A year and a half ago I was in a pretty bad car accident. As a passenger, I remember the moment before the crash when I registered a pair of headlights swerve into our lane — that split second when you realize what’s going to happen and that there is nothing you can do.

It was in that moment that I heard a voice say, “You’ll be okay. Just go with it.”

A feeling of calm assurance washed over me, my body relaxing into the force of metal colliding and glass shattering at 50 mph. Were my angels instructing me? I don’t know. I remember a floating sensation like I was caught in the roll of a wave and not the trauma of a near head on collision. Perhaps the many airbags, my seat belt, and the safety of the car I was riding in helped, but I firmly believe that it was my relaxed state that allowed my body to absorb the impact without serious damage. In fact I walked away from that crash with only bruises and minor cuts.

I was reminded recently of this episode in my life when I started to wrap my head around this summer’s Cardinal Grand Cross on August 6th. [Click here for the chart] While I’m not one to tap into fear, we can’t dismiss the potential impact of the planets making a square formation in the early cardinal signs. I mean just look at that chart — Pluto in Capricorn (!); Saturn and Mars conjunct in Libra (!); Uranus and Jupiter conjunct in Aries (!); and the Moon in Cancer triggering it all (!!!). Whatever happens this summer, especially on or around August 6th, there is no doubt that this is the main event. The Cardinal Climax is here and it’s packing a punch with that added Mars/Saturn opposing Jupiter.

Comparing the Cardinal Climax to a car crash may be a bit dramatic, but I wanted to point out that when we learn to relax our bodies and be receptive to the energy, we lesson our chances of getting hurt. We open ourselves up to what our soul needs to transform. We surrender to forces that are beyond our control, doing so with grace. Easier said than done, right?

Here’s your checklist for June, July, and August 2010 . . .

Meditate: This one is the easiest, but if you ask someone if they mediate regularly or at all, you’ll invariably get the response, “I tried, but it’s too hard.” What’s hard about sitting still and getting in touch with your breathing? I know, the mind gets in the way and stops you from relaxing when all you can think about is the forty things you need to do . . . which is precisely why you should be meditating. We all need a time during the day when we can shut off, not text or email, and go within. Set a timer for 15 minutes and make that time sacred. If you’re having trouble quieting the mind — full disclosure, I do! — I’ve found that listening to a guided meditation mp3 on my iPod works wonders. I highly recommend Kelly Howell’s “Retrieve Your Destiny” guided meditation, which uses sounds and words to bring you into the theta state — a dream like state of relaxation. It’s in this state you can really meet yourself and pay attention to what your body and spirit has to tell you.

Flower Essences: You may not have heard of flower essence remedies, but chances are you’ve heard of Bach’s Rescue Remedy, an herbal tincture or spray you can buy at most health food stores. The blend of flower essences in Rescue Remedy will help calm you during trying times.

Get Help: At the end of the day, we all need someone to talk to and ground us. Even though we have tremendous resources to heal ourselves, there are times when we need the guidance of a trained, qualified professional to help us navigate the trickier bits. To select a therapist, recommendations from friends is a good place to start, but in the end trust your gut. Do you have an easy, trusting rapport with this person? Are they licensed? If the answer is yes, go from there!

Moral of the story? We’re going to be fine and we’re going to get through the events of the Cardinal Climax. Like a car accident, many factors are out of our control. The only thing we can control is how we react. So by taking the time regularly to mediate and de-stress, we proactively meet the energies of the Cardinal Climax, ensuring that we absorb instead of deflect.

Want to learn more? I have three more steps to get you through these cardinal energies in my post titled, “Personal Growth and the Cardinal Climax.” And if you’re curious, here’s a link to the chart of the car crash I was in.