Many I have talked to continue to express how exhausted they are as we enter Year 2 of the pandemic.  Tired of not seeing friends and families, having outings and vacations, of just hanging on - all of these and more has affected most of us.  After a long year of pandemic protocols and isolation, we are all tired and a bit out of sorts left longing for normal. Whatever that normal was...
As I have said before, there is no normal to go back to. And in fact, it never really existed in the first place. Humankind has slept the sleep of complacency and denial.  We have had inklings that there is “more”, that maybe we aren’t seeing all of any situation, of maybe all is not is as well as we thought...but our denial has held strongly.
And now, all that is changing. This last year has jump-started the awakening process and I suspect it is that awakening that creates the exhaustion as much or more than the longing for “normal.”  We can no longer hide our heads in the sand and pretend that all is well.  We can no longer keep our heads down and ignore all that is changing around us, and more importantly, within us.
We are in unstoppable motion, in full-blown transformation and must accept that this is so and move forward in full awareness and command of ourselves. Our exhaustion, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual, serves to cloud our awareness and the simple knowledge of how much we have transformed already.  It is time to sink our toes deep in the earth, raise our arms to the sky, open our hearts completely and embrace the Be-ings into which we are evolving.
I have had the sense for some time now that there is much more going on than meets the eye; the sense that just because this feels like another day of slogging through the pandemic experience, it is truly anything but the same old same old.
For one thing,  we all are completely different people than we were a year ago.  We have learned to dig deeply into the heart of ourselves and embrace whatever is placed before us.  We haven’t always embraced what we were served in the most graceful ways, but our boundaries have stretched to accommodate the existence of the new and different, even when we don’t like what we see.
In the spring, as the growing things begin to awaken and emerge, so we also emerge from the winter depths.  My sense is that we are awakening from a similar deep sleep and the temptation is to keep moving forward, in the same way we have for the last year (lifetimes) seeing only the familiar, reacting only with familiarity.
But something more, deeper, richer is occurring.  I am being prodded to stay awake, to pay attention, to recognize, to be aware. My Higher Self is demanding I listen and pay attention. Something is at work and I am - we are - part of this new yet strangely familiar way of Be-ing.
Every choice we make, every step we take, every word we speak powerfully impacts the Whole. As such, we must take responsibility for every moment of our existence, so that it might serve the Whole and not the lost “normal”of the past. Our choices, our sacred Light affects all that we perceive and all that we are.
And so I am told:
The richness you perceive is only, as you would say, the tip of the iceberg. The costumes and roles you have worn for millennia are beginning to fray and fall away, exposing the glory which lies within. The inertia of the pandemic both disguises what is occurring within the Heart/Mind of many and exposes the rank dichotomy of what is real and perceived.  As the veils of illusion fall away, those who cannot and will not take part will stand exposed.  The Light will always prevail and each must allow it to have its way with the Self, so that all that is false may fall away. 
When the doldrums or inertia seems present, sit in peace and allow your self to acknowledge the presence of this richness within you to arise and fill your world. Bask within it, letting it wash away illusion and reacquaint each Heart/Mind with the sacred flame within.  Make time to do this regularly and reverently, with gratitude for All That Is.  You will see that the perceived boundaries between you and the world around you begin to disappear. 
“Heal yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Heal yourself with mint, neem, and eucalyptus. Sweeten with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a hint of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar and drink it looking at the stars. Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground and with everything that comes from it. Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with your forehead. Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier. Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember ... you are the medicine.”
~María Sabina, Mexican healer and poet
(Ronnie Grishman)

***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for TheCosmicPath.com. It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.

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