Getting Real

What is Spirituality?

How are we to understand the soul?

What is the purpose of Spirituality?

What do we need to live Spiritually?

What does Spirituality Involve?

Why is it we fail?

What is going on in my life?

What kind of work should I be doing?

What I am supposed to be doing?

Will I ever be happy?

Will I ever meet someone?

Where are we all heading?

                  The DK Foundation

                                     Getting Real

             Moving on the New Age

'Everything we do, everything we are rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word uttered to us might be sufficient to change the course of our lives. But if we don’t have enough personal power, the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and that revelation won’t make a damn bit of difference.’

Don Juan in Carlos Castaneda’s  Tales of Power


This book is offered by way of a return to the countless people with whom I have spoken in the past ten years in my capacity as a professional astrologer.

There are now well over one thousand charts in my filing system, all of which have been discussed at some length with their ‘owners’, and many of them on more than one occasion.

From this ten year period of client work has emerged a clear impression of the kind of questions, which motivate people with spiritual awareness to seek the guidance of an astrologer. Why an astrologer? By no means, have all my clients been sure why they have consulted me in this capacity, or what to expect, but somewhere, at some level, there appears to have been a trust that astrology can supply a perspective which the other psychic arts cannot, a perspective that is ‘scientific’ and objective in a way other techniques are not and, therefore, is capable of supplying spiritual guidance.

This trust is well-founded, although it does not follow that all astrologers are working in a way, with the kind of knowledge, which enables astrology to fulfil this role. Indeed, it is probably true to say that, as interest in astrology was increasing during the 1970s and 1980s, so the standard of practice was falling dramatically, a deterioration aided and abetted by the wide usage of computer software which made a would-be astrologer functional without even a fig leaf to cover his nakedness when it came to an understanding of how and why his or her discipline worked.

But this is not a book about astrology; it is a book about contemporary spirituality in which astrology has a place As regards astrological practice, let us hope that the tide is turning and that a growing awareness of what the discipline can offer when it is conscientiously studied and practised, will see the public demanding a higher standard.

Some fifty years ago, through the medium of Alice Bailey, the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul wrote:

One thing you must constantly bear in mind. Now that the war is over, and the time of acute trial and tribulation has come to an end, a great spiritual awakening (of a quality and a nature quite unpredictable today) will arrive. The war will have taught humanity many lessons and will have torn the veil of self away from many eyes. Values which have been hitherto expressed and understood only by those whose “eyes are on God” will be the goal and desire of untold thousands........”

That time is here. It is now. It was brought by the New Age in a relatively short but intense flurry of literary, artistic, healing and educational activity and political rapprochements which gathered momentum as Europe began to rebuild itself in the aftermath of World War II, reached something of a climax at the end of the 1980s and which, ten years on from that, has become less structured and more commercialised. Candles, aromatherapy oils, alternative remedies and paraphernalia adorned with suns, moons and stars have found their way into a range of high street outlets and even onto shelves amid the grocery and household items in the outlets of those bastions of corporate culture and Establishment values in the U.K, the major supermarket chains.  Magazines and newspapers, which historically, have flown the flag for rationalism and empiricism now talk freely, if none too insightfully, about spirituality and personal development. Well-being can be bought from alternative therapists of all hues

Is this a positive development or not? It certainly denotes, as D.K. predicted, wide scale acceptance of what, even twenty years ago, were ideas held by a tiny minority; it certainly indicates that large numbers of people are prepared to part with money in order to experience the putative benefits of a more spiritual lifestyle.

But are lives really being changed by this greater awareness or are these spiritual ideas floating on the top of our lives like corks, or a fashionable froth, unable to penetrate the surface of our everyday reality? Are they simply a place of retreat from an ordinary reality that defeats us, an excuse for talking about our problems and finding ourselves a social life and sympathetic lovers?

The problem that we Westerners have to confront is that we think like consumers and are obsessed with gratification. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, we are trying to turn spirituality into a matter of getting what we want on our terms, which of course do not include effort and sacrifice. We have made spirituality a hostage of the very habits that it needs to be persuading us to learn to control.

There may be a million paths to transformation, some are austere some are not, but the process of spiritual transformation is the same in every man and woman: it involves the opening of chakras. There are four major chakras to be opened in total and the opening of these chakras is achieved by dedicated hard work and sacrifice. Spirituality has an objective reality. Attainment can be measured because it shows in the physical body. We can buy effects but not results.

The new Age has encouraged this consumerised spirituality by increasing accessibility. Knowledge can be got now, effortlessly, in books with glossy covers and from teachers with glossy images, remote enough to appear always kind, loving and cheerful. But accessibility is not the point: this knowledge has to be applied. To do that takes discipline and self-responsibility, otherwise, to quote Castaneda's Don Juan, it will not make a damn bit of difference. To talk about attaining Enlightenment and not being able to find the discipline to post a letter, keep a house clean or to resist the sexual lure of a destructive relationship, is to be living out a fantasy. And why should Heaven, of all places, a community of souls, want people who are a drain on their societies because do not understand contribution and are self-important enough to think that personal acquisition at the public expense is acceptable? And what happens when we the crisis that blows the pretence out of the water and brings it home to us that we are not approaching Enlightenment, we have not even a basic mastery of ourselves and are, in fact, no better off than the unpretentious people with no spiritual aspirations who simply get on with their lives the best they know how. Where do we go then, if we truly think that what we have been talking about is spirituality?

This is a book about bringing spirituality in everyday life, about getting real about ourselves, developing personal power and letting drop the pretence.

This book is dedicated to my clients of the past ten years who have bitten the bullet, stopped hoping that two and two will make five and made themselves responsible for the unfolding of their own lives.

Suzanne Rough

The D.K. Foundation

Brighton 2000         

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