There is a good thing on top of that mountain. I will make a straight line for it.” But the archetypal way is not like that; it is a serpentine way that wriggles and spirals its way to the top. We often feel defeated by it and brought to a standstill. It makes most people terribly impatient and even desperate when nothing happens and they get nowhere. They feel hindered all the time; they don’t understand that this is just as it should be, that it is actually their only chance of getting to the top. (C.G. Jung, The Vision Seminars, Book Two, p. 295) ~ From an article by Dr. Howlin on the serpentine way
Life isn’t a straight line, thank goodness! Curves are infused with mystery and add an element of surprise to our unfolding path for we never quite know or suspect what might be around the corner. The serpentine path we travel requires our full attention, presence, and devotion. We might crave the clarity and open views of the heights and yet find ourselves in the inner coils of life. This is what I hear:
Embrace the curves, the organic edges of the winding path that gently, reverently embraces your body and soul in motion, touched by the tides of all that is uncertain and unknown calling your soul to play, to spill over from the center of your heart.
Lean into the edges. Have the courage to risk, to nurture a sense of adventure, exploration, curiosity, experimentation and the willingness to play and fall and rise again. The ability to see in the dark with the light of your own heart.
Break through. Discover new layers of awareness and enjoy the ride along the way. This is what a tiny duckling with immense courage whispered in my ear this Easter weekend. Tiny and yet so fierce. This duckling was about a week old and its beak still had the signs of breaking through its shell to discover a new world.
Leap in consciousness. As Einstein said, “we can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” But we can open ourselves up to allow the sacred to flow through us, enough to make “a leap of consciousness ” into an amplified space, state of awareness. Gay Hendricks, the author of The Big Leap, reminds us that we often have what he calls an “upper limit” problem that blocks flow in our lives. This is an invitation to leap dear wanderers. Because:
“Creativity takes courage. ” ― Henri Matisse
“Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.” ~Haruki Murakami
“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” ~ Henry Miller
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts
“I feel my boots trying to leave the ground, I feel my heart pumping hard. I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” ~Mary Oliver
I dedicate this post to all of you earth lovers, heart-centered edge walkers exploring the spirit of intimacy, creativity, and soulful living. Keep on leaping, growing new skin, unfurling like beautiful lotus flowers rising from the sacred waters of life. Savor the stillness that brims with life. Discover the magic that is the fabric of your life. Keep on saying yes to what you love,