Not only do we live in a living universe, but the living universe lives within us.
— Duane Elgin
Essential to what I call awakened activism is the shift in one's identity from fundamental separateness to fundamental unity with all of life. In my spiritual path, Trillium Awakening, we call this shift whole-being realization.
[Note: The Strauss-Griggs iConscious Human Development Model, names this transition "Chapter 9, Embodied Unity"]
This pivotal and very real shift in identity can be viewed as part of the natural process of human maturation. Working with students, one of my primary tasks is supporting this developmental process by initially engaging the pre-realization phase, which I call sacred unraveling.
Or, in Trillium Awakening terms, it is called unraveling from seeking and fixing strategies where:
The will to try new formulas for perfection and avoidance of suffering are dissolving, leaving one in a free-fall or groundless condition that feels disorienting, perhaps even devastating, but prepares the ground for the quantum shift of Whole Being Realization.
This process of unraveling from our fixing and seeking strategies, while sacred and auspicious, can be quite challenging and disorienting. A conceptual understanding of what's happening plus some good tools and skilled guidance can help us avoid unnecessary pain and confusion in what many consider to be a truly heroic passage.
Over time, and with support, this journey of radical vulnerability brings us deep into the heart of the Core Paradox, which is that place where our free, unbounded, infinite nature coexists with our fleshy, tender, messy human self.
Gradually surrendering more and more deeply into this paradox - this fundamental essence of our conscious human embodiment - allows the whole-being realization to mature in our Being.
Are You Unraveling?
If you resonate with one or more of the above descriptions, then you might find value in this video Sacred Unraveling: Surrendering Into the Core Paradox, where I offer three keys to leveraging your sacred unraveling process!
With love and trust,
by Joanna Macy
I vow to myself and to each of you:
To commit myself daily to the healing of our world and the welfare of all beings.
To live on Earth more lightly and less violently in the food, products, and energy I consume.
To draw strength and guidance from the living Earth, the ancestors, the future generations, and my brothers and sisters of all species.
To support others in our work for the world and to ask for help when I need it.
To pursue a daily practice that clarifies my mind, strengthens my heart, and supports me in observing these vows.
This multi-dimensional global crisis that we're in invites us all to participate fully and to play our part, even if it feels inconsequential.
Joanna suggests that we can choose to give our actions significance by clarifying our intention and consciously committing to them.
In turn, our meaning-full actions become part of The Great Turning - the transition from an unsustainable industrial society to a generative one committed to the Earth's health.
What vows will serve you as you lean your heart and mind into the calling of these times?
Margit Bantowksy, MA, is an artist, coach, teacher and facilitator.