Dawn of the Age of Aquarius

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Many of us ‘New Agers’ got carried away by the romanticism of a spiritual awakening back in 2012.

Any awakening, especially one that comes as suddenly and unexpectedly as this pandemic, can be painful. It’s the death of the ego. That part of us that wants to keep us ‘safe’ from the danger ‘out here’. Often at the cost of giving up on actualizing our dreams. The most painful times of my life were the result of facing something about my family or myself, that I had been in denial about.

This is why I often refer to those moments as an awakening. It’s like I woke up from a sweet dream to realize my real life was a nightmare. What hurt most was how much of my old self and people from my past I’ve had to let go of. Growth is not easy, which is why so many of us opt out and end up staying in the not so good ol’ comfort zone. Repeating the mistakes of the generations before us. Being limited by tradition and survival modes of existence.

For me, pursuing the road less travelled was about breaking free from outdated belief systems and seeking a more holistically healthy life. Not just for myself, but also for the youth who look up to me. I did it so that they don’t get trapped by the traditional norms that I was enslaved by for too long. So that they can be free to be who they are. It’s not always easy though. When I start to catch myself beginning to feel discouraged, I go back to my aha! Moment.

When life tests everything I’m made of, I think about the naive hopeful version of myself and remember the vision she held for a better world. I’m humbled by and grateful for her courage. She wasn’t fully aware of her power or how she was going to get there, but she instinctively sought the guidance of her ancestors, not yet knowing who or what they were. She took a leap of faith and never looked back.

If you are walking on your own unique path towards illumination, when it starts to get tough and doubt begins to creep up, remember to go back to the beginning. To ask yourself what it was that ignited your desire to forge a new path, for those yet to come. Remember why you started in the first place. Re-member who you are (In my Mufasa voice)

Many of us ‘New Agers’ got carried away by the romanticism of a spiritual awakening back in 2012.

Any awakening, especially one that comes as suddenly and unexpectedly as this pandemic, can be painful. It’s the death of the ego. That part of us that wants to keep us ‘safe’ from the danger ‘out here’. Often at the cost of giving up on actualizing our dreams. The most painful times of my life were the result of facing something about my family or myself, that I had been in denial about.

This is why I often refer to those moments as an awakening. It’s like I woke up from a sweet dream to realize my real life was a nightmare. What hurt most was how much of my old self and people from my past I’ve had to let go of. Growth is not easy, which is why so many of us opt out and end up staying in the not so good ol’ comfort zone. Repeating the mistakes of the generations before us. Being limited by tradition and survival modes of existence.

For me, pursuing the road less travelled was about breaking free from outdated belief systems and seeking a more holistically healthy life. Not just for myself, but also for the youth who look up to me. I did it so that they don’t get trapped by the traditional norms that I was enslaved by for too long. So that they can be free to be who they are. It’s not always easy though. When I start to catch myself beginning to feel discouraged, I go back to my aha! Moment.

When life tests everything I’m made of, I think about the naive hopeful version of myself and remember the vision she held for a better world. I’m humbled by and grateful for her courage. She wasn’t fully aware of her power or how she was going to get there, but she instinctively sought the guidance of her ancestors, not yet knowing who or what they were. She took a leap of faith and never looked back.

If you are walking on your own unique path towards illumination, when it starts to get tough and doubt begins to creep up, remember to go back to the beginning. To ask yourself what it was that ignited your desire to forge a new path, for those yet to come. Remember why you started in the first place. Re-member who you are (In my Mufasa voice)

Many of us ‘New Agers’ got carried away by the romanticism of a spiritual awakening back in 2012.

Any awakening, especially one that comes as suddenly and unexpectedly as this pandemic, can be painful. It’s the death of the ego. That part of us that wants to keep us ‘safe’ from the danger ‘out here’. Often at the cost of giving up on actualizing our dreams. The most painful times of my life were the result of facing something about my family or myself, that I had been in denial about.

This is why I often refer to those moments as an awakening. It’s like I woke up from a sweet dream to realize my real life was a nightmare. What hurt most was how much of my old self and people from my past I’ve had to let go of. Growth is not easy, which is why so many of us opt out and end up staying in the not so good ol’ comfort zone. Repeating the mistakes of the generations before us. Being limited by tradition and survival modes of existence.

For me, pursuing the road less travelled was about breaking free from outdated belief systems and seeking a more holistically healthy life. Not just for myself, but also for the youth who look up to me. I did it so that they don’t get trapped by the traditional norms that I was enslaved by for too long. So that they can be free to be who they are. It’s not always easy though. When I start to catch myself beginning to feel discouraged, I go back to my aha! Moment.

When life tests everything I’m made of, I think about the naive hopeful version of myself and remember the vision she held for a better world. I’m humbled by and grateful for her courage. She wasn’t fully aware of her power or how she was going to get there, but she instinctively sought the guidance of her ancestors, not yet knowing who or what they were. She took a leap of faith and never looked back.

If you are walking on your own unique path towards illumination, when it starts to get tough and doubt begins to creep up, remember to go back to the beginning. To ask yourself what it was that ignited your desire to forge a new path, for those yet to come. Remember why you started in the first place. Re-member who you are (In my Mufasa voice)

Semira Mansour

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