We thought we knew what normal was.
It’s defined in the Oxford dictionary as … “conforming to a standard, usual, typical or expected. “
We thought that working long hours, racing around, paying bills and fulfilling obligations and responsibilities was typical. We thought it was expected but have we been living an illusion?
We look forward to holidays and weekends away but ultimately most of us live on a tread mill. We rarely question that we’re caught in a pendulum that’s kept us
enslaved operating within a system. Sound familiar?
WHEN NORMAL DISAPPEARS
Then Covid hit, the world paused and our “normal” disappeared. Suddenly we had all this time to reflect on what it all meant. My husband was among many who lost his job. Many lost much more. Now, months later, he has a new job but has the pendulum shifted? Is there more to life?
WHEN LIFE IS NOT NORMAL
I think we’d agree that a life with no human contact, no hugs, no real life hobbies, no leisure pursuits, no pubs, no handshakes and masked up until God knows when ever we get a vaccine … is not normal.
Here in Melbourne the restrictions are lifting and retail, cafes and restaurants are operating again, with new rules in place. Melbourne is slowly waking from its slumber and by mid November we should be free to move further than 25kms. I can’t wait to see my daughter again.
Still, there’s an underlying sense of more change and transformation beyond what we can see and imagine. Beneath the surface of ambiguity, contradiction and nonsensical mandates is something even greater. A massive spiritual awakening.
SO, WHAT’S THIS NEW NORMAL?
I’ve realised there is no normal.
There is no new normal.
There is only now.
And it’s an incredible time to be here.
In my world I know how I want to live.
Everything comes down to free will and choice. It’s time we realised we all have the power to think, be and create anything we want in this life.
Our real power is in this moment. Where we are right now. Feeling all the emotions and accepting wherever we are. Understanding we ARE safe and grounded. Ultimately that’s what’s important. And that’s where we have the power.
The tree is the epitome of strength isn’t it? Grounded, staunch, reaching for the heavens yet rooted to the earth.
When I walk I feel connected to the towering giants that I pass. If they could speak, I wonder what they’d tell us. Perhaps it would be, ‘don’t give your power away. Be whimsical, sway and laugh more’
Dorothy McLean gives us a few ideas. She says “we are not just the little trees we see in the garden. We are denizens of magnificent species, of great hills and the sun and the wind …”
“We put up with being hedges but always in our inner being is a growing discord of sun kissed places where we stand out in ranges.”
“You feel in us an almost intolerable longing to be fully ourselves … we have our dreams planned out throughout the ages and we feel it’s wrong in our likeness that we are not allowed to “be” because of man and his encroachment.”
“Trees are not so much doers of the world as be-ers. We have a portion of this planet to fulfil. We have been nurtured for this very reason and now, in this day and age, many of us can only dream of the places we can fulfil ourselves … the planet needs the likes of us in our full maturity. The world needs us on a large scale.”
They are the skin of the earth. They give unconditional mental stability and amongst them we feel at peace.
Perhaps that’s why I was upset to hear about the destruction of the sacred Aboriginal tree, the Djap Warrang Directional Tree in Western Victoria. The decision to bull doze the culturally significant tree by the Victorian government recently was all to make way for a portion of highway.
The trees might say “We are but caretakers of this sacred land but you still don’t understand.” When will we learn?
MOVING FORWARD IN LOVE
We’ve always thought of ourselves as free and living a normal life but somehow over the past six months we’ve unquestionably allowed our power and freedoms to be taken away.
The very essence of being human, and living a normal life, is to be free to be whoever we are, accepting all the risks that come from being in the world and of the world.
Perhaps we need to see ourselves in a new way. No longer afraid of the unknown, ready for something new … because really, the old is done. There is no more normal. We’re stepping into the unknown.
Can we do it with grace and beauty, faith and trust, surrendering to our higher self, trusting in our own ‘knowing’ on our personal journey.
Can we do it in union with Mother Earth? Outside in nature can we see and feel that love is everywhere? Infinite and abundant. Everything is healing and perfect in its imperfections. We are the same.
Fall in love with nature. Fall in love with art, with music, with dancing with headphones on, the smell of flowers and the sight of clouds on the horizon. Fall in love with all your senses and those small moments that take your breath away and make your heart sing. Fall in love with pockets of peace, even amongst the confusion. Fall in love with yourself.
Mother Earth has much to teach us. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of her earth song.
We’ve been given a gift, those that can see, an ability to see the truth. That beyond the veil of fear and illusion that’s been orchestrated in society, beyond all the lessons learnt from this year, there’s much that’s miraculous and meaningful in our being here at this time.
The value of living life to its fullest has never been more precious and as important.
Why go back to normal when we can look forward to the extraordinary.
There’s no more time to play small. Accept that you were born to stand out and realise your potential.
So, perhaps we need to forget about conforming to society’s norms. Instead stand in your power, no matter what’s going on around you. Embrace your light, look within and love yourself. It all starts with you.
No one knows what the future will bring but one thing’s for sure, we’re all heading there together. As we enter November be grateful for the unfolding of this journey and all that’s to come, as we keep our hearts open to love, to raise the collective consciousness for the good of all.
Sending love and light as we continue this amazing journey.