This! I read the message below and it brought me to my knees. I am making a new map.
Imagine your reality suddenly turned illusion. What was certain now uncertain. What was north now south. We know from the study of ancient rocks that this happens to the Earth every five hundred thousand years or so, when the magnetic poles reverse and the pull from the north now pulls from the south. It happens to the people that inhabit it too, but you won’t find the evidence in the layers of any sandstone.
It’s no secret that the things that seem so permanent are permanently in state of change. The jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains were once the muddy floor of a great sea and will someday become grains of sand in a river draining into an ocean yet to be imagined. But our truths, the impassibility of the mountains or the vastness of an ocean, change so slowly that we have plenty of time to evolve with it.
But have you ever experienced such a quick and fundamental change that you suddenly question your reality - maybe even your existence? I’m not talking about the things that happen “to” us, the loss of a job or the sudden end of a relationship. I’m talking about a fundamental change that occurs “within” us - as if everything we know has been shaken into chaos and left to settle into an unfamiliar landscape, our compass and maps unable to point us home.
Magnetic pole reversal comes from something unseen: the swirl and flow of molten iron deep in the earth’s core, and it is the same way with us. Something unseen, deep in our core, turns our world into an unfamiliar landscape. We reach for our compass but north has become south.
Why did our poles change? We will never know until our science matches our ability to see what’s in ourselves.
Until then, wander your new terrain. Find your new north. Draw new maps.