“When something is falling apart sometimes it’s for the best so that the new that you have prayed for has room to enter your life.” -Doreen Virtue
Are You Ready For Change?
As you are starting out in this new year, if you are feeling the need for a fuller, richer enjoyment of life, and are ready for change, this series on consciously creating a new design for your life may be for you.
This humorous, yet clever story makes an insightful point of the tendency most of us have to resist change.
A group of people was asked, “How many of you want change?” Everybody raised their hand.
Then they were asked, “How many of you want to change?” As you might imagine, no hands were raised.
Given your current situation, how likely would you be in the group of unraised hands’? I have been in that group many times.
What we can say about change is whether we’re paying attention or not, whether we like it or not, it is always happening. I’m sure it’s not lost on you the changes that are taking place in the world culturally, socially, environmentally, politically and religiously. Even what is perceived as positive change can be experienced as stressful.
Think about it, even though the word change normally refers to new beginnings, more often than not, transformation happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart.
From the word transformation comes the word “trans” which means across or beyond – so “transform” is rather like “beyond the form.” A classic example of transformation is the process the caterpillar goes through in becoming its mature divine design of a butterfly.
Of course, you and I know that evolving into a beautiful butterfly is the destiny of the caterpillar. But did you know that the caterpillar goes through a mush stage in order to “birth” into its potential beautiful butterfly form? Although, the caterpillar rocks in the caterpillar stage, it has to release the cell images that it has held of itself as limited to earthbound crawling.
Resistance and Transformation Story
Think about the story the caterpillar could tell of Its reaction and resistance to change when it first saw a butterfly flying. In butterfly language, It might have said, ‘Hmmm! you’ll never catch me in one of those contraptions.’
Have you ever thought or said something similar in a situation that seemed outside of possibility and your comfort zone? Most of us have. However, if you embrace Byron Katie’s position that all suffering is resisting what is, it gives impetus to consider that something more expansive may be wanting to be birthed in and as your life?
Is it stretching our imagination too far to think post-transformation the butterfly’s perspective and response changes to, ‘I’ve gained everything by releasing my limited caterpillar body to become the more expansive, beautiful butterfly self that I am’?
To take the transformation of the caterpillar further, what if it is nature’s example in technicolor of how change can be the catalyst that leads us humans toward the path of becoming our greatest potential?
What Best Prepares You For Life Changes?
My husband, Pres (deceased), and I were married for 50 years, and I loved serving in the ministry with him. Initially, our religious background and ministry were in fundamental churches. Later, we ministered in New Thought churches throughout the West Coast and Canada, he, as an Interim Minister, and I, as a certified Licensed Unity Teacher. Additionally, before retiring in 2010, I was honored to serve as Spiritual Leader of Unity of Fresno for 11 years. It included along with the myriad responsibilities of leadership, speaking, teaching, counseling. and leading workshops.
However, as fulfilling as that experience was, it was not always like that. You must know that in that one paragraph which spans a 50 year period, there were many instances when our lives felt humdrum. When our relationship felt on the skids; when we were financially challenged; when we felt spiritually empty, and other changes that left us feeling like our life was falling apart.
The good news and short version are over time we realized our lives had been shaken, reshaped, redesigned and relocated to the place on our life path where we were meant to be, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Our empowered thought processes and choices resulted in transformational experiences of greater good of more than we could ask or think….to be continued in part 2
For those of you who follow my blog posts, you may remember the comment my friend, Bill Hinton made on one of my blogs. He referred to my service as a blogger as, “Cyber – Spiritual Guidance and Inspiration [Coach and Blogger],” If you have ever had someone say something that gave you goosebumps and a new positive perspective about yourself and what you do, you know how it feels. It certainly resonated with me. Even though it didn’t change what I do, it shifted my consciousness, I felt uplifted and immediately added the bracketed Coach and Bogger and embraced it as a succinct and powerful description of what I love to do.
In retrospect, I can see how my passion today for helping others discern, rediscover, and reshape the path leading to their souls calling was birthed out of many of my painful change experiences, and transformational choices of yesterday.
To paraphrase Gregg Braden, Author, and Human Potential Pioneer In his talk about his Human By Design upcoming course, he asks, “When we have been steeped in powerlessness, helplessness, insignificance and a life that is devalued, how do we awaken our potentials, abilities, and capacities?” In part, he answers, “Every crisis is an opportunity for evolution. The better we know ourselves, the more resilient we can be.”
More Than You Can Ask Or Think
Did I say I retired? As a 90-year young woman, I am joyfully pursuing my newly renamed career as a Cyber-Spiritual Guidance and Inspirational Coach and Blogger. To be living at a time when it is possible to continue serving more people even on a global basis via the internet is thrilling to me. I do not accept the ageism narrative that permeates our culture with the nonsense of, “It’s all over for a woman after 60.”
Do I at times feel overwhelmed at the rapid changes on the internet? Yes! Do I have moments when I feel like quitting? Yes! However, I have more moments
of deep gratitude for the transformative opportunities— though they may have been unwanted at the time— that change has offered me over the years. They contained the gifts of birthing and rebirthing this evolving, mature, beautiful, wiser self that I am; a woman forever learning, student/teacher.
Likewise, the call of your soul’s purpose often disguised as change can be revealed and expressed in amazing ways. Hrithik Roshan puts it this way, “The world helps you to keep evolving and hope it’s for the better. You have to rise above all tragedies in life. you have to grow, and if you stop growing, you are old.”
Please let me know if you would like support in navigating through any areas of change in your life.
Empowering Spiritual Practices
This blog series and my forthcoming free eBook, Life’s Balancing Act, Living With Less Stress, Creating More Peace, will dive more deeply into practices that will support you in moving with more ease and grace.through changes in your life.
My hope is that you will begin to see that what you might have labeled as chaos actually contains a precious gift that has the potential to reveal and allow you —if you choose —to express more of your magnificent design that is within.
I love the phrase “Peace is our home address,” that Martha Beck, Ph.D., offers. She continues to say, “All prayers are answered, but you have to go home (stillness, peace) to receive them. They can’t be delivered in anxiety, worry, fear, and suffering.”
“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” — Romans 12:2
As we know, we are what we think all day long. Let’s align ourselves with the Infinite Source of Life and let Life flow through us as right action and true expression.
How do you thrive in the world that is rapidly changing?
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