Back a again with clear lunar insight, Desiree Pais of Benshen is here to guide us through today's powerful Full Blue Moon in Aquarius - complete with sound current suggestions and how to face the transitions you need to make with rooted strength.
D | On July 31st, we are graced with a Blue Moon, the second full moon of the month. This Blue Full Moon is in the sign of Aquarius, the water bearer, the giver of the most precious liquid on the planet. The energy of this Aquarius full moon is presenting us with the gift of transformation, allowing us to see that we are our source of power, just as in Chinese Medicine the Water Element is the source of life and also the seat of our internal willpower. It’s also showing us that we have the ability to make every change we wish to make, as long as we can get out of our own way, which sometimes can feel like the hardest thing to do.
A few months ago, I had lunch with Guru Jagat, founder of Ra Ma Institute, where I got to pick her brain on one of my - well, my ego’s - most favorite topic: resistance. I had been coming across a lot of challenges, especially in my health and wellness realms. I was feeling more resistant to change than ever. It was a total battle between the angel and devil on my shoulders. As someone who has struggled with addictive personality for many years, with Day 1 after Day 1, I couldn't help but wonder, “what the HECK is the point of resistance in our lives? Why do we even go through it?” Guru Jagat looked around the room for a moment, then directly into my eyes and said, “resistance is like gravity. It gives things weight. It gives value. Without resistance, we would just always be floating up. If we didn't have resistance, if we didn't have to overcome the challenges, then there would be no value that which we have accomplished."
We all know that our yoga or meditation practice is just practice. It’s what we do in the real world that counts. With my practice, I have been using Kundalini meditations to release fears, break subconscious thought patterns, and to build my radiant body for courage. One of the most courageous things I have done lately is give up make-up while healing acne. Makeup was my best friend and my worst enemy. With it, I felt beautiful. Without it, I felt hideous with all the bumps and lumps and scars. I kept receiving the message from a voice inside of me, the teacher within, that said to give it up. 'Once you stop wearing it, your skin will heal.' I resisted this message for months until finally one day, two months ago, it was just too damn hot to wear makeup. And I made the decision to let go of it, realizing that the struggle of the uncomfortableness that was me having to show up in the world completely vulnerable was no different than the struggle of being in a challenging Kundalini meditation, or staying in a pose like Warrior II for a minute too long. It has been one of the hardest yet most liberating choices I have made: to love myself, to honor my intuition, and to conquer the resistance I spent so much time and energy fighting. Since then, I have more energy in my life because I don't spend every minute obsessing over my skin. I can use that energy for my business, to go on adventures with my boyfriend, to have the confidence to do whatever I wanted to do that I thought I couldn't do until I had clear skin. The best part is that I feel completely empowered now and love that I get to walk around in the world, even with flaws, and send the message out that I love and approve of myself anyways. And that is exactly the message of the Blue Moon in Aquarius: it’s now or never to let go of everything that’s holding us back in order to step into our power, our grace, and our radiance.
One way to work through the energy of the Full Moon is by using the power of Mantra to help move through blocks and step into personal power. If you know me, you know I am literally playing mantra 24/7. Here are some of my favorite sound currents for times of heightened energy:
Gobinday Mukunday by Sada Sat Kaur to clear the subconscious mind and deeply-rooted blocks.
Ajai Alai by Ajeet Kaur to build radiance, courage, confidence, and immense grace
Ardhas Bhaee by Snatam Kaur for letting go and for answered prayers