Hang On To Your Hat

The tornadoes that ripped through the border towns of New South Wales and Victoria last week (March 2013) demonstrated once more how insignificant we are in the face of Mother Nature. The chaos in our weather patterns could well be compared with what we see in the world at large. An example of ‘The Sunset Effect’, it illuminates what still requires our attention as we work toward changing what is outmoded in the human condition. Few would question we still have a way to go!

‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’

Alphonse Karr

What has to change are not things, but us! We have to change, and we have to do that from the inside! If we choose to avoid the reality of our lives or deny where we’re at, we leave ourselves not only vulnerable but powerless to change what we can. To do that; to get out of our comfort zones and let go of the resistance to change, we must first accept responsibility for what we’ve created in our own lives, albeit to the best of our ability, face up to the consequences of the choices we’ve made until now and decide what we’re going to do moving forward.

If we meet the results of fear with yet more fear, then we will have missed the opportunity!

For millennia we’ve experienced this as a divided and separated world; juggling the duality of our existence, ever seeking to find the mid-point between opposites, judging that which was ‘different’ and rarely finding balance or harmony. Where it shows up most, is in the relationships between men and women and in partnerships of all kinds. The oneness and unity we are moving toward – which has always been available, but camouflaged by fear – will come when we can embrace the whole; when we find a way to co-exist with all that we have sought to destroy or negate. It is the resistance to whatever that is in our personal lives, and the world at large, that has served to keep those things in place.

Individually and collectively, we have been given enormous challenges, and we are here to learn how to deal with them. That’s called growth or evolution. We have a massive roller coaster to ride before things are going to settle down and the ‘normal’ they’ll return to is something we can’t even conceive of right now. What an exciting concept!

If you’re expecting calm waters or a ride on the merry-go-round, you will most likely be disappointed. If instead, you accept the challenge and face it with courage, then everything you need to meet it with will be given to you. Be grateful for what you have in your life that pleases you and offer encouragement to yourself and others. We can instil courage through the willingness to try something new (no matter how small or scary) and act on the things we instinctively know will make a difference.

As the winds of change continue to blow, we need to hang on to our hats, keep our feet firmly planted on the ground, reach out with compassion, and remember to breathe.

Inner Sense No. 33 | March 2013 – updated June 2019

You can hear me read this article and give a little support in this video From Discombobulated to Focused – Riding the Coronavirus Tidal Wave


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