Jan 24, 2014 – Today’s Horoscope for Sagittarius
Inspiration drawn from recent religious or spiritual occurrences could have you writing down accounts of your experiences, Sagittarius, perhaps with the idea of someday publishing them. Your concentration could well be intense, as writing for you today may not be only creative but therapeutic as well. It will also help to attend classes or workshops or simply to discuss the subject with a friend. Knowledge is essential.
I rarely read my horoscope, but today for some reason I did. I found it very interesting and quite timely. As a good friend said when I shared it with her, “There’s more to it than coincidence”. I will share with you why this is so:
So the other day I found myself at Barnes & Noble, shopping for a book I need for my Sociology class and while looking at different books, I came across an audio book by Caroline Myss. Now, if you have never heard of her, I highly recommend her books, specifically “Anatomy of the Spirit” and “Sacred Contracts”. Those two books had an incredibly positive impact on how I viewed my life, my role in the Universe and many other deeply personal issues and questioning certain beliefs that no longer served me. At any rate, to say I like her books would be akin to saying that I like to breathe; both have given me life and continue to enable me to live and to learn. So, back to Barnes & Noble; the title of the audiobook was “The Power of Prayer” and there it was – one lonely audiobook on the top shelf, all by itself, calling to me. The fact that it had a 40% off sticker also grabbed my attention. As I usually do when shopping, I carried it around the store, along with my book for school and a few other books I’d picked up. By the time I was done browsing, I had only the book for school & Caroline Myss’ audiobook. I took it home, excited to hear what she had to say about prayer, as my memory of her previously mentioned books didn’t necessarily address prayer. Well, let me tell you something – hearing Caroline (Ms. Myss just sounds too odd) speak was like a lightning bolt to my brain. The woman is not one of those people blindly following the doctrine that is religion (sheep, as is often the description given by people not so into organized religion); she is passionate about prayer and at some points, becomes rather irate when the topic of meditation/relaxation/beads/music/incense and what she calls “Prayer Bling” come into the picture. I won’t give it all away, but let’s just say that what I heard was not what I had expected; it was so much better.
Growing up Catholic, I was instructed on how to pray, what to say, to whom my prayers should be directed and how I should address such entity/saint/Father/God/Mary/Jesus. It was very structured and seemed to me to be very ceremonial and not very spontaneous or with any real connection. I didn’t know that prayers could be as general as “God please help me. I cannot do this without you” or simple “Please stay with me”. That seemed too informal, almost disrespectful to me as a child, but as an adult, it seems more natural. The big thing about prayer (for me) was that I always waited until there was an emergency (as I defined it) or a great NEED. Not a need for grace, humility or compassion; usually a need for some cute guy to ask me out or my boobs to magically grow or don’t let me get caught stealing, lying or otherwise being a “bad girl”. That is not prayer; that is a childish demand made to serve the selfish, egotistical Self. Prayer is so much more than that. It is so much more than saying a bunch of words that you haven’t really consciously thought of their meaning in months, years or even decades. Saying those words doesn’t mean you are not praying, but if you are saying the words and thinking of that back-stabbing bitch at the office and how you’re going to make her sorry she ever messed with you, you are again serving the needs of the Self, the Ego.
Prayer isn’t exclusive only to organized religion; you don’t have to have membership to a certain faith or church in order to pray. Prayer is not a logical, factual practice; it’s based on faith, that indescribable something that enables us to carry on when we feel like giving up, gives us reason to believe that we are not alone, fills our hearts with hope when things get dark and a belief that what we see, hear, touch, taste and smell is not all there is. There is beauty all around us, if we only look for it; there is compassion in the world, but you won’t see it if you lock yourself away and close your heart off to anything other than what you know. Prayer to me is a way of connecting with that which is not visible to the human eye, but is everywhere, always and forever. I can understand those who choose not to pray, for it is a very personal experience and not everyone has had positive experiences in their church, with their birth parents’ faith or even the contrast between what is taught at church and what is lived at home.
I have lost my faith only to realize how lost I am without faith. So, today I will pray, quietly and with reverence, not to have more (money, boobs, adoration, fame, etc.) but more compassion, more empathy, and more willingness to forgive and forget. I will pray for wisdom to ask for help, the humility to accept without blame or anger, the things that are uncomfortable, unfair or that I simply don’t like. I will pray that humankind will someday be able to live in peace and not in pieces. I’ll pray that someday prayer will not be such a novelty and will someday replace gossip, slander and bullying. Hey – if you’re going to dream, dream big, right?