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Purpose Or Exceptional Purpose?
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1.Purpose Or Exceptional Purpose?
Episode 1 Transcript
© 1990 Kerrie Redgate
So there is just one thing I need to get out of the way before we begin. I need to crumple-up any notion you may have in your head of those dastardly Sun Sign horror-scope columns — and I mean horror as in
— as having anything to do with the precious science of astrology. They are completely bogus, not real, fake. There is a system to how they write those things, but the system is not based on anything real. So, please don’t waste your time, or especially your money, on those things. Don’t let anyone program your brain like that. They are simply rubbish — OK?
So, I’m going to give you a little bit of my research here, so you can understand what astrology is, and what the astrology chart actually portrays.
Firstly, the zodiac that’s used in Western systems of astrology has nothing at all to with fixed stars or star constellations in space. That old belief does not not hold water anymore in any system apart from perhaps the Jyotish system of India. They still use those stars. The Western-culture zodiac has enitirely different roots that could not have been even imagined in ancient times. I’m currently writing a book about the science behind all this, but I’ll give you some snippets along the way here.
So, let’s begin at the beginning. Your astrology chart is a snapshot of the solar system through the lens of the Earth’s electro-magnetic field. Now, this snapshot was taken at the moment when you drew your first breath, as this is the moment when you became separated from your mother’s protective energy field. You experienced your outer environment independently. And that first breath set the “hard-wiring”, if you will, in your brain. Your brain’s neural net was in resonance with the Earth’s field in that moment. (This is a really important point.)
You can think of it as, perhaps, a kind of symphony of frequencies playing throughout the solar system—there’s like a harmony of resonance there. And it changes all the time. And you resonated with one particular moment in that entire symphony—because it was a familiar set of frequencies.
The brain, as you’re probably aware, functions on frequencies and resonance. So, everything we experience from our outer world is actually just a bunch of wave-forms — they’re frequencies that go into the brain, and the brain interprets the familiarity of those frequencies and puts it into pictures or sounds, or whatever apparatus we’re using, or a scent, or a touch. And that’s how we create our world. So, this resonance thing is really important.
So, because this was a familiar set of frequencies for you, you will always resonate with those frequencies throughout your life, as they’re your Karmic imprints from the past, and I mean a deeper Past — as karma is a function of cause and effect. It’s like, you know, if you want good effects, then have to create good causes. But that’s another story we’ll get into in another episode.
But, basically, here it is: everything in our universe functions via the process of cause and effect. I do not believe in randomness or chaos. I think chaos is simply a name we give to a mechanism or process we don’t yet understand. We used think that weather was random chaos. But everything in the universe, every little particle, is striving to find balance with everything else in its environment. This is the basis of electricity.
And I’m not the first person to state that the universe is process. The universe essentially functions on harmony, not chaos. And this is basic ancient Taoist philosophy, from the great Chinese philosophers of antiquity.
So, due to the familiarity you had felt with those frequencies, your astrology chart must be a map of your past, a map of the causes and conditions that had led to your birth. So, we have to conclude that the first observation here is that there was a past. I’m not talking about your experiences in the womb. I’m talking about a thread of consciousness that is your memory. A thread that stretches back through centuries.
One of my life-long studies and curiosities has been the rebirth of the mindstream, the deathlessness of consciousness. The reason for my fascination is that as a small child, around the age of 4, I had a vivid recollection of the last part of my last life, and I remember telling people about it. But of course, they didn’t listen. So by the age of 7, I vowed to prove that we come back after we die. And I believe I’ve done that now. And that’s part of my research, which is something we’ll get into at another time.
But over many years, that past-life memory has been validated by various independent psychics and mediums, by Kinesiology, and by Astrology, itself. In fact, I have my astrology chart from that last lifetime, when I was born in London in the early 20th century, and it matches the information I’d been given about my purpose in that life. I’m currently writing a book about Reincarnation, based on my exclusive research, and that will be free in the digital version — of course, you can always pay me for the paper and audio, that would be nice! — but the digital version will be free because I want everyone to read it, including the skeptics, because this is really important research, and it’s the kind of research that’s never been done before.
But the reason I bring up the Past here, is that when it comes to Purpose, we cannot know where we are going until we know where we have been. Our Purpose, and especially our Exceptional Purpose, are dependent upon a strong motivation to heal or finish something that has been undone for a very long time.
We’ve had experiences in a deeper Past that now grant us the gift of wisdom that other people may not have in that area. And it’s often this wisdom that we tend to discount within ourselves. We have to remember that what is obvious to us may not be so obvious to others.
And this brings us to Purpose and Exceptional Purpose.
Living with purpose is to have a goal in life, and the drive and discipline to achieve that goal. Life itself becomes the challenge. And that challenge may be personal.
But an Exceptional Purpose has a broader vision. It’s a purpose that is unique in some way, and that will make a difference to many other people or beings on this planet. It’s a legacy. And quite usually, in our earlier years, we do get the clues about that, but our present reality pins us down to a mundane expression —what I call the “supermarket mentality”.
You know, you can be having one of those magical days when realisations appear in your mind, you begin to see everything differently, you feel a kind of spiritual presence within you. But you need to grab some food at the supermarket. And you walk through those big glass sliding doors, and within a matter of seconds — WHAMMO — you’re back in the mundane world, thinking about mundane problems, past issues, and the prices of apples. The magic disappears.
Here’s a brief example from a long time ago:
I had a client who presented with disassatifaction regarding his current work. He wasn’t happy, and he was looking for something more meaningful.
This is the first thing I said to him, which sprang right out at me from his birth chart: I said, “You’re here to clarify people’s views”. I then asked him what he was actually doing. He said, “I run my own business”. So I asked what it was. He replied, “I wash windows”. I said, “Yes, you’re clarifying people’s views but not quite in the way I think you could be doing it”. He was working on the physical level, rather than the mental-emotional. He’d had a greater attribute to help others, and that’s what was being stifled.
And here’s a good analogy that was dropped into my head a long time ago. It’s a useful way of looking at perception. It’s about a knife.
Now, when I say “knife”, what do you see as it’s purpose? How would you use it?
You can take the same knife and give it to 3 different people.
The first person sees it only as a weapon, to protect himself. That’s his concept of “knife”. He can’t think beyond that point.
The second person sees it as a kitchen utensil, she can now use it to slice the vegetables into bite-size pieces, to cook the stew much more quickly for the family. And that’s a more nurturing way of using the knife.
But the third person sees the knife entirely differently. He is so grateful for the gift of the knife, because he has always wanted to carve a beautiful statue of a Buddha that may inspire people to meditate and live more spiritual and peaceful lives for perhaps the next 200 years.
You see? It’s the same knife.
The first person, who sees the knife as a weapon, is living without purpose, is only waiting for life to come at him. A lot of people live like this. It’s sort of like being a marble in a pinball machine. They just get bounced around from thing to thing and place to place without any real direction or purpose. They just let life wash over them. And it’s not really a great way to take advantage of a precious human life.
But, anyhow, the second person, who uses the knife in the kitchen, is living with purpose, which is fine, but it’s a short-term result that has to be repeated every day.
But the third person has moved beyond self and those close to him. He’s embracing a larger family, and he wants to make a lasting impression in people’s lives for a long time to come, beyond his own limited lifespan. He’s moving the culture! And this is exceptional purpose.
Now, your astrology chart can be read like this, but it depends on the level of awareness of the astrologer, or the awareness-level of clients that an astrologer chooses to work with. That’s why you’ll always get a different reading of your chart from different astrologers. It’s the same chart, but it can be interpreted and explained, and also used, at different levels — like the various storey-levels of a mandala used in meditation practices. A mandala is a flat plan of a 3-dimensional palace. We start at the base and we gradually work our way up to Enlightenment at the top. Take a look at some photographs, if you haven’t been there, of Borobudur in Java. It’s a gigantic mandala in stone. It’s a magnificent building, so take a look at that.
Anyway, the subconscious mind only has one way of seeing something, because it’s based on memory. But being more conscious and deliberate about your motivation in life, will free you to see opportunities you’d otherwise miss. So consciousness is everything.
Now, before you think that the third knife example is beyond you, take a moment to consider those who’ve already moved culture. The now-classic example, of course, is Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who together changed the course of personal computing. We would not even have Windows if Steve Jobs had decided to just, you know, sell cars or something after dropping out of college. Bill Gates was hired by Jobs as a programmer to help in the team that designed the graphic interface for the Macintosh. You know, the little trash cans and things on the screen. That was a huge innovation in computing. We take it for granted now, of course.
But then, Gates went off and made his own version of the software, that he called Windows, which is why Microsoft spent many, many years in law courts with Apple. If not for Jobs and Wozniak’s brilliance, we’d probably all still be using Microsoft’s original MSDOS computer language. It was all nonsensical code. Guy Kawasaki has called MSDOS “a crime against humanity”! And I agree! I spent 7 years on MSDOS when I started out with Astrology. The first software for astrological chart calculation was written in MSDOS. I then spent 20 years on Windows, before finally being able to switch to Apple, due to some astrological and other software innovations, just 6 years ago.
And please don’t think you have to already be an expert or a master in the field you’d really like to work within. It takes time. Your astrology chart will indicate your past experiences in a specific area, and that experience helps you to learn faster, to pick up those ancient threads again. But it’s still a process. When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak presented their first personal computer for sale in a local computer club, it didn’t even have a case or a cover! It was just a bunch of wires and metal bits on a board!! It was on a board! So mastery takes time. It takes time. It takes focus and dedication. But it is achievable.
We’ll talk more on that and some of the attributes we need for cultivating an exceptional purpose in the next episode, in episode 2.
But for now, I want to tell you an important story. It’s a true story about a friend of mine.
She was finally living her exceptional purpose, she was gaining a good reputation for her work. Municipal Councils were hiring her and paying her quite well. But she’d been in a very destructive relationship for a long time, which was a major part of her own subtle sabotage. And she simply decided one day to quit the work she’d been doing, altogether. Just a cold matter-of-fact refusal to continue with her success.
And, before long, she was diagnosed with cancer. Her spiritual consciousness was clearly frustrated. She struggled with the disease for six years, trying all sorts of miracle-cure gadgets, never really looking at the cause within her own mind.
And then, she was finally placed into a hospice. They told her she had one week to live. I was 1,000 km away, and couldn’t get to her, so I phoned her at the hospice. And she said to me, “I’m ready now, I want to do this work now. I’m really ready. I can beat this. I know I can. I can do this now.”
This happens with all of us. Only when we’re crushed by time do we strive to achieve our true desires. Her spirit was so strong. And, one week later, well, she died. Just forty-four years of age. Her body no longer had the strength to carry her.
And this is not an isolated case. Sometimes we need to be confronted with our own mortality before we see the urgency of living life deliberately, and with an exceptional purpose.
So, don’t think small. Be like the sculptor. Think beyond your own lifetime.
It’s not just one little part of your astrology chart, not one planet or Sensitive Point, but the entire chart that defines your motivation for incarnating, that defines your highest purpose. That in itself, says a lot. I have always seen a coherent pattern, in every birth chart. Every little piece is relevant to the purpose of that individual’s life. Like a plot in a film or a novel. Nothing is wasted. It’s all part of one story.
However, the expression of that story will vary according to your own development, and the needs and opportunities of the time.
Your career is not your Purpose. Your career is an expression, a vehicle, for that purpose. Culture changes, and you must adapt your Purpose to the culture, or create the culture yourself.
Way back in 1987, when I was starting out as a professional astrologer, I was told by a highly respected spiritual medium, that I was playing with a child’s tool when I had the ability to create the tool. I had no idea at that time, of what she was talking about. But I have created a new system of astrology that is way beyond where I was in 1987.
And you can do this, too, in your own field. We’re all capable of reshaping what we already know into something far more useful. It takes awareness and curiosity, and a bit of daring to try something different. When I was brainstorming, I’d had heaps of ideas that didn’t float, but I abandoned them immediately, and went at the problem from a different angle. There was a lot about astrology that bothered me, back in the old days. So I fixed it!
When I was a rock singer in my 20s, there were no apps like GarageBand or iMovie. There were no personal computers, no pocket phones, no YouTube! No internet!
I’ve lived on two planets. One wired, wified, and connected; and the other analogued and disconnected. And because I’ve lived on 2 planets, I’ve had to adapt. I use very different tools now, when I’m working with people, to what I did all those years ago. And I’ve had to master a lot of technology in order to do it. And I’ve taken advantage of the times we now live in.
So, your life, your brain, are finite. So, use them while you can. You’ll get another body when you return, but the person you are now, the personality, the particular attributes and types of talents organised for this era, will never live again. You as you are unique, an expression of a frozen moment in the time of the solar system. You are it’s potential. And you are essentially a stream of consciousness, a thread of memory. But there is no solid self behind that mind-stream. Because you are constantly evolving, and altering your own brain chemistry and its neural net in the process. You will be a different person in your next lifetime, but you will carry the same subtle memories, wisdoms, and regrets. There is absolutely nothing worse than dying with regrets.
So, on that cheery note, before I leave you, here’s an idea: maybe try to focus this week on how you first saw that knife, and what you would carve with that knife, or what higher purpose you could turn it to. And then think about how you see your present life, and what could be a higher expression of the talents and skills you already have.
Your Purpose is already within you. It simply needs to be discovered, and developed with intention. No human life is devoid of purpose.
The trick is to make it exceptional.
Podcast theme music Zen of Smooth by Kerrie Redgate
Podcast thumbnail photo (tipped on its side) of the Aurora Borealis in Norway by Johny Goerend (via Unsplash.com)
Additional music in this episode is from my personal (cassette!) archive of one of my early bands, Buckley’s. Recorded in 1980 on a mono cassette player sitting on the front of the stage at one of our live gigs! High tech! It’s of course Slow Down by Larry Williams (first recorded in 1957, but made famous in my childhood by The Beatles).
An Aside: The Khan Academy page about Borobudur also has some great images: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/south-east-se-asia/indonesia-art/a/borobudur
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