We are living through such an intense time right now. Many of us feel deeply unsettled by changes we see going on around us, by the deep divisions in our society, by the rise of fear, dishonesty, injustice, and chaos.
It’s hard to know how to respond, how to proceed in our ordinary lives. Even if we get active, speak out, and stay informed, it can all still feel pretty overwhelming, destabilizing, disheartening, and exhausting.
It’s hard to stay hopeful, or to know what to do.
Turning to the Guides
The day after the U.S. presidential election, the first thing I did was turn to the Guides. I sat down at my desk, lit a candle, and vented my shock and dismay for a while on the page.
Then I took a deep breath. “It feels like a dark and scary time,” I wrote. “What do we need to know about this?”
Here’s some of what the Guides said:
You need to know that not all is as it appears. That within darkness or from darkness comes great Light. You may not see this now. It will take time. It may be hard to recognize. But rest assured, through this Darkness a great Light is being born.
The Light of consciousness. The Light of—yes—Hope. The Light of people coming together to fight ignorance and fear. Not with weapons but with words, and with Love. You will see a great Movement arise. You will be part of this Movement. You ARE part of this Movement.
Sometimes it takes a great Darkness to spur on the birth of an equally great, or greater, Light. That is the moment you as a nation are facing now, and it is not easy and it will take time.
Trust in the outcome even though you don’t yet see the path. We are with you, we are lighting your way every step of the way.
The Importance of Getting a Higher Perspective
Remember, this was November 9. It was months before the Women’s March, before the travel bans, before postcards or town halls or the word Resistance. I didn’t know in that moment what the Guides meant when they talked about a Movement–they were very deliberate in their use of the capital “M”–and in fact even now, I suspect their use of the term both includes and transcends the political sphere. That the Movement they speak of is, as much as anything, a movement of hearts.
But what their guidance reminded me, as always, is that there is a bigger picture, cosmically speaking.
That even on the darkest of days, there is solace and relief to be found in glimpsing our lives from the level of the soul.
And that’s something, it seems to me, we could all use right now. A sense of what in the hell (or Heaven) is going on, what it means, and why maybe, just maybe, despite the worry and dismay so many of us feel, everything is going to be OK.
That’s the perspective I bring, through the Guides, to my coaching clients, and also one I will explore here. I’ll also share more of what they said after the election in an upcoming post!
Not a Pollyanna Perspective
When I say “things are going to be OK,” I don’t mean perfect, or easy, or that anything is simple or easily resolved.
Because the Guides have a very different way of looking at human life, and human timelines, than we do. As you will see, they are interested in soul growth over lifetimes, and not so much in a lack of suffering in the short term. They are deeply compassionate toward our pain, but at the same time they understand that the pathos of human life is how we learn.
In this way, their perspective can take some getting used to. But once grasped, it can offer tremendous peace–and impetus for positive change.
I will share a whole lot more on their paradoxical perspectives in future posts, as well as the story of how I got started doing this work, and just what or who I mean when I refer to the Guides.
In the meantime, I wish you Love, Light, and the awareness of Divine support as we make our way forward in these uncertain times.