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Chuck’s Place: Temper The Invasion Of Spirit

In the Age of Aquarius…
-Illustration © 2023 Jan Ketchel

The wholistic movement of a herd of cows as they graze throughout the day is a clear display of interdependent unity. This positive side of the herd instinct is countered by the dangers of a group mind where the impulse of one member can become a contagion of lethal proportion. This was on tragic display in Memphis, with the brutal killing of Tyre Nichols.

We are solidly in the Age of Aquarius whose salient impulse is the herd instinct. At its highest level, this collective concern for all of the human race is the evolutionary path we will be on for the next 1000 years, as we wend our way through the Age of Aquarius. That collective intent will deliver our future world to solid footing, eventually.

Social media and political parties throughout the world have settled into large herds with lowered consciousness. These independent groups react with lightning speed, bereft of deep reflection and morality, which frequently eventuates in impulsive, aggressive, and, at times, lethal consequences.

Aquarius is an air sign whose spirit rises above the Earth on the mental plane. Its capacity for rational, civilized thinking to address the true needs of the whole is its modus operandi. The compensatory depths of the Earth, which harbor the deeply irrational forces of nature, which are part of our wholeness, may be devalued or completely underestimated from this view from above.

WWI and WWII were major eruptions of the irrational dimension of human nature, as science and technology jettisoned to become the superior function of humankind, supplanting God and religion, which once offered reconciliation for the rational and irrational sides of the psyche. War is the compensation when spirit negates the fullness of nature.

The war in Ukraine is actually WWIII being played out, with tenuous balance, by all the major powers in the world attempting to prevent its contagion beyond its local borders. Nonetheless, the irrational is bursting through all over the world in mass shootings and in conflicts in intimate family relationships. Though everyone must be accountable for their behavior, let us not be naive as to the power of the unconscious to take possession of ego sovereignty.

Channelings from Judge Hatch, Letters from The Afterlife, and Jeanne, through Jan and archived here on our website, have assured us that the Earth, though vastly changed, will endure and evolve beyond the next millennium.

Thus, we can trust in the ultimate success of our Aquarian ideal. However, we must face the likelihood that the next few centuries will be dominated by conflict. Our challenge is one of patience, a call to courage, and a reconciliation with the multi-dimensions of who we truly are, spirit in all of its many forms.

The Greek gods on Mount Olympus demonstrated the law that the gods must be propitiated, or else. Even the one God of modern Christianity has its shadow.  As individuals we can best propitiate the gods by finding them within, facing and reconciling with our own shadows.

The gods/spirits rouse us in dream, projection, thought, sensation, intuition and emotion. Listen to them, acknowledge them through interaction and action, which give expression to their messages. Stay true to the ideals they espouse, in alignment with our true potential as individuals and as a collective whole, despite the limitations of the real in everyday life. At all costs, keep ego deeply grounded in the truth of these numinous encounters and the truths they reveal, lest it get swept away in a contagion of volatile energy.

Don’t get ruffled. It’s our destiny, but approach it practically by practicing discipline in all things. Get into balance with all spirits, positive and negative, to balance wholeness and forestall the invasion of too much spirit of the wrong kind. Stay in the commonsense of the heart; think with the heart not the head.

Reconciliation with spirit requires ego to be at its scientific best, as it journeys to discover and reconcile with the depths of its fuller spirit self. First and foremost, steady the breath, calm the central nervous system, and acquiesce to the true journey of your own lifetime.


Chuck’s Place: BPM III And The Blood Beaver Full Moon

In the throes…
-Illustration © 2022 Jan Ketchel

Through his own clinical observations and the pioneering work of Otto Rank, Stan Grof discovered the missing link between Freud’s postnatal biographical unconscious and Jung’s transpersonal collective unconscious: the perinatal dimension of the unconscious, which records our actual birth into this world.

The perinatal dimension of the unconscious includes these four Basic Perinatal Matrices (BPM):

BPM I: primal union with mother—the symbiotic union of fetus and mother prior to active labor.
BPMII: cosmic engulfment and no exit—the initiation of labor prior to the cervix being dilated.
BPMIII: death-rebirth struggle—full on labor, the cervix has dilated and mother and child are in the struggle that will lead to birth.
BPMIV: death-rebirth experience—actual birth of an individual person, which terminates the symbiotic unit of mother and infant, as the umbilical cord is severed.

BPM III is the stage of great conflict and activity as, with the cervix widened, the confluent energies of mother and fetus must synergize to birth new life. Today, 11/8, marks the segue into this stage of labor for Mother Earth and her fetus, the human race, as the frantic activity of political elections and movements impact the next phase of our embryonic planetary development.

Furthermore, the full moon has just peaked, with the accompaniment of an eclipse that has rendered it the Blood/Beaver moon. These influences contribute guidance and understanding to this stage of transformative labor.

The eclipse itself is a darkening of the light at the time of the moon’s greatest power, her fullness. This portends powerful encounters with shadow energies without the defense of the moon’s exposing light. The clash of the world’s shadow energies are palpable in our own elections and across the globe, both on the actual surface of the Earth and in the behaviors of her peoples.

From another angle, the eclipse also points to the absolute unknowing of what might happen—like a baby about to be born, we are completely in the dark. Time to buckle our seatbelts for this wild ride of sudden surprise and encounter with the unexpected. We truly do not know what will happen.

The totality of the full moon’s eclipse generates a blood red color, certainly a color associated with birth. This blood moon color is also associated with passionate emotions that accompany the chaos in the struggles for survival.

A dark and foreboding example of such bloodshed appears daily in the country of Ukraine. Netflix recently issued a powerful historical rendition of such horrific bloodshed from WWI in an enacting of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet On The Western Front.

The Beaver quality of this full moon offers guidance around a helpful attitude to assume in the passionate chaos of now: an unrelenting commitment to the individuation of the dream of realizing the full self.

Ted Andrews, in his book Animal Speak, points out that beavers can remain under water for 15 minutes before they must surface to replenish their store of oxygen. Clearly a suggestion is offered to use the breath to regulate the central nervous system in these calamitous times.

The beaver demonstrates the ability to maintain focus upon one’s path of heart, despite being submerged in the ruffled waters of passionate emotion. Though completely under water, the beaver never wavers in its effort to build and secure its dream home, regardless of the turbulence it encounters. Thus the guidance is: keep your personal link to intent free of attachment to negative thought, returning, incessantly, to the intent of wholeness.

Such is the determination of the fetus, who, in BPM III, is strongly enlivened to fight for its own survival amidst riveting pulsations of contractions that exact their crushing threat upon its umbilical lifeline.

Grof convincingly extends Freud’s psychosexual stages to the perinatal dimension of the unconscious, where, in BPM III, sexual energy is released that awakens the fetus to its own pulsating agency of autonomous, vigorous movement. The journey to birth through the birth canal becomes a confluence, indeed, of separate energies in both conflict and unison.

Our collective journey through BPM III now depends largely on the dream that we, as a collective fetus, choose to embrace. Of course, we are not alone in this decision, as the process involves the independent contractions of Mother Earth herself, as she shapes us through our tumultuous trauma of birth.

BPMIII can be a very long and wild stage of labor. Don’t draw conclusions too quickly, regardless of the intensity and rapidity of the various contractions experienced.

Sustainable birth in our world will be the realization of our collective soul’s dream, the ultimate intent of this Blood Beaver full moon eclipse, with its initiation of our world’s BPMIII.

Buckle up, breathe, find your body’s comfortable rhythm to navigate the confluent energies of now. Remain fixed upon the dream, with utter perseverance and equanimity.

And know, with utter certainty, that the day of full birth, BPMIV, will indeed eventually arrive.


Chuck’s Place: 50% (+) & 50% (-) = Harmony

In perfect harmony…

If the equation that is the title of this blog is accurate, then the world, as it is currently energetically distributed, would seem to be on a grand trajectory of achieving harmony. In need of immediate clarification however, is the understanding of (+) and (-).

(+) and (-) are not to be confused with good and bad, as commonly assigned. (+) and (-) are instead the primal energies that make up everything. Thus, for example, the primary building blocks for all the hexagrams in the I Ching are Yang and Yin, the masculine creative (+) and the feminine receptive energies (-).

Yang as spirit and Yin as matter are the primary equal sources of all that is. Thus, man and woman are composed equally of Yang and Yin, spirit and matter. However, when focusing only on outer appearances, the sexes have been innacurately pigeonholed into polarized opposites. The current questioning of gender categories reflects an effort to break the blinding power of these stereotypes when applied to people.

To be in a state of total polarization is the precursor to union. When the positive and negative poles of magnets face each other, a powerful attractive force draws them to unite. When a negatively charged electron meets with a positively charged proton, they are, once again, powerfully attracted to unite. This is the essence and energy of electricity.

The social polarization that currently dominates our world reflects a repulsive vs. attractive force. This occurs in nature when two like poles face each other. If the like poles of a magnet are brought in close proximity they exert a powerfully repulsive energy that absolutely refuses union.

This energetic likeness, in opposition, suggests that what actually underlies the apparent polarization of now, is actually the animus of like energies vying for supremacy and separateness. Thus, the very active energies of Yang are battling for supremacy. The receptive energies of Yin, that would lead toward union, are in very short supply.

Nonetheless, repulsive power is an energetic fact of nature. It serves the function of energetically maintaining distance from another. Within the tension it generates, consciousness has the opportunity to examine rejected and underdeveloped potentials within the self.

This would be what Jung identified as shadow work. This is where ego encounters unknown and unowned parts of the self in a state of opposition. Though repulsed by each other they are nonetheless bonafide parts of the self. These are the male figures that men struggle with in dreams and the female figures that women struggle with as well.

To achieve inner harmony, Yin must be introduced into shadow work. Though the repulsive force of Yang upon Yang energies is powerful, it is also unstable. Again, just try holding the same poles of opposite magnets steady; it’s nearly impossible. The instability of this potent opposition will require the introduction of Yin to achieve the stability and necessary attraction for the harmony of greater unity to occur.

Yin, as the receptive, receives all things. The energy that is capable of complete receptivity is none other than love. Love is the ultimate energy that receives and rejects nothing. Thus, shadow work ultimately requires fully loving all parts of one’s repulsed shadow self. Loving one’s shadow neighbor neutralizes repulsive energy, as the shadow consolidates in wholeness with ego. This sets the stage for the greater union of Yang and Yin, the true equation of harmony.

In recapitulation, one actively engages Yang and Yin energies to arrive at a state of inner harmony. In trauma, the energy of Yin protectively freezes all the aspects of the traumatic experience into a consolidated mass that is then generally stored somewhere in the physical body. This chrysalis of separated energetic experience awaits the action of Yang to free its energy and to ultimately be transformed and integrated into one’s living wholeness.

The ego, the conscious active Yang force, must embark upon the hero’s journey to find and free its imprisoned Yin. Thus, with intention, the ego scans the body in search of its lost Yin. Yin sends out sensations of appreciation and often pain, signaling the greater experience frozen inside it. As well, feelings of fear and anger might emerge to defensively keep one at bay.

Here, Yang might employ the recapitulation breath to bring the Yang and Yin forces into active engagement. As the head moves from side to side, or pole to pole, the breath accompanies it, actively mixing and releasing these opposite energies of matter and spirit. The full experience of frozen Yin is experienced by its partner Yang, as they, as a couple, dissolve the frozen energy in the chrysalis, which re-forms into the butterfly of liberated energy within the self.

Subjectively, one applies loving acceptance toward every aspect of the experience once lost to one’s greater wholeness. Everything and everyone is completely emotionally neutralized by this all-accepting power of love. Nothing remains that has the power to trigger. The full truth is known, fully appreciated, accepted, integrated and transformed into wisdom.

Recapitulation advances harmony through intentionally bringing (+) and (-) energies into active engagement and passive receptivity. As holograms of the whole, every time we recapitulate we advance the cause of outer harmony. May these efforts accrue to lead the world back into harmony.

Begin the reconciliation process within to further the intent for harmony without. To come home for the holidays is to find this harmony at home, within the self.

As within, so without,


Soulbyte for Monday September 27, 2021

Powerful energies call for a shift now and though you may feel yourself getting pulled backward it is really only a final lookback before the forward movement sets in for good. When change comes it brings with it the reluctant spirit as well as the adventuresome spirit, the tug of war between the old and the new, between the old fears and the openness to new life. All of this is natural as one faces change. Embrace the shift with all that comes to join you and carry it forward one day and one step at a time, for it all belongs in the integrated wholeness that is you.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday March 17, 2021

There are no mistakes; there are only lessons, lessons learned, lessons still to learn, and lessons that have shifted one’s perspective and left a lasting impression. Some lessons are immediately life changing, while others must be experienced again and again for their significance to sink in. Have patience with the self as life’s lessons are experienced and fathomed, as their challenges come each day and prod you along on your journey toward wholeness. One day and one step at a time make up a whole journey. Have patience as your journey unfolds one lesson at a time, and make no mistake about it, your ARE learning and you ARE growing. Don’t give up!

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne