by Kingsley L. Dennis
from KingsleyDennis Website
We have to get used to doing things differently - for these 'different things' will become our normal ways soon enough. This shift from older patterns and structures that once served us well, into a space where some things are no longer working for us can be unsettling and disturbing.
Yet don't waste time with old energy patterns that
are no longer working. We may feel frustrated in not knowing what to
do - and yet this is only just the beginning. In terms of the longer
time scale we still have a long way to go, for this change is going
to be many years in the making.
It is likely that many of us have already experienced this - a sense of rapidity and uncertainty unlike previous years. There is no need for this feeling of 'shifting ground' to cause anxiety. Change does not mean something negative - people are only afraid of what they don't know.
The easy part in all of this is accepting the need for a 'new normal' - the more difficult part is to actively engage in change, in a way that is balanced, stable, and not strange.
Being a part of the 'new normal' also means normalizing ourselves: there is no more need to stand apart; that is, to use 'difference' as part of your personality or identity. You cannot express your full potential when imbalanced. The 'new normal' is not here to alienate oneself and others - it does not support divisive energies.
However, we are not starting from scratch - arriving
to where we find ourselves now is also part of the change.
When there is imbalance in the body it naturally seeks to find balance:
We already instinctively know this, and how to practice it.
By re-adapting to change and flux we propel ourselves
forward - it is a force of momentum within our lives. The new
re-balancing is not about going back to the old - it is about
finding new positions and definitions. We have to re-define for
ourselves what is the new normal.
Religious belief and
unquestioning faith were old tools, for example. Now we
need to figure out what are the new tools we have, and how to use
them. And within this period of new learning we may also need to do
some personal 'clearing' - to get our own personal house in order.
For many young people, it seems obvious that change
is an essential, and necessary, part of life. It is only us,
entrenched in our years of conditioned stability that fear such flux
There's no better time than now for re-engagement -
to reflect upon the question of 'what is "life" for me? - and how
can I participate?'
It can be unsettling at first when trying to get used to something that is always moving!
It is like a radio station that constantly shifts its broadcast frequencies - and every day you have to re-tune your radio to find the new frequency. Yet this constant shifting is also a way for us to find meaning and significance in our lives.
We may find that many of the shifts that we choose to activate/act on will have a direct influence upon our need to find a renewed meaning in life.
Another way to consider these changes is to view them
as being part of the shift from survival mode to creation mode -
creating a new way of living more suitable to how we wish to live
life in creative and meaningful ways.
Each role is equal in importance - and yet each is different in how it relates and engages with others in life.
The new normal is going to have a strong influence upon the values of,
Our social, local, and global networks will be ever more important for us. Whether we manifest things in life, facilitate for others, or nurture others - each involves conscious participation.
That is the core of the new normal -
balanced, stable, conscious participation in finding meaning for
ourselves and others; and to be creative and active in pursuing a
positive future for all.