you right away.

You have gone on a mini journey in the past few weeks, just by the thoughts floating around and the mentors you hooked on. (Joseph Campbell has mentored many of us.) Isn't it interesting what can pop up from our subconscious to help us get going?

I love the phrase, energy follows attention. That teacher was a wise person.

Poetikat said...

Excellent advice, Reya. I was in a similar state last week, but this week, it's all good!

Love that film clip. Have you seen the Rita Hayworth one on YouTube called, "Rita Hayworth jumps in the line"? (Belafonte to back it up) It is wonderful!

Have a lovely day!

Kat

Verily I go. said...

Yes yes, Awesome. All over singing out the good vibrations. Nice post, I'm estatic, catching all best right now. Thanks Reya.

Steve said...

I think it's important not to resist the way we feel, to let ourselves be sad or confused or depressed when those moods and moments arrive. (I'm talking about transient depression, as opposed to a more chronic form.) It's worthwhile to aspire to a better mood, but I wouldn't try to push away what you're feeling -- because as you said in an earlier post, our darker moments have a purpose. They give us perspective.

I agree re. Astaire and Rogers. He was the more magnetic of the two. She's skilled, but at the risk of pissing off fellow feminists, I have to say I doubt she would have attained the level of fame she did without him.

Tom said...

i like the idea of following your bliss...your dreams, whatever...;knowing what that is sometimes is difficult, then again, throwing yourself at your indulgences can be very destructive as well! Living life can be hard, can't it?

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh Steve, I never push away strange moods, but I do trip and fall down often, which is where the post title came from.

Rosaria? YES, sister of the clan of Aquarius. YES. Ellen you're NOT Aquarius? Are you sure??

Janelle I am now wary of what's under the leaf. But I'm going to turn it anyway! I've turned it.

I love Rita Hayworth - googling right now.

Reya Mellicker said...

Meant to say: I trip over strange moods, fall down, go boom. OUCH.

Then ... pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again. It's a practice, just like meditation.

Anil P said...

Very true. In effect we are what we think.

e said...

Fred's flying feet are indeed captivating, and Ginger is the picture of beauty and class for that era...

I love the photo of the gated entrance...it looks so serene, and you're right, beauty and contentment beget more of the same.
Best to you and Jake.

Joanne said...

Love your attitude here ... You go, girl!

California Girl said...

The idea of seeds sprouting before you've made your way out of the rain forest absolutely blows me away.

Astaire/Rogers, my favorite dance team. I agree with you. She is pretty. And I too only watch him when they dance. I've often pondered that. I guess he was just the best.

My next favorite dance couple is Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron.

I know what you mean about "...redoubling efforts to cultivate buoyancy, cheerfulness and compassion." I have to remind myself of these things more often than I would like. I used to be a person whose glass was half empty. I have changed. It's half full most of the time but there are days...

steven said...

hey reya - astaire had that sweet body awareness that some people are born with or work to remember - his body follows the bliss. so often when i'm inside what people born in the north of england call "the black dog" the bliss is lost inside something like what "the weaver of grass" blog posted out of flaubert's mind . . . "human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, when all the time we are longing to move the stars to pity." the distance between who we are and what we wish to be is so very far apart that we can't get it out. and then. joy. bliss. insight. magic. creativity and flourishes of presence reveal our selves merely being!!!
all good!! steven

Washington Cube said...

Twilight Zone again, Reya. I've been thinking of Fred and Ginger all week. Why? Well...for starters...Fred was on in Royal Wedding the other night on TCM with Jane Powell. She danced lovely with him, but not that same athletic drive that Ginger had. I told one friend, Fred was my dream date.

Re: can't take your eyes off Fred. I noticed some time ago that he moves his arms around a lot with little "extras" that totally take you away from his partner and back to him. Others have noted it as well. It benefits not to follow his arms.

I think Cyd Charisse was one who made you watch her and not Fred. One of the few.

I met Ginger Rogers once (an aged Ginger) at a First Ladies Luncheon for Nancy Reagan. Ginger still had overly bleached blonde hair long...not flattering for her age, and way too much makeup, but hey...it was Ginger Rogers. A living legend.

I've always loved Ginger best as Fred's partner, though he was unkind enough to say "not." I know he didn't like her mother. I think tit for tat, Ginger was the best in mastering what Fred was up to and gave the best performances with him.

And the songs....such great songs.

And regarding other stuff you are talking about, I just read, in Tolstoy's "Confessions,", the following quote:

"Force is force, matter is matter, will is will, the infinite is the infinite, nothing is nothing."

Meri said...

Yup, it's a choice all right. One you sometimes have to make with gritted teeth and then act as if you mean it until it's true.

Ronda Laveen said...

Nothin' like a thunder storm to clear the air and make the sunshine seem brighter.

Ronda Laveen said...

P.S. I hope you are alright after the shooting yesterday. What is the energy like surrounding the holocaust museum.

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Lisa said...

energy follows attention is a certain for sure- a great post reya and im am hoping you get your groove back very soon.
I remember reading that fred and ginger detested each other....

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Good post. Love the first photo, like a gate into peace. I am an Aquarius and tend to weigh my thoughts and actions down with those fast growing barbed and poisonous seeds.

I am working at only staying angry for 15 minutes and letting it go...