Today is the first day of the 2018 New Year. Though I personally feel like the New Year truly begins on September 1st, which marks the start of the harvest and aligns perfectly with the Church calendar, I always enjoy celebrating the beginning of a new chapter.
Toward the end of 2016 many social, cultural and political shifts were beginning to take shape. Some of the major highlights include the election and inauguration of the 45th American President, the Women’s March on January 21, 2017, and the “year of The Resistance.” As well as the sexual assault conversation that began in October 2016 with #NotOkay and evolved into the #MeToo movement by October 2017.
The #MeToo movement is a wave of courageous women – of all walks of life, color, and citizenship – sharing their harrowing stories of sexual harassment in the workplace, beginning first with Hollywood and carrying through to politics, large corporations, such as Amazon, and, of course, the most vulnerable sectors with lower-status, lower-income positions, such as nurses, hotel housekeepers and live-in caregivers, more often employed by women.
While the struggles of refugees, income inequality amongst rich and poor, and gun and racialized violence, unfortunately, continued.
So, needless to say, 2017 was a pretty interesting year.
As I’ve said before, I like to pick a word that describes my year and my word for 2017 is “Truth.”
Numerically, too, this year had a lot of significance. Since 2016 (2+0+1+6=9) was a 9 year, which marks the end of a cycle, while 2017 (2+0+1+7=10) was a 1 year, which is said to be a year of new beginnings, or major changes on a global scale, beginning first with a much-needed re-alignment of social structures, and cultural and behavioral norms – the ugly truth was seen and heard. An initiation of order to the chaos inspired by individual and collective awareness.
So, this year, rather than setting a New Year’s resolution – since I obviously do not know what is or is not possible with God – I’m going to create a New Year’s intention, or energy, to guide my journey. I don’t know what my word will be for 2018, but for now, the word that will guide my focus is “Harmony.”
What is true harmony? Second circle energy.
Let me explain.
In acting, there are three circles of energy: first, second and third. We need all three circles, particularly at different times, however, second circle energy is optimal.
The first circle is very inward focusing, an energy that collapses in on itself. The posture of first circle is slouchy, while the voice sounds dull and monotone – like they are talking to themselves – and that’s probably because they are. It is an energy of the past. An energy of victimhood and loneliness (like Echo).
While the third circle is a generalized energy that reaches and pushes out. It is an energy of the future. The posture of third circle is upright with a puffed chest that sticks out and a loud, booming voice that needs to be heard. Third circle energy is hard to ignore since it takes up the oxygen and space in a room. A controlling superiority that can be dangerous since it seems like it is energized, but rather, is very superficial (like Narcissus).
Second circle energy is present. It is the energy of the here and now. An energy that is engaging, in harmony with inner and outer states of being. Second circle energy is the energy of survival. To be in second circle we must constantly be engaged in the act of awareness. We are born into second circle since this is the energy of absolute intimacy – of true presence – with whatever or whomever you are focusing on, whether it be petting a dog, playing a game, writing an email, reading a book, listening to music, or talking with a friend.
It is the state of being connected.
Second circle is the circle of equality because when we are truly present and engaged both parties are equal – both giving and taking.
An energy in balance with the Divine, others, and itself. A calm being able to navigate truth with diplomacy, healing through advocacy, and learning with development.
To be in second circle we must be present, and that presence is peace.
“The journey between who you once were [first circle] and who you are becoming [third circle] is where the dance of life really takes place [second circle].”
Wishing you all a harmonious New Year!