I remember learning as a child that many Indigenous peoples specifically the Native Americans as a general rule would ask permission before walking on grass, harvesting a plant, taking down a tree, killing an animal in the hunt. My literal mind marveled at the tedious dedication this must have taken, to ask every blade of grass before walking upon it.
I wondered how I could possibly live like this, asking all the time before taking, stepping, picking, partaking. Because the life I grew up with moved so much quicker and used so many more resources than the native peoples from long ago, I was overwhelmed by this notion. The way I saw it I had two choices. I would either have to live in a perpetual state of heightened awareness, of asking for permission and forgiveness, attempting to remain in right relationship, or I would have to forget so that I could function within the confines of this industrialized capitalist society.
By default, I remembered as often as I could but I forgot a lot of the time. Along with forgetting, I bought into the notion that I was small in the grand scheme of things, singular and somewhat unimportant to the whole. A speck of dust in the vacuum of the universe. This illusion of smallness allowed me to function except for the constant interruptions to the program, that caused a lot of heartaches and a constant soul seeking drive for healing and purpose. Something was just so very off about this!
Where was the way out? Where was the way in?
At some point, my desire to be in alignment with the deeper truth took precedence over the functionality of just getting by. I couldn’t take it anymore. When this happened so did the unraveling of my paradigm.
I had to seriously take responsibility for knowing how powerful and important and a part of the whole, I actually was. This has been dispelling the belief so tightly wound into my bones, that I am small and separate therefor I alone couldn’t possibly make a difference.
The other belief I have had to retire is that it is hopeless, too hard or too late to make a difference because the world is so far gone and out of whack.
Relinquishing these limiting beliefs has not been easy. It has meant that I have to actually do the work that my higher self asks me to do. No matter how hard it seems. And this would be easy if not for the ego.
The ego’s job, in my experience, is not to convince me to be ‘full of myself’. Quite the contrary. It is to try and convince me to carry on thinking I am not capable of making a difference, and that I might as well give up now and eat cupcakes. Watch a movie on Netflix. Have a glass of wine. Chillax. Tune out. Carry on. Don’t rock the boat. It doesn’t matter what I do anyway.
The truth, however, is that I am powerful, I am divine, and the universe is absolutely revolving around me. And this is true for each and every one of us simultaneously. The best thing we can do is be full of ourselves. Be fully here, fully responsible for our creations, be fully engaged in making things right between us and all our relations.
There is an ongoing everpresent dialogue between the seen and unseen, between the here and the in-between, and it is only getting louder as we hurdle further out of balance toward the inevitable tipping point that will either destroy or restore us.
And when we consider the quantum reality that “all time is now”, we have to know that it is never too late to step up and participate or to do our part. It is our karmic duty to contribute as wholeheartedly as we can to the healing of the planet and all beings. To live in accordance with the truth of our interconnection and in harmony with all things.
Perhaps it is the bodhisattva spirit in me that feels this way, but to be honest, I think it is the only way to be, responsibly.
As the wise Hiro Boga recently said,
“In my culture [in India] there is a 5000-year-old tradition of working with the subtle energy realms to maintain the harmony peace and stability of the earth and all her inhabitants. I honor that legacy and have contributed to it in my own way for more than sixty years. Doing so hasn’t stopped me from acting to effect change through direct action- far from it- but soul alchemy and subtle energy work are at the root of everything I do in the world. And as I age, they are increasingly my primary mode of activism.
To claim that there is only one acceptable form of activism is to pose a false dichotomy between subtle energy activism and other forms of action directed towards effecting social change. One does not preclude the other.”
I am so grateful to the cultures, and peoples both living and ancestral who understood all along, these spiritual values – to any degree and in every single way. I am so grateful that I was raised with the awareness that this way even existed.
Because it has been painful to me to live in a world where these values are not recognized. Like many sensitives, I recognize that the lack of a coherent or cohesive philosophy that is in harmony with the sentience of all things is a sad thing indeed. I long for a return to these ancient knowings that recognize, honor and hold everyone accountable through our interconnectedness. I long for the masses to embrace the reality of the subtle energetics that affects all things.
And yet, even knowing this deeper truth, in theory, is not enough. We must take right action, remember, learn, and teach each other how to become the subtle activists that can make real and lasting positive change.
So if you, like me have ever wondered where to begin, then I invite you to keep that question alive.
Because simply asking this question is the first and most important step we can take. In order to make any kind of change within ourselves or the world, we have to become aware that a change needs to happen in the first place.
And when we ask the question, “how do we engage with the subtle energies around and within us”, we are already beginning to engage with them.
It is like looking for anything or anyone we have temporarily lost touch with. Because the subtle energy that gives rise to all things is not separate from you. The spirit helpers, guides, and allies who are waiting to whisper guidance in your ear are not separate from you. But if we have not been a part of the dialogue that takes us into this deeper relationship with spirit, nature, each other and ultimately ourselves, then we tend to forget this. They feel separate, far away, unbelievable. I know because I have gone through many phases of my life where I question and doubt.
What if you don’t know how to engage with the subtle energies?
What I know to be true is that these energies are always available. And if we want to learn how to be conscious co-creators, then we need to learn how to listen and remember that this is our birthright.
If we treat Spirit the way we treat any friend with whom we have temporarily lost touch, that we would like to feel closer to, then all we need to do is give them our attention. We call out. We call them by name. We say, “I have not forgotten you. You are important. I would like to connect with you”.
We get into a receptive mode. We wait patiently. We trust they are near.
Consistency is key. We cannot call out once and then give up. We need to engage on a regular basis, be willing to build a new relationship with this sacred part of ourselves that exists in the subtle realm.
This is about learning how to hone our innate intuitive abilities. It is about learning how to trust the ‘imaginary’. It is about remembering our dreams. It is about engaging with nature, with each other, with our own healing journey in a deeper way.
It is helpful to have regular practices, it is helpful to have support so you are not always engaging alone.
When we dream together and validate each other’s dreams, then we rewrite consensual reality. It is essential that as a community we work to shift the paradigm of separation, together.
I have been asking the planet, my guides and the powers that be how I can contribute and be of service and I have never enjoyed the answer. Because it has always dragged me outside of my comfort zone and required greater effort than I feel is reasonable. But I have been listening and the thing I know for sure is that I am being asked to share my stories, to hold space for other people to share their stories, and to create opportunities for education and connection around developing a practice of tuning in and engaging in the conversation. This is the deepest conversation I know of. It is the one that takes place within you, with the god of your heart, with the guides of your soul, with the subtle energies that weave together the material realm in which we live.
This is about finding your own channel, showing up for your truest purpose, doing the healing necessary to clean up the mess we have all contributed to. The individual and the collective are one.
It is time to activate the wisdom keeper within you. It is time for us to collectively remember how to be in right relationship with the world, by coming into alignment with ourselves and each other energetically.
It is time to stop filling our time with busy work and a false sense of connection or productivity. It is time to stop making excuses or hiding behind our hurdles as though there isn’t enough to go around.
There is more than enough to go around it just needs to be distributed more fairly. More abundantly.
Showing up for your highest potential is about learning how to listen in a deeper way. It is about being empowered on your spiritual journey so you can be your own guide to the divine.
No one else can do this for you, and no one can do it alone.
It is up to each of us to claim our sovereignty as much as our sacred unity.
“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual.
The next Buddha may take the form of a community- a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
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