What energy and experiences can we expect during the month of November 2008?
The overall energy of this month is an energy of recovery. They mean recovery in three different ways. One is recovery like you would recover from an illness or recover from running a marathon. It is a time of rest; a time to allow yourselves to heal, get your energy back and reorient yourselves. The second meaning is recovery in the sense of what you might do if your computer crashes and you need to recover your files. You regain your files. This recovery is a time where you are reclaiming parts of you that became lost in the intensity of the last six months. November 2008 marks the ending of an expansion cycle and a beginning of a new expansion cycle. This is a time of quiet. November 2008 has an energy similar to what you equate with the winter solstice. It is a quiet time; a pause between breaths. The third meaning of recovery for November is the process of re-covering the ground that you have walked before and laying to rest that which is complete. This sense of re-covering is based on reflecting on and going over again what you have covered before. It brings completion.
November 2008 is a good time for you to reconsider your lives. Reconsider the events, stories, relationships, work, physical items, and every part of your life -- reconsider whether each of these things feels alive or if it has completed its purpose and can be laid to rest. You might see the month of November 2008 as a big, reassuring collective memorial service. This time is for memorializing that which has come and gone, appreciating its value, expressing gratitude from the bottom of your hearts for what has been -- for those people, those things, those belief systems, ideas or opinions that you have had before but which no longer serve you. This month is a good time to lay things to rest, and to set down your instruments of war and look around and appreciate what you have learned, and to honor the path that you have walked so far.
How can we best work with this energy? What can we do?
November 2008 is a particularly good time for rituals. It will be useful this month to create and share rituals with one another. Gather with friends and loved ones and light a candle as you honor what you have been through together. Honor someone who is no longer with you. It is a good time to do cleansing rituals similar to spring cleaning, but with a sense of the sacred. To take things that no longer serve you and give them away. In doing so, take note of their value -- what you appreciate about these items or these experiences -- and then burn that piece of paper and allow the cleansing fire to help you release what no longer serves you. Any form of ritual will serve you well this month -- attending religious ceremonies or creating religious ceremonies, using the sacred elements of fire, air, water and earth, holding hands with your loved ones -- all of these everyday rituals will become vitally important this month. They take on a deeper meaning. One good way to use the energy of November of 2008 is to engage in ritual and ceremony.
Another way to use the energy this month is to tell stories and listen to stories. There seems to be a collective coming together and many of you will be called to share your story. Some of you might gather with friends and spend an evening talking and listening to one another; some of you may find yourselves writing your story or a story that emerges from your experience. Some of you may feel drawn contacting old friends and catching up with each other, which is the same as telling the story of what you have done and where you have been since you last saw one another. The sharing of stories will be very important this month. It will help you stay connected to your sense of place and your sense of being loved. It will be very grounding for you to tell stories and to listen to stories, so do not avoid it this month. Reach out and share your stories with one another. This is what helps you reweave the fabric of life in a way that keeps your hearts open and keeps you connected to what you are doing here. It is what gives life meaning - telling stories and listening to one another with your hearts and your minds open.
What days will be important during the month of November 2008?
This month is less about specific days and more about an arc of energy. The month starts very full. The energy of October, which was so full, rich, intense and big, carries over into the first week of November so that you will still be reeling and grappling with everything that arises in October. After the first week of November, the energy of this month is like a cool breeze. At first it is very refreshing and then it begins to chill you. It brings a sense of quiet. November is very much like being high up in the sky and then gliding gently but distinctly downward. It is almost as if you will feel the pressure change by November 11. By this date you will have moved into a sense of quiet, of peacefulness or reverence.
By November 17 you will have come to a deeper sense of stillness. Each of these days marks a turning point, or a point at which you cross a threshold -- into cooling by the 11th and into true quiet by the 17th. This is reflected in the season. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, you will feel the weather cooling. Allow this cooling weather to quiet you, to quiet your minds, to draw you into a reflective center. There will be more activity in December than there is typically. You might consider November 17 equivalent to the winter solstice. It is the same turning in the dead stillness and quiet of the winter back toward the light.
Above is the Looking Ahead version of the Message, channeled over one month in advance. Below is the Monthly Update, channeled several days before the month begins.
Will November be a little smoother than October?
[Laughter] Jen is laughing on a personal level because she hopes so. Let us see what they say.
Yes. [Laughter] The answer is yes, but it may not be as simple as that. It will be smoother in terms of just the energy. It is as if you all went through turbulence on a flight and now the pilot has adjusted your altitude and you are flying in a smoother layer of air. That is not to say that everything will be answered, complete, and beautiful - it will simply be smoother. You will find the challenges that come up will arrive one at a time instead of all at once. The resources you need and the solutions to your problems will present themselves more obviously or more immediately. It will be smoother.
That being said, there is a lot going on in November. You have a lot of work to do as individuals. In advance we told you that the month of November was a time to recover the ground you have already walked -- to look back and reformulate, sift through, make sense of, and learn from all that has come before. This involves a lot of work in and of itself.
In addition, something has happened since we channeled the Looking Ahead message for November, which is that in the month of October there was a huge blast of energy that had to come through the planet; Jen foresaw it as something like a storm or a violent event. It was clear that there was something big due to happen in October. The thing that changed between that time and now is that humanity, as a collective and as individuals, decided to absorb all of that energy, with each of you taking whatever you could of it so that there would not be one massive destructive event. Instead a lot of people had a lot of chaos come up all of a sudden in October. That means that the work you have to do in November, this recovering the ground and making sense of what has come before, is bigger than it was before because you are all trying to get your feet on the ground again. It will be smoother, but it is full of work.
The energy of November is a lot like the energy or the wisdom held in the sign of Virgo. The sun is in Virgo in September, but the wisdom of Virgo is available at all times. Using the energy of Virgo is an excellent way to work with what will come up in November. This month you can busy yourselves by tidying things up, putting things in order, and going over them again and again just to make sure they are right.
How best can we work with this energy in reflection?
Some of that was given in the Looking Ahead message, so we will just shorthand that by saying it will be really useful for you to engage in gathering together with friends and loved ones, and then formulating ceremonies or having events in which to reflect together on where you have been or to set intentions together. For instance, meditating together in groups, joining prayer groups, and celebrating U.S. Thanksgiving where you gather together with loved ones and you share what you are grateful for. That same kind of communal reflection is a very beneficial thing to do in November. The thing that will make things even smoother than they already are is if you will connect with people in a way that is warm and nurturing during this month. All of you need this at this time, whether you have had a rough time in October or not! There is so much fear that has come to the surface for humanity to clear (and it is being cleared, we assure you that it is being cleared and it is being healed). Gathering together and connecting with each other alleviates fear. It heals you. The very most beneficial thing that you can do in November is to gather together and find meaning together.
Is there something we can do to assist our bodies to be more intelligent in recovering? Is there a cosmic or galactic force that could possibly help us?
We will answer the second question first because it is a quick answer. There are always cosmic and galactic forces helping you. In November, there is not necessarily a distinct force that we could define in a general sense, so it will depend on the way that each of you connect with your Higher Power. There is no distinct packet of energy coming in November that affects everyone all at once, such as a portal or vortex. Instead, build this energy through your actions and your intentions. There is always a Stargate within you and you access it every time you fall in love with yourselves and the world around you.
In terms of helping your bodies integrate the energy; this is quite a visceral month, which is also in alignment with the energy of Virgo. It will be very useful for most of you to sleep a lot, allowing your subconscious minds an extra 90 minutes every night, if you can manage it, to process what you need to process would benefit you greatly. For those of you who have the opportunity to sleep more take the opportunity. For those of you who do not have the opportunity to sleep more, whether because your body does not allow you to keep sleeping or because your schedule does not give you the extra time, it would serve you to do something shorter. Once per day, lie down in a quiet, dark place on your back with your ankles crossed and your hands crossed over your belly and rest for 20 minutes. If you cannot afford a full twenty minutes, even five minutes will provide benefit. This exercise will reset your yin energy, which will benefit you immensely during this month. This may seem so simple that it will be easy to dismiss, but it can make a radical difference in the way that the month goes for you on an individual level. Either sleeping more, up to 90 minutes longer than usual, or resting for 20 minutes a day in this position, in as much silence as you can find, will benefit you.
A second exercise, which will also seem very simple but quite powerful, is hugging. Hugging and physical closeness in the month of November is like the magic bullet for everything. If you are visiting a friend for lunch, move your chair around the table so that you are sitting right next to each other and you can lean into each other as you talk. If you are sitting on the couch with a loved one, slide over and sit right next to them so your hips are next to each other and you can put your arm on theirs. Any time you have an opportunity where it is socially appropriate, touch people, be close to people and even better, hug them.
It will serve you to wrap yourselves up. Take a blanket or a shawl and wrap it around you. The symbolic act of pulling yourselves together that will help you manage yourselves this month. There is something about pulling yourselves together physically in an embrace that brings everything into alignment for you. Hugging yourself creates a physical shift in your body toward love. This is helpful particularly this month because the world is filled with fear that has been held inside people's bodies for eons and is finally coming to the surface to be released. There has not been this much collective fear at the surface at one time on this planet since September 11, 2001. In a certain sense, all of you are suffering together in a way you usually do not. As your political, economic, and other institutional systems are crumbling, it becomes more apparent than ever that you are all in this together. The systems are crumbling so that better ones can arise.
In the meantime this month, it feels scary for people to experience this much change at one time. With all of that fear coming to the surface for you as individuals and floating around collectively, it serves you to have the physical comfort of proximity to one another. Isolation feeds fear. Counteract that fear by being physically close. You do not have to think about it, you do not have to figure it out; all you have to do is slide over on the couch and get closer to people. It will benefit you in ways you cannot imagine. Physical connection enables you to help reweave the web of humanity based on love rather than on fear.
In addition regarding your bodies, many of you will find a tendency to overeat this month. If this concerns you, sleeping or hugging will counteract the tendency to overeat. You will find yourselves craving food, but what you are really craving is connection. Seek connection during this month; reach out to your neighbors and friends.
Are there any suggestions about how to start shifting toward a better economic system? Does it help to barter with each other, or to trade resources? My mind keeps thinking that there is something new coming that is unique and has not been done before in how we exchange with each other.
There is so much more information about this in the channeling on the U.S. Election and the Global Economy. For right now, particularly in regard to November, you are right, there is an entirely new system coming. This is overwhelming because it is so much information that has never been seen before. The new system will not be based on institutionalized rules for exchange, but on a whole series of infinite individual agreements on exchange that are collectively reflected in the value of currency. Here is what we mean by that. In recent history, the value of currency has been predetermined by economic institutions; what a dollar is worth, what a plate of food is worth, what a car is worth - each of these things have been predetermined by an institutional system based on how the institution can benefit. The shift toward the new economy will mean that you as individuals or as individual businesses or groups will agree together on what makes sense for any given exchange situation. Through your individual agreements, a universal value emerges. This universal value will shift constantly, not based on tweaking by institutions, but based on your continued agreements occurring on an individual level. Institutions will not decide how value changes, but will instead work to constantly reflect how value changes based on the exchanges you work out as individuals across the globe. The details of this are not yet completely foreseeable, because you are creating the new system together. We can tell you that you will continue to have currencies which will continue to have a collectively agreed upon value, but that value will be based on how each of you is negotiating value on an everyday basis with those around you, rather than on a predetermined value given to you by economic institutions.
The way you can start to dabble with this in November is to, whenever it is possible when you have something to exchange, such as offering a service for a payment or you are offering a payment for a service, sit down with the person you are exchanging with and discuss what would benefit each of you most. Perhaps one of you needs a certain thing at this time or perhaps one of you would rather be paid later or sooner, it will serve you to sit down and negotiate what you need and how each of your needs can be met. This is going to take an enormous amount of practice on the part of individuals. Most of you do not value yourselves and your time as highly as your worth, so you tend to sell yourselves short a lot of times. You have got to learn how to stop doing that. Most of you have a lot of guilt or embarrassment about exchange or value when you communicate it with others. You have got a lot to work through within yourselves to be able to do this with honesty and joy, but you can do it!
It will serve you to play around with this and even in little ways, and it will help to be playful. The playful way they are showing this is if you can imagine school children at lunchtime. As they all pull out their lunch bags, they begin an elaborate and joyous exchange -- an apple for a candy bar, a candy bar for a bag of chips, a bag of chips for a sandwich. It is obvious to them that exchange is both necessary and fun. They all know that some people like candy bars and some people like sandwiches. There is nothing wrong with wanting one thing and not another. Each child looks at what they have and then thinks about what they want, and then they look around to see who is willing to exchange. They do not feel guilt or embarrassment. Instead, they feel excited! It is perfectly efficient and quite fun to exchange in this way. Children who celebrate Halloween do the same thing with their candy. There is no shame in liking chocolate better than sour candy, and there is no embarrassment in reaching out and proposing an exchange. No one feels bad if the exchange is rejected, for there is no reason to give up the candy you want or to settle for the candy you do not want. Children simply exchange and negotiate according to what you have and what you want.
Now, keep in mind with these examples that you have changes all the time and what you want changes all the time, so you get to continually ask yourself what you want to do next. At times, you might not find anyone who has the right fit for you and can exchange what you want, so you decide to compromise or you decide to wait and try later. There is no harm or shame in it; it is just the way that people naturally negotiate exchange -- it is the way each of you gets what you want. It would serve you to play around with this a little bit. For some of you, particularly if you have children or if you have children in your life, it would serve you to play with this with your children. Maybe with Halloween candy or something in the household you want to have done and there is something that your child wants and you negotiate together. You let them tell you what they really want, and you tell them what you want and what you think it is worth, and you discuss together in order to find a solution that works for you both. There are usually countless possible solutions, and part of the fun is thinking creatively together. Next, find some willing and creative adults to do the same thing -- start now. That is the way to begin to dabble with this in November.
In terms of the greater economic system, the way the system will evolve is somewhat foreseeable and is elaborated in the channeling on the U.S. Election and the Global Economy.
Along the lines of connecting, do we also have to stop looking outside so much and really start embracing everything? What will this look like?
Yes, this is a shift that has been occurring in all of you for a long time. At times you do it well, at times you do not do it so well, but you are all moving toward it more and more; this is equivalent to moving toward your own empowerment. Empowerment, as opposed to what some might call victim mentality, means that in every occurrence an empowered individual assumes it has occurred for a reason or some part of them agreed to be a part of whatever is occurring. An empowered individual cannot imagine that they are separate from what is happening around them, but at the same time an empowered individual recognizes that they are not to blame, not at fault, and not guilty for what is happening around them; they are both a part of the system. An empowered individual recognizes that they are a part of everything around them but they are not beholden to everything around them, so that if someone says something hurtful, an empowered individual would not decide that person is bad and dwell in blame, anger, or hurt. Instead, an empowered individual would explore what they have to learn from the experience, assuming that their brilliant spirit and their Higher Power agreed for them to have the experience. An empowered individual does not absorb the words of others, but is able to separate themselves from what is happening around them while recognizing their divine connection with it. Moving toward empowerment is the shift that you have all been experiencing.
November gives you an opportunity to look back and see the places in your life, particularly in the last six months, through the eyes of empowerment. It is an opportunity to look back and see with new eyes what you may have learned from situations that while they were happening, you thought you were being victimized or that those situations were not supposed to be happening to you. When you look back with empowerment and acceptance, you realize how each event in your life has led you somewhere important for your soul's growth. November is an excellent time to comb through your history and look for anything you regret or deny. Consider that it is true or that it really happened, and that everything is okay. You still ended up right where you are, which is just exactly where you need to be.
November is a great time to step out of victim mentality and take accountability for the idea that your higher self has brought you to your situation for a good reason. If you can trust that, it actually empowers you to step out of the situations you do not want to be in. Denial or pretending that you are a victim removes the steering wheel from your hands, if you imagine that someone else is steering, there is nothing else you can do; you are trapped. Accepting the idea that some part of you agreed to be here gives you the ability to use that part of you to steer your way past it. Denial is an excellent thing to investigate, resolve and release during the month of November.
How we can connect more to the fairy realms, the elementals, nature spirits, and ancestors in the month of November?
There are always many different ways to connect with these elements, and each of you has a unique relationship with each of these realms. During the month of November, there are two primary practices that you will find most efficient in terms of general practice. One is the element of fire. The element of is like a Guardian Angel for the month of November. The element of fire can serve you this month particularly in helping you center in on your own light, in helping you burn away things that no longer belong to you, and in helping you invigorate that which you have learned and collected to move forward with. For those of you who have the means, it would serve you to have fire on a regular basis like in a fireplace or a fire pit or simply with a small candle. Lighting a candle every night or every morning and spending time connecting with the energy of fire and with that sense of life that occurs in the light of the fire can be really useful. Meditating on a candle flame can be a useful exercise as well. Anything you want to do with the element of fire, that is safe, will serve you well in connecting with the elementals this month because that is the primary elemental that is guiding the ship right now.
Second is prayer. Prayer in this sense means the act of speaking with those who are beyond this realm. For some, you pray to God, while others might speak with your ancestors or speak with your Guardian Angels or Spirit Guides. The act of sacred speaking is what they mean by prayer, when you speak beyond the third dimension. For many of you, particularly as you go through this reflective process we are talking about, it would serve you to ask your ancestors in the form of prayer what they have to share with you or ask them to walk the journey with you. Your ancestors have recovered in the same way you are striving to this month, because they have passed on and been through a review process of their own. They have got this whole review and recovery thing down!
There is a great deal of wisdom being carried through ancestral energy at this time. For those of you who are interested in tapping into it, you will find that prayer and speaking to your ancestors can help bring that wisdom out through you as you go through your own reflective process. While again there are many different ways to connect with your ancestors and with the elementals and the fairies this month, using fire and prayer are the two things that will serve most of you best.
Is there any final message the Keepers want to share regarding November 2008?
Remember that everything boils down to either love or fear. Every intention, choice, and thought puts you in the direction of either love or fear. If you can keep that in mind, it will help you simplify the very complex themes and complicated events that will occur in November. It is a less bumpy month than October, but it is very, very full of new energy. As you are thinking of the past and grappling with the present, and as collective global events continue to unfold (which they will!), things can get a little complicated. Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed, confused, or unclear, remember that everything boils down to either love or fear. Everything moves in one or the other direction -- not both. As you consider how you will respond to world events, as you consider how you will navigate each day, ask yourselves which choice puts you in the direction of love and try to move toward that. The fear will keep presenting itself as an opportunity and it is up to each of you as individuals to choose love instead. Fear will come, there is nothing wrong with you for feeling it so accept it, but then simply choose love instead. It is your natural state to be in love!
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