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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Christian Vogel
Christian Vogel
4 years ago

Thank you, brilliant article. Basically war and violence are a male desease. The desease of a misunderstooden ideal of masculinity. To cure the desease we must encourage men not to be afraid of love. On the soul level we are already one. In the material world our history can be seen as as permanently ongoing refuse to becom ONE.

Beverly Martin
Beverly Martin
4 years ago

Thank you; a beautiful and brilliant article. A reminder too of the times, and the times .. both personal and social, global. The ship is strong; we should not need a reminder, but we do (I do). What I would also like to see is far more informed, researched, innovative discussion on finance. Speaking personally I have been on a massive bridge for the last three years, after many years of solid work and income in the holistic training field. That changed and I fully understand the ending of a cycle, with the potential beginning of a new one. I am working fully with that. But the finances have reached a nadir (ok an appearance and I am working on that too); but I am not alone in this dilemma. I have written to several key figures (whose names you would know) with no reply. Internet business may be the answer or one of them but is renowned for scams and dangers. Can we from a better perspective address the realities of finance? I believe it is a vital, missing key and needs serious attention. Blessings and Light, in thanksgiving and peace. From London and Kent UK.

PeaceKitten
PeaceKitten
4 years ago

These are words that everyone would benefit from reading. To understand our world, we reach to have a big picture perspective. But we can not stay in that place. We must shift from the big picture to what is right in front of us at this moment. World Peace is what I believe in. Peace like that begins in our homes when we teach our children to be peace-loving and kind. Clarissa, thank you for these lovely words of hope and courage. I was introduced to your book back in the 90s when I lived in Austin Texas. We had a women’s group that met every week to discuss one of the stories. I was the youngest woman there but I sure learned a lot. Thank you for helping to make this world a better place. <3

Shruti Grace Dianajane Sarkar
Shruti Grace Dianajane Sarkar
4 years ago

Thank you. You have inspired me to live for love,peace and. with unity peace loving humanity. Courage to face unknown. Soul is free.
And life is precious.
And Humanity is one.

Helen
Helen
1 year ago

Love the message. Love the poetic imagery, that goes straight to my heart, which know the truth.

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UPLIFT
1 year ago
Reply to  Helen

Thanks Helen 🙂

Rose Varga
Rose Varga
1 year ago

Lovely piece. Thank you.

Eileen OHare
Eileen OHare
1 year ago

Beloved ones!
Thank you so much for these beautiful, gentle, settling and unsettling words. I relate and resonate. Thank you to all who are doing what we can. This continues to be ‘an inside job’ for me. Forgiving what I can that comes up to disturb. Many of us are praying in collective every night at 7:30-8:00 pm. est. Join us wherever you are. No phone. No zoom. Just the etheric hook up. I envision us all circling the beautiful spinning blue marble, eating and digesting the heaviness of these times, past times and future times. Bless us all. Love Love Love!

Peg French
Peg French
1 year ago

I know these words are sacred truth. I have been expecting such a time as this. Holding the sacred loving silence requires remembering I am important enough to make this contribution.

Don
Don
1 year ago

I AM, here to say in this darkness I perceive a great light that will bring about a change in our consciousness that will be A great gift. I hope all may see…

GeraDessiel Simon
GeraDessiel Simon
1 year ago

My being transformed through the renewing of my mind to a New created creator in CHRIST JESUS!
GOD has already felt & been grieved in His heart about humanity’s commitment to oneness,which keeps bringing the people to Babbling confusion,with words contrary to HIS Word & of His Words;that sets on fire the course of nature!The “sail” of their “ship” is not ready,they are not safe not saved,by welcoming JESUS as THE LORD-CAPTAIN of all,The Only “Way”,finished on the cross finally to return certainly HOME! This is knowledge-experience,a resurrection life that ascends mere transcendence-to reign in life walking humbly with THE Owner-Controller-Possessor of all,in Spirit & in Truth!

Susan
Susan
1 year ago

I will join tonight 7:30-8:00. Thank you

Harry S. Coverston
Harry S. Coverston
1 year ago

I appreciate this post so much. I love Clarissa Pinkola Estes. And I want so much to believe that we were made for these times. I want that to be true. But there are nights I go to bed so depressed from the evening news (of which I watch very little these days) that I wonder.

What is encouraging is knowing there are others who share my doubts and my fears. And it is encouraging knowing there are people who see this crisis as I do – an opportunity to grow, to become, to develop more fully as a people, to deepen spiritually and to become aware of the suffering all around us and in response willing to do something about it.

I am hopeful even as I wonder. Thank you.

Rosslyn
Rosslyn
1 year ago

It feels more and more real every day now that what we all seem to have been working towards ie. becoming a steward for the earth, a light worker etc., that a place that has been held for us is now being recognized. Recognition is not the goal but service is and I’m all too happy to be of service to those who need me.
Thanks you for sharing your beautiful words of inspiration.

Zoraida Calo
Zoraida Calo
1 year ago

Thank you so much for putting into words the emotions that so many of us have been willing to express and put forward. Yes, there is something much bigger than the viris to be learned from this process and I am happy tk be part of it.

Deborah
Deborah
1 year ago

Wow!! Exquisite piece of writing!! Thank you so much for putting to words what I have been feeling and experiencing during this time. I think you were, indeed, made for these times! Sending Peace and Love,. Deborah

Libby
Libby
1 year ago

Your writing is like drinking velvet. So deep and soothing and soft and true. Weaving the personal with the universal. Wrapped In your words I feel met, understood and loved. Thankyou x

suzanna double
suzanna double
1 year ago

If this was a painting it would look like no other!
I would be breathless without knowing as my eyes
Unveiled the newness of gods gifts. I who stand there as I am bring all that has been and is, like a child with trust innocence and abundant life.
Your gift to me is this art, this stitching,this colour.

Thankyou❤️

Mariejo
Mariejo
1 year ago

Most of us know that there is something else in process, than the “virus” in the world at this point in time; that a few, right at the top of the ladder of this physical world, hungry for Power ultimately, is trying to orchestrate by creating an enormous vibration of Fear on Earth, which in Truth is Totally Unfounded…

But the forces of Light, Love and Awareness, Present on our Planet at this point in time, is far more Powerful than what they anticipated…

People are Giving. Sharing. Caring. Bringing in a Different vibration… and so, Creating a Different Reality…

It is to That I wish to add My force… together with you all and many others: Willing Servants to that which is True.
May I be used for the Greatest Good of All.

Lorna Flanagan
Lorna Flanagan
11 months ago

So much has been written here by so many wonderful lights. Staying with the now, the raised vibration and the knowledge that those who may wish us harm are only ushering in a change for good as many awaken. Many thanks to all of you. Many thanks Paul for your precious light shared through words

Lynn Osborne
Lynn Osborne
1 year ago

Love, love, love this writing – exactly how/where I am – it’s as if I had written this myself for myself – Lak’ech Ala K’in – with gratitude for you being able to voice/write for me – yes we were born for these times, and we will live well through and beyond these times

Shelley
Shelley
1 year ago

Hi Paul,
I loved your message. Thank you. Yes, this a special time and yes, we are meant to be here to experience this special time. During my self isolation I notice a distinct change in my immediate environment: the stillness; the autumn light, not as harsh as summer; the quietness. The magpies singing quieter songs in the afternoons and evenings. So peaceful and an opportunity for each of us to go within to listen to our higher self, reflect on our love for Mother Earth and all her kingdoms including ours. A time for positive change and unconditional love to expand.
I look forward to joining you all at 7.30pm EST. Love & Blessings

Jenni Kirkwood
Jenni Kirkwood
1 year ago

Over this period of time I feel like I have read alot and usually the words have left me either fearful or confused but nothing has touched my heart as deeply as your words. A beautiful depth of understanding and awareness written in love. ‘Light Writer…’ Your gentle, powerful words are so inspiring. Thank you for writing from your heart. Jx

Veronica
Veronica
1 year ago

I feel an opening of my heart in oneness. So beautiful to read and share this. Love and the light we can shine into the darkness illuminates humanity and our beautiful planet. Seeing ourselves as one with the natural world and with each other will change our world.
My gratitude for all you are doing. Thank you.❤️ thank you

Lynn
Lynn
1 year ago

I am loving this! Yes, the lockdown is restrictive sometimes yet I have prayed for silence and peace in what was a crazy world. I am not a particularly sociable person nor a “touchy-feely-huggy one” so not seeing people doesn’t bother me at all. Sometimes, selfishly, I wish I could just walk out to the shops as before or go for a drive in the country with my partner.Perhaps the only thing I miss is not being able to go out for a meal. However, I am realizing how much money I used to spend on what was obviously unnecessary “stuff” because I’m not spending it now and we are managing fine. For so long I have been waiting for this, now I am so grateful that it has happened during my lifetime. It will continue for as long as need be, let us welcome it. It is a blessing.It will change our Earth.

Suzanne Burnett
Suzanne Burnett
1 year ago

Dear Paul, Thank you so much for sharing your elegant and poetic writing that resonates so deeply within my core of my being; and, as others have said, for raising the vibration within these times that bring such fluctuation of innerscapes and outerscapes. Thank you for reminding us all who we are, that we have been preparing for this time and that we are indeed, together. Namaste and blessings to you and the Uplift Team. With love, love, more love, and deep gratitude, Suzanne

Michelle staples
Michelle staples
1 year ago

Your piece resonated. Thank you. Today I’m struggling. The emotion flowing out of me the past couple days has been a deep sadness. Your words triggered an “aha” moment and I realized that what is coming out of me is the sadness of my lifetime; all the feelings I stuffed, all the disappointments, all the “less than” feelings, all the fear, all the lost opportunities,all the shame.
Its quiet here, and cold, and my old bones protest spending time outside. Yet, every time I brave the elements, I feel a healed spot where some old pain had dug its claws into me for so long and now is gone.
I believe in my soul that what is happening around the world has purpose, and not a negative one, but is the shaking off, by mother nature, of the bad, the destruction, the turning away from our souls. Birth and rebirth can be painful, messy, fearful. And with us, the old destructive ways are dying. They have had a stranglehold on the world but are losing their grip.
And, here we are, at the edge of this beautiful new world; we have front row seats. Mother nature has shown signs of regenerating, people are kinder, faceless corporations are spending their advertising dollars to commit to helping those most needy, and to encourage us all.
I pledge to open my heart. Peace, love, and virtual hugs to all.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

For all of us who have asked for change, this is it
Evolution is gentler than revolution so I remember

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
11 months 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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