Jul 9, 2016

We Were Made For These Times


"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. "

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

Our family recently used three vessels to canoe and kayak over the 4th of July to one of our dearest places in the world. A place on the Oregon Coast where the river meets the sea. A sacred place where we brought our three children, and our best friends three children to play on a peninsula of sand until the mother and the child were killed in a rollover car crash 19 years ago that left the husband and two remaining sons bereft. A place where the husband and father was hiking and no doubt filled with memories and fell to his death a year and a half ago. 

Now, on this trip, the canoe I was in had problems and could not battle the headwind or the waves. Debating between beaching on a side where we could not traverse the rocky beach or returning to the side where we had started and hoping for rescue, instead our family realizing our dire straits, came back for us. When we reach that end place of feeling stuck and unable to progress..and are unable to choose between opposite but equal choices... there is always someone there for you. 

You may not see them, or feel them, but they are there. 

"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. "

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.


Mary said...

Thank you for these encouraging words. They arrived at just the right time.

Scrappy quilter said...

Thank you Michele words to calm the storm. I find my calm in Him daily, the one place I can go knowing that He calms my storms. Many are they. Reading your blog always brings me joy. Hugs and love

Celia said...

Great words Michele. "It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here." I am reminding myself of this a lot lately and when I really listen to Him my heart is peaceful.

Winifred said...

Wise words Michelle. We see all the terrible things reported but hardly ever the wonderful things like the miracles that doctors & nurses perform, the little things children do so beautifully that bring tears to our eyes & the ordinary people who do extraordinary things every day. God bless!

Susan said...

Yours is always a voice of calm in the insanity of this world. Thank you. Also glad you made it safely back to shore.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, what a post filled with encouraging words.

Thank you ~ FlowerLady