Published in Sibyl Magazine August, 2018
We live in interesting times. Change is all around us. The old structures are crumbling and the new forms are yet to appear. This is happening on a global, as well as a personal scale. Once again, the Spiral Path provides a roadmap to help us navigate these changes.
When we find ourselves in the midst of intense change, we can rest assured that we are in a Fire cycle. Just knowing that this is a natural part of life can help to ease our fears. A Fire cycle begins because, from our soul’s perspective, something needs to change. Our ego may agree or disagree with the need for this change, but our soul isn’t interested in our safety, it is interested in our evolution.
Wadjet, the kundalini serpent goddess of ancient Egypt tells us that we can learn from wisdom or we can learn from woe. The choice is ours. We can fight against the changes, holding onto the old with all our strength, or we can surrender into the chaos and take on an attitude of curiosity as we determine the best course of action given our current circumstances.
Some people love the Fire. They thrive on change and encountering the unexpected. Others prefer predictability in their day-to-day lives. And many of us live somewhere in between these two extremes. But no matter what level of Fire we prefer, there are times when even the most extreme among us feel overwhelmed or burned out when we experience too much Fire for too long a period of time.
This is when the need for intentional self-care becomes critical. This may seem counterintuitive. We wonder how we can fit in time for self-care when we are using all our available resources to cope with the changes that are occurring.
Fortunately, self-care does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. We all have the time to take a deep breath and exhale consciously. Remembering to take a breath calms our nervous system and gives us a moment to clear our mind. From this momentary place of quiet, our body calms, if even just a bit, allowing us to find peace in the chaos.
From this place of momentary clarity, we can allow spirit to inform us and show us our next right step. Maybe it is something simple, like breaking down a seemingly insurmountable project into doable tasks. Or maybe we receive a call to something big, like running for political office so that we can be a voice for many who share our desire for change.
The important thing is that we learn to value the power of Fire, while recognizing what we need to do to keep from burning out. Fire gives us the energy to do things we thought were impossible. And taking a few moments to find peace in the midst of chaos, allows us to make use of Fire’s energy in the most fruitful way possible, while avoiding burnout.