I lost my keys last week. It was a powerful reminder to me that my Balance was off. Without my keys, I couldn’t access my own house or car. Also missing were my IDs, customer loyalty tags, library card, gym membership, grocery loyalty tags and more. I dreaded the thought of replacing them. I racked my brain, I retraced my steps, I even suspected someone of pilfering them from my purse!
My husband says these things tend to happen during transitions. The risk of falling is greater when we go from one place to another. This is also true psychologically, when we go from one state of mind to another (like shifting from thinking to doing).
To re-center myself, I sat down next to the stones of the Wisdom Wheel. I invited my intuition to raise Awareness over what’s affecting my Balance. Then it dawned on me that most of the media I consume, from Facebook to the nightly news, provokes severe anxiety. Election coverage is enough to knock me off Balance and the mere prospect of a Trump presidency makes me nauseous and dizzy.
These sensations of imbalance were followed by the image of a gyroscope, a three-dimensional version of the Wheel. Mechanical gyroscopes have been used for orientation purposes since Leon Foucault demonstrated the spinning and turning of our Earth with one in 1852.
Gyroscopes are composed of 4 main parts, much like the Wisdom Wheel. In the middle, there’s a vertical axis bar that pierces the center of a flat disk called a rotor. Attached to these are two metal rims, representing North/South and East/West directions, and surrounding all this is an outer frame, which allows the inner mechanism to roll around freely, continuously rotating and realigning.
What a great metaphor for the Process of reBalancing! This is exactly what we need in our modern lives: a constant, dynamic re-positioning and reorientation to Ultimate Reality to help us adjust to the inevitable ups and downs. On a visual level, gyroscopes remind me how Balance is regained: through Right Relationship to motion, momentum and direction on the Great Wheel of Life.
As our world undergoes this intense transition Process, many of us lose our Balance without a healthy way to regain it. We react emotionally. Some of us ‘unfriend’ people on Facebook, while others shout at political rallies, and still others take up guns with ISIS.
I remembered my keys again and what they symbolize. Access. Door openers, the ability to cross thresholds, to depart and arrive safely. I went back to the supermarket, the last place I had seen them, and sure enough, someone had turned them in. If only it were as simple to locate the keys for restoring Balance in the world at large.