Living today, it’s like walking forward on a fast moving walkway. The momentum for speed carries us forward like one of those motorized thingies they have at airports. Even if you stand still, clutching your suitcase, another passenger may pass you by, moving even faster.
Good luck staying comfortable, no matter how fast or slowly you wish to go.
That’s life in this Age of Aquarius, where collective consciousness all over the world is evolving so fast. In the country I know best, America, this has been a month of such social and political change.
- A huge victory for gay rights and a hideous defeat for the opposers.
- A humiliating loss for those who are now stockpiling Confederate flags like crazy, while they can still get them.
- Fuming rage or frustrated incredulity for those who support gun control, at watching yet another murder.
- Horror that the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land.
- Buttons pushed first by Caityn Jenner, then by Rachel Dolezal.
- And all that’s just America. What anybody concerned about financial security who lives right now in Greece? Or marriage conservatives in Ireland? What about so much more….
No matter what you believe, right now, there are challenges. Winners and losers.
In everyday life, people might do you wrong. Or you might do someone wrong, although never meaning to hurt anyone. Then feeling so bad afterwards.
What are we supposed to do with that? Even more rage. Shame and guilt. Fear of letting go. Fear of not being able to let go. Trying so very, very hard to be a good person yet feeling sometimes like a fool.
How can we go on?
And even if we, personally, feel balanced, how can we help others?
Moving forward now, there is one thing each of us can do. Be kind.
You are so likeable, so loveable.
Maybe this is a good day to remember it.
And if others you know are wrong about something, you might remember that they also want to be good people.
They want to be loveable, yearn to be liked and respected.
Can you safely open up your heart to find something to like? Dare to let yourself feel it. And then reach out a bit, if you can.
Simple kindness can help so much. Just a smile. Or maybe a friendly word.
I’m not talking denial and forced cheerfulness, as in a song that gives really awful advice, “Smile, Though Your Heart Is Aching.”
I’m talking a bit of compassion towards others, generosity of spirit. Love it or not, all of us are trapped on the quick moving walkway called “Earth in the Age of Aquarius.”
What has changed in the Age of Aquarius?
The biggest change is our collective pace of spiritual evolution. It’s so very, very fast now.
- Habits that we didn’t know were habits. By now they are recognizably bad habits, yet we never ever meant it that way.
- Beliefs that we hadn’t questioned for years, so sure we were that we lived on the side of the angels… and now we might be invited to beliefs that are newer and wider…
In the words of the hymn that President so movingly sang, “I once was lost but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see.”
How great does that feel, looking back with clearer sight to discover that we hurt others? How lovely and “spiritual” does that feel?
Maybe that only feels good if your desire to grow is stronger than your pride. Maybe that kind of discovery only feels bearable when we have a strong, vibrant connection to God. (And, with all respect to the talented Rev. Rick Warren and others, many people today only think they have such a strong, vibrant connection.)
Oh yes, we humans are stuck on a rapidly moving walkway. Progressing even when we wish to stand still.
And what hasn’t changed?
This is true for each man or woman alive, every boy or girl, even babies who are still so small that they cannot hold up their heads without help.
Each of us is an immortal soul. Each of us is a beautiful being.
Each of us is at Earth School right now. And we didn’t just land here because of cruel fate. Each of us chose to be here, to live here right now.
Remembering that sometimes can help. And when part of this messy collective adventure, whenever it’s hard, what else helps?
Very human kindness from others can give us the heart to keep growing.
While opening up our hearts to others makes it easier to be kind, respectful, polite. To forgive ourselves, too.
Today will be a new chance for everyone. Every sacred day here on earth is like that, with a fresh start. And then there’s always tomorrow.