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Finding Meaning in a Global Pandemic
- August 6, 2020
- Posted by: akhepran
- Category: Uncategorized
Finding Meaning in a Global Pandemic
We all recognize these are unprecedented times. The stars are aligning. The planet is rebalancing itself, and we are left frightened, uncertain, and asking questions of ourselves. At this collective moment, we are all at home, contemplating the nature of our existence. I know for me, this perpetual quarantine has caused me to shift inward; I am examining my state of physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
I took a good long look in the mirror.
I found myself lacking. It’s no surprise. I have watched my life dismantle right in front of my eyes, as so many of us have. There is so little certainty, so little to stand on. Sickness, death, job, relationships, children, housing, food, I never realized how much I had been taking for granted. I never realized how little Time I spent looking closely at who I am becoming. Time, it seems, is a great gift this year; I never seem to have it, and now that I have as much as I could want, and no excuse, there is so much work to do.
Heer. The face of the child. The perfecting Self.
“Heer (Horus) signifies the victory of spiritual consciousness over natural forces; Heer is the ascendancy of the spiritual sun that brings triumph…. Heer strives for the triumph of Spirit in matter, light in darkness.” (Azzahir, 2017, p. 11, 20)
The pandemic has put me in the space of deep spiritual self-improvement. Sitting at home scrolling social media or watching the news, left with only my thoughts for company. My inner voice seems louder in quarantine, and that great gift of Time forces me to listen- and learn. This self-improvement is not the serene, picturesque meditation I see on my Instagram feed. No. It’s the hard, often ugly reality of ME.
I have the Time to weigh my choices (Maat). I have Time to question every motive: my love, my sincerity, my dedication, my work ethic, my consideration for others, my ambitions. Are these qualities anchored in Divine Truth (Maat) or selfishness? What patterns of behaviour must I confront as I move toward a higher spiritual consciousness? Do I give myself the love and compassion I show to others? Am I who I claim to be?
What face is staring at me through the mirror of Spirit?
Heer. The face of the child.
My contribution begins with being honest with myself and where I’m at (it’s okay to start there). My contribution begins with love and compassion for Self as I wade through the face of my reflection. My contribution begins with becoming conscious of my spiritual consciousness. (Azzahir, 2017, p.134)
Studying your reflection is not easy work. The higher the conscious awareness, the greater the accountability required. Humanity is moving towards this next level, and the underbelly of Truth is surfacing. It is televised and broadcast on every digital platform, so there is no looking away; The Truth is there staring us in the face. So, what shall we do with it? I know if a planetary pandemic is causing me to question my physical, mental, and spiritual state, humanity is doing the same. I take some comfort in knowing the world is also struggling to face the Truth and triumph. If we each do the spiritual work to reach a perfecting state (Heer), then we can also come together to restore a planetary Balance (Maat).
Many of us have lost loved ones, businesses, and livelihoods; this is all very real and very painful. Yet, despite the turmoil, it has given us all a unique opportunity to step back and take stock of ourselves and the impact of our actions. If we are willing to accept our reflection as it is, free of pretense and appearances, we can begin to create the change our Spirit needs. I will take the opportunity given to examine my intentions and my compassion for humanity, for the planet, and for myself. I am grateful to now have the Time.