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We who have been asleep for years
return to plant seeds in abandoned gardens.
We summon the rain and beg for the sun
to release its energy to our care.
The Earth is all that lasts.
We who were flattened by our inability
to rise above the wreckage of the past
are eating shadows
in order to stay alive.
The Earth is all that lasts.
We who were invisible, except
to those with similar vision,
stand here possessed by our old lives.
We are unwilling to disappear from our origins.
We have replaced shame with serenity,
doubt with desire.
Our skin is bursting with new muscle.
We are one with snowmelt and with Fire."
~ from Sacred Fire, 1998, Nancy Wood
The Tao of Now: What Do You Know?One long ago December, a magazine asked me to write an article to help people become more conscious of how to sustain their energy at work.
In my lede, describing my chaotic life at the time, I wrote, "Knowing there are no accidents and that life never gives us more than we can handle..."
The editor changed "knowing" to "believing," and when I requested my original wording, she asked why. I replied, "Because knowing and believing are two different things."
This is a crucial distinction now. There is much we've been asked to believe over the past year. And in fear, it's impossible to hear the still, small voice.
Losing Your Mind to Find YourselfCollectively, we spent 2020 "losing our minds" - an essential step on the awakening path. Mandated to remain at home, countless people around the world used this time to relinquish daily patterns and mindsets, accessing aspects of their nature our everyday energy diminishes.
Many were inspired to new heights of creativity, e/merging (energy and emotion merging) with offerings in music, art, writing, startups. These exciting developments were born in the heart, where wisdom resides.
You can't awaken with your mind, because this is a lived experience. It's not something you think your way into, just as a planetary upgrade is not a mental choice.
Evolution happens when a people and a planet are ready. We are, and Earth is. But opening to this higher octave is no walk in the park - especially when we're forbidden to do so!
Out of Control and into LimitlessnessIn a recent interview about her two new album releases in 2020, Taylor Swift, who's modeled astute career management in the music industry, acknowledged she and her collaborators were not in control this time - and how freeing this awareness became. "I thought, this could be an opportunity to do things in a way I haven't done them before. What would my work sound like if I took away all my fear-based checklisting I have inflicted on myself?"
I remember my 20s and early 30s: a tight rein on everything, born from endogenous fear. Then awakening came calling in the guise of injury and illness, catapulting me out of my comfort zone.
This is what the journey demands of us: absolute surrender to something far vaster than our small selves. And in prying those mental fingers loose, we discover an invisible cosmic trampoline beneath us - or we grow wings in mid-flight. However it happens, when you choose to lose your mind and loose your grip, bounteous surprises await.
Our Palindromic InitiationWe'll experience a palindromic inauguration in the U.S.: 1.20.2021, a numerical invitation/initiation to welcome all manner of possibility, a mystical pro(fusion) of ancient wisdom and digital wizardry.
Like the historic Jupiter/Saturn conjunction that ushered in the Age of Aquarius on Solstice, this Möbius strip-like inaugural date hints at what's to come: an expansion of the both/and, allowing a more evolved sensibility to take root worldwide.
We are right on track. The Star Elders through Aluna Joy share: "This is the change you have asked for. Duality is canceling itself out through the use of exaggerated extremes ...
"You are on the master's path. This is a very fine-tuned dance ... to not take sides, or take up arms and go to battle for any extreme position. The way through is to keep your balance, stay in your center and out of the non-permanent distraction of chaos around you.
"You can maintain your balance by adopting an attitude of flexibility and radical acceptance of the process that is in front of you. Remain in your heart without judgments. Be very patient, and stay in your grounded body. If you become polarized, you could collect impurities that you will have to clear and heal later and with more challenges."
What We Know for SureIn her magazine's end column, What I Know for Sure, Oprah focused on inner truths that guide her life journey. She used the word "know" in the sense of the ancient Greek aphorism, "Know thyself," inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: to be viscerally aware of who you are and why you're here. This is where we recognize (literally, "to know again") our brothers and sisters, the return to Oneness shining in their eyes.
Following the Great Conjunction in Aquarius, Stargazer Li writes: "We're taking to the skies, building networks, gathering as peers, and contributing our uniqueness. It's all about, and made of, energy and ideas. Perhaps what changes is the path we've been on (for millennia) of material ownership, where once there was kinship - with each other and the natural world.
"Now's the time we step into freedom, living friendly loving relatedness, by choice, as a revolutionary act, and becoming human in the process, in relatedness with all Life."
We are one with snowmelt and fire. How will we live this grander Love?
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