Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with leading you on a meandering tour of the virtual garden of delights and curiosities and thoughts that make up my world – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
I is for…
Instauration: (noun) 1. Renewal, restoration, renovation, repair 2. (obsolete) Act of instituting something/ establishment
I’m loving this word for both definitions. This clearly is a time when we’re all in need of renewal, restoration, renovation, repair; and I think we’re all scrambling to institute new ways of being that are supportive and nurturing rather than just bare maintenance. This applies not just to the moment, but I imagine most of us are thinking about long-term implications of how our world will be changing, and what we pro-actively wish to support as we vision the opportunities ahead.
I like the pragmatic attitude of David W. Orr who says; “The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacekeepers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we define it.”
This collective global time out is all about redefining how we will go on. But I think Parker Palmer is correct too. “Cultural change is neither quick nor easy – it will take a long time to find our way through the smoke and mirrors. But all long journeys begin with one small step, so here’s a modest proposal: let us reclaim ‘disillusionment’ as a word that names a blessing rather than a curse.”
I’ve never been particularly interested in visioning where I want to be in 5 or 10 years. But a while ago I was invited to envision what I’d like to see in 100 years. I was surprised to discover that in knowing what my vision is, how much that made room for me to find ways to uphold those things in my current life. I should have known that, and I suppose I did – that’s really what the work of discovering and living your values is all about isn’t it? So many of us do that on a much shorter-term level when we choose (or are chosen by) a guiding word for the new year. We invoke our energetic address and then see how it unfolds as we hold that energy.
I’ve been thinking lots about my vision in this time of sequestering, and thinking how amazing it is that a global pandemic could prove the foundation for committing to the unity consciousness that is necessary if we’re going to make all the essential changes that so clearly need to be made. I think in the past I’ve been a bit protective of my vision, wanting to defend it from disparaging remarks (or simply thoughts) that it is unrealistic and utopian, but I’m giving that up. This is my vision; this is what my heart wants; this is what I want my presence here to be a contribution towards.
I envision a world where:
All beings are operating with conscious connection to Source and embodying their Divinity.
Unity consciousness and celebration of diversity are the foundational principles that are expressed fully as harmony, peace, love, and joy.
There is equitable sharing of resources and unified commitment to caring for the Earth and all its inhabitants.
Gratitude, beauty, grace, kindness, and inspired action are everyday currencies and all beings know they are greatly loved and infinitely supported.
This is the world I want; this is the world I fervently wish to be part of; this is the world I have a responsibility to create. And I believe it’s important to acknowledge that personally and publicly on a regular basis.
I believe we need to hold ideals to lean into and ground through our living. I think it’s helpful to have a 100-year vision, knowing we won’t be around to see it (at least not in this particular incarnation). I think that invites us to be more expansive and release some of the self-centeredness that seems to be such a prevalent influence on our collective these days. I think we all need not only to envision a better world, but devote our energies to creating it.
And while I know this has perhaps been more of a rant than might be expected for a series dedicated to showing you the delights of my world, my vision is, in fact, something that delights me, and it is most definitely a seed I want nurtured in the garden of this world.
Let me end by sharing this wisdom from Rumi, which always helps restore my hope:
“Humankind is being led along an evolving course, Through this migration of intelligences, And though we seem to be sleeping, There is an inner wakefulness That directs the dream, And that will eventually startle us back To the truth of who we are.”
So let me ask you – what is it you want to establish? What expanded vision do you wish to hold? What practices do you find that help you feel renewed? Please share – you know I love to hear.