Monday, April 23, 2012
It is 2012, and all the spiritualists, mystics, astrologers, and shamans tell us this is a Year of Change. In fact, everything is changing, and it's happening rapidly. If you don't face it and embrace it, you'll be left behind, caught in a time warp, or maybe just disappear.
My favorite poster on Facebook today said this: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." I firmly believe this and have been a proponent for many years. "If the horse is dead, dismount." "What doesn't grow, dies." "The only thing you can count on for sure is change."
I'm always surprised when people say they don't like change (or they show it in various ways), because I personally love change. "I had to move out of Illinois or die of boredom," I've told many people. So Europe became my home for the next twenty years. Routine, to me, is boring. I have to change it up. One time I was given five sections of the same class to teach. The principal thought he/she was doing me a favor by giving me only one preparation. I about went crazy! By the fifth section, I had re-written the textbook and challenged everything in it. When I get bored, I travel, get out of town, out of the country, anything! This keep me sane, and, I believe, youthens me (I refuse to age; I youthen.).
Because the universe is constantly changing, if we don't change, too, we will have problems--unhappiness, discontent, boredom, inertia, even depression. Surprisingly, some people have anxiety over having to change. To me, that's the excitement of living! How boring to stay the same or have your life stay the same! But, taken out of their familiarity, even if it is producing any of those problems, these people resist, falter, fight, or flee. What they don't understand is you can't go back. You can only move forward, and the sooner you face it and embrace it, the happier you will be.
A big part of change involves self-growth, and perhaps that is what frightens people who resist change. "God buries the purpose for our life within us, and our excitement and self-growth lies in discovering and identifying it," write Ron Roth. And, "God's plan is for us to reinvent ourselves and our work constantly as we go along." So, I, for one, am excited about discovering my purpose, my work! Although teaching was the purpose and work of the first part of my life, I am now seeking my next purpose and work. This is a very exciting prospect, as I think it will have to do with healing and energy as an outgrowth of my experience with meditation and Reiki. I can feel things moving in my life and I willingly am embracing them.
Change is inevitable and it's a good thing. (Maybe that's why I'm a liberal, too.) We are all energy beings wrapped up in physical bodies. And energy is never still; it's moving. It's vibrational. The way I understand it, our energy is centered in our chakras, which are a series of cone-shaped vortices which spin and vibrate and make up our core energy. They are three-dimensional and extend well into the body from our spine (nervous system), spinning around a central column like large wheels that spiral out. What I have learned in meditation and Reiki is that we can feel and even control this energy to heal ourselves and others, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. So, I am embracing this quest to learn how to do this. And this blog will chronicle my journey, my change, and perhaps it will nudge someone else to "face it and embrace it." Change is a good thing, a breath of fresh air, a new light.
Drive my dead thoughts over the universe,
Like wither'd leaves, to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened Earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
(Percy Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind")