The human spirit is truly impenetrable. 2020 has been unrelenting; we as nations, communities and individuals have had no choice but to find a way to cope with it all. And yet blow after blow – death after death – we’re still here.
So what is the journey we’re currently being called to? It’s not just a journey toward freedom and democracy. Nor is it just a journey toward social justice, racial justice, criminal justice reform and justice for Breonna Taylor. It is the journey of all journeys. It is a journey of self-determination.
Self-determination is broadly defined as the right of a people to determine its own destiny free of oppression/oppressors. Whether such oppression is developed in our own minds inspired by fear, or more overt through rules of law, we are being called to determine for ourselves who we wish to be, and how we wish to live in support of the greater good.
If we are to arrive at true liberty, we must remove the rose-colored glasses that distort our view of the world we actually live in, while unlearning the ways in which we have been conditioned and encouraged to assimilate in a highly dysfunctional society. True liberty also demands that we be just as honest about the state of our personal lives.
Put another way, we must reclaim and confront our inherent power as free people, and, remember that it is our divine right to thrive in a world that would have us settle for simple survival.
Have you considered that at the root of the anxiety we’re facing is a deep fear of what it means to self-determine? It would mean dealing with the disillusionment that comes after realizing you’ve been gaslighted this whole time.
It would mean tackling shame and guilt around the unevolved aspects of who we are as a people, and a nation. It would mean taking the time to more intentionally rebuild who we are as a people, and a nation. It would mean sitting with the instability that comes with transformation. It would mean accepting that so much will continue to be unknown as we transform.
Now, have you also considered that you are already equipped to navigate this journey, and that this year alone proves it? Or that everyone else is on a similar journey, each of us capable of supporting one another? Or that on the other side of this journey is a more fully formed and self-determined you? Or that on the other side of this journey is a more fully formed and evolved nation and world?
We are all being directly and indirectly forced to face that which we don’t want to believe, hear or see, and now is not the time to close our minds, cover our ears nor turn a blind eye. We must lean into what brings discomfort. It’s the only way we’ll make it through the rest of this year and beyond.
So here is your assignment.
Over the next few days, keep a fear inventory. Write down what fears are triggered in regular life and pay attention to any common threads. At the end of the week, return to those fears and ask, “What am I really afraid of here?” Let the answer(s) lead to an internal dialogue that sees you reclaiming your inherent power; this is where your journey to self-determination begins.
Keep being gentle with you, dear Friend.
Check your horoscopes below to see what’s in store for this week ahead, and don’t forget to read for your Ascendant sign too.