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With the realization that even paradise could not escape the GMO plague, I carried a heavy heart back from Hawaii. Add to this the many other environmental catastrophes unfolding before our blind eyes, and it is easy to lose heart altogether. So, I rejoiced in receiving this exquisite and stirring address by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Yet again she has called up in me the wild, wise woman who knows better. Please take a moment to read this and remember “why you came to this beautiful, needful Earth.” We mamas must not forget that “we are made for these times.”

photo compliments of Erin Dollar Kott

We Were Made for These Times
by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart.
We were made for these times.
I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered-
They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now.
Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment
and often righteous rage over
the latest degradations of what matters most
to civilized, visionary people.
You are right in your assessments.
The lustre and hubris some have aspired to
while endorsing acts so heinous against children,
elders, everyday people, the
poor, the unguarded, the helpless,
is breathtaking.

Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you,
to please not spend your spirit dry by
by wailing these difficult times.
Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly
because, the fact is that
we were made for these times.
Yes. For years, we have
been learning, practicing, been in training for
and just waiting to meet on this
exact plain of engagement.
I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize
a seaworthy vessel when I see one.
Regarding awakened souls, there have never been
more able vessels in the
waters than there are right now across the world.
And they are fully provisioned
and able to signal one another as never before
in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats
of righteous souls on the waters with you.
Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this
stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers
composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest.
That long-grained lumber is known to withstand
storms, to hold together, to hold its own,
and to advance, regardless.

in any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting
over how much is wrong or unmended
in the world. Do not focus on that.
There is a tendency too to fall into being weakened
by dwelling on what is outside your reach,
by what cannot yet be.Do not focus there.
That is spending the wind without raising the sails.
We are needed, that is all we can know. And
though we meet resistance, we more so
will meet great souls who will hail us,
love us and guide us, and we
will know them when they appear.

Didn’t you say you were a believer?
Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater?
Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember
that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?…
Ours ls not the task of fixing the entire world all at once,
but of stretching out to mend the part of the world
that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that
one soul can do to help another soul,
to assist some portion of this poor
suffering world, will help immensely.
It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass
to tip toward an enduring good. what is needed for dramatic change is an
accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing.
We know that it does not take “everyone on Earth”
to bring justice and peace,but only a small,
determined group who will not give up
during the first, second,
or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions
you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to
stand up and show your soul.
Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times.
The light of the soul throws sparks,
can send up flares, builds signal fires,
causes proper matters to catch fire.

To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these –
to be fierce and to show mercy toward others both,
are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.
Struggling souls catch light from other souls
who are fully lit and willing to show it.
If you would help to calm the tumult this is one of the strongest things you can
do. There will always be times when you feel discouraged.
I too have felt despair many times in my life,
but I do not keep a chair for it;
I will not entertain it.
It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something,
as do you. It is that there can be no despair
when you remember why you came to Earth, who
you serve, and who sent you here.

The good words we say and the good deeds we do
are not ours: They are the words and deeds
of the One who brought us here.
In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall:
When a great ship is in
harbor and moored, it ls safe,
there can be no doubt. But that is not what great
ships are built for. This comes with much love
and a prayer that you remember
who you came from, and why you came
to this beautiful, needful Earth.

Heart to Heartphoto compliments of Erin Dollar Kott