Saturday, March 12, 2011

Shake it, shake it baby


7th Street SE at Eastern Market. See the Capitol Dome in the distance?

The good news is that my friend who is in Japan is OK. She's OK. Thank god.

There are quakes and then there are super quakes. According to CNN, yesterday's earthquakes shifted the coast of Japan by two and a half centimetres, and the tilt of the earth's axis by ten centimetres. This link includes footage of the tsunami as well. Bloody hell.

My heart goes out to everyone affected directly by what happened yesterday. That said, I'm relieved this happened in Japan. Unlike Haiti or New Zealand, Japan is a place where they know how to deal with earthquakes, even devastating events like yesterday's. The cities are built to withstand huge shocks, the infrastructure is much more likely to survive, people are far more likely to have the training to deal with the aftermath.

I'm not saying it's GOOD that this happened. No way! I'm simply saying at least it happened somewhere where they expect earthquakes and are prepared. If life were a dream (and it is, it really is), then this event signals the need to step up, be prepared, expect the unexpected. Like I said the other day, for those of us who remember the '60's, the era of radical change (from now to 2018) is going to feel familiar. For kids, it will be what it is - they have nothing to compare it to. For y'all in your 20's, 30's, and 40's, I have plenty of advice, though of course everyone will deal with the energy of change in his/her own way.

Back in the late '60's, the way I dealt with societal upheaval was through serious commitment to sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. The altered perception from doing drugs opened my eyes to the possibility of various forms of reality. The sex was life enhancing. Music was the surfboard on which I rode that crazy wave of change.

These options are no longer interesting to me, except for the rock 'n roll part, of course. What I'm thinking about this morning is doing everything I can to open up the structure of my routines. I need wiggle room in order to negotiate this era. I want to let go of all the ideas I have about who I am and how I like to live, just to see. I want to experiment with new patterns, find out if there's a "lifestyle" (hate that word) that might fit better than the one that has congealed around me since I moved to Capitol Hill ten years ago. Relocating from the house on Tennessee Avenue to the chateau last summer was prescient; now I'm wondering what else I can re-shape in order to meet and greet this era of change.

By 2018, we'll all know how to roll with the punches. I'm inclined to jump head-first into personal reinvention as my dance of shamanic alignment with this historical moment during which we will see vast collective reinvention.

Will you join me? C'mon, you can do it, you can roll with the punches. Yes? I say yes. It's time!

16 comments:

ellen abbott said...

I say bring it on! Let's get this party started!

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh yeah!

steven said...

reya it excites me to read that you sense change on a similar scale to the change that took place through the sixties and early seventies. the echoes of that time are entirely present in our daily lives. the space for change seems to have been created. now to welcome whatever is pushing the old energy off its seat! steven

Reya Mellicker said...

It's time for it to come around again. It IS coming around: in Egypt and Libya, Wisconsin and Washington DC - and Japan of course.

Surf's up. Let's go.

Linda Sue said...

Not like the earth shake was not expected in japan- known it for years - the earth is changing it's pretty face and some islands and land masses will be ...moist. California- hello! When Yellowstone goes up that is the ultimate - we will leave this planet for a while.

Jo said...

Ever the conscientious student, I never feel quite well enough prepared for the test.

It feels like a test to me, too, with questions flying through my mind, knowing the answers to some, but not to all.

Guess it's time to do what I always did when it came to the essay part of the test...wing it!

Pam said...

As a substitute teacher I know how to wing it. Earthling likewise. Never was one for surfing much though. "Surfs Up" terrifies me,though I am in awe of others command of the waves.
See the person in the shallows with the snorkel and flippers? Yep, that's me in my comfort zone.
You go Reya - I'm happy for you knowing that surfboards have those leg ropes!!!

Kerry said...

Rock 'n roll, Reya! I love what you say about negotiating change, and wonder what wiggle room you will create for yourself. It seems like some people react in the opposite way; when their world becomes shaky they become, out of fear, more rigid.

Reya Mellicker said...

I've tried rigid - it never helps!!

ellen abbott said...

gotta go with the flow.

Kerry said...

I suppose we have all tried rigid, yeah, but I have trouble imagining you that way.

Barbara said...

Things sure do seem to be changing. I'm curious about why you specify 2018. Is it the 7 year cycle that leads to the pinpoint of 2018? Just wondering.

Peace!

Angela said...

I still love rock `n roll, it`s my music, and yes, the times, they are a`changin`, always have. But since the powerful sixties, where it began, we as a global humankind, we have learned tremendously, don`t you think? Connecting, using the internet waves, talking with each other and listening, listening! Things will never be the same. We learn about Japan, about Egypt, about Libya - and we are touched. When has this ever been so? I am looking forward to the surf!

Reya Mellicker said...

Barbara, this is from Anne Massey's astrology blog:

A CALDERA IN WAITING…FIRE AND ICE… AWAKENING OF DORMANT ENERGY

Uranus represents disruptions, sudden events that launch a new beginning, and with it our inner and outer landscapes are altered. 2011 is the moving year for two of the transpersonal planets. Transpersonal refers to the fact that it tends to be outside of our experience and/or out of our control. The three transpersonal planets are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Dormant energy is awakened. Moving house is stressful. There is de-cluttering, discarding and packing we need to do. We need to clean the place we are leaving. It is difficult to concentrate on our ordinary obligations when the space we are leaving is being pulled apart and we have to decide what we want to pack and what needs to be tossed out. We come across items that bring up memories and potentially find things we thought we’d lost forever. Settling into the new takes time, having moved a year ago for a first time in almost two decades, I think it takes a year…

* Time line of Preview: May 27-August 13, 2010
* Time line for Main Event: March 11, 2011-May 15, 2018
* Timeline for Review: November 6, 2018 to March 6, 2019

mouse (aka kimy) said...

and we're rolling, rolling, rolling on the river....the big wheel keeps on turning.

oh yeah.....

Karen said...

Ah, so THAT's what's going on? Hmmm...

I think we should all try rolling with the punches. After all, the alternative is just lying down in defeat, yes? Let's try being flexible and see where that takes us.

It reminds me of riding a horse--you have to let your back MOVE or it will be painful & you might fall off.

Very interesting!