The change we are – by Tim Nonn
Social change is mysterious. Our hearts open to an interior rhythm that seems to pervade the universe. In the midst of brokenness and suffering, we feel an unexpected, almost sacred, wholeness. We want to gather together in the open because we sense that all of the things that have divided us up to now are somehow no longer relevant. We look into
Our everyday lives are changing. It feels like we are carrying around a secret. We want to shout it from the rooftops, but we speak of it in whispers. How does one speak of a mystery without losing a sense of awe and wonder? Wherever we walk, we feel like we are moving toward an inevitable destination. Whatever we are doing, we feel like we are practicing our future in small ways. Whoever we are with, we feel like we are sharing in a belonging that is emerging in every moment.
It would be easier if we had simply changed, and that was it. But we are changing, and the uncertainty that accompanies change never leaves us. It is a burden. We can try to ignore it, and return to our lives as if nothing had changed or was changing. It won’t work. We can try to define the change, and create neat little categories for everything that is happening. It won’t work. Like a rain-swollen river, it will always sweep away everything that stands in its way. That includes the person we once thought we were. Who we are in the midst of social change is revealed only gradually. That it is more a matter of not knowing than knowing sometimes makes the burden of change unbearable.
Just when we feel that we have fallen into an abyss, what is sacred and true of the change we are part of opens up a way through the darkness of uncertainty, and we see its dim glow in the distance. It calls us forward. It is a pathless path. Love always is. It is always new, and it always demands a new response from us. Nothing will work other than the giving of our whole being. Wholeness calls to wholeness. Love calls to love. Both are within us. Both are shaping the change we are part of. Both are inevitable, indestructible and so very, very patient and kind.