It appears that many people are experiencing upheaval in one way or another in their lives. Stress, anxiety, sadness and struggle seem to be the norm for many people, particularly within the past year. I know that I have personally experienced a great number of "tests" that have challenged me to maintain my equilibrium in the face of extreme adversity. It's easy to get lost in the drama of our lives because it feels so very real when we are in the thick of it, (whatever "it" is).
At these times it's easy to feel abandoned, angry, hopeless and despondent, furious at life or other people for causing our unhappiness or complication. It can feel like we are sending distress signals out into what seems like an infinite dark and stormy sea but see no rescue beacons in the turbulent waters. The beacons are there, but they are not outside of us.
The planet as a whole seems to be experiencing this "dark night" and it is an expression of the old outmoded structures falling away. We can see it in the breakdown of political systems, economies, religious institutions, natural environments and family and ideological structures. We can observe it in the extreme weather patterns and the general restlessness experienced by whole countries of people who, on some level, realize that the old ways aren't working, but are fearful of what's to come.
These changes represent the need for the collective opening of the heart of humanity. We need an influx of love and compassion in order to usher in a new energetic frequency on the planet. Without openness, the struggles and pain that come with growth seem absolutely unbearable. If we do not maintain an awareness of the necessity of these changes (on both a planetary and personal level) we risk falling into the drama of the shifts. This is like struggling in a rough tide, the more you flail and gasp the more likely you'll drown.
Our struggles can appear to be very real on one level, and on another they are simply mirrored reflections of our thoughts and feelings and the changes taking place on the planet. We must each go through this "dark night" at some point because the planet is requiring this journey of everyone in order for the collective energy of humanity to raise slightly. Some who aren't up for the challenge are in one way or another, "opting out" and as such deaths and disaster allow a reprieve from continued challenges.
The vibration of the planet is moving from a primarily masculine and competitive vibration that emphasizes power, success and personal gratification to a primarily feminine vibration that emphasizes cooperation, inclusiveness and empathy. Another way of putting this is that we are collectively moving from the power and drive of the third chakra (located in in the belly of the human energy system) to the compassion and empathy of the fourth chakra (located in the heart center).
The planet, much like the human body, has its own chakra system and much like human beings who filter much of their experience through one predominant chakra depending on their soul's development, the planet does the same (although in a very gradual pattern).
For the past 2000 years we have been in an system that rewarded personal glory and material gain, but this is no longer required. Instead a more empathetic response to our fellow human beings and the environment as a whole is the new challenge given to us all. We have already shifted to this "new age" (in astrology this is referred to as the Age of Aquarius), but the effects of the shift will take some time to settle in. We will recover bursts of this shifting energy in the form of upheaval and chaos and also periods of connectedness and connection with life.
As a result of this shift people are being called to open their own hearts according to their own spiritual or ideological understanding. They are also being called to release and cleanse anything that no longer serves them. This can be done willingly, or for the more stubborn of us, it will be done for us through a variety of trials and tribulations that appear to be random.
These trials are opportunities. They are open doorways into something entirely different, that at first may seem frightening but in the long run will serve the development of your soul immensely.
The trick to navigating the rough tides is surrender. It's a simple concept but an immensely difficult practice. Surrender does not mean resignation to whatever circumstances you are in. If an action or change needs to be made, do it, this is why the ship has a wheel. But do it without attachment or identifying with the painful story of the event. This is easier said than done. Surrender is a state not an action.
Surrender is an act of supreme intelligence because we cease struggling with the tide and instead are moved by its intuitive sway. We stop fighting "the way of it" and surrender to the assurance that whichever way the tide takes us is essential for our development (provided we maintain non-attachment and a desire for the highest good for everyone involved).
Rough seas appear to remind you to rely on your intuition, a sailor is lost without it. Their turbulent drifts are an opportunity to navigate pain and suffering and remember that this too shall pass. It's an invitation to become an expert sailor. Utilize your crew of support to navigate to safe harbor.
However. note that at this time we are all pirates, and that it may be required that we sail out into another storm again soon. But with each expedition we will learn new skills to navigate rough waters, until eventually we don't fear the storm but welcome its arrival, because we recognize its necessity for our growth.
It is quite often that in times of apparent darkness the light is the strongest. But stop looking for the light "out there" it must come from within. As Buddha says, we must "be our own lamps". When we do this the darkness becomes nothing more than a few waves on a perfectly lit sea