Two Choices

at Diamond HeartOpportunities Masked as Challenges

Por Tanis Helliwell

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

Estamos en una nueva era en la historia de la humanidad. Es una era de paradojas en la que existen dos opciones, y el camino intermedio entre ellas está nublado. Los budistas dicen que en el portal del templo del ser interior hay dos guardias caninos que se llaman Paradoja y Confusión. Esto es a lo que nos estamos enfrentando.

We are awakening collectively to the reality that all humans are connected in a global web physically, economically, and even spiritually. With the seriousness of global warming, continuing violence and war in the world, the increasingly disparity between the have and have nots, and the plunging American dollar, individuals realize increasingly that there is nothing that they can count on. Buddha said that the cause of all pain is attachment to things of this world, but that has not stopped us from being attached to our comforts, has it? Now we are having an experience of this reality. This is progress for humanity as a race when this separation between the theory and the experience of the theory as reality comes together.

Yes, this has happened in a painful way, but a lot of this has to do with the pain of outgrowing an old way of being. Ten years ago we started this growth in North America when major companies and multinationals went through severe downsizing throwing many people into unemployment. These downsizings demonstrated to people that they were totally responsible for their lives and could not count on their employer to look after them. In other words, even if you were doing a good job for a company, there was no such thing as guaranteed employment.

At the same time as our security has been shaken at work, our spiritual foundations have also been shaken. Over the last decade or two the church and many other spiritual traditions have been shaken by scandal after scandal. Through this we have learned not to indiscriminately trust all religious and spiritual leaders just because of their role. Similarly we have learned that we cannot trust many of our political leaders in their personal ethics, which of course makes us wonder if we can trust them at all. So, what have we learned from the shattering of our old value system, which was that  our employers, and religious and political leaders knew more than we did and would take us to the promised land?

We have learned the necessity of not trusting in others to save us. And currently we are learning to examine our own values and to take responsibility for our own life and that each of us can make a difference. And this shift in consciousness has transpired in a very short period of time in human history. We have been able to do this with regards to our religious, political and organizational institutions and now it is time to undergo the next step in our own personal transformation. But this isn’t easy. I think that people are awakening and want to rise to the challenge and also want to make the right decision. However, it is extremely difficult to sort through the range of possible futures to select the appropriate one for our own lives, and for our country, and for the world. This is not because we are doing something wrong. It is because the unraveling of the old patterns, old beliefs and old ways of behaving is still occurring.

Actualmente, muchas personas están atravesando una gran confusión en cuanto a qué pensar, y qué paso dar a continuación. Esto se suele sentir como si dos (o más) opciones igualmente fuertes son posibles y es difícil decidir cuál es la mejor. Vivimos en un tiempo de enorme ambivalencia. Las respuestas antiguas ya no sirven y esto lo sabemos. Sin embargo, no tenemos todos los datos que nos indiquen cuál es el nuevo camino a tomar y todavía estamos esperando que se presenten. Es como si estuviéramos conscientes de que somos libres de elegir qué futuro queremos crear, pero no podemos dilucidar cuál es el mejor. ¿Por qué sucede esto?

It’s because we are accessing higher vibrations of knowledge, and more subtle forms of truth than most of us have thought before. We no longer live in a black and white world where there are bad guys and good guys, black and white choices. We now are sifting through various shades of colours and we have to understand the function of those new colours before we can work these new concepts. These new colours could be called compassion, equanimity, equality for all, flexibility, tolerance, patience, forgiveness. I’m naming them to give a flavour of what I’m speaking of, but these words only point in the right direction, and don’t give a full experience of what these words mean when practiced by us. It is a deeper experience of what these words mean in practice that we are starting to grasp at this time.

While this shift in consciousness is occurring, we might have one foot in the old world that we are leaving behind, and another foot in the new world that is coming into existence. At any given moment we might feel great ambivalence about which of these worlds is best to commit our energy. Therefore, we swing back and forth between the two of them. The older world of black and white is known, comfortable and often feeds the more concrete needs of our personality. The newer world of colour is unknown, has unlimited potential, feels exciting and yet scary, and feeds the higher potential of what we can be.

Ambas realidades coexisten actualmente, y negarlo sería contraproducente. Intentar establecer una base firme en estos tiempos de cambio es estresante y nos produce ansiedad. La mejor forma de proceder es aceptar el hecho de que ninguno de nosotros conoce todas las variables de esta situación. Lo mejor que podemos esperar es mantener la mente y el corazón abiertos para escuchar todos los puntos de vista, tanto los nuestros como los de los demás. Podemos aprender a escuchar profundamente tanto a nosotros mismos como a los demás para determinar si estamos hablando desde el miedo o desde el amor, desde la muerte o desde la vida. En definitiva, esas son las dos opciones que tenemos. Y esas energías son polos opuestos. No nos aferremos al miedo ni a la muerte cuando podemos elevarnos hacia el amor y hacia la vida en este momento de la historia.

Tanis Helliwell, a mystic in the modern world, has brought spiritual consciousness into the mainstream for over 30 years. Since childhood, she has seen and heard elementals, angels, and master teachers in higher dimensions. Tanis is the founder of the International Institute for Transformation (IIT), which offers programs to assist individuals to become conscious creators to work with the spiritual laws that govern our world.

Tanis es la autora de Un verano con los duendes, Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns, Embraced by Love, Manifest Your Soul’s Purpose, Decoding Your Destiny y Take Your Soul to Work.

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