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 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 reflected.
I realised I was hoping for a deeper truth to be revealed. But what truth exactly?
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 last card we chose represented a quality to be embraced at this time.
That 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.
Peter asked what it means to be an activist today.
One by one we got present to what was there for 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.
The truth is I have the power to influence through my words. So how am I choosing to use them?
Through this experience I got to see that I could become more responsible with my word, being mindful of the impact that my words create.
That's what this lesson was all about for me.
To be reminded of the importance of the power of my word, especially during times of stress.
Aacknowledging that I can create a conversation that inspires and uplifts, or I can put something out there impulsively, coming from fear.
Because fearful conversation begets more fear, and that's not my intention. I desire to create safety, support and co-operation in the world. So next time I will have a good think before I put a post out there.
Truly Tracy x
Our Power and Love Workshop is coming up on January 25th, 2020.