We're heading into spring in the northern hemisphere, and all around there are signs of emerging new life and the promise of what's to come.
Snowdrops peek their heads above the hedgerows, and provide blankets of white in an otherwise muddied green landscape. Yellow aconite dot the hillsides and the tiny buds on the trees are starting to show signs of opening.
Spring reflects for a me a simple beauty, a process of deep trust and surrender that makes way for incredible things.
It reminds me once again that Mother Nature is one of our greatest teachers, and that the seasons are divine reflections of aspects of ourselves, if we allow ourselves to look.
The little green shoots and buds emerging from their hibernation show us that there's nothing to fear from being what we are. Clinging delicately to their branches or stalks, they bravely face the world, not knowing if a frost might come and cut their life short, or a deer might nibble off their head.
They trust that their purpose is to BE, whatever it is they are, and they surrender to that knowledge.
As humans, we tend to more often question the purpose of our existence, and chase one goal or another in an attempt to BECOME more. Emergence has a different energy; it is a relaxing into, not a striving to be something other than what we are.
Spring is emergence in all its glory. The seeds and bulbs and trees have spent the winter in stasis, and in doing so have surrendered to a process of trust that when the time is right, they will emerge to face a new season. When they do, they'll shine in all their brightness until it's time to start again, resting for another year.
Surrender takes courage, because it means relinquishing (the illusion of) control.
It requires letting go of any expectations or ambitions you might have about how or by what you are defined. It requires allowing for Divine Timing and your inner knowing to guide you to a state of BEing that honours your divine purpose.
Emergence doesn't require forceful, rational action, it requires receptivity and the capacity to shift with constantly changing energies as they swirl around you. It asks you to accept yourself as an integral piece of the puzzle which defines Life; claiming your space by living into the fullness of You.
Emergence is about constantly shedding old understandings of who and what we are/were, so that new understandings can take root. If a seed clung to its definition of itself as a hard-shelled, underground dweller, we would never know its flower.
Allow for current limitations to fall away and expect, trust, that there is something else that will take its place. Perhaps something even more beautiful and wonderful than the current manifestation, with potential we can only begin to imagine.
With a human tendency to place so much importance on rational thought, the idea of living in this state of non-doing feels contrary to forward movement. That is the paradox.
As we attempt to push through our agendas, based on things and goals we believe we want to acquire/achieve, we disconnect further from the truth of our divinity. We begin to normalise the idea that we control our own becoming by aligning ourselves with things that we choose to define us. I AM a CEO, I AM a homeowner, I AM a doctor. None of these things define us in our entirety, and none of them are responsible for our emergence.
This is not to say that people should not be CEOs or doctors or homeowners, simply that the being or becoming those things does not necessarily make them any more of who or what they ARE. If their desire for status, wealth or external validation was behind their choices, for instance, then the choice was based on the striving to become something other than what they were in order to be enough.
Emergence shows us that in accepting what IS, we are accepting that we are/it is exactly enough.
If we can all learn to allow simplicity to guide us, to find in each moment examples of leaning into surrender, we will find ourselves gently and consistently realigning with our truth.
If we can feel through our heart centres what it means to BE, we can be free of the quest to become, and offer the same gift of freedom to others.
As spring emerges, and offers us an array of delightful sights and sounds, take a moment to look around to see what it might be reflecting for you.
About Jenny Griffin
Also known as 'The Catharsis Coach,' Jenny is a high-level intuitive guide, empath and channel. Her journey through catharsis, a deep, deep letting go of ingrained patterns and beliefs, resulted in a feeling of connectedness, with the world around her and with that wise and wonderful voice within. Jenny has learned to engage with her life and experiences in ways that allow her to use the knowledge gained through them to serve others. When she's not writing, she's coming up with new ways to help people move through change with grace and ease.