Click on the above link for Jason Hine’s Facebook page, and a post on some of the questions we are encountering as humans moving into another year….and some of what we may be able to be and do, to make a difference…
Here’s the text, for those who have difficulty with Facebook links:-
‘I’d like to tell you that in 2017 things will cease to fall apart. But actually I feel it’s unlikely. Things are going to continue to fall apart, the whole story, the whole civilization is unravelling and there’s probably no force on earth that can stop it.
The only question is, will it unravel completely and come to an end in chaos, or will it reorganize and re-pattern itself into some new unforeseen and more benevolent constellation? There is no one certain answer to this question, because the collective life of humanity is itself the answer. You yourself, your being, your community and your collective and individual intent are the answer.
If you want to have an effect on this situation, I can’t tell you what to do but I can give you some suggestions as to what might be fertile and helpful in these circumstances and what probably won’t be.
What probably won’t work: trying to save the entire world by yourself, struggling towards some seemingly impossibly distant goal, backing away from community or connection because the community or person is not absolutely perfect.
What is also unlikely to work: Withholding your gifts until they are perfect, until you feel completely resourced, until the conditions are absolutely right or until you are certain they will completely change the world.
So what might actually work? Using your instinct to find trusted community, getting together with them and working together in solidarity towards a common goal or intention, even if you don’t agree with each other about everything.
What else might work? Giving your deepest gifts to life. When you listen deeply to life and the earth, find a vision and then give your gifts to the world, these gifts are themselves part of the answer to the strife of the world.
Don’t shy away from your gifts at this time, they are what the world needs the most. Don’t withhold them at this time because you feel they are too small or ineffective – when combined with others’ gifts they may produce the tipping point which changes everything. They may synergize with others’ gifts and have an emergent, unforeseen beneficent effect on the whole culture or on the nature of things.
Your tears over the pain of the world will not be wasted. Your agony will not be wasted; your tears and agony contains the keys to your gifts. The problems and agonies of the world are a question, to which your deepest gifts are an answer.
The pain you feel for the world, and the deepest gifts you have to give, are two sides of the same coin. Those most heartfelt gifts that well up from your deepest grief, from your most profound joy and courage are those which have the greatest chance to help redeem the world.
Life on earth is like a mythological story, when it seems darkest and all seems lost, when death is here on all sides, when you can’t even seem to see the road ahead, this is the time to step forward, this is the time to give what you have to give to the world.
The fact that you may be a lost grief filled wanderer is not a reason to withhold your gifts. The lost grief filled wanderer is expected by the earth’s sentient intelligence to soon arrive in the court of the king or queen, a sacred throne is prepared for him or her. You are expected. Your sonorous voice may one day echo as far as the corridors of power. You may be the one we have been waiting for.
There is no absolute certainty which can be apprehended by the mind that says that your gifts will help life on earth but this is not a reason to withhold them. This is a reason to give them. There is little courage in doing something that is already guaranteed to be successful. Giving even in the face of complete uncertainty is the real courage and the real love.
If you do this you will become a light bearer, you may end up guiding your people through the great dark, across the narrow bridge that hangs over an abyss, to the more beautiful world and the circle of loving community who may be waiting for us all somewhere on the other side.’
Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter
Counselling in Exeter since 1994