We Were Made for These Times

BY Paul C Pritchard
We Were Made for These Times
Stepping forth into the unknown with love as our guide.

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. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Hello there! How are you doing these days? I mean really doing? It’s inspiring to see the difficult news being balanced with the human spirit’s resilience for togetherness and kindness. There are so many great positive and creative ways to combat our current personal, national and global struggles. Some of our struggles feel insignificant and some feel insurmountable — but they are all appearing simultaneously.

I’m struggling sometimes with putting on a brave face. I’m trying not to worry too much about my seventy-seven-year-old mom who is self-isolating. She has said a few times she’s “fed up”. I miss some of my old life and habits. I miss everybody talking at once at a dinner party (something I previously hated). I miss the clutter and chatter of cafe life and people-watching. I miss spontaneously bumping into an old friend and having a big hug, coffee and cake. I miss a lot of things that I’d taken so much for granted.

Alt text hereI miss spontaneously bumping into an old friend and having a big hug. Image: Priscilla Du Preez

It’s as if each day, I am losing my identities. Some familiar to me and some only surfacing now in the face of these corona-imposed confinements and restrictions. I am staring in the mirror and watching the layers peel away at a rate that I am not accustomed to or comfortable with. There’s a quickening … it’s that no turning back feeling as the lap-brace locks, just before the roller coaster slowly moves off. My spine stiffens even though I know there will be beneficial self-enquiry and tremendous personal and spiritual growth.

We are needed … 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 ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater? — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I’m questioning a lot these days. My opinions, beliefs, point of view. It’s as if every time I reach for a word I cross it out. It’s not exactly self-doubt but more a re-choosing. A confirmation of who I truly want to be. How do I really want to show up authentically in these times, for myself and others? It’s as though I am moving underwater in slow-motion; as though under a spell of peculiar anticipation and welcomed awe. It’s a welcome gear shift; down into meditation and contemplation.

Sometimes, I lay under a tree and feel into it all. I watch the sunrise every day and recognise the miracle of that dramatic tableau. I see the moon shuffle around the daytime sky; in the vast pale Australian blue. I see the Autumn burst of flowers tricking the eyes into Spring. I watch a wild bunny hop over the lawn; our eyes meet and it’s very, very quiet. If I hold my breath and listen in, I can almost hear the bunny breathing.

The soundscape is different now. Between all the gaps that the cars, delivery trucks, buses, break squeaks and car horns and planes would normally fill, I hear Nature, quietly rumble with the hum of a bumblebee or with proud declarations, shriek, in the form of a prattle of parrots. Big exhale. And there I am in the joy of witnessing.

Alt text hereThe soundscape is different now. Image: Frank McKenna

The pandemic has given me the deep appreciation of silence and the eerie reflection that I, we, you and me — make far too much noise. It feels counter-intuitive to write, to speak, to contribute to the ‘solutions’ without feeling that even breathing can feel too loud.

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. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I feel I am in an entirely new world. I am both cautious and reinvigorated. I have longed for a paradigm shift. I have prayed for a dramatic wake-up call for myself and all human consciousness. I thought I was prepared. Now I see that even my altruistic wishes are in some tension, some tug of war with good and bad, better and different, now and then, some deep non-acceptance of what is. I know I am on the brink of something magnificent and yet I am still curious about this measured apprehension.

We Are All in this Together – We Are Not Alone

Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world … There are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

So many people have literally said to me, “We were made for these times.” They include me in the collective We of visionary people, lightworkers, orderlies for optimism, the Truth-Seekers, the healers and the soul-artists. It’s only now that I begin to move out of the abstract naming and try to match my job title with my job description. Perhaps I am a Light Writer … charged to hone an eloquent purpose that serves the greater whole? To etch ‘LOVE’ into every stroke, or curve or angle of the alphabet. To enlist the help of Rumi, and Hafiz and all the great mystical and humanitarian poets who wove God into every utterance.

Alt text hereA light writer… Image: Aaron Burden

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 — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I sometimes question if I am ‘made’ for these times … but I am in these times. And I do love to use words to stitch and mend. So I commit to writing these gifts. These ruminations are my small prayers, my heart-vision, my call to alms for all those who are steered to harness the truth of Unity, Peace and Love and scatter it inwards and outwards. Perhaps then God will feel our commitment to Oneness and alter the course of humanity, finally setting sail for Home.

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. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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Beloveds, what are you built for? What gentle influence or gale-force truth can you scatter in the wind? How do you deal with your shifting interpretations? How do you stand up to the darkness that attempts to put out your light? Will you stand with us, for Unity, Peace and Love in a Field of Transcendence?

Please share in the comments below. Your resonance and contribution amplify our critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

Many, Many Blessings,

Team UPLIFT

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Darlene Little
Darlene Little
1 year ago

I couldn’t or didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. I have been trying to put together a meditation space and I am so haphazard about it. I haven’t opened an UPLIFT post in days, then started reading and when I came to where you wrote about we have been asking for the world to wake up, my spirit danced, yes, I want things to change however change is so unpredictable, dare I say it, what if it doesn’t change the way I think it should. There I am back at the beginning again. Facing my need to control. Letting go is hard because I already know there are so many things out of my control. I will go back to this piece and read many times, letting it seep into me, We were made for times like this, I was made for this time. I am being made, still in process. thank you.

Josselien Janssens
Josselien Janssens
1 year ago

I’m experiencing this unprecedented crisis with hope, anxiety, trepidation and awe in equal measures. They are each welcome as visitors (Rumi). Yes we ARE built for this. We are built to create a society that is less focussed on material wealth and more on spiritual, emotional and phsycial agility and compassion as standards for measuring succes. The ruthlessness that is a natural part of being human should be only deployed to protect the weaker and society as a whole, against misguided judgement for short term economic gain. In proceeding to sustainably rebuild, with caution and discernment, let’s accept that vulnerability is not a lesser or inferior part of the human experience. It is simply a fully valid part of the human experience. (Free after Russell Moore quote in NYT 3/27)

Lynn
Lynn
1 year ago

I can so identify with being in the right place at the right time. I feel I have been waiting for this time since the 1970’s. Then, we thought it would come about through another war, probably a nuclear one with the then USSR. Fortunately, that didn’t happen! Later, we all believed there would be a religious war, the West versus Islam. That never happened either on a global level. Now we know. We know how gentle the Universe is with us humans, how loving. We are receiving a nudge, a warning if you like, that our old way of life must change. That we must care for our planet which has always given us everything we need, from food and water to oil and coal. Now WE must step up to the mark and care for her. I feel I have been studying, learning, watching and waiting for this nearly all my life. Let us all make sure that we can be proud of how we react.

Felix
Felix
1 year ago

Thanks Paul fpr your thoughts/writings. Its good to feel connected with the positiv. We are the ones, we have been waiting for. Greetings from germany. Felix. This is my new name. My new girlfriend gave me. I bring happiness.

Felix
Felix
1 year ago
Reply to  Felix

Thanks Lynn, I feel/think the same.

Felix
Felix
1 year ago
Reply to  Felix

Yes Josselien.

Mary
Mary
1 year ago
Reply to  Felix

Thank you, Paul, for your wisdom. My gratitude also to all the people who have contributed comments on what you wrote. It brings home the wonderful realisation that we are all in this together, that we are one .. . one in the waiting, one in the wish to care for our planet, one in our moving forward in unity. What is self-isolation when, in heart and spirit, we are united?

Ralph
Ralph
1 year ago

Yes, this is a great wake-up call for humanity! In my situation, in the tourism-related business we have lost ALL income. We had to file for food stamps, and for state HHS assistance for daily essential needs. What I have come to feel and hear from so many humans lately is not hope, nor assistance for those in dire consequences. This is a total “ME” meltdown of monumental proportions.

I have chosen in my community to help the small business owners survive…..this is NOT a time of thriving for us in the small business community.

All of the words of wisdom from the healers across the globe…..sound to me empty. So, so empty!

Ralph
Ralph
1 year ago

Hey Again Paul…..yes you are so, so, so insightful in your approach to contributions and how we humans can choose to find solace in a myriad of ways.

I had a tarot card reading last night, and my favorite witch on the planet reiterated to my heart, that YES……helpers are healers! Not only of others…but within.

I survived the AIDS epidemic, and at that time I worked in the trenches during some of the most devastating eras of our collective memories. What I learned above all and maintain to this day, is how sacred touch really is for all of us…….2-leggeds, 4-leggeds, and all those in between!

All the words……All the “opinions” and advice offered……pale in comparison!

Again, Thank you for being! We are human beings……and perhaps this time in history will be looked back upon as the spark that ignited our ability to simply BE!

Angela Langley
Angela Langley
1 year ago

Dear Paul,

Thank you for this beautiful piece of writing. As I read it, as well as the comments from people, I wished I could have/hold the same sense of peace; that all of this is happening according to a Greater Plan. I live in South Africa and the draconian lock down rules are causing more fear and anger in people each day. It’s been extremely challenging to remain calm and focused and not be affected by these emotions. What tears at my heart is the way our poor people are suffering, the thousands who are out of work and have lost their entire businesses with no hope of getting any type of support (e-commerce has been denounced because it’s deemed to be uncompetitive!), children are suffering from depression because they’re not allowed to go out and exercise, animals are suffering because they cannot be walked. I could continue the list, but it’s too unsettling to do so. I hope with all my heart that my country will experience the changes that are so needed, but right now I fear that the opposite is very possible. That people’s rights will continue to be ignored, that the powerful few will hang onto their power as tightly as they can and that if there is any unity between people, it will be unity to up-rise and express their anger through violence. I’m still determined to continue to meditate, to remind myself that I was made for these times, that I can make a difference, but it’s a challenge. So, your article definitely helped put things into perspective for me. Challenging it might be, but I’ll take each day at a time. One foot in front of the other! Many thanks and blessing to you and your team.

Lorna Flanagan
Lorna Flanagan
1 year ago
Reply to  Angela Langley

Dear Angela, my heart and thoughts are with you and your people. We are one consciousness, we feel each other. I am in Scotland, I may at times feel trapped and frustrated, but when I hear of brothers and sisters around the world living in terror through this time I have to believe that the universe is so much bigger than those who think they are in control. May you be strong. Know you are held in meditation

Ariel Dumaran
Ariel Dumaran
1 year ago

When you experience the fullness of exponential time of the present,
the past and future disappear. Hence, you have all and everything to experience.
That now moment makes you multidimensional being who can occupy any type of
dimension I would say as existence. This is boundless and infinite.
As if you are able to play all roles possible at the same time. This is a kind of lucid dreaming
where you can detach freely from anything that limits you. When we achieve that moment and awareness we are completely free. And that is eternal It.

I forgot where I have found this thought…which i try to put together. I just recently found it in my files without an author in my word document. So i search these words and took me to your UPLIFT site.

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