What is new is old; what is old is new. Part 2 (from travels in Turkey)
I went to Turkey to experience a culture that represents centuries of ancient civilizations.
While there I was given the opportunity to walk through and energetically connect with the past. Without anticipating it, I linked with the energetic lineage that is the root for who I am. Turkey, as a physical place, unlocked this cellular memory within me. There is much to unfold from this connection. I know I won’t discover the full depth of what I received until I’ve been back in my own culture for a while.
The journey was foreign and transformative. In the parlance of The Hero’s Journey, this part of the journey is known as the “Return.” It’s the time when the new awareness that has been gained needs to be shared as a transformative gift for the community. It is a challenging time, staying true to your inner depth within the tumult of everyday life so that you can bring the gifts into form.
Space is Required to Integrate What’s New
Returning home, I realize that my challenge is to give myself and my body the time and space it needs to assimilate the changes. Knowing myself well, I have to move from the temptation to “get going” with my work. My desire is to bring this new learning into an expression and understanding that can be decoded, integrated and shared. Rather than act on this pattern, my inner direction has been to “Stop, get quiet and listen.” As I act on this advice, I know the understanding of the experience will reveal itself and knowledge will be gained.
…for the old, it always feels like a dangerous loss of equilibrium. ~ Mirra Alfassa (Mother)
What is old is what already exists as patterned ways of seeking the familiar. To receive new possibilities requires stepping outside of routine. Routine often masquerades as balance. Unless patterns are interrupted, my thoughts will look for answers along familiar pathways.
A loss of equilibrium is needed for something new to awaken. Travel is one way of breaking routine. While change is unsettling, by staying with my breath, I find a new equilibrium. I allow myself to come to a new place.
Assembling the New Puzzle
Until then, I feel the puzzle that is “me” being put back together in a completely new way. I feel like I’ve been in a Time Machine and a Teleporter rolled into one. My particles are being reassembled and someone new will emerge from the experience. Who knows what’s on the other side until the dust settles?
Turkey brought me a direct energetic awareness of my connection with all that precedes me. I feel how history has framed who I am today. I stood on the ground of the creation of humankind’s religious roots and have begun to integrate the feeling of truth behind the building of new civilizations. A door has opened within me to that which is not yet defined, but will be revealed.
Feel at Home
When you connect with another “home” that is not your birth city, it becomes part of who you are and needs to be integrated. The power does not lie in the details of the history or culture or of something that “happened” in that place. It is about claiming the energetic heritage that is available. This opens the door of new potential to be actualized in the present. What is old roots you into your lineage.
What is old becomes new. Then you begin to feel at home.
Time to Reflect
Take a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you through the weekend. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.
I invite you to share something from this process. Sharing can be an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It can lead you to deeper insight. It can stimulate action.
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READ PART 1: How can new experiences awaken ancient connections? How can ancient history be made new?
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