We are standing in a time of change. In the Tarot such moments are often represented with the Death card, for they are the ending of a way life, the ending of way of being. Such times change us as people, stirring our emotions and values into sludge. Like the Tasmanian Devil, from the Bugs Bunny cartoons, this change leaves chaos in its wake.
Approaching the inauguration of the new President, we all wonder how are world will change. Some of us believe it will improve, many of us believe there will be suffering of one kind or another. The media pokes at us, like animals in a cage, prodding us on to more and more anger. We are damned if we do, and damned if we don’t.
As a person who spends a great deal of time looking into the future, and talking to those whose lives have passed, I believe the only thing we can do in such times is stand strong as a community. When we are fearful, lost and confused, we must rely on the power and support of the tribe. We need one another. We need our family, and neighbors, and friends. We need to remember that we are not all weak at the same time, that when some of us are at our weakest, others step into their strength.
I believe in equality! I believe we all have a right to love, safety, and justice.
When facing fear, we have a choice on how we will do so. We can hide, and cower, waiting for it all to go away. We can fight, and bicker, creating discontent for ourselves and those around us. Or, we can stand in peace, coming together to support our selves and others.
Standing in peace, does not mean we turn a blind eye. Nor does it mean we stick our finger in the eye of anyone who has a different view then us. It means we unite with our community, and together we maintain an upright position, one supported by the feet of many.
I do not stand because I am a woman, or because I have a different faith then the masses, or because someone I love is homosexual, or because I am friends with people of color. I stand because of all of these things. I stand because I believe in LOVE. Not love that is limited by relationship, not sensual love, platonic love, love of country, or love of world. But LOVE that is all of these things at once, love that is the essence of being.
After all what are we here for? We are here to experience love. Love of our families, friends, neighbors, work, art, hobbies, places, the list goes on. We are all searching for LOVE!
People have written to me of late, telling me they feel out of control, that their lives are in chaos, that they cannot seem to find center. This is all connected to the way in which we experience change.
When change seems difficult, and we see hardship approaching we clench up, and prepare for the worse. Our minds distort the situation, blowing things out of proportion, until there are demons in the closet and monsters under the bed. The amount of time that most people spend worrying about the possible ways that shit can hit the fan is phenomenal. The funny thing is nothing good comes out of that fear, yet we do it anyways.
In times of crisis, we are given the opportunity to create. We can choose to follow our fears, and create demons and monsters, or we can change our focus and choose to create heroes. Creating heroes means we support and strengthen those who are standing, whether it be ourselves or others in our tribe. If we cannot stand, we can give support to someone else who can.
When we stand, we do not stand alone. We stand with the strength of our Ancestors. They walk beside us, helping us to carry our burden. When we feel week, we can call on them for strength, and bravery. When we feel alone and vulnerable, we can call on them for love & comfort. They are there, standing quietly, holding space for us, co-creating with us the world that we want to manifest.
Love is more powerful than hate!
I am not afraid. I know that we approach trying times, but I believe I am here, walking on this Earth, at this very moment, for a reason. Therefore, I choose to stand bravely. I will defend the rights of myself and others, with quiet strength. I will not shout, and I will not bellow. I will become the resistance in a world of hate. I will show LOVE to those I meet. In the words of Mahatma Gandi, I will be the change I want to see in the world.
I will be marching in Montpelier on Saturday, the 21st in the Women’s march for Unity. If you are marching please let me know, so that we may be connected through spirit, standing together. If you choose to send energy and strength to those who march, but cannot make it yourself, share your reply. Simply saying “I stand”.
For those of you who want to do more, find a crystal or friendly driveway rock, and mediate with it for 5 minutes. Imagine that rock is connected to all rocks, and that your rock is seeking out the rock that I carry against my HEART CHAKRA . As you connect with me, you connect to others.