Those of us who came into the planet with what we now refer to as The Baby Boom, I call The Transition Team. But, I'm now realizing that we were only the first of what will end up being a number of Transition Teams. We came in to shake things up, to shake them loose, to initiate change, to crack it open. I was 18 in 1968 and can only say how grateful I am that I got to be on the planet at that time and be old enough to be involved in the initiation of change that we brought about.
For my generation, there were extremes of expression that contributed to the cracks in the system we needed to create. There were the militant ones who were very vocal, and sometimes violent, but whose voices were so needed in the equation. We needed those who were able to express the anger and repression that we'd collectively experienced for eons. We needed to hear the issues spoken out loud that were up for all of us. We needed those who channeled the collective anger and got things moving. And then, there was the other end of the equation with the "hippie" movement that initiated a big shove toward the idea that love was the answer and that it was important to "get back to the garden." As active as some of my generation have been, it's now time for a new Transition Team to shake things up in a different way. And, apart from shaking things up, the now generation also has solutions to bring to the table that weren't able to be put into play previously. Because of what we did, they're ahead of where we started and will take us further forward in the direction we need to go collectively.
Standing Rock is part of this process. My 3X great grandfather was Ochinee, a sub-chief of the Southern Cheyenne tribe, and he was killed in the massacre at Sand Creek on November 29, 1864. I'm very activated by what's going on at Standing Rock right now. Not only because I feel my DNA stirring, but because of the deep wound it brings up for all of us in terms of how we've collectively treated Native Americans since the beginning of our country. The USA is founded on the genocide of Native Americans...because the immigrants wanted what they had; wanted to live where they lived; wanted to own land which, to the Native Americans, was impossible to own; and, who were driven by greed and wanted to profit from the land instead of care for it. Those who came to this continent pushed the Native Americans back as they marched forward from the East Coast to the West Coast, agreed to treaties they never honored, and slaughtered and marginalized the native people. These issues are not gone. All of this is alive and continuing today and being brought into the collective consciousness through the events at Standing Rock.
I think there is a collective agreement in place with all the souls involved at Standing Rock to play out these issues for the benefit of the awareness it brings to all of us. There are centuries of abuse and trauma being enacted yet again, only this time on a world stage with global awareness. Only this time, we're all involved. Only this time, we get to choose to handle it differently. Even President Obama, in his detachment and concern for the monied interests, is playing his part. The choice he's made to "let it all play out over the next couple of weeks" is made from the same mindset that the powers that be have had in regard to those on the front lines in conflict after conflict. The idea that the harm that is happening to those involved is less important than rerouting a pipeline that should never have been built is the mindset we're in the process of changing.
Things have to be shaken up. Some people need to yell and confront. Some people need to pray and act as containers. Some people need to sweat and smudge and purify. Everyone at Standing Rock, on both sides, is fulfilling a very sacred purpose for all of us. These roles must be played out for all of us to see so we can come into awareness about the issues and energetics we still carry that these events are embodying. No matter who you relate to in this conflict, or where you are in how you feel about it, we're all being healed by it in the long run. No matter how little things look like they're moving around it, they are moving. Minds are being affected, hearts are being affected. Some people, on the military side of the equation, have quit their jobs because they are refusing to perpetrate atrocities in the name of greed. Movement is happening.
Vibrationally, things need to get stirred up. This type of event, such as Standing Rock, starts the vibrational resonance that builds and results in real and deep change. As upsetting as it can be...and, believe me, I'm one of those people who's intensely upset and affected by what's going on there...it's performing an important service. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are also serving us. I'm the last person who wants Donald Trump as president, but he's bringing up and initiating vibrational change in regard to a number of issues that would otherwise have stayed suppressed. Life has chosen a very good change agent. Because of Donald Trump's inability to act in a civilized manner, he's been a continuous well of richness in terms of all the issues he's activated. Because of him, women are joining forces and saying "no more." Because of him, we're looking at our election process and seeing that reforms are sorely needed. Because of him, we're looking at armament, financials, violence, racism, xenophobia, bullying, irresponsibility and obstructionism in government, and the list goes on.
Hillary Clinton is also serving in another way. She's bringing up issues of integrity, female power, greed, corporate investment, using political office for personal gain, and again, the list goes on. Both of our current candidates are perfect for the time, as uncomfortable as they both make us in different ways. Without either of them, we wouldn't have the chance we are currently being given to look at all the issues they both bring to the fore. For those who pray, endless prayers are needed for all the players now on the world stage of awakening, on both sides of whatever situation you might be aware of or involved in.
It is my feeling that we have some years ahead of us to become aware of the issues that have been sleeping and to wake them up and move through them. But, I feel that in about 4 years, we'll start to see things tip in a way that will allow us all to move forward differently. We have to be strong in this interim period of transition. Those of us who can, need to hold the pole of where we're headed collectively and form a compassionate container for all the change that needs to and will be taking place. It is not an easy task to balance all the chaos and confusion that this type of monumental collective change requires. It is not an easy task to witness and be present for all the horror that is taking place. But, the darkness has to be seen. The darkness has to be owned, integrated, accepted and loved free. This is exactly what so many of us came into the planet to do. This is our work. We were born to do this.
I have personally, just within the last week, finally come into an awareness of things I've been holding and hiding from and suppressing for most of my life. Things are moving that I wasn't sure were ever going to show themselves in a way I could understand and own. My heart is opening in ways I could only have hoped for previously, because it is getting broken day after day after day. I'm getting worn down. The type of pounding we've been experiencing, in the election and in numerous other worldwide events, is necessary in order to wear us down, to wear away the resistance we have to all of what we need to see. Even though it's not easy or comfortable or pleasant to confront, all the issues we see in the world exist in each one of us personally. They're different for each of us. We all get triggered by different things. We're all involved in or aware of different issues and situations. But, for all of us, in whatever way it's showing up, we're being given a golden opportunity to move through a huge backlog of misperceptions, constrictions, resistances and limitations. We're being given an opportunity to leap forward in a quantum way. And, even though this type of vast and substantial change might be challenging, it is a gift of immense proportion.
What's needed? Notice where you're triggered and what's being brought up for review. Notice what you're feeling drawn to in terms of where you feel you might be of benefit. Witness what's happening with compassion for all involved. Do whatever you feel drawn to do to help balance the energies at play. Be present to what's happening without numbing to it. Pray, do ceremony, create rituals, form groups, discuss, be curious, engage. Each of us will have to discover the ways that work best for us. Each of us will be called upon to confront our own issues in our own ways. Each of us will change and transform in ways we can't even imagine right now. Step up when you're called to and in whatever way you're called to do it.
The Native Americans at Standing Rock are serving as a wonderful example in terms of how they are dealing with the violence and imperialism and greed they are being faced with. They are being peaceful and relying on prayer. They are dealing with the issues at play in a deeply sacred way. They are embodying principles for all of us to be inspired by and to follow. They are sacrificing themselves on the altar of collective change and awakening. Honor them for their amazing service. Honor them for their personal sacrifice. Honor them for what they've held for all of us for time immemorial. Honor them for their strength and courage. And, honor the perpetrators of violence as well, because without that pole being held, this mirror couldn't exist.
We're going to see amazing and wondrous change in the next few years. We're going to be called upon to step up in ways that many of us won't see coming. To use a term that Glennon Doyle Melton coined, we're all "Love Warriors." We came in to play this out. We came in to heal ourselves and our planet. It might look dark right now, but it's true that it always looks darkest right before a breakthrough. We're on our way to a breakthrough. And, we're going to make it. We've taken everything to the brink, but we're not going to go over. We're going to pull it back. We just need to keep going. Hang in there. Trust the process. All is well.