Confluence. Convergence. Cleansing. Healing. Transition. Transformation.

These are a few of the words that come to mind on this Sunday morning when I think of the events, both individually and collectively, that have swept across the inner and outer landscape of humanity in the first 13 1/2 weeks of this new decade.

If you've been opening up to your own inner life, your outer life has been changing at an accelerated rate this year. You've fallen in love, left a job you hated, found creative inspiration, discovered a new level of spiritual connection. If you've staunchly held your ground against self-revelation and change, you're getting slammed. You're going through a painful separation, a financial or health crisis, a natural disaster perhaps, or maybe you've left the planet altogether.

Now, these two paths aren't necessarily mutually exlusive. The purpose of the slam experience is no different than the purpose of the positive experience of the surge of energy. Either way, we are moved forward. I've often used the anology of a powerful river as representative of the current of life that is inexorably moving us towards a fuller connection with our higher, truer self. We, as swimmers (or rafters or surfers) in the current, have the free will to go against the current or go with the flow. In that sense, we always get to choose how we experience life. Easy. Hard. Flexible. Rigid. Surrendered. Willful. In the greater scheme of things, however, we are part of a larger body and regardless of our resistance, inevitably, we are heading downstream. The River is greater than our ego. That's just the way it is. Fortunately.

So, as we head fully into spring and on into summer, I say - let go, everyone! Take off your clothes (you can put on a swimsuit if you must!) and jump in the water. Ride the wave!

Come on in, Joe "The Pope" Ratzinger - It's easier than you think!!

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