Here in Western North Carolina, Spring is working its magic. The trees are budding and the daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are blooming into a rainbow of colors. Asheville is beginning to buzz with activity again, to wake up from the hibernation of Winter. On one of our recent days of 70 degree weather, I made a joke to a local about skipping Spring and going straight into Summer. He just shook his head and told me not to be fooled, another snowfall could be right around the corner. Being new to this part of the world, I do not yet have the experience to know that an early blast of warmth can just as easily be followed by a bone chilling frost.
But the trees and the flowers, they do have that experience. They have been here before my time and will be here long after I am gone. And even with that experience, that knowing, of a possible overnight frost or late snowfall, they choose to bud and to blossom and to open themselves to the Springtime.
I am touched by their trust. For me, trust means making choices with no guarantees, knowing that divine nurturance will provide what is needed for my journey. It means making choices moment by moment, implicitly trusting my innate steering mechanism of heart-knowing. Trust implies surrendering to the will of the divine self, letting go of the steering wheel, of what the ego deems to be in control of the outcomes in Life. It means deeply trusting the processes that are at work within the present spiral of evolution.
And although the Springtime magic is most visible above the surface of the soil, I am reminded that the true magic happens down deep. The roots are the source of life, the nurturance, and the support. The trees and the flowers remind me to connect to my roots, and to drink from the primal waters of unity. To reach into that sacred space where we are all one. This is where my deepest roots receive nourishment.
This Spring, I am consciously choosing to embrace the depth of my receptivity. It is a common saying that it is better to give than to receive. Giving is a powerful way to learn how to receive, but it is not the whole picture. There is a circuit of completion in giving and receiving that happens within. If we trust unconditionally in the giving, we are not attached to how the gift is received. Similarly, if we trust unconditionally in the receiving, we are not attached to the form of the gifts that come into our lives.
Recently a friend emailed to me one of my all time favorite poems by Rumi:
“The Guest House”
This being human is a guest house,
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Rumi’s poem reminds me not only that Loving What Is is the only sane choice, but also that the universe is an inseparable whole. Giving and receiving are but two sides of the same coin. “A joy” and “a depression” are but two sides of the same coin. All points are connected in time and space. We exist within a potent field in which all things are not only possible but constantly being created. Within this field, the linear causality of time and space has been freed into an open system in which all time and all space exist and interact simultaneously. Synchronicity is a given.
As individual beings, we are each a part which contains Memory of the Whole. As we sense all life to be of one source, we access empathy, patience, and kindness. By nurturing others, we are nurturing our oneness; invoking grace to nourish our shared life. The love we meet life with will also love us back! Likewise, let us be reminded that as we holistically care for our own well-being, we are inherently vitalizing the whole.
Within each of us, divine essence and the physical meet as one. The heavens touch the earth; spirit and matter unite. The actualization of creative potential is at the heart of our nature, bringing depth, richness, and importance to our lives. Let us delight in all that we have to bring to this planet. And let us enjoy all that this planet brings to us. What are you enjoying today?