New Millennium Being #35 - Moon Shine
- From Gururattan Kaur Khalsa Ph.D.
NEW MILLENNIUM BEING
Number 35, July 6, 2001
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The Moon in our birth chart is typically associated with our acquired
personality and our past. Our Moon indicates our inherited traits, karma,
emotional attachments, survival instincts, and childhood programming. The
Moon pulls us back into our past life imprints, connects us to our roots and
serves as a storehouse for our unconscious memory. The instinctual nature
of our moon helps us hold on to beliefs, behaviors and reactions that we
have been conditioned to embrace for our survival. The Moon also represents
the mother principle. Like our attachment to our birth mother or primary
mother figure, we unconsciously hold on to the habits, feelings and
sentiments that seem to give a sense of security. The goal of working with
the energies of our Moon is to learn how to use the powers of the Moon to
pull us back to our soul essence and to connect us to the nurturing energies
of the Divine Mother. To achieve this mastery we must pass through the
lunar territory. We must brave the muddy and agitated waters of our
subconscious mind and emotional body.
Even the most elementary step toward consciousness awakens us to the stark
reality that much of our early programming is at best no longer relevant.
The really bad news comes when we explore deeper. We become alarmingly aware
that preverbal imprints burden us with patterns and habits that seriously
sabotage our maturation process, success as adults and the ability to be who
we are and do what we came here to do.
Our human challenge is how to break the tenacious hold of these early
imprints. Buried deep in our subconscious, they are not only difficult to
modify, they are difficult to identify. Living in a masculine dominated
culture, it is understandable that we are often advised to use our will to
change these patterns. "Just do it." "Just drop the old pattern." "Just
don't do that anymore." Don't we all wish it were that simple! Sooner or
later we realize that is not possible to force or command our subtle
energies to change. Any commands will be interpreted as violence and have
the effect of burying our negative emotions deeper into our subconscious.
Emotions, feelings and related expressions of the Moon are feminine
energies. We must deal with them appropriately. We must use feminine
modalities to deal with these energies. We of course need to use our will
to focus our attention. Beyond attention, we must gently allow these
energies to be felt and expressed. It is only through acceptance and love
that they reveal themselves to our conscious awareness so that we can
identify and work with them.
THE ASLEEP MOON
The asleep individual has no conscious awareness of his emotional being. He
actually identifies with his emotions and is a slave to his impulses and
feelings. The evolution of the soul requires us to become conscious of our
emotions and learn to use our subtle energies for the higher expression of
Most of humanity is still powerfully influenced by mass consciousness
because our emotions are energetically integrated into mass consciousness.
This connection reinforces and perpetuates our attachment to our "biological
karma, instinctual emotional responsiveness, patterns of early family
conditioning, and conformistic sociological behavior." (*1) This fact also
links our perception of our identity to the form that we experience through
our five external senses.
At the unconscious asleep level of being, the Moon is a storehouse for the
past. It clutters our consciousness with self-sabotaging astral images and
desires. Our emotional energy at this level of expression chains us to
unconscious programming. The awakening process breaks the chains to the
past behavior patterns and instinctual responses. Our goal is to detach
ourselves from the compulsions and desires imprinted in us from past lives,
childhood traumas and mass consciousness.
THE AWAKENING MOON
The awakening process requires us to separate our identity from mass
consciousness and to individualize by becoming conscious of our own being.
Instead of identifying with our material form, we become aware of the
essence that lives within our physical body. It is by working with our
subtle energies that the energy tied up in our unconscious emotional
programming is transmuted to higher forms of expression. It is through
conscious awareness that we get in touch with our primal energies, reorient
their expression and attune ourselves to our highest identity. As we
awaken, we identify with our soul and the energy that enlivens our being.
Most of those reading this article are in the awakening stage. We are doing
our best to become conscious of our past conditioning so that it no longer
controls our actions, reactions and projections. Our goal is to use our
physical, mental and emotional energies to awaken us to our Soul identity
and then to use these energies to express our Soul and carry out our destiny
path. As we are freed from past conditioning, we are able to use our
emotional energy to express archetypes of wholeness, balance and love. The
reflective powers of the Moon become available to pull us back to our
essential being and reflect the basic qualities of our Soul.
SHIFT FROM THE RATIONAL MIND TO INTUITIVE AWARENESS
The transition from personality to Soul consciousness requires a shift from
a rational mental focus to an intuitive awareness and perception of reality.
(*2) Our intellect becomes more refined and sensitive as it integrates more
subtle energies and signals into our consciousness. The intellect becomes
the foundation for a broader range of intuitive sensitivities. Similarly,
emotional energy is freed up to embody universal expressions of cosmic
energies. The emotional body is no longer controlled by the astral energies
of fear, anger and sadness. Our emotional body is available to identify
with and express more refined and highly evolved energies such as peace,
serenity, grace and compassion. Over time the latter replace, supercede and
dominate the former in our consciousness and subtle energy bodies.
The question is how can we facilitate the intuitive and emotional
development in our evolutionary unfoldment? We develop our intuitive
awareness by using it. The following questions can be asked and partially
answered intellectually. However, our rational mind is very clever at
protecting us from vital information that challenges our personality-based
identity. It can also rationalize us out of every predicament that forces
us to face the uncomfortable (yet liberating) truth. Our intuitive
sensitivity gives us more complete, unfiltered information. Being feminine
in nature, it is less confrontive to our ego. Therefore, a meditative,
intuitive approach to the following examination could prove to be most
1. The first area of examination invites us to identify our past imprints,
emotional attachments and areas of resistance.
2. The second area of examination invites us to identify current emotional
upheavals? Where are we being asked, or forced, to release the chains of
3. The third question is the most enticing. Where do we need to break old
patterns in order to express our Soul identity and destiny? (*3) This
question shifts our emotional energy from self-sabotaging programs to
exciting possibilities that we can actually manifest if we are ready and
willing to jump into a new arena. Concentrating on the answers to this
question can propel us into an expanded consciousness of who we are and why
we are here. If we choose to stay in the possibility long enough, it can
become a reality. It is a question of shifting our emotional energy from
the astral to the soul level of consciousness. Once our heart and soul
command our emotional energy, our new life begins.
FROM MASS CONSCIOUSNESS TO UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS
We must be vigilant to stay in our intuitive and subtle energy awareness.
Normally we do not want to be this sensitive because if we are locked into
mass consciousness, we become aware of the extent to which we are bombarded
with the negative emotional projections of the lower expressions of
humanity. To make this transition it is necessary to do some form of
spiritual practice which enables us to tune into and receive the positive
projections from those emanating spiritual energy. This is why we practice
Kundalini yoga and are grateful to all those who also do so. We are
creating a powerful force field that we can all tap into.
Group consciousness greatly facilitates our transition to universal
consciousness. As we are awakening our feeling-sensitive nature, we must
have an alternative consciousness to relate to. Yogi Bhajan says that
individual consciousness proceeds through group consciousness to universal
consciousness. He has recently talked a lot about how the energy on the
planet is now available for us to cultivate a highly sensitive intuitive
awareness, which he calls our sensory system. Humans who achieve this
consciousness are called sensory humans. (See NMB #24) Working with our
Moon energy is most relevant in achieving this sensory awareness.
As we move from the illusions of the Moon into the higher expressions of
emotional energy, we embody the reality of love and wisdom. We
simultaneously achieve a sense of individualized selfhood (lower 3 chakras)
and lose our sense of separateness (upper 4 chakras). As we merge in the
universal waters of love, we experience the nurturing substance of the
Mother as embodied in the highest expressions of Cancer and the Moon.
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CULTIVATING OUR INTUITION
On the questionnaires for our online Kundalini Yoga Training course, one of
the most frequently marked goals is to develop intuition. While the Sun is
in Cancer between June 21 and July 21 is a most appropriate time to use our
intuition and not our intellect. During this time be conscious of letting
your feelings be your guide. The more you do so, the more you will
experience how you are using your energy and be able to shift from your
emotional reactive responses to your intuitive guidance. (We will have the
mental energies and compulsion to figure things out soon enough when the Sun
goes into Virgo August 22.)
THE ENNEAGRAM SYSTEM
I have found the enneagram system particularity useful in working with Moon
energies. It is interesting to look at the parallels between this system
and astrological understandings of the Moon. The article I reference here
examines the correlations between the different enneagram types and the
planets. (*4) I will not cover these relationships here. What I find
fascinating is how the nine types unveil the hidden patterns and potentials
of our Moon.
The enneagram is a psychological typology system "that identifies nine
distinct personality types, based on the core survival strategies that each
type unconsciously formulates to protect against further pain and harm.
These strategies are developed in childhood when our most fundamental needs
are not met: love, power, and security." (*5) Instead of experiencing our
natural essence of wholeness and the universal truth of love, we are
imprinted with self-protective fears, unflattering self-images, limiting
beliefs and survival motivated strategies, the sum total of which becomes
our personality. These survival mechanisms control our behavior and
responses, dominate our attention, and limit our ability to express our true
unique identity. The expression of our vast, creative and spontaneous
essence is co-opted by the unconscious dictates of our learned behaviors and
beliefs that block awareness of our Soul essence. (Sound familiar?)
The goals of the enneagram system are
1. To gain a deeper understanding of our self-protective strategies and the
unconscious motivating factors of our personality by identifying the type of
our personality structure.
2. To detach ourselves from our conditioned patterns and unconscious
3. To open ourselves to reclaim and express the fundamental essence of our
THE NINE ENNEAGRAM TYPES
There are nine enneagram types. (*6) Each of the nine types is
characterized by (1) a habitual emotional reaction, (2) an avoidance
emotion, and (3) a virtue or soul energy.
1. A chief PASSION corresponds to the HABITUAL EMOTIONAL REACTION that is
activated when we feel challenged, threatened or under stress. (I personally
don't like the use of passion in this negative sense.) Seven of these
automatic reactions correspond to the seven deadly sins or vices in
Christian teachings. Deceit and Cowardice were added to make nine -- (1)
Anger or Resentment, (2) Pride or Ego, (3) Deceit or Vanity (added), (4)
Envy or Jealously, (5) Avarice or Stinginess, (6) Cowardice, Cowardliness or
Fear (added), (7) Gluttony or Greed, (8) Lust or uncontrolled desire, and
(9) Sloth or Indolence.
2. Each type is also associated with an AVOIDANCE EMOTION that it attempts
to cover up. These shadow emotions are disowned by our conscious
personality, which tries to hide these feelings with a superficial
self-image or mask. The avoidance emotions are (1) Anger, (2) Neediness, (3)
Failure, (4) Ordinariness, (5) Emptiness, (6) Deviance, (7) Pain, (8)
Weakness, and (9) Conflict.
3. The VIRTUE (or soul energy) is the corresponding antidote or counterpoint
to the emotional reaction and the avoidance emotion. By consciously
cultivating the virtue, we can attain balance, wholeness and peace. The
virtue is the essence energy of our Soul. The nine Virtues are (1)
Serenity, (2) Humility, (3) Truthfulness, (4) Equanimity, (5) Detachment,
(6) Courage, (7) Sobriety, (8) Innocence, and (9) Diligence.
REDEFINITION OF SIN
Yogi Bhajan has taught us to replace the traditional guilt ridden definition
of sin with the idea that sin is simply an absence of the experience of God
or the Infinite. It is easy to relate to the fact that when we are
repressing our avoidance emotion and reacting with one or more of the
habitual responses of the nine types, it is difficult or even impossible to
experience a divine connection. It is not that these responses are
inherently bad. Under certain circumstances they may be appropriate. The
problem comes from the fact that they are automatic responses that are
activated without conscious evaluation of our current situation. When these
responses control us. We are not responding in present time. We are
puppets of past programming. This means that our energy is blocked. We are
not fully alive, present and available to experience universal energies and
to express our infinite ourselves in the moment. Call this situation a sin,
the human predicament or a tragedy, it is not an optimal state of being.
The question then is "How can we experience the divine within us?" How can
we optimize our existence, enjoy ourselves fully and experience peace? It
is essential to recognize that energy is neutral. The enneagram, planetary
and other archetypal energies all have both positive and negative modes of
expression. Generally the less conscious we are, the more the negative
expressions control us. The more consciously aware we become, the more we
are able to cultivate, choose and attract the positive expressions or soul
IDENTIFY YOUR TYPE
This means that we must identify the energy that we disown and repress.
Actually this is very easy. Our conscious mind may resist, but we have our
trusty intuition to reveal the truth. Simply go down the list and let your
intuition tell you what habitual reaction and avoidance emotion you most
frequently act out. Go for it.
Automatic Response, Avoidance Emotion, Virtue-Soul Essence
Anger or Resentment, Anger, Serenity
Pride or Ego, Neediness, Humility
Deceit or Vanity, Failure, Truthfulness
Envy or Jealously, Ordinariness, Equanimity
Avarice or Stinginess, Emptiness, Detachment
Cowardliness or Fear, Deviance, Courage
Gluttony or Greed, Pain, Sobriety
Lust or Uncontrolled Desire, Weakness, Innocence
Sloth or Indolence, Conflict, Diligence
I found that it was very easy to identify my type. It stuck out like a neon
sign. Personally I resonate with type One-Resentment, Anger and Serenity.
All the students in my yoga class also found it easy to identify their
types. It can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing to admit our type.
But it is also very comforting to be able to recognize our primary control
trip (the avoidance strategy). It is also very liberating to identify how
our compulsive reactions and behaviors use much of our psychic energy. Once
we have this information we simply can make other choices in how we how we
view life and use our energy.
The great news is that we each embody the energy of the virtue. It is
already there. It is part of our Soul essence. We simply have to turn our
attention to this primal characteristic of our being. It is interesting how
others may recognize this about us long before we do. Being a type one, my
essence energy is serenity. For years people have told me how peaceful they
felt around me. I wondered why they would say that as I was experiencing my
inner war, which was far from serene. However, even before reading about
the enneagram system, I realized that I needed to cultivate inner serenity.
We all know what we need to do and are already on that path. Systems like
the enneagram and astrology are tools that help us gain greater
understanding and clarity along the way.
Cultivating our essence energy also helps us get what we want. It is my
observation in my own life that when I am in an agitated state I often don't
get what I want. This includes over excitement and enthusiasm as well as
anger and fear states. When I am peaceful, relaxed, unattached and
connected to my inner state of serenity, I have better luck at attracting
what I want.
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The last week of June 2001 Yogi Bhajan taught the following meditation at
Ladies Camp in New Mexico. Hold an orange between your hands at your heart
and breath long and deep. Meditate on what you want for 11 minutes. Then
eat your orange. Do this for 40 days.
I advise cultivating your soul essence energy into your orange as well. I
have started doing this meditation. My initial experience is that what I
really want is to experience my inner serenity. If I could have only one
thing-serenity is IT. I am slowly adding my other destiny requests. This
time I am making sure that my predominate energy is serenity. I add my
other prayers only as long as I can maintain my soul essence experience.
I invite everyone to try this and to write me back after 40 days. I will
share your experiences with the group. A good day to start is July 20th --
the New Moon in Cancer. Otherwise let your intuition be your guide.
What we give our attention to grows and expands. As we shift our attention
from our habitual sabotaging response to our soul essence, we alter our
vibration. We magnetize to us what we vibrate. When we consciously vibrate
our soul essence, it is much easier to operate in the attraction (feminine)
mode vs. the go after it mode (masculine). Our soul essence mode is
inherently relaxing and peaceful. Our soul essence is the feminine aspect
of our being. This quality neutralizes the agitation created by our learned
behaviors. As we relax, our life force that was used up in stressful
expressions becomes available to us as vitality and aliveness. Instead of
struggling and hassling (misuse of masculine energy), we can relax and
attract to us (wise use of feminine energy) what we need to do what we came
here to do (wise use of masculine energy). Our active, masculine energy is
freed up to use for creation and producing results.
The Moon reflects the energy of the Sun. Our Moon can reflect the true
energy of our soul when we allow our emotional energy to flow in sync with
our true essence. While the Sun is in Cancer is an opportune time to allow
our feelings and emotions to become instruments of our heart. Take
advantage of the Sun in Cancer to let your moon shine.
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REFERENCES AND FOOTNOTES
Alan Oken's Complete Astrology, Alan Oken, Bantam Books, New York, 1980.
Soul-Centered Astrology, Alan Oken, The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA, 1990,
The Astrologer's Manual, Landis Knight Green, CRCS Publications, Sebastopol,
CA, 1975. (Green)
"EnneAstrology - the Nine Personality Types in the Horoscope," by Andrea
Meek Winchester, The Mountain Astrologer, Issue 97, June/July 2001, pp.
"What Is the Enneagram?" by Kate Sholly, The Mountain Astrologer, Issue 97,
June/July 2001, p. 17.
1. Oken-Soul, p. 256.
2. Oken-Soul, p. 258.
3. Oken-Soul, p. 258-9.
4. Winchester, pp. 16-78.
5. Sholly, p. 17.
6. Winchester, p. 18.
7. Winchester, p. 18.
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