Transformational change, however, occurs when our foundational understanding of ourselves and the world around us significantly shifts. A transformation occurs when we go beyond the bounds of our current understanding and awareness. We cannot think our way through this change; we have to experience our way into it. The journey of transformation begins with an event in one’s life sometimes referred to as “The Call.” This event occurs as if life, or our soul, is trying to reach out and grab our attention. It can arrive subtly, as if something has been stalking us for some time in an attempt to get us to see it. Or it may come as a sudden event, unpredicted and possibly unwanted. In any case, the Call offers us an opportunity to lean into the unknown and to explore the unforeseen. It is a portal to adventure that lies ahead filled with opportunities for shedding our old growth, discovering aspects of our lives and of our selves, and the potential for a more fulfilling life yet to be lived. When we experience, feel, or sense the sudden break in our own lives’ trajectories, we hear the Call. As we descend, we have the opportunity to let go of all that is not vital. We are in a time of shedding, ending, and clearing away that which has been of service somehow in our lives, but is no longer of use. We honor these endings. This phase at the bottom of the U is the time of not knowing. Like the caterpillar entering the cocoon, we are no longer our old selves, nor are we the butterfly that is yet to come. We are the imaginal buds that hold what is most essential while also carrying the seeds of what is yet to blossom. As we continue with our journey of transformation, we leave the solo-time with the insights and gifts that follow an intimate and vulnerable experience of retreat and reflection. We cross another threshold as we commit to bringing these gifts into the world and our insights to life. In crossing this threshold, we’re making, as David Whyte challenges, “a promise it will kill you to break.” “Being” in this new center of gravity comes with a revitalized sense for who we are and our inherent belonging in the world. It also involves “doing” in ways that hone our ability to do the work that’s ours to do, in ways that are genuine and of integrity for who we are, and aligned with our new sense of identity. We’re pursuing a life well lived, having come through the journey of transformation. ~Jim Marsden
once. upon. a. time.
inquiry for today~ what wants to emerge from a long lost fairy tale?
We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute
of eternity. We are pain
and what cures pain, both. We are
the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.