Sunday, April 30, 2006

Private Re: HumaneRightsAgenda Fwd: [IntheSpiritofOurAncestors] Letter to a Young Activist

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shellyi2005 <> wrote:
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from our sis Miryall
inthe SpiritofOurAncestors group.


(We Were Made For These Times. Stand Up And Show Your Soul!)

by Clarissia Pinkola Estes, PhD

"Do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from
so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are
concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now ... Ours
is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over
the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have
aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders,
everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is
breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not
spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially
do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is - we were
made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning,
practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this
exact plane of engagement...

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I
see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able
crafts in the waters than there are right now across the world. And
they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never
before in the history of humankind... Look out over the prow; there
are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even
though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I
assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come
from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand
storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance,

We have been in training for a dark time such as this, since the day
we assented to come to Earth. For many decades, worldwide, souls just
like us have been felled and left for dead in so many ways over and
over brought down by naivete, by lack of love, by being ambushed and
assaulted by various cultural and personal shocks in the extreme. We
have a history of being gutted, and yet remember this especially - we
have also, of necessity, perfected the knack of resurrection. Over
and over again we have been the living proof that that which has been
exiled, lost, or foundered can be restored to life again.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over
how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that.
There is a tendency too to fall into being weakened by perseverating
on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus
there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails. We are
needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we
more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us,
and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a
believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater?
Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace
means to submit to the voice greater?...

Understand the paradox: If you study the physics of a waterspout, you
will see that the outer vortex whirls far more quickly than the inner
one. To calm the storm means to quiet the outer layer, to cause it to
swirl much less, to more evenly match the velocity of the inner
core -
till whatever has been lifted into such a vicious funnel falls back
to Earth, lays down, is peaceable again. One of the most important
steps you can take to help calm the storm is to not allow yourself to
be taken in a flurry of overwrought emotion or desperation thereby
accidentally contributing to the swale and the swirl.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of
stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our

Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to
assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help
immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will
cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is
needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding
to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take "everyone
on Earth" to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined
group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene
in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck
shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks,
can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to
catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like
these-to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both, are acts of
immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light
from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.

If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest
things you can do. There will always be times when you feel
discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do
not keep a chair for it; I will not entertain it. It is not allowed
to eat from my plate. The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I
know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when
you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you
here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours:
They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that
spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is
in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is
not what great ships are built for.

This comes with much love and prayer that you remember who you came
from, and why you came to this beautiful, needful Earth.

-Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Author, Women Who Run With the Wolves

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