The Gift in the Shift

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 20th, 2011 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Embrace the gift of change

We are now well into 2011, and many people are deep into the discussion of the shifts occurring on this planet. Some feel they are directly tied to the Mayan Calendar and predictions for 2012. Others feel that we are in the center of a transformational movement unlike any other in history.

I recently spoke at a wonderful conference in Sedona, Ariz. The whole theme was about transcendence and how we navigate the waters of the shifts taking place. As I contemplated my talk, it became clear to me that WE ARE THE GIFT in the shift. Each one of us is here for a unique purpose, and each of us has been given all of the tools that we need to be fulfilled and make a difference on this planet. If that is true, then the question becomes “What is in the way of us soaring?” I believe it is because we are stuck in the muck of consistent mind chatter that tries to convince us that we are victims of inevitable doom. This is fed by the intense news reports, old familial belief systems and inaccurate information passed down from various arenas.

I believe it is good to be informed. However, the most important thing, for me, is that we move away from blame and finger pointing. I believe it is essential that each of us does our own personal work. The quote “physician, heal thyself” comes to mind. If we were completely committed to clearing out the cobwebs of doubt, fear, anxiety and despair, we would embrace our true destiny. We would understand that we are here to be in high service to ourselves, each other and the planet. We would cease worrying about the “small stuff” and dedicate each day to living from the heart and practicing love at a whole other level. We would stop making excuses for our own inappropriate behavior and activate conscious awareness as much as possible. We would not look outside ourselves for a leader, teacher or healer to bring us the answers. We would look within the quietude of our own hearts. There, we would remember that all human beings want the same things. We all want to be loved, held, supported, fed and nurtured. We all want to express and live a rich life.

I am not naïve enough to think that there are simple solutions to the shift we are all experiencing. I am, however, clear that every one of us has personal power and if we activate it, we affect the whole. We are all interconnected, and every time one of us heals, expands, or awakens … we all heal on some level.

Please affirm with me:  Today, I consistently remind myself and consciously honor the fact that I am a gift in this world. I am here to make a difference and I know it!


  1. Cynthia,

    So beautifully said! Indeed, we are the perfect ones to make the difference—to create the world of our dreams. And what a powerful time in which to be alive. Thank you for the reminder that we are the gift!

    Misa | February 22nd, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  2. Misa. Thank you for the beautiful comment.

    Cynthia James | February 23rd, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  3. Here is an online audio podcast of EarthSky speaking with a professor of Mayan archaeology about the supposed connection between an ancient Mayan calendar and 2012 doomsday prophecies.

    Rua | July 21st, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  4. So many authors and “cosmic leaders” have been discussing the shift for so long, I imagine when and if it comes, it will already be old news. Just kidding.

    It’s a magical time to be alive.

    Josh | July 21st, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  5. Josh. it is a magical time to be alive and I am so grateful.

    Cynthia James | July 22nd, 2011 | Comment Permalink

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