14 Guideposts to Navigate 2023’s Uncommon Crossing
Take a moment to acknowledge, review and release the surreal months of 2022. It has not been easy, but the person you are now is better prepared for what lies ahead.
There is a certain trepidation we feel entering 2023. We know things will continue to change as we traverse the coming days. Unexpected happenings will erupt into reality, scorching familiar comforts and beliefs. Accept this turmoil, however disruptive. Powerful new bedrock, ideas, and alliances will be forged from these fires. The quest for what is real and true is accelerating.
I want to think that the worst is behind us. But it is not. There is no going back to what was “normal.” That box we constantly try to think outside of…has broken apart. 2023 is the year you decide whether to jump into the front seat of your life, hands purposefully on the wheel, or escape to the back seat, resigned to where you are being led. Take small actions that steer you in the direction you want to go. Allow your heart to guide you.
Many of us will experience a profound event in our lives, a quantum shift towards a new way of being. There might be waves of disappointment and chaos, then opportunity and wonder. New friendships will appear. Familiar structures will dissolve. What we believe to be true might prove to be false. Something we assumed would last a lifetime does not. Trust will become both a question and an ally.
For those who choose to step up and be the designated driver in their lives this year, I offer these guideposts to navigate 2023’s uncommon crossing.
1. Question Everything
Don’t believe anything you’ve been told, read, or heard about from anyone. This year we will begin to discover the power of a question and our innate ability to feel into our own answers. We cannot know what we don’t have the right questions for. Learn to ask questions, lots of them. Examine every side before accepting someone else’s words.
2. Be Present to What Is
As illusions dissolve and current institutions and belief systems crumble, steady yourself by being present in what is, regardless of what was or could be. We must learn to adapt to each jolt and respond fresh from that moment without clinging to the verdicts of the past. Understand that you will not be sure of anything, so practice being in what is yet unknown.
3. Know Thyself
The most important thing you will ever do is be who you truly are. Grant yourself time alone. Turn off technologies and seek stillness. Commune with the earth, touch trees and walk barefoot. It will remind you of your connections here and initiate you into an expanded state of consciousness. Trust people who care about you enough to expose your blind spots, those unrecognized hindrances you cannot resolve until witnessed by another.
4. Stand Up
When someone is giving you crumbs, don’t let them convince you they are giving you the whole cake. Choose the world you wish to inhabit and stand fully in it. Reserve judgment of others but do not cower in the shadows. Allow yourself to be heard. This is the year to speak your boldest truth out loud. Women, step up! The planet needs your voices more than ever.
5. Suffering Is a Teacher
We will receive as much pain as it takes for us to change. Most of it will be unfair. But it will transform forever whomever it touches. Suffering is asking us to wake up, end stale routines, remember our humanity and pay attention to what is wrong. Suffering precedes every great breakthrough. Ask for help, and hold a caring and supportive space for others traveling through difficult circumstances. You are not failing. You are emerging.
6. Cultivate the Adult Within
Be the person who can handle anything. 2023 will require the adult in us to intercede and take responsibility for our emotions, actions, and goals. Find your courage to say I was wrong. The world needs adults now more than ever. Stop complaining, blaming, and shaming. Lead, care and share instead.
7. Have Fun
There will be radiant sparks of happiness available all year. Respite from the storms. Seek people and experiences that bring you joy and make you laugh. Take risks. Your best life exists on the other side of those gambles. Fun fuels courage. Let’s help each other enjoy as many moments as possible as we build toward the planet we dream of living on together.
8. An Explosion of Sharing
Share compassion, vulnerability, support, money, and things. It is the glue of a new community being born. Share not as a conventional Return on Investment but as a Return on the Future with people you believe in and trust. Holding too tight to what you have will only bring fear and separation.
Sharing will open hearts and doors to what is possible in the unfolding world. Those who give freely with no expectations understand the joy of that experience. Share yourself and what you have with others and see what might grow where you weren’t looking.
9. Love What You Don’t Understand
Everyone will struggle with something this year. We may not always respond to our stresses in the best way. Be compassionate, though know your boundaries. Another’s journey may appear different from yours, but in the end, the destination is the same. We will all need a little latitude as we evolve. Understand a stranger’s perspective and the cultural conditionings that created them as you forgive yourself. Practice patience.
10. Explore Death to Discover Life
Many more people will be dying this year in uncomfortable numbers. It’s time to create a new relationship with the unspoken taboo of death. When we transform our relationship with death, we transform our relationship with life. From death doulas to death with dignity, we are reassessing this final passage and what is beyond the membrane of life.
Eat healthily, move your body, and quiet your mind to stay alive as long as possible. Try new healthcare and mental support systems that might not yet conform to mainstream acceptance, like herbs, energy medicines, and sound therapies. Caring for the extraordinary physical vehicle that transports your spirit through life is the most important thing you will do for yourself in 2023.
Yes, pray. Reclaim the divine presence within you. Prayer is powerful, soothing, and meaningful. Prayer helps you remember who you are beyond our culture and technology and creates a spiritual cord that connects us, the planet, and our galactic roots. Prayer transforms what you cannot bear into freedom, especially when these prayers are shared in groups of like-hearted people. Prayer brings you into your inner wisdom.
12. Strange Brew
This is the year many will awaken and discover their Inner Resonance Signature, your unique cellular song, that one frequency that belongs to you alone. Once discovered, you will experience true magic in the life you are creating. The power of resonance, the Mandela effect, intuition, extraterrestrial life, and mystical moments. These are among the unseen spiritual concepts not yet understood by mass consciousness but will become a considered curiosity by many more in 2023. We may experience events that shatter our beliefs about reality.
13. Be Kind
That’s it. Just be kind every time. We all need more kindness and acknowledgment of each other. It’s the sweet butter on our bread of life.
14. Learn Where to Place Your Trust
Do not trust institutions, corporations, the media, or governments. Trust each other. Build community through shared vulnerability. Help your neighbors. Open to the possibility of our human connection. Take responsibility for your thoughts and actions. Apologize. You are the only one you need to change. Love more. Fear less. Walk faithfully into what you do not know. Invite someone to walk with you with no judgment or expectations. Communities of meaningful intention are the future.
This year, we are emerging from a birth canal. It will be messy and uncomfortable. Where we finally arrive dwells within our individual choices more than we have been willing to accept. Act towards the world you envision for yourself. Everything better we can become involves moving beyond our traumas, prejudices, and absolutes.
The good news is that we will begin to understand this as we continue our migration together toward somewhere we have never been before. Go where you feel called, even if no one you know follows. Others will be there, waiting just for you. Begin to recognize and fully embrace your fellow travelers. Let go! This is happening!
Trust the currents of 2023! I hope to meet you amidst these wild days of revelation and revolution. Try as best you can to allow your heart to lead and stay open to everything unexpected that appears. I am grateful and excited for your presence on the planet at this time in history. Everyone matters. These are not easy days upon us, but oh, the possibilities within each one!
“Sometimes only by looking back on something can we see its grandeur, what it gave us. Moments become monuments that create new beginnings.” From Trusting the Currents by Lynnda Pollio
About Lynnda Pollio
Lynnda Pollio is a Consciousness Doula and author of the award-winning, best-selling visionary novel, Trusting the Currents. Lynnda has always been deeply committed to elevating human consciousness. As a Consciousness Doula, she helps people and businesses understand consciousness and connect to energetic frequencies that expand self-awareness for personal and global transformation. Lynnda recently moved from New York City to Sedona, Arizona. Find out more about Lynnda here.