New Moon Solar Eclipse
June 1, 2011 – 2:03 pm PDT
(7:03 pm UT)
We create and become what we think and repeat to ourselves in our minds.
- If you know tapping or emotional freedom technique (EFT), do it. Here’s an intro video. While designed to address negative emotions, tapping is effective on circular thought loops because they precede emotions. (See header below). You may ultimately feel frustrated, stuck, and hopeless or battered by your unstoppable mental chatter.
- Splash cold water on your face.
- Find an image that “wakes you up” and breaks the pattern. Example: Cher slapping Nicolas Cage in the face in Moonstruck and saying, Snap out of it. I don’t recommend physical violence on anyone, including yourself, but …
- A few gentle taps upside your head can wake you up out of your mental rut just enough to attract your attention away from the drilling expedition you’re doing into your gray matter. The qi gong practice I do involves cupping your hands and doing this gentle tapping on your head and other parts of your body. Feels great!
- Use White Chestnut flower essence. This could be the best remedy you’ll ever discover, as it actually helps dispel runaway thoughts by simply taking a few drops of tincture under your tongue several times a day for a few weeks. You may feel results anywhere from a few days to a week or two. If it’s a chronic issue, periodic rounds of this essence could be the best thing that ever happened to you.  
- Find the gentlest, most calming music you can muster.
- Lie on your bed or in your easy chair while you listen to it. Put an eye shade or cool cloth over your eyes to eliminate all stimuli and relax your facial muscles.
- Imagine you are floating on a cloud. Your only job is to let your brainwaves rest. Imagine an EEG where the waves are sweetly calm like ripples on a lake, even to the point of mesmerizing boredom. Float here for as long as possible, at least 15 minutes.
- Every time a thought enters, acknowledge it and let it go. For example, you’re worried about your kid’s bad report card. Say to yourself three times, “Report card, report card, report card,” then let it float off on your calm brain waves. Do this treatment on anything that comes to mind, even if you find yourself doing it for most of the 15 minutes the first few times.
- If you fall asleep, nap a little. Modern literature tells us napping is good for us. The mind that rests well works best. (See Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sara Mednick and Mark Ehrman.)
- When you get up or wake up, no talking for ten minutes. Many Gems still need to learn that silence is golden. Space between words is as important as margins on paper and blank lines between paragraphs. Don’t be the oral version of sentences that all run together giving listeners, including yourself, no room to breathe or absorb the input. If you love to communicate, “white space” around your words is a crucial part of doing it well.
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Moonshift! This Moonwalk is the last in the series of twelve, which we started under the Cancer Moon in June 2010. We have now strolled across the lunar surface of every Moon sign. Starting next month, the Moonwalk will merge with the monthly New Moongram, available by free subscription only at the top of the sidebar. If you don’t already subscribe, I hope you will! You’ll still get the monthly New Moon chart, some concise comments about it, reference back to previous Moonwalks by sign, and these Moongram extras: thoughts on the Sabian symbol and a mini-meditation for each new Moon.
Soon I’ll announce more changes on The Radical Virgo to make time for my research and book project during the second half of this year.
Other reminder: The special on my Chiron 101 Summer School e-class ends June 1. Purchase now in the sidebar to save $20 ($59 before June 1, $79 afterwards). There are 20 maximum spaces, and they are filling up. Class begins July 11. See announcement for details.