• Nance Harding

Apocalypse or Revelation?

Updated: Jul 21

What can an individual do in the midst of an Apocalypse? The very word provokes fear of destructive forces like the current Pandemic. My answer. If possible, at first do everything to accept and adjust to the Pandemic guidelines.

Then begin the difficult task of reorienting psychologically. This takes time and a discerning attitude where we separate the facts from our feelings about those facts. Then record your feelings, emotions, and concerns because you'll forget. And you don't want to at this time.

As a writer, words are important to me. But I no longer believe in them until I've determined the etymology or how the word came to mean what it does. The word apocalypse derives from Old English, via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek. From an archetypal patterning perspective, this means apocalypses have happened before. A brief google search will show that manifestations of the archetype of the apocalypse are war, famine, pestilence, and death, forces beyond individual control.

I'm not being dystopian because it is no longer survival of the fittest but the survival of the smartest and it doesn't mean formal education. It means you reorient by asking questions. Who are the healers and the menders? Who are the dividers and the charlatans?

The game-changer now is the internet. We need new data, which brings me back to what I found out with a quick google search. The word apocalypse not only means destruction; it also means to uncover or to reveal as in revelation. And we need a revelation at an individual level so we can shift the trajectory of the forces beyond our control.

I hope Jane Goodall's short animated video resonates with you. We don't have to completely destroy ourselves to make changes, but we do have to be able to bring forth the individual human gift of re-imagining and renewing our world. I know no other way to individually except to look for creativity in the midst of the chaos. And then commit yourself to do what you can.

Take care and stay safe.

Nancy A. Harding, MAHS-LPC

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