3rd July: Rethinking Reactivity

On Fighting the Good (Pavlovian Dog) Fight…

Understanding is highlighted today. We need to look into our reactivity and ask ourselves why certain things trigger us in ways that others don’t. We all have them – those ‘issues’ which always get our goat and fire us up, no matter how much we may wish they didn’t! They form places of vulnerability within us, not because they trigger us, per se, but because if we don’t understand why they do so we can’t decide whether or not it’s a trigger we want to maintain!

Of course there’s nothing wrong with feeling strongly about some things. Without such passions revolutions would not occur, freedoms would not be fought for and rights would not be established. The issue now, however, is whether we’re investing our passion into things that truly matter or just things that have hooked us for other reasons: perhaps because we were brought up to be triggered by them, according to the beliefs and priorities of our family, or because these were issues that mattered deeply to us in the past but are really of less importance to us now.

The cosmos points to this reactivity and asks us to reconsider. It questions whether the energy expended in such emotion is used effectively or wasted on matters that no longer require our investment and attention. There is no right or wrong answer. It is asking the question that matters, allowing ourselves to decide whether we wish to continue our emotional investment or whether we would rather withdraw it to spend on something more edifying.

Neptune assists us in asking these questions, by pointing out that an awareness of how we use our emotional energy is a valuable treasure not to be disregarded. All too often we respond blindly when emotions rise up within us. They take us under their power and we end up doing their bidding without a second thought. But right now we need a second thought, and maybe even a third, to assist us in discerning exactly where we need to place our energy and attention for the best possible effect and outcome.

The answer to this question may result in a need to withdraw from familiar positions, causes and commitments which have served to define us up to now. We may begin to recognise just how jaded our energy is around them; just how old and drained it all feels. This is a sure sign that our time of fighting these causes, acting on these emotions, is coming to an end. Alternatively we may discover that yes, our energy is still fresh and strong, vibrant and hopeful, in which case continued involvement is clearly well indicated.

We may be talking huge humanitarian causes here or tiny personal issues that arise from day to day. Either way, if our emotions are fired without our truly understanding how and why we are a mere Pavlovian dog, drooling at the sound of a bell believing it to be food. If, on the other hand, we can recognise the mechanism of response and discern whether it is edifying or otherwise, we can begin to make conscious and considered decisions about how we use our energy and where we invest it. In doing so with care and consideration we will find that more energy is made available to us as we demonstrate our ability to use what we have wisely and with awareness.

May we all have an insightful day!

Sarah Varcas

Comments

rachelsnyder 3rd July 2013 7:54 am

Gorgeous and spot-on, Sarah. Your voice is a wonderful addition to Spirit Library.

kay 3rd July 2013 10:18 am

Wonderful, Sarah. This ties in beautifully with yesterday’s message regarding self-discipline and a willingness to change heart and mind. It does take a sort of discipline to be continually aware of emotions that arise within us and then to consciously act on them, work with them, release them, whatever is needed.

To be very particular about this, in this particular moment, I’m wanting to go for the obvious, that you’ve given this dog a fine bone to chew on because the idea makes me smile. But then the mentality of doubt and the emotion of vulnerability arise. Not everyone gets my sense of humour. Why would that matter? What if it doesn’t? What if it does? Oh, how fragile we humans are.

Sending everyone love.

shapeshifter 3rd July 2013 11:10 am

Sarah, I would love to give it my best shot and pull the triggers out of my life. However, my mind is not as quick on the draw as my emotions which usually fire a few rapid rounds without warning. This of course puts me right back in the kennel with Pavlov's dogs. lol

betsy. 3rd July 2013 2:03 pm

Thank you for another wonderful message, Sarah. Definitely something to chew on. What I've begun to try to do is to watch my reactions & then question why something triggers me, hoping this will bring me greater neutrality about it in the future (although I haven't consistently done this enough to see if it's actually working! :2funny Geesh).
Kay, not everyone gets my sense of humor either. I find that if I'm not light & humorous about some things though, I get really down. The humor allows me to process them later when I can be more serious & sit with them. Yes, we are fragile sometimes; but, I don't think there's anything wrong with apologizing later if we recognize we have unintentionally hurt someone with our humor. Unfortunately, I have lots of experience here.
Shapeshifter, me too! Wow, isn't this conscious thing work? I do have hope the more I do it the easier it will be though...still have so far to go.
Ty again, Sarah, for reminding me to rethink my reactions. :smitten:

Sarah Varcas 4th July 2013 1:50 am
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Gorgeous and spot-on, Sarah. Your voice is a wonderful addition to Spirit Library

Thank you so much Rachel :) It's an honour to be here :smitten:

Sarah Varcas 4th July 2013 1:54 am
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It does take a sort of discipline to be continually aware of emotions that arise within us and then to consciously act on them, work with them, release them, whatever is needed.

oh yes it certainly does Kay! You're not wrong!! and there's me thinking it was just me... :D what a relief to know I'm not alone... :angel: Sending love to you too xx

Sarah Varcas 4th July 2013 1:56 am
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Sarah, I would love to give it my best shot and pull the triggers out of my life. However, my mind is not as quick on the draw as my emotions which usually fire a few rapid rounds without warning. This of course puts me right back in the kennel with Pavlov's dogs

lol Shapeshifter (again!). What can I say...? Virgoan's are often good with animals so... looking on the bright side... :coolsmiley

Sarah Varcas 4th July 2013 2:01 am

Hello bfo :)

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What I've begun to try to do is to watch my reactions & then question why something triggers me, hoping this will bring me greater neutrality about it in the future (although I haven't consistently done this enough to see if it's actually working! Geesh).

:) Even remembering to do it sometimes is big progress as far as I'm concerned! :)

shapeshifter 4th July 2013 11:07 am

Bluefeatheryone, Yep, mostly trial and error for me, one step at a time. :thumbs:

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Sarah Varcas is an Intuitive Astrologer, committed to decoding the wisdom messages of the cosmos for the enrichment of peoples’ lives.

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