We Were Made for These Times

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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Awakin FeatureFuímos Hechos para Estos Tiempos --porClarissa Pinkola Estes


Amig@s mí@s, no os desaniméis. Fuimos hech@s para estos tiempos. He escuchado últimamente sobre tantas personas que están profundamente y con toda la razón perplejas. Están preocupadas por el estado de las cosas en nuestro mundo ahora. El nuestro es un tiempo de asombro casi diario y a menudo de rabia justificada contra las últimas degradaciones de lo que más importa a las personas civilizadas e idealistas.
Tienes razón en tus evaluaciones. El brillo y la arrogancia a los que algun@s han aspirado mientras respaldaban actos tan atroces contra niñ@s, ancian@s,gente común, l@s pobres, l@s desprotegidos, l@s indefens@s, es impresionante. Sin embargo, te ruego, te pido, cálmate, por favor, para que no gastes tu espíritu dejándolo seco por lamentar estos tiempos difíciles. Especialmente no pierdas la esperanza. Más particularmente porque, el hecho es que fuimos hechos para estos tiempos. Sí. Durante años, hemos estado aprendiendo, practicando, entrenando y esperando para encontrarnos en este lugar exacto de compromiso.

Crecí en los Grandes Lagos y reconozco una embarcación lista para navegar cuando la veo. En cuanto a las almas despertadas, nunca ha habido más embarcaciones capaces en las aguas que en este momento en todo el mundo. Y están completamente abastecidas y son capaces de enviarse señales unas a otras como nunca antes en la historia de la humanidad.

Mira por la proa; Hay millones de barcas de almas justas en las aguas contigo. A pesar de que tu revestimiento puede temblar con cada ola en esta turbia tempestad, te aseguro que las maderas largas que componen tu proa y timón vienen de un bosque más grande. Es sabido que la madera de grano largo resiste a las tormentas, que se mantienen unidas, que aguantan y que avanzan, en cualquier caso.

En tiempos oscuros, hay una tendencia a desviarse hacia el desmayo sobre tantas cosas que están mal o sin reparar en el mundo. No te concentres en eso. Hay una tendencia, también, a caer en debilitamiento por obsesionarnos con lo que está fuera de nuestro alcance, por lo que todavía no puede ser. No te concentres ahí. Eso es gastar el viento sin levantar las velas.

Somos necesarios, eso es todo lo que podemos saber. Y aunque encontremos resistencia, más nos encontraremos con grandes almas que nos llamarán, nos amarán y nos guiarán, y los conoceremos cuando aparezcan. ¿No dijiste que eras creyente? ¿No dijiste que te empeñaste a escuchar una voz mayor? ¿No pediste gracia? ¿No te acuerdas que estar en gracia significa someterse a la voz mayor?

La nuestra no es la tarea de arreglar el mundo entero de una sola vez, sino de estirarnos para reparar la parte del mundo que está a nuestro alcance. Cualquier cosa pequeña y tranquila que una alma pueda hacer para ayudar a otra alma, para ayudar a alguna porción de este pobre mundo que sufre, ayudará inmensamente. No se nos da a conocer qué actos o de quién, harán que la masa crítica se incline hacia un bien duradero.

Lo que se necesita para un cambio dramático es una acumulación de actos, añadiendo, agregando, agregando más, continuando. Sabemos que no se necesita a todos en la Tierra para traer justicia y paz, sino sólo un grupo pequeño y decidido que no se dará por vencido durante el primer, segundo o centésimo revuelo.

Una de las acciones más tranquilizadoras y poderosas que puedes hacer para intervenir en un mundo tempestuoso es levantarte y mostrar tu alma. El alma en cubierta brilla como el oro en tiempos oscuros. La luz del alma lanza chispas, puede enviar hasta bengalas, sirve como bengala de señalización, hace que las causas justas se enciendan. Para mostrar la antorcha del alma en tiempos sombríos como éstos: para ser feroz y mostrar misericordia hacia los demás; Ambos son actos de inmenso valor y mayor necesidad.

Las almas luchadoras captan la luz de otras almas que están plenamente iluminadas y están dispuestas a mostrarlo. Si ayudas a calmar el tumulto, esta es una de las cosas más fuertes que puedes hacer.

Siempre habrá momentos en los que te sientas desanimad@. Yo también he sentido desesperación muchas veces en mi vida, pero no me quedo en eso. No me regodeo en ello. No se le permite comer de mi plato.



La razón es esta: En mi fuero interno sé algo, como tú. Es que no puede haber desesperación cuando te acuerdas de por qué viniste a la Tierra, a quien sirves, y qué te envió aquí. Las buenas palabras que decimos y las buenas acciones que hacemos no son nuestras. Son las palabras y las obras de Aquel que nos trajo aquí. En ese espíritu, espero que escribas esto en tu muro: Cuando una gran nave está en el puerto y amarrada, este es seguro, no puede haber duda. Pero no es para eso para lo que se construyen los grandes barcos.
La Dra. Clarissa Pinkola es una poetisa americana, psicoanalista junguiana, especialista en recuperación post-trauma, autora y artista de *la palabra hablada. Estés creció en la ahora desaparecida tradición oral de sus familias inmigrantes y refugiadas que no sabían leer ni escribir, o lo hacían de manera vacilante, y para quienes el inglés era su tercera lengua que superaba a sus antiguas lenguas natales.
Preguntas semillas para la reflexión: ¿Cómo te relacionas con la metáfora de los grandes barcos y el servicio? ¿Puedes compartir una historia personal que ilustre el "alma en cubierta" que brilla como el oro en tiempos oscuros? Qué te ayuda a estar en cubierta y brillar en vez de rendirte ante la desesperanza?

Excerpted from here. Dr. Clarissa Pinkola is an American poet, Jungian psychoanalyst, post-trauma recovery specialist, author and spoken word artist. Estés grew up in the now vanished oral tradition of her immigrant, refugee families who could not read nor write, or did so haltingly, and for whom English was their third language overlying their ancient natal languages. 

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the metaphor of great ships and service? Can you share a personal story that illustrates "soul on deck" that shines like gold in dark times? What helps you get on the deck and shine, instead of giving in to despair?

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    On May 27, 2020 Lili wrote:
    Thank you. It is an invitation not to forget, what we carry within that light, that gives us strength and guides us, (soul on deck).

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    On Jan 19, 2020 Billie Fisher-Fowler wrote:
    I allow my soul on Deck the ship to shine when I stay close to my own heart center, when I remember unconditional love from and for my animal friends. When I feel the star energy connection of the cosmos.

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    On Dec 19, 2018 patjos wrote:

    Thank you, there is such strength in this.
    No, that is not what geat ships are built for - we are built to sail and be tossed and torn on the wild ocean, but one fine day we shall sail again into safe havens.


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    On Dec 18, 2018 kvpsummer wrote:

     Thank you for this reminder


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    On Oct 7, 2018 Vika FittsMilgrim wrote:

    mahalo to you for these magical words that are a restorative to my soul!  I read them back when you first wrote them and passed them on.  Now someone has passed them on to me, today, and they resonate even more!  "Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times."  This will forever inspire me.


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    On May 28, 2017 Jay wrote:

     Thank you for these words of wisdom, love & grace. I am blessed to have read this today.


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    On Apr 18, 2017 Elsy Carvajal wrote:

     gracias Clarissa me encantan tus mensajes...para mi "Mujeres que corren con lobos" es la biblia femenina


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    On Apr 18, 2017 Sanda Stalter Katila wrote:

    Thank you for your powerful, inspiring reflection—what a safe harbor we have in the midst of daily turmoil and what great comfort it is to know that we are not alone, and we most assuredly have a higher purpose in this world. I will take these words and wrap them around me like a blanket as I move through my days.   


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    On Apr 17, 2017 Sue wrote:

    I will reach out and mend the part of the world that is within my reach. I will not let despair eat from my plate and I will remember why I came to this earth. Thank you!


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    On Apr 9, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
     We as human beings experience the dark night of the soul, individually and collectively. The  ancient world epics like  Ramayana and Mahabharata, Odessa and Iliad depict the dark and the bright side of us as human beings.Lots of destruction and damage to nature and to human beings have been done by us. We witness such acts of violence done to nature and to us as humans by the advanced countries in the world. There are also living examples of people who are devoted to doing the greater good, even at the cost of their lives. This is what Jesus did, what Mahatma Gandhi did, what Martin Luther did what Nelson Mandela did. I introspect and examine my inner landscape. I do find myself hurting some one, blaming someone for my misery and not being truthful. It is a journey of life with twists and turns, with dark clouds and sunshine. peaks and valleys and thorns and flowers. I have accepted myself as a human being and I have been learning to be kind to myself an... [View Full Comment]

     We as human beings experience the dark night of the soul, individually and collectively. The  ancient world epics like  Ramayana and Mahabharata, Odessa and Iliad depict the dark and the bright side of us as human beings.Lots of destruction and damage to nature and to human beings have been done by us. We witness such acts of violence done to nature and to us as humans by the advanced countries in the world. There are also living examples of people who are devoted to doing the greater good, even at the cost of their lives. This is what Jesus did, what Mahatma Gandhi did, what Martin Luther did what Nelson Mandela did.

    I introspect and examine my inner landscape. I do find myself hurting some one, blaming someone for my misery and not being truthful. It is a journey of life with twists and turns, with dark clouds and sunshine. peaks and valleys and thorns and flowers. I have accepted myself as a human being and I have been learning to be kind to myself and learn from my fall downs. There is that Human in me and there is that Being in me. The Being in me enlightens me and helps me walk on the right path. I am very grateful to my spiritual teachers who have shone me the path of living right, held my hand when I fell down and helped me with compassion to rise up and continue my journey.

    So, let us not our consciousness be filled with the dark clouds of gloom and doom, but enkindle the light within to walk with hope, courage, and compassion.

    May we join our hands, heads and hearts as we travel together with hope, courage and compassion!

    Namaste!

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    On Apr 8, 2017 david doane wrote:
     Rage is rage.  There is no righteous rage, like there is no just war.  I don't think we have been learning, practicing, training for and waiting for this plain of engagement.  We have been living and learning and have whatever skills and wisdom we have to deal with what's happening.  I agree there are a lot of awakened souls that are sea worthy and may hold their own.  I appreciate the author's optimism -- I hope she's right.  Submitting to a voice greater doesn't mean necessarily that we'll mend anything or reach an enduring good or bring justice and peace.  I fully believe that we are to get out into the open sea, and I'm all for standing up on deck and showing one's soul and shining like gold, and doing what is within our reach, all of which is our right and responsibility and may be an act of immense bravery and greatest necessity, and may inspire other souls.  Maybe we will hit critical mass and tip toward enduring good.  I also ... [View Full Comment]

     Rage is rage.  There is no righteous rage, like there is no just war.  I don't think we have been learning, practicing, training for and waiting for this plain of engagement.  We have been living and learning and have whatever skills and wisdom we have to deal with what's happening.  I agree there are a lot of awakened souls that are sea worthy and may hold their own.  I appreciate the author's optimism -- I hope she's right.  Submitting to a voice greater doesn't mean necessarily that we'll mend anything or reach an enduring good or bring justice and peace.  I fully believe that we are to get out into the open sea, and I'm all for standing up on deck and showing one's soul and shining like gold, and doing what is within our reach, all of which is our right and responsibility and may be an act of immense bravery and greatest necessity, and may inspire other souls.  Maybe we will hit critical mass and tip toward enduring good.  I also full believe there is no guaranteed outcome.  We may withstand storms and flourish -- I hope we do.  I also know the ship may sink.  That's not at all reason to despair -- it's simply being realistic.

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    On Apr 7, 2017 susan schaller wrote:

    So grateful for this.  Daily I question what I am doing in what looks like the middle of nowhere in rural, cold N. Idaho where I want to grow food.  I am overwhelmed by the amount of wildlife, cold weather and dark days combating efforts to grow more than weeds. This article underlined the reminder that the future is none of my business.  My only job is to prepare and show up, whether to build a deer fence, weed or assist a neighbor. 

    Tolkien had such a succinct summary of this article, via Gandalf to overwhelmed Frodo (which I can only paraphrase): We cannot decide what time we are born into. We can only decide what to do with the time given us.  The operative word is "do."  Action, as in sailing or steaming ahead against the waves, like a great ship, is life, not staying inactive, thinking about life.  And, the great news is the fleet I join, in action, on the majestic sea.


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    On Apr 7, 2017 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

     We are each a great ship, or perhaps a smaller vessel, but together we become that ship and we are able to serve, to float, to lift others from the waves. My own journey is to continue sharing stories of hope, light, love,compassion and understanding: whether that is one person at a time in conversation, through the posts I choose to write and share on social media or like today when I have the blessed opportunity to present in front of 1200 high school students to remind them 1. They are enough just as they are made. 2. They are the author of their own story. 3. We become the stories we consume, share and tell, and we have a Choice in those stories. <3 here's to holding onto hope and light, even if only a glimmer. Hugs from my heart to all of yours.


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    On Apr 6, 2017 Rajesh wrote:

     The beautiful metaphors in this passage warm my heart and transport me to the oceans! Among the many I like, this one is most striking - "When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for." The call to go beyond our boundaries of safety is inspiring. 


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