Value in Dissolving…..

Nothing survives forever, not even rocks, not even the most rigid of structures. The erosion of that which has been solid is not necessarily bad: it can mean that something new is being created. The image is of ice forms, hardened in winter, dispersing in the warmth of spring; when the ice melts, a mighty river emerges.

Rigidity in the hearts of men and women tends to breed a separateness that can only be thawed by a greater force: typically, some strong spiritual stirring. The thawing of cold hearts always improves conditions.

The first thing to dissolve is any internal rigidity that separates you from others. Try to work more closely with your relationships, concentrating on common activities which evidence your integrity and native goodwill. Sudden, strong action in support of a greater good can lift the spirit, and lead toward new possibilities in many areas. Spiritual impulses — including a strong sense of love — should be honored, and acted upon. They can provide the initial impulse to important and constructive change.

And if you should have any lingering business or partnerships which are inactive or not working, you might consider dissolving these as well….river ice cave

Butterfly Symbolism

Symbolic Butterfly Meanings

Interpreting animal symbolism is a powerful way to connect with nature, and learn lessons from her creatures – lessons that we can apply to our own lives. Observing the butterfly and learning her symbolic meanings offers us an opportunity to apply her movements to our own lives. For example, we can relate the butterfly’s stages of life to our own life-phases…growing pains, times of ravenous hunger, times of vulnerability, moments of miraculous expansion. The more we seek symbolism in nature, the more we realize we have a lot in common with animals, insects and life in the wild realms. Indeed, we are intimately connected with the animal queen/kingdom – inseparable from nature and her movements.

Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.

From egg, to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges in her unfurling glory.

What a massive amount of transition this tiny creature undergoes. Consider for a moment the kind of energy this expends…..

Imagine the whole of your life changing to such an extreme you are unrecognizable at the end of the transformation. Mind you, this change takes place in a short span of about a month too (that’s how long the butterfly life cycle is).

Herein lies the deepest symbolic lesson of the butterfly. She asks us to accept the changes in our lives as casually as she does. The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the chances of her environment and her body.

This unwavering acceptance of her metamorphosis is also symbolic of faith. Here the butterfly beckons us to keep our faith as we undergo transitions in our lives. She understands that our toiling, fretting and anger are useless against the turning tides of nature – she asks us to recognize the same.

As mentioned, tapping into animal symbolism is akin to tapping into our own souls, because we are inseparable from nature and her creatures.

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Balance through Limits….

Limits are necessary to give purpose and direction to life. Swimming in a sea of boundless opportunity would eventually lead to exhaustion and drowning. Winging it alone in a sky of boundless opportunity would lead to being lost. In human affairs, the making of choices, and alliances, implies limitation, for in choosing one path another must be abandoned.

One key to a successful life is to select your limits consciously and carefully — to be discriminating in the setting of personal boundaries and knowing when to join in formation. Thrift, for example, often precedes prosperity; just as the letting go of selfish interests leads to greater personal reward. Only by consciously accepting useful limits can one’s energy be channeled to good purpose, and lead to lasting accomplishments.

Point yourself toward a middle way between discipline and freedom of spirit. Limits will come of their own accord; but to be able to consciously select your own affiliations in life — that’s knowing how to fly! At the same time, don’t go overboard with discipline. Even self-correction must be limited, so that in attempting to bring order and direction into your life you do not choke off vital sources of enthusiasm and spontaneity.

Similarly, in groups and partnerships, agreed upon rules or regulations should strike a balance between being too strict and too soft. If too strict, they build frustration and ultimately become destructive. If too lenient, sloppiness becomes acceptable, and positive energy is dissipated. The best path is one that allows for the fulfillment of individual potential, while supporting self-discipline and focus.Nemesis post

A love letter to Self from the Beloved

I’ve come to pull you by the ear towards myself-
to steal your heart, take you out of yourself and
seat you in my heart, in my soul.
I’ve come like the joyous spring towards you, o
flowering tree- to give your flowers bloom,
then take you in my arms.
I’ve come to give you splendor in this abobe,
and take you beyond the heavens like lovers’ prayers.
You’ve stolen a kiss: I’ve come to reclaim it-
so give it gladly, or I will take it back.
You are the flower!
You speak the word!
If others don’t recognize you,
I do-    For you are me.
You are my essence, my spirit;
you sing my song of expansion.
Become expansion, nothing else-
and I will sing you to my heart.
By birth, are you not a lion?
A lion hidden in the body of a deer.
I will pass you right through that veil.
Allow the blows and move forward-
you are bravery’s shield.
Yield to the power that shoot the arrow-
so that I can bend you like a bow.
From the rank of Soil to the Human form,
thousands of stations stand.
I took you from the next- I won’t leave you stranded.
Say nothing, and don’t froth- don’t blow the lid.
Simmer, patiently and I will cook you,
ripen you, bit, by bit.
You are the polo ball and I am the mallet-
the game is mine, and yet,
I am the one running after you…..
– Rumi
A love letter from the inner Beloved to the inner Lover of Self.
Can you write a love letter to yourself and ponder in awe of the universe that resides in you? Once you experience this in you, you can experience it in all living beings…..Freedom through pure love….

A Love Letter from the Beloved to you Self