The new moon is an opportunity to begin again. It hits us roughly 13 times a year, once a moonth. Al Manning loved to keep things fresh saying, “What’s new? Me I am always new and exciting.” The new moon represents a time to leave behind the things that no longer serve us and emphasize what is good and meaningful in our lives. Let us celebrate our new beginnings and take the best and leave the rest as we continue on our spiral of growth!!!
One thing that is constant in life is CHANGE! Let’s hope the direction of your change is positive! Life is an ebb and flow with movement from light to dark and back again. In any event, we must persevere, and on “snowy days” (nice to have a thought of a cool winter in this heat wave) if we want to get somewhere we have to get into plod mode with persistence to accomplish. Every day is a new day and we have the opportunity to begin again. Nature, the great teacher, is always moving through cycles of transformation.
Al Manning sometimes took a look at the Hindu POV as a way to move beyond traditional Western teachings. He liked the Hindu god Shiva, for His transformative energies, including destruction and creation. A symbol of Shiva was the moon which is always changing. The moon, a way to count TIME. A reason Shiva was considered “the Destroyer” was that he was known as Kala and Maha Kala. This is time and the Great Time… which eventually destroys the entire universe—to make way for the birth of a new universe. Not easy but each old cycle must make way for the new. Here is Al Manning’s chant for transforming the negative into the positive. You might commit it to memory to call upon it to “sweep away the things that harm; let them cause us no alarm.”
INVOCATION OF SHIVA
Lovely powerful Shiva
God of sweeping change
Sweep away the lesser, shut it out of range.
Leave the beauty and the light
Bright complete and fair,
Remove all vibrations of misery and despair.
Leave this place and these fine things, fresh and bright and pure.
Holy as your own fine self, bright, complete & sure.
Lovely powerful Shiva our thanks to you we give,
That from your sweeping power
in beauty may we live.
In the 70’s I visited a Spiritualist Church where the reader told me I was a terrible pirate in a previous incarnation. Then I became a Shiva devotee and dedicated my life to helping those in need. I still like Shiva today! As one cycle moves to the next, let us keep that which is useful and good, and leave behind or eliminate that which no longer serves us. As Al Manning would say “Illigitimi non carborundum” Al’s pet phony Latin phrase which means, “don’t let the bastards wear you down.” Let’s stay positive, as we move through our changes. Let’s turn the page on the past we want to leave behind, make upbeat changes as we Have FUN! Smile and win, as we persevere– traveling ever onward on our spiral of growth. Blessed be!