Returning after a blogging break is always a bit difficult for me. Both because I feel like I have so much stuff backed up that I want to talk about, and ironically because that very condition creates an I-don’t-know-where-to-begin stuckness. And truthfully it feels hard right now to hold the big energies flooding the world, both personally and collectively with any manner of grace.
I am both excited about 2020 and the invitations it extends to be more present, more aware, more committed, and more creative. This IS a big year and I think to pretend otherwise is a bit foolhardy. We need to show up ready to play our best.
On the other hand things in our world are literally heart-breaking. It feels like the world is on fire, both literally and figuratively. We have so many messes to clean up, so many paradigms to shift. Racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, nationalism, and every other service-to-self separation consciousness construct seems dug in with roots so deep it’s hard not to despair. We’ve been slogging through these waves for so long it’s hard not to be weary, discouraged, and grief-stricken.
I believe we have all known for quite some time that the structures of our societies need to change to allow all beings to thrive. And that we are all called to face this head-on in new vitalized ways. We have to find ways to roll-up-our-sleeves and fast-track our efforts. And I think that’s what 2020 is calling us into.
None of us is exempt. And although I honor our own individual paths of grief and anger and disbelief, our work is still the same. We have contributions to make, causes to support, action to take based on our own individual wisdom.
But I also want to call us into unity. Our powers of healing, our powers of love, our powers of light are needed now more than ever.
I have committed to a life journey of pronoia, peace, unity consciousness, and being an ambassador of love/light. While I don’t expect everyone to share my beliefs, I see the energies of empowerment all around us. What world are we going to create? That world that each one of us wants to live in exists as a potential within each one of us. We have to step into that knowing. We have to step into the power of wayshowers leading the way of merging heart and mind. Of choosing love over fear. Of anchoring the vibrations that lead to unity rather than more separation.
I absolutely embrace the concept of pronoia – I believe the world is filled with goodness and we can encourage the growth and unfolding of it. We can nurture our hearts, we can love one another, we can help those in need. We can be agents of positive change, of transformation, of anchored light.
Rob Brezsny, who authored the book Pronoia, offers this rallying cry, and it is one I am whole-heartedly endorsing:
“We are dissident bodhisattvas rebelling against those forces that feed fear and ignore love.”
Don’t you want to be that as well? I’m thinking 2020 has offered a clear invitation to us, and I for one am choosing to accept it.
I absolutely encourage to you to read the latest blog post at The Faerie Embassy. Sandra has a lot to teach us about navigating these times.
“choosing love over fear. Of anchoring the vibrations that lead to unity rather than more separation.”… Hear! Hear!
The year has begun almost apocalyptically. We are still standing. Hope abounds… YAM xx
Indeed Yamini – I’m glad to join voices with you that hope abounds.
Hi Deborah – most definitely love over fear. Each and every individual needs to be honest, robust and full of trust for those around us … we have to rise above the bullying, negativity and behave positively … Good to see you back and all the best for 2020 – cheers Hilary
Yes to the call to behave positively Hilary. It’s hard for me to understand how this isn’t the default setting for everyone on this planet, but I hold hope that it is for enough of us to really make a difference.
It’s good to be back – I’ve missed blogging.
Welcome back, Deborah. I miss your insightful and informative posts.
Thanks for the kind words Janet!
I admit to being discouraged over the state of the nation (and world) right now, but all I can do is contribute love and positivity when I can. I have little other control except over myself and how I choose to interact with others.
Being mindful of exactly what we ARE actually contributing is hugely important in my mind Margaret. So kudos for the positivity and love. I know it makes a difference.
Yes, I like the idea of rebelling against fear and ignorance. That simplifies what is wrong with this world while suggesting a way to combat it. Nice quote, easy to remember, good to follow. Thanks.
I love that too Ally. A good adage is a thing of beauty!
Excellent post, Deborah! I am in the middle of reading “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible” by Charles Eisenstein. Highly recommend. So much is out of our hands in a way, but there is also much we can do now. Small acts can make a big difference.
Hi Naomi. I’m familiar with Eisenstein’s book – it has a great impact on me, and I recommend it as well. It seems like more than ever this is a time for eco-social activism, and that we all need to step up. I’m always inspired by the movements of small groups of people that together make a big difference, but I also firmly believe that we each have contributions to make as well. Here’s to creating the beautiful world our hearts (and souls) know is possible!
Both wonderful and profound post, dear Deborah. Yes, let’s start with ourselves, lead by example in our daily endeavors to heal our world simultaneously.
I recognize the sort of overwhelming feeling; so much I wanted to do and so many new ideas and possibilities waiting. So, I reviewed my main values and as always, they gave me clarity in how to move forward.
I love how you navigate this Patty – this constant remembering to return to values to guide you. I learned a practice once where I was taught to chant some core principles/values daily as part of a meditation, and I found it to be incredibly powerful. Whatever we can do to stay conscious and aware is a good thing in my book.