08 Sep STARTING OVER
We all possess the intrinsic wisdom to liberate ourselves.
Until we decide to let go of the way things were,
we are unable to find possibilities in the way things are.
In life, we have all had our face-in-the-ground moment when we must pick ourselves up and do a complete make-over. In the process of starting over, there is always a point of delineation between the ending of one event and the beginning of the next. Another word, no renewal can happen without shedding of the old skin first. The ends of things are always painful.
Humans are emotional creatures and as such, our feelings tend to linger. For some, they can accept the finality of the loss, pick up the pieces, and move on. For others, they languish in a kind of holding cell between the living and the dead. As time progresses, the dead-weight gradually consumes the vital energy of the individual, resulting in a person who is not only stuck but also completely depleted. Here’s a truism: Until we decide to let go of the way things were, we are unable to find possibilities in the way things are.
As a health practitioner, I have observed many who are suffering from stagnation. Whether it’s an unhealthy relationship, a dead-end job, an addiction, or harboring resentment towards a family member; we simply refuse to let go. In the context of Western cultural values, letting go gets a bad rap, as it is associated with death. Eastern philosophy, because of its emphasis on non-dualistic thinking, regards death not as the opposite of life, but rather as the end of life. Seen in a broader context, death is part of the cycle of life. Every living thing must come to its natural conclusion.
Chinese medicine is attuned to the seasons. Each season serves a specific function in promoting growth and life. Fall is the season to replant the seed. This is a wonderful time to take stock in your life and make a conscious effort to bring closure to unfinished business. While birth is undoubtedly the biggest miracle in life, rebirth is a chosen path of our own volition. There are dimensions of our being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are beyond what we know. We all possess the intrinsic wisdom to liberate ourselves. But sometimes we have to burn down the barn before we can see the moonlight. This is what it means to be on our spiritual journey.