Shifu Michael’s Journal Entry – 1.27.17

Shifu Michael Rinaldini

Well, it’s the Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster (Phoenix). One resource I have says it started at 4:07 pm PST, and another resource I came across says it starts tomorrow, the 28th. Either way, another new Chinese year has started, or will start very soon. I even got a Chinese New Year email greeting from Ken Cohen and his wife, Grace. That settles it, it must be today.

From the different resources I have here on my desk, it looks like a challenging year. Even those born in the year of the Rooster need to be concerned about health issues and finances. Another concern for the Rooster year is that it is a time to be diligent, that is, there will be hard work to be done this year. This is not going to be one of those relaxing years, to be a success you’ll have to earn it by a little sweat.

My personal take on the good and bad of what a sign means for the coming year is that it all needs to be put into perspective and related to how we personally lead our lives. If we are continually trying to align ourselves with our highest Good, then anything, which comes our way will be in response to our karmic yin and yang destiny. It is unavoidable to be living in the world of duality and escape the ups and downs of life. The aim is to go with the flow (like the Dao slogan of the 1960’s) and not be rocked by the alternating currents of the storm. As a practitioner of the Dao, it is important to not get lost in the preferences, likes and dislikes of human experience. It happens anyway, but it is still important to bring as much consciousness to it as possible. I don’t mean to bring politics into my discussion here, but politics will be a challenging experience for those who are committed to cultivating their higher spirits this year. It will be a test of Wuwei. Can we live our lives in a natural way without being pulled in directions that don’t serve our highest Good? In the best sense of the Chinese phrase: Good Luck this Fire Rooster year!

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