Today is the last Full Moon for 2017 falling in the air sign of Gemini, it is also a Super Moon so its energy is amplified.
The moon represents our emotional needs and all that we need to feel safe and secure, under the Gemini influence this is all about communication. During this time our motives and intentions will come to light allowing our truth to rise to the surface. This is a good time to express ourselves, to speak our truth, to say what we mean and mean what we say. However, the way we speak our truth is a practice that for many of us needs contemplation and refinement. The Gemini tendency is to think feelings and to broadcast them immediately without pause or thought. This full moon encourages us to stop before we speak and bring mindfulness to our speech.
In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali speaks of Satya (truthfulness) as one of the five yamas (constraints). To speak our truth in a way that is mindful means slowing down, allowing time to filter and carefully consider our words so that we have the space to choose them wisely. When we speak instantly as a reaction to certain situations it is often on a purely primitive level, we’re often not seeing the truth and are speaking from a place of fear and conditioning. When we practice meditation we are able to create a fraction more time to process situations before speaking out. This allows the more evolved part of the brain, the cerebral cortex, to consider before the primitive brain takes over. A daily meditation practice helps us to take some time observing our thoughts as they arise and watching them pass without getting caught up in them. This way we get to experience and see that all thoughts, emotions and situations come and go and are in fact not true. Satya encourages us to speak our truth in such a way as to not create harm to another remembering that personal opinions are not the truth, they are merely constructed from our personal conditioning and experience.
Like yoga, Satya needs continual practice and refinement. As we consistently bring more awareness to our words, we find an improvement in all our relationships including the relationship to ourselves. When all falsity ends we are set free to live in truth. To speak from Satya is to bring out the very best in ourselves and in others. When we do this, we are contributing to the creation of a world that we want to live in, a world based in truth, kindness, clarity and connection.
“When the practitioner is firmly established in the practice of the truth, her/his words become so potent that whatever (s)he says comes to realisation” - Yoga Sutras