At the end of the first month of 2012 it already looks to be an interesting year. The sinking of the passenger ship Costa Concordia was a great reminder to be willing to take command and responsibility for our lives. It is always easy to see where others are going wrong but it is important that we take the events of our outside world and reflect on them as a reminder of what we might be doing; how we might be not diligent in looking out for the hazards in our voyage and avoid the rocks that can so easily sink us.
The ship owners were quick to heap the blame onto the captain but missed their own responsibility. Everyone in the company is a reflection of the company and its culture. This wreckage is an event right out of the deadzone that speaks of an independent and competitive culture starting at the top. If transformation does not happen then there is a rude awakening.
Last year in the UK we had another rude awakening when riots spread quickly and violently across our major cities. This carried all the hallmarks of unconscious eruption, of energy resulting from a split-mindedness that seems to be prevalent within our society. 2012 is the beginning of a new era and it is an era of partnership, of co-operation, of moving closer and forming ties with those around us. A time of giving up our independence and dissociation, of facing our fears and still moving forward together.
In recent months, as Europe faces its fiscal challenges the UK has resorted to withdrawal, separation and independence. This is a backward step and a step contrary to the flow of the times. In many ways the world is opening up, there is more cooperation and mutuality but the change is coming painfully in many quarters and at a dire cost. Where there has been a refusal to change in our economic systems and in our governments, there have been groundswells of people power that seek to force change, like the Arab spring, or the Occupy movement.
This is a time of change; not to speak of change, not to debate change, not to pay lip service to change, not to change others, but to really fundamentally change in practical and meaningful ways. To change our minds, change the way we see things and change the way we respond to things, to have the courage to get past our fears and not act them out. We will not escape our fears by hiding but by growing in our awareness, expanding our minds and replacing the fear with love, love for our partners, our families, our friends and our societies.
We are called to do this for the children, for the people that are following us and for the others that we share this planet with who are at the effect of our behavior. So this month for us has been about going inwards, checking our compass and our course for a voyage of co-operation, mutuality and intimacy.
Check our events page for on-line seminars starting soon. Also we will be in Midhurst, West Sussex for a 3 day workshop March 2 – 4. We hope to see you soon.
Jeff and Sue