It rained last night. One of those rains that means I won’t have to water the garden for a couple of days. Not that I water the garden often or anything. Just that it reminded me that nature’s got it covered. It’s easy to have faith when it comes to rain. We know that nature works without our interference.
Yet when it comes to other less complicated areas of life, most of us suffer from a “I have to make it happen” complex. Now, don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying to sit back and not make any effort. What I am saying is that life presents us with a series of creative impulses. They come through us every minute of every day. This is life urging us to grow in a particular direction that serves our unique desires at this moment in time. We can move with that powerful force and grow beyond our wildest imaginations or we can choose to ignore those impulses and resist or slow down our growth.
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Resistance leads to exhaustion. I prefer something I like to call “active surrender” — moving into the direction life has set before us — as the ultimate creative force. It’s what keeps us alive, vibrant and excited to face life every single day. It is a sort of willful evolution.
Now back to my garden. I might look at my garden and decide that I can help it grow. I might consider watering it if it’s been a few days since it rained. I may add fertilizer to help the flowers and plants reach their maximum potential.
Let’s extend that metaphor to relationships. Where do you feel inspired to take action? Is there nurturing that’s needed in some areas? Or is now a moment to let the relationship grow or dissolve naturally? Can it thrive on it’s own?
The key is to recognize the forces at play (for my garden I’ll note clouds coming or a shift in the air) and for relationships, I’ll take note of what’s stagnant (my friends aren’t calling me back, that guy I like disappeared) and to trust your instincts to take action where necessary.
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That’s what an intuitively directed life feels like: making changes while trusting that there are also much grander evolutionary forces at work for you.
It takes practice to allow nature to lead the way while staying open to the creative impulses that come as a result, and then acting on those impulses. It’s also about trusting who we are becoming and letting go of what’s blatantly outside our control, like other people’s expectations, for example. But it’s a beautifully positive cycle. The more you practice, the more open and receptive to the universe you are, the more trust you’ll have that you will become who you are meant to be.
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