It is feeling to me that we are on the cusp of meeting ourselves in a new and deeper way in our new year of 2013. It feels that all the struggling, all the cleaning up, clearing out, thinking through is culminating in a deeper awareness of and relationship with ourselves so that we function in a whole new way.
Just as chaos gives birth to creativity, renewed energy and new space, so it is within us and this time in our history seems to be just such a period of dynamic new energy. As we contemplate what we want in our lives, our country, our world, there feels to be new possibilities at hand and we have almost unlimited choice about what and how we choose to engage. The ever-moving pendulum has swung to the other direction and we are awake in a deeper sense than ever before.
Astrologer and coach Teresa Campos talks of Aquarian energy surging through at this time bringing with it, the deep desire for right human relations and I think that speaks volumes in a single statement. With Spring just around the corner (supposedly coming early this year), there is the excitement of new growth, renewed hope, anticipation and joy. We are ready to engage life like never before.
The idea of right human relations asks that we reexamine our care for ourselves, each other and the planet, seeking a deeper representation of our beliefs and values. It’s time to ask if our life on the outside is reflective of our life on the inside, in other words, are we congruent, are we walking our talk, do our actions in the world support our deepest held beliefs or are we failing to show up in the entire magnificence of who we are? Taking any amount of time to explore those questions is very worthwhile but at this particular time, it is imperative and would seem to be supported by no less than the entire sky! We all have choice and we exercise it constantly but is it our truth or are we ducking our responsibility and taking the path of least resistance?
Engaging ourselves on the deepest level we can reach will require that we make well-thought-out choices that reflect our values. By living in that deeper state of awareness, we will cause ourselves and the world to be effected in a new way, a more honest way that will truly change the world we have because it demands that we engage our destiny rather than limping along in what we call our fate.
This is not an endeavor for the faint of heart but it is definitely worth doing. Think about it. What part of your life does not reflect your beliefs? What could you begin to do today that will set change in motion. As the saying goes, changing just one thing, changes everything. Notice where you feel some animation when asked these questions. What sparks a little note of reaction? Go there, follow that thought and keep asking, What else?, What is mine to do?, What will give me joy simply because I believe in it? We can’t do everything but we can each do something…and then that will lead to something else and change happens but it starts at home.
I dearly loved that phrase we heard so often in recent years, “Yes we can!”. It galvanized people across this country to believe again that we really could make a difference, we could make change happen. Sadly, it was and is a bigger job, meeting with far more resistance than we anticipated but it can be done by each of us looking in the mirror and asking what am I doing today that supports what I believe, what I value? It’s not enough to exercise our vote and then go back to sleep, nothing happens if we don’t do it. And perhaps all the resistance to civility has just been to encourage us to engage it even more deeply within ourselves.
Give yourself the gift of joy this Spring by getting to know your inner self a little deeper and following your own guidance. Look for random acts of kindness you can do for yourself and others and then bask in the resulting warmth, noticing first hand that giving and receiving really are the same thing. Notice where your attention goes and follow it. Perhaps you’ve thought about doing some volunteer work, starting a backyard vegetable exchange on your street, taking the initiative to organize a neighborhood watch program, contacting your government representatives about a question or concern, maybe you plant some flowers on a dingy public corner. There is no end to the number of things we can think of that are beneficial and feel good because we are congruent in thought and action and we are exercising choice to do good in the world. Whatever your interests are, wherever your attention goes, whomever sparks your reaction, the clues are endless and the time is now. What are you doing today to make life better?