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The Purpose and Possibility of the Pause We're In: a bigger picture

So we’re in another pause, this time with the Omicron variant, as yet another pause inside the big two-year pause.

Our cultural idea is that Jan. 1st is the time to “get moving” and “hit the ground running” after the pattern interruption of the holidays.

That’s not what I’ve been feeling or reading or hearing this year. Instead, it has felt like a deepening, being still, going within, and being more quiet and reflective in a different way than the holidays are. Have you sensed that, too?

One way I see it is that Spirit/Source/Universal Life Force, through the Omicron variant, is helping (requiring? demanding?) us to slow down and be more inward than we would probably be otherwise.

What if the purpose of this pandemic is a spiritual emergence, a transformation, for us as individuals and the collective to come into deeper connection with Spirit/Source/Universal Life Force?

What if it’s the Universe’s natural evolution into more love, light, harmony, peace, and it’s an unstoppable force of the development of consciousness for the higher good? That would be good news, right?

From what I’ve been sensing and hearing, that’s what I believe is happening. As I read about the larger collective and astrological energies now, January is a strong renewal energy, inviting each of us to get to the bottom of who we really are, so we can find our true power, stripped of ego. We are being asked to transform in ways we’ve never done before and to go all the way through. And this is about structural change. It’s not just some things that will change here and there; it’s about re-arranging everything at a systemic level.

To me, it feels right that we have this pause as a time to “pull back”, go within to gather up all our energy, and get fully connected and aligned with our real power. It’s like being a baseball pitcher.

You know how when a pitcher is getting ready to pitch, he doesn’t just go to the mound, pull his arm back, and throw the ball? He does all kinds of “getting ready” things: scuffing around in the dirt, shaking off signals from his catcher until they agree, checking the bases to see who’s doing what, spitting a few times, doing a fake throw or two just to see if people are paying attention. Then when he’s really ready to actually pitch the ball, he PULLS BACK. He brings his arm WAY back and leans his body WAY back with one foot in the air, and basically gathers up all his energy to be totally aligned and in his power with what’s going to happen. Then (and not until then) he lets it fly. Right?

Now with Omicron creating another pause, what if we use this time to consciously be still, go inward, and gather up our energy to be totally aligned and in our power, in order to emerge with a different consciousness?

It could mean letting go of our usual expectations about external situations and experiencing a deeper connection with Spirit/Source/Universal Life Force. As Jeffrey Davis says in Tracking Wonder: Reclaiming a Life of Meaning and Possibility in a World Obsessed with Productivity, “In . . . moments of wonder . . . you experience radical openness, the sort of receptivity that unravels your assumptions about what is possible.”

This would put us in tune with a natural energy rhythm, let us be quieter, and be nourished by that inner connection. When we emerge, we could be clearer and more coherent.

So that we don’t see this as “just waiting”, an important idea here is that Patience is not about waiting. It’s about LIFE FORCE: “Patience is about sitting with life source. (Love the egg you’re in). It’s fuel. It’s CREATIVE. It’s not about holding our breath or being in penance. It’s not even a pause button. It’s more like a tap we turn on to fill ourselves with Light. And from there… life unfolds.”

In “Rough Initiations,” Francis Weller says, “When the safety of the familiar confronts the yearnings of the soul, it is time for initiation. It is a time of disruption and eruption as the demands of the soul make themselves known.”

I see our collective/cultural disruptions and eruptions as being the safety of the familiar confronting the yearnings of the soul, and the demands of our individual and collective souls making themselves known. And I know from experience that the demands of the soul don’t take “No” for an answer!

So from my perspective it’s time for more intentional soul/consciousness work, which is critical to creating new life as we go through this journey.

For this process, it helps to have an inspired intention, direction, or focus, which is different from having a goal or objective that you want to achieve. It might be something like using this as a “training ground” to learn how to really be effective, conscious co-creators with Spirit/Source, becoming more humble, authentically powerful creators for the well-being of all.

Another idea, as Tara Mohr suggests in her 1/16/2022 blog, is that it could be about how we want to love this world and the life in it more fully, because we know that’s the real route to joy—not in how we perform or produce, but in how we relate to humans, to other life forms, to community, to the world, and to Mother Earth.

For this journey, here’s a lovely poem that speaks to my vision for us in this time. “Turas d’Anam” means ‘journey of your soul’ in the Irish language.

Turas d'Anam

Often times

the step backward

lets the soul catch up.

So that all our happy

hindsights harmonise

and wisdom builds.

Let’s let our souls catch up so we “come home” to ourselves in a deeper, wiser, more conscious, life-filled way!

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