There is a lot of talk about ‘letting go’, especially at this time of the full moon, when the universal energies invite us to make complete and whole, whatever has been lying around as unfinished business by way of forgiving, decluttering etc. to make space for a new energy to enter our lives and slowly lead us into wholeness once again. The moon phases are hence, a wonderful reflection our lives as well.
Washing the lentils today, I noticed the cover of one of the grains of the lentil had come off, leaving it exposed, unlike the others. It was the letting go of its cover that revealed different aspects in the same grain of lentil. It had undergone a transformation. My mind went to the other things in nature which lend a similar experience. I was stunned to find example after example of this process being repeated. The seed covering breaks open to allow the shoot to grow, acknowledging its work is done. It is then that the seed grows into a sapling and then into a beautiful, bountiful tree. How the seed covering is able to hold the part inside all the while before germination is key. Just as the clouds, that burst open to allow the rain to fall in. The process takes a while and the water droplets keep collecting, accumulating over time. The egg of a bird, the cocoon of a butterfly, the bud of a flower are are phases that precede what is called ’emergence’. It is the property of a living organism to transform into something which has properties that are different to what they used to be.
This brought me to the concept of parenting. Just as when we are being raised as children, being cared for and nurtured in our families by our parents, our growth happens based on so many factors that come together to shape us and what we end up becoming is markedly different from who our parents originally were. There are so many other things and people around us that shape us along the way, the experiences we encounter, our thoughts and reactions to those experiences that shape our beliefs and so on. What a wonderful thing that life evolves the same way everywhere, if only we pause and notice it.
I started to think about things that hinder this kind of diverse and unique flowering of life. It mostly entails confinement and stringent structures, rules and procedures, which enforce a certain shape or direction if you will, onto living things. No wonder then that the natural process of emergence is restricted and results in distorted beings that emerge because they have been unable to give life its full expression.
What has been causing this distortion in our world today, where we are now living with an increasing experience of hate, greed and delusion? What is leading us away from our true nature of just being, so as to flower naturally, just as we were designed to be. Perhaps it is the stringent structures and rules that do not allow for us to grow as life wants to grow through us, perhaps it is the denial of the fact that as human beings, our role is really to support and allow this release of life and not to try and contain or control it. The toughest is to make this way of growing and flowering a natural part of our own lives. The way to release is then to just allow, to let things be and to surrender to the natural ways of the universe, to not be attached to what will emerge and if it will contain our original essence. It is being content with the role we have, being able to play it to the best way we can, by not giving in to the ego’s desire to hold on or to control or to own.
The way to release is to just be and to accept the perfection in everything here and now.