I’ve been considering all the upheaval we see in the world around us, the way the deckchairs on the sinking vessel are being frantically rearranged by the powers-that-be, and the fact that we are in a time of great change.
What does this mean for each of us spiritually and, of course, in practical terms in our daily lives? There have been lots of doomsday theories spouted about the end of the world, zooming into the fifth dimension, and so on. Yes, it would be nice if we could all transform into deeply spiritual beings chanting peace to all overnight. Although, to be very honest with you, it sounds rather boring. The valleys and peaks of our life experience keep us on our toes and fuel our soul’s growth and maturity.
So what is the reality? More likely that we are nearing the end of the industrial era and a new era is taking shape but it’s still a shadowy wannabe.
Change can be a time of great fear. Or great opportunity. These times are paving the way for a new stage in humanity’s development and one which I feel offers us exciting opportunities to embrace fearlessness and excitement at being on earth in such amazing times.
I want to return to something which is colouring our planet for the next few years – the meeting of the astral giants, Uranus and Pluto, which are scheduled for their first square on 24th June. It’s a bit like a display of cosmic fireworks except we don’t know quite what fireworks are going to spark up yet – Catherine wheels, rockets, starbursts, whatever. These planets have profound effects on us here on earth because they are both what are called “outer planets”. They have long orbits, have a long stay in each of the houses in the astrological chart – and affect the greater community in quite profound ways. Yes, these planets throw down challenges to individuals but it’s as stirrers-in-charge at a global level that their effects are now making themselves known.
Keep an eye out for happenings just before 24th June and through to early July. There may be big blow-ups, or perhaps small ones which appear innocuous but which pave the way for fundamental developments further down the track. The trick is not to get bogged down in the details of these happenings, but to rise above, get an overall perspective on what is happening and seek to understand what these challenges mean for you and your development at all levels – spiritual, emotional, mental and physical – here on earth.
Whether we like it or not, the process of change is an integral part of life on earth. The important factor in present times is that we don’t try to hang on to what is over and done with in our lives or what we may have been clinging to out of fear of change – whether it’s emotions, negative emotions, old patterns, people who are in any way having a negative impact on us, whatever has played a role in our lives but which now needs clearing out to make way for the new.
Fear can blind us to the fact that we can take courage in both hands and ride the tidal wave of change so that we can move into the future easily and creatively.
I have been thinking about how we can start creating the shoots of societies of the future since I read a comment by an artist friend of mine who, sadly, has decided she’ll have to find a job as she can’t sustain herself with her art. Her dilemma reflects that of so many people who are highly creative or who think outside the ballpark, but are faced with the reality of financial survival. All too often, artists, writers, designers, and others are up against the fact that original work costs far more than cheap, mass-produced schlock which, when people are unemployed or barely surviving, appears to be the main option.
Then today I read the following article which is about grassroots activists initially organising to sell potatoes directly to buyers to circumvent the middle person and survive financially. Not only has it taken off like wildfire, it’s led to other community initiatives:
If you’re struck with awe (as am I, by the way!) at my ability to link a creative artist with potato-selling , it’s because I feel strongly that we have to develop new ways of supporting ourselves and each other as we move into the future. We live in increasingly dis-spirited communities and we need to create ways to re-spirit ourselves so that life has heart and meaning, not simply a daily grind for survival.
I’m not unrealistic. I realise that this simply isn’t going to happen overnight and in the meantime people have to make difficult decisions in order to provide for their daily needs. However, the seeds of the future are being sown right now and staying on the alert for these tender shoots of more spiritual living is a choice we can all make as we weave these shoots into a future civilisation.
The potato sellers had the guts to take direct action to support themselves and it has actually led to more community organisation: ways are emerging to build helping hands between people hard hit by economic crisis.
Moving into the artistic sphere and my artist friend, I don’t think there are short-term solutions as such, but we as a community need to look to the long-term: to sustain those among us who put their heart and soul into their work not only to nourish themselves but also nourish us by gifting us with work which is imbued with individual creative energy.
It does involve choices. It’s easy to use a supermarket, it requires more time to visit individual outlets. In the long-term, we may be reminded that the community built up by supporting individual initiative is a very powerful element in the new society taking shape.
Similarly, we can buy cheap products because it’s easier, but for me I’m not happy at the lousy working conditions of those who produce the goods we have such ready access to because they are cheap. If we’re downright honest, the great majority of stuff you see in cheap, bargain shops is schlock and utterly unnecessary. Added to that, these goods are produced by soul-destroying work which leaves no good energy in their essence when they’re in our homes.
OR we could exercise our choices consciously to support the creative elements among us by making different choices in order to be able to afford the prices of individually created products. Not that I’m suggesting you buy art, jewellery or whatever for the sake of it. It obviously depends on what you love in your life. But perhaps a bit less “bling” leads to ways for each of us to support individual people seeking to enrich our lives and, in the long-term, opens the way for the foundations of a different community where we take responsibility for our community and support each other.