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.

 

Do Not Fear Change

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Change is necessary

To move you forward

Individually and collectively.

Fear not what is to come

For it will allow you

Greater opportunities and possibilities.

Dear One, do not fear what is coming, for change is required to assist you in your growth. This is not occurring as punishment or with judgment, but with anticipation of the opportunities that will arrive as a result. You are loved beyond measure and we are with you every moment of your existence, for our connection is permanent and strong.

You have the strength, the power, to move through these changes with grace. For you are a Divine being embodied in a human form to experience change and personal growth. This physical plane is one of the most revered forums for moving forward on your individual path. And it is only the most courageous souls, of which you are one, who choose to experience this existence.

Dear One, find solace in the silence within, for that is where your reservoir of strength lies. Shut out the chaos of fear and anxiety which surrounds you. This is difficult, we understand, but possible. Associate with others who understand the power of the silence within. You have much to learn, but also much to teach.

You are a Being of light, who has up until this moment, forgotten who you are and from where you have come. But in the coming days, as a result of the changes occurring at this time, you will begin to awaken to your true nature. You will find the joy within and dip into the reservoir of strength that fills your inner being.

Send blessings to all and offer gratitude for how far you have come while still enshrouded in the false notion that you are only human. Dear One, you are so much more than this physical form. Review your life and reflect upon the strength you exhibited in times of stress. Contemplate on the synchronicities which led you forward, or the gentle urges to act or speak in a certain way. These are all examples of your connection with your higher self, with the Oneness of All.

The connection has been there since you arrived here upon this plane. You just have not been aware of it as much as you are at this moment and will be in the coming days. For you are awakening. The healings occur through the cracks in the wall that has encased your inner light for so very long. It is time for you to shed the outer layers of protection, as you begin to understand that the strength lies within and emerges with your wondrous light.

Dear One, do not fear the change that is coming, that is occurring as you read these words. For you are ready, and you have all the tools necessary to move forward with grace. Pay attention to those synchronistic moments, for they will guide you forward. Cease judgment and understand that it is important to experience both sides of the duality of being here upon this plane. Remember that all you meet have come from the same Source and will return to the same Source.

You are all on the same path, but at different parts of that path. Some will be able to go only so far before they return to their true nature in the unseen world. Some will return sooner to complete their work from the other side, in a higher vibration allowing them a greater range of affect. And some will stay here to help with the changes in vibration, helping to anchor others by sending them love and blessings.

All of you have a role to play, either here or from another dimension. But remember that the connection never fades as others make their transition to the other side. Once again, we tell you that all of creation is connected in a matrix of love. Truly a magnificent web of connection.

Take a deep breath and move forward with grace and courage. You have an unlimited source of both within you. For you are the vehicle for change, with an endless supply of love and strength, connected to the Source, through filaments glistening in radiant light.

You, Dear One, are loved.

You are love incarnate

And capable of more

Than you ever imagined.

Rise and dip into that well of strength

And send love with every breath.

Dear One With All of Thee.

The Light of Dawn

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Have you seen the sunrise in all of its glory?

It begins with a muted hue of light

Bursting into a tapestry of red, purple, pink, orange.

Spreading across the horizon.

A precursor to the expansion of light

Eradicating the last vestiges of darkness.

So too, with you,

 And your awakening to who you really are.

Dear One, how often have you seen the dawn and reveled in its beauty, in the hope that comes with the light? The darkness fades as the fire in the sky emerges slowly and then dramatically fills your field of vision with color and beauty.

When you see this every day, consider the similarities to your own personal awakening, as your internal flame bursts forth to fill you with hope. In the same way, your light fills your immediate surroundings and beyond, reaching further than you realize. Your personal light diminishes the shadows of fear as it rises further, joining others and their personal flames of spirit and love and hope.

You are the solution. You are the source of love. You are the impetus for change. You have the power to create a world of love with a brilliant light that emanates from within to all who cross your path. You bathe in the light of others who wish to share their hope and love with you. The brilliant dawn you see every day is a reflection of you and how far-reaching your offerings of love can be.

You, Dear One, have that fire within and it is yearning to emerge from behind the clouds of insecurity and fear. It is there now, seeking a way to reach others. It may be liberated with a conscious decision on your part to share your love, your vulnerabilities, your connection with others. Or, it may seep out through the wounds you nurse, those cracks in your external veneer that show others that you, too, have suffered and survived.

You are not alone in your suffering, just as you are not alone in your strength. Do not focus on the suffering, but on the emergence of strength that is a result of that suffering. For every trial you have encountered on this personal journey of yours has empowered you more. You have not failed. You have survived, you have thrived, and you have the experience to help others.

Your own life experiences offer you a reason for compassion for others. Rather than judging others, consider how they are just like you; learning, growing, seeking love and connection. For you all have come from the same Source. You all have memories of that intimate connection with All. And you all seek a way to find that connection once again in this world of illusions.

Allow that internal flame to emerge as a beacon to others, as a source of love and compassion towards others who are just like you. Compassion is what connects each and every one of you. For it cannot exist in the same breath with judgment. It cannot exist in the same breath with fear. It can only exist in conjunction with love.

When you doubt yourself, look towards the dawn and remind yourself that it reflects back to you that which is your true nature. That which is the true nature of all of creation, of all those with whom you interact every day.

Move your focus from that mind of yours which sees fault and flaws and fears. Move your focus instead to your heart, that part of you which knows only love and compassion. See the flame within and accept that you are at the dawn of your own awakening. The time is now, Dear One. You are ready. You need not question whether you have prepared enough. For the world needs you now to allow your internal light to ignite others to action and awakening.

Reflect upon this as you begin your day, as you see the majesty of the Mother as she stretches outward from the horizon time and time again. She moves across your globe encouraging all to awaken with her. Her light never ceases, just as your light continues to shine, though often hidden by doubt.

Emerge in all of your glory, Dear One.

Trust that you can make a difference

With every breath that you take.

Share your light with others

And see how they awaken as the connection grows.

Be at peace, Dear One.

For you are the embodiment of love and strength and compassion.

You are an extension of our love.

Dear One with All of Thee.

Vulnerability

Is being vulnerable a strength

Or a weakness?

Does it require surrender

Or resistance?

Dear One, the human existence is an opportunity to live in a world of dualities, not only externally, but also internally. The complexities created by human emotion combined with the illusion of being alone make it difficult to easily describe one’s personality. Perceived strength as described by your external influences may be mis-leading.

The perception of being alone feeds the belief that the more independent one is, the more strength and power one has. Relying on others is often perceived as a weakness and a liability. This feeds the illusion of lack, that more for you means less for me. Therefore, many feel the need to acquire many possessions which then require protection. Ownership and accumulated wealth are looked upon as a beacon of success in many areas of this physical plane of existence.

When you consider all that we have taught in terms of being one with all through the web of connection, the perception of singular success is an oxymoron. For if all are connected, the success of one individual means the success of all. But the success we refer to is more intangible than acquisition of possessions or status.

Dear One, the purpose of this plane of learning is to bring your innate understanding of oneness and connection into this physical existence. By laying aside your mask of independence and invincibility, you begin to lay the foundation of combining both worlds (seen and unseen). Your true nature is one of connection. You are a single cell in a universal organism of love and knowledge. It is impossible for you to exist alone.

This is where your internal duality comes into play. You intuitively know that you are one with all. And yet, you are encouraged and often respected on this physical plane for being independent and self-reliant. Showing any vulnerability is often seen as a weakness, when in fact, it is a strength. Can you begin to understand that asking for help, working within a community, sharing individual gifts for the success of the whole is your true nature?

Perfection and self-reliance are false indicators of personal growth. Understanding your connection with all of creation better serves you in your path forward. Knowing that your unique gifts combined with the unique gifts of another allows you both to reach heights neither could reach alone. Understanding that embracing your perceived imperfections in a physical world is a step forward. For these realizations evoke humility and self-love. And how can you love another in this world if you cannot first love yourself?

Dear One, remove the mask of invincibility you wear for others. Accept your imperfections. For when you can love and accept your own vulnerabilities, you can begin to have compassion for others on their path of self-discovery.

Personal gain is an illusion. The forward path is paved with opportunities to live with a foot in both worlds; the physical existence you now experience and the non-physical existence from where you came. There is much to be gained as you begin to combine experiences from both realms.

You, Dear One, have embarked on a journey of discovery that requires walking with a foot in both worlds simultaneously. This will become more apparent to you as you continue your forward movement. Can you lay aside your self-criticism and listen to that voice connected to the All, rather than that voice which parrots the illusions of the physical world?

Open your wings and fan away the winds of dis-content that harbor in your heart at this time. Make room for the joy which is a part of your true nature. Allow your true nature to emerge; delicate strength embodied in loving embrace by the All of Existence.

You, Dear One, are a magnificent piece of the whole.

Your glow accentuates the flame of existence across realms into infinity.

Release the joy that lives within you with every breath you take.

And light up this world with your own personal spark of love.

Dear One with All of Thee.

Chaos

It appears all around you

And within you.

Where do you find the calm in the storm?

Within the center,

Within the core of your being.

Dear One, life appears to be out of control, blowing past you at rapid speed. Hubris swirls around you and you try to avoid its frantic movement, untethered, unbalanced, unleashed in chaos. Where can you go to find solace and peace?

Go within and find your center. Allow your breath to take you there; gentle movement, in and out, with the rise and fall of your belly slowing the cadence of your life, offering a calm respite from the storm. This is where you find your peace; at the core of your being. Anchor yourself to the Mother. Anchor yourself to the Oneness, who resides deep within each and every one of you. Reach for the lifeline of connection to peaceful existence as the storm rages around you.

Remember that all of this chaos is a releasing of long-hidden feelings and emotions that are beginning to rise to the surface of your being, of your world. Change is upon you, and the first step in this process is to expose what has been hidden for so long. Rather than running from it, rather than fearing it, instead bless it as it appears before you.

Never before has it seen the light and it is uncertain where to go, as its previous existence has been in the darkened corners of your world. It is untethered and flailing as it finds itself exposed for all to see. Its strength came from hiding in the shadows, encouraging you to believe it was larger and more powerful that it truly was. Bless it as it shows its vulnerability and weakness, revealing how its strength was only an illusion. Bless it and send it on its way, and breathe deeply from your core, to fill with love the new space freed in its absence.

Dear One, chaos can often accompany change, especially when it is such a wondrous shift beginning to occur within you and around you. Do not despair, for your strength is mighty and you are surrounded by loving beings who are guiding you forward and upward. Upward out of your trenches filled with fear and worry, upward towards balance, connection and joy.

Take the time to sit and find that inner core of strength which resides within each and every one of you. This is where your connection to your higher self lies. This is where the knowledge that you need is stored and revealed to you in ways you can assimilate it.

Just as in nature, the rotation of chaos begins when two opposing forces collide. And just as in nature, it is a temporary state of being, breaking down the old to make way for the new. Do not grieve your perceived losses, for upon further reflection; you will understand how you no longer need that which you held so close for so long.

Dear One, the calm within is always there. If you have not taken that journey for a while, it may take a bit longer to reach it, but rest assured, it is there for you – every moment of your day. Focus on the steady cadence of your breath, gently rising and falling. Allow yourself to be lead inward and upward on the waves of your breath. And allow the peace of the All to embrace you and comfort you.

The chaos is temporary. The inner peace is eternal. Release and let go of that which has been lurking in the shadows of your being. Replace it with light, a brilliant light of colors never seen by you before. You are growing. Your world is growing and wondrous change is imminent.

Bless all you encounter throughout your day, even those with whom you do not agree.

Bless all sentient beings in your world and beyond.

Bless and honor Mother Nature in all of her beauty and majesty.

And bless yourself for being the wondrous vehicle of change for this world and beyond.

 

It begins with you.

Trust that you have what it takes to move forward.

How can you not when you have such support behind you,

Dear One With All of Thee.

The Embodiment of Love

Who are you?

Are you just a physical form that walks this earth?

Or are you more than that?

Is there more substance beyond the physical?

Is there an unseen component to your true nature?

Who are you?

Dear One, you are the embodiment of love, existing in a physical form, in order to experience self-discovery in a manner only possible on this physical plane. Your true nature is one of spirit. Your true self is free-flowing, able to communicate without words, able to feel and accept the loving nature of the Universe.

When you became embodied for this physical existence, you forgot that you were love incarnate. You forgot that you were created in love, that you are surrounded by love and that you will return to love after your physical journey. The amnesia was necessary, otherwise the lessons you chose to learn would not be possible.

You have individual lessons, but there are also collective lessons for all who are present on this plane at this time. And you are all at different parts of your path of forward movement. But despite this, all are moving forward together, with those of you further along reaching back to help those still struggling.

If you can grasp the concept of your true nature, then you will be able to accept that the physical form is only a tool, with limitations. But you can reach beyond these physical limitations, using the energetic gifts that you have received. They all begin with love, for that is your true nature. Because each and every one of you has a distant memory of your life beyond this physical world, you all respond to the gift of love offered to you while still in this physical form. Distant memories are stirred by these offerings of love.

Love is a feeling, an energetic force, which is more powerful than anything else in the Universe. Why? It is because all of creation comes from love. It is the source of all being. That is not to say that it cannot be masked or wounded, altered in some way by unseen forces. But it can never be destroyed and always exists underneath any perceived negativity.

The key is to encourage that love to emerge to its natural state by surrounding the person, the situation, the physical entity with love. The memory is there. But it may be buried so deeply it will take the combined efforts of many to jar it from its prison.

This is what is happening currently in your physical world. So many have forgotten what true love feels like. They have forgotten their natural state of being. Instead they have embraced the limitations of the physical world and misplaced their understanding of true power. They have forgotten the strength, the power, of love and how love can overwhelm any other force.

You may be embodied in a physical form, but that does not limit the power of your love. This is why we so often ask you to send love with every breath that you take; why we ask you to think loving thoughts with compassion and forgiveness. These are the powerful unseen forces within each and every one of you.

Be not mistaken. You are receiving love, you are being surrounded by love, every moment of your day. The source of this comes from those on other planes, who exist at higher vibrations. But it also comes from your physical companions who are quietly working to help you raise your own vibrations every day.

There is an infinite number of loving beings wrapping you in love and encouraging you to find your way. This journey is not just a physical journey for you. It is a Universal journey for the collective consciousness. Just as you encourage a child to take that first step, so too, do a plethora of enlightened souls encourage you to do the same.

Accept this truth about yourself and your true nature. Accept this truth about the loving nature of the Universe. Accept this truth that you are traveling with loving beings who are offering help, with every step that you take.

Accept this help, for the love given to you is unconditional. And as you continue to grow, you will understand the power of your own love sent out to others in need. It is an infinite web of connection and learning, of which you are a key part.

You, Dear One, are love and only love, embodied in a physical form for personal growth. Do not accept the limitations of the physical body. Use the power of your true nature, one of love, to change this world. We are here with you always.  Feel our loving embrace surrounding you.

Always.

 

A Personal Message for You

To My Dear Readers:

Once again we have reached the end of the year and the holiday season promoting good cheer and joy. I know that many of you are not sharing these feelings due to personal, national or international events. I understand, but hope that you can find it in your hearts to send out love to all, not only at this time, but throughout the year.

I do believe that we are in an era of immense change which will require us to dig down deep into our hearts to bring up the faith and love that live there. Forward movement requires us to walk in love, not in fear; to take action in ceremony and prayer rather than in anger or violence.

Yes, this globe is in transition and the pendulum has swung far to side that calls for fear, harsh judgment and paranoia. Join me and all of those who are quietly working to bring the pendulum of existence here upon this earth back to center. Do it by joining us in prayer, in sending out love no matter what happens.

Believe in yourself and in the power which you have to help with the transition of this planet to one of loving kindness. Begin with your personal life and show acts of kindness to all who cross your path. And be sure to be kind to yourself for the energy shifts take their toll on those of us who are sensitive.

I hope that these weekly posts give you the hope and the courage to accept your position of strength and love, your connection with all of us. May you find comfort in knowing that you have not been forgotten. In fact, you are embraced every day in loving kindness by unseen arms that hold you up when you begin to stumble. I know because I have so often called upon them to support me in my times of need.

I cannot express to you in words the love and gratitude I hold for all of you for continuing to read this blog and sharing the messages I post. I wish for you peace in your heart. I wish for you the realization of who you really are. I wish for you feelings of intense joy which come with that new-found knowledge of connection.

Thank you for believing in me and for reading this blog. I will continue to do my part as long as I am led to do so. Sending you all much love.

Celine

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