Stop the World...
I Want to Get Off!
Can anbody relate?
In the mid-60s, my father took us to the New York World’s Fair, and we saw the Broadway musical, “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off,” starring Anthony Newley. It was my first trip to New York City, my first trip to a World’s Fair, and my first Broadway musical. The show is about a man, Littlechap, who had visions of making his mark in the world and becoming rich and successful, who is realizing that the world, instead, has gotten away from him, and his life is nothing like what he imagined it would be. He is confused, disillusioned, and world weary. And he wants it all just to stop for a time, so he can gather himself, regroup, and somehow set it all to rights.
I felt the same way at the time. The president had been assassinated. My mother had died. The Cold War and the war in Viet Nam were escalating, and civil rights legislation was again heating things up in the South. At a young age, the entire world had been pulled out from under me, people seemed to be going insane, and life no longer made any sense at all. I wanted the world to stop, so I could get off! But it didn’t stop. In fact, the great Uranus/Pluto Conjunction moved into place and, for the next 10 years, life became even more chaotic!
Now—half-way through the second iteration of the great Uranus/Pluto transformational cycle that started back then (this time, the Square)—most of the people in the world have that same feeling of disillusion, confusion, and world-weariness, having seen and experienced too much in a world seemingly gone mad, and having endured too many losses, with no end in sight. Many would like to see the world just stop for a time, so they can get off, gather themselves, regroup, and somehow set it all to rights.
It really is feeling like we’re all on a big roller-coaster these days; a roller-coaster that we’ve been riding for way too long. For the last few years, we’ve lurched along, going faster and faster, with a few sharp, unexpected turns here and there. We also went through a series of short peaks and valleys... up, down, up, down, up, down… before leveling off for a bit and starting to go up a long, steep incline.
For the past few months, we’ve been chugging up and up, slowly but steadily, toward the peak of… what? For some, the last few months have felt excruciating and slow, possibly due to a deep sense of anticipation, a collective waiting for the other shoe to drop. On some very deep level, we can feel that soon we very likely will crest the top of that peak we’ve been climbing and plunge down fast, possibly screaming all the way, until we reach the bottom, take another unexpected sharp turn, and then, finally, level out (or, as we fear, careen off the tracks altogether).
On a Higher level, we know that this is all one big ride. In everyday life, however, when those sharp turns and sudden dips present themselves, the screams feel all too real, and we have definitely forgotten it’s supposed to be fun! And many of us just want it to stop, so we can get off. Can you say nauseated and exhausted?? Roller-coaster ride, indeed!
And it’s not over yet! In April and beyond, we can expect some escalation of the insanity, confusion, and overwhelm. (Sorry!) To put it mildly, April has the potential to be a game-changer, on personal, national, and global levels. As Bette Davis said in All About Eve, “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” (See the article in the side column for more on the April astrology.)
The good news is that perhaps some of the personal internal pressure will let up, as the manifestation of transformation goes external. The first half of the 2012-2015 Uranus/Pluto Square cycle caused deep, internal, unconscious transformation, in some ways making us feel like we were being squeezed like giant tubes of toothpaste (and what oozed out wasn't exactly pretty, but it needed to GO!).
If you think back about 5-10 years, you may realize that your deep beliefs and yearnings have changed. You may be feeling vaguely, but persistently restless, with a deep longing for freedom from... something (whatever in your life has felt increasingly restrictive). In many cases, in many lives, these deep internal changes have resulted in—or been prompted by—big outer changes in the most fundamental parts of our lives, possibly in terms of our health, our homes, our jobs, and our relationships.
With the passing of the half-way mark in the current segment of this large transformational cycle (184 years altogether), we will now begin to see those inner changes manifesting much more in the outer world and on the larger stage. And—although increased violence and chaos are possible—remember that the changes that manifest don’t necessarily have to be bad.
Yes, armed revolution and riots in the streets probably will continue to occur in places around that world that have been subjected to deep oppression and/or stagnation. But that isn’t the only way this huge transformation will manifest. Look also for dramatic, mind-boggling new information to surface and deep secrets to be revealed; changes in large institutions and systems (think governments, BigEnergy/BigPharma/BigAgriculture, religions, and the economy); and amazing breakthroughs in science and technology—all with the potential to change our beliefs and consciousness and life as we know it, understand it, and live it, day-to-day.
The biggest challenge in all this internal and external change is letting go of our attachments and our need to control, and overcoming our deep fear of change, itself. Humans just don’t like change, and we resist it with all our might, often to our own detriment. We even resist change that we want, if it doesn’t show up in exactly the way we imagined it. We are so busy trying to control every detail that we have no faith that things will work out for us. And we don’t understand or really believe that sometimes “a Greater Power” has more information and a better idea for us than we do. When change happens, "Fear of God" too often trumps the idea of a loving God, and change is often viewed as punishment.
We must remember—especially in times of change, when we can't see the ultimate outcome— that God/Source/the Universe/All That Is really does have our backs and that we must let go of the current “reality” before the new, better reality can manifest. We cannot sail off into our new adventure if we cling desperately to the old, deteriorating dock because we fear the Ark might sink (or worse is rigged to). We must let go of the old, and turn our faces toward the new… and watch for all the signs that the new is really here, rather than only seeing what supports our determination to view change as “bad.”
It is the transition times—the times when we are caught between the end of the old ways and the beginning of the new—that “try men’s souls.” These are the times that we must face our own fears (and release them!) and, quite often, journey through that Dark Night of the Soul. Yet these are the very times that are most ripe with creation energy, if we can just get ourselves and our fears and our self-defeating need for control out of our way and allow our Highest Selves and God/Source/the Universe/All That Is to help us.
In the 60s, Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose,” (Me and Bobby McGee, Kristofferson & Foster), and in a lot of ways she was right. True freedom comes when we release the old way of being, with all of its beliefs, expectations, and self-definitions and limitations, and re-invent ourselves from the ground up, based on a new understanding of who we really are. Most people only do this voluntarily a few times in their lives: when they go off to college, when they claim their adulthood and enter the working world full-time, get married, and/or get divorced. Each of those life-changing times provides an opportunity to choose who/how we want to be in a new setting and situation.
Nature abhors stagnation, and if we don't voluntarily shift and change periodically, Life will provide the opportunity, usually by upsetting our apple cart or pulling the rug out from under us. And we usually don't see that as an "opportunity"!
But even when changes are thrust upon us, we can reassess who we are and choose to express that in different ways in the world. When we are young, those times are scary but exciting opportunities. As we get older, we tend to forget the excitement and opportunity, and we focus on the fear that rises up to stop us, the what-ifs, and the worst-case scenarios.
Our best chance of continuing to successfully navigate the seas of change is to release our death-grip on reality-as-we-know-it; realize that although we have lived our lives a certain way, in certain circumstances, those things are not Who We Are; and understand that we are highly creative and adaptable creatures. If we can release the past and move on, we can create something even better. But we have to believe that, because we will create from our beliefs, good or bad. For a person who has been knocked down in the mud, the world looks very different if he is looking down into the mud or up at the sky. We will create our lives based on the direction we are looking. Choose wisely.
Think about all the changes we’ve had in the past 20 years. If you can, think back to life before the Uranus/Pluto cycle began, back in the early 60’s. Life has dramatically changed, and yes, there are some who would happily take us back to a time that was, perhaps, idyllic only for them or only in their own minds. And yes, each step forward has had its own “shake down” period. But we have changed and adapted, and so much has happened for the good!
Over the course of a couple of fast decades, we’ve embraced the internet, which provides access to an amazing array of information and to other people around the world; we’ve gone from calculators to bulky desktop computers to tablets and smartphones; LP collections have given way to, cassettes, CDs, and now, mp3 files; laser surgery easily removes cataracts and improves vision; medical technology/equipment enables surgery with minimal trauma to the body; and new prosthetics for wounded veterans make “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman” seem current.
We can’t imagine life without our useful toys, and yet… I still remember the uproar when we first got answering machines for our land lines. It was the end of civilization, to some, and even Miss Manners had to weigh in on the issue of whether people should be permitted to “screen” their calls.
How many big changes have we met with excitement, rather than fear? And how many have we ended up embracing—and wondering how we ever lived without them? The important thing to keep in mind as we continue this transformational process is that we have only to look back over the last 20 years to see that we have all managed quite a bit of transformation and change already. It's no wonder we're exhausted, but would anyone seriously want to go back? If you're inclined to say yes, think about that again: would you really want to give up all the changes since then?
We cannot know exactly what changes will occur over the next few years or how the changes will play out. But that has always been the case. Change is what Life is about, and it is not so much what happens to or around us, but how we respond to it. It is an illusion to think anything remains the same.
We can, however, “lighten our load” as we move forward by letting go of the past, releasing our attachments, suspending our fear, and greeting change with an open mind and heart, looking for the good in whatever we see and whatever comes our way, and consciously expecting the “best-case scenario.”
Remember that God/Source/the Universe/All That Is really does have our backs and will always provide what we need. But we have to believe that, pay attention to our guidance, and get out of the way!
All content © 2014, E.B. Dye
|Pollyanna has been much maligned and mocked, but she was right! For most of us, our "default" reaction to things is negative. But that only makes us miserable (literally)! Life really IS better when it's greeted with a positive attitude! So here are some ways to "accentuate the positive"!|
Focus on all the good changes that are presenting themselves, rather than those perceived as bad. The 24-hour news cycle brings us disasters 24/7, rather than good news, because disasters are more dramatic,people become mesmerized by them, and that sells advertising! But they also make us feel powerless.
Stay aware, but don’t focus on all that drama, especially if you can’t do anything about it. We are not responsible for the whole world; we are only responsible for our own lives (hey, that's hard enough!). If there is a disaster somewhere, send love to all involved (or do whatever you feel called to do). Then find something good that’s happening in the world, and focus on that. Better yet, do some good out there, yourself!
Reserve judgment when things happen, and try to remain neutral. Most things are not inherently good or bad; those are judgments we place on them. Usually we label things “bad” because we are losing something to which we have become attached and/or we are entering unknown territory and we fear what might happen. But why do we always assume the unknown will be bad?
Remember the omelet analogy: the eggs must be broken and thoroughly “whipped”(!) and heated through before you get that wonderful breakfast, and it looks pretty messy at the beginning. And we will probably be in the “breaking-the-eggs” phase of creating a new and better world for awhile.
Look for the good in everything that happens. If we approach everything and everyone with the idea that there is good there somewhere, at some point we will find it. But most of us default to seeing what we don’t like, making a snap judgment and acting accordingly.
If we consciously stop the default reaction, we can always find a way to make lemonade from the lemons that come to us, and find common ground with others. Every person on the planet wants the same basic things, no matter what differences we have. We all want peace, love, joy, and abundance. Start there!
April's Astrology Challenge...
|April 23 brings the 5th of 7 exact square of Uranus and Pluto, and this is "the watershed of the 2012-2015 period of upheaval," according to astrologer Lorna Bevan (daykeeperjournal.com).|
Jupiter and Mars are also moving into place, to form an exact Grand Cardinal Square: four planets, each at 13 degrees in one of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Capricorn, Cancer, and Libra, respectively) and each squaring or opposing the others. That combination will create quite enough tension, thank you very much. But the entire square will be set off again, like a giant energetic bell, each time another planet comes into aspect with any of the four.
As if that weren’t enough, this powerful configuration will be bracketed by two powerful eclipses: a full moon lunar eclipse in Libra on April 15 and a new moon solar eclipse in Taurus on April 29. The new moon in Aries on March 30 may give an indication of issues that could become intense in April.
So keep your wits, stay neutral, and play nicely with others. And remember: the effects of full moons and eclipses may not manifest immediately.
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|Sunday, March 30 — Pathways Magazine Natural Living Expo. If you're in the area, I hope you plan to attend! There will be 146 exhibitors and 64 workshops. Join me at the Reconnective Healing Booth #128, and at 1:00 for an introduction and demonstration workshop on these amazing healing frequencies!|
Sunday, April 6, 3:00-5:30 pm—Maryland Chapter of Friends of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies), Nancy Smeltzer will make a presentation on her three NDEs (all from anaphylactic shock) and teach us how to go through portals. MD IANDS meets the first Sunday of every month. For more information, check out their Meetup group.
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I am the author of the metaphysical fantasy novel, The Search for the Crystal Key—an adventure about believing in yourself and the power of Love; and I am currently writing a new book, Creating Heaven on Earth... One Soul at a Time; A How-To Manual from the Perspective of a Near-Death Experience.
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