I didn’t mean to start a shit storm...but I did.
It was the day before New Year’s Eve, and we were packing to go away when I heard about the mega fires burning across our country.
Feeling deeply concerned, I impulsively posted a question on Facebook asking for research on what the cause could be (without saying it, perhaps implying that our governments policies and actions were to blame?)
I put the post on to get an understanding of what other people felt and thought about this topic and I didn’t realise I would open up a pandoras box.
The post quickly escalated with everyone firing attacks and belittling each other’s views and beliefs. Probably not the best way to ring in the new decade!
And then I was personally attacked for being a community leader who irresponsibly opened up a conversation where conspiracy theories were allowed to be aired.
This was not what I was intending with the post, but then again, what was I intending? I shut down the thread and looked inwards.
I realised I was hoping for a deeper truth to be revealed. But what truth exactly?
Often our answers come when we are ready to hear them...
Not long after, we had friends over for the weekend and our friend Peter took us through a fantastic process with his new archetypal cards ‘Wonderfeel’ (we highly recommend them!)
The cards represent different parts of our psyche, and the 5th card we chose tied all the previous qualities together into an archetype to be embraced at this time.
That last card was ACTIVIST.
I didn’t resonate with the word at first, (I was involved in one protest in my early twenties where we fought the extension of the Eastern freeway to protect the Mullum Creek. After the police forcibly removed me and 50 other peaceful protesters camped at the site, I realised a life of activism wasn’t for me), but Peter asked what it means to be an activist today.
One by one we got present to a deeper need and calling within us. We realised that the activist has a deep desire to be of service in times of crisis or injustice – but it is not about looking or behaving in a way that we usually perceive an activist to be.
The activist heeds a call for change but how it looks was completely unique to each of us!
Everyone’s expression of their activist seemed to be dependent on their unique gifts and how they desired to create positive change.
Through this process I was reminded that I love to activate others through the use of my words.
And there was my answer right there...
My intention all along was to reveal a deeper truth.... IN ME!
The truth is I have the power to influence through my words, yet I still believe that I'm not good enough on some level.
It's becoming evident that this is an area I'm being called to step up in.
Not by retaliating to attacks on Facebook or putting up controversial posts blaming the powers that be. But by learning how to be more responsible with my word, to be mindful of the impact that it creates.
The activist in me understands the power of words.
And although I’ve been attached, a perfectionist, judgemental and critical of my writing, it’s time to fully embrace the writer in me and learn how to communicate well, in a way that truly inspires people.
If I can accept my mistakes and failings and embrace and develop the power of this gift, I know I can be even more skilful in impacting the people I care about.
It's been a tough time for us Aussies.
However if we can remember that we all have the power to create the positive change we want to see in the world, especially in times of crisis when we often feel powerless, then we are on a winning bat.
I believe that we can all learn how to express ourselves with greater integrity and compassion for each other, as well as deepen our connection with our deeper calling and gifts at this time.
Power, serving love, for a unifying cause.
With love, Tracy xx
Our Power and Love Workshop is coming up on January 25th, 2020.