A long time ago, I was told, “Do not be afraid of the spaces between existences (times of transition). It will feel like you are dying, but you are not.” I recall those nearly forgotten words now.
We are in a time of transition, one which affects us all and the Earth itself. No matter the culture or philosophy one follows, a transition is a time of collapse or tearing down what exists – a time of chaos – and rebuilding in a new direction. Women who have gone through childbirth are in an excellent place to understand this. Childbirth involves pain and stress for both mother and child, although the memory of it fades as mother and child become bonded in a new way. It is the tearing down of what was – one forming body existing inside another body – and a rebuilding in a new way, mother and child separated and unique but still bonded. It can be a dangerous time, but still a time of great promise and blessing. We are in such a time now, socially in relation to each other, and physically in relation to our Earth. The outcome of this time depends on how we can connect with our spiritual roots and create with the energy we receive.
Some of us are longing for the time that was, and believe that if all of us just obey strictly the official rules, we can return to that time with which we were familiar and things will be the same as before. Within that group, there is an almost desperate adamancy that everyone should obey official directions and behave consistently in lockstep; there is no space for disagreement. These are the people that accost others in parking lots for not wearing masks, or who reprimand people in stores who stand a few inches off the six-feet marks. They tend to speak in heroic terms of those who are telling us the rules. There is certainly value in consistency and cooperation, but this premise of mandatory sameness as a way of return to the past leads only to disappointment and more desperation. We cannot return to the time that was. It has retreated into the past and has already morphed into memory. It had to go. This is a time of transition.
There are also those – perhaps the majority of us – who are unsure if draconian rules are really necessary and are not sure if the virus – the precipitator of the transition – is as deadly as it is reported to be. However, in the midst of chaos, feelings of exhaustion and a certain jadedness leave them too tired to make effort to change things. These of us are content to ride things out and accept whatever may emerge. There is a tendency here to hide one’s head in the sand, ostrich-like, and simply refuse to believe that what emerges can be anything else but acceptable. Doesn’t humanity have all this wonderful technology to save us? Haven’t things always settled down before? The weak point here is apathy. The tendency is to follow along wherever we are led (which is usually by other humans). That tendency leaves us quite vulnerable to anything that may come along, even things that may be regretted later.
Then there are those who are quite aware of the processes of using energy, and who see in this crisis of transition an opportunity to create something profitable for themselves. These are usually people already in some position of power, often silent power, such as corporate and banking millionaires (I will not categorize by saying all), scientific masters at subduing nature, popular or Machiavellian political personages, even those who wear the mantle of philanthropy. They are the forces behind the push for mandatory masks, universal vaccination with digital tracking, more use of technology to capture our actions, thoughts, health and finances, and A1 controlled social systems. Although the central focus is, “What’s in it for me?” (and that focus will be denied if challenged) they possess a refined knowledge of negotiation and collaboration among themselves. They are powerful, and actively try to create what they want.
Among us are also those who engage in vigorous, visible and often violent resistance to what they understand lies beneath stories in the news and on the internet and the rules formed ostensibly to control the spread of the virus and create compliance within society as a whole. “We have to prevent chaos,” the enforcers of law and order may say, but chaos is an integral part of transition. The protestors see what may be coming; they see that what very possibly may be created is contrary to what most of us, awake or not, value and want. They take to the streets, march and perhaps riot. They may attack those they see as the oppressors, use strong language, directly confront the wrongs they see, and try in any way they can to oppose. They do not understand the energy. Protests are initially useful to call attention to something; after that, they simply reinforce what we do not want. The focus on the protest donates energy to the thing one is protesting. It would be better to focus on creating and modeling the change which is desired.
Yet another group – few but growing – either possess or are quickly learning the skill of dancing with the ineffable energy which surrounds us all and from which we emerge. These fellow humans recognize what is going on and are aware of the dangers humanity may be facing as a result of the outcome of the transition. However, because they understand creative energy, life force, they refuse to donate energy to those things by giving them their attention. They recognize what currently exists – the chaos and transition and the various energies contained within it – but refuse to join the worry about it. This is different from the group that is too jaded to act, but who still maintain a level of worry. This last group understands the necessity of remaining as upbeat as possible, and of responding with as much love and non-judgment as they can. That doesn’t mean that they agree with everything or that they think anything goes. They simply refuse to directly oppose, and instead focus on modeling what they believe to be the most just or loving way they can. They are also the ones who love the Earth and model what will heal her (and truly, thereby save us).
These are broad categories, and, because everything and everyone does not neatly fit into boxes, they are not strictly definitive. However, they are good examples of the way various people are responding to the pandemic, the chaos, and the transition. I think we can each recognize ourselves, at least a little bit, in these extremely broad outlines. We are all helping to shape what comes from the transition. There is not one of us who does not affect it. The final result will emerge from our combined visions and actions, mixed together into a new manifestation. Much of the result will come from those of us who understand energy; it will be reinforced by the attitudes and actions of those who do not. Not one of us can truthfully say, “It’s not my responsibility.” Not one of us can avoid choosing, actively or passively, a path.
Now, when there is time amidst the chaos, let us take time to reflect on the path we are choosing, the results which may emerge from that path, the talents we have and those skills we want or need to learn, who our allies will be, and whether or how we wish to benefit each other and the Earth.
If we do not like what uncover as we reflect, there is time still to consciously change to a stance we would rather have. We are all able to do this, but releasing apathy is prerequisite to being able to consciously choose or change or create. Let us wish each other well.