As we get older many of tend to get the impression that time is speeding up and that things are happening so much more quickly. In many ways this is actually true… although time itself is pretty constant and I’m not sure it is actually speeding up. However, what is occurring is that changes and shifts are happening far more often.
There is a lot of information that one can find on the internet if doing a search for “2012” and most of it is not to do with the Olympics ? There are lots of beliefs and prophecies about what 2012 will bring… some positive, some negative. Regardless of your philosophy of life or your religion things are changing much more quickly now than they ever have before.
It’s a bit like the needle on an old 33 LP vinyl record…. The outside appears to move more slowly than the inside whereas they are actually moving at the same speed. As you move further into the centre, the record holds less and less information because the tracks are closer to the centre and so have smaller rings. This is unlike life, in that the closer we get to the centre (to Source), more experiences and changes are packed into a lesser space, and so change is happening more often despite time staying the same.
But let me use a different metaphor to take this a step further. Imagine, if you will, a captain of a ship. A new captain is slightly raw and not comfortable or prepared to be able to deal with all the changes that can happen to shifting currents and weather whilst at sea. He (I’ll use “he” here for ease but it can just as easily be “she”) begins by making short trips out, learning about the sea upon which he sails, the currents, the trends, the local weather, the dangers, and areas to avoid or pay close attention to when sailing through them.
The Captain can either grow in experience through learning to flow with the weather and currents, and weather the storms of change, or he can keep permanently to the shallows (or even the docks) and not move forward at all. The thing is, unlike the watery ocean on this planet, the sea of shifts and changes will force us, at some point, to leave the docks to which we may be clinging so desperately, and we need to know how to navigate. If we don’t listen to the rhythms of our bodies and the life going on around us, the journey for us can be unnecessarily choppy and unpleasant.
The Captain listens to the sounds of the sea, learns to sense the changes in the weather, knows his ship so well and, very importantly, takes good care of it. A good ship, cared for properly, can take a person anywhere he/she wishes to go. Another ship perhaps neglected in some ways can make the journey less pleasant and cause the captain to make unplanned stop-offs for repair and recuperation. Note I say “unplanned” for every captain knows that not all journeys can be made in one go ;-)
The more we grow accustomed to the shifts of life, the easier they are for us to navigate. Each shift may well be slightly different, but there can still be similarities to things we’ve experienced and so we can draw upon our skills, knowledge, and strength to get us to where we’re going. The sea is something not necessarily to be feared, but definitely respected. Like life…. Life need not be feared, but definitely respected. Life is only a sea of torment and tortuousness if we view it that way. Viewed another way it is an excellent place for excitement, exploration, and embracing new opportunities.
We do not have to deal with these shifts alone. There are other sea captains out there ready to help us and share their knowledge. We have a crew supporting us. Ultimately, however, we are the Captain of our ship and we make the final decisions about where and when we travel.
Taking time out to review where you are right now on your “ship” is a good thing. Ask yourself these questions:
Are you clear about where your ship is headed?
Are you sailing only in familiar waters because it feels safe?
Are you holding yourself back from a new travelling experience?
More importantly, do you know where your ship actually is right now?
Do you need to take some time out to rest your ship and make any necessary repairs?
Do you need to load up any cargo or supplies for your next journey?
Do you need to connect with any other, more experienced, Captains to seek their advice?
Remember, you are the one to make decisions about your “earth vessel” in which you are having this current physical experience. Others can offer guidance, but the decisions lay with you. The more experienced at life you get, the easier and more enjoyable it becomes.
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