Every time we approach a Mercury Retrograde, I always tell myself to be mindful of communication. It is such a helping hand when you are aware of planetary transits and how they influence your life. Even if you can't avoid all ramifications of a powerful transit, you can at least stay afloat as much as possible. Over the course of this Mercury Retrograde, I have observed abrupt explosions of communication between others that could lead to burning of bridges. When we are angry or frustrated we tend to make the wrong decisions. It may even be the right decision for us, but it is a matter of how we go about proceeding that leaves a lasting impact. Words are so powerful especially when they are accompanied by actions. They say, "People may forget what you say, but they never forget how you made them feel."This quote is every true and should be made aware of in the heat of the moment.
Anger and frustration are weak emotions made powerful by the carrier of energy. They can drive you to strength or pull you further into weakness. It is all a matter of perspective. So when you say things that you don't mean to someone or even behind their back it pulls you further into weakness. It only shows your character instead of damaging another's. Yet, if you can see how your own inner "demons" are raging to the surface to be released you will see the outside as a physical manifestation for the chaos underneath the surface. Then, you are using those emotions for strength. No one is perfect and along our journey we will encounter situations where we don't act out of our true integrity, but instead fall into the collective consciousness of fear. It is part of the path of ascension which is to return us all to love in its totality.
In order to know what pure love is, we have to encounter situations that break our hearts into love. We have to see what it is like to have the absence of it so we can grow an appreciation for when we have it. So we have to go through intense situations in order to figure out how to love. We have to learn what love means to us in order to give it to the world. Once we figure out how valuable love is then we will be able to cherish it for what it is worth. It may take burning of valuable bridges to get there, but when we get there we will build a bridge so strong that it may get burned, yet never completely scorched. It may take time to rebuild valuable bridges, but that is a lesson itself strictly for love. Its one to allow the bridge to rebuild and another to do the rebuilding. When bridges are rebuilt they are built much stronger because they know what could break them.
We are architects of our lives and we are building foundations out of love. We have to cherish all connections from source knowing they serve a purpose. Some ladders may look like bridges in the beginning, but you will be able to tell the difference in the distance. This Mercury Retrograde is teaching me just that as I observe elements around me. It is showing me that the more we love and appreciate ourselves then the better our connections to others. If we value our integrity then we will make a choice as to where we put our energy. Every disagreement doesn't require a response. Some people have battles greater than our own and usually their "bark" is a cry for help. A cry for love that they don't know how to answer. We just have to keep shining light and sending out peace. Even if that means distancing ourselves and allowing others to figure out their own paths.
Each of us have our own path set to return to light. We have to go through different phases to show us parts of ourselves that we don't like. It also shows us parts of others that leads us to learning about our capacity to love. Disagreements and misunderstandings are tangled knots of love that aren't expressed properly. Its a dance of the ego where each individual feels strongly about a situation and not wanting to see the other's point of view. Its the "blame game" that is full of immaturity. Those situations trigger old wounds in us. Or it could be one person willing to see another's point of view, but the other isn't ready to see that because the other isn't ready for that level of awareness. We are all coming from different ascension stages and in the end life always reveals the truth and puts everything in perfect divine order.
It can be challenging to surrender to that peace when you are being wronged, but we have to remember why we are here. We are here to add to the love quotient by abstracting and transmuting fear based energy. It is fine to have a blow up so long as we can take responsibility for our actions. It takes brave character to apologize and I commend anyone who does that and ask for forgiveness for it shows a person understands and values a connection more so than their ego. It also take great strength to accept an apology as it also shows a person understands and values a connection more than their ego. I believe in asking for forgiveness and have many times in my life upon becoming more conscious and aware of my true integrity. I also believe in forgiving others and starting anew with stronger bridges so long as each party are on the same page and have clear expectations of the connection. It can be awkward in the beginning, but if it is truly a connection of substance then it can withstand patience, time, and effort.
We can't rebuild stable foundations when both parties aren't on the same page. That is why it is very important to establish healthy boundaries, clear communication, and an understanding that happiness comes from within. This is a great time during this Retrograde to set healthy boundaries with others. It doesn't mean that others will always respect those boundaries, but you have to live in accordance with your own integrity. Anyone who values themselves will value that integrity and those are the ones worth keeping in your life. Remember, its always about quality and never quantity. Use this time of reflection to decide what bridges in your life are disguised as ladders and what bridges in your life have been burned, but never scorched. Those bridges of substance are the ones worth repairing and cherishing.
Happy Mercury Retrograde!
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