• Joanna Macey with * edits by Haaweatea Holly

5 Guidelines to help us deal; personally, socially, politically, spiritually.


As you read these, take 1 minute for each (5 mins total), to feel into it - rather than flicking through online stimulus. Allow each one to be a gateway into what you can give to yourself.

Each of the 5 guidelines are taken directly from the work and words of Joanna Macey, with editors additions following* Haaweatea Bryson

1. COME FROM GRATITUDE

To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe - to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it - is a wonder beyond words. Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. Furthermore, it is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world.

* Begin here, with all that you are in this moment.

2. DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

This is a dark time, filled with suffering and uncertainty. Like living cells in a larger body, it is natural that we feel the trauma of our world. So don't be afraid of the anguish you feel, or the anger or fear, for these responses arise from the depth of your caring and the truth of your interconnectedness with all beings. To suffer with is the literal meaning of compassion.

* Give your feeling a name, acknowledge what you feel. This is an essential part of connection.

3. DARE TO VISION

Out of this darkness a new world can arise, not to be constructed by our minds so much as to emerge from our dreams. Even though we cannot see clearly how it's going to turn out, we are still called to let the future into our imagination. We will never be able to build what we have not first cherished in our hearts..

*You are the unfolding. All that arises each day is also new. We are not on a machine of endless repetitions. We are brilliant, bright beings still testing the parameters of the limitations we set up day to day.

4. ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES

Many people don't get involved in the Great Turning