Driving through New York this past May while looking at the stark landscape it was hard to believe that it was Springtime. However, I knew that below the surface of bare trees and brown grass new life was just waiting for the right conditions and in a few weeks the hills would be carpets of greenery. I have to remind myself of this when I am in the winter of my spiritual path; when devotion to stillness and listening, releasing false ideas, patterns, and emotions shows no evidence of new growth.
It is challenging to keep the faith when we look at the stark landscape. That is why I love this quote by Andrew Wyeth. "I prefer winter when you feel the bone structure of the landscape,the loneliness of it – the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it – the whole story doesn’t show." He reminds us that transformation, renewal, and rebirth all take place inside underneath the surface of our life where no one (not even ourselves) can see it happening. We must remember that what we visibly see doesn't tell the whole story.
Every season has a purpose and sometimes it is best for us to prepare for our new life. Maybe the winter is for stillness, listening, and following or to uproot fears and outdated beliefs, behavior patterns and judgments. Maybe we are asked to take baby steps to learn to trust more and fear less. It's important during the winter of our spiritual path to remember that life is unfolding perfectly. Whatever is happening or not happening can lead to good for everyone if we let it be used for spiritual blossoming. If we forget this the strain of the dead feeling of winter can be challenging.
Recently I was feeling sad and frustrated that nothing was changing, I went to sleep and prayed for guidance. In my dream I am in my home. The bathroom and living room had undergone a major remodel. Both rooms had been gutted. New plumbing and electric were installed, and the ceilings and walls had all new drywall. All that was left to do was to paint the walls. What a beautiful reminder that even though the landscape looks stark, allot has changed over the winter!
During this transition from the old way of living to the new way, take some time to deepen your insights, let go of your blocks, and open your heart to experience even more Divine love and compassion. Even though it looks dark at times, trust that there is an invisible energy working on our behalf. And when the conditions are right we will see the manifestations of our devotion to love and unity.
About Patti: I came to the Course in January of 2000. I have dedicated these past years to the study and practice of ACIM principles and teachings. I have discovered in my own life that the promises of this spiritual path are real and possible. I have had numerous and profound experiences when applying these principles to all aspects of my life. This has resulted in a deep, lasting peace; an easier way to be in the world; more joyous and harmonious relationships and a deeper sense of connection to others and to God. I am fellow traveler and a forever student. I share these services in hopes that it will strengthen your trust and faith to follow your Holy Spirit.
Patti's website: http://www.pattifields.com