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WHAT IS THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PROCESS?
THE PRINCIPLE OF THE CORE SELF (OR TRUE SELF) & THE FALSE SELF.
We are born as a perfected Soul carrying DNA encoding which programs the Superconscious & Unconscious states, to set up the necessary familial, societal & environmental conditions to create our psychological matrix. From this matrix evolve our belief systems & resultant behaviours, so ultimately our Soul may grow through the necessary lessons for the lifetime & synthesise these into the overall Soul's journey toward atonement. The Souls' needs for growth are able to be identified as the themes & issues of challenge which are contained in the Planets in relationship to each other on the 3 Crosses - Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable - or planetary voices in hard aspect.
The Perfected Potential Soul Self is known as the CORE SELF or TRUE SELF.
Because of the early conditioning experiences up to the age of 7 certain natural & instinctive characteristics and behaviours become modified or adapted (i.e. from Parent responses, permissions & injunctions or don't messages.... in other words there are no such things as perfect parents). As a result, a series of protective armorings & encasings develop & gradually build, until the Core Self becomes surrounded by a wall (Saturn) of false or unnatural behaviours. This is known as the False self and is in place by the Age of 7 (First Saturn square), and re-enforced up to age 14 (Saturn opposition ).
Most of us then go into the world attempting to get our needs met& get loved, safe, happy and secure, operating from this conditioned False Self and then wonder why our goals for happiness, joy and success are not met! Most folks stay in this state for all of their lives, playing out the scripts of a conditioned experience complete with unconscious games, favourite bad feelings, & alienation from society and themselves in their power in some form.
The goal of the Transformational Process is to release the cellularly encoded unconscious conditionings which the Soul has set up in the first place, to meet the challenge of the lifetime's growth - thereby enabling the limitations to be made conscious, then healed & integrated so a conscious union between our inner instinctive & creative potential (Soul), and outer energetic creative expression (Spirit) becomes possible. This is the goal of the Alchemical process known as the Grand Conjunctio or Divine Marriage or Union of Opposites.
Whether this process is ever triggered and what provokes it is indeed a great mystery, & it appears that many many lifetimes in the unconscious ego state are lived before the Soul makes it's impression felt. Indeed the Esotericists say that the single greatest point of evolution that the Soul experiences is when it becomes aware of itself! Once it knocks on the door of our conscious self and triggers the journey of the self home to its Self, a series of "initiations" must be passed through before the evolutionary growth is achieved. Along the way the old conditioned, negative & restrictive ego qualities begin to break down, to enable the True and Core Self to be revealed and gradually given permission to exist in its true power.
The term for the breaking down function from old False Self complete with over-compensations, sabotage mechanisms etc., is FRAGMENTATION, and is an extremely painful & dis-orientating process. In Astro speak we can pinpoint this potential by observing Pluto transits to personal planets, especially the Sun & Moon. However, the Pluto transit does not of its own accord guarantee the death/re-birth principle will be enacted, as an unconscious Pluto transit can just be loaded with pain & loss, without the higher principle or transpersonal awareness being gained - hence the "great mystery". i.e. How do we know when Pluto will shift from wholly unconscious & operating only as an agent of the collective disempowered urge, to potential consciousness.
The great transformer can also be the great destroyer as we well know, and being able to begin to use Pluto's power as an agent for conscious transformation requires a great degree of self mastery & self acceptance.
During Pluto's 12 year transit through Scorpio during the 1980s we have witnessed large groups of humanity passing through this fragmentation process - some consciously - some not, and the themes of abuse, misuse & attempts to begin to correctly use the Power Principle, have been up for all of us. We have all been in this alchemical process in some form, & it appears that large Soul Pods or groups are ready for further initiation into higher states of conscious empowered creative awareness, by the very nature of their choice to be incarnate on the Planet right now. Earth is indeed a 2nd Ray Planet (Love Wisdom) offering the Spiritual opportunity for acceleration of Soul growth through "Calcinatio" or the Firing Process of the Material Plane. The goal after all is to open the Heart and know the joy of Love as the key to empowerment.
Meanwhile back at "Fragmentation"... as I've said this is usually quite painful, & involves the exposing of the vulnerable True Self to the light so that cleansing and healing may occur. The Healing Journey is essentially a very feminine affair, as the Goddess is the prime feminine and offers us a sense of the true self love & nurturing which is required to support ourselves and ultimately others in this great process. Persephone's descent into Hades underworld realm (the unconscious) is the Archetypal principle here. Ultimately the Horoscope itself is a powerful symbol of the Feminine, as it is a metaphor for the journey toward wholeness, from latent potential to fullest expression after the Ego has been brought under the influence of the Soul.
The gradual development of the new Self needs to be treated very tenderly. The ego will fall back into it's old ways very easily, and re-enforcement of the new awareness & ability to come from truth in each moment requires the use of tools which strengthen the new belief systems. In time the old ego goals are sublimated into the Soul's true goals, and we begin to live in our true flow, with the magical opening of our path without effort or stress from the ego.
We must remember that the new Self is the goal of the raising of consciousness. The Self in it's true power does not mean some sort of easy, perfect, constantly joy filled expression. This is an unfortunate assumption by many... that if I let go of the past and my old goals then somehow I will magically become a perfected being. The truth is that we learn to tolerate and honour the emotions of loss, pain and grief and are willing to have them as they occur, knowing that they are a perpetual part of life and existence. By coming into our truth we allow space for pain and depression, and have the trust to experience them fully, and know that on the other side of the "Dark Dream" is the "Light Dream"...the joy and excitement of movement and growth.
The grand irony here is that when we submit the ego to the Soul life, that we begin to experience the very ego fulfillment which we always somehow desired...it all comes from the Soul in the first place, and the happiness and contentment of our true potential can begin to be realised when we simply move into trust and faith that our Higher Self knows the path we must travel. All we have to do is get out of our own way, so we may allow ourselves to find it.
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