by Amara Rose
“The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.”
~ Charles Kettering, inventor with 186 patents
When the clock strikes midnight in your locale on December 31st, it will usher in the year that’s been the subject of more prophecy and paranoia than any other in recent history.
What does it mean to be here now, at the dawn of 2012?
1) Expansive Possibility. As a small demonstration: I considered numerous themes for this issue. For the first time, I couldn’t discern a clear choice; all felt good, right and related: Change of He(art) / Upgrade Your Thoughtware / The Co-creation Celebration of All Lifetimes / Beyond the Borg.
This is because we’re activating multiple channels of inclusivity, imagination and intuition. In a recent webinar, Jim Self shared, “It’s as if we’ve just stepped out of a fog, and more light is available. We’re more free, fluid and flexible. (Since the 11-11-11 gateway) people have been emailing me: ‘I’m less stuck, less engaged in the noise, there’s a calmness I’ve never felt before.’”
Indeed. Clinton Callahan, founder of Next Culture, an organization focused on possibility management, says we can all become leaders now. He coined the term “archearchy”: a collaborative model of masculine and feminine archetypes that respects human dignity and sustains the diversity of life. Callahan describes Next Culture as “something better than civilization,” and suggests intriguing pathways to get there, such as this Map of Rite of Passage to Adulthood.
2) Democratic Creativity. Lily Yeh, founder of Barefoot Artists, nourishes the birth of redemptive beauty from broken lives. She’s ventured fearlessly into places of despair and desecration, including Rwanda, China, Ecuador, Haiti, Ghana, Syria, and North Philadelphia, to create a change of he(art). I had the privilege of meeting her when she presented in California; the auditorium was lit by her glow.
Yeh affirms, “Art cannot solve social problems, but it can create a wonderful foundation for change to happen. Art is creativity in thinking, in methodology, and in implementation – we are all artists. In broken places, making art is like striking fire in the darkest winter, and then others see light.” This is our common wealth (cf. my article How to See Yourself As An Artist).
3) Phoenix Power. We are always rising anew from our own ashes, like Fawkes, the phoenix in the Harry Potter series who would periodically burst into flames of self-renewal. The exceptional article, Why Lying Broken in a Pile on Your Bedroom Floor is a Good Idea illumines the power to be claimed in welcoming our inherent brokenness.
Lily Yeh calls it, “Beauty that is wrestled from the heart of darkness.” Psychologist James Hillman points out that the opposite of aesthetic is anesthetic: either we have a living sense of beauty, or we’re asleep. I’m also reminded of Leonard Cohen’s timeless lyrics to Anthem: “Ring the bell that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.”
4) Awakened Co-Creative Consciousness. The article, Scientists Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies takes us far beyond Star Trek’s the Borg, in which individual consciousness is non-existent: “If humans with full individuality would regain group consciousness, they would have a god-like power to create, alter and shape things on Earth.
“A humanity that developed a group consciousness of the new kind would have neither environmental problems nor scarcity of energy. For if it were to use its mental power as a unified civilization, it would have control of the energies of its home planet as a natural consequence. And that includes all natural catastrophes!”
When we play at the level of infinite possibility, “vulnerability is a way of exposing one’s ceaseless growth,” writes social visionary James P. Carse. Surprise is the foundation stone of the Infinite Game, whose purpose is to keep everything and everyone in play, seeking not winners, but continual discovery.
It is finally — joyfully — time to jettison worn-out thoughts, attitudes and beliefs, and make room for surprise. Jim Self says this coming year is “going to be a challenge as third dimensional debris begins to float around. You cannot take your baggage with you on this journey: ‘I’m not OK, I don’t deserve, I’m not ready, and they don’t like me.’ Lose your memories of who you are NOT, who you never were. As we step into this less dense vibration, we are going to remember who we are.”
In her rousing Bioneers talk, “Trickster Medicine,” Caroline Casey shared, “Certain times are best activated by a group of imperfect people, of which we are all perfectly assembled at this perfect time. All fairytales begin with those of us who, born into the court, leave the court, wander in the wilderness, both exile and voluntary, in the Nature place, gathering the medicine – and then at a certain time, when culture’s in big trouble, it turns to its outsiders, and it’s time for all of us to come on back in.”
In every moment now we’ll have an opportunity to manifest the miraculous, as we change our he(art), upgrade our thoughtware, embrace our broken places and co-create the celebration of all lifetimes.
Happy Knew Year. Blessings abounding. And so it is!
© Copyright December 2011 by Amara Rose. All rights reserved.
About the author: Amara Rose is a “midwife” for our global rebirth. She offers personal coaching, business alchemy (marketing/branding/content development), e-courses, talks and CDs to accelerate your evolutionary journey. Learn more at LiveYourLight.com, where you can also subscribe to her e-newsletter, What Shines.