Lorie and I keep having the same discussion lately.
She comes to me with a gravely concerned look on her face. Resisting despair but unable to help herself, she exclaims, “I feel like everything I’ve stood for my entire life – the sacredness of the Earth, the creative potential of people, the possibility for real healing – everything I’ve believed humans are capable of, is being threatened.”
I know she’s been giving way too much credence to election polls again.
My reply, “Lorie, don’t do this to yourself.” I remind her of the Serenity Prayer from 12-Step work, “… the serenity to accept the things we cannot change …” “And besides, no matter who the next President of this country is, all we can do is keep doing our work.”
Lorie and I made this contract when we married – to stand for and remind one another that valuing the inner life really can make a difference in the outer world. Sometimes it’s me whose faith falters. Sometimes it’s her.
It takes effort to stay hopeful. And yet we must. And none of us can do it alone.
When I founded A New Possibility four years ago, I did it to give a public face to the healing and teaching work that Lorie and I had been exploring and developing together for more than 15 years. But my broader vision was the creation of a global community that extends beyond us.
The world needs healing. Everywhere we look, we see problems that can feel insurmountable. The wisdom of ancient alchemical systems reminds us that the task of transformation always begins in this kind of darkness. Lead to Gold is an inner job first, but it leads to outer change.
Bringing our curiosity and true caring to the dense leaden places of our life opens us to the mythic adventure of self-discovery. The hero’s journey is never easy. It always demands a decisive victory in the face of overwhelmingly unlikely odds.
We are facing such odds. What’s at stake is the survival of our planet.
But here’s the good news …
As we relate consciously to our own frailties, we grow stronger and more capable. The perspective of another – offered with care – illuminates our path and informs our actions.
We need each other’s support with this inner work in order to find solutions to the problems we face in the world.
In the coming year, we’ll be implementing ways to expand our tribe. We want your support, and we want to support you in your own process of healing. If you’ve made it this far into this blog post, you’re probably already familiar with the work of A New Possibility and resonate with the values and attitudes we stand for.
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