There are significant difficulties involved in maintaining spiritual states of consciousness while involved in the ordinary activities of life. The most basic feature of meditation is that it involves a cessation of, and removal from, all ordinary activities. This is so helpful a step to take that almost no spiritual practice does not involve taking this step.

I formulated for myself my fundamental difficulty in maintaining spiritual states while involved in ordinary activities. This difficulty is that my consciousness lacks sufficient fluidity. My attention forms itself in separated clusters. It adapts itself to a new object only with difficulty, and once established on some object can maintain itself with relative ease. If my attention were more fluid, this would mean that it would be better able to dynamically reshape itself to respond to changes.

After making this observation, a connection with astrology occurred to me. I am a Sagittarius — a fire sign. What I described myself as lacking was fluidity, or the quality of water. I could easily describe my patterns of attention as firelike. Their need is to become more waterlike.

I can say what it would mean for astrology to be basically valid. Each of us is of one of these twelve types. Each type represents a direction of bias. The biases need to be balanced with their opposites. We have been made with these biases; we have been made incomplete. We need each other to be complete; e.g., I can learn fluidity from somebody who has it. None of us is complete individually, but together we form a complete spectrum.

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