Metaphors for the Month: Internal Stability

By Suzanne Wagner

Your presence will say more than words.

Osho Zen Tarot: The Source, The Burden, Turning In

Medicine Cards: Deer, Horse, Blank Shield

Mayan Oracle: Chuen, Muluc

Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Ace of Wands, Six of Wands, The Hanged Man

Aleister Crowley Deck: Worry, The Lovers, Power

Words of Truth: Tears, Lying, Past, Assemblage Point

During March, we’re deep into Mars retrograde. This pattern confers a heavy burden of details, and we can’t expect much progress or anyone noticing how hard we are working. Plan ahead if at all possible with a financial reserve, and you will navigate this energy better. The value you will get, from holding firm and not getting caught up in the drama unfolding around you, will come in April and May.

What goes around does come back around, so watch what you say. My motto is: “Don’t let 85% of the stuff in my mind get out my mouth!” Every­one is feeling at his or her personal edge, and it is not nice to push anyone beyond the point of no return.

If we look within, even in the depths of this burdensome time, we will realize that we are whole, beautiful, and amazing beings. That alone might be just what you need to keep on going when the going gets tough.

This month is about moving forward, albeit an inch at a time. Whatever you focus on, your mind will magnify that thing, pattern, or perspective, so choose carefully. Don’t let your mind make you into a wasteland just when we are so close to an internal and external shift that will allow you a calmer and more powerful expression in the world.

The key word for March is “gentleness.” Gentleness requires internal stability. The greatest gift you can give anyone is the reflection of love and acceptance. Be the face of some­one who understands and has walked through the fire also. You can show those around you that there is a way through by reflecting wholeness and peace.

Years ago, a friend of mine was dying. Entering his hospital room, I found him so frightened, panicking and acting out in ways that left the staff and nurses exhausted and frustrated.

I breathed deep to find compassion and understanding of his circumstances. I felt how I would feel if I were him, I felt the connection from his heart to mine.

He stopped acting out and stood as if he were rooted to the ground.

He was.

I was connecting him to the earth with my heart, my compassion and  understanding. Somehow my presence, acceptance and compassion allowed him that moment of connection and gave him the stability to become himself again.

This month we need to find stable ground in tremendously difficult situations. For each of us that challenge will be different. But we can remember to turn inward and ground into our internal source.

We have tremendous resources if we just would practice the patience to go within and uncover the vast potential we hold.

Once we have that awareness in place, we can see the needs of others and have compassion for their journey. Our presence it what changes another’s experience, not necessarily the words we speak.

So this month, speak few words. Let those words be generated from a grounded, heartful compassion for everyone and everything. 

This article was originally published on February 29, 2012.