Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Embracing the Void

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
 -Andre Gide

Namaste, fellow pilgrims.  As January draws to a close, my life has taken quite a shift.  I am finishing one chapter of my life and beginning a new one.  As with most change, seeds were planted years ago that germinated and finally took root.  Also as with most change, parts of it have been incredibly painful.  I can relate to the words of St. Paul: "For we know that the whole of Creation is groaning together in the pains of childbirth until this hour."  Thankfully my change does not involve pregnancy (there IS a God!), but my pains have been real nonetheless.

Relationship pain is one of the most difficult to endure.  To wrestle with what really is versus what is not, what has never been and what will never be, is a formidable task.  It would be easier, I think, to just pretend that all is well.  However, it is in that dreadful void between What Was and What May Be that creation occurs.  The void created by loss in the midst of change is unknown, unpredictable, and uncomfortable.  It is a physiological sign of change, that the old is dying - and it is time to create a new you.

Forward thinkers have shown us that we must think greater than our environment.  If your current environment is one of loss and pain, it is very important to visualize a better future for yourself.  I recently attended a conference by Dr. Joe Dispenza all about Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.  Dr. Joe spoke of a chemical/hormonal cocktail created by our bodies for every emotion.  Whenever we feel that emotion again, our body serves up that same cocktail.  Our body becomes accustomed to maintaining a balance, and when we are in the midst of change, that balance gets thrown off.  Even change for the better.  The body and ego would rather keep you under control, and will let you know very quickly via anxiety that it does not approve of your attempt at change.  DON'T GIVE UP!  Change is hard, but it is so worth it in the end.  

If you are fortunate, 365 days will pass from this day.   How can your life look different in those 365 days?  The time will pass, regardless of what you do.  Meditate, contemplate, concentrate.  The future is yours to do with what you will.  No excuses, just experiences.  LIFE HAS NO REMOTE.  YOU HAVE TO GET UP AND CHANGE IT YOURSELF.

I affirm that the entire Universe supports me and desires my growth.  I will remain open to the challenges and changes that God allows to foster that growth.  Love is all around me, and I receive it from everywhere and everyone. 

Adjusting my sails,
Rev. Jan

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