Archive | August 4, 2016

We Were Made For These Times!

We Were Made For These Times

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

 

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

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These Times!

These are the end times. The days are evil friends. The good is termed evil and the evil is coloured good. Evil is sitting in the place of good and injustice abounds. We have already been warned and the onus is for every bible believing Saints to watch and pray, holding unto our confession of faith.We must not allow the filth all around us to have a place in our hearts. Deceptions will abound, false prophets will arise but we have to get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in us, which can save us – James 1:21 

Blaise-Pascal-truth-is-so-obscure-in-these-times-45114James 1:22-27 Personified and brought home. We must not merely listen to the word of God, and so deceive ourselves. Rather we must do what it says. 23 Anyone of us who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law (of Loving God, loving oneself and loving others as oneself) that gives freedom, and continues in it, obeying and living by it —not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

26 Those who consider themselves pious, religious-in the light and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, they reveal their folly by the multitude of their egocentric words and their religion is worthless.27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world- keeping pride, selfishness, anger, deceit, gossips, envy, and all sort away, at arm’s length.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, may your kingdom come upon us and your will be done. Lord have mercy on us and lead us by your Holy Spirit. Enlighten the eyes of our understanding that we might see wondrous things in your word and live by it. May your word take root downward in our hearts and bear fruits outwardly in Jesus name. May we experience transformation like never before. Let your Words root out every unprofitable shrubs in our hearts, that we might bear fruits for many to eat thereof . We ask and receive in Christ Jesus mighty name. Amen!!

Shalom! Shalom!