Each week in The Wisdom of Change blog series, I share the original artwork and unpack the insights and meaning behind one of the 44 cards in The Wisdom of Change oracle deck.
This week’s card is 44 Constant Change
I could write an entire book about the subject of constant change, but today I seek to crystalise some of my thoughts into a blog.
There is no doubt that the world is changing in front of our eyes. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve read or heard people acknowledge these unprecedented times. The rate and nature of change may appear particularly intense at the moment, but in reality, change always has been our only constant. It’s the nature of evolution itself. As Britain faces the month of November in lockdown, the words of Tuli Kupferberg feel powerful and comforting to me;
When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.
Do you feel it too?
No matter how excited by change we are, or how adverse to it we feel, change is bittersweet. We long for it, but on our terms; it’s human nature to see it that way. We reduce our desire for change to a simplified formula; we want more of the good things that we already have and less of the bad. We don’t understand that the two are interlinked. We can’t cherry pick the outcomes of change in this way (any more than we can micromanage the outcomes of the global pandemic).
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.
We fear that if we change one aspect of our lives, we will lose another. We cling to who and what we hold dear, as though we don’t trust that joy and abundance will remain effortlessly in our lives. We can’t comprehend that there is more good available to us than we can fathom. Our job is to surrender, to trust and let go. The way becomes clears as we follow what feels good and inherently ‘right’ to us.
Instead, we worry that if we go after more, we will lose what we have. This mindset keeps us stuck and fearful. We make change the problem. We demand unreasonable guarantees from our efforts towards it. We insist on our perfect outcome. We tell ourselves that without certainty it is irresponsible to act.
Our current global situation is bringing us face to face with the conflicts we have with change. It offers us so much opportunity to realign our personal relationship with it. Our periodic lockdowns invite us to go deep within to connect to what our heart really desires; to what we want to prioritise, focus on, grow and let fall away. This is what change is really about; not some evil force that snatches away all that we hold dear.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. —Victor Frankl
It’s deep work, but I’m up for it.
Change can have us feeling more fearful than we ever thought possible, especially when we consider it to be outside of our control. I know; I’ve been up against the sharp edge of profound personal change for a decade and it been my biggest teacher. But when we reside in an energy of trusting the process, we are available to see the good that is right in front of us; the opportunities that are present, the harvest that is available if we simply reach towards the low hanging fruit.
Can you see it?
Please reach out if you are struggling with change at this time.
I want to reassure you that everything is working out perfectly for you (especially when that’s the last thing it feels like).
It’s working out for all of us.
You’ve got this.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s connection to your inner wisdom.
As always, I’d love to hear your comments below.