Q: What do you think is going to happen in 2010? To anyone local, the economy, the world? Are things going to be better or worse than they were this year?
A: Okay, those are five great questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them all. Of course there’s a lot that’s going to happen in 2010, just as a lot happened in 2009 and all previous years. That’s the nature of life.
But if you’re asking about the intensity or difficulty of things, I am praying fervently that 2010 will be kinder and gentler than 2009. I have personally not experienced such difficulties in a long, long time. Not only difficult situations and experiences, but one on top of another with no room to catch my breath. I really didn’t appreciate that very much. But hey – who can we complain to, right?
Locally I’m seeing us catching a few nice breaks. I don’t see any major upheavals in our community or region, and actually see pink around most everything, which feels like a lot of connection and a good feeling of support and community offered and felt all around. That’s nice.
The economy? I hate to say it looks like we’re currently in this bubble, an illusion that everything’s going to be just fine, magically, somehow, and I don’t think that’s the case. In the very beginning, when the very first bank corruptions came out, I saw that everything (and everyone) dishonorable and deceitful was going to fall. Since then, man, it’s been like a stack of dominoes falling, and it’s not stopping.
I think we’re being lulled into a false sense of well-being that may well come crashing down all around us come springtime. I don’t mean to be doom and gloom, but you asked, so I’m telling you what I’m seeing.
As always, the future is amorphous and mostly highly changeable. It can all turn on a dime, and not look anything like it looks like it will look from where I’m looking today (I hope you followed that).
Let me try that again: when I look ahead to the future, I look for the timeline that has the strongest energy possibility. Again, anything’s possible, but there are some outcomes that are more probable than others, so I look for the future outcome that feels most probable. But what happens tomorrow can very well NOT be what I saw as likely happening when I first looked at it.
My advice about the economy has always been to be smart, but not scared. And be ethical. Always be honest and have integrity. Don’t try to cheat or get ahead or get greedy. That doesn’t seem to be working anymore. But everything will be fine, just as it’s always fine – the economy’s just reflecting what’s going on internally with us all at the moment – finding a balance and wanting to get to a state of homeostasis.
As regards the physical world, I’m seeing that upheavals are going to continue, in the form of volcanoes, earthquakes and violent storms. Some are easily predictable, but it looks like some are going to come out of nowhere, as in, “What in the heck was that?” it will hit so suddenly and unexpectedly.
People won’t be traveling as much as they have in the past, and it feels like more people will be returning to a simpler lifestyle. More more more isn’t necessarily better anymore. That will also help the world balance, as there are so many who have nothing. We who have more need to keep helping those who have less. It’s just way too imbalanced, and will keep showing up in the physical world as environmental disturbances.
There seems to be a prevalent feeling of fear in the world these days, in part because there just feels like there’s so much unpredictability everywhere. We as humans like to KNOW stuff. We like to know what’s going on so we can plan and control our lives. Well, good luck with that, as that looks like the major theme for 2010 – LET GO.
What are you holding onto too tightly? What doesn’t work for you? What relationship needs to end? Do you need to let old habits and patterns go? Any addictions that are holding you back? Do you hate your job? Your home? Your city? LET GO. If you don’t willingly let go, it looks like you’ll have that lovely situation of HAVING to let go, in the form of getting fired, having someone leave YOU, and so on.
We are all spiritually decluttering, and that is showing up in every single aspect of our lives and in the world. Our old ways of living just aren’t working anymore. This individualistic feeling of “get all you can and only count on yourself” is old news.
What’s new? We’re all in this together, and what affects one affects all. We’re all one, we’re all connected, so what you do to others you do to yourself. It’s a gentler, more respectful viewpoint that is much needed.
You can start with yourself. In fact, that’s the only place you CAN start. When you take the time to work on your own ‘issues,’ it seems to make the transitions a little easier. When you fight the process and say, “Oh, I don’t need to change anything. I can keep ignoring everything or just run away. It’s okay,” it just makes your life more difficult.
It’s like you get a hurt finger and ignore the pain. It keeps getting worse, swelling up, getting red and throbbing, and you pretend you don’t feel it, insisting that everything will just magically get better, somehow. But that won’t happen. If it needs to get healed, it will keep getting worse until you take the time to heal it.
The ‘bad’ stuff won’t be going away anytime soon. Not ever, until you take care of business. You know what you need to do. Now you just need to do it. Trust me – it’s easier when you do it voluntarily. That’s the new order of the day in my world, and will continue on into 2010.
Are things getting better or worse? Yes! I have always believed that ultimately everything works for the good, even if we can’t see that or understand it down here. I just know that’s true. But in the getting TO the good, things can feel pretty bad.
Again, it all depends on what you’ve signed up for, and what attitude you’re taking toward all of it. Are you resisting? Things may get bad for you. Are you open and trusting? Things still may suck and be difficult, but you may have a better attitude going through it all. I personally think things overall will feel a little better (I hope I hope), because ever since 11.11 things have felt REALLY overwhelming at times.
Heck, even this Christmas was the toughest one we’ve ever had. First the blizzard, then my daughter’s beloved rat dying on Christmas Eve, and me getting an infected thumb and ending up in ER the morning after Christmas. I mean, c’mon!
What’s a girl got to do to catch a little break around here? Yes, on one level I would say that time was really bad, but on the other hand I know that it was also fraught with sacred and symbolic events and lessons for me, even if I’m still not aware of it all.
I will say that I did my fair share of freaking out, so yes, these times are not for sissies. They call for bravery, and courage, strength and tenacity. They call for trust and willingness, and a belief in life and love and knowing that there’s more out there than we can see.
So I hope I’ve answered all of your questions. On the one hand, next year will simply be a continuation of what’s been going on this whole year. Some things will continue to deteriorate because they need to change, or end. Other things will blossom and come into being, and that will feel really beautiful and sunny.
We will most likely be called upon to summon up courage from the very heart of our beings, and continue to bravely face difficult situations, but I truly think we are better equipped to handle what comes before us, because we are continually becoming more self-empowered, and with that comes self-mastery and self-awareness, all valuable tools as we walk into 2010. And in the end, because we don’t really know what’s going to happen in the future, the best we can do is be prepared by being as centered, grounded and awake as possible.
Here’s to a great New Year – and remember – if you’re going to celebrate, celebrate responsibly. See you next year.
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