This is a very long overdue post. Like many of you, I get side tracked by life events and work and putting out fires that take up more time than I really want to spend. Yes, Life Happens. I'm feeling compelled to write again now if only to try to make sense of the world since it feels like everything has changed at a fundamental level somewhere down deep. There was a deep dull thud somewhere that reverberated up and broke my day-to-day focus. Something deep in the human psyche has shifted. This shift has been in the works for decades, maybe even centuries, but the pressure built enough to finally erupt. Like a tectonic shift or a volcanic eruption, the landscape is forever changed.
This is both ominous and exciting. There are as many people waking up to understanding the interconnectedness of all things as there are people who would prefer to fight this awakening figuratively and literally. We can see this energy come to the fore through our recent US elections and the marches that have followed. We can see this with Brexit and with ISIS. We can see this in small ways and large. For every bully that now feels supported in their ignorance, there is a newly minted Good Samaritan lending a hand to someone in need for the first time. For every group of hired thugs sent to disrupt peaceful demonstrations, there are groups of good-hearted people coming together to face opposition with love. For every politician wishing to create division and exploit fear, there are community leaders focused on creating ways to bridge gaps and create communication and community.
It is difficult to find one's footing in the world as it is because it is not like the world as it was, and it never will be again. We can't use the old instruction manual. We have to create a new one. This applies to global relations as well as intimate familial ones. We have to find new ways to be together, new ways to communicate, new ways to expand our thoughts to include the world at large even as we work to build healthy interpersonal relationships using new tools.
I am both terrified and elated at the same time. We need disruption to grow. Sometimes we need pain to know joy, and sickness to appreciate health. I can't tell you how many times I have heard clients tell me things like "getting cancer saved my life". With crisis comes opportunity. We have a choice each day to face the world through the lens of fear or curiosity. Taking steps towards exploring the unknown either in the macro of interstellar space, or the micro of our inner cellular and emotional depths, takes courage yes, but the drive must come from curiosity and wonder and not fear if we are not only looking for a good outcome but also a way to embrace the journey itself.
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