Is Mercury in Retrograde just another limitation?

I have always been very connected to adventure. I love finding new places, and exploring is like a gentle meditation. Just watching and observing the intricacies of a new space unveils itself like a mystery that has just been waiting patiently.

Similarly, our spiritual discovery waits patiently inside of us until we are ready to unfold into what always has been.

As I integrated my desire to explore with spirituality, I began to move forward even though this may have seemed like a move backward to the outside world (the illusion of retrograde). When you discover the essence of this connection, you understand a belief is just the temporary platform from which you presently see.

When the veil of limitations is lifted, you see that everything external is a map of metaphors guiding you to look inside, to discover the essence of your true nature. So then what of the cosmos? This left me wondering about the universe. Does Mercury in Retrograde really mean our life needs to pose significant challenge? Does the full moon really give us more power? Instead of trying to hold fast to my belief, I took some time to gain a greater understanding of the cosmos.

What is Mercury in Retrograde?

Mercury in retrograde is when the planet Mercury slows down and appears to stop and move backward (retrograde). However, this is an optical illusion, since there is always forward movement. This retrograde period has been the villain of many great miscommunications and delays, but is it possible this may be an illusion of belief?

Is Mercury in retrograde being created by the collective consciousness that believes this to be true?

Additionally, the phases of the moon are caused by various illuminated angles from the sun, not from the shadow of the earth falling on the moon. Any day you can harness the great energy of the moon, so why wait till a full moon?

Maybe the message from the mapping of the moon is of self-discovery. The understanding that even though we may only see a piece of ourselves, we are most powerful when we know that we are always whole (divine).

The Power is Within the Belief

In the spirit of exploration, I did let go of this belief only to discover that the power was held within the belief. I stopped waiting for the full moon or new moon for manifesting, and I didn’t raise an eyebrow to "mercury in retrograde;" it was life as usual. The power of letting these beliefs go created more freedom in my life. This begs the questions:

Are we creating our own challenges by setting the intention for retrograde and only giving our attention to the moon when it is full?

Are we trying to create chaos in our life as a distraction, so we don’t have to take a look at our deeper selves?

We will continue to do everything we can to live from our outside world until we open to the possibilities of what waits patiently inside.

The Power of Collective Belief

It is unbelievable to think of the power that arises when we collectively believe. Just the smallest understanding that the collective consciousness has so much power makes you realize we need to replace "retrograde" with "love." We need to start talking about all the things that are going right in the world. We need to focus on how we can band together and help one another.

Instead of creating more separation in a constant state of chaos, we need to really take a closer look to ask ourselves what are we giving our power to — the cosmos or the divine?

As we awaken to the truths of the world, we discover the real truth that waits inside of us. With new eyes, we begin to see all of the layers of limitations that we have accepted throughout our journey. Awakening is all about exploration, so let’s explore.

Live Bravely with Love!

Explore Other Views of Mercury Retrograde

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