SoulCollage® – Community Suit – One Giant Leap

SoulCollage® – Community Suit – One Giant Leap

July 20, 1969. I remember watching the lunar landing with rapt attention. It was almost bedtime, but I stayed up, my eyes glued to the black and white images on the screen of the family room TV, still wearing my damp swimsuit from a backyard swim earlier in the evening.

I was 11 years old and a bit of a nerd. I was good at math, an A-student for the most part, still a good little Catholic girl, kind of shy and dorky. Along with the usual cartoons, Leave it To Beaver, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched, I also secretly loved watching Nova, a science program, on PBS. And Star Trek and Lost in Space.

I knew the difference between fiction and science, but seeing those men walking on the moon made all that science fiction stuff a lot less fictional and a lot more real. It seemed like anything was possible. I wanted to be able to go there myself one day. Exploring space like Captain Kirk seemed like something we’d all be experiencing in no time.

In spite of the horrors of the Vietnam War, that whole era of the ’60s and early ’70s seemed so full of promise and expanding horizons. Women were getting jobs and burning bras. The Civil Rights movement had come a long, long way. And now we were planting a flag on the moon!

I made this SoulCollage® card to honor my experience of the lunar landing and the impact it had on me as an 11-year-old as well as the feelings it evokes in me now. I am putting it into my Community Suit, because it represents an actual event within my own experience that had a strong impact on me.

Feeling my way back into that formative era, I have a sense that anything’s possible and the sky’s the limit.

These are the questions this card encourages me to explore:

What is my own new frontier or far horizon? Which things do I choose to do, not because they are easy but because they are hard? What is my own small step that becomes the giant leap? Where do I choose to plant my flag? Will that flag be a symbol of peace or of conquering victory? How do I see my world differently from this new vantage point?

SoulCollage® – Council Suit – Becoming Universal

SoulCollage® – Council Suit – Becoming Universal

The political landscape has become ugly, divisive and uncivil in recent years. Those in power are hungry for more power and are more than willing to trample on anyone who gets in the way. Money and greed rule and the ranks of the disenfranchised grow larger every day. The powerful paint themselves as the victims, while the true victims are dismissed as villains, conspirators and liars. Every form of protest, #BLM, #MeToo, #TakeAKnee, marches for gun control in the wake of school shootings, and women marching in pussy hats, is met with derision and dismissed as unimportant, fake news or, frighteningly, as something that ought to be illegal by the powers that be. In the aftermath of the debacle of the Kavanaugh hearings and confirmation, and with the midterm elections coming soon, I have been feeling distressed, disheartened and disenchanted. Some days it just sucks the life out of me.

With all these feelings roiling in me, I consulted my SoulCollage® deck. I asked who had something they wanted me to know today and this is the card I drew.

Becoming Universal – Council Suit

“Here’s what the card had to say:

I am the emergence of the new – half formed, half possibility. This likely feels incredibly uncomfortable for you. This is the stage where the imaginal cells are taking over, rewiring human DNA, and the old forms are being dissolved – devoured.

This messy, mucky place can be distressing. Trust the process. Trust in the emergence of the new. Trust in the light that is revealing all the dark shadows. Trust that the light is stronger than the shadows. Turn yourself toward the light. See how the jeweled wings are already emerging, ready to fly you all home. Ready to carry you up the evolutionary ladder to your best and truest expression of self and of humanity.

The chrysalis is breaking open – trust the process. Allow the old to dissolve and be burned away by the good that is coming.

Little One, how could this possibly happen “out there” without also happening within you? Do your part. Do your own inner work AND speak your truth “out there.” Become a midwife on the team of midwives already at work holding space for the messy birth of change. Do your part. This is what you long for. This is where your restlessness resides.