It seems we are closing the second decade of the 21st century on a Ring of Fire eclipse. Though I know time is an illusion and construct of the rational mind, I am struck by this moment. We might say that time is the way we measure energy which is all around us all of the time. That said, in this material world we attach much to our calendars and timepieces. And so it is that we close a period of ten years looking to the skies for answers.
Broadcasters seem to agree that it has been the best and worst of times in many ways for different people. Some have amassed great wealth while others have experienced a shattering of the American Dream of working hard and improving their lot in life. Poverty and Wealth have both grown somewhat more lopsided. The fabric of citizen unity has suffered rips and tears. Conversely, consciousness has risen steadily during this decade. The new birth of Earth has had its bumps. Yet, as futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard, noted birth is not always smooth and easy. Significant upside, we’ve connected globally through social media bringing us the world. This decade, in its close, seems to have been oppositional. The pendulum which frequently swings to extremes has taken a sharp launch to the right and is in much need of finding middle ground.
We tend to view these passages personally and collectively. On a personal note, I lost my last parent, four good friends, and other younger relatives. Gained three granddaughters and another grandson. Wrote and published seven books. I made four big moves: one within a state, three others to different states circling from sun to rain to sun. I’ve held numerous ceremonies celebrating seasons and continued to teach ancient wisdom and pathways to peace. Evidence suggests I’ve surrendered being paired. No doubt I’ve accumulated more stuff than I now have room for and see the benefit in simplification. Moved out of middle age into the elder realm. Quite a passage!
Where does it leave us to acknowledge that 87,360 hours (5,252,429 minutes) have buzzed by? What do we do with this knowledge of our, and others, memories of chunks of time wrapped in ten years? How do we glean the gold from the dross and offer it to the Gods imploring them for a more promising future? In which way do we celebrate without losing the important lessons. Which Cave Center meditation will assist us in shedding what no longer serves us and igniting a torch of hope for the future?
We can make plans and temp the Gods! We can, as Robert Kennedy said, dream dreams that never were and say why not! We can laud the young people coming up with new visions and energy to revive or planet. We can take time to smell the roses, applaud magnificent sunsets, and keep improving our ability to love without conditions while serving our fellow Earthship occupants. We can engage life and not choose to sit this one out. We can forgive and embrace forgetting. Ultimately, we can choose to find beauty each day, express gratitude, extend kind-filled acknowledgements, and enjoy this wondrous illusion. We can foster hope and continue our journeys as Peace Pilgrims until we cross the Rainbow Bridge.
Prognosticators say were headed for glory. Hallelujah! Time passages buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight!
"You can start anew at any given moment. Life is just the passage of time and it's up to you to pass it as you please." Charlotte Eriksson
"The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time." James Taylor