The New Moon joins a veritable party in the sign of Libra (Sun/Merc/Venus/Saturn). The ability to hit the re-set button in relationships is very real, but Libra is a cardinal sign, so it will take some initiation. Someone has to make the first move. The beauty of this stellium is there is a unique ability to hear/feel the other person, with a fair amount of objectivity, but not so much that there’s a stratospheric detachment that keeps people in touch with their feelings. The biggest challenge to experiencing world peace is Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, creating a T-Square of epic proportions. Is peace a quantum experience? Can we get to it without working through endless issues and grievances?
In the western tradition, peace is granted and blessed through a direct relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the quantum peace that is available through the Christian experience. There is no dogma, no ritual, just pure surrender. It can be argued that this is what Jesus (Sananda/Yeshua/Emmanuel) the historical figure espoused, that we can get to peace, but it would take a full and total surrender. This might be one of the greatest mysteries and perhaps misinterpretations of our time.
The core of Jesus’ teachings take place in the symbolic language of the parables. There are 37 in the canonical gospel and 13 outside of them, appearing in the Didache and letters of the Apostolic Fathers. Here we see the direct teachings at work in very indirect ways. While they are not on the same level as koans, there are a number of symbolic levels and interpretations that are inherent in the teachings. The most direct expression of this surrender or in this case, an actual transaction happens at the soul level in Matthew 13:44. Here a man finds a hidden treasure buried in a field and then sells everything he has to buy the field. It’s a metaphor of course for the kingdom of heaven, or in this case, what we might consider peace.
Again, the whole idea or concept is the idea that there can be a direct connection and once established, it can happen in a moment. Its not clear if the man that found the treasure did so immediately. It would seem that there had been some digging, some searching involved in the quest, which, if we’re all honest with ourselves, that’s what we’re all doing. However, when achieved this on one, level, becomes an expression of quantum peace.
When we look at other traditions, that moment is also demonstrated.
In the Buddhist tradition, peace it seems is related to the freeing of oneself from the state of samsara, which is the realm of suffering and illusion. This is a lifelong path on the quest for peace and the state of Bodhi, which is often described as “perfect sanity” or the “nature of the universe” revealed. Inherent in Buddhism is a type of cognition in the knowing and achieving of inner states, especially peace. There are serious levels of attainment, and yet the buddhist nature in and of itself would seek to disentangle itself from the idea of attainment. Here we see one of the paradoxical dynamics involved that sets up a yoga for the mind; Attainment without striving. The most immediate peace for the Buddha mind is the understanding that this world is nothing more than illusion. I know scores of people on the West Coast that make this their mantra. Its quite popular amongst the Goji Berry eaters of Marin County. But there too lies the great paradox. Go rob a bank (even though banks are robbing you) and see how much of the world is an illusion if you get caught. Get my drift?
So the Buddhist must be onto something else, a more refined version of illusion, like maybe that the sub-atomic nature of matter is really a prismatic projection of consensual thought or maybe that the world is run in ways that we don’t fully comprehend or understand. That maybe all governments are really just filled with figureheads doing the business of men in the shadows, always just outside the public purview, unless occasionally one of them should be sold out by one of their accomplices; think Bernie Maddoff and Jack Abramoff (somethings off) with those guys. Or perhaps they had the vision and the insight to travel into the future and could see a group of people hoarding technologies of light, far in advance of those around them, literally occupying distinctly different versions of the universe; one yoked to petrochemical drama and the metal ghosts of the 20th century, the other reenacting the golden age of Atlantis, skipping through time and space, nearly at will. Perhaps this is what they meant. But does any of this add to your quotient of peace on this New Moon?
No matter how its spun, we live in deeply chaotic times. Countries and now continents are on the brink of financial insolvency. It was revealed just days ago tar Israel has over fifty bunker busters that the U.S. recently sold to them, which means that they are likely to use them at some point to bust some bunkers, likely in Iran, which won’t fold like a bedouin tent at the first hint of a color revolt. How does one find and dwell in a state of peace while all of this is going down in a static field of cognitive dissonance?
For me, peace seems to be a moment-to-moment experience, gauging who I am and what I am doing by being as conscious as possible. Its incredibly liberating when the ego can let go and see where it clings and holds onto its tenuous position at times. Can we, as a planet click over into a quantum state of deep and abiding peace? Is the realization of that peace equal to the amount of love it takes to ground it?
Maybe its a flaw in my programming, but since I was a young child I knew that humanity was destined for great things and that we could achieve levels of oneness and brilliance in ways that other generations could never had imagined. I still hold this to be true. In the time of the New Moon in Libra, take one moment to be as a child and realize that you are in the arms of a great, loving force that supports the deepest and most profound aspects of your nature, truly bringing gifts that you were destined to share in this lifetime and add to the great mosaic of life. Then imagine yourself as a wise parent and do something to support that child and its gifts to your very last breath. I guarantee you, that if you do this, no matter what happens, you’ll be able to sleep at night and that might be the biggest barometer of peace there is. The rest? Its out of your hands.
If you manage to do this, without any teachers or outside intervention, this would qualify you as a “pratyekabuddha.” According to Buddhist lore, many pratyekabuddhas can emerge in an age at a single time. Perhaps this could give you some solace as well, knowing that there are millions out there just like you. Whether it’s God or others that confront the dark illusions of this realm, know that you are not alone.