“Nothing in this world is difficult, but thinking makes it seem so. Where there is true will, there is always a way.” Wu Cheng’en, Monkey, Journey to the West, translated by W. J. F. Jenner
Move over Goat, here comes the Monkey: The New Moon on 8 February 2016 kicked off the Chinese Lunar Year of the Fire Monkey.
Even if you don’t follow the cosmic weather, you should be aware of a change in energies. After a year with measured pace thanks to the sure-footed gentle goat it’s as if someone has just hit a giant accelerator. It’s been noticeable since the beginning of January (financial market players will know what I mean).
In the Chinese classic tale “Journey to the West”, the Monkey King Sun Wukong is described as a witty, clever and skilled fighter endowed with unusual courage and strength which enable him to perform mighty tasks and earn him crown and immortality. But his mischiveouness gets him into trouble, he oversteps the line repeatedly and creates havoc in the heavenly realms. He is imprisoned by Buddha to languish under a mountain for 500 years. Eventually he repents and is given the opportunity to redeem himself through service.
He is sent to watch over a holy monk travelling to the West to find Buddhist scriptures. The Monkey King’s formidable gifts make him an excellent bodyguard for his master. Along the way they make new friends who join the journey. The Monkey King’s service for others transform him and amplify his gifts. He shape shifts, detects threats from far away and remains victorious in challenging battles. He undergoes many trials and tribulations and finally Buddhahood is bestowed upon him for his strength and service.
So how does the Monkey King’s archetypal tale translate into what we can expect for 2016?
This is a year when anything can happen. This is not a year to keep sitting on the fence. Everything is in flux and put up for change. It’s up to you where you place your focus. Is the glass half full or half empty? Stagnation or moving forward?