February has a strong sense of emergence. This is the emergence of our greatly altered inner core being into a greatly expanded, new outer landscape. Our focus now moves from the inner to the outer. We are bringing WHO WE ARE NOW out into the outer world. THE SACRED PAUSE IS NOW OFFICIALLY OVER and we are taking our first steps out into our wondrous New Landscape. And we are doing this as our True Selves!
Taking our first steps into a New Landscape thrusts us into many unfamiliar situations. When this happens, it's not only a matter of trying to survive these situations, but we want to thrive in them by wholeheartedly embracing the Unknown. In the beginning, we may not be sure how to deal with these new situations, then as we gracefully accept them, we are able to align ourselves with the surging river of creativity that is becoming ever stronger. Suddenly, these unfamiliar situations become exciting and fun, rather than challenging.
All the while, our old Known Landscape is dramatically transforming. Many elements of the old are becoming surprisingly fresh and new, while others are simply disappearing. This is becoming increasingly obvious in the physical world around us. We go to a favorite restaurant and it is no longer there. Familiar roads are under construction, requiring us to take a previously unknown route and frequently traveled bridges are closed.
At times, we may encounter patches of indecisiveness and temporary confusion. They are pockets of the energy of spiraling chaos which are always present when the New is being born. They come upon us the same way as when we suddenly step on an unseen patch of ice. We lose our footing and begin to spin around uncontrollably until we are able to step out of the indecisiveness and confusion.
In the New Landscape, a constant flipping over is taking place. Because of this, nothing is able to stay in a fixed position for very long. We perceive that everything is going well and then the next moment, nothing works out. We try to make plans for our future and then they fall apart. We assume that people like us and then it seems like nobody likes us. As soon as we think that we know how things are now, we discover that this is not how things are. This makes it impossible to anchor our beings in any kind of stationary position, simply because there is no stationary or permanent position at this point in time for us to cling onto.
Since our perception of the New Landscape keeps flipping over, it cannot yet be accurately mapped. This is because the New Landscape is not static; it is fluid, undulating and constantly revealing new parts of itself that we didn't have a clue existed.
As all our old duality-based judgements and perceptions fall away, the only position that is left for us is to be open and undefined in the Expanded HERE AND NOW where ALL IS WELL.
An example from my life: Right now, I am traveling in Mexico. One of my major considerations whenever traveling is to find a good place to write the Surf Report. So we went to Tulum on the Riviera Maya for four days at the beginning of the month just so I could write a good Surf Report. I was sure that there would be lots of quiet and good energy there. I pictured myself writing the Surf Report for a few hours, then taking a swimming break in Tulum's healing waters. Beautiful expectations, but not what happened....
Our first day there was windy, cold and rainy. Our beach side bungalow was very small, dirty and so dark that we needed to use flashlights to see into our suitcases, with no place to sit other than on the bed which was tightly wrapped in a mosquito net like a cocoon. It was obvious that I wouldn't be able to write there, so I put on my warmest clothes and moved to the quietest corner of the open air restaurant. The second day was sunny and beautiful. I wrote as much as I could and actually went swimming in the ocean once. The third day was again stormy, windy and rainy. But, the Surf Report was almost finished. Only one day more! That night I got violently ill with stomach flu and was up all night being sick. On the fourth day, I was still sick and feeling very weak. Could not work on the Surf Report and had to sleep most of the day.
This was the end of our Surf Report writing time in Tulum. After that, we had a busy day of traveling to Oaxaca. So here I am up at 2:00 am trying to get it finished. Now for the example of our flipped over perceptions..... Using our old duality-based judgements, it would be easy to see all this as an unfortunate experience, but it really wasn't. Yes, it rained and our experience in Tulum wasn't as we expected and the Surf Report didn't get finished on time. And the entire situation was a really good Perfect Storm. But that's just how it was. I even felt that getting sick was a helpful purification. AND SO IT IS. ALL IS WELL.
I've found that I no longer need to judge situations as "good" or "bad" because they are neither. They just are. AND SO IT IS. We do the best we can in each moment. Sometimes we can swim in a pristine ocean and sometimes we are sick all night. Sometimes we have ideal conditions in which to work and other times there are numerous distractions. It really doesn't matter. We are True no matter what is happening. AND SO IT IS.
Once we can fully accept the HERE AND NOW without any judgements or expectations getting in the way, once our experiences in the present moment are not tinted or tainted by the experiences of our old mythology, we have entered TRUE REALITY. This is when we really start walking in our New Landscape.
Our first steps in the New Landscape may feel as if we are on a wild roller coaster ride with lots of unexpected changes, going steeply upwards and then zooming downwards and then flipped upside-down. Suddenly, our roller coasters come to a stop and then starts going what seems like backwards! Only it's not backwards, but a reverse forward. This wild roller coaster is a bit too thrilling at times, but also sort of fun.
Occasionally it feels like we are navigating through a complex labyrinth with numerous twists and turns, and then suddenly a super direct path opens up before us and we bypass the entire labyrinth. When this happens, the old situations and problems are quickly resolved in ways that we would never have imagined before.
We are having constant experiences of being in RIGHT TIME - RIGHT PLACE. When this occurs, something which could have been difficult to solve is quickly resolved through RIGHT TIME - RIGHT PLACE.
Whenever we don't feel like we are in a state of RIGHT TIME - RIGHT PLACE, it means that we have slid back into our old mythology. These situations are very helpful for they show us that there are still patches of old mythology around us. We can utilize these occasions to thank our old mythology for bringing us to the edge of the New Landscape, while telling it that it cannot travel further with us.
As soon as we step out of our old mythology, we wake up with an entirely ENLARGED sense of BEING, cleaned, cleared and centered as NEVER BEFORE. Our lives start to move forward with surprising opportunities that are completely unexpected. Nothing happens exactly as we think it might. Our expectations have flown away, leaving us wide open and spontaneous. And this is rather liberating. Throughout it all, we have a deep inner knowingness that ALL IS WELL, even when things don't match what we thought would happen.
Our New Landscape is bringing everything to us in a whole new language, something that our minds cannot decipher. It comes as a mixture of messages emerging from different locations or situations or realities, jumping from one image to another. While these messages are apparently unconnected, if we observe them from an expanded state, we can see that everything as a whole contains a single message.