The 7 Year Cycle
the inner voyage
~ a year of learning ~
Life is a process of growing and outgrowing,
and what fits snugly today, be it an idea, attitude,
or belief, may be entirely the wrong size tomorrow.
Welcome to the 7 year
cycle. 7 energy flows in an atmosphere of privacy, solitude, and quietness. It
is constantly seeking answers to its steady stream of questions about itself and
life. It is seeking truth, wisdom, dignity, fulfillment, and perfection. This
year, so are you.
knowing its purpose, the 7 journey can be confusing or even depressing. No
matter how much you want to surge ahead, this is a year of learning how
to create the conditions you truly want for yourself. In the process, 7 will
constantly expose you to aspects of your life with which you have become
dissatisfied, so that you can realize just how perfect and satisfying your life
can become if you are willing to make the changes that need to be made.
Only then will you know where you truly belong in this rapidly evolving and
In this self-centered
year, you will be seeking - and finding - a direction that feels right
for you. A more serious side of your nature will emerge, along with a stark
awareness that the status quo is simply not good enough any more.
Instead of rushing
out to find new opportunity, be patient and wait for opportunity to come to
you. Trying to force yourself ahead will result in the same old feelings of
dissatisfaction you thought your forcing would eliminate. This is not a time to
do - it is a time to plan.
Slow yourself down
and admit that you feel lost on life's great churning ocean. You are not sure of
what you want, and even if you are sure, you know you're never going to get it
unless you make a serious commitment to it. Do not panic. Being lost may be the
only way to find out where you are - which is exactly where you are meant to be.
You are right on schedule.
The need for you to
slow down and take things easier cannot be overstated. In the 7 year, there is a
tendency for people to trip and fall if they are moving too fast. This can quite
literally mean a physical fall of some kind, and although this does not have to
happen if you are cautious, its purpose is to shock you out of your own denials
and force you into a quieter and more introspective mode. Or, the '7 fall' can
sweep one's private life into the glare of public scrutiny. 7 is the number of
scandals, secrets, conspiracies, and paranoia! Where one's pride (feelings of
superiority) is adversely effecting others, a 'fall from grace' is possible. One
way or another, denial is not an option this year and, if you do succumb to any
kind of 'fall', it will not be long before you realize that it was not only
inevitable but also an opportunity to move ahead in a more comfortable and
introspection, emotion, research, analysis, intuition, reflection, seclusion,
and faith. This is meant to be a quieter, "inner" year in which you can
learn the answers to your most burning and often avoided questions.
This year, you must
seek what feels ideal for you, and study and analyze what needs to be
learned in order to make it a reality. It could take the entire year to figure
things out, so don't assume you already have the answers. Instant gratification
is not on this year's agenda. When 7's slow pace causes frustration and worry,
remind yourself that this is not lack of movement, but a chance to move more
realistically towards greater long-term goals. Be patient. Have faith.
Very little activity is required during the 7 year cycle. It should be used to
gain the mental and emotional experience that will make greater achievement
possible in the 8 year.
Although your life
will be moving slowly, it is possible for significant things to happen, but
these advances should be seen as stepping stones to the greater potential that
will present itself next year. No matter what, you will be made aware of the
imperfections in your life so that you can study and analyze your options.
experience this year will be influenced by 7's power of reflection. Once
this power is recognized, your life will become easier to understand and
organize. Reflection means not only looking back and pondering the past, but
also looking at everything and everyone in the present and seeing your reality
being mirrored back to you through these people and things. Whatever or
whoever affects you is your reality. Some aspects of your current reality
will feel out of place and no longer desirable.
No matter how
spiritually or materially 'advanced' you think you are, the reflective power of
7 will expose an empty space in your life which can make you feel quite lonely.
Accept that this emptiness exists, and you will discover the fullness of your
true capabilities. You see, that emptiness is your own unfulfilled potential.
When deep emotions
arise feel them. Experience them. Do not deny them. If ill health occurs, it is
an indication that a buildup of unexpressed emotion is bursting to get out, and
may do so in the form of what we erroneously call depression. In fact, it
is suppression - the 'holding in' of your emotions. Once these feelings
have been recognized and released from your body, great improvement will occur
in your mental, physical, and/or emotional health.
There is never a need
to hurt yourself or anyone else when releasing your emotions. But you do need to
spend time alone, with no distractions, so that the feelings involved can
be given your undivided attention. Sometimes your feelings may take you by
surprise, as if they were dark secrets you were keeping from yourself, but the
insight involved will boost your confidence.
Over-analysis is a
form of denial. To overanalyze means that you have the correct answer but are
refusing to accept it. Then you go on searching for the answer you would prefer
rather than accept the truth. Remember that the truth for one is not necessarily
the truth for another, and that the truth has a tendency to drive you crazy just
before it sets you free. Perhaps what you once thought was craziness is simply
what it takes to free yourself from outdated beliefs.
You cannot expect
others to know what you are thinking or feeling, what is happening to you, or to
understand your moods and bouts of secrecy. They may think you are on a
different wavelength entirely, (which you are.) You may be difficult to approach
or comprehend. No one can read your mind or feel your feelings. So
communicate. Instead of taking your relationships for granted, seek to
Everyone in your life
is now reflecting your reality back to you. Their behaviors and attitudes can
teach you a lot about yourself and provide vital information as to what is
happening in your life, and on this planet.
Use this year to gain
knowledge, confidence, and expertise. Realize just how gifted and unique you
are. Accept the fact that you are a free spirit. Embrace the diversity of life
and your place in it. This year of introspection and soul-searching is an
opportunity to rediscover yourself as you are now - and to let go of the
person you once were. Life is not confined to one field or locality. Get
reacquainted with the "big" world, along with its beauty and its horrors;
excitement and its mediocrity. Recognizing these extremes will help you
secure a balanced position for yourself.
This is your year to
learn the basics of magic. Yes, magic. The secrets of manifestation. The laws of
abundance. The Will must determine what it wants by the way it feels.
Consciousness must then plan for this accomplishment by considering and
orchestrating all the facts. You must face your fears and allow them to move
through you and out of you. Through this process, you will know what needs to be
feared and what does not.
Genuine intent to
succeed will release you from the bondage of guilt. Without guilt, your reality
can be seen for what it really is, and balance can be maintained. Without
balance, your magic may well materialize, but not as you had hoped. Acceptance
of reality is the key and, for this, your total presence is required. Only by
being completely present in a situation will you find the answers you
need. This is why the 7 year asks you to plan rather than do.
Life stretches way
beyond our own private environments. Beyond this living planet, we are connected
to an entire universe which is brimming with life and energy that we cannot even
imagine. Explore every aspect of your own reality and, by the end of this
year, there will be no doubt in your mind as to who and what you are and where
you fit in to the ever-changing kaleidoscope we call life.
If you think you
already know your true identity, you may be in for some interesting and possibly
shocking, revelations. The 7 year enables you to discover how perfect you and
your life can become when your emotional Will teams up with knowledge.