We Were Made For These Times

I ran across this piece by Clarissa Pinkola Estes recently and wanted to share it with you as it is so appropriate for today’s world. Many of you may already be familiar with it. But it is worth reading again at this time. Many blessings to all. Shine your light brightly!


My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

 You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

 I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

 Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

 In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

 We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

 Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

 What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

 One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

 Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

 The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

 By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

 

Have I Done Enough?

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You want to help

To make this a better world.

But you do not feel

That what you do is enough.

Is it?

Dear One, the world in which you live is in transition. There is much fear and animosity, judgment and blame. There is a lack of compassion and empathy. More thoughts of self-preservation rather than community and connection. Have you done enough to help change this world?

Understand that each and every one of you has been provided with a unique gift. The life you have lived up to this moment in time has taught you much, about yourself, about the world. There are experiences that you have had which filter the way in which you see your world. Is your vision of the world an accurate assessment of how things really are?

Few of you will be in a position previously held by many of your greatest leaders. However, the personal experiences you have had can and will make a difference in someone’s life. And you must remember that there are many who are quietly helping to change your world, without recognition, without fanfare. You are one of these people.

The very act of living your life in a most purposeful way with kindness, strength and compassion will often affect more than you realize. And how you affect others may never be known to you. For often it is a brief encounter with a stranger, a small token of kindness, an exhibit of strength during a trying time which guides another forward.

For not only do others see what you have done in that moment and consider emulating your actions. There is also that energetic component to your presence and the energetic exchange that occurred during the interaction which can be so powerful.

Your scientists are now beginning to talk about the unseen world and how it encompasses much more than the world which is visible to you. Remember this. It is time for you to pay attention to the energy which surrounds you and which you emit as you move through your day.

Great sweeping actions are not necessary to move this world forward. It is often the smallest of actions which can change a life. Because of the experiences that you have had over your lifetime, you may be in a perfect position to offer guidance, or at the very least, compassion to another who is struggling.

Be aware, also, that you are constantly being gently guided forward through synchronicity to situations, to others; to interactions which can provide the perfect lesson for each of you involved. Remember that the gift you have received may be dormant until you have had your own challenging experiences. It may not be until this time when you blossom into the person who can provide so much to another.

Dear One, you do not exist alone but in a matrix of consciousness which is in constant motion. Your thoughts and words are just as powerful to the movement of this matrix as your deeds. Remember this as you reflect upon your life, your worthiness or when a harsh judgment arises about another. We will continue to impress upon you the power of these energetic exchanges.

You are an expression of the Divine, Dear One, who is capable of creating a world much different than the one you see. And it begins with how you live your life, how you see yourself and how much you trust the synchronicities which occur.

You have the metaphor of a snowball gaining mass as it rolls down a mountainside. So too, can a small action of yours begin the process of change, in a positive or a negative way. The choice is yours.

As you move through your day, through your life, understand that every moment has the potential for creating change. Even if it is to send out love with every breath you take. The efforts need not be large and expansive. They just need to be loving and kind. For this is your true nature and has the greatest power of all.

Accept the gift of you

Accept the gift of others

Who have passed through your life.

Whether the interactions have caused

Solace or strife

There is still a lesson there

Which can help change your world.

It begins with you

Possible with every breath you take.

Walk in love and gratitude

And change the world.

Dearest One With All of Thee.

Compassionate Detachment

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In these times of change

Can you show compassion

Without allowing your emotions

To rise to uncontrollable heights?

Dear One, there are many changes occurring not only upon your physical plane, but throughout all of creation. Many of you are only able to observe what is occurring in front of you. But you can be certain that energetic shifts and wondrous changes are occurring in the heavens and beyond.

These are the times of which many have spoken for centuries, a time of change never before seen. For all has fallen into place from the location of the celestial bodies to the energetic vibrations in your physical realm. This is a part of the growth of the cosmic consciousness and you have been placed where you are in order to observe and help move this change forward.

But your human emotions are very powerful and often mask the wonder behind the current climate in your world. Viewing the daily events can be debilitating and immobilizing. This is why we encourage you to move forward with compassionate detachment. What does this mean?

Can you be a neutral observer of life? Can you prevent your emotions from clouding a true view of what is occurring in your world and beyond? Can you come from your heart in your actions rather than from your mind?  You are a Divine being who was created in love, who is filled with love and whose natural state of existence is to share love with all. This you can deny no longer as the energetic vibrations throughout eternity are rising at an accelerated rate.

When you come from your heart, rather than your mind, you will cease to judge. You will cease to re-act from sheer emotion. Instead you will act in love. You will send love throughout your day, with each breath that you take. You will fill your immediate environment with the higher vibration of love, rather than fear, or hate, or judgment.

Detaching from an emotional reaction to events observed will empower you to be that loving Divine being, your true nature. Settling the chaos which is agitated by a purely emotional response will allow you to see more clearly, to act with more resolve and to move forward with a calmer demeanor.

It is up to you to rise above the fray, to not engage, but to soothe the frenetic energies as they continue to transition to a higher vibration. For those who have spent little time outside of chaos and fear, this energetic change can cause even more fear and erratic behavior. For this reason, it is so important for those of you who understand the difference between love and fear to be a calming presence in your world.

The energetic shift has begun and will not stop. But you can help by tempering your own energies with breath, with prayer, with meditation. It is in this way that you can help stabilize what is now occurring across all realms.

Do not jump into the boiling pot and add to the chaos. Instead, turn down the flame with your quiet presence. We are not suggesting inaction. We are urging against re-action. By equilibrating your own vibrations, by accepting your own Divine nature, you will be a calming presence to those around you.

You can still act to help create the changes you seek. But do it with compassionate detachment rather than with emotional fervor. Understand that many are desperately trying to stay on course to a destination that is no longer attainable in this changing sea of energies. Holding onto old ways of being is no longer possible. This is why your quiet presence during this universal change is so important. This is how you guide others forward, those who shake in fear, those without faith, those who hold onto perceived power that is truly impotent.

Dear One, rise up in love and compassion.

Do not allow the emotional fervor to steer you off course.

Allow love to be your map to peace.

Approach these changes with compassionate detachment

And lead the way forward through this chaos.

You are needed at this time to be who you truly are

A Divine being who is One with All of Thee.

Hope

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Hope comes from faith,

Faith that all is unfolding as it should.

Exchange your fears for faith

And see how your life changes.

Dear One, this life here upon the physical plane is an experiential life chosen by you so that you could learn and grow. There is no punishment, no judgment or retaliation for previous deeds. Your personal growth depends on how you view your life. And we ask that you view it through the lens of love.

Love is all there is. Love will show you the way forward. You are a courageous soul who chose life here upon this plane for personal growth. And this growth affects not only you, but others as well. Remember that you are all connected.

Choose love. Choose peace in your heart. Embrace what comes to you in this lifetime. Resistance will only bring with it more suffering and fear. Give gratitude for all that you have, for indeed, every perception of lack in your life can be replaced with multiple visions of abundance.

By offering gratitude rather than fear, you open up the channels for more abundance to come your way. The Universe responds to your thoughts and if they are filled with the perception of lack, then that is what the Universe will provide for you. Choose love. Choose gratitude. Choose faith that all is as it should be.

Send blessings out to all who are suffering. By doing so, you are helping to raise their vibrations and allowing them to receive more blessings and abundance. You have much strength and resolve, more than you realize. You have the ear of the Universe, waiting to see what it is that you desire so that it can provide. But come from a loving heart and not a fearful mind.

All is well. You are safe in this very moment and you are very much loved and looked after. As the Mother continues to go through the changes she must experience, you, Dear One, will grow. You can grow either in love or in fear. Choose love.

Dear One, there is a reason why you are here upon this physical plane at this very time. You carry strength within you which you have not yet tapped, for you do not realize that it is present. You have the capacity for such greatness. Reach down and retrieve that power which lies dormant in your heart. The power comes from love. The power comes from gratitude. The power comes from faith, in yourself and in the Universe.

If you reflect back upon your life, you will see many challenges which at the time appeared insurmountable. And yet, here you are, stronger and wiser with a capacity for forgiveness and grace. Can you begin by forgiving those with whom you felt much discord? Can you begin by seeing abundance rather than lack? For when you reflect upon this, you will most definitely see all that you have at this very moment. Can you begin by replacing fear with love, with hope, with faith?

All is well. Walk in grace with your head held high and your heart open. And remember how much gratitude is held for you as you partake in this experiential journey on this physical plane. You are not alone. You have not been forgotten. On the contrary, you are held in highest esteem as your progress is observed with loving eyes and hearts.

Dear One, remember that you are part of the All. The true meaning of that cannot be fathomed with the human mind. But remember that you are loved beyond measure, that you are a shining light emerging more every day. Remember that you are a Divine being, one with all.

You, Dear One, have the strength, the power, the knowledge of the Universe available to you at this very moment. Claim it with love and share it with the world. For always, there is someone behind you that needs a helping hand. Just as always, there is someone ahead of you ready to extend a hand to pull you forward. You are never alone. That is impossible.

For you are One With All of Thee.

Recognition

Do you need accolades for what you have done?

Or are you able to move forward in grace

Quietly doing your work

Without expectation

Or connection to outcome?

Dear One, do you need recognition for the efforts you have made to create a better place in this world? Or is the knowledge that you have done your best with purest of intent enough to keep you moving forward? Are you focusing on outcome with expectation or living your life in faith and connection to the All?

Over the course of this lifetime, you may do many things for others; quietly, gently, without their knowledge of your blessings, your prayers or your actions. And the motivation for these actions comes from love and the desire to help in any way that you can to bring joy to the lives of others.  If your intent is pure, there is no need for recognition, for your actions most definitely are moving this world forward in a loving way.

Your actions may often be misunderstood because the recipient of your attention has never had anyone offer such an act of kindness to them in this way. Walking the path in loving kindness often comes with little recognition or with misjudgment, at least in the beginning.

But if you are a visionary in seeing the possibilities of what love can offer, then it should not matter to you the reactions of others. Your purpose here upon this plane is to walk in love, to speak truthfully but gently and to be your authentic self as you learn your lessons along the way.

This world needs you, though it may not recognize your efforts. It may recognize the efforts of those whose motivations come not from pure intent. But that is no reason for you to stop sharing your light, your radiance in all of its glory.

Remember that all here upon this plane are learning, and many do not yet understand the power of love. They continue to walk in fear and may reach for something more familiar to them, even though it is not in their best interests. Remember that every interaction is an opportunity for learning and growth; for you and for those with whom you interact.

Can you move forward in grace no matter the reaction or outcome of an interaction? If you are reading these words, then you are being asked to reach back in love to those who are behind you on this path to the Source.  If you are reading these words, then you have experienced the loving embrace of the All and have the knowledge, the strength and perspective to continue shining your light brightly. No matter what happens.

Dear One, your light is needed in this world. Shine it upon others. And know that despite their silence, there is recognition on a subconscious level of the radiance coming from within you. Fear is a habit that is possible, but difficult, to break. And your light is needed to support the dissolution of fear upon this plane.

Continue your work, Dear One, no matter what. You have the strength to carry on. You have our love and gratitude, our support, to help you every moment of your day.

And with each breath, you ARE making a difference upon this plane. Know that in your heart as we honor thee for thy work.

For you are so dear to us, we sing your praises. We wrap you in our warm embrace.

Dear One with All of Thee

What of……. Purpose?

 

A life lived in love

Each day embraced

With joyful anticipation

Of experiences yet to come.

Dear One, are you able to rise each day in joyful anticipation of your day ahead? Are you able to see all challenges not as obstacles but as gentle lessons or re-direction? Are you able to give gratitude for the love which surrounds you in tender embrace every moment of your day?

You have a dual existence with one foot here upon this earthly plane and one foot still present in that realm from which you came. You chose to come here to this physical existence for the purpose of self-discovery and growth. Whatever you learn on this chosen path will not only increase your self-awareness, but will help with the growth of the All.

For Dear One, All are connected. All are one. As the courageous soul who chose this temporary physical existence, you are held in gratitude for what you have learned along the way. For that knowledge is shared across the entire collective consciousness.

You are NOT a weak, desperate soul who is only able to limp forward on your daily walk. You have the strength, the knowledge, the courage of the All within you with help just a prayer away. Remember that your entire essence is not here within this physical plane. And it is that part of you that remains behind in your true form which guides you along the way.

It is easy to accept this human existence as reality when in fact it is an illusion created for you as a training ground, a school of learning and self-discovery. But remember, Dear One, from where you came, your true nature, as one of light and love surrounded by gentle souls eager for your return.

You chose to come here at this momentous time of change upon this physical plane. You chose to be a part of this much anticipated transformation as the vibrational energies begin to rise here on this plane. You chose to help others on this path back to the Source during this time of greatness.

Dear One, though you came into this physical existence knowing the potential challenges that would come your way, many have forgotten as they have become completely embroiled in the human existence. There is no judgment for this. For this path can be difficult when only viewed with the human mind.

Can you reconnect and allow your higher self to guide you forward? Can you trust the unfolding of your life with the knowledge that you are never alone, but surrounded by loving beings cheering you on? Can you begin to accept this physical life as a temporary existence, just a brief moment on your journey forward in your eternal life?

Dear One, do not forget how much you are loved. Do not forget that all the knowledge you need rests within you in that connection with Self. Do not forget that all prayers are answered in a manner that is for the highest good.

Do not allow this physical existence to hold you hostage from your true nature as a loving being of light, capable of greatness. Remember than there is no judgment of perceived failures in your mind. See the Divine in all that appears before you. And love all who cross your path.

Use the power that is yours to help with the coming changes to this world. For you are a blessed soul, temporarily housed in this physical frame. Look past the physical and go within to find your true self. Honor all that you see within, all aspects of yourself. Be gentle with yourself and others.

Dear One, see the beauty of your surroundings, know the joy of pure existence. Walk with the grace of your true nature. And know, always know, the depth of our love for you.

Dear One With All of Thee.