Thursday, January 5, 2017

We Were Made For These Times

"We Were Made For These Times" is by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. She is an American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, as well as author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.)

A friend of mine re-posted this on his Facebook feed. He posted it in 2008 originally. It just shows that plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (the more things change the more they stay the same.) (attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr)

"My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I, too, have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for."

1 comment:

  1. This comment I am making is actually apropo to a 2014 article you posted in Capper's Farmer, so pardon me, but I just wanted to pass this along: did you ever find a product for horse mane and tail detangler? I know of one! It is sold under many different brands, for people: hair detangler. It is made up of mostly if not all ingredient of dimethicone or a variant, silicone basically- and I buy mine from the dollar stores, you can get more expensive brands from any stores but you're wasting your money. It's made for people, and the spray dispenser only spritzes out a small amount at one time, you can unscrew the cap and pour out a decent amount and gently apply it to the horse hair tangles. Let it work into all the areas that are tangled, then brush/comb starting at the lowest point, and working your way up. I've seen a person actually MAKE tangles by trying to force the comb down through the hair by placing the comb at the top of the tangle and pushing down. Anyway, the hair detangler products are a MIRACLE cure. I use them on any animals, it's harmless- but I wipe off any excess just to prevent them from licking it off (it's not toxic anyway) and I also use it on my long hair. Like I said, miracle cure for tangles. Hope this helps, if you haven't found a product already. I enjoy your articles in Capper's Farmer and looked you up JUST so I could post this ONE thing, but the article is a few yrs old (the one in reference, was about WD-40 and some jokester told you it would work to detangle horse hair! what a MESS! and wrong) cheers