Soulbyte for Wednesday January 31, 2024

-Artwork © 2024 Jan Ketchel

Begin each day with a nod to the divine within the self, the spirit self that resides within. Ask it to guide and protect you, to show you the way, to help you make decisions that are conducive to personal growth and for the greater good. Ask for the kind of wisdom that will allow you to be helpful to others while simultaneously allowing you to be receptive and open-hearted throughout the day. And end your prayer with gratitude for the life you are in and for the divine that is within you. In gratitude, give thanks for being you.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck’s Place: From The Impossible to The Astral to The Inevitable Dream Of Now

Peace will come…
-Artwork © 2024 Jan Ketchel

As a child, I figured out how to play The Impossible Dream on the piano. It  moved me deeply and I played it for years. In retrospect, I see my young self reaching for my Soul, as expressed in its lyrics: “This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far…”

That Aquarian star first landed for me when the Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. On that Sunday evening I caught the disease of the love generation, a disease I’ve never been cured of. Like Melanie, who just left us, I still believe, “there’s a chance peace will come in your life…”

The impossible dream actually  preceded the 1960’s, in the idealistic post WW2  decisions to create a just world. The creation of the state of Israel was one such decision. Ultimately, as don Juan Matus pointed out to Carlos Castaneda, the White House became “the site of power of today’s world, the center of all our endeavors, hopes, fears…”*

The impossibility of all these dreams is their underappreciation of their shadows. For the Middle East, there has always been the shadow of the displaced Palestinians. For America, despite its stated heart-centered spiritual values, its bulging shadow of greed and self-interest has fully broken through its polished veneer, unabashedly threatening to bring down civilization itself.

Beyond the ego and the shadow of the individual, and civilization itself, lies the power of the astral world, the subtle plane that first houses souls who have shifted out of physical life. In the recapitulation of their physical lives, from that plane, many souls seek interaction with the living to satisfy the unanswered, unredeemed and unresolved issues of their lives. Those unrealized dreams from the astral plane interact with, and influence, current life on the physical plane.

Jung, in his soul retrieval journey, as documented in The Red Book, was forced into interaction with departed souls seeking answers. Jung opens his First Sermon to The Dead with these words: “The dead came back from Jerusalem, where they found not what they sought. They prayed me let them in and besought my word, and thus I began my teaching.”**

The heightened clinical interest today in Family Constellations, as developed by Mark Hellinger, has its roots in tapping the living connection between those in human form with ancestors living in the astral planes and beyond.

The focus of these constellations addresses both receiving support and guidance from the ancestors, through channeled group experiences, as well as healing of ancestral trauma by those in the lineage still extant in human form. Current humanly-experienced diseases might have their origin in ancestral trauma needing resolution on the human playing field.

Collective ancestral trauma, like that experienced during the Holocaust, moves en masse into the astral plane, where it casts a huge shadow upon  human interaction and unsettledness. The ideologies defeated in WW2 also took up residence in the astral plane, where they too continue to seek expression and redemption on the human playing field.

Despite the positive intent of impossible dreams to bring balance, healing and wholeness to the world, the shadow of self-interest, over the needs of all others, haunts human resolution. This, coupled with the impact of deeper unresolved issues of human ancestry, leads us to our present, inevitable dream of now.

Cherokee commentator, Joyce Sequichie Hifler, observes: “Peace at any price is not peace. Sooner or later those who have no honor will find another way to break the treaty.”*** How obvious this became in the attempts to appease Hitler’s expansionist dreams, before and during WW2. Consider the influences of these astral forces on the expansionist impulses in the inevitable dream active on the present world stage.

The evidence of astral influence is apparent in the trancelike state of many humans, seemingly controlled by hypnotic suggestion of illusions that defy obvious factual truth. With regard to interactions with those such afflicted, Hifler goes on to suggest: “Tread water when necessary, avoid confrontation with those who love turmoil, and never be so self- sufficient as to not be able to say an honest prayer when needed. Cultivate peace, but do not give in to darkness.”*

The inevitable dream is the combined constellation of present human and astral turmoil. It is our responsibility to self, other, and ancestor to resolve, head-on, the questions put before us. Can we, as a species, advance to the heart chakra, where we will inhabit the truth, and honor the rights and needs of all? Or will we choose to remain on the cutthroat battlefield of competitive self-interest, where winner takes all?

The uniqueness of now is the inevitability of this dream to play itself out with maximum drama and consequence. The opportunity of now is to humanly choose an outcome that defies the catharsis of conflagration and instead advances the greater good. Human history and human evolution have gifted us the ability to choose. It’s our evolutionary moment to choose wisely.

Don Juan Matus stated that what we believe to be choice is really ego acquiescing to Spirit; that is, doing the right thing. All things must be lived, but all things must  pass.

Yes, Melanie, I honor your impossible dream that peace will come in your life. That dream becomes possible as we seek conscious solution to our inevitably constellated dream of now. Let’s complete it and, regardless of outcome, be of good cheer.

Consciously choosing,

*Magical Passes, Carlos Castaneda, p. 37-38
** Memories, Dreams, Reflections, C. G. Jung, p. 78
***Quotes by Joyce Sequichie Hifler from A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II, p. 28.

Soulbyte for Tuesday January 30, 2024

-Artwork © 2024 Jan Ketchel

Stability comes from within and is manifested without when that strongly centered stability is allowed to form a life structure that is conducive to growth and evolution. Imagine the world without the structure of nature. In that case, Earth would be a planet devoid of life. Life is what brings structure. The art of living presents possibilities, choices and decisions that in turn produce the structures of a life. That which contains also allows for transformation. Look to constructing containers within your own life that will provide the perfect mix of tension and flexibility to allow you to continually transform. It’s what life is really all about, after all.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Monday January 29, 2024

-Artwork © 2024 Jan Ketchel

Care of the physical body is essential to ensure a long and productive life, but care of the spirit and the inner self is equally important for vitality, curiosity and creativity. To be curious about the mysteries of life, and to pursue them, will keep your spirit alive and growing along with your physical prowess. There is no reason not to pay attention to your inner world, for it is the great playing field of the spirit, where it will find what it needs for evolution and transformation. Many people rarely pay attention to the needs of their spirit and live a very extraverted life, seeking what they want in the world outside of themselves, while others look inward for gratification. Your own spirit may direct you to live outwardly or inwardly, seeking where you must. Either way, it grows along with you in its own way.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Friday January 26, 2024

-Artwork © 2024 Jan Ketchel

You are living through a time of great change and transformation on a personal, a collective and a cosmic level. Within the self is where the focus should be. Rather than getting all upset about what is happening outside of you, focus on what is happening within. Within is the playing field of transformation. On an individual level this is where you face the collective and cosmic changes that affect you and ask you to change as well. There is no stopping the force of change. No matter where it is taking you, it’s time to step up and become more fully your true self. Your true self is human and also infinite. With that in mind, explore all possibilities and open your heart to the changes that have arrived and those that are still to come. With an open heart there is room for compassion, kindness and love to both emerge and be received. Keep always an open heart.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne