As always, I hope this message finds you well. Perhaps my intention in asking you this, is a little more nuanced than usual.
I have recently been in contact with some friends who made the decision to leave Sydney in the last few years. At the time of their departure, I admired their tenacity and seemingly flippant ability to uproot and leave a bustling city that was not only familiar, but full of helpful resources such as family, friends, and employment.
In the last 2 years, I have personally (and professionally) known of more people that have made a similar move, then in the last 4 decades of my life put together.
Some of my buddies had only just gotten settled in the north-western parts of NSW and after finally connecting with a new community and a new flow of life for their entire family, ended up losing their entire home and contents in the recent floods that ravaged southeast Queensland and the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Their stories of how they sought help, were assisted by neighbours, and how they all then banded to be of service to an extended community, when the government had failed to respond in a timely manner, still makes me teary.
Jac Lewis who is the co-founder of The Broad Place, has been an incredible person to follow online. One of the many moving things she recently shared, was:
“This is something I can feel I’m going to be diving into for a long time — the micro systems that communities can do to crisis led manage. I’m sharing what I’ve seen here on the ground, why it’s been remarkable as a horizontal not vertical structure and what you can personally consider and do as the world changes”
The horizontal structure where everyone is equal, as opposed to the vertical structure of hierarchy and unnecessary red tape… THIS is what the Aquarian Age is meant to unfold. I’m in awe of how tenacious, conscious and resilient their actions have been and feel so lucky and privileged that the only current dissapointment in my life, is that my summer was cut short.
Every time I walk past the ocean that is still rife with dirty polluted water, it seems eerie that the beach is not swarming with the usual number of dwellers at this time of the year. Yet somehow poignant and touching as a reminder that we are all indeed connected, even at opposite ends of the state and the country.
In the Age of Pisces, there were tendencies for the mass majority to follow managers and leaders, which created a top-down hierarchy as a result. Contrary to Piscean values, the Age of Aquarius is about a bottom-up initiative that will disrupt the old paradigms and come up with new ones. We are moving into a time of cooperation, collaboration and community. Each person brings their gifts and skills to the table, to work for the greater good.
The internet is one of the most powerful connecting tools in the Age of Aquarius, where people can search information freely, connect others globally and collaborate online with anyone any time. Although technology can still be used as a weapon, it is also emerging as a platform for like-minded communities to unite. To be seen and to be of service.
Being connected to the community that is aligned to your needs and evolution is integral to our growth as individuals. I only moved to a new suburb 7 months ago, and barely know 2 of my neighbours in the same building. The girl that lives across from my apartment often has her headphones on and always seems to avoid eye contact with me, even when I smile and say hello.
I read an article recently that discussed how being adaptable means you are able or willing to change in order to suit different conditions. Being flexible means, you can do this easily. If you are resilient then you’ll be able to withstand or recover quickly from unexpected or difficult conditions, adapting to (and often enjoying) change on a regular basis.
One of my first ever yoga teachers tried to teach me about surrender and encouraged me to do so, by gently reminding me to be just as open to the disruptions of my plan, in equal measure to my attachment of my plan.
I do my best to embody this every day. I have a diary. It has my work schedule. I make lists. I’m unrealistically convinced something positive happens to my DNA when I cross things off my list. And despite my resistance, the REAL change happens when I let go and trust the disruption is for the greater good and my highest alignment.
Being adaptable is more than just surrendering familiarity and control. Being able to adjust quickly to new conditions that were either instigated by you, or initiated form the universe is the new aspiration.
We are living in times where we are fast outgrowing versions of ourselves, our psyche and even our physicality. Our beliefs are being questioned every day, and if we stay open, yet equally true to our core values, we have the capacity to hold the awareness of opposing opinions more comfortably.
Knowing what is aligned and true for us as individuals can takes time to integrate, especially when we are factoring in more unknowns than what we’ve ever had to do before.
In energy medicine, it is suggested that If we make choices based on what others believe at the expense of aligning with our own truth, we potentially abandon ourselves and disconnect with essential fragments of our soul.
I feel that I have been truly humbled and brought to my knees, with such deep compassion and awe in the last month since I wrote to you. What a privilege to be part of such times of awakening, even in the face of pain and adversity. Cory Muscara summed it up really well when he stated:
“I don’t believe the world needs more positivity.
I believe our world needs minds that are equipped to be with the complexity of life.
Minds that can hold nuance and polarity.
Minds that can stay grounded, centred, and open to the full range of what it means to be human.”
I hope your days are full of joy and clarity and I look forward to us crossing paths soon. Until next time, sending you lots of love.
THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT THEIR SESSIONS
“Patty thanks for our session the other week. You helped me see that I have the power to create a new way of life — and thanks to your little kinesiology tricks, showed me the times in my past when I had already done that. I felt so brave after our session — I never believed you when you first said I have the power inside me. Thank you for showing me that I do!” xx