By Sami MERLYN
Don’t you love life! I hope so! I do, regardless of its many challenges. Wow—did you see the full eclipse and the blood red full moon? This is a rare occurrence and ancient people who witnessed these types of events feared for their lives thinking the dragon swallowed the moon. Each one of us has some portion of primitive person inside of us… And now this event is behind us! The light has returned!
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” 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. Here in the high mountains of Colorado we have winter—with snow and cold, and all of this is part of the natural cycle of changes. With two feet of snow on the ground if you want to go somewhere you must do it with determination—that’s what I meant by “snowy days.”
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.
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.
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 onward on our spiral of growth. Blessed be!