October has arrived and the trees are responding by offering up their leaves in a kaleidoscope of vivid colour. Everything has a particular moment and in this respect the next instalment of the woman who weaves the world is still incubating and will appear soon but not today.
Today, I awoke feeling particularly reflective and as the day progressed I felt a need to reconnect to the elements, so I took myself off and went for a walk in one of my favourite places, where my attention was taken by how the sun was obscured behind the clouds. Intellectually, I knew that the sun was still up in the sky serving as the Earth’s life giving force but this casual observation opened up a much deeper inquiry about connection, imagination and intuitive coherence.
The sun, a ball of pure energy at the centre of our solar system has a profound influence over our lives and planetary health. A remote and mysterious star, at the frontier of our knowing about the fabric of life; the subject of many ancient myths, in the form of benevolent and vengeful gods and goddess whose presence in our collective psyche hint at invisible energies and reflect the suns importance in showing us the daily rhythm which guides the ebb and flow of our lives.
Our intuition is like that too, like the sun, even though it might not always be seen, it is a steady presence in our lives, a bright star that shines from within our illuminated darkness. A guide that connects us to a more sensuous response to our planetary existence by offering the rational mind an imaginary narrative, that is much bigger than the individual ‘I’ to be contemplated and then acted upon.
Over the last few years, living fully in our modern age, re-learning how to access my own intuition is a skill that I have often ignored or discounted. Preferring not to trust my felt sense I chose to deny my feelings that I could not logically explain. Instead, I sought out a rational response, supported with clear scientific data, confident that rationality is superior over our intuitive knowing. But, this purposeful suppression of my intuition had a consequence. A rift slowly manifested within my psyche and a split was forged between my intuitive experiential way of knowing and the world, which distorted my feeling of place within it.
The process to reclaim and celebrate my embodiment and fully embrace my embeddedness in the fullness of a creative life was a confusing and disorienting experience. I had to just stop what I was doing and somehow allow myself to witness, and participate in a continual process of becoming. Slowly, I re-learnt to not privilege one way of knowing over the other but invite a natural harmony to form, born within an open state of awareness.
As the narrative of our age, is rooted in the dominance of the rational objective mind, then now, more than ever in our collective history, is it not a time to unite the rational and intuitive, as a whole way of knowing. That invites a generative way of living; one that is in service of life, in all the wondrous multitude of manifestations of existence.
Only by embracing and reclaiming our intuitive powers and making a place alongside the rational, can we truly work towards transformation, by which I mean changing the pattern and form of something into something else entirely. For example, the way the leaf will transform the energy of the sun into nourishment for the whole tree we too have the capacity to transform the way we see our place in the world.
If we learn how to look deeply enough then we can see that we are nature and there is no separation, as we are whole entities which exist within larger and more expansive wholes. A confluence of conditions and energies that make our presence in the world possible.
We are a collection of living, dying and regenerating cells, much in the same way as there are patterns of cells in all living entities, and within our cosmic ancestry. We are present, utterly unique, precious bright stars of conscious becoming that briefly illuminate the here and now of our momentarily shared existence.
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