By Amber L'Estrange, Art by Alexandra Valenti
Feeling overwhelmed and concerned with the state of our environmental, political and social climate? I assure you, you are not alone! The world seems to be extra rocky recently, and anyone with half a heart wants to contribute to a positive change. But how is little old me meant to make a difference to these out of control elements you say?!
I may have found the answer....
Yes, it is easy to flick through the incessant stream of media showcasing the world's impending doom and gloom, and think S#*T, we are F@#%ED!!! There seems to be an unusually turbulent acceleration of destructive energy surging around the world right now with no intention to slow down. Perhaps it seems worse than ever because we are plugged into a more advanced technological era and depressing news is at our fingertips every minute of everyday. OR perhaps this raging catastrophic energy is indeed at an abnormal high and is pushing mankind toward a tipping point, a new paradigm.
With a sense of discreet optimism I lean toward the latter, not because of wishful thinking, but due to solid evidence in my own life, that major breakdowns are needed for major breakthroughs. Along my life path, I have experienced many a time where my world came crashing down, immersing me in darkness with no possible recovery in sight, let alone a positive spin to hold onto. To my surprise, with a little time, distance and God's grace, I was able to look back at EACH ONE of those moments with gratitude and a knowing that it was EXACTLY what needed to happen to deliver me to where I needed to be.
These experiences gifted me with a deep understanding and trust in divine timing and universal orchestration. In saying that, perhaps these current affairs are precisely what we need to nudge us toward a more peaceful future?
Maybe if we each take responsibility for our own healing, we can heal the wounds of the world.
I believe we are connected to the Earth and as we loose the plot, so will she. This madness that is seen in radical groups, mass shootings, famine, cruelty and talks of nuclear warfare, is mirrored in the Earth's timely and parallel natural disasters occurring. The recent volcanos, earthquakes, fires, floods, droughts, and dangerous rise in temperature is Mother Nature's way of not only expressing the pain she is in, but is also her voice saying, "WAKE UP people, you cannot continue this way, it's time to start again and do it right this time!!"
The answer lies in our connectedness to each other. There must be a mass movement toward oneness, we are stronger in numbers! Join an organization that is in action toward carving a way toward a better future for us all! "Kiss The Ground" is a non-profit that is teaching and practicing a way we can reverse climate change. Check out their ideas on how we can all make a difference each day!
How else can I make a true impact toward a better future?
The first and foremost place to turn your attention is inward. Just look around you and you will see that the age old battle of Light vs Dark, Good vs Evil is real and is impossible to win until we conquer the battle within our own hearts. The relationship with ourselves and the people in our lives is the one thing that IS in our control during these turbulent times and is the only way toward sustainable, positive change. To heal the Earth we must heal ourselves. To stop the wars, we must stop the war within our own heads and between lovers, friends and neighbors
Self observation is key...
Simply getting in the habit of watching yourself and where your attention and action goes within the context of "which side is this representing" can move you toward really making a positive difference inward and outwardly.
What can you do to start working on representing the side of love?
Check out our article on self love here for a more in depth read on this topic.
We have to win the war in our own homes before we can win the war on the streets. Love relationships can be a powerful showcase for what side of the war you are fighting for.
It is easy to get caught up in the drama of blame, hurt, and wrong doings that can accumulate over the duration of a relationship. It is SO easy to get distracted by these painful moments and hold onto them as the “truth” of what happened or who that person is. Through personal experience, I have come to realize that even in these times of shock, disappointment and fear, there is a bigger plan at work, there is divine management at play, and there is an opportunity for me to deeply heal and move toward love.
Divine Union between equal and opposite partners is the most stable spiritual state for the human consciousness. This is why most crave relationship stability, and almost everyone is (or has been) looking for "the one". From a state of Divine Union, two partners can live in harmony and really begin to make a positive change in the world and expressions of all that is good (love, acceptance, peace, harmony- these are powerful ways of being that will lead to a powerful life!!). However, if the two partners are wasting their energy in toxic relationship drama, it not only takes down both partners from within, but prevents their personal and joint passion projects from getting done.
Consider that when you are engaging in destructive thoughts or behavior in your relationship, that you are representing the war on hate, separation, all things that move us away from peace and love. I know how hard it is to move thoughts toward love in the heat of the moment when your argument seems SO real and valid!! In these times, take a deep breath and catch yourself before you engage. Ask yourself, "What side of the war am I committed to?" I must BE the change if I wish to see in the change in humanity. Easier said than done, believe me, I know...that is why you have to start on the list of support above. This is a battle, and we must be well equipped and trained if we want to win!!
Imagine what the world would look like if each of us took on the quest for our own inner peace, a deep healing from the traumas accumulated over one's life. If we were free from our childhood wounds, if we had forgiven our parents, our lovers, our friends for the hurt we experienced, do you think we would feel the need to hurt one another? Individual healing could quite possibly manifest as less violence, war, abuse, pollution and starvation. Sounds good to me..
There is an esoteric philosophy that many religions and spiritual groups believe is at the center of the war we have been discussing. These schools of thought say that the “darkness” infiltrates our life as its own entity using YOU to express itself. This may sound a little hocus pocus, but consider that there is more at play here then what the human eye is trained to see, and a bigger picture we are all a part of that we may not be aware of. Even if this is a hard concept for you to buy, separating yourself from BEING the anger, pain, resentment...and instead seeing it rather as its own entity, is a helpful physiological analogy that supports an individual in getting a new more empowering perspective on things.
This is a big and possibly daunting subject, but I have a fun idea for you to explore that may ease the burden of doing all the work yourself ;) In other dimensional planes of existence, God Consciousness and our angels and spirit guides are fighting for divine union, peace, love and conscious evolution, while "the darkness", "Devil", negative entities, and ego mind are fighting for separation and hatred, (this can look like fear, resentment, blame, shame, deceit...ANYTHING that will convince a person to turn away from love). So when you are feeling overwhelmed by the current state of worldly or personal affairs, remember, you have angels out there that have your back, and when you find yourself on the dark side, call in your angels and command your personal space in the light,.
Have you got a story about how spiritual warfare is playing our in your own life? Please share with us! Your words can help others and their journey towards the light! xx
If you haven't already, please listen to our podcast episode "Spiritual Warfare". In this episode we analyze where in our own lives our inner warfare runs rampant, why and how this battle is reflected in other elements of our lives and the world around us.