Transformation will kill you. It's ok though, just like with any practice it gets better over time. Resistance fades and we may even find ourselves looking for the death, for after death we are able to be reborn with stronger minds and wiser hearts.
Ask someone in their 20's if they think they are the person they will be for the rest of their life, with the same friends, same beliefs, and they will likely say "yes, I'm me, I know who I am". Ask someone in their 30's if they are who they were in their 20's and they will likely say "hell no, I'm completely different, I know myself so much more now than I ever did then". Ask a person in their 40's if they knew what they were doing in their 30's and well you get the point. Our life is repeating cycles of death and rebirth and somehow it always seems to be an unwelcome surprise when it comes time to say goodbye to our former self.
This month we are taking a look at the elements of transformation. With spring in full swing we are reminded of the earth's power to transform and burst with new life. As creatures of this planet, we have the same power, yet we often run away and resist because honestly it hurts to transform. At times metamorphosis can be brutally destructive for earth and for ourselves, but this shedding is essential to evolution and growth.
When we observe the earth's transformative patterns, we can see that rebirth isn't always pretty or painless. But when we can relate our own transformative patterns to the natural cycles of change around us, we are able to observe renewal as a universal condition. Connecting to this larger sense of the evolution process not only takes us out of our myopic mindset, but it gives us a chance to give context to the specificities of our experience that can feel insurmountable.
For the next four weeks we'll take a look at the relation of our earth's elements to characteristics of transformation. My hope is that drawing some of these connections deepens our understanding of the incredible design of our body, heart, and mind. Here's a sneak peek...
Fire- Connected to solar plexus chakra, the abdominal region of the body. When transformation is in the fire element, we experience hunger and desire for change. Old patterns or ways of life are radically destroyed by choice or circumstance. Pairs well with motivation and optimism.
Water - Connected to sacral chakra, the pelvic region of the body. When transformation is in water element, we experience waves of emotion and deep introspection. We may notice a steady progression toward new life plans and/or letting go of old plans. Pairs well with creativity and sensuality.
Air - Connected to the heart chakra, chest cavity region of the body. When transformation is in the air element, we experience gusty changes of circumstance and emotion. We may feel inclined to make big decisions. Grief and inhibitions can come to the surface as they are ready to be released. Pairs well with spontaneity and adventure.
Earth - Connected to the root chakra, the floor of the pelvis. When transformation is in the earth element, we experience basic needs in fluctuation i.e. home, health. Survival instincts kick into gear - nesting, resting, connecting with familiar people and places. Pairs well with physical a physical and nurturing activities.
Are you in the midst of a fundamental transformation? I'd love to know, leave me a comment or shoot me an email!
*artwork by Will Finch Design