Friday, July 6, 2012

STEPPING STONES

REFLECTIONS FROM WITHIN





7.6.12

How do we navigate the intensity of life today?

As the world situation intensifies there will be more and more events of greater intensity presenting themselves for our attention, events that reach out to entangle the mind and the personality.  Anchoring ourselves in our deepest values, and strengthening the alignment between the personality and the innate wisdom of the soul will help us live from a place of personal peace. As the next few years unfold, we’ll find it increasingly important to avoid being pulled off balance by dynamic outer events. A new world is taking form within us and around us, and it’s there that we want to center our attention.
Our path through this work is organic; it arises naturally as a progression of events – one follows another. It’s not given to us to have a map to follow, but as we become more cognizant of the rhythms and patterns of this journey, we develop a path.  The ways we work in the world and our responses to the events that come to pass, arise in the context of the moment.  



For the most part we can only see the single stepping stone ahead of us.  We can’t see the progression itself, where it’s going.  And with experience, we become comfortable moving from the stone we stand on to the one in front of us.  We pause there, waiting until the next stone comes into view.  As we see the process unfold in this way, we come to trust the ground we’re standing on and our ability move to the next step.  The ability to trust that; to move to the next step as we are indicated, pause, and repeat the process; that is the way of it.  And because there is no map, we shift from an intellectual approach of projecting to an intuitive approach based in trust. We trust the experience of being grounded exactly where we are at, comfortable or not, knowing we have the ability to take the next step when it moves us forward. 


When we move in this manner from one stepping stone to the next, there are always many possibilities of where the next stone could appear.  If we had a linear map of the stones, laid out from beginning to end, there would be no choice but to follow a single path.  In this step-by-step organic process of movement, if factors shift while we’re standing on one stone, the next one may appear in an unexpected – but totally appropriate – location. 
The mapped sequence is static -- it only leads to one place.  But by going one step at a time, we can end up anywhere that life needs us to go.  In earlier development of our species, possession of a map to get from A to Z was perhaps essential.  But we no longer know where Z is, and in this new world, where we need to end up is yet to be determined.

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3 Comments:

At July 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM , Blogger Caterina Giglio said...

wonderful and so very uplifting, you will do very well with this format, enjoy!!

 
At July 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM , Blogger Valerie said...

Thanks Caterina! La Dolce Vita has been an inspiration, and I want to link once I figure out how.

 
At June 22, 2016 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful and thought provoking Valerie. I have been trying to stay in that "intuitive space" and it's not easy when we want answers. Our spirits are impatient with the person that carries it along the way, but thankfully we have light beams like you. oxoxo

 

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