Be prepared to hold the paradox

In these quick-sand times, we are being asked by our highest essence (as we always are, but more overtly so than ever) to notice where paradox lies in our field. That’s to say, wherever our most fervent belief about something stands, we might notice…if we are open to it…that the complete opposite of what we hold to is also standing there in clear sight, and from some perspective that we can hold if only for a micro-second (or, we may be able to manage even longer than this), is just as applicable and “true”.

We may find ourselves suddenly flipped into that other perspective, and then another and another, which is the path towards familiarising ourselves with multi-dimensionality and unity consciousness. In some instances, we may never want to return to the entrenched view that we once held since we have now blown away its surety; and so what flutters in is something gentler, more curious, a little unfamiliar but oddly beguiling when we stay out of fear of the unknown. We may find ourselves standing all alone in this place for a time, but that’s not to say we should rush back to where we were before, in the crowd, but step into the new space and explore it, with that paradox perched gently on our outstretched hand.

Whether in the world arena or our own backyards, playing with such paradox can be remarkably powerful and transformative, breaking us free from the box of even the subtlest control by unchallenged thoughts.

For those of us who have been doing the inner work for some time, this may not come as such a surprise yet even we are being asked to walk our talk in allowing this understanding a place in our daily lives, and much more so than usual.

We are opening up to a more whole (or holier) reality and, as we do so, the most stark polarities arise in our periphery, though now dressed in the costume of “partners in crime” more so than the “dualistic enemies” we may once may have regarded them as.

Examples of this may occur a hundred times a day or just once or twice, yet in such powerful ways that they jolt our sense of contained reality. Because when we allow, for even a fraction of a moment, that what we once so-fervently believed to be as white as white may also be black, and vice versa, our academic minds are stunned or sent spiralling into denial and defensive postures; thus, potentially, so much deeper into the duality, as we could react by building much higher walls all around that old belief to safeguard it…

Or not so if we are engaged with our hearts, thinking with our hearts more so than our intellects!

For this ability to hold paradox is old territory for the heart, where reconciliation of all is the only incentive.

As we follow the heart into this new territory, its as though our territory expands and new cracks of light pour into our tight little worlds of “belief”, and these feel like we are receiving deep gulps of fresh air after a long time of oppressive containment. Its not that we no long hold beliefs but that those beliefs are now clay to which we turn our own hands, more so than taking for granted ready-formed “truths” because they are so long-established (since time and track-record are no measure in this new “place”).

By the same token, what was true for us this morning may not hold so true by this afternoon…and onwards…back and forth, even overlapping…which is not to say we have become fickle or undecided but that we are getting much closer to source. We have become much more easy with our reality and so, as we go there, our reality becomes much easier with us.

This is because what we are capable of encompassing on the inside feeds back into the field and alters trajectories so that what may have seemed intractable, dire or locked into some darkly desperate ending, up ahead, may surprise us by becoming the softer or watered down version of itself…a version of what seems, on the outside, to be that very same reality only with the sting taken out of its tail. This is why holding so rigidly to our causes and our academic beliefs can lock us into the very outcomes we least desire, since they allow no room for subtle alterations or unexpected u-turns; rather, they entrench us in the same belief we held some time ago…which is the same as to say there is no evolution potential built in. Our realities become concrete instead of elastic..and if there is one thing quite obvious about 2020, its that we have entered the elastic era; nothing is set in stone anymore so we have a choice to join it there, or continue fighting for the high brick walls of what we consider to represent our old comfort and safety; only, to do so is to cut ourselves off in our prime.

So these subtle, almost incognito, shifts (perhaps with a touch of white dressed up as black…just as we are becoming more aware of black dressed as white) are how we traverse times of great shift without our minds crashing under the strain of such a rapidly morphing reality. Those shifts towards light are most certainly there but are subtle and piecemeal in order to allow them to slip in under the wire of our mental analysis. They bypass the inner critic that has reigned supreme for too long at the entrance to our intellects and get their feet well under the table of life in ways that feel soft and natural enough for our hearts to welcome them in by the fireside in order to feel into their motivations, reconcile the old hurts and discover things in common more so than reasons to reject out of hand; for the heart is the real arbiter of our wholest, or holiest, truth.

Anyone who has ever shifted their own personal reality by focusing on more positive thoughts, seeing the best in a situation, raking up feelings of gratitude before allowing fear to conquer, will recognise this process. Looking back, they can hardly believe the change they effected with their “simple” change in attitude and yet that change slipped in at a pace that didn’t throw their logic into disarray. It was, in a sense, easy…which is to say, all parties were put at ease. The situational “guard” (or, that which was keeping things stuck the way they were before…) was dropped; not in surrender but by cultivating the recognition that the objectives of all parties were one and the same.

This is where we are…or could be…now as more and more of us allow for the paradox, softening our stark black and white realities to become curious about how opposites so often do seem to come from the same team…and that the only thing keeping them apart was the intransigence of our minds when it came to taking a particular side or point of view and then sticking to it like glue.

By way of perfect synchronicity, pursuing one of my own areas of focus, being to look at autism as a positive / evolutionary trait rather than a handicap / genetic flaw, led me to a study published on the Frontiers in Neuroscience website (Autism as a disorder of high intelligence) in which this quote, as follows, was used as a headline:

“How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.’ Niels Bohr

Exploring the paradox that autism seems to be the domain of my most super-powered gifts and not this terribly broken collection of traits that scientists would tell me it is, I have come to recognise how these traits feel like a link to my future, as-in other lifetime, self (in the same way that many individuals, consciously or otherwise, hook into other versions of themselves from past lives); which is to say, the world is not yet ready for me and those like me but perhaps there is a reason I have made this connection across timelines. By making this connection more conscious and “real”, not to mention potential-filled, to my awareness, I am able to channel that future self to help hook me up to a future timeline where my traits are both useful and valued (much more so than in this one…) and thus to explore, without fear, aspects of a world beyond 2020 that I can’t wait to get to and am prepared to envision in my imagination.

Ability to visualise the future through positive eyes is itself a super-power from which many people have now become disconnected (by fear). This innate ability, in all of us, has become wrapped all around in a tangle of such uncertainty and fear-mindsets that they dare not go there with their thoughts, and so they cut themselves off from the power of manifesting through positive focus. They would rather not manifest any thoughts of the future than risk those darker thoughts taking hold and so they abstain. Yet somehow, even in the face of these often dark and troubling times, I manage to stay in my light and this is one of the many ways that I do this. So, here again, via the mechanism of making room for paradox, I find I have an advantage since being able to perceive that we have a hopeful future, specifically one in which we can envision ourselves thriving in a world that is as beautifully organic as it is highly evolved, with a place for all beings to pursue their best life, is crucial to human morale and emotional wellbeing, not to mention the ability to enact our creator role as “source” made manifest in human form.

Which is why holding the paradox is a major step towards an enlightened way of being that could alter the trajectory of the world; a movement lead by individuals doing this work in ways large and small, each ordinary day of the week, in their own individual domains.

About Helen White

Helen White is a professional artist and published writer with two primary blogs to her name. Her themes pivot around health and wellbeing, expanded consciousness and ways of noticing how life is a constant dance between the deeply subjective and the collective-universal, all of which she explores with a daily hunger to get to know herself better. Her blog Living Whole shines a light on living with high sensitivity, dealing with trauma and healing from chronic health issues. Spinning the Light is an extremely broad-based platform where she elucidates the everyday alchemy of relentless self-exploration. A lifetime of "feeling like an outsider" slowly emerged as neurodivergence (being a Highly Sensitive Person with ADHD, synaesthesia, sensory processing challenges and other defecits overlapping with giftedness). All of these topics are covered in her blogs, written from two distinct vantage points so, if you have enjoyed one of them, you may wish to explore the other for a different, yet entirely complimentary, perspective.
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