Talking with a friend last night, he was relaying a story of some meditation teachers of his describing this as “dark times”. I found myself wondering about that phrase. I find these to be everything times – beautiful and terrible, dark, light, shadowy, and everything in between. The only thing that doesn’t seem to be readily available is mediocre. If I had to choose a phrase I would say these are high-voltage times. The pace of change is relentless both inside and out. It’s like being in the birth process at the stage when contractions are coming so thick and fast that there’s no space to rest between them any more. No sooner have I been through one intense learning/healing/growth experience than life is presenting me with the next. However, the sheer amount of energy moving around seems to mean that if we can remember how to direct it, the potential for a wildly wonderful ride is extraordinary.
I bought a new book by a famous meditation teacher recently. He was talking about these troubled times we live in, and suggesting that Nature has a way of providing solutions to problems on this planet, and maybe this natural process will give birth to a new messiah, who will guide us through.
No! I don’t believe it! That’s SO old school. The time for heroic leaders or saviours is over. The time for “The One” is over. All that belonged to the patriarchal era, the 10,000 years we’ve just got through. We’re moving on. Staccato is over, Chaos is now, and the divine is within us and among us, not above us. Nature IS providing a solution, but the new messiah is not one special person: it’s US!! We’re all in it together, and we all have a little bit of power: the choice of where to put our attention, and thus where to direct energy.
The way to be part of the solution is to be in meditation. To be centred and grounded and open enough that Spirit is flowing through you like a silent mighty river. There are many ways to be in meditation. I love to move my body, but I also love to be still. I love to be alone in nature, but also to practice the art of loving with friends, family, and foes. What about you? What do you need to do to be in Spirit?
Then once you’re plugged in and connected, how are you moved? What are you moved to give? To say? To create? The time is now. If we choose. Healing the ancient split between heaven and earth. Take a breath. Then take a step.