Is it just me, or have you been having an intense summer as well?
So much sorrow and anger has been afoot in the world.
I wonder what exactly is happening, and then I remember that in transitions there are three phases. I'll remind you of them.
The first is Preparation; in which our false beliefs and old ways begin to crumble. The second is what I call a "Culminating Event"; the moment that time stops and it becomes clear that everything has changed. The third is the Acclimation phase; when life re-assembles around us and we piece our concept of self back together forming something the same and yet new.
These phases may take various lengths of time or energy but they are none the less present in any transition. Even in natural science we can see these phases. A caterpillar first eats a great deal, then builds a cocoon, then emerges from the chrysalis as butterfly. Trees conserve their nutrients as their leaves turn yellow, then they slumber naked through the cold, and finally awake with new green.
As I spin through this tumultuous summer of my own life, in our country, and abroad; I am prompted to consider that perhaps these are the birth pangs, the yellow dead leaves, of a global transition.
If so, and if we are on the cusp of some big shift (and I hope we are) then my work tells me that this is the time to be finding firm ground and consciously building the future. What kind of world is passing away? And what new one do we long for?
Although life seems in chaos, it can be a time of great revision and perhaps even hope.
Are you also feeling this pain of Preparation? Will you stand with me in these Culminating Events? Are you ready to Acclimate by taking clear, brave steps towards a bright tomorrow?
I am not sure what those steps look like to you but, if you know where the best parts of you want to go next...please...go there.
By listening to, and taking action from, our core selves we will slowly begin to shape all this murder and rage into creativity and connection.