We were Made for these Times

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes on Friday July 29th, 2016

A Message of Hope and Inspiration

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 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 bewailing 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.

Do not lose hope.Do not lose hope.

This is a Time of Awakening

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.

Staying strong through the stormHolding together through the storm.

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.

You Can Make a Difference

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?

We are needed, that is all we can know. We are needed, that is all we can know.

Ours is 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.

One Act at a Time

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 act of kindness at a timeOne act of kindness at a time.

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.

Lifting each other upLifting each other up.

Overcoming Despair

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 is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes is an American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

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6 Responses to We were Made for these Times

  1. Thank you. You have inspired me to live for love,peace and. with unity peace loving humanity. Courage to face unknown. Soul is free.
    And life is precious.
    And Humanity is one.

  2. These are words that everyone would benefit from reading. To understand our world, we reach to have a big picture perspective. But we can not stay in that place. We must shift from the big picture to what is right in front of us at this moment. World Peace is what I believe in. Peace like that begins in our homes when we teach our children to be peace-loving and kind. Clarissa, thank you for these lovely words of hope and courage. I was introduced to your book back in the 90s when I lived in Austin Texas. We had a women’s group that met every week to discuss one of the stories. I was the youngest woman there but I sure learned a lot. Thank you for helping to make this world a better place. <3

  3. Thank you; a beautiful and brilliant article. A reminder too of the times, and the times .. both personal and social, global. The ship is strong; we should not need a reminder, but we do (I do). What I would also like to see is far more informed, researched, innovative discussion on finance. Speaking personally I have been on a massive bridge for the last three years, after many years of solid work and income in the holistic training field. That changed and I fully understand the ending of a cycle, with the potential beginning of a new one. I am working fully with that. But the finances have reached a nadir (ok an appearance and I am working on that too); but I am not alone in this dilemma. I have written to several key figures (whose names you would know) with no reply. Internet business may be the answer or one of them but is renowned for scams and dangers. Can we from a better perspective address the realities of finance? I believe it is a vital, missing key and needs serious attention. Blessings and Light, in thanksgiving and peace. From London and Kent UK.

  4. Thank you, brilliant article. Basically war and violence are a male desease. The desease of a misunderstooden ideal of masculinity. To cure the desease we must encourage men not to be afraid of love. On the soul level we are already one. In the material world our history can be seen as as permanently ongoing refuse to becom ONE.

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