Present Tense

Are you, you?

differenttt“We realize–often quite suddenly–that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn’t define us, it has no center.”
― Adyashanti

I’ve gone through a fairly thorough scrubbing and cleansing of my mind over the past few years. The result has been a profound alteration in the way I see the world; politics, religion, love, hate, humility, suffering, pain, spirituality, money, food, vanity, creativity. All of them have been under the microscope of my own introspective inner eyeballs.

When you do this and begin to alter your beliefs and more importantly your reactions, it throws other people off considerably. At least once a week, someone has said something along the lines of “I thought you and I agreed on politics/religion/values/etc”. The under-current being, of course, “you’re not who I thought you were.”

Oh, well. I’m not who I thought I was, either. So, there. We can agree on that, right?

Based on my many conversations in person, online and in various groups that I belong to, this questioning is building into what could be described as a spiritual epidemic. We are questioning conventional wisdom and our long-held personal beliefs en masse.

This has brought us to a place of great discomfort for many. To let go of what you thought was ‘true’ and ‘right’ and comfortable, is to feel the earth rumble under your feet. It’s like a case of psychic vertigo, where you can’t quite find a foothold or a handle; you feel like a kid who spent a little too much time on the playground merry-go-round. Buzzy and confused.

But, as kids, didn’t we kinda love that feeling? That out of control, dizziness where you felt as if you weren’t solidly on the planet? You sort of thought if you spun around long enough, you might levitate right up into the sky.

As adults, we tend like firm footing. We know what we think and we have strong opinions based on….um, well…something.

We are tribal. I’ve written this so many times and we like it when we find people who we think are of our tribe. That translates into people who agree with us. People who ‘share our values’, whatever that means.

When you begin to evolve and for lack of a better word, awaken and begin to question your ‘truths’, your tribe won’t like it. Not one little bit. Because suddenly, they may begin to question and that is not a comfy place to be, is it?

But, we’re all grown ups here and if we look around the U.S. and the world, we can see that challenging the status quo and the monied interests and conventional wisdom is rampant. It’s causing fear, chaos, imbalance. Those who have been in power for a very long time, certainly don’t like this uppity attitude from the ‘peasants’. They feel the ground shifting as well.

I think this is part of a much larger transformation of humanity; humans 2.0, if you like. The metaphysical world believes that this began around December of 2012, with a shift in energy. In astrological terms, we are nearing the end of a cycle where Pluto transits from Capricorn (patriarchy, authority, plutocracy, status, wealth, power) into Aquarius (divine feminine, nurturing, thinking, sharing, problem solving) over the next decade or so.

Many of you will poo poo this airy-fairy stuff, but admit it: you can feel it. You can feel a shift that is happening in our nation and you feel it in yourself. You’re questioning your life, your choices, the very essence of WHO YOU ARE.

Are you fulfilling what your soul craves? Are you where you want to be, doing what you want to do, with the people you want to be with? You’re questioning your job, what you eat, how you eat, how you treat others, how you treat the planet, what you really want out of your leaders and your government.

It’s a sea change. We are on the crest of a huge wave of transition and change and yes, possibly enlightenment.

So, the next time you find out that someone isn’t exactly who you thought they were or if someone throws that down on you, stop for a minute. Question your own truths. Do they REALLY serve you or do they serve your tribal leaders thatneed you to follow along? If you have changed, just smile and tell them that you are much more comfortable being who you really are.

Be you. Be brave. Ride the wave. You’ve no other choice, really.

January 17, 2016 - Posted by | Musings | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Daily. And you are partly to blame. Thanks!

    Comment by KandisG | January 17, 2016 | Reply

  2. Love this…. I was in a conversation around this the other day and passing judgement in this world seems so easy. What I have found is that by being true to ourselves and shining as our best inspires others to do the same, no matter what path our audience is on. One thing seems certain, the more we are grounded in ourselves the better our tribe becomes. My friend had said “Be true to yourself and honor those in your life”. Thanks Jane-

    Comment by Philip Kubat | January 17, 2016 | Reply

  3. I feel it too, have felt it for a couple years. This transition is why so many are clinging so loudly to idealized aspects of a past that we can …never… …recapture… …again… — the only way is into the future, as scary as that might feel. I choose to trust my God that it will be a brighter future. Count me in.

    Comment by Jim Grey | January 17, 2016 | Reply

    • Jim:
      You hit the nail on the head. Clinging. So painful and so chaotic. Let’s do this, eh?

      Comment by janelondon | January 17, 2016 | Reply

  4. I use a saying that helps me and I tend to repeat it often to the young men and families that I work with.
    “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”. I believe in the inspiration of others and this being self-inspiring. I believe that we teach often by role modeling. See one, do one and teach one. Boy, have you inspired me to bring up some classics today or what? I would rather live in the age of inspiration than the one we trudged through in the recent past. The nature of my job, and length of time I have been doing it has forced me to re-evaluate the treatment of adolescent’s. The old school, pound them into submission by verbally challenging, and sometimes shaming them just does not work. Relationships and joining with them is the best practice and maybe us adults can learn a little something from that approach as well.
    Keep it up Jane, count me in for the revolution.

    Comment by Tim Lankerd | January 17, 2016 | Reply

    • Tim
      You have no idea how much I love hearing a big, old bear of a man saying that we need more love and nurturing and positive modeling to help people. Yes! Why do we insist on the model of shame, punishment and tough love?
      Love you, my friend. You do such good work.

      Comment by janelondon | January 17, 2016 | Reply

  5. Great blog post! I totally feel it, and it’s great to know there is something behind it all, airy-fairy or not. I’m in a definite state of transition, and I appreciate when you challenge me and get me to really think and open my mind.

    Comment by Kendra | January 19, 2016 | Reply

  6. Once again your such a good writer, you get me thinking . Thanks Jane

    Comment by Karen Binns | January 22, 2016 | Reply

  7. […] Do you see what I see, an uproar and clamor harder than ever before for returning to values of a past that no longer exists? That our longtime status quo is shifting somehow? Jane London sees it, and casts it against our tribal nature and concludes that our tribes are shifting and it scares us. The answer, she says, is to just be true to who you are, whoever you are becoming. Read Are you, you? […]

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  8. I love reading your blog, Jane. I have been struggling recently with feeling I need to reevaluate my life and so it helps me greatly to hae you share your journey though my path will obviously be different in some ways.

    As a young adult, I used to pine for the utopia depicted in Str Trek The Next Gen…the Earth, at least, seemed like it was no longer in such turmoil and in-fighting amngst ourselces, there was no more ‘competition’ between states or countries, no hunger, etc and everyone focused on providing their valuable input to society and the greater good, the exploration of space for knowledge, not to invade or overtake.

    I am hopeful to hear that you feel so many think all is not lost and we might be rounding the corner out of a darker time. I get such feelings of despair for my children when I think of what we are leaving for our children, the thought that polar bears (and many other species) will likely go extinct in my lifetime, etc. because of our seeming lack of foresight and cooperation. it is enough to make you give up hope sometimes that we will make it as a society. Anyways, my question to you is whether you think it is possible to even get to this kind of ‘good for all’ balance in a society eventually?

    Comment by SuzyQ | January 30, 2016 | Reply

    • I do. However, I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime, so maybe I’ll catch it on the next wave, when my soul returns. We set the stage right now, for what happens in the future. If enough people begin to change their reactions and offer light, rather than darkness, maybe we can speed it up. But, alas, we can only control ourselves.
      Metaphysically and astrologically, there is a firm belief that as we transition right now and over the next decade, humanity will evolve into more balance between masculine and feminine. The 6000 year old patriarchy is waning and that is causing a great deal of chaos in the world. The ‘old ways’ never want to let go. We can help it along by nurturing and loving and forgiving, but that’s a tall order isn’t it?
      Be well. Those are my thoughts, but you will have to come to your own conclusions as to how to move forward. There is plenty of help and guidance available.

      Comment by janelondon | January 30, 2016 | Reply

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