October 2010–Intensity: Breakthroughs or Breakdowns

The main theme for October is intensity.

In this month’s forecast, Lena Stevens, author and co-founder
of an international school and consulting firm dedicated to
the study and application of shamanism and wisdom, reveals
influences and opportunities to take advantage of.

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Below is an excerpt from the October commentary.

Everything this month is amplified, paving the way for
stronger reactions and increased sensitivity. It’s as if the
100 watt light you are used to operating under just got
turned up to 1000 watts. The resulting light intensity would
take some getting used to. This intensity has been with us
to some degree all summer through various themes and the
veil that has kept us asleep and in the dark has been slowly
coming off. But now that veil is completely coming off
exposing us fully to the intensity.

Some of us will instinctively try to turn away and retreat
even deeper into a dark shell. But there is no escape. As
in childbirth there is now full dilation and a need to stay
focused in order to push through our own birth.

This birth is a birth of higher consciousness bringing with
it many gifts for those who choose to be awake and proactive
instead of staying asleep. There is potential to increase
our understanding of the different planes of existence, the
quantum field, and how the universe works. There is
potential for greatly increasing telepathy, seeing,
channeling, healing and other practices using altered

There is finally an opportunity for beginning the
necessary integration of the higher centers (higher
intellectual, higher emotional, higher moving) with the
intellectual, emotional and moving centers, in order to
achieve greater and more regular access to levels of higher
consciousness. The higher centers are the gateways to higher
consciousness and those of you who have been doing practices
to increase your consciousness will be greatly rewarded this
month. You may experience sudden breakthroughs or
opportunities that were not available before. Take advantage
of what is showing up.

The sun is a barometer for intensity. The sun itself as a
being is going through its own changes and increases in
intensity. Since our evolution is being guided in part by
the sun, we are affected by the changes the sun is going
through. There is an energetic radiation that is designed to
help eliminate the cancers of lower vibration material,
forcing us to look at our attachments to old patterns and
non-serving behaviors. In a way, the parental energies of
the sun (father) and the earth (mother) are holding the
container for our rebirth at this time. As the influences
this year have been more masculine or yang, the solar theme
has been more prominent. In the near future we will shift to
a more feminine set of themes for balance.

What if you could see more, taste more, smell more, feel
more sensations, be more emotionally empathetic, experience
stronger telepathic communication, and feel generally
enhanced in your awareness of everything? What if every
moment of your day unpacked itself into a whole experience?
This is what is available to you should you choose to be
awake. Waking up requires a 100% commitment and turning your
back on everything that is not of spirit. It requires a
willingness to embrace the intensity of the moment
regardless of what it is bringing or feels like at the time.
Staying awake takes focus, responsibility, acceptance and

What is necessary to move into intensity in a positive way
is the elimination of any imprinting based on past
experiences or learned behavior that has “intensity” meaning
something negative, harmful, hard to deal with, painful,
victimizing, hurtful or devastating. This is a tall order
but if you set your intention to begin the process and if
you catch yourself when reacting fearfully or negatively to
an intense situation, you can shift your perceptions and
stay present, focused and neutral. If you can begin by not
judging anything intense as good or bad but simply and
neutrally intense, that is a start. Remember that in this
illusionary game of life, we are entering the place of
higher stakes, a time of initiation into a higher
consciousness, if we choose to play.

On the other hand, if fear has you by the throat, you could
experience an intensity that drives you even further into
negative states of depression, anxiety, pain, anger and
resentment. If you find yourself martyred and complaining,
you will feel your victimization with increased intensity.
Everything is enhanced and magnified. So if you are angry,
you will be hugely angry; if you are worried, those worries
will seem overwhelming; if you are dissatisfied or find
fault with something, that fault will seem magnified and out
of proportion. This pertains also to finding fault with or
judging the self. So if you are in a funk, the funk will be
intense. However if you are in gratitude and appreciation
and trusting in spirit, you may very well find access to
those higher centers and be astonished at how well your life
unfolds. What if the intensity were channeled into joy,
love, connectivity, creativity, satisfaction and well-
being? The choice is always yours so choose well.

Since this month supports completions you may wish to review
your responsibilities and see if they still hold true.
Eliminate anything you don’t want magnified or intensified
and let spirit do the rest. You make the rules, so as long
as they are in alignment with spirit, it is time to put them
up on the board.

This month is marked by high drama. Intensity always brings
out the drama in events, relationships and experiences. You
are likely to see high drama unfolding around you as others
process various forms of intensity. Have compassion rather
than judgment and be neutral in your involvement. The more
reactive you are to drama, the more you feed it. Focus
rather on the positive aspects of opening the senses and
living a fuller daily life. Drama usually means a reaction
out of proportion. Don’t go there. Don’t play. Save your
energy. Remember that drama is an energy leak and this month
it is highly important to track your energy leaks and
eliminate those you can. You want to be able to channel your
energy into positive thoughts, feelings, intentions and
actions. So stay away from drama whenever you can.

There is great wisdom available to all of us at this time
should we choose to act our age. It is tough to shake off
the cultural and planetary imprint of greed, competition,
unworthiness and struggle. But it is time to transition from
that paradigm to something a bit user-friendlier. Since this
is a time of transition there is support for completions,
new choices and putting old tired ways behind us. What have
you created over and over and over again that does not serve
you? Be done with it. Give it over to the WEST and to
spirit; mourn its death and move on.

Most of us have been trapped in the prison of our own
limitations and the illusion that we have no choice.
We rely on our mind’s definition of time and space, what
is possible and what isn’t. Now we are being challenged to
set the security of the illusion aside and trust something
we have not yet experienced. How do you know everything will
be OK? You don’t “know” but you can imagine, intend, trust and
surrender. In a way you have no choice. Evolution only goes
in one direction.

Always beware of how and where you focus energy during intense
times. Every thought, word and action has its repercussions, so
take responsibility for your attitude and what you put out
there. Stay away from conflict and always come from love and
compassion. If you keep the practice of perceiving everyone
as spirit, you are much closer to those higher centers and
the gifts they offer.

Being present and paying attention with your eyes and ears
open will keep you from getting sideswiped by something
unpredictable. We are still in the influence of sudden
unpredictable events and if you are not paying attention
they can throw you off balance. To be proactive with the
intensity of the times always turn around so you are facing
what is coming. Never turn your back to the ocean as a
sleeper wave can come and take you out to sea. Never turn
your back on a challenge, responsibility or opportunity
especially if you wish to have some say in the outcome.
Being present is being awake. Start tracking your habits of
going to sleep. Are you on autopilot when you are driving a
familiar route? Are you on automatic when you are walking a
familiar path? Do you go to sleep when you are in familiar
physical surroundings? The mind tends to rob one of being
present by grabbing the attention with its worries and
constant planning. Try staying present for periods of time
during the day so you are attentive and focused only on the
task you are doing. Notice every detail of your
surroundings, and engage all of your senses. Whether you are
cooking, shopping, walking, driving, relaxing, cleaning,
working or playing, spend some time every day being present
in a way that you encourage and channel the intensity into a
higher centered experience. Put into a daily practice some
form of focus on opening the senses and heightening your
awareness. You will be rewarded.

How the month shows up:


This is a month of personal transformation, healing,
completion and breakthrough. Using the intensity proactively
and wisely will produce certain results. Whatever needs to
be healed in your life will come up intensely. You may be
highly emotional one minute, quick to anger the next, and
then suddenly feel such a heart opening and gratitude that
you don’t know how to hold it all. What may come up for
healing are any issues around the masculine or feminine
wounds you may still have. This month is supportive in
beginning the process of healing these two energies. It is a
planetary theme. You may also feel you need to take some
time for yourself this month. Quiet, silence, meditation,
contemplation are necessary for aligning yourself with the
positive aspects of the month. Don’t get lazy. Get present.

All the areas of your life are affected by intensity; your
health and physical body, your emotional life, all your
relationships, your perceptions, your work and pretty much
everything you do. You may have choices to make and
challenges to face. Always ask for help. If you are a
control freak that always needs to know and always tries to
second guess what will happen in the future and is always
thinking, processing, planning and worrying, you may be
intensely frustrated and intensely crazed. Shut the mind off
and “put it all down”. The same goes with your attachments.
Don’t be disappointed when plans change or something does
not go as you thought it should. Be grateful ahead of time
for whatever opportunity this change has provided.

For some of you this month will be incredibly inspiring,
higher centered and feel like the big reward for all of your
hard work and discipline and practices. For others it may be
excruciatingly intense, overwhelming and difficult. If you
are feeling the negative aspects of this intensity, begin by
eliminating drama, energy leaks, mental judgments,
attachments, worries and fear. Stop complaining, take
responsibility, become neutral and practice gratitude.


There is lots of healing possible in all relationships. As
we are in a larger theme of healing the masculine and
feminine, whatever needs to be healed between these two
aspects will come up for you personally as well as globally.
This is a long-range issue and a theme we will be working
with for some time. However, due to the intensity of the
month and the support for bringing to the surface what needs
to be healed, be prepared for your own wounds to surface.
Beware of reacting in negative ways to any intensity in your
relationships. Emotions may be high and irrational, and
reactions dramatic. Remember to take responsibility for what
you may be feeling as it is your own issue. Stay away from
blame. Practice compassion for yourself and others and
always come from love. There is much healing that can happen
this month if you allow it. Don’t let stubbornness and a
need to be right get in the way. Get help if you need it.
On the other hand, this is a spectacular time to strengthen
and deepen real essence connections with others. Since
everything is enhanced through the higher centers you have
an opportunity to move into an experience of deeper
connectivity, recognize agreements and go straight to the
essence of a person, bypassing the shield of their
personality. You also have the opportunity to heighten your
telepathic communication with others and to perceive the
truth. The experience of oneness is what older souls crave
and it is certainly possible to experience this month.


The environment will continue to surprise us. Just when we
think we have a trend predicted, it will change. More and
more we are learning that it is our collective belief system
that influences what happens in the environment. If enough
people believe something strongly, it is likely to occur, as
we are a highly creative species. The best strategy is to
keep a “don’t know mind” and a great deal of neutrality
regarding weather patterns, earth phenomena, and the
environment in general. Focusing on the negative aspects of
who did what and when to damage the environment does not
help. What helps is feeding the environment with
appreciation through heightened sensitivity and gratitude
for the incredible planet we live in. And as usual we will
remind you to be flexible in your plans and neutrally
accepting of what comes. Disappointment only occurs when
there is expectation. So instead of expectation with some
attachment to the outcome, have a strong intention to have a
spectacular experience however the environment supports it.

Because of the high intensity of solar energy this month, we
could see some solar flare activity and some irregularity in
the tides. High solar energy needs to be balanced with water
so be around water this month if you can. If not, then work
with water as an element of the feminine and a support to
your emotions. Baths, hot springs, water features, ponds and
fountains are all alternatives to actually being in and
around larger bodies of water.


Kidneys and adrenals are stressed this month as well as the
liver and spleen, especially if you tend towards anxiety or
worry. Trying to hold on to your mental controls is hard on
the physical system. Think fluidity, neutrality and calm
acceptance. Find ways to practice relaxation in the midst of
turmoil and intensity. The physical body is going through
changes. As the vibration on the planet increases in
intensity, the body becomes more sensitive to its
surroundings but also more receptive to energies and
treatments that can put it back into balance. This is a good
time to redefine what healing means and to dispel the myths
about how long something takes. Part of the outdated belief
system and paradigm has us on a time schedule of
development, aging, healing and recovery.

As the body becomes more aligned with the higher centers,
its ability to function at a higher level of consciousness
will also increase. What we call miracles will become standard
procedure as we learn to work with the quantum field and to
navigate outside of the limitations of time and space.
Remember that it is what you believe to be true that
ultimately runs the show. So practice suspending some of
your judgments and reactions regarding the physical body.
Stop blaming it for not working and start appreciating it as
the servant it is to your essence. It is only being and
doing what you have required of it for your own karmic

To read about the influences this month on your finances,
relationships and global issues, click here to read the
full commentary.