Only in the darkest night can the brightest light be seen.
We are in our collective dark night of the soul. At every level - globally, socially, individually, and spiritually, we are facing our moment of truth.
There is a great contrast of energies: the impending doom of a world gone mad and the light from so many awakening hearts heralding in a new paradigm. Even as the darkness increases, there is reason to rejoice: The light will match the darkness, and the light always wins.
The world is at a crisis point. Whether you believe that global warming is caused by man or through natural cycles, the surface temperatures of Earth are moving at an alarming rate toward 2.0 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels. NASA just released last month's data showing that February was the warmest in history - approximately 1.55 to 1.75 degrees Celcius above average. Some scientists say we are in a "climate emergency." Wild swings in temperature and weather systems are creating a thousand year floods and epic droughts.
Water has been in the news, especially how it has become polluted in Flint, Michigan. According to the UN, water use has grown at twice the rate of population growth in the last century. The bottom line from all of the numbers is that in 9 to 14 years, there may not be enough drinking water to sustain all of us.
The economy has been on a roller-coaster. Just last month Forbes published an article, "Cheap Oil Edging Us Toward Global Economic Collapse." China's and Japan's economies are tenuous. We may be in for quite a ride.
In June 2015, the journal, Science Advances, published an article saying that the earth is on the brink of a 6th mass extinction and man is to blame.
We are living in a cesspool. The radiation from Fukushima is still pouring out of the damaged reactors into the air and the water. The use of pesticides and herbicides has polluted our lakes and streams. Large oil spills such as the Deep Water Horizon spill have polluted our oceans. Factories and automobiles continue to pollute our air.
We now live on a planet with over 7 billion people. One billion of them do not have enough food or safe drinking water. The earth cannot continue to sustain these numbers in the way we have been doing it.
Our food supply is decreasing. This past El nino year created severe droughts and floods, both contributing to lower crop production. In return, the cost of food goes up while the quality of our food goes down.
We live in a dangerous world. Terrorist attacks happen too frequently. North Korea seems intent on annihilating the US. And the list goes on and on...
Why am I writing this? We need to see and speak the truth. As I wrote in my first book, In the Key of Life: An Activational Journey to the Soul, "What else is awakening but the opening of one's eyes and heart to what is. The truth has been hidden. Now it is time for it to shine forth."
While all of this doom and gloom is happening, we are awakening en masse and March is a key player in this collective alarm clock.
The month of March brought with it an energetic earthquake of the three e's: eclipses, equinox, and Easter. The two eclipses served to shake out whatever sludge had been buried deep. This subconscious rotor-router surfaced old patterns, beliefs, and toxic relationships that kept us from moving forward. Like a governor on a car, it limited the speed at which we did our inner and outer work so that when the time came, we could move full speed ahead.
The vernal equinox is a time when daylight is equal to night and also signals a time of greater light. It serves as a balance point, an energy that can help us center and balance ourselves in our new light and life. With more light, we can see things more clearly. A new paradigm, a new way of life is born.
Easter is a time of death and rebirth. It symbolizes dying to the old so that the new can be born. The March eclipses served to clear the old and prepare us for the resurrection of our true selves. The days of crucifying ourselves over repeated old patterns are over.
After this cosmic cleanup and death and rebirth, we face our moment of truth. We see through the illusion and delusions we were fed and see what is true - for ourselves and the world. We can no longer live as the diminutive self we once thought we were. Our governors are gone. We are called to live in truth: our truth, the truth of who we are, and the bigger truth. That means seeing and speaking the truth, no matter how much it hurts.
What else can we do to turn the tide of these tumultuous times? Here are some suggestions.
Now, more than ever, we need to move out of our minds and into our hearts. Picture yourself packing all the stuff in your mind and watch yourself move it into your heart. Set up house in your heart because, as the saying goes, "Home is where the heart is." To live from your heart, you need to quiet the mind. Practice yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, and meditation. Living from the heart means you live in the present moment.
Follow the calling of your heart. Get used to feeling what is best for you and allow yourself to really feel each emotion. Give yourself the time and space to do this. Notice when you feel love and amplify the feeling by saying to yourself, "This is what love feels like to me and I choose to feel love." Take some time to feel the nuances of love through your body.
Do the hard self work of clearing and cleaning out your worn beliefs and patterns closet. Take time to go within each day and assess your progress.
Do what brings you joy. Be in joy for joy resides in the heart. It also stabilizes the nervous system. Turn off the TV, tablet, cell phone, and radio and just be.
Go out in nature. Breathe. Notice the life that surrounds you and feeds you.
Feel appreciation. Feeling gratitude brings your heart into coherence. For more information and tools to assist you with this, visit heartmath.org. Participate in the Global Coherence Initiative that is part of the HeartMath Institute and assist in harmonizing the planet.
Finally, claim your divine birthright. Live your moment of truth and the truth of who you are in each moment.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Each of us is a step on the journey to a new world, a new life, and a new paradigm. Let's walk it together. Now.