The big focus this week is undoubtedly on the loss of the Father of our nation, which has left rather a large gaping hole, not only in our country, but across the world. Although not very outwardly active in the past few years, Mandela continued to hold the energy of equanimity, tolerance, humility and forgiveness. Amongst the many things he showed us, by example, was his ability to forgive his oppressors and completely transform hatred into love. If he can do it, so can we!
Somehow we all knew that as long as he was here, things would be alright. For me he was like our tap root, which kept us stable and balanced and now that he has departed in physical form, we need to keep that vital root alive, lest we tumble into chaos.
Over the past few weeks I’ve written quite a bit about Venus (the feminine planet of love) being in Capricorn, which is about embracing the mature feminine, as we take responsibility for every aspect of our lives. The big news this week is that Mars (the masculine warrior planet) has just moved into Libra, the sign of peace, harmony, dialogue and co-operation. This is interestingly the sign it was in when Madiba was born and in the second half of his life he certainly embraced the higher vibration of the planet, as a Warrior for Peace. Mars usually spends only a few weeks in a sign, but this time it will be in Libra until July 2014.
The message, to me is clear – it follows on from my newsletter last week on” Love being what the world needs now” (see below). Each one of us needs to now move beyond talking and actively take responsibility for keeping Mandela’s legacy alive. This is relatively easy right now, as the hearts of people all over the world have been opened and there is an outpouring of love, as we remember the man, his life and his words. However it will all die down after while, as it does and that’s when we need to step into the very big shoes our beloved leader has left behind.
These words, handed to a Deepak Chopra by a monk really resonate with me and show the way forward.
The most important time in your life is now
The most important person in your life is the one you’re looking at right now
The most important thing you can do in your life is what you are doing right now
The best way to prepare for the future is to be totally present now
Now is the moment that never ends.
Each one of us has a sphere of influence, where we can lead by example and raise the vibration of those around us. It might be with our children, our friends, in our work, our gym, our sport, inspiring others through social media, in meditation or creative circles or in our daily moment by moment interactions with the people who cross our paths. How would you treat the car guard who shows up each day and helps you carry your packages, if he were the most important person in you life in that moment? How would the world change if we really started living like this?
How can you make a difference… today and every day? How can you help to fill those Mandela shoes? How can you nurture that tap root and help it to grow stronger? How can we all as a community uphold Mandela’s vision, his life’s work and the cause he was prepared to die for… freedom for all? His words ring in my ears “Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great – you can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” We are that generation and this is the time.
Martha Beck posted these words yesterday on Facebook “Once, leaving South Africa, I wondered, “Who will be the next Mandela?” And a voice in my heart said, “You must all be the next Mandela.” Well, the hero has gone home. It’s our turn. Let’s do it.
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