This last month, the world has seemingly shifted by more degrees than usual. Sometimes there are big shifts – a bomb lands, or the earth is fracked – the same thing really except with one we see the devastation and repercussions, and the other we don’t. At least not immediately…These things are frightening and tend to make us withdraw, play safe. But we are each powerful and need to step into that more than ever because our leaders are not leading us.
The evidence that we are privy to shows that our Western leaders are acting in destructive ways of vengeance and greed. So much is wrong! From the easy availability and unmitigated use of chemicals that decimate bees to the grand-scale destruction of rainforests; from the spending of millions on defence to bomb innocent people while our education and health systems suffer from under-funding…to the flushing of chemo-therapy drugs into our waterways, lies about its efficacy and profits to pharmaceutical companies at what cost? Hmmm… our lives.
In the face of all that we know to be out of order, I have many times felt helpless and powerless. And it’s not true. One person can inspire. One person can speak the truth and make a difference. That difference can be the small shift that leads to larger changes that save lives. We do know this. I can aim to be the best that I can be…and pray for the Grace for whatever inner shifts need to take place for that to happen. Sometimes seismic shifts within allow old conditioning, habits and addictions to fall away; that give us the freedom to be true to ourselves and not care about what others think.
The Journey is a guided introspective approach that points the way to the truth of who you are, so you can be and take action from authenticity. Power and peace/stillness are not usually used in the same sentence. However, it’s true, as most of you know already (I’m a slow learner). This remembering came about for me at last weekend’s Manifest Abundance Journey retreat in Australia. During an introspective process, I felt the humiliation and deep grief that I’d been carrying. I had thought it had all passed, but no…allowing this was like sitting in a crucible.
The choice is to meet this stuff, or not. Meeting the pain from the past is not easy, and it is far easier than having to negotiate the same old lessons… and on the other side… was power, potential, energy just waiting there in the stillness. There’s no going back.
A few things led up to this. Stuff happens that knocks you sideways and well… we’re at choice. Blame, be a victim, be defensive or let it pass on through feeling the pain of it. Be in the crucible.
Old programmes of conditioning can dissolve with meditation and self-enquiry. There can be a sense of groundlessness when limitations imposed by safe and reliable default patterns of being in the world are no longer there. And a seemingly paradoxical groundedness in the spaciousness, the stillness at the core of our being. I suspect Virginia Woolf knew about this. Now is life very solid or very shifting? She asked…This has gone on forever; goes down to the bottom of the world – this moment I stand on. Also it is transitory, flying, diaphanous.
May you each be blessed and realise the many gifts you bring, just by being you. With love and gratitude,
 Virginia Woolf, Diary, III, London: Bloomsbury, 4th January, 1929, p. 218