My apologies for the lateness of this post. It was supposed to be done yesterday.
This post is part of the 11 Day Clearing Challenge initiated by bluebutterfliesandme, a series of posts reclaiming 11 in which we can:
“Take one thing a day, either a physical, actual object that needs to go, or better yet a habit, or psychological bug and exorcise it, throw it out.”
You can find links to all the contributors and their offerings at the link above to the bluebutterfliesand me blog. Clearing away is something that perhaps comes and goes in the same way that the seasons do. Sometimes something must go just as autumns changes clear the trees for next year’s growth.
More than any other time in my life I feel blessed with abundance. Not the richness of having things but the richness of being alive and of being immersed in whatever I am doing and wherever I am. It wasn’t always this way, and that might be why I am now able to appreciate peace and happiness when it does arrive that at one time seemed so elusive.
I’m not sure that I can narrow down what I am clearing to one thing, but these past few years I have felt my attention facing a little more outwards into the world. Maybe that is what aging does to us, or maybe it is something else, but I am far less concerned with why, than with what the change is like.
In the earlier years of my life I was very focused on the seeming mysteriousness of who I am. Having always felt deeply unsettled, a troubled child, I thought my quest in life was about knowing who I am. But as I get older (I am 55 now), I find my interests shifting outwards to a curiosity about what is going on for others and in the world in general. Life can be hard and suffering comes in many different shapes and colors, but as much as is possible, I don’t want to add to the world’s or to any individual’s suffering. So, the question has become, what does the world need? A very big question…
Although it seems that the world is in a mess, the more general my feelings are for the worlds problems, the less it seems I can do anything about them. So, part of what I am coming to see is the importance of differentiating between what is within my reach to change and what problems are too abstract, and not in reach. Probably not big news for some people, but life is made up of small moments, but they can be powerful sometimes life-changing moments when we look to see how we can help each other, even in small ways.
So, I thought I would offer up a few thoughts about the clarity emerging from this shift in perspective. I hope these thoughts do not come across as criticism of their opposites, or of anything that might be important and helpful in someone else’s situation – they are not meant to be.
1) I am not a project to be worked on. There’s more happiness to be found from engaging others and the world. I am the vehicle, the eye, the mind, moving, seeing, thinking, taking in and hopefully bringing forth something that the world needs. The I that would fix me is just as broken as the me I would fix. Healing is needed of course and does indeed happen and there’s nothing wrong with seeking a path towards that goal.
2) The world needs each and every one of us. Together we make up a whole, and there is no world outside of that whole. We are in the world and the world is in us. We are the world – all of it. We all belong, but it’s good to be aware that not everyone feels this way and it might be your turn to remind someone else that they are needed, even or especially when they can’t see why.
3) We have nothing. We don’t have anything because life is a motion picture. Things, feelings, others, ideas, beliefs are all in motion and organically changing; psyche reflects soma. We are the movie, the play, the song. It’s a drama, a tragedy and a comedy and sometimes it seems all at once.
4) We all make choices, ready or not. We all realize in varying degrees the choices we are making. Some of us need reminding of the power we actually have instead of the power we think we want. This was especially true for me back in the days of my youthful folly.
5) It is easier to misunderstand but more rewarding to take the time to understand. When I find myself immediately resisting an idea or an opinion, it can be tempting to place myself in opposition and increase the tension, but I have been trying to practice listening and imagining the world from the perspective of what it is that is being resisted. It’s not always easy to do, but when done, it helps me to understand how someone can form the ideas and opinions they have.
6) You can always change your mind. This is a wonderfully freeing gift that we are granted. Opinions change, feelings change, love is available if we practice looking for it and passing it on to others, even in the very small kindnesses that we do in our day-to-day.
7) Everyone and everything needs our love. Again, love happens in small ways and to the things that we touch and use as well as the people, the animals, the ground that we walk on. Love for the world can bring care for the world, and care for the world can bring beauty and peace.
At the very least I am trying to be less a part of the problem and more a part of the solution as my life unfolds. Where once upon a time I felt separate, apart and outside of the world we all share, I now see the world as an unfolding tapestry where each of us has a part of the continual weaving that makes up what C.G. Jung and others have called the Anima Mundi, or Soul of the World.
Please enjoy Soul Fields post posted
today tomorrow and tomorrows todays offering from Karen, whose link should be found here.
Here are the links to all of the contributor’s posts in this series:
Sept 11th – 11 Day Clearing~ Self Doubt
Sept 12th – 11 Day Clearing ~ This too shall pass
Sept 13th – Self-Reflection (Entry #2)
Sept 14th – Healing through forgiveness
Sept 15th – Darkest Before the Dawn
Sept 16th – Am I a Raven or a Dove
Sept 17th – Cellular Healing Meditation
Sept 18th – Changing your Perspective on Life
Sept 19th – Lost in your Thoughts
Sept 20th – Self Reflection (Entry #3)
Sept 21st – Clearing and Living in the New Energy Consciousness
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Such simmered down, life-earned nuggets of gold, here. I am thinking to insert #6 into my lesson plan for today in Composition class. (and with my parenting) So much can occur when one feels backed into the corner of his/her opinion – and it seems to me as I read your listing, just holding that one “get out of jail free” card can help loosen that imaginary bond of self to thoughts, a bit.
What a great way to think about it, “Get out of Jail Free!” and “imaginary bond of self to thoughts.”
Wonderful! Thank you marga!
Hmmm-speaking to me Debra (“I’m not a project to be worked on”). Powerful post…
Thank you David! 🙂
Hello! Came by from Sindy’s blog 🙂 Love the post! Done really nicely and I really liked the style of your writing!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving a note.
I am browsing your blog right now. Nice to meet you here.
Hi! Nice to meet you too:)
A wonderful concept, and this post made a brilliant read. Your seven points are right on the money.
Thank you muscleheaded! 🙂
Don’t you love it when depth is sparked? I love it when I am inspired to dive into myself deeper, when I am inspired to contemplate… something your words always deliver to my door. -x.M
Yes, love it M! Hugs dear! 🙂
You said it lady… and I thank you for mirroring me too in this post… Barbara
Thank you Barbara! Looking forward to reading more on your blog. Lovely photos!
Excellent post Deb. Makes one stop and think seriously and have a good re-check. Thanks for this.
You are welcome Rex! I, for one, need frequent re-checks! 🙂
““Take one thing a day, either a physical, actual object that needs to go, or better yet a habit, or psychological bug and exorcise it, throw it out.”
What a great idea by you and Sindy.
And what a great piece, Debra! The world does need every one of us – every one of us is loved, for Me, I am every one, and I love All that I am!
Peace on Earth, Ik
Sindy’s great idea! It has been fun reading the whole series, lots of positive vibes going around.
Peace and hugs Ik!
Beautiful thoughts in words Debra. I particularly like this bit, that follows in my philosophy as well.
“The I that would fix me is just as broken as the me I would fix.” So true!
I appreciate your sharing, SO much. Thank you.
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You are welcome Sindy! Thank you for starting the series, I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts. That’s about all I have time for until as I am hosting a family visit this week 🙂
Enjoy your family. That is so important and we are so blessed to have family~
You ladies/sisters are part of an extended family that I am blessed to be a part of!
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We are the world and the world is in me 🙂
very provocative article Debra, plenty to chew on.
Thank you for this rich post.
in light, Linda
Thanks Linda! Chewing along with you. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂