Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jenya T. Beachy, author of the new Secret Country of Yourself.

I have a theory about humanity, and all the other beings on Earth and beyond. My theory is that things and people are called into being at the time they are needed. This means that WE are the gods that the Universe invoked into the circle of life at this perfect moment, this perfect location.

This doesn’t mean that here and now is flawless; it means that the flaws we see around us are the flaws we are meant to fix. Or to participate in fixing. No one person made the problems. No one person is going to fix them.

But also, this means that we are not alone. Not only are we surrounded by co-creators (some of whom are creating things we don’t like), but we are made for the challenges we see. Someone/something called us forth from the milieu and said, “We invite you to the ritual of now. We need you here.” To me, that is very comforting. I feel trusted by the Universe.

And those who are actively making unskillful choices, whose contributions to the whole are mean, racist, bigoted, hateful: they are our sparring partners, our scratching posts. They are how we get stronger and build courage.

This is not to make light of the suffering that the hateful few bring about. Life in the ritual of now is not a game. It is the culmination of all that has gone before, and carries an element of cause and effect, though those are not always clear. There is the possibility of creating a more equitable, compassionate, and supportive world. But that entails holding those qualities within ourselves, even when we fight like lions to protect what we love.

Each entity who is present here, now, has work to do. This might look like wielding the torch, or making the food, or singing the songs. All contributions that come from the heart are necessary and important, whether they feel so in the moment or not. It is our charge to know ourselves, to heal ourselves, and become all of who we are: creative, wise, imperfect.

When we do our work together, we have more power and a farther reach. So, let’s stick together, ok?


Our thanks to Jenya for her guest post! For more from Jenya T. Beachy, read her article “11 Cool Places to Visit in the Secret Country of Yourself.”

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Anna is the editor of Llewellyn's New Worlds of Body, Mind & Spirit, the Llewellyn Journal, and Llewellyn's monthly newsletters. She also blogs, tweets, and helps maintain Llewellyn's Facebook page. In her free time, Anna enjoys crossword puzzles, Jeopardy!, being a grammar geek, and spending time ...