By Deborah Moskowitz
It’s undeniable—life as we’ve known it is changing – and changing at warp speed. Sometimes it seems as if we’re in a tailspin—in the midst of chaos. When I’m able to stand in the calm of the eye of the storm, I can step back and look out a bit more objectively. I then see that the Universe has been stirring things up, impatient for us to make changes, to move towards all that we can become. I catch a glimpse of the New Human, one who has moved past the negativity, toxicity and divisiveness that seems to surround us, to a more loving, healing presence on this beautiful planet.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, something new is emerging from all the turmoil around us. I have always believed that out of chaos, new opportunities arise, often better and richer than I could have ever imagined. I hold onto that thought amidst this shifting, bubbling life that is all around me, giving me a wild ride. I can feel the changes within myself, as I remain calm and at times unperturbed, even as I’m bombarded by events and commentaries that swirl around us all.
So what is it that is happening? What is it that we are becoming? Is this a new configuration of us humans? Or is it all an illusion—a way of coping with a world that seems to be tilting out of control? As I contemplate these questions, I fall back on my core—the values that I hold near and dear to my heart, by which I attempt to live and in turn provide added value to the world around me. While my core values have worked reasonably well for me in the past when I have been able to put them into action, something seems to be missing in these new times that are right in front of me. It’s as if my world has built up a “tolerance” for my value system, much the same way our bodies build up a tolerance to a medication, and then it ceases to be effective. My inner self is telling me that something more, something “stronger” is called for right now, to propel me out of the muck and mire of the chaos, into a higher plane. I feel called to gather my resources, some of which I may not even be aware of at this point, in order to inspire healing and growth of this New Human and New World that awaits me.
At this point, I still feel surrounded by the fog that is not allowing me to clearly see the full complement of values that the New Human encompasses. Without knowing this, I feel ill-equipped to figure out whether I already possess these new values and resources and whether I am ready to move forward as the New Human. It is clear to me that pondering this and reaching answers is not a solitary endeavor. It is through coming together with other like-minded souls who are asking the same questions, that I might discover some answers.
Thankfully, as a team member of the Centre for the New Human, I have a community in which to explore these and many other questions. In the New Year that is rapidly approaching, Gloria Harrison, Ham Hayes and I will be hosting a lively and interactive discussion on this timely and important topic, for our January offering. I invite you to join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Wise Awakenings in downtown Bellingham. For more information, you can visit the Events section of our website, www.thecentreforthenewhuman.org. I hope to see you there.
Thanksgiving is with us shortly. As the name implies, perhaps I should be expressing my gratitude on this holiday, but for what? At times, it seems as if we are in a small boat in stormy seas, in danger of being swamped. Rudder broken, sails ripped, on our last legs…..the ‘old’ model of human, us, looks like a junk car ready for salvage. Maybe it’s time to turn off the news and step outside for some fresh air to find something to be thankful for.
I’ve heard about a New Human. If I could find one, that might be worth giving thanks. But I’m a bit stuck…..what does a New Human look like? How would I recognize one and where should I look? Perhaps I need to look through history for role models or heroes like Gandhi or King Arthur or others. Perhaps a journey to a faraway mystical land is called for, meditating on a mountain top. Surely this New Human is not close. Maybe they only exist in the future. The journey to find one seems too difficult, even fearful, not so?
Worse than the struggle to find one, what if the New Human I find has Flaws. Would my gratitude be stopped in its tracks? Would the New Human have to be fixed, just like the old model?
The fresh air is having a positive effect. I’m realizing that these thoughts ARE the ‘old’ model….fears, worry, uncertainty. Time for a fresh look.
Perhaps giving thanks is really giving of ourselves. It doesn’t have to be all of ourselves, just a wee bit. This could be a good starting definition for what a New Human is…someone who gives a wee bit of themselves. After all, life is in a state of constant change, constant evolution, constant creation from which we are inseparable. If 7 billion of us give a ‘wee bit’, that’s a lot of creation.
So using this definition, ‘give a wee bit’, it turns out to be easy to find New Humans. For example, there are over 1.8 million non-profits and charities in the US. There are dozens here in our New Human town. This is a good place to look.
New Humans are close by, neighbors, friends, family. In fact, I wager you are one as well.
For that I am very grateful this Thanksgiving!
I love the waning days of summer as an elusive smell of autumn creeps into the air – mostly in the cool mornings from the beautiful evergreen trees surrounding my house, before the sun is full in the sky to remind us that there is still a bit of summer to be had. Autumn is my favorite time of year. There’s something about wrapping up the wild blossoming and abundance of spring and summer that feels like pulling my favorite sweater close around me, both warm and comforting, but not inhibiting like the finality of winter. There’s still time for harvesting what I’ve planted, learned and done over the summer before I nestle in my winter cocoon to incubate new ideas for the coming year.
Gift of Nature
As one who uses SoulCollage® both for introspection and spiritual growth, I find that autumn is when I turn to my SoulCollage® cards more frequently. Sometimes, it’s just to pull a card for the day, to see which Neter, or guide, has some wisdom to offer me. Other times, I may have a query and do an in-depth reading to help me peel back the layers of my daily life to find my deepest desires and wisdom.
My Gift of Nature card pays homage to the beautiful and nourishing fruits and vegetables I have been feasting on this summer that are plentiful at area farmer’s markets. Its voice says, “I am the one who is created from the bounty of Nature, healthy and whole. I am the best that Nature has to offer, full of nourishment & potential. I am organic, I am pure.”
I feel more compelled than ever to really take care of my body, mind and spirit during these tumultuous times. I know that I am being called upon to be strong and to rally for whatever is coming my way in this lifetime, though it is unknown as of yet.
I also feel my creativity beginning to flow more readily once again, after a bit of a dry spell. My art studio calls to me daily, and I find that I am developing new ways to offer my professional talents and experience in the work that I do with people who have disabilities. I definitely feel the influence of my Magical Moon Child, who says, “I am the One who is born of moondust and stays connected with the stars. I open your vision to receive Divine inspiration.” I have definitely been feeling Divine inspiration present in my life lately as I wake up in the early morning hours before the sun is up, my head filled to the brim with new creations waiting to be made.
Magical Moon Child
As I look ahead to the coming year, new ideas, projects and plans seem to fly into my head. With so much from which to choose, it is helpful to turn to my SoulCollage® cards for discernment. The clarity I always receive from my cards helps keep the mental critic at bay as I tune into my intuition to hear the voice of Spirit speaking to me.