“Sometimes our lives contract before they expand. We may be working hard on ourselves spiritually, doing good in the world, following our dreams, and wondering why we are still facing constrictions of all kinds—financial, emotional, physical. Perhaps we even feel as if we’ve lost our spirituality and are stuck in a dark room with no windows. We may be confused and discouraged by what appears to be a lack of progress. But sometimes this is the way things work. Like a caterpillar that confines itself to a tiny cocoon before it grows wings and flies, we are experiencing the darkness before the dawn.”
The old adage it’s always darkest before the dawn is as true for daybreak as it is for the moments before we experience the miracle we’ve been hoping and praying for. Madisyn’s message is particularly poignant and profound as so many are “working through” and “going through” at this point in time.
Fear and uncertainty has a way of causing us to freeze and constrict, physiologically as well as emotionally and mentally. It’s a primal response, in fact (think deer in headlights). But if we can remind ourselves of the power and wisdom of surrender, we can relax enough to appreciate not only the process of transition but the promise of transformation that awaits if we allow enough room for life – in all of messy marvelousness – to unfold in the fullness of divine time.
So today, consider the wisdom in, and blessing of, contracting inward before you expand. And be sure to read the rest of Madisyn’s message. Her wise words remind us that “it is a natural part of being that our lives sometimes contract before expanding”.
“In many ways, not knowing what the future has in store brings out in us the qualities we need to grow. For example, it would have been difficult to commit yourself to certain people or projects if you knew they wouldn’t ultimately work out. Yet, it was through your commitment to see them through that you experienced the lessons you needed to grow. Looking back on your life, you would likely be hard pressed to say that anything in your past should not have happened. In fact, your most challenging experiences with their inevitable lessons may have ultimately brought you the greatest rewards. Not knowing the future keeps us just where we need to be—fully committed and in the present moment.”
~ Madisyn Taylor ~
Ever wondered why you aren’t shown the truth about the purpose or final result of any given experience on your spiritual journey?
Someone comes into your life and you want to know with certainty they are “the one” and how it will all work out, for example. Or you want clarity on why tragedy strikes, or why you suffered disappointment or loss in some way, or why all that seemed so certain completely unravels leaving you confounded, confused and — worse still — vulnerable.
We crave a sense of control — even if it’s false — to feel like we are on sure footing with a clear plan and path from point A to point B. But our plans, grounded in our human-ness, never include all the information. They can’t. Yes, we have free will but we are a creation, created based on a “higher”, divinely inspired plan. So the point of it all, perhaps, is to constantly (re)align our will with the Divine. We do so in the present moment, the “NOW”. Continue reading →
“The most important relationship we have in our lives is with our selves. And even though we are the only ones who are present at every moment of our lives—from birth onward—this relationship can be the most difficult one to cultivate. This may be because society places such emphasis on the importance of being in a romantic partnership, even teaching us to set aside our own needs for the needs of another. Until we know ourselves, however, we cannot possibly choose the right relationship to support our mutual growth toward our highest potential. By allowing ourselves to be comfortable with being alone, we can become the people with whom we want to have a relationship.”
~ Madisyn Taylor ~
If you’ve ever felt guilty or selfish for taking a timeout for yourself to relax, recharge and to stop doing so you can be… think again. Continue reading →