The true meaning of sacrifice comes from the root word sacra: to make sacred. Once we are clear about what is important in what we long for, we can recognize the issues and obstacles that are in the way. It is in this recognition that we become committed to sacrificing or releasing the obstructions that impede the actualization of our longing. These conscious sacrifices simultaneously purify our longings and provide a means for them to manifest. These lessons of living and being human- of harvest, of letting be, and of letting go- surface in the fall as we prepare for winter and the close of the year. What did not come to fruition, or what did not hold our interest, may reveal where we tricked ourselves, and it shows us that it did not truly matter. We learn that what has heart and meaning for us comes into being, and that in contrast, any ambivalence or doubt we may feel often produces inconsistent results- or none at all. Consider what you are harvesting now in this light….Angeles Arrien
that itchy, restless, disconnected, can’t-quite-describe-it discomfort in our lives is a sure sign that we are not honoring our journey….not being true to an inner truth….where is it that you are not willing to go? what are you afraid to let go of?
The daimon is a primal, creative urge. When you step back and look at the many things you have done, you may see the root inspiration and an essential direction. To recognize your daimon, you have to ask yourself what mysterious power keeps you fascinated in a particular direction. To live by the dictates of your daimon requires a willingness to ease up on your rationality and your desire to control your life. You listen more and pay attention to signals from within, especially to inhibition and hesitancy. Sometimes the daimon appears as a strong intuition……Thomas Moore
sorting out the alchemy of our life experiments is a ‘noticing’…..subtle constraints and little lightnesses which are the stuff of our memories….not exactly what we think we will remember….the shifts and indefinable seasons….inner wisdom….
You have many different natures. Light and dark.
Kind and mean.
Inconsistent and predictable. You’ll never be perfect.
But you can be better than you are now.
For your own sake, try.