In recent times we may have felt like stand-ins in our own lives: understudies playing a role on short notice while waiting for our “real” selves to return. That’s not going to happen. We’ve been in dress rehearsal for the quickening, and it’s a flume ride of the highest order, a baptism from which no one emerges unchanged.
The good news? Density is transmuting into destiny faster than we can say “anagram”. The world stage is welcoming us as the human holons we are, stepping up to the plate and into our soul missions as never before.
From Resistance to Resonance
Holding the both/and has become paradoxically more challenging and much easier than in the past. We’ve had more than a taste of primordial chaos and pain. The flip side is primordial joy: what sociologist Emile Durkheim called collective effervescence (the idea that communally induced ecstasy cements social bonds) and anthropologist Victor Turner termed communitas: the spontaneous love and solidarity that can arise within a community of equals.
The unknown is both scary and powerful. Resistance cripples. Resonance emancipates.
As Heraclitus explained in his famous quote about not stepping twice into the same river, we can have constancy precisely because there is flux; it’s a primordial truth. Balance means loving all of who we have been, are, and will become. Or, as Shakespeare put it half a millennium ago, “This above all: to thine own self be true/And it must follow, as the night the day/Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
The REAL-izing Process
Of course, a proven way to make the imaginal real is through love. In one of my favorite children’s books, The Velveteen Rabbit, a little boy loves his stuffed bunny with all his heart. The Skin Horse, wise elder among the nursery animals, explains the “Real-izing” process: “It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or who have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
While we can’t yet see the outcome of the global shift well underway, we can’t miss the beauty flowering all around us as we live ever more fully into the Love that we are. We’re remembering and reclaiming our wholeness, integrating what was once “other” — and the understanding that grows as we do is beyond any happiness we’ve experienced thus far. Welcome home!
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