Reflections on Sea Changes

Thoughts on transformation
by Lauralee Alben

Water blessings

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Ceremony is essential. It summons us into sacred space and offers us the time to design insightful beginnings and endings. This newborn year is just a few months old, but for many of us, its potential is compromised by days consumed with the driving force of our over-committed lives. Ceremony gives us a chance to pause, to reflect, and to honor what is meaningful to us. It brings us into relationship, often in unpredictable ways.

Invoking connection
Since 2009, we have been holding water ceremonies to open and close our Sea Change Design workshops. In these ceremonies, we presence the spiritual aspect of our being, the source of our ability to connect, create, care, and choose.

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The search for love

It's a quicksilver time of year. As the life-giving winter rains finally fall upon Santa Cruz, the land cloaks itself in mist. Monterey Bay is an ever-changing mirage, with silver-shining waters and mysteriously emerging mountains standing sentinel near its shores. In this season of limited light, my thoughts turn toward the sacred. This is a time of soul-searching for all of us.

It’s a quicksilver time of year. As the life-giving winter rains finally fall upon Santa Cruz, the land cloaks itself in mist. Monterey Bay is an ever-changing mirage, with silver-shining waters and mysteriously emerging mountains standing sentinel near its shores. In this season of limited light, my thoughts turn toward the sacred. This is a time of soul-searching for all of us.

Our world is inflamed. We are crazed with grief and fear; held in the grip of conflict, war, and pain. This global scale of unspeakable suffering is reflected in the microcosm of our individual lives. Nearly every person I have coached in Sea Change Design over the past months has been wrestling with some degree of anger in their personal and professional lives.

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Water’s intention

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Have you seen this comic: A big fish swims by some younger ones and asks, “How’s the water?” Perplexed, they respond, “What’s water?”

Water is the ground of being for fish, whether they are aware of its essential nature to their lives or not. Just like air is for birds and soil is for worms. In Sea Change Design we define intention as a ground of being.

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Why intend?

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In this Great Transition, intention can be transformative. Especially because humans aren’t the only ones intending. In this time of immense and miraculous change, we need all the intention we can get.

Intention is universal. It’s not unique to humans. Although for many, an anthropomorphic mindset prevents us from seeing that a great striving to create, to connect, and to evolve is resident within all beings. As I observe more keenly, I perceive intention at work everywhere.

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