We alternating between periods of
breakneck speed transformation and achingly slow gaps of stillness,
moving between trying to keep up with the changes that are being thrust
on us to being stopped in our tracks. In the fast periods we focus on
movement and doing what we need to in order to stay focused and
grounded. And in the slow periods we are challenged to also stay
grounded and address whatever is presented to us until the next period
We want the movement because that proves we are
making progress and yet it is the slow periods in which we make our
strongest advances. It is the difference between traveling on a
fast-moving train, where the countryside zips by and walking, where we
see every landmark in detail. But we would rather skip the details
because they represent more work, clearing, healing, release and
choices. Why can’t we just be done with it? Haven’t we done enough work
What we do not see is the debris that the
transformation has kicked up, which is waiting for us to take action, to
look at what has been dredged up in our lives and to work on it. So
it’s what we do in these slow times that is important. What is calling
to us that we are avoiding? Where is our resistance in the process? No
one wants to cover ground they have been over again and again but there
are no shortcuts and as we move farther into ascension we often have
to go backwards with a new perspective and take another look at
ourselves, do more release work as we uncover deeper wounds, greater
fears and more stuck places.
In the movie Eat, Pray, Love there is
a scene where Elizabeth cannot sleep as she realizes her marriage is
over and she desperately cries out to God to tell her what to do. She
begs and pleads, apologizes for not listening, promises to do better
and waits for her answer. After a while she hears a small voice say "Go
back to bed Elizabeth." This is what we are hearing now, as we plead
for mercy, "look within, release yourself, create new perspectives,
find your power". Not what we want to hear when we’re drowning in our
And we have thrown down the misery gauntlet and then
look to God and say "See, here I am in my misery. Am I miserable enough
yet? Are you going to help me now?" And we get nothing in reply.
Because it’s not about being miserable enough, it’s about finding joy.
What is blocking us from being joy-ful in each moment? We’re not going
to find it in the hoped-for rescue. The cavalry is not around the next
corner and Prince Charming is on an extended holiday. We’re going to
find it right where we are. The question we need to ask ourselves is
"What are we doing about it?"
I have a big pot of mint on my
deck and every day I admire it as I carefully cut off a few sprigs for
tea and marvel at how lush and beautiful it is this summer. Then two
days ago I was looking at my mint and it looked bare. Something had
eaten three-fourths of it. What was once a big, lush plant is now a lot
of ugly stalks. I didn’t see what ate it, I suspect it was a
caterpillar or grasshopper. And it happened overnight. I had been so
careful to cut the mint evenly and something just chewed right through
it. I was so upset!
I was so focused on the plant and how well
it is growing that I forgot about the other creatures that enjoy my
plants too. So what am I going to do? Am I going to look at my mint
plant every day and be mad at whatever ate it or enjoy what is still
available to me while the plant fills out again?
Our keyword is
to have patience but not to wait. Within our patience we can take
action, stay focused, be mindful of this process and make room for joy.
What can we do, every day, to stay within our power? What can we do to
be happy, no matter how miserable we feel? God won’t take us out of
our misery, that’s our job. But we will have doors open when we seek
joy. I have decided to take ballet, in fulfillment of a childhood
dream. It’s a small thing but it is something I can do now (and it’s
I challenge you to find something that brings
you joy as you wait for the movement to begin again and to rescue
yourself out of your misery. What you will find as soon as you seek joy
you will stop wondering when it will all end and enjoy the journey,
and the movement will begin as soon as you stop worrying about it.
all gifts of understanding with gratitude and use them to apply
forgiveness, release and healing to every situation. Ask for guidance
and confirmation and then wait for it to come to you. Above all, be
grateful for this opportunity to be part of humanity’s amazing shift in
Many blessings in these miraculous and amazing times,
Copyright ©2010 by
Jennifer Hoffman and Enlightening Life OmniMedia, Inc.
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