One of the most powerful lessons I keep learning from this work is how deeply enmeshed our assumptions are. My opinions, identifications, belief systems and behaviors are constantly changing as I encounter the boundaries of my perception. What I used to 'know', beyond the shadow of a doubt, is continually being challenged, and most of the time, I celebrate the moment when my 'knowing' is shattered, dissolved, or rearranged, letting in the light of new possibility. This moment is an open field, limited only by our own restrictions. Mahalo, John O'Donohue, for this resonant piece:
For a New Beginning
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this. Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
~ John O'Donohue ~