“We have to become still in the midst of the turmoil so we can observe clearly how our actions and the actions of others, past and present, fit together in the tapestry of life. In the timeless instant when we stop moving and simply witness the moment, the dust settles and the big picture emerges.” ― Alberto Villoldo, PhD., One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness.
This morning I saw the Villoldo quote from his book mentioned above and this sentence stuck with me: “We have to become still in the midst of the turmoil so we can observe clearly how our actions and the actions of others, past and present, fit together in the tapestry of life….”
Had I not been diligently listening to ‘The Trauma Conference’ speakers since last Friday, I might have let this statement pass with a blip of conscious recognition, but with little correlation beyond that.
However after hearing so many psychologists/psychiatrists/therapists/spiritual-gurus daily discussing how traumatized we all are knowingly or not from our past, including our collective ancestral trauma; and how those deeply entrenched and repressed traumatic memories/energies that we ALL still hold at some level of our being are still affecting us individually and collectively every moment of our lives until we address their origins and release their emotional impacts on us—only after being immersed in that discussion for 5 days, did I better understand how Alberto’s comment on “how our actions and the actions of others, past and present, fit together in the tapestry of life….” actually applied to our current personal and world-wide environments.
In other words, our group “tapestry” is one HOT MESS right now. So what do we do about it?
The rest of the quote then follows: “…In the timeless instant when we stop moving and simply witness the moment, the dust settles and the big picture emerges.”
Okay. Let me sit here for just a moment in silent contemplation…. What then is the “big picture” that will soon emerge for me to see so I can figure out this ‘hot mess?’
THAT is a really good question, isn’t it? I’ve often considered this in my own puny way pertaining to that ‘1st all-important answer depends on the 1st all-defining question’ dilemma:
So what is that 1st all-important question to ask that provides the ‘key answer’ that clarifies our personal/collective situations and defines the manner in which we resolve ALL of our individual and group problems?
That is our current “big picture” isn’t it? How do we ‘fix’ this huge mess we’ve created for ourselves—all 7.9 billion of us—and for our home planet?
How do we learn to “get along” with our neighbors, both near and far—when we can barely stand ourselves—just ask those trauma therapists I’ve been listening to for days—they’ll tell you that self-criticism and self-loathing are adversely influencing our every relationship. While we may not have initiated the traumatic experiences that we received at some point in our lives, we can’t seem to stop blaming ourselves for the fact that it happened to us. So we sit stewing in our own ‘victimhood’ until we finally decide to dig ourselves out of that self-imposed pit of exile.
Similar to how we view our current collective-presence situation here on Earth—do we scratch and dig our way out of this nasty pit that we’ve dug, or do we just wait patiently for the dirt to fall in on top of us?
As Alberto claims above, do we only need to “…stop moving and simply witness the moment, the dust settles and the big picture emerges …” —is that what we do?
We stop. We witness the moment in all of its entirety and complexity. And as the chaos recedes and the anger diffuses, do we just take a deep breath and blow out all our frustration and annoyance at….? At what? At the greed? At the cruelty? At the stupidity? At the self-interest?
What is our biggest problem as a collective group presence on this planet? Give it a label that sticks. Identify the ‘key problem.’
Hard to do, isn’t it?
Evolution has shown us that all of LIFE is “survival-focused”—where only the “strong survive”—where only when you take away from others who have more than you do, can you keep yourself and your bloodline alive to live one more day.
But what does that life entail? What is the cost you must pay to keep your physical being alive but deaden your soul in the process?
THIS conundrum is the tapestry of our LIFE—our collective LIFE. We are all tiny woven filaments of the entire fabric of existence: past, present, and future. We create our own direction or pattern in the weave by how well we interconnect with other individual filaments, and that interweaving process is how that fabric pattern develops.
“We have to become still in the midst of the turmoil so we can observe clearly how our actions and the actions of others, past and present, fit together in the tapestry of life….”
So become very still.
How do YOU want that ‘tapestry’ pattern to look?