Editing as healing.
I’m learning more about astrology thanks to the work of queer writer and activist Chani Nicholas. She recently shared a post about the current Mercury Retrograde saying that, as the planet that rules writing and communication, now is a good time to edit what’s no longer serving you. Which is sage advice regardless of what the planets are or aren’t doing. Still, like so much of what Chani offers, her words feel especially relevant now.
These past few weeks, I’ve been talking to my creative community about generational trauma and the way it seems to be coming to a head at this moment in time. From what we’ve observed and experienced, younger generations aren’t more sensitive and less resilient than those who came before us. Instead, we just happen to be the ones who have been given the daunting task of processing the cumulative trauma that previous generations could or would not address.
Regardless of how it looks on the outside, we are in a phase of massive upheaval. The systems and structures we’ve built are failing us. They are failing to maintain our humanity and the planet we depend on for survival; they are failing to support us in healing the generational trauma that has us at constant war with each other and ourselves. And no matter how hard we fight to maintain the way things are, the world as we know it is already in a period of sweeping change.
For this reason, editing as a life practice has become essential. It can be the process of striking out what’s no longer needed and/or wanted and it can also be the process of reworking what’s already available. Which is how I hold cultivating financial wellbeing. Our financial system is one of the pillars of our society that’s falling apart. Still, money remains a cornerstone of our lives. Maybe healing our relationship with it will help to heal the wounds of the larger structure.
For things to be different, we have to do things differently. In the creative circles I’m a part of, hopelessness is never that far away. As artists and writers and creatives we seek out the truth, however scary or painful or confusing it may be. And the truth that’s emerging in my work and the work of my contemporaries is that as the stewards of this generational trauma, healing ourselves is the first step in healing the whole.
Unlike those who came before us, we don’t want to abandon our urban lives to live off the land and off the grid. What’s more, we get that escape is for the privileged and that it won’t lead us closer to the collective healing—or editing—process that we’re trying to facilitate. Either we all get out alive or none of us do. It feels like we’ve reached a breaking point; our human capacity to hold unprocessed trauma is maxed out. If there were a time to start editing, it’s now.
What life editing will support your healing process?