|Life has its cycles and seasons: waking, sleeping, working, playing, birth, death, rebirth and so on. There are daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and life-time rhythms that help us with lessons and movement in our lives. There are internal and external cycles influencing us at every turn, to help us learn and grow. These lessons are designed to create change in our lives. Learn the lessons, and the change moves us closer to our true selves and purpose. Don’t learn the lessons – well, there will be another time and chance! But resisting change is not in the natural flow of the Universal order.Although these life cycles are ever-present, some people choose to ignore or suppress their existence. It could be because the idea of change is unfamiliar territory and therefore is frightening. Or perhaps what you are being asked to do/think/feel is not what your ego wants. Ignore the cycles and you will believe that you don’t have to change. One requires an enormous amount of energy to deny and resist the cycles and seasons of life. And this denial and resistance can create issues in all aspects of living: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual.In her oracle cards, Colette Baron-Reid writes about the Sisters of the Seasons: “Just as the seasons magically pass, be reminded that the nature of birth, growth, harvest and decay cannot be altered. .. Be mindful of which Sister greets you, for she points directly at the next.”She also tells of Maeve, the Celtic goddess of cycles and femininity: “All of life is cyclical.. Life inhales, then exhales again. So why should you be surprised or upset that you, too, have cycles? There are times when you feel energized, awake and alive. There are other times when you feel isolated and shy…Celebrate these rhythms and embrace them as the essence of the lifeblood that courses through you.”
One of the most familiar symbols of change and transformation is the Phoenix. It has different names in different cultures, but ultimately its message is the same: Death and Rebirth are related, as nothing truly dies, but it will change from one ending into a new beginning. The Phoenix is constantly rising up from the ashes; each time it increases in its power, knowledge and abilities. It is a powerful image to reflect upon when one is working on personal transformation and change.
Change requires a release and letting go of that which no longer serves our highest good. Change has an element of loss involved with it. A person’s history with loss will influence how well they embrace change. Too much change at once can feel burdensome, ungrounding and overwhelming. But allowing no change in life can make us feel stuck, lifeless and victimized.
The trick is to understand the cycles and their lessons and how we can relate to them at each stage of our lives. Our ability to shift and change with the seasons of life influences our whole being. Instead of feeling stuck, choose movement. Instead of feeling victimized, choose strength. Imagine yourself as the Phoenix, and you will understand how to go with the Universal flow.
Article written by Pat Antoniak Registered Nurse-Registered Aromatherapist and owner of the Natural Comfort Wellness Centre in Tsawwassen, BC.
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