Portals, Transformation and Snow Tires

By Patti Allen on November 15, 2011

Photo: OliBac via Flickr.I’m a little disappointed in myself. I started writing this on November 11, 2011, at 10:37 am and the much-hyped (dare I use that word?) 11:11:11, 11:11 a.m. portal was about to come into alignment and I was sitting in a tire shop waiting for my snow tires to be put on. I had great plans to be home meditating my way into the new world and yet there I was, sitting square in the old world! In Canada, it was also Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the United States) and there were certainly many fallen soldiers—from past to present wars—to pause to remember. But it was the 11:11:11 opening that got me thinking about transformation in terms of everyday life.

The excitement around this number has to do with numerology, synchronicities (meaningful coincidence) and the Mayan predictions and it’s hard to know what is true, what is conjecture and what is social networking nonsense. Let me just confess right now that I do like it when 1:11 or 2:22 appears on my digital clocks, or a car pulls out in front of me with triple numbers in their license plate’s number and I will often look up Doreen Virtue’s “Angel Numbers” and their meanings. But when I look outside myself for hidden meaning and definitions, then I am once again, giving over my own knowing and power to someone else. I think I’ll cut back on looking up those meanings for a while.

It’s hard to know from the vantage point of earth-bound souls, caught in this time-space continuum, but I practice a very pragmatic spirituality. Here’s what I have figured out for myself:

The times they are a changin’: Okay maybe Dylan figured this out first but I’ve seen it to be true in my own life and the life of friends and clients. What has worked for humankind in the past is no longer a reality that many of us want to live. Whether by choice or circumstance, life is changing. This has given many of us challenges that we never imagined we would have to deal with, but though difficult, it is good. We are growing our souls.

Shift Happens: If 11:11:11 is really a shift in all life as we know it that ushers in a New Age, the Age of Aquarius and all that, then we have a choice to transform toward enlightenment or stay stuck in the quagmire of history. Even as we try to heal our emotional pain and trauma and raise our vibration, we still need to live in the world. So despite the fact that my portal shift found me in the tire store, temporarily disappointed, I have chosen to shift the meaning I find in this. I have some to conclude that putting on my snow tires when my schedule had an opening was an act of self-care. Besides all the safety issues for which snow tires make sense, I have decided that if shift happens, I want to be ready to roll into transformation. And now my wheels are ready!

Time Machines: I was always fascinated by Sci-Fi stories that focused on time travel but I’ve come to believe that time isn’t linear, except from our limited experience here in our human suits on Earth. When we unzip these suits, shuffling of our mortal coil, then we will find that all time is happening at once. I did get to experience this in a dream (and without dying) and in that momentary experience I felt the truth of this in my very cells. This means that while 11:11 am came and went as I wrote this, it didn’t matter. It is still “11:11” in the moment I do put my attention to opening, shifting and transforming into a more enlightened version of myself.

Portal, Shmortal: Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously! In my pragmatic practice of enlightenment I am still going to “chop wood, carry water” (or in my case, it’s more like: run errands, change tires.) no matter what level of vibration I can raise myself to. I would like to suggest that this portal is an opening within us. Transformation cannot happen on a certain day, or particular hour, just because 11:11:11 seems like a good day to transform. The shift happens in every small decision, in every small choice; one choice at a time. So choose to heal, choose to help giving service to others for the greater good, choose to love and forgive and be kind on your own timetable, when you are ready. 11:11:11 is always NOW.

All that being true, I had a do-over choice-point later that night at 11:11 pm. Was I up meditating and praying or did I give in to the truth and wisdom that I can access in my own personal portal, my dreams? What do you think?  

By Patti Allen| November 15, 2011
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