Spirals can be found in nature to remind us of this fact. We often witness them in the intrinsic rings of newly hewn lumber,…. winding like artistic fractals within the framework of sea shells, and in the gentle curl of infant ferns hugging upon themselves. The mystery of the spiral reminds us that with each new season of growth we are offered the privileged aerial view of where we have once been. Our learning and experience build upon themselves. Spirals are a natural part of our lives and development.
Cycles are also a part of our experience. There are cycles in each of the seasons, cycles in the heavenly bodies, and within our own bodies as well.
But when patterns of learned behavior show up as cycles in our lives that feel stuck, self-sabotaging and defeating, we are not in harmony with our natural flows.
Do well-worm comfort zones have you “cycling” in ways that disallow genuine growth and simply return you to your self-imposed sign post?
Does the fear of change, the fear of loss or the discomfort of really feeling yourself fully alive in your body have you living in small, predictable patterns of repeated behavior?
In Miguel Angel Ruiz’s book Beyond Fear, he challenges the reader to wake up from the dream of life that we are living. He states that to attempt to stay the same is to live as though one were dead.
The cells of our body are dying, being recreated and born anew every moment…… shouldn’t our consciousness be following suit? We are not stagnant beings,… perpetually the same. The one thing that we can count on in this world and life experience is the constancy of change.
As this 2011 year comes into its fullness and ultimate close, what have you learned that has inspired you? What has shifted your perception of the world? What has rocked your sense of self? What gifts of expansive awareness have allowed you to see from the “aerial view”? What is the sacred spiral of life offering you, if you would only courageous look down?
Deeper, richer moments of self knowing and gratification await us when we break from the cycles and forge ahead fearlessly into gently beckoning, yet unknown paths.
Take a class. Indulge in a trip to a foreign land that offers the rawness of unfamiliar culture, geography and mindsets. Write a blog about your life so far and what deep-seated hunger you are discovering rising within you for adventure. Let something overly comfortable go and see how much you notice the lack of it weeks later. Make a new friend that respectfully challenges your thinking and worldview. Read a book that stimulates your imagination.
We live within the spiral of spirals….. encouraging us and inspiring us to believe in ourselves.
What a gift to acknowledge that we are capable of living large, powerfully and on purpose!
Cheers to the end of this year of transformation and becoming! Welcome in the brilliant, vibrant new opportunities that await each of us.