I’ve just read through the first blog on new beginnings and find myself smiling: so much of what applied then still applies now and yet much of it is more tangible than it was before. There have been more new beginnings in the last year, and therefore more completions as well. Beginnings have included returning to live in England, finding a home in an unfamiliar town, making new friendships, finding a way of living that is a clearer expression of who I am as a soul, not just as a human. The completions have been challenging to let go of, particularly when it comes to moving on from happy memories and loved ones.
“The real change cannot be the ego working on itself.
It requires the Truth revealing the Truth to the Truth within oneself.
There is the further requirement to say yes.”
K Bradford Brown
Change is apparently inevitable and it seems that we spend much of our time and energy trying to avoid the changes that we find coming towards us. I wonder if it is easier to initiate the changes ourselves? Is it easier to accept what is there and go with the flow? Perhaps it depends on the situation.
With so many aspects of daily life in flux it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the choices we are being asked to make. In the midst of panic about rising costs and the threat of losing jobs, how can we remain steady and focussed on anything other than survival?
I have found that one of the most vital supports is friends: people who know me and who understand me, and who are able to listen when I’m scared, celebrate when I’m not, and generally encourage me to live with as much courage and truth that I can muster. The same works in reverse. There is something very powerful in unified process. Without exception, everyone I know is experiencing major life changes, or has done over the past year, so we all know that feeling of having to make choices about things that we previously took for granted.
It seems to me that as much of the structure that our societies are built on shudders and shakes, we feel the repercussions mentally, emotionally and physically. How can we lessen the impact and ride the waves rather than being pushed around or swamped by them? My impression is that the more we know ourselves – how and why we respond the way we do, what are our fears, what are our strengths – the simpler it becomes to respond to the external stressors rather than react to them. That brings an awareness of the ‘known’ in face of the ‘un-known’ and somehow it becomes easier to keep moving.
Having skills to re-balance my own energy when I notice it’s off kilter has been vital in allowing me to keep going. Without the light body and other skills I have learned over the years I know that I would not have weathered some of these storms and still be standing. I have immense gratitude for my teachers and friends who have reminded me of the importance of using the skills, applying them in every situation to lift me out of dread and into calm trust that everything will be ok.
I’ve also found that being grateful for what I have in the form of home, food, friends, family, car, etc, helps enormously to offset the dismal picture of everything else coming crashing down around me. Gratitude has an expanding influence: it’s as if it amplifies what is already there and begins to attract more of the same abundance. When I’m grateful for what I have, I seem to attract more. It’s a work in progress, and I haven’t mastered it yet, but I’m noticing the difference.