When Mercury stopped being in retrograde in the middle of April, I hoped that it would bring to an end the series of inconveniences that had interrupted the free flow of my life and work for some time. I discovered it was not to be.
The challenges came mostly through technology. The internet service was more erratic than usual, usually stopping in the early morning when I was answering emails and needing it most; I received scam emails of such a particularly unpleasant nature that the police became involved; issues of ownership and legalities arose out of nowhere (another scam but one needing legal intervention); and the revelations about the misuse of data by Facebook and potentially others caused me to question if and how far I should use social media for my work, and how to communicate with the world more generally. And there was more.
I have enjoyed the internet very much for information, communication and shopping, but feel now like a child who has eaten a surfeit of chocolate at Easter, and feels sick at the sight of it as a result. It is a necessity for my work, but I have a reluctance to use it otherwise. It has revived my self-questioning about if and how far to use social media for my work, and indeed, how to work altogether in the future.
The distractions and disturbances in my life, minor though they are, have served to remind me about my need to be focused and clear-sighted, and to deal practically with issues that arise as soon as possible before they become serious impediments to my work and life, asking for help where necessary to achieve a resolution quickly and satisfactorily. Above all, I recognise that technology is a tool not a master, and I must choose well how and when to use the tool, to serve the highest good.
As I look forward, I wonder if our dependency on it, and its potential for abuse, will bring about its downfall? I am seeking a new way of communicating that is fair and universal: it is so close, but I cannot identify it, nor find it – yet. I watch, and wait.
It is interesting how my small dilemmas and challenges are being repeated in their own way for people more generally. So many people I talk to are saying that they too are being tested – perhaps with money issues, perhaps in relationships, or with health. It reinforces a belief I hold that this point at a time of great planetary change is one where hard karmic lessons are being presented to us starkly, in order to resolve them once and for all; we cannot move to our new dimensional home until outstanding karma is cleared. It applies to humanity as a race too, as world events show.
All our tests, technological or otherwise, serve a purpose, and when they are done, we are clear and ready for a new way of being. There is a gift in everything.