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THE GREAT AWAKENER
The Tower card in the Tarot is a universal archetype of the great ‘Awakener’. The Awakener is symbolic of the universal force that enters the picture at random moments and changes everything. The Awakener catalyzes an awakening that is forced on the individual or the collective. Being an archetype, this is a cross cultural symbol that is an experiential given. I am humbled by this great power of transformation and, if I am to be honest, quake at even discussing this force of nature. Awakenings in the realm of the manifest can be so painful and startling they can bring you to your knees. We all know of such occurrences, a cancer diagnosis, a spouse or a child die, a house burns down, the stock market crashes. I am sure you catch my drift. Even the ultimate awakening, the spiritual awakening to one’s True nature has a transformational influence on one’s life in the material dream that is all pervading. The image on the Tower card is often a tall, tower like building crumbling and burning, with people jumping out of the upper floors. The building has a rotten or false foundation and should have been rebuilt long ago.
The time has come for the collective to awaken to the fact that not only is the foundation of our collective structure rotten, and has been for a very long time, the structure is completely upside down. The foundation is giving out and the structure is tumbling. Many haven’t seen it yet. The earth is shaking, it is saying awaken from your slumber, you are in grave danger! It is not my purpose here to awaken or scare anyone, but rather to talk about that which is already in process. The great awakening is upon us. That is just is-ness. It can’t be fought and any resistance will only make things worse. Awakening is the only way to take care of ourselves, for it puts us in alignment with the Awakener’s goal. In other words the river is surging right now and we are in the middle of it (sorry for mixing my metaphors). Continuing as is will have you fighting the current. Letting the river, aka the Awakener, take you is going with a flow which wants to take us where we have never been before.
This awakening requires a deep transformation on all levels. Fixing won’t cut it. The Tower is way beyond fixing. The rubble must be cleaned away and a strong and true foundation must be built. It must be something so new that the present collective consciousness has no reference point in this current paradigm. How in the world can this possibly take place you may wonder? This is a question for the Divine, the Ultimate Mystery. One thing is certain; this paradigm is crumbling.
Transformation is my area of expertise (which is the reason I quake, I come by it honestly). It seems to be my ‘power animal’, so to speak. It introduced itself to me many years ago. Where ever I go, it is there with me, deeply changing me, many of those I come in contact with, places I live and places I have worked. Often it has felt like a curse, but now I look at what is happening and I can see that I was built for these times. My power animal is primed and at the ready.
Recognizing the Awakener is a shift in perspective. Mostly, the human race sees the challenges in life as something that happens to them. From the vantage point of the living dream we see that life, in fact, is something that emerges from us, singularly and/or collectively. I was listening to someone quote an anonymous author about the common beseeching of God; why God, do bad things happen to good people? In this parable God responds; “I was going to ask you the same”. When something happens in life that shakes you it is an honoring of this transformational energy to go inside and listen. Surrender to the revealing that wants your attention. Request that it show you what needs to be seen. What is required of me? This takes courage, but I have seen that resistance is worse than futile. I understand this can be a very difficult shift in relationship to something that can shake one to their core. It gives new meaning to the question ‘Why me God?’. Because, you are the one needing to awaken. It is not happening to you, it is happening from you, a soul’s urging. You have been so busy with what you see as your life you haven’t been listening it says. You haven’t been doing what you know you need to do, because it scares you and you feel more at ease with your confusion. Or the urging is to heal what is standing in the way of loving yourself. Or it’s just what it takes for your next step of evolution.
These core experiences demand of you that you surrender to the experience of this awakening force. There is no choice involved. These are life changing moments that demand transformation. It can be an extremely lonely time because no matter who else is in the experience with you, it is each individual’s responsibility to be present with their destruction and reconstruction. This is your own foundation of inner freedom and strength being newly constructed.
I have 2 friends who went right to the edge of death and both came out of it with a deep relationship to the underlying Truth of Silence. Their healing took a prolonged time which also facilitated the integration that was necessary after such a profound shift in perspective. This period of integration is of paramount importance, giving oneself the space to integrate the new into a transformed being. Integration is a time that needs honoring. If you try to skip it the Awakener might just return and pin you down. Was any of what they went through something they would chose to go through again? No. Both appreciate deeply the shift that took place in them. Sometimes these experiences can give a person a new sense of Divine Awareness or a new sense of purpose or gives a whole different relationship to how they lead their lives and a new sense of self. The purpose of the Awakener is then served. The gift is big and it has been given.
I have gone through many of these transformative experiences. They repeatedly took me to a core emotional place, healing deep wounds. I wanted nothing more than this healing. Would I have chosen this way of facilitating it? Of course not. I am so grateful, however, for every one of these experiences. I am freer than I ever hoped was possible. I live in Grace because I know it is all Grace. All of it.
In all that I have been through I have never been through what we are currently experiencing, a collective awakening. None of us have. This is what makes it the ‘Great Awakening’. Many don’t see it but it is very much in play already. There are also many of us who are very much aware that we are living in an upside down non reality, that the Great Awakening is happening and that it desperately needs to happen. If you are super brave and want to soften the effect the Awakener will have when it comes knocking on your door chase the awakening, get proactive, snap out of this hypnosis. Take Orpheus’ red pill. We are definitely living in ‘The Matrix’.
You know who to talk to. You’ve been judging and shunning them. Go find your nearest conspiracy theorist. Sit down and listen. They have proof. Tons of data and if you listen to them it will blow your mind that you didn’t notice. It’s not your fault that you didn’t see. The programming is constant. When you see it you will also see how ridiculous this show is. Investigate (not on Google!). Be curious. Stop shunning. Pray and ask for it to be revealed to you. Watch the sky. I did it for a whole Summer. What an education that was!! The more you let go of your tight grip on the story we are being told, that so many take as a given, the more easily the truth can be revealed and the need to be slapped awake will lessen. It’s all about truth. ‘What is the truth?’ is the important question. The result of this quest is the awakening. Above all listen to your God Self.
What is spiritual Truth? Chase this question as you chase the worldly story. It is the true Awakening and it will be your foundation, your shield and your army of Love. My strong intuitive urgings say explore both the spiritual and the story of the worldly paradigm. The Awakener is in motion. Awaken so it needn’t hit you too hard. We will all be affected, but some of us are more prepared for it.
It is not going to be easy to take in the truth of what is going on but it is much safer on so many levels.
I have listened to tons of videos and podcasts featuring beautiful brave people. I don’t say beautiful or brave lightly. There is so much heart in those who are speaking about all that they are finding and the remedies they are coming up with. The innovation that is emerging out of them is astounding and very exciting. Some of the innovation is just simply returning to the simple God given gifts we have wandered, or rather have been coerced, so far from. That has been so exciting to me, learning how to take care of myself in completely new, more basic ways.
Join the movement of growing realization (Realization) and truth (Truth). Ultimately this is about seeing what is going on in the dream and surrendering it all to God, the Self, Awareness, Christ, whichever is your strongest way of connecting to the Divine. Love is the one power. Love is the strongest foundation and will lead the way.
Bless you all. The Light has already won. The light is all in all. Let it illuminate all that needs to be seen.
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God bless Dr. Rashid Buttar, January 20, 1966 - May 18, 2023