Here we find ourselves again on the precipice of spring. Soon the dark days will be dispelled again by early morning light and bird song. And the cycle continues… How lovely to have the dependable structure of the calendar to orient us in times of chaos and general befuddlement!
We are entering the third year of this “time out of time” initiated by the pandemic, and it feels like a shift is happening yet again. (I am firmly of the belief that periods of “transition” are the rule, rather than the exception, and that those of “stability” are the brief, glorious, and ineffable moments in between!)
The world is undergoing a global initiation and, in order to successfully ascend from the underworld, we must reexamine the parts of our lives that must be transformed. What are we being initiated to?
As the threat of war looms, as the planet can no longer sustain our wounding, as we turn against one another rather than acting to protect the most vulnerable among us, what are we being asked to examine?
This deep initiation is unlike any other in our lifetimes, and it is happening to all of humanity. This is truly a transformative moment for our species. How can we navigate such epic times?
C.G. Jung offers us these thoughts:
“The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate. That is to say, when the individual remains undivided and does not become conscious of his inner contradictions, the world must perforce act out the conflict and be torn into opposite halves.”
If you have found yourself, as of late, lamenting the state of the world, let the invitation be to look within, rather than judge without. The only changes we can affect happen within our own psyche.
But, when we all are willing to examine the shadow within, when we can tolerate our own “humanness”, we also have access to our full complement of strengths and resources.
What discomfort in yourself are you being asked to turn toward, rather than away from? Only then can our ascent out of darkness truly begin.
Blessings on your journey,