The Year of Re-Defining……on a global, societal and individual level.
Actually calling this “The Year” of Re-Defining is a bit of a misnomer since this process that we – both collectively and individually – have been/are/will be going through is by no means confined to just this year. That said, it does feel that 2020 is a huge turning point in the journey.
This massive shift in identity actually began years ago and it isn’t going to be finished by the end of 2020 either. Re-defining is a journey, not an event. Which is why it’s important to keep in mind that we are all in this TOGETHER. My hope is that we all support one another in our processes as such a journey is not always a walk in the park as we see from world events unfolding so maybe let’s hold each other up more than ever now.
For some the idea of re-defining one’s identity will be exciting and for most it could be very scary and also sad. A death of some sort is inherent in the process of re-defining and so, though very exciting, it will likely be accompanied by sorrow and grief…as if someone has died. Someone has, actually – who you once were – so it’s totally normal.
Re-defining requires letting go. Obviously this is going to look very different for different people. We are all on a collective journey as humanity but our individual souls are also on a personal journey so your experience of re-defining will depend on what your personal soul journey is. Whatever experience your soul calls forth at this time, know this: you already are what you are transforming into (Is the blueprint for the butterfly not contained within the DNA of the caterpillar?)…so, in effect, this process of re-defining is much a matter of all of the various parts of you getting fully on board with what that is. Same goes for us as a society.
As societal re-defining intensifies, so does division. People appear to be split between those ready and willing to embrace the new ways and those still wanting to cling to the old known ways. Even within ourselves, there may be parts of ourselves that are split between wanting to move forward and wanting to stay the same.
This is actually OK because its this contrast of seemingly opposing forces that actually propels us forward. Go figure. Furthermore, resistance goes with transformation like butter goes with bread. Our brains are hard-wired to resist change because self-preservation. So, instead of judging ourselves and others for not fully getting on board with where we are going, perhaps we could try radical acceptance and see where that gets us. Radical acceptance of what was and is not only dissipates resistance, it would allow societies as well as individuals to dance through this volatile time with grace.
So what are we Re-Defining anyway?? Kind of everything. Who we are, what we value (as a society and as individuals), how we live, how we see ourselves, how we see others. Re-defining needs, wants, desires, dreams….yada yada yada. This year could bring a lot of re-structuring on both a macro and micro level but don’t get caught up in the crazy.
Flexibility is the name of the game! In my ever humble opinion, the degree to which we are willing to continually re-adjust our perspective is the degree to which we can flow and experience all sorts of blessings. Those that are finding it too hard to open their minds and hearts to more than what they currently know could be in for some challenging times ahead. The reason for this is that the energies we have moved in to are not very supportive of rigidity. If you happen to be one who is very controlling or set in your ways, it might be time to explore different perspectives. Just saying. Is your comfort zone holding you back in anyway?
Which brings me to a simple tool which may prove useful in navigating through this OH so interesting time. Asking questions happens to be my navigation tool of choice at the moment. My personal experience is that asking yourself the right questions can be one of the most empowering and illuminating exercises ever.
Toward the latter half of 2019 every single aspect of my day to day life changed drastically. As I said a painful good bye to life as I knew it and let go of all the many lovely attachments I had, I asked myself things like “What do I know about why this is happening?” Turns out I knew a lot. Our soul always knows what’s going on and it’s answers are always blatantly honest.
Something to try in case you happen to find life a little bit too confronting this year. Answers will come in some form, maybe not right away, but they will. Honouring those answers that come is another thing and of course that is a choice. There is always a choice and this year we’re all going to be making many.
So I wish you all an empowering 2020. May we examine ourselves lovingly, gift ourselves radical acceptance and engage one another with compassion.
Happy re-defining my fellow travellers!
Blessings on our journeys, always,