Some of us like to check our horoscope from time to time, some of us more often than others. Some of us have gone to spiritual advisors or friends for tarot readings, psychic readings or tea leaves. Some of us try to figure out our karma (which action to take) and dharma (what we’re supposed to do in this life). The bottom line is that we like and want guidance.
Even in Lake Elsinore and the surrounding areas we have our share of psychics and palm readers. If that’s not enough, we can always go on the internet and ask somebody for some type of metaphysical reading. There seems to be a need everywhere, especially in these uncertain economic times, for some divine guidance.
Life is filled with grey areas. Sometimes it’s hard to know what the “right” thing to do is. By “right”, I mean the action that will lead to success with little or no repercussions. We encounter these “grey” areas like which job to take, which major to choose in college, what route to take to work to avoid the most traffic, which relationship is going to work best. Some of these decisions are more important, of course, than others.
Sometimes it’s not just a matter of choosing a course of action, but just staying the course rather than giving up. We choose paths for ourselves in life about which we feel very strong, and maybe we don’t see those efforts endeavors come to fruition. So it may be matter of trying something different or just being a little more persevering.
Sure, we can discuss these decisions with loved ones and friends, but it may not just be a matter of knowing we did the right thing. What we really want is a guarantee that it’s going to succeed because it’s the right decision. This is the time when we wish we had a crystal ball. Life would be so easy if we had some omniscient being to tell us what to do and when to do it. That is why some people cling tenaciously to religion, which is what the word “religion” means in Latin.
While metaphysics and fortune telling may or may not have a place in life, it can be tedious. Some of us have seen certain TV programs in which a guy sits down at a fortune-telling machine and ends up living his life there. This is probably not a good way to live. Sooner or later we have to go out and face the grey areas ourselves with or without our latest horoscope.
Mental health can border on metaphysics IMHO (in my humble opinion). Call it intuition if you will, if in fact there is such a thing (personally I believe there is). Maybe we don’t know what the future will bring and we don’t want to spend time checking out the planetary positions or adding up the coins to get the hexagram for the I Ching. How can we be self-reliant?
Simply by being self-reliant. A famous comedian once said, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. No use being a damn fool about it!” Humorous, yes, but probably real good advice.
To know what you want to do in life, you will want to know yourself. In order to know yourself, you will want to have a relationship with yourself. By the way, things change because we grow. Who you are today may be different from who you were 10 years, 20 years, 30 years before. You don’t have to pick a course of life in your teens and devote the next 60 years to it. And maybe as you get to know yourself a little better, you will evolve and so do your goals. That’s OK. That’s what life is all about, to grow. And for those who do choose a path when you’re young and stick to it because it’s what you want, great. You’ve succeeded and go for it.
The real challenges perhaps come when you believe, maybe more strongly than ever, that you’ve got a goal, it’s who you are, and you’d rather die than not have it succeed. After all, this is it! This is why you’re on Earth. As you pursue this goal, however, more than you’ve pursued anything in your life, you encounter obstacles. Things don’t seem to be happening as fast or as easily as you thought. Since it feels so right, you expected things to happen pretty easily.
It has been said that the most appreciated things are those for which you work the hardest. Such as it may be in life. Perhaps those challenges are serving as exercise to make you more resolute and stronger, and fortify you to be able to deal with the struggle more easily and effectively. Perhaps you need to overcome those challenges in order to make you succeed.
The problem is the doubt. You may wonder if those challenges are telling you that this is not the right path after all. Sometimes, we have to stop analyzing and just do it. This is why I stay away from the word “why”. It’s a dead end. Put in the effort and succeed.
And check your horoscope just to make sure!