SoulCollage® – Council Suit – Ancestral History and Future Vision

SoulCollage® – Council Suit – Ancestral History and Future Vision

Two of my recent SoulCollage® cards, each belonging to the Council suit, remind me of my place in time, sandwiched between the long arc of history past and the infinite future that has yet to unfold.

I am reminded of the importance of “being here now,” of staying mindfully in the present, that NOW is all I have. But my NOW is balanced precariously between the history of the past and the unknown of the future.

Council Suit – Ancestral History

My NOW is informed by the past – not only my personal past, but the history held in my pulsing veins, in my DNA. The history of my ancestors, the history of my land, my country, this planet, the Universe. To be ignorant of that history is to miss the mystery and the miracle that I stand here at all in this NOW. To be ignorant of that history is to risk repeating its mistakes. To be ignorant of that history is to risk being ungrateful to all those upon whose sacrifice and struggle I stand. To be ignorant of that history is to risk never knowing what I’ve gained, never mourning what I’ve lost. Never knowing, really, who I am and where I come from. History is the scaffold upon which my NOW is built, it is the skeleton ’round which my flesh and blood is woven.

Council Suit – Future Vision

And from here in this NOW, I am empowered to dream ahead, to envision the future. I am tempted to ask She Who Sees the Future to show me what is to come. But I know that whatever she may see is only a potential future, for it is not yet written what shall come. That ambiguity, that unkown and unknowableness of the future brings meaning into how I spend this NOW. What future will I create through the actions of this moment? What legacy will I leave for those that follow? What mistakes do I bequeath to future generations? What is gained by my own sacrifice and struggle? What stories, what history will be woven from this moment in time, this NOW that is all I have?

And, of course, this NOW in which I stand is no more mine alone than was the past or will be the future. This NOW of ours is a multi-player game. No one of us, including myself, wields total power. It is the collective forces that shape both past and future. Collective forces at play in the NOW. And every move counts.

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.