Tuesday, March 20, 2007

~Going through the opening~

Going Through The Opening
Contracting Before Expanding

Sometimes our lives contract before they expand. We may be working hard on ourselves spiritually, doing good in the world, following our dreams, and wondering why we are still facing constrictions of all kinds-financial, emotional, physical. Perhaps we even feel as if we've lost our spirituality and are stuck in a dark room with no windows. We may be confused and discouraged by what appears to be a lack of progress. But sometimes this is the way things work. Like a caterpillar that confines itself to a tiny cocoon before it grows wings and flies, we are experiencing the darkness before the dawn.

When things feel tight, it's easy to panic or want to act in some way to ease the feeling of constriction. We might also spin our wheels mentally, trying to understand why things are the way they are. However, there is nothing we need to do at this time other than to be patient and persevering. We can cling to the awareness that we are processing the shift from one stage to another, and the more we surrender to the experience, the more quickly we will move through the tightness into the opening on the other side. Just like a baby making its way down the birth canal, we may feel squeezed and pushed and very uncomfortable, but if we remember that we are on our way to being born into a new reality, we will find the strength to carry on.

Even as we endure the contractions, we can find peace within ourselves if we remember to trust the universe. We can look to the natural world for inspiration as we see that all beings surrender to the process of being born. In that surrender, and in the center of our own hearts, is a willingness to trust in the unknown as we make our way through the opening.


6 comments:

gehi6 said...

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hugsdoodlewacky said...

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toonguykc said...

I sometimes feel peace and sometimes I forget to appreciate it.  I'm kinda at a place now where I don't want to be born.  Let me stay in the womb please!

Russ

kamdghwmw said...

I use to fear the unknown, but now I take it on! I consider it an oppertunity to learn something new.
Kelli
http://journals.aol.com/kamdghwmw/noonmom

queeniemart said...

Lisa, my Lord, this is a POWERFUL entry!! This speaks directly to me. i love it. Every word is SO true.
love,lj

jenifrierson said...

Without trials there would be no victory, and without suffering there would be no compassion.