Awakening first feels like upheaval and chaos.
It’s kind of like cleaning out your garage.
Imagine that your garage has a lot of old, useless junk in it, and it is disorganized and dirty. You’ve lived with the mess peacefully for years, but suddenly that same mess is starting to make you feel “crazy”. It’s the same junk, but you suddenly have a different relationship with it.
It’s like this concerning other things in our lives too, even “consciousness”. We overlook stuff we’ve grown accustomed to. We brush over things we’re not ready to face yet. We stay in denial of inappropriate situations too long – because we’re not mature enough or brave enough to manage them head on yet. This is normal. It’s also normal to eventually wake up from our sleep.
Once we realize what we haven’t been facing, we can begin to deal with it in a new way. We can make new choices. Here are the steps everyone needs to know for “cleaning out the junk pile” – whether its our garages, our families, our relationships, our societies or our own conscious awarenesses.
1) The first step is to take everything out, spread it around and take a good, hard look at it. Assess what you’ve got. Taking everything out of the garage creates an even bigger mess on the driveway and kicks up a lot of dust. We generally feel a sense of disarray, confusion and chaos during this phase. We may be horrified at what we see. It may not feel fun yet.
2) The second step is to go in and sweep the dirt from the floor. We’re still kicking up dust here, but at least we are creating a clean space to begin fresh. We can liken the sweeping phase to brightening up our attitudes. We’re making an intention for something new. We’re creating space. Don’t forget to whistle while you work!
3) The third step is to go through your stuff, piece by piece, and discard what you no longer need. Let go of what no longer serves you. Detach from old, out-dated pieces. Recycle or trash broken things that carry difficult memories. This is a purging. It’s good to let yourself grieve when letting go of anything that’s meant something to you.
4) The fourth step is to choose what you can still use. It’s important that you spend some time cleaning and repairing the pieces you still want, so that they may continue to serve you well in the future. Polish these treasures – whether they are material items in your garage, or internal parts of yourself.
5) The last step is to put everything back in a neat and organized way. Let the deep sense of accomplishment and serenity wash over you. Bask in the newness and freshness of your space and your self!
A similar process is happening with our civilization at large. Right now, people all over the world are “waking up” to the fact that the collective “garage” needs an overhaul. It’s the same world we’ve lived in all this time, with the same broken systems, heinous habits, unfair programs and unjust structures, but suddenly we’re waking up and realizing we can’t tolerate them any longer. What used to not bother us – suddenly DOES. We find ourselves having an unexpectedly different relationship to our world. We come out of our peaceful slumber – our denial – to see what is really happening. The days of being able to cruise along without noticing what’s happening right under our noses are over. The process of waking up from a blissful state of ignorance is uncomfortable – but necessary.
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Over the next several years, I expect that the upheaval will increase as people begin to wake up and say, “Hey, this doesn’t feel good. I want change!” We’ll see more social unrest. We’ll see politics that will make our jaws drop (whatever party you identify with). We’ll see people acting out their unresolved issues and their frustration in ways that look like we’ve gone back to the dark ages. But we haven’t. We’re just humans, going through the collective process of spreading the junk out on the lawn to assess what we’ve got.
It feels like crap. And that’s a really good thing.
Remember step number 1? The not-so-fun, chaotic junk-pile phase? It’s necessary. Upheaval is a clarifier for people. It causes people to discern what they DO NOT want, and at the same time, to discern what they DO want.
After the initial awakening period (which is happening now), humanity will pull together and mobilize itself toward change. This is already happening all over the world. It’s still uncoordinated yet, but things will self-organize in good time. Then, the process of cleaning out the garage can ensue in earnest.
What people want now is a new sense of rightness, a new organization, more love and a sense of pervading peace. The good news is – if you look around you can see that humanity is finally becoming willing to face the mess and endure the work to achieve it.
The Great Awakening IS happening. Try to remember that upheaval is a good sign. It’s the first step which will lead to the world we’ve been longing for.
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