About a year ago I received a message on one of my socials. It was one of those ‘all rounders‘ from Melinda Messenger. ( So, not sent just to me. )
I didn’t read it at the time but I did a few days ago. And oh my, with the turmoil engulfing our world right now does it resonate with me today.
Here’s what Melinda’s message said:
“One of my all time favourite pieces of writing from the wise Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Written along time ago but so relevant ”
Melinda then published this letter written by Dr Estes which she created back in 2001.
The original title is – Letter To A Young Activist During Troubled Times – with the subtitle – Do Not Lose Heart, We were Made for These Times.
Melinda published the original letter, in full, as written and unabridged.
Here you go – get inspired:
Do not lose heart. We Were Made For These Times.
By: Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.
“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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.”
– By Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes, American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.
Why Does This Ressonate With Me?
In a past life I photographed Melinda. Long lens, paparazzi style – so normally without her permission.
When I moved into investigative journalism, I forgot all about Melinda. After all Melinda had nothing to do with the dark state, their corrupt practices and all those classified operations which you pay for but they like to keep secret.
Then, after a family tragedy, I went on a journey. I found me – spirituality – my inner soul.
If you listen to the video below you’ll understand why the message Melinda sent me now resonates so much.
What Did Melinda Do?
Here’s what Melinda had to say about that sort of journey while on a TV jaunt to Greece.
”I think when you don’t grow or change you die inwardly, so you need perpetual movement and change.
Life is very alive and exciting so now I’m like, what do I want next?
How do I want to spend my life?“
Watch Melinda’s interview on Loose Women in 2020 and you’ll see what she did.
Message For The Messenger
The Secret – Dare To Dream.
Thank you Melinda, you’re an inspiration.
PS: There’s a typo on your Facebook page: litteraly should say literally.
Here’s a video from another lady I greatly admire. Yeah, that’s another story
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Author: Michael W