Weekly Inspiration #23

Today, my car was repaired for the second time this week. I can now get into it via the driver’s side door, rather than through the lift up rear door, over the back seat and squeezing in between the two front seats, and I can now get out of the car via the same driver’s door rather than out the back passenger window. So that’s nice. The back window is not yet repaired, but will be on Monday. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out part I and part II of my car (mis)adventures this past fortnight. Hilarious.

An interesting encounter: when I pay for the car, I ask where it is. There’s been a huge storm pass by with torrential rain, and I’m hoping that it’s undercover because my back window isn’t fixed yet. It is under cover, and the man at the front desk shows me where it is. As he does so, a look of concern crosses his face, and he turns to me and says, you’ll have to reverse it out – do you need some help? I can’t help it – I glare at him and say, if I can’t reverse my car out of there, then I really shouldn’t be driving at all, don’t you think? He seems a bit taken aback, and I wonder if I was too rude – but honestly! What century are we in? Tsk. 

Anyway, I’m sitting on my back verandah early this morning, 5:30 or so, cup of tea in hand, watching the mist lift off the mountains. I’m thinking to myself that something feels different this morning, somehow. And then I realise what it is. It’s me. I feel different. I feel hopeful and happy, which is the opposite of what I have been feeling. A light at the end of the tunnel, perhaps?

Things seem to be changing. My car got fixed, for starters. I finally got to the hairdresser and beautician after two weeks of immobilisation – this may not seem much, but when you have as much hair as I do, a two week delay on cutting and waxing can really mess with a woman. Lastly, I have 24 whole, beautiful hours to myself because the Bear and the children are at a school camp. I only feel a teeny bit guilty for not going (I had to tackle the full blown mother guilt and tie her to a chair in the basement so that I could enjoy this time and use it for writing, which is what I want and need to do). I finally get that I am not failing or being punished – it’s just a process, that’s all.

So, here I am, and here you are. Let us begin!

Best Short Read

Goddamn! This was the first thing I read this morning. It helped me :). I love Tosha Silver, and I’ve spoken many times about how her book Outrageous Openness is one of my favourites. Here is an example of her grounded spirituality, which this Practical Mystic loves!


“That old New Age cant about how every ache and pain bring a reflection of some unprocessed flaw of yours can be so damaging.”

–Karen Weichardt Nyere

When Karen wrote this today, it struck SUCH a chord. So I can’t help but add. A dark legacy of the ‘manifestation movement’ is some people still erroneously think that EVERY single freakin’ thing that happens we ‘attract’. That if something difficult comes, we must be thinking or acting ‘wrong’. And that if you do ENOUGH prayers and take enough workshops, you get to some bizarro Disneyland where nothing ‘bad’ ever occurs. Then they blame themselves when difficulties come…or even judge others. It’s a tragic disconnect.

Because HERE’S the missing piece. Parabdha karmas are the personal karmas absolutely anyone goes through. This earth is a Vale of Karma. Even the great saint Ramakrishna got throat cancer. Hell, look at Jesus Himself! He didn’t exactly die drinking margaritas and sunning in the Bahamas. The deal is how you handle and bless your parabdha karma, NOT how do you avoid it.

Because of that limited vision, if someone gets sick, or is raped, or harmed, someone with a twisted view of Law of Attraction might say, “Oh, she created that. But I’m different. I’m safe!” Or if there’s an injury, “What did YOU do to attract that? You seem so evolved!”

But in fact karma, Parabdha karma, is mysterious, buried in the sands of ancient past lives. It helps explain why there’s such seemingly inequitable and random suffering in this world.

Yes, how we think and act does affect things. Yes, Law of Attraction is a part of Life, but… SO is the Law of Parabdha Karma! And the lesson is just to let go and BLESS it all, even the most inscrutable.

Not to judge yourself or others when a challenge comes.

Honestly this belief that all difficulties come from doing ‘wrong’ is one of the most unfortunate and hurtful misunderstandings that the New Age world has ever hatched. Even if unintentional, it has caused endless guilt and suffering for so many. Absolutely crazy-town.

It’s something I write about quite a bit in “Outrageous Openness.” So let me do my small part here to help shed some light :))

Tosha Silver

Best Advice

10 tips to a mindful home

Much like the work we do on ourselves, creating and maintaining a warm, welcoming and loving home is work that doesn’t just benefit ourselves – it benefits the world. As Chogyam Trungpa says, we can’t fix the world if we can’t even do our own dishes.

With just a little bit of effort every day, we can make our house into a home that restores our vitality so that we can have enough energy to go out into the world and do what needs to be done.

Do you see?

Image from the Elephant Journal

 Best Listen

I haven’t shared a song or an artist for a while – not because I haven’t been listening to music (I’m always listening to music!) – but because nothing had really leaped out at me to share. I came across this beautiful song the other day though, and I thought I would share it with you. It is a powerful prayer or mantra for self healing:

Heal Me, sung by Nirinjan Kaur, on her 2010 album Adhara

Best Poem


When the heart
Is cut or cracked or broken,
Do not clutch it;
Let the wound lie open.
Let the wind
From the good old sea blow in
To bathe the wound with salt,
And let it sting.
Let a stray dog lick it,
Let a bird lean in the hole and sing
A simple song like a tiny bell,
And let it ring.

Michael Leunig.

Best Astrology

Saturn, that wise and somewhat cranky astrological patriarch, has been in Scorpio since October 2012 and is preparing to move into Sagittarius on December 23rd. Before it goes though, it wants to make very sure that we have learned and understood all of our lessons on all things Scorpio from the last 2 1/2 years – which is the reason that all of the things that we thought we’d already done have come back for a second look. For me, this Saturn transit has been very powerful indeed – I suddenly became very serious about my spiritual life and writing, I became very fussy about who and what I spent my energy capital on, and stepped back from many of my community commitments to focus on my personal growth. I have also had major relationship changes, had both of my children go to school, and returned to the workforce for the first time since I became pregnant with my youngest child. It has been a liberating time to say the least, although not without its difficulties.

Over the past few weeks though, things have been going pear shaped. Relationship issues have re-surfaced, as well as lessons around control and acceptance, finances and job security. How well have you learned about these things, Saturn seemed to ask. I read this illuminating article on Saturn in Scorpio, and some things jumped out at me:

We might aim to control our behavior and moods, preferring to give off an image of calm, cool, and collected. We can struggle with revealing our dependencies and vulnerabilities with this position of Saturn.

An image which was somewhat damaged when I deadlocked my car with my daughter and I inside it recently. Saturn says: Guess what? You’re not always cool, calm and collected. Sometimes you lose your shit and behave in a completely non-rational way. Deal with it.

Fears of rejection, of giving up control, and of sharing ourselves are things we are likely to explore or face now. On a personal level, circumstances are such that how we deal with crisis, intense moments, and feeling powerless or helpless comes up for inspection.

Yes, yes and yes. And then this:

Delays and little but irksome problems might be experienced. Things break down, our needs often go unmet by others, we often feel misunderstood and even left out, we tend to find others harsh and unsympathetic (although this is often a perception thing – we, in fact, may be lacking a sense of humor), and we often feel burdened or put upon.

This last paragraph really just describes my last month to a tee. Sense of humour? Gone. Harsh and unsympathetic? You better believe it. Burdened and put upon? Of course, poor me.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that Saturn in Scorpio is an internally focused time. There will have been lessons around sex, intimacy, death, taboo, deep spiritual work, commitment, discipline and integrity. The question can you walk your talk? will have been asked again and again.

Of course, the next question is, what will Saturn in Sagittarius bring? Something vastly different no doubt :).

What are some Saturn in Scorpio themes that have emerged in your life over the past 2 1/2 years? Are you being squeezed?

Best Words


Isn’t that just wonderful? Let us go lightly into the weekend, my darlings…enjoy.


    • Thank you David! While I was writing this, a thought came into my head – what’s the point of this? Why are you doing it? And then I decided it was because I enjoy it, and for no other reason than that :). Also because my blogging friends come and visit, and that’s fun too! Have a great weekend David.


  1. Thank you for this little respite from a rather trying day. I’m so glad your car is getting all fixed up, and I’m so glad you were able to tie Mother Guilt up successfully. She’ll probably still lecture you from the basement, but you can turn the music up and dance on the floor above her head. 😉 xo

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    • Ha! She was trying to shout orders up at me, but I couldn’t hear her over the music 🙂 I love that my post was a respite for you today – I hope the weekend brings you some peace xo

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      • My weekend is a mix of work and play …but all good and there will definitely be a few pockets of peace in there somewhere! 😉

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    • Yes, I can laugh about it now 🙂 I was stuck in a cafe in the middle of a storm on Thursday with a friend, and I told him the whole sorry tale. He roared laughing and thanked me profusely for telling him the funniest, most ridiculous series of events he had heard in quite some time 🙂 After that, and now that the car is mostly fixed…I can see the humour in it 🙂


  2. Good stuff here today, Sara! I think you know I’m always on board with a good astrology round -up! I’ve got Saturn leaving my 9th, and I gotta say it feels a lot lighter than when it was in my 8th. It seemed to be a little break from Saturn’s heavy grip. Or maybe it tightened up my spirituality…that is a quality of the 9th house, right? I hope you enjoy your time alone– do all the writing and everything else you want. As mothers, we need and deserve this. I’m glad you were able to lock up mother’s guilt…and I love this image of her being tied up in the basement– I’ll remember it next time I’m fighting with her.

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    • Yes, I do know that you appreciate my astrology talk – that’s why I love having you over (amongst other reasons!). Saturn is right in the middle of my 8th house, so I guess it’s been a double whammy of Scorpio energy. I don’t ever feel too comfortable with a lot of Scorpio energy, because it can be so dark and heavy. It doesn’t have to be I suppose – the Phoenix is also part of the Scorpio picture – but I wander how many people can actually access the transcendent part of Scorpio. Plus it opposes all of my ridiculous amounts of taurus, which upsets me :). I think of Scorpio as mining for gold in the deep darkness, and sag is where they come up with the gold and start sharing it. I think the shadow side of sag and the 9th house is thinking you have all the answers – you’ve quested and suffered and now you’ve got it sorted. It is the religious house after all!
      The mother guilt is ridiculous, but I did heaps of writing and even snuck in a movie. It was good 🙂


  3. One thing about weeks and Stuff is they generally pass and we get to do it again, anew or different variations… although I’m not too fussed on the revisiting lessons thing but that’s probably one of my lessons! And I can see very clearly where just that has happened, and [hopefully] experience has assisted me to make considered choices rather than the rash of the past.
    I get Moonology daily emails, glance at them if I feel the need for a little guidance but reading your Best Astrology insights gives me a interesting complement to what’s going on in my life. Since last week, I’ve had the urge to tidy up, throw out old stuff I’ve been hoarding. A lot of what I’d like to do I’m not into the position to tangibly yet but I’ve made a start with what I can and intentions for the rest, and it feels right.
    I loved the Best Short Read, and while I think sometimes our external circumstances and internal attitudes can manifest conversely, sometimes also a sore back or a crook knee is just that. I love the term “bizarre Disneyland” that wonderful world where magic just happens and everything is perfect! Many years ago, I was a weight loss counsellor and one of the things I encountered were people looking for prescriptive answers to that issue, and the others in their lives with little effort required on their part.
    I’m very much a proponent those tips for a Mindful Home, and often pondered the extent to which before I can accomplish much else my preference for having my domestic environment in order: a pleasant and nurturing space centres me.
    And Leung’s words and images are a favourite of mine. His 2015 calendar, of which there was some issue around SMH going with it this year, is so popular that Fairfax reconsidered and it will be available for purchase with next Saturday’s paper 🙂
    I got a laugh picturing your mother guilt bound and stashed in the basement, there are some aspects of my self that could do with that from time to time, I’m sure… mostly I just resort to “lalalalala I’m not listening” 🙂

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    • Good morning 🙂 Yes – diets, religion etc – in my opinion can be just a short cut to thinking. People really don’t want to spend the time or the effort on figuring out what beliefs or food work for them, they just want a magic fix to their suffering. It’s certainly a good time to clear out and clarify, on more than one level…and tie up whatever kind of guilt afflicts us in the basement 🙂 Happy weekend!


    • Thank you Kate – yes, that mother guilt oh my goodness. Unbelievably strong. I think it gets worse for us modern women as time goes on – I wonder if mothers a century ago had to battle mother guilt like we do?


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