Sometimes, just when you think you are as stable and planted as a rock, a force outside yourself takes you for a ride. Whether it’s the water, the wind or a human hand. A rock can be broken in little pieces until it is reduced to fine grains of sand.
Many factors cause change. Resistance can stave off change for a little while, but eventually the flow of life pulls or pushes us. We drop our old cells, retire our old clothes and don a new look. Our new selves could be as colorfully dramatic as the mating plumage of some birds. Perhaps once we’ve been pulverized by circumstances into little bits. Like the powder of cement, we too can be reconstituted into a marble-like form again.
The dance of form into energy and transforming its shape is a mystery. How do we make these changes?
Is this the path of healing?
I ask this, since people come to me for some form of healing. Many think it is removing or relieving their pain. Many want to return to the way they used to feel, look or move– like reviewing a movie or re-visiting a favorite time in their life. Some search for a better feeling.
However, like the rock — once it is broken, it rarely glues itself back again. Though if it’s ground to sand and melted again, it can re-form. Once a person gives up the notion of returning back to their original form, the journey of healing is not so bad. The butterfly can’t go backward. But it can lay eggs. Some of the cycles in healing are more colorful than others. Each cycle of healing has their exquisite experience and perspective. From egg, larva to butterfly to egg.
There are circumstances that propel us forward: car accidents, break-ups, graduations, moving, great loss, illnesses and many others. Events of this motion prevent us to cling to where we were a minute ago. The world keeps turning and somehow we are riding along, dropping what we don’t need and acquiring what we can along the way.
What are you clinging to that is ready to drop? Are your wings under that?
©Annie Thoe, GCFP; www.sensingvitality.com 2012 - words on Feldenkrais, Healing and Nature