So wrote AL Kennedy in a recent article for the BBC, received with much interest by its readers at this time of enormous change. Apart from her sceptical reference to “the mystical industries” (!) which, she claims, prosper in times of uncertainty, I agree with much of what she says, though seeing it, perhaps, in rather more universal and far-reaching terms.
Change is constant and has been so always, from the slow procession of the stars as, in perfect, stately formation, they move across the skies towards extinction and rebirth, to the change every new breath brings to your body. However hard we may try to avoid it, change is inevitable and perpetual, and to resist it results in pain and disarray – so why do we do it? Trying to maintain the status quo is due to a fear of the unknown, like having a fear of the dark where we cannot see, and it is about control also: if we have a fixed routine; if our furniture is in the same place all the time; if we feel we know what our day will be like, every day; we think we are in control of our life and surroundings - but then the unexpected occurs, often creating concern and panic because it has occurred despite us, not because of us: this desire for certainty can be exploited by our political leaders, and is so, often.
Change can be the result of deliberate intent, like leaving a job or ending a relationship, or deciding to alter your appearance, or it can be a spontaneous opportunity to be embraced as a gift from Spirit in the knowledge that all change, however it occurs, is good. There is no doubt that the more we enable change with an attitude of curiosity and positivity, mixed with pragmatism, the richer our lives will be.
Sometimes I encourage my students to say, every day on waking up: “I wonder what wonders this day will bring to me?” It is a lovely way to start the day, breaching expectation and encouraging new life, energy and experience into our world. Try changing something today, something meaningful, and see how you feel as a result.