Rapid climate disruption and geologic disruption have begun to nudge must human beings to the notion that there is no “away” anymore.
Whether it is a need to avoid heat that causes one to choose a cooler climate, or a love of the ocean that leads one to ocean-side living, each “choice” or calling now brings with it a heavy reminder that upheaval is everywhere.
While sensitives have always been a group that have been more compelled to place by what is underneath, rather than on top (describing a sense of belonging to land, or being called to a place, rather than a necessary focus on a job opportunity or recreational activities), these callings can now fly in the face of clear geologic unrest or climate disruption.
Many Americans are beginning to experience an inner unease, spurred on by the inability to rest in any certainties that used to ground them. Seasons don’t happen as they used to, rains are now drowning torrents that disrupt cycles of plant growth, droughts are more extreme than ever before – there is nothing to rest into.
There is a profound untethering that is occurring. With this dislocation can come fear, panic, depression, despair and/or denial. Each of us is called to remain awake to these unprecedented changes while finding a path that allows neutrality and open hearted presence to the losses and suffering that are happening and ahead.
The sensitive is likely ahead of the pack in experiencing the demand of this dislocation. Any attachment to physical place, which used to offer respite and a sense of groundedness, is now accompanied by a deep sense of what is no longer stable or dependable about the nature of that “place”.
Just like with a personal healing crisis, the sensitive is required to reorient what allows for an inner sense of equilibrium and redefine the notion of “safety”.
Geographic answers to inner discomfort no longer work as they might have a decade ago.
Most Americans have finally awakened to the reality that no “place” is, or will be a haven.