In a Soul Kitchen Dance group today lead by Rachel Phillipe, which focused on freedom and independence, another friend, Barbara Morningstar suggested that we explore the idea of the fourth of July as Interdependence Day instead of Independence Day. This is my declaration.
The origins of 13 American Colonies declaring independence from the British are well known to Americans and many other cultures, too.
Independence and freedom are very important to all humans. We all must step through the levels of independence in order to know that we can and do stand in our own power, to shrug off the yoke of oppression in whatever form that takes and to remember ourselves as sovereign beings. Throughout human history, we have experienced this with differing degrees of success. Sometimes we help each other to live these qualities and sometimes we hold each other back from knowing independence and freedom. However, these qualities of sovereignty and freedom are just the beginning of where our inner wisdom is guiding us.
If independence is the goal and not just the stepping stone, then we are missing the next objective in our evolution: Interdependence.
The third dimensional definitions of independence include “free from outside control and not depending on another’s authority” (Oxford Dictionary). These are positive aspects of independence. However, one of the other Oxford Dictionary definitions is “not connected with another or with each other, separate.” When taken to its extreme, this notion of independence, of not being connected is isolationism or even abandonment.
The separation energy is what has allowed us to form groups where some of us are in our group and others are not. Some of us are worth protecting and others are not. Buying into the concept of separation is borne from fear and the need to keep our power by overt or covert means instead of knowing the strength and power that comes to us all when we see ourselves as the unity of humanity not divisions within humanity.
Interdependency energy brings with it the power of mutual reliance and the reassurance from the axiom that the sum is greater than its parts.
In nature, bees have individual reasons for landing on flowers (e.g. gathering nectar). The interdependent relationship allows that the act that benefits the bees, also benefits the propagation of more flowers. We as humans, individually and collectively, sometimes play the role of the bees and sometimes we play the role of the flowers. Regardless we are integral to each other.
This first half of the year 2020 has given us ample opportunity to see the interdependent nature of this experiment, the interconnectedness of us all. It isn’t just the interdependent nature of humans, countries, economies, and freedoms. We have seen videos of animals’ behavior changing when many humans were sheltering at home. We have seen changes in air quality in big cities with less traffic. There is a long list of consequences, intended and unintended, that have resulted due to our actions and experiences this year. These demonstrate our interdependency.
Coming from the goal of experiencing our oneness, the separation which needs to be healed is not the physical separation in order to slow the spread of a virus or the physical separation required to initially set up our own sovereignty or to stand in our power. The separation which needs to be acknowledged and healed is that we believe we are separate from All of Creation, from Source. Ultimately, we are interdependent because we are One, we are Source. Recognizing and embracing our interconnectedness, our interdependency will move us forward in all of the challenges we may be facing as individuals, as Americans, as humans, as beings of Light.
Knowing ourselves as unique within the unity will propel us forward in our evolution and in our sovereignty and freedom. Paul Dirac, a British physicist, stated: “Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.” This statement proclaims that everything and everyone effect each other. It is my declaration of interdependence that we strive to affect each other in ways that allow us to experience and spread more love, joy, and freedom. Happy Interdependence Day.
Gratitude to Benn from Pixabay.com for the image.
My former cat companion, Xena, was a true priestess who navigated life with grace, poise and detachment. She was every bit the elegant lady, but even she had moments of being frazzled. What she modeled so well was her ability to regain her composure easily and effortlessly after a moment of imbalance.
I remember one particular morning, as I was getting ready for work, I opened the linen closet to get something and didn’t see her sneak in. In a rush to get to work, I shut the linen closet and left. When, I came home that evening, I soon heard a mournful, bleating meow coming from somewhere in the house. I searched and searched and finally identified the sound as coming through the linen closet door. When I opened it, she came frantically rushing out of the very disheveled closet where everything on the lowest shelf and floor was over-turned and jumbled together. I looked at the chaos and immediately realized what had happened. I felt terribly guilty that she had been stuck in there all day. How could I not have seen her go in? What kind of cat mom was I?
Xena, in her mastery, trotted into my bedroom, gave one last exasperated meow, then literally shook it off and went about her usual business. I could feel her energy shift, even though mine hadn’t because I’d yet to forgive myself. I checked in with guidance about whether there was anything I could do for her and heard that she had been annoyed at the experience but was already over and done with it. She had completely let go of the entire event. I heard from my Soul to do the same.
I share this bit of feline wisdom for all of us during these sometimes stressful and uncertain times. Animals are often great models of being so in the moment that once a stressful situation has passed, they are able to re-focus their attention immediately to whatever is happening in that next moment. Since most stress comes from our negative beliefs about the past or fear of the future, the greatest peace comes from allowing ourselves to fully relax into the Divine Now. I know that it’s sometimes easier said than done, but what a great opportunity to work with our own version of shaking it off as we bring ourselves back to this present moment.
picture courtesy of Pixabay
If the path in front of us is not clear, we each need to ask our inner wisdom for just the next step. We may not know what step number ten is on our path. The view might be hazy or obscured. Because the highest plan for each of us is part of the unity of the highest plan for all humans, we really cannot know what step number 10 on the path is anyway. The highest plan for us changes with the influx of energy and decisions that those around us also take. The highest plan for us changes with the decision to take the next step now or whether we wait until next week to take it.
Work with the energy of divine discernment to help determine the next step for you and when to take it. Trust your inner wisdom. Find the strength to be who you truly are in every moment. Find the determination to take your next step with the wisdom and grace that is your quintessence.
Much gratitude to Pixabay.com Free-Photos for the image.
Recently, while walking on an open space trail, a young family on bicycles turned onto the trail just ahead of me. They immediately turned up a short, steep hill. The parents and the older child made it fine. The younger child, trailing behind, didn’t have enough muscle power to make it easily up the hill. She was a little mite, probably about 4 years old, wearing brightly colored, striped tights on short legs. Her little legs kept pumping furiously as she gradually slowed down. Finally, she began to chant encouragement to herself in a small, sing-song voice, “Keep pedaling, keep moving, keep pedaling, keep going, keep pedaling…” and she made it over the hill to join her waiting family.
Sometimes, the simplest reminders can be quite powerful. Keep pedaling. Keep moving. Just keep going and you’ll continue to move forward. Each pump of the pedal, each small step takes us further down the trail and closer to our destination. It doesn’t have to be done with great fanfare or all at once. Slow and steady still wins the race.
So, when you find yourself feeling a little weary or weighed down, remember that little girl, who found a way to just keep going, one pump at a time. We are all that little girl sometimes, not quite sure if we’ll make it over the hill, not quite sure of our own power. But we’ll never make it if we get off the bicycle and sit down. There is a magical alchemy that happens when we hold a clear and conscious intention and simply keep moving forward. We may just ourselves accomplishing seemingly difficult or even impossible things.
There are a lot of challenges coming up for many in these changing times. But we’ll all get where we’re going. Keep pedaling, everyone, and enjoy the ride!
photo courtesy of Pixabay
Go ahead, admit to us what you have been binge watching or reading while you have been following the safer-at-home guidelines during the Corona Virus outbreak. I will come clean to let you know that I am a serial romance novel reader. I enjoy the whimsical ones, the ones with metaphysical and magical aspects, the comedy ones and even the ones that have mysteries to solve or tragedies to put right. I learn about human interaction and psyche and topics I would never have thought to read about any other way. I once had an interesting conversation with a rugby player on an airplane flight only because I had learned some rugby rules from a series about the New Zealand National team, the All Blacks, called Escape to New Zealand by Rosalind James.
No matter the subject matter, the tone, the tragic events or the level of romance, they always have a happily ever after ending. That is what keeps me coming back. This is not to say that I only read romance novels or novels that have happily ever after as their main focus, but when I want to relax and improve my mood, I will choose a romance novel every time.
While elevation of my mood is the main reason that romance novels are my go-to feel good reading, I realize that they are a good metaphor for my relationship with the experiment in duality. I volunteered to join this experiment of believing myself separate from Source. Why would I do that? Masochism, self-loathing, ignorance? No, I joined the experiment because I thought the story would be interesting and I knew there would be a happily ever after when all was said and done.
The journey and what I learn from the journey is what I want to experience because at the end of the experiment we all remember who we are, we remember why we joined the experiment and we remember that love and joy are our birthrights, no matter what. No matter what we have done, what we failed to do, what power we took or gave away, the ending is the same. We remember we are not separate from Source. We remember that WE ARE SOURCE. Everything else is just the interesting narrative that we experience as we meander toward our definitive happily ever after.
“I assure you: it will be very hard for rich people to enter the Kingdom of heaven. I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”
~ Mathew 19:23-24
Jesus, the Buddha and other masters have spoken of the evils of too many riches. They were not speaking of wealth itself (abundance is our birthright) but of our unwillingness to let go of worldly things which cause our pain and suffering. Attachments to money or possessions or status or power are all versions of that metaphorical camel that hold us back from passing through the doorway to the truth of who we are.
Our world is rapidly changing and shifting into a new paradigm that we cannot clearly see just yet. It is happening whether we think we want it to or not. While we cannot see exactly what shape it will take, we can certainly open ourselves up to feel it, to know it from within. Now is a time to shift your focus from the trappings of the illusion, the false truths of the material world, and embrace what is true from the perspective of your divine self. This can be a joyful experience when we freely release what is already crumbling away from us.
When we listen to what we know to be true, rather than what we think we see, then paradoxically we slide easily through the eye of that needle, no matter how small it appears. When we let go of our attachments, which seem so large and solid, we are actually letting go of the illusion. The moment we are willing to set aside the baggage of false beliefs we have been dragging along with us is the moment when our experiences become the rich abundance of heaven on earth. We must let go of it all in order to gain it all.
Take the time to meditate on this: Which aspect of the illusion are you holding onto most tightly right now? What is blocking you from gliding effortlessly through the doorway to spiritual freedom?