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Invitation to practice Collective Alchemy continues 19 June 2020

Friday June 19, 2020

 

AS EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMING AROUND AND PERHAPS EVEN WITHIN ME,
WHAT VALUES WILL I HOLD TO AS AN EXPRESSION OF MY INTEGRITY,
WHATEVER HAPPENS?

 

Orienting the next call on the arc of the journey so far:

In this pattern of opening a portal to practice Collective Alchemy twice monthly, we have begun walking a dual path together, alternating between the Via Positiva (exploring transpersonal, Integral consciousness) and the Via Negativa (burning off the personal dross that blocks access to it).
 
We can now see that the pattern of our practice calls is interweaving this two-stranded path, like the double helix of DNA. The twin paths are connected by threads of meaning stitched backwards and forwards between the calls.
 
On 8 May, we took a step on the Via Positiva, with our inquiry into ‘what is true in the moment’ taking us on a first, unselfconscious foray into Integral consciousness. (Read the harvest from 8 May)
 
On 22 May, we embarked on the Via Negativa, entering the alchemical procedure of Calcination together. We explored the very roots of our identity and discovered what remains when we shed all that is not what we truly are. (Read the harvest from 22 May)
 
On 5 June, we returned to the Via Positiva, to investigate how we are navigating the growing turbulence in the world through the practice of alignment. (Read the harvest from 5 June)
 
When the practice portal next opens, on 19 June, we will be back on the Via Negativa, picking up some of the threads that emerged in the harvest of 5 June.
 

Framing the calling question:

AS EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMING AROUND AND PERHAPS EVEN WITHIN ME,
WHAT VALUES WILL I HOLD TO AS AN EXPRESSION OF MY INTEGRITY, WHATEVER HAPPENS?
 
This rite of passage – we come out a mature species, or we don’t come out at all.
At this juncture in the story of planet Earth, humanity finds itself at a pivotally volatile and uncertain moment, in an era shift. It seems that a drastic transformation is needed in the collective psyche of the species if we are to survive the situation we have created for ourselves and the planet with our current consciousness. This transmutation of the species mind will inevitably engender enormous suffering, yet if we fail to make the shift, our survival on the planet in our current form is inconceivable.
 
One of the core tenets of alchemy is: As above, so below; as within, so without.” In the material realm, we find the same patterns and processes occurring at all levels of scale, from the universal to the microscopic. We also find what is playing out in our inner lives being mirrored by events unfolding in the outer world, and vice-versa.
 
In our preparation for this portal opening, we have seen that we are not yet done with the alchemical phase of Calcination. Much is still burning, within and without; globally and personally. Indeed, it is just beginning, and the pace and intensity are quickening!
 
In the time since our last call, Sarah, Luea and Helen (that’s me writing this invitation!) have been in an intensely painful and disorienting process that we now recognise was showing us the shape of the next step in our Collective Alchemy journey together.
 
As our familiar reality falls away, it becomes ever more difficult to hold on to our familiar sense of who we are. As humanity moves through its phase shift, so must each individual—and many of us are already in this process, perhaps without understanding what is happening.
 
In such times, we can be helped by remembering the Stockdale paradox: how humans endure extended periods of hardship. Hoping for the best, acknowledging and preparing for the worst; and living fully in the present moment.
 
Loss of identity entails great suffering: an all-consuming subjective meltdown that can leave us unable to function. Once the suffering is past, we no longer know who we are. It is important at this stage to refrain from inventing a new identity. This is a time to maintain inner silence and live in utmost simplicity. Part of what makes this possible is shifting focus from identity (an egoic story) to integrity (a soul resonance) as a navigational coordinate for negotiating the challenging external circumstances that will be reflecting our inner reality.
 
Our core question for this portal day is intended to help us shift our anchor from the dimension of ego to the dimension of soul.
 
AS EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMING AROUND AND PERHAPS EVEN WITHIN ME,
WHAT VALUES WILL I HOLD TO AS AN EXPRESSION OF MY INTEGRITY, WHATEVER HAPPENS?
 
As part of our process, too, we will be offering a collective practice for you to engage with in daily life, to support you in your ongoing journey through the era shift.
 

If you hear the resonant call, please join us!

 

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