Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.
Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks at the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.
But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.’
The other creatures laughed and said, ‘Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you shall die quicker than boredom!’
But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.
Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.
And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, ‘See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!’
And the one carried in the current said, ‘I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.’
But they cried the more, ‘Saviour!’ all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Saviour.
Richard Bach, from “Illusions”
This deep truth permeates every facet of your reality, as your environment, the world in which you reside, is a mirror of your attitudes, beliefs and expectations. In other words, the external merely reflects the internal, just as the internal is echoes through the entirety of the external.
The drama within the world is the culmination of the consensus reality that we have chosen to believe in, and therefore create and perpetuate. It feels solid and real, as the impeachable belief creates the illusion of that dream. But it is important to understand, however, throughout time that consensus reality reaches a point wherein that reality no longer reflects the inner consciousness of individuals and therefore ‘glitches’, distorts and becomes ‘new’.
During times of transition, that profoundly creative state, chaos, deepens, opening up pathways to create afresh. Yes, it is that very Yin-state that many fear and fight, clinging to the twigs and rocks at the bottom of the river, unable to look in and down, so that they can truly see up and out. Many are so inert, so hopelessly fixated and dependent on the system, so deeply invested in maintaining this reality at all costs that they will fight to protect it by whatever means necessary. But is it truly real?
If you want the world to change, you first have to look down and in so that you can see the deeper currents above that will guide you through the maelstrom to conditions that better reflect those inner conditions. Spiritual teachers have talked about this throughout time. And through time, the energetic conditions periodically arise that enable more and more people to ‘awake’ and to ‘see’, thereby altering the core of our consensus reality. We are currently moving through such a time…
“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfilment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfilment.”
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
The most important step in changing your reality is to truly know yourself. Truly know. Not just what you like; or dislike! Not the strengths or unfulfilled potentialities of your psyche. But the chains that bind you fast; the less conscious expressions of your scripts and patterns; your dark; your light; and what you believe, that guidance system that opens up the channels of perception, altering the reality in which you ‘see’ the world.
Who are you?
Who are you behind the façade of your personality; behind your words; behind your beliefs; behind the role you have assumed?
Who are you in the darkened hours, when you rudely awaken from your slumber without the comforting rays of the morning twilight to rescue you from the labyrinth of your night?
What do you believe?
Not what you have learnt to believe or told is right; nor in some higher deity or ideal or supposed ‘truth’. Those facades serve to imprison you within someone else’s opinion. Look inwards. Be honest with yourself. What lies in your heart that cannot hide, that appeases your soul during time of forlorn sadness; that awakens your eternal beauty and light of your soul? What never fails to raise your spirit, spreading the warmth of joy through you, lighting the homing beacon that beams your flame through your eyes?
If you believe in peace and love, when violence is directed towards you or if you witness unkind acts or when someone attacks you, do those images haunt your mind, inflaming your heart with righteousness indignation and zeal? Do you allow such confrontation burrow into you for days or weeks afterwards? Do you use the ammunition that has been discharged to hurt you against yourself or retaliate out of a perverse sense of vindicated justice, further binding you and your mirror in a deeper karmic embrace?
Or do you liberate yourself from this potential incarceration by transmuting the hostility with sincere compassion, looking that person in the eye, offering them the gift of a heartfelt smile and inviting them for a cuppa and chat?
You don’t have to join them in this dark place, but your genuine kindness can offer you both a key to unlock that prison door. That is what awakening entails. The freeing of yourself from the chains that bind you fast. It is the awareness that the reality of the outer world is merely a facsimile of that which is within you. It is the deeper knowing of self and the cognizance that no one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself.
You are its custodian.
You are its gate keeper.
You are its carer and protector.
No one can truly see the world as you see it or feel it the way you feel it. And no-one can impose their reality upon you, unless you give them your consent.
The message of Mutable Fire is a simple one – if you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you. What you seek to share, you receive. Love knows no competition. Light has no boundaries. Righteousness, zealousness and fear have no place in Love.
Love is unconditional, omnipresent and eternal. It is utterly accepting, since it just IS. The love you offer willingly, even if you are hurting and angry, will be mirrored back to you from those who venture into your world.
And this exchange is two way.
What you receive is truly dependent upon what you believe in your heart. Not what you intellectually believe in. The little creature in the river believed that his reality was not commensurate with his inner world. He did not resonate with those around him anymore. He had a core of deep faith within. That faith enabled him to release himself from the bondage and chains of his own world. He looked in and down. He saw up and out. He let go. His reality changed…
Remember that your love, in turn, can soothe the pain and suffering in another, who may glimpse the key that has lain hidden within their own inner prison confines. In turn
Within this Mutable time, I implore you to look at the quality of the belief you hold in your heart, remembering that all faith and creativity is merely a hunger to cross over this frontier, enabling you to create afresh and building the conditions of a new world, within and without.
Thank you for spending time with me as you read the workings of my own beliefs. I am comforted that we are swimming together with the river current, even if there are few swimming in this direction. Be well as the redistribution of power intensifies in the coming weeks.